Every morning, after I walk the dog, I turn off the lights, sit on the floor and meditate. Why? Because I believe if I'm diligent, it will lower my blood pressure.
Then I turn on the TV to get ready for work and what's on? This show on MSNBC called Morning Joe. If you haven't seen it, you are indeed one of the fortunate people on the planet.
Joe Scarborough, a former congressman from redneck Florida. One of the young Gingrich revolutionaries, Joe made his bones during Clinton's impeachment for the blow job.
For weeks, Joe has been opining over torture, defending Dick "Dick" Cheney's authorization to use waterboarding on a couple of bad guys.
Morning Joe had Liz Cheney on, talking about what a great fucking guy her father is and what a great thing her father did. She even repeated that gasbag Limbaugh's assertion that Cheney, because Rush can't think of any other motive, must be speaking out now because he loves his country.
Huh. I would have guessed a fear of indictment, social disapprobation and/or eternal damnation, but then I'm not the mighty El Rushbo with his superior brain powers.
Here's the brief Liz Cheney, who loves her daddy, made for Dick.
1. Lawyers in the DOJ said these methods weren't illegal.
2. Dick was protecting the country.
3. Half the people in America agree with Dick so that makes it OK.
4. We waterboard people in SERE, a program that trains men to survive capture and interrogation by the enemy.
First, she's right about the lawyers. These are the legal eagles who gave us dictator lite in the theory of the Unitary Executive. They said these techniques weren't illegal.
But then some other lawyers came after them and said, oops, we think these techniques are illegal. So just ignore those first memoranda, OK? No harm, no foul, OK?
(And if my lawyer tells me it's OK not to pay my taxes, do I still have to go to jail?
There's precedent in American law that says waterboarding is illegal. We have prosecuted people for waterboarding. I understand precedent is a big thing with legal guys.
Then there's the law itself. (This link from Barry Eisler's great blog post on this subject):
The UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhumane, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, signed by President Reagan in 1988 and ratified by the Senate in 1994, and Article VI of the Constitution ...
So, it looks like Big Dick broke the law. Ouch. On to #2.
Dick was protecting the country. So if I rob a bank and give the money to charity, that's OK. I didn't know intentions negated the law. Learn something new every day.
Half the country would torture some raghead if they had the chance. And that's the half we should follow? Huh? I mean, WTF?
And now for number 4. I've heard this so often from right wingers that my head nearly explodes when I hear it again. For those who think this makes waterboarding all right, try to read slowly and carefully.
IT'S NOT THE SAME FUCKING THING, YOU DIPSHIT.
Listen, I went through some things in training that I wouldn't want to do again. Sleep deprivation, harassment, physical and mental fatigue, all designed to break me. But even at its worst I knew these people would not do me any real harm. I knew they were doing this to make me stronger. That means it is not the same thing. So let's stop with the SERE bullshit, OK?
Or if you insist, remind your listeneres that the SERE program - the stress positions, loud noise, lack of sleep, etc. - was based on Communist Chinese torture of American POWs captured in Korea. That means Daddy turned to Mao for instructions on how a civilized country behaves during war. Fucking Mao!
When challenged by another guest as to legality of these techniques, Liz Cheney agreed that people had different opinions.
OK. Fine. Let's have a hearing to hash out all these differing opinions.
And for the last straw wingers cling to, that Pelosi and other Democrats knew and approved of these techniques, I say, bring it on. I don't care who gave this the green light. They need to be held legally accountable.
That's another word right-wingers love to throw around - accountability. Except when it's applied to them. Bastards.
I don't know why this meditation crap isn't doing a fuck of a thing for my blood pressure.
Goddam eastern guru bullshit.