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APRIL 16, 2012 6:01PM

Intemperate Language Watch 2012: Why Is Dick Cheney Talking?

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Dick Cheney went to Cheyenne, Wyoming and gave a post heart transplant speech at the Republican state convention. The speech went on for an hour and fifteen minutes and Dick Cheney, with no shame or discomfort whatsoever, called President Obama's presidency "an unmitigated disaster". 

Those words came out of the mouth of a man who flunked out of college and took so long to graduate that he was able to dodge the entire Vietnam war with "education" and "hardship" deferrals.

Such a vicious attack from a man who had two DWI arrests, was instrumental in the CIA identity leak scandal involving Valerie Plame Wilson, and waited for days to answer to the public about shooting his friend in the face. 

This came from a once sitting Vice President who disappeared from public view, unavailable to calm the nation during the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil.


Last August, Robert Scheer said this about Dick:

Behold this unctuous knave, a disgrace to his nation as few before him, yet boasting unvarnished virtue. The deceit of Dick Cheney is indeed of Shakespearean proportions, as evidenced in his new memoir. For the former vice president, lying comes so easily that one must assume he takes the pursuit of truth to be nothing more than a reckless indulgence.'


Dick: an unmitigated disaster and an unctuous knave in his own right.

The web has an unusually high number of questions about Dick. Is he a sociopath? Is he a psychopath? Is Dick Cheney a dick?

The San Francisco Examiner kindly reminds us of Dick's contributions to his own personal hall of shame with a minimalist assessment:

It is difficult to find any policies of the Bush/Cheney Administration that worked or were effective."

 "The Bush/Cheney Administration brought us into these wars with a total lack of compassion and empathy."


Dick: a true dick and probably is a psychopath. He is definitely an unmitigated disaster. 

Dick is a glib, remorseless liar. He showed no emotion as he admitted to having no proof that Iraq had  weapons of mass destruction, yet showed no guilt, remorse or shame for the cost to the nation, the military, or the people of Iraq.  According to Wikipedia,

 "Following 9/11, Cheney was instrumental in providing a primary justification for entering into a war with Iraq. Cheney helped shape Bush's approach to the "War on Terrorism", making numerous public statements alleging Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction."

Dick is remorseless, of no human affect, and ridiculous in his inability to accept responsibility for his failures. He saw nothing wrong with having no plan for what to do after the invasion of Iraq. 

Dick cannot dodge his contributions to the unending string of "unmitigated disasters" from the Bush Adminstration because he has been called "The most powerful Vice President in history". 


But is Dick a psychopath? Do we really know Dick?

We know that there is no bottom to the depths to which Dick will dive in order to aggrandize, lie, decieve, manipulate, or carry out a host of socially maladaptive and socially deviant behaviors and acts. 

Here is a comprehensive list of the psychopathic crap that Dick could be doing, could have done, and probably will do if he lives for 200 years after they put his despicable essence in a glass jar.

 The most chilling items are:

6. LACK OF REMORSE OR GUILT -- a lack of feelings or concern for the losses, pain, and suffering of victims; a tendency to be unconcerned, dispassionate, coldhearted, and unempathic. This item is usually demonstrated by a disdain for one's victims.

 16. FAILURE TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OWN ACTIONS -- a failure to accept responsibility for one's actions reflected in low conscientiousness, an absence of dutifulness, antagonistic manipulation, denial of responsibility, and an effort to manipulate others through this denial.

 1. GLIB and SUPERFICIAL CHARM -- the tendency to be smooth, engaging, charming, slick, and verbally facile. Psychopathic charm is not in the least shy, self-conscious, or afraid to say anything. A psychopath never gets tongue-tied. They have freed themselves from the social conventions about taking turns in talking, for example.

 4. PATHOLOGICAL LYING -- can be moderate or high; in moderate form, they will be shrewd, crafty, cunning, sly, and clever; in extreme form, they will be deceptive, deceitful, underhanded, unscrupulous, manipulative, and dishonest.

5. CONNING AND MANIPULATIVENESS- the use of deceit and deception to cheat, con, or defraud others for personal gain; distinguished from Item #4 in the degree to which exploitation and callous ruthlessness is present, as reflected in a lack of concern for the feelings and suffering of one's victims.

 2. GRANDIOSE SELF-WORTH -- a grossly inflated view of one's abilities and self-worth, self-assured, opinionated, cocky, a braggart. Psychopaths are arrogant people who believe they are superior human beings.


Dick has done us all a favor by reminding us of the choices we face in November.

The Right wing plants at OS and elsewhere who stupidly think that that they can fake-represent "the left" need to explain Dick to the rest of us.


We don't know how far or deep Dick will go with his intemperate speech.

Dick has done sloppy work all his life. 

If it weren't for Dick, our lives would not be a living hell.

Dick wants us to do as he says, not as he does.

Dick tried to hog it all!



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A but peeved are you? Maybe if no one pays attention to the Dick, he will run out of Viagra and go flaccid... size matters.
He is flaccid! And he still bothers us!
Zuma, when the college deferments were eliminated for Dick, then all of a sudden his wife, Lynne, was pregnant with their first child so he could use the last type of deferment still available to him! He also voted against Head Start when he was in Congress in the early '80s. I think there are many titles he could be given and none of the them are positive by a country mile!
You know how you can tell Dick Cheney is speaking, his butt cheeks are moving!

Designator: so true. He also voted against freeing Mpoandela. He triedto force Mandela to denounce the ANC. Then has been stupid all his life.
You have nailed Dick to the chair, where he should stay.
Apparently his new heart didn't come from a liberal donor.
It still really gets my dander flying when I think that a really nice person might have received that heart or the possibility that the person who's heart he received has to live in his body.
rated with love
The primary function of Cheney and most of the Bush family, for that matter, is to look after the interests of rich people. In essence, they are glorified servants. They really have no accomplishments of their own and will do anything their corporate masters ask of them. Great post.
Cheney is a prime example of the modern politrickian. Everything you've said about him could also be said, in one form or another, about any, or all, of them.

How in hell your nice folks are going to find someone to vote for in 2012 and beyond, beats me!

Good luck to you with that, cousins.......

My favorite Dick Cheney quote when told that the American people did not support the war in Iraq, "So." That defines Dick in my view -- his view of the American people -- "So"....
Dr Stuart: I could not find evidence of the "Social parasite" part of psychopathy. You just added it! He has made his way by sucking up to the powers that be. Once he became one, himself...there was no humanity left.

Marty's Husband: That is the disdain and contempt for people. He does himself no favors by appearing and blathering on in public in a way that the rest of us find out about it. He would be in worlds of pain if he was capable of emotion or feeling and could process what it is that we think of him.
Thank you for this; I was thinking some of the same thoughts as I watched the clip of Dick spilling his syphilitic discharge.
Wait until Mittens picks him for his VP...
Cheney's contribution to Australian attitudes were laid down in Sydney in Feb, 'o7, when the Harbour Bridge & all approaches were shut down while he & his cavalcade crossed to have lunch with our then PM, J Howard ( Bush's other lapdog ).
None of us will forget. It was like : " These guys are our allies, right ? "
That & the contracts Halliburton took without contest for everything from the N-S railway, to the reconstruction opportunities in Iraq, to the offshore oil-gas exploration in the N-W ( One of which, the Montara Rig, failed with similar catastrophic consequences in '09, to the Gulf Spill, for the same reason : faulty casing ).
His visit in '07 was like he owned the place. Little did we know at the time, how much of it he really did own.
Down here we say Thank God for China.
What scares me most about Dick's dickness was in our lack of discernment. How does one not see he's a phsycopath??

I listened to my morning sports radio as they discussed Dicky and to them it was kind of funny his "Darth Vader aura" and "evil smile", like a "kooky uncle". That's how people like him ascend to power, by other out-of-touch nutballs just like them.
Naneh: It was time. I have been doing lightweight study of the psychopathy of power for a couple of years now, and could not let this monster get away.

Leepin Larry: Say it ain't so! But then, maybe his new heart will have a blowout...

Kim: Thanks for the perspective from Australia. Those two jackasses managed to offend everyone in the world!

Harry: I am just coming to realize that psychopaths are all around us, all the time. But most of them are relatively high functioning. Cheney is out of control and will hand his legacy down to his daughter. Ugggh.
Evil old bastard! I hope whoever donated Dick his new heart WAS already dead ...

After all the crap Bush and Cheney pulled, who is he to call ANYONE ELSE a 'disaster!?'

eh, had to look at children's book pictures to work up to even touching this
still don' wanna :/
just turn the damned thing off next time he comes on
Shamelessness fascinates me ... and, I must confess, I have a certain morbid admiration, being someone who suffered from shame and embarrassment and self-consciousness for endless miserable years. (Mostly over it now, cuz, like, fuck it.) Also during my prison-chaplaincy years, I encountered a few classic cases of psychopathy...which were instructive, in a chilling sort of way... Thing is, people unhampered by empathy, embarrassment, shame, etc. are *free* to Do Stuff while the rest of us dither about in our conflictedness. Hence the political and financial classes...
I couldn't come close to the delightful comments you have here already, Zuma, so I'll say only, "mighty fine rant!"
He is not worthy of all those minutes it took you to type and think this, plus, he'd probably be delighted at how much suffering he caused you. Go get yourself a nice hot fudge sundae, and forget him.
I think it is important you set this evil behind you-advise I have given myself so very often as I list all the evil this man has done. He is a shell propped in a chair in Wyoming to speak to three hundred of his slaves-just turn in any other direction and life invites you.
Trust me folks: once I lay on with a well organized discussion of something nasty, it eats at me no more. I write too much to linger on one slug of bad stuff, but I do worse by trying to ignore the slug. The writing helps to get it off me mind so I can move on!

Shiral: that's probably classified!

Kate: God works in God's own way and time. Anyone who thinks that prayer invokes the action that we want is foolish and a magical thinker.

Myriad: Very interesting point. But I wonder if psychopaths suffer knowing that they are not like the rest of us in the way that robots dream of electric sheep.

Chicken Maaaan: thanks!

Hy: It's a process of confronting then getting rid of a bad idea. I only heard about that comment and I would never listen to that man speak...I ain't a masochist who looks to help a sadist!