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  •  The key question then is (8+ / 0-)

    what made him change his mind?

    •  9/11, money galore, power galore (9+ / 0-)

      money galore, 9/11, power galore

      power galore, money galore, 9/11

      Pretend-dormant opportunism

      Twisted sense of destiny involving revenge (and money)

      It is never too late to be what you might have been...George Eliot.

      by begone on Sun Aug 12, 2007 at 12:10:55 AM PDT

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    •  A puppet always responds (3+ / 0-)
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      to the will of his master.

      Who masters Cheney is now the question?

      What if Cheney is merely a rook? Who the heck is in control of this chessboard?

      by tecampbell on Sun Aug 12, 2007 at 01:07:47 AM PDT

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      •  I think "Money" is his master! (0+ / 0-)
        •  Nah. Power. (1+ / 0-)
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          Money is just the enabler of power.

          Was it tears for Fears that sang

          'Everybody wants to rule the world.'?
          'It's my own desire.'

          Now most folks would be content merely to be the master/mistress of their own destiny.  But, sadly, there are a fair number of people who can only be less unhappy by imposing their own ideas on others.  Put power into the wrong hands, and suddenly they're out invading other countries to 'spread the word' or 'export democracy'.  

          Add in a mix of religion, and suddenly they're completely unwilling to consider they could be wrong.  They're doing what 'God wants them to', so they can't possibly be wrong.  What they're doing will [get them 72 virgins in paradise / ensure the Rapture / let them smoke frop with Bob / whatever it is Scientologists believe happens if they do well in life].

          And, let's not forget, the decision-making centers of the brain are in the frontal lobes, and males lose frontal lobe brain cells faster than females as they age. So WHY do we keep electing these ancient relics who shouldn't even be given a knife with dinner?  We've got lower age limits on politicians, it's past time we had upper limits as well.

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          by drbloodaxe on Sun Aug 12, 2007 at 09:26:43 AM PDT

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          •  That explains Sen. Ted Stevens. (1+ / 0-)
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            Something has to.

            What if Cheney is merely a rook? Who the heck is in control of this chessboard?

            by tecampbell on Sun Aug 12, 2007 at 09:55:09 AM PDT

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          •  I guess I disagree with you because I have (3+ / 0-)
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            recently moved back into the same town with my elderly mother who is a lot like Cheney.  She has all the money to do anything in the world she wants to do and complete and absolute power over her life and home.   She has been a widow for 25 years and she is so afraid of using or losing any of her money that she is agitated all of the time.  Her investments are a nightmare to her because they could go down.  Her wonderful house and her farm out in the country are a burden because she has to pay taxes.  The only thing that is absolutely a pleasure is an oil royalty check because it comes on a regular basis and has increased with the increase of the price of oil.  She is 90 and cannot possible take it with her and that is the pain that will not go away.

            It sounds like she is not also a good person.  I have been amused because when Scooter or Lynn or the Cheney kids talk about Cheney, they say the same things that we would all say about mother.  She is a good and loving person!  However, if anything has anything whatsoever to do with money, she becomes the miser who would starve herself to death rather than to spend the money for a loaf of bread.  It is sad and pitiful. I suspect that Dead-Eye Dick is very much the same.

            •  Yikes (0+ / 0-)

              I'm sorry for her and you, sounds like she really isn't enjoying her 'Golden Years'.

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              by drbloodaxe on Sun Aug 12, 2007 at 10:31:17 AM PDT

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              •  She isn't and it is a real shame because she (0+ / 0-)

                is charming and can be such a pleasure to be around.  She blames her neediness about money on having lived during the Great Depression; however, her father was never out of work a single day so she never went without.  She was always just afraid of someday, maybe, having to do without.  It is sad to see a person with so much potential for happiness wasting it on worrying about what could happen.  She always says she is just "doing it for her kids" but I tell her to spend it now  because I plan to piss my part away after she is going.  ;-)  She doesn't understand the joke.

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