Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Dick Cheney's Sadistic Passion for Shooting Tame Animals
By Martha Rosenberg, AlterNet. Posted November 14, 2007.
Dick Cheney just spent a day shooting up pen-raised birds. Some hunters liken the sport -- killing tame animals that offer no resistance -- to having sex with a blow-up doll.
While most people are lamenting the violence in Pakistan, Burma, Afghanistan and Iraq, apparently it's not enough bloodshed for Vice President Dick Cheney.
Last month in a caravan of 15 sport utility vehicles and an ambulance -- no jokes, please -- Cheney made his way to Clove Valley Rod & Gun Club, about 70 miles north of New York City, near Poughkeepsie, for a day of controlled bloodletting.
Cheney landed at Stewart Air Force Base and took off the following day for the upscale gun club at a cost of $32,000 for local law enforcement officials who guarded his hotel, protected his motorcade and diverted school buses.
Unlike Cheney's 2003 trip to Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier Township, Pa., in which he killed 70 pheasants and an undisclosed number of ducks (his hunting party killed 417 pheasants), staff at the Clove Valley Rod & Gun Club remained tight-lipped about the take.
An employee who answered the phone would not disclose which species was being shot -- ads say pheasants, ducks and Hungarian partridges -- and kept repeating "I don't know anything about it" before hanging up. Like Cheney's last visit to Clove Valley in 2001, the 4,000-acre club, which costs $150,000 a year to join, was a fortress with Blackwater-style snipers "protecting" the vice president's right to shoot tame birds.
But a New York Daily News photographer did snap a picture of a small Confederate flag hanging inside a garage on the hunt club property, which prompted civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton to demand that Cheney "leave immediately, denounce the club and apologize for going to a club that represents lynching, hate and murder to black people."
Cheney spokeswoman Megan Mitchell said neither Cheney nor anyone on his staff saw such a flag at the hunt club. (Maybe the flag was on the women's side of Clove Valley; only men are allowed in the clubhouse.)
Of course the nation is still amused about Cheney's 2006 hunting mishap in which he shot 78-year-old attorney Harry Whittington in the face in Texas instead of a quail -- and everyone from Letterman to President Bush jokes about it.
But canned hunting isn't funny.
Birds raised for canned hunts at gun clubs and in state "recreational" areas are grown in packed pens -- think factory farmed chickens -- and fitted with goggles so they won't peck each other to death from the crowding.
When released for put and take hunters like Cheney, pen raised birds can barely walk or fly -- or see, thanks to the goggles. They don't know how to forage or hide in the wild and sometimes have to be kicked to "fly" enough to be shot.
Some hunters say shooting the pellet-ready tame animals, which offer no resistance, is like having sex with a blow-up doll.
But others say hunting itself is like sex with a blow up doll and that the 10 percent decline in hunters seen in the United States since the late '90s -- from 14 million to about 12.5 million -- coincides exactly with the debut of impotence drugs like Viagra.
Still for the veep to pursue his addiction to the "programmed massacre of scores of tame, pen-raised birds" despite all the "negative publicity it has generated for him" suggests a deep psychological disorder, writes Gerald Schiller in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Especially since criminologists have long recognized that premeditated, sadistic treatment of animals is a strong predictor of criminal and homicidal violence.
Sociopaths Jeffrey Dahmer and Richard Speck were both big on animal cruelty. And they weren't running foreign policy..
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Monday, November 12, 2007
So I started my research into alternatives to the HIV/AIDS theory and am finding some alarming articles...
This one explains the primary methods used to diagnose AIDS in Africa are dysfunctional because they follow a system of symptom recognition rather than legitimate testing (too expensive). By doing so, thousands of people are diagnosed with AIDS when in fact they don't have HIV but merely have Tuberculosis or some other curable ailment. This 'false death sentence' plagues morality, ruins energy for the future, and instills a fear of seeing doctors. Not to mention the possibility of 'psychological death', where simply thinking you are going to die will kill you.
The focus on AIDS diverts much needed assistance for malaria medicines, tuberculosis medicines and the like. It also diverts attention from the fact that a majority of the 'AIDS' patients live impoverished in war torn countries and are often starving.
In 1992 Uganda's total budget for malaria treatment and control was less than $57,000 yet foreign funding for AIDS was over $6 million dollars.
People need healthy food, clean water, and basic medicine.
You can't cover this problem up with condoms and toxic treatment.
The conspiracy theorist within wishes to note that this problem conveniently coincides with the US gov's declared intention of population control in these regions (as cited in the article)
This article details four patients who became very ill, were diagnosed with AIDS/HIV, and then healed themselves holistically after refusing to take AZT and the likes (one guy underwent a treatment where doctors withdrew his blood, heated it to over 100 degrees F, and put it back inside him to effectively kill the viruses)
I understand it's only four cases, but if anything it is remarkable testament to the power of nutrition and positive attitude.
These articles are only leaves on the tree
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