Cheney is a breath of fresh air compared to the Republican hacks showboating and angling for TV shows and endless campaign donations these days. No one else more clearly illustrates the raw neo-con malevolence at the foundation of the party. Chuck Todd might just as well have been asking these questions to a rabid bear, or a balrog.
If you’ve followed any history about WWII (or drug culture) you’ve likely come across a story about how the boys in the Wehrmacht were all pumped up on methamphetamine pills as they rolled over Europe, North Africa and into Asia from 1939 to about 1943 when they began to lose steam. The wunder drug, called Pervitin, kept the Reich alert, aggressive, and euphoric as they goose stepped their way to more precious Lebensraum. Later, the troops were clamoring for more of the pills they affectionately called their Panzerschokolade (tank chocolate) and no doubt it aided in their fanatical defense of the fatherland from 1943 onward — if we take the battle of Kursk as a point of no return — until the end, when der Fuhrer, a daily meth user via syringe injection, took his own miserable life in April 1945. German drug companies produced some 35 million pills and with the fall of the Nazi regime the drug dropped into obscurity. But its secrets were not lost.
The recipe to cook meth the way we know it today, was gifted to the world by a Breaking Bad style chemist/madman from Wisconsin who goes by the name Uncle Fester.
Published in the mid 80’s, Uncle Fester’s “Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture” revealed relatively easy methods to produce the drug which had been out of reach for decades to all but large West Coast organizations like the Hell’s Angels, according to Spiegel Online. Fester’s cookbook empowered the average wouldbe crank head, who could now brew up a batch of ice using ingredients that were readily available in any pharmacy.
Uncle Fester, whose real identity is one Steve Preisler now in his mid 50’s, lives somewhere in Green Bay (at last check). His book is now in it’s 8th edition.
The Third Reich’s standard issue crazy pill: Pervitin… Nein, nein, nein, nein!
Side note: Rumor has it that Hitler had special affinity for pastoral Wisconsin, home to places like “New Berlin” and “Germantown,” and whose rural inhabitants continued to speak German over English for decades beyond anywhere else in the States.
Today’s dedication of the Bush Presidential library in Texas, has the media asking what his legacy will be, once again. For a figure of such global impact as an American President, there is no simple answer — especially where wars that have destroyed the lives of millions are concerned. But in the great U.S. of A. we shouldn’t have to think too long on it.