Wednesday, February 15, 2006

There may have been beer involved 

. . . but then the story was sanitized by MSNBC, and apparently Google, too.

But the original MSNBC screen shot is here. Thanks to Thought Crimes via Atrios.

Personally, I don't think Cheney would have to be inebriated to do something reckless and stupid. Doesn't mean he wasn't. I'm just sayin' . . .


The Perfect Metaphor 

From thereisnospoon at DKos:
It's because this story is a perfect metaphor for this administration's foreign and domestic policy. It says everything you need to know about Dick Cheney personally, and the way this entire administration operates.

And the press does this all the time: they run with little things that display flaws in character: Al Gore's "Internet" quote to highlight his weakness for exaggeration; Kerry's "Voted for it before I voted against it" to highlight his weakness for equivocation.

In this case, we have Cheney and the entire Bush Administration foreign and domestic policy in a nutshell. Especially in Iraq and Katrina.

In this case, Cheney and friends were killing innocent creatures who were trapped in a pen with no hope of escape.

Overeager, Cheney hunted with a shoot first, ask questions later mentality, and managed to strike his own partner, and send his friend to intensive care.

It later appears that Bush and his situation room (or so they said) had no idea what was going on on the ground there. They waited an entire day to even report the story, even though they obviously knew what happened. Hell, someone else had to force them to report the story, because they sure weren't going to unless they had to.

The official story then has Cheney blaming the victim, saying it was the victim's fault he got in Cheney's way.

It starts to become clear there was a pretty big hush-hush coverup job about it, but that the truth couldn't help but get leaked, despite the Administration's best wishes. There is even speculation that Cheney was possibly intoxicated, and not using his best intelligence before he started shooting.

And, of course, they couldn't afford to admit the truth, because the truth would probably be an impeachable offense.

And in case you had any doubt, the Cheney administration will handle this through standard operation procedure:

Step 1: Screw-up
Step 2: Evade, spin, and Cover-up
Step 3: When it's too late Show-up
Step 4: Quietly Lawyer-up
Step 5: Finally, promise to cooperate and then Clam-up
And let's not forget my personal favorite:
Make shit up.


Sunday, February 12, 2006

Cheney wounds quail hunter 

You can't make this stuff up.
Vice President Dick accidentally shot and injured a man during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, his spokeswoman said Sunday.
Imagine the damage he could do if you gave him a whole war to fuck up.

Oh . . . wait.


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