Blogressive February 14, 2006
"I know what you're thinking. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself."
A real hunter knows that yelling "Duck!" on a duck hunt isn't a good strategy. But then Vice President Dick Cheney isn't a real sportsman. Purchasing a Butterball at the Piggly Wiggly is more challenging than one of his "hunts." His fondness for canned hunting would make Davy Crocket's stomach turn:
“Dick Cheney just seems to keep topping himself on the hunting front. First, he showed terrible judgment by hunting ducks with Justice Antonin Scalia when his office had business before the Supreme Court. Then, he went on an exclusive private shooting spree in Pennsylvania and shot dozens, perhaps hundreds, of stocked pheasants at a drive-thru canned hunting operation – where the pen-raised birds were treated as nothing more than living targets. Now, he’s shot a hunting companion in his latest hunting venture. We don’t quite understand his obsession with shooting animals, and we’d advise him to pursue a less violent form of relaxation and get on with the important business of leading the country.”
He's a real class act. At least Aaron Burr gave Alexander Hamilton a fighting chance.
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"Not yet reported is the likelihood that Whittington was wearing a sweater with the 4th Amendment written on it."
"Now I understand why Dick Cheney keeps asking me to go hunting with him. I had a friend once who accidentally shot pellets into his dog - and I thought he was an idiot."
Former Reagan Press Secretary James Brady
"I've thought Cheney was scary for a long time. Now I know I was right to be nervous."
Sarah Brady, Wife of Former Reagan Press Secretary James Brady
Former FEMA chief Brown feels "abandoned." And just ask anyone in New Orleans... This is a guy who knows all about abandonment. "Brown said he views himself as a scapegoat 'abandoned' by the Bush administration." Source: cnn.com
Soldier forced to pay for damaged body armor. "The last time 1st Lt. William 'Eddie' Rebrook IV saw his body armor, he was lying on a stretcher in Iraq, his arm shattered and covered in blood. A field medic tied a tourniquet around Rebrook’s right arm to stanch the bleeding from shrapnel wounds. Soldiers yanked off his blood-soaked body armor. He never saw it again. But last week, Rebrook was forced to pay $700 for that body armor, blown up by a roadside bomb more than a year ago. He was leaving the Army for good because of his injuries. He turned in his gear at his base in Fort Hood, Texas. He was informed there was no record that the body armor had been stripped from him in battle. He was told to pay nearly $700 or face not being discharged for weeks, perhaps months." Source: wvgazette.com
Wiretapping by non-Presidents still illegal. "Hollywood’s most famous private investigator, Anthony Pellicano, was charged with wiretapping journalists, entertainers and alleged rape victims for his clients in an indictment unsealed Monday. Among those who were allegedly wiretapped or subjected to illegal computer searches were 'Rocky' actor Sylvester Stallone, comedian Garry Shandling, former New York Times film industry correspondent Bernard Weinraub, former Los Angeles Times reporter Anita Busch, five women who accused software millionaire John Gordon Jones of rape, Saturday Night Live comedian Kevin Nealon and actor Keith Carradine." Source: msnbc.com
Hillary's Bling. "The state of Bill and Hillary Clinton's union is apparently strong - at least judging by the mongo diamond that Hillary was sporting on her ring finger yesterday. Sources say the former President quietly gave the iceberg-sized bling - thought to exceed 3 carats - to his wife months ago, in advance of their 30th wedding anniversary on Oct. 11 last year. But the sparkling stunner is so big that the former First Lady has been nervous about wearing it and hasn't broken it out of her jewelry box on a regular basis until recently. Source: nydailynews.com
Today's Video: The Daily Show
"Jon, tonight the Vice President is standing by his decision to shoot Harry Whittington. Now, according to the best intelligence available, there were quail hidden in the brush. Everyone believed at the time there were quail in the brush. And while the quail turned out to be a 78 year old man...even knowing that today, Mr. Cheney insists-he still would have shot Mr. Whittington in the face. He believes the world is a better place for his spreading buckshot throughout the entire region of Mr. Whittington's face. ... In a post 9/11 world, the American people expect their leaders to be decisive. To not have shot his friend in the face would have sent a message to the quail that America is weak." Video at crooksandliars.com