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Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Friday, February 17, 2006

Cheney - just asking for it

Okay, I'll kick him one more time while he's down, and then leave it alone (if I can).

Feaux News is calling for an end to the media circus surrounding the coverage of Dick Cheney shooting his friend in the face. I'm sorry, but it's just so easy to plug away at the guy who's led us down one dark path after another, and then tops it off by shooting his friend in the face. But I'll try - after today. Think of this as Fat Tuesday, before Lent makes me repent.

In comments on the trial of Scooter Libby, Cheney says he has the power to declassify information. Not so, as far as I can tell. This must be in the same secret part of the Constitution, not available to the general public, that Bush claims allows him the power to violate civil liberties and spy on Americans.

Cheney's former chief of staff, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, told a grand jury he was "authorized by his superiors" to disclose classified information from an intelligence estimate on Iraq to reporters, the special prosecutor investigating the 2003 leak of a CIA agent's identity told Libby's attorneys. The prosecutor, Patrick Fitzgerald, did not identify who those "superiors" are.

In an interview Wednesday with Fox News, Cheney said the case was "nothing I can talk about." But he said he had the authority to declassify material under an executive order that "focuses first and foremost on the president, but also includes the vice president."

If someone can show me where this executive order is, I'll retract my statement publicly. I have a feeling, though, that this will go into sound-bite history, and we won't hear about it again.

As for Cheney shooting his friend in the face, Common Sense has an interesting wrap-up - in absence of our daily Daily Show episode - that succinctly covers the pertinent points rather admirably.

Along these lines is The Agonist, pointing us toward a site where Cheney could have taken a quail hunting course that could have helped him avoid shooting his friend in the face.

I took this course, and passed it. Okay, on the second try. That Harry Whittington is a wily character.

On a final note, Sploid ponders whether shooting his friend in the face is why Cheney chose not to reveal the accident right away. Apparently, there were two female members of the hunting party who were not the wives of the male members of the hunting party. I'll wait for you to catch up.

Not that these were nubile babes or anything, but they were hustled off the scene before any statements were made to law enforcement or the media. Draw your own conclusions.

As a close to my final post on the fact that Dick Cheney shot his friend in the face, it should be said that this story is far from over. There are questions as to what actualy happened that weekend, and to what are the implications of our attitiudes towards gun control related to hunting (such as, making sure that your field of fire is not inhabited by your hunting companions).

And most importantly, that your hunting fiasco is not haunted by evidence of extra-marital affairs. 'cause as we've learned, it's worse to have extra-marital affairs than to screw the entire country.


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