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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

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Tom

you won't believe this from Fox "News." O.K. maybe you will. Though MSNBC is making up ground fast, are there any bigger whores for the Bushies than Fox? Utter and complete whores.

CAVUTO: This is a Fox News alert. The lawyer accidentally hit by Vice President Dick Cheney suffering a mild heart attack this morning. Doctors say he’s doing just fine and could be released in a week. Meanwhile, the White House press corps again beating a dead horse as it tries to find out why they were not told right away about the Vice President’s hunting accident. Not one person bothering to ask, in the meantime, how Dick Cheney’s feeling about all this. After all, he’s a human being and injuring someone else in an accident can take a huge toll.

Scott

Not one person bothering to ask, in the meantime, how Dick Cheney’s feeling about all this. After all, he’s a human being and injuring someone else in an accident can take a huge toll.

Okay. Now, in the interest of fairness, I have no doubt that shooting a person is an extremely emotional and wrenching experience to go through. And the vice president is not young and he's had serious health problems. So it's actually something to think about.

Yeah, all right. That's enough of that.

It's all true, of course, but his behavior over the past five days has pretty much proven that he doesn't actually care about such petty human concepts as "concern." That delay in telling was because they were all focused on his medical attention, remember? Yeah, now it turns out he was having dinner that evening, and that's why he couldn't be arsed to inform his boss, the president of the United States. But he looked worried whilst eating, we were informed.

Oh. Well. Okay, then.

And no matter how traumatic it is to shoot someone, I have no doubt it's much more traumatic to actually be shot.

And what could possibly make that horrible situation worse for an old man? Why, then having the shooter blame you for stopping his shot with your face. Yeah, that oughta pretty much do it.

Oh, and of course, it's not like Cheney's been weeping in silence. No, he's been too busy twisting arms in congress to get them to retroactively make illegal wiretaps not illegal.

My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, for thee I weep.

Not to get too melodramatic or nothin'. I reckon there's just something about elected officials shooting people and then covering it up that gets to me.

Scott

Some conflicting statements here:


Then there was this Armstrong quote on MSNBC and picked up by Firedoglake (later dutifully scrubbed, but preserved on Google cache): "There may be a beer or two in there," (Armstrong) said, 'but remember not everyone in the party was shooting.'"

Interestingly, Armstrong's playing with words here. She later said that she (Armstrong) hadn't had anything to drink, so at least one of the other three must have been drinking - and the other three were shooting. So while her statement was literally correct ("not everyone ... was shooting"), it gives the false impression that nobody drank and shot.

Then there was this item (courtesy kos):

Armstrong said she saw Cheney's security detail running toward the scene. "The first thing that crossed my mind was he had a heart problem," she told The Associated Press.
In other words, she didn't see the accident. All of her statements, replete with colorful sidebars about getting "peppered pretty good," gave the false impression she was an eyewitness. She wasn't.

And then there's this fine question:

Since the Vice-President never goes anywhere without Secret Service protection, the incident must have been witnessed by Secret Service agents. These agents would also have witnessed the drinking, since one cannot imagine the Secret Service allowing the Vice-President to consume any substance that had not first passed Secret Service scrutiny (to ensure it was not tampered with or poisoned). Therefore, the Secret Service would be fully aware of what and how much the Vice-President had to drink.

Here's the question. As Federal law enforcement agents, are the Secret Service Agents dutybound to report any illegal activity they may have witnessed? If shooting under the influence is illegal, does the Secret Service have an obligation to come forward?

Tom

Krauthammer over at Fox (again) says Cheney did the manly thing in not reproting the incident. As heaven is my witness, that's what he said.

As Federal law enforcement agents, are the Secret Service Agents dutybound to report any illegal activity they may have witnessed?

Only if it involves oral sex.

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