Friday, February 24, 2006

Just the fact's, ma'am, just the facts

Rants against government officials’ ineptitude are so easy these days. Perhaps that is why I have sat shaking my head in wonder recently instead of composing my irritation.

Look at some facts. Cheney accidentally shot a friend in the face, neck, and chest. He did not report it for about eighteen hours. He did not call the President before the incident was made public, nor after. The President did not call him, either.

At least one report said that a deputy sheriff was turned away by Secret Service people when he first went to see Cheney.

Eventually the woman hostess at the shooting ranch told the media about the accident and volunteered that there was no alcohol consumed at all. The deputy sheriff who did talk with Cheney about eighteen hours later went with that, presumably, and said there was no evidence of drinking. In later questioning, Cheney admitted to having a beer at lunch before the hunt. But that “evidence” would not be present after eighteen hours, of course.

So far, no one has asked Cheney, publicly, whether or not he also had a beer before lunch or after. O.K. so that is a cheap shot that doesn’t belong in my list of facts, even though it is true. File it under, “Typical way Cheney plays with words and meaning.”

Back to the facts as reported: Cheney and the victim were hunting with another person, first named as “another hunter” and also referred to in initial reports as “the third hunter.” Later investigation pointed out that the third hunter was a married woman. None of the spouses of the married group were in on the hunt, itself.

One report, at least, has mentioned the adult daughter of the widow hostess was also with the group.

First reports lightly said that the man shot had been “peppered,” and the wounds were “superficial.”

The victim was placed in intensive care. Later reports told of the seriousness of the wounds and the high number of pellets that penetrated the man’s body. One lodged in or near a heart muscle. The man had a mild heart tremor as a result. Cheney has explained the delay in reporting the accident as partly to see first that the man was going to be all right. From his “superficial” wounds.

When the Republican big donor was released from the hospital and talked with reporters, he apologized for causing the vice president anguish by getting shot!

Republican backers-to-the-death keep saying, “So what’s the big deal? Accidents happen. Move on!”

All right.

Moving on, a company in Dubai has purchased the British company that manages various ports in this country. President Bush was out of the loop and did not learn that Arabs would to be managing our ports until the deal was completed a few days before it was to be announced.

He then talked with some U.S. leaders and those who had been negotiating with the companies and announced it was a done deal.

Former senator and one-time Republican candidate for President, Bob Dole is now a highly paid lobbyist who was hired by the Arabs to help finalize the agreement.

Both Republican Senator McCain and former Democrat President Carter are on record as supporting Bush on this.

Bush has said that Congress should listen to what he, as President, says about the deal, and added that if they pass legislation against it, he will veto their bill. That would be the first Presidential veto during Bush’s five years in office.

There is bipartisan outrage against having Arabs from any country managing American ports.

“And that’s the truth. Pffftttttttt.”


Anonymous tomtomtommy said...

You set the facts and let us draw conclusions. I conclude that cronyism, pay-offs, deceptions, and lies are a part of everyday Beltway life.

2/24/2006 4:18 PM  
Blogger Howling Latina said...

Dropped to see how you were getting along.

A while back, you accidentally dropped off my site. (~.~)

2/25/2006 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just when I thought the leaders couldn't fumble any worse, (Harriet Miers, Katrina, big breaks for the super rich, out of control deficits, leading us to a war we didn't need, illegal spying on citizens, lies and cover ups), they turn the ball over to the enemy!

2/27/2006 9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you see Bush approval is at 34 percent? I am amazed that there are that many still supporting the bozo.

2/28/2006 5:35 AM  
Anonymous Tinkerbelle said...

Read the article in this week's NEWSWEEK about the Bush port deal. Then read between the lines. The report mentions where he was speaking to supporters about this and that issue when he was told news, etc. And now he is off to India! His handlers certainly keep him out of D.C. as much as possible, don't they?

2/28/2006 9:13 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

The man is gone form D.C. more than he is there. Someone wants him out of the way!

3/03/2006 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You could include the "facts" that (1) it was reported Cheney has hunted there often (2) he was hunting illegally with no upland game stamp (3) he sent in the money with no arrest or penalty when caught.

That leads to speculation about how many times he has hunted illegally and not been caught. What a guy.

3/09/2006 6:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good for those who made the President's men decide to negotiate with Dubai. Tthey "withdrew" before a real confrontation took place in D.C. I do wonder if Bushie would have vetoed a war spending bill that had the amendment to forbid Arabs running the ports. He said he would. Now we won't know.

3/12/2006 7:20 AM  
Anonymous pendragon said...

Keep a close watch. It ain't over. Dubai will sneak in with a subsidiary company or Halliburton will lend one of its names to Dubai, or something shady, to hide the secret deals between the Bushies and the Arab oilies.

3/14/2006 5:45 PM  
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