...Dick Cheney went hunting today.
The good news (by Republican standards, anyway :) ) - no lawyers were shot.
The bad news (by the standards of normal folks, anyway) - the hunting trip was to a private club that displays (get this!) a Confederate flag.
From the New York Daily News -
Nobody got shot, but Vice President Cheney still fired up controversy Monday when he went hunting at a private club that hangs the Confederate flag.
A Daily News photographer captured the 3-by-5 foot Dixie flag affixed to a door in the garage of the Clove Valley Gun and Rod Club in upstate Union Vale, N.Y.
...Want positive proof that the 'family values' Arizona Republicans make a mob family look like the Waltons?
Now the Maricopa County Republicans are promoting a "gala reception" for Russell Pearce (R-National Alliance) as he "explores" a run against Congressman Jeff Flake (CD6), one of their very own.
What does Flake have to do to get a little love from his own party? I can understand Democrats disliking him - on social issues, he makes Barry Goldwater look like a bleeding heart and his "crusade" against earmarks always seems to focus more on community-based projects than on real waste like no-bid contracts and the like - but why do other Republicans hate him so much?
In addition to all of the reasons that Democrats can't stand him, he's intelligent, hard-working, untainted by scandal, and while he is *definitely* wrong on nearly every important issue, he isn't an embarrassment to his district or his state.
Hmmm..."not an embarrassment"...hmmm....
Maybe, in a perverse sort of way, that's the real problem here.
Consider the scheduled headline endorsers at Pearce's soiree -
Joe Arpaio and Andrew Thomas of "let's arrest journalists for writing uncomplimentary articles about us" fame.
Those two are perfect for Pearce - nobody can say they don't embarrass the state.
...The Bush State Department has given the Blackwater security guards responsible for killing 17 Iraqi civilians immunity from prosecution.
No wiseass-ery here. This is just too disgusting.