Funny Error in Time News Story

A bit of a slip up in a Times Magazine article on Bush & Cheney skipping the Republican National Convention:

President Bush, Vice President Cheney and prominent governors decided on Sunday to skip the Republican National Convention, and the party considered shortening its big four-day event as Hurricane Gustav approached the Gulf Coast with potentially devastating strength.

The convention, a marquee event meant to send presidential candidate Dick Cheney into the fall campaign with a burst of energy and good feeling, already was becoming overwhelmed by alarming news of the hurricane just three years after deadly Katrina struck New Orleans.

Ha! Presidential candidate Dick Cheney. Time can’t tell them apart, either. Screen cap, because that will surely change:

Freudian Slip
Freudian Slip
Continue ReadingFunny Error in Time News Story

links for 2008-05-07

Continue Readinglinks for 2008-05-07

Celebrating Fitzmas

You know, Fitzmas — the holiday where DOJ Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald (pictured) indicts White House officials for outing a CIA officer in retaliation for their lies about WMD being exposed. Reuters is predicting that it will occur this week, so we should be prepared. Americablog readers give their ideas for this brand-new holiday:

  • I’m thinking of a pinata filled with little bottles of booze in honor of our president.
  • Fitzmas carolling! Get a group of friends and go from door to door reciting the constitution.
  • I’m thinking of carving some “Republicans behind bars” pumpkins. They’re already that nice orange jumpsuit color!
  • For our Jewish friends, shouldn’t we have a Fitztival of Lights?
  • I hope there is an indictment under every Fitzmas tree.
  • Fitzmas caroling in front of the White House?
  • I want some Fitzmas cookies so I can bite the head off some neocons.
  • I will do the Whoopee dance in my front yard in front of all my neocon Republican neighbors.
  • I have champagne chilling. Balloons and a dozen pink flamingos and Happy Fitzmas signs ready for the front yard.
  • As for me, I’m planning a party and am going to make Fitzmas Carols booklets from the best on the Kos diary here
  • How bout a contest for best Fitzmas Shrub?
  • How about a game of Pin the Balls on the Donkey?
  • On the frist day of Fitzmas my true love brought to me, a Chicago White Sox victory.
  • I just bought a bottle of 1989 Chateau Lynch-Bagnes, Pauillac. I was going to save it for a very special occasion. This would qualify perfectly. And what is really the topper is that the wine is . . . French.
2022-03-15 Update:
I really got down in the weeds for some of these blog posts, didn’t I? Oh well. I do the same on Facebook today. It’s really too bad Fitzmas never caught on. Special Counsel Patrick Fitzgerald would have a ball.

Context: As special counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel, Fitzgerald was the federal prosecutor in charge of the investigation of the Valerie Plame Affair, which led to the prosecution and conviction in 2007 of Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff Scooter Libby for perjury and obstruction of justice.

Continue ReadingCelebrating Fitzmas

Pipelines more important than hospitals to Dick Cheney

According to the Hattiesburg America, a small Mississippi newspaper, Dick Cheney’s office called the South Mississippi Electric Power Association and ordered them to prioritize restoring power to Colonial Pipeline Co. before restoring power to two rural hospitals.

“I considered it a presidential directive to get those pipelines operating,” said Jim Compton, general manager of the South Mississippi Electric Power Association – which distributes power that rural electric cooperatives sell to consumers and businesses.

“I reluctantly agreed to pull half our transmission line crews off other projects and made getting the transmission lines to the Collins substations a priority,” Compton said. “Our people were told to work until it was done.”

Let me reiterate what I said before about the importance of this: in the event of a nuclear terrorist attack on our country, Dick Cheney would save his pipeline before he would save your grandmother’s hospital.

I wonder if anyone died in those two hospitals while the power was off.

I’m not sure whether the South Mississippi Electric Power Association is a state or privately run facility — from what I can see they’re privately owned. I wonder, then, why they didn’t tell Cheney to go Cheney himself.

Continue ReadingPipelines more important than hospitals to Dick Cheney

Mary Cheney

Because Kerry once again won the debate last night, the only thing the Republicans have to hammer him on is his reference to Mary Cheney as being a lesbian. Apparently, they’re all wigging out about this, for some strange reason, as though mentioning it were a bad thing, or some big secret.

WHAT KERRY SAID: “And I think if you were to talk to Dick Cheney’s daughter, who is a lesbian, she would tell you that she’s being who she was, she’s being who she was born as.”

LYNNE CHENEY AT POST-DEBATE RALLY: “The only thing I could conclude is that this is not a good man. This is not a good man. And, of course, I’m speaking as a mom. And a pretty indignant one. This is not a good man. What a cheap and tawdry political trick.”

DICK CHENEY TO NBC AFFILIATE WHO: “I would have said Sen. Kerry was out of line to bring my daughter into it. I thought it was totally inappropriate.”

WTF???!!!! Seriously, what the fuck? Mary Cheney is a 30+ year old woman who’s been out of the closet for years upon years, and who has held down jobs as a gay advocate. Why would anyone care if she were brought up, unless they were a total bigot? Of course she’s relevant. Of course, she’s the obvious person to talk about, being the closest gay person to the presidential election. Why the hell wouldn’t he bring her up?

Continue ReadingMary Cheney

Happy “Make Fun of the Cheneys” Day!

Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney

On December 12, 2002, Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynn sent a DCMA notice to the White House parody site, where the site hosted a fake biography of Lynn Cheney. Partial bio:

Mrs. Dick Cheney was born Lynne Ann Vincent on August 14, 1941 in Casper, Wyoming. The daughter of a ruggedly masculine sheriff and her demurely erudite husband, Lynne took an early and girlishly appropriate interest in those aspects of American art and culture which are so comfortably reminiscent of 18th century thought and tradition. A voracious reader of books, the young future Mrs. Dick Cheney took a special liking to the tragically romantic works of the Frenchman Victor Hugo, most notably his seminal novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” from whose dog-eared pages she would later would take her inspiration when selecting a mate.

Text of the DCMA notice:

“This is to request adjustments in the content of your website at On the webpage appear photographs of the Honorable Lynne V. Cheney and a fictitious biographical statement about her.

It is important to avoid using her name and picture for the purposes of trade without her written consent, see N.Y. Civil Rights Law”

To protest their legal threats and harassment, April first is “Make Fun of the Cheneys Day.”

Continue ReadingHappy “Make Fun of the Cheneys” Day!