by Peter Freyne
Thank God there was the big advancing Nor'easter to cover this weekend, or the mainstream U.S. media would have had nothing to report, eh?
They said we'd get six to 12 inches, maybe more in higher elevations. Global Warming's full of surprises, eh?
The "higher" elevation got more of the sticky white stuff, but in the valleys, like the one Burlington, Vermont sits is, it was light on the white stuff and heavy on a whole lot of rain and slush this morning. And a fine Blue Box Recycle Monday it was in my Five Sisters neighborhood.
Took this shot (left) about 7:10 a.m. Those of us who'd believed the weather reports had held off putting out our Blue Boxes last night. Bit of a scramble this morning when we heard the recycle truck!
A picture's worth a thousand words and a human face says it all.
Such was the face of U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday on CBS' Face the Nation. Dick Cheney - one of the grand architects of the fraudulent policy/scheme that's done more damage to the United States of America and her people than any foreign foe in my lifetime.
In response to Host Bob Schieffer's suggestion that Cheney's 2005 remark that the Iraq insurgency was in its "last throes" might make some dispute his optimistic take on the war going forward, the vice president suggested his comments lacked hindsight, but still insisted that progress in Iraq was evident.
"My statement at the time that you referenced was geared specifically to the fact that we just had an election in Iraq where some 12 million people defied the car bombers and the assassins and for the first time participated in a free election," Cheney said. "We had three elections in 2005 in Iraq: We set up a provisional government, then we got a ratification of a brand new constitution, then elections under that constitution of a new government, the government that is in place now. I still think in the broad sweep of history those will have been major turning points in the war in Iraq."
Pants on fire, Dick?
And what about his old buddy and top aide Scooter Libby - now, not just an accused, but a convicted liar?
Would you believe that Big Tough Dick Cheney, former CEO of Haliburton - for whose stockholders the Iraq War is being fought - would not discuss the recent conviction of Libby oncharges of perjury and obstruction of justice as part of theinvestigation into the leak of former CIA operative Valerie Plame'sidentity.
Cheney called the verdict a "great tragedy" but said he had nottalked to Libby since he was found guilty on March 6. "I haven't hadoccasion to do that," he said.
Couldn't even call him on the ol' cell phone?
We understand, Dick.
And what about fellow "Liar on the Hot Seat" Attorney General Alberto Gonzales?
Gonzales is scheduled to testify under oath before Sen. Patrick J. Leahy of Vermont's Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.
"He is a good man," Cheney said of Gonzales. "I have every confidence in him. The president has every confidence in him."
Speaking of Alberto - did you catch the op-ed he had in Sunday's Washington Post titled "Nothing Improper?"
Alberto's got a future in comedy. I loved this line:
"Whatbegan as a well-intentioned management effort to identify where, among the93 U.S. attorneys, changes in leadership might benefit the department, andtherefore the American people, has become an unintended public controversy."
Those "unintended" public controversies are always the worst, eh?