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Friday, January 13, 2006

Evidence of Alito antecedents found on old tobacco art.

Image:, Reuters
Thursday, January 12, 2006

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Alitosis Day 4

Not to be outdone by her lachrymose daughter, Mother Bomgardner, again, takes the spotlight by impishly contradicting Chuck Schumer's not yet voiced "don't hold your breath" caution to Roe supporters.

Modified Image: AP
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Alitosis Day 3

Judge Alito listens to a Senator as his fashion-challenged wife, by all appearances the wearer of the family pants, plans tonight's Taco Pie menu and tomorrow's ragbag outfit.

Modified Image: Reuters, FOX
Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Photo: Reuters
Monday, January 09, 2006

From this week's TIME magazine:

Bracing for the worst, Administration officials obtained from the Secret Service a list of all the times Abramoff entered the White House complex, and they scrambled to determine the reason for each visit. Bush aides are also trying to identify all the photos that may exist of the two men together. Abramoff attended Hanukkah and holiday events at the White House.

In keeping with the imperial airs noticed in yesterday's post about the new Cheney mansion, the TIME article has this interesting aside about the President and Tom Delay:

DeLay is not the kind of guy...the President feels comfortable with..."They have always seen him as beneath them, more blue collar. He's seen as a useful servant, not someone you would want to vacation with."

Modified Image: AP, Google
Sunday, January 08, 2006

The rarely seen Vice President must be conducting his top secret and ill-fated puttering, these days, at his palatial waterfront Ballintober Estate on Maryland's chi-chi Eastern Shore.

Reported and Googled figures for the Cheney purchase, seen in this tiny thumbnail, during the beginning days of Hurricane Katrina range from $2.2 to $2.7 million.
Press reports seem to suggest the new arrivals and their high-tech imperial accoutrements are wearing thin amongst the neighboring horsy set.
Elizabeth Burmiller’s normally hagiographic White House letter from December 19 (available only with TimesSelect) offers an introductory hint of sourness:

The main discordant note in the cheery local patter comes from private pilots…about a no-fly zone over Ballintober that extends a nautical mile in radius and to an altitude of 1,500 feet. The no-fly zone, imposed last month, is in effect even when Mr. Cheney is not there.

Lloyd Grove advanced the ball in last Friday’s edition of the New York Daily News with word that Cheney’s rural Maryland neighbors are not enjoying the frisson of a massive security entourage:

“I've had great big helicopters fly over my house at 3 o'clock in the morning and at 1 in the morning. I can tell you I'm not happy. They're very noisy. The dogs start barking, and we can't get back to sleep…When they travel, the Secret Service clears Church Neck Road and prevents people from leaving their property. When they drive into town, people are actually told to stay inside their houses until the Cheneys go by. And I hear that two weeks ago, they told the DNR Police to keep their boats away from Cheney's house because it was ruining his view."

Those who have wondered about the VP’s recent activities can, I think, now rest assured with news that Mr. Cheney is occupied ordering stray boats, planes, autos and people from the panoramic vista enjoyed from his Barca-lounger.
Are migratory geese next on the all-powerful Veep’s panorama target list?

Photos: DOD,

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