Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Cheney Notes

Vice President Dick Cheney made handwritten notations on a July 2003 newspaper column that indicate he was focused on a critic of the administration's Iraq policy, according to a court filing in the C.I.A. leak case.....In neat writing above the text of the column, prosecutors say, Mr. Cheney wrote: "Have they done this sort of thing before? Send an Amb. to answer a question? Do we ordinarily send people out pro bono to work for us? Or did his wife send him on a junket?"
- New York Times - May 13, 2006

Dick Cheney’s handwritten notations on the op-ed piece by former Ambassador Joseph Wilson were apparently not the only such notes made by the Vice President.

Takeout menu from local Chinese food restaurant

Why are there so many choices? Is the asterisk designation for "spicy" really a secret code? Why can’t you get a combo for one? Isn’t five miles an arbitrary restriction for free delivery?

Receipt for dry cleaning

Have we used this service before? Why must I specifically request starch for the collars? Isn’t that a given? Why is there no "five-item" special? Should we investigate?

Manhattan telephone directory

Is it necessary to have this many names in one book? Why are they ordered alphabetically? How come there are so many ethnic-sounding names? Can we put a wiretap on the numbers I’ve highlighted?

TV Guide

Why do they list channels other than FOX? Where are all the John Wayne movies? Is there any way to get 24-7 coverage of good news in Iraq? How can they give four stars to that turkey of a movie "Wag The Dog"?

CIA memo on no WMD

Did Rumsfeld see this yet? Where’s a paper shredder when you need one? Can we keep this from W? Is Porter Goss available?

The Da Vinci Code

Did Da Vinci ever visit Iraq? Are our guys aware of this code? Can we hire one of those albinos from Opus Dei? Has anyone talked to Dan Brown to see if he wants to be the White House speech writer?

Matchbook from the Watergate Hotel

Is this the place the Plumbers broke into? What were they thinking of? Who needs to burglarize to get secret information? Didn’t they have unauthorized wiretaps back then?

Presidential signing statement

Is this a great idea or what? How can we lose when the president opts out from the application of a law? Do you think W actually reads these things? When can we get rid of Congress for good?

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