Hail to the Chief!

"Monitoring the situation"

Revisionist competency: On August 30--the day after Hurricane Katrina hit--George Bush took a break from his vacation to hang out with country singer Mark Wills, who gave him a prop for Bush's most infamous photo-op: a presidential guitar. Now Scott McClellan accuses The New York Times of "rewriting history to fit an inaccurate storyline and conveniently ignoring key facts." Bush, McClellan now claims, “was closely monitoring the situation [with the hurricane] and not ‘on vacation.’”

Liberty and Justice: "The CIA’s top counter-terrorism official was fired last week because he opposed detaining Al-Qaeda suspects in secret prisons abroad, sending them to other countries for interrogation and using forms of torture such as 'water boarding,' intelligence sources have claimed."

Cost of War: According to the Oxford Research Group, a major US attack on Iran's nuclear sites would kill 10,000 people, kick off a protracted war in the Middle East, and send oil prices skyrocketing.

Shot in the face, and you're to blame... "The White House blamed the 78-year-old man whom Vice President Dick Cheney shot during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas for the incident, as officials struggled Monday to explain why they waited nearly 24 hours before making the news public." But as Paul Begala and other hunters note, their argument--that Whittington got in Cheney's way--violates the first rule of hunting. Also, hilarious coverage of said face-shooting by The Daily Show.

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