Questions for the gang who couldn't shoot straight: More questions are arising about Cheney's shooting of a trial lawyer. Why did it take a full day for officials to disclose the accident, and would they have done so had a reporter not been tipped off about it? And why did the owner of the ranch where the shooting took place tell the Houston Chronicle that Harry Whittington was "bruised more than bloodied" and that his "pride was hurt more than anything else," when in fact he'd been airlifted to an intensive care unit? Wonderment abounds at Editor & Publisher.
So much for free speech: A 15-year Veterans Administration nurse is being investigated for sedition. Her crime? Writing a letter to the editor, which, in part, reads: "Bush, Cheney, Chertoff, Brown, and Rice should be tried for criminal negligence. This country needs to get out of Iraq now and return to our original vision and priorities of caring for land and people and resources rather than killing for oil. . . . We need to wake up and get real here, and act forcefully to remove a government administration playing games of smoke and mirrors and vicious deceit. Otherwise, many more of us will be facing living hell in these times.” Let's be clear on what an unapologetic VA is accusing Berg of: sedition, according to Princeton's Wordnet is "an illegal action inciting resistance to lawful authority and tending to cause the disruption or overthrow of the government."