Thursday, February 16, 2006

Cheney's Shotgun

Like many people, I'm unimpressed by Cheney's Fox interview concerning the shooting accident last Saturday. More than likely, the shooting was a stupid accident but the spin since last Saturday does nothing more than confirm that Cheney and Bush are two guys who believe they live by different rules than the rest of us. The title of the biography of the very wealthy Henry Ford II, Never Complain, Never Explain, only partly describes our president and vice president; to suit their needs, they have altered the slogan to: never explain, never apologize. Because they are two of the most powerful people on the planet, we're forced to take them seriously—somewhat. But in the end both these men, and their arrogance and posturings, are a bit ridiculous. Isn't that the dirty little secret the Republican Party is unable to admit? That the bitter laughter is growing?

Reader B.T. sent me an e-mail pointing out that the shotgun Cheney used was a Perazzi Brescia (he generously included pictures and links). Their shotguns come at different prices that range from just under $10,000 to as much as a half a million. I have no idea which model Cheney has but given all the tax cuts Cheney has been fighting for so that he and his wealthy friends can buy their expensive toys, I somehow doubt Cheney owns one of the cheaper models.

Many of the Perazzi Brescia models include very fine engraved artwork such as this:



But a few of the more expensive models include more elaborate artwork such as this:


Dick Cheney certainly likes the best but the above engraving, for all I know, might not suit his taste. But if it did, it would beg the question of whether he and Ashcroft were able to play well together.

Look, we take too much for granted in this era. I have no illusions about a lot of nonsense that takes place, but some things have got to be said aloud. I respect our constitution. I respect our long history of fighting for democracy and fairness. I'm proud of a system that sometimes allows people of real ability to accomplish things that benefit the rest of us and I do not mind if they are paid for their competence. But I resent having to respect power when that power is abused and is not used for all Americans, but just for a privileged few. No two politicians in high office have ever deserved to be brought down a peg or two more than Bush and Cheney. I belong to the loyal opposition but I will not cut them slack. They have had five years to do something, anything, the way people in government are supposed to do it. And these two gentlemen have repeatedly failed.

6 Comments:

Blogger glenda said...

There is proof that Cheney is really am inhuman clone, as evidenced in my blog. :) Glenda

3:12 AM  
Blogger granny said...

I used to know somebody who made a pretty decent living engraving guns. nothing else, just engraving guns.

I wonder who bought Dick Cheney's gun for him as he is too rich to buy anything for himself.

10:40 PM  
Blogger granny said...

I used to know somebody who made a pretty decent living engraving guns. nothing else, just engraving guns.

I wonder who bought Dick Cheney's gun for him as he is too rich to buy anything for himself.

10:49 PM  
Blogger panopticonman said...

Very nice item on Cheney's super high-end shotgun.

This is kind of detail that back in the days of the real Populist party (not the quasi-populism of the Bush gang) would have inflamed the American people as an example of the excess of the robber baron class and their servants in government.

(Of course in the miraculous and stunning efficiency typical of this regime, Cheney is both robber and corrupt servant of himself and his friends. I think they teach this at business school now. It used to be called plundering, now it's called networking, or rightsizing, or rightshoring or efficiency or something like that).

Maybe someone in the big media will pick up on this detail and make something of it. Let's hope so!

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Craig said...

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1:25 AM  
Blogger Craig said...

granny, I like your question about "who bought Dick Cheney's gun for him as he is too rich to buy anything for himself." That's classic behavior for a certain kind of rich person.

panopticonman, excellent comments as always. I may have to borrow "rightshoring" now and then. It's perfect.

1:30 AM  

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