Saturday, February 18, 2006
Lynx, lincs, links
Jay Rosen says Dick Cheney Did Not Make a Mistake By Not Telling the Press He Shot a Guy. Go find out why (though regular Press Think readers should probably be able to guess).
A few days ago, Pam Spaulding wrote a must-reader, with the most provocative of titles: Dems to homos: re-closet yourself in 2006. Mike Rogers at BlogActive, who has also been attacking the attacks against what moderate Dems call "single issues," peered into the crystal ball to see how the RNC might exploit Paul Hackett's pull-out from the Ohio Senate race.
BarbinMD explores Cheney hunting party shooting inconsistencies.
On a related note, John Pomfret at the Washington Post has this little morsel:
Cheney has said he was standing 30 yards from Whittington when he fired. But hunters and firearms experts questioned whether birdshot from a 28-gauge shotgun, known as a "gentleman's gun" because the ammunition is expensive and the firearm is light, could have passed through Whittington's clothes and entered his thoracic cavity at such a distance.
Jim Wilson, the retired sheriff of Crockett County in West Texas and the handguns editor at Shooting Times, said that he doubted Whittington was that far from Cheney.
"At 30 yards that shot pattern is going to have spread quite a bit," he said. "You could put a person's eye out, but hitting a person's body, the shot won't penetrate very far."
Calvin Woodward and Nancy Benac have lots more in an Associated Press article: "VP Accident Tale Filled With Discrepancies."