Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Dr. Blanchard counts pellets the way Republicans count votes 

The second paragraph of Elisabeth "Bulimia" Bumiller's article on Cheney's manslaughter in today's NYT contains this tidbit:

Dr. David Blanchard, the emergency room chief, estimated that Mr. Whittington had more than 5 but "probably less than 150 to 200" pellets lodged in his body.

Yep, you got it: more than 5, "probably less than 150 to 200." The rest of Bumiller's article involves about that much accuracy, and makes about that much sense.

[Oh, and today's WaPo article concludes with this:

Mary Matalin, a Cheney adviser who has helped him deal with the shooting fallout, rejected suggestions that the White House's handling of the incident might result in political damage. "We have a history replete with evidence to the contrary," she said. "Every time we've had predictions of monumental liability, it never occurred."

Weird, isn't it? It just never occurred.]


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