Dick goes duck hunting in Dutchess County

cheney-motorcade.jpgYesterday the Veep was spotted headed to the Clove Valley Rod & Gun Club in Lagrangeville, one of his favorite bird clubs. According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, he landed at Stewart Air Force Base on Sunday, and then took off first thing Monday morning for a day of duck and pheasant hunting.

No octogenarian lawyers were injured (that we know of), but that doesn’t mean Cheney didn’t shoot himself in the foot. As the Daily News explained, the club has a 3×5-foot Confederate flag hanging inside the door of its garage. And the minute Al Sharpton got wind of this, you can imagine what his reaction was. We’ll spell it out:

“He ought to leave immediately, call for the flag to be brought down at once, and apologize for being connected to an institution that would be insensitive enough to fly it in the first place,” Sharpton said. “What is interesting to me is that this is not even in the South that it is flying. The club owners must identify with the philosophy of the Confederacy because they can’t say that they are a historic club that 200 years ago was a part of the Confederacy since New York was never a confederate state. If Cheney does not leave, I will bring a delegation of clergy to lead a prayer vigil in the immediate future.”

While some, like ABC’s Jake Tapper, were quick to caution that few people could actually confirm the existence of the flag, the photo on the DN site does make a good case.

So, what are the odds that when all this is over, somehow Harry Whittington ends up being the one making the biggest public apology again? It was my flag, everyone, my bad!

(Photo: Spencer Ainsley/Poughkeepsie Journal)

Cheney Won’t Give Westchester a Shot

cheney1.jpgThe Journal News reports that Vice President Dick Cheney will be flying into the Westchester County Airport today on his way to a private fund-raiser for the Republican National Committee in Greenwich, Connecticut. Even though the hills of Westchester are alive with vibrant foliage, Cheney plans to hightail it straight back to the airport after the event and depart. Why not take advantage of the beautiful countryside while out of DC?

Well, it is hunting season…

No word yet on whether Cheney was seen exiting the plane in a bright orange Carhartt jacket and goggles.