Go Figure

I never thought I’d see the day when the New York Times editorial page quotes the villainous National Rifle Association as a source of wisdom. But there it is in today’s paper: the organization responsible for countless deaths, including the Columbine Massacre and the victims of the Beltway Sniper, is cited approvingly in an editorial attacking the Times currently favorite ogre, Dick Cheney:

Mr. Cheney was a weekend guest at a ranch owned by Katharine Armstrong, a lobbyist whose family has longstanding ties with the Texas Republican Party and the Bush White House. Mr. Cheney, who is proud of his reputation as an outdoorsman, was gunning for quail when, according to Ms. Armstrong, a 78-year-old lawyer named Henry Whittington got between the vice president and the bird. Mr. Cheney pulled the trigger, forgetting one of the National Rifle Association’s top rules for gun safety: “Be absolutely sure you have identified your target beyond any doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area beyond your target.”

The Times has certainly identified its target.

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