Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Wyoming?

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The Wyoming State Bar is holding its annual Blowhard and Backslapping convention next week and, like any such red state quasi-political jamboree a keynote speaker was in order.  In Wyoming, you don’t have to think too hard about keynoter candidates because . . . Dick Cheney!!1! Favorite Son.

It turns out that some lawyers, in Wyoming, see a certain wry irony in that choice and a kerfuffle ensued.  The appearance of Mr Cheney’s speaker bio in the convention registration materials did little to damp down the hubbub.

Cheney’s bio, borrowed verbatim from his Alliance For A Stronger America website, included these salient facts excerpted from The Life of Dick:

Shortly thereafter, President Obama began to dismantle the security policies that had kept the nation safe. His policy decisions have led to a reversal of the gains America made in the war on terror in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, and a weakening of America across the globe.

The Executive Director of the Wyoming Bar, Sharon Wilkinson, said that Cheney’s office had submitted the bio and that the bar is not in the habit of editing speaker bios, as a rule.

Probably because they try to invite mostly grown-ups . . . ?

At any rate, Wilkinson reported that she had heard from “a handful of lawyers” who said they wouldn’t attend the convention because . . . Cheney!?  But, she also said that, “as you can imagine, many are thrilled with our choice and are looking forward to attending.”

On the other hand:

William McKellar, a Cheyenne lawyer, is past president of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association. He said there was an active online discussion among association members about the choice of Cheney.

“A lot of the attorneys that were members of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association expressed disappointment, concern, whatever, regarding Dick Cheney’s appearance at the Wyoming State Bar feeling that it was inappropriate,” McKellar said.

“I took exception to those comments,” McKellar said. “I’m not a dyed-in-the-wool Dick Cheney supporter. On the other hand, I think he’s a great American and has done a great service for the United States and the state of Wyoming, and I think it’s totally appropriate and proper for Vice President Cheney to come and speak at an association such as the Wyoming State Bar Convention.”

McKellar said he believes that if Obama were coming to address the convention, “there would have been no objections raised whatsoever.”

Oh that wily Obama! such a lawyer, such a speaker, such a smooth operator, so less contemptible.

But, as they say, “a handful here, a handful there and pretty soon you have a bunch of pissed off lawyers, so Ms Wilkinson did the right thing and apologized for the Bar’s lapse of good taste in an Editor’s Note in the latest issue of Wyoming Lawyer:

“Certain remarks that appeared in Vice President Cheney’s biography in the annual meeting registration materials have prompted expressions of concern from several members who viewed those comments as inappropriate for a Wyoming State Bar publication,” said the editor’s note in the magazine. It said the bar would re-examine its longstanding practice of running speakers’ biographical materials without editing them.

No further word yet, though, regarding the Bar’s practice of inviting disgraced war criminals and betrayers of the public trust to kick off future conventions.

But for this year? guess who’s coming for dinner, Wyoming? just try not to get any on you.

Posted by Bette Noir on 09/05/14 at 08:52 AM • Permalink

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I live just 60 miles south of the WY state line (thank FSM!), and I can say that in a small population and blood red state like that one, it took a lot of courage for those attorneys to complain.  It will probably cause a financial hit to their practices too; we all know what vindictive assholes all Cheney’s are. 

Anyone want to place a bet that the dinner speech will include “you stupid bastards should have elected my daughter?”  Then he’ll unhinge his jaw and eat whatever babies his performance rider demanded.

Shortly thereafter, President Obama began to dismantle the security policies that had kept the nation safe.

Funny, I don’t see any giant smoldering craters in any large American cities lately.

What we are seeing in the metamorphosis of Dick Cheney is a human being that never should have been. He was meant to die from that heart of his, preferably through a myocardial infarction, or maybe an aortal dissection. But because he was given a new heart, we get to see a grotesque excuse for a human being, become as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside, a living, breathing deathshead-caricature of his former self. (See above picture for explicit example.) But that’s the person we saw in the first place when he was a much younger, fatter, & more smugly sanctimonious Administration official in the presidencies of Ford, Reagan, Bush the Elder, & finally Bush the Dimmer. That was why we recoiled in disgust whenever he was on television.

What’s that on the end of his fork? Filet of caged and shotgunned pheasant? The heart of a small child?

Also: Capcha is funny—“death85”

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