Saturday, July 31, 2004

Dick Cheney (R, Strangelove)
has to approve your
racial background
before you can photograph him.

Hey, Dick! Planet Oh Right Sure called... They want to know when you'll be coming home!
Bush camp solicits race of Star staffer

By C.J. Karamargin

President Bush's re-election campaign insisted on knowing the race of an Arizona Daily Star journalist assigned to photograph Vice President Dick Cheney.

The Star refused to provide the information.


"It was such an outrageous request, I was personally insulted," Hayt said later.

Danny Diaz, a spokesman for the president's re-election campaign, said the information was needed for security purposes.

"All the information requested of staff, volunteers and participants for the event has been done so to ensure the safety of all those involved, including the vice president of the United States," he said.

Diaz repeated that answer when asked if it is the practice of the White House to ask for racial information or if the photographer, Mamta Popat, was singled out because of her name. He referred those questions to the U.S. Secret Service, which did not respond to a call from the Star Friday afternoon.

Hayt declined to speculate on whether Popat was racially profiled, but said she is deeply concerned.

"One has to wonder what they were going to do with that information," Hayt said. "Because she has Indian ancestry, were they going to deny her access? I don't know." LINK
I don't think Republicans care about hiding their vicious form of bigotry anymore...
Too bad that this bunch has such a disdain for history... or even movies about historical events: George W. and Dick probably laughed at people who paid to see Dr. Zhivago.

When Lara's little girl tells Zhivago that the Czar had to be killed because he was a bad man, Zhivago says that the Czar didn't know he was bad.
The little girl looks into Zhivago's eyes and says, "Well, he should have known, shouldn't he?"


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