Santorum’s right-hand man

By Jim Stanford on January 4, 2012

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Rick Santorum celebrates Iowa showing, backed by Foster Friess.

Here’s Rick Santorum celebrating last night his victory in the Iowa GOP caucus (later revised as an eight-vote win for Mitt Romney).

And who’s that standing behind Santorum on the stage but Jackson Hole financier Foster Friess.

Friess, he of the recent Income Inequality is Good for Everyone blog post, has been a longtime supporter of Santorum, the evangelical former Pennsylvania senator much derided for his remarks about gay sex. Friess organized a fund-raiser for Santorum at Tucker Ranch in 2004 that netted more than $500,000 for his failed re-election bid and charitable foundation.

Friess’ cameo was first noted last night by Joe Milczewski and re-Tweeted by Wyoming Public Radio’s Butter Bob.

Milczewski has held some sad-sack jobs for the Wyoming GOP, including press secretary for Barbara Cubin, but his analysis of the Iowa caucus has been astute. “Iowa is meaningless. Watching Family Guy reruns for the next week will give you just as much insight into who the nominee will be,” he wrote.

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Cheney as charming as ever in new memoir

By Jim Stanford on August 25, 2011

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Early mock-up of cover.

He sought to bomb Syria in 2007.

He refuses to apologize for lying about Iraqi WMD.

He took over the government on 9/11, and, spookiest of all, he dreams of haunting an Italian villa.

The New York Times has obtained an advance copy of Dick Cheney‘s forthcoming memoir, and the initial review seethes with contempt for the creep ex-veep.

Blood pressure needs lifting? Haven’t had a fit of road rage lately? This review will get your thermostat rising.

Here’s an excerpt, pertaining to Cheney’s wish to bomb a suspected Syrian reactor:

“I again made the case for U.S. military action against the reactor,” Mr. Cheney wrote about a meeting on the issue. “But I was a lone voice. After I finished, the president asked, ‘Does anyone here agree with the vice president?’ Not a single hand went up around the room.”

Tonight is the Teton Dems’ friend-raiser at Snow King, featuring hot dogs, live music and a dunk tank. If only Cheney could be coaxed out of his bunker at Teton Pines and onto the tank, the line would stretch from here to Teton Pass.

(Illustration by Mario Piperni, via Gawker)

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free speech for everyone, even religious crazies

By Jim Stanford on May 21, 2011

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A counter protester along Broadway.

It’s a shame to learn in today’s Daily that a member of our community was arrested for clipping the sign of an abortion protester with his car.

Fortunately, I have not had the slightest contact with the group of religious wack jobs who invaded Jackson this week, even though I visited Whole Grocer, next to their protest site, several times. Perhaps it’s fortuitous that I had to spend a few days in Moose for work. I certainly would have had a few choice words for them had they showed up on my doorstep.

But I support their right to be here and speak their minds, no matter how tasteless and offensive their signs may be. I was disappointed to see friends posting on Facebook along the lines of “I’m for free speech and all, but …”

No buts. This week’s protest is no different than anti-war activists going to Teton Pines and holding up photos of dead soldiers or Iraqis, outside Dick Cheney‘s home. (Come to think of it, too bad the supposedly “pro-life” movement barely raised a peep about the Iraq War.)

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which primary should we vote in?

By Jim Stanford on August 17, 2010

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Liberals voting in the GOP primary is "precisely what the right wing fears the most," says Capt. Bob.

Today is primary election day. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters may register at the polls; you need to have lived here only a minute to vote. Click here to find your polling place.

What’s at stake? The governor’s race, for starters. There’s an important contest for Wyoming Legislature. And the fate of 11 specific purpose tax projects hangs in the balance, including $1 million for improvement of the Wilson and South Park access points on the Snake River.

Adding intrigue is the possibility that many Democratic-leaning voters may switch party registration (temporarily, likely) to participate in the Republican primary, where more races are contested. This used to happen in Teton County all the time, before Dick Cheney made the GOP so toxic and sent voters to the Democratic rolls in droves.

The biggest champion of this strategy, of course, is Capt. Bob Morris, who again is seeking the Republican nomination for Teton County commissioner. “Joining a party does not strengthen it; neither does it signify your allegiance for it,” he says on his Facebook page. “One joins whichever party has the more significant primary — even if that is the party which is the more contemptible.”

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Cheney lied to keep innocents jailed at Gitmo

By Jim Stanford on April 9, 2010

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How this man fishes the Snake River instead of being shackled in The Hague continues to elude me.

What would you do if you saw Dick Cheney on the street? Think, there goes a doddering ogre of an old man, and leave him be?

Or get in his face about, say, an article like this:

No less of a conservative news source than the Times of London reports that Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and George W. Bush knowingly imprisoned hundreds of innocent people at Guantánamo Bay because freeing them would have undercut their phony justification for the Iraq war.

The Times report was based on a signed statement by Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, in a lawsuit filed by a Guantánamo detainee.

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