This just in......
The maximum leader of the Cheney Administration will not be coming North to do a little advance work on the annexing of the Oils Sands after all:
TORONTO (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney has canceled a planned trip to Canada's main energy producing region because of Hurricane Katrina, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers said on Sunday.
The association was one of the organizers of the trip, which was designed to give Cheney an insight into Alberta's vast oil sands region, where steam is used to extract oil from oil-bearing rocks.
The oil sands sector is booming, and as operations expand, the region looks set to provide a safe and reliable source of oil for the United States, the world's biggest consumer.
Cheney had been due to visit Calgary, Alberta, on Thursday for a meeting with provincial and federal officials and then travel on Friday to Fort McMurray, center of the oil sands operations.
Cheney's office was not immediately available to comment.
Now, ostensibly, Mr. Cheney is staying home to help out with the tragedy in New Orleans.
Which is ironic in the extreme, given that a pretty strong case could be made that a small group of volunteers from Vancouver has so far done significantly more to help out the victims of Hurricane Katrina than he has.
And besides, the cancellation could not have possibly had anything to do with mounting threat of on the ground protests, in full view of the TV cameras, could it?
Because as far as the Roving Halliburtonians are concerned free speech is only free when it occurs outside of the Camera's Red Glare.
Update: This post was in no way meant to belittle the efforts of other volunteer groups large or small, of which there are many from all points on the compass, who are doing the good, hard work. We were just attempting to point out the difference between true hard work and untrue lazy spin.