Dick Cheney's shades reflect a strange being


The White House website hosts a photo of Dick Cheney "fly-fishing on the Snake River in Idaho," wearing a pair of reflective glasses. Eagle-eyed William Gibson noticed that there's something awfully weird reflected in them: mutant hybrid sex-slave? Tentacle creature? Elder god? Link (Thanks, Bill!)

Update: in this higher rez version, the Schwa has cleverly disguised itself as Dick's arm -- thanks, Evan!

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  1. Odd that they lowered the resolution. When I saw this photo earlier, it was even more obvious that the reflection is of a hand holding a fishing rod.

  2. it just looks like a reflection of his hand to me. Holding something, perhaps a fishin’ pole.

    Maybe this could be some sort of Rorschach test.

  3. Does it scare anyone else that William Gibson is spending his time staring deeply into the eyes of Dick Cheney? Is this the secret to his inspiration?

  4. What does it say about my brain, that everyone else sees a naked woman or Cheney’s undead hand, and I see a rubber chicken?

  5. How many times must I remind you… republicans do not have sex. ( this is the last generation of them. )

  6. Did anyone else think the oddity in this picture was not any reflection, but the fact that Dick Cheney can smile? I thought his smiling muscles would have atrophied long ago…

  7. Its someone holding up a fish in front of himself/herself–fairly clear in the right lens (the left one in the photo).

  8. At higher resolution, you can see that its just a fishing rod and he has disgusting teeth with bits of stuff in them.

  9. No, no, no… It’s obviously the Flying Spaghetti Monster! He touched Dick with his noodly appendage! Err…

  10. I recognise those googley eyes. Cheney’s fishing with Homer Simpson! It would explain where a lot of his opinions come from.

  11. Looks like a prisoner from Abu Ghraib, bound and naked with a hood covering his head. That smile would fit the situation. Now if you really stretch your eyes, his hand looks like it is making a gun sign.

    Or this is photo of him fishing :)

    In my heart of hearts I believe the former.

  12. the man pictured here is smiling–definitive proof that this is not cheney but an impostor. maybe the alien disguised as a hand holding a fishing rod is controlling cheney’s cerebral cortex. i can think of no other explanation.

  13. Looks like a naked woman to me, mind you I’m usually on the lookout for naked women. That prick Dick Cheney definitely does detract from the experience.

  14. #18: “How many times must I remind you… republicans do not have sex.”

    At least, not as we know it.

  15. Yeah, it’s a hand holding a fishing rod.

    Even without the high res photo someone linked to, I knoew it wasn’t a naked woman. Dick Cheney wouldn’t smile at the sight at a naked woman. It would just be a reminder he couldn’t do anything with said naked woman anyway. You know how all the erectile dysfunction drug ads say their drugs are not for men too unhealthy for sex? They have half-undead old farts like Bum Ticker Cheney in mind when they say that. Besides, does this angry, misathropic crank even kiss the missus on the cheek any more?

    Given the predominatly gay peccidillos of various and sundry right wingers, I would have sooner guessed the reflection was that of a well-oiled naked cabana boy.

  16. You know, the largely benign Jimmy Carter was menaced by some sort of talking aquatic bunny; it makes sense that now that full-on Batman-style arch-villains are in charge of the country, the Old Ones are taking an interest. It is a bit chilling to see the lunatic ecstasy on his face as Father Dagon or whomever rises from the frigid deep to devour the last rancid morsels of his sanity and soul.

    P.S. On closer inspection, I think it’s a mandrake root, or maybe his arm holding a rod and reel. At any rate, it’s good to see that vice-Nero can enjoy himself as Rome burns. Must be thinking about kicking a puppy or something.

  17. #11 posted by giantnegro , April 10, 2008 2:45 AM

    Does it scare anyone else that William Gibson is spending his time staring deeply into the eyes of Dick Cheney?

    There’s nothing unusual about William Gibson contemplating mirrorshades. One of the foundation blocks of cyberpunk is that people look cool and scary at the same time while wearing mirrorshades.

  18. We could be in for some serious trouble. Looks like hes captured Admiral Ackbar. Alert the rebel commanders.

  19. Actually methinks it’s a reflection of a hand holding a , in the process of hauling in a fishy. Or, the mutilated remains of today’s brave (but doomed) fishing partner.

  20. Actually methinks it’s a reflection of a hand holding a net, in the process of hauling in a fishy. Or, the mutilated remains of today’s brave (but doomed) fishing partner.

  21. no, no,… the simple, awful truth is that the image is what happens after Cheney hears the latest casualty figures and has time to unzip his fly

  22. Cheney = Darth vader
    in three easy steps
    1. is more machine than man.
    2. serves a dark lord of the sith
    3 shoots people in the face

  23. Ok, is it just me, or does the dude’s arm in high-def format look unnervingly like a penis? NO, REALLY D: Look.

  24. Jesus, if you had told me a week ago that I’d be willingly looking at a high-rez pic of Dick Cheney’s face I wouldn’t have believed you.

  25. At the White House site it says this pic is of Cheney riding horseback at his ranch in Wyoming…also, he’s not wearing his “flyfishing” outfit in this pic. Also, that’s part of his right cheek..looking like a leg…yep..it’s ALIEN!!! BIG eyes, nose, and antenna!!! Male methinks…:)

  26. This is now on the front page of Yahoo. Almost every day I see some story on BB and then 3 or 4 days later, there it is on Yhoo. They are lazy and they really like to read BoingBoing.

  27. No matter what the reflection is, why is this man fishing and having fun while our soldiers are getting blown up in Iraq and Afghanistan?

    Shame!

  28. why? because it gives him sexual gratification.

    Count on it: In the honey moon years when Saddam Hussein was an ally and well-supported friend of America, Cheney would visit Iraq and share the pleasures of the private torture rooms. Look at his face.

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