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Dick Cheney clobbers his buddy

Well would you look at this. A hunting trip with a buddy winds up in a little accident.

Maybe if Mr. Cheney had not got SIX DEFERMENTS during the time he should have served his country in the military he would have learned to handle a weapon safely
He dodged the draft one, two, three, four, five SIX times, so he could be a schoolboy in business school. Now the Vice Chickenhawk in chief shoots his buddy becuase he missed the opportunity to learn to use firearms.

What must the rest of the world think about us now?
Cheney accidentally shoots fellow hunter
Texas lawyer struck in face, chest with birdshot

From Dana Bash
CNN

Sunday, February 12, 2006; Posted: 11:37 p.m. EST (04:37 GMT)

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a campaign contributor during a weekend quail hunt on a friend's South Texas ranch, local authorities and the vice president's office said Sunday.

The wounded man, 78-year-old Harry Whittington, was in intensive care at a Corpus Christi hospital after being hit by several pellets of birdshot Saturday afternoon, hospital spokesman Peter Banko told CNN.

"He's doing well and in stable condition today," Banko said.

Whittington, an Austin attorney who gave $1,000 to President Bush's 2000 campaign and $2,000 to his 2004 re-election bid, was among a handful of people accompanying the vice president when the accident occurred Saturday afternoon.

Cheney, 65, visited him Sunday afternoon at the hospital, "and was pleased to see he is doing fine and in good spirits," Cheney spokeswoman Lee Anne McBride said.

The shooting occurred about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Kenedy County Sheriff Ray Salinas said. He said his deputies are investigating the shooting but consider it an accident.

Cheney, an avid hunter, was shooting at a covey of quail on the Armstrong Ranch near Kingsville, about 30 miles southwest of Corpus Christi. The ranch's owner, Katharine Armstrong, said Whittington was about 30 yards from Cheney when the vice president fired.

Armstrong, who was with the group when the accident occurred, said Whittington was "peppered" with birdshot. Pellets hit him in the face and chest, but he never lost consciousness, she said.

She said Whittington had just shot a quail and had dropped back to retrieve it. He was hit upon rejoining the group and "apparently came up unannounced" as Cheney prepared to fire.

Whittington, a prominent Texas Republican, has been active in state politics since the 1960s and served as chairman of the state Board of Corrections from 1979 to 1985.

In 1999, then-Gov. George W. Bush named him to the state Funeral Services Commission, which had been stung by allegations of widespread corruption and mismanagement in the industry.

Armstrong told CNN that Whittington was a guest of hers, not someone Cheney invited, and she did not know whether the two men had met before.

The vice president, his Secret Service detail and other companions rushed to the wounded man's aid, Armstrong said.

Similar accidents occur "not frequently, but often" among hunters in the area, Salinas said. He said an ambulance that was posted at the ranch while Cheney was visiting took Whittington to the hospital.

Armstrong said Cheney was firing a 28-gauge shotgun, a small-bore weapon commonly used for hunting birds. Cheney has come to her ranch to hunt quail once a year for at least 15 years, and she called him "a very conscientious hunter."

"I would shoot with Dick Cheney everywhere, anywhere, and not think twice about it," she said. But she said, "The natu
Hope it's a trend 12.Feb.2006 23:44

optimist

If the neo-con maffia keeps this up there will be no one to impeach.

Dick's Friendly Fire: some interesting tidbits... 13.Feb.2006 00:35

kilroy

Ranch owner Anne Armstrong - a Bush Pioneer - was a Halliburton board member at time the VP was hired there, and also was on a covert ops FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) advisory board under Reagan:
 http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002409.htm

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[...] The New York Times reported late Sunday that [the man shot, 78-year-old Austin TX lawyer Harry] Whittington was commissioner of the state's Funeral Service Commission. In 1999, George W. Bush, then governor of Texas, named Whittington to head the Commission, which licenses and regulates funeral directors and embalmers in the state. "When he was named," The Times revealed, "a former executive director of the commission, Eliza May, was suing the state, saying that she had been fired because she investigated a funeral home chain that was owned by a friend of Mr. Bush.

"The suit was settled in 2001, but the details were not disclosed."


saw this first on bushflash.com 13.Feb.2006 00:44

CaptainPlanet

There is some hilarious commentary on this at:
 http://www.bushflash.com

Gun activist shoots hunting buddy 13.Feb.2006 08:05

Man Herding Cats

Dick Cheney is a long time gun advocate. He knows how to use a shotgun. Maybe he was distracted and acted-out his fanstasy to shoot someone else.
This is a list oof who Cheney might have been dreaming of shooting.

10. Abramoff - he knows too much

9. Libby - before he spills his guts

8. Osama - The congressman not the terrorist

7. People who write top ten lists

6. Dan Quail - he gave V.P.'s a bad name

For the complete list check out my blog:


Texas Sheriff Barred From Interviewing Cheney About Shooting Incident 13.Feb.2006 20:02

Think Progress

CBS News reports  link to www.cbsnews.com that local law enforcement officials were prevented from interviewing Vice President Cheney after he accidentally shot a 78-year-old man during a hunting trip:

CBS News White House correspondent Peter Maer reports Texas authorities are complaining that the Secret Service barred them from speaking to Cheney after the incident. Kenedy County Texas Sheriffs Lt. Juan Guzman said deputies first learned of the shooting when an ambulance was called.

McClellan was asked about it at the press briefing but played dumb:

QUESTION: Scott, there's a report coming out of a sheriff's deputy there who said that he was prevented from interviewing the vice president by the Secret Service. Do you know anything about that? And is that appropriate?

MCCLELLAN: No, I don't know anything about that. You have got to direct that to the Secret Service. My understanding was that Secret Service took the appropriate steps to inform law enforcement.

Of course, the question is not whether the Secret Service informed law enforcement, but whether law enforcement was permitted to speak with Cheney. As Talk Left  http://talkleft.com/new_archives/014006.html notes, although the incident was an accident, it could constitute criminal negligence.

UPDATE: National Journal reports  link to www.localnewsleader.com that, after initial resistance, Cheney was interviewed by law enforcement sometime on Sunday.

UPDATE II: At the breifing McClellan refuses to "speculate" as to whether the accidental shooting was a criminal offense:

QUESTION: Under Texas law, is this kind of accidental shooting a possible criminal offense?

MCCLELLAN: I won't even speculate on that, but I think the sheriff's office or the local law enforcement office has already commented on that and said it was a hunting accident.

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