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Cheney's Chappaquiddick?

A hunter getting shot by another hunter is in and of itself a cause for great rejoicing,
but when the shootee is a Republican lawyer and the shooter is Dick Cheney, and when the White House withholds the story for almost 24 hours and only admits to it after the story breaks in some little podunk Corpus Christi, Texas rag, well, is that Ted Kennedy I hear laughing his head off?
and... 13.Feb.2006 14:59


Why was NBC referring to the incident (ad nauseum) as bizarre?? Hunters shoot hunters all the time. Cheney fucks up all the time. Business as usual.

Cheney - no longer poster boy for the NRA.

Cheney's Chappaquiddick! 13.Feb.2006 17:24

I thought the very same thing!

Ha! That's exactly what I thought when I heard about this. Waiting days before telling anyone, and then having it leak out via the local papers...yep.

In reference tot he fact that they were hunting quail at the time (quail! They mate for life, you know), I heard one of the nameless radio announcers this morning say something like, "You know, the only thing that would have made this story even better is if it had, in fact, been Dan Quayle who did it."

In any event, I'd WAY prefer to see some stove up old millionairre get a face full of bird shot that an innocent little quail. Quails have a loving and complex social structure, and are extremely intellegent little beings. It's really sick that they would be out there trying to shoot these little birds. I celebrate the fact that the bird shot knew which was to go, and it wasn't into the birds.

On a side note, makes me wonder how many people Dick's shot while out on hunting trips. I mean, he wasn't planning to tell anyone about this little incident, after all....

bad shot 13.Feb.2006 18:25


Like you, I am horrified at the wanton shooting of birds...or other creatures for sport. And now the White House is making a big statement about how it is the the victim's fault that he was shot! They cannot stand up and accept responsibility for anything! Spineless idiots.....

see this PDX IMC link 13.Feb.2006 20:04

for the latest

interesting points about this strange tale 13.Feb.2006 20:48


(check this out):

by Doug Ireland

A smart mid-western friend who has a lot of
quail-hunting experience writes:

|||| The entire Cheney hunting accident story stinks. The delay in
announcing it is suspicious, obviously. I'll bet Cheney had a few
beers in him, but I'm not sure that is illegal in Texas (drinking and
hunting is illegal in most states, but I couldn't find out if that
includes Texas). But a few other points that may be worth noting:

1. The news reports say the accident happened "around 5:30 pm" on
Saturday. In Texas, quail can be hunted until 30 minutes after
sunset. Sunset on Saturday, in Corpus Christi, was at 6:18, which
means they were legal until 6:48. The "around" is suspicious.

2. The news reports say that after Whittington had gotten off his
shot and went looking for his bird, Cheney and the other hunter went
to another spot where they saw a covey of quail. Texas quail might be
different from Iowa quail, but in Iowa when a shotgun goes off, every
quail within earshot flutters away. The story doesn't make sense.

3. None of the stories have commented on the fact that they were
"road hunting", or hunting from a car. That is just about the lowest
kind of low-rent, dishonorable kind of hunting there is (the phrase
"road hunting" is often used synonymously with "poaching"). When I
was growing up in Iowa, I went pheasant or quail hunting on scores of
occasions with my Dad and others. We never would have hunted from a
vehicle and it was an insult to even suggest that someone might. It
was considered dangerous and declasse, as it was too great an
advantage for the hunter to be "fair". It most states, including
Texas, it is also illegal: "It is unlawful to hunt from or by means of
motor-driven vehicles and land conveyances or aircraft of any kind
except paraplegics and single or double amputees of legs may hunt from
stationary motor-driven vehicles or land conveyances."

However, Texas exempts private property owners from the prohibition
when they are on their own land and Cheney was with the property owner
on his ranch. But it is still really tacky.

4. Hunting quail in Texas requires an "upland game bird stamp", which
costs $7. This is a relatively new requirement, but I'll bet Cheney
didn't have one.

5. The spin is that Whittington "came up from behind the Vice
President", implying that he snuck up on him or was somehow partially
responsible because Cheney didn't know he was there. When hunting, it
is bad form to walk in front of someone's gun. When given a choice,
one would always approach another hunter from behind. Cheney has
gotten negative press in the past for participating in "canned hunts"
and a couple of years ago he got really negative press for going on a
canned pheasant hunt in Pennsylvania where he got between 70 and 95
birds (depending on which report is to be believed). The typical
daily limit in places like Iowa and South Dakota, where we have many
more pheasants than Pennsylvania, is 3 or 5 per day and a possession
limit of 15 or 20. To many of our milieu, hunting is hunting is
hunting and the distinctions noted above aren't that big of a deal.
To hunters, these are important distinctions. Hunting regulations are
strictly enforced in most states and every six pack Joe knows he
better abide by them or he'll get in trouble. Most hunters aren't
affluent suede vest guys, they are working class guys within a couple
of generations of agricultural roots. The gluttony of shooting 70
pheasant in a day is almost impossible for them to comprehend.
Focusing on the kill rather than the hunt is frowned upon. Killing
more than you can eat is frowned upon. Canned hunts and that kind of
over-indulgence is for the Rambo hunters, who are not thought highly
of by the old-fashioned Izaak Walton league type of guys, like my Dad.

How Much Blood Is Enough? 13.Feb.2006 22:06

North Portlander

What I find really appalling is that this man, who is already responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands in Iraq in his capacity as a war-mongering chickenhawk apparently can't satisfy his blood lust at work. He has to spend his "down time" murdering wildlife. Cheney obviously gets off by killing things . . . and we get to pay for it in travel, secret service, EMTs, etc.

it's those five deferments, 14.Feb.2006 00:16

turns out,

that caused the accident. he had five chances to take the best weapons safety course the the govornment has to offer. and he skipped them all.

28-gauge shotgun pellets will remain in Whittington's face 14.Feb.2006 02:19



'expat' - cite your original source URL for reference 14.Feb.2006 02:21

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