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Cheney Was Hunting Illegally When Accident Occurred

Thanks to a law introduced by State Rep. Charlie Geren (R) and passed last year, hunters in Texas are required to have an Upland Game Bird Stamp before hunting quail. According to an email ThinkProgress recieved from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokeswoman Lydia Saldaņa, Cheney didn't have one:
A check of TPWD license records indicated that while the Vice President had purchased a valid non-resident hunting license, he had not purchased the required upland game bird stamp.

In other words, Cheney was hunting illegally. Here's Sec. 43.652  http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlo/79R/billtext/SB01192F.HTM of the code he broke, according to the official accident report picture above:

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (b), a person may not hunt a migratory or upland game bird in this state unless the person possesses the appropriate migratory or upland game bird stamp, as applicable, issued to the person by the department

Breaking the law constitutes a Class C violation of Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, meaning  http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/general/penalties/ Cheney could:

* be fined $25-$500
* face automatic suspension or revocation of licenses for up to 5 years;
* forfeit hunting gear, including firearms, used to commit a violation.

But Cheney is getting off easy. Ms. Saldaņa informs ThinkProgress that Cheney was issued a warning citation, which carries no fine or penalty.

UPDATE: Cheney's office has responded. They claim it's Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's fault that Cheney didn't follow the law:

- A member of the Vice President's staff wrote a check for 140 dollars understanding that this would purchase a Texas non-resident season hunting license that would permit the Vice President to hunt quail in Texas... The staff asked for all permits needed, but was not informed of the 7 dollar upland game bird stamp requirement. (Via TWN  http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/001247.php )

Cheney never made a mistake that he couldn't blame on someone else.

homepage: homepage: http://thinkprogress.org/2006/02/13/cheney-was-hunting-illegally/

book'em - Dano 14.Feb.2006 00:03

zero tolerance

ignorance for the law is no excuse for the law. and by the way, OH MY GOD - what kind of example is he for our children. my little darlings might turn into Drug Dealers or Users because of him. somebody needs to arrest that man before he goes out and offends again.

and don't forget, Dick, this is your First Strike.

"Hunter Education Certified?" 14.Feb.2006 00:33

"unknown"

The days of the campaign mode bag man flying in and out, to show at airport motel shakedown opportunities ("Get on that plane, Dick, and don't you come back 'till it's full of big checks!") are doubtless a thing of the past. But should he go on the road in the future, maybe to lend support ot congressional and senate campaigns, he should be met by crowds dressed in hunter orange caps and vests, sporting head, neck and chest bandages. "Don't shoot Dick, it's me!"

education 14.Feb.2006 02:50

Rain

"I'm a product of public education"

Dick Cheney, 2004 VP debate

fwiw 14.Feb.2006 07:37

marco

Had he NOT deferred his military commitment
during earlier wars before most of us were born,
he would have gotten some gun safety classes along
with all his violence oriented hoo hah.

Can't honestly tell if that would make us all
safer or not.

This guy's really dangerous, huh?

Combat Experience? 14.Feb.2006 08:47

Odysseus

I guess "Dick" Cheney finally got some combat experience...

"It's Easy, If You Try..." 14.Feb.2006 09:44

/xfgur

Imagine: dick and the runt put out to hunt upland game birds together...

sobbing in disgust 14.Feb.2006 09:59

cryer

It's pretty sad and pathetic that so many people are making this out to be some kind of enormous issue. Can't anyone here tell that it's just a distraction to take our minds away from the crucial matters? Ya know, that 9/11 was an inside job, etc.

pluralize 14.Feb.2006 11:44

civil cervant

accountability is the word those fascists like to use...

something very very peculiar about poor dick and his gun..

Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.'s report on Cheney shooting Whittington (.pdf) 14.Feb.2006 14:01

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SWI 14.Feb.2006 14:31

pp

I bet anything the Dickhead had been drinking. Why else would they delay talking to the local sheriff's office until hours later? So his blood alcohol was down.

Shooting while intoxicated -- ought to at least get reckless endangerment charges.

And why the hell wasn't the press corps making such a big stink about all his other crimes and coverups? Like this is the worst thing the guy has done??? jeez louise. Get some perspective.

The real crime 14.Feb.2006 16:51

Chalky & Noz

Can you get fined for illegally invading another country?
That is their real crime.
I only hope those birds fly over the white house and s*** on the b******s below.
I also hope Cheney takes Bush hunting with him the next time

The Most Dangerous Game 15.Feb.2006 13:46

Excerpt from Trance-Formation of America

Here's the link and an excerpt from it:

 link to www.the7thfire.com



It is my understanding now that A Most Dangerous Game was devised to condition military personnel in survival and combat maneuvers. Yet it was used on me and other slaves known to me as a means of further conditioning the mind to the realization there was "no place to hide," as well as traumatize the victim for ensuing programming. It was my experience over the years that A Most Dangerous Game had numerous variations on the primary theme of being stripped naked and turned loose in the wilderness while being hunted by men and dogs. In reality, all "wilderness" areas were enclosed in secure military fencing whereby it was only a matter of time until I was caught, repeatedly raped, and tortured.

Dick Cheney had an apparent addiction to the "thrill of the sport." He appeared obsessed with playing A Most Dangerous Game as a means of traumatizing mind control victims, as well as to satisfy his own perverse sexual kinks. My introduction to the game occurred upon arrival at the hunting lodge near Greybull, Wyoming, and it physically and psychologically devastated me. I was sufficiently traumatized for Cheney's programming, as I stood naked in his hunting lodge office after being hunted down and caught. Cheney was talking as he paced around me, "I could stuff you and mount you like a jackalope and call you a two legged dear. Or I could stuff you with this (he unzipped his pants to reveal his oversized penis) right down your throat, and then mount you. Which do you prefer?"

old dead eye dick 15.Feb.2006 15:55

ben stoned and jackat mccoy

Where's Lenny Briscat when we need him?

Secret Service Stalls & Delays For Cheney
 link to www.infowars.com

Texas Sheriff Barred From Interviewing Cheney About Shooting Incident
 link to www.infowars.com

White House Covers Up Whittington Heart Attack For 22 Hours
 link to thinkprogress.org

White House Takes Heat Over Shooting Disclosure
 http://www.abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=1616143&page=1

White House Livid About Handling Of Cheney Incident
 link to www.nasdaq.com

Cheney Faces Grand Jury If Whittington Dies
 link to www.nytimes.com

Beer Quote Pulled From Cheney's Shooting Story
 link to rawstory.com

careful.....it's loaded 15.Feb.2006 17:35

humphrey boa-gart

Charlton "Chew" Heston is probably beside himself and green with envy.