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WASHINGTON -

Vice President Richard Cheney accidentally shot and wounded a companion during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, spraying the fellow hunter in the face and chest with shotgun pellets.
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Harry Whittington, a millionaire attorney from Austin, was "alert and doing fine" in a Corpus Christi hospital Sunday after he was shot by Cheney on a ranch in south Texas, said Katharine Armstrong, the property's owner.

He was described as in stable condition by Yvonne Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Christus Spohn Health System in Corpus Christi.

Armstrong in an interview with The Associated Press said Whittington, 78, was mostly injured on his right side, with the pellets hitting his cheek, neck and chest during the incident which occurred late afternoon on Saturday



full story at this link...

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060212/ap_ ... g_accident
 

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Re: Talk about...

Had to get their story straight?
They had to make sure the guy survived. If Cheney killed him it would have been covered up entirely. :D

"Fortunately, the vice president has got a lot of medical people around him and so they were right there and probably more cautious than we would have been," she said. "The vice president has got an ambulance on call, so the ambulance came."

Moral of the story: it helps to have a history of heart attacks when you shoot somebody in the face.
 

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Not that I'm paranoid or anything...

But you're making me wonder how many *other* times this has happened that we haven't heard about! :-k

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icecreamman said:
awwww he's SMILING!

look how cuuuuute!
Cheney's is the face of a very gentle, focused man...
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I gather from this story, it's not safe to even stand behind him when he's got his eye on the prize.
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Oh Thats Just Grrrrrreat...the anti-gun loby is probably foming at the mouth ready to take this into their anti-gun debate for stricter legislation. NOT that the Bush Administration are pro-gun, but there certainly are those that are far left of them that would love to see a return to the Assault Weapons Ban among other things. This will be all over the news and not just to hurt the Bush Administration, but to harm everyones Second Amendment rights.

Thanks Vice President Cheney for providing the anti-gun folks with more fuel for their propaganda machine. I'd bet alot of money that John Stewart will be using this incident and making a connection to danger of firearms in his humor on the Daily Show. Now, this wont bring about serious change in and of itself, but it will help to sway (however slightly) more average Americans into thinking that stricter gun control is necessary.
 

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I will go with the "get the story straight " explanation for the delay. If you look closely, the scenario has not been described by Cheney or his office, they referred the reporters to the ranch owner. Any discrepancies or contradictions will land on her. Cheney has followed the politician's first rule- CYA. If the story is true, the victim bears some of the blame-- he came up unannounced behind a pair of hunters who were about to kick up a covey. In my very limited experience hunting quail, we never had more than two people approach a covey-they divide it up right and left. Anyone else stands back completely out of range. The victim is a long-time big-money Republican supporter, and the story will hold. I'm just glad he didn't take a pellet in an eye or a carotid artery.
 
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If the story is true, the victim bears some of the blame-- he came up unannounced behind a pair of hunters who were about to kick up a covey.
Who knows if the story is true or not? It could have been made up by the politico spin doctors.

One thing that bothers me is that the spokeswoman (ranch owner's wife) kind of downplayed the accident as if these things happen all the time. They usually don't!

The shooter always takes responsibility. This is what I was taught! I'm sure many others were taught the same thing. :wink:
 

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I agree, there is only one man who pulled that trigger, but some basic quail hunting protocols seemed to have been ignored. That does not absolve the shooter of responsibility. Sooner or later some reporter is going to ask if the Texas laws were followed concerning timely notification of gunshot wounding. Nevertheless, Cheney is covered in Teflon. He will walk away unscathed, and shooters and hunters will bear the brunt of public displeasure. If you are wealthy and politically connected, justice is a bit different (Ted Kennedy comes to mind, let's be bi-partisan here). Once again, the good news is that the victim is alive. Although the ranch owner downplayed the wounds, the man was listed as being in intensive care this morning.
 

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On the eighth day God created Satan so he woould have someone to take the blame. Then Satan, for the same reason, created lawyers.
 

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Update!!!

Ok this just in less than an hour ago...



Cheney Apparently Breaks Key Hunting Rule
AP - 54 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney apparently broke the No. 1 rule of hunting: Be sure of what you're shooting at. He also violated Texas game law by failing to buy a hunting stamp. Cheney wounded fellow hunter Harry Whittington in the face, neck and chest Saturday, apparently because he didn't see Whittington approaching as he fired on a covey of quail in Texas. Hunting safety experts interviewed Monday agreed it would have been a good idea for Whittington to announce himself -- something he apparently didn't do, according to a witness. But they stressed that the shooter is responsible for avoiding other people.
 

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Frankly...

...annoyances like him not having the right stamp, et cetera, really don't matter that much to me - though clearly if any of us normal people did the same thing we'd get hit with a fine. But the argument "this happens when people hunt quail" just doesn't cut it with me. I've got about 35 years of bird-hunting experience, and I've never popped another hunter, or seen it happen. Lack of situational awareness for whatever reason - distracted, drunk, age, whatever - means you shouldn't be out in the field with a firearm. This is not typical of most decent hunters, and for some folks to be trying to say that "s*** happens" just hurts the rest of us. Yes, accidents do happen to the most careful of hunters - but when it takes 24 hours for the news to come out, I can't help but wonder what other factors were involved that someone doesn't want known.
 

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The real story:

CHENEY SAYS SHOOTING OF FELLOW HUNTER WAS BASED ON FAULTY INTELLIGENCE
Believed Shooting Victim Was Zawahiri, Veep Says

Vice President Cheney revealed today that he shot a fellow hunter while on a quail hunting trip over the weekend because he believed the man was the fugitive terror mastermind Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Mr. Cheney acknowledged that the man he sprayed with pellets on Saturday was not al-Zawahiri but rather Harry Whittington, a 78-year-old millionaire lawyer from Austin, blaming the mix-up on "faulty intelligence."

"I believed I had credible intelligence that al-Zawahiri had infiltrated my hunting party in disguise with the intent of spraying me with pellets," Mr. Cheney told reporters. "Only after I shot Harry in the face and he shouted 'Cheney, you bastard' did I realize that this intelligence was faulty."

Moments after Mr. Cheney's assault on Mr. Whittington, Mr. al-Zawahiri appeared in a new videotape broadcast on al-Jazeera to announce that he was uninjured in the vice president's attack because, in his words, "I was in Pakistan."

An aide to the vice president said he believed that the American people would believe Mr. Cheney's version of events, but added, "If he was going to shoot any of his cronies right now it's a shame it wasn't Jack Abramoff."

At the White House, President George W. Bush defended his vice president's shooting of a fellow hunter, saying that the attack sent "a strong message to terrorists everywhere."

"The message is, if Cheney is willing to shoot an innocent American citizen at point-blank range, imagine what he'll do to you," Mr. Bush said.

Elsewhere, aviator Steve Fossett completed his three-day journey around the globe, setting a world record for wasting both time and money.
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In further news:

Cheney Alert
The government plans to establish a color-coded system to warn of future veep attacks

Feb. 14, 2006 - Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced today that his department would immediately implement a “Cheney Alert” system to warn Americans if an attack by the vice president is imminent.

The Department of Homeland Security has been under pressure to respond to the widespread panic and anxiety that have gripped the nation since Cheney shot and wounded a fellow quail hunter while on a hunting trip in Texas over the weekend.

Across the country, people have holed up in their homes and hoarded food and water, fearing another senseless attack by the gun-toting vice president.

“What we have learned, the hard way, is that Cheney can attack without warning,” Chertoff said. “It is our hope that with this Cheney Alert system we will be able to give the American people some warning before he strikes again.”

The alert system, with five color-coded levels indicating the likelihood of another brutal pellet attack by the Vice President, was derided by some in Congress such as Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del), who likened it to “closing the barn door after the horses have escaped.”

“The fact is, the White House already had ample warning that Cheney was going to strike, and they sat on their hands and did nothing,” Biden said, referring to a Presidential Daily Brief dated February 4 with the title, “Cheney Determined to Strike in U.S.”

Elsewhere, former Education Secretary William Bennett said that he was “outraged” that an NHL gambling ring has been in operation for five years and he was never invited to participate in it.
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