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Breaking: Cheney shoots and injures man while on hunting trip
Posted by: McQ on Sunday, February 12, 2006

Nope, I'm not making that up. Apparently while on a hunting trip in Texas, Dick Cheney has managed to accidentally shoot someone while doing some bird hunting.
Harry Whittington, 78, was "alert and doing fine" after Cheney sprayed Whittington with shotgun pellets on Saturday at the Armstrong Ranch in south Texas, said property owner Katharine Armstrong.

Armstrong said Cheney turned to shoot a bird and accidentally hit Whittington. She said Whittington was taken to Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital by ambulance.

Cheney's spokeswoman, Lea Anne McBride, said the vice president was with Whittington, a lawyer from Austin, Texas, and his wife at the hospital on Sunday afternoon.
PETA, of course, will have a field day with this (as will most of the left).

UPDATE [Jon Henke]

This is an amusing human interest story, but utterly unimportant. So, of course, it will get wall-to-wall coverage for a few days. Media interest in this story will be exceeded only by media interest in the sex lives of celebrities, or possibly the murder of a previously obscure, but attractive white girl.

If you think the preceding was a depressing indictment of humanity, get a load of Joshua Micah Marshall...
What stuck out to me though is that the owner of the property on which the incident occurred was the person interviewed by the AP. And the property owner, Katharine Armstrong, gave a highly exculpatory recounting of what transpired. Basically, she said the victim, Harry Whittington, snuck up on Cheney, didn't give the appropriate warning. And in any case getting sprayed with shot in the face and half your body isn't that big a deal anyway.

But by way of Brad Blog we find that Armstrong is the daughter of the one of the folks who hired Cheney at Halliburton.

And of course it took more than 24 hours for the incident to be reported to the press.
This seems like an appropriate moment to quote Jim Brady, who writes in today's WaPo, "In some places on the Web, everything happens on a grassy knoll."

Bring on the Warren Commission!
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There’s a rumor that Harry Whittington was overheard telling an aide that he was in support of Congressional hearings into the NSA domestic spying program while on the hunting trip.

Written By: PogueMahone
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And when the lefties lose their minds with this, as they surely will, let’s gently remind them that Cheney at least had the good taste to have his people dial 911.
Written By: BornRed
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it seems to me that SCALIA almost got the same before the Supremes were to hear Cheneys Energy case ? but scalia was wearing a dress ,what was witthington wearing ,just an orange vest ???? POOR DICK
Written By: joseph p. bell
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I read stories like this, and shrug my shoulders, and say "Hey... Clinton happens..."
Written By: Bithead
Just another reminder of the GOP big applause line that the Arabs hate us because we are free.
Cheney is a prime example that the Arabs hate us because of what we do with that freedom.

Robert Chapman
Lansing, New York
Written By: rchapman
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"Utterly unimportant?" I guess that’s why it wasn’t reported for 24 hours. And no one had to dial 911; the news teaches us that chickenhawks keep an ambulance on hand 24/7. Still, when you’re driven in a car up to the barrel to shoot fish, and miss, doesn’t that teach you anything? No, I guess not.
Written By: Dan Kona
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Now we know what WMD means-Weapons of Mis-Direction
Written By: R. Duchaine
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If you are a hunter, or know a hunter, you know that Cheney messed up.

All else is merely spin.

Written By: mkultra
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kind words from mkultra (or relatively so) must not be all bad ;)

When I first heard about this I guessed that they were bird hunting. And given the circumstances relayed, there were 2 parties at fault. Whittington for not sounding his approach. And Cheney for not seeing Whittington.

As to having an ambulance on stand-by, he is the VP after all. I would guess he has an ambulance on standby where ever he goes. And I would bet that the President does to.
Written By: Keith, Indy
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Having been on both the right and wrong ends of the barrel during bird hunts...
Yeah, I’ll go with he messed up, and so did the other guy.

I have to admit though, I’m wondering how the secret service lets some
other old guy, presumably armed with a shotgun too, wander up on the VP’s flank without someone ’knowing’ he’s there.

Not trying to start a conspiracy, just puzzled by the ’official’ story...
Some place some agents on a secret service detail are probably wondering what their next assignment will be.....maybe "Guarding Tess"?
Written By: looker
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"And of course it took more than 24 hours for the incident to be reported to the press."

I’m sure this is something that really set them off. What a lost opportunity, not being able to say "We interrupt this broadcast to bring you breaking news... Vice President Dick Cheney has just involved in a shooting; sources tell us it may have been an attempted murder-suicide caused by a love affair gone bad. The alledged victim, Harry Whittington, has close ties to Halliburton, a corporation once headed by Cheney and recently involved in alledged wrongdoing in what some call the quagmire of Iraq. We go live, now, to Howard Dean for more...".
Written By: timactual
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Again, the VEEP can jab Kerry for lack of hunting experience,
The Senator was wearing a new camouflage jacket for the occasion. Which made me wonder just how often he goes goose hunting.
I’ll bet the junior Sen. from Mass. has never bagged a lawyer. I wonder if Cheney had acquired a tag from the game warden?
Which reminds me,…
Is it lawyer hunting season already?

I guess I have to get my ambulance decoy out of storage.
Now where did I put that thing?
Written By: PogueMahone
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Maybe Cheney can take Sen. Kennedy "hunting" next heh heh
Written By: shark
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As you know up here in Canada we welcome draft dodgers like Mr. Cheney. Not as well known however is the fact that we never give them guns!
Written By: Jack Doucette
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This is too much fun…

Can you picture The Vice President in a Pulp Fiction setting…
The Big Dick with greased black jerry curls…
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy my brothers.
Okay, I’ll stop now.
Written By: PogueMahone
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I’ll bet the junior Sen. from Mass. has never bagged a lawyer. I wonder if Cheney had acquired a tag from the game warden?
No need for a tag. Lawyers are considered varmints. Open season every day of the year, with no bag or possession limits.
Written By: Steverino
""It was accidental, a hunting accident," Sheriff Ramon Salinas III of Kenedy County told The New York Times, adding that the Secret Service notified him Saturday of the episode. "They did what they had to according to law.""

from the Editor and Publisher story on it. So they notified the police when it happened on Sat. Where is the wrong doing? That they didnt have a press conference to immediately tell the New York Times?
Written By: Chris
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The public has a ’right to know!’.
They should have had embedded reporters for the bird hunt.
Written By: looker
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Secret Service probably did see the guy, and probably ASSUMED that Cheney saw him to...

SS probably saw him cause they were those super cool hi-tech shades :)
Written By: Keith, Indy
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