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13-02-2006, 01:28 PM
Cheney Accidentally Shoots Fellow Hunter
By LYNN BREZOSKY, Associated Press Writers 3 minutes ago
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - An attorney hunting with Vice President
**** Cheney was accidentally shot in the face and chest with shotgun pellets when Cheney took aim on a quail during a weekend trip to a South Texas ranch.
Harry Whittington, of Austin, was in stable condition late Sunday at a Corpus Christi hospital, where he was flown after the shooting late Saturday afternoon at the Armstrong Ranch.
Hospital administrator Peter Banko said Whittington was in the intensive care unit because his condition warranted it, but he did not elaborate.
Whittington sent word through a hospital official that he would have no comment on the incident out of respect for Cheney. The vice president visited with Whittington and his wife before returning to Washington on Sunday.
Cheney "was pleased to see that he's doing fine and in good spirits," said Cheney spokeswoman Lea Anne McBride.
Katharine Armstrong, the ranch's owner, said the accident occurred after Cheney, Whittington and another hunter got out of a car to shoot at a covey of quail.
She said Whittington went to retrieve a bird he shot. Cheney and the third hunter, whom she would not identify, walked to another spot and discovered a second covey of quail.
Whittington "came up from behind the vice president and the other hunter and didn't signal them or indicate to them or announce himself," said Armstrong, who was in the car.
"The vice president didn't see him," she said. "The covey flushed and the vice president picked out a bird and was following it and shot. And by god, Harry was in the line of fire and got peppered pretty good."
Armstrong said the shotgun pellets broke the skin.
"It knocked him silly. But he was fine. He was talking. His eyes were open. It didn't get in his eyes or anything like that," she said.
The accident was not reported publicly by the vice president's office for nearly 24 hours, and then only after it was reported by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on its Web site Sunday.
McBride said the vice president's office did not tell reporters about the accident Saturday because they were deferring to Armstrong to handle the announcement of what happened on her property.
Armstrong said everyone at the ranch was so "focused" on Whittington's health Saturday that it wasn't until Sunday she called the Caller-Times to report the accident. Her ranch is about 60 miles southwest of Corpus Christi.
Sally Whittington described the injuries to her father's face as looking like chicken pox.
"He is very, very lucky that nothing seriously was injured," she said in a story in Sunday's online edition of The Dallas Morning News. She said he was being observed because of swelling from some of the welts on his neck.
Emergency personnel traveling with Cheney tended to Whittington before he was taken first to a hospital in Kingsville and then transferred to Corpus Christi.
Whittington has been a private practice attorney in Austin since 1950 and has long been active in Texas Republican politics. He's been appointed to several state boards, including when then-Gov. George W. Bush named him to the Texas Funeral Service Commission.
Armstrong said Cheney is a longtime friend who comes to the ranch to hunt about once a year and is "a very safe sportsman." She said Whittington is a regular, too, but she thought it was the first time the two men hunted together.
The 50,000-acre Armstrong ranch has been in the influential South Texas family since the turn of the last century. Katharine is the daughter of Tobin Armstrong, a politically connected rancher who has been a guest at the White House and spent 48 years as director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. He died in October. Cheney was among the dignitaries who attended his funeral.
Cheney was legally hunting with a license he purchased in November, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department spokesman Steve Lightfoot said.
Associated Press writers Nedra Pickler in Washington and Paul J. Weber in Dallas contributed to this report.
13-02-2006, 01:49 PM
is this friendly fire or collateral damage?
13-02-2006, 01:54 PM
Pity it wasn't the other way around - creepy, scary, horrible man :eek:
13-02-2006, 01:56 PM
who was the third hunter?
13-02-2006, 02:18 PM
Cheney spends so much time in the bunker he was blinded by the light of day. Maybe he should go shooting in Iraq - sometimes they shoot back.
I find the bit where he shot 70 pheasant in one session in 2003 very interesting:
It shows what a "great" hunter he is.
13-02-2006, 03:40 PM
who was the third hunter?The one on the grassy knoll?
I find the bit where he shot 70 pheasant in one session in 2003 very interestingDyslexic hunter was hunting for peasants.
13-02-2006, 07:24 PM
15-02-2006, 06:25 AM
looks like the big **** could be in trouble - funny how peeps care more about whether he had a proper hunting licence than his complicity in the destabilisation of the world
Cheney victim has heart attack
14/02/2006 21:46 - (SA)
# Cheney 'violated game laws'
# Cheney shoots fellow-hunter
Chicago - Harry Whittington, the man US vice-president **** Cheney accidentally shot while hunting, had a minor heart attack on Tuesday after pieces of birdshot lodged in his heart, doctors said.
Doctors said there were no immediate fears for the life of the 78-year-old lawyer, who was accidentally shot by Cheney on Saturday during a hunting party.
A spokesperson for the Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial in Corpus Christi, Texas, said the hospital was in contact with White House doctors to discuss the best approach to dealing with the scores of tiny pellets that remain lodged in Whittington's body.
The birdshot "basically has lodged in a certain area causing inflammatory changes".
"When that occurs it causes irritability," David Blanchard, emergency room chief at the hospital, told a news conference.
Dozens of pieces of bird shot - tiny pellets that are about 5mm in diameter - remain lodged in Whittington's body.
"It's more than the finger of one hand, but probably less than 150 or 200," Blanchard told reporters.
Many people can live with pieces of shrapnel in their bodies without any serious complications, Blanchard said.
The problem is that until scar tissue forms there is a risk that the bird shot can move and cause irritation and inflammation, as was the case with Whittington.
"At this point in time, there's no plans to do surgery to remove that bird shot," hospital spokesperson Peter Banko told the news conference.
"It's fixed in the heart at this point in time.
"However, it will require that we monitor Mr Whittington for up to another seven days in the hospital to make sure no more bird shot moves into vital organs, as well as that piece of bird shot doesn't move anywhere else in the heart," the spokesperson said, adding that Whittington was in stable condition.
Cheney shot the prominent Texas lawyer in the neck, face and chest with bird shot as the two were out quail hunting on a Texas ranch.
News of the shooting was first revealed not by the White House but by the owner of the south-Texas ranch, Katharine Armstrong, where the accident took place.
Armstrong spoke to the local newspaper, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, which had called her after getting a tip.
President George W Bush's spokesperson, Scott McClellan, as well as Cheney spokesperson Lea Anne McBride insisted that the delay between the shooting and its confirmation by the White House was due to a focus on securing Whittington medical care.
15-02-2006, 06:51 AM
Try this for an interesting 'alt' view by a newspaper columnist. This is just a theory - but it also shows democracy in action - I mean try picture the following being written in a local paper about a local politician in the context of an 'accidental shooting'.
Dummy up, Scooter
Accident my eye. Or rather, Harry Whittington's eye.
If you believe it was just an accident that Vice President D1ck Cheney shot his hunting companion last weekend, you obviously have never seen "The Godfather" movies.
Just as surely as a fish wrapped in a bulletproof vest means "Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes," that shotgun blast to Whittington's face was meant to convey that I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby had better bite his tongue and forget about testifying against Cheney, his former boss, in the Valerie Plame spy case.
What'll it be, Scooter: a case of amnesia or lead poisoning?
The woman who owns the ranch on which the shooting occurred said Whittington shot a bird, went to retrieve it and then snuck up on Cheney.
The vice president, she said, was shooting at a covey of quail when he hit the tall, orange-vest-wearing lawyer. Oy.
Libby, Cheney's former chief of staff, recently told a grand jury that leaking Plame's identity as a spy was authorized by his superiors who were angered by Plame's husband's public criticism of the war in Iraq.
That revelation had many questioning how low this administration would go to quash dissent.
Now we know.
A vice president who'll shoot an ally to get across his message of omerta -- that's mobspeak for "hush up" -- may be considered a national disgrace by some.
Not by me. I embrace the prospect of a lead-slingin' veep. Think of the impact Cheney's shot heard 'round the world will have on America's diplomatic efforts. When obstinate countries declare their unwillingness to negotiate with Secretary of State Condi Rice, all we have to do is roll out Deadeye D1ck.
The prospect of having to sit across the table from Cheney, in orange vest, Elmer Fudd hat and a chaw of Red Man in his cheek, will, for instance, make Iran give up its plans to develop plutonium.
Shooting a hunting companion in the face, intentionally or not, is not D1ckie Boy's worst gun-related transgression. Remember a few years ago when he went hunting at an exclusive resort in Pennsylvania and reportedly shot 70 ducks and pheasant?
That was "hunting" in the way that raising fish in a barrel and then tossing in a baited line is fishing. Conservationists objected because the birds, raised in pens, didn't know that, after a lifetime of being cared for and fed, they must suddenly flee for their lives.
Imagine a couple of the domesticated pheasants lounging around Pennsylvania's Rolling Rock club, awaiting dinner.
Phred: I say, old bean. This is the life. They keep us caged up and just bring us three squares a day. No flying south for us.
Philip: I'll say. It doesn't get any better than this. They were a little tardy with the food yesterday, but here they come now. Good. I'm hungry ... POW!
Phred: Hey! What the ... are they shooting at us? Well, I'll just walk right over there and give that baldheaded one with the glasses a piece of my -- Ugggghhhhhh. He got me.
Not very sporting, eh?
Cheney's fascination with hunting is puzzling because when he had a chance to take up arms for his country during the Vietnam War, he sought every deferment under the sun.
Of course, ducks and quail don't detonate roadside bombs.
15-02-2006, 07:00 AM
Cheney's got a gun....
Waiting for lyrics....
15-02-2006, 09:57 PM
"Cheney Victim Daughter Kept In Dark - Thought Father Dead"
"'Beer quote' pulled from MSNBC Cheney hunting party article"
"White House conceals heart attack info for 22 hours'
15-02-2006, 10:00 PM
"There are no whole truths; all truths are half- truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil."
today's google quote...
feels a little mountain/molehill 'ish
15-02-2006, 10:02 PM
You're not seriously trying to conjure up a conspiracy now regarding a hunting accident are you?
16-02-2006, 06:04 AM
"You're not seriously trying to conjure up a conspiracy now regarding a hunting accident are you?"
No.. I'm 'lightly' just pointing to additional news items which are fleshing out the story in potentially interesting ways. YOU'RE the one that's choosing to interpret this provision of extra info, as being somehow relating to 'conspiracy'.
Don't be so ready to defend a perspective of 'believing just one news story' or 'one initial report about an Event' and then choosing to disbelieve any additional stories - because they offer alternative (or more complex) info - which then requires you to adjust your assumptions.
That's not a very useful way to interpret data and determine the truth of an event.
16-02-2006, 11:18 AM
Cheney's got a gun....
Waiting for lyrics....
Cheney's got a gun, Cheney's got a gun
The whole world's on the run
Great news for Halliburton
What did poor Iraq do?
What is it going thru?
They say He turned the biddings over, and Halliburton's going insane!
The other oil-filled nations, see that Cheney's got a gun and
they ain't never gonna be the same!
Cheney's got a gun, Cheney's got a gun
Libya's nose has run
Bin Laden's having too much fun!
Americans feels so renewed
It's safe to travel and buy shoes!
The price others have to pay-pay
So George is elected again!
Iran has got it comin' while Libya's balls are hanging and
Gaddafi hides his head in shame!
Run Away, 'Cos His daughter's so GAY yeah yeah yeah yeah
Run away run away from the pain yeah yeah
yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
Run away, run away, run, run awaaaaay
Cheney's Got a Gun, Cheney's Got a Gun
Your dog day's just begun
Screw all your possessions
What did Bushes daddy do?
Damned us all to get screwed!
He jacked Iraq up with them weapons, Saddam was his Bestest Friend!
Now his son pretends that's hogwash, Saddam is such a threat and
We're all in for a lotta pain!
Cheney's Got a Gun
Cheney's Got a Gun
Cheney's Got a Gun
Everybody's on the Run
taken from http://spaces.msn.com/facubeitch/Blog/cns!1pPsYOTxs55oafBnXvgHvOXQ!203.entry
17-02-2006, 08:35 AM
The story gets some extra layers - take with a grain of salt, but absorb and decide for yourself.
23-02-2006, 08:07 AM
"Secret Service agents say Cheney was drunk when he shot lawyer"
"A written report from Secret Service agents guarding Vice President D1ck Cheney when he shot Texas lawyer Harry Whittington on a hunting outing two weeks ago says Cheney was "clearly inebriated" at the time of the shooting.
Agents observed several members of the hunting party, including the Vice President, consuming alcohol before and during the hunting expedition, the report notes, and Cheney exhibited "visible signs" of impairment, including slurred speech and erratic actions, the report said."
23-02-2006, 08:41 AM
If you got some spare MB and want a laugh.
23-02-2006, 09:04 AM
who was the third hunter?
Was he on a grassy knoll?
23-02-2006, 09:15 AM
Albereth - re the grassy knoll comment. You obviously don't keep up with modern news, given that a US Senate House Committee investigation concluded back in the 1970's, that Lee Harvey Oswald did NOT act alone - therefore there WAS a conspiracy in the killing of JFK. Naturally the Media prefers that the public doesn't remember this bit of info, and still thinks that the debunked official story, is 'the truth'. (And no, oddly enough, no further legal investigation was ever mounted, after this official finding.)
Thus the 'grassy knoll' comment, doesn't make much sense :P
ps - yes, there is/was discussion of a third hunter - apparently some female diplomat - Finnish? Swedish? But given Cheney's barely functioning operated-on heart, its doubtful that there's a romantic or sexual element :P
23-02-2006, 09:26 AM
It must be me. Dominic had mentioned conspiracy - yep it is in the bit I quoted. There was a shooting. American politicians involved - oh yeah. So, we have a politician involved in a shooting and someone has mentioned conspiracy - therefore the grassy knoll makes perfect sense.
The very first news report I heard (Sky) said that Cheney and a friend were out shooting quail (lucky for Dan they can spell) and the guy who got shot came up on them.
Second thoughts - it's you.
23-02-2006, 09:43 AM
Nope, if I had to choose between shooting Cheney, and shooting some lawyer - hmm, tough call actually..
23-02-2006, 11:54 AM
.The very first news report I heard (Sky) said that Cheney and a friend were out shooting quail (lucky for Dan they can spell) and the guy who got shot came up on them.lol
@LG - lawyers are merely handmaidens of the capitalist whore...when in doubt always aim for the heart of the principal