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Cheney Accidentally Shoots Fellow Hunter



Vice President Dick Cheney, center, accepts a rifle from National Rifle Association President Kayne Robinson, right, and NRA Vice President Wayne R. LaPierre, after concluding his keynote address to the 133rd annuanl NRA convention in this April 17, 2004 file photo in Pittsburgh. Cheney accidentally shot and injured a man during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, his spokeswoman said Sunday Feb. 12, 2006. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

By NEDRA PICKLER, Associated Press Writer
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WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and injured a man during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, his spokeswoman said Sunday.

Harry Whittington, 78, was "alert and doing fine" after Cheney sprayed him with shotgun pellets on Saturday while the two were hunting at the Armstrong Ranch in south Texas, said property owner Katharine Armstrong.

Armstrong said Whittington was mostly injured on his right side, with the pellets hitting his cheek, neck and chest, and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

Whittington was in stable condition Sunday, said Yvonne Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Christus Spohn Health System.

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.

Armstrong said she was watching from a car while Cheney, Whittington and another hunter got out of the vehicle to shot at a covey of quail late afternoon on Saturday.

Whittington shot a bird and went to look for it in the tall grass, while Cheney and the third hunter walked to another spot and found a second covey.

Whittington "came up from behind the vice president and the other hunter and didn't signal them or indicate to them or announce himself," Armstrong told the Associated Press in an interview.

"The vice president didn't see him," she continued. "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."

The shooting was first reported by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times.

She said Whittington was bleeding but not very seriously injured, and Cheney was very apologetic.

"It broke the skin," she said. "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 emergency personnel traveling with Cheney tended to Whittington, holding his face and cleaning up the blood.

"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."

Armstrong said Cheney is a longtime friend who comes to the ranch to hunt about once a year. She said Whittington is a regular, too, but she thought it was the first time the two men hunted together.

"This is something that happens from time to time. You now, I've been peppered pretty well myself," said Armstrong.

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Associated Press writer Paul Weber in Dallas contributed to this report.

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Man demonstrating gun safety shoots self



Associated Press "” Sept. 8, 2004

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. "” Monroe County, Ind., Coroner David Toumey was hospitalized with a leg wound after accidentally shooting himself while trying to demonstrate gun safety.

Toumey told The Herald-Times for a story published today that he was demonstrating gun safety to some people at a Lake Monroe boat ramp about 11 p.m. when he accidentally shot himself.

He said that as he checked to make sure his weapon was unloaded, the gun discharged, and a bullet struck him in his left leg.

"It's an unfortunate accident," Toumey said. "I've always been very, very safe."

He was taken to Bloomington Hospital and later transferred to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Toumey said he was scheduled to have surgery today and expects to be in the hospital from three to five days.

Monroe County Sheriff Steve Sharp said he was unable to release details of the shooting because the report had yet to be filed by the deputy assigned to the case.

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Two comments:

One, it's funny that this wasn't reported until 24 hours after the incident occurred! Eek That it was not reported by the White House Eek And that his "in perfect condition" azz had medical staff and an ambulance following him around on everywhere he goes! Eek Eek

Secondly, I thought quail couldn't fly!! Confused So how did he shoot that man in the neck and cheek and chest?? Shouldn't he have been shooting downward?? Confused
You mean this Harry Whittington?

http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/1999-09-03/pols_feature3.html
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It's been a tumultuous week for the Texas Funeral Service Commission. On Monday, Travis County District Court Judge John Dietz ruled that Gov. George W. Bush won't have to testify in Eliza May's whistle-blower lawsuit against the agency. On Tuesday, the old TFSC board was dismissed. On Wednesday, the new board, headed by Austin lawyer Harry Whittington, took over the struggling agency ... May, who was fired by the TFSC's board in February, claims that state legislators and Bush's office interfered with her agency's investigation in order to help SCI, the world's largest funeral company ... The appointment of Whittington appears to be a good move. [B]A well-respected lawyer, Whittington has served on other controversial state positions in the past, including a stint on the Board of Corrections, the precursor to the Board of Criminal Justice, which oversees the state's prison system. During his stint on that board, from 1979-1985, Whittington dealt with a number of difficult issues, including the Ruiz lawsuit, which forced the Texas prison system to institute a series of reforms and improve prison conditions. Whittington also served six years on the Texas Public Finance Authority, to which he was appointed by former Gov. Bill Clements. [/B]


Whittington seems to be a "fixer." I wonder what they were discussing, just before the gun went off?
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
Two comments:

One, it's funny that this wasn't reported until 24 hours after the incident occurred! Eek That it was not reported by the White House Eek And that his "in perfect condition" azz had medical staff and an ambulance following him around on everywhere he goes! Eek Eek

Secondly, I thought quail couldn't fly!! Confused So how did he shoot that man in the neck and cheek and chest?? Shouldn't he have been shooting downward?? Confused


Actually most upland game birds to include turkeys can fly for short distances. This kind of accident happens more often then people would believe, in fact there was one got on video that was shown on TV with one of the reality shows. In it a son accidently showered his father with buck shot.
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Here's a better example of illegality:

http://nationaljournal.com/about/njweekly/stories/2006/0209nj1.htm#

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Vice President Dick Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis (Scooter) Libby, testified to a federal grand jury that he had been "authorized" by Cheney and other White House "superiors" in the summer of 2003 to disclose classified information to journalists to defend the Bush administration's use of prewar intelligence in making the case to go to war with Iraq, according to attorneys familiar with the matter, and to court records ...


That's a federal offense ...
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Slow Leak: How Cheney Stalled News Reports of Hunting Accident
Word of the mishap took 20 hours to get out as the Vice President insisted on telling a local newspaper before everyone else, sources say
By MIKE ALLEN/WASHINGTON

The Vice President was the press strategist, and Karl Rove was the investigative reporter. Vice President Cheney overruled the advice of several members of the White House staff and insisted on sticking to a plan for releasing information about his hunting accident that resulted in a 20-hour, overnight delay in public confirmation of the startling incident, according to several Republican sources.
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1159347,00.html

"This is either a cover-up story or an incompetence story," said a top Republican who is close to the White House and has rarely been critical of the Administration in the past five years. "Karl was constrained, as was the entire communications operation, because the Vice President had arranged for how this was to come out." ...


"Uhmmm, Alex ... I'll take cover-up for a thousand, please."

At the very least, it's an example of covering up incompetence.
Have you heard that the guy Cheney shot just had a heart attack? Being want to expect the worst from these guys I'll lay my ultimate conspiracy theory out about this.

Cheney shot and killed the guy. It took so long to release info because they completely froze about how to deal with the issue. They spun it as "superficial wounds" and they'll announce his death as a result of some "freak" medical thing - supposedly like the heart attack. Think about it, if it were no big deal why wouldn't they have the guy himself proclaim his health and the fact that it was just an innocent accident? Wouldn't that be the best way to relieve pressure on this?

He may not be dead, but its A LOT worse than we have been lead to believe.

It's all very interesting . . .
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Originally posted by MBM:
Have you heard that the guy Cheney shot just had a heart attack? Being want to expect the worst from these guys I'll lay my ultimate conspiracy theory out about this.

Cheney shot and killed the guy. It took so long to release info because they completely froze about how to deal with the issue. They spun it as "superficial wounds" and they'll announce his death as a result of some "freak" medical thing - supposedly like the heart attack. Think about it, if it were no big deal why wouldn't they have the guy himself proclaim his health and the fact that it was just an innocent accident? Wouldn't that be the best way to relieve pressure on this?

He may not be dead, but its A LOT worse than we have been lead to believe.

It's all very interesting . . .


But what is suspect to me is that you shoot someone in the face, on accident??? The last time I've personally heard of that happening is with an inexperienced kid, shooting another kid in the face, which ended up with the victim losing his eye. That was bb's and buck shot is just a little smaller. I think that there is more to this than meets the eye too MBM.
But the jokes surrounding this are just absolutely HILARIOUS! I love the Elmer Fudd jokes! lol
One of my favorites is "I thwat I saw a Democwat" lol
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Have you heard that the guy Cheney shot just had a heart attack? Being want to expect the worst from these guys I'll lay my ultimate conspiracy theory out about this.

Cheney shot and killed the guy. It took so long to release info because they completely froze about how to deal with the issue. They spun it as "superficial wounds" and they'll announce his death as a result of some "freak" medical thing - supposedly like the heart attack. Think about it, if it were no big deal why wouldn't they have the guy himself proclaim his health and the fact that it was just an innocent accident? Wouldn't that be the best way to relieve pressure on this?

He may not be dead, but its A LOT worse than we have been lead to believe.

It's all very interesting . . .


If not as you've laid out, I can see Cheney re-enacting Joe Pesci's role in the scene from Goodfellows, where he is dispatching the guy in the truck. "Die Mutha F__ka, will ya?"

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