Monday, February 13, 2006

Cheney Beaten by Quail, Shoots Fellow Hunter

Shaking my head...

Cheney Shoots Fellow Hunter

"A 78-year-old hunting companion of Vice President Dick Cheney was recovering in stable condition Monday after Cheney accidentally shot him during a weekend quail hunting trip, a hospital official said.

Whittington sent word through a hospital official that he would have no comment on the incident out of respect for Cheney."

Out of respect for Cheney? Um..right. Don’t wanna make Cheney look bad or anything like that.

"Katharine Armstrong, the ranch's owner, told The Associated Press that the accident occurred after Cheney, Whittington and another hunter got out of a car to shoot at a covey of quail."

Having spent some of my youth hunting in and around the swamp I grew up next to, I have always despised ‘car hunters’. These fools just drive down the road looking for something to shoot. I imagine that during the rush of getting out of the car to shoot at quail, they lost sight of who was where. We used to call that a ‘feeding frenzy’.

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."

Anybody else see the parsing going on here? How did Whittington get shot if he was behind Cheney? Here’s how: Cheney wheeled around approximately 180 degrees, and without knowing where his fellow hunters were pulled the trigger. They can try and blame Whittington all they want, the man with the gun is supposed to know what is in his line of fire before pulling the trigger. It’s that simple. Also, all the quail I've ever hunted flew UP. In order to shoot Whittington in the face Cheney was shooting level, not UP. That’s a technicality and only one that I would breach were I hunting alone. However, even then it's a bad habit to become accustomed to. The fact that there were three of them should have underscored the need to a) know where each other was and b) always shoot UP.

"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."

Needed some time to get the story straight, and attempt to not look like the idiots they are. AFTER they determined that Cheney didn't kill the poor man.

"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."

“A very safe sportsman” does not shoot his fellow hunter in the face. “A very safe sportsman” does not jump out of a car to shoot at quail.

"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."

Look at those rich and well connected people playing with guns on the ranch. YEE HAW! This is what makes America great…right?

These idiots can’t go hunting without shooting each other.

The Keystone Cops are running this country and invading other countries that don’t have WMD’s while the ones that do are laughing at us.

Vote Republican! Destroy America and then the world! ,

3 Opinions:

Blogger Dr. C speaks!

The whole damn thing sounds fishey to me. Scalia was probably there too, hiding out. Jeez, Louise, what a bunch of dopes.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Redjalapeno speaks!

There are fewer and fewer words to describe their incompetence.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Pepper speaks!

"Keystone Kops" is the best way to describe them. And thank you for your technical expertise as well. I mean, if Cheney is going to be so pro-gun and buddy-buddy with the NRA, then shouldn't he know better? Wow.

I also feel bad for the guy who got shot. He's 78, and I imagine that PR people are doing most of the talking for him right about now. I wonder what will happen when he leaves the hospital. Ya think a not-so "frivolous lawsuit" is in the works?

1:31 AM  

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