Vice Prez Cheneys Friendly Fire...

#1
Seems Vice President Dick Cheney mistook his 78 year old buddy for a wild turkey or grouse or something and blasted him with buckshot in the face...pal is okay though his face took a beating with birdshot..

Guess Veep Dick won't be the poster boy for the NRA this week.. Guns don't kill people...etc...

Fortunate that the Secret Service boys guarding the Veep and the Paramedics that shadow him 'cause of his less-than-perfect health status wereclose at hand to render aid and comfort to the ' enemy '...

Do almost 80 year old businessmen really look like feathered flocks in flight?
 

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#2
Hmm...latest is that old pal is very much NOT 'all right".....some of the birdshot with which the Veep peppered his bezzer migrated to his heart causing a bit of a log jam amongst all those ventricles,tricuspids, mitrals and sundry other gooey bits....

Question: will the Veep's best mate now sue the ASS off Hizzoner?....gotta be worth a coupla million no sweat...

Tinfoil hat Question: What did he know about Cheney's affairs and when did he know it......

Aunty's version for benighted Cousins:
Cheney in spotlight for shooting
US Vice-President Dick Cheney is facing growing pressure to make a public statement after accidentally shooting his hunting companion.
Harry Whittington, 78, was left with pellets in his body after Saturday's incident on a ranch in Texas, leading to a minor heart attack, doctors said.

He was moved back into intensive care on Tuesday, they said.

The BBC's Justin Webb says the strange affair has become a potential political liability for the White House.

Mr Cheney - who visited Mr Whittington in the hospital on Sunday - has not commented publicly on the incident.

The Democratic leader in the Senate, Harry Reid, said he thought it was time that the American people heard from Mr Cheney.

Mr Reid said the vice-president's failure to make any public comment on the matter was part of the secretive nature of the Bush administration.

President Ronald Reagan's former press secretary, Marlin Fitzwater, said he was "appalled" by the White House handling of the incident.

Phone call


CHENEY SHOOTING TIMELINE
Sat 11 Feb 1830*: incident takes place
1930: President Bush informed
2000: Bush told Cheney pulled trigger
2115: Whittington is flown to hospital and put into intensive care
Sun 12 Feb 1400: Cheney's office confirms incident to Corpus Christi Caller-Times
1448: Caller-Times runs Katherine Armstrong's account
Early Sun eve: Cheney visits Whittington in hospital
Mon 13 Feb 1500: Whittington moved from intensive care
Tue 14 Feb 0730: Whittington suffers minor heart attack and moved back into intensive care
1330: Cheney calls Whittington to wish him well
*All times EST (GMT-5)



Katharine Armstrong, the owner of the private ranch where the accident occurred, said Mr Cheney had turned round to shoot at a bird, unaware Mr Whittington was behind him, and sprayed him with shotgun pellets.

Mr Whittington, a lawyer, ....Good Grief :roll: .....was hit in the cheek, neck and chest.

He is being treated at the Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Despite the heart problem, doctors said there were no immediate fears for Mr Whittington's life.

Doctors said he would probably have the pellets in his body for the rest of his life.

Mr Cheney telephoned Mr Whittington on Tuesday to offer his help and tell him that "his thoughts and prayers are with Mr Whittington and his family," the vice-president's office said in a statement.

Story from BBC NEWS
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/world/americas/4715232.stm

Lee Shaver
 
#3
If the lawyer goes belly up, the Veep gets hit with an automatic charge under Texas law - reckless endangerment or criminal negligence or something...NRA is strangely silent on the fate of one of their ' spokespersons '..

At Dick's age can see how a lawyer in a bright oragne reflective vest could look like a small flying fowl...
 
#4
I hope the guy doesn't die- it wouldn't be nearly as funny.

I don't think the charge would be automatic if he croaks, but there would almost certainly be a Grand Jury investigation- and we all know how much Dick loves those. :twisted:
 
#5
HOLD THE HORSES !!!!

i'v changed my mind over the whole incident, lets have a sence of proportion here !

HE SHOT A LAWYER !!! :D

give the pseudo nazi dick a medal! mybe it wasnt that much of an 'accident' :wink:
 

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#6
DrStealth said:
HOLD THE HORSES !!!!

i'v changed my mind over the whole incident, lets have a sence of proportion here !

HE SHOT A LAWYER !!! :D

give the pseudo nazi dick a medal! mybe it wasnt that much of an 'accident' :wink:
hee hee :lol:

( Shouldn't your sig read " The over-and-under skeet 12 gauge is a much over-rated weapon - legal weasels are harder to kill than I thought ! " )
 
#7
Impeccable sense of comedic timing :D :

At the White House, Scott McClellan, the president's spokesman, began his day unaware of Mr. Whittington's heart attack. After being battered by reporters on Monday for the delay in the White House's providing information about the accident, Mr. McClellan opened his first briefing on Tuesday making light of the incident, as the late-night comics had done.

Mr. McClellan joked that the Texas Longhorns, the N.C.A.A. football champions who were at the White House to meet with the president, would be in their team color, orange, and "the orange that they're wearing is not because they're concerned that the vice president will be there."

Continuing the play on orange, the color hunters wear as a safety precaution to avoid being shot, Mr. McClellan held up his own orange and gray tie. "That's why I'm wearing it," he said, to laughter.

But by the time of Mr. McClellan's noon briefing, when the press secretary was aware of Mr. Whittington's downturn but did not disclose it to reporters, his tone was serious, even as he was at times impatient with the persistent questions about the shooting. "If you want to continue to spend time on that, that's fine," Mr. McClellan said. "We're moving on to the priorities of the American people."
 
#8
So Scott McLellan (Septic gobment spokesman (aka duty porky merchant) and author of the highly successful book "How To Sell Used Cars") wants to "move on to the priorities of the American people".

I wonder what his reaction would've been if the inept shooter's name had been, say, Kerry or Kennedy!

MsG
 
#9
I had lunch with a number of Sceptic colleagues today and this cropped up as a topic. We had a slight difference of opinion and I would welcome fellow Arrsers thoughts (particularly some of the international ones).


Argument 1
PB: While this is may be of interest, it was an accident and hence not the duty of the press office to inform the media. I would not expect to hear if TCB had had a car accident unless it impacted his ability to do his job.
Sceptic: This directly demonstrates his judgement and therefore it is the duty of the White House Press Office to make it known. He is a public figure and has shot someone!

Argument 2
PB: If I was the lawyer who had been shot, I wouldn't want my name all over the front pages.
Sceptic: Tough, he forfeited that right when he attended the same event as a public figure.

Now, I don't consider my opinions to be overly liberal, but I was faintly surprised at this attitude and the 'A public figure doesn't have any time off attitude'.

PB
 
#10
Americans value their " Freedom of the Press" second to the " Right to Bear Arms " and so anyone identified as a public figure is fair game 24/7, hence the paprazzi swarming all over Slutney Spears for driving with her t*tsucker on her lap instead of in a child restraint, why they stake out the front gate of the Betty Ford Clinic and why they love it when any politician/media darling is seen slipping out the back door of a pub/brothel/casino/church bingo hall/boygirl toy

Anything and everything someone, who claims to be a 'leader' in whatever sphere, does then is a reflection of his/her mindset/view, etc., and " speaks " to the people about what they may do on ' matters of importance '..In the case of Cheney, since he's a bigshot [ pun intended ] supporter of the NRA [ which seems to have an inordinate ability to influence public policy at government levels ], anything that can pop their bubble, cut down their image a peg or two is newsworthy, especially when , in this case, it poses the question as to his judgement [ trigger happy old fat guy who couldn't tell the difference between a flock of defencless cute wittle birdies and an old guy in bright orange vest and hat ]... stretch that to reflect his ' vision ' on Iraq, etc., etc....
Joke at first [ Images of Cheney as Elmer Fudd ] to now sober second guessing over serious downturn in pal's health due to birdshot in heart...
 

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#12
More From Aunty:
Cheney accepts blame for shooting

US Vice-President Dick Cheney has taken full responsibility for accidentally shooting a hunting companion.
Mr Cheney had faced growing pressure from politicians and the media to make a statement about Saturday's incident, which happened on a ranch in Texas.

Speaking on Fox TV, he said: "I'm the guy that pulled the trigger."

Harry Whittington, 78, was left with pellets in his body after the shooting, leading to a minor heart attack, doctors said.

Mr Cheney told Fox TV that Saturday had been "one of the worst days of my life".


It's not Harry's fault. Ultimately, I'm the guy that pulled the trigger and shot my friend
Vice-President Dick Cheney

( feck me that's big of him....)


He defended his decision not to report the matter immediately to the public - instead leaving it to the ranch owner to tell a local paper the next day - saying he still thought it had been "the right call".

"You can talk about all the other conditions that existed at the time, but that's the bottom line," he said.

"And it's not Harry's fault. Ultimately, I'm the guy that pulled the trigger and shot my friend."

Mr Whittington was moved back into intensive care on Tuesday but is said to be on the mend.

Mr Cheney, who visited him in hospital a day after the shooting, also telephoned him on Tuesday to offer support.


Democratic leader in the Senate, Harry Reid, said on Tuesday it was time the American people heard from Mr Cheney.

Mr Reid said the vice-president's failure to make any public comment was part of the secretive nature of the Bush administration.

Despite the heart problem, doctors said Mr Whittington was now on the road to recovery.

He is now sitting up and eating regularly - and even preparing some legal work, according to a spokesman for the Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Mr Whittington was moved to intensive care for privacy rather than medical reasons, the hospital added.

Doctors have said the lawyer will probably have the pellets in his body for the rest of his life.

Story from BBC NEWS
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/1/hi/world/americas/4715232.stm

Le Chevre
 
#14
PassingBells said:
I had lunch with a number of Sceptic colleagues today and this cropped up as a topic. We had a slight difference of opinion and I would welcome fellow Arrsers thoughts (particularly some of the international ones).


Argument 1
PB: While this is may be of interest, it was an accident and hence not the duty of the press office to inform the media. I would not expect to hear if TCB had had a car accident unless it impacted his ability to do his job.
Sceptic: This directly demonstrates his judgement and therefore it is the duty of the White House Press Office to make it known. He is a public figure and has shot someone!

Argument 2
PB: If I was the lawyer who had been shot, I wouldn't want my name all over the front pages.
Sceptic: Tough, he forfeited that right when he attended the same event as a public figure.

Now, I don't consider my opinions to be overly liberal, but I was faintly surprised at this attitude and the 'A public figure doesn't have any time off attitude'.

PB
PassingBells: Scuse me for bringing this up; but do you mean "Sceptic" as in "person expressing a certain doubt? Or "Septic" as in "septic-tank = Yank, aka Merri-can?
You've confused me!

MsG
 
#16
Bugsy7 said:
PassingBells: Scuse me for bringing this up; but do you mean "Sceptic" as in "person expressing a certain doubt? Or "Septic" as in "septic-tank = Yank, aka Merri-can?
You've confused me!

MsG
:oops: That'll be me not commenting on others' spelling for a while.

For avoidance of doubt, Septic as in "Causing or resulting from putrefaction" was the intended word.

PB
 
#18
So, I see Dick Cheney is speaking for the first time about the shooting incident. Well I know what really happened.

It all came about when Harry Whittington realised water was falling from the sky. "Hey look, it's raining," he said, which Cheney misheard as "Hey look, Iranians".

Cheney was overcome with anger and discharged his gun in every possible direction, unfortunately catching the attorney.

I've just got my fingers crossed that Dick takes his mate George out for a good old hunt!
:D
 
#20
DrStealth said:
HOLD THE HORSES !!!!

i'v changed my mind over the whole incident, lets have a sence of proportion here !

HE SHOT A LAWYER !!! :D

give the pseudo nazi dick a medal! mybe it wasnt that much of an 'accident' :wink:
Hey that ain't funny. :!:

Virgil (nervously hiding my J.D. diploma under the mattress)