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February 12, 2006

Dick Cheney's Hunting Foul

From AP:

. . . Cheney, Whittington and another hunter got out of the vehicle to shoot at a covey of quail.

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 discovered 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 said.

'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.'

Allow me to be the first blogger to make the "another case of faulty intelligence gone awry" joke.

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Waiting for someone to DEPLORE the incident as an example of fascist violence. Except that Kerry probably won't deplore it, after his tough talk during the debates. He'll probably say that Cheney not only needed better aim, but a stronger weapon that would kill the offending animal.

Posted by: Ontario Emperor on Feb. 12, 2006

THAT is why I do not shoot with civilians! You're all too undisciplined and dangerous!!

Posted by: Casca on Feb. 12, 2006

BTW for those of your in the know, Friday was qual day for Bravo '06 at TBS, and Casca II shot double expert (expert with the rifle and pistol). His rifle score was 233. Shit in my day that would have been the high score in the company. Bravo high score? 244 by a prior enlisted former scout sniper and silver star winner.

Posted by: Casca on Feb. 12, 2006

Interesting how the article makes it seem as if Whittington was somehow at fault. Whenever one is out hunting with others, one should always keep a sense about where the others are. Unless the safety remains engaged...

Posted by: skye on Feb. 13, 2006

My rifle was a weak-ass 221 or something -- barely expert. I've never been all that strong with the rifle. I had the high score in the company with the pistol, though -- 386 of a possible 400, IIRC. I'm definitely more suited to kicking doors than trading shots at 400m. That long-distance shit is what machine guns, arty and air are for (says the former FO).

Posted by: Matt on Feb. 13, 2006

What's interesting is that the liberal MSM is actually trying to make this into something other than just a silly accident. I just saw a Yahoo headline that said something to the effect of "White House Criticized Over Cheney Hunting Accident." What's the Big Fucking Deal? Apparently, it was necessary that this be made made public immediately rather than the next day. The incident occured at 5:30 PM on Saturday and was made public Sunday.The public had no immediate need to know. It impacted nobody but the poor bastard who got shot and his family. Some of the press is even trying to insinuate that the story was not told accurately. These people will really stoop to any level to try and paint this administration negatively. It's pathetic. At least, though, it is also obvious.

I wonder if the MSM will spend even half as much time covering Gore's most recent traitorous rants?
Not fucking likely.

Posted by: Blu on Feb. 13, 2006

Let's put it in perspective:

Would you rather go driving on Martha's Vineyard with Teddy Kennedy, or hunting with Dick Cheney?

Posted by: shelly on Feb. 13, 2006

Shit Shelly, you're becoming the Milton Berl of the blogosphere. I know, you only steal from the best.

Shit it turns out that the WIA was 78 years old. One wonders what he was doing in the field without a keeper. Some days are best spent on the porch.

Posted by: Casca on Feb. 13, 2006


Journalists stopped having to stoop for this administration five and a half years ago.

In this case i probably agree that it is ultimately a meaningless event unless of course we discover that this guy was going to testify before some grand jury or he was wearing a Scooter mask and this was a dumb joke gone terribly wrong.

I do however find noteworthy the the substitution of the word pepper for shoot in the whitehouse spin.

Posted by: Strawman on Feb. 14, 2006

I think this is more about a whiny WH media that thinks it is their constitutional right to be spoon-fed every bit of information remotely assoicated to the administration.

Posted by: Blu on Feb. 14, 2006

It's interesting to hear people whine about how others whine.

Posted by: skye on Feb. 14, 2006

Is responding to a whine, whining? Hmmm... You may have a point. And besides pointing out that the media is liberal, self-involved, and anti-Bush is like pointing out that the sky is blue.

Posted by: Blu on Feb. 14, 2006

The leftist liberal media? Cmonm, over 50 percent of the population in this country believes thaqt this administration is a bunch of lying stooges. Keep watching your Faux news and get the "truth". If these guys will obfuscate, and delay, and spin over something as meaningless as a hunting accident what are we to believe about things that are really important, like wmd's, patriot act and use of force votes being pretzle logiced into the right to spy on americans (or anyone for that matter) in a warrantless manner. Cmon, your heros have clay feet (like most of the rest of us. Give it a reast and keep your eye on the big picture,,more lies to come concerning Iran, North Korea, Palestine, etc etc etc. Face it, this is the crookedest bunch to run our country since my Commander in Chief Mr Nixon. My advice, tell the truth, tell it quickly and knock off the spin (oh by the way, no matter what Faux sways, they are out there spinning to the right so quickly they would get rug burns if they did it on carpet barefooted. Get used to it, it's going to get worst as these guys start to eat each other alive over scooter, abramoff, warantless spying, fema, etc etc. Your hero is a failure both as a man (I am a vietnam veteran and he and his veep did nothing but get defferment after deferment). And don't give me that air national guard crap, everyone from my generation knows that it was a dodge from active duty. Want to know how many reserves were on my ship? 7 all pilots and volunteers. How many national guard members? 0 none nada this is with a crew of 5200 and was endemic throughout the services. Better be glad that they are using the guard and the reserves and stop los orders to keep the military up to force or your rear end or a few fortunate sons kids might get drafed. Of course they have changed the draft law to drafting into the reserves instead of active duty but we all know quite well that right now being in the guard or reserves is an automatic ticket to Iraq. Wake up and smell the coffee, quit defending this fraud.

Posted by: Michael Murphy on Feb. 19, 2006

Dear Mr. Murphy,

Thank you for your service. Now, with that said, please take the time to study an 8th grade grammar book. You might also want to consider a dictionary. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

Posted by: Blu on Feb. 20, 2006

I will take your kind advice. I will refrain from using internet grammar and do a little spell checking.

Thanks for being a nice person about it. We can all agree to disagree since we were lucky enough to be born in a free society.

Thanks again blu,

Posted by: mike on Feb. 20, 2006