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    Default And by god, Harry was in the line of fire and got peppered pretty good.

    I submit this more for the moral of the story regarding not only firearms safety, but safety in general. Plus as the quote in the subject line made me smile.

    Dick Cheney Accidentally Shoots Hunting Companion

    UPDATED: 10:44 am EST February 13, 2006

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    CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas -- 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.

    Harry Whittington "rested well last night," said Peter Banko, hospital administrator at Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial. The hospital listed Whittington's condition as "very stable," he said.

    Whittington, an Austin attorney, was flown to the hospital after Cheney accidentally shot him late Saturday afternoon at the Armstrong Ranch, hitting him with birdshot.

    "It's not critical. It's not serious. It's just stable at this time," Banko said at a morning briefing. He said admitting Whittington to the trauma-intensive care unit was "a fairly common procedure" for a patient hit by a spray of the small pellets.

    "I don't know how much spray he has got," Banko said. "My understanding from the physicians is that after you get peppered, sometimes they need to do exploratory surgeries if it gets lodged in a little deeper. Sometimes, it's tweezers. I can't really comment on how extensively he was sprayed."

    Banko said he did not know when Whittington would be released, but in the meantime he was being visited by family and friends.

    The vice president visited 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.

    Whittington sent word through a hospital official that he would not comment on the incident out of respect for Cheney.

    Ranch owner Katharine Armstrong 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.

    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.

    Each of the hunters was wearing a bright orange vest at the time, Armstrong 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 told The Dallas Morning News her father was being observed because of swelling from some of the welts on his neck. His face "looks like chicken pox, kind of," she said.

    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.

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    How long before the Dick Cheney/Elmer Fudd cartoons appear....
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    I bet 'Scooter' Libby never takes Cheney up on a hunting trip offer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86
    I bet 'Scooter' Libby never takes Cheney up on a hunting trip offer.
    Now THAT is funny. Then again, he just might be that stupid, ya never know.

    Malahat has a good point about firearms safety too.
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    I can't help but laughing about this...

    The Vice President of the United States shot a senior citizen in the face with a shotgun.

    Read that and tell me it doesn't make you snicker like a little girl....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrentonFF
    I can't help but laughing about this...

    The Vice President of the United States shot a senior citizen in the face with a shotgun.

    Read that and tell me it doesn't make you snicker like a little girl....
    It is sad, very very sad...... but funny. I could not help but laugh, just think of all of the fallout this one is going to generate.

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    I see no humor in it at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrentonFF

    The Vice President of the United States shot a senior citizen in the face with a shotgun.
    Na, sounds like the "senior citizen" was where he wasnt suppose to be.

    Whittington "came up from behind the vice president and the other hunter and didn't signal them or indicate to them or announce himself...

    This is also why you let a good bird dog retrieve your birds.
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    Na, sounds like the "senior citizen" was where he wasnt suppose to be.

    Irrelevant.

    Cheney didn't exercise proper control over his weapon.

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    Man...I guess it WAS a good thing that chickenhawk Cheney got all those Vietnam deferments. I love how the White House is blaming it on the fellow who got shot, instead of the moron who shot him.

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    Na, sounds like the "senior citizen" was where he wasnt suppose to be.
    Yeah...in a hunting party with a moron.

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    John Stewart has some fun with it here.

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    No License!

    Oh yeah, the exectutive branch is above the law.

    Quail hunting and this poor guy doesn't look a thing like Dan Potatoe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinm
    How long before the Dick Cheney/Elmer Fudd cartoons appear....

    It was in this mornings NY POST....front page....I neary ****ed my pants laughing...... What a dope....

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    Over the news this morning they reported that although Mr Cheney has a current and approved hunting licence, he did not have it in his possession at the time of the incident.

    Does that mean he was hunting attornies out of season?
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    I'd rather be hunting quail with Dick Cheney than joyriding through Chappaquidick with Teddy Kennedy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scfire86
    I bet 'Scooter' Libby never takes Cheney up on a hunting trip offer.
    SC, Read my salutation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger6886
    I'd rather be hunting quail with Dick Cheney than joyriding through Chappaquidick with Teddy Kennedy.

    Oooop, sorry ranger. You beat me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ranger6886
    I'd rather be hunting quail with Dick Cheney than joyriding through Chappaquidick with Teddy Kennedy.
    Quite true.

    At least the VP actually made sure that appropriate care was obtained unlike my former Senator who didn't make a call FOR HOURS.
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