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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...

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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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    Default Breaking News!!!

    Havent seen this on CNN yet... but maybe they are on the way

    Man Shot By Girlfriend While Hunting Raccoons
    No Charges Will Be Filed In Accidental Shooting


    POSTED: 8:56 am MST February 14, 2006
    UPDATED: 12:50 pm MST February 14, 2006

    LAFAYETTE, Colo. -- A 17-year-old girl who was not familiar with firearms accidentally shot her boyfriend while the two were hunting raccoons at a Boulder County farmhouse Monday night.

    The sheriff's office said the incident was reported at about 9:30 p.m. in the 2300 block of North 95th Street, north of the Lafayette city limits.

    They found Josh Kayser, 21, wounded in the right ear and left forearm by a .22-caliber rifle man's girlfriend was holding for him. Kayser told investigators that he was crouched down, peering under a shed, looking for a wounded raccoon while his girlfriend was crouched down behind him with the loaded rifle when it accidentally discharged.

    The girlfriend, who was not identified because she is a juvenile, told investigators that she did not intend to fire the weapon and had never held a weapon before
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    Heard on the news this a.m. about a accident whereas one subject shot the elbow of his partner thinking it was a squirrel.
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    Top Ten Dick Cheney Excuses

    10. "Heart palpitation caused trigger finger to spasm"

    9. "Wanted to get the Iraq mess off the front page"

    8. "Not enough Jim Beam"

    7. "Trying to stop the spread of bird flu"

    6. "I love to shoot people"

    5. "Guy was making cracks about my lesbian daughter"

    4. "I thought the guy was trying to go 'gay cowboy' on me"

    3. "Excuse? I hit him, didn't I?"

    2. "Until Democrats approve medicare reform, we have to make some tough choices for the elderly"

    1. "Made a bet with Gretzky's wif
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    So with all of these shooting stories, I have to ask "Where wat the President when he found out about a girl shooting her boyfriend?" and "Where was the President and when did he find out about a U.S. Citizen being shot in the elbow?"

    Pretty pathetic that these twits in the media have nothing to worry about more than this. I may not care too much about the current President and VP, but my gosh people....get a life!


    Quote Originally Posted by spearsm
    Heard on the news this a.m. about a accident whereas one subject shot the elbow of his partner thinking it was a squirrel.
    Ya mean this one here:

    http://www.local6.com/news/7021181/detail.html


    Man's Elbow, Mistaken For Squirrel, Shot

    POSTED: 6:50 pm EST February 13, 2006

    GOLDEN TOWNSHIP, Michigan -- A man was shot and injured when his hunting partner mistook his elbow for a squirrel, authorities said.

    Michigan State Police said George Arthur Sikkenga, 64, of Muskegon, Michigan was wounded Sunday morning in Golden Township, in Michigan's west-central Lower Peninsula.

    Sikkenga was wearing camouflage clothing except for an orange hat, which he had covered with a hood after sitting down behind a tree, The Muskegon Chronicle reported.

    His clothed elbow was all of him that was visible when his friend, Gregory Scott Wood approached from behind the tree and fired his weapon, which the Ludington Daily News described as a .17-caliber rifle.

    Sikkenga was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.

    Police were investigating the shooting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaSharkie


    Ya mean this one here:

    That would be the one.
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