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Cheney shoots hunting mate

US Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a man during a weekend hunting trip in south Texas.

The victim, identified as Harry Whittington, 78, is reported in good condition in a Corpus Christi hospital after being hit with buckshot on Saturday while hunting quail with Mr Cheney.

Mr Cheney sprayed Whittington, an Austin lawyer, with shotgun pellets while hunting for quail at about 5.30pm (local time), the local newspaper Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.

The incident took place at the Armstrong Ranch in Kenedy County, where Mr Cheney is a frequent visitor.

Katharine Armstrong, owner of the ranch, said Mr Whittington was in good condition after being taken to hospital by ambulance.

"The vice-president has spoken with Mrs Whittington and is visiting with Mr Whittington today," Lea Anne McBride, spokeswoman for the vice president, was quoted as saying.

CNN television, citing a witness, said Whittington had "never lost consciousness".

The vice-president would return to Washington later today, NBC News reported.

Ms Armstrong said Mr Cheney, 65, had turned to shoot quail that had just been flushed, accidentally peppering one side of Mr Whittington's body. Ms Armstrong said Mr Cheney had been unaware Whittington had approached him from behind.

"Nobody wants this to happen, but it does," she said.

Mr Cheney's secret service agents tended to the injured man before paramedics arrived, Ms Armstrong said.

Officials with the Kenedy County Sheriff's Office had helped investigate the incident, the paper said.
 

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I'm not a hunter, but how in the hell do you confuse a 78 year old man with a quail? Cheney probably shot him in the arse because the old guy was going to expose Halliburton secrets.
 

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This was truly an unfortunate accident. It's a good thing that the injuries were extremely minor and everybody is fine.

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One of the downfalls of hunting unless you have someone you have hunted with for the past 3 to 13 yrs & you both are safe hunters.
 

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I cant wait for the commentary... The daily show is going to be amusing.
 

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Maybe I am missing something, but is this really even news? If this were to happen to any normal person it would probably barely be mentioned even at the local level, nevermind national.

I give this story a great big:
 

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A lot of people, especially the east coast liberal news types, think bird hunting is like a shooting range where everyone is shooting straight forward. I've been pheasant hunting where we walked right by a bird and he takes off behind us. Everyone turns and starts shooting. I've heard no. 8 shot whizz by my ear more that once. I don't bird hunt anymore. Trap and skeet are a lot safer.
 

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As someone who's been hit by birdshot more then once, I'll tell you its not really that big of a deal. Doesnt hurt near as bad as say a 20mph crash.

As if you couldnt guess that by the fact that a 78 yr old man got shot in the face and if doing just fine...
 

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I've got a friend who was hit at about fifty meters and said that birdshot felt like being in a windstorm and getting smacked by blowing dust and cinder. He was wearing canvas pants and an overcoat and his body didn't even feel it.

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Vash said:
As someone who's been hit by birdshot more then once, I'll tell you its not really that big of a deal. Doesnt hurt near as bad as say a 20mph crash.

As if you couldnt guess that by the fact that a 78 yr old man got shot in the face and if doing just fine...
My worry would be that the carotid artery could be nicked or torn. That could be a problem.
 

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You've been shotgunned more than once? Ouch! Did it break the skin when it happened or was it just a sharp sting?

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The thing that cracked me up about this was the news last night. They tried to make it sound like some conspiracy theory thing.

"What really happened, and when did who know about it? And why wasn't the American public informed a nanosecond after the shooting?"

I swear, the network owners must get together once in a while and decide on some completely worthless tidbit of news and see how big a deal they can make of it. Now I know why I don't watch the news.
 

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The article said -buckshot-

Why everytime someone hears "shotgun" they think buckshot puzzles me... If you've ever shot a small bird with buckshot you know it looks like a pillow fight.

I wonder how close/far this guy was from the v.p.? Even at 20 feet birdshot would do some damage with a long barreled bird gun.

This is an experiment for the "myth busters." I would watch that one...




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Bluey: Never had any serious bleeding, or anything that asks for more then a band-aid. but yea they do get stuck inside the skin...

DL: yeah there are some dangers (I'd worry more about eyes, since they guy is not likely to bleed to death with a bunch of Secret service guys around) I'm not advocating shooting yourself with birdshoot, just saying its a no story, that is only good for giving all the anti bush comics some material. And I do so enjoy the anti bush comics...
 

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The White House press corps was miffed that the lady who owns the ranch called a local newspaper and told them the story. That is how the story got out. The WH reporters thought they should have been notified first. I agree, this is no BFD. Hunting mishaps are quite common. If the VP wasn't involved then of course no one would have heard about it.
 

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Vash and Desert-Lad, thanks for the information...

MStrand_68, the reports that I read online said Mr. Whittington was struck from about 30 meters away.

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This story is from the Interactive Wall Street Journal and does contain some really funny jokes. Even as a staunch Republican supporter I have to get a few laughs. Take a look below:

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For TV comics, it's a target so big and so attractive that few will resist taking their shot.

Vice President Dick Cheney was already the butt of jokes on the late-night TV circuit for his brooding public persona, ardent support for the war in Iraq and his powerful role in the Bush White House. Even his heart condition was the constant object of monologue material. But with news that the vice president accidentally shot and injured a friend while hunting on a Texas ranch over the weekend, Mr. Cheney is destined to become a late-night legend.

Writers for programs from "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on Comedy Central to "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on NBC were overflowing with jokes related to the shooting on Monday. Rarely has a political figure as prominent as Mr. Cheney served himself up on a such a platter. Several writers likened the mishap to Bill Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky in terms of comic fertility.

The timing couldn't have been worse, however, for NBC: Due to Olympics coverage, a new episode of "Saturday Night Live" won't air until March 4.

Below, a sampling of jokes from the monologues from Monday episodes of various late-night programs.


"The Late Show With David Letterman" (CBS)
"Good news ladies and gentleman, we have finally located weapons of mass destruction … It's Dick Cheney."

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"We can't get Bin Laden, but we nailed a 78-year-old attorney."

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"Honestly, I don't know what all of the fuss is about. What's more American than shooting your hunting buddy in the ass?"

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"The guy who got gunned down is a Republican lawyer and a big Republican donor and fortunately the buck shot was deflected by wads of laundered cash. So he's fine. He took a little in the wallet."

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From "Cheney's Excuses," Monday night's Top 10 list: "I thought the guy was trying to go gay cowboy on me."


"The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" (Comedy Central)
A partial transcript:

Jon Stewart: "Yes, as you've just heard, a near-tragedy over the weekend in south Texas. Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot a man during a quail hunt at a political supporter's ranch. Making 78-year-old Harry Whittington the first person shot by a sitting VP since Alexander Hamilton.

"Hamilton, of course, shot in a duel with Aaron Burr over issues of honor, integrity and political maneuvering. Whittington? Mistaken for a bird.

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The other player in the drama? Ranch owner and eyewitness Katharine Armstrong.

Katharine Armstrong: "We were shooting a covey of quail. The vice president and two others got out of the car to walk up the covey."

Jon Stewart: "What kind of hunting story begins with getting out of your car? As I sighted the great beast before us, my shaking hands could barely engage the parking brake. Slowly, I turned off the A/C and silenced my sub-woofers…"

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Katharine Armstrong: "A bird flushed. The vice president took aim at the bird and shot and unfortunately, Mr. Whittington was in the line of fire and got peppered pretty well."

Jon Stewart: "Peppered. There you have it. Harry Whittington, seasoned to within an inch of his life.

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Jon Stewart: "I'm joined now by our own vice-presidential firearms mishap analyst, Rob Corddry. Rob, obviously a very unfortunate situation. How is the vice president handling it?

Rob Corddry: "Jon, tonight the vice president is standing by his decision to shoot Harry Wittington. According to the best intelligence available, there were quail hidden in the brush. Everyone believed at the time there were quail in the brush.

"And while the quail turned out to be a 78-year-old man, even knowing that today, Mr. Cheney insists he still would have shot Mr. Whittington in the face. He believes the world is a better place for his spreading buckshot throughout the entire region of Mr. Whittington's face."

Jon Stewart: "But why, Rob? If he had known Mr. Whittington was not a bird, why would he still have shot him?"

Rob Corddry: "Jon, in a post-9-11 world, the American people expect their leaders to be decisive. To not have shot his friend in the face would have sent a message to the quail that America is weak."

Jon Stewart: "That's horrible."

Rob Corddry: "Look, the mere fact that we're even talking about how the vice president drives up with his rich friends in cars to shoot farm-raised wingless quail-tards is letting the quail know 'how' we're hunting them. I'm sure right now those birds are laughing at us in that little 'covey' of theirs.

Jon Stewart: "I'm not sure birds can laugh, Rob."

Rob Corddry: "Well, whatever it is they do … coo .. they're cooing at us right now, Jon, because here we are talking openly about our plans to hunt them. Jig is up. Quails one, America zero.

Jon Stewart: "Okay, well, on a purely human level, is the vice president at least sorry?"

Rob Corddry: "Jon, what difference does it make? The bullets are already in this man's face. Let's move forward across party lines as a people … to get him some sort of mask."


"Jimmy Kimmel Live" (ABC)
Among the jokes in consideration for Monday's telecast:

"It's part of the president's new Social Security plan. Once you hit 78, kablamo."

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"Luckily, the guy he shot was wearing the body armor that never got shipped to the troops."

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"You know what they say, if Dick Cheney comes out of his hole and shoots an old man in the face, 6 more weeks of winter."


"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC)
"Although it is beautiful here in California, the weather back East has been atrocious. There was so much snow in Washington, D.C. Dick Cheney accidentally shot a fat guy thinking it was a polar bear."

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"When people found out he shot a lawyer his popularity is now at 92%"

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"After he shot the guy, he screamed, 'Anyone else want to call domestic wire tapping illegal?' "

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"Something I just found out today about the incident. Do you know that Dick Cheney tortured the guy for a half hour before he shot him?"

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"Cheney's defense is that he was aiming at a quail when he shot the guy. Which means that Cheney now has the worst aim of anyone in the White House since Bill Clinton."
 
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