Sunday, February 12, 2006

Shootout at the VP Corral

I dunno, something about armed cyborgs hunting down unsuspecting vacationers—the jokes practically Photoshop themselves...

Cheney Accidentally Shoots Fellow Hunter

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and injured a man during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, his spokeswoman said Sunday.

Harry Whittington, 78, was "alert and doing fine" after Cheney sprayed him with shotgun pellets on Saturday while the two were hunting at the Armstrong Ranch in south Texas, said property owner Katharine Armstrong.

Armstrong said Whittington was mostly injured on his right side, with the pellets hitting his cheek, neck and chest, and was taken to the hospital by ambulance. Whittington was in stable condition Sunday, said Yvonne Wheeler, spokeswoman for the Christus Spohn Health System.


Armstrong said she was watching from a car while Cheney, Whittington and another hunter got out of the vehicle to shoot at a covey of quail late afternoon on Saturday.

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 found 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 told the Associated Press in an interview.

"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."

Now I've never hunted quail before (or anything else), but don't you usually flush them, and shoot them while they're in ther air? The article didn't mention this Whittington guy being thirteen feet tall... "He came up from behind..." So Cheney whips around and unloads? Nice work, Dick.

[Go ahead and steal my image if you like, just gimme a link...]


Missouri Mule said...

You're killing me, Mr. Furious! You screwy wabbit. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking maybe a hair trigger or else he was raising the gun up to take aim and pulled the trigger accidentally.

It really is hard to visualize how this happened going by the information given. Which brings up another question: Why the 24-hour delay in making it public?

I'm sure it was an accident, but in standard fashion for these people, I get a strong feeling we're not getting the straight, full story.

Thrillhous said...

Dang, that's some nice photoshopping, Mr. F!

Mr Furious said...

That's why they pay me the big bucks.

Actually they don't pay me the big bucks, but it's what I do for a living... said...

Am I the only one who wants the guy to DIE so they can hold Cheney on murder charges?

alang said...

Shame, radioleft. I certainly hope you are on your own on that one.

Anonymous said...

In contrast to that, if Cheney wanted to shoot John Howard (Aust. Prime Minister) he'd have to shove the gun up his arse!!

Mr Furious said...


Would I want Dick Cheney to spend the rest of his ill-begotten life behind bars? Sure, why not. It wouldn't take much to convince me he deserves it. Do I want this guy to die so that happens? No, not really. First of all, that's too morbid for my taste. And secondly, it ain't gonna happen. Dick Cheney will never see the inside of a cell except to inspect his Gitmo torture chambers.

Over in a thread at John Cole's I essentially called you an asshole. But only after calling Darrell and then myself an asshole—so you're in good company. What I'm trying to say is, I didn't mean it. Darrell talked some smack, I called him out, and he cited your comment about the guy dying and I stood corrected—therefore I called myself the asshole and proclaimed that since you were wishing the guy died, you were a bigger asshole. In essence, you just got caught in the crossfire.

Obviously you're not an asshole since you have such good taste in blogs... ;->

That, and my wife basically said the same thing...