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Cheney cleared of charges, calls for resignation
Stingray: a blog for salty Christians ^ | February 16, 2006 | Michael McCullough

Posted on 02/16/2006 2:43:21 PM PST by DallasMike

The Washington Post is reporting that the Sarita, Texas sherriff's department has closed its investigation of Vice President Dick Cheney. The sheriff's report supports Cheney's account of what is, according to the wacko left, the biggest story since Watergate. The Post is also reporting that President Bush is "very satisfied" with Cheney's explanation.

According to a Rasmussen poll, 57% of Americans believe that the hunting accident was "just one of those very embarrassing things that happens to all of us." I find that interesting because, as any listener to Sean Hannity "man on the street" interviews, at least 20% of the American population has no idea who Dick Cheney is. My impression is that the only people bent out of shape by the accident are the hardcore, politically-active left wingers -- maybe 10% of the population at most. Hat tip to RedState.

The Associated Press is saying that Cheney's hunting mishap was a disaster. So who did they consult to determine that this was a disaster? Our old buddy Lanny Davis, liar extraordinaire for the Clinton administration.

"It's a self-created nightmare," said Lanny Davis, a former Clinton White House troubleshooter who now heads a Washington law practice that specializes in legal crisis management. "Cheney took a non-story, or a minor story, and created a huge negative story because of his stubbornness and his arrogance."

Meanwhile, and not so surprisingly, Bob Herbert of the New York Times is calling for Cheney to step down in his latest column "Mr. Vice-President, It's Time To Go." As you will see, Herbert is of the "Cheney is Hitler" school of writing. I do give him points though for using the phrase "the flaming quagmire of Iraq." It's also interesting that ABC has finally 'fessed up and aired a tape of Saddam and his henchmen talking of using WMDs against the United States. Apparently the brilliant Mr. Herbert believes that Cheney forgot to tell Saddam that he didn't have any WMDs. Anyway, here's some spew from Herbert:

There's a reason Dick Cheney is obsessive about shunning the spotlight. His record is not the kind you want to hold up for intense scrutiny.

More than anyone else, he was fanatical about massaging and distorting the intelligence that plunged us into the flaming quagmire of Iraq. He insisted that Saddam Hussein had chemical and biological weapons and was hot on the trail of nukes. He pounded away at the false suggestion that Iraq was somehow linked to Al Qaeda. And he spread the word that the war he wanted so badly would be a cakewalk.

"I really do believe," he told Tim Russert, "that we will be greeted as liberators."

Well, he got his war. And while the nation's brave young soldiers and marines were bouncing around Iraq in shamefully vulnerable Humvees and other vehicles, dodging bullets, bombs and improvised explosive devices, Mr. Cheney (a gold-medal winner in the acquisition of wartime deferments) felt perfectly comfortable packing his fancy 28-gauge Perazzi shotgun and heading off to Texas with a covey of fat cats to shoot quail.

Matters went haywire, of course, when he shot Mr. Whittington instead.

That was the moment when the legend of the tough, hawkish, take-no-prisoners vice president began morphing into the less-than-heroic image of a reckless, scowling incompetent who mistook his buddy for a bird.

Meanwhile, the left wing wackos are working overtime with conspiracy theories at places like firedoglake and Daily Kos. It's great entertainment if you have a few minutes.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: cheney; davegregorygirlieboy; davidgregoryisapos; demoratwaterboy; harrywhittington; nbcdemorat; quailgate
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1 posted on 02/16/2006 2:43:21 PM PST by DallasMike
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To: DallasMike

New York Times,,,,,,,,,,Properly:....New York Slimes


2 posted on 02/16/2006 2:45:54 PM PST by litehaus
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To: DallasMike
"Cheney took a non-story, or a minor story, and created a huge negative story because of his stubbornness and his arrogance."

No, Lanny, the news media took a relatively non-story and created a huge negative story because of their stubbornness and their arrogance. Again, where was the news media's self-righteousness about "the right to know" when Ted Kennedy delayed reporting his accident to the local police, or when the Clinton White House delayed reporting on the "suicide" of Vince Foster?

3 posted on 02/16/2006 2:49:05 PM PST by My2Cents ("The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth." -- Winston Churchill)
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To: DallasMike
Anyway, here's some spew from Herbert

It's amazing that someone can parlay pure hatred into a career.

4 posted on 02/16/2006 2:50:59 PM PST by My2Cents ("The essence of American journalism is vulgarity divested of truth." -- Winston Churchill)
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To: My2Cents

Or the numerous successful cover-ups of events in past administrations that we never did hear about.


5 posted on 02/16/2006 2:51:46 PM PST by digger48
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To: DallasMike

Yep, MSM all have the memo now so they are on the same page:


Sheriff: No Charges Against Cheney
WXIA-TV, GA - 33 minutes ago
... AP) -- The sheriff's department closed its investigation Thursday into Dick Cheney's accidental shooting of a hunting partner and said no charges will be filed ...
Sheriff: No charges to be filed against Cheney
Standard-Speaker, PA - 34 minutes ago
... Texas - The sheriff’s department closed its investigation Thursday into Dick Cheney’s accidental shooting of a hunting partner and said no charges will be ...

Sydney Morning Herald No charges to be filed against Vice President Cheney
Tampa Bay's 10, FL - 2 hours ago
Sarita, Texas - A sheriff's department in Texas says no charges will be filed against Vice President Cheney over a weekend hunting accident. ...
No Charges For Cheney in Hunting Accident WXXA
Cheney: I accept blame for shooting my friend Unison.ie
Cheney Comes Clean on Hunting Accident AXcess News
all 4,573 related »
No Charges To Be Filed Against VP Cheney
CBS 13, CA - 2 hours ago
(AP) SARITA, Calif. A sheriff's department in Texas says no charges will be filed against Vice President Cheney over a weekend hunting accident. ...


6 posted on 02/16/2006 2:56:35 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: DallasMike
In the beginning, alcohol was not involved.

Now, the unanswerable question is how much alcohol was involved. It's unanswerable because the local Sheriff did not send CSI out to the shooting scene to gather evidence (including breathalizer test reports). One can only wonder how many ranch shootings in Texas received no law enforcement response until the Ranch Hands say it's okay to send CSI out.

The original Fish & Game Report says alcohol was not involved, period, but a violation of law (no 'Upland Bird Stamp') was perpetrated. Cheney immediately cuts a $7 check & mails it in. Further, the local Sheriff sends no investigators to the Ranch that evening, based upon assurances of a Ranch Hand employed by the Ranch (& former Sheriff's Deputy) that this was an accident & investigators could come Sunday morning.

When meek investigators are dispatched to interview the aged Harry at the Hospital, they ask if they can record the interview...Harry says No!. They then ask for an Affidavit & Harry says he'll do that when he returns to Austin & gets a Round Tuit. The nurse tell the investigators to vamoose, which they do, but only after aged Harry tells them the ONE thing they need to know: "NO ALCOHOL WAS INVOLVED!" No one knows the whereabouts of the alleged bird, allegedly flushed from the field by Cheney's footsteps...or those of his female companion-hunter.

And we are left with the VP, flush with SOME unknowable amount of alcohol, whirling counter-clockwise into the sunset, hurriedly aiming at an alleged, never-identified bird & firing .28-gauge buckshot into the tall grass where his aged friend Harry crouched in search of dead game...

Cheney's poor judgment leaves me no choice but to cease being apologetic for this fiasco...Sorry.

7 posted on 02/16/2006 3:38:42 PM PST by O Neill (Aye, Katie Scarlett, the ONLY thing that lasts is the land...)
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To: O Neill

Are you kidding?


8 posted on 02/16/2006 4:25:42 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: clawrence3

"No one knows the whereabouts of the alleged bird . . . or female"?! You must be pulling our legs, because I was the one who TOLD you where the females are:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1577920/posts?page=67#67


9 posted on 02/16/2006 4:29:46 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: O Neill

28 guage buckshot???

Gowan!


10 posted on 02/16/2006 4:30:17 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: My2Cents

And while Drunken Ted was "delaying" said report, a young woman was effin' drowning - a young woman who may well have been saved if he'd made one phone call to the cops instead of the 26 he made to his political advisors!


11 posted on 02/16/2006 5:02:13 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: clawrence3
Thanks for the reminder...

"...or those of his female companion-hunter."

=

"...or those of his female companion-hunter, Ms. Pamela Willeford, US Ambassador to Switzerland."

12 posted on 02/16/2006 5:05:44 PM PST by O Neill (Aye, Katie Scarlett, the ONLY thing that lasts is the land...)
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To: tet68
28 guage buckshot???

".28 guage buckshot..."

=

"a 28-gauge Perazzi shotgun..."

Good calls...

13 posted on 02/16/2006 5:12:19 PM PST by O Neill (Aye, Katie Scarlett, the ONLY thing that lasts is the land...)
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To: O Neill

LOL - just because YOU don't know where the US Ambassador to Switzerland is (may I suggest THE U.S. EMBASSY) or the difference between "birdshot" and "buckshot" doesn't mean we have to take you seriously - you did not answer that question.


14 posted on 02/16/2006 5:20:57 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: clawrence3
LOL - just because YOU don't know where the US Ambassador to Switzerland is (may I suggest THE U.S. EMBASSY) or the difference between "birdshot" and "buckshot" doesn't mean we have to take you seriously - you did not answer that question.

That's true. Your opinion of my opinion is yours alone.

15 posted on 02/16/2006 5:32:18 PM PST by O Neill (Aye, Katie Scarlett, the ONLY thing that lasts is the land...)
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To: DallasMike
...the flaming quagmire of Iraq...

Herbert's an ass. Bigtime!

16 posted on 02/16/2006 5:33:45 PM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: O Neill

Agreed - here's my question one last time: Are you kidding?!


17 posted on 02/16/2006 5:33:54 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: clawrence3
I'm not trying to deceive or fool anyone for the fun of it, no. If you don't wish to take me seriously, whether because I didn't name Cheney's female companion-hunter whose name & position you had earlier posted, or becuase I typed 'buckshot' instead of 'birdshot', or any other reason, that's your choice.
18 posted on 02/16/2006 5:58:07 PM PST by O Neill (Aye, Katie Scarlett, the ONLY thing that lasts is the land...)
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To: O Neill

I'm not dismissing you opinion because of any of that - I'm dismissing it because it is WACKO LEFT-WING CONSPIRACY THEORY territory.


19 posted on 02/16/2006 6:00:48 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: clawrence3
I'm dismissing it because it is WACKO LEFT-WING CONSPIRACY THEORY territory.

Well, maybe I am a little like Jim Garrison & just don't get it sometimes. Thanks for reminding me to constantly check what's coming in through the tinfoil hat from Montana Central...

20 posted on 02/16/2006 6:16:42 PM PST by O Neill (Aye, Katie Scarlett, the ONLY thing that lasts is the land...)
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To: O Neill

No one knows the whereabouts of the alleged bird, allegedly flushed from the field by Cheney's footsteps...




I suspect that this alleged bird, is--if not dead--flitting around somewhere. Allegedly.

Yoo hoo, Birdie, please reveal yourself to the press and tell your side of the story!


21 posted on 02/16/2006 6:18:17 PM PST by Shelayne
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To: O Neill
"That's true. Your opinion of my opinion is yours alone."

Translation - There is no such thing as truth. All is just opinion!
22 posted on 02/16/2006 6:24:42 PM PST by stocksthatgoup (http://www.busateripens.com)
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To: O Neill

And we are left with the VP, flush with SOME unknowable amount of alcohol, whirling counter-clockwise into the sunset, hurriedly aiming at an alleged, never-identified bird & firing .28-gauge buckshot into the tall grass where his aged friend Harry crouched in search of dead game...




Is "tall grass" the new grassy knoll? Are you suggesting that Cheney was not, in fact, hunting quail, but perhaps hunting HIS FRIEND? With birdshot?

I saw a similar episode on "Gilligan's Island" many years ago.

Seriously, is this satire? Because it certainly sounds like it.


23 posted on 02/16/2006 6:25:20 PM PST by Shelayne
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To: O Neill
So which theory are you sticking to, the one that says that the Secret Service stood by and did nothing while Cheney and Company got all likkered up and then decided to play with their guns, or the one where Cheney intentionally shot Whittington to tell Scooter Libby, "be quiet or this might happen to you!"?

Obviously you've bought into the Daily Kos line about Cheney having an affair, with your reference to his "female companion-hunter." And obviously the local authorities are all in on the great cover-up as well, according to you. And of course it's just a coincidence that the media's even now sharpening their claws for the sheriff and the DA down there. Right?
24 posted on 02/16/2006 6:29:20 PM PST by CFC__VRWC ("Anytime a liberal squeals in outrage, an angel gets its wings!" - gidget7)
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Okay, I see that the covey has flushed...so many targets, so little time. I'll try to re-summarize the known facts of this case--as I see them--tomorrow morning. But I can, at least, begin tonight...

In the beginning, alcohol was not involved.

to be continued....

25 posted on 02/16/2006 6:48:30 PM PST by O Neill (Aye, Katie Scarlett, the ONLY thing that lasts is the land...)
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To: O Neill
The thing that interests me with my very casual interest in guns, is the use of a '28 gauge shotgun. That seems like a pretty small shell. Is it bigger than a .410? Not by much, I'd guess.

I can understand the use of a small light gun for quail...

My point, I guess, is that this wasn't much of a shotgun. Can't be much power pushing that birdshot.

If you're going to shot ME with one, a would a .410 or a '28 gauge be my choice of weapons?

26 posted on 02/17/2006 4:14:53 PM PST by lOKKI (You can ignore reality until it bites you in the ass.)
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To: lOKKI
Sorry, friend. I can't help you there, I don't even know birdshot from buckshot. Wouldn't shoot you even if I did...

I'm still fact-finding for a concise summary of what happened out there in the Texas Tall Grass...

In the beginning, alcohol was not involved.

It was a sleepy-dusty Friday & the Boys (and Pamela) were relaxin' near the tall grass...

Only slightly more than zero alcohol was involved come Saturday...

Suddenly, the covey flushed, the VP whirled counter-clockwise toward the setting sun & fired the Perazzi at an unidentified flying object...

Next thing you know, an aged lawyer, Commissioner of the Texas Funeral Service Commission, and friend of the VP named Harry, devoid of any alcohol, began losing precious, bodily fluids--unreplenished by any alcohol--as he lay prone in the High Chapparal...

A Secret Service Agent, also alcohol-free, moseyed to a telephone & called the Sheriff. Then the Sheriff talked to a Ranch Hand who assured the Sheriff that he & any Deputies he wanted could come the next mornin'...after sunup...which they did. But no one had any alcohol.

After he got out of the Hospital (in Corpus Christi, for cryin' out loud), Harry apologized to his assailant for causing such a fuss & bother to the VP's family...

The Sheriff closed the case & that about wrapped 'er up. Some neighbors, though, say they're hearin' frogs out near the Tall Grass...chirpin'...

'Bud'...

'Wize'...

'Urrrr'...

27 posted on 02/17/2006 5:46:34 PM PST by O Neill (Aye, Katie Scarlett, the ONLY thing that lasts is the land...)
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To: O Neill
The hay is in the barn. But we get to witness the chosen ones take it back out, cut it to their liking, rake it into a pile big enough to please them, bundle it into bales they are happy with, stack it on the wagon fit for a parade, and bring it to the barn and have a square-dance around it.

And people are surprised that Cheney didn't take a seat in the dunking stool after the last 5 years of fiddlin' by the in-bred media?

28 posted on 02/18/2006 3:59:31 AM PST by Simo Hayha (An eduction is incomplete without instruction in the use of arms to defend against harm.)
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