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Jokesters firing away at Cheney over hunting accident (but the Bradys shouldn't quit their day jobs)
Scripps Howard News Service ^ | February 13, 2006

Posted on 02/13/2006 2:04:02 PM PST by presidio9

- The first shooting involving a vice president since the time of Aaron Burr has lit up the blogosphere with political jokesters lampooning Vice President Dick Cheney's weekend hunting accident as "Quailgate."

"You know who's doing a 'there but for the grace of God go I'? Scalia," wrote comedian Al Franken on his Web site, referring to Cheney's longtime duck-hunting friend, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

The Internet sprouted with offerings of "Dick Cheney hunts people" T-shirts and comments about calling the vice president "Deadeye Dick." There also was a version of the vice-presidential seal featuring a shotgun-wielding Elmer Fudd in hunting gear, with the inscription: "Be vewy vewy quiet, we're hunting I-wackies."

"Guns don't shoot people. The vice president shoots people," read one posting. The site Davezilla.com lampooned the difference between a hunter in a bright orange vest, and a quail.

Sarah and Jim Brady, founders of a leading gun-control group, blasted the vice president for his staunch support of guns.

"Now I understand why Dick Cheney keeps asking me to go hunting with him," Jim Brady said in a statement. "I had a friend once who accidentally shot pellets into his dog - and I thought he was an idiot."

"I've thought Cheney was scary for a long time," added his wife Sarah, who campaigned against the vice president in the last election because of Cheney's record opposing gun-control measures when he served in Congress. "Now I know I was right to be nervous."

Animal-rights groups suggested that Cheney give up bird hunting. "We don't quite understand his obsession with shooting animals, and we'd advise him to pursue a less violent form of relaxation and get on with the important business of leading the country," said Wayne Pacelli, president of the Humane Society of the United States.

On the Internet, some commentators were quick to point out the shooting incident was the first involving a vice president since Aaron Burr, vice president to Thomas Jefferson, shot Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in an 1804 duel in Weehawken, N.J. Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, updated its article on the Burr-Hamilton duel this weekend, adding the sentence: "In 2006, Richard Cheney, while on a hunting trip in Texas, became the second vice president to shoot a person while in office."

Some political pundits forecast political fallout from the injuries sustained by 78-year-old Harry Whittington, who walked into shooting range behind Cheney during the quail hunt Saturday and was hospitalized with pellets in his face.

"I'm very thankful Whittington is doing fine," said commentator Michelle Malkin. "Unfortunately, this is very bad news for the White House - and not just because of the inevitable late-night jokes that will inundate the airwaves over the next week. The Dems will exploit this accident to smear Cheney as incapable of being trusted, weak of mind, etc. The resignation rumors will fly again. And the biography of a man who has served this country so well and so honorably for so many years will be overshadowed by a single, ill-fated hunting mishap."

"It's not like he drove off a bridge and left a woman to drown in his car," commented Matt Margolis on Blogs for Bush.

Political commentators on Web sites opposed to the Bush-Cheney administration lost little time getting into the fray. "Guns don't hurt people," said one blogger on DailyKos, a left-of-center Web site, mocking the National Rifle Association. "Megalomaniacal insane ... vice-presidents hurt people."

Another blogger speculated that Cheney had never had to take mandatory classes in hunter safety because he managed to get five deferments, a reference to Cheney's success in avoiding the military draft during the Vietnam War.

At Political Cortex, deeper efforts to cover up the incident were discerned:

"So, what we have is an event shrouded in secrecy for almost 24 hours which, when disclosed, was accompanied by a fawning statement by a Bush apparatchik exonerating Cheney from any and all blame and/or liability. Thus, this appears to be yet another example of the Bush administration attempting to manipulate the press and perhaps hide the truth. What really happened on that ranch yesterday? Who the heck knows? What we do know is that, regardless of what actually happened, the administration spin-doctors immediately jumped in and crafted a story that put Cheney in the best possible light. And the 'traditional media' reported that story without any skepticism whatsoever."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cheney; harrywhittington; kerrywalksintabar; liberalcomedians; quailgate
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1 posted on 02/13/2006 2:04:04 PM PST by presidio9
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To: presidio9
Well, we need to keep a sense of humor about this. If it were Ted Kennedy doing the shooting, you know we would be having a field day with this.
2 posted on 02/13/2006 2:06:59 PM PST by fhayek
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To: presidio9

3 posted on 02/13/2006 2:08:32 PM PST by Millee (The Constitution was meant for us to live under, not be paralyzed by, in the face of death. - Sowell)
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To: fhayek

If it was Ted Kennedy the guy ( girl) he shot would have
died!


4 posted on 02/13/2006 2:08:41 PM PST by Renegade
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To: presidio9

I've probably been shot ten times. Sometimes it just hurts and sometimes you gotta dig a few pellets out.

I never realized that it was a big deal until this weekend.


5 posted on 02/13/2006 2:09:13 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: presidio9

It was to see this make it in the article:

""It's not like he drove off a bridge and left a woman to drown in his car," commented Matt Margolis on Blogs for Bush."


6 posted on 02/13/2006 2:09:20 PM PST by frankjr
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To: presidio9
"So, what we have is an event shrouded in secrecy for almost 24 hours which, when disclosed, was accompanied by a fawning statement by a Bush apparatchik exonerating Cheney from any and all blame and/or liability. Thus, this appears to be yet another example of the Bush administration attempting to manipulate the press and perhaps hide the truth. What really happened on that ranch yesterday? Who the heck knows? What we do know is that, regardless of what actually happened, the administration spin-doctors immediately jumped in and crafted a story that put Cheney in the best possible light. And the 'traditional media' reported that story without any skepticism whatsoever."

Unlike Chappaquiddick where Senator Kennedy immediately notified emergency services and the press so that Miss Kopechne could be rescued. No wait, that's not what happened. Senator Kennedy went back to a hotel, contacted his lawyer and started trying to concoct an alibi while Miss Kopechne drowned in his automobile.

7 posted on 02/13/2006 2:09:28 PM PST by VRWCmember (You are STILL safer hunting with Dick Cheney than riding in a car with Ted Kennedy!)
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To: presidio9
Dick Cheney and a few lawyers are out in the woods hunting when one of them grabs his chest and falls to the ground. He doesn't seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head.

The VP whips out his cell phone and calls 911.

He says to the operator, "I think one of my associates is dead! What should I do?"

The operator, in a calm soothing voice says, "Just take it easy and follow my instructions. First, let's make sure he's dead."

There is a silence... and then a shot is heard.

Cheney's voice comes back on the line, "Okay, now what?"

8 posted on 02/13/2006 2:09:48 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: fhayek

"Guns don't shoot people. The vice president shoots people," was about the best I've seen. The rest are lame.

If it's original I'll probably laugh at it. I'm still waiting. I bet Leno has a couple of good ones tonight.


9 posted on 02/13/2006 2:09:58 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: fhayek
Well, we need to keep a sense of humor about this. If it were Ted Kennedy doing the shooting, you know we would be having a field day with this.

At least he didn't run off a bridge with his friend trapped in the car..

10 posted on 02/13/2006 2:10:00 PM PST by ziggygrey
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To: Millee

Beat me to it by 9 sec ....


11 posted on 02/13/2006 2:10:12 PM PST by Renegade
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To: presidio9

My heart goes out to Jim who, through no fault of his own, sustained brain damage. However, Sarah has no such excuse.


12 posted on 02/13/2006 2:10:42 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: fhayek
I agree. No one got seriously hurt or killed (thank God). And its perfectly ok to laugh at something like this and poke a little fun. As long as it doesn't get nasty. Some of the one liners early in the story were actually funny.
13 posted on 02/13/2006 2:11:19 PM PST by jecIIny (You faithful, let us pray for the Catechumens! Lord Have Mercy)
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To: presidio9

A liberal lawyer friend of mine e-mailed several of us this morning, "As if Cheney isn't making Texas lawyers' lives difficult enough, now he's shooting them personally."

I e-mailed him back, "The victim was a personal friend and a Republican, but don't let the facts stand in the way of your rant."


14 posted on 02/13/2006 2:11:38 PM PST by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: presidio9

I'd rather hunt with Dick Cheney than take a car ride with Ted Kennedy.


15 posted on 02/13/2006 2:11:51 PM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: presidio9
And the 'traditional media' reported that story without any skepticism whatsoever."
Yeah. How do we know that there is even any such person as "Harry Whittington?"

16 posted on 02/13/2006 2:12:25 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: presidio9
Gotta admit, the picture of Elmer Fudd keeps coming to mind...


17 posted on 02/13/2006 2:12:47 PM PST by Paloma_55 (Which part of "Common Sense" do you not understand???)
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To: EveningStar
"I've thought Cheney was scary for a long time," added his wife Sarah

Are you sure Jim is the one with the brain damage? She sounds a little out of it herself.

18 posted on 02/13/2006 2:12:54 PM PST by TXBubba ( Democrats: If they don't abort you then they will tax you to death.)
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To: EveningStar

Incidently, what exactly ARE the Brady's day jobs these days?


19 posted on 02/13/2006 2:13:00 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: Millee
You know who's doing a 'there but for the grace of God go I'? Scalia," wrote comedian Al Franken on his Web site, referring to Cheney's longtime duck-hunting friend, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Gosh, ain't that funny? (/sarc)

BTW the 4 block world thing is classic!

20 posted on 02/13/2006 2:13:25 PM PST by 101st-Eagle (Imagination is more important than knowledge-Albert Einstein..)
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To: presidio9

Cheyney is aleady a lightning rod, this didn't do any damage. What? Was he going to win over Jon Stewart any day now?


21 posted on 02/13/2006 2:13:32 PM PST by NotchJohnson
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To: Xenalyte

The victim wasn't a personal friend. It looked like this was the first time they'd met.


22 posted on 02/13/2006 2:13:32 PM PST by bigLusr (Quidquid latine dictum sit altum viditur)
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To: presidio9
Just heard on the local FOX news channel

...Cheney is the 3rd VP to shoot somebody.

1) Aaron Burr, under Jefferson, shot and killed Alexander Hamilton in that famous duel
2) Richard Johnson under somebody...shot a famous Indian Chief.

Sorry about my short term memory...what was I saying?

23 posted on 02/13/2006 2:14:05 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: fhayek
Jim Brady said in a statement

Huuummm, I thought Jim Brady could only say "ACCCKKK< ARRRGGGHUL". He must've made a miraculous recovery since I last saw him.

24 posted on 02/13/2006 2:14:25 PM PST by strange1 ("Show the enemy harm so he shall not advance" Sun Tzu The Art of War)
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To: presidio9
Wolf Blitzer just said he doesn't think the VP knows the severity of the accident because he could have shot an eye out and I can't help to think of The Christmas Story,"you'll shoot your eye out".
25 posted on 02/13/2006 2:14:29 PM PST by Wasanother (Terrorist come in many forms but all are RATS.)
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To: fhayek
If it were Ted Kennedy doing the shooting, you know we would be having a field day with this.

Teddy doesn't shoot, does he? That's a redneck exercise, or so I thought.

If it were Teddy doing the shooting, that's the angle I'd want to explore.

"Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wascawwy Wepubwicans!"

26 posted on 02/13/2006 2:14:30 PM PST by thulldud ("Muslim Community Leaders Warn of Backlash from Tomorrow's Terrorist Attack")
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To: Dog Gone
Wow. If you have been shot ten times you really should consider getting new shooting/hunting partners. Yes accidents will happen. But guns are not toys. Repeated accidents of that nature would suggest to me that somewhere here there is a lack of respect for firearms safety.

jecIIny (20 years in the NRA and never once shot)
27 posted on 02/13/2006 2:14:56 PM PST by jecIIny (You faithful, let us pray for the Catechumens! Lord Have Mercy)
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To: VRWCmember

Not to get too technical, but Mary Jo didn't drown, she suffocated in the air pocket of the car as she waited for help to arrive.


28 posted on 02/13/2006 2:15:21 PM PST by fhayek
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To: bigLusr

Then I was misinformed. I did understand correctly that Mr. Whittington is a longtime Republican, though, yes?


29 posted on 02/13/2006 2:15:34 PM PST by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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To: DCPatriot

When Harry got off the cart he said "Dick I'm behind ya". The Veep must have heard "I'm Adam Clymer".


30 posted on 02/13/2006 2:16:27 PM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: presidio9
I can't wait until the victim here comes out and says it was his own fault. The cover up conspiracy talk will go into hyper meltdown insanity.
31 posted on 02/13/2006 2:16:58 PM PST by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Dane
I'd rather hunt with Dick Cheney than take a car ride with Ted Kennedy.

I have an intense need to steal that and make it a tagline in some form!

32 posted on 02/13/2006 2:18:02 PM PST by 101st-Eagle (Imagination is more important than knowledge-Albert Einstein..)
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To: conservatism_IS_compassion
"Yeah. How do we know that there is even any such person as "Harry Whittington?"

Actually, there isn't. It was a quail dressed up as Whittington and Cheney took a preemptive shot before he could fly away.

33 posted on 02/13/2006 2:18:09 PM PST by ex-snook (God of the Universe, God of Creation, God of Love, thank you for life.)
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To: 101st-Eagle

This quote could be used as a case-study for why liberal radio is a failure. Frankin's joke has to be explained by the reporter because no one in his audience is well-enough informed to get it on their own.


34 posted on 02/13/2006 2:18:38 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: theDentist; Xenalyte
"First thing, we kill all the lawyers."

35 posted on 02/13/2006 2:19:02 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: presidio9

I was asked about this first thing this morning at work (my coworkers know I'm a conservative). I said the guy he shot was a lawyer, so I wasn't getting too excited over the incident. :-)


36 posted on 02/13/2006 2:19:20 PM PST by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality)
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To: TXBubba

She doesn't have brain damage. She's just a @#%&.


37 posted on 02/13/2006 2:19:55 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: Xenalyte

Yup. http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/02/13/cheney.whittington.ap/index.html


38 posted on 02/13/2006 2:20:10 PM PST by bigLusr (Quidquid latine dictum sit altum viditur)
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To: DCPatriot

Just heard on the local FOX news channel
...Cheney is the 3rd VP to shoot somebody.

1) Aaron Burr, under Jefferson, shot and killed Alexander Hamilton in that famous duel

The single most tragic shooting in U.S. history. President Hamilton would have been a gold standard benchmark for the ages.


39 posted on 02/13/2006 2:24:17 PM PST by raj bhatia
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To: presidio9
Incidently, what exactly ARE the Brady's day jobs these days?

Hell if I know.

40 posted on 02/13/2006 2:26:50 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: presidio9
The incident itself wasn't that traumatic until Cheney's dog tried to retrieve Whittington.~/sarc off.
41 posted on 02/13/2006 2:27:40 PM PST by Deguello
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To: presidio9

For some reason, the Tom Lehrer hunting song keeps popping up:
"... the Law was very firm it, took away my PERMIT's the worst punishment I ever endured....."


42 posted on 02/13/2006 2:29:12 PM PST by ziggygrey
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To: raj bhatia

Alexander Hamilton was this nation's greatest founding father. Period.


43 posted on 02/13/2006 2:30:24 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: raj bhatia
Must confess I am not up-to-speed on Hamilton's politics.

Just learned about the duel in parochial school when I was a youngster...like everyone else back in the 50's

44 posted on 02/13/2006 2:31:37 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: DCPatriot

Most of what you hear on Hamilton is the result of a concerted smear campaign on the part of Jefforson (the nation's first liberal) and his followers.


45 posted on 02/13/2006 2:34:52 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: DCPatriot
I strongly recommend you read Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. This guy who was shot is the principal reason why the U.S. is a nation we are proud to call home.

Its a long read but I assure you, that the experience will be an incredible one.
46 posted on 02/13/2006 2:38:47 PM PST by raj bhatia
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To: raj bhatia; DCPatriot
I strongly recommend you read Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.

Excellent book. Highly entertaining as biographies go.

47 posted on 02/13/2006 2:40:27 PM PST by presidio9 ("Bird Flu" is the new Y2K Virus -Only without the inconvenient deadline.)
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To: raj bhatia

Thanks...I'll read it.


48 posted on 02/13/2006 2:40:43 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: Xenalyte

I like this retort: "The guy Cheney shot was one of his friends. Guess what he has in store for you?"


49 posted on 02/13/2006 2:42:06 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: Deguello

It's a good thing he only wounded him cause it would be hell skinning and cleaning him! :0)


50 posted on 02/13/2006 2:42:49 PM PST by Bigh4u2 (Denial is the first requirement to be a liberal)
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