His injury was Kerryesque.
"Put some ice on it." Heheh.
Maybe you should put some ice on that.....
Our press has become utterly degenerate.
Hospitals are like car dealers. Once you drive into that bay they have to do enough work to cover their overhead.
"While news reports from The New York Times to the Austin American-Statesman have been describing the injuries to Harry Whittington, the victim of Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting, as more serious than first believed...
...the first doctor to treat Whittington immediately after the Saturday shooting contended that his wounds were superficial and not in need of further hospitalization. "
What? The Lib media making things sound worse than they were? I can't believe it!!!! /s
And the Lib media wonders why they are not the first informed.
As I see it, the only reason he ended up in intensive care was because of his age.
I thought he was in intensive care.
If I were shot by the VP, I'd be reluctant to have the news spread all over. I'd hope to have a few hours (days, if possible) of peace and quiet in order to recover before the media hordes descended on me to make me more miserable than my wounds.
Forty or fifty illegal aliens will not get treatment due to the resources the lawyer comandeered..
Six or Seven hundred more could not get treatment because the hospital security precluded it...
Obvioulsy a scandal of 'Tinyantic' proportions..
Someone in the hospital administration found out that he is wealthy or has great insurance (maybe both) so he'll stay in the hospital until he leaves on his own.
Maybe the media whores can turn this into Cheney arranging to have the guy detained, kinda like Guantanemo - or maybe the doc wanted to let him go so Cheney could "finish the job".
Doctors with egos! What ever happened to patient privacy.
The local News here reported last night, that Whittington was in stable condition, and had been released from intensive care!!!
The spin is just amazing to watch...
The maximum 'killing distance' (for birds) of 7.5 sized shot is about 35 yards, and after that it's unlikely that the skin would be broken. I can't find any of the formulas for calculating the physical damage, but a .75 oz. 28 gauge shell with 7.5 size shot has roughly 250 pellets. If it has a muzzle energy between 1500 and 2000 ft lbs, then we're talking a muzzle energy per pellet of a maximum of 8lbs. This would drop to roughly 2 lbs per pellet at 35 yards. If we assume he was hit with half of the load, (a conservative estimate in my view) then he was hit with something in the territory of 250 ft lbs of total energy, but since the total energy would have been spread over a pattern of pellets covering roughly 20 inches square, he would have been hit with something like 1.6 lbs per square inch of force. And since not all the pellets would be hitting him at the same time, only the first few pellets would probably be enough to break the skin.
There is no doubt that he would not have enjoyed the process, and it would probably be a little more serious for a man of his age, but it's by no means a life threatening issue. More than likely this is similar in substance to the kinds of injuries MANY people report around the hunting lodge, and inevitably laugh about.
Now my analysis is riddled with weak assumptions and speculation, but I think it's a good rough estimate, given the availability of information. Maybe someone who isn't at work right now can get some of the hard numbers from Remington or Winchester and rework the math for us.
If I were the President I would ban everyone of those assholes (pardon my french) from covering the Whitehouse and I would only give a short press conference once a month by invitation only. Then sit back and laugh when they whined about it.