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Decisions on inquiry are his own, official says (Cheney accident)
Corpus Christi Caller-Times ^ | 02/16/2006 | NANCY MARTINEZ

Posted on 02/16/2006 8:39:46 AM PST by jhouston

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The Kenedy County Sheriff's Department feels at home with the Secret Service and the powerful people who go hunting on the Armstrong Ranch, but is out of its comfort zone with the media circus that the hunting accident involving Vice President Dick Cheney has attracted.

Sheriff Ramon Salinas III said no one in the federal government has told him or his deputies how to do their job. He was the one who decided not to go to the ranch to investigate until Sunday, the day after Cheney shot and wounded Austin lawyer Harry Whittington on a quail hunt. Salinas based the decision on witness accounts and advice from people on the ranch he knows and trusts, including a former sheriff.

"Everybody's been saying there's a cover-up from the time they heard about this," he said. "That is not true."

Salinas said he was barbecuing with his family at 5:30 p.m. Saturday when he received a call from sheriff's Capt. Charles Kirk.

"He told me he heard of a possible hunting accident on Armstrong Ranch," Salinas said.

Minutes later, Salinas got a call from a U.S. Secret Service agent.

"He said the reason he was calling was to officially notify the sheriff's department that the vice president was involved in that shooting accident."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: accident; cheney; quailgate
Requires registration, but worth it. How is it that the Corpus Christi Caller Times can get this information but the NY Times can't.
1 posted on 02/16/2006 8:39:51 AM PST by jhouston
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To: jhouston
Everyone seen this?

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/

Cheney Hunting Accident: Serious Questions or Embarrassing Incident?

Twenty-seven percent (27%) of Americans believe that the recent hunting accident involving Dick Cheney raises serious questions about his ability to serve as Vice President. Twice as many, 57%, say it was "just one of those very embarrassing things that happens to all of us." More...

2 posted on 02/16/2006 8:41:59 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Conservatives...lack sufficient cynicism to properly assess the nature of their liberal opponents)
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To: jhouston
"Requires registration, but worth it. How is it that the Corpus Christi Caller Times can get this information but the NY Times can't."

Because the N.Y. Times is not a source of truth.

3 posted on 02/16/2006 8:43:52 AM PST by TheCrusader ("The frenzy of the mohammedans has devastated the Churches of God" Pope Urban II ~ 1097A.D.)
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To: MNJohnnie

Is there a poll on Big Media's hissy fit?


4 posted on 02/16/2006 8:44:21 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: TexasCajun

That would be a great poll.


5 posted on 02/16/2006 8:45:29 AM PST by MNJohnnie (Conservatives...lack sufficient cynicism to properly assess the nature of their liberal opponents)
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To: jhouston

looks like this newspaper continues to scoop the MSM...bawwwwwww


6 posted on 02/16/2006 8:55:27 AM PST by ozzysmom
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To: Peach; onyx; A Citizen Reporter; frankjr

Timeline information.


7 posted on 02/16/2006 8:56:47 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Howlin

Excellent to have this; thanks. Schumer is asking for the VP to give a press conference.


8 posted on 02/16/2006 9:01:03 AM PST by Peach (Hillary ran over a cop and didn't even stop.)
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To: jhouston
"Saturday when he received a call from sheriff's Capt. Charles Kirk."

'Hello Sheriff Salinas...'

9 posted on 02/16/2006 9:01:12 AM PST by frankjr
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To: jhouston
How is it that the Corpus Christi Caller Times can get this information but the NY Times can't.

Maybe the CallerTimes still has - gasp! - REPORTERS who go out of their offices, notebook in hand, and talk to people, rather than just sitting by their phones waiting for the White House Press Secretary to call and tell them everything.

10 posted on 02/16/2006 9:02:16 AM PST by hsalaw
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To: Peach

The press clerks want a chance to insult him to his face. Why in the world should he do what THEY want?


11 posted on 02/16/2006 9:03:36 AM PST by Carolinamom (I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves. ---Ronald Reagan)
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To: Howlin

Will you ping me when the complete timeline is posted?


12 posted on 02/16/2006 9:04:11 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: Peach

Exactly how many "press conferences" did Al Gore? (before he was running for President, that is ; )


13 posted on 02/16/2006 9:05:24 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: clawrence3

We're working on it. And I sure will.


14 posted on 02/16/2006 9:07:23 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: jhouston
"Everybody's been saying there's a cover-up from the time they heard about this," he said. "That is not true."

Yes, Karl Rove needed 24 hours to concoct a scenario where CHENEY was fingered as the shooter, instead of the guy on the grassy knoll.

Notice another similarity between the Cheney shooting and the JFK assassination: both occurred in TEXAS.

Liberal-think. Ya gotta love it.

15 posted on 02/16/2006 9:07:45 AM PST by BigBobber
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To: clawrence3

One: No Controlling Legal Authority.

Two: The Day Bill Clinton was impeached.


16 posted on 02/16/2006 9:08:38 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: jhouston
So, Larry O'Donnell not only lied about Cheney being "drunk" but also lied about him supposedly refusing to be interviewed until Sunday.
17 posted on 02/16/2006 9:09:03 AM PST by colorado tanker (We need more "chicken-bleep Democrats" in the Senate!)
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To: BigBobber

Both involved ITALIAN-made weapons.


18 posted on 02/16/2006 9:16:02 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: Howlin

LOL - thanks on the timeline - make sure to track the whereabouts of Ms. Armstrong, Harry and his wife obviously, but also Pamela Pitzer Willeford (United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein) and Dr. George Willeford, III. There were at least 5 other guests at the ranch over the weekend, but I don't know if those names have been released.


19 posted on 02/16/2006 9:19:01 AM PST by clawrence3
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To: jhouston

I wish the sheriff could say that everyone claiming there is a conspiracy is purposely maligning the department.


20 posted on 02/16/2006 9:24:30 AM PST by Democratshavenobrains
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To: Carolinamom

Rush just played a clip of Carville saying the press should have access to Whittington's blood alcohol level reports.

Rush responds that the MINUTE Clinton releases his medical records (which he never did release despite all other presidents providing THEIR records), that maybe we'll negotiate. LOL


21 posted on 02/16/2006 9:33:57 AM PST by Peach (Hillary ran over a cop and didn't even stop.)
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To: Peach

I heard that! And for that matter, what about releasing John Kerry's military records AND the late dated honorable discharge. And we never did learn what that PLAN was that Kerry claimed he had. To my knowledge no press clerk ever asked him what it was either.


22 posted on 02/16/2006 9:40:36 AM PST by Carolinamom (I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves. ---Ronald Reagan)
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To: Carolinamom

"Shooting accidents happen - I got a purple heart for one..." - John Kerry


23 posted on 02/16/2006 10:32:46 AM PST by talleyman (Kerry & the Surrender-Donkey Treasoncrats - trashing the troops for 40 years.)
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To: BigBobber

And don't forget this happened in "Kenedy" county.


24 posted on 02/16/2006 5:52:49 PM PST by SouthTexas (2006 will be a very good year.)
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