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Sheriff: Dick Cheney Won't Face Charges
myway ^ | Feb 16, 2006 | myway

Posted on 02/16/2006 12:56:09 PM PST by blogblogginaway

SARITA, Texas (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.

The Kenedy County Sheriff's Department issued a report that largely supports the vice president's account of the weekend accident that wounded 78-year-old lawyer Harry Whittington.

Whittington, interviewed in the hospital, assured investigators no one was drinking when the accident occurred and everyone was wearing bright orange safety gear, according to the report.

Sheriff's dispatcher Diana Mata, speaking for the department, said the case is closed and no charges will be filed. She said Sheriff Ramon Salinas would have no comment on the report.

Whittington was peppered with bird shot in the face and chest Saturday while hunting quail with Cheney on a ranch in South Texas. He is in a Corpus Christi hospital in stable condition after suffering a mild heart attack caused by a pellet that traveled to his heart.

Gilberto San Miguel Jr., an investigator with the Sheriff's Department, interviewed Cheney at the ranch a day after the shooting. San Miguel reported that Cheney shook his hand and "told me he was there to cooperate in any way with the interview."

The vice president said the sun was setting when Whittington fired at some quail and went to find his downed birds, according to the report.

Cheney said he walked about 100 yards and met up with the hunting guide. He said a bird flew behind him, and he followed it in a counterclockwise direction, not realizing Whittington had walked up behind him to rejoin the group. He said Whittington was about 30 yards away, on lower ground, when he fired his shotgun.

"Mr. Cheney told me if Mr. Whittington was on the same ground level the injuries might have been lower on Mr. Whittington's body," the investigator reported.

The investigator, accompanied by another officer, briefly interviewed Whittington at his hospital room on Monday.

"I asked Mr. Whittington if we could record our conversation and Mr. Whittington requested not to be recorded due to his voice being raspy," San Miguel wrote.

The investigator asked for an affidavit, and Whittington said he would provide one when he returned home to his office in Austin. Doctors have said Whittington will probably remain hospitalized until next week.

Before a nurse asked the officers to "hurry up so Mr. Whittington could rest," Whittington "explained foremost there was no alcohol during the hunt and everyone was wearing the proper hunting attire of blaze orange," San Miguel reported.

Whittington said the shooting "was just an accident," and he was concerned all the media attention would give hunting in Texas a bad image, the report said.


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KEYWORDS: cheney; quailgate; shotgundickcheney
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1 posted on 02/16/2006 12:56:10 PM PST by blogblogginaway
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To: blogblogginaway

COVER UP!


2 posted on 02/16/2006 12:59:35 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: blogblogginaway

Police Report closes the door on the whole story:

http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0216061cheney1.html


3 posted on 02/16/2006 1:00:59 PM PST by Republican Red ("Would this be a bigger story if he had been killed?")
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To: blogblogginaway
Sheriff: Dick Cheney Won't Face Charges

Oh boy, the NYT's won't like this.

4 posted on 02/16/2006 1:01:14 PM PST by floozy22
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To: floozy22

Then it must be Bush's fault!


5 posted on 02/16/2006 1:01:59 PM PST by FormerLib (Kosova: "land stolen from Serbs and given to terrorist killers in a futile attempt to appease them.")
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To: blogblogginaway
Whittington, interviewed in the hospital, assured investigators no one was drinking when the accident occurred and everyone was wearing bright orange safety gear, according to the report.

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Before a nurse asked the officers to "hurry up so Mr. Whittington could rest," Whittington "explained foremost there was no alcohol during the hunt and everyone was wearing the proper hunting attire of blaze orange," San Miguel reported.

I onder if any alcohol was consumed before the shooting?

6 posted on 02/16/2006 1:02:25 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker (Karen Ryan reporting...)
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To: blogblogginaway

With such an announcement, and with the despair of the White House Press Corps, I suggest guards be sent to watch over Mr. Whittington, in case one of the reporters decides to do him in and blame the VP. Sorta like the paparazi did when they loosened the brakes on Tonya Harding's truck to get her to come outside for photos.


7 posted on 02/16/2006 1:02:29 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: clawrence3

Somewhere, in the deep bowels of the White House press room, David Gregory is crying.


8 posted on 02/16/2006 1:03:16 PM PST by GOPRaleigh (If John Kerry didn't exist then Karl Rove would have to invent him.)
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To: blogblogginaway

9 posted on 02/16/2006 1:03:33 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: blogblogginaway

Uh oh, David Gregory is going to be SMOKED!!!


10 posted on 02/16/2006 1:04:21 PM PST by jdm (You can learn a lot about paranoids just by following them around.)
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To: blogblogginaway

The latest from DUmmieland: "I'd rather go hunting with Dick than go on a ride with Ted." Feeble talking points....

"http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=364&topic_id=443295&mesg_id=443295


11 posted on 02/16/2006 1:05:34 PM PST by NRA1995 (If feminists are so smart, why do they need masturbation workshops?)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Cheney advised Brit Hume during an interview last night that he had consumed a beer during lunch, hours before the hunt.


12 posted on 02/16/2006 1:05:45 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
I wonder if any alcohol was consumed before the shooting?

Where have you been? The VP already stated to Brit Hume that he had "one beer" at lunch, and the accident occurred hours later when they went back out.

Nope, no smokin' beer bottle sparky. ;)
13 posted on 02/16/2006 1:06:19 PM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
"I onder if any alcohol was consumed before the shooting?"

The VP said in his Brit Hume interview yesterday that he'd had a beer during lunch, but that was hours before the accident happened.

14 posted on 02/16/2006 1:06:22 PM PST by bcsco ("He who is wedded to the spirit of the age is soon a widower" - Anonymous)
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To: blogblogginaway

Their hopes dashed again the msm can only hope Mr, Whittington drops dead sometime this week. Sarcasm Fake but factual.


15 posted on 02/16/2006 1:07:34 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: trisham
Cheney advised Brit Hume during an interview last night that he had consumed a beer during lunch, hours before the hunt.

Thanks.

16 posted on 02/16/2006 1:08:25 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker (Karen Ryan reporting...)
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To: jdm

Smoked monkey meat!


17 posted on 02/16/2006 1:08:33 PM PST by Palladin ("Governor Lynn Swann."...it has a nice ring to it!)
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To: blogblogginaway

of course the media cannot be bothered with the facts if they get in way of the feeding frenzy

Thanks for thread bb


18 posted on 02/16/2006 1:08:46 PM PST by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
LOL, yes I could see the SS, ie, law enforcement, allowing a drunk hunting party to grab their guns, and the Vice President of the United States, and run out for a round of shooting!
19 posted on 02/16/2006 1:08:52 PM PST by roses of sharon ("I would rather men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one". ) (Cato the Elder)
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To: blogblogginaway

pppppfffffffffffttttttttt.....the air being let out of liberal heads..


20 posted on 02/16/2006 1:10:14 PM PST by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: mkjessup
Where have you been? The VP already stated to Brit Hume that he had "one beer" at lunch, and the accident occurred hours later when they went back out.

Working. Where have you been?

Did you see the VP say this? I heard/read it was Brit who stated this on-camera, not Cheney.

21 posted on 02/16/2006 1:10:16 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker (Karen Ryan reporting...)
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To: trisham

He said at 11:00 am.


22 posted on 02/16/2006 1:10:17 PM PST by roses of sharon ("I would rather men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one". ) (Cato the Elder)
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To: roses of sharon

Even better. :)


23 posted on 02/16/2006 1:11:13 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: GOPRaleigh

LOL


24 posted on 02/16/2006 1:12:32 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: Republican Red

devastating report....for the media. This should just about end the story.


25 posted on 02/16/2006 1:13:30 PM PST by Trust but Verify (( ))
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To: roses of sharon

Secret Sevice has "allowed" much worse to go on in previous Administrations.


26 posted on 02/16/2006 1:14:01 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: blogblogginaway

Excellent decision. It was an accident with witnesses. Don, over. Media...get a life.


27 posted on 02/16/2006 1:15:07 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than any of us will ever know. Go Rush!)
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To: roses of sharon
LOL, yes I could see the SS, ie, law enforcement, allowing a drunk hunting party to grab their guns, and the Vice President of the United States, and run out for a round of shooting!

Don't have to be drunk for alcohol to impair judgement. Most agree impairment starts with the first drink and gets worse with each subsequent drink consumed.

SS usually doesn't interfere with those they guard, even if what they're doing is illegal. (See: Friday, June 1, 2001, Bush daughters cited on alcohol laws - Police accused Barbara Bush of being a minor in possession of alcohol and Jenna Bush of misrepresenting her age for trying to use false identification to buy alcohol, according to a statement from the Austin Police Department.)

Presumably, their SS detail was with them in June, 2001, when they A) bought alcohol and B) presented a false ID, yet did nothing to stop the illegal activity.

28 posted on 02/16/2006 1:18:10 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker (Karen Ryan reporting...)
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To: clawrence3

Really? Drunks with guns around their charges?


29 posted on 02/16/2006 1:18:11 PM PST by roses of sharon ("I would rather men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one". ) (Cato the Elder)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Here's the full transcript:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/02/20060215-3.html

Q Was anybody drinking in this party?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: No. You don't hunt with people who drink. That's not a good idea. We had --

Q So he wasn't, and you weren't?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Correct. We'd taken a break at lunch -- go down under an old -- ancient oak tree there on the place, and have a barbecue. I had a beer at lunch. After lunch we take a break, go back to ranch headquarters. Then we took about an hour-long tour of ranch, with a ranch hand driving the vehicle, looking at game. We didn't go back into the field to hunt quail until about, oh, sometime after 3:00 p.m.

The five of us who were in that party were together all afternoon. Nobody was drinking, nobody was under the influence.


30 posted on 02/16/2006 1:18:53 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: blogblogginaway
Just as an aside, Sheriffs are elected in county wide polling. I can't find county results that show Sheriff Salinas is a democRAT, but Kenedy county votes heavily democrat (see 2004 election returns below). I don't think the left will be able to legitimately squeal about the sheriff being a Republican shill.

2004 General Election

KENEDY

County Race Summary


RACE NAME PARTY CANVASS VOTES PERCENT
President/Vice-President
George W. Bush/ Dick Cheney REP 82 48.52%
John F. Kerry/ John Edwards DEM 85 50.29%
Michael Badnarik/ Richard V. Campagna LIB 2 1.18%
Michael Anthony Peroutka/ Chuck Baldwin W-I 0 0.00%
John Joseph Kennedy/ Daniel R. Rezac W-I 0 0.00%
Deborah Elaine Allen/ Joesph H. Senegals W-I 0 0.00%
Andrew J. Falk/ Marijohn Peterman W-I 0 0.00%
Walt Brown/ Mary Alice Herbert W-I 0 0.00%
David Keith Cobb/ Patricia LaMarche W-I 0 0.00%
Ralph Nader/ Peter Miguel Camejo W-I 0 0.00%
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Race Total 169
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U. S. Representative District 27
William (Willie) Vaden REP 50 30.86%
Solomon P. Ortiz DEM 109 67.28%
Christopher J. Claytor LIB 3 1.85%
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Race Total 162
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Railroad Commissioner
Victor G. Carrillo REP 61 44.52%
Bob Scarborough DEM 69 50.36%
Anthony Garcia LIB 7 5.10%
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Race Total 137
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Justice, Supreme Court, Place 3
Harriet O'Neill REP 83 100.00%
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Race Total 83
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Justice, Supreme Court, Place 5
Paul Green REP 80 100.00%
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Race Total 80
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Justice, Supreme Court, Place 9
Scott Brister REP 62 49.60%
David Van Os DEM 63 50.40%
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Race Total 125
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Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 2
Lawrence "Larry" Meyers REP 72 76.59%
Quanah Parker LIB 22 23.40%
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Race Total 94
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Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 5
Cheryl Johnson REP 80 87.91%
Tom Oxford LIB 11 12.08%
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Race Total 91
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Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 6
Michael E. Keasler REP 55 41.04%
J.R. Molina DEM 79 58.95%
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Race Total 134
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Member, State Board of Education, District 2
Mary Helen Berlanga DEM 103 100.00%
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Race Total 103
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State Senator, District 27
Eddie Lucio, Jr. DEM 96 100.00%
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Race Total 96
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State Representative District 43
John T. Hubert REP 85 52.46%
Juan M. Escobar DEM 77 47.53%
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Race Total 162
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Justice, 13th Court of Appeals District, Place 3
Alicia Cuellar REP 66 47.48%
Linda Yañez DEM 73 52.51%
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Race Total 139
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District Attorney, 105th Judicial District
Guy Williams REP 58 38.92%
Carlos Valdez DEM 91 61.07%
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Race Total 149


31 posted on 02/16/2006 1:18:54 PM PST by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Did the twins or their friends have guns?


32 posted on 02/16/2006 1:19:35 PM PST by roses of sharon ("I would rather men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one". ) (Cato the Elder)
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To: bcsco
The VP said in his Brit Hume interview yesterday that he'd had a beer during lunch, but that was hours before the accident happened.

Did you see the VP say this, or did Brit relate Cheney's words to the viewing audience?

33 posted on 02/16/2006 1:19:59 PM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker (Karen Ryan reporting...)
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker
Extract from the interview re the beer at lunchtime

""Q Was anybody drinking in this party?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: No. You don't hunt with people who drink. That's not a good idea. We had --

Q So he wasn't, and you weren't?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: Correct. We'd taken a break at lunch -- go down under an old -- ancient oak tree there on the place, and have a barbecue. I had a beer at lunch. After lunch we take a break, go back to ranch headquarters. Then we took about an hour-long tour of ranch, with a ranch hand driving the vehicle, looking at game. We didn't go back into the field to hunt quail until about, oh, sometime after 3:00 p.m.

The five of us who were in that party were together all afternoon. Nobody was drinking, nobody was under the influence. ""

Full transcript

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2006/02/20060215-3.html
34 posted on 02/16/2006 1:24:01 PM PST by snugs (An English Cheney Chick - BIG TIME)
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To: NRA1995
It seems to escaped the DUmmies that Mary Jo Kopechne is dead whereas Whittington is merely wounded.

It's very likely that Teddy was drunk at the time of the accident, as that is the only reasonable explanation for his failure to seek help while Mary Jo might have still been rescued alive. He claimed to have had only three rum and Cokes before the drive...but for all we know they were in 32 oz. containers.

35 posted on 02/16/2006 1:26:26 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: snugs

Great minds think alike ; )


36 posted on 02/16/2006 1:27:43 PM PST by clawrence3
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Does anyone know where to obtain the "I'd rather hunt with Cheney" bumper stickers?


37 posted on 02/16/2006 1:28:06 PM PST by Jaded (The truth shall set you free, but lying to yourself turns you French.)
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To: roses of sharon

I was actually thinking of that FBI guy who revealed what Clinton's security detail was letting slip by - but now that you ask, I remember thinking after the fact that the Secret Service foolishly allowed the President to remain a target in that school on 9/11 . . .


38 posted on 02/16/2006 1:29:59 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: Verginius Rufus

Now, had it been Cheney accidentally shot by Harry, I would be concerned about a 14-hour delay in reporting - do you agree with that?


39 posted on 02/16/2006 1:32:55 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: blogblogginaway

Isn't it amazing that they want Cheney to be charged for this accident but Teddy and Chappaquidick are under the rug for years now.


40 posted on 02/16/2006 1:33:27 PM PST by Beowulf9
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To: All

FYI Fox reporting Bush is soon to make comments on Cheney 'controversey'.


41 posted on 02/16/2006 1:33:35 PM PST by Kimberly GG
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To: Kimberly GG

Interesting - let's get a LIVE THREAD going.


42 posted on 02/16/2006 1:34:44 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

See #30.


43 posted on 02/16/2006 1:34:52 PM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: Beowulf9

Exactly - if Cheney is charged on this, I want to see Ted Kennedy and that Gary Condit creep charged as well.


44 posted on 02/16/2006 1:36:01 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: blogblogginaway

Tonight, all over our great country, covens of Democrats will be lighting black candles and chanting for Whittington's death.


45 posted on 02/16/2006 1:39:09 PM PST by Fresh Wind (Democrats are guilty of whatever they scream the loudest about.)
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To: Republican Red

bttt


46 posted on 02/16/2006 1:41:00 PM PST by shield (The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instructions.Pr 1:7)
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To: Kimberly GG

Haven't seen anything yet - are you sure that was not just the report about his spokesman saying the President was satisfied with Cheney's interview on the subject?


47 posted on 02/16/2006 1:47:32 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: Verginius Rufus

Yep, they very conveniently overlook the part about Cheney not leaving Whittington to die in the woods....there ARE actually people at DU who think WE invented the Chappaquiddick story.


48 posted on 02/16/2006 1:47:32 PM PST by NRA1995 (If feminists are so smart, why do they need masturbation workshops?)
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To: clawrence3

Never mind - the AP is reporting the following comments directly from President Bush:

"I thought the vice president handled the issue just fine," the president said. "I thought his explanation yesterday was a powerful explanation."

Bush said it was "a deeply traumatic moment for him and obviously it was a tragic moment for Harry Whittington." He said that the shooting "profoundly affected the vice president."

Bush said Democrats are drawing "the wrong conclusion about a tragic accident" when they say it depicts the White House as overly secretive.

"Yesterday when he was here in the Oval Office I saw the deep concern he had about a person who he wounded," Bush said. "I thought yesterday's explanation was a very strong and important explanation to make to the American people."


49 posted on 02/16/2006 1:56:07 PM PST by clawrence3
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To: Ol' Dan Tucker

Think about it.

The Secret Service ... drunks ... guns ... and the Vice President of the United States ....

Do you think the Secret Service would allow drunks with guns anywhere near the VP?

LOL ... including Cheney, himself.


50 posted on 02/16/2006 1:57:05 PM PST by OkiMusashi (Beware the fury of a patient man. --- John Dryden)
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