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Man Shot by Cheney Leaving Hospital
AP ^ | LYNN BREZOSKY

Posted on 02/17/2006 11:33:55 AM PST by 300magnum

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - The lawyer shot by Vice President Dick Cheney during a hunting trip was being discharged from a hospital Friday and told reporters he was deeply sorry for all the trouble Cheney had faced over the past week.

Cheney, speaking to the Wyoming Legislature on Friday, also alluded to the shooting as he thanked lawmakers for their half-minute standing ovation, saying the warm greeting was especially welcome "when you've had a very long week."

"Thankfully, Harry Whittington is on the mend and doing well," Cheney said.

In Texas, Whittington wore a suit and tie as he gave his brief statement outside the hospital. His voice was a bit raspy, but strong, and he had what appeared to be a line of cuts on his upper right eyelid and scrapes on his neck.

"We all assume certain risks in what we do, in what activities we pursue," the 78-year-old Austin attorney said. "Accidents do and will happen."

Whittington was hit in the face, neck and chest with birdshot Saturday during a hunting trip at a South Texas ranch. He had been listed in stable condition in a Corpus Christi hospital since suffering a mild heart attack Tuesday after a shotgun pellet traveled to his heart.

Cheney took full blame for the shooting in an interview Wednesday with Fox News, his first public comments on what happened that day.

"I'm the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend," Cheney said in the interview. He said it was "one of the worst days of my life."

Dr. David Blanchard, chief of emergency care at Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial, said Whittington will go home Friday because of "his excellent health," but Blanchard added that "he is not 100 percent."

During his statement, Whittington said the past weekend involved "a cloud of misfortune and sadness that is not easy to explain, especially with those who are not familiar with the great sport of quail hunting."

He said he sent his love and respect to Cheney and his family.

"My family and I are deeply sorry for everything Vice President Cheney and his family have had to deal with," he said. "We hope that he will continue to come and seek the relaxation that he deserves."

The Kenedy County Sheriff's Department closed its investigation of the shooting on Thursday without filing any charges. The department released an incident report that supported accounts from the ranch owner and Cheney.

Cheney told an investigator that he did not see Whittington while aiming for a bird. Whittington "explained foremost there was no alcohol during the hunt and everyone was wearing the proper hunting attire of blaze orange," Chief Deputy Gilberto San Miguel Jr. wrote.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cheney; harrywhittington
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1 posted on 02/17/2006 11:33:56 AM PST by 300magnum
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To: 300magnum

The MSM is deeply saddened.


2 posted on 02/17/2006 11:34:37 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: 300magnum

he shot another?


3 posted on 02/17/2006 11:34:56 AM PST by Republicus2001
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To: 300magnum
This headline is misleading...it sounds like Cheney shot the guy again as he was leaving the hospital.

LOL

4 posted on 02/17/2006 11:35:13 AM PST by B Knotts
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To: 300magnum

Cripes -- how many possible meanings can be extracted from this wretched headline?


5 posted on 02/17/2006 11:35:22 AM PST by r9etb
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To: 300magnum
Whittington was hit in the face, neck and chest with birdshot

FINALLY!

The MSM got Something right.

6 posted on 02/17/2006 11:35:24 AM PST by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: 300magnum

What few votes the Dims had in the hunting/outdoor crowd just walked out the door with him.


7 posted on 02/17/2006 11:35:31 AM PST by neodad (Why does every cartoon article refer to the "Prophet" Muhammed?)
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To: B Knotts

That Bastard!


8 posted on 02/17/2006 11:35:42 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: B Knotts
it sounds like Cheney shot the guy again as he was leaving the hospital.

A good hunter always tracks down wounded game and finishes it off. It's the ethical thing to do.

9 posted on 02/17/2006 11:36:00 AM PST by RogueIsland (.)
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To: 300magnum

Good news for Harry, bad news for the L/MSM. Poor widdle Gregory and his band of usefull idiots go down yet again.


10 posted on 02/17/2006 11:36:19 AM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: 300magnum
Man Shot by Cheney Leaving Hospital

Why was Cheney packing heat in a hospital?

11 posted on 02/17/2006 11:36:48 AM PST by kevkrom ("...no one has ever successfully waged a war against stupidity" - Orson Scott Card)
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To: 300magnum
What he wore home from the hospital:


12 posted on 02/17/2006 11:38:08 AM PST by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: B Knotts

I got a chuckle out of that too. Maybe there is
some journalistic wishful thinking there.


13 posted on 02/17/2006 11:39:03 AM PST by davisfh
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To: RogueIsland

"A good hunter always tracks down wounded game and finishes it off. It's the ethical thing to do."

Does that apply to all game or just lawyers?


14 posted on 02/17/2006 11:40:47 AM PST by wmileo
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To: 300magnum

15 posted on 02/17/2006 11:40:48 AM PST by petercooper (Win the war. Confirm the judges. Cut the taxes. Control the spending. Seal the borders.)
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To: silverleaf

That's a good one. LOL


16 posted on 02/17/2006 11:40:51 AM PST by 300magnum (We know that if evil is not confronted, it gains in strength and audacity, and returns to strike us)
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To: RogueIsland
A good hunter always tracks down wounded game and finishes it off.

If that were the case, Cheney would have sent Teddy K. to drive Whittington home from the hospital.

17 posted on 02/17/2006 11:42:28 AM PST by dirtboy (I'm fat, I sleep most of the winter and I saw my shadow yesterday. Does that make me a groundhog?)
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To: 300magnum

18 posted on 02/17/2006 11:42:41 AM PST by petercooper (Win the war. Confirm the judges. Cut the taxes. Control the spending. Seal the borders.)
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To: 300magnum

Leaving the hospital!

Just, DAMN!

---HRC


19 posted on 02/17/2006 11:42:48 AM PST by ryan71
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To: Republicus2001

"he shot another?"

That's how I read it. Now he's picking off folks coming out of hopitals, and not in the wide open spaces of Texas.


20 posted on 02/17/2006 11:43:13 AM PST by toddlintown (Lennon takes six bullets to the chest, Yoko is standing right next to him and not one f'ing bullet?)
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To: 300magnum

OMG, Cheney was laying in wait to finish him off!!!


21 posted on 02/17/2006 11:43:29 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("If I were a Cuban, I'd certainly be on a raft," Isane Aparicio Busto)
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To: wmileo

""A good hunter always tracks down wounded game and finishes it off. It's the ethical thing to do."

Does that apply to all game or just lawyers?"

Just Liberals!


22 posted on 02/17/2006 11:44:15 AM PST by txkev
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To: 300magnum

James Taranto, please pick up the tan courtesy phone.


23 posted on 02/17/2006 11:44:23 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("If I were a Cuban, I'd certainly be on a raft," Isane Aparicio Busto)
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To: 300magnum
Man Shot by Cheney Leaving Hospital

Jeez, I always thought that folks were kidding about the Veep!

The guy's a loose cannon, so to speak.

24 posted on 02/17/2006 11:45:00 AM PST by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: silverleaf

LOL! Great Tee!


25 posted on 02/17/2006 11:45:35 AM PST by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: 300magnum
Man Shot by Cheney Leaving Hospital

One H-LL of a shot, seeing how Cheney is addressing the Wyoming Legislature
today.

Looks like Chuck Norris needs to move over...Dick Cheney is the new
tough guy gun-slinger on the block.
26 posted on 02/17/2006 11:45:37 AM PST by VOA
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To: 300magnum

Why would Cheney shoot a man leaving the hospital?


27 posted on 02/17/2006 11:45:52 AM PST by Mr. Brightside (I know what I like.)
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To: wmileo
Does that apply to all game or just lawyers?

With lawyers you take out the entire herd.

28 posted on 02/17/2006 11:45:54 AM PST by RogueIsland (.)
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To: 300magnum
As Harry Whittington leaves the hospital, many Liberals have the same look on their faces as they did immediately after John Kerry conceded the '04 election to President Bush. Their faces full of disbelief, and what might have been, if only Harry had died.
29 posted on 02/17/2006 11:47:12 AM PST by TheForceOfOne
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To: petercooper

Are the two chicks trying to hold in the barf from being that close to Lurch?

30 posted on 02/17/2006 11:47:35 AM PST by Pusterfuss (Proud member: Minnesotans for Global Warming)
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To: 300magnum

While we're on the subject, it seems that alot of libs are claiming that the Armstrong Ranch is a hunting preserve and that the quail are raised in pens and have their wings clipped. Can anyone confirm if that is true or false?


31 posted on 02/17/2006 11:48:12 AM PST by RWE
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To: 300magnum
I saw him on TV. He looked and sounded great. He had some blotches on the right side of his face but that was all that was visible. The doctor FNC had on after his speech said the blotches would be gone in a couple weeks with no scars. The MSM and the Dems must be deeply depressed.
32 posted on 02/17/2006 11:49:41 AM PST by Uncle Hal
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To: 300magnum

That was extremely powerful #7.5 shot from a 28-gauge shotgun and an amazingly tight pattern for a target 30 yds away!


33 posted on 02/17/2006 11:49:53 AM PST by Blzbba (Sub sole nihil novi est)
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To: RogueIsland
"it sounds like Cheney shot the guy again as he was leaving the hospital."

A good hunter always tracks down wounded game and finishes it off. It's the ethical thing to do.

ROFLAO!

34 posted on 02/17/2006 11:50:33 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Former SAC Trained Killer)
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To: 300magnum

Prayers offered up for his full recovery and continued health.


35 posted on 02/17/2006 11:50:53 AM PST by Ciexyz (Let us always remember, the Lord is in control.)
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To: 300magnum
Cheney vows the next one will not be so lucky and that not only will he not talk, he said he would not be taken alive.






36 posted on 02/17/2006 11:51:46 AM PST by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: Mr. Brightside

My mistake.

Now I understand the title...

Cheney was leaving the hospital and shot a man.


37 posted on 02/17/2006 11:51:49 AM PST by Mr. Brightside (I know what I like.)
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To: r9etb
how many possible meanings can be extracted from this wretched headline?

At least 6:
- A man who had been shot by Cheney leaves the hospital.
- A man who had been shot while standing next to Cheney leaves the hospital.
- A man in the process of leaving the hospital was shot by Cheney.
- As Cheney was leaving the hospital, he shot a man.
- Cheney's act of leaving the hospital caused a man to be shot.
- A man left the hospital quickly and passed Cheney at a high speed.

Thus the only information conveyed by the headline is that the writer needs remedial English classes.

38 posted on 02/17/2006 11:51:58 AM PST by ThinkDifferent (Chloe rocks)
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To: 300magnum

A very good headline.


funny...


40 posted on 02/17/2006 11:52:22 AM PST by TexanToTheCore (Rock the pews, Baby)
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To: RogueIsland

A truck driver's driving down the road and sees a priest walking down the shoulder. Pulls over and asks if he wants a ride.

The priest accepts and they're tooling down the road, and they see a lawyer walking along.

Well, the truck driver normally would run over a lawyer, of course, when he didn't have a priest riding along with him.

So, he musters all of his self-control and drives on past. But he hears a 'thump-thump' as he goes by anyway!

He turns to the priest and says, "Father, I didn't hit him, really I didn't!"

The priest turns to him and says: "Don't worry about it, my son. I got him with the door!"


41 posted on 02/17/2006 11:52:29 AM PST by EternalVigilance (www.usbordersecurity.org)
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To: Republicus2001
he shot another?

No details in yet.

It is not clear whether the man Cheney shot was leaving the hospital; or whether Cheney who was leaving the hospital shot another man. We don't know if alcohol was involved again.- tom

42 posted on 02/17/2006 11:52:45 AM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: txkev
"The first thing that we do is kill all of the lawyers"

Go Cheney!

43 posted on 02/17/2006 11:52:56 AM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: 300magnum
What a piss-poor headline.

Can't anyone in the press write anymore?

what a bunch of maroons!

44 posted on 02/17/2006 11:53:11 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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To: Republicus2001

So was Chaney or the man leaving the hospital when the second Chaney shooting occured?


45 posted on 02/17/2006 11:53:49 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: RogueIsland

"With lawyers you take out the entire herd."

No Bag Limit for Scumbags ah?


46 posted on 02/17/2006 11:53:56 AM PST by wmileo
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To: 300magnum
Man Shot by Cheney Leaving Hospital

What, you know the MSP will report Cheney is now shooting people leaving the hospital.

47 posted on 02/17/2006 11:54:27 AM PST by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: dfwgator

I never thought I could think this, but someone needs to get a body-guard for this guy. Even when he was in the hospital I was thinking someone needs to be watching him just in case there's a nut who might want to help advance his precarious conditon. Maybe I've been spending too much time reading the DUmmies, but they just seem to be such evil people who would do anything to get at Cheney.


48 posted on 02/17/2006 11:54:33 AM PST by cwb (Liberalism is the opiate of the *asses)
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To: 300magnum

Another one??? Someone take Cheney's gun away before he kill someone.


49 posted on 02/17/2006 11:54:44 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: wmileo
No Bag Limit for Scumbags ah?

Even better, baiting them with a fake traffic accident is permitted in most red states.

50 posted on 02/17/2006 11:54:53 AM PST by RogueIsland (.)
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