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Democrats blast Cheney secrecy after shooting [Clinton, Reid, Schumer.....]
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Posted on 02/14/2006 5:33:47 PM PST by Sub-Driver

Democrats blast Cheney secrecy after shooting

13 minutes ago

Democrats in Congress accused Vice President Dick Cheney of a pattern of secrecy, and demanded that he "level" with the public, after keeping mum about accidentally shooting an associate over the weekend.

Cheney has been criticized for waiting a day before disclosing a hunting mishap Saturday in which he shot his 78-year-old hunting companion, Harry Whittington, in the neck, chest, and face.

Asked at a press conference for her reaction about how the White House has handled the incident, US Senator Hillary Clinton called the Bush administration's failure to be more forthcoming "troubling."

"A tendency of this administration -- from the top all the way to the bottom -- is to withhold information ... to refuse to be forthcoming about information that is of significance and relevance to the jobs that all of you do, and the interests of the American people," Clinton said.

"Putting it all together, going back years now, there's a pattern and it's a pattern that should be troubling," she said at a press conference calling for a more robust federal response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

The former first lady continued: "The refusal of this administration to level with the American people on matters large and small is very disturbing, because it goes counter to the way our constitutional democracy ... is supposed to work."

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid at a press conference Tuesday said the secretive tendency goes beyond Cheney, pervading the entire Bush White House.

"I think the reason it took the vice president a day to talk about this is part of the secretive nature of this administration," the top Senate Democrat said. "They keep things pretty close to the chest."

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To: Sub-Driver

Unbelievable. We're paying these clowns for this?


51 posted on 02/14/2006 6:59:37 PM PST by denydenydeny ("Osama... made the mistake of confusing media conventional wisdom with reality" (Mark Steyn))
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To: EricT.
As long as they weren't handling illegal campaign contributions from the Chinese Communists.

Exactly.

Whatever the circumstances, it was managed, a plan was devised and information was released.

A plan, leading to the temporary label of laughingstock, imposed by questionable critics, may have been an acceptable risk to its authors.

52 posted on 02/14/2006 7:00:42 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: eyespysomething

If Whittington is healthy enough, he should make a statement now that the media are acting like ghouls. No one will care if he says it in two weeks.


53 posted on 02/14/2006 7:01:34 PM PST by Democratshavenobrains
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To: Sub-Driver
Don't know about anyone else but these democrats and the media are digging a grave out here in hunting country. It's sad enough to have a hunting accident but as these idiots try to make political hay from the event is, in the words of Dasshole, deeply saddening.......

But I hope they keep it up to show the country and world what true asses they are......

54 posted on 02/14/2006 7:08:15 PM PST by eeriegeno
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To: Amerigomag
Hipaa Law

Effective April 14, 2003, new federal regulations require us to be even more vigilant in safeguarding the privacy and confidentiality of our patients’ medical conditions.

Condition reports

Under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, known as HIPAA, we may release information about the condition of a patient only if the inquiry specifically contains the patient’s name. If the patient has not requested that information be withheld, and the request for information contains the patient’s name, we will generally be able to release the patient’s condition. However, we will do so in general terms that do not communicate specific medical information. Below are the one-word descriptions we will be able to provide:

• Undetermined
• Good
• Fair
• Serious
• Critical

A description of the nature of a patient’s accident or injuries in the past, this is not permissible under HIPAA without written authorization from the patient. Additionally, patients have the option of requesting that we disclose no information about them or even confirm their presence in the hospital.

55 posted on 02/14/2006 7:12:02 PM PST by navysealdad
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To: Democratshavenobrains

Cheney press statement-"OOPS".


56 posted on 02/14/2006 7:16:59 PM PST by csmusaret (Urban Sprawl is an oxymoron)
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To: navysealdad
Good point.

I have no reason to be informed of the events in the private life of the Vice President if it has no direct bearing on his ability to effectively and honorably conduct the affairs of his elected office.

57 posted on 02/14/2006 7:25:10 PM PST by Amerigomag
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To: Sub-Driver

I hope they keep this up. They just don't know to NOT dig themselves deeper in the hole.


58 posted on 02/14/2006 7:28:27 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Sub-Driver; All

TOTAL BS

BTW is there not a new MEDICAL PRIVACY law?

Something that prevents government workers (like a VP) from disclosing a person's medical information?


59 posted on 02/14/2006 7:29:08 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Darkwolf377
So tiring. Do these people do anything except complain?

Yes they do. When they are not doing anything productive, they cash their paychecks; paid by working Americans.

60 posted on 02/14/2006 7:35:20 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Sub-Driver

I really wish Ted Kennedy would enlighten Dick Cheney on proper accident notification.


61 posted on 02/14/2006 7:38:49 PM PST by Democratshavenobrains
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To: infidel29; Lady Jag; FOG724

TOO funny! Good JOB!
...BUMP!!!


62 posted on 02/14/2006 10:50:39 PM PST by Seadog Bytes (OPM - The Liberal 'solution' to every societal problem. (...Other People's Money))
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To: Sub-Driver

"Asked at a press conference for her reaction about how the White House has handled the incident, US Senator Hillary Clinton called the Bush administration's failure to be more forthcoming

"A tendency of this administration -- from the top all the way to the bottom -- is to withhold information ... to refuse to be forthcoming about information that is of significance and relevance to the jobs that all of you do, and the interests of the American people,Clinton said."


Hil apparently has no shame...AND no platform to run on. On the other hand, she CAN follow the "Rules for Radicals" by Alinsky quite well. Her response to this accident is a classic case of Alinsky's teachings.

Better get ready folks. She's right on track and steaming ahead full bore. Things are going to get really ugly before 2008. I've never seen so much silliness and hate-filled rhetoric.


64 posted on 02/15/2006 3:42:29 AM PST by Maria S
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To: Sub-Driver
"The refusal of this administration to level with the American people on matters large and small is very disturbing


Michelle Malkin:

"Funny thing is, I can't recall the mainstream media melting down over the 30-hour delay — presided over by Hillary Clinton, according to internal records — in releasing the late White House counsel Vincent Foster's suicide note to authorities and her own husband. Can you?"

65 posted on 02/15/2006 3:47:26 AM PST by kcvl
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To: Sub-Driver

Thank Heaven it wasn't Karl Rove who accidentally shot someone.


66 posted on 02/15/2006 6:22:10 AM PST by Graymatter
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To: Sub-Driver

Let's see...Chappaquiddick, Vince Foster, Rose Law Firm Records, Monica Lewinski, Juanita Broadderick, Mena Arkansas "suicides"...

Yes, the Democrats are the moral superiors on the subject of informing public.


68 posted on 02/15/2006 7:59:56 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: Osage Orange
I'm stealing that....for my new tag line. Unless you object......

Not at all, looks good on you:)

69 posted on 02/15/2006 11:44:08 AM PST by infidel29 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." --Benjamin Franklin)
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