The vice president hits an elderly friend during a quail hunt in Texas. The friend, 78, was wounded with bird shot. The shooting happened on Saturday but isn't being reported until Sunday afternoon. Not a big deal, you know. Only the vice president of the United States shooting a man.
More info coming in: Shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Armstrong Ranch in south Texas. Vic is Harry Whittington, said to be "alert and doing fine." Whittington was taken to Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital by ambulance.
Questions: Were police called? Did Cheney talk to police? Did the veep have needed license/permit to hunt? And, of course: Why did it take nearly a day for the information to be released by the administration? Forget partisan politics; any time the country's No. 2 shoots a man, it's news.
The Lonely Hunter or from now on the VP hunts alone...
In the midst of all the good natured and well deserved heat that our beloved Veep is being subjected to this week, this report actually seems to have some serious things to say about the Cheney hunting mishap on Saturday last:
This story appears credible and evidences Cheney's apparent culpability for, at the very least, a serious lapse in judgment. It is also unfortunate that the local sheriff was, according to some unconfirmed reports, not allowed to make an assessment of Cheney’s blood/alcohol level probably in the interests of national security. Assuming the validity of this critique, I really wonder if there is even the tiniest aspect of the lives of our benighted rulers that is above reproach. It would seem that these guys not only have a total disregard for the letter of the law, but also possess a pathological inability to allow any glimmer of good sense or human decency to penetrate into even the smallest acts of their daily lives.
I'm sure glad I don't have to live or work near these clowns!
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