Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Fox backs up Cheney

Don't worry Dick, Fox has got your back.

However, I dub thee the Bulletproof Corporate Asshole.

Anybody shooting birds has to be shooting pretty low to hit somebody at 30 yards with buckshot!! This sounds more like 13 feet. I'm posting the entire text of this article:
Birdshot Pellet Migrates to Heart of Man Shot by Cheney
Tuesday, February 14, 2006
By Sharon Kehnemui Liss

Cheney Accidentally Shoots Fellow Hunter in Texas
A birdshot pellet that hit Harry Whittington, the friend Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot on Saturday, has migrated to his heart, causing a "minor" heart attack, hospital representatives said on Tuesday outside the hospital where Whittington is being treated.

"He has not had a heart attack in the traditional sense. As I said before, he was asymptomatic," said Corpus Spohn Hospital Memorial administrator Peter Banko.

"He will have a full life the Lord intended to have, and this shouldn't affect him one way or the other," he added.

Dr. David Blanchard, director of emergency services at the hospital, said Whittington, 78, suffered a "silent heart attack," meaning he did not exhibit any signs of a heart attack, the sweating, shoulder pain or crushing chest pain, but an EKG showed that he suffered an atrial fibrillation. The event occurred around 6:30 a.m. CST, the doctor said, and Whittington was immediately moved to the cardiac catheterization lab in the intensive care unit where a blockage in blood flow was discovered.

"The BB basically has lodged in a certain area that has caused inflammatory changes. When that occurs, there is irritability to the heart muscle ... it is basically like an electrical short circuit," Blanchard said, adding that it is "easily treated with medications" and is a nonsurgical condition.

(Story continues below)

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Whittington was accidentally shot by Cheney, an experienced hunter, during a quail hunting trip on Armstrong Ranch in south Texas on Saturday afternoon. Not aware that his hunting partner had returned from retrieving a bird he had shot, Cheney turned right to shoot a covey of quail and sprayed his hunting partner with shotgun pellets instead. Whittington was shot in the face, neck and chest but never lost consciousness, Katharine Armstrong, the owner of the ranch, reported.

Commenting publicly on the incident for the first time Tuesday, the vice president's office issued a statement saying Cheney had called Whittington around 1:30 p.m. EST to check up on him.

"The vice president wished Mr. Whittington well and asked if there was anything he needed. The vice president said that he stood ready to assist. Mr. Whittington's spirits were good, but obviously his situation deserves the careful monitoring that his doctors are providing. The vice president said that his thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Whittington and his family," the statement reads.

Blanchard said that one birdshot pellet is the focus of concern, and other birdshot pellets have not endangered Whittington. Banko said that cardiologists tending to the Austin attorney do not want to perform any surgery on him, particularly as the birdshot has not entered any chambers of the heart or coronary arteries.

"It's not moving and ... the cardiologists do not feel it's going to move. ... If it were in a position where it's going to move they would have gone in and done surgery immediately. It's not in a position where they think it's going to move any further to endanger his health," Banko said, adding that Whittington's heart is as healthy or healthier than that of a much younger man.

Blanchard said the birdshot pellet is a rounded, smooth object, which in itself is good news since it won't pierce the body at a later time. He added that thousands of Americans are walking around with shrapnel in their bodies without any complications, and he said Whittington has shown no signs of developing any infection.

"We are very, very optimistic that with Mr. Whittington's strong heart, his personality, his stamina, the will, that he will do very well, and we're prepared to deal with anything that may develop," Blanchard said, adding that doctors make daily rounds of all patients to check for these types of eventualities.

Blanchard added that doctors were taking a "conservative" approach in treating Whittington and that he and other cardiologists at the hospital had the "concurrence" of the White House medical team.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan did not mention the medical report during his daily briefing, though Blanchard said the White House had been informed around 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. EST. McClellan said later that he was not asked about Whittington's health nor did he volunteer the information. He said he did not think it was his place to reveal the development out of respect for doctor-patient confidentiality.

As reporters scold the White House for skimming on the details, Democrats also called on the vice president to be more forthcoming. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., urged Cheney to hold a press conference, which he has not done since 2002. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., accused the administration of being the most secretive in "modern history."

"Talk about secrecy, the vice president accidentally shoots someone and keeps that a secret for nearly a day. That man, of course, is now very sick," Reid said.

Cheney's office said that he had been informed around 12:30 p.m. EST that hospital officials were going to hold a 1 p.m. press conference. When the vice president returned from a meeting with Republicans on Capitol Hill, he watched part of the news conference, his office said.

On Monday, the state gave Cheney and Whittington warning citations for breaking Texas hunting law by failing to buy a $7 stamp allowing them to shoot upland game birds. A spokesman for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said warnings are being issued in most cases because the stamp requirement only went into effect five months ago and many hunters weren't aware of it.

The Parks and Wildlife Department report said Whittington was retrieving a downed bird and stepped out of the hunting line he was sharing with Cheney. "Another covey was flushed and Cheney swung on a bird and fired, striking Whittington in the face, neck and chest at approximately 30 yards," the report said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

5 comments:

inculcated said...

I'll dither with you on the altitude thingy. They were hunting quail, and them birds just don't fly far or too high. Too many other things stink about this story, however, to believe that the official account is representative of the truth. Like the conflicting and disssapearing accounts of the presence of alcohol at lunch.

Don't know where Dickey poo did his firearms safety instruction, but mine was done in Vermont and the verbooten nature of alcool and projectiles were amply covered. Guess when you have an attitude that you are above the written law, you might also be tempted to think you are above the laws of nature as well.

chuck7 said...

You also just don't swing and fire! There was some mention of Cheney shooting into the sun as well, which is even stupider.

Also, the distance the lawyer friend was shot from has been reported as everything from 15 feet to 30 yards, so who knows? That's just what they apparently want.

And now the spin machine has it like, "Aw poor old Dick, a heartwarming tale of the worst day of his life, " reporting a standing ovation at a talk in Wyoming.

No one has said Cheney should resign, either. But the shooting IMO demonstrates a lack of judgement that's unacceptable in a public official of that stature.

'Thought & Humor' said...

.
The honorable Senate Democrats
in the United States are doing an
honorable investigation to find out
exactly what happened to cause
me to lose my country, and until
these honorable Senate Democrats
in the United States get every one
of their questions answered about
the manipulation and the distortion
of the intelligence -- and of course
all of the lies about my having weapons
of mass destruction; all this before
my country was invaded -- I can't
get a fair trial, until all these questions
are answered by the Senate Democrats.
And after these Senate Democrats get
the answers that we all know are out
there, I, Saddam Hussein, would argue
that I never had any weapons of mass
destruction, and whatever bad intelligence
was generated by a cowboy, fratboy
president and his indicted staff, who
have poisoned world opinion about
me and my government, and as such,
I can't get a fair trial anywhere -- and
I want my country back. I'm going to
make this trial about George W. Bush,
and I'm going to be calling as witnesses
people like Dick Durbin and Ted Kennedy.
I'm going to call Chuck Schumer.

I would call Senator Jay Rockefeller
as a witness, if I were Saddam Hussein.
I'm serious, folks -- and I wouldn't be
surprised if his defense lawyers pick up
on this at some point. If I were Saddam
Hussein I would never, ever get off the
line of attack of Senate Democrats. I
would "want answers." I would accuse
the lying President Bush of manufacturing
evidence and spreading propaganda to
a bunch of gullible reporters like Judith
Miller of the New York Times and who
knows who all at NBC, and say that there
exists a massive conspiracy just like Hillary
Clinton said; a massive right-wing conspiracy
to prop up a failed presidency, and to distract
the world from the damage the Bush White
House has done to the world's environment,
the world's workers, the world's unions, the
world's teachers -- and most of all the world's
children. If I were Saddam Hussein, I would
be making this case, and I would say, "I'm
following the lead of these great honorable
Senate Democrats of the United States Senate
who have the guts and the courage to have
the temerity to get to the bottom of all of this."
I would follow them down the path they're on.


I, Saddam Hussein, would say that the Senate
Democrats are on the way to proving that
President Bush has led a false war,
permanently screwed up children all over
the world as to how you solve problems.
My country is Muslim. We are very
different from western countries, and
that scares stupid, evangelical cowboys
like George Bush.Why, Prince Charles
even had to go tell Bush, "You misunder -
stood Islam," the other day. I'd call Prince
Charles as a witness! So what does this
cowboy Bush do when his oil baron buddies
can't have my oil for themselves? Well, they
start a war on false pretenses because every -
body knows that this war was about nothing
but oil and that's why all the intelligence was
trumped up, and that's why all of the lies
were told and that's why everybody was told
and agreed that I had weapons of mass
destruction, is because the world wants my
oil led by the cowboy Bush, and I thank God --
I thank Allah daily -- for the Senate Democrats,
the Democrats of the United States Senate
who are leading this courageous effort to
prove what a liar and a disaster on the world
stage George W. Bush has been. I can't get
a fair trial, and until I get a fair trial -- which
is not possible -- I demand my country back.
All of this that has happened has been based
on lies. The world can't sleep at night.

If the world can do this to me, a man with
nothing but benevolence and love in his heart
for his people, what will they do next? Who
will they do it to next?

The cowboy Bush -- Cheney, Libby, Rove --
they must be stopped, and it's the Senate
Democrats in that great institution, the
United States Senate, who are leading the way.

If I were Saddam Hussein, I would say,
"I have no hope for a fair trial."

What I'm saying is being said by
elected members of the United States
Senate. As I listen to the elected
senators, Democrats of the United
States Senate, as they pursue this
honorable investigation of George W.
Bush, I say to myself, "This is what
I said to the UN.

This is what I said to the weapons
inspectors." This is what I said to
the world when I was confronted
with what everybody now knows
(thanks to the Senate Democrats)
are bogus, fake and trumped -
up charges.

Bush is a liar! He lied about the
reasons for and the need to invade
my country, and I want it back.

He hires liars. It is George Bush
who should be impeached and
convicted in his own country and
then tried at The Hague in my place.

Not me. I had nothing to do with
9/11. Yet I'm the one paying the
price. You may not like me; I am
Saddam Hussein.

You may not agree with the ways
of Muslim leaders in the Middle
East, but does that give you the right
to invade my country? No! The
United States Senate Democrats
obviously agree with me. They
are honorable people. The world
should align behind the Democrats
of the United States Senate who
are trying to wrong one of the most
terrible injustices in the history of the
world. It is George W. Bush who
must be brought to justice by the
brave and honorable members of the
Democratic Party in the United States
Senate. Because leaders of the world
and people of the world, I, Saddam
Hussein, say to you that it is the
senators, the Democrat senators
in the United States Senate are all
that stand between peace and
bloodthirsty imperialism by the
United States. May Allah bless
the good and decent truth -
tellers in the Senate who will
not let George Bush continue
his lies to his country and to
the world! George Bush hides
behind his faith, but he's a liar
just like these Senate Democrats
are saying.

I, Saddam Hussein, from the
bottom of my sizable heart,
thank the Democrat senators
in the United States and all
of the websites that support
them, and all of the Hollywood
Democrats who are asking
the Senate Democrats to
continue this investigation.
I thank all of the American
media, because I think the
American media is one of
the last bastions of honesty
and trustworthiness second
only to the Democrats of the
United States Senate. So I
want to thank the mainstream
media of the United States.
I want to further point out
that if my trial is not post -
poned -- if I can't get a
postponement and if I
can't get a dismissal of
the charges, and if I don't
get my country back --
if there is a trial, I demand
that I be brought to the
US for trial, in a United
States civilian court. I
can't get a fair trial in Iraq
because it's Bush cronies.
I can only get a fair trial in
the United States where
liberal Democrats run the
court system. They're
the ones doing the great
work, the work of Allah,
in order to maintain the
lies of Bush and the
distortions of the war.

I want my country back.
The United States does
not recognize, the US
court system doesn't
recognize the Geneva
Conventions; they don't
recognize the due-process
rights of illegal combatants
like me or those held at
Guantanamo Bay. John
McCain and the Democrats
wanted them tried under
our justice system, and if
illegal combatants are to
be afforded with such
treatment -- if you're
going to give real
terrorists the opportunity
to be tried in your court
system -- I, Saddam
Hussein, demand to be
tried in your court system
because I am covered
under the Geneva
Conventions, and I
should receive better
treatment. And, by
the way, I wish to
point out -- and I
know many people
in the American
ACLU will agree
with me on this --
I, Saddam Hussein,
was not Mirandized
by the soldiers who
captured me. I was
denied a speedy trial
as compelled by the
Bill of Rights in the
US Constitution.
The charges ought
to be dismissed. They
did nothing but point
weapons to me in that
foxhole. They didn't tell
me my rights! They didn't
tell me I had to shut up;
they didn't tell me anything
I said could be used against
me. I was lied to not only
by Bush but the by the whole
US military, by Rumsfeld.
I was lied to by Condoleezza
Rice. I can't even count on
Colin Powell anymore because
he was part of the original
cowboy cabal that kicked
me out of my country.

If I get my trial in the United
States of America as I so
rightly deserve, I, Saddam
Hussein, would like to call
Dick Durbin as a witness
because he would be able
to testify that US troops are
like Nazi storm troopers. He
would be able to testify that
US troops are no different
than the murdering thugs of
Pol Pot and the gulags of Stalin.

I would next call Senator Kennedy
who would be able to testify
that US troops are no better
than Hussein's thugs -- my thugs.
I would call Michael Isikoff of
Newsweek magazine. He would
be able to testify how US troops
mistreat prisoners by flushing their
Korans down the toilet at G'itmo.
I would do my best to get rid of
Rush Limbaugh for turning Club
G'itmo into Club G'itmo. It's not
a joke what's happening there,
and it's not a joke what's
happening to me. I would
also call Ambassador Joe
Wilson, of course. He would
be my star witness, because
Joe Wilson would testify that
I was not a bad guy; I was
not somebody that posed a
danger. I never once sought
uranium from anywhere,
because I didn't have any
weapons of mass destruction,
and Joe Wilson knows it and
his wife, Valerie Plame, knows
it. And so, my friends, I,
Saddam Hussein, throw in
with the Democrats in the
United States Senate. They
are my allies, and until they
finish their great and glorious
work for Allah in uncovering
the truth about the lies and the
distortions of the cowboy
Bush, I demand these trials
of me be postponed and the
charges dismissed -- and I
get my country back.

chuck7 said...

So a troll posts a 900 word supposed quote from Saddam Hussien in a post about Cheney the bulletproof corporate asshole.

I guess the troll has means if you don't like Bush and Company, the same way the majority of citizens in U.S. don't like Bush and Co, then it means we're somehow in the same bag as Hussien, who also does not like Bush. And then, I suppose it means we like Hussein? And I suppose it means we don't like our own country and are not patriots.

See you in church.

Anonymous said...

Dear inculcated,
I agree with everything you've
said about Vermont and nazis.
There's a pretty girl I know who
slightly resembles Cheney in the hip area. She left on a UFO behind
Chuck's house. I saw it. I was there, chin covered in whiskers and
foam packing materials. Boy hey,
I like to dance but is this a reason for violence?

Lee Harvey Shatner