Monday, February 13, 2006

Texas Style Tort Reform

Frustrated by lack of progress on tort reform in the Senate, Vice President Dick Cheney decided to take matters into his own hands. On a quail hunting trip at the Armstrong Ranch in south Texas, the Vice President turned his shotgun on 78-year-old Texas lawyer Harry Whittington. Official word from the White House is that Cheney wounded his long time friend and fellow hunter in the face, neck and chest, apparently because he didn't see Whittington approaching as he fired on a covey of quail. Apparently?

Some US newspapers took potshots at Cheney over the weekend hunting accident. Time Magazine opened a profile of Whittington with the tongue-in-cheek observation that "Accidentally shooting a lawyer is never a good idea, especially one who's known for being something of a pistol himself."

Note that in 1999, then Governor Bush appointed Whittington to the Texas Funeral Service Commission. Cheney, meanwhile, was heard muttering to himself: “So many lawyers, so little time.”

I started this post intending to do a Scrappleface treatment of the incident:

Filled with remorse over the incident, the vice president immediately repealed the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the right to bear arms. “I’m truly sorry that I winged Harry when he blocked my shot at the quail,” said Mr. Cheney. “I now realize that gun violence is not just an inner-city poor problem, but rather an epidemic that can spill out of the ghetto and affect wealthy and powerful, elderly Americans.”

But I’m no Scott Ott. And after listening to the clueless press corps grill White House spokesman Scott McClellan, there is no way I can write anything as silly as what the press morons were saying. One after another they kept referring to Cheney as “the shooter.” Check it out.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bill
One thing that has been missing about Cheney shooting of the lawyer, and that is "Did he get the bird"?


9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Bill,

I found a picture on that you might like.? It's called "Ten ways Dick Cheney Can Kill You."


10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little valentine humor....

If you find your face getting warm and red today then you may have been struck by Cupid. Or....
you could have been hunting with the Vice President!


1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, the guy who shot the gun is something other than the shooter?

4:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you believe the liberal media??? Not only is Cheney’s accident and the aftermath still front page, it’s the biggest print on the L.A. Times. Goodness, you’d think we were attacked by terrorists again. They really should get a life.


3:48 PM  

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