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Monday, February 13, 2006

Dick's Story Smells Worse Than His Breath

The Smoking Gun has a copy of the Texas Parks & Wildlife incident report:
According to the state report, Cheney was wearing a "blaze orange" cap and "coat/vest" and brown trousers and was toting an Italian-made Perazzi .28-caliber shotgun. In addition to the document's release, wildlife officials reported today that while Cheney had purchased a valid non-resident hunting license, he did not obtain a required "upland game bird stamp." As a result, a warning citation--which carries no fine or penalty--will be issued to Cheney, which state officials described as "routine."
They Kenedy County Sherriff also released a really vaguely worded press release:
Due to a lack of communication the personnel manning the front gate upon Kenedy County Officer's arrival did not have any information and were unaware of the incident. Sheriff Salinas was informed shortly after the incident by Secret Service Agents by phone due to incompatibility of radio equipment.
The press release helpfully concludes that "the investigation reveals that there was no alcohol, or misconduct involved in the incident." The credibility of this statement would be greatly enhanced if they would come out and state that a) the Sheriff did in fact have immediate access to Cheney (CBS reports they didn't, and their awkwardly worded statement seems to confirm this) and b) their conclusion about alcohol was backed up by the results of a test that had been administered in a timely fashion. They seem quite anxious to provide cover for DUI Dick so one would think that if they had anything like this they would've mentioned it.

Update: Mary points out that I did, in fact, leave out the best part of the sheriff's statement: "Mr. Whittington's interview collaborated Vice President Cheney's statement." Well I guess it did at that.

Update II: Watertiger is about 700 hits away from hitting half a million today on her 1 yr. blogoversary. You know what to do.

(graphic by Dark Black)