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Hunting? [Feb. 14th, 2006|08:08 pm]
Tony Grist
Correct me if I'm wrong but

the birds that Dick Cheyney and his elderly playmates were wasting at the time of the unfortunate accident were

flightless
tame
And herded in front of the guns

and Dick and his elderly playmates were blasting them from a distance of about 3 yards.

What sort of a sick fuck would want to be doing something like that?

If this makes Dick a hunter then the guy with the bolt gun down the abattoire is Buffalo Bill.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-02-14 12:55 pm (UTC)
I think Cheyney is one of the nastiest people on the world scene.

A psychopath.

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[User Picture]From: crankycoyote
2006-02-14 12:38 pm (UTC)
Sorry, but to the best of my knowledge you are incorrect.

Quail are not flightless, nor are they tame. They might be spooked into flight by dogs, but they're not herded in front of the guns. Upland bird hunting in Texas happens at ranges of 5-30 yards, and you have to be fairly quick and accurate with a shotgun to hit a bird as it startles out of the tall grass.

Cheney *is* a bastard and a sick fuck, but not for the reasons you describe.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-02-14 12:53 pm (UTC)
I read that these were specially reared birds, but you could well be right. I haven't come across a definitive account of the incident.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2006-02-14 02:56 pm (UTC)
I've never reared quails, but I've reared pheasants. (To be set out on my grandfather's land for hunting purposes...) Now, first of all these game birds are not easy to tame. I tried with two pheasant chicks, but they would not be tame, even though they were surrounded by humans and constantly picked up and held etc... They remained as wild as their siblings, and they kept the same natural instincts. (When a predatory bird flies over, a chicken will lie as still as possible; a pheasant will run. The pheasant chicks did what their instincts told them to, rather than adapt the behaviour of their surrogate mother who was an exceedingly docile and tame hen...)

So I agree that Dicky is a - well; a dick , but for other reasons.

(Oh, and to round off the pheasant story: My grandfather loved hunting, but was an exceedingly poor marksman. Only one of my 26 pheasant chicks is known to have suffered an untimely death and ended up on the dinner table... -She was delicious!)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-02-15 01:55 am (UTC)
Hunting brings out the class warrior in me.

But having said that, I have to record that my grandfather and my father (as a young man) both owned shotguns.
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[User Picture]From: sorenr
2006-02-15 02:09 am (UTC)
My grandparents on my father's side probably belonged firmly in the lower middle class. They did own their land, but it was in a region with notoriously bad farm land and has always been a poor area. So I don't see hunting as a class-issue at all.

And obviously, being a meat eater I can hardly object to the concept of killing your own dinner; if you can't kill an animal, don't eat it! I've only ever killed animals with an axe or with my hands, but I have nothing against the notion of shooting them, presuming of course that the hunting is done in a responsible and decent mannre. (I.e. no "canned shootings", respect for hunting seasons, not over-hunting, ensuring that the population of game is provided with good living conditions and making attempts to minimise the number of injured - as opposed to killed - animals.)
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[User Picture]From: four_thorns
2006-02-14 07:09 pm (UTC)
"I haven't come across a definitive account of the incident"

i doubt any of us ever will. i think the white house prefers it that way.
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[User Picture]From: four_thorns
2006-02-14 02:53 pm (UTC)
the dude was 30 yards away, from what i can tell. i think the fact that the white house was making jokes about it was the worst thing of all. (also, not to nitpick, but it's "cheney", not "cheyney")
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-02-15 01:50 am (UTC)
I got my facts a little mixed up. Cheyney has participated in "canned hunts" but the quail shoot wasn't one of them.

Thanks for pointing out the spelling mistake :( Whoops!
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[User Picture]From: solar_diablo
2006-02-14 03:08 pm (UTC)
Don't look at me, I don't get it either.

"elderly playmates" - lol.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-02-15 01:53 am (UTC)
"Sadistic" is a word that comes to mind.
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[User Picture]From: suzilem
2006-02-14 05:31 pm (UTC)
To top it off....

All Dickie got was a slap-on-the-wrist ticket for not having his $8 game bird stamp on his hunting license.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-02-15 01:53 am (UTC)
But this has done his public image (insofar as he has one) a lot of damage. This is like the incident where George Bush Snr threw up over the Japanese prime minister (or whoever.) It defines him henceforth and forever after as a klutz.
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