Dick Cheney: Mighty Hunter

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Dick Cheney’s mishap with guns reminds me what a manly hunter he really is.Fox News (imagine that!) carried a story about Vice President Cheney making fun of John Kerry’s hunting trip in Ohio. Our mighty Vice President had this to say:

Cheney said Kerry’s camouflage jacket was “an October disguise — an effort he’s making to hide the fact that he votes against gun owner rights at every turn.”

So, what was the Vice President doing Saturday? I doubt that one could really call it hunting. Cheney seems to prefer something a little less taxing, as demonstrated by a time in 2003 when Cheney went ‘hunting’ in Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported today that 500 farm-raised pheasants were released yesterday morning at the Rolling Rock Club in Ligonier Township for the benefit of Cheney’s 10-person hunting party. The group killed at least 417 of the birds, illustrating the unsporting nature of canned hunts. The party also shot an unknown number of captive mallards in the afternoon.

“This wasn’t a hunting ground. It was an open-air abattoir, and the vice president should be ashamed to have patronized this operation and then slaughtered so many animals,” states Wayne Pacelle, a senior vice president of The Humane Society of the United States. “If the Vice President and his friends wanted to sharpen their shooting skills, they could have shot skeet or clay, not resorted to the slaughter of more than 400 creatures planted right in front of them as animated targets.”

I would guess that a lot of Montana hunters would be less offended by what happened in Texas than they would be at the repeated assertion that what Cheney was doing was ‘hunting.’

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a seventeen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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