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Questions about Dick Cheney's little "accident"
Click to visit VeggieCooking.com [Posted 19 February 2006]

When I heard about Dick Cheney's little "accident," I was hesitant to believe the official story. That's because our non-illustrious veep has a reputation for ALWAYS LYING, much like George Duh-bya Bush. Of course, Cheney can pronounce most words (despite using only one side of his mouth) and doesn't look quite as stupid as Bush, therefore his lies are seen as malicious and evil instead of half-assed and moronistic.

And so I wasn't surprised at all last week when Alex Jones did an excellent job of debunking Cheney's little "accident story." First of all, it was kind of obvious that something was up, because it took so long for them to report the accident -- both to the police and the press. Cheney no doubt needed that extra day to manufacture a story, and make sure that everyone knew the story line well enough to stick to it.

That alone is suspicious, but the nature of the injuries raised questions too. Fortunately, Alex Jones happens to hunt birds, and knew the weaponry well enough to cover the topic. Jones also happens to have a very popular web site and talk show, and was able to conduct and videotape his own ballistic tests, then publish them on his website and show.

It turns out that, first of all, the gun Cheney was using is described in another article as a favorite among women:

"...According to the Mr. Cheney, Vice President of the United States of America, he shot Harry Whittington at dusk, Saturday, February 11, 2006, using a Perazzi Brescia 28 gauge shotgun. Hunters shooting quail are more apt to use a 12 or 20 gauge shotgun. These lower gauge shotguns use larger ammunition cartridges, having more pellets, to take down the game. The higher gauge shotguns use smaller casings, which lessen the chance of a successful shot against the game but the benefit is that the gun has less recoil, which makes a 28-gauge shotgun the preferred shotgun choice for women [emphasis added]..."
- From Was Cheney Close To Turning An Accident Into Murder?, By Joseph Ehrlich, Sender, Berl & Sons Inc., 2-19-6

Of course, this raises the question: if Cheney is too weak to handle recoil these days, why is he still hunting?

And then Alex Jones' ballistic tests (see below for links and text from the stories) show that Cheney actually shot his friend at much closer range than originally described.

This proves that the story is, as usual, a lie. And so we can only speculate on what really happened that day -- and why Cheney had to spend a day coming up with another big lie. Did Cheney and his friend start arguing? ("Dick, I don't think the big war in Iraq is going so well.") Was he shot in the face for saying something that Dick didn't like? Or is Cheney so old and feeble that he can't even hang onto his gun, and dropped it? Or perhaps they were stinkin' DRUNK, and started shooting at each other for FUN.

Whatever the reason for the latest flurry of big lies, Cheney actually shot someone personally this time. He likes killing things. He also likes to lie. Killing, lies... killing and lies... That's Dick Cheney.

Harry Whittington Shooting Ballistics Tested, Cheney shot at Whittington from 15 feet not 90 as claimed

Infowars | February 16, 2006
By Alex Jones

[NOTE: Click on link to original article for photos, video, and graphics]

by Alex Jones

Below is a ten minute "see-for-yourself" report that conclusively shows that Vice President Dick Cheney's claims to Kennedy County Sheriff's Deputies in south Texas is a total fabrication.

A massive cover-up has been conducted concerning the shooting. We know that most of the facts that have been told to the public are manufactured frauds.

Cheney claims that he shot Whittington at 90 feet, ballistic tests from the spread of the shotgun pellets to their penetration depth is 100% conclusive.

Harry Whittington was shot at close range, between 15 and 18 feet, not the 90 claimed by Dick Cheney and the Secret Service. It is now clear why they refused to let Sheriff's Deputies interview Cheney for over 13 hours and why they claimed that Whittington's injuries were superficial when in truth they were grievous.

The mainstream media is ignoring this literal smoking gun evidence. Anytime they wish, the local police can conduct their own ballistics tests and they will have the exact same findings. The media can conduct their own tests. The ballistics of shotguns and birdshot is well known to tens of millions of Americans who hunt fowl.

We have now scientifically proved with an engineer and a police officer on-site conducting the test that the American people are being lied to and a cover-up is in progress.

Observations of the Ballistics Test

Infowars | February 15, 2006
By Kevin Smith

Gelatin Testing: #8 Birdshot Statistics

  • Range: 3 yards
  • Shotgun: 18 inch barreled Remington 870 Marine Magnumn
  • Round: 12 gauge 2 & 3/4 Remington Heavy Dove 1-1/8 oz #8 Birdshot
  • Gelatin: 9'x9'x19' 10% ordinance gelatin block
  • Measured Average Permenant Cavity Penetration: 4.5 inches (11.4 cm)
  • Temporary Stretch Cavity: 1.0 to 3 inches (2.5 to 7.6 cm)
  • Calibration BB Velocity: 623 fps
  • Calibration BB Penetration: 12.5 cm


    *Small sized birdshot such as this #8 heavy dove load is a poor choice for deployment with a tactical shotgun. Wounds inflicted from birdshot tend to be gruesome yet shallow as they lack the penetration required to reach vital cardiovascular or central nervous system structures.

    On February 14, 2006 when I made my original comments about the Cheney shooting incident on The Alex Jones Show, the subsequent article and ballistic data that I complied were based on a basic knowledge of firearms and my own personal and shared hunting experiences. I assumed that they were probably using #4 or #5 birdshot, accordingly I went to the http://www.tacticalshotgun.ca/ website and gathered that specific data. We now know the shot being used was an even smaller grain #7.5 birdshot, packing even less lethal ballistics than previously thought. Included is data for #8 birdshot, the closest we could find, any differences between #7.5 and #8 would be negligible.

    As many of you already know Alex is a Pit Bull, he sinks his teeth in and won't let go. So yesterday I accompanied Alex to the local gun store where he purchased a 28 gauge side-by-side double barreled shotgun with one barrel modified and the other full-chocked. Which means the first barrel has a slightly wider spread than the second, this allows for a quick reaction shot when the bird is flushed, and if missed, the second shot will allow for a better aimed tighter spread shot.

    Alex also purchased the same 2 & 3/4 inch #7.5 shotgun shells used by Cheney. So this morning February 16, the crew was off to the local range to conduct a controlled, scientific ballistic test to prove that the official story coming from the Cheney camp, describing the circumstances of the Whittington shooting to be bold-faced lies. Again, we can't speculate at this time as to whether there was any malice or intent involved, or whether it was a simple hunting accident, such as a dropped gun or a snagged trigger. Although, as I speculated the other day about the delay in allowing the Sheriff to interview "Quick-Draw Cheney," it has now been confirmed that Cheney had indeed had at least one beer during lunch. If you accept the notion that he stopped at one, that's like eating one potato chip, you must also consider the fact that he could be on a number of medications for his heart condition that would cause adverse effects if mixed with alcohol. The incident may have been an accident, an unlucky fluke, a simple twist of fate, but what happened in the aftermath of the shooting is without a doubt a crime, cover-up, and a conspiracy. Here's how we proved it:

    We used three cameras to film the test, two were fixed at different angles to the targets, the other was used to film Alex shooting the shotgun. In our group we had Raymond, a former NASA contract engineer from the Apollo program with prior service in the Air Force to make sure the measurements were correct. Another in our team was Karl, a former Airborne Infantrymen, M.P., weapons and self-defense instructor, and former law enforcement, to explain the nature of shot trajectory and wound ballistics. And finally there was Ryan and I on the cameras.

    The first thing we did was to measure out 90 feet or 30 yards from where we were to set-up the various targets. We erected man sized torso targets for the shots from 90 feet, 30 feet, 15 feet, and 10 feet. We also made shots from both barrels. The first shot was from 90 feet into the paper target on a cardboard backing, this gave a spread of approximately 7 & 1/2 feet. Rule of thumb, you get 1 inch of spread for every 1 foot of distance away from the barrel. Most of the pellets were lodged in the cardboard with a few completely penetrating the 1/8 of an inch cardboard. The next shot involved the latex torso dummy we brought, he was dressed in two layers of clothing, a sweater and a shirt. Mr. Whittington was reported to be wearing 3 layers. Again this shot was from 90 feet, most of the shot that hit the target were caught in the fibers of the clothing, a few actually penetrated through both layers, but these were extremely shallow and could be picked out with your fingers or tweezers. The same goes for the neck and face, if the pellets hit at any sort of an angle if would they simply bounce off. The next shots were taken at 30 feet in case Cheney and his goons were to come out with a correction from yards to feet. This yielded a spread that was more than 2 feet in diameter, still at least twice as wide as the Texas Park and Wildlife Hunting Accident and Incident Report Form indicated. We next took a shot from 15 feet or 5 yards (that's half a first down). The spread from this distance was approximately 8 to 10 inches. Imagine the sight picture you would see looking down the barrel from 15 feet. Mr. Whittington's upper body would fill your vision, are we to believe that a bird flew between Mr. Whittington and Cheney, the bird would have had to be almost touching the end of the barrel. The shot taken from 10 feet had a spread of around 6 inches. In both the 10 foot and 15 foot shots the holes made by the wad were significant. With the data from these distances and their corresponding spreads we feel comfortable in stating that Mr. Whittington was shot from a distance of between 15 and 18 feet. There is no confusing this distance with that of 90 feet.

    So we have established the distance of the shot. Now we wanted to see if we could match the wound penetration. As I already stated the shots at the dummy torso from 90 feet had little to no effect. Alex then decided to shoot the game hen and the watermelon from 90 feet. The results of these shots were penetrations of 1 to 2 millimeters, this means they were just under the outer layer of skin. There was also evidence of impacts that bounced off, leaving black smudges on both targets. At shots taken from 30 feet slightly deeper penetrations, but nothing that went passed the most outer layers of the actual meat. The last shot was taken at the game hen from 15 feet and that shot yielded the kind of results that Mr. Whittington experienced, a tight cluster of pellet hits penetrating into the internal cavities of the body.

    In Conclusion the Kenedy County Sheriffs department closed its investigation on Thursday February 16th, without ever even being allowed to conduct one. It was clear from day one that the Cheney and Rove spin machine were engaging in a cover-up. We don't know the specifics of what they are covering up, but what we do know is 100% scientifically proven. Mr. Whittington was shot from 15 to 18 feet, not the 90 feet claimed by Cheney. They acted very suspiciously by declaring national security and ordering the Secret Service to keep the Sheriff from questioning Cheney for over 13 hours. They then Care-Flighted Mr. Whittington to a hospital that was further away while declaring his wounds to be minor and superficial. Care-flight is reserved for only the most critically wounded, but 22 hours after the shooting incident they announced to the world that his wounds were minor, telling us he was sitting up in bed and cracking jokes. In the meantime the hospital had already x-rayed his chest and catheterized his heart to shunt the massive internal bleeding. But for a day and a half afterwards Whitehouse Press Secretary Scott McClellan was denying it. We know that Cheney is lying. He shot Mr. Whittington up-close and whatever the circumstance are they're either more embarrassing or outright criminal than he's willing to admit. Meanwhile the liberal press is attacking Cheney for all the wrong reasons and the straw-men they build will easily be toppled, unless the people stand-up and demand an examination of the real facts.

    Media Ignores Cheney 'Smoking Gun'
    A 28-gauge shotgun fired at 30 yards is too weak to cause Whittington's injuries

    Paul Joseph Watson & Alex Jones/Prison Planet.com | February 15 2006

    UPDATE: To counter confusion, we are not claiming that birdshot pellets will not cause significant damage up close. However, the ballistics clearly prove that the pellets dissapate when shot from 30 years, or 90 feet, away. We have an in-depth video report illustrating this fact coming shortly.

    Amidst the swirl of outrage, obfuscation and wisecracking, one fundamental flaw in the White House's Cheney shooting story remains. How can a 28-gauge shotgun fired from supposedly 30 yards away cause pellets to become lodged in someone's heart?

    How can a weapon that has little more power than a kids BB gun fire projectiles that in most cases don't penetrate further than an inch into a bird's breast and yet in this instance tore through a hunting vest, clothes underneath, the chest cavity and into the muscle of Whittington's heart?

    Alex Jones has been bird hunting on countless occasions and considers himself an expert. Alex says that it is simply impossible for such a weak shotgun to cause such damage from 30 yards . Alex has used shotguns that are more powerful than the 28-gauge and seen pellets literally bounce off birds and only stun them. It is common practice for birds to be stunned as a result of the pellets not penetrating and it is usually necessary to have to snap the neck to finish them off.

    The only explanation that fits the nature of Whittington's injuries is that Cheney's gun discharged at extremely close range.

    The most fundamental basics of gun safety are that you don't point loaded weapons at people, you point them down at the ground and keep them very carefully under control.

    As others have speculated it is likely that Cheney was drunk and he dropped the weapon, causing it to discharge and pepper Whittington at close range. Cheney refused to talk to local police until the next day and the Secret Service made sure the authorities had no access to him. This tells us that Cheney considers himself to be above the law.

    If any other US citizen shot someone in the face would the police be happy to wait 14 hours before talking to them?

    The media seems to be focusing on the delay in reporting the original incident and the White House cover-up of the fact that Whittington had a heart attack. These are important issues but why are no questions being asked about the incompatibility between the official story and the injuries sustained by Whittington?

    "He sneaked up on me. I had to uphold second amendment!"

    WARSHINGTON, DC - After attempting to cover it up for twenty-four hours, The MORONARCHY had no choice but to confirm that The DICK shot someone in the face with a shotgun on Saturday while hunting down in Corpus Christi, Texas! That's right, the same DICK who went hunting with "Anthony" Scalia to fix the Supreme Court decision in the Energy Task-Farce lawsuit (think super-secret invade-Iraq, give-ANWR-a-whack, conservationists-are-on-crack, buy-a-Humvee-get-money-back, keep-Halliburton-in-the-black meetings), this time, mistook one of his friends, a seventy-eight year old Banana Republican attorney named Harry Whittington, for a quail! After the incident, The MORONARCHY tried everything it could to suppress the news. After all, this draft-dodging, "I had other priorities," chicken-hawk has spent five years asserting his competence in matters of warfare, and yet, he SHOT a guy with whom he was hunting (the guy was hospitalized). SHOT him. In the FACE. He was not surprisingly, hunting illegally -- he did not have an upland game birds stamp on his hunting license -- but, since he is above the law, this did not slow him down in the slightest. Remember kids, guns don't kill people, DICKs do.
    - PresidentMoron.com

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