Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Cheney Lacked $7 Hunting Credential

This was the above the fold, front page headline in the LA Times today. Are their senior editors and publishers asleep at the wheel, crazy, or just idiots?

First of all, as they tell you in paragraph 2, still above the fold, this is a non-story story.
Cheney, an experienced outdoorsman who had a valid out-of-state hunting license, will receive a formal warning for failing to purchase the required $7 stamp for bird hunting, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said in a statement. The stamp is a new requirement, and the department has issued verbal warnings to hunters, who were apparently unaware that they needed it.

As I stated before, somebody on Cheney's staff must have muffed it for him not to be compliant, but their own story makes it clear that this is a new requirement and lots of people have made this mistake. A mistake for which the state is handing out.... wait for it.... verbal warnings. Next thing you know they will be telling us that the VP is evil and must resign because he once jaywalked in a one stoplight town in Montana.

But more importantly, if you don't know anything about hunting ask somebody who does. It is not a surprise or a critique that your average LA reporter knows bupkus about hunting. Your average person who lives in any big city is similarly ignorant. Country boys don't know anything about subways as a rule. OK, so your average Angelino doesn't either, bad choice :-) So find somebody who does know something about hunting who will happily inform you that nobody who does know about hunting refers to "credentials". Credentials are what diplomats carry. Hunters carry licenses, stamps, tags, ID and permission slips. We don't carry anything we call credentials.


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