Wednesday, November 17, 2010

TV Blow-Up, or . . . shootin' like the King

This might be the sanest thing anyone in America has done in the last year, and look what it gets the guy.

Besieged by the SWAT team.


Written up in all the newspapers.

ALL BECAUSE of a completely sane, rational response to the politician who not only won't go away, but tells all her no-account kinfolk to come over, too. Here's what The Associated Press put out on the wires, but you be the judge:
A rural Wisconsin man blasted his television set with a shotgun after watching Bristol Palin's "Dancing with the Stars" routine Monday night, saying he was fed up with politics and Palin wasn't a very good dancer, according to court documents.

Steven Cowan, 67, of the town of Vermont, about 15 miles west of Madison, then pointed the gun at his wife, 66-year-old Janice Cowan, who escaped and called police, authorities said. A SWAT team surrounded the couple's farmhouse, and officers were able to talk Cowan out Tuesday morning after an all-night standoff.

Cowan had been drinking before he sat down to watch "Dancing with the Stars" and suffers from bipolar disorder, his wife told officers. He was charged Tuesday with second-degree reckless endangerment, and could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Cowan was expected to make his initial court appearance Wednesday in Madison. Online court records show that the state public defender's office was appointed to represent him, however the office said it had no record of him as of Wednesday morning.

Dane County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said Cowan works as a landlord, but that she didn't know where he owned property. He has a clean criminal record, she said.

"It's kind of sad, actually," Schaffer said.

YEAH, IT'S SAD that y'all put the poor man in jail after his spontaneous fit of rationality. That's what's sad.

But that's just my opinion. Let me know if anybody's interested in starting up a defense fund for a true American patriot.

AFTER ALL, if the King can shoot a TV set -- and get away with it -- for less provocation than a Palin, there just ain't no justice for the common man.


(c)2014 Richard L. Kent, Esq. (MichiganSilverback at gmail dot com) said...

Dunno about you old friend, but I think what got the guy in trouble was pointing gun at wife. Mine would certainly take a dim view of that.....and so would the county prosecutor.

Shooting TV? That should not only not ba criminal offense, it should be legally mandated for everyone over the age of 18.

The Mighty Favog said...

But the gun only went off when pointed at the television.

I think what we have here is a question of poor gun safety and not menacing or attempted assault with a deadly weapon. I submit counselor, if what this poor man, pushed beyond the limits of human endurance, did was criminally actionable, then Dick Cheney should be rotting in the hospital ward of some state penal farm somewhere, for his gun actually went off when pointed at another person.

I don't know about you, Rich, but that kind of juridical inequity is an affront to our entire American -- indeed, Anglo-Saxon -- concept of justice. And I will not countenance you badmouthing Anglo-American jurisprudence or, indeed, the United States of America!

No, Rich, you can badmouth our great country if you like, but we will not sit by and listen to such calumny! Gentlemen!

Oh say can you see, by the dawn's early light,

What so proudly we hailed, by the twilight's last gleaming. . . .