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Nebraska therapist loses license after allegedly firing a handgun at a memo that angered him
Lubbock Online ^ | 6-29-04 | AP

Posted on 06/29/2004 6:43:32 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy

Nebraska therapist loses license after allegedly firing a handgun at a memo that angered him

The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska Health and Human Services system has revoked the license of a North Platte therapist accused of firing a handgun at a memo that angered him.

Robert Powers, a mental health practitioner and professional counselor, got upset when he received a memo last summer saying only the manager of his office would have the key to certain supply drawers, according to state documents.

Powers took the memo and shot it several times with a .22-caliber handgun before returning it to the office, the document says.

Two days later, he reportedly called the office secretary and said he was too angry to return to work because he "might shoot somebody."

The comment prompted several co-workers to seek protection orders against him.

The state revoked Powers' license to practice as a counselor or therapist on the grounds of unprofessional conduct.


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"unprofessional conduct" I'll say, a very poor choice of weaponry in any case. I find that the .45 ACP has much better stopping power against annoying memos and other assorted office horse droppings.
1 posted on 06/29/2004 6:43:32 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy
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To: atomic conspiracy

Takes one to know one.


2 posted on 06/29/2004 6:45:59 PM PDT by blam
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To: atomic conspiracy; Eaker; Squantos; B4Ranch

I shot a disk drive with a .50AE once.

That'll put a grin on yer mug.


3 posted on 06/29/2004 6:49:08 PM PDT by glock rocks (I didn't do it, nobody saw me do it, there's no way you can prove anything.)
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To: atomic conspiracy
Powers took the memo and shot it several times with a .22-caliber handgun before returning it to the office, the document says.

"Before returning it to the office..." Where was the memo taken and shot? If to a licensed shooting range, his actions may be unsubtle but I don't see anything actionable about them unless they were accompanied by other verbal or written threats.

4 posted on 06/29/2004 6:50:00 PM PDT by supercat (Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
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To: blam

Perhaps he specialized in anger management, for the local Islamic community.


5 posted on 06/29/2004 6:50:08 PM PDT by atomic conspiracy (A few words for the media: Julius Streicher, follow his path, share his fate.)
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To: atomic conspiracy

"The comment prompted several co-workers to seek protection orders against him."

OK, we had a Mr. Happy-man at my office too, but thank goodness he's not there anymore.


6 posted on 06/29/2004 6:50:19 PM PDT by jocon307 (Nor forgive!)
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To: atomic conspiracy

I was born and raised in North Platte in the 60s and 70s. I'm guessing this guy is from somewhere else. A real Flat Rocker would have used a shot gun or a high-powered hunting rifle. 22s are for the kids to play with.


7 posted on 06/29/2004 6:51:29 PM PDT by vigilo
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To: Darkchylde

By your command...
The article has appeared.


8 posted on 06/29/2004 6:51:45 PM PDT by Darksheare (I boil trolls in their skins and devour their souls because I'm COMPASSIONATE!)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Wow, they're pretty strict in Neb. Here in Ks, we shoot offending memos without a second thought.


9 posted on 06/29/2004 6:57:34 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: supercat; Darksheare
Memo in question, in critical condition (Nebraska All Souls Hospital):

Seeee! It's that sort of mentality that laid waste to my beautiful life as an office memo! Please, will someone call Sarah Brady?

10 posted on 06/29/2004 6:57:40 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in!")
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To: atomic conspiracy

Well, let us give him some credit: while he was agitated, he did NOT go to work, and would probably have calmed down in a couple more days.


11 posted on 06/29/2004 6:57:52 PM PDT by GSlob
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To: supercat
If to a licensed shooting range, his actions may be unsubtle but I don't see anything actionable about them ...

Really! He seems perfectly able to administer therapy to me. He knows the subject.

12 posted on 06/29/2004 6:58:04 PM PDT by TigersEye (Intellectuals only exist if you think they do!)
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To: atomic conspiracy

I think it would have to depend on which keys he didn't get. Don't be locking a mental health worker out of the liquor cabinet, buckaroo - it just ain't right.


13 posted on 06/29/2004 7:01:11 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: TigersEye
Really! He seems perfectly able to administer therapy to me. He knows the subject.

Where range rules permit, some people will shoot just about anything. If shooting a memo makes one feel good, I see no reason do consider it any worse than, e.g., throwing darts at a picture of an annoying person.

14 posted on 06/29/2004 7:02:28 PM PDT by supercat (Why is it that the more "gun safety" laws are passed, the less safe my guns seem?)
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To: The Scourge of Yazid

LOL!
Memocide!
When will the evil and disgusting hatred of memos be stopped!


15 posted on 06/29/2004 7:02:54 PM PDT by Darksheare (I boil trolls in their skins and devour their souls because I'm COMPASSIONATE!)
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To: supercat

OK. Will you send me your picture?


16 posted on 06/29/2004 7:04:19 PM PDT by TigersEye (Intellectuals only exist if you think they do!)
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To: Darksheare
I don't know man.

I just don't know!

Seriously, this is one of the most unintentionally funny articles that's been posted today.

17 posted on 06/29/2004 7:04:53 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in!")
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To: The Scourge of Yazid

My sis, whom I pinged earlier in thread, sent me the link to it from Aol Instant Messenger.
She wanted me to post it, but I already have a rep as being weird enough..


18 posted on 06/29/2004 7:07:09 PM PDT by Darksheare (I boil trolls in their skins and devour their souls because I'm COMPASSIONATE!)
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To: supercat

/sarcasm


19 posted on 06/29/2004 7:07:21 PM PDT by TigersEye (Intellectuals only exist if you think they do!)
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To: atomic conspiracy

BAN ALL HANDGUNS!! If only one memo can be saved, it will all be worth-wile. (sarcasm)


20 posted on 06/29/2004 7:07:56 PM PDT by Lockbar
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To: mhking

Ping


21 posted on 06/29/2004 7:09:16 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: atomic conspiracy

The L.P. will issue a press release criticizing the fact that therapists and doctors have to be licensed by the State, and for the State having his license revoked which he shouldn't have had to procure in the first place. Furthermore, they will condemn the infringement of his 2nd Amendment right to act irresponsibly with a firearm, and for exercising his 1st Amendment right to issue threats of murder.


22 posted on 06/29/2004 7:12:57 PM PDT by Cultural Jihad
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To: atomic conspiracy

LOL. These stories just write themselves.


23 posted on 06/29/2004 7:19:13 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Liberalism is the end result of too many people peeing in the gene pool.)
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To: GSlob

>>Well, let us give him some credit: while he was agitated, he did NOT go to work, and would probably have calmed down in a couple more days.<<

Don't be too sure. The boss locked up all the meds. No drugs to keep him calm could have been quite dangerous to all involved.


24 posted on 06/29/2004 7:30:13 PM PDT by B4Ranch (We're going to take things away from you (guns) on behalf of the common good." Hillary 6/29/2004)
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To: Darksheare

>>She wanted me to post it, but I already have a rep as being weird enough..<<

You'll never catch up to me.


25 posted on 06/29/2004 7:32:21 PM PDT by B4Ranch (We're going to take things away from you (guns) on behalf of the common good." Hillary 6/29/2004)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Memo to self: Don't shoot me!


26 posted on 06/29/2004 7:35:09 PM PDT by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything!")
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To: atomic conspiracy

Maybe he got a 'paper-cut'!


27 posted on 06/29/2004 7:35:15 PM PDT by potlatch (HECK IS WHERE PEOPLE GO WHO DON'T BELIEVE IN GOSH)
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To: Darksheare
Not to dispute your reputation-which I'm sure is eminently justifiable-but I think that the classification of "weird" is very strong.

I guess that you have the heads-up on me, in so much as that you're more of a long-time freeper than I am. But to be perfectly honest, I refuse to cede the "weirdo" niche to anyone.

If you received my most recent post-and followed it through to my recommended destination-then I think you'll get an idea of what I'm talkin' about.

28 posted on 06/29/2004 7:37:34 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in!")
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To: atomic conspiracy

Clear case of self defense. Paper cuts can be nasty.


29 posted on 06/29/2004 7:38:20 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (You need tons click "co-ordinating")
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To: SandyInSeattle
John F. Kerry:

You bet your sweet life they're nasty, Missy! Why, I had a sheaf of looseleaf paper back when I was mining Haiphong that almost took my head clean off! You don't want to mess with those bastards!

30 posted on 06/29/2004 7:42:27 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in!")
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To: The Scourge of Yazid
John F. Kerry:

You bet your sweet life they're nasty, Missy! Why, I had a sheaf of looseleaf paper back when I was mining Haiphong that almost took my head clean off! You don't want to mess with those bastards!

John Kerry was in Vietnam?!

31 posted on 06/29/2004 7:47:18 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (You need tons click "co-ordinating")
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To: atomic conspiracy
Robert Powers, a mental health practitioner and professional counselor, got upset when he received a memo last summer saying only the manager of his office would have the key to certain supply drawers, according to state documents.

"got upset when he received a memo last summer" He must have a very long burning fuse if he just now shot up that memo. LOL I'd say he showed great restraint. :-)

32 posted on 06/29/2004 7:50:55 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (Life is not about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.)
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To: NRA2BFree
Wayne LaPierre:

That's what I've been trying to tell them all along! They just don't seem to get the message. Irritating intraoffice memos kill people, folks. Not handguns. STOP THE MEMOS! INCRASE THE PEACE! SQUASH IT!

33 posted on 06/29/2004 7:55:03 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in!")
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To: atomic conspiracy
"goosefrabah...goosefrabah...goosefrbah..."

FMCDH(BITS)

34 posted on 06/29/2004 8:10:33 PM PDT by nothingnew (KERRY: "If at first you don't deceive, lie, lie again!")
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To: atomic conspiracy

Hmmm which drawers were off limits to therapist....the Ritalin drawer? or perhaps the Prosac drawer?


35 posted on 06/29/2004 8:20:03 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: atomic conspiracy

Ever shoot a pressurized shaving cream can?


36 posted on 06/29/2004 8:23:48 PM PDT by Sen Jack S. Fogbound (Thank GOD for Ronald Reagan)
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To: The Scourge of Yazid
You're right. You're weird.

FMCDH(BITS)

37 posted on 06/29/2004 8:27:34 PM PDT by nothingnew (KERRY: "If at first you don't deceive, lie, lie again!")
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To: nothingnew; Happygal; Tax-chick; Darksheare
Tell me something I don't know already!
38 posted on 06/29/2004 8:33:49 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in!")
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To: The Scourge of Yazid

Weird?

I was thinkin' 'Nuts-oh-hazel-nuts'!


39 posted on 06/29/2004 8:42:35 PM PDT by Happygal (Le gách dea ghuí)
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To: Happygal
That sounds suspiciously like an ad jingle.

Curious.

40 posted on 06/29/2004 8:44:14 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in!")
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To: The Scourge of Yazid

You calling me a plaigiarist? Huh, are ye huh? *L*


41 posted on 06/29/2004 8:46:10 PM PDT by Happygal (Le gách dea ghuí)
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To: atomic conspiracy
Perhaps it's unfair to generalize on this, but a disproportionate number of folks I've met in the mental health field (psychiatrists, psychologists, etc.) seem to have plenty of their own "issues." I've sometimes wondered if they were drawn into their profession in hope that they could remedy their own problems.

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

42 posted on 06/29/2004 8:47:26 PM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Happygal
Perish the thought!
43 posted on 06/29/2004 8:51:27 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in!")
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To: Mike Bates
Ya' think?
44 posted on 06/29/2004 8:52:33 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in!")
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To: The Scourge of Yazid

Perish the thought?

A Mortician! I was right! *LOL*


45 posted on 06/29/2004 8:57:05 PM PDT by Happygal (Le gách dea ghuí)
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To: The Scourge of Yazid
Ya' think?

Only when absolutely necessary.

46 posted on 06/29/2004 8:57:56 PM PDT by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates
Heh, heh.

Man, could I tell you some stories about friends who have personal experience in the field of "psychology."

On second thought, better not. I might still want my phone calls to be returned.

47 posted on 06/29/2004 9:00:14 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in!")
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To: The Scourge of Yazid

It doesn't count when you are talking about all the lassies who said..'Come lie on my couch, and tell me your problems!' *L*


48 posted on 06/29/2004 9:15:09 PM PDT by Happygal (Le gách dea ghuí)
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To: atomic conspiracy
ROTFL! Sounds like a a scene from "Office Space", and he's a Mental Health practitioner -too funny.
49 posted on 06/29/2004 9:19:08 PM PDT by fly_so_free (Never underestimate the treachery of the democrat party- Save USA,-Vote a Dem out of office)
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To: Happygal
That's one method I haven't tried out yet.

Thanks for the suggestion.

I'll look into it!

50 posted on 06/29/2004 9:23:35 PM PDT by The Scourge of Yazid ("Every time I try to get out, they pull me back in!")
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