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Mo. man, angered over digital switch, shoots his TV set
bnd.com ^ | 02/20/09 | KSDK

Posted on 02/20/2009 6:33:27 AM PST by TornadoAlley3

The digital transition has left some confused, but a Joplin man was down right frustrated with the switch. So frustrated, in fact, that he peppered his television set with gunfire.

Police responded to the man's house Wednesday after reports of shots being fired inside.

Turns out the 70-year-old gunman was livid over losing cable and could not get his digital converter box to work. Police took Walter Hoover into custody after a brief standoff and charged him with unlawful use of a firearm.

Hoover's wife told police that he had been drinking before the incident.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: banglist; digital; dtv; shoots; tv
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1 posted on 02/20/2009 6:33:27 AM PST by TornadoAlley3
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To: TornadoAlley3

LOL


2 posted on 02/20/2009 6:34:51 AM PST by TribalPrincess2U (Welcome to Obama's America... Be afraid, be very afraid)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Another “Hold muh beer” incident.


3 posted on 02/20/2009 6:34:53 AM PST by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: TornadoAlley3

I always wondered what happened to Archie Bunker..


4 posted on 02/20/2009 6:34:56 AM PST by mnehring
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To: TornadoAlley3

Damn, I didn’t know it was illegal to shoot your TV! I wonder if its ok to throw shoes at it?


5 posted on 02/20/2009 6:35:29 AM PST by Bob Buchholz
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To: TribalPrincess2U

http://www.14wfie.com/Global/story.asp?S=9874731&nav=menu54_10_6

His name is Walter Hoover


6 posted on 02/20/2009 6:35:43 AM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

that’ll show em


7 posted on 02/20/2009 6:35:58 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: TornadoAlley3

Anyone see an 80s TV show called Sledge Hammer! ?

He would done the same.


8 posted on 02/20/2009 6:36:48 AM PST by ketelone
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To: Doogle

ssshame he ain’t gonna see himself on the news


9 posted on 02/20/2009 6:37:11 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: mnehrling

“I always wondered what happened to Archie Bunker..”
+++++++++++++++++++++++

Nobody knows where those millions of AB’s are and nobody’s talkin bout it!


10 posted on 02/20/2009 6:37:40 AM PST by gunnyg
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To: TornadoAlley3

He did an Elvis on his TV set
Why the police? It’s not against the law to kill your TV


11 posted on 02/20/2009 6:37:51 AM PST by dennisw (Archimedes--- Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Isn’t there a FReeper whose tagline is something about throwing another shot-up tv on the pile out back?
: )


12 posted on 02/20/2009 6:38:32 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (I don't even think I think!)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Was alcohol involved? Seems so.

----->>>Hoover's wife told police that he had been drinking before the incident.

13 posted on 02/20/2009 6:39:40 AM PST by dennisw (Archimedes--- Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth)
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To: Bob Buchholz
Damn, I didn’t know it was illegal to shoot your TV! I wonder if its ok to throw shoes at it?

No, only US Presidents named Bush.

14 posted on 02/20/2009 6:40:34 AM PST by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: TribalPrincess2U

LOL. I hope he didn’t take my tagline literally.


15 posted on 02/20/2009 6:40:35 AM PST by Crolis (Kill your television!)
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To: ozark hilljilly
Isn’t there a FReeper whose tagline is something about throwing another shot-up tv on the pile out back?
: )

If computers were half made out of glass they would get shot up too

16 posted on 02/20/2009 6:40:57 AM PST by dennisw (Archimedes--- Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth)
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To: TornadoAlley3

I know someone who did this but he was just drunk and wanted to shoot something.


17 posted on 02/20/2009 6:42:53 AM PST by peggybac (Government's first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives. Ronald Reagan)
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To: TornadoAlley3

This is probably the best shot he’s taken in a quite a while.


18 posted on 02/20/2009 6:45:40 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: AD from SpringBay

Sounds like he had plenty of shots.


19 posted on 02/20/2009 6:48:06 AM PST by listenhillary (Rahm Emmanuel slip - A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.)
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To: ozark hilljilly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7w34nNux4Xw

Grandma confused about how to set up digital converter box

20 posted on 02/20/2009 6:51:17 AM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

If all he could receive on his TV would be the drivel from the major TV networks he would be quite justified in shooting his set.


21 posted on 02/20/2009 6:52:06 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: TornadoAlley3
Hoover's wife told police that he had been drinking before the incident.

Of course ...

22 posted on 02/20/2009 6:53:44 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ozark hilljilly

1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)

Hah!

Just as I remembered.


23 posted on 02/20/2009 6:54:07 AM PST by Califreak (1/20/13-Sunrise in America)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Hell, if he had ever got it working AND WATCHED IT, he woulda shot it - twice!


24 posted on 02/20/2009 6:54:26 AM PST by djf (NO FREE HOUSES!!!)
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To: djf
Channel 4-3 (NBC, Washington DC) is 24-hour obscure sports. No "news", no trashy sit-coms, no bias ... just sports.

Speed-skating ladies are HAWT!!!!!

25 posted on 02/20/2009 6:56:42 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

I thought I saw a digital converter box at RadioShack. Why don’t people just go buy it instead of waiting for the government to mail them a rebate.


26 posted on 02/20/2009 6:57:46 AM PST by FrankCastle214
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To: FrankCastle214
They can buy it, save receipt and when coupon arrives in mail take it to store with receipt and get refund.
27 posted on 02/20/2009 6:59:01 AM PST by TornadoAlley3 (Obama is everything Oklahoma is not.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

This is what will happen more and more with Obama over-exposure on the tube.


28 posted on 02/20/2009 7:03:56 AM PST by DarthVader (Liberal Democrats are the party of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: djf

Exactly! Over that air digital TV is horribly frustrating even when it is working properly.

It’s because the digital picture and sound just drops out completely when the signal gets a little poor, rather than just getting a little fuzzy.

This makes it unwatchable at times when analog would be perfectly watchable.

When the analog sound or picture used to just get a little fuzzy or scratchy, the digital one just disappears.

You get all enthusiastic over the cool digital picture and then nothing...and then it’s back perfect...and then nothing...


29 posted on 02/20/2009 7:04:49 AM PST by ltc8k6
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To: dennisw
Why the police? It’s not against the law to kill your TV

You're kidding, right? I'm a pretty big gun nut and a serious libertarian, but I'm not going to defend a drunk guy randomly discharging his firearm inside his house. Believe me, that's one call police would have been just as happy to pass on.

30 posted on 02/20/2009 7:05:17 AM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

He may be better off now.


31 posted on 02/20/2009 7:05:51 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: TornadoAlley3

There have been times when I wanted to shoot my TV, but it was mainly during the many Obama droolfests by the MSM.


32 posted on 02/20/2009 7:07:51 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Dissent Is Patriotic!)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

you might like this

VirginiaMom


33 posted on 02/20/2009 7:07:54 AM PST by VirginiaMom
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To: TornadoAlley3
The digital transition has left some confused, but a Joplin man was down right frustrated with the switch. So frustrated, in fact, that he peppered his television set with gunfire.

You know, I get that same feeling every time the current illegal occupier of the White House gets on TV and starts talking down the economy, or the need to take more of my hard earned money away so he can bail out some lazy-assed welfare recipient out of a mortgage that they can't afford shouldn't have gotten in the first place.

But then, I hear there's a growing number of us getting more and more frustrated by this bullshit every day. (Just ask Rick Santelli)

34 posted on 02/20/2009 7:08:08 AM PST by usconservative (The Obama Presidency is historic alright. Historic in it's abysmal failure in less than 30 days!!!)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Couldn’t get I Love Lucy or Gunsmoke.


35 posted on 02/20/2009 7:08:32 AM PST by tom paine 2
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To: TornadoAlley3

This country is just crawling with Elvis Impersonators. Let’s see this guy jump out of an airplane!


36 posted on 02/20/2009 7:12:40 AM PST by AnnGora (Does this tagline make me look fat?)
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To: Richard Kimball
He hit what he was aiming at. That isn't random, and he couldn't have been very drunk.

Keep in mind he was charged with "criminal use of a firearm" whatever the hell that means. What was criminal? Shooting in your house? (no more indoor ranges) Shooting a TV? (is this a new part of the "fairness doctrine"?) It all seems a little silly to me. He didn't hurt anything but a TV, let the man alone.
37 posted on 02/20/2009 7:14:24 AM PST by Durus (The People have abdicated our duties and anxiously hopes for just two things, "Bread and Circuses")
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To: ketelone
That and Max Headroom were awesome.◘  █
38 posted on 02/20/2009 7:19:23 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero >>> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Obviously this gent is an Obama voter.


39 posted on 02/20/2009 7:26:08 AM PST by Irish Queen (Ol' Teacher)
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To: Durus
This is one where we'll just have to disagree. As a firefighter, if I make a call at a house and there's a drunk guy that's been shooting his television, I'm bringing in LEO, and we're figuring out some way to separate the guy from his gun and get him in custody until he's sober. He's a danger to himself, his wife, and the people next door.
40 posted on 02/20/2009 7:28:54 AM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: TornadoAlley3

Ah, yes, the remote control of last resort.


41 posted on 02/20/2009 7:36:00 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: TornadoAlley3

I bet he felt wonderful afterward. Probably eased quite a few frustrations.


42 posted on 02/20/2009 7:42:55 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: kalee

My senior lit teacher had a kill your television bumper sticker in her class room.


43 posted on 02/20/2009 7:45:20 AM PST by Cailleach
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To: Durus

Discharging a firearm in a city is usually illegal because bullets tend to go through things and houses are pretty close together.

Exceptions are of course made for properly-built gun ranges and self defense, but I don’t think shooting your TV qualifies as a necessary use of a firearm, even if Helen Thomas was on and it was a knee-jerk reaction to keep you from pulling your eyes out.


44 posted on 02/20/2009 7:53:33 AM PST by antiRepublicrat ("I am a firm believer that there are not two sides to every issue..." -- Arianna Huffington)
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To: antiRepublicrat
I missed the "necessary use of a firearm" clause in the 2nd amendment. I also missed, apparently, that he damaged anything other then a TV, and that he lived in a city.

Barring any damage done to anything other then the TV I don't think he should have been arrested.
45 posted on 02/20/2009 8:19:58 AM PST by Durus (The People have abdicated our duties and anxiously hopes for just two things, "Bread and Circuses")
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To: Richard Kimball

He himself, his wife, and the people next door were all fine. The only damage was to his TV.


46 posted on 02/20/2009 8:23:01 AM PST by Durus (The People have abdicated our duties and anxiously hopes for just two things, "Bread and Circuses")
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To: TornadoAlley3
The only think he could get on his TV was a John Connors speech?
47 posted on 02/20/2009 8:27:48 AM PST by TYVets
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To: Cailleach

I remember her and her sticker.


48 posted on 02/20/2009 8:35:50 AM PST by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: kalee

she was anti-computer too if I remember. She was also probably a raging lib. Kinda hippy-ish wasn’t she?


49 posted on 02/20/2009 8:45:25 AM PST by Cailleach
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To: Califreak; 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

I knew I’d seen that tagline before.


50 posted on 02/20/2009 9:01:04 AM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Each "Yea" vote for porkulus is equivalent to $3,267,973,850. (D) = corruption)
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