Monthly Archives: June 2010

Won’t this be fun

Police reopening Al Gore’s assault on massage girl John Edwards was unavailable for comment.


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What’d I say about coyotes?

Thief held at gunpoint by armed homeowner.

A suspected Maryville burglar is under arrest after he was allegedly caught in the act and held at gunpoint.

John Ross Webb, 24, of Maryville, is facing charges of burglary of a vehicle and unlawful carrying of a weapon. He was being held in the Blount County Detention Center on $31,000 bond.

Webb was arrested after Blount County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home of Jason Smith, who was holding Webb at gunpoint.

Smith said he was sitting at his computer right in front of a window, when he noticed the dome light in his car come on and then saw a person inside.

“I got up, and I grabbed my firearm,” he said. “I pointed my gun at the windshield and watched him for about a minute or two, then I asked him, what are you doing in my car?”

Smith said, at first, Webb didn’t notice him or the gun. He banged on the side of the house to wake his wife, who called 911.

Meanwhile, Smith continued to hold him at gunpoint, realizing Webb had a machete.

“He said, ‘this is a big misunderstanding, just let me leave and I’ll return all your items. Let me leave, let me slip through the woods, let me go elsewhere before the cops get here,'” Smith described. “He says, ‘I can’t afford to get arrested.'”

Smith said letting Webb go wasn’t an option, adding that he has “zero tolerance” for thieves. Webb reportedly told Smith he was only trying to retrieve property that was stolen from him out of his friend’s car.

But Smith said that story didn’t hold up when the suspect could neither name the color or type of car.

When officers arrived, Smith said he got his GPS and knife back from Webb, but officers found even more items in his bag and later in his car. Those items included checks, debit cards, another GPS and pawn shop slips.

“I think he needs to repay his debt to society, and I think he needs to learn his lesson, and I hope he does get a harsh penalty ’cause it’s the people that work hard for what they have, and they like what they have. If they didn’t like what they have, they wouldn’t have it,” Smith said. “This is one person that’s going to learn his lesson now, hopefully.”

Webb is set to appear in court on July 7.

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Why I’m not an early adopter

Apple looking to hire antenna engineers for its iPhone Let me know when you have it worked out, guys.


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Nathaniel Witherall project gets the axe from Connecticut

State finally starts slashing spending. I’d say too little, too late, but we have to start somewhere. Since the imposition of Lowell Weicker’s income tax, we’ve doubled the state payroll and quadrupled (after inflation) our spending. As they say, when something can’t keep going, it won’t. And now we’re seeing that happen.

Next step.on the local level: let’s kill the high school auditorium project. If we can no longer count on return of stolen money from Hartford, and we can’t, then this $30 million boondoggle is all ours. Let’s not do it.


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The Hell with it, I think I’m keeping a shotgun loaded and handy

These guys are great in the wilderness, but two little girls attacked in the town next over make me nervous.


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Bud Lite salutes real men of genius

Microsoft’s Steve Ballmar on the iPhone, 2007. Hahahahaha! This guy gets paid a ton of money to run Microsoft, if you care.

January 2007:

INTERVIEWER: …  The Zune was getting some traction. Then Steve Jobs goes to MacWorld and he pulls out this iPhone.  What was your reaction when you saw that?

STEVE BALLMER: 500 dollars?  Fully subsidized? With a plan?  I said that is the most expensive phone in the world.  And it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard.  Which makes it not a very good email machine.

INTERVIEWER: How do you compete with that, though?  He sucked out a lot of the spotlight…

STEVE BALLMER: Let’s take phones first. Right now, we’re selling millions and millions and millions of phones a year.  Apple is selling zero phones a year.  In six months, they’ll have the most expensive phone by far ever in the marketplace…


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Coyotes, burglars, get a gun

good bye

One armed citizen, two burglars, tax payer savings.

If this guy and his pal were waiting for you at your home, would you want the telephone number of the ACLU, or a pistol?

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