A rural Dane County man believes Bristol Palin should not be on "Dancing With The Stars." He demanded his wife get his pistols to emphasize his point. The result: A 15-hour standoff Monday and Tuesday involving hostage negotiators, a dog team and other law enforcement authorities on one side and the Town of Vermont man on the other. The only casualty: The man's television. Dane County prosecutors have charged Steven N. Cowan with second-degree reckless endangerment in the incident that made his wife worry that he would shoot her, according to a criminal complaint. "The (expletive) politics," he yelled, according to the complaint. Cowan was upset that a political figure's daughter was on the show when he didn't consider her a good dancer, his wife told authorities. Cowan went to his bedroom and came back about 20 minutes later, demanding that his wife find his pistols. Cowan's daughter had taken two handguns away for safety reasons, according to the complaint. Cowan had tracked down a single-shot shotgun in the house, he "slapped" bullets down onto a TV tray, loaded a round and took out the TV, the complaint says. Cowan then demanded his pistols. His wife grabbed her purse and left the house and went to the local police department and the standoff ensued.
And this folks is precisely why I don't watch Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, or anything other voting based reality shows. One day you're enjoying watching celebrities dance, the next day you're unloading a clip into your HDTV. Seen it a thousand times. And Steven Cowan's wife can cut the crap here with grabbing her purse and leaving the house. Pump the brakes on the drama lady. There is a 300% chance she is the one who was forcing him to watch this instead of Monday Night Football anyway, so when Steven's asks you to grab his pistols so he can shred your TV because Dancing with the Stars is rigged don't start whining. Just get the man his firearms and step aside. Because when you're 10 weeks into DWTS and amatuer hour dancers are still struttin it on national TV it's going to end in gunfire 100 times out of 100.
PS: There is a distinct possibility more people vote on DWTS and American Idol than voted in the elections two weeks ago. USA! USA!