Archive for Friday, September 25, 2009

Lawrence man arrested after wielding knife, making threats

67-year-old man arrested on charges of aggravated assault

September 25, 2009


A 67-year-old Lawrence man was charged Friday with aggravated assault, accused of threatening a woman with a knife while discussing the Vietnam War. Officers arrested Michael Thorne just after midnight Thursday.

Police were called to his apartment in the 600 block of West 25th Street after the 23-year-old victim fled the apartment and called police. She said Thorne, who had been drinking, began discussing the Vietnam War, pulled out a knife and threatened her with it.

On Friday afternoon, a judge set Thorne’s bond at $4,000 and ordered him to appear back in court Oct. 7.


igby 8 years, 8 months ago


29 years later and you can't even mention Vietnam without some liberal chic and her dumb boyfriend calling the cops on you.

If you talk about Iraq, they will claim your a terrorist.

If you mention WW2 your a Nazi lover.

If you mention the civil war, your a freaking racist.

If you mention the American Revolution, it never really happened, their still waiting for the right time.

rckchlkjhwk31 8 years, 8 months ago

Igby must have missed the part that said the suspect pulled out a knife and made verbal threats while holding it near the victim...minor details?

Richard Heckler 8 years, 8 months ago

The old vet should be upset with the RINO Bush family for providing so many weapons abroad:

Ironically, the Bush family's century of involvement in oil, armaments and global intrigue has never been at the center of the national debate since the Bushes starting running for president in 1980.

The reason? Insufficient public knowledge. The only Bush biography published before George H.W. Bush won election in 1988 was a puff job written by a former press secretary, and the biographies of George W. Bush in 2000 barely mentioned his forefathers. Millions of Republicans who have loyally voted for Bushes in three presidential elections simply have no idea. Here are circumstances and biases especially worth noting.

The Bushes and the military-industrial complex: George H. Walker and Samuel Prescott Bush were the dynasty's founding fathers during the years of and after World War I. Walker, a St. Louis financier, made his mark in corporate reorganizations and war contracts. By 1919, he was enlisted by railroad heir W. Averell Harriman to be president of Wall Street-based WA Harriman, which invested in oil, shipping, aviation and manganese, partly in Russia and Germany, during the 1920s. Sam Bush, the current president's other great-grandfather, ran an Ohio company, Buckeye Steel Castings, that produced armaments. In 1917, he went to Washington to head the small arms, ammunition and ordnance section of the federal War Industries Board. Both men were present at the emergence of what became the U.S. military-industrial complex.

Prescott Bush, the Connecticut senator and grandfather of the current president, had some German corporate ties at the outbreak of World War II, but the better yardstick of his connections was his directorships of companies involved in U.S. war production. Dresser Industries, for example, produced the incendiary bombs dropped on Tokyo and made gaseous diffusion pumps for the atomic bomb project. George H.W. Bush later worked for Dresser's oil-services businesses. Then, as CIA director, vice president and president, one of his priorities was the U.S. weapons trade and secret arms deals with Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the moujahedeen in Afghanistan.

In his 1961 farewell address, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned about how "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." That complex's recent mega-leap to power came under George H.W. Bush and even more under George W. Bush — with the post-9/11 expansion of the military and creation of the Department of Homeland Security. But armaments and arms deals seem to have been in the Bushes' blood for nearly a century.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 8 months ago

"Oil: The Bushes' ties to John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil go back 100 years, when Rockefeller made Buckeye Steel Castings wildly successful by convincing railroads that carried their oil to buy heavy equipment from Buckeye. George H. Walker helped refurbish the Soviet oil industry in the 1920s, and Prescott Bush acquired experience in the international oil business as a 22-year director of Dresser Industries.

George H.W. Bush, in turn, worked for Dresser and ran his own offshore oil-drilling business, Zapata Offshore. George W. Bush mostly raised money from investors for oil businesses that failed. Currently, the family's oil focus is principally in the Middle East.

Enron is another family connection. The company's Kenneth L. Lay made his first connections with George H.W. Bush in the early 1980s when the latter was working on energy deregulation. When Bush became president in 1989, he gave Lay two prominent international roles: membership on the President's Export Council and the task of planning for a G-7 summit in Houston.

Lay parlayed that exposure into new business overseas and clout with Washington agencies. Family favoritism soon followed. When Bush senior lost the 1992 election, Lay picked up with son George W., first in Texas and then as a top contributor to Bush's 2000 presidential campaign. Before Enron imploded in late 2001, it had more influence in a new administration than any other corporation in memory.

The intelligence community: Bushes and Walkers have been involved with the intelligence community since World War I. The importance of Sam Bush's wartime munitions-regulating role was obvious. During the 1920s, when George H. Walker was doing a lot of business in Russia and Germany, he became a director of the American International Corporation, formed during the war for purposes of overseas investment and intelligence-gathering.

Prescott Bush's pre-1941 corporate and banking contacts with Germany, sensationalized on many Internet sites, appear to have been passed along to officials in government and intelligence circles."

Flap Doodle 8 years, 8 months ago

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jonas_opines 8 years, 8 months ago

I mean, the level of mental backflips some employ to arrive at their target of blame is truly awe-inspiring.

puddleglum 8 years, 8 months ago

hey! how many vietnam veterans does it take to screw in a light bulb?

'i don't know'

that's right you don't know, because you weren't there, man!

conservativepunker 8 years, 8 months ago

Merril: And Joe Kennedy was an old bootlegger. Shall we chastise the sons for the Father's sins?

BrianR 8 years, 8 months ago

jonas_opines (Anonymous) says… "I mean, the level of mental backflips some employ to arrive at their target of blame is truly awe-inspiring."

Truer words were never spoken.

jonas_opines 8 years, 8 months ago

"Well, I'm going to give igby the benefit of doubt here and submit that he / she was going for satire"

Hard to say, admittedly. Profile shows consistency one way or the other.

ilovelucy 8 years, 8 months ago

And just WHERE did the article mention that the girl was liberal? Get over yourselves...

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 8 months ago

A bottle.

An apartment at 25th & Ridge Ct.

Poor dude-to-chick ratios.

Something's gonna happen.

Kris_H 8 years, 8 months ago

Moral of the story: Don't let your old man pass out in some weirdo's apartment. Drag his sorry drunk self home.

randysavage 8 years, 8 months ago

so a 67-year old dude, a 23-year old girl and her boyfriend were just kicking it??? Obviously there is nothing wrong with that, just seems weird...

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 8 months ago

Any movie script can be changed to a "Vietnam-themed" movie just by adding "man" to the end of most statements.

"Make my day, man."

"Saddle up, man"

"You had me at hello, man"

RogueThrill 8 years, 8 months ago

so a 67-year old dude, a 23-year old girl and her boyfriend were just kicking it??? Obviously there is nothing wrong with that, just seems weird…


The 67 year old and the younger man are roommates. The 67 year old used to have a different roommate but that man converted all of his money to crack and trashed the apartment and was subsequently kicked out.

The 67 year old man took on a roommate he met from the drop in shelter to help cover his utilities. His disability only covers his rent and he was in danger of having all of his utilities turned off.

Something the paper did not mention is that the woman is also pregnant. I know these things because drunk people are loud and have had previous experiences with the older man.

When he is sober he's just a harmless old man, when he is drunk he is crazy as a bag full of weasels.

jonas_opines 8 years, 8 months ago

Boris (Anonymous) says…

"Only a rectum like Merrill could turn this into a leftist political blame game!"

And only someone like you, presumably, would ignore the first two of three posts on the other side? Of course, of course.

multiD: From my vague recollection, they were both rather inane, though personally directed towards the linkbot (sorry Snap I'm pilfering that one, cuz it's apt), rather than some one far far away.

jonas_opines 8 years, 8 months ago

sorry, I think innoccuous was the word I wanted, not inane.

sinverguenza 8 years, 8 months ago

No offense to Vietnam vets (or any other vets, or individuals with past traumatic life experiences); what I'm about to say is just the way it is. You have to watch yourself around them, especially when there's alcohol or drugs involved. It's good to share your love and friendship, but be mindful of the demons that lurk inside. That's a good way to have a knife thrown at your head - and despite the fact that the guy probably doesn't really mean it and would apologize for the event if he could remember it the next day - you can still get yourself cut. I speak from experience... RIP Grampa Joe.

jonas_opines 8 years, 8 months ago

"Will someone please explain to Merrill that Bush is no longer in office?"

Sorry, Blue, but none of us have the time or effort to make that into a gigantic three-post splergelblust (yes, my word) filled with inane and irrellevent links. And that's the only type of post(s) he seems to see.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 8 years, 8 months ago

"Something the paper did not mention is that the woman is also pregnant."

Great. Does she know that drinking while pregnant can get her charged with a crime? It's child abuse (in spite of our abortion laws).

RogueThrill 8 years, 8 months ago

Great. Does she know that drinking while pregnant can get her charged with a crime? It's child abuse (in spite of our abortion laws).


Well, first, it isn't illegal to do legal things while pregnant. It's stupid but it's not illegal.

Second, she wasn't drinking and no where in the article does it say she was. That was the guy with the knife.

Dateable_Shelter_Dude 8 years, 8 months ago

Your right he's one crazy drunk you don't mess with.

Flap Doodle 8 years, 8 months ago

Whatever happened to the foot in the bucket guy?

RoeDapple 8 years, 8 months ago

Wish I had gotten here sooner but I got a tattoo this morning and have been busy sharpening my assault knives...

Now I'm off to the liquor store...

Could be a fun weekend!

JayCat_67 8 years, 8 months ago

unsavoryagent (Anonymous) says…

"You'll never beleive it, but Louisiana has a 400 Block:"

With only one house with a 400 address. The other two houses back there are 300's!!! Oooooooooooh.

BrianR 8 years, 8 months ago

"...crazy as a bag full of weasels."

Wow, I just love that.

James Findley 8 years, 8 months ago

Foot in the bucket guy lives in a bus with his newly married 19 year old wife at the Lake of the Ozarks, FYI. How is anyone standing up for this guy?!?! He got drunk and pulled a knife on a woman. He might not deserve to be in jail but he certainly belongs in the state mental hospital at very least.... Rediculous!

JSeraphim 8 years, 8 months ago

I kindof feel the urge to listen to some Creedance now... (if comment threads had soundtracks...)

true_patriot 8 years, 8 months ago

Good thing the young couple didn't believe in conceal and carry or there could've been one more vet haunted by demons from the past dead for whatever reasons. Threatening a pregnant woman with a knife will get you shot if you're not careful.

Matthew Fowler 8 years, 8 months ago

As someone who deals with veterans firsthand in my job every day, I can attest to the following:

1) The vast majority of Vietnam veterans are successful, productive members of society;

2) The vast majority of so-called "homeless veterans" from the Vietnam era are, in many cases, not even Vietnam veterans at all, according to official records.

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