Did you catch the story of the Watauga dentist accused of "Indecency With A Child?" Actually, he is more of an owner of three huge dental offices that employ multiple dentists. In an emergency, I had to visit the Watauga office once. Very high tone.
Now the Star Telegram has released the details today about this alleged crime and it seems to involve the touching of a 13 year old's left breast (presumably over the clothes) while she was getting her teeth cleaned.
It's a he said/she said case for the highly successful 53 year old dentist who faces up to 20 years in prison. And there won't be any DNA to show up later to acquit him in the event of a false conviction.
Juries convict on swearing matches all the time - the prosecutor always argues "Are you going to call the victim a liar just because the Defendant was smart enough to make sure there were no witnesses?" But I could never convict anyone in a situation like this because I would always have a doubt that was reasonable to me. And if I have a reasonable doubt, I'm supposed to find him not guilty.
The original of this photo (larger image here) is about to be put up for sale on E-bay (so says here.)
If you look to the upper right in that photo, you can see Mr. Zapruder with his film camera that gave rise to one of the most important videos in American history. I then found this frame from the Zapuder film:
It appears to be the exact moment that the black and white photo was taken. You can even seen female photographer. Cool. (All frames of Zapruder film here. Keep away from #313.)
- Real crabs said to be "humiliated" and "hurt" by false allegations
- Mites found on toilet seats considering legal action after being mistaken for STD. Claim "we have worked too long and too hard" to be degraded like this
- Those involved plan to meet with crabs to apologize, express "deep regret"
- Many residents refuse to use courthouse pottys. Worry about "stuff gettin' on privates."
- Developing . . .
Grand juries are weird in our judicial process. They are secret. They are controlled by the prosecutor. A defendant has the right to refuse to testify before a grand jury but if he wants to, his lawyer can't be present. Doesn't sound very fair, does it? (I know a little bit about them since I ran one for eight years here in Wise County.)
But it's interesting that the Rockwall DA chose to testify. I suspect, and I'd be guilty of this, that he had seen how some grand juries will cut a guy a break if extenuating circumstances are present even if he were technically guilty. They aren't supposed to, but they do. So I bet, being a bit full of himself, that he thought he could go tell his "story" and they'd let him go. Didn't happen.
Ok, I'm now on the verge of insanity.
Don Imus (whom I suspect 80% of the very intelligent Blog readers had never heard of) called the women's basketball team at Rutgers (whom I suspect 99% of the very intelligent Blog readers hadn't realized played for the National Championship last week) a bunch of "nappy headed ho's" and all hell breaks lose.
I bristle at racist comments more than anyone I know. (Quick story: About five years ago a buddy of mine pulled out a black tee on the golf course at Runaway Bay and said he, "was gonna use his nigger tee on this hole." I still kick myself for not picking up my clubs and walking to my car in disgust. But that kind of crap happens every day and every hour in Wise County. You know it. If not, go eat by yourself at any local restaurant and keep your ears open. ) But I also know that words are just words. They can't kill. They can't give you cancer. They can't keep you from waking up tomorrow.
Above all, I preach forgiveness. Above all, I preach "you without sin, cast the first stone." Above all, I preach, "give someone a break."
This dog pile of Don Imus, who I never thought was particularly talented, turns my stomach.
Yes, I love technology.
Here's what's happening in my living room right now. I'm watching the Rangers on satellite TV. I have my laptop out with a wireless Internet connection. I learn that the boys at The Ticket (who are all living in one house this week called the Compound) are doing an unusual broadcasting bit: Four of their hosts (for those that understand: Norm, Bob, Craig, and Boyd's own "The Hammer") are sitting around watching the Ranger game and are commenting on it on the radio in real time. I mean they all are mic'd up and just talking about the same game I'm watching. So I listen to them over the Internet. (They call if "Mystery Science Rangers".) They are incredibly relaxed, with sometimes 30 seconds of silence, and it's like they are in my living room. I can't tell you how odd it is.
Then, confusingly, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (pic above) who is at the game in Arlington, calls into the Boys at The Ticket because he has heard what they are doing. So now I'm listening to Evan talk to the Boys at the Ticket over the Internet. Suddenly, and I don't know why, Evan Grant is shown on the television screen by Fox Southwest. The Ticket boys, who see him on television (since we are watching the same channel), tell him to wave. He does. I'm watching Evan Grant waving on my television screen at the prompting of the Boys on The Ticket - who I just heard over the Internet.
So what? We are on the dawn of a whole new Media Age. Television, as we know it, will be gone in 10 years. I don't know how newspapers will survive. Everything we take for granted in media (radio, newspaper, and TV) will change. It'll be a mixture of Internet and Satellite and instant connectivity that we haven't remotely begun to understand. I just wish I was 10 years old so I could watch it happen for as long as I could.
I was just informed by the Extension Office that they have spoken with an Urban Entomologist, DR. Michael Merchant, who states that the courthouse could not be infested on that level with crabs, they do not and can not live in that means. His guess is that the insects found were mites. We are sending him a sample and will have the final answer by tomorrow afternoon.
[- County Judge's representative]
Well, that certainly takes all the fun out of it. But obviously we have the biggest government cover up since JFK. I'm getting Oliver Stone on the horn.
If it picks up, I'll keep an updated list of news outlets that have picked up the story.
- Channel 3, Hampton Roads, VA
- Star Telegram
- D Magazine
Edit: The story may not go national after all. The next 24 to 48 hours will tell.
Fox 4 News just started and it teased: "A sexually transmitted disease that brought cases to a halt in one north Texas county."
I thought this was going to be a light hearted story.
Now, I'm worried.
Edit: Ok, it wasn't too bad. I'm working on a youtube.com upload. (I think my voice sounded scared to death. Allen Williamson looks like he's been on TV for years.)
Edit: Until youtube.com has processed the file, you hard core Wise County fans can download the wmv file here (about 8 megs).
Edit: YouTube.com is really giving me trouble. But Fox 4 has the video on its website here (pretty quick loading.)
Edit: Finally, YouTube.com clip is here.
Remember when Intel bought a huge tract of land near Alliance Airport but then cancelled the plans to build a huge plant?
Well, according to the Dallas Business Journal, it might turn into a crazy indoor winter park just like the one in Dubai called "Ski Dubai" (where the above pic is from. More here.)
Fox 4 News' Brandon Todd showed up at my office in connection with the "Wise County Crab Crisis of 2007". His camera man took some shots of The Blog (and some of the comments) and then somehow I submitted to a silly interview that I am soooooo going to regret.
Set your TIVO: 9:00 p.m. tonight.
Just got word that the courthouse has been shut down because of crabs. Yep, THOSE kind of crabs. Developing . . .
Edit: Seems like this morning some "itty bitty crab like" bugs were seen on a couple of toilets and then it was discovered that the little critters were seen on a toilet on a different floor. Not being an expert on "crabs", I'm not real sure what they were.
Edit: One commenter had an astute observation: Two weeks ago there is was an Easter Party in the courthouse and now we have this scandal? It's like the Battle of Good and Evil is taking place right before our eyes!