Microwaved Babies and Gay Wizards? What is going on?
I’m getting ready for a 2-4 day trial in Dallas, Texas and it is so hard to concentrate. I’m disturbed by two news stories that broke this weekend. First, the microwave idiot:
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — An attorney for a man accused of injuring his 2-month-old daughter by putting her in a microwave oven has filed his intent to use an insanity defense.
Joshua Mauldin, 20, of Warren, Ark., is accused putting his daughter in a hotel room microwave oven in May, critically injuring the child. Investigators have testified that he also placed the girl in a refrigerator and in a hotel room safe.
Attorney Sam Cammack III filed notice in state district court of the intent to plead insanity. Under state law, a person can be found not guilty by reason of insanity if a jury finds the defendant did not know that his or her actions were wrong.
Cammack’s motion calls for Dr. Michael Fuller, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas Medical Branch, to evaluate Mauldin as an independent examiner.
Prosecutors also have the option of appointing a psychiatrist to examine Mauldin.
The May 10 incident happened as Mauldin, his wife and daughter were moving to Galveston, where Mauldin planned to be a preacher.
Investigators found human tissue in the microwave that matched the burns on the left side of the girl’s face and her left hand. Police have said the infant was in the oven 10 to 20 seconds.
The girl is in the custody of relatives, recovering from her injuries. Mauldin and his wife, Eva Mauldin, are prohibited from contacting them.
Knock me over with a feather. He is going to plead insanity? When did it begin, when he put her in the safe or the refrigerator or did it not really kick in until the microwave got involved. My favorite part of this story is that he was moving to Galveston “where Mauldin planned to be a preacher.” I suppose the intentional nuking of his daughter kind of derailed those plans. If a Galveston jury finds this guy non guilty by reason of insanity then all may be lost (see post below). I’ve microwaved pasta before–that is insane, it comes out all rubbery and then 4 seconds later it is hard as a rock. He shouldn’t plead insanity, he should plead Arkansas. No offense to our brothers from the North but the education system there is not great–maybe he thought if he cooked her for a few minutes she would come out a teenager and be able to pass out programs at his new church.
Then I read this story:
There could hardly have been a bigger sensation if Russell Crowe, Rod Stewart or Sven-Goran Eriksson had come out of the closet. Millions of fans around the world were yesterday digesting the news that one of the main characters in the Harry Potter novels, Albus Dumbledore, is gay.
The revelation came from author JK Rowling during a question-and-answer session at New York’s Carnegie Hall. It instantly hurtled around the internet and the world. News websites in China and Germany announced starkly: ‘JK Rowling: “Dumbledore is gay”.’ One blogger wrote on a fansite: ‘My head is spinning. Wow. One more reason to love gay men.’
After reading briefly from her mega-selling book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, on Friday night, Rowling took questions from an audience of 1,600 students. A 19-year-old from Colorado asked about the avuncular headmaster of Hogwarts School: ‘Did Dumbledore, who believed in the prevailing power of love, ever fall in love himself?’
The author replied: ‘My truthful answer to you…I always thought of Dumbledore as gay.’ The audience reportedly fell silent – then erupted into prolonged applause.
Rowling, 42, continued: ‘Dumbledore fell in love with Grindelwald [a bad wizard he defeated long ago], and that added to his horror when Grindelwald showed himself to be what he was. To an extent, do we say it excused Dumbledore a little more because falling in love can blind us to an extent, but he met someone as brilliant as he was and, rather like Bellatrix, he was very drawn to this brilliant person and horribly, terribly let down by him.’
She added: ‘Yeah, that’s how I always saw Dumbledore. In fact, recently I was in a script read-through for the sixth film, and they had Dumbledore saying a line to Harry early in the script saying, “I knew a girl once, whose hair…” I had to write a little note in the margin and slide it along to the scriptwriter, “Dumbledore’s gay!”‘
Wha? Forgetting the absurdity of this notion, what about the blogger that says “one more reason to love gay men?” In case you haven’t seen him in a while–here is his picture:
This is one more reason? I’m no judge of the attractiveness of men, but seriously. Why in the world did JK do this? What possible purpose could she have to out a character that in 7 books she never mentions his tendencies? I’ll tell you why? To distract me from preparing for my trial. Yes, it is in fact all about me.
Have a good week–I’ll update reasons to allow the government to control our lives later in the week.