With a record 52 responses, yesterday's Morning Edition proved that the mark of a true man is one who can recognize his shortcomings, accept responsibility and apologize for his mistakes. Second, that when we inflict pain on others - consciously or unconsciously - the affects can be long lasting, if not life-long. Finally, that your true friends are your true friends regardless of what your imperfections may be. Thank you to everyone who felt compelled to respond to our emotionally distressed blog member. The truth is, he proved that out of negative things, positive things could be born. Though I don't discount the anonymous person's comments, I do feel he brought about an outpouring of affection that warmed my heart. Conversely, I was saddened to know that I had hurt someone so deeply that years after the events, they still felt so strongly about their pain. To that anonymous person, I can only reiterate that wrong is wrong - past, present and future. The lessons those experiences taught me have made me a better friend, mate and human being. I hope our anonymous reader will stop pulling off the scab and allow that wound to scar over. I say scar over because you will always remember - heck, I do; but remembering and ensuring that the memory prevents the event's recurrence are two different things. Making mistakes isn't where we go wrong; it's repeating them that make us fools. That said, the "Comments" section will not change - certainly not for my benefit. The Blog will stand for what it has always stood for - a venue to openly share (even when that sharing gets ugly). Finally, I'm not proud of the mistakes I've made, but by no means am I ever embarrassed by anything I've ever done.
Patients Sue; He's No Doctor Feel Good
The state appeals court in Wisconsin ruled that an unidentified doctor won't have to divulge his sexual orientation after performing digital rectal exams during routine work physicals. Two patients sued the doctor for negligence after having their prostates probed, in what they felt, was an unnecessary exam. When the initial deposition took place, the doctor's attorney refused to let his client answer the question regarding his sexual orientation. Sidebar: Did he use a gloved hand?
Hung Jury Over Hung Victim; The Retrial
After he and his friend were sexually intimate with 17-year old Gwen Araujo both remained curious as to the gender of good-‘ole Gwen. So Michael Magidson and Jose Merel – along with friend Jason Cazares decided to confront Araujo as to her gender. A female guest at the home grabbed at Araujo’s genitals and definitively announced that she was, in fact, male. So Merel, Magidson, and Cazares decided that rather than be thought of as gay, they’d kill Araujo by bashing her with cans and frying pans, before punching and kneeing her and finally tying a rope around her neck and choking her to death. The group then buried the body. During their first trial, the killers pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter (based on revealing that theirs was a crime of passion) but this enraged Araujo’s family and transgender advocates that argued murder is murder – PERIOD. The first trial ended with a hung jury. Now in retrial, arguments in the case range from the alleged perps caring for young Araujo to reasoning that their actions were brought about by deceit. The star witness for the prosecution, Jaron Nabors, testified that he only helped bury the body out of loyalty to his friends. Uh….cool… Sidebar: What’s really going on?
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