MONDAY, JUNE 8 This week of diabolical doctors, self-spoofing homophobes, and surreal twists in America's ongoing problems with race kicked off in the North Texas town of McKinney, where a seven-minute cell-phone video instigated a national backlash that devoured the first half of the week. The scene: a community pool in McKinney, where last Friday evening a resident called police to report the group of kids who were allegedly using the pool without permission. What happened next was caught on video: 41-year-old McKinney police officer Eric Casebolt—one of a dozen cops dispatched to the scene—is confronted by a 14-year-old girl in a bikini, who Casebolt grabs by the hair and throws to the ground, kneeling on her back and drawing his gun on kids who rush to help her. For comment, we turn to Brandon Brooks, the 15-year-old boy who attended the pool party and shot the video viewed round the world. "I was one of the only white people in the area when that was happening," Brooks told CW33 NewsFix. "You can see in part of the video where he tells us to sit down, and he kinda like skips over me and tells all my African American friends to go sit down... When he pulled his gun, my heart dropped. As soon as he pulled out his gun, I thought he was going to shoot that kid. That was very scary." After three days of widespread outcry, tomorrow McKinney's police chief, Greg Conley, will denounce Casebolt's actions as "indefensible" and announce Casebolt's you-can't-fire-me-I-quit resignation from the McKinney Police Department.
TUESDAY, JUNE 9 Meanwhile in Virginia, the week continued with the strange saga of Dr. John Henry Hagmann, a military doctor who retired from the army in 2000 and has since devoted himself to training soldiers and medical personnel in how to treat battlefield injuries, with his company, Deployment Medicine International, receiving more than $10.5 million in business from the federal government. But according to allegations in a just-released report from the Virginia Board of Medicine, the 59-year-old Hagmann also gave trainees drugs and booze and ordered them to perform macabre medical procedures on one another. Details on the doctor's bizarre use of trainees come from the New York Post: "During a July 2013 course in North Carolina, authorities say, participants were provided eight shots of rum in 10 minutes. About an hour later, they were allegedly injected with ketamine." Then things got really weird, with intoxicated trainees instructed to give other intoxicated trainees "penile nerve blocks," an anesthesia of the penis typically related to circumcision. When one student balked at the procedure, Hagmann reportedly volunteered himself and instructed trainees to perform the procedure on his penis. "I have been working in trauma centers for 30 years and I have never done a penile nerve block," said emergency-room physician Dr. Mark Brown to the Post. "And why would you ever mix alcohol and drugs? It's very puzzling." On Friday, Hagmann will offer his first defense of himself in a statement to Reuters: "The mechanisms and protocols utilized in the training all comply with standard practices for training medical students and are, in fact, utilized in medical schools in Virginia." Hagmann's medical license has been suspended and could be revoked when he faces a medical board hearing later this month.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 In stupider news, the week continued with Franklin Graham, the evangelical pastor son of the evangelical pastor Billy Graham, who this week announced plans to "fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community" by pulling his ministry's multimillion-dollar accounts out of Wells Fargo Bank, which apparently rankled the righteous Graham with a TV commercial featuring a lesbian couple learning sign language before meeting the deaf daughter they're adopting. "It has dawned on me that we don't have to do business with them," Graham wrote about the gay-friendly bank on Facebook. "At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we are moving our accounts from Wells Fargo to another bank... This is one way we as Christians can speak out—we have the power of choice." However, as Right Wing Watch pointed out, Graham moved his ministry's accounts from Wells Fargo to BB&T, a North Carolina–based bank that is the proud sponsor of this year's Miami Beach Gay Pride Parade and earlier this year hosted a same-sex couple's wedding reception at one of their bank branches. Defending his lame-brained decision later this week, Graham will tell Asheville's FOX 8 News that ditching the pro-gay Wells Fargo for the pro-gay BB&T makes sense because the latter didn't publicize their gay-friendliness with a national advertising campaign. Okay.
THURSDAY, JUNE 11 Speaking of religious-right duncery, the week continued with Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor, former FOX News host, and current contender for the GOP presidential nomination, who, for the third week in a row, has (wittingly or unwittingly) aligned himself with sexual predators. First came Huckabee's defense of serial molester Josh Duggar, with Huckabee categorizing any outcry over the Duggar family's failure to protect its youngest members from sexual abuse at the hands of its older members as anti-Christian bigotry. Then came Huckabee's proud pronouncement after the unveiling of Caitlyn Jenner, with Huckabee expressing and then defending his retroactive desire to pretend to be transgender in high school so he could leer at his female classmates in the locker room (an act that has nothing to do with transgender issues and everything to do with criminal-sexual-predator issues). Finally, we come to this week, when BuzzFeed News shared the discovery that two of Mike Huckabee's books—Do the Right Thing, about Huckabee's 2008 presidential campaign, and Character Makes a Difference, Huckabee's 2007 memoir about his personal beliefs—were cowritten with a man twice accused of child molestation. Details on the allegations against Huckabee's coauthor, John Perry, come from BuzzFeed: "'The alleged sexual battery was reported to have occurred when the victim was between the ages of 11 and 14,' said Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron in a statement to BuzzFeed News. 'As a result of the investigation, the allegations of sexual battery were sustained, but it was determined that the statute of limitations had tolled, barring prosecution.' Spokespeople for Huckabee did not return a request for comment."
FRIDAY, JUNE 12 Nothing happened today, unless you count the mind-bending, internet-inflaming saga of Rachel Dolezal, the 37-year-old Caucasian woman who reinvented herself as an African American civil rights leader and did a lot of good work as head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP before being outed by her parents for her minstrelsy. By the start of next week, Dolezal will resign from her position at the Spokane NAACP. For more on Dolezal, see this week's feature.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13 In better news, tonight brought a much-needed community response to the rash of anti-LGBT violence currently ruining the historically queer-friendly environs of Seattle's Capitol Hill, with hundreds of citizens rallying in Cal Anderson Park before marching the Pike/Pine corridor during the height of Hill Intruder Party Time. Thank you, citizens.
SUNDAY, JUNE 14 Nothing happened today, unless you count another gorgeously literal Sunday in the Pacific Northwest. (Seattle newbies: Do your best to internalize memories of such days, as they will help you avoid suicide during the months of gray sog.)
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