So….there’s this judge in Alabama….sounds like the beginning of a joke. But, it’s not and it may be a true story, depending on what a jury says. Judge Herman Thomas was a district judge in Mobile. He moved up to be a circuit judge but his career was short-circuited when inmates began to accuse him of paddling! The former judge now faces more than 100 charges in a trial that begins with jury selection today. Prosecutors say that the judge conducted spanking and paddling sessions against defendants as a way to acheive sexual gratification. The prosecution says it has 15 accusers lined up to testify but Thomas’ lawyer expects at least some of the accusers will recant their testimony because the 15 men “are not trustworthy and are not believable” adding that, “We’re talking about murderers, burglars, drug dealers.” Thomas is also charged with a number of counts of kidnapping, sodomy, assault, extortion and ethics violations. Wonder if after his trial is over Thomas will run for Congress?
On This Date in History:
Previously on these here pages I’ve pondered whether a man walking around the perimeter of the United States with a wheelbarrow was the inspiration for Forrest Gump. Well, now I’ve got another one that may be more plausible. If you recall, Gump just started running out of frustration with how events of his life were conspiring against him. Well, in 1970 David Kunst of Waseca, MN said that he “was tired of Waseca, tired of my job, tired of a lot of little people who don’t want to think, and tired of my wife.” So, on June 20 of that year, David Kunst left Waseca on a trip around the world…on foot. He managed to get some sponsors and helped raise money for UNICEF. He took along his brother John but John didn’t make it back home standing up. Sadly, John was shot and killed by bandits in Afghanistan in 1972. David was wounded.
David returned to Waseca to heal his wounds but went back to Afghanistan to pick up his journey where he left off. This time, he took his brother Peter, but Peter didn’t make it either. He did not suffer John’s fate but did have to return home due to health complications. David Kunst soldiered on and on this date in 1974, returned to Waseca, Minnesota. He had walked 14,500 miles across the land of 4 continents and went through 21 pairs of shoes. Another American claimed to have done the same thing about a century prior to Kunst, but the tales of George Shilling were never verified. Not sure why Shilling thought it was a good idea to literally become a globe trotter. Whether or not Shilling or Gump or Kunst had rational reasons for their efforts at least one man who has worn through a lot of shoe leather does have what he would call a good reason.
Arthur Blessitt holds the world record for walking over 34,500 miles in his effort to spread the Gospel. Blessitt has been walking since 1969, carrying a collapsable 12-foot cross while he hits the dusty trails and preaches to whomever will listen. He has walked through over 290 countries on six continents. Blessitt’s website now says he’s over 38,000 miles and 315 countries. Seems like to me there’s an endorsement deal just waiting to happen. But, if not, there’s always all of the Blessitt You-Tube postings.
Weather Bottom Line: We had a beautiful Monday after heavy morning fog when the sun came out with abundance and our temperatures moved to near 70. Now, we have a warm front/cold front system coming through with the warm front lifting through Tuesday morning and the cold front following suit on Tuesday night. Showers in the first part of the day would be possible with the warm front and then rain and t’storms in the afternoon and evening with the cold front. Our temperatures don’t back off too much with the front as we get back to the 60′s on Wednesday and Thursday there’s a bit of return flow ahead of the next system so low 70′s may show up in much of the area then. On Friday, a stronger cold front comes in bringing another chance for rain or t’storms but behind that…we will struggle to the low 60′s on Saturday and won’t get out of the 50′s on Sunday and Monday….look for frost on the pumpkin in outlying areas on Sunday and Monday morning. I bet we have a great fall color season with the wet summer we had and now the early cool temperatures.