Rumors of irony's death have been greatly exaggerated.
Case in point: 47-year-old Arlon Wayne Hough. The Crockett man is currently in Houston County Jail, charged with aggravated assault of a family member. Police there say there was an incident in the rockingly named town of Austonio involving Hough, his wife, threats and a pistol fired in the house. There were no injuries, thankfully.
Which brings us to that mugshot. Yes, sharp-eyed readers, Hough really is rockin' a T-shirt that brags, "THIS is what a GREAT FATHER looks like."
If that's the case, we'd hate to see an average, or, shudders, a bad dad, because as is typical of a man with his unfortunate middle name, Hough's rap sheet is as long as a row of East Texas cotton plants, even if it is mostly for petty drug offenses and an astounding number of vehicular misdemeanors. (From looking at his records, it looks like he hasn't had a valid license for decades but drives everywhere anyway.)
But then there was that arson case up in Carthage back in the '80s.
At the time, Hough was angry at his ex-wife for leaving him and not letting him see their child, so one night he broke in their trailer while they were away, flicked a Bic on his ex's bedspread and hauled ass out the back door while the trailer burned to the ground. Because that's what great dads do when they aren't allowed to see their kids.
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His ex later told him that if he would confess to the crime, she would drop the charges, reconcile with him and they would be a happy family again. Hough did confess, but unfortunately for him, his ex didn't have the power to drop the charges. That decision lay in the unforgiving heart of Panola County DA Danny Buck Davidson (read: Matthew McConaughey from Bernie ).
Though the proceedings took forever, Hough eventually was convicted of arson and sent to prison for three years. (And in reading his unsuccessful appeal of that conviction, it looks like his ex was playing him all along.)
In that appeal, there is at least some evidence indicating that Hough is the great dad he claims to be: When he burned down the trailer, he stole one item and one item only: an 8-by-10 photo of his son. The same one he had just rendered homeless, but hey, it's the thought that counts.