May 3, 2008
This weekly series is an attempt to shine a light on a problem that is bigger than anyone wants to realize, people who we have entrusted with the care of our children preying upon them.
I'll provide my usual disclaimer, the vast majority of teachers are good people who are likely more enraged by the actions of their peers than you are. This post is not an attack on teachers in general.
When will the media stand up and start paying this problem the attention it deserves? When we get outraged.
- Erica Morquecho Gonzales, 33, a teacher’s aide at Kress High School in Kress, Texas has been indicted by a Hale County Grand Jury on a charge of improper relationship between educator and student.
- Brock M. Felton, 32, former band teacher at Izard County Consolidated School in Brockwell, Arkansas has been arrested and charged with multiple felony counts related to sexual indecency with a child; sexual indecency with a child; sexual assault in the 2nd degree and voyeurism.
- Jack W. McLaughlin, 71, a tenured teacher who taught theater at San Jacinto High School in San Jacinto, California has been arrested on allegations of molesting a boy at his school. It is alleged that McLaughlin had been molesting the boy for about nine months, beginning when the boy was under 14-years-old.
- Jon William McCarthy, 31, a substitute teacher and coaching assistant at Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Colorado has been arrested on allegations that he had inappropriate sexual contact with a juvenile female student.
- Rebecca Ann Bramlett, 33, a former teacher at at Baines Middle School in Missouri City, Texas has been arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy.
- Keith E. Marshall, 48, a special education teacher in the Topeka Unified School District 501 in Topeka, Kansas has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of sexual battery against a female student.
- Crissy Torcella Hisey, 28, an English teacher at Vista Murrieta High School in Murrieta, California has been arrested on suspicion of oral copulation with a minor, sending harmful matter to a minor, and annoying or molesting a minor.
- Rickey Bonds, 30, a biology teacher at Salesian High School in Richmond, California has been arrested on allegations of the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old female student.
- David Tanguay, 61, a former biology teacher at Windham High School in Windham, Maine has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of possessing child pornography.
- Michele E. Zulkowsky, 28, a teacher’s aide at North Penn High School in Lansdale, Pennsylvania has been arrested on accusations of inappropriate contact with a 16-year-old male student.
- Robb Arlon Hunt, 30, of San Jose, California a teacher at Homestead High School in Cupertino, California has been arrested on charges he had sex with a 17-year-old female student from Lynbrook High School, while he was a student teacher there during the 2005-2006 school year.
- Darren Snieszko, 25, a science teacher at Gibbs High School in Saint Petersburg, Florida has been arrested on allegations that he engaged in improper behavior with a 16-year-old female student.
- Daniel G. Frick, 38, a music teacher at Morristown Central School in Morristown, New York has been arrested for allegedly engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a female student.
- Phillip Samuel Beeson, 53, a social studies teacher and girls’ basketball coach at New Bern High School in New Bern, North Carolina has been arrested on two counts of misdemeanor assault on a female.
- Keith D. Powell, 56, a music teacher at Stuart M. Townsend Middle School in Lake Luzerne, New York has been arrested on allegations of inappropriate acts with two 14-year-old female students
- John Bacho, 32, a former social studies teacher at Strongsville High School in Strongsville, Ohio has been indicted by a grand jury on five counts of sexual battery and one count of possession of a criminal tool - Bacho’s truck.
- Theodore Morris, 52, a teacher aid at New Britain High School in New Britain, Connecticut has been arrested on charges of sex assault, coercion and obscenity. Morris is accused of making an 18-year-old female student take obscene photos of herself after which Morris alledgedly distributed them.
- Daniel W. Kerekes, 37, a physical education and health teacher at South Brunswick High School in South Brunswick, New Jersey has been arrested and charged on allegations of a sexual relationship with a female student.
- Timothy Allen Rhodes, 42, a physical education teacher at Pleasant Plains Elementary School in Towson, Maryland has been arrested on allegations of sexual abuse of a 12-year-old female.
- Richard Curley, 55, founder and principal of Pacifica Academy in Encinitas, California has been arrested and charged with molesting a female student. It is alleged that Curley molested the girl during study sessions between October 2007 and this month.
- Tawni L. Wimberley, 29, a former computer/technology teacher at Flagstaff High School in Flagstaff, Arizona already indicted by a grand jury on one count of sexual conduct with a minor has been charged with two additional counts of sexual conduct with a minor.
Hopefully next weeks list will be smaller.
"It's a Shell game. Literally," Obama said to laughter from his campaign audience, adding it would mean little for hard-pressed consumers.
Excuse me Mr. Obama, but it would mean a lot for this hard-pressed consumer to get a little bit of a break at the pump.
Does someone want to tell me again how Senator Obama is not an elitist?
I suddenly feel the need to grab my Bible and go buy a gun.
May 2, 2008
The posters have asked me to write about them, when I can I do.
Time gets increasingly harder to come by folks. There is always a lot to do and not enough time to do it in. I post things that catch my eye, things that interest me. Those items are not always the same items that interest you.
I have a long standing policy about guest postings that people rarely take me up on.
If there is an issue you feel strongly enough about, write it up and email it to me at fkd1015 at yahoo.com and I'll be happy to post it up here. (assuming that post is not laced with bad language). We'll put it up for debate and see where it goes. Left or right does not matter folks, passion does.
So if you are all revved up about the cost of a bushel of beets, the city budget or why Jason Castro is still in the running on American Idol write it up and send it in, we'll be happy to post it.
UPDATE: Fraley nailed it.
20 = Number of innings pitched by Yovani Gallardo
1.80 = Earned Run Average in those 20 innings.
0 = Number of wins despite a great performance.
And now we have lost him for the year due to a knee injury. This one hurts Brewer fans. welcome back Dave Bush.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Employers cut far fewer jobs in April than in recent months and the unemployment rate dropped to 5 percent, a better-than-expected showing that nonetheless reveals strains in the nation's labor market.
For the fourth month in a row, the economy lost jobs, the Labor Department reported Friday. But in April the losses totaled 20,000, an improvement from the 81,000 reductions in payrolls logged in March. Job losses for both February and March turned out to be a bit deeper than previously reported.
These people really are unhinged.
On YOUR Dime: Congressmen Lease Luxury Cars
NEW YORK (CBS) ― You may not realize it, but members of the House of Representatives can lease a car and have it paid for by you -- the taxpayer.
And it's not just the car, but gas, registration, insurance … the works.
And as CBS 2 HD found out, there's no limit on how much they can spend.
Congressman Charles Rangel was recently seen getting out of his Cadillac DeVille, which he leases for $774 per month. Then there was Congressman Jose Serrano, getting out of his Buick LaCrosse, which he leases for $317 per month. And how about this one: Congressman Gregory Meeks was recently seen waiting for Congressman John Conyers to step out of Meeks' Lexus LS460, which Meeks leases for $998 per month.
All those leases are picked up by taxpayers through a little-known program available only to members of the House of Representatives. You can probably just imagine the kind of reaction CBS 2 HD got from everyday citizens outside Meeks' Jamaica, Queens office. "They should all drive cheaper cars, why not?" Richard Candelario said. "I mean, you know, they're making the money. I mean, we shouldn't pay for their cars."
Members of the House who choose to lease through the program have had a great deal of leeway. Congressman Anthony Weiner of Brooklyn, for example, leases a 2008 Chevy impala for $219/month. Congressman Ed Towns of Brooklyn used to lease a Lincoln for $845 per month, but switched to a 2008 mini-SUV made by Lincoln, the MKX, which costs $715 per month.
Rangel spoke to CBS 2 HD by phone about the seemingly extravagant expenses being racked up on the taxpayers' dime:
CBS 2 HD: "How would you answer those people who say, 'Well, but it's taxpayer money. Instead of $700 a month, could you find something for, say, $300 a month?'" Rangel: "I could probably find something for ... one of those red cars and then I think my constituents would say, 'With all the money that he gets, this is the respect he shows us?'"
Earlier, Rangel released a statement, further addressing the issue. "When I'm in New York, my car is my office. I use it to conduct Congressional business. It really pleases me that (my constituents) appreciate driving in a comfortable car, especially the senior citizens," Rangel said.
"The car isn't just a vehicle for getting around; it's an important part of doing my job and my constituents appreciate it." Taxpayers CBS 2 HD spoke with were not buying that rationale. "I drive a Toyota RAV and I feel that he could drive a Toyota RAV and probably lease it for $200," taxpayer Cathy Kraut said.
Of the 42 Congressmen in New Jersey and New York about a dozen participate in the leasing program. The U.S. Senate does not permit its members to lease cars with public money.
May 1, 2008
An Obama supporter who worked for the Biden campaign asks Senator McCain a disgusting question.
And the lefties at Huffpo try to make him out to be something he isn't.
Keep staying classy...
“Just because immigrants don’t look as white as I do, doesn’t mean we should use them as a bogeyman,” Becker said. He said that Racine immigrants are valued and respected and invited them to come to Racine.
Clue in on something Gary, this is NOT about race, this is NOT about skin color.
This is about coming into our country into our country ILLEGALLY. I drove by the Voces de la Frontera office the other day and now they have signs up demanding health insurance for illegals. Where are you going to fit that into your city budget Gary?
I'm tapped out from covering the 5.9% year over year increased assessment on my home and associated property tax increase in a down market Mr. Mayor.
You just invited all the illegals to Racine Mr. Mayor how are you going to pay for the health insurance? I'm tapped out. I can not afford any more. I suppose that make me a racist now because I can not afford to pay for illegals.
Notice I said illegals Mr. Mayor, not persons of any skin color. I don't care if their skin tone matches yours perfectly Gary if they come into our country illegally we should not reward that behavior.
How you managed to run unopposed is beyond me Mr. Becker. Your community has the highest unemployment in the state and now you are inviting illegal aliens into Racine and people are satisfied with your leadership?
Clue in Gary and stop claiming racism where none exists. If you would like to see someone really agitated go speak with some Latinas who came to our country legally and ask them how they feel about persons who break the law to come here. Those people are ticked.
Are those Latinas who came to our country under legal immigration racists if they are angry at people who came her illegally Mr. Mayor? What's wrong with asking people to do things the right way? Asking people to follow the law is not a racist act.
As for this Racine resident Mr Becker. I'll do everything in my power to see that you are out of your post as Mayor as soon as possible.
"We hear time and time again voters are tired of this," Michelle Obama said in an interview the couple gave to NBC's "Today" show.
"They don't want to hear about this division, they want to know what are we going to do to move beyond these issues," she said. "And what made me feel proud of Barack in this situation is that he is trying to move us as a nation beyond these conversations that divide."
Yes Michelle, the people you and Barack talk to the most, your supporters, probably are tired of this. They are tired of this because it makes your husband, and you, look bad.
It shows Barack to have a complete lack of judgement in sitting in this man's church for 20 years and not understanding what a racist that he is.
Having read excerpts of your college thesis Michelle I can see why you liked Pastor Wright. You two are clearly of one mind.
Yes, Barack is supposed to unite the country yet he can not even unite his own party.
I'm sure you would like us to stop talking about Pastor Wright Michelle but like it or not you and your husband are tied to him. You made the choice to have him marry you, you made the choice to have your kids baptized by him, your husband made the choice to call Wright his Spiritual Mentor.
Now, when all those choices make it clear that you and your husband exercised a stunning lack of judgement you don't get to just wipe it away with a "we're tired of hearing about it".
Sorry Michelle but you are going to be stuck with Pastor Wright through November and beyond. The American people are not so dumb as to think you can sit through that for 20 years and just now understand and disassociate.
We're not as dumb as you think we are.
Well some of us are clearly that dumb, they would be the people who are tired of hearing about this.
Hhopefully not enough of us are dumb enough to elect your husband to a job he is not qualified for.
April 30, 2008
If you recall the video I posted of a shouting match at a Detroit City Council meeting recently, the instigator there, Monica Conyers, is at it again.
Yes, that is Monica Conyers, Mrs. Congressman John Conyers.
Now she is justifying her bad behavior to a bunch of school aged children.
Mrs Conyers has also been acused of threatening to get her gun and shoot Mr Milton, the victim of her previous tirade...
Isn't she just a breath of fresh air?
Congressman Conyers must be so proud.
April 29, 2008
The following essay, Al Gore Causes Global Warming in School Aged Brains, was the winning entry from Russel Young of Minnesota. You can read some of the other essays and see the first and second place videos here.
If Al Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth," is suitable for teaching about climatology, then Alfred Hitchcock's film the "The Birds," is a good candidate for teaching ornithology.
"Wait a moment," you say. What does a horror film which has been characterized as "extremely disturbing," where hoards of normally skittish, but peaceable birds, inexplicably attack and terrorize humans, have to teach our children about science?
The answer, of course is that it could be used to anesthetize them to the frightening scenarios presented in Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth."
It's hard to decide which would be worse: frightening young students with scripted terror from a horror master, or frightening students with scripted propaganda from an environmental hypocrite. But think of the box office draw potential by making a double header out of these two movies.
Plus, each film is steeped with enough gut wrenching scenes to keep even the most jaded students interested, making them a perfect antidote to typically boring science fare.
In "The Birds," one scene shows children helplessly driven to terrified flight as birds relentlessly descend upon them. A particularly graphic moment depicts a bird tearing at the face of a screaming boy of about 8 or 9 years of age. Such viewing should make an indelible impression upon the minds of our youth as to the importance of not interfering with nature.
In Gore's film we are treated to equally stomach turning cinematography as the director treats us to numerous close-ups of Gore, thus making it clear how serious minded he is about the environment. We know he is the man who can make a change because of the repeated shots showing adoring masses who seemingly follow him around the globe. Let's just hope they don’t all do it on their own personal jets.
All of this, however, got me to thinking. Maybe schools could begin to utilize more Hollywood offerings. Think about it. For only the cost of a Blockbuster rental our students minds could be opened up to myriad realms.
Here are just a few other films schools might use for their teaching curriculums. "The Polar Express" could be used for instruction on transportation systems. "Borat" is a perfect teaching tool for understanding how the Democratic Party uses focus groups. "Alien," could be used to teach students about anatomy and homeland security, all at the same time. "Far fetched," you say. Maybe, but "Moby Dick" taught me all I ever needed to know about whales, and I'm a marine biologist.
Well done Russel.
Once for the record, I have nothing against Latinas. I have a huge problem with people who come into our country illegally.
Well the people at Voces have a new rallying cry. They are complaining about attempts by Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff in sending out "no match" letters.
What's a no match letter? A notification sent to an employer to let them know when a person has been identified that is using a social security that does not belong to them.
Yes, the perpetually outraged Voces de la Frontera and all their pro illegal alien pals are complaining about attempts to stop identity theft.
How dare we pay attention when people steal social security numbers. How dare we care when people come to our country illegally.
Tell you what Voces de la Frontera, while you and your followers are out marching on May 1, keep marching back to wherever you came from.
Associated Press Writer
Mon Apr 28, 10:00 PM ET
WESTON, Wis. - Two parents who prayed as their 11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes were charged Monday with second-degree reckless homicide.
Family and friends had urged Dale and Leilani Neumann to get help for their daughter, but the father considered the illness "a test of faith" and the mother never considered taking the girl to the doctor because she thought her daughter was under a "spiritual attack," the criminal complaint said.
"It is very surprising, shocking that she wasn't allowed medical intervention," Marathon County District Attorney Jill Falstad said. "Her death could have been prevented."
Madeline Neumann died March 23 — Easter Sunday — at her family's rural Weston home. Her parents were told the body would be taken to Madison for an autopsy the next day.
"They responded, 'You won't need to do that. She will be alive by then,'" the medical examiner wrote in a report.
An autopsy determined that Madeline died from undiagnosed diabetic ketoacidosis, which left her with too little insulin in her body. Court records said she likely had some symptoms of the disease for months.
The Neumanns each face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. The couple and their attorney did not immediately return messages left Monday by The Associated Press.
Falstad said the Neumanns have cooperated with investigators and are not under arrest. They have agreed to make an initial court appearance Wednesday, she said.
A tragic story really. These parents will be tortured over this for the rest of their lives.
Did the DA file the right charge?
I'm not at all sure, but the charge sounds right to me based on the circumstances. The parents actions did cause this poor girls death though it certainly was not intentional.
As a Christian I view medical technology as a gift from God and I do not see using that technology in any way as a lack of faith.
April 28, 2008
Until I saw this, I didn't think anyone had a chance against the big "O" machine - now I'm not so sure.
Whether the big "O" actually feels this or not, this is the man he CHOSE to follow.....for 20 years.
Just as good as bratwurst. Brad.
the Calamity Jane of Milwaukee. Ally.
Will Weishan keep being the lone vote for Weishan? Farley.
what does ‘LATE’ mean to you? Kate.
the MLB choker. Tee Bee.
ONE, ONE MISSED START ah ah ah I love to count. Chris.
I didn't sound as good as I looked. Tom.
it smells like feet. Silent E.
Is that a good "sit" or what? Pete
If you don't... you're gay. Clint.
Hey Batman, what’s for dinner? Kate.
why only a sandwich? Why not a steak? Lance.
Winning an election 60% to 40% usually only happens when someone is running against Ed Garvey in Wisconsin. Wigdy.
I now have a rough idea how much my yard weighs. Aaron.
WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE! Skip.
No beer. No boobs. Kate. (A kate 3 play)
She done fell out the smart-aleck tree and hit every branch on the way down. Bubba.
Weeeeeeeeeeee. The Asian Badger.
bitter peeps, gun and Bible sold seperately. Pinto Man.
the occasional use of blog as a verb. Jib.
this might not help my dorkdom. Jimi.
It is better for thee to voteth for the black guy and be castigated by thy female supporters than to have thine party suffer for they sake. Plebian.
Your horse called. Stix
(From Powerline via Skip @ Granite Grok)
- “...civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind,” biologist George Wald, Harvard University, April 19, 1970.
- By 1995, “...somewhere between 75 and 85 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” Sen. Gaylord Nelson, quoting Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, Look magazine, April 1970.
- Because of increased dust, cloud cover and water vapor “...the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born,” Newsweek magazine, January 26, 1970.
- The world will be “...eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age,” Kenneth Watt, speaking at Swarthmore University, April 19, 1970.
- “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation,” biologist Barry Commoner, University of Washington, writing in the journal Environment, April 1970.
- Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from the intolerable deterioration and possible extinction,” The New York Times editorial, April 20, 1970.
- “By 1985, air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half...” Life magazine, January 1970.
- “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” Paul Ehrlich, interview in Mademoiselle magazine, April 1970.
- “...air pollution...is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone,” Paul Ehrlich, interview in Mademoiselle magazine, April 1970.
- Ehrlich also predicted that in 1973, 200,000 Americans would die from air pollution, and that by 1980 the life expectancy of Americans would be 42 years.
- “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” Earth Day organizer Denis Hayes, The Living Wilderness, Spring 1970.
- “By the year 2000...the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America and Australia, will be in famine,” Peter Gunter, North Texas State University, The Living Wilderness, Spring 1970.
If it isn't clear to you yet the standard operating line of all of these environmentalists is WE'RE ALREADY DOOMED.
The thing is these people are never held accountable for what they say, they are just quoted over and over and over again as "the" experts in the field and their latest pronouncements are presented as gospel.
What people never get on the right side of the aisle on this is the root word of conservatism is conserve. Conservatives respect the environment, we're just not big fans of the chicken little tactics of the enviro-left.
If you have not been paying attention global warming has been debunked over the last year or so. Those that are promoting a global warming agenda have just put their hands over their ears and have been shouting LALALALALALALA so they don't have to hear anything that challenges their precious opinion. Screaming chicken little equals power and funding to these people.
My point on the whole GW issue has been, and continues to be, this science is not as settled as the Goralytes would have you think that it is. No matter how hard they try to scare you.