June 14, 2008

Weekly Bad Teacher Recap.

This weeks hall of shame from the reports at Bad Bad Teacher.

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, that's when...
  • Kristopher Charles Maw, aka Charles Maw, a former teacher’s aide at Ocean View High School and Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, California has pleaded guilty and been sentenced for having sex with a 14-year-old female student.
  • Guillermo Triana-Prieto, 44, a substitute teacher at Dante B. Fascell Elementary School in Miami, Florida has been arrested on allegations of fondling two 10-year-old girls. Triana-Prieto has been charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious assault on a minor.
  • William Lee Hunter Jr., 41, a former teacher at Springdale Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma who previously pleaded guilty to child pornography charges has been arrested again, this time on felony peeping tom charges.
  • James Sterling Gilbertson, 27, a former business math and accounting teacher and assistant coach at Guthrie High School in Guthrie, Oklahoma has been charged with numerous sex-related counts alleging female student victims.
  • Eric Lamar Parker, 25, a substitute teacher at Hardeeville High School in Hardeeville, South Carolina has been arrested on allegations of the sexual assault of a 15 year old boy. It
  • Randolph Barnett Cornfield, 60, principal of Del Rey Continuation School in Los Angeles, California has been arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography. Cornfield was arrested at home and is accused of downloading several images of child pornography onto his home computer.
  • Stephanie Layman, a former teacher in the Eufaula Public Schools in Eufaula, Oklahoma has been charged in McIntosh County District Court with second-degree rape of a minor. Layman is accused of having sexual relations with a male former student.
  • Alan P. Hubbard, a Los Angeles Unified School District administrator, has surrendered to face charges that he withheld evidence against Steve Thomas Rooney charged with sex-related crimes involving female students.
  • Donald Pennington, 60, a former teacher at Bailly Middle School in Gary, Indiana has pleaded guilty to fondling two female students in a classroom. The girls were 12 and 13-years-old at the time and the crimes occurred between December 2006 and March 2007.
  • Gabriel E. Carlin, 34, a former teacher/owner at East Harbor Christian Academy as well as a minister and daycare owner in Washington, Utah has pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree felony attempted sexual abuse of a child. Carlin admitted that he kissed an 11-year-old girl and attempted to touch her chest
  • John Tipton, 28, a history teacher, football coach and girls’ softball coach at Bigelow High School in Bigelow, Arkansas has been arrested in an Internet sex sting in which it is alleged he solicited sex from a minor.
  • Kevin Lamont Thomas, 40, a special education teacher’s assistant and athletic coach at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a teenage girl.
  • Tonya Henke Craft, a kindergarten teacher at Chickamauga Elementary School in Chickamauga, GA has been arrested and charged with four counts of child molestation and one count of aggravated sexual battery.
  • Michael McKinney, 26, a former social studies teacher at Arlington Heights Academy in Cincinnati, Ohio has pleaded guilty to one count of attempted gross sexual imposition. McKinney was originally charged with three felony counts of sexual battery in a somewhat unique case.
  • Pablo Rios Fregoso, 53, custodian at La Primaria Elementary School in El Monte, California has been arrested on allegations of fondling a third-grader at the school.
  • William H. Constable, 54, a former volunteer coach for the sailing team at Nantucket High School in Nantucket, Massachusetts has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison on seven counts of sexual exploitation of children and one count of possession of child pornography.
  • Timothy Goerzen, 35, a math teacher at Indio High School in Indio, California has been arrested and booked on an allegation of the sexual battery of a female 12th-grade student.
  • Shebana Rajput, 35, a former science teacher at Jones Senior High School in Trenton, North Carolina has been arrested on allegations that she sexually assaulted a 17-year-old male student.
  • Demond Edwards, 25, a long-term substitute teacher and assistant football coach at Perth Amboy High School in Perth Amboy, New Jersey reportedly has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a female student.
  • Roxanna Guadalupe Mata, 23, an educational assistant at Armand Larive Middle School in Hermiston, Oregon has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sex abuse. Mata was arrested on two counts of sexual abuse II and two counts of rape III, all of which are Class C felonies under Oregon law.
  • Sarah Jayne Bridges, 24, a substitute teacher in the Eugene School District in Eugene, Oregon has been arrested and charged with third-degree rape, sodomy and sexual assault.
  • James B. Skaggs, 62, a former teacher at West Point Independent School in Hardin County, Kentucky has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for sodomizing an eighth grade student in a class he taught three decades ago.
  • Brian Michael Lane, 29, a preschool teacher at Sugar Plum First Class Preschool in Hudson, Florida has been of fondling a 4-year-old boy during nap time. Lane came to the attention of authorities when the alleged victim was caught acting in a sexually inappropriate way with another child.
  • Christine Brown Jouini, 38, a teacher at the Center Academy in Coral Springs, Florida has been arrested after being accused of having had a year-long sexual relationship with a teenage male student. Jouini is alleged to have had sex repeatedly with the boy between August 2006 and September 2007.
  • Lief Arnesen Albaugh, 27, a band teacher at Foshay Learning Center in Los Angeles, California has been arrested and charged with felony possession of child pornography. LAPD officers served a search warrant at Albaugh’s Los Angeles home Wednesday and seized his personal laptop computer, which allegedly contained images of young boys
  • Melvin Antonio Smith III, 21, a former volunteer coach at Washington and Lee High School in Montross, Virginia pleaded guilty Westmoreland County Circuit Court to four felony counts of soliciting sexually explicit material from members of a girls’ softball team and a misdemeanor count of attempting to have sex with a child 15 years or older.
  • Michael Monnat, 61, a former school bus driver in the Union-Endicott School District in Endicott, New York has been sentenced to federal prison for six years in the wake of his January guilty plea on a charge of possession of child pornography.
  • Russell Goyette, 61, a former Principal of Hull High School in Hull, Massachusetts has been arrested on child pornography charges after hundreds of images and videos of children engaged in sex with adults were allegedly found on his home computer.
  • Amy Elder, 28, a teacher and softball coach at Ripley High School in Ripley, Tennessee has been arrested and charged with sexual battery and statutory rape on allegations that she had a sexual relationship with at least two girls at the school over the past two years.
  • Danielle Jones, 32, a science teacher at Stambaugh Middle School in Auburndale, Florida has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting four boys in a series of incidents that have been ongoing since the summer of 2007.
  • Leslie Marie Troup, 23, a former teacher’s aide at Western Alamance High School in Elon, North Carolina has been arrested on nine counts of sex offense with a student by school personnel and four counts of giving fortified liquor to a minor.
  • Lori Ann Schulz, 33, a former band teacher at Marshall Middle School and Junior High School in Marshall, Minnesota has been charged on allegations of having sexual contact with a 14-year-old female student.
  • Cecelia Schneider, 54, a former math teacher at Monmouth Regional High School in Tinton Falls, New Jersey has pleaded guilty to distributing child pornography and endangering the welfare of a child.
  • Dayna Crenshaw, 33, girls’ basketball coach at Nacogdoches High School in Nacogdoches, Texas has been arrested and charged with having an improper relationship with a female student. It is alleged that Crenshaw had a four month sexual relationship with an 18-year-old female student between December 2007 and March 31, 2008.
  • Mark A. Common, 22, a tutor and wrestling coach at Malvern High School in Malvern, Ohio has been arrested on two counts of gross sexual imposition in a case alleging a 16-year-old female student victim.
  • Patty Jo Singleton, former teacher’s aide at Cloudland High School in Roan Mountain, Tennessee has pleaded guilty in Carter County Criminal Court to solicitation of a minor for an inappropriate telephone conversation with a 15-year-old male student.
  • Matthew Devin Mcgaffigan, 26, a teacher at Indian River Correctional Institution, which houses teen male offenders, in Vero Beach, Florida has been arrested on allegations that he engaged in improper acts with a 14-year-old boy and watched pornography in the boy’s presence.
  • Nicholas Thomas, 26, a social studies teacher at Cortland Junior-Senior High School in Cortland, New York has been arrested and charged on allegations of the rape of a 15-year-old female student. Thomas has been charged with charged with third-degree rape and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
  • Charles W. Christopher, 28, of Rock Falls, Illinois and a former Challand Middle School teacher, as well as head wrestling coach and assistant varsity baseball coach at Sterling High School in Sterling, Illinois pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illicit sexual activities.
  • Coen C. Potts, 37, a former elementary art teacher at Pauline South Intermediate School and Pauline Central Primary School in the Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437 in Kansas has according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.
  • Richard Murphy, 58, once a substitute teacher in Burke County, North Carolina and subsequently a recruiter for the Eastern Burke County Rescue Squad has been arrested on numerous allegations of molesting boys he came in contact with in various schools.
  • Tommy Thornton, 37, a former metal shop teacher and boys’ basketball coach at West Vigo High School in West Terre Huate, Indiana has been arrested and charged with child seduction, attempted child seduction and public indecency all allegations of sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old female student.
  • Rodney A. Jackson Jr., 29, a former teacher and youth pastor at Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York has been arrested and charged on allegations of a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student in 2006.

June 13, 2008

Uhhh, Never Mind What I USED To Do....


Advocating for "Quality Health Care" (whatever his definition of that may be) is certainly prominent on the web page for Eric Englund, a democrat candidate for Assembly in the Madison area. It's worth visiting his website, by the way, www.englundforassembly.com, as the Eric Englund Campaign Video/Song is hilarious. I know Eric, and he never struck me as the kinda guy who'd have this kind of thing going on for his campaign! Hats off to him for a sense of humor!

Like my kids would say, "No Duh!" Why wouldn't every candidate--regardless of party--advocate for such a vanilla statement? It's a political winner either way, isn't it?

Perhaps....Unless your former life was serving as: President of the Wisconsin Insurance Alliance, representing 45 Wisconsin-based property and casualty insurers on matters of common interest in the legislature and before administrative agencies. (A flowery definition of a LOBBYIST.)

On an invitation to a luncheon geared toward insurance company executives, here is how the summary of Eric's guest speaking engagement was billed:

"Eric will give us an update on current events in the Wisconsin Legislature that directly affect the insurance industry, including a status on 'all sums' legislation, worker’s compensation, funding for the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, and “other creative ways to negatively impact your company’s bottom line.”

O'k, so the bold emphasis was added by Yours Truly. I did so to emphasize that Eric hasn't spent much time worrying about the average Joe's "bottom line" when it came to pending legislation dealing with insurance companies. His job was to firmly advocate on BEHALF of the very industry he sharply criticizes today.

Could it be that Eric's worried about being tagged as (gasp) Lobbyist or (double gasp) Shrill? (I've got other names I've heard bantered about, but I won't use them on this Family Friendly site.)

I, for one, see nothing wrong with being a lobbyist. I've really never understood the negative connotations associated with the title, since every special interest group known to man has someone they pay (or who volunteers) to stalk the halls of the Capitol, bend the ears of legislators, and plead their cases for or against pending legislation.

Eric must have some problems with it, though. See, he's proudly proclaiming he'll not accept contributions from political action committees, conduits, or--you guessed it--LOBBYISTS. So, Eric, exactly what are you trying to say about your fellow Hall Monitors of the Capitol? Is there something untoward about lobbyists you would like to share?

Hey Gov, give up the cash.

RPW Press release...

MADISON – After news broke yesterday that Governor Doyle held a campaign fundraiser instead of helping flood victims Tuesday, the Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Reince Priebus, along with conservatives across the state like radio hosts Jerry Bader and Vicki McKenna, called on Doyle to donate the money he raised golfing to the flood cause.“With Barack Obama in the state, Obama’s top campaign staffer, Jim Doyle, gave voters a glimpse of the Democrats’ priorities this year – politics over Wisconsin families,” said Priebus. “Thousands of families spent the day cleaning-up flood damage while Doyle raised thousands of dollars golfing, the least he can do is donate his proceeds to their behalf.” Governor Doyle held his golf outing Tuesday charging $1,250 a person.

I think this is a great idea. how about it Gov, donate that cash to local Red Cross offices to directly help the suffering in Wisconsin. While you are at it, give up your Troha cash for the cause too.

It was only a matter of time.

I knew it would not be long before one of the unhinged leftists in the area would blame rain on global warming...

Deke, clue in, we've had stretches of bad weather FOREVER.

June 12, 2008

The hypocrisy of Capper knows no bounds.

Sometimes I can not believe the outrageous behavior of the leftosphere.

In a post on Blogging Blue, Zach and Greg ask an interesting question; when is it ok to go rogue?

In question was a commenter at each of their blogs who used an identity other than his own to make comments.

Zach and Greg made the statement, "Mr. Hollenbeck has come under simply for sharing his views are uncalled for, but what’s also uncalled for is using a false identity to post on another blog. It’s bad net etiquette, and what’s more, it says something about the person using the false identity. Most folks who blog do so to share their views on issues they’re passionate about, and that’s a great thing. Inevitably, folks are going to have disparate views on issues, and debate will no doubt ensue, but we think that’s a great thing. Debate is healthy, so long as it’s an honest debate, which is why we both politely encourage Mr. Hollenbeck to please, if he chooses to comment, post in his own name instead of somebody else’s. It’s unacceptable, unnecessary, and dishonest, and we both believe that if you’re going to express your opinion, don’t be ashamed to take ownership of your opinions and beliefs."

I agree with them completely, you should take responsibility for what you say.

Amazingly the first comment is from the blogger known as Capper, this is what he had to share, "Bravo! Well said, gentlemen. It doth make me proud to have thee in mine Royal Court. Good brave, honest knights, both of ye."

Apparently Capper agrees that people should be held personally accountable for their own writings on the internet

Amazing, since Capper runs the most nasty attack blog in the cheddarsphere yet he does so while hiding his own identity ducking all personal responsibility.

Seeing as Capper thinks people's true identities should be released for all to see, I'll suggest that Capper should release his real name to the Cheddarsphere.

Or maybe some enterprising blogger will release it for him.

DRILL NOW



Swiped from Kate.

Congressman Kanjorski doesn't apologize to anyone

Great job by this citizen activist.

Thanks for nothing Tammy Baldwin.

In a May 23 post I related to you all how I had sent an inquiry to all of Wisconsin's Congresscritters asking them if they participated in a program where members can lease any car they'd like on our dime.

I only received responses from Paul Ryan and Steve Kagen (both said they do not and will not participate in that program).

While Representative Tammy Baldwin did not see fit to answer my question, my information was added to her distribution list. Yes, I understand some staffer did it, it is the principle of the issue.

Answer my question and remove me from your distribution list.

June 11, 2008

While Wisconsin Suffers...

While Wisconsin suffers its Governor attends a golf outing to raise money for himself.

Disgusting.

Even more disgusting, the inevitable excuses the area leftists will make for his inexcusable behavior.

Can you hope to be impressive?

Maybe you can change.

My challange to you:
Write your biography from the moment your parents met, to the moment you went to college in 190 words or less. (dont forget to add what your father did before he met your mother, how they lived, where he went any programs you were involved in, etc...)

Can't do it?
Pfft..........he can.

Enlighten me.

Find this story on the MSNBC or CNN front page.

To paraphrase the owl ....."How many clicks does it take to get to the story?"

Guess the number game

16,500

MRQ of the week winner.

Congratulations to our MRQ of the week winner, Wigdy.

Let every vote half count.

Gotta love you some Wigdy wit. Wait, I think I just MRQ'd myself.

Your choice...


H/T Dad29

June 10, 2008

DRQ: Drinking Right Quotes

Thank God your wife came. Fraley

Dry. Steve E

Wet. Owen

I should have guessed. Owen

Is that Dave Casper?!? Everyone

What a jackass. Steve E

That's why I voted Hillary. Fraley

By the time you have 13 it doesn't matter. Cindy

It enhances my girlish figure. Owen

Hurray beer! Steve E

How he has enough singles to go to the strip bar. Nick

Don't screw with Tommy Bartlett. Fred

They are whipping me. Owen

Just a locker... Pete

Her ring-tone is Super Freak. Fred

Polka Mass? Owen

There is something wrong here. Dad29

If McCain was smart, and he's not. Fred

Well, he was worth it... Steve H.

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In Memoriam

This is a (rare) serious item from me. I’ll be brief.

I have a friend at work who is dying of brain cancer. About a year ago today they operated on him and removed a tumor. Now he has several more tumors and is beyond further treatment. He’s not really there anymore: he doesn’t know anyone but his wife, can’t even speak his native tongue, is paralyzed, blind, and in constant pain. They just moved him to hospice so he can live out these last few weeks, which we are all hoping will be very short.

He was the kind of work friend that you are close enough to to discuss stuff about your families, talk philosophy with when you’re supposed to be working, and rely on for help outside the office. Not a lifelong friend, but a good friend while your paths cross. He was smart, too, one of the best engineers I ever worked with.

He just turned 47 a month ago. His kids aren’t even 18.

I tell you that to tell you this: you don’t know if tomorrow it’ll be you having the incident that means your life is over.

We get caught up in debates about politicians, or the environment, or whatever else. It’s important. But ultimately that’s not why you’re here. I don’t know what your reason is, nor what your life goals are, and they’re different for everybody. But it’s important to remind people of this singular truth every once in a while:

Whatever you feel your purpose in life is, get out there and do it. Stop making excuses for why you can’t.

Yesterday is past, and tomorrow isn’t promised. You’ve only got today to work towards your goal.

Drinking Right Alert.

My goodness how time flies.

It is Drinking Right time again. Now, even though Nick is scheduled to come tonight, I advise you to come anyway.

We'll see you tonight, Papa's Social Club 7ish until wheneverish.

June 9, 2008

Why are oil prices so high?

Xran has it figured out.

Raw Video: Homes Float Away in Flood

Racine flood pictures / Video











We used to live about 200 yards north of this bridge. The water is at the height of the bridge on Hwy 31 just south of 4 Mile Road, and rising...



















The dam on Rapids Drive (Video at the end of this post). Whitewater rafting anyone?



















Clay, grass, water... The tennis courts at Lincoln Park.




















I've heard of water hazards, but this is ridiculous.


video

Seattle Rocks!

Why am I not surprised that Fred, along with the usual gaggle of slack-jawed reactionary commenters, is bad-mouthing the forward-thinking Seattle Parks Department for trying to eliminate beachside bonfires?

However, I will explain (using the smallest words possible) for Fred (and his ilk) what the SPD is really proposing. It is a goal so clear and uniform with his belief system that you’d think Fred (and his ilk) would jump at it like a starving dog jumps at a fallen hot dog. But, predictably, they cannot see what the ultimate purpose of this ban is.

When these people play checkers, they must think literally one move ahead. [I know that people usually use “chess” with that analogy, but I doubt that Fred (and his ilk) know how all those different pieces move.]

What the SPD is proposing is nothing less than a hippie ban, using the petard of environmental responsibility to hoist up these granola-crunching reprobates. And you know what I say?

It's about time somebody reclaimed the beaches for decent, honest, shower-using folk.

Who else sits around on a beach with their unwashed hair swaying in the salty breeze, sandaled feet swaying, singing Kumbayah as one of their number strums the only three chords he knows on a battered guitar? And what's worse, all the chicks flock around these would-be Ralph Waldo Emersons, leaving the rest of us to inflate our own beach balls.

I think you see what I'm getting at.

Of course the SPD wants to ban the bonfires; it’s the only way to drive the hippies back to where they belong, San Francisco, and reclaim Seattle’s beaches for their true owners: the pasty engineers, whose spindly arms and thick glasses cannot hope to compete with the rugged masculinity of a hippy male in full rut.

But don’t expect Fred (and his ilk), safely ensconced in Wisconsin, to understand this, or to even understand the difficult issues involved here. It’s far easier to deride them for using the convenient scapegoat of global warming. But it's not the SPD that is being shortsighted in this instance; it's Fred (and his ilk) who cannot see what is so clearly writ in their intent.

I ask you this: if we could use global warming as a way to drive away hippies, wouldn't you think Al Gore deserved the Nobel Prize?

[Note for the humor-impaired: there's a pretty good chance this was satire, so if you're upset, untwist your knickers and calm down. Then go vote to ban hippies.]

MRQ slippery when wet.

Beer, women, and more beer. Dustbury.

you couldn't pay me to watch Sex and the City. Jimi.

Rabid? Edgy? With a gun? Althouse

Typical white woman Mary.

Dewey Decimal Mafia hit list. Chris.

were you into cougars back in the late 70's? Scott H.

Gonna need a bigger baggie. Jimi.

How much profanity is allowed here? Still Unreal.

a big stat nerd like me Paul.

crunchy ones that carry around copies of the Little Red Book in their organic hip pouches EM.

Your son screams like a little girl when I hear him playing outside. Just thought you'd like to know in case you want to put a stop to that now. Casper.

I do not care for people with more than 20 items in the "20 items or less" line. LMS.

“What is this sound: shwewshwewshwewshwewshwewshwewshwewshwew?” Owen.

Your answer does not have to be in the form of a question. Peter.

brb, gotta go Blend. Jones.

I blame Al Gore. James.

offer them an irresistible plush toy. Joey.

I do miss Spunky. Silent E

I wonder if they sell it at naturalist resorts? Dustbury.

Dude, why not name me? David.

Wet & tired. Bubbi.

Please, God, no more rain. Mary.

The winds of doom. Jib.

The real cause of global warming? Me. I'm hot (sssss). Jimi.

TRQ

girly girls annoy me Ally.

Scary but historic none the less. MorningBrew.

What accomplishments, Barry? Patrick.

It's a nice day...If you're a duck... Patrick D.

Fun Dip, Nerf gun, band-aids and lipgloss. Alison.

So much for that fetish, eh? :) Pete

It is not about the children...

Please go read this post by James Wigderson where he relates his reasoning for placing his son in a private school next year.

Truly an enlightening read.

I had a conversation with a friend of mine over the weekend who sends his kids to a private school. This friend happens to work for a local school district and he shared with me a conversation he recently had with an administrator there. That administrator actually admonished him for not sending his kids to the district as that led to a lower student count and ultimately less money coming into the district from the state. Money money money.

The next time WEAC tells you it is all about the children....

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This week I tackled Obama and the race card.

Go read it.

June 8, 2008

Thought of the week.

If I can not fix it, it is not broken.

Idiocy on tour, Seattle.

Beach bonfires may be banned

They fuel global warming, parks department says

By KERY MURAKAMIP-I REPORTER

Even with the skies overcast and threatening rain, Khang Nguyen, 18, and Joel Juan, 19, kicked back after school at Alki Beach.

"It's just a relaxing way to hang out with friends," Nguyen said of the bonfire crackling in front of them one evening earlier this week.

But Seattle Parks and Recreation might do what even this week's chilly weather couldn't -- douse the long tradition of beach bonfires at Alki and at Golden Gardens.

Park department staff is recommending reducing bonfires at the two beaches this summer and possibly banning them altogether next year.

The park board will hear the recommendation Thursday, and the city plans to run public-service announcements and hand out brochures later this month about the effects of bonfires on global warming.

According to a memo to the park board from the staff released Thursday, "The overall policy question for the Board is whether it is good policy for Seattle Parks to continue public beach fires when the carbon ... emissions produced by thousands of beach fires per year contributes to global warming."