Sunday, December 21, 2014
Cops tell de Blasio: Stay away from our funerals
The article below is from a couple of days ago but it has now become more relevant than ever in the light of the latest killing of police in NYC. De Blasio just drips hate and his refusal to back up his cops in their often difficult encounters with blacks just legitimates black resentment. That resentment has just killed two cops who were clearly doing nothing wrong so De Blasio must share the blame for that. We see once again that racism can kill and Leftist anti-white agitation is no exception
Not over their dead bodies. Cops are warning Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to stay away from their funerals should they be killed in the line of duty.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association distributed a flier to members, blaring: “DON’T LET THEM INSULT YOUR SACRIFICE!” Cops were encouraged to sign and submit the “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice” waiver to ban the cop-bashing pols from their funerals.
“I, as a New York City police officer, request that Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito refrain from attending my funeral services in the event that I am killed in the line of duty,” the waiver states.
“Due to Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Mark-Viverito’s consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve, I believe that their attendance at the funeral of a fallen New York City police officer is an insult to that officer’s memory and sacrifice.”
Officers can download the form on the PBA’s Web site and drop off a signed copy to their PBA delegates.
The mayor traditionally attends funerals for fallen officers.
“This is deeply disappointing,” the mayor and the council speaker said in a joint statement. “Incendiary rhetoric like this serves only to divide the city, and New Yorkers reject these tactics.
“The mayor and the speaker both know better than to think this inappropriate stunt represents the views of the majority of police officers and their families.”
Sources say the revolt was sparked by the mayor’s lack of support for the NYPD following the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer involved in the death of Staten Islander Eric Garner.
De Blasio added fuel to that fire in a press conference about the grand-jury vote where he said he had warned his 17-year-old, mixed-race son, Dante, to be careful around police officers.
“We’ve had to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him,” the mayor said.
PBA President Patrick Lynch reacted to that by accusing the mayor of throwing cops “under the bus.”
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Climate skepticism is racist
The hysterical Naomi Klein says so. Too silly to be worth fisking. A mountain of argument built entirely on false premises. Some background on the brainless braying bimbo here. Her dream is to become a revolutionary leader ("Fuehrer" in German) and her rhetoric matches that
The annual United Nations climate summit is wrapping up in in Lima, Peru, and on its penultimate day, something historic happened. No, not the empty promises from powerful governments to finally get serious about climate action—starting in 2020 or 2030 or any time other than right now. The historic event was the decision of the climate-justice movement to symbolically join the increasingly global #BlackLivesMatter uprising, staging a “die-in” outside the convention center much like the ones that have brought shopping malls and busy intersections to a standstill, from the US to the UK.
“For us it is either death or climate justice,” said Gerry Arances, national coordinator for the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice.
What does #BlackLivesMatter, and the unshakable moral principle that it represents, have to do with climate change? Everything. Because we can be quite sure that if wealthy white Americans had been the ones left without food and water for days in a giant sports stadium after Hurricane Katrina, even George W. Bush would have gotten serious about climate change. Similarly, if Australia were at risk of disappearing, and not large parts of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Tony Abbott would be a lot less likely to publicly celebrate the burning of coal as “good for humanity,” as he did on the occasion of the opening of a vast new coal mine. And if my own city of Toronto were being battered, year after year, by historic typhoons demanding mass evacuations, and not Tacloban in the Philippines, we can also be sure that Canada would not have made building tar sands pipelines the centerpiece of its foreign policy.
The reality of an economic order built on white supremacy is the whispered subtext of our entire response to the climate crisis, and it badly needs to be dragged into the light. I recently had occasion to meet a leading Belgian meteorologist who makes a point of speaking about climate change in her weather reports. But, she told me, her viewers remain unmoved. “People here think that with global warming, the weather in Brussels will be more like Bordeaux—and they are happy about that.” On one level, that’s understandable, particularly as temperatures drop in northern countries. But global warming won’t just make Brussels more like Bordeaux, it will make Haiti more like Hades. And it’s not possible to be cheerful about the former without, at the very least, being actively indifferent to the latter.
The grossly unequal distribution of climate impacts is not some little-understood consequence of the failure to control carbon emissions. It is the result of a series of policy decisions the governments of wealthy countries have made—and continue to make—with full knowledge of the facts and in the face of strenuous objections.
I vividly remember the moment when the racism barely under the surface of international climate talks burst onto the world stage. It was exactly five years ago this week, on the second day of the now-infamous United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen. Up until that point, the conference had been a stultifying affair, with the fates of nations discussed in the bloodless jargon of climate “adaptation and mitigation.” All of that changed when a document was leaked showing that governments were on the verge of setting a target that would cap the global temperature rise at 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, more than double the amount of warming experienced so far). This was defined as a strategy for averting “dangerous” levels of warming.
But the temperature target—pushed by wealthy nations in Europe and North America—would likely not be enough to save some low-lying small island states from annihilation. And in Africa, where drought linked to climate change was at that time menacing many lives in the eastern part of the continent, the target would translate into a full-scale humanitarian disaster. Clearly the definition of “dangerous” climate change had more than a little to do with the wildly unequal ways in which human lives are counted.
But African delegates weren’t standing for it. When the text was leaked, the dull UN bureaucracy suddenly fell away and the sterile hallways of the conference centre came alive with shouts of, “We Will Not Die Quietly” and “2 Degrees is Suicide.” The paltry sums rich countries had pledged for climate financing were angrily dismissed as “not enough to buy us coffins.” Black lives matter, these delegates were saying—even if this corrupted forum was behaving as if that was far from the case.
The highly racialized discounting of certain lives does not just play out between countries but also, unfailingly, within them—perhaps most dramatically within the United States. I was reminded of this while reading about Akai Gurley, the unarmed 28-year-old black man who was “accidentally” shot and killed last month in the dark stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project. Like the dilapidated elevator, the lighting system in the building had been left unrepaired, despite complaints. And when that neglect of a public institution that disproportionately serves African-Americans intersected with armed fear of black men, the result was lethal.
More twaddle HERE
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).
Friday, December 19, 2014
Nebraska Woman Accused of Sex with Boys
According to court records, the mother of one of the boys called police in September, when she discovered text messages from Stewart on her son's phone.Details on booking not reported.
Investigators said the boy told police he had sexual relations with Stewart in her home and in Omaha's Orchard Park when he was 15 years old.
A second boy told police Stewart started touching him when he was in the 8th grade. The boy, who was 12 or 13 at the time, told police he had a sexual encounter with Stewart in a child's bounce house in the backyard of Stewart's home.
The boy also told police Stewart suggested the other boy should join them.
The affidavit cites another incident, where the boy said Stewart invited both boys to Orchard Park in June 2014, where they had a sexual encounter in the tree line.
Tip: Jawa Howie
Nevada Teacher Faces Drug Charges
(Las Vegas, Nevada) A Rose Warren Elementary School teacher, Laura Droemer, was arrested this week on drug charges.
Droemer has been charged with conspiracy to sell drugs and selling drugs, according to the Las Vegas Justice Court website.
A letter went home to parents with children at Rose Warren on Thursday. It reads in part:Arraignment is scheduled for today.
The safety of our students is the number one priority at Rose Warren Elementary School. As always, we want to keep you informed of important issues happening with our school community.
Some of you may be aware that one of our Pre-Kindergarten teachers was recently taken in to custody on drug related charges. We wish to assure you that we are cooperating fully with local law enforcement officials. This arrest took place after school hours and at no time were any students in harms way.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Pennsylvania Woman Accused of Felony Child Endangerment
(State College, Pennsylvania) A 25-year-old local woman, Beverly Duck, has been accused of felony charges after injuring her newborn child and failing to seek medical attention.
According to court documents, Beverly Duck, 25, had recently given birth at Mount Nittany Medical Center on August 15 when Children and Youth Services (CYS) staff received a call that Duck had dropped her newborn on the floor, causing a skull fracture.Duck was booked into custody at the Centre County Correctional Facility with bail set at $5,000.
CYS was reportedly aware of several text messages Duck had sent during her pregnancy about not wanting her baby, leading CYS to plan to remove the child from Duck's care.
Florida School Bus Driver Troubles
(Indian River, Florida) A 38-year-old school bus driver for Indian River County Schools, Shauna Miratsky, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 17-year-old teen.
"The husband of the bus driver actually did catch her kissing the juvenile at a local park,” said Sgt.Thomas Raulen.Miratsky faces a charge of unlawful sexual contact with a minor.
Detectives said Miratsky met the teen last year, and began messaging him on Facebook, saying she had a background as a trauma advocate.
“He had trusted her to sort of act in a mentor capacity and she took advantage of that and turned that into a sexual relationship,” said Raulen.
According to the arrest affidavit, on Nov. 29, the teen said he needed to talk and Miratsky suggested a park in Sebastian. That’s when she kissed him, and that’s when her suspicious husband showed up after a warning from the couple’s teenage daughter. But the affair didn’t stop there, according to the arrest report.
WHY do the old swing Right?
Back in 1985, I reported, in one of the academic journals, the results of a large body of attitude surveys that showed what beliefs were characteristic of older people. Both in what they favoured and in what they rejected, old people were shown to be very conservative.
Most people do swing rightwards as they get older, with the best-known examples being, of course, Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill. Reagan was even a union official in his early days and yet became arguably the most beloved conservative leader of all time.
And there are other examples. The person may not always change party loyalties but their views may evolve within that loyalty. A good example comes from my home state of Queensland, in Australia. Following is a brief excerpt from his Wikipedia entry:
Edward Michael (Ned) Hanlon (1887 - 1952) was Premier of Queensland from 1946 to 1952. After leaving school, he worked in the railways, and soon became a union official. In the 1912 Brisbane General Strike he played a prominent part as a militant.... Over the years Hanlon's outlook mellowed, and he shifted to the political right. He ended up, as [Labor Party] Premier, sending the police to suppress union demonstrations during the 1948 Queensland Railway strike.
So, again, why? It couldn't be simpler: The essence of conservatism is caution. And underlying that caution is a perception that the world is an unpredictable place. So change has to take place in small steps if its objectives are to be achieved. Massive changes such as Obamacare are to be avoided in case large unforeseen negative consequences emerge -- consequences of the sort that emerged rapidly in the case of Obamacare.
And as we get older that unpredictability of the world is forced upon us -- and that makes us cautious. Experience conservatizes us. And that is why the young tend to be Leftist: They lack experience. Shielded by their parents, they have yet to realize that the world is full of surprises -- many of which are unpleasant. As the great Scottish poet Robert Burns put it so memorably (and prophetically):
"The best-laid plans o' mice and men gang aft agley
and leave us nought but grief and pain for promised joy".
Apologies for quoting the less-known next line of the verse. But it is undoubtedly apposite.
The transformation wrought by experience is only part of the reason for the differences I found, however. The world has undergone large changes in the last couple of hundred years or so, with a big swing towards socialism in many countries in the middle of the 20th century, ending in a decisive swing worldwide back to broadly free-market economic policies after that.
The large economic upswing -- greatly increased prosperity -- that began with the abandonment of socialist economic policies in the Reagan/Thatcher years, however, had consequences as well. As economic concerns became less pressing for most of the population, the policies and attitudes that accompanied economic struggle became less pressing too. People could afford to reduce greatly the strategies they saw as needed to put bread on the table. So there was an upsurge in permissiveness all-round. Survival was no longer a harsh master. So social (non-economic) attitudes liberalized -- reaching rather absurd lengths as time went by -- as with the idolization of homosexuality in the early 21st century.
So the age-related attitude differences noted in my research also partly reflected the era in which the individuals concerned were born. People who grew up in times of economic stringency acquired attitudes appropriate to that. Homosexuality, for instance, had to be anathematized because it threatened the survival of the family. And the family is of course the original social security safety net.
And so people who grew up in times of economic ease formed the more permissive attitudes allowed by that. People acquire attitudes in their youth which tend to last for the rest of their life -- unless powerfully contra-indicated by life-experiences -- which is the sad fate of many who enter adulthood with socialistic ideas.
A FOOTNOTE: The USA is a very successful country economically and yet also has large pockets of social conservatism. Why? It's at least partly because many Americans don't FEEL economically secure. And why is that? Because the only way many Americans can find to keep their families reasonably safe is to engage in "white flight". They need to get away from the extraordinarily high rate of violent crime that pervades black or partly black neighborhoods.
But the only presently legal (post-segregation) way to get away from such neighborhoods is to move to the more expensive suburbs that blacks can rarely afford. And that takes money, rather a lot of money. So Americans are economic strivers at a huge rate. The pursuit of money is America's biggest religion. It's a great pity that their society makes Americans so unrelaxed
The truth of all that can be seen in Australia. Australia's largest non-European minority is hard-working and law-abiding East Asians (mostly Han Chinese) -- at about 5% of the population. And Australia is also an economically prosperous place with very conservative economic policies. Australian Federal governments even bring down surplus budgets on some occasions! Contrast that with the trillions of debt run up by the Obama administration. So a prosperous but safe country should have a very relaxed population. And that is exactly what Australia is known for.
Apropos of that, I remember reading about 30 years ago (in "The Bulletin", I think) that Australia had at that stage the world's highest proportion of half-millionaires. Once they had accumulated that much, smart Australians tended to hop off the treadmill and retire to more recreational pursuits. Americans, by contrast, stayed on the treadmill for much longer -- because money is at least part of their religion. They reject St. Paul's view that the love of money is the root of all evil. They know money as the root of all safety. Even in their churches, Americans are often subjected to a prosperity gospel that would do Calvin proud.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Oklahoma Teacher Rape Case Dismissed - Update
Online court records confirm Laura Cowan's case has been dismissed in Tillman County District Court. That's after witnesses did not show up for a hearing.No reason was reported for the dismissal.
Tipton police say Cowan told them she had sex with one student once in her classroom and again in her car in the country outside of Tipton during spring break.
In January, she says she had sex with another student in a Frederick motel and again in her car.
Oklahoma Teacher Accused of Raping 2 Students
[Previous 8/5/14 post]
(Tillman County, Oklahoma) A former Tipton Public Schools teacher, Laura Cowan, has been accused of engaging in sex with two students.
Cowan has been charged with three counts of rape.
The affidavit prepared on July 21, and filed on July 23 in the Tillman County District Court, documents an interview that Tipton Police had with Cowan. “The document states that she admitted having sex in her classroom with a high school student (name withheld).” The affidavit further states, “Cowan also described having sex with (the same student) in her car, in the country outside of Tipton, during spring break 2014.”[…]Cowan was booked into custody then released on $150,000 bail.
Affidavit which further states that Cowan also admitted to having sex with another un-named high school student in January 2014, in a Frederick motel and in her car outside Tipton. OSBI agent Sadler further documented, “Both students verified that they did have sex with Cowan when they were students at Tipton High School.”
Wisconsin Educator Guilty of Sex with Male Student - Update
A former Appleton West High School teacher's aide has agreed to a plea deal for having a sexual relationship with a special education student.Sentencing is scheduled for February 17, 2015.
The deal, which consolidated charges from both Calumet and Outagamie counties, allowed 45-year-old Laura Bates to plead no contest to 3 counts of sexual assault of a student by a staff member. Four other similar charges were dropped.
Wisconsin Educator Accused of Sex with Male Student
[Previous 12/3/13 post]
(Appleton, Wisconsin) A 44-year-old teacher's aide formerly at Appleton West High School, Laura Bates, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 17-year-old male student.
Bates faces four counts of sex assault of a student by school staff.
According to court documents the victim was a student with a special ed classification in a class where Bates worked as a paraprofessional.The alleged crimes reportedly occurred on school property.
Bates has been charged with four counts of sex assault of a student by school staff. Each count carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison and a 10 thousand dollar fine.
The charges were filed Tuesday but Bates was arrested at the school on Monday and booked into the Calumet County Jail where she remains.
California Teacher Charges Dropped - Update
(San Bernardino County, California) All charges against Amy Bramlett have been dropped due to lack of evidence. Reportedly, Bramlett's alleged victims recanted their accusations.
California Teacher Accused of Sex with 2 Minors
[Previous 9/15/14 post]
(San Bernardino County, California) A 46-year-old teacher at Indian Springs High School, Amy Corinne Bramlett, has been arrested for engaging in sex with two male minors, one a former student.
Bramlett faces two counts of oral copulation with a person under 18 years old and one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor more than three years younger.
On Thursday detectives assigned to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Highland station contacted the detectives in the Specialized Investigation Division/Crimes Against Children Detail about an investigation into an inappropriate relationship between a 17-year-old male and Bramlett.Bramlett was booked into the Central Detention Center with bail set at $1 million.
Sheriff’s Department detectives believe Bramlett had unlawful sex with the minor, a former student of hers, between January and June of this year, at her home on 7200 block of Sunrise Court.
On Friday, detectives found a second alleged victim during the course of their investigation, a student of hers who would have been 16 at the time of the alleged crime.
California Mom Sentenced in Sex Case - Update
(Salinas, California) Annette Banda has been sentenced.
On Tuesday she received a suspended prison term of five years and eight months. Banda will also be required to register as a sex offender for life and receive counseling.
In addition to probation, Banda was sentenced to a year in county jail with good time and actual credits of 288 days.If Banda violates her probation terms, she'll likely go to prison.
California Mom Guilty of Unlawful Sex with Student
[Previous 4/17/14 post]
(Salinas, California) A 50-year-old local mother, Annette Banda aka Annette Vink, has pleaded no contest to charges of unlawful sex with an underage boy hundreds of times.
In accordance with a plea deal, Banda was convicted on four felony lewd acts and one count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
"Starting in 2010, Banda, initiated and continued a sexual relationship with a then 14-year-old boy for three years," prosecutor Jeannine Pacioni said Wednesday.Sentencing is scheduled for July 16.
Investigators described Banda as a housewife who is married and has two daughters. Banda met the boy because he hung out with her daughter, according to prosecutors.
Another example of the famous "fact-checking" that the MSM claim they do
Sixteen-year-old Mohammed Islam wants you to think he's a big shot. On his website, Ettaz Financial, he wears a pair of fogged-over glasses, expression serious, sporting a red tie on a snowy day. The New York high-school junior says he got interested in the financial industry "at the tender age of eight", quickly fell into the third-rate world of penny stocks before graduating to the futures market after finding "a love for risk and volatility". How much has he made? Millions, he said. His net worth has soared into the "high eight figures".
The world is filled with teenagers like Mo Islam, who now says he never made a dime on the stock market. They play fast and loose with facts. But they don't usually get the treatment Islam just got in Sunday's issue of New York Magazine.
The article, reported and written by staff writer Jessica Pressler, begins with a rumour. Someone - it's unspecified who - said Mo had pocketed $US72 million ($87.6 million) by trading penny stocks. "An unbelievable amount of money for anyone, not least a high school student, but as far as rumours go, this one seemed legit," Pressler wrote. The original headline: "A Stuyvesant Senior Made $US72M Trading Stocks on His Lunch Break."
Coming on the heels of Rolling Stone's disastrous story of a University of Virginia gang rape, though nowhere near as serious in its consequences, the story unravelled almost as quickly as it went viral. While the New York Post, the Daily Mail and the Guardian did their versions, New York Magazine's was getting pounded in its comments section: "How dumb do you have to [be] to believe that this kid made $US72 million trading stocks during lunch?"
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).
Pennsylvania Teacher Walks in Sex Assault Case - Update
Emily L. Nesbit, 32, of South Middleton Township, was sentenced by Cumberland County Judge Albert Masland to 4 years of probation. The sentence follows a plea agreement struck with the district attorney's office.Nesbit must also undergo sexual-offender treatment and register in accordance with Megan's Law.
Pennsylvania Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sex Assault - Update
[Previous 9/16/14 post]
pleaded guilty today to institutional sexual assault.
Silver Spring Township Police said they began their investigation after associate principal Rob Martin was informed by an 18-year-old female student that she was looking through a male student's cellphone, with his permission, and found a conversation between the male student and Nesbit she thought was sexual in nature.In accordance with a plea deal, Nesbit was preliminarily sentenced to probation. Formal sentencing will occur on December 16 after a review by the Pennsylvania sexual offender assessment board.
When police interviewed the male student, he told officers he would meet with Nesbit in her classroom at the end of the school day, and said they had held hands, kissed and had sexual contact, police said. The two had been communicating regularly for about two months, police said.
Police indicate the student and Nesbit had exchanged provocative photos of each other, and messages from Nesbit on the student's phone indicated her desire to have sex with him, and inferred past sexual activity, police said.
Pennsylvania Teacher Accused of Sex Assault
[Previous 3/14/14 post]
(Cumberland County, Pennsylvania) A 31-year-old English teacher at Cumberland Valley High School, Emily Nesbit, has been accused of engaging in sexual act with an 18-year-old male student in her classroom.
Nesbit has been charged with institutional sexual assault.
At a press conference this morning, Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said Nesbit and an 18-year-old male student engaged in sex acts on school grounds, not outside of school.Nesbit remains free as of this report.
The student involved broke no laws, just maybe school regulations, Freed said.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
ISIS Launch Scorpion Bombs
Frankly, I'm skeptical. However, anything is possible.
Islamic State militants are launching bombs containing live scorpions as the latest terror weapon in Iraq.For one thing, wouldn't the scorpions die when the bomb exploded?
Canisters of the creatures are being blasted into towns and villages, according to a British military expert who has just returned from the country.
Monday, December 15, 2014
New Age Education by Planned Parenthood
Students at one northern California high school are learning more than just the birds and the bees.OK, so 13/14-year-olds are subjected to the genderbread crap. Frankly, I think the parents should complain loudly and repeatedly.
Along with local area groups, some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge.
They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are “ready for sex” and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a "genderbread" person for lessons in gender identity.
“[Parents] are very concerned,” Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute, a non-profit legal organization that is assisting the concerned parents, told FoxNews.com. “Planned Parenthood is not exactly the best when it comes to putting young people first.
The Lima climate junket: Do as I say, not as I do
John Kerry, the US Secretary of State delivered an impassioned plea to the summit on Thursday. “It was in Rio, as far back as 1992, when I heard the secretary-general declare, 'Every bit of evidence I’ve seen persuades me that we are on a course leading to tragedy,’ he said. 'This is 2014, 22 years later, and we’re still on a course leading to tragedy’.”
Ironically, the conference has remained overtly reliant on fossil fuels, in the form of diesel generators. The talks are taking place in a vast temporary village constructed on the site of the Peruvian military headquarters.
Organisers rejected powering the village with solar panels on the grounds they were too unreliable, while efforts to hook the site up to the national grid – which is half-fed by renewable energy – failed due to technical problems.
Experts say the Lima talks will have the biggest carbon footprint of any UN conference to date at more than 50,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
As well as the diesel generators, the footprint has been enlarged by the jet fuel burned by the estimated 11,000 people who flew in from abroad to attend – including roughly 4,000 from non-governmental organisations – as well as the emissions from the fleet of coaches that crawl through Lima’s gridlocked streets to shuttle delegates to and from the venue.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).