Saturday, January 31, 2015

Women With Troubles - January 2015

Here is a compilation of women with troubles reported in news stories during Januaty 2015. Each name is linked to an Interested-Participant blog entry displaying details.

For a more comprehensive listing, check the Women With Troubles category link.

(AL) Kandace Marie Christopher, 26,
teacher - Accused of sex with female student,

(AZ) Roxanne Chapin, 26,
neighbor - Faces child pornography charges,

(CA) Michelle Ghirelli, 30,
teacher - Accused of engaging in sex with students,

(CA) Melody Lippert, 38,
teacher - Accused of engaging in sex with students,

(FL) Tenisha Dixon, 24,
educator - Accused of sex with minor,

(FL) Barbara Kirby, 36,
neighbor - Accused of sex with two boys,

(GA) Elizabeth Scroggs, 32,
teacher - Accused of sex with student,

(ID) Marie Ellen Donaldson,
teacher - Accused of sex with student,

(ID) Makinzie Sarah Frost, 21,
neighbor - Sentenced for child sex offenses. Term is indeterminate at present,

(IL) Brandi D. Edwards, 26,
social worker - Accused of sex with student, 16,

(IL) Cara Labus, 30,
teacher - Accused of sex with two female students, 14 and 16,

(LA) Celeste Bergeron, 25,
teacher - Accused of sex with student,

(MI) Abigail Simon, 35,
Catholic school tutor - Sentenced to 8 to 25 years prison for sex with boy,

(MO) Nicole Marie Smith, 30,
neighbor - Accused of engaging in sex with her son's 12-year-old friend,

(NC) Julianna Ortiz Mills, 37,
teacher - Accused of sex with teen boy,

(NM) Victoria Baker, 34,
educator - Accused of multiple child abuse and sexual penetration charges,

(NY) Aura Dimon, 34,
neighbor - Accused of leaving the scene of an accident and DWI drugs,

(OH) Roberta Payne,
drug counselor - Caught selling morphine,

(OK) Melissa Kay Anderson, 35,
neighbor - Gets life sentence for sex with boy, 10,

(OK) Daresa Deann Poe, 32,
teacher - Accused of sex with student,

(PA) Christina Domme, 39,
teacher - Accused of sex with student,

(PA) Rikki Salzman, 32,
foster care supervisor - Sentenced to four months prison for having teen victim over to her home,

(PA) Bridgett Szychulski, 31,
teacher - Guilty of sex with student. Sentencing TBD,

(TN) Jacquetta Benson, 34,
neighbor - Accused of aggravated domestic assault,

(TN) Kiwana Zenatia Lewis, 30,
neighbor - Indicted for stabbing two people and then choking a jail deputy,

(WA) Jennifer Lee Wilson, 44,
neighbor - Accused of sex trafficking her own daughter,

(WV) Kristyn Fetcko, 34,
guidance counselor - Sentenced to 18 months prison for prescription pill offenses.
Thanks to the contributors.

The Earth's crust under Iceland is rising -- but why?

We read below:  "Compton found the onset of rising temperatures and the loss of ice corresponded tightly with her estimates of when uplift began".  But there has been no global  warming for 18 years.  So has the uplift stopped?  Rather to the contrary, it seems.  So it must be local warming at work -- probably due to vulcanism.

Note also below:  "He added there is geological evidence that during the past deglaciation roughly 12,000 years ago, volcanic activity in some regions of Iceland increased thirtyfold".  So if uplift can be related to volcanic activity 12,000 years ago, why not now? QED

A new study has found that as global warming melts the island's great ice caps, the crust is 'rebounding' and rising.

Geologists have long known that as glaciers melt and become lighter, the Earth rebounds as the weight of the ice decreases.

Whether the current rebound geologists detect is related to past deglaciation or modern ice loss has been an open question until now.

Some sites in south-central Iceland are moving upward as much as 1.4 inches per year — a speed that surprised the researchers.

The University of Arizona-led team reports in an upcoming issue of Geophysical Research Letters.

The paper is the first to show the current fast uplift of the Icelandic crust is a result of accelerated melting of the island's glaciers and coincides with the onset of warming that began about 30 years ago, the scientists said.

'Our research makes the connection between recent accelerated uplift and the accelerated melting of the Icelandic ice caps,' said first author Kathleen Compton.

'Iceland is the first place we can say accelerated uplift means accelerated ice mass loss,' Bennett said.

To figure out how fast the crust was moving upward, the team used a network of 62 global positioning satellite receivers fastened to rocks throughout Iceland. By tracking the position of the GPS receivers year after year, the scientists 'watch' the rocks move and can calculate how far they have traveled — a technique called geodesy.

The new work shows that, at least for Iceland, the land's current accelerating uplift is directly related to the thinning of glaciers and to global warming.  'What we're observing is a climatically induced change in the Earth's surface,' Bennett said.

He added there is geological evidence that during the past deglaciation roughly 12,000 years ago, volcanic activity in some regions of Iceland increased thirtyfold.

Others have estimated the Icelandic crust's rebound from warming-induced ice loss could increase the frequency of volcanic eruptions such as the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, which had negative economic consequences worldwide.

The article 'Climate driven vertical acceleration of Icelandic crust measured by CGPS geodesy' by Compton, Bennett and their co-author Sigrun Hreinsdóttir of GNS Science in Avalon, New Zealand, was accepted for publication Jan. 14, 2015, and is soon to be published online. The National Science Foundation and the Icelandic Center for Research funded the research.

The team primarily used the geodesy network to track geological activity such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

In 2013, Bennett noticed one of long-running stations in the centre of the country was showing that site was rebounding at an accelerated rate.

He wondered about it, so he and his colleagues checked the nearby stations to see if they had recorded the same changes.

'The striking answer was, yes, they all do,' he said. 'We wondered what in the world could be causing this?'

The team began systematically analyzing years of signals from the entire network and found the fastest uplift was the region between several large ice caps. The rate of uplift slowed the farther the receiver was from the ice cap region.

Other researchers had been measuring ice loss and observed a notable uptick in the rate of melting since 1995.

Temperature records for Iceland, some of which go back to the 1800s, show temperatures increasing since 1980.

To determine whether the same rate of ice loss year after year could cause such an acceleration in uplift, Compton tested that idea using mathematical models. The answer was no: The glaciers had to be melting faster and faster every year to be causing more and more uplift.

Compton found the onset of rising temperatures and the loss of ice corresponded tightly with her estimates of when uplift began. 'I was surprised how well everything lined up,' she said.  Bennett said, 'There's no way to explain that accelerated uplift unless the glacier is disappearing at an accelerated rate.'

Estimating ice loss is laborious and difficult, he said. 'Our hope is we can use current GPS measurements of uplift to more easily quantify ice loss.'

The team's next step is to analyze the uplift data to reveal the seasonal variation as the ice caps grow during the winter snow season and melt during the summer.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Idaho Woman Convicted of Child Sex Charges - Updated

Makinzie Sarah Frost

(Rupert, Idaho)
Makinzie Sarah Frost, 21, of Heyburn was sentenced Monday in Minidoka County District Court on counts of injury to a child and possession of methamphetamine.

But whether Frost will serve her seven-year sentence in prison or on probation depends on if she successfully completes the state's rider program, court records show.
So be it.

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Idaho Woman Accused of Child Sex Charges
[Previous 8/7/14 post]
(Heyburn, Idaho) A 21-year-old local woman, Makinzie Sarah Frost, has been accused of child sex charges for allegedly forcing a 5-year-old into sex.

Frost faces two felony counts of lewd conduct with a child under 16.
The child said Frost would force him to have sexual contact with her before she would allow him to go outside and play.

According to court records, the male child said Frost had sexual contact with him multiple times a day at three different locations, two locations in Heyburn and one in Burley, between July 1, 2012 and Aug 5, 2012.
Frost was booked into custody at the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center with bond set at $25,000.

Joe Romm assumes what he has to prove -- and his assumption is wrong

As we all know, ANY weather event proves global warming.  Global warming is unfalsifiable and is, as such, a religious faith, not a scientific finding. So it is no surprise that Joe Romm, the professional Warmist, has put up an argument  -- excerpt below -- to say that the recent winter storms in the N.E. USA are caused by global warming.  But how can they be?  There has been no statistically significant global warming for 18 years or thereabouts.  But Romm writes as if warming were happening.  He assumes what he has to prove. Clearly, all the events he describes are natural and nothing to do with our static climate

Warming-fueled sea surface temperatures provide a boost of moisture for the forecast New England blizzard, just as it has for previous monster East Coast snow storms. Via NOAA.

Another epic blizzard is bearing down on New England. There is a “big part” played by “human-induced climate change,” especially warming-fueled ocean temperatures, according to Dr. Kevin Trenberth, former head of the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

I asked Dr. Trenberth to comment on the role climate change has on this latest storm, which is forecast to set records. He explained:

    "The number 1 cause of this is that it is winter. In winter it is cold over the continent. But it is warm over the oceans and the contrast between the cold continent and the warm Gulf Stream and surrounding waters is increasing. At present sea surface temperatures are more the 2F above normal over huge expanses (1000 miles) off the east coast and water vapor in the atmosphere is about 10% higher as a result. About half of this can be attributed to climate change".

Before this latest storm, we’ve seen a long-term pattern of more extreme precipitation, particularly in New England winters. Climate scientists had long predicted this would happen in a warming world.

Like a baseball player on steroids, our climate system is breaking records at an unnatural pace. And like a baseball player on steroids, it’s the wrong question to ask whether a given home run is “caused” by steroids. As Trenberth wrote in his must-read analysis, “How To Relate Climate Extremes to Climate Change,” the “answer to the oft-asked question of whether an event is caused by climate change is that it is the wrong question. All weather events are affected by climate change because the environment in which they occur is warmer and moister than it used to be.”

One of the most robust scientific findings is the direct connection between global warming and more extreme precipitation or deluges. “Basic physics tells us that a warmer atmosphere is able to hold more moisture — at a rate of approximately 7 per cent increase per degree [Celsius] warming,” as the U.K. Met Office explained in its 2014 update on climate science. “This is expected to lead to similar percentage increases in heavy rainfall, which has generally been borne out by models and observed changes in daily rainfall.”

This means that when it is cold enough to snow, snow storms will be fueled by more water vapor and thus be more intense themselves. So we expect fewer snowstorms in regions close to the rain-snow line, such as the central United States, though the snowstorms that do occur in those areas are still likely to be more intense. It also means we expect more intense snowstorms in generally cold regions. This may appear to be counterintuitive — and certainly climate science deniers like to play up big snowstorms for that reason. But the fact is that the warming to date is not close to that needed to end below-freezing temperatures during midwinter over parts of the globe like New England, while it is large enough to put measurably more water vapor into the air.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Alabama Teacher Accused of Sex with Student

Kandace Marie Christopher

(Scottsboro, Alabama) A 26-year-old teacher with Scottsboro City Schools, Kandace Marie Christopher, has been accused of engaging in sex with a female student.

Christopher faces counts of being a school employee engaging in sex with a student under the age of 19 and another charge of a school employee having sexual contact with a student under 19.
During an internal investigation, Christopher submitted her resignation "effective immediately," according to school officials.

Scottsboro police said they got a call Sunday about a missing juvenile whose parents said had run away after being confronted about a relationship with a teacher/coach from school.

Detectives followed up on the report with a criminal investigation that police say revealed that the relationship involving the female student and teacher took place over the past three months. The girl was located several hours later and was returned to her parents, police said.
Christopher was arrested and released on $16,000 bond.

Leftists are cold bastards 

The psychology of politics was my specialty during my research career and one of the most striking things I noted at that time was the way Leftist psychologists would spin ANYTHING they found in a way detrimental to conservatives.  So I occasionally showed how you could do some reverse spinning and pointed out ways in which the findings were detrimental to liberals.  The sort of data collected by political psychologists tend to be vague enough to make many interpretations equally feasible.  It probably needs to be like that.  Straightforward findings would likely be too uncomfortable to Leftists.

So the research reported below is rather fun.  The authors have definitely had a challenge in spinning the findings their way. From data with VERY contestable meaning they claim to have found that conservatives are "holistic" thinkers and liberals are "analytic" thinkers.  And they have to admit that both styles have their uses.

That amused me immediately.  Who are the great advocates of "holistic" thinking in the world today?  Alternative medicine freaks.  Not a notably conservative group.  So I think alternative interpretations of the findings are clearly called for.

I think a clue lies in the finding that liberals are extreme outliers in the human population.  Conservatives are more normal. Combine that with the finding that liberals are more socially isolated and I think you have a far-reaching conclusion:  liberals are emotionally cold.  Most of humanity values its relationships with others highly.  So do conservatives.  Liberals do not. Family is all in many human sub-groups but from Marx onwards Leftists have always despised the family.  And conservative Christians always stress the importance of family.

That liberals are emotionally cold can be summed up in a famous utterance by Stalin.  "One death is a tragedy.  A million deaths is a statistic."  That the great socialist murderers  -- Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Kim Jong un -- were/are emotionally cold has great explanatory value.  How could they do what they did otherwise?

An abbreviated account of the study below plus the journal abstract

Political conservatives in the United States are somewhat like East Asians in the way they think, categorize and perceive. Liberals in the U.S. could be categorized as extreme Americans in thought, categorization and perception. That is the gist of a new University of Virginia cultural psychology study, published recently in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

"We found in our study that and conservatives think as if they were from completely different cultures - almost as different as East and West," said study leader Thomas Talhelm, a U.Va. doctoral candidate in cultural psychology. "Liberals and conservatives categorize and perceive things differently, just as East Asians and Westerners look differently at the world."

According to Talhelm, political conservatives in the United States, generally, and East Asians, particularly, are intuitive or "holistic" thinkers, while Westerners, generally, and American liberals, in particular, are more analytical thinkers.

The so-called "culture war," he said, is an accurate if dramatic way to state that there are clear cultural differences in the thought processes of liberals and conservatives.

"On psychological tests, Westerners tend to view scenes, explain behavior and categorize objects analytically," Talhelm said. "But the vast majority of people around the world - about 85 percent - more often think intuitively - what psychologists call holistic thought, and we found that's how conservative Americans tend to think."

Holistic thought more often uses intention and the perception of whole objects or situations, rather than breaking them down to their parts - such as having a general feeling about a situation involving intuition or tact.

There is value in both ways of thinking, Talhelm said. Intuitive thinking likely is the "default" style most people are born with, while analytical thinking generally must be learned, usually through training, such as in Western-style school systems.

Psychologists test thought styles by giving study participants a short battery of tests to determine if they are holistic or analytic thinkers.

One such test asks participants to choose two of three items to categorize together, such as a mitten, a scarf, and a hand. Analytic thinkers usually match the scarf and mitten because they belong to the same abstract category - items of winter clothing. Holistic thinkers usually match the mitten and hand because the hand wears a mitten.

He noted that liberals in the West tend to live in urban or suburban areas and often have fairly weak social and community ties, move more often and are less traditionally religious. They are more individualistic than conservatives and very unlike most people in Eastern cultures.

Conservatives, on the other hand, tend to be more connected to their communities and may live in the same areas throughout their lives, maintaining strong social and familial bonds and commitments, and are more traditionally religious. This puts them more in line with the holistic-thinking majority of the world.
Liberals Think More Analytically (More "WEIRD") Than Conservatives

Thomas Talhelm et al.


Henrich, Heine, and Norenzayan summarized cultural differences in psychology and argued that people from one particular culture are outliers: people from societies that are Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic (WEIRD). This study shows that liberals think WEIRDer than conservatives. In five studies with more than 5,000 participants, we found that liberals think more analytically (an element of WEIRD thought) than moderates and conservatives. Study 3 replicates this finding in the very different political culture of China, although it held only for people in more modernized urban centers. These results suggest that liberals and conservatives in the same country think as if they were from different cultures. Studies 4 to 5 show that briefly training people to think analytically causes them to form more liberal opinions, whereas training them to think holistically causes shifts to more conservative opinions.


A personal note: I think that some people drawn to Leftist causes are genuinely compassionate and caring people who are VERY emotional about suffering they see in the world. They let their feelings swamp their thought processes.  But they are too soft to get far in Leftist politics.  It is the machine men like Joseph Stalin who rise to the top.  And Stalin very smartly killed off all the old Bolsheviks, some of whom would seem to have genuinely cared about the welfare of the average worker.

So the Leftist population is probably bi-modal -- comprised of two distinct groups:  the useful fools and the hard men lusting for power.  But no psychological survey would ever show that.  The hard men know the camouflage they need to wear and will present themselves as caring every time.  In my surveys I routinely found Leftists emphatically disclaiming many of the motives -- such as authoritarianism -- that we know to be typical of the Left.  The hard men are skilful liars.

So there is a balance to be sought in emotionality.  If you are too emotional in your reactions you are likely to be used as a tool by the hard men. What is needed is moderate emotionality.  And that is what conservsatives seem to have.  They can get emotionally upset about things such as abortion (I do) but they don't allow feelings to ditch their rationality.

I see myself that way.  Abortion horrifies me and triumphs of life (e.g. when the life of a very ill baby is saved) bring tears of joy from me.  But many things that bother other people (e.g. household accidents) get no emotional reaction from me at all.  I just deal with them. I don't sweat the small stuff.  So I am alexithymic about minor things but also sentimental about other things  -- life particularly.  It is a balance that seems to have served me well in living a contented and trouble-free life -- JR

Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rapist Beheaded

Jeddah City

(Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Saudi authorities on Monday executed a local school teacher after he was convicted of raping eight girls aged between six and 12 years over a period of four years.

Newspapers said Mousa Al Zahrani, a father of six, was beheaded in public in the Jeddah after he was sentenced to death by a local court.

Miss Universe

Miss Universe - Paulina Vega

(Doral, Florida) Representing the nation of Colombia, Miss Pauline Vega was crowned Miss Universe on Sunday.

Illinois Teacher Naughty with Female Students

Cara Labus

(Chicago, Illinois) A 30-year-old teacher and basketball coach at Jerling Junior High School, Cara Labus, has been accused of engaging in sex with two female students, ages 14 and 16.

Labus faces four counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Labus was suspended from teaching indefinitely and ordered not to have any contact with her alleged victims or anyone under 18 unless supervised.

A court appearance has been scheduled for February 23.

Will this finally squash the anti-salt crusaders?

The latest  research report, appearing in a top journal (Abstract below), shows that eating a lot of salt does NOT  lead to high blood pressure, heart disease or early death. The bad effect of salt was a great theory but, like many theories, it was an oversimplification and wrong. I have previously noted several  other recent research reports that exonerate salt so I hope that this is now the end of the nonsense

Dietary Sodium Content, Mortality, and Risk for Cardiovascular Events in Older Adults

The Health, Aging, and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study

Andreas P. Kalogeropoulos et al.


Additional information is needed about the role of dietary sodium on health outcomes in older adults.

To examine the association between dietary sodium intake and mortality, incident cardiovascular disease (CVD), and incident heart failure (HF) in older adults.

Design, Setting, and Participants
We analyzed 10-year follow-up data from 2642 older adults (age range, 71-80 years) participating in a community-based, prospective cohort study (inception between April 1, 1997, and July 31, 1998).

Dietary sodium intake at baseline was assessed by a food frequency questionnaire. We examined sodium intake as a continuous variable and as a categorical variable at the following levels: less than 1500 mg/d (291 participants [11.0%]), 1500 to 2300 mg/d (779 participants [29.5%]), and greater than 2300 mg/d (1572 participants [59.5%]).

Main Outcomes and Measures
Adjudicated death, incident CVD, and incident HF during 10 follow-up years. Analysis of incident CVD was restricted to 1981 participants without prevalent CVD at baseline.

The mean (SD) age of participants was 73.6 (2.9) years, 51.2% were female, 61.7% were of white race, and 38.3% were black. After 10 years, 881 participants had died, 572 had developed CVD, and 398 had developed HF. In adjusted Cox proportional hazards regression models, sodium intake was not associated with mortality (hazard ratio [HR] per 1 g, 1.03; 95% CI, 0.98-1.09; P?=?.27). Ten-year mortality was nonsignificantly lower in the group receiving 1500 to 2300 mg/d (30.7%) than in the group receiving less than 1500 mg/d (33.8%) and the group receiving greater than 2300 mg/d (35.2%) (P?=?.07). Sodium intake of greater than 2300 mg/d was associated with nonsignificantly higher mortality in adjusted models (HR vs 1500-2300 mg/d, 1.15; 95% CI, 0.99-1.35; P?=?.07). Indexing sodium intake for caloric intake and body mass index did not materially affect the results. Adjusted HRs for mortality were 1.20 (95% CI, 0.93-1.54; P?=?.16) per milligram per kilocalorie and 1.11 (95% CI, 0.96-1.28; P?=?.17) per 100 mg/kg/m2 of daily sodium intake. In adjusted models accounting for the competing risk for death, sodium intake was not associated with risk for CVD (subHR per 1 g, 1.03; 95% CI, 0.95-1.11; P?=?.47) or HF (subHR per 1 g, 1.00; 95% CI, 0.92-1.08; P?=?.92). No consistent interactions with sex, race, or hypertensive status were observed for any outcome.

Conclusions and Relevance
In older adults, food frequency questionnaire-assessed sodium intake was not associated with 10-year mortality, incident CVD, or incident HF, and consuming greater than 2300 mg/d of sodium was associated with nonsignificantly higher mortality in adjusted models.

JAMA Intern Med. Published online January 19, 2015. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.6278

Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Monday, January 26, 2015

The problem of the "peaceful" Muslims

Given the infernal nuisance that Muslims make of themselves, many of us would like to send them all back whence they come.  Let them murder one-another -- which they already do with great enthusiasm -- and leave us alone.

But there is the difficulty  -- constantly drummed into us by Leftists -- that the Jihadis mounting terrorist attacks in the Western world are only the tiniest fraction  of the Muslim population.  So is it fair to penalize the many for the deeds of the few?  That is the problem I wish to address.

Muslims are like Catholics.  They may regularly go to church/Mosque but they disobey much that their faith commands.  Catholics, for instance, almost all use contraception and get divorced if in a bad marriage.

And the commandments of Islam are even more onerous than Roman doctrine.  The slightest reading of the Koran -- and I read all of it in my teens -- will tell you that it is a supremacist religion.  White supremacism is way out of fashion now but religious supremacism is alive and well in the Koran.  And there are many Mullahs who energetically remind Muslims of their obligations in that direction.  They preach Jihad against non-Muslims with perfect Koranic justification.  And the Jihadis are in fact the obedient Muslims.  They do what the Koran commands.

But 99% of Muslims have enough brains to see that any hope of subjugating Western civilization is totally hopeless -- so do nothing towards subjugating anyone outside their own families.  But most DO harbour disrespect for Western ways.  They think that they, as Muslims are superior by way of having the true faith even if they are careful about how they behave.  But they do on occasions push their luck.  They wave placards and shout their silly slogans.  But once they start pushing or attacking people around them the police usually suppress them in some way.

Australia's main Muslim problem is with Lebanese Muslims. Many Lebanese Muslim young men make their feelings of superiority obvious in minor ways.  They make themselves obnoxious by pushing past peple without apology, harassing women etc.   And some of them of course join criminal gangs. The Sydney police have a "Middle Eastern Crime Squad" devoted to them.

The point to note, however, is that the hostility to the rest of us is there among Muslims generally even if they rarely have the guts to do anything about it.

And that is what justfies restraining action against the Muslim community in general.  They cannot be blamed for the deeds of the few but they can be blamed for providing the sea in which the jihadis swim.  They provide community support and encouragement to the jihadis.  The problem is the religion.

So a Western national leader might well address his Muslim residents as follows:

"Would you like to have a person hostile to you  living with you in your own house?  Obviously not.  And we in this country don't like to have living among us a class of people who are hostile to us.  And it is sadly clear that many Muslim people in this country are hostile to the rest of us and our ways.  Many  Muslims living in this country came to us as refugees or in search of a better life and we have always been glad to give a safe place to refugees and support opportunity for all.  But we expect gratitude for what we have done for such people, rather than hostility.  And we normally get that --  but not from Muslims on many occasions. So I say to you now: Either go back to a place and people you like better or abandon your hostility to us.  If you stay here we expect you to become one of us. We expect you to adapt to us rather than  us adapting to you.

And we all know that your feelings of superiority and hostility to us originate in your religion.  What you do reflects the teachings of the Koran and what your Mullahs tell you.  So if you wish to remain among us you must change your religion.  You have six months to either depart these shores or instead develop a new religious affiliation.

To encourage that I am going to legislate that the restrictions  which presently apply to Christians in Saudi Arabia apply immediately to Muslims in this country.  That means no mosques and no Muslim activities of any sort.  As soon as the necessary legislation is passed, all mosques will become government property and will thenceforth be used for welfare housing only."

I apologize to those Muslims who do not feel hostile towards us  but many of you ARE hostile towards us and the government does not have mind-reading machines that could tell us who is hostile and who is not.  So to the only way to rid ourselves of hostile Muslims is to rid ourselves of all Muslims.  I wish you well as you return to your ancestral countries

The prohibition of Muslim practice would not of course pass constitutional muster in America under the freedom to practice your religion provisions of the First Amendment (or in Australia under Section 116 of the Constitution) but the command to depart almost certainly would. The First Amendment and its Australian equivalent protects religious practice for people living in the USA or Australia but it says nothing about who is permitted to live there.

I suspect that most Muslims born and bred in Western countries would take the option of changing their religion rather than lose the life they have become used to.  Any Muslims who failed to leave would of course have to be deported but all the Anglospheric countries have had plenty of practice at deporting illegal immigrants so deporting a few Muslims as well should not require much more in the way of resources in those  countries.  France and Germany would have bigger problems.

Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Arizona Woman Faces Child Porn Charges

Roxanne Chapin

(Phoenix, Arizona) A local woman, Roxanne Chapin, has been arrested for child pornography offenses.

Chapin faces one count of child molestation, two counts of sexual conduct with a minor and 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to James Holmes, a police spokesman, investigators from the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force said they intercepted images of a toddler being sexually abused that were sent from the north Phoenix home of 26-year-old Roxanne Chapin.

Investigators said they took two children, ages 3 and 6, from the home near Interstate 17 and Loop 101 and arrested Chapin at about 6 p.m. on Friday.

"Detectives interviewed the suspect and she admitted to molesting the two victims, taking photos of the abuse and creating child pornography," Holmes said in a news release. "The suspect also admitted to distributing the images. Detectives served a search warrant on the suspect's home and located additional images of the child."
Details on booking not provided.

Is Top Gear Scripted?

Many have wondered whether or not the very popular BBC "car" show "Top Gear" is scripted with planned "accidents" or if it all just happens.

Concensus is ... It's scripted.

Here are some interesting articles about how the show is made:
The Day I Went To Watch Top Gear Be Filmed

The Secret Life of Top Gear

Top Gear in New Fakery Row as Traffic Jam is Staged as James May Claims "These are Real Roads with Real Traffic"

Top Gear has Finally Become a Cartoon and It's All the Better For It
It's all fine with me ... It's a great show!

Posted by Note Taker

Carolina Teacher Accused of Nasty with Teen

Julianna Ortiz Mills

(Mooresville, North Carolina) A 37-year-old English teacher at South Iredell High School in Statesville, Julianna Ortiz Mills, has been accused of performing sex acts on a teenage boy.

Mills faces counts of sexual activity with a student by a teacher and felony taking indecent liberties with a student by a teacher.
Authorities said the victim is not one of her students and the alleged crimes did not happen on school grounds.

A deputy patrolling a residential neighborhood reportedly saw the suspect standing next to a vehicle with the victim inside.

The suspect was charged after being questioned.
Mills was booked into custody with bond set at $10,000.

Thaddeus Russell

A reader has directed my attention to the work of Thaddeus Russell.  He is a very iconoclastic historian who seems to enrage both Leftists and conservatives.  A lot of his writings appear in libertarian sources.

I have not read his book and doubt that I will have time to do so -- so if anyone wants to do a substantial book review of it I will be happy to put it up here.

I was not impressed by his recent article showing that it was mostly "progressive" legislators who were responsible for putting huge numbers of blacks behind bars.  I think it was the extraordinary rate of black crime that put huge numbers of blacks behind bars.

His main idea seems to be that the underclass has been a major driver of social change.  Underclass refusal to abide by rules laid down by the elites of the day have forced the elites to back off and allow more liberty.

Without reading his book, I don't know how good his evidence is for that but it does occur to me that the repeal of Prohibition is a good case in point.  The puritanical elite of the early 20th century were so dominant and powerful that they even got through a constitutional amendment to make America "dry".  Mere legislation was not enough.  It had to be a constitutional requirement

So what kicked that restriction to death?  It was the sheer disobedience of ordinary people -- some middle class but mostly working class.  In their "Speak-easys" they continued drinking.  Faced with the reality of Prohibition, Americans  rejected it  -- even though it took another constitutional amendment to do so.  Maybe the slowly dawning reality of Obamacare will have a similar effect.

Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Georgia Teacher Accused of Sex with Student

Elizabeth Scroggs

(Dalton, Georgia) A 32-year-old teacher at Coahulla Creek High School, Elizabeth Scroggs, has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

Scroggs has been charged with felony sexual assault by a person with supervisory or disciplinary authority for having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student.
“She is just broken down,” her attorney, Steve Williams, said.

Williams said he has not seen any evidence in the case and cannot comment on whether Scroggs is admitting or denying the allegations. He said Scroggs has no prior criminal record and is a highly acclaimed teacher, calling her a “top-notch” person.
If convicted, Scroggs faces one to 25 years in prison.

Will feminism produce great works of art?

DVDs are a wonderful thing.  I have a DVD recording a  performance at the Mariinsky theater in St Petersburg of the great ballet "Firebird".  The company is the Ballet Russes. I am far from a balletomane but the  wonderful music of Igor Stravinsky  gets me in every time.  And the reconstructed choreography of Michel Fokine is of course excellent too. It is no wonder that Firebird has a prominent place in the classical ballet repertoire.

And I couldn't help noticing that the chief ballerina (The Firebird) got thrown around an awful lot by the chief male dancer.  It was done with enormous athleticism and grace but there was no doubt who was the dominant character in the scenes concerned.  And it struck me that feminists would almost certainly find that repugnant -- with words like "patriarchy" and "inequality" popping into their addled brains.  Perhaps they think the ballerina should have thrown the larger male dancer about!

But Firebird is not alone in its representation of male/female roles.  A traditional representation of such roles is virtually universal in opera and in classical ballet.  So, having seen what artistic wonders traditional thinking can bring forth can we expect such art to emerge from feminist attitudes?  Feminism has been around since the likes of Emmeline Pankhurst and her girls over a century ago but I know of nothing notable that has emerged so far.  The only possible candidate appears to be the disgusting Vagina Monologues and they seem to be notable only for their crudity.

So my proposed answer to the question in my heading is a blunt "No".  Most prominent feminists are radicals and seem quite deranged most of the time. They seem to have no beauty in their souls.  And they don't care about women anyway.  They ignore the terrible plight of most women in Muslim lands and content themselves with nitpicking criticisms of everyday speech in their own country.

Fortunately most women are not feminists.  They believe in things like equal pay for equal work  but have little in common with the fountains of rage and hatred who are the radical feminists.  So what I have written above is in no way critical of women generally. I have been married four times so I clearly think women are pretty good.  And plenty of ladies find my views acceptable -- particularly ladies around my own age.

Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Friday, January 23, 2015

Oklahoma Woman Gets Life for Child Abuse - Update

Melissa Kay Anderson

(Tulsa, Oklahoma) Melissa Anderson, 35, of Tulsa has been given five life sentences for sexual abuse of a minor child under the age of 12.

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Oklahoma Woman Guilty of Child Abuse
[Previous 11/28/14 post]
(Tulsa, Oklahoma) A 35-year-old local woman, Melissa Kay Anderson, has been accused of forcing a 10-year-old boy to have sex with her.

Anderson, along with her boyfriend Michael Glendon Burris, 39, have been charged with sex crimes involving a minor. She pleaded no contest to five counts of child sexual abuse.
Detectives with the Tulsa Police Department’s Child Crisis Unit previously told the Tulsa World that the boy disclosed Anderson had shown him pornography, raped him while Burris watched and that both defendants forced him to use sex toys on Anderson inside their apartment near 16th and Main streets and at other locations.
Both Anderson and Burris are in custody at the Tulsa County Jail. Sentencing is scheduled for January 12, 2015.

New Orleans Smoking Ban

The New Orleans City Council has passed a sweeping ban against smoking in most places across the city.

The vote was unanimous.
Bars, restaurants, casinos, hotels, motels, and private clubs, plus other venues are restricted from allowing smoking. Interestingly, Mardi Gras parade-watching and celebrations are excluded.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Florida Woman Accused of Sex with Boys

Barbara Kirby

(Leesburg, Florida) A 36-year-old local woman, Barbara Kirby, has been accused of engaging in sex with two boys.

Kirby faces counts of lewd or lascivious battery on a victim older than 12 and younger than 16 and tampering with a victim.
According to the Lake County Sheriff's Office, officers with the Leesburg Police Department met with two boys and their parents in late December about the sex allegations.

One of the boys told authorities that he visited Kirby's Leesburg home around December 11 and she gave him something to drink. The boy said he felt light-headed and dizzy and fell asleep after finishing the drink, according to a sheriff’s report.

The boy said he awakened and was naked on the living room sofa, according to officials. The boy told authorities that Kirby then undressed and said, “Age is just a number,” before having sex with him, the report stated.

The boy said he felt embarrassed and returned home after quickly getting dressed, sheriff’s officials stated.

Kirby saw the boy two days later, according to deputies, and threatened to kill him if he told anyone what happened.
Details on arrest not reported.

Ohio Addiction Counselor Faces Drug Charges

Roberta Payne

(Pomeroy, Ohio)
The Ohio Attorney General's Office said Roberta Payne, a drug addiction counselor in Gallia County, sold more than 2,000 morphine pills and 30 milligrams of liquid morphine to an undercover agent.

Payne is behind bars in Middleport, Ohio, on several drug-related charges.

New court documents show the undercover sale leading to Payne's arrest happened Friday at a "Park and Ride."

It's a case investigators call a shock: Roberta Payne, a drug addiction counselor, caught red-handed selling different types of morphine to an undercover agent.
Payne was booked into custody with bond set at $250,000.

Is a $500,000 private school education really worth it?

A point overlooked below is that in choosing your son's school, you are choosing his friends for life.  Except for the army, men rarely make new friends far into adulthood, and even if they do, their old school friends will still usually predominate in their friendship circle.  So choosing a school is choosing a lot for a son.  What sort of friends do you want  your son to have?  He will tend to have smarter and more socially competent friends if you send him to a private school.  And if you send him to a sink school ....

All parents know that having children is like firing up a backyard bonfire but you substitute wads of cash for kindling and wood, but this week's study about the cost of private schooling would give anyone pause.

The Australian Scholarship's Group's research showed that a baby born in 2015 would cost over half a million dollars to be educated in Sydney's private schools.

Forget the six-million-dollar man, we have the half-million dollar kid – and we two of them!

But you are only going to get sticker shock if you insist on putting your kids into a private school and I don't plan on doing that. There are a number of factors at play here, not least the cost of the schooling and my inability to pay for it.

One problem is that "private schools" often seem to come under an umbrella brand that brings with it a belief of quality when, just like public schools or even hospitals or restaurants, quality varies quite significantly. For some private schools you may be getting top quality, out-of-the-box education, but at others you are just paying a lot more for a fairly standard education.

Many people send their kids to private school in the belief it comes with more advantages than the quality of teaching, that it can help one muscle in on the old boys' network.

There is little doubt that this network can be of some assistance. As an inexperienced twentysomething my friend, a former Geelong Grammarian, got us a face-to-face meeting with a member of the Fairfax family to discuss our fledgling men's magazine and there was little doubt that his school contacts were instrumental in getting that meeting. It certainly wasn't our business plan for the magazine, because we didn't have one.

But it is not the shortcut to nepotism many in the Comments section of school news stories like to believe, our would-be patron was polite but firm about our need to go and get our shit together before bothering to sit down with him or anyone else again (and quite rightly so).

There is also a fairly irrational fear of public schools. Just like the private equivalent these vary greatly and you need to do your research but we are lucky in Australia to not have to worry about our kids having to pass through metal detectors.

After spending the past two years in Singapore, paying a private school fee for a public school level of schooling I am readily embracing the amazing offering that is a virtually free education in this country and more of us should do the same. If more of the families that wanted their kids well educated put their efforts into the public system it would surely improve. Perhaps this huge hike in private schools fees is actually a boost to the public system, making their elite nature even clearer and sending the upper middles back into the arms of the state.

Other downsides for me include the fact many private school kids have to travel further to get to school (we know one mum with a nearly two hour school run between two far-flung male and female private schools) and the fact that you often have to select these school so far in advance that you can't know they are a good fit for your kids.

The question of what school to go to is more than a Naplan score or a natty blazer, it is the people, the community, the proximity to friends and after-school play. There are so many variables that you can't be sure you will achieve the desired result you had pictured when they were an infant – no matter how much you pay.

And what about the opportunity cost to a $500k education? Few of us will be able to pay such bills without forgoing certain things, things like the mind-opening world of international travel. I would not trade my kids Cambodian road trip for private schooling, if you can have both knock yourself out but at these projected rates that will not be a large slice of the population.

Far too many assumptions are made about schooling choices. We recently met a family from the US on a trip through Indonesia. When they said their kids – four of them 17 through to 11 – were home schooled our first instinct was to inch slowly away from them on our tiny boat. But spending a few days with these caring, erudite kids was a great reminder or our inbuilt prejudice as they were some of the most calm, well-rounded young people we had ever come across.

Now home schooling is not for us. And it's not the cost that is putting us off, it's the fact that we might have to reintroduce the cane for it to work. But private school is something I know is not the right fit for us either. I want my kids to have diverse range of fellow pupils, of races, of backgrounds. I do not want the common unifying factor to be the almighty dollar.

This is a very emotive debate but it is often framed in the reductive cry of wanting "the best" for our kids. We all want to give our kids a great start and, with some budgetary axing and a second job, I could probably send my kids through the private school system, but like a lot of things – as a not-particularly wealthy parent – it comes down to value for money.

And, at a half-million-dollar price tag, I do not see the clear and overwhelming benefits of a private school education.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Naked Pizza

(New York City) A 20-something pretty woman entered a Greenwich Village pizza shop wearing only a flappy overcoat. She ran from police when asked where her clothes were.

She was caught and put into an ambulance.

Although I've shopped at pizzerias for decades, nothing like this event has ever occurred. Maybe it's a New York thing.

WV School Counselor Sentenced in Drug Case - Update

(Wheeling, West Virginia)
Former Ritchie Elementary School guidance counselor Kristyn Fetcko left a federal courtroom in handcuffs Tuesday after receiving an 18-month prison sentence for her role in a prescription pain pill ring.

Fetcko, 34, was among 15 defendants indicted in February following a 14-month investigation into the pill ring, which operated from October 2012 through January 2014 and was involved in the distribution of thousands of oxycodone pills in the Ohio Valley, according to investigators.

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WV School Counselor Accused of Dealing Oxycodone
[Previous 1/24/14 post]
(Wheeling, West Virginia) A guidance counselor at Ritchie Elementary School, Kristyn Fetcko, faces federal drug charges for allegedly selling oxycodone pills.
A Drug Enforcement Administration agent wrote in a criminal complaint that on Jan. 14, a confidential informant made arrangements to purchase 30 mg oxycodone pills from Fetcko at her Webster Avenue home in Wheeling.

The report states the informant had made a prior controlled buy of oxycodone pills from Fetcko on Jan. 8.

"The confidential informant met Fetcko and a companion at her residence and requested to purchase 10 oxycodone 30 mg pills," the report states. "When the confidential informant made the request, the confidential informant turned and said to Fetcko, '10 of them's $350, right?' Fetcko responds, saying 'yeah' while shaking her head in the affirmative; and then, the confidential informant says 'are you sure,' to which Fetcko replies '100 percent.'
Fetcko was released on her own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 10.

Supreme Court Agrees to Define Marriage

I should perhaps mention the libertarian perspective here.  Conservatives find much libertarian thought congenial and they might find the libertarian perspective on marriage helpful as well in a legal environment that is hostile to the traditional view of marriage.

Libertarians think governments should butt out of involvement with marriages altogether. Libertarians hold the view (And I know some who have put it into practice) that marriage is simply an agreement between two people and that such an agreement or contract may be whatever suits the couple concerned.  The contract could be formalty registered as a contract in some way and then it would be just another contract under normal contract law.  And two homosexuals could obviously make contracts with one another.

But people have always wanted heavy social recognition of such contracts and that is where churches, mosques or temples have always figured prominently.  So a traditional marriage is basically a religious occasion.  And until about a century ago, church records were the only formal records we had of who had married whom.  Libertarians ask:  Can that be so hard to go back to?  The traditional nature of such arrangements should be attractive to conservatives.

And churches can of course have different views about who gets their blessings.  Episcopalians would probably marry dogs if asked and Catholics won't marry divorced people.  But that is just part of the rich texture of society and as long as nothing is forced upon us, let people go to hell in their own way (As Elizabeth I once said to the King of Spain).

So ALL marriage laws should be abolished and replaced by contracts that can  be solemnized in any way that can be agreed on by the parties concerned.


For Americans who maintain that marriage is between one man and one woman, gear up for the next battle. On Friday, the Supreme Court announced it had agreed to hear cases regarding same-sex marriage. Given the track record of activist judges on the High Court, we are not overly optimistic the justices will rule in favor of the third pillar of Liberty.

In October, the Supreme Court declined to hear cases from five states seeking to preserve their lawful, voter-approved definitions of marriage. By choosing not to take on those cases, the Supreme Court left in place lower court rulings overturning laws on same-sex marriage.

And two years ago, the Supreme Court tossed Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that the federal government is bound to recognize same-sex marriages from states in which they are legal. The justices did not, however, go so far as to declare same-sex marriage a right – yet.

The result of that decision led to most of the lower courts striking down numerous state bans on same-sex marriage.

There was one exception: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld traditional marriage laws in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Judge Jeffrey Sutton said in that ruling it was not the place of the courts to decide such an important social issue. What a novel concept. “When the courts do not let the people resolve new social issues like this one, they perpetuate the idea that the heroes in these change events are judges and lawyers,” Sutton wrote. “Better in this instance, we think, to allow change through the customary political processes, in which the people, gay and straight alike, become the heroes of their own stories by meeting each other not as adversaries in a court system but as fellow citizens seeking to resolve a new social issue in a fair-minded way.”

Given the split among the circuit courts, it was almost certain the Supreme Court would step in to settle the dispute.

It’s worth noting the timing of the Court’s announcement. There is growing capitulation among Republicans on the issue, and the party’s candidates offered little debate over marriage during the campaign season. The GOP’s new congressional majorities are occupied with other agenda items. Should the Supreme Court rule to redefine marriage (as many political pundits presume it will), the GOP could be further divided on this issue leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Regardless of whether the Supreme Court discovers a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, any Republican candidate who has or continues to oppose same-sex marriage will be portrayed as a bigot. But a Court ruling could move the needle further. There will also be many potential candidates who would argue that, since the Court ruled, the matter is settled.

On the other hand, there could also be ample opportunity for candidates to stand firmly on principle. Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review notes, “If the Supreme Court does issue such a ruling, Republicans in the presidential primaries will be under a bit more pressure to say that they back a constitutional amendment reversing the decision and to say explicitly that they’ll appoint justices who don’t tend to agree with that sort of decision.”

Aside from the political fallout for the GOP from a Supreme Court decision that is presumed to side with the homosexual agenda, the greater impact will be on the people. A majority of voters in a majority of states have said that marriage is a sacred institution that does not change at the whim of progressive lobbyists and activist judges. Their voice will have been rejected.

And don’t think for a moment that a ruling redefining marriage will have no impact on churches and religious liberty in America. If the Supreme Court can redefine marriage, then is that same Supreme Court not powerful enough to impose its will on those who preach, teach and believe that the only true marriage is that between one man and one woman? Where does it end? Bakers, florists and photographers are already under assault – just wait until same-sex marriage is a “constitutional right.”

America had better wake up, because regardless of which way the Court rules the issue of what constitutes marriage isn’t going away any time soon.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

New Mexico Teacher Accused of Rape

(Belen, New Mexico) A 34-year-old educator at Belen High School, Victoria Baker, has been accused of multiple child abuse and sexual penetration charges.
State police say Baker had sex at least six times with a 17-year-old student at Belen HS, and that the encounters often took place at her house.

Investigators have also said she sent him nude photos from time to time, and that the encounters all took place from November to December 2014.

But Jennifer Brown, the district's HR director, said school administrators didn't find out about the situation until Thursday, when Baker first came to them.

She allegedly told administrators "she was being harassed by a student."

Brown said the school interviewed that student before putting Baker on paid leave.
Last Friday, Baker was arrested.

Missouri Woman Accused of Rape of Boy, 12

Nicole Marie Smith

(St. Charles County, Missouri) A 30-year-old local woman, Nicole Marie Smith, has been accused of engaging in sex with her son's 12-year-old friend.

Smith faces counts of statutory rape and statutory sodomy.
Smith, 30, allegedly performed oral sex on the boy multiple times between April and December 2014, according to a St. Charles County probable cause statement.

Investigators found cell phone messages between Smith and the boy, in which “the two professed their love for one another,” authorities said in the document.

Smith encouraged the boy to erase messages from her and tried to “manipulate him into destroying evidence of the crime,” authorities said.

She stated she was afraid to go to jail, police said.
Smith was booked into custody with bond set at $75,000.

Tip: Barry B

Google Glass Halted

Google is ending sales of its Google Glass eyewear.

The company insists it is still committed to launching the smart glasses as a consumer product, but will stop producing Glass in its present form.

Instead it will focus on "future versions of Glass" with work carried out by a different division to before.[…]

From next week, the search firm will stop taking orders for the product but it says it will continue to support companies that are using Glass.

Super Bowl Tickets

1981 Super Bowl Ticket - $40

Prices for Super Bowl tickets have increased 100-fold since 1981.
If you want to go to the Super Bowl, whether to root for the Seahawks or the Patriots or just to be there, it's going to cost you some fat dollars. The average list price to get a ticket to Super Bowl 49 in Glendale, Ariz., is $3,950, according to an analysis by ticket aggregator
The cheapest seats are priced at $1,857.

Obama has no shame:  Releasing Illegal Alien Criminals!

Max McGuire

All we ever hear from liberals is that you “can’t deport all the illegal aliens.”  Personally, I think that’s wrong. But one thing that people on both sides should be willing to admit is that there are illegal aliens who SHOULD be deported.

And many of them are scheduled to be kicked out of the country. There’s only one problem: Obama won’t let law enforcement do its job!

Apparently, no sooner had Obama announced his amnesty plan, law enforcement across the country began receiving orders to stand down and let captured illegal aliens go.

We’re not talking about little children caught trying to cross the border. ICE agents were told to stop going after criminal illegal aliens and to release detained illegals who were scheduled to be deported.  In these cases, a judge had already signed off on deportation.

Immigration enforcement agents have begun calling this the Obama “get out of jail free” card.

Illegal aliens who have pending criminal cases are just being released;  In many cases, local law enforcement drops lesser charges against illegals under the assumption that they’ll be deported. Obama is letting those illegals out of prison;

The Federal government is releasing illegal aliens with significant traffic violations like drunk driving, felony hit-and-run, and even grand theft auto;

These criminals are being set free without even warning their victims.

This is just so shameful. But not only that… these releases are illegal and unconstitutional.

These aliens have been given deportation orders by federal judges. The Obama administration does not have the constitutional authority to simply disregard these court orders.

Congress has to put a stop to this clear executive overreach. No president has the authority to go against a lawful court order, not even King Obama.

The White House is clearing out the prisons and sending criminal illegal aliens back into society.

President Obama released thousands of illegal aliens from prison last year. He’s already released hundreds since announcing his amnesty executive actions.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Monday, January 19, 2015

Michigan Teacher Gets Prison for Sex with Boy - Update

Abigail Simon

(Grand Rapids, Michigan)
A tutor at a Grand Rapids Catholic school has received an eight- to 25-year prison sentence for having sex with a 15-year-old boy she was teaching.

Kent County Circuit Judge Paul Sullivan sentenced 35-year-old Abigail Simon on Wednesday. A jury on Nov. 26 convicted her of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The Grand Rapids Press posted a video of Simon telling the judge she's "lost" and "broken" and asking him to let her "go home as soon as possible."
Simon will have time to consider her thinking.

Tip: JR

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Michigan Teacher Accused of Sex with Boy, 15
[Previous 11/19/14 post]
(Flint, Michigan) A 35-year-old tutor and study hall supervisor at Catholic Central and West Catholic schools, Abigail Simon, has been accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old male student over a three-month period.

Simon faces four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
[T]he boy's mother found pictures of her in a garter belt on her son's phone.[…]

The student told the Kent County court they had "a lot of sex" at her Grand Rapids apartment but denied he had "stalked, coerced and brutalised" her, as she claimed.

He told the court he was a virgin before he entered into a relationship with Simon and that the teacher had introduced him to rough sex.

"We had intercourse a lot [and she] never said no," he said. "I never forcibly raped her."
Details on booking are unavailable.

Illinois Social Worker Accused of Sex with Student

Brandi D. Edwards

(Cook County, Illinois) A 26-year-old social worker at Rise Alternative High School, Brandi D. Edwards, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 16-year-old student.

Edwards has been charged with criminal sexual assault.
The relationship began after Edwards wrote her cellphone number on the teen’s journal at the Rise Alternative High School in Chicago Heights. The two then exchanged sexual messages prior to their first meeting.

In November she picked the boy up at his home and had sex with him in her car behind his home, said Cinthya Lee Bassig, Cook County assistant state’s attorney.

The two had sex a second time on a different date inside her car near his home, a third time at a forest preserve and a fourth and final time at a hotel room she reserved, Lee Bassig said. The relationship lasted several months.
Edwards was booked into custody with bail set at $250,000.

California Teachers Accused of Sex with Students

Melody Lippert and Michelle Ghirelli

(San Clemente, California) Two South Hills High School teachers, Melody Lippert, 38, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, have been accused of engaging in sex with students.

The pair were arrested and released on bail.

Does Australia have the ideal healthcare system?

You might not think so from the news report below.  The report covers just one episode of inaccessible healthcare but it is typical of what happens all the time in all states in Australia and in Britain.  Both Australia and Britain have a system of "free" hospitals and local doctors but also (unlike Canada) allow private health services.  And it is a testimony to how bad the "free" system is  that 40% of Australians have private health insurance, which enables them to take advantage of Australia's large network of excellent private hospitals at little or no out-of-pocket cost.

Why would you pay for something if you can have it for free?  The answer of course is that the "free" system is so bad as to be life threatening on occasions.  As the various parts of Obamacare go live, Americans too will experience that. For many, health services will be "free" but unavailable.

Private health insurance is affordable in Australia.  Many people on relatively low incomes have it.  I pay $160 a month for mine. It is bought directly by the person covered rather than through an employer.  So it is a significant budget item for many and the majority would rather spend their money on beer and cigarettes than on insurance.  So they rely on the taxpayer for "free" health care.  They rely on bureaucratic healthcare provision.

And the ineffectiveness of that gets steadily worse.  Bureaucracies do not die overnight.  They are like cancer, slowly growing but they will kill you eventually. They gradually choke themselves to death.  And what we read below shows that process to be in an advanced state in Australia  -- the State health services all go back many decades.  And the services will get even worse in future.

So the present situation is in fact mostly fair.  If you put your money into beer and cigarettes instead of health insurance you deserve only third-rate care and that is what you get. You are mainly raiding people who have already paid for their own care and asking them to pay for your care too.

Can that be improved?  Do the improvident public have to be treated so badly?  If you think improvement is needed the way to it would probably be to get the beer and cigarettes money redirected into private health insurance -- so that the government system is left to care for the few who cannot afford even beer and cigarettes.  If that were done, much of the demand would be taken off the government service and the genuinely poor would get better service.

So if you see the situation described below as a problem, your rational response would be to mandate private health insurance for all but the very poor.  But if you don't like the compulsion in that you can console yourself that the existing system may be rather horrible for many but it is at least fair for the great majority.  Most of those being poorly treated could have chosen otherwise

I have a fairly average health insurance policy so my treatment in a recent health emergency is instructive.  I had an attack of kidney stones.  So I went straight to the Wesley private hospital here in Brisbane -- a church-run hospital named after two great Christians. Within less than two hours of the pain developing, I was given morphine as pain relief and within 6 hours I was on the operating table.  The ideal is possible and readily available in Australia.  It just isn't free

If America ever gets a rational Congress and President, I think they could learn something from Australia

A Sydney hospital left a patient in its emergency department for almost six days, prompting condemnation from an expert in emergency medicine.

Details about the incident are scarce. But a hospital source said the patient was  admitted to Blacktown Hospital's emergency department on Wednesday evening the week before last.

The hospital confirmed the patient had been sitting in a recliner chair in its emergency department and was discharged at some time on Tuesday last week.

"This is absolutely extreme," said Clinical Associate Professor Paul Middleton from Sydney University. "In 25 years working in hospital emergency departments I've never seen anybody stay for that long.

"The lights are on all the time. It's noisy. There are wailing children, mental health patients, people pissed off with waiting and shouting; there's trauma; there's blood and there's vomiting. It's not a place to spend a long time. Patients don't do well [in emergency]."

The hospital, citing patient confidentiality, declined to provide details about the patient's illness. It said they had been treated while in the emergency department and been referred to hospital specialists.

Danny O'Connor, the CEO of the western Sydney local health district, said the patient was discharged after the hospital was satisfied with their progress.

Mr O'Connor also said the case "presented many social complexities" and that the hospital continued to care for patients who were unable to leave for "family or social reasons".

But Professor Middleton said a ward was the only place for a patient in hospital that long.

"There are also alternatives to staying in hospital [such as refuges]," he added.

The Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, declined to comment.

"Our members are sick of being abused by patients who are facing major delays," said Judith Kiedja from the nurses' and midwives' union.

The union advocates the government impose a ratio of one nurse for every three patients to maintain standards of care. Blacktown's emergency department has often run at twice that ratio of nurses this fortnight.

Tanya Whitehouse, from the Macarthur Domestic and Family Violence Service, said she found the case baffling.

"If the patient was facing domestic violence or homelessness, they should have seen a social worker and been found a refuge," she said.

A spokesman for the Family and Community Services Minister, Gabrielle Upton, said over the next three years the government would "invest a record half billion dollars to tackle homelessness across the state".

This latest case comes after a fortnight of major delays at Blacktown Hospital, where between 40 and 60 beds have been closed for the holidays.

A dozen patients, half aged over 80, were waiting more than two days in emergency two weeks ago.

There were further delays last week. Paramedics waited for 17 hours to hand one patient over to the care of the hospital.

"If they're closing that many beds it's a potential for disaster," Professor Middleton said.


Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

Sunday, January 18, 2015

The Warmist fraud gets ever more bald-faced -- "Hottest year" bulldust is totally unscientific

See the report below from -- where else? -- The Guardian.  I remember The Guardian from the days when it was The Manchester Guardian -- and it hasn't improved.  It is still a purveyor of Leftist deception.

The Japan Meteorological Organization was, I think, the first off the blocks with the claim that 2014 was the world's hottest year -- and skeptics were quick and vociferous in pointing out the holes in that claim.  But NOAA and NASA have learnt nothing. They can't afford to.  If they acknowledged the points skeptics make they would be acknowledging the fragility of their whole Warmist edifice.

A lot of skeptics have been fired up by this latest example of malfeasance and some may already have rebuttals up and running online.  But basically, you need to know only one thing:  That the differences the Warmists are prattling about are so minute as to be statistically non-significant.  Statistical significance is the MINIMUM condition for a difference to have any significance in a larger sense.  When a difference is not statistically significant, it is the sort of difference that arises by chance alone. So there is no basis to say that the difference concerned is anything but random.

And all scientists know that.  It is a basic axiom of science. And the temperature differences recorded for the last 18 years or more have been so minute -- measured in hundredths of one degree Celsius -- that they are crashingly non-significant statistically.  So anybody who parades the temperature differences observed as showing anything is simply not a scientist  He is a crook.  It  is rather sad that big organizations heavily remunerated by taxpayer funds are run by crooks but that is the plain truth of the matter. The only scientifically defensible conclusion from the given data is that the temperature has remained unchanged for 18 years.

You can read the actual NASA/GISS press release here.  Nobody is misquoting them. They have nailed their pirate colors to the mast

The numbers are in. The year 2014 – after shattering temperature records that had stood for hundreds of years across virtually all of Europe, and roasting parts of South America, China and Russia – was the hottest on record, with global temperatures 1.24F (0.69C) higher than the 20th-century average, US government scientists said on Friday.

A day after international researchers warned that human activities had pushed the planet to the brink, new evidence of climate change arrived. The world was the hottest it has been since systematic records began in 1880, especially on the oceans, which the agency confirmed were the driver of 2014’s temperature rise.

The global average temperatures over land and sea surface for the year were 1.24F (0.69C) above the 20th-century average, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) reported. Nasa, which calculates temperatures slightly differently, put 2014’s average temperature at 14.67C – 0.68C above the average – for the period 1951-80.

The scientists said 2014 was 0.07F (0.04C) higher than the previous records set in 2005 and 2010, and the 38th consecutive year of above-average temperatures.  [NOTE:  0.04C is four HUNDREDTHS of one degree.  We are debating here how many angels can dance on the head of a pin]

That means nobody born since 1976 has experienced a colder-than-average year.

More crap HERE

Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).

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