Thursday, July 24, 2014


The sacredness of a baby

An Israeli man instantly used his body to protect a baby



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

Washington Teacher Guilty of Sex with Students - Update

(Tacoma, Washington)
A former Tacoma math teacher accused of having sexual relations with her students made a plea deal Wednesday that could get her a shorter time behind bars.

Meredith Powell was teaching at Lincoln High School when male students came forward early this year accusing her of sending inappropriate texts and engaging in sexual activity. Wednesday she pleaded guilty to two counts of rape of a child in the third degree and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

Tacoma Schools representatives said they were grateful she finally admitted to her wrongdoing that ultimately affected students and her colleagues.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 29.

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Washington Teacher Accused of Sex with Students
[Previous 2/6/14 post]
(Tacoma, Washington) A 24-year-old math teacher at Lincoln High School, Meredith Claire Powell, has been accused of engaging in sex with students.

Powell faces counts of third-degree child rape and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
Tacoma schools spokesman Dan Voelpel said the district received an anonymous tip about allegations of sexual activity with students at Lincoln High on Tuesday and immediately passed that information along to the Tacoma Police Department.

Powell was placed on paid leave according to Voelpel. He said when the district learned Powell had been arrested she was placed on unpaid leave.
Powell was booked into custody at the Pierce County Jail.

Pennsylvania Woman Accused of Sex with 4 Boys

(Mercersburg, Pennsylvania) A 34-year-old local woman, Lisa Marie Smith, has been accused of engaging in sex acts with 4 teen boys.

Smith faces 16 counts, including statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, furnishing alcohol to minors and corruption of minors.
Mercersburg Police said Smith admitted to buying liquor with the children's money and performing oral sex on two teenage boys back during incidents that occurred back in May, the website reported. However, Smith denied allegations that she had intercourse with the boys.

"She claimed she had a lot to drink and may have blacked out," the website quoted the affidavit as saying.

The incidents allegedly occurred May 18 and 25 and over the weekend of May 31 to June 1, police said.
An arrest warrant was issued on Monday.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


Eating Faces



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There is a company in Vermont named Burnt Impressions that is selling toasters that make bread selfies.

The price is a little steep -- $75. Or maybe not. After all, wouldn't being able to eat a slice of toasted bread with your face on it every day actually be priceless? You could even serve your burnt image to family and friends.
Interesting. If a selfie can be placed on a piece of toast, then any person's face could show up.

Islamists Kill Somali Protest Singer/Lawmaker


Saado Ali Warsame

(Mogadishu, Somalia) Veteran Somali protest singer and member of parliament Saado Ali Warsame was gunned down earlier today by Islamist assassins who blocked her car and sprayed it with bullets.
Believed to be in her 70s, she was renowned for songs that landed her in jail when she challenged the former dictator Siad Barre before he was toppled in 1991 and Somalia plunged into conflict.

Attackers from al Shabaab Islamist group, which has staged a series of assaults during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, claimed the killing.

"We are behind the killing of lawmaker Saado Ali Warsame and we shall eliminate them one by one," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al Shabaab's spokesman for military operations, told Reuters.
Islamists kill, again.

MH17: no link to Kremlin in plane downing - US intelligence  officials say no evidence of direct Russian government involvement

The report below is probably the best informed yet and should go some way towards damping down the hysteria about President Putin.  The plane was clearly shot down by Ukrainians -- Russian speaking ones.  Given that Ukraine has resisted their demands for independence and attacked them instead (have we forgotten that Americans also once fought for their independence?), they were clearly entitled to shoot back, and, equally clearly that was what they thought they were doing in attacking the plane.  The launcher appears to have been an early model, a BUK 1 so all they may have seen on their radar was a blip that could have been Ukrainian.  As far as I can see, the only guilt lies with the Malaysian managers who sent their plane into airspace where planes were already being shot down

Senior US intelligence officials have said that Russia was responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

The intelligence officials were cautious in their assessment, noting that while the Russians have been arming separatists in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. had no direct evidence that the missile used to shoot down the passenger jet came from Russia.

The officials briefed reporters on Tuesday under ground rules that their names not be used in discussing intelligence related to last week's air disaster, which killed 298 people.

The plane was likely shot down by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, the intelligence officials said, citing intercepts, satellite photos and social media postings by separatists, some of which have been authenticated by U.S. experts.

But the officials said they did not know who fired the missile or whether any Russian operatives were present at the missile launch. They were not certain that the missile crew was trained in Russia, although they described a stepped-up campaign in recent weeks by Russia to arm and train the rebels, which they say has continued even after the downing of the commercial jetliner.

In terms of who fired the missile, "we don't know a name, we don't know a rank and we're not even 100 percent sure of a nationality," one official said, adding at another point, "There is not going to be a Perry Mason moment here," a reference to a fictional detective who solved mysteries.

White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said the U.S. was still working to determine whether the missile launch had a "direct link" to Russia, including whether there were Russians on the ground during the attack and the degree to which Russians may have trained the separatists to launch such a strike.

"We do think President Putin and the Russian government bears responsibility for the support they provided to these separatists, the arms they provided to these separatists, the training they provided as well and the general unstable environment in eastern Ukraine," Rhodes said in an interview with CNN.

He added that heavy weaponry continues to flow into Ukraine from Russia following the downing of the plane.

The intelligence officials said the most likely explanation for the downing was that the rebels made a mistake. Separatists previously had shot down 12 Ukrainian military airplanes, the officials said.

The officials made clear they were relying in part on social media postings and videos made public in recent days by the Ukrainian government, even though they have not been able to authenticate all of it. For example, they cited a video of a missile launcher said to have been crossing the Russian border after the launch, appearing to be missing a missile.

But later, under questioning, the officials acknowledged they had not yet verified that the video was exactly what it purported to be.

Despite the fuzziness of some details, however, the intelligence officials said the case that the separatists were responsible for shooting down the plane was solid. Other scenarios - such as that the Ukrainian military shot down the plane - are implausible, they said. No Ukrainian surface-to-air missile system was in range.

From satellites, sensors and other intelligence gathering, officials said, they know where the missile originated - in separatist-held territory - and what its flight path was. But if they possess satellite or other imagery of the missile being fired, they did not release it Tuesday. A graphic they made public depicts their estimation of the missile's flight path with a green line. The jet's flight path was available from air traffic control data.

In the weeks before the plane was shot down, Russia had stepped up its arming and training of the separatists after the Ukrainian government won a string of battlefield victories. The working theory is that the SA-11 missile came from Russia, although the U.S. doesn't have proof of that, the officials said.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Powers said last week that "because of the technical complexity of the SA-11, it is unlikely that the separatists could effectively operate the system without assistance from knowledgeable personnel. Thus, we cannot rule out technical assistance from Russian personnel in operating the systems," she said.

Asked about evidence, one of the senior U.S. intelligence officials said it was conceivable that Russian paramilitary troops are operating in eastern Ukraine, but that there was no direct link from them to the missile launch.

Asked why civilian airline companies were not warned about a possible threat, the officials said they did not know the rebels possessed SA-11 missiles until after the Malaysian airliner was shot down.

SOURCE

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Intim Fest


Intim Fest participants listen to a lecture

(Kiev, Ukraine)
Kyiv's Truchaniv Island welcomed a very unusual festival on July 19 - 20. “Intim Fest”, the First international festival of sexology and relationships, offered some sixty master-classes just in two days.[…]

Some master classes were quite modest, talking about recipes for success and explaining general family psychology and looking more like commercial promos for some expensive sex schools, others dealt with spicier matters.

The master class which revealed the secrets of a female orgasm turned out to be the most popular.
It seems odd that a festival of sexology would be held at the same time that the country of Ukraine is under attack by the Russians. Ukraine has been characterized as a war zone.

Goodwill Industries Credit Card Breach



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Financial institutions across the country report that they are tracking what appears to be a series of credit card breaches involving Goodwill locations nationwide. For its part, Goodwill Industries International Inc. says it is working with the U.S. Secret Service on an investigation into these reports.[...]

According to sources in the financial industry, multiple locations of Goodwill Industries stores have been identified as a likely point of compromise for an unknown number of credit and debit cards.
Financial industry sources say the breach may have existed for a year and possibly affects Goodwill stores in 21 states.

Hunt for oil and gas to begin off East Coast

The Obama administration opened up the Atlantic to oil and gas exploration for the first time in nearly four decades on Friday.

The announcement from Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) allows the use of air guns and sonic sensors to search off of the East Coast.

It is a major step toward allowing future drilling in the Atlantic, which has remained off-limits for over 30 years.

While the decision doesn't guarantee that lease sales for drilling in Atlantic waters will be included in the Interior Department's five-year plan for 2017-2022, it is a step in that direction.

"After thoroughly reviewing the analysis, coordinating with Federal agencies and considering extensive public input, the bureau has identified a path forward that addresses the need to update the nearly four-decade-old data in the region while protecting marine life and cultural sites,” acting BOEM Director Walter D. Cruickshank said.

Geophysical research companies contracted by the oil and gas industry will still need to apply for individual permits before conducting tests and undergo strict environmental reviews.

Still, the decision is a win for industry, which will get a chance to prove the potential in the Atlantic for oil, gas, and renewable energy.

Environmentalists, on the other hand, expressed frustration with the administration for allowing testing, which they argue is harmful to marine life in the Atlantic.

"For more than 30 years, the Atlantic coast has been off limits to offshore drilling. Today, our government appears to be folding to the pressure of Big Oil and its big money," said OCEANA spokeswoman Claire Douglass.

Green groups say the tests could kill thousands of marine mammals, injuring dolphins and endangered whales.

The Natural Resources Defense Council called seismic testing the "gateway drug to offshore drilling."

While the decision favors the industry, oil and gas companies aren't getting everything they want.

The American Petroleum Institute said Interior is keeping in place "arbitrary" restrictions that "lack scientific support," and that will "discourage" exploration.

BOEM doesn't expect surveys to begin until early next year but will consider permit applications as they come in.

After a permit is issued, the contractor will have one year from that date to conduct tests.

The decision comes after the release of an environmental impact study in February that detailed precautions companies should take when conducting tests.

SOURCE  

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

Monday, July 21, 2014


Besties - Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal


Russian President Vladimir Putin and actor Steven Seagal

(Estonia) Actor Steven Seagal has been dropped from the headlining slot at the Estonian blues festival called Augustibluus due to his bromance with President Putin.
Estonians were particularly upset over Mr. Seagal’s recent comments supporting Russia’s annexation of Crimea as “entirely reasonable.” Mr. Seagal was also quoted in March as calling Mr. Putin “a friend” and “one of the greatest living world leaders.”

Estonia’s foreign minister, Urmas Paet, said Mr. Seagal had become active in politics in the last few months “in a manner not befitting a world which honors states based on the rule of law,” The Guardian reported.
Heh.

Danish Sweet



(Copenhagen, Denmark)
A semi-naked woman's nonchalant stroll through one of Copenhagen's poshest neighbourhoods turned a lot of heads in the streets and is now quickly going viral. Watch the video here [NSFW] to see what the buzz is all about.
It was a stunt to advertise a new dating program.

One of the sadder examples of what the human race produces



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

Illegal News



Some of the unaccompanied illegal immigrant children who’ve recently entered the country could be coming to your community and you’d never know.

The White House is not informing governors or members of Congress when or where they are placing the children, because they deem the children’s privacy rights to be more important than your right to know where your tax dollars are going, or any public safety or health concern you might have.

During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said:
“The public does have a right to know what’s happening… [but] at the same time, there are privacy rights that are included in the law that this administration is committed to enforcing and following.”
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman – a Republican – recently discovered that 200 illegal immigrant children were sent to his state “without warning.” Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Mary Fallin was “alerted through the media” about 600 children coming to a military installation in her state.

And, Virginia Rep. Rob Wittman (also a Republican – Coincidence?) found out about a shipment of children to his state from a local charity that was contracted by the federal government to provide housing and supplies for the children.
The estimated dollar cost of the child foreign invasion hasn't as yet been reported.

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Texas Woman Accused of Starving Child

(Dallas, Texas) A 33-year-old local woman, Elizabeth Ramsey, has been accused of starving her stepson, Johnathan Ramsey, age 10, to death.

Ramsey faces a charge of injury to a child.
The boy’s father, Aaron Ramsey, was sentenced last year to life in prison for locking Johnathan in a bedroom of the family’s northeast Dallas home for months, feeding him only bread and water.

The boy’s skeletal remains were found in April 2012 in an Ellis County Creek bed. Medical experts estimated he died more than seven months earlier.

Dallas police detective Daniel Greene described the house where the couple lived as “dirty, filthy, animal waste in every room on pretty much every surface.”

Prosecutor Eren Price displayed police photos from the house on Clearwater Drive where Johnathan died. The rooms were packed with furniture, boxes and trash, and the entire house was infested with fleas. About 20 cats and four dogs also lived in the house with the Ramseys and another woman, Greene testified Thursday.

Johnathan died some time in August 2011.
Elizabeth Ramsey faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Climate data from air, land, sea and ice in 2013 reflect trends of a warming planet; Increases in temperature, sea level and CO2 observed

The Warmists at NOAA are clutching at straws here.  

1). They say that just three countries in the Southern hemisphere had record high temperatures. But if it's GLOBAL warming, shouldn't the high temperatures have happened in more countries than that? Nothing in the Northern hemisphere? If a phenomenon is not global it is local and of no use in upholding Warmist dogma.  There are plenty of local weather influences.

2). And it's a wonder that they mention the rise in CO2 at all, now at a level that was once predicted to be catastrophic.  Where is the catastrophe?

3). And they say that the global temperature  ranked "between second and sixth depending upon the dataset used". So which is it?  The ranking is obviously far from solid.

4). And they say: "sea surface temperature for 2013 was among the 10 warmest on record".  That means that there were 9 years when it was warmer.  So it actually COOLED in 2003.

I will comment no further on such hilarious garbage

In 2013, the vast majority of worldwide climate indicators—greenhouse gases, sea levels, global temperatures, etc.—continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet, according to the indicators assessed in the State of the Climate in 2013 report, released online today by the American Meteorological Society.

Scientists from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C., served as the lead editors of the report, which was compiled by 425 scientists from 57 countries around the world (highlights, visuals, full report). It provides a detailed update on global climate indicators, notable weather events, and other data collected by environmental monitoring stations and instruments on air, land, sea, and ice.

“These findings reinforce what scientists for decades have observed: that our planet is becoming a warmer place,” said NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D. “This report provides the foundational information we need to develop tools and services for communities, business, and nations to prepare for, and build resilience to, the impacts of climate change.”

The report uses dozens of climate indicators to track patterns, changes, and trends of the global climate system, including greenhouse gases; temperatures throughout the atmosphere, ocean, and land; cloud cover; sea level; ocean salinity; sea ice extent; and snow cover. These indicators often reflect many thousands of measurements from multiple independent datasets. The report also details cases of unusual and extreme regional events, such as Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated portions of Southeast Asia in November 2013.

Highlights:

    Greenhouse gases continued to climb: Major greenhouse gas concentrations, including carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide, continued to rise during 2013, once again reaching historic high values. Atmospheric CO2 concentrations increased by 2.8 ppm in 2013, reaching a global average of 395.3 ppm for the year. At the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, the daily concentration of CO2 exceeded 400 ppm on May 9 for the first time since measurements began at the site in 1958. This milestone follows observational sites in the Arctic that observed this CO2 threshold of 400 ppm in spring 2012.

    Warm temperature trends continued near the Earth’s surface: Four major independent datasets show 2013 was among the warmest years on record, ranking between second and sixth depending upon the dataset used. In the Southern Hemisphere, Australia observed its warmest year on record, while Argentina had its second warmest and New Zealand its third warmest.

    Sea surface temperatures increased: Four independent datasets indicate that the globally averaged sea surface temperature for 2013 was among the 10 warmest on record. El NiƱo Southern Oscillation (ENSO)-neutral conditions in the eastern central Pacific Ocean and a negative Pacific decadal oscillation pattern in the North Pacific had the largest impacts on the global sea surface temperature during the year. The North Pacific was record warm for 2013.

    Sea level continued to rise: Global mean sea level continued to rise during 2013, on pace with a trend of 3.2 ± 0.4 mm per year over the past two decades.

    The Arctic continued to warm; sea ice extent remained low: The Arctic observed its seventh warmest year since records began in the early 20th century. Record high temperatures were measured at 20-meter depth at permafrost stations in Alaska. Arctic sea ice extent was the sixth lowest since satellite observations began in 1979. All seven lowest sea ice extents on record have occurred in the past seven years.

    Antarctic sea ice extent reached record high for second year in a row; South Pole station set record high temperature: The Antarctic maximum sea ice extent reached a record high of 7.56 million square miles on October 1. This is 0.7 percent higher than the previous record high extent of 7.51 million square miles that occurred in 2012 and 8.6 percent higher than the record low maximum sea ice extent of 6.96 million square miles that occurred in 1986. Near the end of the year, the South Pole had its highest annual temperature since records began in 1957.

    Tropical cyclones near average overall / Historic Super Typhoon: The number of tropical cyclones during 2013 was slightly above average, with a total of 94 storms, in comparison to the 1981-2010 average of 89. The North Atlantic Basin had its quietest season since 1994. However, in the Western North Pacific Basin, Super Typhoon Haiyan – the deadliest cyclone of 2013 – had the highest wind speed ever assigned to a tropical cyclone, with one-minute sustained winds estimated to be 196 miles per hour.

State of the Climate in 2013 is the 24th edition in a peer-reviewed series published annually as a special supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. The journal makes the full report openly available online.

"State of the Climate is vital to documenting the world's climate," said Dr. Keith Seitter, AMS Executive Director. "AMS members in all parts of the world contribute to this NOAA-led effort to give the public a detailed scientific snapshot of what's happening in our world and builds on prior reports we've published."

SOURCE

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



Massive Highway Accident in China




(Changsha, China)
At least 38 people are confirmed dead and another five injured after a vehicle crash triggered fire and explosion on a central China highway early Saturday morning, police said.

The accident happened at around 3 a.m. on a section of the Hukun (Shanghai to Kunming) Expressway in Hunan Province, when a freight van loaded with flammable liquid, probably alcohol, rear ended a passenger coach capable of carrying 53 people.

A total of five vehicles were destroyed in the accident. The driver of the van and a passenger in it died at the scene, according to the provincial traffic police.

The injured have been rushed to a local hospital for emergency treatment. Exact casualties are still under investigation.
Wow! At least 38 dead! Investigation teams have rushed to the scene.

Saturday, July 19, 2014


Caption Unnecessary



SOURCE
Can America disengage?

I do not at all agree with the screed below but it represents a view that needs an answer.  And one point it makes is undoubtedly true:  It is sheer madness, not to mention cruel, to be arming and financing both sides of the Arab/Israel conflict.  Even the bleeding hearts must notice that it has led to over 100 dead Palestinians currently.  Is that what the supporters of the Arabs want?  It probably is -- the Left love death -- but they should be confronted with that consequence.  In my view, aid to all hostiles should be cut off while at the same time Israel continues to receive what she needs to defend herself.

So there is in principle no problem with aid to Egypt as long as it continues to honor its peace treaty with Israel -- something that Mubarak did and which the present military government has continued.

But the Palestinian authority is undoubtedly hostile to Israel so aid should be cut off until it too concludes an enforceable peace treaty with Israel.  I cannot see that there is any other moral course.

The second point below is that Israel is a no-account place that is not worth defending.  Many writers have pointed out ways in which Israel is materially useful to America but that is not the big factor of course.  The big factor comes down to morality, religion, values and feelings.  And in that sphere Israel is a giant among nations.  They wrote both parts of our holy book and even those who do not hold the Bible holy cannot avoid the fact that the Bible has been the principal foundation of our civilization. To give back to those who have given us so much seems again to me to be the only moral course.  As our own Bible tells us, they are a holy nation

“[The United States has] a fateful tie to the Israelis from which we have, in contradistinction to the Israelis, everything to lose, and nothing to gain.” George F. Kennan, Diaries, 25 April 1978.

“Our form of government, inestimable as it is, exposes us, more than any other, to the insidious intrigues and pestilent influence of foreign nations. Nothing but our inflexible neutrality can preserve us.” John Adams, c. 1809.

As the renewed Israeli-Palestinian war rages in Gaza, America is presented with an ideal moment to run — not walk — away from its suicidal commitment to both sides. Surely, no sane American — except the Neocons, whom it would be absurd to consider either sane or loyal Americans — could have missed the fact that what is going on in the current war has had absolutely no immediate impact on the United States.

The war is occurring in a far away place that is no longer of any strategic interest to the United States because the combination of Washington’s relentless, war-causing and Islamist-motivating interventionism and Obama’s cowardly surrenderism have already given the entire region to the Islamists and ensured — thanks to Jewish-American Neocons — Israel’s ultimate doom. Therefore it matters not a lick to any but disloyal Americans whether the Israelis kill all the Palestinians, the Palestinians kill all the Israelis, or, in the best case scenari0, they mutually destroy each other. At the end of the war they all simply will be dead foreigners of whom we had no need and for whom we need not bid any teary farewells. Peoples who want to fight religious wars deserve whatever they get, and these two peoples are determined to fight their religious war until one side or the other is destroyed. Well, so be it, let us get out of it now.

There is a rub for the United States, however, and that reality makes complete U.S. disengagement more urgent than ever before. That rub lies in the fact that each bomb or missile the Israeli air force uses in Gaza will eventually yield a dead American soldier or Marine and/or a dead civilian. This is not a fact that President Obama or Secretary of State Kerry will use to inform the American people about what is at stake for the United States in the long run, because they — along with most of their party and the Republican Party — really could not care less about our nation’s security as long as campaign contributions and media support keep flowing  from disloyal Israel First, U.S. citizens and their fundamentally anti-American organizations. As long as that graft keeps flowing their way from the Israel Firsters, they are all more than willing to motivate our Islamist enemies by backing Israel to the hilt.

All of these officials will seek to hide their corrupt relationship with U.S. citizen, Israel First leaders by blathering on about the need for a cease-fire, a two-state solution, and restraint from both sides. What is it, do suppose, that makes senior elected and appointed American officials live in the fantasy world that sees an amicable solution to this problem as a possibility.  The answer is bribery, as these people are all listed as members in good standing on Israel First’s bountiful payroll list. Because of the dire need to uphold what is left of the Constitution, we must permit these enemies of America to prattle on, but recognizing their flagrant disregard for genuine U.S. national interests we ought to just ignore them.

It is exquisitely clear, that Israelis and Arabs are going to fight each other until one or the other is annihilated, so let them fight.

SOURCE

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

Friday, July 18, 2014


IDF Enters Gaza Strip



(Gaza Strip)
As the IDF ground operation in Gaza moved forward and Operation Protective Edge entered into its 12th day, the IDF confirmed late Friday night that 260 targets have been attacked in Gaza since the beginning of the ground incursion exactly one day before.

These targets have included weapons stockpiles, rocket launchers, smuggling tunnels, the homes of terrorist commanders and more. Exactly 21 militants from the Hamas and Islamic Jihad organization have been arrested in the Strip and taken in for interrogation by security forces and the Shin Bet. Dozens more have been killed in skirmishes with IDF soldiers.

As night fell Friday, reports filtered in of Israeli troops clashing with Palestinian militants in the area of Beit Lahiya in the northern Strip.

Flares lit up the night skies over Gaza and heavy artillery fire boomed, as the IAF continued its bombing campaign. The IDF is conducting a series of pinpoint actions to destroy tunnels designed for use by terrorists to strike Israel from Gaza, and track down the terrorists themselves.
As of this morning, a total of 21 smuggling tunnels have been uncovered.

Malaysian Airliner Disaster in Ukraine


Russian President Vladimir Putin

(Moscow, Russia)
Russian President Vladimir Putin conveyed his condolences to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte over the Malaysia Airlines passenger plane that crashed in eastern Ukraine and said the tragedy needs to be investigated objectively.

“The head of the Russian state emphasized that the tragedy that occurred once again confirms the necessity of a quick peaceful settlement to the acute crisis in Ukraine and said that all of the circumstances around the aircraft disaster need to be investigated carefully and objectively,” the Kremlin’s press service said.

Earlier, Putin also expressed his condolences to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed near the town of Torez in the Donetsk Region on Thursday. There were 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials are squarely putting responsibility for the plane disaster on Russia.

New York Woman Gets Jail for Rape of Boy - Update

(St. Lawrence County, New York) Yesterday, 24-year-old Amanda Matott was sentenced to 60 days in jail and 10 years probation.

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New York Woman Admits to Rape of Boy - Update
[Previous 4/23/14 post]
(Canton, New York) Amanda L. Matott, 24, pleaded guilty yesterday in St. Lawrence County Court to having sex with a 13-year-old boy on the Fourth of July.

Matott was convicted of felony third-degree rape.
She was arrested Aug. 9 following a multiagency investigation that included the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services and Child Protective Department, which began in July and concluded that Matott, formerly of Canton Manor Apartments, served a 13-year-old alcohol before engaging in sexual activity.

In court Tuesday, she told County Judge Jerome J. Richards that she had sex with the minor on July 4. The admission was made as a part of the plea deal that is to include a split sentence of jail time and probation as well as sex offender registration. A no-contact order of protection was issued in favor of the boy.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 7.

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New York Woman Arrested for Rape
[Previous 8/11/13 post]
(Canton, New York) A 23-year-old woman, Amanda Matott, has been accused of liquoring up and engaging in sexual relations with a 16-year-old.
Matott was charged with Rape, second degree, a Class D Felony, Sexual Abuse, second degree, Class A Misdemeanor, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor, and Unlawfully Dealing with a Child, a Class A Misdemeanor.

Canton police were involved because Matott lived in the Village of Canton when the investigation began in early July.
Matott was booked into custody at the Saint Lawrence County Jail with bond set at $10,000.

Alabama Teacher 35, and Boy, 15

(Athens, Alabama) A 35-year-old substitute teacher formerly at Clements High School, Karen Dyan Holt, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 15-year-old male student.

Holt faces charges of second-degree rape, sodomy, and sex abuse.
The juvenile's parents filed a complaint with the sheriff's office on Wednesday after becoming suspicious of inappropriate contact between their son and Holt. Sheriff Mike Blakely said Holt confessed to investigators.

According to the sheriff's office, Holt met the teen when she was his substitute teacher last year at Clements High School. Limestone County Schools Superintendent Thomas Sisk said Holt filled in for four days during that time. Authorities said the woman ran into the 15-year-old at a local department store and began communicating after that. They said there is no evidence that any crime took place while school was in session.

Authorities said sexual activity between the two took place two nights ago, next door to the boy's house.
Holt was booked into custody and subsequently released on $40,000 bond.
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