Sunday, March 09, 2014
Ezra Levant's libel trial starts
Sun News Network host Ezra Levant caused "tremendous" damage to a Saskatchewan lawyer with blog posts labelling him a jihadist and a liar, the lawyer alleged Monday as his defamation lawsuit against the controversial media personality went to trial.
Khurrum Awan was completing his articling and looking for work as a lawyer when he alleges the most egregious libels were posted. He is seeking $100,000 in damages.
Levant's posts on his personal blog centred around Awan's testimony at a British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal case about a complaint over an article in Maclean's magazine from 2006, titled "The future belongs to Islam." Awan was a law student when the article was published and was one of a group of students who said they were concerned the article was Islamophobic.
Awan testified Monday that seeing Levant's posts under the headline "Awan the liar" was "very upsetting."
Levant's lawyer, Iain MacKinnon, said the defence is primarily one of fair comment.
The blog posts were based upon what Levant observed over two days of Awan's testimony at the human rights tribunal in 2008 and there is a factual basis for his comments, MacKinnon said in his opening statement.
"There's no doubt Mr. Levant sometimes uses colourful language or sometimes a derisive tone," MacKinnon said. "That is perfectly allowed under the defence of fair comment."
Levant was commenting on a matter of public interest, MacKinnon said, noting Awan never asked Levant for a correction.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Washington Woman Gets Jail for Sexting Boy
(Tacoma, Washington) A 37-year-old woman, Shakira Anderson, has admitted to sending sexually explicit texts and photographs to a 14-year-old boy.
Anderson pleaded guilty to a charge of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes and was sentenced to nine months in jail.
Anderson repeatedly tried to convince the boy to have sex with her, but his parents found out about the texts and told police.[…]Anderson was ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation while in jail.
The boy’s mother said Anderson showed no remorse for the crime.
“I don’t think she’s mentally stable and I don’t think it will change the way she behaves”, said the boy’s mother.
Pierce County Superior Court Judge Frank Cuthbertson lectured Anderson saying a presentence investigation indicated she didn’t take the charges seriously and didn’t consider herself a sex offender.
Friday, March 07, 2014
New York Teacher Guilty of Rape of Male Student - Update
pleaded guilty this week to second-degree rape of a 14-year-old student.
Amanda Iles' admission came after she reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that will see her spend up to six months in the Westchester County jail, in addition to nearly 10 years of probation. Iles, 28, will also have to register as a sex offender.[…]Sentencing is scheduled for May 27.
Iles surrendered to police in November after she was accused of sexual encounters with the boy on several occasions over four days at her 118 Grand Blvd. home in Eastchester, just days after the end of the school year.
The rape came to light after the parents of the boy, who lives in Yonkers, learned of the encounters and contacted police, who later uncovered videos and photos of the sex. Iles resigned from her position at the school just days before the encounters began.
New York Teacher Accused of Rape of Male Student
[Previous 11/6/13 post]
(White Plains, New York) A 27-year-old religion teacher at the Archbishop Stepinac High School, Amanda Isles, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 14-year-old male student.
Isles faces two counts of felony second-degree rape.
Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said Wednesday that the boy’s parents became aware of the encounters and contacted the police.Isles was booked into custody with bail set at $25,000 cash or $75,000 bond.
Isles returned from California where she has been living and surrendered to Eastchester Police Wednesday morning.
Porn Star at Duke University
An 18-year-old student at Duke University, Miriam Weeks, has garnered national attention for performances as a porn star under the name Belle Knox. She has been called a veritable overnight success story with more hits on Google than Pope Francis and Justin Bieber combined.
Belle Knox, with a dozen skin-flicks under her belt, was back in Los Angeles on Wednesday preparing for another porn casting call. The budding porn star — featured in films like “Lick My Lips” and “How Do You Like It?” — hopes to screw her way all the way to graduation.Heh.
“I really enjoy sex, and I’ve always loved watching porn, so it just seemed like I could pay my way through college doing something I really love doing,” Knox, a women’s studies and sociology major, told the Daily News.
Tuition at the North Carolina school runs about $47,000 a year. The petite brunette said her family was supposed to pay for school. When that didn’t work out, she considered taking out loans, but she didn’t want to strap her family with debt. She says she wasn’t eligible for government loans and typical student jobs just didn’t pay enough.
“I didn’t feel like I had a lot of options,” she said.
It was November and holiday break was approaching. Then it hit her.
“I literally just Googled, ‘How to be a porn star.’ It came up with all these modeling agencies, and I literally just sent in my pictures and my height and weight,” she recalled. “I was getting calls literally within days, with people saying they really wanted me.”
Ohio Woman Jailed for Sex with Minor
(Hillsboro, Ohio) A 22-year-old local woman, Courtney M. Davis, has pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual conduct with a minor.
As a result, Davis was sentenced in Clinton County Common Pleas Court to six months in jail. Davis will also be designated as a sex offender and was ordered to pay a $500 fine.
At the time of the offenses, the victim was 14 years old and Davis was 21, stated Clinton County Common Pleas Judge John W. “Tim” Rudduck.Davis faces a year in prison if she fails to comply with the community control rules and regulations.
“Defendant [Davis] claims she was mistaken about victim’s age, but the court does not believe this excuse,” Rudduck wrote in his judgment entry. The judge added that after reviewing an investigative report, he is “convinced” Davis was “fully aware” of the age of the juvenile.
New York Teacher Gets Prison for Raping Boy - Update
(Orange County, New York) Yesterday, former substitute teacher Lisa Franklin, 45, was sentenced in Orange County Court to 30 months in prison for second-degree rape of a 12-year-old boy.
My guess is that a male teacher committing the same crime would have received 30 years in prison, not 30 months.
New York Teacher Guilty of Raping Boy - Update
[Previous 12/19/13 post]
(Orange County, New York) A former substitute teacher at the Sacred Heart parochial school, Lisa M. Franklin, pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old boy.
The plea covers a 22-count indictment related to acts that spanned a year’s time. In exchange for the plea, she’s expected to get a prison sentence of 2 1/2 years, plus 10 years of post-release supervision by parole. She’ll also be required to register as a sex offender, with a level to be determined after a forensic psychiatric assessment.Sentencing is scheduled for February 2014.
The abuse was uncovered when the boy’s parents found inappropriate text messages from Franklin on his cellular phone.[…]
As Senior Assistant District Attorney Michael Milza questioned her, Franklin admitted in court to subjecting the boy to sexual intercourse last year.
New York Teacher Indicted for Sex with Boy - Update
[Previous 6/7/13 post]
(Orange County, New York) A 44-year-old substitute teacher formerly at Sacred Heart School in Newburgh, Lisa M. Franklin, has been indicted for engaging in sex with a boy who was under the age of 13.
Franklin faces counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, first-degree rape and second-degree rape.
The indictment alleges that between March 15 and June 30, 2012, she had sex with a boy who was under the age of 13.Franklin continues free on bail.
New Windsor Town Police learned of the abuse from the boy’s parents when they learned he was having a relationship with Franklin, a Town of Newburgh resident, when they discovered inappropriate text messages on his phone.
During the investigation, police learned the boy and the woman were involved in several sex acts in several jurisdictions.
New York Teacher Accused of Sex with Boy, 12
[Previous 3/15/13 post]
(Orange County, New York) A 44-year-old substitute teacher for Newburgh-area Catholic schools, Lisa M. Franklin, has been accused of engaging in "numerous sex acts in multiple jurisdictions with a New Windsor boy beginning when he was 12 years old."
Franklin faces counts of second-degree rape and first-degree sexual conduct against a child.
The boy's parents realized something was wrong when they found "inappropriate text messages" on his cellphone in February. They brought their concerns to New Windsor cops, who started an investigation with the help of the Orange County Child Abuse Unit and county social services.Franklin was booked into custody at the Orange County Jail and released on $10,000 bail.
They also worked with cops in Warwick and Goshen in addition to State Police and sheriff's deputies because they believe Franklin and the boy, now 13 years old, carried on their relationship in various places across the county.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
School Forces Half-Naked, Drenched Student into Freezing Cold
(St. Paul, Minnesota)
The school staff exhibited no common sense.
The trouble began when a small science experiment triggered the fire alarm at Como Park Senior High School in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fourteen-year-old Kayona Hagen-Tietz was swimming in the school pool for health class at the time. Her clothes were in her locker, and a teacher told her that there was no time for her to change. Hagen-Tietz was rushed outside–still wet and dressed in only swimsuit.
It was 5 degrees below zero in St. Paul that day. With the windchill, it was 25 degrees below zero.
Greenpeace Complains for Russia to Return Ship
Greenpeace has filed a complaint against Russian authorities over their refusal to allow the environmental organization to inspect its ship, which has been in Russian custody for over five months.Thus far, it appears Russia has simply ignored all the complaints and petitions.
The Arctic Sunrise icebreaker has been held in the northern port city of Murmansk since September when it was detained in international waters, along with all 30 people on board, during a Greenpeace protest over Arctic oil drilling.
Russia dropped all charges against the so-called Arctic 30 in December as part of a presidential amnesty, but investigators have refused to release the ship, citing the need to examine computer evidence found on board.
Greenpeace filed a complaint to a St. Petersburg court and a formal petition to the Investigative Committee this week, calling on Russian authorities to release the ship and for access to evaluate the vessel’s condition after the organization’s request to inspect it in October was denied.
“The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ordered an immediate release of the vessel more than three months ago,” Greenpeace said in a statement.
Calling the Global Warming Charlatans "Nazis" is historically accurate
Nature fantasists and authoritarian people-haters in both cases. Details here -- JR
By Alan Caruba
On February 20th, the noted meteorologist, Dr. Roy W. Spencer, fed up with being called a “denier” of global warming, posted a commentary on his blog titled “Time to push back against the global warming Nazis.”
“When politicians and scientists started calling people like me ‘deniers’, they crossed the line. They are still doing it,” said Dr. Spencer. “They indirectly equate (1) the skeptics’ view that global warming is not necessarily all manmade nor a serious problem with (2) the denial that the Nazi’s extermination of millions of Jews ever happened.” The Holocaust happened, but global warming’s latest natural cycle ended about 17 years ago and, as a lot of people have noticed, it has been getting cold since then.
“Like the Nazis,” said Dr. Spencer, “they advocate the supreme authority of the state (fascism), which in turn supports their scientific research to support their cause…” In the case of global warming, this huge hoax was put forth by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The UN would like to be the world’s global government, but that’s not going to happen. In the meantime, the IPCC provided scientists that cooperated with lots of money for their alleged research, all of which “proved” that carbon dioxide was dramatically heating the Earth. Others like Al Gore made millions selling “carbon credits”. Along the way, both Gore and the IPCC received a Nobel Peace Prize.
Dr. Spencer received a Ph.D. in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. He was a Senior Scientists for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center where he and a colleague, Dr. John Christy received NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for their global temperature monitoring work with satellites. He became a Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 2001 and continues to advise NASA as a U.S. Science Team Leader. As he points out on his blog, his research has been supported by U.S. government agencies, so the usual claim by Greens that he is a paid stooge of Big Oil just doesn’t work in his case.
Dr. Spencer’s decision to call a Nazi a Nazi ignited a lot of discussion among the global warming hustlers and those whom they have been calling “deniers” for many years. I always found it particularly offensive, but I suspect those I called charlatans and hustlers felt the same way. The difference, however, is the connotation applied to the term, “denier.” Even today anti-Semites of various descriptions deny that six million Jews died in the death camps of Nazi Germany during World War Two along with millions Christians and Eastern Slavic Europeans
What makes this particularly offensive and horrid is the fact that those in the Nazi leadership under Adolf Hitler were all environmentalists, deeply committed to conservation and similar expressions that put the Earth above the value of human life.
This is all revealed in a book by R. Mark Musser, “Nazi Oaks”, now in its third printing. Musser was introduced to environmentalism at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, from which he graduated in 1989. In 1994 he received Master of Divinity and spent seven years as a missionary to Belarus and in the Ukraine.
Musser’s book is absolutely astonishing as he documents how “Green” the Nazis were from their earliest years until their defeat. It was Heinrich Himmler, the Reich Leader from 1929 to 1945, who was responsible for the “Final Solution”, the mass killing of Europe’s Jews. He led the Nazi party’s SS.
As Musser notes, “The Nazis were trying to eliminate both global capitalism and international communism in order to recover a reverence for nature lost in the modern cosmopolitan world.” The Nazis also held Judeo-Christian values in contempt.
“That this evolutionary Nazi nature religion was clothed in secular biology and colored by environmental policies and practices, is a historical truth that has been ignored and underreported for too long a time in all the discussions about the Holocaust,” writes Musser.
I am inclined to believe that it is no accident that the global warming charlatans began to use the term “deniers” to describe skeptics.
By 2011, a Gallup poll that surveyed people in 111 countries revealed that most of the human race did not see global warming as a serious threat. Still, worldwide 42% told Gallup that they thought global warming was either ‘somewhat serious’ or ‘very serious.’ That was down from 63% in polls taken in 2007 and 2008 in the U.S.
More than just a spat between scientists, in April 2012, the Congressional Research Service estimated that, since 2008, the federal government had spent nearly $70 billion on ‘climate change activities.’ That kind of money could build or repair a lot of bridges and roads. It could fund elements of our military. It could be spent on something other than a climate over which neither the government nor anyone in the world has any influence.
Bursting onto the national stage, Dr. Spencer’s decision to call the global warming scientists Nazis for their efforts to intimidate or smear the reputations of those whose research disputes their claims, Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. a Wall Street Journal columnist, wrote on March 1 that “Surely some kind of ending is upon us. Last week climate protesters demanded the silencing of Charles Krauthammer for a Washington Post column that notices uncertainties in the global warming hypothesis.”
“In coming weeks,” wrote Jenkins, “a libel trial gets under way brought by Penn State’s Michael Mann, author of the famed "hockey stick" graph (Editor’s note: an IPCC graph Mann created that asserted a sudden, major increase in heat has been widely debunked) against the National Review, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, writer Rand Simberg and roving commentator Mark Steyn for making wisecracks about his climate work.”
Revelations of several thousand emails between IPCC scientists, one of whom was Mann, were christened “climategate” and demonstrated the efforts in which they engaged to suppress the publication of any papers that questioned global warming in scientific journals. As the climate turned cooler, they became increasingly alarmed.
What we are likely witnessing are the long death throes of the global warming hoax. Calling those scientists and others like myself “deniers” and other names simply reveals the desperation of those who are seeing a great source of money slip away under the spotlight of scientific truth, nor will they be able to impose their lies on the rest of us.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).
Florida Man Accused of Sex with Dog
(Tampa, Florida) A 57-year-old local man, Bernard Marsonek, has been accused of engaging in sex with a pit bull in his yard.
Marsonek faces counts of animal cruelty, sexual activity involving animals, and felon in possession of a firearm.
When officers arrived at the home on North Marks Street, they were greeted by a small crowd of residents who were disturbed by their neighbor's activity with the dog. Several said they told Marsonek to stop, but he ignored their commands.Details on booking are unavailable.
Officers found Marsonek inside his home, where they began to interview him. A search warrant was executed, and police seized a gun and ammunition from Marsonek, who is a convicted felon.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Kentucky Teacher Accused of Giving Pot & Booze to Students
(Fleming County, Kentucky) A 41-year-old teacher at Fleming County High School, Minnie McCord, has been accused of providing alcohol and marijuana to students.
McCord was arrested yesterday and charged with unlawful transaction with a minor and trafficking in marijuana.
State Police accused a teacher of giving students alcohol and marijuana in exchange for work done on her property.[…]McCord was booked into custody at the Mason County Detention Center.
Troopers said the arrest came after executing a search warrant.
Florida Woman Accused of Using Drugs with Baby in Car
accused of taking drugs when watching a 3-month-old baby in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant.
Jackson faces counts of child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia.
A deputy was called to the restaurant at 11:56 p.m. Thursday after someone reported seeing people in a 2003 Saturn Ion taking drugs while a baby was in the car, the report said.Jackson was booked into custody at the Land O’ Lakes Jail with bond set at $10,150.
When the deputy arrived, he walked up to the car and saw Jackson in the back middle seat, holding the 3-month-old girl, the report said. A syringe was sticking out from underneath a baby’s car seat that was next to her, and on the baby seat was a clear wrapper with white powder residue “consistent with drug use,” the report said.
Two witnesses told the deputy they had seen the occupants of the car “shooting up and snorting drugs off the dashboard” while they passed the baby around, the report said.
Greenpeace Protests Procter & Gamble
Nine people are in jail on charges of trespass and burglary for rappelling down the twin towers at P&G Tuesday afternoon as part of a protest.Heh.
The group Greenpeace says it's trying to make a point that P&G is destroying the rainforest with how it obtains palm oil for some of it's products.
The rappelling of the 17 story twin towers made for quite the photo opportunity for people walking past the building. The effort was so coordinated Greenpeace had a helicopter flying over to take video to put on social media.
However, the big confusion is still how there could be this kind of security breach at P&G. It even allowed for a woman dressed in a tiger costume to hang from wires between the towers. Police think the nine people in street clothes walked in the front door carrying a lot of stuff.[…]
Greenpeace said the group came to expose the company's use of palm oil linked to forest destruction in products like "Head and Shoulders".
Florida Teacher Accused of Crashing into Police Car
accused of twice ramming into a Lake County deputy's vehicle while under the influence of a drug and fleeing a traffic stop on her way to school.
Jenkins faces counts of aggravated battery on a law officer, fleeing and driving under the influence.
According to an arrest report a deputy spotted Jenkins in a black sport-utility vehicle headed east in the westbound lane of State Road 44 near Scrub Oak Lane.Jenkins has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
When Jenkins would not slow down, authorities said, the deputy pulled in front of her to keep her from hitting other vehicles.The teacher then twice crashed into the deputy's rear bumper before coming to a stop at County Road 42.
After being removed from her vehicle, Jenkins told a second deputy she'd missed a turn, did not remember the deputy attempting to stop her and did not recall striking the deputy's vehicle or passing a stopped school bus.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Texas Teacher Accused of Improper Relations with Student
(Collin County, Texas) A 39-year-old teacher at Evans Middle School, Sharon Lynn Hoskison, has been arrested for engaging in an improper relationship with a 17-year-old student.
The exact charges Hoskison faces are pending.
McKinney ISD officials sent a letter to parents at Evans Middle School, where Hoskison teaches eighth grade social studies and history. The letter states that Hoskison was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation by McKinney ISD and McKinney police.Hoskison was booked into custody at the Collin County Jail.
“Please know that we take these matters very seriously, and student safety is our top priority,” stated the letter from Evans Principal Todd Young.
Ladies: No Bras, No Panties Allowed at Church
(Nairobi, Kenya) A local pastor has ordered female worshippers to attend church without their bras and panties to allow Christ to enter their lives.
Rev. Njohi of Lord's Propeller Redemption church has advised female worshippers from wearing any undergarments to the church terming them as ungodly. In a meeting chaired by him, a law was passed banning the wearing of inner wears.In addition, mothers have been instructed to check their daughters to assure they are not wearing underwear to church on Sundays.
Njohi claims that when going to church, people need to be free in 'body' and 'spirit' to receive Christ.
He went ahead to warn members of dire consequences if they secretly put on their inner wears.
As a side note, it appears that Rev. Njohi's name is pronounced 'en-joy.' Curious, eh?
Alabama Teacher Gets Jail for Sexting Student
(Oneonta, Alabama) A 32-year-old teacher formerly at Susan Moore High School, Crystal Gilliland Clowdus, has pleaded guilty to sending sexual messages to a 15-year-old male student.
As a result, Clowdus was sentenced to 10 years in prison with nine suspended.
Clowdus, a wife and mother of a young son, was arrested Dec. 20, 2013, and turned herself in at the Blount County Correction Facility. She was jailed on a charge of transmitting obscene material to a child, and jailed with bond set at $100,000.The victim's family reportedly concurred with the sentence.
According to a court affidavit, a 15-year-old student said Clowdus sent him pictures on his cell phone. In the pictures, the teacher was nude and partially nude. The teen also received text messages from her saying she would like to have sex with him.[…]
She will serve six months in the Blount County Correctional Facility, followed by six months of house arrest, Casey said. She was expected to begin serving her jail time this afternoon.
Following her one year in detention, Clowdus will have a five-year probation period. She is also required to register as a lifetime sex offender and has to surrender her teaching license.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Green-Certified Buildings Reportedly Hog Energy
Washington, D.C. may have the highest number of certified green buildings in the country, but research by Environmental Policy Alliance suggests it might not be doing much good.Heh.
The free-market group analyzed the first round of energy usage data released by city officials Friday and found that large, privately-owned buildings that received the green energy certification Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) actually use more energy than buildings that didn’t receive this green stamp of approval.
LEED is the brainchild of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a private environmental group.
Russian Troops Invade the Crimean Peninsula
In red are displayed the locations of invading Russian forces on the Crimean Peninsula (as of 3/2/14). It's expected that conditions will change dramatically in the coming days as the Russian invasion matures.
Thus far, international reaction to the invasion can arguably be described as woefully meek.
They're already called 'vertically challenged' - but are short people intellectually challenged too?
The connection between height and IQ is well known. It is however usually expressed as tall men being brighter
They are already cursed with the rather unflattering label of ‘vertically challenged’.
Now experts say short people may also be intellectually challenged too - or at least in comparison to their taller counterparts.
A new study has found a link between IQ and height, suggesting that those who are shorter are on average more likely to be less intelligent.
Academics identified genes that influence both height and IQ, and said there was a ‘significant genetic correlation’ between the two factors.
The research, which covered more than 6,800 unrelated people, is the first to analyse DNA markers in such a way.
Riccardo Marioni, from Edinburgh University’s Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, said the link was small but important.
He said: ‘We tested whether DNA-based genetic similarities among people related to their similarities in height and intelligence.
‘Previous studies have used twin or family data to examine similarities between height and intelligence, whereas ours was the first to examine this using actual DNA markers in unrelated people.
‘What we found was a small association between height and intelligence such that people who are taller tend to be smarter.’
The claim is likely to be disputed by millions in Britain who fall short of the average height, 5ft 3in for women and 5ft 9in for men.
One is certain to be John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, who at 4ft 5ins is dwarfed by his 5ft 11in wife, Sally.
But among those who appear to prove the theory is David Cameron, who is 6ft 1in is blessed with both height and intelligence.
Others include actress Kate Beckinsale, who studied French and Russian literature at Oxford and is fluent in both languages.
Stephen Fry, the host of QI, the puzzle-based television show, is 6ft 5in.
Marioni conducted his study in partnership with academics from Aberdeen University and University College London.
They based their findings on data compiled from thousands of people recruited for the Scottish Family Health Study between 2006 and 2011.
IQ was measured by tests which examined reaction times, powers of recall and linguistic ability.
Previous studies have linked short stature to heightened risk of cardiovascular disease.
Higher IQ has been linked to longevity and a decreased risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and suicide.
Previous studies have also claimed that short-man syndrome, known as the Napoleon complex, does exist. Researchers at Oxford University recently found that feeling smaller makes people paranoid, distrustful and scared of others. In fact, men of about 5ft 4in have been shown to be 50 per cent more likely to be jealous and distrustful of their partners than those measuring 6ft 6in.
Studies have also claimed smaller people are more likely than taller ones to have poor mental health.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).