Chance favors the prepared mind - Louis Pasteur
Saturday, April 30, 2005
Integrity, Honor, Respect
Holy shit. I am absolutely appalled at this. I mean, I understand we’re in a time of war and we need soldiers, but not like this.
Last month the U.S. Army failed to meet its goal of 6,800 new troops.
Aware of this trend, David McSwane, a local high school student, decided he wanted to find out to what extent some recruiters would go to sign up soldiers who were not up to grade.
McSwane, 17, is actually just the kind of teenager the military would like. He’s a high school journalist and honor student at Arvada West High School. But McSwane decided he wanted to see “how far the Army would go during a war to get one more solider.”
McSwane contacted his local army recruiting office in Golden with a scenario he created. He told a recruiter that he was a dropout and didn’t have a high school diploma.
“No problem,” the recruiter explained. He suggested that McSwane create a fake diploma from a non-existent school.
McSwane recorded the recruiter saying that on the phone.
But that’s not all.
McSwane also pretended he had a drug problem when he spoke with the recruiter.
The Army does not accept enlistees with drug problems.
“I have a problem with drugs,” McSwane said, referring to the conversation he had with the recruiter. “I can’t kick the habit ... just marijuana.”
“[The recruiter] said ‘Not a problem,’ just take this detox ... he said he would pay half of it ... told me where to go.”
Read the article for the details. I have no problem with aggressive recruiting techniques, nor even bending the occasional rule. But faking a high school diploma and working around a drug test? This recruiter should be court martialed, and discharged from the army.
Posted by Lee
on 04/30/05 at 03:42 PM in Politics
The Sunshine Abortion State
Since it was the site of the infamous 2000 election disaster, and the Terri Schiavo case, where else but Florida would you expect this case to appear?
A pregnant 13-year-old girl in Florida has been told she cannot have an abortion because she lacks the maturity to make such a decision.
A state court granted an injunction which prevents the girl from terminating her pregnancy.
She is three months pregnant and had planned to have an abortion on Tuesday of this week.
The American Civil Liberties Union says it will launch an urgent appeal against the ruling.
Florida’s department of children and families intervened and took the matter to court, arguing the teenager, who is under the care of the state, is too young and immature to make an informed medical decision. Judge Ronald Alvarez in Palm Beach accepted that argument and has granted a temporary injunction and psychological evaluation, which effectively blocks her from terminating the pregnancy.
Okay, we have a 13 year old who is a ward of the state and three months pregnant. She wants an abortion, the state says she is too young, and a judge has sided with the state. Knowing nothing more about the case than what I have read here, I can see both sides of the argument. While in general 13 is too young to make this type of decision, in a very specific case like this, I don’t think that the age of the girl should be the deciding factor. We all know young kids who are very mature, especially those who have had to grow up in a short period of time due to terrible parenting. So, for all I know, she could be very mature for her age. I hope that the judge took that into account when making his ruling.
Besides, if the girl were 13 and had a brain tumor, and the operation to remove it could possibly kill her, would anyone question for a second her right to make that decision, or at least contribute to it substantially? Can you imagine a doctor performing brain surgery on a girl who did not want it? Of course not. So there are circumstances where a young girl would be completely within her rights to make serious medical decisions about herself. Whether or not this is one of those cases I cannot say. What I found remarkable, however, was this revelation.
The judge’s ruling comes in spite of Florida state law which specifically does not require a minor to seek parental consent before an abortion.
This puts a whole new spin on the ball, doesn’t it? Whether or not you happen to agree with abortion, or if you believe (as I do) that anyone under the age of 18 should be required to seek parental approval before having an abortion, the judge seems to be ignoring Florida law in this case. If an identical 13 year old girl, who was not a ward of the state, is permitted to obtain an abortion of her own volition, then I don’t really see how the state can claim that being 13 is too immature to have one. It seems to me that this judge, who is most likely a conservative and against abortion, is ignoring the law and denying this girl her 14th Amendment rights to be treated equally under the law.
But, again, I’m basing all this on what I have read in this one article.
Posted by Lee
on 04/30/05 at 02:01 PM in Abortion
Remember the hot girl-on-girl teacher/student action from a couple of days ago? Check out the picture of the teacher. I think I’m going to be sick. What I find even more gut-churning is how much of a cow the girl in question must have been to have developed a crush on this particular teacher.
Note to guys who like to bang teenage girls: When you videotape yourself having sex with two girls you met in a chat room, make sure it doesn’t involve going over state lines, because that makes it a federal crime.
A pint-sized professional boxer videotaped himself having sex with two underage girls after claiming to be a “porn star” and plying them with booze, federal prosecutors said yesterday.
Wilson Ramos, 27, allegedly lured the girls to a Bronx motel on April 4.
“Once inside the motel room, Ramos set up a video camera and started taping,” FBI agent Timothy Wittman said in the criminal complaint.
Ramos allegedly engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sex with the girls, ages 16 and 17.
Weeks later, the older girl’s mother found a copy of the amateur video in her daughter’s purse and went to cops, who notified the FBI.
The feds arrested the 115-pound Ramos at 6 a.m. yesterday. Agents searched his home and found more tapes of him having sex with other young women, authorities said.
He was charged with making a porn video with underage girls and transporting a minor across state lines to have sex. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted in Manhattan Federal Court.
And once again we see the complete and total lack of any redeeming societal value of internet chat rooms.
Seriously, what a scumbag.
A Georgia bride-to-be who vanished just days before her wedding turned up in New Mexico and fabricated a tale of abduction before admitting Saturday that she had gotten cold feet and “needed some time alone,” police said.
Jennifer Wilbanks, 32, was in police custody more than 1,420 miles from her home on what was supposed to be her wedding day.
“It turns out that Miss Wilbanks basically felt the pressure of this large wedding and could not handle it,” said Randy Belcher, the police chief in Duluth, Ga., the Atlanta suburb where Wilbanks lives with her fiance. He said there would be no criminal charges.
Wilbanks, whose disappearance set off a nationwide hunt, called her fiance, John Mason, from a pay phone late Friday and told him that she had been kidnapped while jogging three days before, authorities said. Her family rejoiced that she was safe, telling reporters that the media coverage apparently got to the kidnappers.
But Wilbanks soon recanted, according to police.
Taking off before the wedding is one thing. Letting your family think you were kidnapped, then sitting by while a nationwide manhunt gets underway is something else entirely. I wonder how many legitimate cases had officers pulled off so that they could devote resources to finding this dunce. I sincerely hope they charge her with something. She should do a few weeks, if not months, in the slammer to pay for what she did.
Sorry for the lack of posting this evening. I just bought Tiger and I’m messing around with all the new goodies. But, for a point of discussion, I will leave you with this thought:
How different a world would we be living in if Walt Disney’s last name had been Oskoskowicz?
Posted by Lee
on 04/30/05 at 01:12 AM in Science and Technology
Friday, April 29, 2005
The other day I blogged on a story about pedophiles and Star Trek fans, which quoted an officer stating that all but one of the pedophiles they’ve arrested in the past four years was a die-hard Trekkie. Apparently that might not have been acurate.
So, I called the Child Exploitation Section of the Toronto Sex Crimes Unit and spoke to Det. Ian Lamond, who was familiar with the LA Times article.
He claims they were misquoted, or if that figure was given it was done so jokingly. Of course, even if the figure was given jokingly, shouldn’t the Times’ reporter have clarified something that seems rather odd? Shouldn’t her editors have questioned her sources?
Nevertheless, Detective Lamond does claim that a majority of those arrested show “at least a passing interest in Star Trek, if not a strong interest.”
They’ve arrested well over one hundred people over the past four years and Det. Lamond claims they can gauge this interest in Star Trek by the arrestees’ “paraphenalia, books, videotapes and DVDs.” I asked if this wasn’t simply a general interest in science fiction and fantasy, such as Star Wars or Harry Potter or similar. Paraphrasing his answer, he said, while there was sometimes other science fiction and fantasy paraphenalia, Star Trek was the most consistent and when he referred to a majority of the arrestees being Star Trek fans, it was Star Trek specific.
A weird factoid. Nevertheless, it is not correct that “all but one ... in the last four years” was a hard core Star Trek fan.
I don’t think for a second that there is anything in Star Trek that particularly appeals to pedophiles. But pedophilia requires a high degree of imagination, such as imagining that little children can and will be receptive to sexual advances, that sort of thing. Nobody gets the idea in their head to molest a child and then immeidately runs out and does it. The action comes after years of fantasizing and imagining various scenarios involving children. So it seems to be to be completely reasonable that a large number of these type of criminals would have a passing to strong interest in Star Trek, a show which has always appealed to the imaginative.
I remember reading a book about behavioral psychology and profiling, in which an FBI profiler made the claim that in the early days of profiling they noticed that most serial killers (Ted Bundy, for example) drove Volkswagen Beetles. There really wasn’t any specific reason for it, in the sense that there was a cause and effect relationship between the two facts. This could well turn out to be something smiliar.
(Link via Instapundit.)
Surrendering to Unemployment
I’m shocked, shocked that this news could come from a socialist country with a 35-hour work week.
French unemployment has risen to its highest level in five years, increasing concerns about the strength of France’s economic growth.
The jobless rate in March, as measured according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) method, rose by 0.1% from February to 10.2%.
The rate is the highest level seen since December 1999.
The unemployment level, also under ILO measurements, jumped by 7,000 to reach 2.8 million people.
They were also worse than analysts’ predictions, with most commentators expecting the jobless rate to remain flat at 10.1%.
Note that this is roughly double the jobless rate of the eeeeevil kkkapitalist United States under the fascist Bush. Yet France’s economic model is the one the American left keeps telling us we should follow. Since the goal of the left is to have as many people as possible addicted to suckling at the government teat, that doesn’t seem all that surprising, now that I think of it.
Posted by Lee
on 04/29/05 at 12:16 PM in Europe and the UK
Guess what’s the latest fad from the 80s to become cool again: tootski!
Young women are under a lot of pressure to look good, and that means being thin. But at what cost?
There is a new troubling and dangerous trend of college women using cocaine to control their weight, reported WBAL-TV in Baltimore.
“Kathy” is a college student in Maryland. She started using cocaine recreationally.
“We would split what’s called an 8-ball on the street, 3 grams of cocaine split between 3 or 4 people, and we would binge on Friday night,” Kathy said. “It seems really glamorous and really Hollywood.”
Those Friday night coke binges led to what she considered an unexpected benefit—she not only felt glamorous, but she was losing weight.
“The next morning, I didn’t feel like eating. I didn’t feel like doing anything,” Kathy said. “I was lethargic. I wasn’t hungry at all.”
I had a friend in high school whose girlfriend used to use cocaine whenever she wanted to lose five pounds or so. She’d just go on a blow bender one weekend and on Monday she’s fit back into her sexy jeans. It’s good to see that the younger generation has learned nothing from history and is doomed to repeat it.
I read the story of these two guys yesterday, but I didn’t blog on it because I didn’t think it was interesting enough. A couple of guys are digging up a tree in their backyard, and they find a box with a lot of old money in it. Well, it turns out that there was more to the story.
Two men who claimed they found buried treasure in the back yard of a Methuen, Mass., home were arrested for allegedly receiving stolen property.
Methuen police chief Joseph E. Solomon said Friday morning that Tim Crebase, 22, of Methuen, and Barry Billcliff, 27, of Manchester, N.H., are roofers who actually found the money in the rafters of an old house they were renovating in Newbury, Mass., so it doesn’t belong to them.
Solomon said that the pair are facing charges of receiving stolen property worth more than $250 and conspiracy, among other charges. He said police began to be suspicious about the find Thursday when the stories about how the money was discovered kept changing.
“It appeared to be the American dream and it just turned out to be a fraud,” Solomon said.
The antique bank notes and currency the pair found could be worth as much as $100,000, and the money is authentic—but the stories about how the money was found while the men were digging up a tree in Crebase’s yard were phony and Solomon said one of the men eventually confessed.
Solomon said if the men had not gone to the media with the story of their discovery, they probably could have taken it out of state and sold it to dealers and collectors and kept the profits. Instead, their story garnered national attention, including closer scrutiny by the police and even the Secret Service.
“They probably could have gotten away with it all,” Solomon said. “I guess sometimes wanting to be famous is the downfall of some people.”
What a couple of monumental dumbasses.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
It’s time for Operation Infinite Justice.
A military jury sentenced a soldier to death Thursday for a grenade and rifle attack on his own comrades during the opening days of the Iraq invasion, a barrage that killed two officers and that prosecutors said was driven by religious extremism.
Sgt. Hasan Akbar, who gave a brief, barely audible apology hours earlier, stood at attention between his lawyers as the verdict was delivered. He showed no emotion.
He could have been sentenced to life in prison with or without parole for the early morning March 2003 attack, which also wounded 14 fellow members of the Army’s 101st Airborne Division at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait.
The 15-person military jury, which last week took just two and a half hours to convict Akbar of premeditated murder and attempted premeditated murder, deliberated for about seven hours in the sentencing phase. After jurors reached a verdict, they voted on whether to reconsider the decision after one juror asked that they do so.
Let’s hope that the wheels of military justice move faster than they do in the civilian world. It’s a shame that the army has gotten rid of hanging. I think that the opening scene from The Dirty Dozen would be an excellent model for what this scumbag deserves.
Posted by Lee
on 04/28/05 at 10:59 PM in The Religion of Peace™
Only in Norway.
Police in Bergen have charged a 22-year-old woman with raping a man in his late 30s over the weekend. It’s the first time such charges have been filed in the police district in western Norway.
The woman, her alleged victim and another man were all in the latter’s apartment when the rape allegedly occurred.
The victim reportedly told police that he was lying and sleeping on a sofa in the other man’s flat when the woman attacked him. . . . The other man present at the scene, who lives in the flat, reportedly took photos of the attack. He also has been charged with being an accessory to a rape.
“They both deny the charges,” said Floeystad. “They claim there wasn’t any sexual activity at all.”
All three reported had been drinking before the alleged incident occurred, but police said they weren’t intoxicated.
Okay, let’s look at this closely. Two guys and a chick were sitting around drinking. One of the guys falls asleep on the couch. The other guy, thinking it would be funny, tells the chick to blow the sleeping guy while he takes a picture. “It’ll be a hoot!” The guy on the couch wakes up, finds the chick blowing him, and has her charged with rape.
Legally, yes, it’s rape. But really, if you were in your late 30s, and some chick was giving your knob a good polish, would you call the police? Or would you call every guy you know and brag?
Posted by Lee
on 04/28/05 at 07:02 PM in Europe and the UK
As much of a tool as I think James Dobson is, this comment was uncalled-for.
Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar said Wednesday that he regretted calling Focus on the Family “the anti-Christ,” saying he had misspoken.
Salazar uttered the theological term, popularized in the 1970s movie “The Omen,” in an interview with a Colorado Springs television station about his war of words with the conservative Christian group.
“From my point of view, they are the anti-Christ of the world,” Salazar told the station.
Salazar, a first-term Democrat, said he was intending to call the Colorado Springs group “un-Christian,” a term he began applying last week after Focus attacked his stance on judicial nominations in the Senate.
“I spoke about Jim Dobson and his efforts and used the term ‘the anti-Christ,”’ Salazar said in a written statement from his office. “I regret having used that term. I meant to say this approach was un-Christian, meaning self-serving and selfish.”
Salazar added that his statement came after “being relentlessly attacked” in telephone calls, e-mails, newspapers and radio stations across Colorado.
Dobson is a tool because I disagree with a lot of his beliefs, but a US senator calling him the anti-Christ , that’s pretty pathetic. I mean, I say dumb shit like that, but I’m a dopey blogger, and Salazar is a senator.
Posted by Lee
on 04/28/05 at 04:48 PM in Left Wing Idiocy
The fine folks over at Crown Forum sent over a copy of They Just Don’t Get It : How Washington Is Still Compromising Your Safety--and What You Can Do About It. This one looks really interesting.
“Hang onto your ball caps and hairpieces, this is going to be monkey-butt ugly.” Indeed. Delivering an account of the U.S.’s failures in combatting terror, Hunt, a Fox TV News military analyst and retired army colonel, depicts a world of gutless politicians, bungling bureaucrats, deceitful allies and bleeding-heart liberals. His solution is to expand the armed forces and vastly contract bureaucracy, especially the many intelligence agencies, which he proposes be combined into one central bureau with a single, long-term director who is exempt from testifying before congressional committees. Hunt hates congressional committees and admires elite military teams like the SEALs and Delta Force; he wants them turned loose. Merged into the “TKA” (Terrorist Killing Agency), they would receive intelligence from the now competent intelligence bureau, proceed to wherever terrorists operate and (with or without the host country’s permission) kill them. The author considers Israel an ideal model; its forces, he says, respond viciously to every attack. Legal niceties and public relations take a back seat. Assassination teams travel the world to murder Israel’s enemies. (Thoughtful readers may wonder why, after decades of slugging it out, Israel remains wracked with terrorism.) No group escapes the author’s venom—or his praise.
TKA. Now that’s a government reform I could really get behind!
Posted by Lee
on 04/28/05 at 03:49 PM in Etcetera
It was only a matter of time until this happened.
A Morse High School teacher was arrested Monday for allegedly having sexual contact with one of her students during a tutoring session.
Deborah A. Lepkowski, 44, of Brunswick, was arrested without incident at 8:49 a.m. Monday at her home. She was charged with Class D unlawful sexual contact under a statute that addresses inappropriate conduct between a teacher and a student, said Mark Waltz, a Brunswick Police Department detective.
Lepkowski, who is accused of having sexual contact with a 17-year-old female student, has been on paid administrative leave since mid-January, shortly after the alleged incident, said Bob Connors, interim superintendent for Bath schools. ...
The victim wrote in a voluntary statement for detectives that she told Lepkowski during the spring of 2004 that she had a “crush” on the teacher, and that Lepkowski replied by saying “nothing can and ever will happen between us.”
On Sunday, Jan. 9 of this year, the 17-year-old student spent more than five hours studying with Lepkowski — the latest of several tutoring sessions at the teacher’s home. In documents obtained from West Bath District Court, the student wrote that she confessed to Lepkowski on that day that her romantic feelings had not faded. Lepkowski allegedly told the student that her feelings were the same.
The next day, Lepkowski gave the student a ride to an after-school appointment in Brunswick. After the appointment, the student returned to Lepkowski’s home for more studying.
According to the victim’s statement, the evening started with a couple hours studying, but later “there were a few times when we licked each other’s ears.” That contact eventually progressed to the point where the two women allegedly embraced intimately. Both women were fully clothed for the entire time, according to the victim’s written statement.
“A few seconds later, I began to feel nauseous and started shaking,” wrote the student. “She kept asking if I was OK and I couldn’t answer her. I started crying uncontrollably.”
Lepkowski tried to comfort the girl with cold water on her face and a blanket. The teacher, in the throes of extreme emotional duress, allegedly presented the student with two options: to forget the whole thing and return to being friends, or to call the student’s mother, which Lepkowski allegedly told the student would result in Lepkowski doing jail time. The student chose the latter.
“She told me she’d rather kill herself before going to jail,” wrote the student. “At one point, she got on her knees in front of me and begged me to save her life.”
With all the teachers molesting their students lately, it’s about time we got a little girl-on-girl action.