Archive for June 24th, 2008

Added Mobile Viewing Ability to the Blog

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

I found a cool plug-in that allows you to view the blog from a mobile device. Not much in the way of cool graphics, but at least the content is there.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Pali Terrorist Break Cease-Fire

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

The Pali terrorist have already broken the cease fire. That didn’t last long.
Of course, all rational people in the world expected the Pali’s to do this. No surprise at all.

Three Kassam rockets hit the western Negev on Tuesday afternoon, in a second violation of a cease-fire that Hamas has been abiding by since it went into effect last Thursday.
Islamic Jihad operatives…

Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that the attack was to avenge an IDF raid that killed one of its members in the West Bank early Tuesday.

The West Bank is not formally part of the truce, however Islamic Jihad said it “cannot keep its hands tied” when its brothers in the West Bank are being targeted.

Hamas, however, said it remains committed to the cease-fire agreeement.

A statement from Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Office has called the attack a violation of the truce.

One of the rockets damaged a house in Sderot, where two women were treated for shock. A second rocket landed in the Sderot area, causing no casualties or damage, and a third landed in an open area in the western Negev.

The rockets were fired just as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in an effort to piggyback on the momentum of the cease-fire and push the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.

Earlier Monday overnight, Palestinian gunmen in the Gaza Strip fired a mortar shell into Israel – the first breach of the cease-fire since it went into effect five days ago.

There were no reports of casualties or damage.

Meanwhile, two Islamic Jihad gunmen, one of them a senior operative by the name of Tarek abu Ghally, 25, were killed in a joint IDF-Shin Bet operation Monday night in Nablus.

The army said the two were killed in exchanges of fire that ensued during an attempt to arrest them.

According to the military, Ghally was planning to carry out a terror attack in Israel “in the very near future.”

The soldiers found large amounts of weapons and ammunition on his person.

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Teacher Has Sex With Student Plus 7 Friends

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Another teacher has thrown her whole life down the drain by having sex with her students. Why do they continue to feel that this is in any manner an acceptable thing to do?

A female special education teacher and sponsor of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club at a middle school in Alabama has been charged with having sex with at least eight high school students between the ages of 15 and 19.

Julie Pritchett, 34, is facing two counts of second-degree sodomy and one count of second-degree sexual abuse of two boys younger than 16 years old, the Birmingham News reported. The incidents allegedly took place between February and April.

Pritchett is not facing additional charges for having sex with the other six boys because the remaining incidents involved students who are now of consenting age or who have reportedly refused to cooperate with the investigation.

Pritchett is just the latest instructor to make WND’s big list of American teachers accused or convicted of having sexual relations with students.

Jefferson County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Randy Christian said there could be more than eight students who had sexual relationships with the former Clay-Chalkville Middle School teacher.

“It takes such a long time and so much effort to become a teacher,” Christian said. “It is very difficult to understand that someone would waste all of that by such actions. It sounds like she has some serious issues to work through, but that will never excuse what she has done.”

The sheriff’s department released a statement saying, “Phone records were subpoenaed and support the statements of the victims and witnesses. When the news media reported that a teacher was under investigation, Julie Pritchett changed her phone number, shut down her MySpace account and resigned from her teaching position where she was a tenured teacher.”

A parent called the sheriff’s department May 2 and complained that his son was being sexually abused by a teacher. Jefferson County school board lawyer Burgin Kent said the board placed Pritchett on leave, began its own investigation and notified authorities following reports of the abuse.

“It was an unfortunate situation,” Kent said.

Pritchett sponsored hostesses for the Clay-Chalkville High School baseball team, called the Diamond Dolls. While she held the position, she became reacquainted with some of her former students who were active in the sports program. Christian said Pritchett then began having sex with a 15-year-old boy, and later had sex with at least seven of his friends. All of the incidents were initiated by the former teacher and several happened on school grounds. Other sex acts took place at victims’ homes.

Pritchett surrendered in May and was released on bonds totaling $60,000.

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Religious Americans: My Faith Isn’t The Only Way

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

I wrote an article about this several years ago. You can read it here.

WASHINGTON – America remains a deeply religious nation, but a new survey finds most Americans don’t believe their tradition is the only way to eternal life — even if the denomination’s teachings say otherwise. The findings, revealed Monday in a survey of 35,000 adults, can either be taken as a positive sign of growing religious tolerance, or disturbing evidence that Americans dismiss or don’t know fundamental teachings of their own faiths.

Among the more startling numbers in the survey, conducted last year by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life: 57 percent of evangelical church attenders said they believe many religions can lead to eternal life, in conflict with traditional evangelical teaching. In all, 70 percent of Americans with a religious affiliation shared that view, and 68 percent said there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their own religion.

“The survey shows religion in America is, indeed, 3,000 miles wide and only three inches deep,” said D. Michael Lindsay, a Rice University sociologist of religion. “There’s a growing pluralistic impulse toward tolerance and that is having theological consequences,” he said.

Read the whole article here.

Father’s Day Cards Banned in Scottish Schools

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

This is just an example of what we can expect here in America because of our willingness to accept (even legalize) gay marriage. There is something to be said for traditional values regardless of whether you believe in God or not. This is ludicrous, yet really happening. For those of you who believe that traditional families will not be affected by gay marriage, think again.

Thousands of primary pupils were prevented from making Father’s Day cards at school for fear of embarrassing classmates who live with single mothers and lesbians.
The politically correct policy was quietly adopted at schools “in the interests of sensitivity” over the growing number of lone-parent and same-sex households.

It only emerged after a large number of fathers failed to receive their traditional cards and handmade gifts.

Family rights campaigners last night condemned the policy as “absurd” and argued that it is marginalising fathers, but local authorities said teachers need to react to “the changing pattern of family life”.

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Israel To Strike Iran After Elections?

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Israel is likely to attack Iran in the time between the November presidential election in the US and the inauguration of the new president, former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton told the Daily Telegraph in an interview published Tuesday.
However, Bolton said he did not believe the US would take part in such a strike. “It’s clear that the administration has essentially given up that possibility,” he said. “I don’t think it’s serious any more. If you had asked me a year ago I would have said I thought it was a real possibility. I just don’t think it’s in the cards.”

“The Israelis have one eye on the calendar because of the pace at which the Iranians are proceeding both to develop their nuclear weapons capability and to do things like increase their defenses,” Bolton said.

“They’re also obviously looking at the American election calendar. My judgment is they would not want to do anything before our election because there’s no telling what impact it could have on the election.”

Waiting for a new president, however, would cause problems for Israel, according to Bolton. “An Obama victory would rule out military action by the Israelis because they would fear the consequences given the approach Obama has taken to foreign policy,” he said. “With McCain they might still be looking at a delay.”

Bolton said that the Arab world would publicly denounce such an attack but would privately be pleased.

Referring to Israel’s ability to destroy the Iranian nuclear program, Bolton said the key was to break Iran’s control over the nuclear fuel cycle. “That could be accomplished for example by destroying the uranium conversion facility at Esfahan or the uranium enrichment facility at Natanz,” he said.

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