Posted on | February 24, 2015 | 39 Comments
New Braunfels, Texas, is a rapidly growing community near I-35, about 30 miles from San Antonio and 45 minutes from Austin. In the past 20 years, the population of New Braunfels has roughly doubled and it now has more than 60,000 residents. Despite this rapid growth, it’s still a fairly small town, and this news must come as a shock to the community:
A math teacher at New Braunfels Christian Academy is under police investigation after allegations surfaced that she had ongoing inappropriate sexual relations with a former female student.
The teacher, 25, was fired [Feb. 16] after the student’s mother informed school officials of the alleged activity, New Braunfels Police Lt. Craig Christopherson said Friday.
However, the teacher, who has not been named publicly, had not been formally charged as of Friday morning.
New Braunfels Christian Academy officials immediately removed the teacher before terminating her, according to a news release. Officials took unspecified actions to bar the teacher from access to students or school property. . . .
“We are looking into the possibility of other victims,” Christopherson said.
The alleged offenses began around January 2012 when the teacher moved into the victim’s home, Christopherson said. The victim’s family tasked the teacher with taking care of their children while they were away and taking them to school.
The female teacher and the victim apparently shared a room, Christopherson said.
It’s unclear how long the relations lasted. The former student told her family about the alleged abuse on Feb. 13, according to Christopherson.
In a brief telephone interview this morning, Lt. Christopherson told me that the suspect has still not been named because no charges have been filed and the investigation is continuing. The teenager who reported the alleged abuse is a former student at the Academy; my guess is she graduated in 2014. From another news article:
“The complainant said this was roughly over a period of three years while she lived at the same residence as the victim. This apparently occurred – they were allowing her to stay in the house. She’d help watch the kids,” explained Lt. Craig Christopherson.
Police said the teacher shared the same bedroom as the alleged victim and would bring the children to school. New Braunfels police are working with Bulverde police because that’s where the victim lived at the time of the alleged incidents.
(Hat-tip: Kirby McCain on Twitter.)
UPDATE: More Texas teacher crime reports:
Maris Gonzalez, 23, is currently being held in the Bexar County Jail. She is suspected of engaging in a sexual relationship with a student at Madison High School.
According to the affidavit, a police officer was responding to a burglar alarm near Raintree Bend and Raintree Run on Jan. 20 when he drove by a parked Mazda with windows that that had fogged up.
The officer looked inside and saw Gonzalez straddling another figure in the passenger seat, the affidavit said. . . .
When the officer confronted the pair, the male told the officer he was 18. The officer, however, determined that he was only 15. . . .
[Northeast Independent School District] Spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor confirmed that Gonzalez had taught French at Madison and Churchill high schools from January 2014 until she resigned on Dec. 9.
Four days earlier, the boy’s parents notified the district of inappropriate text messages they found on their son’s phone, Chancellor said. . . .
The district began investigating immediately after the text messages were reported.
Gonzalez, however, denied having a physical relationship with the teen, Chancellor said.
She taught French? Of course. Never trust a French teacher.
Posted on | February 24, 2015 | 3 Comments
— compiled by Wombat-socho
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Posted on | February 24, 2015 | 47 Comments
Shaun King, at DailyKos: The underlying racism in Gov. Scott Walker questioning whether or not President Obama is a Christian
*Sigh*. No, Shaun. Uncertainty regarding the faith of another, particularly one with whom you’ve not actually spoken, prayed, and studied, is a straight play for one of Baptist ilk. Beside Walker, there are plenty of other public figures laying claim to being Baptist (Al Gore, Bill Clinton) that one hopes are saved. As with the case of BHO, the deeds kinda seem at variance with the words on occasion. But, hey, we all shank it, don’t we? (1 John) Which is why the repentance is key. Right. Well, moving on, the real point here is that, while the bulk of Baptists don’t believe one is any more capable of un-salvation than salvation in the first place, most Baptists with whom I’ve ever spoken aren’t 100% confident in anyone else’s salvation.
Two words: Judas Iscariot.
You can have words aplenty. You can have deeds. You can have credentials and offices. You can have your own assurance (and I do). You can even take my word concerning myself. But until we meet in Eternity, you’re best off not pushing the question past “really confident” or “I don’t know”.
And I don’t know Scott Walker personally, either. He’s certainly not one to wear his religiosity on his sleeve a la Mike Huckabee. (I’m confident Huckabee is saved, but I’d really, really, really like to hear why that chap, after having been called to the ministry, would take a demotion and get into politics. Makes you go “Hmmm”, as a Baptist.)
Back to King:
In spite of all of this, including the reality that [Obama] is a devoted and faithful husband and father, Scott Walker, and now a growing chorus of conservatives, are just flat out stating that President Obama isn’t a Christian at all.
Notice, though, that you will never hear conservatives question the Christianity of Rudy Giuliani or Rush Limbaugh—in spite of the reality that both of them have been married seven times between them and refuse to really discuss any active aspects of their faith.
Why is it that Walker and others are so willing to doubt the Christianity of a good and faithful man who openly details and professes his faith, but never question the Christianity of men who struggle with morality and family values and don’t really speak at all on whether or not faith matters to them in the least bit?
Couple of points: Walker did not, himself, question the President’s Christianity. As I’ve explained here, Walker was coloring within lines reasonable for a Baptist, though you’d have to ask Walker himself if he buys off on my analysis. Here’s the funny part, King: Walker is likely to answer in a similar way for both Giuliani (Roman Catholic) and Rush Limbaugh (no faith listed on Wikipedia).
Is it a bit much to ask King to spend some time actually researching the subject and the people involved? I don’t doubt that the President has said he is Christian. I rather hope to see the fellow in Eternity, where there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed, because this administration has been nothing if not a source of questions. And I don’t doubt that Walker is Christian, based on hearsay. If repetition counts as a score, I guess that Obama is more Christian than Walker. Has Obama been asked to judge Walker’s Christianity? Might Obama also offer an “above my paygrade” type answer?
Perhaps Mr. King can score an interview with the good President next month while the Israeli Prime Minister is all shootin’ the breeze with Congress and stuff.
Posted on | February 23, 2015 | 9 Comments
— compiled by Wombat-socho
Better late than never…if I pushed it off for another day, it probably wouldn’t have gotten done until next Sunday, and that would have been Wrong. We are, after all, professionals. Keep in mind that many of the following links are to pics normally considered NSFW, so exercise discretion when you click.
Average Bubba leads off this week with Bodacious Babes, followed by Goodstuff celebrating Chinese New Year with Betty Brosmer and 50 shades of spanking…back in this hemisphere, Ninety Miles from Tyranny has Hot Pick of the Late Night, Morning Mistress, and Girls with Guns. Animal Magnetism has Rule 5 Friday and (due to a critical shortage of redheads) the Saturday Asian Invasion, and First Street Journal looks at women in Pakistan.
This week, EBL’s herd has Joe Biden’s Big Fat Tuesday Rule 5, Obamacare, #harfing, the return of Deflategate with Kate Upton, An Islamic Salute to the Year of the Goat, Debbie Wassermann Schultz, Laura Hillenbrand, and the Academy Awards.
A View from the Beach serves up Christy Turlington, Him Tarzan, Her Jane, Someone Has to Do It, “Going Down to the River”, The Great Yoga Pants Panic, In Honor of Winter Storm Octavia, Quitting Sugar, Tom Steyer Linked to Oregon Governor’s Resignation, and Big Bottom Babes Make Better Babies.
At Soylent Siberia, it’s your Sunday AM Angel, Monday Motivationer Teacher’s Pet, Overnighty Awesome, Tuesday Titillation Titanic Tanning, Humpday Hawtness Pearls, Your First-Day-Of-Lent Soylent Equivalency PSA, Humpday Evening Snack Candy, Falconsword Fursday Fever, I Must Go Down To The Sea Again, Let A Smile Be Your…, Corset Friday Fillets, Happy Hour Hawt, Weekender Smiles, and Bath Night with Brandi.
Proof Positive’s Friday Night Babe is Ashley Graham, his Vintage Babe is Angela Greene, and Sex in Advertising is covered by Victoria’s Secret. At Dustbury, it’s Doris Day and Chantal Claret, and Loose Endz chips in with Evolution’s Objectifying Gaze.
Thanks to everyone for their linkagery! Deadline to submit links to the Rule 5 Wombat mailbox is midnight on Saturday, February 28.
Posted on | February 23, 2015 | 100 Comments
Here is some wisdom worth capturing (emphasis mine):
Battered by the religious wars of the Reformation, making adjustments to a global economy and multi-cultured nations, the West has slowly become diffident in defense of its central faith. And there is some wisdom in that. Christianity is a religion, to paraphrase St. Paul, that frees us for freedom, and faith in Christ must be chosen freely to be fully realized. But to move from that position — which calls for intellectual rigor, unfettered debate and honest proselytism — to indiscriminate acceptance of all creeds as equally worthwhile is an error that does the world more harm than good.
Whenever I hear someone announce that “All religions are a path to God!” I wonder how it would work if you applied such “tolerance” to, say, medicine or science. “All medicines are a path to health! You take antibiotics, I cut the head off a chicken and dance under the full moon, really what’s the difference as long as we both believe it will make us well?” Or “All science is a path to progress! You invent an iPhone, I invent a weaponized disease, it’s all science, man, it’s all great!”
When you put it this way, it becomes clear that the idea that all religions are equally worthwhile is essentially an atheist creed. To say All religions are a path to God is really saying, No religion is a path to God. There is no God, so what difference does your religion make? When something is true, when it is factual, when it is real, it excludes other options. The world can’t be both flat and round. When you accept the roundness of it, you can no longer entertain its flatness. It’s one or the other.
If God is the Christian God of love, he is not the Allah of Isis.
Indeed, there is one true North, and doing rudderless doughnuts, while passing occasionally through the only valid course, is foolishness.
Posted on | February 23, 2015 | 65 Comments
Laura Bates is a childless 28-year-old feminist who bemoans the “gender-based assumptions about girls” in society:
We must protect young girls
from sexism in primary school
. . . How often do we heedlessly shower little girls with platitudes about prettiness and looks, or comment on how “big and strong” their brothers are growing? We hear comments about the sweetness and politeness of daughters, while sons are proudly described as boisterous, instead.
It is always interesting to me when feminists demand that we must emulate their failure. Nobody wants to marry Laura Bates and she has no children of her own, yet she considers herself qualified to tell the rest of us how to raise our children. Like all feminists, she assumes that normal gender roles are incompatible with women’s success or happiness. In order for women to be “equal,” feminists tell us, our society and culture must promote androgyny, so we are condemned for encouraging “sexism” if we praise girls for being pretty or describe boys as boisterous.
“Feminists have declared war on human nature,” and wish to destroy the marriage-based family, which is the basis of human civilization. Therefore, normal parents must be condemned as “sexist” if they try to raise normal children who will be successful in attracting a spouse, maintaining a marriage and raising a family. Normal parents are “sexist” for understanding that normal sex traits — the femininity of women and the masculinity of men — are attractive to normal people. Insofar as we wish our children to be normal and happy, we do encourage them in these “gender-based assumptions,” which are both natural and necessary to success in normal life.
We have met Laura Bates before, when she claimed “Women are being assaulted, abused and murdered in a sea of misogyny.” She is a failed actress, who graduated from elite Cambridge University in 2007 and launched her site Everyday Sexism in 2012. Unhappy women embrace feminism because it tells them that their unhappiness is not their own fault. Instead, feminists believe they are victims of male supremacy — externalizing responsibility by scapegoating men — and they wage war on human nature in order to destroy the system of “patriarchy” that these unhappy women blame for their own misfortunes.
“If you would be loved, love, and be lovable.”
— Benjamin Franklin
This is the problem that feminism can never solve, because feminists refuse to accept responsibility for their own unhappiness. Bitterness and envy are not attractive qualities. Feminists are not loved because they are not lovable. They make their own selfishness the basis of a political movement and, when this produces a negative reaction, they claim that this confirms that their analysis is correct: “Men hate me because I’m a feminist, and therefore more feminism is necessary!”
The circularity of this solipsistic theory never seems apparent to them. Nor do they ever seem to notice that other women succeed and achieve happiness within the “gender-based assumptions” that feminists blame for their own failure and unhappiness. These failed women presume their superiority qualifies them to tell the rest of us how to raise our children, and they want to teach this in schools:
Dreams of Feminist Education
Tadashi Dozono, Ileana Jiménez, Cheyenne Tobias
Two teachers of color, both feminist and queer, will share their dreams for feminist education in schools. Moving from theory to action, Ileana and Tadashi work alongside their students using various feminisms such as women of color feminism, global feminism, trans-feminism and queer theory. Their pedagogical practices incorporate restorative and social justice, inspiring innovative curricula that are intersectional and interdisciplinary. In collaboration with Cheyenne Tobias, feminist artist and Ileana’s former student, Tadashi and Ileana will bring us on a visual journey through two different school contexts via the successes they’ve had and the challenges they face in bringing a feminist vision to their respective classrooms. Calling us to action through their own personal storytelling, Ileana and Tadashi will urge us to consider the role of feminism in schools and the role that schools play in feminism.
Lesbians earn 20% more than heterosexual women in the U.S., which proves women are oppressed by heteronormative patriarchy!
Of course, if you’re a feminist, everything proves that women are oppressed by heteronormative patriarchy.
Posted on | February 21, 2015 | 4 Comments
— compiled by Wombat-socho
Top linkers this week:
- That Mr. G Guy (16)
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- Regular Right Guy (6)
Thanks to the Watchers’ Council for voting Smitty’s “Tea Party & GOP Elite Walk Into A Bar…” into a tie for fourth with former Ambassador Khalilzad and Zenpundit among non-council nominated posts this week! Also, thanks to everyone for their linkagery!
Posted on | February 21, 2015 | 28 Comments
Supporters of the Islamic State have taken to Twitter to mock claims the terrorist organisation is luring women into its fold using kittens and Nutella.
The original claim was made by CNN’s Newsroom anchor Carol Costello on Wednesday during a piece on how ISIS twists and manipulates its image to present living in the vast swathes of Syria and Iraq currently under the group’s control as being a pleasant experience.
The accusation was that women are falling for ISIS’ use of images and videos of cute cats to make the Sunni extremists appear less intimidating, and have been duped into thinking life under the terror is similar to the West thanks to references to eating Nutella in emoji-strewn Twitter posts.
“ISIS is talking online about jars of Nutella, pictures of kittens and emojis. These three images are, in part, helping ISIS recruiters lure Westerners into their fight because they want people to believe their life on the battlefield isn’t so different than yours.”
— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) February 21, 2015
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