A popular Brooklyn teacher was arrested yesterday after she was caught kissing a 15-year-old boy in an empty classroom, police said.(A cold Heineken to KianB)
Joanna Hernandez, a math teacher at Intermediate School 55 in Brownsville, was seen passionately kissing the eighth-grader April 12, police said.
Another teacher spotted the two in the hot-and-heavy embrace and told the principal, authorities said.
"This wasn't a peck on the lips. It was a very lengthy lip lock," a police source said.
Hernandez, 27, was placed on administrative duty. She was arrested and charged yesterday with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor, police said.
Students defended the teacher, who has taught the boy she allegedly kissed. "She's innocent," said student Jaykeem Bark, 14. "She's mad popular."
Hernandez has taught at IS 55 since 1999 and earns $45,583 a year. The Education Department will seek to fire her if she is convicted, a spokesman said.
The teacher said nothing yesterday as she was escorted out of the Brooklyn special victims unit in handcuffs.
Hernandez's husband pounded a wall in rage when he found reporters waiting for him at the couple's Kew Gardens, Queens, home. "I can't believe this," he said.
Meanwhile, another Brooklyn teacher, Richard Walker, 53, of Transit Tech High School, was arrested yesterday. He was carrying two knives when he was busted off school grounds on a warrant of resisting arrest and marijuana possession, police said.
Last week, two female teachers in Manhattan were accused of having affairs with students, a Staten Island teacher was charged as a serial kiddie flasher and a Queens instructor was investigated on charges of having sex with two teen girls.
"Antisemitism was rife in Europe, and almost non-existent in the Islamic world until Zionism appeared on the scene, of course... One of its manifestations was the belief that the Jews would kidnap and murder [non-Jewish] children during their holidays in order to use their blood in their rituals. The Arabs did not know about this [European belief], but during the 19th century a Muslim boy disappeared in Damascus, and there was a rumor that the Jews had kidnapped him for this purpose. As a result, [some] people did the unforgivable and attacked the Jewish quarter, until the investigation found that one of the European missionaries had circulated the rumor. At that time, when we were children, traces [of this libel] continued to be heard among us, and gained footing even though it had been found to be false.Iraqi Progressive Columnist on His Childhood Experience with the Blood Libel
As a boy I loved to wander down Al-Rashid Street and through the Christian and Jewish quarters there. [One day] I found myself in the Hanoun market in the Jewish quarter. Suddenly a door opened, and an elderly white-haired man with a long white beard came out... If I had been directing a movie about Zechariah, Luqman [a relative of Job known for his wisdom], or Noah, I could not have found a better character to portray them.
"He raised his hand towards me and beckoned me to come to him. I was overcome by fear, but could not fight the magic in his fingertips, which drew him towards him like a magnet. He opened the door, and told me to go in. I could not disobey, and he led me in with his hand. I began to ask myself whether this was my end. I wished I had not entered! Why couldn't I escape and run back to my family?
"He asked me what my name was, and I answered [Khaled]. He said: 'Wonder of wonders, [like the name of the Muslim commander] Khaled bin Al-Walid. And where do you live? And how old are you?' I said to myself: 'He is asking how old I am in order to be sure my blood is suitable for the deed. He placed his hand on my head and asked: 'Khaled my son, do you know how to light a fire?' Another wave of terror swept over me. Would he cook me over a fire? He said: 'Show me how you light the fire in the stove.' I took a match, and lit the stove with shaking hand.
"This man, one of the people of the Torah, the Talmud, and the Mishna, kissed me on the head and led me to a room with an antique cupboard. He opened one of the drawers, took out a handful of chocolate, and filled my pockets. He led me, completely amazed, to the door, opened the door, and bid farewell, blessing me, wishing me a long life, and adding: 'Give regards to your father.'
"I left, astounded, and hurried home like somebody who has awakened from a strange dream. I told the story to my father and brothers, and they laughed at me, and said: 'It is the Sabbath. The Jews are forbidden to light fire on the Sabbath. The poor old man was thirsty for a cup of tea.'
"We shared the chocolate, and I spent the rest of the week counting the days until the Sabbath, and then until the Sabbath after that and the one after that. Every Sabbath I went to that same alley, hoping that the white-haired old man would open the door and that I would light his fire, and he would fill my pockets with chocolate. But the door never opened again, and those ancient features, from Biblical times, did not reappear. Recently I have been thinking about knocking on the door and asking: 'My uncle, Abu Sasson, do you need anybody to light your fire?'"
When a leading Turkish novelist said earlier this year that 1 million Armenians were murdered in his country during World War I, he broke a deep taboo.
Three lawsuits were filed against Orhan Pamuk, accusing him of damaging the state. "He shouldn't be allowed to breathe," roared one nationalist group. In Istanbul, a school collected his books from students to return to him. On a news Web site, the vote ran 4-1 against him.
Turkey's mass expulsion of Armenians during World War I — which Armenians say was part of a genocide that claimed 1.5 million lives — is a dark chapter rarely discussed in Turkey or taught in its schools.
HAVANA, April 20 (Itar-Tass) - The United States has not attempted to launch a direct aggression against Cuba because it fears the crushingly rebuffed it will get from the island’s population, Cuban Leaser Fidel Castro stated on Tuesday, delivering a TV address on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of the defeat of American mercenaries on Playa-Jiron.Seriously, can you imagine a 3.5-hour-long speech?
In case of an attack on Cuba, the losses of the U.S. will be even bigger than those it had incurred in Vietnam and Iraq, Castro stated. The resistance awaiting the aggressor on Cuba will prove to be “invincible", he added.
The victory over the mercenaries, who were trained and armed in the United States, which was achieved by the 1961 revolution, should never be forgotten, the Cuban leader stated. Castro stressed in his 3.5-hour-long speech, which ended after midnight, that 44 years ago Cuba had, in fact, won “the first ever victory over imperialism in America".
As many as 1,500 American mercenaries landed on April 19, 1961, on the sand beach of the Bay of Cocinos, which is 180 kilometres to the south-east of Havana. Backed by warships and aircraft, they intended to overthrow the young Cuban government. However, it took the Castro-commanded Cuban troops only 72 hours to rout the interventionists. One thousand and 197 mercenaries were captured.
An unauthenticated message posted today, April 21, 2005, on an al-Qaeda affiliated message board alleges an upcoming audio message from Usama bin Laden using “bin Laden’s or [Ayman] al-Zawahiri voice" that will call “the end of the truce he suggested to the European countries to withdraw their forces from Iraq."
An audio message purportedly from bin Laden issued April 14, 2004 offered a truce, or “reconciliation initiative", with Europe in a “a commitment to stop operations against any state which vows to stop attacking Muslims or interfere in their affairs…."1 The truce was to be agreed upon three months following the issuance of the audio message.
Members of this message board expressed disbelief towards the announcement and requested verification.
In 1997 Ratzinger called Buddhism an "autoerotic spirituality" that offers "transcendence without imposing concrete religious obligations." Hindusim, he said, offers "false hope," in that it guarantees "purification" based on a "morally cruel" concept of reincarnation resembling "a continuous circle of hell." At the time, Cardinal Ratzinger predicted that Buddhism would replace Marxism as the Catholic church's main enemy.In the comments at LGF, True German Ally recounts the gist of fairly extensive conversations with the future Pope, and it's fascinating. (Thimbleful of cognac: Fay!)
From my conversations with him in the late 70s, when he was archbishop of Munich, I learned a few things about him:In a similar vein, TigerHawk interviews some guy who previously advised the new Pope. Quite good reading. (Thimbleful of cognac to Final Historian).
1) That he hated the Nazis even during his short time in the Hitler Youth. He was a nominal member, but was exempted weeks after his compulsory joining because of his fragile health and studies in the Catholic seminary (many boys actually joined Catholic institutions to avoid service in the HJ.) His teen years had a lasting effect on him as he was able to see the difference between reality and what the Nazis taught. His love for truth and being truthful all the time stems from this early experience.
2) He was a progressive Catholic in his early year (played an important role at the 2nd Vaticanum), but the intolerance of 1968 made him change his mind. He abhorred communism and the carefree nihilist thinkings in these times and became a conservative, but not a reactionary, as many claim.
3) He saw the dangers of Islamic fanatism in the 70s already. Khomeini was a menetekel for him. At this time he didn't see Islam so much as a threat for Europe (yet), but for Asia and Africa.
4) He is more a friend of the Jews than most other Catholic priests. I remember him saying that Christians and Jews are on the same direction to salvation, just on different paths. Islam instead was an aberration that would lead humanity into a religious "dead end street" (Sackgasse was his exact word). He strongly favoured a rapprochement between the Catholic and Jewish faith, but didn't see any common ground between Christianity and Islam.
Latest proof of this was that he strongly supported John Paul II travel to Israel but did have a big headache about that voyage to Damascus. I doubt you'll see Benedict XVI visiting a mosque... ever. And he sees Turkey as a big religious threat to the judeochristian identity of Europe.
He may come across as the Great Inquisitor, but he has never refused discussion and arguments. He is firm on the "essentials" of the Catholic faith. The German Catholic professors he suspended clearly violated the essential principles of Catholicism. He is an extremely intelligent, bright personality... a bit shy with people though. He won't pretend to have the charisma of JPII.
And yes, I think, we'll see a few surprises from him in the next years. I had to chuckle when I heard the Chicoms demands today. Oh boy, they are messing with the wrong guy here.
Benedict of Nursia one restored the Christian faith in a devastated Europe. Commentators have focussed much on Benedict XV as the closest role model of Ratzinger. But I think he's much closer to Benedict XIV.
And yes, he loved the "Apfelmaultaschen" (pasta made with potato flour, filled with apples and powder sugar and cinnamon on top) my wife prepared for him :-)
They look like this:
I guess you won't find this detail on CNN :-)
German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the Vatican theologian who was elected Pope Benedict XVI, intervened in the 2004 US election campaign ordering bishops to deny communion to abortion rights supporters including presidential candidateFinally, also see Quotes of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Now Pope Benedict XVI at Hyscience (quotes from his books, that is).
In a June 2004 letter to US bishops enunciating principles of worthiness for communion recipients, Ratzinger specified that strong and open supporters of abortion should be denied the Catholic sacrament, for being guilty of a "grave sin."
He specifically mentioned "the case of a Catholic politician consistently campaigning and voting for permissive abortion and euthanasia laws," a reference widely understood to mean Democratic candidate Kerry, a Catholic who has defended abortion rights.
The letter said a priest confronted with such a person seeking communion "must refuse to distribute it."
A footnote to the letter also condemned any Catholic who votes specifically for a candidate because the candidate holds a pro-abortion position. Such a voter "would be guilty of formal cooperation in evil, and so unworthy to present himself for holy communion," the letter read.
The letter, which was revealed in the Italian magazine L'Espresso last year, was reportedly only sent to US Catholic bishops, who discussed it in their convocation in Denver, Colorado, in mid-June.
I was recently listening to a European professor, a pacifist with truly impressive humanitarian credentials, as she described the suffering of the Palestinians under "occupation." Suddenly I realized there was no mention of the war they launched in September 2000. We Israelis were cast as the familiar unrepentant evil empire, lacking sensitivity, and the sole source of Palestinian misery. Conspicuous by their absence were even the token recognition that Israel might have security concerns, and the usual nominal condemnation of terror.The Human Spirit: In every generation
Had the speaker slept, Rip Van Winkle-like, through the past half decade and missed the headlines about bombers ripping apart buses and cafes, murdering doctors and nurses as they came home from work and targeting teenagers out at a discotheque? Of course not. She'd simply waved away that silly violence as a justifiable reaction to occupation; it was something that we Israelis needed to accept. Camp David, Taba, Sbarro and the Park Hotel weren't landmarks on the internal map of her world view.
Hers was the clearest articulation of what I see as a trend of "intifada denial," a phenomenon in articles domestic and foreign that urges us to get on with the peace plans and behave as if we were back in the heady summer of 2000. Remember back then how we were expecting so many millennium tourists that we were urged to take home pilgrims to cope with the overflow?
Intifada-denial is a dangerous error. Even for Israelis who enthusiastically supported Oslo and Camp David, four years of violence has forced a reckoning with reality. The pointless murder and savage mutilation of civilians, coupled with the images of celebratory joy by Palestinians as buses were torn to pieces and the Twin Towers crumbled had to be an awakening. Anyone who is concerned about peace in the Middle East would be nuts not to factor in this hatred.
Would that we could turn the clock back to 2000. Let's imagine what would have happened if the Palestinian people had invested their considerably energy, not in violence but in restructuring the PA by accepting Ehud Barak's plan at Camp David.
A nascent Palestinian state could have been celebrating its fifth anniversary. Young leadership could have reformed the corrupt mechanisms of government instead of devising plans for recruiting and dispatching teenagers as human bombs. The techies who design tunnels and bomb factories could have been turning out air-conditioners and gas cooking grills, building houses, improving their highway system and designing computer programs.
The billions of euros poured in by the Europeans would have supported these projects, as well as constructing bright new schools, hospitals equipped to treat cancer and prevalent genetic diseases.
How many playgrounds and sports centers could have been built with the money spent on Kassam rockets alone? Soccer teams from Gaza City and Jenin would be competing in regional leagues. Jericho could have become the Monte Carlo of the Middle East. It has far better weather. PA educational television could have been highlighting talented vocal artists and ambassadors, paid for by commercials for new colleges offering badly needed specialties.
A population with health problems frequently caused by marriage within the family could be in waiting rooms for preventative check-ups instead of waiting at checkpoints. Luxury hotels on the Mediterranean would be offering kosher-for-Pessah vacations. We could have been tearing down walls instead of investing precious resources in building new ones.
I read with delight yesterday about some group of fucking hippy, do-gooder cunts who have objected to Ireland's football team playing a match against Israel next week.Read the whole thing: Twenty Major - still smoking in Dublin bars.: The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign are cunts
Now, we all know there's a little bit of tension between the Israelis and the Palestinians - something akin to the problems that exist between the northside and southside of Dublin but obviously not quite so intense. So anyway, these witless twerps launch a campaign with a picture of an Israeli number 10 shirt with the words 'Say no to apartheid' on it as a stinging rebuke of Israel's policies.
What Jim Bowen (not the presenter of TV's favourite darts show Bullseye but of University College Cork), spokesman of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign didn't realise is that the number 10 shirt is worn by a bloke called Walid Badir who is a Palestine Arab and one of the most popular players in Israel.
He also didn't realise that 30% of the players in the Israeli league are Palestinian Arabs, that an Arab team are the current champions and that football is one of the only things that Israelis and Palestinians do together which doesn't include plastic explosives, buses and cafés.
Displaying heretofore unprecedented levels of asinine cuntery he said "To be frank I don't follow soccer. I am not interested in individual details."
So he's making a protest about something he obviously knows something about using a medium he knows nothing about. Now that's some good thinking right there. Bowen, who obviously is studying for a degree in 'How to be a stupid bastard', went onto say the inclusion of Arab players on the Israeli team was "window dressing" and described Badir as a "token Arab".
So after admitting he knows nothing about football he somehow thinks he's in a position to comment on the make up of the Israeli national team? Arsewipe.
People like the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign do my fucking head in. I bet they're a bunch of crusty cocksuckers with fuck all else to do. If you're that fucking worried, Jim Bowen, get fucking over there and do something about it in person instead of sitting in the computer room in UCC releasing badly Photoshopped pictures of football shirts.
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Prevent Execution of Hojjat Zamani
Ladies and Gentlemen
International Human rights organizations,
The judiciary system of the Islamic Republic of Iran has ordered the execution of Mr. Hojjat zamani, 29, a political prisoner and his execution is imminent. In 2003, Hojjat zamani escaped from the Evin prison, but was extradited to Iran by the Turkish police. His two brothers have been executed by the Iranian government before.
Hojjat zamani and six other political prisoners started a 32 days hunger strike on January 24, 2005 that attracted international attention to the horrendous conditions of prisons in Iran and severe abuse of human rights . Now, less than a month after that hunger strike, the Islamic republic regime intends to execute Hojjat Zamani.
With 159 announced executions in one year, the Iranian government is in second place after China in executions. Unfortunately, Western governments prefer their economic benefits over lives of people and encourage the Islamic republic of Iran in severe abuse of human rights by engaging in negotiations.
We, the undersigned, urge the human rights organizations and international communities to do all in their power to prevent the execution of Hojjat Zamani . Any negotiations with the Iranian government should be conditioned upon halting executions in Iran and observation of basic human rights by the Iranian government.