Firing A Weapon Is A Permanent Decision

by Hal Mooz 30. November 2012 09:39

Fatal Fla. shooting over music compared to Martin case

The fatal shooting of a Florida teenager who was listening to loud music in a car a week ago has drawn comparisons to the Trayvon Martin case, but the differences are significant. Unlike the Martin case, there were several witnesses to this shooting and there was no scuffle before 17-year-old Jordan Davis was shot to death. And notably, the man accused of firing into the car was arrested a day later.

Michael David Dunn is charged with murder and attempted murder in the Nov. 23 shooting at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station. The 45-year-old Dunn parked beside the sport utility vehicle occupied by Davis and three other young men and told them to turn the music down, police said. Dunn exchanged words with Davis, who was in the back seat, and started firing. He later told police he felt threatened. His attorney has said Dunn saw a gun and shot in self-defense, perhaps laying the ground work for a case under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

http://news.msn.com/us/fatal-fla-shooting-over-music-compared-to-martin-case

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Too "Faith Based?"

by Hal Mooz 29. November 2012 10:21
Stephen Baldwin is convinced his faith destroyed his film career

Actor Stephen Baldwin is convinced his devotion to Christianity cost him his Hollywood career.

"The Usual Suspects" star became a born-again Christian after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, and he has been outspoken about the lengths he would go to stay true to his faith ever since. But Baldwin insists his religious beliefs have made him unpopular in the industry, revealing that no filmmakers want to work with him because he is often considered too controversial.

http://movies.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=777271

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Faith Based Decision to Commit Murder

by Hal Mooz 28. November 2012 10:50

Man says prayer group leader told him to kill wife

Less than three months after he stood as a groomsman in the wedding of two friends he had known since college in Texas, Micah Moore walked into a suburban Kansas City police department and unloaded a dark secret: He had taken the woman's life at the request of her new husband, a charismatic prayer group leader.

Moore, 23, lived with Deaton and her husband, Tyler, in a communal home shared by male members of their prayer group. He told police that several members had sexually assaulted Bethany Deaton, and they were worried she would tell someone. Moore said that's when Tyler Deaton ordered him to kill Bethany Deaton, according to a criminal complaint.

Moore told detectives Tyler Deaton instructed him to kill Bethany Deaton because he knew Moore had it in him to do it, and that Moore reported back to Tyler Deaton after she was dead. Moore told police that he had placed a bag over Bethany Deaton's head and held it there until her body shook.

http://news.msn.com/us/man-says-prayer-group-leader-told-him-to-kill-wife

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No Shortage of Permanent Errors By Educated People

by Hal Mooz 24. November 2012 14:32

Former teacher loses license over questionable massages by students

A former teacher in Florida's Broward County who was accused of soliciting massages from students has lost her license to teach in the state. Cheryl Grampa, 46, was barred by the state's Education Practices Commission in an order this month. School district investigators said that during the 2009-2010 school year, one boy touched her breasts and vaginal area and she failed to notify the school administration about the inappropriate conduct, according to the state's complaint. No criminal charges were filed, but the Broward School Board voted to suspend her for five days and ordered her to undergo classroom management training, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Two psychological evaluations later found her "unfit for duty as a classroom teacher" and she resigned last December, according to state records.

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/24/15409869-former-teacher-loses-license-over-questionable-massages-by-students?lite&ocid=msnhp&pos=6

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Church's Decision Doctrine Fails to Get Approval

by Hal Mooz 21. November 2012 14:20

Church of England votes against having female bishops

 

The Church of England Synod on Tuesday voted down a measure to consecrate women as bishops, ending for now 12 years of debate on a question that has caused deep divisions between traditionalists and liberals and caused some members to flee to the Roman Catholic Church. The 470 participants of the annual synod were divided into three houses – bishops, clergy and laity, with a two-thirds majority in each house needed to pass the resolution. While a wide majority of bishops and clergy voted in favor, the laity vote, 132 to 74, caused the motion to just fall short of approval.

http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-church-of-england-votes-against-women-bishops-20121120,0,1823773.story

 

 


 

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Judge Ignores Separation of Church and State

by Hal Mooz 17. November 2012 15:51

Judge sentences teen to 10 years of church

Mike Norman is an Oklahoma district court judge known for sentencing offenders to attend church as part of probation agreements. Still, the sentence he handed down this week was notable both for its length and the age of the offender. On Tuesday, Norman sentenced 17-year-old Tyler Alred to a 10-year deferred sentence after he plead guilty to manslaughter. Among the stipulations of the sentence — that Alred attend church for 10 years. Norman said he’d never given the church sentence to an offender as young as Alred, who had been drinking before crashing his pickup truck and killing his passenger.

http://now.msn.com/tyler-alred-sentenced-to-10-years-of-church-by-judge-mike-norman/

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Addiction Based Plea Bargaining

by Hal Mooz 16. November 2012 15:38

Judge harshes pot dealer's mellow by refusing him one last joint

Someone needs to counsel Damaine Mitchell on the concept of plea bargaining. Appearing before Judge Melba Marsh on a marijuana trafficking charge, the 19-year-old from Westwood, Ohio, was presented with the option of a treatment program that would erase the crime from his record. But he couldn't get his head around the idea of giving up pot, even for a week, without an incentive beyond avoiding jail. So he asked if he could smoke one last joint before giving rehab a go. "No," said an exasperated Marsh. "You can't have one more joint for old times' sake." Justice is not only blind, Damaine, it's a bummer, too.

http://now.msn.com/damaine-mitchell-denied-joint-by-judge-melba-marsh-in-plea-bargain

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More Permanent Perk Based Judgment Errors

by Hal Mooz 14. November 2012 11:18

General demoted for lavish travel, spending

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has demoted the former head of U.S. Africa Command who was accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish travel and other unauthorized expenses, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

A report by the Defense Department inspector general found that Ward used military vehicles to shuttle his wife on shopping trips and to a spa and billed the government for a refueling stop overnight in Bermuda, where the couple stayed in a $750 suite. The report detailed lengthy stays at lavish hotels for Ward, his wife and his staff members, and the use of five-vehicle motorcades when he traveled to Washington. The report also said Ward and his wife, Joyce, accepted dinner and Broadway show tickets from a government contractor during a trip during which he went backstage to meet actor Denzel Washington. The couple and several staff members also spent two nights at the Waldorf Astoria hotel. Other charges were that Ward often extended his overseas trips — particularly those to the U.S. — for personal reasons, resulting in "exponential" increases in costs. A common theme running through the report was Ward's insistence that his wife travel with him at government cost, even though it was often not authorized and she performed few official duties. It said he also routinely stayed in high-priced suites in luxury hotels rather than in standard rooms or less expensive locales.

http://news.msn.com/politics/general-demoted-for-lavish-travel-spending

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Perk Pressure Based Judgment = Permanent Error

by Hal Mooz 14. November 2012 10:34

$53M embezzlement trial stuns small town

A small U.S. town stunned by accusations that its longtime bookkeeper embezzled more than $50 million will hear her admit it in court Wednesday, according to federal prosecutors. Rita Crundwell is the former comptroller of Dixon, Illinois, the boyhood home of former President Ronald Reagan. She pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud in federal court and was allowed to remain free until her Feb. 14 sentencing hearing. She's accused of stealing public money while overseeing the city's public finances and siphoning it into a secret bank account, U.S. attorney's spokesman Randall Samborn said. Authorities say Crundwell bought luxury homes and vehicles, and spent millions on her horse-breeding operation, RC Quarter Horses LLC, which produced 52 world champions in exhibitions run by the American Quarter Horse Association. A guilty plea enables U.S. marshals to start selling off millions of dollars of assets still in Crundwell's name, including around $450,000 worth of diamonds and other jewels, ranch land and a house in Florida, he said.

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More Bad Judgment In High Places

by Hal Mooz 13. November 2012 14:59

Lockheed CEO-Elect Kubasik Fired Over Improper Relationship With Female Subordinate

Lockheed Martin announced CEO-elect Christopher Kubasik resigned due to a “close personal relationship with a subordinate employee.”

Kubasik was set to become Lockheed’s chief executive in January, replacing incumbent Robert Stevens. But an internal investigation revealed an improper relationship with a female employee, which led to the board asking and receiving Kubasik’s resignation immediately. The investigation was the result of an investigation completed by an outside independent firm, according to a spokesperson for Lockheed, after a third employee brought the issue to the company’s ethics committee. Marillyn Hewson, executive vice president of Electronic Systems, will take his spot.

“While I am deeply disappointed and saddened by Chris’ actions, which have been inconsistent with our values and standards, our swift response to his improper conduct demonstrates our unyielding commitment to holding every employee accountable for their actions,” said Stevens, adding “we have a strong leadership team and a robust succession plan that allowed the board and me to react quickly and appropriately to this situation.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/afontevecchia/2012/11/09/lockheed-ceo-elect-kubasik-fired-over-relationship-with-subordinate/

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