Power Pressure Applied To Influence Judgment

by Hal Mooz 28. February 2013 12:09

Journalist Woodward tangles with White House over spending cuts

A prominent Washington journalist said in interviews on Wednesday a senior White House official warned him he would "regret" publishing a story challenging the White House's account of how the idea for automatic spending cuts originated. Bob Woodward said in interviews with Politico and CNN that when he informed the White House he was writing a story critical of the White House's handling of a debate over the origin of the cuts, known as sequestration, the official reacted angrily.

The aide "yelled at me for about a half hour," Woodward told Politico, and then followed up the tirade with an email.







Perk Pressure Based Judgment

by Hal Mooz 27. February 2013 17:36

Winans scion gets nearly 14 years in prison

A judge sentenced a member of gospel music's Winans family to nearly 14 years in prison Wednesday for an $8 million financial scam that was promoted in church pulpits. Two of Michael Winans Jr.'s victims spoke in federal court, telling a judge that the scheme to sell Saudi Arabian oil bonds robbed some people of their life savings, caused divorces and fractured many families..

"I want to apologize to everyone. ... These were decisions that were negligent and irresponsible," said Winans, of Jessup, Md.

He said he had no "malicious intent" but acknowledged that he continued to collect money even after he learned that the bonds were bogus.



Doctrine Change Would Influence Judgment

by Hal Mooz 25. February 2013 10:41

Iceland's plan to ban Internet porn sparks uproar

The government is drafting plans to protect children from offensive images and sites, but opponents say the move amounts to censoring the Internet. In the age of instant information, globe-spanning viral videos and the World Wide Web, can a thoroughly wired country become a porn-free zone? Authorities in Iceland want to find out. The government of the tiny North Atlantic nation is drafting plans to ban pornography, in print and online, in an attempt to protect children from a tide of violent sexual imagery. The proposal by Interior Minister Ogmundur Jonasson has caused an uproar. Opponents say the move will censor the Web, encourage authoritarian regimes and undermine Iceland's reputation as a Scandinavian bastion of free speech.

 Advocates say it is a sensible measure that will shelter children from serious harm.

"When a 12 year old types 'porn' into Google, he or she is not going to find photos of naked women out on a country field, but very hardcore and brutal violence," said Halla Gunnarsdottir, political adviser to the interior minister. "There are laws in our society. Why should they not apply to the Internet?"

Gunnarsdottir says the proposals currently being drawn up by a committee of experts will not introduce new restrictions, but simply uphold an existing if vaguely worded law. Pornography is already banned in Iceland, and has been for decades — but the term is not defined, so the law is not enforced. Magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse are on sale in book stores, and more hard-core material can be bought from a handful of sex shops. "Adult" channels form part of digital TV packages.

Iceland's left-of-center government insists it is not setting out to sweep away racy magazines or censor sex. The ban would define pornography as material with violent or degrading content. Gunnarsdottir said the committee is still exploring the details of how a porn ban could be enforced. One possibility would be to make it illegal to pay for porn with Icelandic credit cards. Another, more controversial, route would be a national Internet filter or a list of website addresses to be blocked.

That idea has Internet-freedom advocates alarmed.



Emotion Based Judgment Leads To Job Loss

by Hal Mooz 19. February 2013 10:56

Man charged with slapping toddler loses job

A man charged with slapping a toddler on a Minneapolis-to-Atlanta flight is out of a job, his former employer said Sunday. Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, of Hayden, Idaho, is no longer an employee of AGC Aerospace and Defense, Composites Group, Daniel Keeney of DPK Public Relations confirmed Sunday night.

Al Haase, president and CEO of AGC, issued a statement early Sunday that, while not referring to Hundley by name, called reports of behavior by one of its executives on recent personal travel "offensive and disturbing" and said he "is no longer employed with the company." Keeney would not say whether Hundley was fired or resigned. Hundley was president of AGC's Unitech Composites and Structures unit.

Hundley was charged last week in federal court in Atlanta with simple assault for allegedly slapping the 2-year-old boy during the Feb. 8 flight. His attorney, Marcia Shein, of Decatur, Ga., said Saturday that Hundley will plead not guilty. The charge carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail.

The boy's mother, Jessica Bennett, 33, told the FBI their flight was on final descent into Atlanta when her 19-month-old son started to cry due to the altitude change. Hundley "told her to shut that (N-word) baby up," FBI special agent Daron Cheney said in a sworn statement. She said Hundley then slapped him in the face, scratching the boy below his right eye and causing him to scream even louder.



Addiction Based Decisions To The Tune Of $1B

by Hal Mooz 15. February 2013 07:56

Former San Diego mayor acknowledges using charity for gambling, losing $1 billion

Former San Diego Mayor Maureen O’Connor acknowledged in federal court Thursday that she took $2 million from her late husband's charitable foundation to pay for her addiction to video poker — and lost $1 billion wagering over the course of a decade. O’Connor, the mayor of California’s second largest city from 1986 to 1992, pleaded not guilty to money laundering as part of a deal with prosecutors that will defer the charges for two years as she attempts to repay the debt. An attorney for O’Connor, Eugene Iredale, told reporters outside the courthouse that his client had severe health problems, including a brain tumor, that led to her gambling addition, Iredale said his client won more than $1 billion from 2000 to 2009 playing video poker in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and San Diego, but lost most of it. After dipping into the red, she wound up compiling $13 million in debt, according her attorney.




Intuition Takes A Life

by Hal Mooz 8. February 2013 09:57

Accused witch tortured, burned alive in Papua New Guinea

Assailants stripped, tortured and bound a woman accused of witchcraft, then burned her alive in front of hundreds of witnesses in a Papua New Guinea town, police said Friday after one of the highest profile sorcery-related murders in this South Pacific island nation. Kepari Leniata, a 20-year-old who had a child, had been accused of sorcery by relatives of a 6-year-old boy who died in the hospital the day before, police spokesman Dominic Kakas said. She was tortured with a hot iron rod, bound, doused in gasoline, then set alight on a pile of car tires and trash in the Western Highlands provincial capital of Mount Hagen, Kakas said.

Deputy Police Commissioner Simon Kauba on Friday blasted Mount Hagen investigators by phone for failing to make a single arrest, Kakas said. The public were apparently not cooperating with police and police carrying out the investigation were not working hard enough, Kakas said.

Sorcery has traditionally been countered by sorcery in Papuan New Guinean culture. But responses to sorcery allegations have become increasingly violent in recent years.

"It is reprehensible that women, the old and the weak in our society should be targeted for alleged sorcery or wrongs that they actually have nothing to do with," O'Neill said.




You Don't Know When You Are Being Permanently Recorded

by Hal Mooz 5. February 2013 11:15

High school teacher suspended for 'fat butt Michelle Obama' remark

Alabama high school psychology teacher Bob Grisham has been suspended for 10 days without pay for a rant that included calling the first lady “fat butt Michelle Obama." A student in Grisham’s class made an audio recording of the remarks, which also included derogatory comments about gays.

During a debate-type discussion about current affairs in his class on Jan. 27, Grisham blamed the school’s low-calorie lunch offerings on “fat butt Michelle Obama.’’ He also added, “Look at her. She looks like she weighs 185 or 190. She’s overweight.’’



Electronic Communications Are Permanent

by Hal Mooz 4. February 2013 09:55

Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigns after late-night calls exposed

Nebraska Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy resigned abruptly Saturday in a scandal involving thousands of calls to four women on his state-issued cellphone, including one woman who said she had a romantic relationship with the politician. Sheehy resigned after questions were raised about the cellphone calls with four women, none of whom were his wife, who filed for divorce last year. The calls, made over the last four years, were first reported by the Omaha World-Herald, which had made a public records request for Sheehy's phone records.

Records released Saturday by the governor's office show Sheehy made thousands of late-night phone calls to the women. He spoke with some of the women numerous times a day in conversations that lasted anywhere from a few minutes to more than an hour, according to the records. One woman he frequently called, Dr. Theresa Hatcher of Bellevue, told The Associated Press that she and Sheehy had maintained a long-term relationship after they met at a convention of emergency responders in Texas in 2008. As lieutenant governor, Sheehy leads the state's emergency management efforts, and Hatcher is an emergency room doctor.

"I thought I was the only one," she said. "Apparently, I was grossly mistaken."

Heineman said he doubted Sheehy would run for the governor's office now. Heineman said he will begin the process Monday of looking for a new lieutenant governor.




Extreme Emotion Based Judgment

by Hal Mooz 2. February 2013 17:36

Man Convicted for Killing Neighbor Over Dog Poop

Philadelphia man has been convicted of third-degree murder in the shooting death of his neighbor over a dispute over dog waste. A jury returned the guilty verdict Friday against 28-year-old Tyrirk Harris in the murder of 47-year-old Franklin Manuel Santana.

On Feb. 14, 2012 , police arrested Harris after he allegedly shot and killed his neighbor Frank Santana in the Tacony section of Philadelphia. Investigators said Santana confronted Harris over his dogs that had defecated on his lawn. The confrontation led to Harris allegedly pulling out a 9-mm handgun and fatally shooting Santana in his face and chest.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, Harris will be sentenced April 26.  Assistant District Attorney Deborah Watson-Stokes said she would seek 20 to 40 years in prison, the maximum sentence for third-degree murder.



Another Thoughtless Permanent Decision

by Hal Mooz 1. February 2013 17:26

High school teacher on leave after nude pics, pot posts hit Twitter

It’s not easy being a high school teacher these days, what with drastic budget cuts, classroom overcrowding and the threat of student violence. Oh, and then there's that constant temptation to post semi-nude pics of yourself while tweeting things like, "Naked. Wet. Stoned," or "Watching a drug bust go down in the parking lot. It's funny cuz I have weed in my car in the staff parking lot." Such is the alleged handiwork of Carly McKinney, a 23-year-old math teacher at Overland High School in Aurora, Colo. The first-year educator has since taken down her account, but not before posting this final message: "Local news station just called me...Tweeking out..." She told the station it was a parody account set up with a friend and that the posts were put up without her permission. The school district has put her on administrative leave pending an investigation.



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