Perk Pressure Based Permanent Decision

by Hal Mooz 10. October 2013 09:28

Man slain trying to sell truck on Craigslist

Two men have been charged in the shooting death of a South Carolina man they met because he was selling his pickup on Craigslist, authorities said.

Jquan Margel Scott, 19, of James Island has been charged with murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to court records. Isaac R. Williams, 20, of Charleston is charged with murder and kidnapping.

The men are accused of killing William Apps, 25, of Charleston. His body was found Monday night in Mount Pleasant.

Scott had arranged to buy Apps' pickup for about $15,000 after seeing it advertised on Craigslist, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
Authorities say Apps met the two men in downtown Charleston on Oct. 3 and drove with them to Mount Pleasant, where Apps was taken out of the truck at gunpoint. He was later forced back into the truck and driven around before one of the men shot Apps in the neck and left his body in a wooded area, according to court documents.


Decision Type Factor - Can Something Bad Happen?

by Hal Mooz 24. September 2013 14:54

Thrill-seeker killed in parachute jump off Calif. mountain

Walden Grindle, 35, died over the weekend after colliding with a cliff at Napa County's Mt. Saint Helena. He was parachuting off the mountaintop.

"He probably just misjudged how close he was to the rock formation," Anderson said. "That's part of what the thrill is - to see how close you can get to things, and he just got a little too close."

According to the United States Parachute Association, which issues skydiving licenses and publishes training manuals on the extreme sport, 19 fatal skydiving accidents were reported in the United States out of about 3.1 million jumps in 2012.


Extreme Emotion Based Decision?

by Hal Mooz 20. September 2013 09:08

Ore. man killed wife for closing ketchup bottle too tightly

Lawrence Loeffler, 86, is on trial for the shooting death of his 83-year-old wife, Betty Loeffler. Prosecutors say the attack occurred because of family grievances.

An 86-year-old Oregon man on trial for the shooting death of his wife carried out the attack after a series of grievances with his family that prosecutors said included the failure of his stepdaughter to wish him a happy birthday and his complaint that his wife put the lid on the ketchup bottle too tightly.

Deschutes County prosecutor Mary Anderson told jurors about Lawrence Loeffler's complaints during opening statements Wednesday at his murder trial.

Anderson said Lawrence Loeffler took the phone off the hook, retrieved a .25-caliber handgun in the middle of the night from the bedroom where she slept and then "set a trap" to get his wife onto the deck at the back of their house near La Pine, a town of about 1,670 people on the east edge of the Cascade Range in Central Oregon. He shot her once in the neck and then again in the head in what he described to investigators as a "kill shot" to make sure she was dead, Anderson told jurors.


Is This Decision A Binding Agreement? How Do We Know?

by Hal Mooz 15. September 2013 09:45

US, Russia reach deal on Syria's chemical weapons

The United States and Russia struck a deal Saturday under which Syria will allow its stockpile of chemical weapons to be removed or destroyed by next year — easing a crisis over a threatened American military attack.

Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, announced the deal after a third day of talks in Geneva.

“This framework provides the opportunity for the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons in a transparent, expeditious, and verifiable manner, which could end the threat these weapons pose not only to the Syrian people but to the region and the world,” President Barack Obama said in a statement issued by the White House after the deal. “The international community expects the Assad regime to live up to its public commitments.”


Tattoo Decision - Can Something Bad Happen? - Yes It Can

by Hal Mooz 5. September 2013 10:42

Your tattoo may be ruining your career, new study finds

Is your tattoo keeping you from getting your dream job? Managers often refrain from hiring potential employees who have visible tattoos, even if they personally like body art, a new British study has found. "Hiring managers realize that, ultimately, it does not matter what they think of tattoos. What really matters, instead, is how customers might perceive employees with visible tattoos," Dr. Andrew Timming of St. Andrew's University School of Management said during a presentation of his findings.

Timming interviewed recruiters in 14 industries, including hospitality, banking, prison and academics. "Respondents expressed concern that visibly tattooed workers may be perceived by customers to be 'abhorrent', 'repugnant', 'unsavory' and 'untidy,'" he said. "It was surmised that customers might project a negative service experience based on stereotypes that tattooed people are thugs and druggies."


Critical Decision To Be Made Based On Uncertainty

by Hal Mooz 30. August 2013 09:14

Bush: Obama has ‘tough choice to make’ on Syria

Former President George W. Bush said Friday that his successor has a “tough choice to make” on U.S. intervention in Syria, as American allies and Congress appear to be balking at the idea of a strike on Syrian military assets.

The former president – who launched a military intervention in Iraq in 2003 based on the belief that that country’s leader, Saddam Hussein, was harboring stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction – said that he did not want to get “roped in” to commenting on the ongoing debate over whether a strike in Syria would be justified based on its regime’s apparent use of chemical weapons.

Asked about his thoughts on the international community’s apparent reluctance to sign off on military intervention, Bush – who assembled a “coalition of the willing” of more than two dozen countries before his invasion of Iraq – declined to comment.

“The president has to make a tough call,” he repeated. “I know that you’re trying to subtly rope me in to the issues of the day. I refuse to be roped in. “


Power Pressure Based Decision Unjustly Convicts Father

by Hal Mooz 18. August 2013 20:36

Daughter: I lied and sent my dad to prison for rape

Chaneya says that in 1997, she falsely accused a man of raping her. That man – who has always maintained his innocence -- is Daryl Kelly, Chaneya’s father. Chaneya Kelly is on a mission: she wants the world to know about a horrible lie she says she told almost 16 years ago – a lie that cost a man his freedom. “I'm 24 years old and I made this mistake when I was nine years old,” Chaneya told NBC News, “but it's never too late to try and right your wrong. “

In October 1997, Daryl Kelly was living with his wife, Charade, and their five children in Newburgh, N.Y., 90 miles north of New York City. Chaneya, their oldest child, was two months shy of her ninth birthday.

Chaneya remembers being downstairs with her father one morning before school when she had to use the bathroom. When she was done, she went upstairs, and that’s when Chaneya says her mother asked her a question that came out of the blue. “She repeatedly asked me, has my dad touched me,” recalled Chaneya. “I was like, ‘What do you mean, did he touch me?’ And she was like, ‘Did he touch you in your no-no spot?’ And I would repeatedly say no.”

Chaneya says the more she denied any abuse, the more irate her mother became – and even threatened her with a belt. According to Chaneya, her mother said, “If you don’t tell me the answer that I want to hear, I’m going to beat you.” To avoid a beating, says Chaneya, she told her mother that her father molested her even though it wasn't true.

Kelly -- who had never before been convicted of a felony -- refused a plea deal that would have made him eligible for parole in six years, and within a year he faced a jury. Based on Chaneya’s graphic testimony, it took them just hours to find her father guilty, and he was sentenced to 20 to 40 years and barred from having any contact with his children.

After her father’s conviction, authorities removed Chaneya from her mother's custody, citing Charade’s drug abuse, and she was sent to live with her grandmother, Pat Thomas, a Pentecostal minister. It was there – six months after her father’s conviction -- that Chaneya told her grandmother that she was never raped, and that the story had been born out of fear of her mother.

Her mother, Charade, also submitted an affidavit to the court, swearing she threatened to beat Chaneya unless she said her father raped her.



Some Perk Based Decisions Result In Jail Time

by Hal Mooz 14. August 2013 10:44

'I misled the American people': Jesse Jackson, Jr. gets 2 1/2 years in prison

Former Illinois lawmaker Jesse Jackson, Jr., was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. He will also face 36 months of probation, 500 hours of community service and continued mental health care.

His wife Sandra Jackson was sentenced to one year, after pleading guilty to tax fraud. The couple's prison sentences will be staggered, and the judge left it up to the Jacksons' discretion to determine who will be first to serve their sentence.

"I misled the American people," Jackson said in a statement to the court, according to NBC Chicago. "I misled the House of Representatives. I misled the media by filing my reports. I was wrong. And I don't fault anyone. And I hope even those who still support me don't hold any judgment against you."


Doctrine Based Decision Lasts and Lasts

by Hal Mooz 13. August 2013 17:08

My father used to say, "What you put down with a pen you cannot chop out with an ax."

Man's NYC apartment rent is cheaper than a Twinkie

It's pretty safe to say that no one has paid less than David Lieberman to live on the island of Manhattan since Native Americans ran the place. His current rent for a two-bedroom apartment on Morningside Boulevard in Harlem is — wait for it — one dollar a month. Lieberman got the place for $2,100 in 2006, then discovered that the former tenants had been allowed by the city to pay $1 a month while fire repairs were being made. They didn't move back in, and the apartment appeared on Craigslist at market value. Lieberman sued the landlord, claiming he was deceived into thinking the pad was no longer rent stabilized. He won, getting a $104,000 settlement and his sweet one dollar rent. The landlord's legal attempts to break the deal have come to nothing. So Lieberman stays. Provided he can come up with $12 a year.


Unpopular Doctrine Based Decision

by Hal Mooz 28. July 2013 09:40

Beijing's ban on 'big & vicious' dogs keeps canines on the run

BEIJING – A local law has put some Beijing residents on the run, as they fight to keep their best friends alive and well. A local law bans 41 dog breeds from city limits for being “big and vicious.” The law also limits how tall a dog can be -- 14 inches is the maximum height.   

The provision has been on the books since 1994, but only began to be strictly enforced this year. The new enforcement has shocked many Beijing residents. “This is nonsense. How can they decide whether a dog is vicious?” she asked, as her white, furry friend, whom she refers to as her daughter, joyfully ran around the park with her companions. Wang was not sure what kind of threat a sheepdog posed to the public.

As it turns out, authorities are not so sure either. The director of the Chaoyang District Office of Dog Management, who was only willing to provide his family name, Liu, responded to NBC News' request to clarify the rationale behind the law.

“We don’t know either. We are here to carry out the job,” Liu said


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