Wednesday, September 15, 2010
They started discussing killing civilians when a Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs arrived there last November. Apparently, Gibbs bragged about things he got away with in Iraq and talked about how easy it is to kill someone. Almost like he was looking for soldiers with the same type of mentality.
People investigating the case, found that Gibbs and Jeremy Morlock devised a plan to form a kill team. They allegedly killed three civilians while on patrol over the next few months. The first was killed by a grenade and gunfire in January. Gibbs is 25 and Morlock is 22.
Morlock, Gibbs, and another soldier, Andrew Holmes killed another Afghan while on guard. Gibbs gave Morlock a grenade that he threw at the Afghan and Holmes shot him. Holmes is 19. Later, Morlock told Holmes that they did that for fun and threatened to kill him if he told. A month later, another victim was shot and killed. Gibbs shot him and put a gun next to the body to set it up like the innocent civilian shot at him first.
The Army Times newspaper said that there was one soldier involved in the group that would collect the fingers of victims as some posed for pictures with the dead bodies. Five soldiers out of the kill team Adam Winfield, Gibbs, Michael Wagnon, Morlock, and Holmes are being accused of aggravated assault and murder along with other charges. If they are convicted, they face life in prison or the death penalty.
|Andrew Holmes, Michael Wagnon, Jeremy Worlock, and Adam Winfield.|
Posted by Panther GOODY at 11:47 AM
Monday, September 13, 2010
Posted by Panther GOODY at 2:14 AM
Friday, September 10, 2010
It used to be that a parent could discipline their child and just expect the silent treatment or an attitude from them. The child would get over it and basically understand that they were wrong. Now, you can't be that sure of the kind of reaction you will get. Assigning chores, grounding, and even setting a curfew can all have fatal consequences. There have been numerous cases where children have retaliated against their parents just for them being a parent and trying to set the proper guidelines.
There is a case in Texas where a 12 year old girl and a 13 year old boy are being charged with capital murder in the deaths of Darlene and Alan Nevil. At first, they were being charged with murder and aggravated assault until Alan died on Thursday. Capital murder is a higher charge than murder and increases the number of years a juvenile can be locked up before getting a parole hearing. They won't be eligible until after serving a minimum of 10 years in prison.
Alan and Darlene Nevil were the parents of the 12 year old girl involved in the shooting. The daughter came home for lunch with her boyfriend. They shot her mom in the head and killed her instantly on August 17. Her step-dad was found bleeding on the neighbors front yard. He told the cops who shot him and they immediately apprehended the youths. Alan died September 9th from wounds he suffered in the attack.
There is really nothing out of the ordinary apparent in this case. The mom and daughter did have a rocky relationship but nothing that deserved death. The daughter had threatened to run away before because she said her mom was too strict. She claimed to be totally in love with her 13 year old boyfriend. She even stated that he was the best boyfriend that she has ever had. She is 12 years old; how many boyfriends have she had?
It is scary that this is becoming common to kill your parents because of some disagreement. How did things get out of hand like that? There have been several cases where the parents didn't like the boyfriend and got murdered for forbidding their daughter to see him. These children are old enough to know right from wrong so what gives? They are also old enough to know that when you are dead, you are dead. Parents have to watch how they discipline their kids now because they never know when they will wake up just as they are getting killed.
Posted by Panther GOODY at 11:54 AM
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
There is a Reverend in Florida, named Terry Jones, that has very controversial views of the Muslim faith to include the Qur'an. He has recently gained worldwide attention because he plans to burn copies of the Qur'an to celebrate the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. Some people are praising him as a hero and some people are attacking him as a derelict. Muslim, Roman Catholic, and Jewish leaders have condemned his plans. Jones is clinging on to his First Amendment rights and plans to go through with it. He calls the Qur'an evil because he says it supports something other than the biblical truth and it agitates radical and violent behavior among Muslims. Jones said that if Muslims wanted to burn Bibles, they would be protected by the First Amendment as well. He wouldn't like it but he wouldn't threaten to kill them either.
Posted by Panther GOODY at 3:45 PM
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Mel Gibson has been involved in a horrible scandal ever since those "alleged" abusive recordings have been made public. The latest polls taken have shown that there is very little impact on whether people go watch his movies. About 75% of the people polled said that the recordings would not determine whether or not they watch him on the big screen. The poll was conducted as a joint venture involving Vanity Fair and 60 Minutes. Of course, his movies include "Braveheart" and "The Passion of The Christ" but should he be forgiven for such outrageous outbursts? Let's not forget that this wasn't the first time that his mouth got him in trouble. He made some anti-Jew comments to a California police officer in 2006.
Posted by Panther GOODY at 7:34 PM
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Posted by Panther GOODY at 6:19 PM
Monday, August 23, 2010
I am sure that you never thought that you would hear those words. Actually, too much water can kill you. It is called water intoxication or Hydronatremia. It happens more often than you would think. There are a couple of different scenarios where it is most likely to occur. Usually it happens when people have strenuous workouts for more than four hours and drink such an excessive amount of water that they dilute the sodium concentrate in the blood. This puts vital body functions in jeopardy and can result in death. Signs and symptoms of water intoxication are similar to that of dehydration. The victim may experience difficulty breathing, nausea, muscle cramps, slurred speech, and disorientation. They need to be taken to the hospital immediately. While waiting for medical help, sit them upright, keep them as calm as possible, watch for seizures, and try to increase their sodium levels by giving them salty foods like chips.
People who live in hot environments and sweat profusely should not rehydrate with water alone. They need to rehydrate with drinks that contain electrolytes and eat salty snacks to replace the loss of sodium. Sports drinks by themselves won't replenish your sodium if you exercise for several hours. Here are some examples of water intoxication cases that resulted in death.
In 2002, 3 year old Rosita Gonzalez died of water intoxication when her babysitter punished her by forcing her to drink 3 quarts of water in a four hour period. The babysitter was arrested for first degree murder. In 2007, Jennifer Strange was found dead hours after trying to win a Nintendo Wii. A radio station in California held a contest where contestants had to drink large quantities of water without urinating. The family sued the radio station and were awarded $16.5 million in the wrongful death lawsuit. In 2008, Jacqueline Henson died after drinking 4 liters of water in under 2 hours as a part of her diet plan.
Water isn't bad for you. But, like everything else, do not overindulge or you will have issues. Water intoxication is real and can occur when you exercise for long periods of time and drink only large quantities of water. If you are gonna workout for extended periods of time, then bring along a salty snake and drink a sports drink. You can also die of water intoxication if you drink large amounts of water in a short period of time. Such as in a water drinking contest or as a part of an extreme diet plan. Please drink responsibly!
Posted by Panther GOODY at 4:00 PM
In 1987, at the Andy Williams Open, Craig Stadler's ball landed in the mud, under a pine tree, on the 14th hole during the last round. Due to the positioning of the ball, he had to kneel down to play it. He put a towel down so he wouldn't destroy his light-colored pants. He went ahead and finished the round and he placed second at the end of tournament. So the trophy was handed out and everybody went home. The very next day, someone saw the error on the highlights and notified PGA officials. Stadler was disqualified for illegally building a stance by kneeling on the towel. Again I say he had finished in second place.
In 2008, at the State Farm Tournament, Michelle Wie had turned in her second place scorecard and forgot to sign it. She had only walked out of the room and someone called her back so she could sign it. She came right back in the room, in a matter of minutes, to find out that she was disqualified. She didn't leave the course, or the grounds, or even the clubhouse. Just because she left a roped off scoring area, that disqualified her. Just like Stadler, she had a second place finish.
The most recent case involves Hall of Fame golfer Julie Inkster. In 2010, Julie Inkster was disqualified from the Safeway Classic Tournament. During the tournament, there was a 30 minute delay at the 10th hole. She put a weight on her club and took some practice swings to loosen up. She later comes to find out that's not legal during tournament play. A television viewer saw her breaking this rule and informed tournament officials by email. Inkster finished the round and on her way to the clubhouse, she was informed that she was disqualified. She was only three shots off of the lead at the time.
These petty rules have got to go. If I go out and play the best golf in my life and win a tournament, it could be taken away just because I forgot to sign my scorecard before I leave the room. That's crazy to me. I think the PGA officials should look into changing some of these rules. Imagine if all sports had this kind of officiating. Someone watching the superbowl could call the NFL and say that they saw a player on the offensive line commit a holding penalty. Then what would they do; take the trophy away from the New Orleans Saints?
Posted by Panther GOODY at 9:50 AM
Sunday, August 22, 2010
The reason that this ridiculous law even came up was the fact that now a celebrity could be on the receiving end of one of these lawsuits. The 2004 "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino could become a defendant in an Alienation of Affection suit. Paula Cook is accusing Ms. Barrino of having an affair with her husband Antwuan Cook. They were photographed together and are said to have had a relationship. If Ms. Barrino could prove that she had no idea that Mr. Cook was married, then she might have a chance. If the claim is legitimate and Mrs Cook wins, then she stands to gain quite a bit of money from Ms. Barrino.
Believe it or not, there are precedents in this type of proceeding. About 200 claims are filed each year in North Carolina alone. In 2001, Christine Cooper won a $2 million decision against her husband's alleged ladylove. And more recently, in March 2010, a 60 year old Cynthia Shackleford was awarded $9 million after suing her husband's mistress for allegedly breaking up her 33 year old marriage. There have been bills introduced to abolish this law but the bills were never passed by legislators.
I absolutely do not agree with this law because I feel that it is the cheating spouses fault. The spouse decided to go down that road knowing all along that is was wrong. They were not forced nor coerced into breaking their marriage vows. They did it of their own free will. I feel that this is just a way to get revenge on the other person. What do you think?
Posted by Panther GOODY at 5:15 AM
Saturday, August 21, 2010
The People's Republic of China, also known as China, is the second largest country in the world according to population. Their economy has just become the second largest economy in the world behind the U.S. China's economic and military advancements have been pretty dramatic over the past decade. China has used this economic growth to fund the expansion of offensive and defensive military capabilities. So what brings me to consider China as a threat to U.S. national security?
The Chinese have been very clear of their intensions, through the years, with different statements, threats, and speeches aimed towards the U.S. There was a speech made by the Chinese Minister of Defense where he talked about solving the issue of America. He also talked about how China must put up with America and conceal their ultimate goals; hide capabilities and await the right opportunity. He spoke of cleaning up America by using biological weapons to eliminate mass populations. He admitted that they are willing to kill one to two hundred million Americans to secure a victory. In the recent past, the Chinese have even threatened to drop a nuke on Los Angeles if we interfered with the Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
Why has the U.S. been so tolerant with all of this aggressive rhetoric coming from China? To make it even worse, the U.S. has sought to broaden cooperation with China. Why? Well, one reason is that China has a lot of influence over the American economy. In order to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we sold government bonds abroad. China has purchased a bunch of those bonds because it is a good investment for them. When bonds are purchased, it is basically giving the government a loan. Should China cash in those bonds, it would cripple the U.S. economy into a depression. Nobody wants that to happen. The economy already went into a recession and is still trying to recover.
Another reason is the fact that many influential government leaders are involved with businesses that conduct business in China. Since China has more consumers than any other country in the world, people salavate at the prospect of doing business in China. If you cause problems for the Chinese government or publicly embarass them, then you will not do business in China.
The Chinese are in a position to cripple our economy and have built up their military as if preparing for war. They have been more cooperative recently than in past years. Both countries have reasons to keep things civil when relating to one another; however, we are one of their natural enemies. So what's next in this akward relationship? Are the Chinese doing as their Minister of Defense suggested; concealing their ultimate goals of destroying America by playing nice and waiting for the right opportunity? I guess we will all find out.
Posted by Panther GOODY at 10:39 PM