Glad BT recalled..;)
I will likely never forget it. That’s one of the most jaw dropping quotes across my entire life.
Boxturtle (Trees cause more pollution than automobiles do – R. Reagan)
Perhaps you’re right. Though I wonder how many vehicles in that caravan contain lawyers. :-)
Boxturtle (Not my quote, though I wish it was. For some reason, I think George Will)
Oh, you’re gonna love it! It’s RevBev’s to explain, but I still think it would make a really tacky tshirt.
Boxturtle (It’s Texas GOPer debate. You start with your conclusion and work your way back to a reason)
I’d respond to that Texas Rep: “Then Jesus must have believed in high taxes, to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s”
Boxturtle (And I’d snap an instagram photo while he’s rationalizing his answer)
And the biggest argument against executions is that we sometimes execute an innocent man or woman
For you and I maybe. I think the death supporters consider a few innocents to be a worthwhile price to make sure we execute all the criminals we possibly can.
Boxturtle (To reach those folks, you have to argue tax money)
BT: The victim’s family and several jurors requested his life be spared.
The system is deliberately set up so that it’s almost impossible NOT to execute under state law. In Texas, the Gov can’t commute without a parole board approval and even then he can ignore it. And the parole board is stacked with George Zimmerman’s…
Boxturtle (With a few Ted Nugent’s tossed in for color commentary)
The problem is that too many people consider themselves without sin. If you said that to the full senate, how many senators do you suppose would reach for rocks?
Boxturtle (The ones who didn’t probably are upset at Sharia law judgements)
Imagine the advertising we could sell if we broadcast a public stoning live!
A wise man said “Left to themselves, the networks would telecast live executions. Except for Fox, which would telecast line, young, nude executions”.
If we’re going to have executions, they should be public and visible. Everybody should see what our government is doing in our name.
Boxturtle (The first public broadcast of an electrocution would likely end executions forever)
My former students call me Rat Bastard and still speak in fearful, hushed tones about the Brick Problem I put on their final.
Boxturtle (Graduate Teaching Assistants are like slaves, except you don’t have to feed them)
About the same here, the local newscast is saying tomorrows commute could suck. *WHOOP, WHOOP* Watch our newscast for the latest details on this emerging situation.
Boxturtle (And for the latest local car dealer commercials)
Normal folks don’t want others to suffer. Even a normal death supporter wants the execution to be as humane as possible.
But the kind of people we see pushing death today are certainly NOT normal. They’d like the most painful method possible that the supremes would allow.
Boxturtle (You can make the case that beheading is more merciful than any approved method)
Oddly, the exact opposite is true. It costs way more per death sentence than it does for LWOP.
It amuses me when a GOPer claims he wants to save the cost of feeding the prisoner for 20 years by hanging them because “A rope only costs $10″.
Boxturtle (Quantum mechanics has nothin’ on GOP math!)
Revenge is revenge. The target is dehumanized anyway, even if not mentally disabled.
But revenge probably does help vengeful people get closure. I think vengeful people would be better served by a cleric or a shrink, but that’s just me. The former could remind them that “vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord” and the latter could point our the psych damage of carrying a grudge.
Boxturtle (But admittedly, neither of those is as entertaining as a good ol’ lynchin’)
Dunno. It sells papers and gets heartless bastards re-elected, too.
Boxturtle (I’m too liberal. I don’t even think Dick Cheney should be executed!)
Alas, you see humans like that all too often. But to my mind, the worse ones are the ones who have compassion for some, but not all. You read about an execution, and almost always there will be a few paragraphs on compassion for the victim and victims survivors. But rarely anything for the friends & family of the condemned and NEVER anything like that for the condemned. People bitch about the last meal or the last goodbyes, for goodness sakes. The victim never got either of those, ya know!
Boxturtle (And since it was wrong for the victim not to get that, it’s right for the condemned not to!)
so TX and GA just remove any connection to decency from their
Fixed it for ya!
The death penalty has been about control and revenge, never justice.
Thou shalt not kill. Except when running for re-election, or if the target is a minority, or if the target is poor. And it’s especially okay if the target is minority and male and the victim is white and female.
Boxturtle (Geez, we’re gonna need an entire tablet just for the first commandment!)
I’m sure the citizens of Georgia feel much safer now that that fellow is under 6 ft of dirt rather than behind 6+ locked steel doors. Actually, most probably didn’t even notice. The only time an execution is really talked about anymore is during an election.
But this case is a problem to me for a different reason. The man killed, we locked him up. Good. But he managed to kill again while locked up, implying strongly that he needed to be held more securely.
Yet Supermax style confinement is a human rights violation. ESPECIALLY if the victim is mentally retarded. How do we hold someone like this in a humane environment without him being a danger to those around him?
Boxturtle (Of the opinion that Supermax confinement is necessary for a SMALL percentage of felons)
You are one of the very few Hams that doesn’t. The smart ones get in a couple days early and try to pick Mendelsons dry. That’s tough to do, as Mendelsons knows when Hamvention is and they stock up as best they can.
Locals go to Mendelsons AFTER the Hamvention and see whats new. :-)
Boxturtle (Amazing how many people upgrade and then junk the old)
One of the things that amazes me when I visit Canada is how much better their beef is. And cheaper. You really can taste a difference, it’s no wonder US producers don’t want to compete with them.
Boxturtle (Is it the air? The water? The feed? The unfailing Canadian politeness? Dunno)
In Dayton, the dividing line was I75. Whites simply did not go across that road, except for the Art Institute, Grandview Hospital, and one BBQ joint. Blacks would be treated poorly if they crossed the line.
Dayton was a very polarized city. First, the west side tried to attract white customers. When that failed, they tried to force white customers by fighting every development effort that happened anywhere east of I75.
The end result was that Dayton depopulated, retail moved outside the city to avoid the politics, and support of the school system ceased.
There’s still no retail in Downtown Dayton. Unless there is a Dragons Game, downtown is empty shortly after 5pm.
Boxturtle (Mendelson’s Surplus and dealing with government are the only other reasons to go downtown)
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