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Monday, June 12, 2006

I Can Never Be Executed!

I found out the other day that I am mentally ill. Some psychiatrist with a creative mind and time on his hands has deemed me to be suffering from "Intermittent Explosive Disorder." You may know it by its more common designation - Road Rage:
Study says millions have 'rage' disorder
By Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer

By definition, intermittent explosive disorder involves multiple outbursts that are way out of proportion to the situation. These angry outbursts often include threats or aggressive actions and property damage. The disorder typically first appears in adolescence; in the study, the average age of onset was 14.

"People think it's bad behavior and that you just need an attitude adjustment, but what they don't know ... is that there's a biology and cognitive science to this," said Dr. Emil Coccaro, chairman of psychiatry at the University of Chicago's medical school.

Road rage, temper outbursts that involve throwing or breaking objects and even spousal abuse can sometimes be attributed to the disorder, though not everyone who does those things is afflicted. (
I have arrived. I too can claim victimhood. I'm thinking of applying for long-term disability.

More importantly, if the Roanoke Times has its way, I am exempt from capital punishment no matter how heinous the crime is that I commit - forever:

A life-and-death test of competence

Executing mentally incompetent prisoners is forbidden. A competent state upholds the law.

At the age of 18, Percy Levar Walton savagely murdered three people -- an elderly couple, Jessie and Elizabeth Kendrick, and a Danville neighbor, Archie Moore -- during Thanksgiving week of 1996. Of that there is no doubt.

Whether Walton is smart enough or sane enough to understand that Virginia last week was hours away from killing him for those crimes is very much in doubt. Gov. Tim Kaine made the right call when he stayed Walton's execution for six months, time enough to determine the degree of his mental retardation and mental illness.

Before Virginia pumps lethal chemicals into this killer's veins, the state should be sure Walton understands exactly what will happen to him and why the commonwealth exacts the ultimate retribution. The U.S. Supreme Court requires -- and a just society demands -- this level of mental competency. (

I make light of my disorder in this case to make a point. Some people - bad people - kill and are mentally deranged. Some rape and murder because they are mentally deranged. For this they should receive maximum punishment - whatever society deems that to be.

When we start exempting those individuals who commit crimes and are found to have a mental disorder - any mental disorder, I and millions of others nationwide will be arguing in a court of law that our intermittent explosive disorder - or our breakfast - or our political affiliation - or our choice of dress caused us to be mentally incompetent and to commit horrible crimes.

Punishment should fit the crime; it shouldn't be tailored to the whims of the growingly deranged psychiatric community.

"Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all." Edmund Burke

Good Idea As Far As It Goes

If I want to buy locally a bottle of my favorite diversionary beverage, Maker's Mark, I have to go before an employee of the state of Virginia and obtain permission. Liquor, you see, is only sold here in the commonwealth through state-run stores. Why it is that I have to purchase my alcohol from the state is beyond me. But such is the case.

The Roanoke Times this morning wants to know why too. Sorta:
Stop treating campus journalists like kids

Virginia's prohibition against alcohol ads in college newspapers denies students a lesson in real-world responsibility.

Virginia's puritanical instinct to cocoon college students from wicked drink is headed to court. Last week, campus newspapers at Virginia Tech and The University of Virginia filed suit against the commonwealth's ban on alcohol advertising in student publications. They deserve a victory in time to break out the champagne for the first issue of the new school year. (

The Times editorialist argues on 1st Amendment grounds that a college newspaper should be allowed to run ads for booze. I stand atop grounds less lofty.

It's hooch, fellas. Corn squeezin's. Fermented grapes. Fruit of the vine. A beverage.

Terrorism it ain't.

The fact that we have to go before government officials to obtain alcohol here in bizarro-world is, well, bizarre.

And wrong.

Therefore, we demand our FREEDOM! It's time that we break the shackles that bind us! We demand that we be allowed to buy our Thunderbird without having to seek the approbation of Big Brother.

The Roanoke Times is on to something. We now need to kick it up a notch.

Grief For Dead Terrorists

While most of America grieves when news arrives of the deaths of soldiers in Iraq, leftists are, at most, indifferent, occasionally bringing themselves to cite the cumulative death tally to make some political point. That's as close to sadness as these people will ever come.

But let a terrorist be killed - or kill himself - and there aren't enough hankies to stem the flow of tears. This morning the New York Times is in the throes of sorrow:
The Deaths at Gitmo

The news that three inmates at Guantánamo Bay hanged themselves should not have surprised anyone who has paid the slightest attention to the twisted history of the camp that President Bush built for selected prisoners from Afghanistan and antiterrorist operations. It was the inevitable result of creating a netherworld of despair beyond the laws of civilized nations, where men were to be held without any hope of decent treatment, impartial justice or, in so many cases, even eventual release.

It is a place where secret tribunals sat in judgment of men whose identities they barely knew and who were not permitted to see the evidence against them. Inmates were abused, humiliated, tormented and sometimes tortured. (
If only these people felt as compassionately about the men, women, and children - little babies - who have been slaughtered by the Islamists, a few of which - human waste all - are being held at Guantanamo.

But no. The left has no interest. Most of those being murdered are Americans. Or Jews. And now Iraqis. Their enemies all.