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Friday, April 18, 2008

But That's Why We Support It

The Roanoke Times this morning calls on the government to find some other means of killing the human waste we call death row inmates:
Lethal injection method can be cruel
U.S. Supreme Court decision aside, states should change an execution method that could mask extreme pain and agony.


Virginia death penalty proponents can rest easy. Gov. Tim Kaine wasted no time lifting the moratorium on executions he imposed while waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether the state's method violated the Constitution.

The problem with the three-drug method is simple: The second drug administered is a paralytic that renders the condemned immobile. If the first drug, a sedative, is improperly administered, the second drug hides any indication that the prisoner is feeling the excruciating pain caused by the third drug, which stops the heart.

The nation should rethink its commitment to this barbaric and inhumane practice. (link)
Tellingly, these guys don't recommend an alternate method of execution. For the obvious reason. They don't want there to be one.

But this point needs to be made: If the lethal injection method of execution of those deserving death involves "extreme pain and agony," (it doesn't; these guys are just being their normal hysterical selves) isn't that a good thing? It certainly passes Constitutional muster (there is no prohibition of pain or agony - only cruel and unusual) and it satisfies the desires of the electorate - to make these animals suffer as they made their victims suffer.

Seems to me the method is well-suited for the task. And the Supreme Court agrees.

Enough said.

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* I should state that I am ambivalent toward the death penalty only because there is such a disgraceful time delay between crime and punishment - because of the legal system - and consider harsh imprisonment for life to be just as appealing.

Calling Rick Boucher

At the same time that our congressman-for-life works diligently to bring seasonal, minimum wage, no-benefit canoe livery and bike rental jobs to Southwest Virginia, Southwest Virginians are trying to deal with this recurring nightmare:
1,100 slated to lose jobs at Volvo plant
By Angela Manese-Lee, The Roanoke Times

Citing a weak truck market and soft economy, Volvo Trucks North America announced it would slice employment at its Dublin plant by more than a third and reduce production at the facility to one shift.

The 1,100 people who will lose their jobs beginning the week of May 12 represent a significant increase from the number the company expected to shed when it first announced layoffs late last year. At that time, Volvo spokesman Jim McNamara said up to 650 people would be laid off at the end of January. (link)
I wonder if this news will be posted on Rick Boucher's Website Of Self-Congratulation?

Yale Ain't What It Used To Be

What do you do in life when you haven't a creative bone in your body, when you are completely unmotivated, when you suffer from a deficiency of IQ, and you have no talents of any kind from which to draw?

You become a "performance artist."

And graduate from Yale University:

Statement by Helaine S. Klasky — Yale University, Spokesperson

New Haven, Conn. — April 17, 2008

Ms. Shvarts is engaged in performance art. Her art project includes visual representations, a press release and other narrative materials. She stated to three senior Yale University officials today, including two deans, that she did not impregnate herself and that she did not induce any miscarriages. The entire project is an art piece, a creative fiction designed to draw attention to the ambiguity surrounding form and
function of a woman’s body.

She is an artist and has the right to express herself through performance art.

Had these acts been real, they would have violated basic ethical standards and raised serious mental and physical health concerns. (link)
The rest of the story can be found here.

Can you major in Performance Art at the once-prestigious Yale U? Probably. Alas. Probably.

May He Shut Up And Go Away

Look, I don't begrudge the wealthiest among us for what they have - whether they accumulated that wealth on their own or inherited it. Unlike Democrats, I am neither envious of nor spiteful toward them. Heck, I want us all to be rich some day and I don't want any impediments placed in the path to our success.

That having been said, I really must say that a certain feeling of uncontrollable contempt comes over me when I hear some breathtakingly rich guy tell the rest of us that we need to learn to live with less.

For example, take filthy rich guy Michael Bloomberg, in outlining the kind of candidate he is going to support in the upcoming presidential election - as reported in "Bloomberg Excited To Elect An 'Adult' President":
In making a decision about whom to endorse, Bloomberg said he is not trying to decide which one of the three matches up with him ideologically, but wants to know which one is "willing to face reality and say 'We can't have everything, and there are costs and we've got to make choices."' '

"Some of the things they'll be in favor of, I'll agree with, some of the things they'll be in favor of, I won't, but at least we'll have an adult in office who can lead and can accomplish something," he said. (emphasis mine)
WE can't have everything. This from a man who has everything.

Lord, please make him go away.

Obama Seems a Little ... Bitter

I didn't watch the Democrat debate that took place in Philadelphia the other night. I decided I'd rather have my eyes plucked from their sockets. But something must have happened there that has put Mr. Sunshine in a funk. Does he realize finally that he's not well-suited to be president?

Read into this everything you will:
Obama questions Democratic debate's relevance
By Jeff Zeleny, International Herald Tribune

Raleigh, North Carolina: Senator Barack Obama on Thursday delivered a mocking critique of Wednesday night's Democratic presidential debate, telling an audience here that the 90-minute session with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton exemplified the problems with Washington by not focusing on issues that truly matter to the American people.

"They like stirring up controversy and they like playing gotcha games, getting us to attack each other. And I have to say Senator Clinton looked in her element," Obama said. "She was taking every opportunity to get a dig in there. You know, that's all right. That's her right. That's her right to kind of twist the knife a little bit."

At a town meeting Thursday in North Carolina, where he arrived to campaign in advance of the May 6 primary, Obama seemed intent on seeking to quell any political fallout from the debate in Philadelphia. (link)
Wow. Has Mr. Hope & Audacity turned into Mr. Hurt & Feelings?

"You guys were supposed to continue asking me about CHANGE and HEALING and HOPE, not about unimportant stuff!"

I hope the Democrats have a Plan B.

Make Him Bleed

You Republicans in Congress deserve this. For not putting an end to the disgraceful practice of earmarking when you had the chance. And for not putting this guy - the worst of the worst - in shackles:

Pelosi calls for ethics probe of Young earmark
By Susan Crabtree, The Hill

The Senate has approved a measure requiring the Department of Justice to investigate the controversial Coconut Road earmark connected to Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska).

The $10 million earmark for the Coconut Road interchange in Florida was placed in the massive 2005 highway bill after the House and Senate passed the bill but before it reached the president’s desk. The original language called only for improving and widening Interstate 75 in Ft. Myers, Fla. (link)
This is certainly an ethics issue. But Young's problems go well beyond this bit of unethical subterfuge. Remember The Bridge To Nowhere - the one that, because of its breathtaking waste of taxpayer money, may have cost the Republican Party its majority in 2006? This be the guy behind it.

You GOP'ers did nothing to stop him. In fact, you were right in there with him, spending our hard-earned income like ... Democrats. May you all suffer the consequences.

Twit meets Terror Delegation in Cairo

Carter meets Hamas delegation in Cairo

A New Weblog Comes On The Scene

I'd like to turn everyone's attention to a new weblog that has sprung up in Roanoke. It's entitled Roanoke RnR. Flag it. Favorite it. Bookmark it.

I can vouch for the author. This is going to be an ass-kickin' blog.

Welcome to the fray, R RnR. We need all the help we can get.