Link to title reference. Jon Langford and an AMAZING roster of fellow travelers banded together to create albums that funded the efforts to suspend the death penalty in Illinois, and it worked. The gubblemint is not killing people in Illinois anymore.
Yeah; there’s still work to be done. The recent horrid appalling torturous executions by experimental drug concoctions are pointing out how inhumane and yes, cruel this whole idea is. Drug companies have refused to make the drugs that are used in executions; American companies don’t do it because they are appalled and there’s no money in it, because it’s low volume especially when compared to the market for boner pills. Overseas companies are just appalled, and refuse to make the drugs because it is an atrocity that they refuse to be part of. And so, the states that like to kill people are forced to use strange mixes of street drugs that may or may not kill the subject, like a downmarket cable channel version of Breaking Bad except there’s no good acting and actual real people are tortured and killed.
But after all, I agree with this judge. Although he supports State Killin’, he says that we should go ahead and allow firing squads, blood brains and all. The drug cocktail death penalty methods were enacted because the other methods were ugly and horrific; but I maintain that state-sponsored murder IS ugly and horrific and if some states are going to do it, make it just as blatantly horrible as it is. In fact, if I were writing laws, I would require states that want to murder people to have the wronged person kill the dude personally. strangulation, breaking his neck, or smashing his skull with a tire iron. It’s ugly at it’s base; how would those approaches be any more terrible that what happened in Arizona?
john Oliver recently pointed out that America’s prison grift is inherently fucked up. We imprison WAY more people than any other industrialized nation, and we have actually surpassed China
….Wait. WHAT THE FUCK? America, the Lighted Lamp Of Personal Freedom, is imprisoning more people than China, the supposed epitome of authoritarian crackdown?
Well, for those of us who pay attention to news sources other than Fox (News), we know that we have several contributing factors; the racist laws and racist enforcement, the extraordinarily destructive sentencing laws, and the stupidity of for-profit management of prisons. We kill the (supposedly) violent offenders, and fill the backend with non-violent and low-level drug offenders.
You know, once upon a time Christians were opposed to killing other people at any level. Somehow, that has changed to the Vocal Christian Assholes are now the most vocal pushers of the idea that murder of other people somehow does not contradict the whole “thou shalt not kill”
As a former Lutheran, now atheist, I find conformance to the “thou shalt not kill” directive to be not only worthwhile but also an impelling moral directive. And I am perplexed by the supposed followers of Christ who want to do things like deport helpless and desperate children, and remove health care from millions of fellow citizens, not to mention thrilling when the State murders on of our fellow citizens.
It’s fucking wrong. every other developed nation in the world has abolished the death penalty. America used to be considered the Shining City On The Hill; an ideal, that other people could aspire to. Now we are becoming a horrible, violent, regressive nation that can’t support its own infrastructure. But GUNS!
I am inherently an optimist, and that is part of why I would up in the profession I did. I am predisposed to working toward progress and solving problems, and I have done that in my career.
But fuck me, I see developments on the worldwide stage that spend tremendous efforts toward green development that makes our meager efforts toward energy efficiency seem crazy. I want to incorporate all of that into the work I do, and it is resisted by developers and bankers at aver level. In fact I will now commit to introducing solar and other elements will be included in our developments, and it will all be cut out.
But here is the point. The death penalty is savage and wrong and irreversible. It is something that America should not allow, if we claim to be a civilized nation. It’s savage and ugly. The recent travesties point out how wrong and twisted it is.
Between the racism in the front end, and the savagery at the back end, there’s no way it can be considered just, or justice. It makes me barf.
It can’t be considered justice. It’s not considerate and if you watch the videos, it’s hardly even humane. We should not be doing it. It’s not justice. At best, it’s vengeance. And it it is disgusting and appalling and we have to stop it.
We really need to stop murdering people.