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Thugs R Us  0

Posted on June 23rd, 2006. About News and Politics, Ramblings.

I’ll admit – it has been a slow day at work, thus the second blog posting in less than two hours. I’m intrigued by this plot that has been uncovered today – seven young men have been implicated in a plot to blow up the Sears Tower. That’s not what intrigues me. What I find amusing (and terrifying) is what their mothers had to say about it:

Mothers of two of the indicted men denied reports that their sons were followers of Islam. The mothers told CNN that their sons are devout Christians who closely follow the teachings of the Bible and their group was nothing more than a religious study group.

I wanted to tell these mothers, “Perhaps your attitude is the reason your sons are a bunch of thugs.” That’s right – they weren’t out drinking; they were only at a sleep-over. They weren’t using drugs – their friends were and their sons just happened to be with the wrong people at the wrong time. They are all so misunderstood, aren’t they?

The “Death Penalty Experiment” – failed from the start  1

Posted on June 23rd, 2006. About News and Politics.

Austin told me once that when she receives her Newsweek each week, she looks at the table of contents, then flips to the final page to see if Anna Quindlen is the columnist closing out the issue. When she reads a column by Quindlan, she realizes she is not alone, and says a quiet “Amen” to herself. Regardless of the topic, Quindlan’s words seem to reasonate with reasonable people everywhere.

This week is no exception. Quindlen’s column, featured on the MSNBC website prior to its official release in Newsweek, examines the consistent arguments before the Supreme Court regarding various aspects to how the death penalty is carried out. Is it more humane to use lethal injection rather than electrocution? Is pain actually experienced during the lethal injection? If so, what does that mean? Should we execute mentally retarded people? Criminals who commit murder before the age of 18? Quindlen basically writes – here’s an idea. The death penalty is wrong. We kill people to demonstrate how wrong killing is.

We are one of four nations in the entire world (alongside Iran, China, and Saudi Arabia) who carry out the vast majority of executions. The thought that Iraq may have been more civilized in some respects than the United States is more than disturbing. Or maybe our supply of right-wing fundies believe we are the more enlightened society because the Old Testament condones executions, despite Jesus’s negation of Hammurabi’s code and his plea to love one’s enemies.


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