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Tuesday, March 22, 2005

The Cody News (March 22, 2005)

Gunman Kills 10 in Minnesota Rampage
What a tragedy. And what the hell is going on with these folks lately? Now we'll have to hear about how banning guns would solve these problems.

Kyrgyz leader defiant after unrest
Getting uglier.

US Supreme Court Rejects Appeal from Sept. 11 Terror Suspect
So much for due process.

Murder charge in girl's death
If guilty, hang the muthafucka.

On a related note:
Church seeks end to death penalty

I say, if you kill someone or put your penis where it's not wanted -- and it's a clear, clean WAAAY beyond a doubt conviction -- you get hanged.

American Thom Mayne Wins Pritzker Architect Prize
Wonder if Howard Roark would have won. Speaking of which, Ayn Rand (an objectivist, I'm not) turned 100 last month.

Bobby Fischer granted Icelandic citizenship
What the hell is going on with this guy?

Website phishing up 366 percent
You don't say?

Hackers steal California students' IDs
Get 'em!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Child Molester/Sex offenders admit they have no control over themselves.
If this generation can accomplish anything, my hope would be that it is the death penalty for such offenders and get rid of this nonsensical catch and release program.
Truely mind boggling.
If the guy is over ?? and the girl is under ?? = death penalty, no passing go.

3/22/2005 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger JoeC said...

In theory I have no problem with capital punishment; in practice an alarming number of "clear convictions" get overturned when, sometimes years later, countervailing evidence is uncovered, exonerating the "convict". As well, I don't necessarily want my tax dollars being earmarked for extraordinarily expensive capital prosecutions (which would be necessary to make sure there is a "clear" conviction). I have seen articles (and I don't know if they are true) saying the cost of capital punishment from arrest to execution is far greater than that of life imprisonment.

How about this as an idea? For capital crimes keep victim in cheapest most miserable existence for natural life (smallest cell, minimal nourishment, zero exposure to external stimuli) and if it is ever certain that this person is in fact innocent, free him of course but also give him substantial compensation (something in excess of $10 million with lifetime of counseling etc...) this way jurisdictions with wrongful capital convictions would be subject to extreme pressure from taxpayers and the state governments as their resources would be reduced and the public humiliation would be severe (imagine what the NY Post would do with those stories). There are plenty of holes in this idea I know but something along these lines would work better I think.

3/22/2005 12:54:00 PM  
Blogger BelowTheCrowd said...

Howard Roark would have gone to jail for destroying somebody else's private property.

In the real world, Roark never would have gotten past being a quarry worker. For better or worse the real world does require one to sometimes work WITH other people, and one never gets far by pushing "my way or the highway."

The fantasy (still held by many) that a guy like Roark could exist or succeed is just as absurd as the fantasy that one can flourish by following a strategy of always turning the other cheek.

Both are religions, both are irrational, and both contain some elements of truth from which we can learn but should be cautious about trying to live by all the time.

3/22/2005 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to think that: In the days of the 'Wild West', some innocent people were hanged, but there was less crime actually, and many criminals were disposed of.
Compared with today, some innocent people are still 'hanged', but many more criminals are loose, or back on the streets, or never even get convicted in the first place because of our obsession with perfection in this imperfect world.


3/22/2005 04:39:00 PM  
Blogger BelowTheCrowd said...

I believe part of the problem with our criminal justice system today is that we try to do too much -- to punish too many made-up evils, and to spend relatively far less time on the things that really impact people's lives.

In California a significant percentage (by some accounts, a majority) of the prison population -- including the "lifer" population -- is made up of low-level drug dealers who have never been convicted of any violent crime. "Three strikes" has caused this population to grow completely out of proportion with their impact.

One can think of dozens of other low-level or completely victimless crimes that take away money from the system that should be better allocated to prosecuting, jailing and ensuring our safety from those who are truly violent and dangerous.

While we certainly can recognize that there are such things as "gateway" crimes, we seem to be focusing on the wrong things. Most kids who sell drugs rarely go beyond that. OTOH, kids who abuse animals often go on to do the same to people. Yet animal abuse rarely makes any headlines, or gets much investigation if any.

Our priorities are misdirected. So long as this remains the case, violent crminals will fail to get the attention they deserve.

3/22/2005 06:18:00 PM  

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