29 thoughts on “Texas Pride…

  1. My point is that apparently the death penalty isn’t detering certain types of criminal behavior.

    In fact, some might say it promotes a more robust and dangerous response from the criminals that ultimately puts the police officers at greater risk.

  2. willy,

    I have heard it argued that “Three Strikes” laws (where your third conviction automatically gets you life in prison) have contributed to criminals taking a kill-or-be-killed attitude toward the police trying to catch them. I do not know if Texas has such laws, but if I had to guess, I’d say they were among the first to do so. I may be wrong.

    Anyway, if criminals in Texas are not aware that Texas actually carries out its death sentences, then they must be incredibly stupid. Otherwise, they DO know but it doesn’t deter them. And with so many people getting released from death row on account of they were innocent of the crimes for which they were put there, then how could anyway argue that we need to execute anyone? And who has the moral right to decide who lives and who dies?

  3. The three strikes laws were first inacted in California, if I am not mistaken. Many who voted for it then wish they hadn’t now as that their own family members find themselves facing life for silly felonies like stealing and such.

    The moral question of the death sentence is way beyond my ability to debate one way or the other. I would have to argue though that if we can’t even ‘talk” about impeaching a president who is certainly guilty of war crimes and therefore, countless murders, how can we condemn a man to death for committing one?

    What the hell kind of fucked up system is this? In my opinion it is purely evil, at best.

  4. what? you guys got nothing? I gotta run. My Redskins just secured a playoff spot! (I know. Shallow and trivial… Go skins?)

    later all

  5. “And yet, if you purposefully taught a child to grow up and be like that, they would say you seriously fucked up his head.”

    That’s a good point. yet, they do teach children that. They do teach children that they have to compete to achieve. To be cutthroat to get ahead. They test in the 4th grade these days. “No Child Left Behind”… what is that? Who gets “left behind”? the kids that don’t make the grade, that’s who.

    The war on liberal idealism is very very real. and they start in on these kids earlier and earlier these days.

  6. No kidding, Willy.

    My niece and nephew are so damn nervous about achieving — school in particular. The A isn’t good enough. It has to be a higher A than everyone else’s.

    That’s just not healthy. Do well because it’s how you learn, but don’t grind all the other kids into dust while you do it.

    Sick.

  7. That’s why they are dangerous to our survival as a species, willy. They are trying to “breed out” the best in us and “breed in” the most submissive in us. Of course, our idea of”the best” (the most intelligent, the most musical, the most artistic, the most imaginative, the most humane, the most caring, the most thoughtful-of-others) are anti-thetical in principle to what they consider “the best” (i.e., people like them.)

  8. Be the change we want to see.

    It’s likely we will not live to see our society where it ought to be, but it’s still very well worth doing while we are here.

  9. I don’t think it’s your choice.

    I think we should turn them over to the families of the victims in Iraq. To the people of Iraq. Let them decide.

  10. Taking the money back they stole and making reparations is the only way to give pause to those who think to follow in their footsteps. Otherwise, the risk is worth it to them. People need to be punished. If other people see them get away with it, it just encourages them to do the same.

    BTW, Happy Holidays to all. I haven’t been around in a while. I hope everyone enjoyed themselves and the people important to them. =)

  11. “My point is that apparently the death penalty isn’t detering certain types of criminal behavior.

    In fact, some might say it promotes a more robust and dangerous response from the criminals that ultimately puts the police officers at greater risk.”

    I really don’t think it has anything to do with the death penalty. It has more to do with the no knock law. If you notice, the increase in police deaths is directly tied with those states that have laws that are supposedly “pro law enforcement” The funny thing is it is legal to shoot at intruders in those states.

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