The Finality of the Death Penalty

Balko links to this article by an attorney named Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry about the death penalty. He calls the Troy Davis execution "an unconscionable miscarriage of justice," yet he still comes out in favor of the death penalty. He examines many of the arguments for and against it, admitting that it has no deterrent value for instance, and says that he is "ultimately and reluctantly" in favor of the death penalty because "most of the arguments against the death penalty are bunk."I would … [Read more...]

Scalia and Catholic Morality

Justice Antonin Scalia gave a talk at Duquesne University Law School recently, a Catholic school, and made some rather odd claims."I hope this place will not yield, as some Catholic institutions have, to this politically correct insistence upon suppressing moral judgment, to this distorted view of what diversity in America means." ...A devout Catholic who came from humble beginnings in New Jersey to graduate with honors from Georgetown University and Harvard Law School, Justice Scalia … [Read more...]

Repeal Obamacare or Die!

That's the actual headline on the latest bit of stupid from Roger Hedgecock and the Worldnutdaily. It begins with this:My uncle once told me in a low voice, "Never let them take you to a hospital. You'll never come out." In his 90s and near death, he was rushed to a hospital and died. Now comes a study documenting that hospital privacy curtains are full of bacteria, including the antibiotic resistant strains. Hospitals full of sick people are where the germs are. … [Read more...]

Obama Bans Guns. By Not Banning Guns.

You can't fool Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association, he'll see right through you. And he's figured out President Obama's devious plan to take away our guns by not taking away our guns.“[The Obama campaign] will say gun owners — they’ll say they left them alone,” LaPierre told an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday. “In public, he’ll remind us that he’s put off calls from his party to renew the Clinton [assault weapons] ban, he hasn’t pushed for n … [Read more...]

Florida’s Lt. Gov. Turns Preacher

Jennifer Carroll, the Lt. Governor of Florida, gave a speech at Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition gathering last week and appeared to be auditioning to be Pat Robertson's next co-host on the 700 Club. She says crazy things like this:You know the Bible says faith is believing in what is not seen, today unfortunately many in the media would like nothing better to ridicule Christians: they promote 'The Da Vinci Code,' they place doubt in the public’s mind that Christ was not risen and t … [Read more...]

Religion and the Death Penalty

In the wake of the execution of Troy Davis, Christopher Hitchens ties America's use of the death penalty to the continuing influence of religion:The reason why the United States is alone among comparable countries in its commitment to doing this is that it is the most religious of those countries. (Take away only China, which is run by a very nervous oligarchy, and the remaining death-penalty states in the world will generally be noticeable as theocratic ones.) … [Read more...]

Miami Police Beat Up Man With Down Syndrome

Another appalling story of police brutality:Gilberto Powell, 22, was stopped by officers in the area of Southwest 111th Place and Southwest 138th Street around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a Miami-Dade Police report.The report said officers spotted a bulge in Powell's waist band and when they tried to pat him down, he tried to flee. Police say Powell broke free as officers tried to place him in handcuffs, hitting his forehead on the ground. … [Read more...]

Why Palin Hasn’t Announced Her Non-Run

It's summed up perfectly in this fundraising letter from Sarah PAC, which promises that she's still thinking about running and will continue to do so if you'll just send her money now.As you may know, Gov. Palin is on the verge of making her decision of whether or not to run for office.It's one of the most difficult and important decisions of her life. And I want her to know that she has our support...Someone must save our nation from this road to European Socialism. Do you think it … [Read more...]

Romney Disappears Past Statements on Health Care Reform

Not only does Mitt Romney flip flop on pretty much every issue in existence, he even tries to make his past statements disappear.After the Republican presidential debate Thursday night, a senior advisor to Mitt Romney acknowledged that a line about spreading health care reform throughout the country was changed in the paperback version of Romney’s book No Apology.Texas Gov. Rick Perry said during the Florida debate that Romney took out the single line that suggested the Massachusetts h … [Read more...]

Sally Kern Brings the Crazy Again

Sally Kern continues to display her authoritarianism and ignorance with statements like this, from an interview with Peter LaBarbera:LaBarbera: I believe the organized homosexuality movement is an evil movement, its organized sin. It’s taking what God says is wrong and pushing it literally as a right, as a civil right.Kern: Well I think they’re trying to get the moral high ground and of course America was founded upon freedom and equality, and so they’ve hijacked that…. And as I’ve said e … [Read more...]

Perry Gets Another Insane Endorser

The list of lunatics to endorse Rick Perry for president continues to grow.Rick Perry snagged the endorsement of 27 New Hampshire state legislators on Wednesday, passing fellow GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has endorsements from just 9 Granite State lawmakers. The Texas governor's campaign was quick to brag about this ally-recruiting coup. "We are honored to have the support of these men and women who represent and understand the sentiments of voters across the state," said Paul … [Read more...]

Jail or Church in Alabama

This is clearly unconstitutional:Non-violent offenders in Bay Minette now have a choice some would call simple: do time behind bars or work off the sentence in church.Operation Restore Our Community or "ROC"...begins next week. The city judge will either let misdemenor offenders work off their sentences in jail and pay a fine or go to church every Sunday for a year.If offenders elect church, they're allowed to pick the place of worship, but must check in weekly with the pastor and … [Read more...]