The debate over the death penalty can be infuriatingly dishonest. Consider the April 17 broadcast of Fox News Channel´s "Special Report with Bret Baier" (a show on which I am an occasional commentator). Casey Stegall reported on the legal battle in Arkansas, where officials want to execute eight death row inmates in 11 days before their supply of midazolam expires. This is one of the drugs used to carry out lethal injections. Stegall did his legwork. He talked to Susan Khani, the daughter of the woman murdered, execution-style, by Don Davis in 1990. She told Stegall the last quarter century has been agony
They claim to be against the death penalty so that they can claim moral superiority. Just like they refuse to acknowledge that at times to preserve human life you have to go to war killing those who are bent on killing others.
They can deny reality and blame conservatives because conservatives protect them. They´d perish or change their tune if they actually got their way.
I want to support the death penalty and will as soon as the crime of fabricating evidence and false testimony in a case that carries the death penalty also has the potential of a death sentence.
I echo sentiments here. As soon as corrupted DA´s and PD´s that fabricate evidence, (or who willfully ignore the innocence of a man simply because they value their own ego more) are suitably punished for that also, then it is hard to support the death penalty.
It is needed, but it has to be imposed by HONEST DA´s, not ego driven ones.
Out of 3000 odd individuals on death row in this country roughly 800 are there for a second homicide conviction. Anyone who opposes the death penalty should first face the families and loved ones of those 800 unnecessary victims. Otherwise shut the hell up!
Opposition to the death penalty often goes along with opposition to the doctrine of eternal damnation. The finality in temporal term of the death penalty for murder foreshadows the finality of damnation in terms of eternity. IMHO, this is where opposition to the death penalty gets its energy.
In these days of advanced forensic science, the probability of executing an innocent person is practically nil. Any falsely charged are likely leading a lifestyle that puts them in the position of being the accused.
As #9 said, the deaths of at least 800 people, killed by recidivists, can be laid at the feet of those who oppose capital punishment. Start caring for the victims, you may be one some day.
I´m generally against it unless guilt can be proven to an absolute certainty. That will be tough, as we have seen several stories in recent years about crooked prosecutors and inept forensic labs. Also, public defenders are notorious for doing a half arsed job. Its easy to say oops later, unless you´re the one getting oopsed.
President Trump is set to travel today to Miami to begin reversing President Obama’s moves toward normal relations with Cuba. This is already being denounced by the liberal press. The Boston Globe reckons there will be “no winners, only losers, if Trump moves away from engagement with Cuba” and suggests that the “only constituency that wants to reverse course is the very small group of diehard, older Cuban-Americans, the Miami anti-Castristas, whom Trump credits for his victory in Florida last November.”
What an irony the thing that has liberals salivating the most over the prospect of injuring President Trump was caused by aspects of the man’s character the same liberals would never recognize. As things currently stand, the only charge I’ve seen that actually puts the Trump presidency in jeopardy is that he obstructed justice. This would be behavior that could either be prosecuted criminally or the subject of impeachment. Reports suggest the wrecking ball within the administration, a.k.a. Special Prosectuor Robert Mueller, has wasted no time leaping from probing the Russia collusion charges to investigating possible obstruction. Probably, after finding no snakes
Right around the time Donald Trump was boarding Air Force One en route to Saudi Arabia, soon to escape a capital city obsessed with investigations into his campaign’s ties with Russia and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, his vice president was receiving a booming ovation inside a fifth-floor Ritz-Carlton ballroom in the nearby Virginia suburbs. It was the afternoon of May 19, and Mike Pence stood before several hundred members of the Council for National Policy—a secretive group of conservative movement activists, donors and intellectuals that meets under off-the-record rules—and downplayed the perception of a presidency in crisis.
Not long ago I wrote that the danger President Trump faces from the various investigations into the Trump-Russia matter had changed dramatically in recent weeks. Now, in just the last few days, the situation has changed even more. In five ways: 1. The Mueller office: Investigative arm of the House The big news in the Trump-Russia affair this week is the report, in the Washington Post, that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the president for possible obstruction of justice. The possibility of Trump facing legal jeopardy raises the question that has been part of every big Washington scandal involving the White
Camille Paglia is one America´s smartest and most fearless writers. Like Elvis, she´s the kind of superstar who really needs no introduction—though it is worth pointing out that Pantheon has just published a collection of her essays on sex, gender, and feminism, titled Free Women, Free Men. It´s fantastic and if you love her work, it´s must-reading. (And there´s another collection due out in the Fall of 2018, which is more good news.) Last week I sat down with Paglia over email to talk about Donald Trump, Islamist terrorism, and the transgender crusade. Here´s a transcript of our conversation: JVL: Donald Trump
....death toll reaches 17 as fire chief says it would be a miracle to find anyone else alive in Grenfell Tower amid fears ‘more than 100’ could have died in inferno Harrowing first pictures of the gutted building have emerged this morning. EMERGENCY crews “fear more than 100 people could have died” in the Grenfell Tower inferno as the fire chief revealed it would “be a miracle” to pull anyone out alive – as the official death toll reached 17. London Fire Brigade Commissioner Dany Cotton today said they are not expecting to find any survivors after a fire tore
Cindy McCain agreed to join the Trump administration Tuesday after months of turning down offers from President Donald Trump. Trump has reportedly been trying to convince McCain, the wife of Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, to join the Trump administration for several months. Trump and McCain have agreed on an ambassador position focused on anti human trafficking efforts, refugees, and humanitarian-aid issues. The title is not yet official but a White House source told Daily Beast Tuesday, that the title “U.S. ambassador-at-large for human rights,” is likely. McCain is involved in many humanitarian causes. She serves as co-chair of the Arizona Human
James T. Hodgkinson, the alleged shooter at a congressional baseball practice Tuesday, died at 9:15 AM at George Washington University Hospital, a source with knowledge of the situation told The Daily Caller. The Daily Caller has confirmed the identity of the shooter. Hodgkinson allegedly shot at congressmen as they were practicing for an annual charity game. The shooter, 66, shot House Whip Steve Scalise, and a Zack Barth, a congressional staffer, among others. Scalise, a member of House leadership, had security detail present, who returned fire. GW Hospital did not immediately return a request for comment.
James T. Hodgkinson has been identified as the shooter who opened fire on Republican members of Congress Wednesday morning at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, the Washington Post reports. Hodgkinson, 66, is from Belleville, Illinois, the newspaper reports. A motive for the shooting is not yet known, but Hodgkinson’s Facebook page shows someone who had a high interest in politics, who supported Bernie Sanders during the presidential election and expressed anger with President Donald Trump and Republican Congressmen. Hodgkinson is in critical condition at a local hospital, CNN reports. The gunman was shot by two Capitol Hill Police officers who were at
Donald Trump said he is “deeply saddened” after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise was shot Wednesday morning at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va. The White House issued this statement from the president: “The Vice President and I are aware of the shooting incident in Virginia and are monitoring developments closely. We are deeply saddened by this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police, first responders, and all others affected.”
Police are investigating a shooting at a park in Alexandria, Virginia, this morning, and initial law enforcement reports indicate thatRep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, was among thoseshot. Two officers were also shot and one suspect in custody, according to initial law enforcement reports. The shooting took place in Alexandria´s Del Ray neighborhood, where a number of members of Congress were practicing for the annual charity congressional baseball game set for tomorrow. Witness Ben Childers told ABC News´ "Good Morning America" he was in his apartment when he heard gunshots and he said he saw congressional members running off a baseball field.
Oliver Stone started a “cringe-worthy” fight about Israel with Stephen Colbert on the latter’s CBS show that never made it on-air. A Page Six source who was in the audience for the taping of the network’s “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Monday told us that the political spat was “painful to watch.” The audience member explained that as Colbert pressed Oscar winner Stone — who was promoting his new Vladimir Putin Showtime series, “The Putin Interviews” — on his apparent sympathy for the Russian president in spite of claims about Russian interference in the US election, Stone, at a disadvantage,
President Trump resurrected one of his most brutal and repeated attacks from the 2016 campaign, blasting ´crooked´ Hillary Clinton less than 24 hours after calling for national unity after the congressional baseball shooting. Trump slammed his former political rival in a series of tweets Thursday afternoon. ´Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, ´bleached´ emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?´ Trump asked, combining his attacks on Clinton with gripes about the evolving Russia investigation. The tweet revived two attacks from the 2016 campaign, that a Clinton aide destroyed some of her
As Fox News moves further into the post–Roger Ailes era, the network is shedding one of its most iconic elements. According to network executives, Fox News has abandoned the marketing slogan “Fair & Balanced.” The decision was made last August after Ailes’s ouster by Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy, because the phrase had “been mocked,” one insider said. Another executive explained that the tagline was “too closely associated with Roger.” Fox executives have been instructed by management to market the network by its other tagline: “Most Watched. Most Trusted.” It is hard to overstate the significance of what shedding “Fair
The Huffington Post pulled a piece calling for the “execution” of President Donald Trump published Saturday by contributor Jason Fuller. Fuller’s piece contained rhetoric and imagery that seems tasteless, particularly after Wednesday’s events. Fuller boldly declares in the title that “Trump must be prosecuted — if convicted in a court of law — executed.” Fuller doesn’t stop there, however, as he insists that “impeachment isn’t enough” to “drain the swamp,” and to do so means doling out the “ultimate punishment [execution]” in order to fully restore the moral compass of the U.S. Fuller’s “ultimate punishment” is not only reserved for
Seven percent of all American adults believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows, according to a nationally representative online survey commissioned by the Innovation Center of U.S. Dairy. If you do the math, that works out to 16.4 million misinformed, milk-drinking people. The equivalent of the population of Pennsylvania (and then some!) does not know that chocolate milk is milk, cocoa and sugar. But while the survey has attracted snorts and jeers from some corners — “um, guys, [milk] comes from cows — and not just the brown kind,” snarked Food & Wine — the most surprising thing about this figure may
Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice in the probe of Russian interference in last year´s presidential election, according to a story by The Washington Post. ABC News has not independently confirmed the report, which cites U.S. officials. Reached by ABC News, special counsel spokesman Peter Carr offered no comment. In response to the story, a spokesman for Trump´s attorney Marc Kasowitz issued a statement only addressing what he referred to as a "leak" from the FBI. “The FBI leak of information regarding the President is
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., argued Thursday that Republicans are more responsible for the downfall of political discourse than Democrats a day after House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., was shot during a practice ahead of the congressional charity baseball game. At her weekly press conference, Pelosi was asked if she saw the "worsening in political behavior" equally in both Republicans and Democrats but she replied, "No, I do not." She then listed out a series of examples of harsh political rhetoric from the right. "We have a president who says, ´I could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and
Once again this week, Americans coast-to-coast are grappling with the horror of senseless gun violence — from California, where at least three victims are dead from a shooting near a UPS facility in San Francisco — to our nation’s capital, where Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot alongside congressional staffers and police officers. (Snip) Over the coming days and weeks, people will point fingers and try to figure out how to prevent such tragedies in the future. The time for that discussion will come. For now, we should remember the lasting image of the House Democratic baseball team Wednesday morning,
Dear X, You and I had a sweet friendship: we raised children and discussed husbands together; we traded perennials and casseroles in times of need; we visited one another in funeral homes, hospitals and churches; we met one another’s families; we babysat and cleaned and laughed and cried together. (Snip)When you unfriended me from Facebook, I cared not. But you also unfriended me from your life. That hurt deeply and it still does. Even though I never supported him until it came time to vote, you unfriended me because I spoke in Donald Trump’s defense one too many times--while you
Rep. Mark Sanford said Thursday that President Trump was “partially” to blame for some of the hostility in the country that led to the shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others this week. “I would argue the president has unleashed, partially, again not in anyway totally, but partially to blame for the demons that have been unleashed,” Mr. Sanford, South Carolina Republican, said on MSNBC. Mr. Sanford said he has seen a change in his town hall meetings since the 2016 election became so heated, describing one in a senior center where older people were cursing at each other. “I was
LANCASTER, N.Y.- At many American high schools, the graduation-day tradition of crowning a valedictorian is becoming a thing of the past. The ranking of students from No. 1 on down, based on grade-point averages, has been fading steadily for about the past decade. In its place are honors that recognize everyone who scores at a certain threshold - using Latin honors, for example. This year, one school in Tennessee had 48 valedictorians. About half of schools no longer report class rank, according to the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Administrators worry about the college prospects of students separated by
WASHINGTON – Reacting to the shooting of House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Wednesday, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said it would be “good” if both parties could agree on ways to restrict access to guns for “deranged people” from “all over the country and all over the political spectrum.” (Snip) The congressman said he thinks the current political climate “all started with President Obama being an African-American.” “I just think that was the beginning, and now with the current occupant of the White House, I just hope that maybe he will see this as an opportunity to change some
ESPN “First Take” co-host Max Kellerman said during Thursday morning’s show that the NFL injects politics “by playing the national anthem and putting pressure on you to stand for it.” Kellerman made the statement during a segment that compared NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick to world renowned boxer Muhammad Ali during a discussion with Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett. Kellerman said that neither Ali nor Kaepernick went looking for a protest. The protest came looking for them. “He was asked to stand for the national anthem,” Kellerman said. “You do not have to stand for the national anthem, and even