I likes Tammy, but this article in favour of the death penalty contains some of the most laughably silly reasoning I've seen outside a Pilger essay.
I've never had the slightest problem with the idea of the death penalty: murderers, rapists and assholes who break into their 30th home deserve to be wiped off the face of the earth. It is a perfectly justifiable punishment in my opinion.
Problem is, I'm against it in practice as an available punishment thru the legal system simply because innocent people get convicted and innocent people get executed.
Tammy provides this infantile justification.....
Tammy must be undergoing some serious chemical therapy if she wrote this with a straight face. Extremely rare instance? According to Barry Sheck, 109 people have been exonerated on the basis of DNA evidence through the Innocence Project. One hundred and nine innocent people, a great many of them death-penalty cases. Pardon me Tammy, but 109 just under the umbrella of the innocence project alone is not "extremely rare" in my book.
Um, no they haven't dearie....... Besides, I'm not a member of "the left".
Remember, these 109 are those that have been lucky enough to be found by Sheck and lucky enough to have biological evidence useable in a DNA test. People convicted with without such evidence have no such lifeline. How many hundreds or thousands of wrongful convictions could there be in capital cases? The system aint gonna work for them Tammy....so much for your inane panacea.
I'm the son of a career cop, and we're all pretty right-wing about crime-n-punishment in this family. But even my dad never argued that innocent people haven't been thrown in jail. Anyone who believes that is not only an idiot, they're a dangerous idiot.
And this is just from honest mistakes. That doesn't even take into account some notoriously corrupt police departments around the globe. Anyone in Aus who's been awake for the last 15 years has heard about the frightening levels of police corruption in Queensland, NSW and WA. Sweet jesus, one week ago we had a senior NSW detective on Four Corners opening talking about falsifying evidence and framing suspects. Was he evil? No. He was a guy who fundamentally still wanted to put the bad guys away. And something tells me the reality in many parts of the USA is no different.
Tammy - and other death penalty fans - engage the predictable arguments to counter this....
1) if murderers get out one day, this will not only be morally unacceptable, they may kill again - sorry, lame argument. Life imprisonment without parole prevents this. Assuming even one of them escape and kills again, the danger from this adds up to a lot less than 109 dead innocents.
2) it is cheaper than keeping people in jail for a long time - um, sorry, but fuck off. You don't end a life because it's cheaper. You may argue it's OK to execute because it's morally justified, but you don't do it because it's cheaper. Especially if that life is an innocent one. That kind of thinking was very big amongst the Einsatzgruppen, and it's no less morally repugnant now. If we're going to have that approach, why have trials and courts at all? Just let the cops execute at will - it will save us all lots of money and time.
3) life in jail is too good and cozy for them - fine, so make it tougher. Work them into the fucking ground and feed em regurgitated gruel for all I care. You don't need the death penalty to solve this problem.
4) the victims must get justice, they are suffering, etc. - yes. But no matter how much they are suffering, executing an innocent person to ease their pain is murder - plain and simple.
You might argue that it's ok to have a sizeable innocent-to-guilty ratio amongst the executed. You may believe this as a kind of pragmatic equation or just because you don't give a shit. Obscene as that is, I could respect it more than deliberately avoiding the issue of execution of innocents with bullshit side issues.
There could be room for compromise of course. ie. as a general principle, save the death penalty for murder cases where there is direct DNA proof of the crime, confirmed by different independent sources.
But as far
as Tammy Bruce's argument goes, it rates as juvenile emotive cant, and
Some entertainingly deluded knob on the aus.motorcycles newsgroup threatened that the USA is "scared to death" of China, and it was only a matter of time before they crushed you like ants, just like the vietnamese did. The Chinese have - apparently - given up old fashioned "bullet" weapons to focus on lasers and sonic devices which will seal your doom........
begin shivering in fear
for 26-7-02 have now been restored and appear in their rightful place
below. Once again the world can enjoy my friendly criticism of Hugh Mackay.
Gaz Parker reminds me why I'm glad not to be at university anymore;
I laughed too. Gazza also asks the important question: Why are people who label consumption "decadent, meaningless and hollow" always badly-dressed and ugly?
Buggered if I know Gareth. I spent my time at Uni trying to stay clear of them. Though in an arts degree majoring in sociology, this is pretty much an impossibility.
I kept myself sane by writing...er...."fun" essays just to see how the tutors and fellow students would react. Some personal favourites were advocating the execution of the mentally handicapped and why pollution is good for us.
didn't get great grades. Damned bolshevik academics.....
So our genius weather forecasters predict last friday it'd be sunny today. So - thinks I - it'd be a good opportunity to ride me new ZX-9R to Bateman's Bay, eat some fish n' chips by the beach and ride back - free from the choking traffic. So, I takes Monday off work you see.
You'll never guess what happened: it started raining last night, and it's been raining all friggin day. I made it to Braidwood, ate some lunch, before my cold-wet self decided "this sucks", and headed home.
At least the lunch was pretty good: The Grapevine Cafe does the basic hot lunches. I had two toasted ham/cheese/tomato sanwiches + some chips and a muggachino. The Grapevine is also a 2nd-hand bookshop, so you've got stuff to eat while you read.
it was good wet-weather riding practice on the brutal new machine.
Ageing paranoid moralist wench - Barbara Biggins - is still trying to save us ignorant masses from the evils of TV and movies. When are cunts like Biggins, big-government-family-values "conservatives" like Richard Alston, and every "family" group in Australia just going to leave us alone already?
What is it about these "concerned parents" wankers that gives them the divine right to interfere with people's liberties? News dudes, I don't care if you want to protect your children. Protect your own fucking children, and I'll protect mine.
I never asked you to have babies, and yet I'm supposed to alter my lifestyle so your little rugrats won't see a pair of tits on TV, or hear a "naughty word" somewhere. Coz you're too bloody stupid and lazy to get off your fat asses and exercise some parental responsibility, you want everyone else to raise them for you.
Well as far as I'm concerned, you and your morally righteous little rugrats can go suck on my colon.
I dunno about you, dear reader, but whenever these crusaders-for-the-kiddies start peddling this shit, I get the urge go outside and start selling crack and Traci Lords videos to teenagers.
Seeing as I've included a bunch of stuff from them today, I might as well include what is probably my all-time favourite article from Frontpage, by Jamie Glazov. Glazov makes mincemeat of the pro-Arafat lobby with this devastating polemic. Amongst the gems.....
the rest. It - as they say in the classics - kicks arse......
Brit police raided a mosque where "asylum seekers" were hiding. The predicatable cries of racism, cultural insensitivity, blah blah from the islamic lobby and agonised lefties arrived on cue.
two words for you pal: tough shit.
Roger Ebert's Q&A column has a good bit on maxivision vs. digital. George Lucas - not content with screwing up the Star Wars movies - is pushing the shitty new digital film format so his lame CGI will look better. Never mind that everything else will look shithouse. I was in Japan a couple of years ago and saw a demo of the most advanced digital projection system - and it was lame. Maxivision - by all reports - is 400% better than current film projection and can be fitted to existing systems. Digital - which is favoured largely by star wars geeks - isn't even up to the current standard of 35mm film, let alone maxivision. Yet the press and the tech geeks are dazzled by digital - which is their brains means "better". Sorry boys, it aint.
send Lucas and his dweeb internet fans back to play with their toys.
OK, Seems I might have a draft copy of the Hugh Mackay piece from 26/7 at work. I'll put it back up on Tuesday, though it may have some minor differences to the one that was up earlier. The only other bit I remember from that day is the idiot South Australian Democrat that claimed the Bush administration destabilised his party (*cue chortling*). Can't forget a nutjob like that.
anything else I wrote for my 26-7-02 entries?
I've lost all my fucking entries from 26-7-02, including the fucking archive and backup. If anyone has copy of anything I wrote (esp the longer Hugh mackay piece), please send it to me
The latest Guardian piece gives us the latest shocking investigative discoveries about American corporate evil. Brothers, let us gather canned goods and head to rural utopia!
The author reveals (*gasp*) that some corporate-suit types are criminals. Congratulations socialist airhead, you've all woken up to something everyone else on the planet has known since they learned to put the round peg in the round hole. Nice to see their intellectual development is moving along. (Do these sadcats actually think they're telling us something new and shocking?)
No doubt this is the latest sign of the death of evil capitalism, which that genius Marx (you know, the unemployed parasite who's been wrong roughly 100% of the time) predicted all those many years ago. Dang...it still hasn't happened yet. Never mind comrades, it's..um..just around the corner I'm sure.
Everyone? Name six of them.
Um, no, we didn't.
Such revelatory, intellectual analysis. These lefties never cease to amaze. Next week: playing with matches is really, really naughty.
Actually, I think these dumb, ignorant tobacco-chewin Americans have already heard of Richard Nixon.
These broadsheet journos are sooooo deep man.... (I've snipped the rest of the lame satire)
...actually, the rest of the article is pretty much the same juvenile, lefty piffle. I'll spare you the pain.
Nice to know
that The Guardian continues it's tradition of intellectual superiority
over the tabloid scum. Never let is be said the paper is a sad grab-bag
of 60's socialist hangovers, anti-American snobbery, teenage sentiment
and general resentment against western democratic society. Keep up the
good work boys!
Bates vs. The Dickheads
Matthew Bates takes on idiot student protestors.
Current reading: A Short History of The World - Geoffery Blainey
Current listening: Mullholland Drive soundtrack
A CD I like that noone else does: Tin Machine
Four world leaders who need to die soon: Saddam Hussein, Robert Mugabe, Fidel Castro, Yasser Arafat
Celebrity I'd most like to share a hot tub with right now: Beyonce Knowles
3 really irritating TV people: Bryant Gumbel, Steve Irwin, that twit weatherman on Ch.10 Sydney news.
The last DVD I watched: Ronin
Good performances from bad actors: Burt Reynolds in Deliverance, Gina Gershon in The Insider, Ice Cube in Three Kings, Bryan Brown in Breaker Morant, Jennifer Lopez in Out of Sight
Worst performance to win an Oscar: Al Pacino in Scent of a Woman
who ruin every scene they're in:
Julia Roberts, Ice T, Shannen Doherty, William Petersen
Mackay load of crap got printed
today. The usual Mackay formula applies;
Can you imagine
if the Roman empire had been filled with intellectuals like Mackay? The
babarians would have been using their balls for cocktail olives.
Davies is one of a rare breed: a uni student with functional brain
cells and a healthy disrespect for leftist idiocy. Today he is saying
lots of ghastly,
unacceptable things about student protestors. Has he no shame?
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