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  •  I think the death penalty is cleaner and gives (0+ / 0-)

    the victim / survivors a more humane closure.

    There. I said it.

    Some acts take a person out of the human race because they make the choice to act that way. Charles Manson comes to mind as one who's lived off the California taxpayer for more than four decades.

    Many such alleged humans -- Vernon Howells comes to mind, along with Harris, Klebold, Cho, Lanza, and a host of their shoot-em-up cohort -- cheat justice by suiciding, often taking innocents or their own victims -- Howells killed how many Branch Davidians in that fire in Waco? -- along when they die. Nobody in their right mind claims to be the one guy in the world who can correctly interpret the word of God -- and that applies to the WBC the same as the current and immediately past Popes, just like it applies equally to Paul who wrote all those books of the New Testament trying to outright overturn the words of Jesus, as well as to Osama bin Laden or to Al-awlaki claiming their interpretation of the Quran trumps Mohammed.

    Suicide is different. As somebody who's lost someone close to suicide, I know that it often leaves behind a world of anger and hurt and frustration -- but I also know that for the person who takes that way out of the world of anger and hurt and frustration they cannot escape, it is the only mercy they can find. Hard as that is on those they leave to wonder and rage and mourn ... they deserve that mercy themselves; and many of them extend that mercy by not going on a rampage to emphasize their suicide.

     Therefore I don't lump suicide in with the kind of insanity Adam Lanza showed or the horror perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh, for example.

    McVeigh's action took him out of the human race by his own choice; to make sure that he never ever had a chance to repeat his act was society's duty to itself.

    I think this claptrap about humane execution, and how every method discovered can be dissected down to reveal some hidden cruelty, is

    Go back to hangings as standard execution. If you want to try to make it a deterrent, have them in the public square of the county seat. But don't make them into circuses, and don't record the names of the criminals as if they deserve some twisted kind of hero worship.  Treat them as the common vermin they are instead of celebrating their criminal works; twisted minds will not find that fate so alluring.

    LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

    by BlackSheep1 on Mon Jan 07, 2013 at 10:21:07 AM PST

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