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  •  Umm, the Denver Post fired its last liberal, (5+ / 0-)

    a guy named Mike Littwin, about a year ago.  

    There are none left.

    Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

    by corvo on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:43:48 AM PDT

    •  I think the last one died shortly after (3+ / 0-)
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      ColoTim, carver, SilentBrook

      Mike got canned. 6/1/12

      Denver Post columnist Ed Quillen dies at age 61 in his Salida home  

      Conservatives called his work everything from outhouse material to slander. Liberals delighted in his skewering of conservative establishment types and his exposing of the inanities that are part and parcel of politics.

      ...

      His fictional foil in many columns was Ananias Ziegler, "media relations coordinator for the Committee That Really Runs America." Ziegler would spout whatever canned comments were coming from politicians that week, and Quillen would shut him down with his sharp-eyed observations.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Mon May 13, 2013 at 08:10:35 AM PDT

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      •  Ed was a real (3+ / 0-)

        treasure.  He was a columnist I always looked forward to reading - he had keen insights and a great sense of humor.

        The death penalty is, in the largest sense, about revenge.  Killing the"offender" does not bring back the dead nor does it make society safer.  And the specter that an innocent person might be executed, because of poor legal representation, sloppy police work or political motivated rush to judgement is reason enough to ban the death penalty.  Project Innocence has shown how common wrongful deaths have occurred.

        "If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov (8.25 / -5.64}

        by carver on Mon May 13, 2013 at 11:05:02 AM PDT

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        •  The revenge piece really bothers me (2+ / 0-)
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          Justin Doolittle, carver

          when the stats and specifics of how abused these perps were as children. Long friend and former SO limits his Oakland practice to CA death row inmates - 20 years. His simple point 'the one thing they all have in common is layers of abuse, like an onion.' Great link Justin put in with this

          In one sentence, this "liberal" both mocks the very serious physical abuse Dunlap suffered as a child, and summarily dismisses decades of scientific evidence indicating that people who are abused as children are significantly more likely to commit violent crimes as adults.
          This applies to Castro, and his brothers - who just did the alcohol numbing.

          My personal concern on this goes with the idea that it is ludicrous to claim killing is a heinous crime and punish the person by killing them. Not only is it a stupid concept, the people who have to DO the killing - tie down, get an IV in, do all the other prep, then be one of the people who injects either a drug or saline - can have the same PTSD issues that soldiers, cops and people who kill in self defense do. I want jurors who vote on a DP case to answer the question 'Would you be willing to volunteer to execute for a (different) DP case?" It should be separate from the decision, not released or ever used, just to challenge their belief that it is the right thing to do.

          There was supposed to be a study of the Texas 'tie down team' over a decade ago. I was amazed it got proposed, approved and funded. No surprise the results never came out. "Who could have predicted that?"

          Bob also points out that most family members are often not in favor of the DP. They have lost that person and have a new insight into the sorrow families go through.

          Ed was a gem. I miss him every time I go to DP online or see a paper. Closest writer to Royko I've ever come across. Sad to find out from that column he really wasn't aware of how much people admired his work. Made me glad I defended him in a couple of blogs posts and wrote him an email about one column, acknowledging how much of a fan I was.

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Mon May 13, 2013 at 11:37:13 AM PDT

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          •  Of course consevatives (0+ / 0-)
            In one sentence, this "liberal" both mocks the very serious physical abuse Dunlap suffered as a child, and summarily dismisses decades of scientific evidence indicating that people who are abused as children are significantly more likely to commit violent crimes as adults.
            are such vocal advocates for the abused, the mentally ill, the intellectually challenged....phtttttt !!

            "If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. Isaac Asimov (8.25 / -5.64}

            by carver on Mon May 13, 2013 at 01:48:35 PM PDT

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