Month: December 2016

Alabama botched an execution

Make no mistake, you lawmakers and judges, in the eyes of God as in those of conscience, what is a crime when individuals do it is no less an offense when society commits the deed.

Victor Hugo’s quote made over a century ago could have been said directly to an Alabama judge last week.

Thirteen minutes into a lethal injection for Ronald Smith, a 45-year-old who executed a store clerk in 1994, and the man began coughing violently. That seems to indicate he was conscious during the injection process. 

At the beginning of his execution, Smith heaved and coughed repeatedly, clenching his fists and raising his head.

A prison guard performed two consciousness checks before the final two lethal drugs were administered. In a consciousness test, a prison officer says the inmate’s name, brushes his eyelashes and then pinches his left arm. During the first one, Smith moved his arm. He slightly raised his right arm again after the second consciousness test.

 

Whether or not he was conscious is being debated, but why? Is there really a humane way to kill a person. The state seems to think so, but the state also thinks a lot of silly things. As much as I feel for Casey Wilson’s family, the criminal justice system should not be in the business of revenge.

 

 

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The craziest election you’ve never heard about is going on in Louisiana

There’s a very weird election going in south Louisiana that parallels almost exactly what happened during the Clinton/Trump election cycle. Some people are calling it the Trump effect.

The third district of Louisiana covers the south central portion of Louisiana. If you can imagine the state as a boot, then the congressman who gets elected would represent its heel.

Although it’s not a state that gets mentioned much in the media, the 3rd covers almost of all of what would be considered Cajun country. People who live here pride themselves on good food, good friends and a unique culture that is unlike anywhere in the world. Continue reading “The craziest election you’ve never heard about is going on in Louisiana”

Liberals are now the book-burners

Literature is my first love. Particularly southern literature. During my college years, I was engulfed in the words of William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor and Harper Lee because they were able to scratch the surface of how complicated, nuanced, grotesque and beautiful the American South can be. Continue reading “Liberals are now the book-burners”

About that Trevor Noah/Tomi Lahren interview…

To be honest, the only Daily Show episode I’ve seen with Trevor Noah was his debut. I thought he did an OK job (a little nervous, but whatever).

I really liked Jon Stewart back in the day. I was a lot more liberal then, but Stewart was the model  of a decent liberal who approaches issues with rationality and humor to me.

Looking at the interview Noah did with Blaze TV’s Tomi Lahren, the show has undergone a dramatic shift. Noah is much more social justice warrior than Stewart, and there seems to be a much stiffer rapport between him and the his conservative guests.  Continue reading “About that Trevor Noah/Tomi Lahren interview…”