11.29.2005

Death. Death. Death.

The 1.000th person to be executed by the government (since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977) is scheduled for Wednesday. Give it a 100 years, but society will look back at us as being barbaric for this practice.

47 comments:

comment4U said...

No, society won't, Barry. Rather, it'll be, "Remember back in the 21st century, when we still executed the #*&$ criminals??? Those were the days."

And, they'll be lamenting that very fact as they're going to the polls to vote in/out the possibilities of, yet, MORE penitentiaries across the street from their homes and elementary schools.

Anonymous said...

Barry, you're so full of crap! Too bad none of us will be here to prove you WRONG...

miz.gina said...

Barry, I disagree. I think there are crimes that are so heinous that death is the only punishment that fits. I think the bible had it right when it said a tooth for a tooth. (I know that some will argue that it also says turn the other cheek, but it wasn't meant for this type of thing.)

I think that if a country is going to have a death penalty then they need to do it. I think that letting a person sit on death row for years on appeals is useless and a waste of tax payer money. I know that they are RARE instances of a person proving their innocence while in prison, but far and large the people that are people given the death penalty deserve it.

Frankly I think if a person is given death, the sentence should be carried out immediately. The victims of their crimes were not afforded the chance to say their goodbyes to their families, and you can bet the criminal will have an easier death than the victim.

Some how this country got it wrong .. they defend the criminal ... instead of gain justice for the victim... who no longer has a voice.

Death penalty barbaric? I don't think so. Murderers pumping iron, getting an educations and living a better life than some working Americans ... THAT is barbaric!

Anonymous said...

Barry is just trying to reel us in jeez.

I think we should take all child molestors, rapists, murderers, and burglars out the back door and submit them to a firing squad. 1 bullet, 1 person, 1 shooter. Much cheaper than 3 meals a day, cable, internet, cigarettes, "marriages in prison"-all at our expense. That is a big reason a lot of people that don't have food, shelter, even tv commit petty crimes just to go back to prison.

LoveLit said...

The death penalty has always existed in some form or another...from stoning to guillotines to the chair to lethal injection. Why would another century change that? The criminals that wind up there knew it was always a possibility...so it's the fault of the criminal...not those that support the death penalty.

Anonymous said...

I know this doesn't apply, but sheeeesh!!
Pepsi has a new "patriotic can coming out with pictures of the Empire State Building, and the Pledge of Allegiance on them.
However, Pepsi left out two little words on the pledge,
"Under God." Pepsi said they didn't want to offend anyone.
In that case, we don't want to offend anyone at the Pepsi corporate office, either! So if we don't buy any Pepsi product, they will not be offended when they don't receive our money that has the words "In God We Trust" on it.

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:18,
Find another board to whine on.

Anonymous said...

12:20.. So I guess, you don't mind that our pledge of allegience is being tampered with? It's only the foundation upon which this country was founded on. If you want to call it whinning go ahead, but I call it patriotic.

bigcatdaddy said...

I'm with Barry on this one. I'll support the death penalty if you can give me a 100% iron clad guarantee that we won't ever execute an innocent person(which you can't give me).

Do any of you have any idea how much cheaper it is it lock someone up and throw away the key??? It's a big misconception that the death penalty is cheaper than life in prison. By the time you figure in the costs of all of the appeals for a condemned person on death row, it is far more expensive than life without parole.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I thought I would have to come on and preach about how it's barbaric that those who have been killed are so unjustly punished without any sort of reprieve for their own death sentence, but you bloggers have done well in stating that for me... with the exception of Bigcatdaddy...

True, we don't ever want to punish someone that is innocent, but dangit, the guilty ones need to not only die, but to suffer. I would love it if we could make them die the way they murdered their victims...

GO BLOGGERS!!

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Only a 1,000 in 28 years. I would have thought Texas has punished more than that. I use the word punished rather than execute as it sounds less barbaric. We need to pick up the pace!

I find it ironic that that number 1,000 committed his crime while high on drugs. Let’s legalize drugs and do away with the death penalty, great idea Barry. And you were the DA for how long?

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry #999 was high on drugs, number 1,000 killed someone with a pair of scissors.

Anonymous said...

Back to public execution....string em up on the court house square...good deterent don't you think...i'm all for it...why should these guys get to live better...and a free college education to boot when many law abiding citizens can't afford to send their kids to college!!!!

Anonymous said...

3:19... I guess you didn't watch the news last night,(or should they check the hoax website)that one of the large home improvement chain stores was actually calling christmas trees & decorations, holiday trees & holiday decorations. There was a huge outcry from the public and they changed their minds. They interviewed Islamic & Muslim community leaders in our area & they stated that it was "silly" to call them anything other than what they are.Christmas decorations... The point is libs are so concerned about OFFENDING anyone that they are trying to change our American way of life. Yeah, I have a problem with that!

Anonymous said...

Anon 3:50 is right on about the college education. I here in college racking up HUGE amounts of loans... doesn't really seem fair.

Anonymous said...

Leave it to a lawyer to stir everybody up. If you had ever been a victim of a violent crime, you wouldn't have turned lawyer on us. How many of those murders were committed while the offender was high or intoxicated? HMMMMM? Don't want to look do ya. Probably at least 50%. The root of most violent crime is DRUGS. FACT!!!!!
Get a life!

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:53,
You are telling Barry to get a life-but your the one reading his blog just like the rest of us?
I say capital punishment like back in the day--if found guilty. But hey thats just me... :)

Anonymous said...

And how many of these fools were out on parole probably due to jail overcrowding when the committed these crime....put them down the day after sentencing save us taxpayors some money and help keep the jail space open.

Anonymous said...

Just get rid of jails and the scum and the Earth will be a better place.

bigcatdaddy said...

It's sad, but some of the comments from this post show how rampant ignorance really is.

miz.gina said...

Actually Bigcatdaddy I think the comments here reflects how feed up Americans are with crime, and the mollycoddling the they are calling justice these days...

Anonymous said...

For all you so-called relgious right that take the bible so literally, how can you change the "interpretation" of "THOU SHALT NOT KILL"????

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:48,

So, I suppose it is ok to lock them up at your expense for the rest of their lives? Let the law of EYE FOR AN EYE commence!!

Anonymous said...

The vast majority of the responders to this issue remind me why Wise Co is so backward and barbaric. I'm ashamed for the ignorance and lack of intellectual compassion that has been demonstrated. No wonder so many here voted unthinkingly for the pseudo born-again Christian in the White House.

bigcatdaddy said...

Anon 7:58 is a perfect example of the ignorance that is rampant. If Mr./Ms. Anon 7:58 did some simple research, he/she would discover that it is a proven fact that it is less expensive to incarcerate someone for the rest of their life than it is to carry out a death sentence against that person.

Anonymous said...

Bigcatdaddy...if it were one of your loved ones that were brutally murdered...I'd put money on it that you would change your tune about keeping these animals in prison at your expense with cable tv, clothes to wear, 3 meals a day, free college education, weight room, basketball and much much more horrible punishments,you would want them strung up or fried like the others!

Anonymous said...

bigcatdaddy,
No, your right. So, when some messed up nasty weird person comes and messes with your family and possibly kills one-come talk to me! I absolutley guarantee that if something like this affected you personally, you would want this sicko dead immediately as well. Only then you will realize that this nasty disease has taken a life from your family--but it is people like you now that want him to stay alive in prison.. Get married, eat 3 meals a day, watch tv, check their email all while in prison while your family member is lying in a box in the ground. Who cares if it costs more! Get these morons off of the streets instantly. If they are convicted of a murder, robbery, rape-end their life right there.

bigcatdaddy said...

No, I wouldn't want them dead. I know that when they do die, they still have to stand before God because of what they have done. It's funny how all of you conservatives use the argument of "We shouldn't pretend we are God" as an argument against abortion, stem-cell research, and other things of that nature. Isn't executing people kinda the same thing.....pretending to be God. I think it is.

Also, if you have a problem with the "cable tv, clothes to wear, 3 meals a day, free college education, weight room, basketball"....then why don't you go on a crusade to take all of that away. I have no problem with all of that stuff being taken away from inmates. I think its a wonderful idea.

Anonymous said...

Bigcatdaddy, you hit the nail on the head! Couldn't have said it better. We're NOT GOD, but I think the far right-wingers have brain washed enough people to make some of them think so.

Anonymous said...

Bigcatdaddy - I'm with you on this one. The rabid "kill 'em all" group does themselves no credit. It is interesting that the "right to life" bunch is in the forefront of the capital punishment crowd. And yes, it would be hard to have a loved one killed by some criminal. It would be doubly bad to execute an innocent person - and yes, it does happen.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious as to the level of education each of the correspondents in this blog has risen to. Any of you care to respond?

bigcatdaddy said...

Anon 7:00-

I am in school (UTA) and a few semesters away from having my bachelors in Criminal Justice.

Anonymous said...

Bigcatdaddy, ignorance is gauged by the eye of the beholder. I can not believe that you are a criminal justice major and not believe that there is a place for capital punishment. I guess the cop killer deserves another chance? Chance for what, kill again. Another cop, maybe you or me. NOT!

bigcatdaddy said...

I believe a life sentence should be a life sentence. No parole.

I think that we have some issues with the justice system...and we need to fix those issues rather than continue to overuse the death penalty.

You would be suprised how many criminal justice majors are for the death penalty when they start school, but they are against it by the time that they finish. That is because we are not longer ignorant....we are fully aware of the facts.

Fact - The death penalty offers no deterrent effect....zero....none at all.(Study after study has proven this to be true).

Fact - Life imprisonment is less expensive than execution.

Fact - Innocent people have been executed...and there surely be more at some point.

Don't believe me??? Tarrant County College has an excellent criminal justice department. May I suggest Mr. Glick's "Crime in America" class for starters.

Anonymous said...

bigcatdaddy,
Did you say Mr. Glick? As in Jimminy Glick? :)

bigcatdaddy said...

I did say Glick....But it would be as in Mr. Bob Glick.

Anonymous said...

Can anyone explain to me how it is less expensive to keep these criminals in jail for life than it is to execute them?

bigcatdaddy said...

By the time you go through the appeals process for a person on death row, you spend way more than you would have spent to imprison that same person for the rest of his/her life.

Anonymous said...

bigcatdaddy,
Give me a break. I believe someone at UTA has misinformed you. That doesn't even make a bit of sense. Pending the person did appeal, it still would not total the amount spent keeping him/her behind bars for the remainder of their life. We spend roughly $750 a year just to feed these lowlifes. It would be much quicker and cheaper to just shoot the person regardless. I am not talking about the appeals process anyway, I am saying there should be a change in the justice system.

bigcatdaddy said...

You are wrong....the research is out there...go find it. The appeals process for someone on death row is far more prolonged and extensive than it is for an individual serving a life sentence.

Anonymous said...

I think those must be misleading statistics. Other inmates also appeal. Is that cost calculated in their upkeep?

bigcatdaddy said...

They aren't misleading statistics because there are numerous studies that prove it. How many times does it have to be studied before you will believe it???

And yes...the cost of the other innmates appeals are figured into it. Death row innmates go throught a longer, more thorough appeals process, which costs tens of thousands more.

If you still don't belive me, perhaps you should do what I suggested....enroll in a criminolgy class and see for yourself.

Anonymous said...

OK!!!!!

Do what Barry wants, and turn 'em loose. Make 'em go to therapy.

bigcatdaddy said...

If you had read my previous comments....you would realize that I'm not supporting turning them loose. I'm in favor of a life sentence being a life sentence(no parole).

I think that you should be spending your time convincing the powers-that-be to eliminate the possibility of parole in capital murder cases.

Anonymous said...

There is not and will never be an absolute guarantee of life without parole. Too many lawyers running around looking for something to do.

bigcatdaddy said...

All you have to do is pass a constitutional amendment giving a jury the option to impose such a sentence.

Hell, you've already succeeded in keeping the queers from getting married. Since we are now safe from gay marriage....turn your attention to making us safe from the killers who get life.