My favorite headline from today:

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“Lawmakers vow to execute child rapists”
Really? With their bare hands?

What courage these lawmakers show in standing up to the pro-child rape lobby.

This does remind me of the fundmental problem with the death penalty, though. It assumes the state – the same state that can’t deliver the mail or win a war or build a working levee – is competent to provide a proper trial.

I endured a speech recently from a “libertarian” GOP candidate who, when asked about the dealth penalty was full of bravado in favor. I pointed out that a neighboring county had recently overturned the conviction of a man who had been convicted of a brutal murder about 10 years earlier. The cops basically concocted a case based on no physical evidense. Wasn’t it a good thing that he hadn’t been executed?

No answer.

11:25 pm on June 26, 2008