Quotes of the day

posted at 10:41 pm on May 1, 2014 by Allahpundit

The head of Oklahoma’s prison agency is recommending an indefinite delay in executions while the state’s lethal injection protocol is under review following a botched procedure.

Gov. Mary Fallin had ordered a two-week delay, but Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton said Thursday that it could take longer “to refine the new protocols.”

“I intend to explore best practices from other states and ensure the Oklahoma protocol adopts proven standards,” he wrote in a letter to Fallin…

The recommendations follow Tuesday night’s execution of Clayton Lockett, which was halted after what prison officials described as a vein failure.

***

The family of a death-row prisoner who died after a botched lethal-injection said they are considering a lawsuit against Oklahoma to force changes in the execution process.

“I’m not seeking financial gain from this,” said Ladonna Hollins, the stepmother of convicted killer and rapist Clayton Lockett, who appeared to regain consciousness and struggle in pain in the middle of his execution Tuesday night…

“I want them to admit they did wrong and after that, let’s change this,” said Hollins, who has not retained a lawyer yet. “If we are going to put people to death, let’s do it the right way.”…

The family of Joseph Clark — whose 2006 execution took 86 minutes after the team struggled to find a usable vein — filed a $150,000 suit that was ultimately thrown out by a judge who ruled his suffering was not “intolerable.”

***

“The European Union is opposed to the use of capital punishment in all cases and under any circumstances,” said Ashton, Europe’s top diplomat, “based on the conviction that the death penalty is cruel, inhumane and irreversible, and its abolition is essential to protect human dignity.” France’s Foreign Ministry also issued a denunciation and urged Oklahoma and other U.S. states to impose a moratorium on executions…

Internationally, the United States belongs to a dwindling club of countries that still perform executions. With the exception of Belarus, all European countries have formally abolished the practice, which is also becoming less common in Africa and Latin America, either in law or in practice. Russia’s constitutional court enacted a moratorium on the death penalty in 1999, three years after the last execution there.

When the United Nations General Assembly called for a global death-penalty moratorium in 2012, U.S. delegates joined countries such as China, India, Iran, Japan, North Korea, Syria, and Zimbabwe in opposing the non-binding resolution. It ultimately passed with 110 countries voting in favor and 39 countries against. Only four countries—China, Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia—performed more executions than the U.S. in 2013, according to data gathered by Amnesty International. That year, the U.S. was the only country in the Western Hemisphere that carried out an execution.

***

The criticism spanned Europe’s ideological divide, outraging conservatives and liberals. Alice Arnold, a columnist for The Daily Telegraph, a right-leaning newspaper in Britain, wrote that “America is missing the point,” which is about “the very concept of killing in cold blood” and not about the method…

Sarah Ludford, a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords and a member of the European Parliament, has been pressing European drug companies not to supply executioners in the United States. “As a very sincere friend, I think this is unworthy of the United States of America,” she said. “The response to the E.U. ban on the export of certain drugs for execution should not be to scrape the moral barrel.”

Javier Garvich, making a comment on the Spanish website of El País, wrote that “if this happened in Cuba or North Korea, the United Nations would seek international sanctions.”…

A Twitter message by someone who pretends to be God somehow caught the European mood. From @TheTweetOfGod: “How could Oklahoma botch an execution? If there’s one thing I would expect Americans to know how to do by now, it’s kill somebody.”

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In the spring of 2010, the American Board of Anesthesiologists decided to revoke the certification of any member who participated in a lethal injection, a move that could prevent an anesthesiologist from working in most hospitals. “We are healers, not executioners,” a group official said at the time. The American Medical Association long has said that participating in executions violates a doctor’s Hippocratic Oath.

Soon came a shortage of a critical drug used in most lethal injections. The sole U.S. company providing sodium thiopental announced in 2011 that it would stop selling the powerful anesthetic, citing objections from Italy, where the drug had been manufactured. State corrections officials sought to import the drug but the European Union banned the export of drugs used in executions, and U.S. officials seized some drugs at the border.

Many states, including Ohio and Oklahoma, switched primarily to another anesthetic drug, pentobarbital, which is used mostly for inducing comas in patients in cases of brain injury and is also used by veterinarians to anesthetize or euthanize animals. After a Danish manufacturer restricted its use in executions, some states sought out the drug from compounding pharmacies, which custom-mix small batches of drugs and whose products until recently have not been regulated by the Food and Drug Administration…

“We have a dozen methods of lethal injection out there now,” Denno said. “[States] are not prepared to do this; they’re not knowledgeable to do this, and they don’t want to fess up to all the problems that are associated with something like this.”

***

Most manufacturers have watertight procedures to prevent their products being used in judicial killings in the wake of a European-lead boycott of the death penalty.

However, two – Akorn and Sagent – do not.

Most drug companies distributing in the US, such as APP, Lundbeck and West-Ward, have imposed strict distribution controls on medicines that could be used by death penalty states to execute their death row inmates. These controls channel sales of the drugs only through a small number of identified distributors, who are legally bound never to pass the products to departments of correction unless for strictly medical use. The controls also prohibit sales of the drugs to third-party outlets such as wholesalers, retailers or compounding pharmacies, who might then re-sell the medicines to prison services in death penalty states…

Maya Foa, a lethal injection expert at the human rights campaign Reprieve, said: “No pharmaceutical company or pharmacist would want to be associated with what happened in Oklahoma on Tuesday, nor any other lethal injection execution. They have long opposed the abuse of their medicines in executions, and many are now taking active steps to prevent it. It’s high time state departments of correction heeded their wishes and stopped violating medicines for the purpose of capital punishment.”

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Georgia became the first state to outlaw the electric chair in 2001. In 2008, the Nebraska Supreme Court ruled the electric chair cruel and unusual punishment. The state later made lethal injection its default method of execution. And in 2008, the United States Supreme Court decided — as they had previously done with the electric chair — that lethal injection did not constitute cruel and unusual punishment…

Only eight states allow electrocution today — Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Since it has become more difficult to obtain the drugs used in lethal injection — many manufacturers in Europe refuse to sell them to the United States if they are destined to be used for capital punishment. Some states — like Virginia — have tried to make the electric chair the default form of execution in the state if the necessary chemicals aren’t available.

Rather than consider abolishing the death penalty, the recent botched execution in Oklahoma is likely to inspire a rethinking of methodology, not an outright ban, as has happened previously in history. After it happens, there will still be people vocally opposing it, there will still be people who think it is necessary, and there is certainly going to be more botched executions making people rethink whether we should abolish the death penalty — or find a new way of doing it once more.

***

Lewis makes clear that he only supports the death penalty for the most heinous of crimes, and only for those crimes for which the defendant’s guilt is certain. At first blush, it’s hard to quarrel with that position. The rub is that we’ll always need to draw that line somewhere. How heinous must the crime be? And how certain of guilt must we be? There have been more than a few exonorations in cases in which it seemed unimaginable that the accused people could possibly have been innocent. And yet they were. We now know that prosecutors and police are capable of fabricating and planting evidence. Not that it’s necessarily common, but it happens. That means that even DNA cases aren’t necessarily iron-clad. The science behind the testing may be certain, but the gathering and testing of evidence will always be done by humans and be subject to all the biases, imperfections and temptations to corruption that come with them. Or to put it in terms with which conservatives might better relate: Police, prosecutors and crime lab technicians just as capable as conniving, malevolence and corruption as any other human being. There’s nothing transformative about a government paycheck that ensures altruism, honesty or goodness; the same goes with giving someone a badge or asking him or her to swear an oath.

This was the point of my poll question here earlier this week. If you support the death penalty, you have to recognize that it will be administered by human beings, who are flawed, and then you have to acknowledge the possibility that no system of justice can be perfect. This means that at over time, the probability of executing an innocent person eventually reaches 1. The question, then, isn’t whether you believe an innocent person has ever been executed. The question is how many innocent people you’re comfortable executing…

People who subscribe to different belief systems sometimes have irreconcilable views on public policy issues with a strong moral component. The death penalty is one of those issues. But conservatives are supposed to be skeptical of government. That is a fundamental part of their belief system. And, except perhaps war, there’s no issue for which the consequences of government error or abuse of power are more absolute, irreversible and profound. Even if they support the idea of capital punishment in principle, it ought to be one of the last issues for which conservatives would be willing to abandon that skepticism. Yet it seems to be one of the issues for which their skepticism is most negotiable.

***

I believe in second chances. I believe in reform and rehabilitation. But I also believe in evil.

Twisted rapists and murderers are not in the same universe of criminal as drug users and thieves. So even as we slash mandatory minimum sentences and reform our prison system, I do not believe we should abandon capital punishment for most extreme cases.

You really can’t take someone like Clayton Lockett and reform him — or, at least, the odds of doing so are unfathomable. This wasn’t a crime of passion. He didn’t walk into his house, see his wife in bed with another man, fly into a rage, kill him, and then immediately feel remorse. He shot a 19-year-old woman and then watched his friends bury her alive. Try to reform that…

So yes, we ought to make sure we get to the bottom of what went wrong with this lethal injection. But no, we shouldn’t do too much hand-wringing and pearl-clutching along the way. At the end of the day, the death penalty should be safe, legal, rare — and utterly efficient.

***

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As many as 300 people who were sentenced to death in the United States over a three-decade period were likely innocent, according to a study published in a leading science journal on Monday.

Dozens of defendants sentenced to death in recent years have been exonerated before their sentences could be carried out, but many more were probably falsely convicted, said University of Michigan professor Samuel Gross, the study’s lead author.

“Our research adds the disturbing news that most innocent defendants who have been sentenced to death have not been exonerated,” Gross wrote in the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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Ratso!

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I am glad he died the way he did…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Bishop!

davidk on May 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Rats.

davidk on May 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

OC!

KCB on May 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Rats.

davidk on May 1, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Heh…
In more ways than one…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Rope–It’s cheap and reusable.

predator on May 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Next!

Galtian on May 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

“I’m not seeking financial gain from this,” said Ladonna Hollins, the stepmother of convicted killer and rapist Clayton Lockett, who appeared to regain consciousness and struggle in pain in the middle of his execution Tuesday night…

Translation: I’m seeking financial gain.

SAZMD on May 1, 2014 at 10:43 PM

“If we are going to put people to death, let’s do it the right way.”

The Pentagon has a billion dollars’ worth of ammo they don’t need.

Just sayin’

davidk on May 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

What will Jesus do?

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

The family of a death-row prisoner who died after a botched lethal-injection said they are considering a lawsuit against Oklahoma to force changes in the execution process.

Yes, I absolutely believe they do not want a single penny.

msupertas on May 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

The Pentagon has a billion dollars’ worth of ammo they don’t need.

Just sayin’

davidk on May 1, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Death by gubbmint lead…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Killer topic.

Galtian on May 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Dude, QOTD was like two years ago!

ToddPA on May 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

“Now I can’t help him vote again…., ” sleazy Eric Holder fumed.

viking01 on May 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

What will Jesus do?

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Send him to hell.

msupertas on May 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

What will Jesus do?

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Render unto Ceaser that which is Ceaser’s, and to God what is God’s…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

He didn’t fry like Eduard Delacroix.

davidk on May 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

For what he DID that put him on Death Row,

the Mothereffer got off easy.

ToddPA on May 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

People have heart attacks everyday…what’s the big deal?

msupertas on May 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Render unto Ceaser that which is Ceaser’s, and to God what is God’s…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

This quote can be used to justify every single government action.
You know that right?

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

evenin’.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

What would the victim want?

Electrongod on May 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Color me crazy, but why should we give a Ratso’s patooty about whether we execute someone nicely or not?

fresh air on May 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

6 live rounds, one blank.
Over in a split second.

wolly4321 on May 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

But conservatives are supposed to be skeptical of government. That is a fundamental part of their belief system. And, except perhaps war, there’s no issue for which the consequences of government error or abuse of power are more absolute, irreversible and profound.

First, skeptical does not mean be irrationally so. Second, war is a pretty big exception. More innocent people have died in wars than have ever died from the death penalty, and they did not have the benefit of a trial and due process.

Conservatism has a certain level of practicality in it – the acknowledgement of human behaviors and failings. Improve the system by all means, but do not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

SAZMD on May 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Calling all Wenches, Rude Buffoons, loons, trolls and noobs…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Folks dyin’ to get in there…

Galtian on May 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Evening all.

Creep should have died a lot earlier. Sure, I’d have wished he died quickly but I haven’t wasted an ounce of sympathy for this sorry excuse for a human.

I’m just glad he is dead.

What disturbs me most—is that his victim was/is forgotten in most of the reporting.

CoffeeLover on May 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Send him to hell.

msupertas on May 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

But did he send the woman who had committed adultery to hell when they brought her to him?
Remember she was close to being stoned by the mob till Jesus intervened.

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Since the victim is no longer able to comment…

Then the aggressor should experience that feeling too..

Electrongod on May 1, 2014 at 10:49 PM

What will Jesus do?

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Nothing. Clayton Lockett didn’t go to heaven.

TinFin on May 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

This quote can be used to justify every single government action.
You know that right?

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Yer’ full of shit, but you already knew that, right?

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

The problem is we’re trying to find ways to kill people without actually feeling like we’re killing them. Bring back the electric chair and do it right or stop executing criminals altogether.

crankyoldlady on May 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Um, does he and his family realize if he hadn’t done the crime, he wouldn’t have been there for that “cruel and unusual” punishment. Consequences people.

msupertas on May 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Nice collection of Rude Buffoons so far, I like…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

convicted killer and rapist Clayton Lockett, who appeared to regain consciousness and struggle in pain in the middle of his execution Tuesday night…

Was that pain less or more than what he inflicted on the girl he raped and killed ?

burrata on May 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

But did he send the woman who had committed adultery to hell when they brought her to him?
Remember she was close to being stoned by the mob till Jesus intervened.

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:49 PM

I see we’ve broken out the preemo shit tonight.

msupertas on May 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Someone suggested a sort of gas chamber that reduces oxygen. You pass out, go nighty night.

wolly4321 on May 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Was that pain less or more than what he inflicted on the girl he raped and killed ?

burrata on May 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Don’t forget, she was buried alive…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

He didn’t fry like Eduard Delacroix.

davidk on May 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I was wondering what this meant on the Rubio thread.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

This guy buried a teenage woman, not that the age necessarily makes a difference but it’s significant somehow, he buried her alive after shooting her.

I’m not into revenge but the fact that this guy suffered at his demise hardly equals justice for this woman he killed so savagely.

Lourdes on May 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

The individual in question shot a teenage girl with a sawed off shot gun during a robbery and watched while a couple of his cohorts in crime buried her alive.

Candidly, if he was uncomfortable and suffered while he died, I’m not inclined to sympathy.

thatsafactjack on May 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

What will Jesus do?

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Today on fb Baldilocks put up a picture of Jesus cleansing the temple of the shysters and thieves with the caption,

“If anyone ever asks you what Jesus would do, remind him that flipping over tables chasing people with a whip is within the realm of possibilities.”

INC on May 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I see we’ve broken out the preemo shit tonight.

msupertas on May 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Heh…
+10000000

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Please. Spare me the concern for that waste of oxygen.

SouthernGent on May 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM

I prefer the ancient Roman method: Tie the guy into a large sack with a bunch of rats and toss him into a river.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Why are we talking about this turd? What difference does it make? Dude, that was two years ago.
Bring him back so we can kill him again. Then, we start the Benghazi trials.

TinFin on May 1, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Render unto Ceaser that which is Ceaser’s, and to God what is God’s…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:46 PM

This quote can be used to justify every single government action.
You know that right?

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Yer’ full of shit, but you already knew that, right?

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

You wanted to open the pandora’s box, so I gave you the keys.
Too late to close it now.

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:54 PM

All dressed up and nowhere to go

Walkin with a dead man over my shoulder …

Alien on May 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Alice Arnold, a columnist for The Daily Telegraph, a right-leaning newspaper in Britain, wrote that “America is missing the point,” which is about “the very concept of killing in cold blood” and not about the method…


Belgium allows doctors to euthanize people …

… how is THAT not “killing in cold blood”?

Europe can take its moral outrage and KISS MY A$$

It is illegal in Belgium for nurses to perform euthanasia; however, a study conducted in 2010, eight years after euthanasia was legalized, showed that 12% of nurses in Flanders, the northern and Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, did so and 86% did so without the presence of a physician. This was in cases where euthanasia was specifically requested.
In cases where euthanasia was not specifically requested, 45% of nurses administered the drugs, and in 82% of those cases, they did so without the presence of a physician. Apparently these nurses were ordered to perform the procedure.
The law about who can perform euthanasia is not being followed and some physicians are shifting the responsibility from themselves onto hospital staff. The implication is that this allows them to bypass regulations requiring them to consult another physician and to report the death to the Federal Control and Evaluation Committee, a committee that even now only sees an estimated 50% of euthanasia cases reported. Non-reporting is important because as the incidents with nursing staff show, it can be indicative of non-compliance.

PolAgnostic on May 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

What will Jesus do?

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Lock the gate just as you arrive? I don’t know.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

I prefer the ancient Roman method: Tie the guy into a large sack with a bunch of rats and toss him into a river.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 10:53 PM

You are too kind….

Electrongod on May 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

A shout-out to commenter Brat for recommending the documentary Muscle Shoals a few days ago (available for streaming at Netflix).

Excellent film — if you like music and appreciate its history, you won’t be disappointed.

Also, for those like me who never knew the mystery of the last verse of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” (“In Muscle Shoals they’ve got The Swampers …”), this’ll explain it … and then some!

ShainS on May 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

I don’t care.

KCB on May 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

What will Jesus do?

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Ask you to take the PCP out of your weed?

viking01 on May 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Yer’ full of shit, but you already knew that, right?

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:50 PM

You wanted to open the pandora’s box, so I gave you the keys.
Too late to close it now.

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:54 PM

You’re Pandora’s box? Put the pipe down, dude. You’re more like an overflowing port-a-potty.

TinFin on May 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Someone suggested a sort of gas chamber that reduces oxygen. You pass out, go nighty night.

wolly4321 on May 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM


Carbon monoxide
– fast, painless, 100% effective

PolAgnostic on May 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Alien on May 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Danny Elfman still to this day gives me the creeps, the dude actually LOOKS like an evil elf/leprechaun/ginger hybrid.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Lock the gate just as you arrive? I don’t know.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

That would be too cruel don’t you think?

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Don’t forget, she was buried alive…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Sometimes I think killers and rapists should be punished with death exactly the same way they killed their victims. Why do they get to die in comfort and peace ?

burrata on May 1, 2014 at 10:58 PM

I don’t care.

KCB on May 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I hope and pray it was more painful than we were led to believe…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Last time we had this debate Schade posted the top ten most horrific ways.

Maybe he will again, to provide some perspective.

wolly4321 on May 1, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Jesus would send him before the judges and let him face judgement. It’s in the book.

thatsafactjack on May 1, 2014 at 10:58 PM

Hal: [after Eduard Delacroix's ex@cution] WHAT IN THE BLUE F*CK WAS THAT? There’s puke all over the floor up there. And that smell! I had Van Hayes open both doors but that smell’s not going out for five damn years that’s what I’m bettin’. And that asshole, Wharton, is singing about it. You can hear him up there!

Paul Edgecomb: Can he carry a tune?

Hal: Okay, boys, what in the hell happened?

Paul Edgecomb: An ex@cution. A successful one.

Hal: How in the name of Christ can you call that a success?

Paul Edgecomb: Eduard Delacroix is dead.

[to Percy]

Paul Edgecomb: Isn’t he?

davidk on May 1, 2014 at 10:58 PM

It’s not like we’re talking about a baby in the womb or anything.

Galtian on May 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

It’s not like we’re talking about a baby in the womb or anything.

Galtian on May 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

+1000000

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

But did he send the woman who had committed adultery to hell when they brought her to him?
Remember she was close to being stoned by the mob till Jesus intervened.

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:49 PM

I see we’ve broken out the preemo shit tonight.

msupertas on May 1, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Yet again, THIS is why I come to this site

ToddPA on May 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

You wanted to open the pandora’s box, so I gave you the keys.
Too late to close it now.

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 10:54 PM

You must be close to King Obama….

Electrongod on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Hal: [after Eduard Delacroix's ex@cution] WHAT IN THE BLUE F*CK WAS THAT? There’s puke all over the floor up there. And that smell! I had Van Hayes open both doors but that smell’s not going out for five damn years that’s what I’m bettin’. And that @sshole, Wharton, is singing about it. You can hear him up there!

Paul Edgecomb: Can he carry a tune?

Hal: Okay, boys, what in the hell happened?

Paul Edgecomb: An ex@cution. A successful one.

Hal: How in the name of Christ can you call that a success?

Paul Edgecomb: Eduard Delacroix is dead.

[to Percy]

Paul Edgecomb: Isn’t he?

davidk on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

You are too kind….

Electrongod on May 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

.
I’d suggest feeding the condemned to Bishop’s “World War Z” zombie horde …

… but I can’t support animal cruelty.

PolAgnostic on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

You are too kind….

Electrongod on May 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Ok then, the Blackfoot indian method: Stake him spread-eagle on the ground and create a campfire on his belly.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Who the hades cares weather that pr*ck suffered or not. I certainly don’t.
We need to remember his victim.

Her name was Stephanie Neiman… and she was 19 years old.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Color me crazy, but why should we give a Ratso’s patooty about whether we execute someone nicely or not?

fresh air on May 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Fidelity to the written word of the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution…

JohnGalt23 on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Ratso needs a smoke. We are going out front to confront the raccoon…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

My collie says:

‘Evenin’ HotAir peeps.

CyberCipher on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

You’re Pandora’s box? Put the pipe down, dude. You’re more like an overflowing port-a-potty.

TinFin on May 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I got some fresh ones today(prescription). I will put it down once these are finished.

Do you want some? I’m very generous with my stash.

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

I’m for Sawing off a Limb of the individual, and beating
them to Death with it….but that’s only because this Nation
no longer sees fit to erect a Gallows in the Town Square
to hang people…

ToddPA on May 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM

create a campfire on his belly.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

That’s better…

How about a heart attack….

Cleaner

Electrongod on May 1, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Danny Elfman still to this day gives me the creeps, the dude actually LOOKS like an evil elf/leprechaun/ginger hybrid.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I saw Oingo Boingo live in concert in the early 1980s and Danny Elfman less than five feet away was pretty scary although it was a fun concert.

Slam-dancing and pogo-ing it was a slice of true post-punk weirdness.

viking01 on May 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

“I intend to explore best practices from other states and ensure the Oklahoma protocol adopts proven standards,” he wrote in a letter to Fallin…

…the Pentagon is destroying millions of rounds of ammunition like davidk said…and wolly4321 said use 7 live rounds and 1 blank round…………..what ‘standards’ is that clown looking for?
…I can see the protocol those clowns will adopt!…have 7 guys injecting some suckers veins with lethal chemicals…..and 1 guy…with a placebo!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Stephanie Neiman is dead. Her parents still grieve.

Galtian on May 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Is Clayton Lockett still dead?

hawkdriver on May 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

You’re Pandora’s box? Put the pipe down, dude. You’re more like an overflowing port-a-potty.

TinFin on May 1, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I got some fresh ones today(prescription). I will put it down once these are finished.

Do you want some? I’m very generous with my stash.

weedisgood on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

You paid top dollar for ditch weed, dummy. Explains your cell loss.

TinFin on May 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Color me crazy, but why should we give a Ratso’s patooty about whether we execute someone nicely or not?

fresh air on May 1, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Fidelity to the written word of the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution…

JohnGalt23 on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Pardon me, but if the government gets to ignore all of the other “shall not be infringed” then why … ?

Alien on May 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

A little capital punishment music for your enjoyment

And it is, in fact, about an innocent man executed…

JohnGalt23 on May 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Is Clayton Lockett still dead?

hawkdriver on May 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

I sure hope so…

OmahaConservative on May 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

My collie says:

‘Evenin’ HotAir peeps.

CyberCipher on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

My cat says back at you.

crankyoldlady on May 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

It’s not like we’re talking about a baby in the womb or anything.

Galtian on May 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM

or a baby in a laundry room of a hospital !

burrata on May 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Alien on May 1, 2014

…where the he11 have you been?…if you’re going to visit other planets…you have to give us warning!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Pardon me, but if the government gets to ignore all of the other “shall not be infringed” then why … ?

Alien on May 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

Because it is unwise for conservatives/constitutionalists to give the green light to the Left to ignore constitutional protections, by ignoring constitutional protections…

JohnGalt23 on May 1, 2014 at 11:06 PM

He’s DEAD, Jim.

Alien on May 1, 2014 at 11:07 PM

JohnGalt23 on May 1, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Do you live in Oklahoma?

thatsafactjack on May 1, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Kingston Trio version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asyIO0qkmRA

Galtian on May 1, 2014 at 11:08 PM

You are too kind….

Electrongod on May 1, 2014 at 10:55 PM

Ok then, the Blackfoot indian method: Stake him spread-eagle on the ground and create a campfire on his belly.

Bishop on May 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Excellent. A weenie roast.

davidk on May 1, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Is Clayton Lockett still dead?

hawkdriver on May 1, 2014 at 11:03 PM

Well, if he’s not, I’d say mankind has bigger problems than a debate over the death penalty…

JohnGalt23 on May 1, 2014 at 11:08 PM

As far as the blank round in a firing squad … you’d know if it was you. You’d also know you shot a live one.

Give them all live rounds. Give them two. Give them a thirty round magazineclip /nonpartisan, and let them blast them full auto.

Nuke the bastard from outer-space.

hawkdriver on May 1, 2014 at 11:08 PM

…where the he11 have you been?…if you’re going to visit other planets…you have to give us warning!

KOOLAID2 on May 1, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I was on “hiatus.” Isn’t that what you call it when your wife is pissed royally at you and you have to give up “wasting so much time on that damn computer”?

Or is is just me?

It’s nice to know I was missed, at least a little.

Alien on May 1, 2014 at 11:09 PM

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