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Qualia-
Qualia-the ways things seem to us
02:38 PM on 05/21/2012
We continually fail to understand the conservative mind. To them they are engaged in a war against anything that deviates from their ideals. In that war and in their minds there will be casualties, innocents will suffer, there will be friendly fire, and civilians will be at the wrong place at the wrong time. For them all opposition is terrorist, to be beaten by any means possible. They even go so far as to use real terrorist’s tactics. But none of that matters to them, there are no apologies, no regrets, no questions of conscience, the battle field is our country and they have no problem destroying it in order to win their war for they believe we will be better off in the end.
For every person exonerated there should be an outside investigation, all those culpable all the way to the top should be charged with the appropriate crime and made to serve the relevant sentence on top of the time served by the exonerated. Once this process is established I believe police investigations will be conducted with far more attention to detail.
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Watersisland
Broadcasting from somewhere in the Caribbean
03:44 PM on 05/21/2012
Well put! Fanned and Faved!
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rhettphive
GOP- unaccountable since Y2K
02:25 PM on 05/21/2012
So I guess protection of human rights ends after gestation.
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kareemachan
watashi ha tororu ga oroka da to omoi masu。
04:03 PM on 05/21/2012
You got it.
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psandysdad
The older you get, the more excuses you have.
02:17 PM on 05/21/2012
A strong indictment against the death penalty. The state should not have the right to murder its citizens regardless of what they allegedly did, because this one apparently allegedly didn't.

Even one person falsely executed is one too many.
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chrysostomos
Zizek built my hotrod,
02:56 PM on 05/21/2012
Well said! You have hit the proverbial nail on the head!!
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rockymtnleather
The right is consistently wrong.
02:11 PM on 05/21/2012
Texas. Nothing else needs to be said.
01:51 PM on 05/21/2012
Well, it is Texas, after all.
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Fourthgeneration CA
01:48 PM on 05/21/2012
When faced with the fact that the justice system had failed the wrongly accused all they do is circling the wagons in defense of their error. In capital punishment cases the guilt must be excruciating and they must convince themselves that the wrongly executed was really guilty. Or they go for the tired excuse line that "the accused was found guilty by his peers, and "we" followed the procedure. But deep inside anyone with a conscience dies a little when the wrongly convicted is executed.
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BrownSugarC
01:39 PM on 05/21/2012
It's so sad when the justice system fails!
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noelie19
01:37 PM on 05/21/2012
I've just read an interesting post 'More than 2,000 false convictions in past 23 years.' And then, there's Texas!
01:31 PM on 05/21/2012
I have always be perplexed that the same people who insist on the sanctity of life in the context of freedom of choice can be so cavalier about it in the context of the death penalty. I guess a couple of fertilized cells are more important than a whole adult human being who has been wrongfully accused, caught up in and then spit out by our so-called legal system? I truly just don't get it.
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chrysostomos
Zizek built my hotrod,
02:58 PM on 05/21/2012
NEither do I. Nor I suspect does any rational individual who takes a moment to think through the issue in an objective and dispassionate manner.

Well said!
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04:29 PM on 05/21/2012
Your statement makes sense, but I have always thought it the other way around...how can someone be against the death penalty but for abortion??
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Kaptain Kool
Where's the bourbon?
06:46 PM on 05/21/2012
Nobody is "for" abortion. It's an awful thing. There are a whole lot of people who decided not to make someone else's body and health decisions, and that is why we won't support anti-abortion legislation. For reasons that benefit everyone, abortion needs to remain legal and safe.

The death penalty doesn't fit in with ideologies of people who have more faith in, and evidence for, the benefits of reprimand and rehabilitation. The innocent who were executed may have been comfortable in their belief such a thing would never happen to them, until it did.
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Maxedaddy
Leftwing extremist!
01:27 PM on 05/21/2012
The best part is how they came to Rick Perry with evidence showing it was accidental but Rick Perry refused it and allowed them to execute an innocent man. Sounds like bloodlust without prejudice. He wants innocent people killed. It probably gave him a thrill.
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01:59 PM on 05/21/2012
Exactly, you just described the entire Texas judicial system. Killing an innocent man for political advantage is business as usual in this most backward of states. Many innocents have died at the hands of" Texas justice".
01:25 PM on 05/21/2012
How many innocent people have you murderd, Texas? Rick Perry must be proud of this.
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philryanrpr
01:23 PM on 05/21/2012
Of course Perry ignored it.... it was based on science and we know Republicans don't believe in science.
01:23 PM on 05/21/2012
Yet another example of why the death penalty must be outlawed. It is not justice, it is revenge, pure and simple, and has no place in the American justice system. It is barbaric.
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Teresa Martinez
01:19 PM on 05/21/2012
GOTP Death Penality motto:

Better 10,000 inocent people die than one guilty one go free.
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suddenfun
Subvert the dominant paradigm
01:11 PM on 05/21/2012
So now we have committed the greatest "sin" a government can commit, probably more than once, but once for certain. What makes republicans such punitive moralizing cork soakers.
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gingercurls
Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
02:40 PM on 05/21/2012
I love that SNL skit! The Cork Soakers! Great comparison. Please excuse my moment of levity in a solemn article.