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An Exclusive Look At Angel Diaz's Botched Execution In Florida

An Exclusive Look At Angel Diaz's Botched Execution In Florida

Commented May 30, 2014 at 05:19:37 in Politics

“And then there was Florida inmate Pedro Medina whose mask during electrocution burst into foot long flames, filling the death chamber with smoke. I've been told the guard who was supposed to wet the sponge deliberately did not. Is that who we are as a people? A friend of mine recently sent me a picture of the grave of the little girl who was murdered by the Oklahoma inmate whose death took so long. People who advocate against the death penalty are not inured to the pain and suffering of the victims and their families. We are at just as much risk as anyone else to become a victim ourselves. My position is that it is not about what they did; it is what we do. Christian values.”
Kassim Ouma, Professional Boxing Veteran, Arrested For Allegedly Punching Man Who Made Gay Advances

Kassim Ouma, Professional Boxing Veteran, Arrested For Allegedly Punching Man Who Made Gay Advances

Commented Apr 26, 2014 at 10:20:26 in Gay Voices

“I know Kassim and he is one of the most sincere and guileless people I have ever met; this despite being forced into military service as a young child in Uganda. For whatever reason Kassim met with this man, I imagine it was presented as being on the up and up--maybe even to discuss a promotional opportunity. But to say that a man cannot go to another man's house without it conjuring up something untoward--that does not say much about men.”
13-Year-Old Girl To Be Tried As Adult For Alleged Conspiracy To Kill Parents

13-Year-Old Girl To Be Tried As Adult For Alleged Conspiracy To Kill Parents

Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 03:02:26 in Crime

“Then change the law to at least have the person evaluated prior to release. Most people today have poor anger management. That is what we should be focusing on. How to remedy that.”

idkSTACEY on Apr 1, 2014 at 10:41:01

“I don't think conspiring to kill your parents is an anger problem. I think she's psychotic.”
13-Year-Old Girl To Be Tried As Adult For Alleged Conspiracy To Kill Parents

13-Year-Old Girl To Be Tried As Adult For Alleged Conspiracy To Kill Parents

Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 03:00:47 in Crime

“I totally agree. Kids do stupid stuff because their brains are not developed enough to fully realize the consequences of their behavior--not just their punishment, but how they would feel if they really killed their parents. I hated my mother when I was 13 and probably plotted against her, but she is still living at 92, and has been my best friend my entire adult life.”
Member of Jodia Arias' Defense Team Gets Banned From Seeing Convicted Murderer In Jail

Member of Jodia Arias' Defense Team Gets Banned From Seeing Convicted Murderer In Jail

Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 03:22:02 in Crime

“Totally agree. I know some mitigation specialists and they often use drawings, not just for court presentations, but to get insights into their clients' psyches.”
Catalina Clouser Pleads Guilty To Leaving Baby On Car Roof

Catalina Clouser Pleads Guilty To Leaving Baby On Car Roof

Commented Feb 24, 2014 at 17:18:26 in Weird News

“I have about had it with women being charged for child abuse when they accidentally leave their babies in cars or even on the roofs of their cars. Does anyone know what it is like to suddenly have this little person that you have to remember about all the time? It goes for fathers, too. No one does that on purpose. I once left my baby carrier on the roof of my car with my purse in it. It might have been my baby, but back then they were not one piece. A motorist followed me as long as he could until the carrier fell off. Later that night I got a knock on the door--he returned my purse! That was how people used to be--they took care of each other. The way things are today, I wouldn't have a child--too much pressure and little support. This is such a hateful country today--had to vent that, too.”

Mkelly534 on Feb 28, 2014 at 12:47:59

“Well I am a father and when my child was an infant I managed to never "forget him" anywhere. I never left him in the car or on the car or at a strangers house. Not very hard to remember you have an infant. Most of the time it is hard to think of anything else when you know this helpless baby depends on you for life.”

Comrade Wolf on Feb 26, 2014 at 18:30:18

“Hate to tell you, but I never once left my kid.... or my dogs for that matter, anywhere and just "forgot" them. She's too busy wanting to keep up the party life than to be a responsible, competent parent. That's it.”

Cisneros on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:16:39

“I know exactly what it is like to all of the sudden have this little person to remember about all the time. Never forgot my kid anywhere. It's called parenthood.”

Chitzgerald on Feb 25, 2014 at 02:27:33

“Surely you jest? She took her five week old out to get high. It's not like she was out buying milk. And I have four children and have never ever felt the need to put them on the roof of my car. That's just weird.”

Michael D Leeling on Feb 25, 2014 at 01:23:40

“Given it is okay for people to leave their kids in horribly dangerous situations and they should just be given a break you have definitely made the right choice by not having children. Who knows where they would end up.”

Alechsa on Feb 24, 2014 at 23:40:59

“If you cannot remember the squirming crying child you are RESPONSIBLE for is RIGHT THERE, then you have poor skills as a parent and should not BE responsible for a life!!”

mtannor on Feb 24, 2014 at 19:56:31

“she was under the influence and driving. good mom??? this was no "accident". do not take care your 5 week old baby in the car after you smoked pot !!!”

Was keepalowprofile on Feb 24, 2014 at 19:43:40

“What? You can't be serious?”

Nia Provenzano on Feb 24, 2014 at 19:00:39

“Was it OK she was planning to drive home with the baby stoned?”

Sandra MacKinney on Feb 24, 2014 at 18:25:48

“Who would have been responsible - if someone ran over the child? So are you saying it is ok to potentially harm a child with no consequences?”
15-Year-Old Amber Hellesten Charged As Adult In Fatal Stabbing Of 14-Year-Old Boy

15-Year-Old Amber Hellesten Charged As Adult In Fatal Stabbing Of 14-Year-Old Boy

Commented Feb 20, 2014 at 19:52:57 in Crime

“I totally agree with you. We cannot have it both ways. Charged as an adult, she will be put in a position to make adult decisions with regard to her plea and defense. This same girl cannot even have legal sex, but she is old enough to navigate our criminal just-us system?”

billselfconcord on Feb 21, 2014 at 10:50:34

“That`s what they have lawyers for stop being a bleeding heart for these killers they know what they`re doing and the whole time they`re thinking I can do this and get away with it because of weak people like you.”

Chris Carlen on Feb 21, 2014 at 05:51:19

“The same thought occurred to me albeit in a different way. She is old enough to buy birth control without parental consent . (I do not wish to debate the pros and cons of that. Just pointing out a contradiction.)

The age of consent in most of the states is 14 depending on the age of the partner.”
Marco Rubio: Immigration Reform Compromise Isn't 'Amnesty,' Will Be More Onerous Than Current Law

Marco Rubio: Immigration Reform Compromise Isn't 'Amnesty,' Will Be More Onerous Than Current Law

Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 08:50:23 in Politics

“Something is fishy here. The Republicans are trying to lure in the Hispanic vote. Their goal is to get elected so they do whatever they want. If the Hispanic vote is the goal, then why is Rubio running around talking about how onerous this bill is? Could it be to assuage white conservatives who are against immigration reform? Double-talk.”

socioeconomist on Apr 15, 2013 at 09:00:40

“quit trying to think out loud, liberal... you know it is beyond your ability to find a solution.”

tbone747 on Apr 15, 2013 at 08:59:18

“and the democrats dont do this?”

samidean on Apr 15, 2013 at 08:55:09

“Double talk is ALL that party excels at.

James Holmes Death Penalty: Prosecutors To Seek Capital Punishment For Accused Aurora Theater Shooter

James Holmes Death Penalty: Prosecutors To Seek Capital Punishment For Accused Aurora Theater Shooter

Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 12:47:10 in Crime

“No one ever deserves to die. This is just another feather for the prosecutor's bonnet. They will fruitlessly spend millions of taxpayer money and in the end he will serve a life sentence--whether overturned on appeal or whatever. What part of mentally ill do they not get? His victim's family have the luxury of having someone to blame, and rightfully so, but killing him will not bring their loved ones back,”
Chris Christie Adviser Bill Stepien Kept In Loop On Scandal, Emails Reveal

Chris Christie Adviser Bill Stepien Kept In Loop On Scandal, Emails Reveal

Commented Mar 19, 2014 at 05:37:43 in Politics

“A misogynist bully for president. Great.”
Michael Dunn Verdict: Florida Man Found Guilty Of Attempted Murder In Loud-Music Trial

Michael Dunn Verdict: Florida Man Found Guilty Of Attempted Murder In Loud-Music Trial

Commented Feb 17, 2014 at 05:29:17 in Black Voices

“I believe after the first shot, it would then be premeditated, which seems crazy to me. Who thinks of such a thing in the heat of the moment? My point is if Corey would charge appropriately, then juries would be more likely to convict. Having first degree murder on the table probably caused the deadlock. Prosecutors overcharge to get defendants to take a plea. I don't even know if Dunn was offered one, but I think they should stop using that tactic. It should be about justice, not showmanship.”
Michael Dunn Verdict: Florida Man Found Guilty Of Attempted Murder In Loud-Music Trial

Michael Dunn Verdict: Florida Man Found Guilty Of Attempted Murder In Loud-Music Trial

Commented Feb 16, 2014 at 06:29:46 in Black Voices

“Just as in the Zimmerman case, Angela Corey overcharged the defendant. Anyone could see it was not premeditated murder. Why doesn't she give the juries something to work with?”

Richard Pearce on Feb 16, 2014 at 06:55:11

“"They also had the option of convicting him of second-degree murder or manslaughter." Straight from the article. Most likely scenario is that majority felt that deciding to have a deadly weapon with him, deciding to confront, and deciding to use the deadly weapon, coupled with a supremacist mindset, constituted premeditation, but a couple of jurors weren't willing to go along with that, and maybe were holding out for manslaughter. The ones insisting on first degree wanted to make sure a message of 'you are not superior just because you are white and armed' was sent, or that a message that the decision to have a deadly weapon carries with it the burden of responsibility, and is evidence, in and of itself, of premeditation.”

zoiebear on Feb 16, 2014 at 06:43:32

“Wrong... You don't have to be lying in wait for premeditation but the prosecution failed to explain that to the jury. This prosecutor should resign asap before she wrecks more havoc!!”
Words Behind Walls

Words Behind Walls

Commented Jun 13, 2013 at 06:40:14 in Crime

“For decades we have been locking up socioeconomically disadvantaged people for drug addiction. Some of them reap harsher sentences because they deal drugs, but the root cause is usually to pay for their own use. I believed that this practice would not stop until the incarcerations reached a critical mass--when people from higher socioeconomic groups got caught in the criminal justice system and mandatory minimum sentences. Perhaps we are at that point. We need to focus our attention and our resources on why young people turn to drugs in the first place. And then we need to provide treatment--affordable treatment.”

hp blogger Anthony Papa on Jun 13, 2013 at 08:36:58

“mary lynn - well said!”
Should the Boston Bomber Face Execution?

Should the Boston Bomber Face Execution?

Commented Apr 25, 2013 at 08:49:36 in Chicago

“No death penalty. The only way to stop the killing is to stop the killing. I don't understand why Americans cannot appreciate that the best way to counteract the Jihadist movement is to lead by example. Most of this is really just revenge killing. If we kill him, we are no better than they are.”

hp blogger David Protess on Apr 25, 2013 at 15:48:56

“Thanks for weighing in. What country are you from, and how has it handled terrorist attacks, if any?”
Palestine Statehood Bid: U.S. Cuts Off UNESCO Funding After Palestine Vote

Palestine Statehood Bid: U.S. Cuts Off UNESCO Funding After Palestine Vote

Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 18:38:56 in World

“So, we are taking our bat, ball, and glove and going home. Our way or the highway. Diplomacy at its best!”

fdeltz on Oct 31, 2011 at 18:42:42

“You have it wrong. We lost the diplomatic battle before the vote. The vote only demonstrated our impotence. The reaction is the correct one. We should not fund organizations that support the destruction of a fellow nation. Period.”

guytaur1 on Oct 31, 2011 at 18:42:19

“Good point. I will just make a correction from where I see it. I think it is Israels way or the highway.”

UofOLaw on Oct 31, 2011 at 18:41:34

“There are a number of other countries, almost two hundred, who are welcome to cover the money the United States no longer is going to be putting into UNESCO.”
Couple Jailed, Daughter Taken Away, Over $5 Sandwiches (VIDEO) (POLL)

Couple Jailed, Daughter Taken Away, Over $5 Sandwiches (VIDEO) (POLL)

Commented Oct 31, 2011 at 18:36:42 in Crime

“Of course it was unintentional--no one would risk arrest over a $5 sandwich, especially if they have the money to pay. This is not the sort of thing a kleptomaniac would steal. Now they will both have to check that box on an application that states: Have you ever been arrested? This country is out of control. This is exactly some of what the occupy protesters are about--out of control corporate and bureaucratic greed.”

dadofoh49 on Oct 31, 2011 at 19:01:01

“Miss......I worked with a guy that made over $45 K a year and his wife made double that. He got a huge thrill out of stealing ANYTHING no matter how much it's cost was”

sparkybrown7877 on Oct 31, 2011 at 18:59:28

“I can see this happening if they hid the sandwiches in their back pocket......”

PDSGT on Oct 31, 2011 at 18:48:38

“You know, if the OWS folks, all over the country, are REALLY offended by corporate America, why don't they stop supporting corporate America?? Stop buying cell phones, I-Pods, automobile¬s, petroleum (gas/diese¬l), electricit¬y, fast food, TVs, computers, household electronic¬s, cleaning products, clothes, RVs, entertainm¬ent (Disney, Theater, 6 Flags, etc.), vacations (cruises, airlines, rail, & car rentals), books/maga¬zines, personal products/s¬ervices, etc, etc, etc. As long as they continue to support corporate America, it is difficult to take their protests seriously!”

JaffaKree on Oct 31, 2011 at 18:38:56

“No, I don't think they risked arrest knowingly. I think they had the same attitude many else here have, "Big deal. I bought other things. They owe me a sandwich."

I'm glad they were yanked back into reality. Unfortunately the reaction was a bit over-the-top, and now they feel like the victims even though they aren't.”
Lisa Irwin Missing: Deborah Bradley, Mother, Says Missouri Police Blame Her For Baby's Disappearance

Lisa Irwin Missing: Deborah Bradley, Mother, Says Missouri Police Blame Her For Baby's Disappearance

Commented Oct 7, 2011 at 18:06:12 in Crime

“The Irwin's are right to be suspicious of the police. Family members are easy targets, and the police don't want to be played like in the Anthony case. Meanwhile, valuable time and resources are not being used to locate the child, as long as the mother is the suspect.”

whoknew222 on Oct 8, 2011 at 17:19:39

“These types of incidents are happening with all too alarming frequency and I think all the publicity fuels people's efforts to get away with these crimes after they see the results of the unsolved cases.
They are using dogs, people, metal detectors and digging at the dump. I would say they are doing a quite extensive search at this point and will continue to do so. They have to question the mother as she was there when the child supposedly went missing. I am sure they will talk to the son and father more also.
Thsis does sound like the Haileighh Cummings case, though.”

reliant1 on Oct 7, 2011 at 18:36:37

“The mother has 2 relatives in local LE.

from the Delaware County CopShop:

Deborah Netz Bradley, the mother of baby Lisa, is a second cousin to Donna Pretti, an investigator for the Delaware County Medical Examiner’s office, and Eddystone Patrolman Joseph Pretti. Donna and Joe are first cousins. end

The cops do what they can with they have...chase down cell phone pings - just as soon as they find them, bring in dogs to help with tracking - except they found nothing to track, question witnesses - if there are any, question neighbors - done that about 3 times, follow up phone tips - as soon as someone calls them in, try to work out what the changing story of the mother means, ponder over whatever the 2 boys told them - if anything, get out for shoulder to shoulder searches - done that 2 times plus multiple searches with mounted cops and off road vehicles in the woods.

What else is there to do...hire Jose Baez's psychic P.I.”

carbec on Oct 7, 2011 at 18:36:17

“The police are focusing on the mom for good reason. It is highly unusual for a baby to be taken by a stranger, much more usual for a parent to lose it and hurt a child.”
Backers Of Troy Davis, Put To Death In Georgia Despite Doubts Over His Guilt, Seek Next Steps After Execution

Backers Of Troy Davis, Put To Death In Georgia Despite Doubts Over His Guilt, Seek Next Steps After Execution

Commented Sep 23, 2011 at 06:11:49 in Black Voices

“I pledged a while back to gas up at the border when I leave Florida and not stop until I reach South Carolina. Someone corrected me and said I could at least use the toilet.”

th2543klr on Sep 23, 2011 at 09:35:16

“You can drive along the coast about 30 miles out.”
huffingtonpost entry

Troy Davis Denied Clemency By Georgia Pardons Board

Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 19:05:11 in Black Voices

“You sound like a reasonably educated woman. Why do you "believe in the death penalty"? Do you see some purpose it serves that I am missing.”
huffingtonpost entry

Troy Davis Denied Clemency By Georgia Pardons Board

Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 18:34:24 in Black Voices

“Seriously, follow the money.”
huffingtonpost entry

Troy Davis Denied Clemency By Georgia Pardons Board

Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 18:32:43 in Black Voices

“Regardless of the outcome tomorrow, as a resident of Florida, I pledge to never to spend the night, never to buy gas, never to have a meal--heck, I will never even use a toilet in Georgia from this day forth.”

jcwfuntime on Sep 20, 2011 at 19:05:01

“Mary, you're right on target. I totally agree with you.”

archstantn on Sep 20, 2011 at 18:51:21

“By all means use the toilet. In fact, using the toilet should be the ONLY thing you do in Georgia.”

tickingtimebomb on Sep 20, 2011 at 18:44:00

“Ok, don't.

Nobody cares.”

th2543klr on Sep 20, 2011 at 18:38:42

“Thank you, thank you, thank you. Citizens of Georgia”
Pat Delany Resigns Over Wife Jennifer Delany's Carl Lewis Email

Pat Delany Resigns Over Wife Jennifer Delany's Carl Lewis Email

Commented Aug 23, 2011 at 18:47:57 in Politics

“The sad thing is Delaney sounds like a pretty "stand up" guy--supporting his wife, even though he disagrees with her, and wanting to spare his family any more grief.”
huffingtonpost entry

Rick Perry Knocks Evolution Again: 'God Is How We Got Here'

Commented Aug 20, 2011 at 19:51:12 in Politics

“I don't need proof. There are a lot of things in this world I cannot comprehend, but I believe them to be true.”
huffingtonpost entry

Rick Perry Knocks Evolution Again: 'God Is How We Got Here'

Commented Aug 20, 2011 at 15:57:38 in Politics

“I agree that God is how we got here. But I also think that God is going to take Perry out. He is a phony Christian--Todd Willingham knows.”

BriGuy72 on Aug 20, 2011 at 16:23:14

“As much I appreciate the idea of ANYthing taking Perry out, I'm curious: What's the difference between a "phony" and a "non-phony" Christian? As far as I'm concerned, you can't get much phonier than professing a belief in something for which there's absolutely no proof.”

Oceras on Aug 20, 2011 at 16:12:57

“What, exactly, is your proof that "God is how we got here"?”

Nikki123 on Aug 20, 2011 at 16:07:30

“F&F
Perry's name should never be mentioned without Todd Willingham. If you don't know who Willingham is, it is well worth your time to read this. Yes, the article is long, but the story is riveting and we learn about how Perry governs, Past actions are the most powerful predictor of future actions.
http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/09/07/090907fa_fact_grann

Da-king on Aug 20, 2011 at 15:59:33

“Indeed.”