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January 27, 2006

I like to use that for a post title occasionally, just to prove I can spell it correctly.

Meanwhile, the military is quietly preparing for executions.

New rules covering the death penalty in military courts suggest the US army may be preparing for its first execution since 1961.

The new rules spell out the procedures for carrying out death sentences imposed at courts martial.


The new rules are acknowledged by senior ranks as a major revision of the existing situation.

As the entire world moves away from executions, deeming them uncivilized, the USofA prepares to become the last bastion of state-sponsored murder.

It's not such a proud thing to be us these days.


I diss Republicans and "the Right" a lot of times, so it's good for me to also advertise when they act like responsible citizens of this country.

After years of deferring to the Bush White House, the Republican-controlled Senate has begun pushing back, holding oversight hearings on topics ranging from President Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina to his administration's mine-safety record and the president's secret domestic-surveillance program.

The reporter thought the story was that the Bush Administration is "fighting back" but it's not. The story is that the neocons and the Bush Administration have gone farther than even their majority of supporters can swallow.


The Democratic Party. Sheesh.

It has become fashionable in Washington to portray Democrats as the party without a compelling message. Congressional Democrats, eager to pick up seats in November but so far unable to capitalize on Republicans' vulnerability, fired back on Thursday, offering a sweeping agenda that was long on vision and short on specifics.

These days, the Democrats are attractive only when compared to Repubicans. On their own, they're an embarrassing excuse for a political party.


Why on earth are so-called Democrats so frequently fooled into taking rightwing positions on un-Democratic issues and into being distracted from some of the stuff that really matters?

Posted by AnneZook at 10:05 AM


Interesting. So exactly what are the rules for execution by the US Army? Will the victims be shot? Will they be blindfolded and get a last cigarette (or is smoking banned on military premises?). Who will be on the firing squad? Is it volontary or can you be drafted?

Or perhaps they use more human methods after all, like lethal injections, electric chairs, strangulation etc?

Posted by: Bengt O. at January 28, 2006 03:27 AM

Previously there were rules and regulations around that kind of thing. I'm assuming that most of those rules will be reinstated. (I think anti-smoking regulations in most civilian prisons mean that death row prisoners there don't get to light up a last one. I don't know about military prisons.)

Neither lethal injection nor the electric chair are all that "humane" as I'm sure you know. Nor is hanging. A bullet through the heart or brain is probably the most "humane" way of death, but....

You know, the bottom line is that I really disapprove of the death penalty. I disapprove of state-sponsored murder because I don't think governments should be in the death business. If the USofA spent less time and money locking up people for toking marijuana, they'd have the space and the money to permanently incarcerate the people who aren't fit to be in society.

Also I don't approve of the death penalty because I am not a nice person. I think that the people who most deserve the death penalty (those who abuse or molest children, for instance), should be punished and suffering through the hell that is living out your entire life in the brutality of a prison strikes me as better revenge than a simple death.

There is nothing "rehabilitative" about our Rehabilitative Services. Being in prison can literally be a fate worse than death. I don't believe in a metaphorical, allegorical, religious "hell" but I believe that a sentence of life without parole in one of our prisons comes close enough.

(In my calmer moments, I wish we could get some rehabilitation into our rehabilitative services but that's a whole 'nother rant.)

Posted by: Anne at January 29, 2006 03:28 PM

Thank you for your response - that was what I had expected from you. I hope that you, and possible readers, realize that my first comment was an attempt to show how utterly grotesque the idea of reinstating military death penalty in this time is.

Not being American, I am normally cautious in expressing criticism of the US internal policies. But I do feel that the death penalty is inhuman and unworthy and a shame for any modern democracy.

Posted by: Bengt O. at January 30, 2006 09:41 AM

Bengt - I can't speak for anyone else, but yes, I caught the sarcasm in your post.

Posted by: Anne at February 3, 2006 03:31 PM