Tag: Death Penalty

Join Jim and Greg as they enjoy learning that the Russian convoy bogged down 20 miles from Kyiv because of lousy vehicle maintenance and cheap Chinese tires. They also shudder as Russia shelled dangerously close to Europe’s largest nuclear facility and seem to be deliberately targeting civilian populations. And they scratch their heads as the Biden administration wins its argument at the Supreme Court to put the surviving Boston Marathon bomber back on death row while also applying a moratorium on all federal executions.

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JY had an interesting discussion the other evening and I’d like your thoughts. At the insistence of my hairdresser, we watched a show on 20/20 about the Menendez trial.  As way of background, I did not follow that trial closely. I vaguely remember listening to evening updates on local talk radio. That said, as the […]

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Another Stay Lift at SCOTUS


Wesley Ira Purkey is all set to meet his maker. The Supreme Court lifted injunctions issued earlier by lower courts and allowed the execution to proceed. Sometimes, however, it’s important to examine the basis that the four liberals on the court use as justification for allowing this animated sewage to cling to life. Justice Sotomayor wrote in dissent that “proceeding with Purkey’s execution now, despite the grave questions and factual findings regarding his mental competency, casts a shroud of constitutional doubt over the most irrevocable of injuries.”

In case you weren’t paying attention, that’s complete BS and Sotomayor likely knows it.

Look Behind the Media Reports on Federal Executions


So the US Government put down a murderer Tuesday. A whole bunch of liberals are upset that justice was served. The man murdered an entire family, but, you should feel sorry for him for… reasons? If you’re smart (and I know you are because you’re reading on Ricochet) you don’t rely on the media to tell you why you should feel sorry for these guys. This isn’t Hollywood and these guys are not Old Yeller. They earned their right to receive what could be called the Anesthesiologist’s Overdose. How do I know? I did what the media will not do: I read the appellate opinions in these cases.

Daniel Lewis Lee was euthanized – a much nicer cleaner end than he deserved. He was a true white supremacist who killed an entire Arkansas family in pursuit of guns and money to finance a separate white supremacist state. He’s dead; I won’t waste time on him. I will focus, instead, on the next three who are slated to Dr. Kervorkian’s Special Tonic.

Texas Shows What Real Prosecution of “Hate” Crime Looks Like: Death Penalty


This is what real “hate crimes” legislation and prosecution looks like: “A second man convicted in the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd Jr. is set to be executed this week.” A second man convicted of dragging a black man to death is set to be executed by Texas this week. This monster would be spending the rest of his life, maybe, as a ward of the state in California, or Washington State, or New York, or fill in your Democrat-controlled state here.

But see what CNN and the left prioritizes:

Barring a last-minute stay, John William King, 44, will be the second person executed in Byrd’s 1998 death. Lawrence Russell Brewer died by lethal injection in 2011. A third man, Shawn Berry, was sentenced to life in prison.

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Well, he’s at it again. Gavin Newsom, California’s newly elected Governor, has once more decided his moral sensibilities take precedence over the duly enacted law. Today, March 13, 2019, Governor Newsom, with a stroke of the pen, signed an executive order placing a moratorium on executions. As per Article 5, Section 8 of the California […]

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Trump: “We Will Seek [the] Destruction [of Those Who Would Destroy the Jews]”


President Trump did, indeed, double down on hating back the Jew-hating mass-murderer. I’ve gone on C-SPAN and created the relevant clip from the Illinois MAGA Event: President Trump Calls for “Destruction” of Anti-Semites, Death Penalty for “crimes like these.”

The killer was depraved on account of he’s depraved, to borrow from West Side Story.He is, on available evidence, no John Hinkley, acting on the delusion that a spectacular act of violence would endear him to a movie star. He was not bowling alone, he was marinating in an ancient hate, channeling and reinforcing his evil through an online forum, instead of ranting in a bar, or passing out pamphlets.

Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow got it right:

Jew-Hating Mass Murderer also Hates Trump, Who Hates Him Back with Interest


United States President Donald Trump thanks Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow after he invited Sendrow and a local pastor to say prayers in light of the morning's synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, during his speech at the annual Future Farmers of America Convention and Expo at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.The President has all the more reason, today, to double down and proclaim America a land of “Ballots not Bullets / Ballots not Bioweapons / Ballots not Bombs.”

The monster who murdered Jews in their place of worship, at a baby-naming ceremony, shares in the deep hatred of President Trump. The murderer hates this President because Trump celebrates keeping his word, moving our embassy to Jerusalem, and preaches at every event:

We will never give up. We will never give in. We will never, ever back down and we will never, ever surrender.

Your Daily Reminder That the Death Penalty Is Both Moral and Necessary


Noted moral philosopher Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis) issued a statement last week regarding the Catholic Church’s updated position on the Death Penalty:

Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme means of safeguarding the common good, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes; Consequently, the church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.

Mueller Seeks Death Penalty for Trump


I was walking toward my 2018 International Mensa Convocation meeting in the Washington Hilton yesterday with my longtime friend and attorney, E. Hobart Calhoun, when a horde of stampeding media types swept us into an immense ballroom just in time to hear Special Counsel Robert “Ferriss” Mueller announce he will seek the death penalty for President Trump for his collusion with Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 US presidential election.

I was in DC on other business, sporting my “No IQ Below 75” lapel button, to testify before the Mensa Board of Directors to vehemently oppose a proposed amendment to our by-laws to lower Mensa standards to allow Senators and Congressmen to qualify for membership.

Sailing the Magnanimous Sea


At night, Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam’s showroom hosts illusionists, concerto pianists, song and dance acts, and run-of-the-mill cruise entertainment. But it was during the day the real stage action occurred as the “O.N.T.P.’s of the Caribbean” (Original NeverTrump Pirates) sat on panels discussing what historically may have been the craziest election cycle of our lifetimes. The Weekly Standard’s post-election cruise included an impressive collection of conservative writers, editors, pundits, politicos, and a few non-Weekly Standard surprises.

Regaining the Moral Clarity to Punish Criminals


shutterstock_208296562Sounds easy right? Just a boring topic that states the obvious. The problem is, when it comes to the criminal justice system, the mainstream media has, on one hand, created the myth that prison is hell on earth, and, on the other, horribly mislead the public about the death penalty. The prison systems in the United States have been locked in the 1960s liberal fantasy that we can — and, worse, should — always try to rehabilitate career criminals.

To be clear, I am focusing this post on the worst of the worst: the murderers, violent gang members, rapists, child molesters, etc. The people who my wife and I have dedicated our lives to prosecuting. I will save discussing how retribution should apply to addicts or non-violent first time offenders for another day. But how we punish the worst of the worst will shock you. There is a massive moral deficit in the criminal justice system, one that values criminals far above victims — and it is disgusting. If we are to regain the moral clarity and fortitude to punish the worst of the worst, it will only come from the political right.

Those who don’t have experience in the trenches of the criminal justice system get a very myopic and negative view of it: cops are renegade vigilantes with a badge; the death penalty costs too much and often punishes the innocent; prisons are nothing but raping grounds and murder houses; cowboy legislatures keep increasing not only what is criminal but also the sentences associated with crime. Some of these debates are worth having, but the casual listener must understand that he is only being given anecdotal information from a pro-criminal left that seeks to relegitimize the liberal fantasy of the reformed killer. One needs only to look to how the left slobbers over Mumia Abu-Jabal — a convicted cop-killer who has turned his crime into celebrity — to see how morally bankrupt the criminal justice system is. In a moral society, Abu-Jamal would have been vilified and put to death — as most of those on death row or serving life sentences should be.

The Cost of the Death Penalty


shutterstock_81191014A favorite tactic of the anti-death penalty crowd is to reach out to fiscal conservatives and other fiscally-minded people and regurgitate outrageous dollar amounts as evidence that the death penalty “costs” millions of dollars.

The problem — like most claims by the anti-death penalty crowd — is they know most readers won’t have the time or inclination to think through and investigate their claims, and will fill in the gaps and innuendos in a way that leads them to the politically-correct conclusion. Let’s take a look at the “cost” of the death penalty, the true cost.

As a recent example, look at how anti-death penalty advocates report of the so-called “10 million dollar prosecution” of three people in King County, in Washington State. Characteristically of modern journalism, this number is often repeated unquestioned by the AP and the like. The local media in the Seattle Times gets the story a little better, crashing the number down to $4.3 million.

Returning to Support For the Death Penalty


shutterstock_126767585I supported the death penalty for many years. It seemed only just that a man convicted of a truly heinous murder deserved death, and therefore the state, reflecting the collective conscience of the community, had the right to avenge the brutal death of a murderer’s victim.

Then, about 20 years ago, I read Dostoevsky’s novel The Idiot, and I changed my mind … though still with a sense that there were many flaws in the arguments against capital punishment. In The Idiot, the protagonist, Prince Myshkin, describes an execution by guillotine he had witnessed, and makes an impassioned case that executing a man, even with swift efficiency, was profoundly wrong because, in the moments before he died, the condemned man lost all hope and was driven to insanity. That made sense. It still does in the abstract.

A number of years later, the state of Montana executed one Duncan McKenzie. This loathsome human monster had kidnapped a young school teacher named Lana Harding, beat her, repeatedly raped her, and finally lashed her to a junked car with barbed wire and left her to die. The morning after Mckenzie’s execution, the sun shined a bit brighter and there was a sense of peace in the air. Mckenzie got his due, and so did Lana Harding and her family.