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The 1,000th US execution & why I support the death penalty but not the way it’s done now

December 2, 2005

North Carolina being North Carolina of course it was almost inevitable that we’d be the circus, eerrrr, site of the nation’s 1,000th execution since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 and last night’s dinner and floor show at Central Prison, located about ten miles or so from my house, didn’t disappoint.

I am of firm conviction but mixed mind when it comes to the death penalty as it’s done in the US.

The warrior in me cries out that in time of war that all spies caught on the battlefield and all truly treasonous traitors who sell out my, YOUR country for whatever reasons to our avowed enemies (as opposed to those who lawfully oppose and protest this or that government policy concerning said war or anything else) be excuted swiftly once caught, and I’m human enough to say that any sub-human animal that kidnaps, rapes and murders a child or commits other similar truly heinous crimes such as the cold-blooded murder of a frontline law enforcement officer should die at the hands of state legal system justic, but the way that the death penalty is used in this country, basically to kill only those too poor or too without any influence on the legal system is not only immoral and wrong but is truly a travety and afront to human dignity.

When you throw in the truly horrifying fact or at least should be reason by itself enough to immediately mandate a moratorium on enforcement of the death penalty that time and time and time and time again prosecutors/Distric Attorneys have knowingly withheld exculpatory evidence, created false evidence, coerced perjured confessions and generally done anything they could to get death penalty convictions knowing full well that the citizen charged with said capital crime was innocent, well, don’t get me started on this.

Let’s just say I have and will always say that when someone, anyone in a position of legal authority who abuses their power for whatever reasons to send any innocent person to jail let alone send them to the death chamber, then I truly believe that legal official – when caught – should lawfully receive the same punishment they callously inflicted for their own selfish gain and reasons upon that innocent person they chose to use for vendettal scapegoat, and yes, if said DA or whoever wrongly, knowingly and willfully prosecutes someone they know to be truly innocent of a captial crime and that person is eventually executed, then said District Attorney should be charge with muder since that’s what they did, cold-bloodedly murder an innocent person and then on top of it cowardly used the power of the state to do so, and then put to death themselves, truly an eye for a eye.

But until there is a complete and total transparency of the legal process of prosecuting someone for a capital crime (shoot, for all crimes), traceability of all evidence and complete accountability for all actions on both the defense as well as prosecutor’s side, remember the prosecutor has to prove the defendent guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, the defense is not required to prove anything, then let us follow “The Golden Rule” and treat all our bretheren the way we would wish to be treated and end the current horrendously flawed system of occasionally putting an innocent man to death along with a whole bunch of crearly guilty ones – just to satisfy a small segment society’s need for bloodlust vengence.

The death penalty can and should be appropriate in some circumstances, but the current system is not the way to do it.

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Why I’m not going to vote in today’s local elections

November 8, 2005

Mainly because my new wife Kris (we got married this past May 14th) and I just moved to Apex in June and I would feel really funny about voting in Apex’s municipal elections when – while Yes while we have lived in our local precinct the required 30 days prior to this election, but still – we really don’t as the old Southern saying goes “have a dog in this fight” and also it would be almost, well, presumptuous of us to pretend to have a clue what the local issues in Apex really are.

And the reason I’m not going to vote for the Wake County School Board candidates I could vote for if I wished to is because The School Board has become a pro forma arm for The Wake County Commissioners who actually have to find the money to finance the 100-new-students-enrolled-per-day in Wake County (this area is still a hotbed for job and thusly new emigrees to our area who bring with them their children who need to be taught in public schools) but who can conveniently blame The School Board for the need to raise taxes because of this continuing wave of explosive growth in student population which won’t slow down for many years to come, The School Board’s budget being driven almost totally by this horde of in-migration to the county, by sheer demographics and nothing more or less, and quite frankly I don’t see much point in voting for what amounts to a rubber-stamp-arm of The County Commissioners if said rubber-stamp-board is duly elected by its peerage citizenry.