Saturday, April 24, 2010

Let's Do It....Again

  • Utah is set to execute a convicted killer by firing squad after a judge agreed Friday to the inmate's request, renewing a debate over what critics see as an antiquated, Old West-style of justice.

    Ronnie Lee Gardner, 49, was given the choice of being killed by lethal injection or shot by a five-man team of executioners firing from a set of matched rifles — a rarely used method of execution that harkens back to Utah's territorial history.

    "I would like the firing squad, please," Gardner told state court Judge Robin Reese after hearing his avenues for appeal appear to be exhausted.
The anti-death penalty crowd will scream about "cruel and unusual" punishment, but we've always thought that for the death penalty to be most effective, it shouldn't be conducted in a clinical setting where prisoners are "put to sleep." Hanging, firing squad, electric chair, gas chamber - executions need to be scary to be a deterrent.

For the bleeding heart crowd who whine about prisoners' rights, what do you think was going through the victims' minds as they breathed their last? And for those who might try to use the tired line of, "How would you like it if...", the fact is we (and you) wouldn't ever be in a position of actually having to face the hangman, the warden or any other executioner for offenses deemed eligible for the death penalty. And we shouldn't grant the peaceful death that we reserve for beloved pets on some of these sub-humans who inflict untold damage and pain on the rest of law abiding peoples.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice how the Catholic Church and the pope is quick to critize Bush and the republicans for their support of the capitol punishment but never gave any rebuke to the Kennedys or the demoncrates for their support of abortion. What a bunch of hypocrites. Grew up in the church but they will never see another dime of mine going to pay restitution for the priets acts and support the likes of Father Plegar. Keep giving on Sundays. Just remember where your money goes.

4/24/2010 03:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I would like the firing squad, please," Gardner told state court Judge Robin Reese...

Quizmaster: No, ha ha (cackles). No, now listen, I'll give you one more clue, one more clue. What lives in the sea and gets caught in nets?

Ratbag: Goats.

Quizmaster: No.

Ratbag: Underwater goats with snorkels and flippers.

Quizmaster: No, no.

Ratbag: A buffalo with an aqualung.

Quizmaster: No.

Ratbag: Reginald Maudling.

Quizmaster: (Pause) Yes, that's near enough. I'll give you that. (Piano) Right, now you have won tonight's star prize. Do you still want the blow on the head?

Ratbag: Oh, yes please, Michael.

Quizmaster: (Deliberate Pause) I'm offering you a poke in the eye...

Ratbag: No no.

Quizmaster: All right then, a punch in the throat.

Ratbag: No.

Quizmaster: My very last offer Mrs. Scum -- a knee in the temple and a dagger up the clitoris! (Piano) (Audience cries of "Take the Money," etc)

Ratbag: That's very tempting, I've never had one up there before! No, I'll still have the blow on the head.

Quizmaster: Right, the blow on the head. Mrs. Scum, you have won tonight's star prize, the blow on the (cackles) (16 ton weight falls on Ratbag).

--Monty Python, "Spot The Braincell"

4/24/2010 03:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like this idea, quick and clean!

Compared to what happens nightly on the streets of Chicago to innocent bystanders without a chance to go to court!

This is the way to go!

Bring back the "Old West Laws and Rules" to deal with these thugs!

4/24/2010 07:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gary Gilmore was executed by a Utah firing squad on Jan. 17th 1977. Nothing New Here....

4/24/2010 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the death penalty in Illinois should be re-instated.

After the appeals run out, the person to be put to death should be forced to watch a Cubs game at Sox Park where the Cubs lose ANOTHER embarrassing Cubs-Sox rivalry game, then be marched across town on foot to a sold out Wrigley Field, and drawn and quartered on the pitchers mound.

4/24/2010 07:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Let's Do It....Again"-------
Clever

4/24/2010 07:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In Chicago, the death penalty should be for the guy to wear a J-Fled mask, march into gang territory and tell the gang leaders to knock it off.!

Oh wait? That won't work. They'd know it wasn't really J-Fled because he wasn't running away!

4/24/2010 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was feeling you until I learned the occupation of the victim. The victim was a freaking lawyer! For that fact alone, the convicted man should be given a bit of play. I am not saying he should be cut loose, but some consideration should be given to him.

A double-wide single occupancy cell, tempur-pedic mattress, executive class meals, maid service, satellite television, work release, conjugal visits on the weekends he is not allowed to spend at home with his sweetheart and a sentence of 30 years WITH the possibility of parole are all appropriate in this instance.

A good citizenship award might be a little over the top, but capital punishment should not have been on the table.

4/24/2010 08:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the bleeding heart crowd...

And the award for best pun in a story about executions goes to SCC!

4/24/2010 09:08:00 AM  
Blogger Anoun Amouse said...

Aim low and shoot him in the balls, give the bleeding hearts something to remember.

4/24/2010 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hang em. hang en high! great movie too.

4/24/2010 10:35:00 AM  
Blogger Cpdcoppurr said...

Squeeze the trigger don't jerk the trigger! Viva la wild west.

4/24/2010 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still wonder why no one has brought up freedom/parole for Sirhan Sirhan. Every other killer gets someone crying for their freedom. Is it because he killed someone from the "sainted" Kennedy family? Could you imagine the hue and cry from the libs if this happened?

4/24/2010 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok,make the all the rifles .22 rimfire.That should take a while for him to bleed out.

4/24/2010 12:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Punishments should always fit the crime:

Shooters should be shot.
Rapists should take a rusty pipe up their rectum.
Child molesters hung by their testicles.
Drunk drivers be the target at a demolition derby.

And so on... it's quite simple really!

4/24/2010 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do I sign up to be one of the executioners?

4/24/2010 01:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey scc you see the sun-times today.they have the story of two college students/grad get beaten by a savage with a bat and they put the story on page 18.now gang bangers shooting each other...oh i'm sorry a "h.s. grad"(yeah my ass) on front page every other day.but because a citizen making something of themself ends up in the middle of the paper.stop wasting ink on the f'in savages.its nothing new about them.now if they go to school graduate,and pay their child support and get a job.now we're talking

4/24/2010 02:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

..."it shouldn't be conducted in a clinical setting where prisoners are "put to sleep." Hanging, firing squad, electric chair, gas chamber - executions need to be scary to be a deterrent."...

Hell, Im in for a good old beheading! Stoning works wonders too! Drawn and Quartered! Make it public, half-time at the Bears game, 7 inning for White Sox / Cubs games....

Now THATS a deterrent!

4/24/2010 02:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't see why anyone would be against capital punishment. The only thing I don't like about it is you can kill a child in cold blood, spend millions of taxpayers money to defend yourself, and still live another 10 years. WTF is that about?

I'd like to see a different program - one where the family of the victim gets to choose the method, and carry it out if they so please. You'd have to put a limit on what is "cruel and unusual", but I think this is fair enough. Fair enough because no matter how much you burn someone's eye sockets out with a hot poker..it's not going to bring a little girl, your wife, your son, or whomever some piece of shit kills - back to earth. At least you'll get some closure and satisfaction on the back end though.

4/24/2010 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stone the mother fucker

4/24/2010 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

A good old fashioned horse thief hanging...

Or an Imperial Chinese hanging... Two halves of a wooden platform about 6ft square with a neck-hole to stick the criminal's head through then lock the halves together. Stand the miscreant on a pile of bricks without tying his hands or feet. Let him scream, cry, shit and piss while the bricks he's standing on are poked away with a stick... One at a time.

Shouldn't have taken up a life of crime then...

4/24/2010 07:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is the line ready?

4/24/2010 07:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ASSOCIATED PRESS

HARARE, Zimbabwe -- Wanted: A hangman. High school education required. No experience necessary.

Zimbabwe's last executioner retired after carrying out his last execution in 2004. The departure of the hangman, who was said to be struggling with his conscience, leaves about 50 inmates on Death Row at Chikurubi maximum security prison outside Harare.

Zimbabwe has learned that finding a replacement is not so easy and, according to a prisoners' advocacy group, it has prepared a want ad to help its search. Executions were suspended for a decade after President Robert Mugabe met with Pope John Paul II in 1988, and scores of inmates' death sentences were commuted to life imprisonment on humanitarian grounds.

Records show Zimbabwe has executed 78 people since the country won independence from Britain in 1980.
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Any takers????????????

4/24/2010 07:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never give your kid a middle name of Lee or Wayne. If U do they R doomed from the start

4/24/2010 08:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I volunteer to lock and load the weapons.

4/24/2010 09:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Punishments should always fit the crime:

Shooters should be shot.
Rapists should take a rusty pipe up their rectum.
Child molesters hung by their testicles.
Drunk drivers be the target at a demolition derby.

And so on... it's quite simple really!

4/24/2010 12:30:00 PM

I'm likin this. Please run for office.

4/24/2010 09:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If memory serves correctly, when Gary Gilmore chose the firing squad as his method of execution, there was worry that there would not be enough volunteers for the squad.
There were 5000 or more good citizens who volunteered.

Utah's got balls......and bullets.

4/24/2010 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
How do I sign up to be one of the executioners?

4/24/2010 01:07:00 PM


You need a phone call.

4/25/2010 02:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whats a box of 50 cost, I love it!

4/25/2010 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger John said...

I'd like to make a suggestion: The ten-ton weight. Yes, just like in the cartoons, except this would be the real McCoy.

It doesn't have to be ten tons. It just needs to be heavy enough, and raised high enough, so that when it reaches terminal velocity it will absolutely obliterate any human being in existence, no matter how obese, tall, strong etc.

Cruel and unusual? Let's start with unusual. When looked at from the vantage point of human history, electrocution and lethal injection are highly unusual, and they've been proven to be pretty painful, rotten ways of killing people, so I think if society can accept those two ways of disposing of our society's detritus, then whacking them with a giant hammer should go over relatively well, so long as the idea is introduced properly.

Cruel? Maybe psychologically for some, but for the most part I think the condemned person would be okay about it. Clap your hands together, just once. From the moment your hands began to touch each other to the moment the sound died away, that's how long it would take for the condemned to 'suffer' and die. You'd be dead before you could say "Ouch!!".

So death by 'The Hammer of God' (as I like to call it) would, although being brutal, be very painless. So, the question arises, what about the victim(s), and their loved ones?

Although some of them would grumble about the painlessness of the whole thing, the vast majority would take great satisfaction from seeing this individual being squashed like a bug. Let me set the scene for you.

The death chamber is circular, the ten-ton weight is cylindrical in shape. It is in position, on a chain, high above. The condemned is in waist restraints connected to a bolt in the center of the floor. He can sit up, lay down, but that's about it. There are observation windows all around the death chamber. Everything has been built to withstand the seismic shock of this weight landing, except the miscreant of course.

At the appointed moment, the weight is released. The condemned would probably feel a rush of air, then, BOOM!!!, except he'd be dead before he heard a thing. It's the family and friends of the victim who would hear it, a boom like they've never heard before in their lives, a boom so loud that they would never, ever forget. There would be a certain amount of splattering on the glass, but nothing recognizably human. And the shock wave of that weight slammming down would go right through the witnesses' bodies. They would FEEL the death and destruction of this person down to the core of their being. They would KNOW he is dead.

After a solemn pause, the weight would very slowly begin to be raised, and powerful water jets would begin to wash the 'debris' that's on the windows, walls and floor into gutters that surround the death chamber. The remains would all be sluiced into a fireproof metal net located underneath the death chamber. Once everything was collected, the blowtorches would activate, and cremate whatever is left.

The result of all of this? The condemned would die a somewhat frightening but instantaneous death, and the loved ones of the victim would have the most visceral experience possible of the death of the lowlife scum that took the life of the one they love. Rather than some sterile horror show, they'd get to feel it in their bones. A win/win for everybody. ivanogre@gmail.com

4/27/2010 10:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"4/27/2010 10:03:00 PM"


so, what's the initial offering price for your company's stock going to be?

4/28/2010 07:57:00 AM  

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