How to kill a human being

January 17, 2014

Regarding that Ohio execution that took far too long: There’s a much quicker, painless, certain way to carry out executions. This BBC documentary explains it all.

14 Responses to How to kill a human being

  1. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 17, 2014 at 10:26 am

    An interesting documentary, though pretty narrowly focused.
    There’s one big decision: do you include capital punishment in your lawcode?
    Then there’s a secondary decision: How do you carry it out.
    Sure, you want to kill the guy, you don’t want to torture him. Having said that, he’s being killed. Why obsess about the degree of inconvenience to him after you’ve made a reasonable effort to design the process to be “humane”?

  2. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 17, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Off topic: special election in AR for state Senate.
    “…key issue … – whether to continue the state’s “private option” plan to expand Medicaid.”
    “Craighead County has not been represented by a Republican in the state senate since Reconstruction.”
    Left-wing Daily Kos “Craighead County is a key area of the state for both Mark Pryor and Mike Ross to win” [in upcoming national elections Nov 2014].
    “…the Republican candidate was outgunned on the spending front by a three-to-one margin.”

    The Repub won 57-42.

  3. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 17, 2014 at 10:41 am

    On the one hand, new college grads are working in jobs that don’t require a degree. That’s bad, but the article says it was like this in the 90s, too.
    But, it is now more likely that a new college grad will have a job that doesn’t require a degree AND doesn’t pay much. So, that’s bad.
    “It’s one thing to find yourself as a decently paid administrative assistant. It’s another to find yourself walking dogs to make ends meet. And during the last decade, the underemployed have come to look less like administrative assistants and more like dog walkers.”

  4. Bill H on January 18, 2014 at 10:35 am

    I am getting this warning that polipundit is a dangerous web site due to malicius software. I get the same one at drudge and power line. Liberals with to much time on thier hands I think.

  5. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 18, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Yeah, one wishes they would do something positive like help fix the ObamaCare website….I haven’t gotten any warnings so far though.

    A document given to the contractor who replaced CGI in December shows how truly desperate is the position of the government.
    Accenture has been tasked with finishing the construction of the website — specifically, the back end of the site which will allow the transfer of subsidies directly to insurance companies. … “If this functionality is not complete by mid-March 2014, the government could make erroneous payments to providers and insurers,” it continues. “Additionally, without a Financial Management platform that accounts for enrollments and associated program costs that integrates with the existing CMS Accounting platform, the entire healthcare reform program is jeopardized.”

  6. .tulipomania on January 18, 2014 at 10:39 pm
  7. Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on January 19, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Texas Dem’s life story somewhat different from advertized…. her second husband paid her way through her last two years of college and all of Harvard Law School, he raised their two daughters for whom she didn’t even fight for custody. She left her husband the day after he made her last student loan payment

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on January 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      OMG. Texas Dem Gov candidate is a real piece of work…keep this in mind as you read her press release below about “walking in her shoes”. Abbott has used a wheel chair since age 26 when struck by a falling tree.
      “We’re not surprised by Greg Abbott’s [her Texas governorship opponent] campaign attacks on the personal story of my life … I am proud of what I’ve been able to achieve through hard work and perseverance. And I guarantee you that anyone who tries to say otherwise hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.”

      • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on January 21, 2014 at 8:16 pm

        More commentary on Texas Dem Davis.
        “My paraplegic opponent… ‘hasn’t walked a day in my shoes.'”
        There’s a gaffe for the ages.

        • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on January 21, 2014 at 8:22 pm

          From the comments of the Althouse post:
          “During her failed 1996 City Council campaign bid, Davis was the subject of negative news coverage in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, including an editorial which criticized her negative campaign tactics. Subsequent to her electoral loss, Davis filed a libel lawsuit against the paper, and parent companies The Walt Disney Co. and ABC Inc., to attempt to obtain an award for damages…[The] claim against the newspaper was unceremoniously thrown out by the Court – as Judge Martin Richter granted a summary judgment against Davis without hearing any testimony. Rather than moving on, Wendy Davis appealed the case to a higher court.

          She appealed and lost in a 3-0 opinion with the zinger “…cannot conclude a person of ordinary intelligence would perceive the statements as defamatory.”

          She appealed again! To the Texas Supreme Court which told her to f*ck off, though, unfortunately, not in those words.”

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 22, 2014 at 7:46 am

            Davis supporters step in it, say wheel-chair opponent is “running scared”.

          • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 22, 2014 at 7:54 am

            Politico is standing behind her though.
            “In case you missed it, the Dallas Morning News published a story by reporter Wayne Slater on Saturday that pointed out discrepancies between the stories Davis has told about her past and the facts. She got her first divorce, it turns out, not at 19 as she repeatedly said and even testified in federal court, but at 21. She went on to graduate from Texas Christian University and Harvard Law School, but she paid for the latter with help from her second husband. Then, on the day after he paid off her final loan, she walked out on the marriage and agreed that he would get custody of their 14-year-old daughter. … So what does Politico offer us? Only one story since Slater’s Jan. 18 Morning News story, headlined “Wendy Davis hits back at questions about bio,” a story which includes nothing about how she left her second husband the day after he paid off her law school loans and agreed that he have custody of her daughter. Instead it features Davis’s pathetic response — “My language should have been tighter” — and quotes her prepared statement

          • Ken_phd on January 22, 2014 at 5:29 pm


            Ms Davis is toast. It’ll take a week or so for the polling data to come in. The timing of her 2nd divorce is show stopper.

  8. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on January 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    A bit of fun: informal poll of Canadians on their health care system.