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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Comfortably Numb - Redux

Not sure what happened with this post. I wrote it yesterday, and must have saved it instead of posting it.
Anyway, here it is now for your viewing pleasure.

Via Yahoo:
Ex-Crips leader Williams executed

By Adam Tanner 2 hours, 12 minutes ago

SAN QUENTIN, California (Reuters) - California prison officials executed Stanley Tookie Williams, the ex-leader of the Crips gang who brutally killed four people in 1979, early on Tuesday after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and top courts rejected appeals to spare his life.

The time of death was 12:35 a.m. PST (0835 GMT) Tuesday.

Some 2,000 opponents of the death penalty gathered outside the gates of San Quentin, where civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson addressed the crowd and folk singer Joan Baez sang spirituals.
Of course, Jesse had to make an appearance.
And Joan Baez was a-wailin', probably singin' "Kumba-ya" and passin' the bowl.
Sounds like quite the get-together.

At least Arnie had the stones to not cave:
"Based on the cumulative weight of the evidence, there is no reason to second guess the jury's decision of guilt or raise significant doubts or serious reservations about Williams' convictions and death sentence."

Regarding Tookie's Nobel Peace Prize nomination, here is a little post which enlightens as to the character of other nominees. He shared this honor with the following illustrious prospective prize winners:
  • Mussolini (1935, by a French law professor, and by the law faculty at a German university)
  • Stalin (1948, by a Czech professor)(also, 1945 by a former Norweign foreign minister, although the minister only wrote that Stalin was qualified for the prize, and did not formally nominate him)
  • Kaiser Wilhelm II (1911, by the President of UC Berkeley; 1917, by a German professor and by a Turkish law faculty)
  • Hitler (1939, by a member of the Swedish parliament, although the nomination was withdrawn before the Committee considered it)
  • Alfred Ploetz (the founder of racial hygiene in Germany; 1936 by a Norwegian parliamentarian, for warning that war would harm biological reproduction)
  • Neville Chamberlin (somewhat plausibly in 1926 for his role in the Locarno Pact; less so in 1939, with 9 nominations for his role in the Munich Agreement)

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