Killing Them Softly

The Supreme Court ruled today on a case about the constitutionality of lethal injection. From the Washington Post:

The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 on Monday to uphold a procedure used by states to carry out executions by lethal injection.

The justices were considering a challenge brought by death-row inmates in Oklahoma, who allege that the use of a sedative called midazolam has resulted in troubling executions that violate the Constitution’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Problematic executions in Oklahoma and elsewhere have captured national headlines since early last year.

As I argued last year, this is a problem of cowardice, not medical technology. What a prissy little nation we’ve become.


  1. JK says

    What a prissy little nation we’ve become.

    Until the Supremes second “notable” diktat to the Republic, I was using rather than your word, “wusses” – methinks now, when I engage in Letters-to-the-Editor I’ll go with your “prissy.”

    I’d suggest asbestos boots for anybody visiting places where our “esteemed precedents” may be interred (should anybody care to anymore) all that beneath the surface spinning I reckon to be getting near magma temperatures.

    Posted June 29, 2015 at 12:56 pm | Permalink
  2. JK says

    Lemme make a change – as our Justice System is (or was) based on that of Rome’s.

    Where I used above the word “diktat”? Use instead the word dictatum.

    Posted June 29, 2015 at 1:03 pm | Permalink
  3. Bill says

    Prissy, what an exact word for this country. It contains all the effeminateness and cowardice seen in our handling of every notable event, not just the violent ones.

    I no longer fit well into our society. I don’t believe in lowering standards of fitness for police, fire, or military in order that women can be where they don’t belong; I believe in the unrestricted right to own and use firearms; I believe in a muscular foreign policy–Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, because I am the meanest SOB in the valley; I don’t pretend that LGBT is a normal condition; I don’t believe that the government is the right agent for a moral crusade (we never seem to learn that lesson); in fact, I don’t believe that the government is the right agent for anything that does not require the legitimate use of force–police and military. Especially, I think the government has no business in education. I could go on, but that makes the point. I am living 150 years too late.

    Posted June 29, 2015 at 1:06 pm | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    I feel exactly the way you do, Bill. But the truth is that there are scores of millions of decent and sensible Americans who share the same view. So by what principle are we the errant ones?

    As I and others have pointed out endlessly, modern liberalism is a secular religion. It is missionary Puritanism with God stripped away, but retaining its New England Puritan essence: a chosen people with a duty to perform an “errand in the wilderness”. If we wish to understand what social-justice liberals mean when they talk about being on the “wrong side of history”, we must understand that in the modernized version of the Puritan telos, “history” is simply a placeholder for what used to be called “God’s will”.

    The “secular” Left has made clear enough that it views the “religious Right” as the enemy, but in this war the true theocracy is on the Left. It just happens to be a theocracy without a supernatural God.

    Why do we put up with this?

    Posted June 29, 2015 at 1:39 pm | Permalink
  5. whitewall says

    “Why do we put up with this”? Maybe we have become too sensitive instead of inquisitive. I have seen people turn on a dime over this kind of thing…talk about your “trigger warning.”

    Posted June 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
  6. Fuel Filter says

    After these SC “decisions” there is is more and more serious online chatter of secession.

    At 63 pressing 64 and Communist State of California native I’m inclined to agree.

    Just have to save some $$$ and gather some balls to move to Texas.

    Posted June 29, 2015 at 7:44 pm | Permalink
  7. Malcolm says

    “If at first you don’t secede…”

    Posted June 29, 2015 at 8:06 pm | Permalink
  8. And the horseshit keeps hitting the fan …

    When is the right time to turn to heroin?

    Stop the world. I want to get off …

    Posted June 30, 2015 at 8:35 pm | Permalink

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