Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Karla Faye Tucker and Stanley Tookie Williams

My loathing for Dubya goes back to 1998, when the Smirkster failed to intercede in the death sentence of Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman to be executed in Texas. What was particularly loathsome was an incident recounted by Tucker Carlson in a Bush interview:

"Bush mentioned Karla Faye Tucker, who had been executed the previous year, and told Carlson that in the weeks immediately before the execution, Bianca Jagger and other protesters had come to Austin to plead for clemency for her. Carlson asked Bush if he had met with any of the petitioners and was surprised when Bush whipped around, stared at him, and snapped, 'No, I didn't meet with any of them.' Carlson, who until that moment had admired Bush, said that Bush's curt response made him feel as if he had just asked 'the dumbest, most offensive question ever posed.' Bush went on to tell him that he had also refused to meet Larry King when he came to Texas to interview Tucker but had watched the interview on television. King, Bush said, asked Tucker difficult questions, such as 'What would you say to Governor Bush?'

"What did Tucker answer? Carlson asked.

"'Please,' Bush whimpered, his lips pursed in mock desperation, 'please, don't kill me.'

"Carlson was shocked.[4] He couldn't believe Bush's callousness and reasoned that his cruel mimicry of the woman whose death he had authorized must have been sparked by anger over Karla Faye Tucker's remarks during the King interviews. When King had asked her what she planned to ask Governor Bush, Karla Faye had said she thought that if Bush approved her execution, he would be succumbing to election-year pressure from pro–death penalty voters."

I vividly remember that night in 1998, waiting for the reprieve for Tucker that never came. It wasn't until 2000, prior to the stolen election, that I learned of Dubya's compassionate conservativism and his born again retooling. The clarity of his hypocrisy was highlighted in '98 and has been amplified and underlined in the past five years.

Now, seven years later, we have an admirer of Nazi fascism also refusing to give a changed person a chance at life in prison. "According to the transcript in a book proposal circulated six years ago, Schwarzenegger said when asked to name his heroes: 'It depends for what. I admired Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education up to power. And I admire him for being such a good public speaker.' A consultant to the documentary, Peter Davis, later said the Hitler quote was taken out of context.

"In addition to the transcript, film producer George Butler wrote in the book proposal that in the 1970s, he considered Schwarzenegger a 'flagrant, outspoken admirer of Hitler.' Butler also said he had seen Schwarzenegger playing 'Nazi marching songs from long-playing records in his collection at home' and said that the actor 'frequently clicked his heels and pretended to be an S.S. officer.'"

It's unseemly to have two buffoons in control of life and death decisions.

Today's picks:

The execution of Stanley Tookie Williams

"Even if one were to assume that Williams was guilty of the terrible crimes for which he was convicted, there is no rational or humane justification for punishing him with 25 years in the shadow of the executioner, culminating in death by lethal injection. All the more so under conditions of growing popular opposition to the death penalty and increasing evidence of false convictions and a judicial system rigged against the poor and minorities."

Since he (and Tucker) would've spent the rest of his life behind bars, it's not like winning the lottery and heading for Vegas.

Iraq elections: a democratic facade for a US puppet state

"The entire US-controlled political process this year—the January 30 elections for a transitional government, the drafting of a new constitution and the referendum on October 15—has been aimed at giving the veneer of legal legitimacy to the plunder of the country’s oil and gas and the formation of a puppet government that will sanction an indefinite US military presence in Iraq."

Family upset over soldier's body arriving as freight

"Dead heroes are supposed to come home with their coffins draped with the American flag -- greeted by a color guard.

"But in reality, many are arriving as freight on commercial airliners -- stuffed in the belly of a plane with suitcases and other cargo."

Got to pay for the overly rich folks tax cuts some way.

GM to nearly triple India production

"The announcement came just weeks after the company said it would slash 30,000 jobs and scale back production in the United States.

"GM previously had announced plans to increase production in India from more than double the 25,000 cars a year it currently produces in the country. Lawrence Burns, vice president for research and development, said Tuesday that the number of vehicles made in India would eventually reach 80,000."

Chasing cheap labor like a pit bull looking for a good time.

Canada wants to protect itself from the Patriot Act

"According to a federal proposition, a Canadian governmental agency could annul a contract with an American company should the latter transmit personal information concerning Canadians to American agencies in the fight against terrorism.

"This measure aims to respond to the fear that the American FBI can now access confidential Canadian data that the government supplies to American companies working with the Federal Ministries in Ottawa."

At least some people in North America may be safe from the secret police.

Deal to renew USA Patriot Act extends police-state measures

"Republican negotiators in the House of Representatives and the Senate reached an agreement last week for the renewal of the USA Patriot Act, including the permanent extension of most of the provisions that had been set to expire by the end of this year. Once it is passed into law, the bill will extend sweeping attacks on democratic rights and consolidate a vast expansion of the powers of the state to spy on law-abiding individuals."

Quotes from www.bartcop.com:

"This is no time to quit in Iraq - we're winning." -- Joe LIEberman, Bush's best friend Link

"Christmas and the New Year are actually two holidays. So there is a plural, which in the English language, necessitates the use of 's.' I suppose you could say 'Merry Christmas' and 'Happy New Year,' but you probably have shit to do." --Jon Stewart, on the O'Reilly whore's objection to "Happy Holidays"

"Uncle Sam Wants You, Nigger." --Richard Pryor on the disproportionate number of black soldiers in Vietnam Link

"It is a war between 27 million and 10,000; 27 million Iraqis who want to live lives of freedom, opportunity and prosperity and roughly 10,000 terrorists who are either Saddam revanchists [sic?], Iraqi Islamic extremists or al-Qaida foreign fighters." -- Joe LIEberman, Bush's best friend Link

Joe, actually it's 27 million PLUS 130,000 and the biggest, baddest military machine on Earth. Why can't Goliath whip David's ass after 1000 days of battle?

"Bush supporters are very upset about the TV show 'The West Wing.' They say there are too many Democrats on the 'West Wing.' That'll even out when 'Prison Break' comes back, there'll be a lot more Republicans then." --Jay Leno


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