Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Surreal but true....

The New York Times has a couple of interesting ones today. First, death row prisoners apparently have gained standing to sue because lethal injection is too painful, and would violate the 8th Amendment. OK, we'll bring back hanging and shooting squads, two methods that the Founders used and felt were neither cruel nor unusual. Not quite sure the prisoners will like it, but have it your way....

Next, archeologists apparently believe that since the ruins of ancient Edom haven't all been uncovered, that society didn't exist, but that the discovery of a large copper smelter gives a hope that it did. Obviously, if you don't find large cities, you know that area couldn't possibly field an army capable of attacking Israel.

Which is why, of course, the Sioux never were able to field forces capable, say, of annihilating Custer. Never happened, of course, since they had no forges or large cities. This also explains why the Mongols never threatened to overrun Europe, and the Huns never threatened the Vatican, and Israel never conquered Canaan. No nation living in tents ever was capable of bothering its neighbors.

Methinks the logic of these archeologists needs a little bit of work.

5 comments:

Mercy Now said...

Yeah, a FL immate sued and got it up to the Supreme Ct about lethal injection. We used to only have electric chair. I think we should just park a car running in the same room for 3 hours and that should do it, an easy painless death.

As for the arch stuff, it's all a political agenda.

Mercy Now said...

Oh, yeah, i've been so busy w/ my new job that I'm catching up on the blogs and commenting:o)

Bike Bubba said...

Sad that you're probably right about the political agenda. I'd add "moral agenda" too, as they never seem to make a logical misstep that would emphasize historic morality.

My favorite; the first artifact found in one "dig" was a loom. Hence, the archeologists portrayed everyone as naked in their diorama of life there, as if they never used that loom to make clothing.

Either they're pushing an agenda, or they're very, very lonely people.

(and congrats on the new job!)

Surly Dave said...

As far as the death row inmates go, I think they need to go through the proceedure before they can file suit. How else are they going to know it hurts?

Bike Bubba said...

Hmmm....I think ex parte restrictions are allowable when they're applied to government, Surly. :^) Methinks the problem lies with judges who cannot differentiate between pain incidental to punishment and pain inflicted for the sake of inflicting pain.

Or, put gently, what the definition of "cruel" happens to be. Maybe sending a copy of Webster's 1828 is in order? :^)