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In a detailed, candid and critical essay to be published this week in The New York Review of Books, he wrote that personnel changes on the court, coupled with "regrettable judicial activism," had created a system of capital punishment that is shot through with racism, skewed toward conviction, infected with politics and tinged with hysteria.

According to post-debate voting on the Munk debate website, Hitchens won the argument against the motion by 68 per cent to 32 per cent. A pre-debate poll showed that 57 per cent were against the motion and 22 per cent were for it -- demonstrating, I guess, the impressive debating skills of both men.

COPENHAGEN (AFP) - Copenhagen, one of the world's most bicycle-friendly cities, has begun turning its extensive network of cycle paths into bike highways in an effort to push more commuters to leave their cars at home.

Considered one of Europe's two "bicycle capitals" along with Amsterdam, Copenhagen counts more bicycles than people and cycling is so popular that its numerous bike paths can become congested.

Two-wheeler traffic jams are especially regular on the main Noerrebrogade thoroughfare used by around 36,000 cyclists a day.

Professor Greene is lecturing. Down the hall, her arch-rival, Professor Browne, is also lecturing. Professor Greene is holding forth at length about how absurd Professor Browne's ideas are. She believes Professor Browne to be lecturing in Room 33. So to emphasize her point, she writes on the blackboard the single sentence:

Everything written on the board in Room 33 is false.

But Professor Greene has made a mistake. She, herself, is in Room 33. So is what she has written on the board true or false? If it's true, then since it itself is written on the board, it's false. If it's false, then since it is the only thing written on the board, it's true. Either way, it's both true and false.


 

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Re room 33.

That would have been extra funny if the room had had number 40 ;-)

In the history of cryptography, Room 40 was the section in the Admiralty most identified with the British cryptography effort during World War I.

Hitchens utterly demolished Tony Blair in every way possible. That Blair's arguments were able to sway 10 people to agree that religion is a force for good is astonishing.

Having said that, the comments of John Paul Stevens reveals much about the liberal mindset. American support for the death penalty is a result of politics and our fascination with violence and death? Excuse me? The death penalty has existed in virtually every culture all throughout history. Also, this whole idea that the death penalty is disproportionally given to black criminals could be attributed to the fact that blacks commit disproportionally more crimes than any other group, no? Despite what the liberal media would have you believe, blacks commit more crimes per capita than any other group. They also commit more crimes against whites than do whites against blacks. YES, blacks commit more murders, rapes, and armed robberies against whites than the other way around. Look at FBI stats for the past 10, 20, or 30 years and you'll see it's true. However, from the garbage fed to Americans by the liberal media, you'd think it was the other way around. Fucking liberals.

blacks commit more crimes per capita than any other group

Why are you using race as a group[1]? There is no scientific reason to use race as a group.

Instead, let's replace 'blacks' with 'poor people'. We get much more meaningful statistical information. Now yes, statistically, black people tend to be poorer than white people. Perhaps that can be explained by historical factors, coupled with a lack of upwards economic mobility in American society. In other words, the problem is socioeconomic, and has nothing to do with skin color.

[1] Some might call that racism.

[1]

I will. This guy has shown his, um, colors, plenty times before.

However, from the garbage fed to Americans by the liberal media, you'd think it was the other way around. Fucking liberals.

You should make it more obvious when you're making a silly joke. Now I have to ruin your joke by seriously saying: I don't think I've heard of anybody thinking that black people have fewer run-ins with the law. As for "the liberal media", let's just say your Stephen Colbert impression needs work.

I don't know that you would find your "liberal" strawman would disagree with any of your statistics.

I think we would also add stats about once charges the chance of conviction is higher for blacks and once convicted the chance of being executed is similarly higher.

Are whites being wrongly arrested and wrongly charged or somehow committing less violent murders?

And what are the conclusions you takeing from all this? That our justice system is just and the death penalty is actually working just fine?

Most everyone has covered the points I wanted to make. I'll amplify yours a tiny bit, Red. The stats show that a white person who is convicted of the same crime as a black person will receive a lighter or no sentence compared to the person of color. As african americans and other minorities gain social and financial stature, these trends will change.

Also, this whole idea that the death penalty is disproportionally given to black criminals could be attributed to the fact that blacks commit disproportionally more crimes than any other group, no?

No. Nearly 70 percent of the 242 people exonerated by DNA testing to date are people of color (take a gander at the non-profit organization The Innocence Project). These exonerations have spotlighted racial bias in the criminal justice system and the need for reforms that address these inequalities.

Moreover, you're missing the most crucial point of why it should be done away with: Given that the standard needed for a conviction in criminal cases is "beyond a reasonable doubt" and not "absolute certainty" many errors are bound to creep from all sides, creating a wide the margin of error. There have been 261 post-conviction DNA exonerations; that's 261 innocent people we would have put to death. This figure isn't even taking into account those who were not exonerated and were quite possibly innocent. To place such priority on retribution and "stickin' it to the criminal" while ignoring possible innocent persons from being put to death is unconscionable, un-American, and immoral. There may inevitably be innocent persons caught up in prison, but we can't really remove the correctional facilities and still maintain an adequate criminal justice system. We CAN, however, eliminate capital punishment and have a very adequate criminal justice system. Shame on you for supporting this. Fucking conservapricks.

DNA tests: just a pansy-ass fucking liberal trick.

And another thing: who cares about narrowing one's attention to to post conviction treatment of people? That would be unnecessarily focussing on the point Justice Stevens was making. Logic is another pansy-ass fucking liberal trick. Why would would you apply logic when you can rely on good ol' conservative racism?

American support for the death penalty is a result of politics and our fascination with violence and death? Excuse me?

As the comments here would indicate, you're not excused. Crawl back into your hole, asshole.

Average Joe with his "I'm an atheist, but not a fucking liberal" has returned ! :-D

Note that Rhuh/Average Joe usually begins his/her screeds with, "I'm an atheist, which-means-that my-rants-about-'fucking liberals'-has substance" type of transparent bullshit.

The death penalty has existed in virtually every culture all throughout history

Throughout history, yes. In modern days it is only the U.S., the more fundamenatlist Arab countries and other backwater countries which still have the death penalty.

Hell, even Turkey, one of the more moderate Muslim countries, has abolished the death penalty, realizing what a barbaric practice that it is.

Yeah, JoAnn has just took the words out of my mouth.

"Throughout history" people have been tortured and sacrificed to gods. Fucking liberals and your "life" fetish.

Stupid Danish liberals and their bikes. If we start riding bikes this means we are afraid to give our money to the oil producing countries.

The death penalty is sort of a litmus test for me. If you're for it you probably have views on everything else that are completely contrary to mine. I haven't even met people that conservative in quite a long time. I lived in hippie Seattle and now Spanish people are even more liberal. Even the closet Franco supporters aren't in agreement over the death penalty.

"The death penalty has existed in virtually every culture all throughout history"

Slavery has been pretty popular as well over the course of human history so that is hardly a ringing endorsement. America keeps pretty shitty company in the death penalty club. Even if the death penalty isn't given disproportionally to black criminals it's still fucking medieval and completely at odds with modern society. I'm pretty sure that here in Spain they don't even have life imprisonment. I believe 40 years is the maximum sentence which seems about right in most capital cases. If you think this is unjust all I can say is that America is hardly a shining example of how to run a criminal justice system.

Tim, Don't be so shy. Tell us how you really feel. ;)

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