Fri Mar 24 2006
Hit count for 2005 was 24-million-plus
1108 Pedophile death penalty
1138 Texas state parks hurting
1208 East Texas' big FEMA problems after Rita
1220 Mississippi sheriff commandeered ice trucks after Katrina
1238 Drunks being arrested inside Texas bars
My wife, a teacher here in Uvalde and founder/director
of Anthon Little Theater, has arranged two benefit
performances of "Annie, Jr.", a trimmed version of the
The performances will take place at 7:00 pm this
evening and tomorrow evening.
Location is the Janie Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera
House on the square in Uvalde. $2.00 per seat, all general admission. There will also be a donation jar at the door for
those who wish to give a little something extra.
Monies raised will go to help local folks affected by
Sunday night's tornado, which damaged or destroyed
about 40 homes and displaced some 100 people. Some of
the families lost everything but the clothes they were
Tickets may be reserved or donations pledged by calling Anthon Elementary School at (830) 591-2988, or, for people in the local area, come by the school
office. The school is located on Benson Road off West Main (US Hwy 90) behind the city yard.
Thank you for your time
Texas gas prices going up fast
Regular, self-serve gasoline averaged $2.48 per gallon, up 14 cents from last week and up 47 cents from one year ago.
The cheapest gas was in San Antonio, where the average price climbed 12 cents to $2.39 per gallon.
Not a complaint - but it does seem to take quite a bit longer to load your page these days.
Yeah, I've put in some big graphics at times. I have broadband, so does a majority of my site users, so I sometimes backslide. Sorry.
From: Gov. Rick Perry’s Press Office
Due to the inability of most invitees to attend the special briefing on the Texas Tax Reform Commission, we are canceling the scheduled meeting on Saturday. We apologize for any inconvenience due to this short notice.
Oh well. Some of my media-type colleagues now must cancel their fun trips up to Gomorrah-on-the-Colorado to hobnob. As I wrote the other day, I declined the invitation because the governor is available when he wants something, but never otherwise.
Pedophile death penalty bill delayed
The So. Carolina Senate put off action on a proposal to execute people convicted of repeatedly sexually assaulting children, deciding to wait to hear from State Attorney General
|Brad's Ten-Foot Poll on Child Molesters --- RESULT
Should repeat child molesters get the death penalty in Texas?
Total votes 545-
email death for pedophiles
As someone who has defended quite a few death penalty cases I have to tell you that this proposition is ludicrous as a practical matter.
As you know, in Texas we only allow the death penalty for that small percentage of murders under special circumstances that amount to Capital Murder. The state seeks the death penalty in only the most egregious of even these murders, unless a police officer or someone in the social register gets killed.
Forget for the moment the moral implications of executing a pathetically sick individual who hasn't actually taken a life and would already receive an automatic life sentence as a second offender. Assume that the Supreme Court would even sign off on such a statute.
The biggest problems include:
(1) Finding a jury of 12 people who would vote unanimously to execute such a person.
(2) Finding an offender whose own sexual history was not so screwed up that he would be spared by mitigating evidence.
(3) Finding a prosecutor's office that isn't already so overwhelmed by trying to get killers executed that they could devote the manpower, expense and time (it takes about 8 weeks to try a capital case) to executing someone that they could get a life sentence on in a one week trial or less.
(4) The expense extends not only to the prosecutor. It currently costs in the millions of dollars to execute an offender.
Consider the unintended consequences:
(1) For those who believe in deterrence, please explain to me what incentive a pedophile would have to leave his second victim alive if he's likely to face the death penalty in any case. (Note: it is already a Capital offense to kill a child or anyone else in the course of a sexual assault)
(2) The lack of finality for the victim and victim's family while they're waiting ten to fifteen years for the offender's execution. (In California the victim might be eligible for social security by the time the sentence is carried out)
Your poll is a good reason why some vote hungry politician will try to ram this proposal through the next legislature. It's such an emotional issue that people will automatically favor it, the practicalities be damned.
Other than legislators, the only people who might benefit from this idea are lawyers like me who are paid by the taxpayers to represent Capital defendants. Hmmm, please disregard the preceding paragraphs.
Kinky's platform: Ideas and answers as meaty as cotton candy
A young lady wants to know how Kinky would address the health care crisis in small cities.
Kinky rattles off lots of words, but offers no plan.
"I'm being very general here," he says.
Translation: He has no idea.
Judson Board reinstates sci-fi book
The critically acclaimed novel "The Handmaid's Tale" was reinstated to Judson Independent School District's Advanced Placement curriculum after board members voted 5-2
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3/21 TFN Mention Brad's name for $75 off a refurb laptop
Too many eyes on personal health data
The most endangered species on the planet? It's not the snail darter. Or the Calabasas County jumping field mouse. No; it's the privacy of your medical information. In one of the worst examples ever of the federal government creating a problem, purporting to solve the problem and then making it much worse, the Congress and the Bush administration have made it all but impossible for you to maintain the confidentiality of your most personal information.
Texas cracking down on drunks in bars
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is sending undercover officers into bars to look for the exceedingly drunk, issuing citations or making arrests for public intoxication even if patrons haven't left the building.
Clerics insist on execution of Christian convert
Senior Muslim clerics demanded yesterday that an Afghan man on trial for converting from Islam to Christianity be executed, warning that if the government caves in to Western pressure and frees him, they will incite people to "pull him into pieces."
Editorial: Bush flopped big-time in his defense of Iraq
The misbegotten war follows a tortured path to a difficult end.
President Bush was beyond pathetic on the issue of Iraq during his press conference this week.
If he and his handlers expected an upward blip in the polls from a week of presidential statements and speeches devoted primarily to Iraq, they're in for a major disappointment.
Bush shuns Patriot Act requirement
When President Bush signed the reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act this month, he included an addendum saying that he did not feel obliged to obey requirements that he inform Congress about how the FBI was using the act's expanded police powers.
U.S. no-bid contract with China to scan cargo for nukes
Katrina evacuees score low on TAKS
Can the government ban Fred Phelps from picketing funerals?
Tennessee fainting goats are an endangered species
Ice block may have fallen from plane toilet
Man says Vonage put him on hold while his house burned
Trouble with the phrase "Jesus will be with you soon."