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America, Murder Inc.

At least I know that my blog title isn’t the most offensive or insensitive commentary on this Troy Davis story. That infamous honor goes to Ann Coulter. And while we mention her, let us not forget about the ‘closeted’ Ann Coulters of the world. They are just as responsible for the murder of Troy Davis, with their blood thirst for revenge and vengeance which they clothed under the guise of justice, as those which had the power to save his life, but failed to act.  America was once again on the national and world stage, as it always seems to be. The performers for the most recent show were the late Mr. Troy Davis and every single agency, office and court of law in our country which failed to act on his behalf, and which horribly failed to do the right thing. 

As a young cop, I was a strong advocate of the death penalty, so much so that I would have been willing to be the judge, jury, and executioner of men like Troy Davis. That was back when the only colors that I saw were black and white. Or at least I let myself  believe that it was that simple. As I became more exposed to the brutalities and realities of life, I began to see the shades of grey that were not visible to my closed eyes.  As I became more aware of the greys, I began to see how inherently wrong it was to take another’s life in the name of justice, especially when that justice we so vehemently seek and believe in can be so easily corrupted.

I don’t know if the state of Georgia executed an innocent or guilty man for the murder of Police Officer Mark McPhail. The travesties  of this story for me will always be the needless deaths of two men and the lingering doubt that will haunt will us forever.  I wonder if the rest of the world thinks less of us today for killing a man in the name of justice even though enough substantial doubt existed that commuting his sentence to life in prison would have justified doing “the right thing”.

If there is anything that the headline cases (DSK, Casey Anthony, NYPD Cops Mata and Moreno) of the past several months have shown us or taught is that “Liberty and Justice for all” does not always prevail.

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I’m baaaack….

Summer is officially over. Well, for all intents and purposes it was unofficially over with the end of the Labor Day weekend. I’ve been a little bit behind as you may have gathered. My blog as well as my book have been in stall mode for long enough. It’s time for me to refocus and either shit or get off the pot. I’m also motivated by the fact that some of you have expressed that they’ve missed my blog. That certainly surprised me, and no, it’s not false modesty. I’ve also been told that my book will be a good read and that I should get it done, especially by my wife, whose opinion I respect and trust. So with that said, I’m back.

I’m an ex cop, not a politician or an economist. That is why I don’t generally delve into those two subjects in my blog. But please bear with me. I had an opportunity to ‘holiday’ (that’s European for vacationing) in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Malmo, Sweden. (Would you believe me if I told you that Chief Scares the Crap Out of Me, the dreaded Indian from Crompond, followed us to Scandinavia? God, how I hate him).

Both are countries which have strong social programs and even principles, of…gasp, socialism, a word which has become synonymous with being infected with herpes in the United States. At least since our President Obama took office. Here are a few reasons why we should fight the dreaded disease of herpes, er I mean socialism:

* 16 months of paid maternity or paternity leave – the parents get to decide how they want to split it between them
* Five weeks paid vacation every year
* Universal healthcare, which the Danes and Swedes don’t seem to complain about too much
* Just about everyone gets a pension from the government
* A work day that ends at 4 or 5 PM. For some reason they believe that being home with your family for dinner is important. And there are not too many businesses open on Sundays.
* A high tax rate. Once again, not too many Danes or Swedes are complaining
* Just about everyone gets around on a bicycle

Now I’m not saying that socialism is the way to go. But the citizens of Denmark, which suffers from the dreaded disease of socialism, has one of the highest standards of living in the world. Food for thought.

Georgia parole board denies clemency for convicted cop killer Troy Davis

Why does it seem that stories like these seem to quite often originate from Bible thumping regions of our country, where religion, guns, football (or pick up trucks) are the holy trinity? The Sunday school I remember taught forgiveness, compassion, and that vengeance was the Lord’s. It also taught me that we all must do the “right thing”. Blood thirsty Bible thumpers (the name of my fantasy football team for next season). Never mind that seven witnesses for the prosecution in Troy Davis case have recanted their original testimony.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Says Executing An Innocent Man Is Not Unconstitutional

While the Troy Davis case is still fresh in our minds, here is another interesting article. A constitutional scholar I am not. But it seems to me that Justice Scalia along with his puppet, Justice Thomas, should adhere to one of my favorite adages: If it looks like shit and smells like shit, then it probably is shit. The case against Troy Davis reeks with the smell of it. His execution would be a travesty of justice. To state that executing an innocent person in not unconstitutional leaves me with a lot of questions. Maybe it’s time to put Justice Scalia to pasture before it is revealed that he wears nothing under his robe, and masturbates while hearing arguments all while exposing himself to Justice Kagan.

I’m baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Coffee and Donuts

Some of today’s headlines:
 
Gunman Kills Four in Long Island Pharmacy 

Another glaring and tragic example of “guns don’t kill, people kill.” It strikes me as a little peculiar that in the majority of crimes where multiple murders are committed, the weapon of choice is a handgun. Why is that? Could it be that it’s not that easy to stab or to club four people to death? Maybe we need to end the ‘War on Drugs’ and commence a ‘War on Guns’.
 
Woman pleads guilty to stashing stolen mink coat in her underwear for 3 days

Where do I begin with with this one? How could the police have missed that for three days? Was it a mink coat for a small person or dog? And who in the world would want to wear it after it spent 3 days in this woman’s underwear?

A follow up on an item in yesterday’s Coffee and Donuts segment

ATF acting director may resign over Fast and Furious program

Why is it that when the little guys f@#k up they get fired, but when it’s a higher-up they’re allowed to resign? Kenneth Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, should be fired along with his superiors who were aware of this boneheaded operation. He should not be allowed to ‘fall on the sword’ for his superiors, collect a pension and then earn another salary as a lobbyist for the firearms industry.

California’s death row: $4 billion, few executions
  
I wonder how many lashes Peter Moskos, author of “In Defense of Flogging”, would deem appropriate in cases of murder. Okay, I’m sure that in every case, murderers would chose flogging over spending twenty five to life in prison. Just food for thought when you consider the cost to taxpayers for housing inmates on Death Row. Similar to that old line I use to hear cops say when they were contemplating divorcing their wives, that “it was cheaper to keep her”. It seems that in the case of the death penalty, it certainly is.