June 13, 2008

Someone please explain to me why an Ohio state judge who has just ruled the state’s death penalty unconstitutional has a picture of the mass-murdering revolutionary Che Guevara in his office?


From the article:

A judge in Ohio says the state’s method of putting prisoners to death is unconstitutional because two of three drugs used in the lethal injection process can cause pain.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge James Burge said Tuesday the state’s lethal injection procedure doesn’t provide the quick and painless death required by Ohio law.

Burge said Ohio must stop allowing a combination of drugs and focus instead on a single, anesthetic drug.

Judge Burge believes the rights of convicted killers are being violated by Ohio’s prescribed method of execution, yet he honors a man who made a mockery of due process, justice, civil liberties, and even human decency. Maybe the voters of Lorain County should keep this picture in front of them the next time Judge Burge is up for reelection — an electoral process that Che disdained, by the way.

(And what is it with Obama fans also being drawn to Che Guevara?)


(hat tip: Fausta)

Time to sign up or shut up

June 13, 2008

There’s a petition going around to demand that Congress stop blocking new exploration, drilling, and refining of oil in the US and offshore. The high price of gas is a direct result of the collision of increased demand from China and India and stranglehold placed on domestic production by Democrats (and some Republicans) who pander to the environmental lobby.

We’re sitting on hundreds of billions, if not trillions of barrels of recoverable oil (for one example, see here), and the recovery technology itself is much safer than it was 30 years ago, when we built our last refineries. Enough is enough. While we should have due regard for the environment, our energy policy has become irresponsible and has left us vulnerable to foreign oil producers. And while the wealthy buy their hybrids and pat themselves on the back for how “green” they are, it’s the average working family and the poor who have to pay through the nose at the pump because they can’t afford that new, environmentally pure car, thanks again to stupid, short-sighted policies that skew far too far in favor of reactionary environmentalism.

Click the link. Sign the petition. Tell Congress to put the nation’s interest ahead of the environmental lobby’s.




(hat tip: Power Line)