Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Word Tuesday

Elegant
adj.

Characterized by or exhibiting refined, tasteful beauty of manner, form, or style.

---American Heritage Dictionary

Monday, September 29, 2008

Gary McCray, Florida's newest addition to Death Row

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. -- A Clay County jury voted unanimously Friday to recommend four death sentences for Gary McCray, who was convicted earlier this month of killing four people with an assault rifle in 2004.

The jury returned the recommendation after less than one hour of deliberations.

The quick decision follows a morning of testimony and closing arguments in the penalty phase of the trial. The judge agreed to let McCray give his own closing statement.

"The state did not prove their case,"McCray told the jury.

The same jury found McCray guilty of killing Phillip Perrotta, 53, John Whitehead, 37, John
Oliver Ellis Jr., 51, and Robin Selkirk, 45. Prosecutors said the slayings were drug-related, as three of the four victims were arrested along with McCray in a previous drug raid at that same house.

The trial was delayed for years when McCray was not found competent to stand trial. When it finally began in July, it was interrupted several times by outbursts from McCray, who threatened and tried to fire his attorney, lectured Judge William Wilkes and repeatedly interrupted proceedings.

At least twice during the trial, McCray was removed from the courtroom by bailiffs.

Several family members of the victims testified Friday morning for the prosecution in the penalty phase of the trial.

Channel 4's Dan Leveton said that McCray's closing statement was rambling as he continued to maintain his innocence, saying the prosecution "contaminated the mind of the jury."

"I told the truth to the jury," McCray said. "I beat the state's argument on the witnesses ... I would like to ask the jury, why do you think the defendant was found guilty? Let's start with you."

Prosecutors and the judge repeatedly reminded McCray that what was relevant at this point was the penalty, not his guilt.

The jury began deliberations for a sentencing recommendation after lunch. It returned with its 12-0 recommendation of death at about 2:15 p.m.

The victims' families welcomed the jury's unanimous decision.   Source.
It looks like another name gets added to the roster of Florida's Death Row.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Time for some troll spray.

I had to break out some troll spray for a mankey troll.

He just would not shut up and wanted to argue. I have better things to do.


Friday's Quote

 
"There is not in all America a more dangerous trait than the deification
of mere smartness unaccompanied by any sense of moral responsibility."
---Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Jessie James Cummings Jr Executed

McALESTER, Okla. -- Convicted killer Jessie James Cummings Jr. has been executed for the 1991 stabbing death of his 11-year-old niece.

Department of Corrections spokesman Jerry Massie said Cummings was pronounced dead at 6:11 p.m. Thursday after receiving a lethal injection inside the death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary.     Source 


It seems like this animal was a want to be "Charles Manson."

You can read about it here.

Word Thursday

Malcontent

–adjective
1.    not satisfied or content with currently prevailing conditions or circumstances.
2.    dissatisfied with the existing government, administration, system, etc.
–noun
3.    a malcontent person, esp. one who is chronically discontented or dissatisfied.

---Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)


(As in) Michelle Obama's whole life right up until Barack ran for President.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Richard Henyard Executed.

STARKE - Richard Henyard was executed by lethal injection tonight as the state carried out the death penalty against the 34-year-old Lake County man for the 1993 killings of 7-year-old Jamilya Lewis and her 3-year-old sister, Jasmine. Henyard was pronounced dead at 8:16 p.m.

Henyard was put to death at Florida State Prison after a delay of about two hours while authorities waited for a final U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a last-ditch appeal. The court denied requests for a stay.

Earlier in the day, Henyard was "somewhat quiet and withdrawn, but he is respectful," said Gretl Plessinger, spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections.   Source


The realization of his past actions 15 years ago made him somewhat quiet and withdrawn.

Udderly unbelievable

Udderly shocking. We are going to need more breasts (udders) and do we have any volunteers?

I thought not.

VERMONT -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman.

And Here is the letter:


Read PETA's letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

September 23, 2008

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Cofounders

Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc.

Dear Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield,

On behalf of PETA and our more than 2 million members and supporters, I'd like to bring your attention to an innovative new idea from Switzerland that would bring a unique twist to Ben and Jerry's.

Storchen restaurant is set to unveil a menu that includes soups, stews, and sauces made with at least 75 percent breast milk procured from human donors who are paid in exchange for their milk. If Ben and Jerry's replaced the cow's milk in its ice cream with breast milk, your customers-and cows-would reap the benefits.

Using cow's milk for your ice cream is a hazard to your customer's health. Dairy products have been linked to juvenile diabetes, allergies, constipation, obesity, and prostate and ovarian cancer. The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America's leading authority on child care, spoke out against feeding cow's milk to children, saying it may play a role in anemia, allergies, and juvenile diabetes and in the long term, will set kids up for obesity and heart disease-America's number one cause of death.

Animals will also benefit from the switch to breast milk. Like all mammals, cows only produce milk during and after pregnancy, so to be able to constantly milk them, cows are forcefully impregnated every nine months. After several years of living in filthy conditions and being forced to produce 10 times more milk than they would naturally, their exhausted bodies are turned into hamburgers or ground up for soup.

And of course, the veal industry could not survive without the dairy industry. Because male calves can't produce milk, dairy farmers take them from their mothers immediately after birth and sell them to veal farms, where they endure 14 to 17 weeks of torment chained inside a crate so small that they can't even turn around.

The breast is best! Won't you give cows and their babies a break and our health a boost by switching from cow's milk to breast milk in Ben and Jerry's ice cream? Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Tracy Reiman

Executive Vice President
Source

On a side note; I just love veal.

Florida gets ready to execute Richard Henyard

Richard Henyard told Ms. Lewis he was Satan. He acted like it too.

Today is this monster's last day on earth.  Good riddance.

On the evening of January 30, 1993, Ms. Lewis and her daughters arrived at the Winn-Dixie. As Lewis, the eventual survivor, and her daughters, the victims, were entering the Winn-Dixie, she noticed a few people sitting on a bench near the doors. After Lewis exited the store with Jamilya, age 7, and Jasmine, age 3, she walked to her car and proceeded to place her daughters in the front passenger seat. As Lewis crossed the rear of the car to get to the driver’s side, she noticed Alfonza Smalls approaching her. As Smalls neared, he revealed a gun tucked into his waistband. Lewis and her daughters were ordered into the back of the car as Smalls and Henyard entered the front. The Lewis car left town with Henyard driving and Smalls issuing directions. Prior to the abduction of Lewis and her daughters, a female witness observed Henyard and Smalls loitering outside of the Winn-Dixie.

During the drive, Smalls repeatedly demanded that Lewis keep her daughters quiet since they were crying and upset. Later, Henyard pulled the car over at a remote area and pulled Lewis from the car. After Henyard forced her against the trunk and raped her, Smalls raped Ms. Lewis as well. Henyard told her to sit on the ground and when she hesitated, he shot her in the leg and forced her to the ground. She was also shot by Henyard three more times at close range and was wounded in the mouth, neck, and on the forehead between the eyes. After she was unconscious, Henyard and Smalls rolled her over to the shoulder of the road. Lewis survived and several hours later regained consciousness and went to a nearby house for help. The occupants contacted the police and Lewis collapsed and waited for the officers to arrive.

As Henyard and Smalls drove away from the scene of the shooting, the Lewis girls were repeatedly asking for their mother. Henyard pulled the car over after a short period of time had passed and removed the girls from the car. Henyard and Smalls took the girls further off the road and killed both Jamilya and Jasmine with a single bullet to the head. Henyard and Smalls then threw their bodies into some underbrush over a fence.           Richard Henyard

Word Tuesday

Scandalous

–adjective
1. disgraceful; shameful or shocking; improper: scandalous behavior in public.
2. defamatory or libelous, as a speech or writing.
3. attracted to or preoccupied with scandal, as a person: a scandalous, vicious gossip.


---Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)

Friday, September 19, 2008

Facts about Barack Hussein Obama II

Talk like a Pirate

Shiver me timbers Matey.

Join me in celebratin the Gentlemen o' fortune on this day.

Hoist a grog and ave a little fun with the Lasses.

Me found it here FyremanDoug and he linked from Talk like a Pirate day.

Not Good

I found this over at That Dude's site.  He did better than I did.



Friday's Quote

"It is no use to preach to [children] if you do not act decently yourself."
--- Theodore Roosevelt
Speech to Holy Name Society, Oyster Bay, August 16, 1903

Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Speaker of the House: Freak

Freak
n.

   1. A thing or occurrence that is markedly unusual or irregular: A freak of nature produced the midsummer snow.
   2. An abnormally formed organism, especially a person or animal regarded as a curiosity or monstrosity.
   3. A sudden capricious turn of mind; a whim: "The freaks of the psyche can no more be explained than the Devil" (Maurice Collis).
   4. Slang
         1. A drug user or addict: a speed freak.
         2. An eccentric or nonconformist person, especially a member of a counterculture.
         3. An enthusiast: rock music freaks.

adj.   Highly unusual or irregular: a freak accident; a freak storm.

intr. &  tr.v.   freaked, freak·ing, freaks Slang

   1. To experience or cause to experience frightening hallucinations or feelings of paranoia, especially as a result of taking a drug. Often used with out.
   2. To behave or cause to behave irrationally and uncontrollably. Often used with out.
   3. To become or cause to become greatly excited or upset. Often used with out.

---American Heritage Dictionary

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

William Murray Executed

I hope he rots in hell too. If he was so sorry why did he wait ten years until his appeals ran out? He could have been a volunteer for execution. If he had volunteered he would have shown true remorse for his deed. He did not, so don't believe he was sorry.


HUNTSVILLE — An apologetic William Murray was executed Wednesday for raping and strangling a 93-year-old woman during a burglary of her Dallas-area home more than a decade ago.

"I'm sorry for what I did," he told two nephews of his victim who watched him through a window in the death chamber. "I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. The Lord has forgiven me."

Murray then looked through an adjacent window where his mother and two brothers were among the witnesses and said: "I'll be there waiting for y'all, all right? God Bless."

Eight minutes later at 6:20 p.m., he was pronounced dead.
Source

An 93 year old woman died for 10 dollars and a knife so this loser could trade them for drugs, and he says he is sorry. Give me a break.

Word of the Week

Monster      
n. 
         1. An imaginary or legendary creature, such as a centaur or Harpy, that combines parts from various animal or human forms.
         2. A creature having a strange or frightening appearance.
   2. An animal, a plant, or other organism having structural defects or deformities.
   3. Pathology A fetus or an infant that is grotesquely abnormal and usually not viable.
   4. A very large animal, plant, or object.
   5. One who inspires horror or disgust: a monster of selfishness.

---American Heritage Dictionary

Jack Alderman Executed

JACKSON The 20th man executed in Georgia by lethal injection took 14 minutes to die Tuesday night.

Witness described Jack Alderman’s manner as calm, almost serene, his eyes closed the entire time. For a few minutes before he was declared dead, they said he smiled.

“There was no jerking,” said Jan Skutch, a media witness from The Savannah Morning News. “He was calm. It was almost antiseptic.”
Nice.
Adlerman, pronounced dead at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday, has been on death row almost 35 years — longer than any of the 109 death row inmates in Georgia. He was convicted of the 1974 Chatham County murder of wife Barbara Alderman for $10,000 in insurance money.

When that conviction was overturned by a federal appeals court, he was convicted in a second trial in 1984.
And how peaceful was the victims death?
An accomplice in the murder, John Arthur Brown, beat Barbara Alderman with a crescent wrench. Then he and Alderman choked her and put her underwater in a bathtub to be sure she was dead.

Brown was paroled in 1987 and died a free man in New York in 2000.

Alderman’s attorney, Michael Seiml, said Tuesday night — after he had exhausted his last appeals to the Georgia parole board for clemency and to the U.S. Supreme Court that Alderman, 57, was a model prisoner who deserved to have his death sentence reduced to life.
 Source
I wonder how Michael Seiml justifies life in prison for a twice convicted murderer just because he was a model prisoner. There would have been no need for his execution if he had been a model citizen.

Obama and Marx

Friday, September 12, 2008

Friday's Quote

 
 When women go wrong, men go right after them.
---Mae West (1892-1980)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

First Impressions

First Impressions:
Who appears like they would have something
positive and meaningful to say:
This Thing; Russel Brand

 

Or This Woman, Gov. Sarah Palin?
 

God Bless them and keep them safe.

Over at Signal 94 he has a post about his Daughter and her freind Courtney. They went to Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood and became "battle buddies." Courtney's brother is stationed in Iraq and is now missing.  He posts about some of the letters he receives and it is very interesting.

Where are the Photo credits?

I find most the images uncredited on random sites, but I will add credits if someone lets me know who the has the rights to the image.

Boarding Party Members