February 11, 2003

We Love To Kill People

According to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, a prisoner named Charles Laverne Singleton can be forced to take antipsychotic drugs so as to make Mr. Singleton sane enough to allow Arkansas to legally execute him. You see, the Supreme Court has held that it violates the Constitution to execute the insane. Apparently if Mr. Singleton takes certain antipsychotic drugs he will no longer be insane...so then Arkansas can kill him.

Wow.

Did I mention I was reading Catch-22?
Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

"That's some catch, that Catch-22," he observed.

I like the doctor's quote from the article:

The American Medical Association's ethical guidelines prohibit giving medical treatment that would make people competent to be executed, said Dr. Howard Zonana, who teaches psychiatry and law at Yale.

"You can't treat someone for the purpose of executing them," he said.

February 10, 2003

Dude...You Got A Dime Bag!!!

According to The Smoking Gun, Ben Curtis, the "Dude, You're Getting A Dell!!" guy was nabbed at Ludlow and Rivington last night for pot possession. Welcome to the neighborhood!!

Not What We Need

This is just a damn shame...