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14 December 2005

Death Penalty Still Popular

I love this:
Despite growing signs of public worry that some innocents may be mistakenly sentenced to death, the failure of a celebrity-laden campaign to block California's execution yesterday morning of Crips founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams reflected a national political landscape in which the public has yet to turn against capital punishment on moral grounds.
Wait - you mean being lectured by the likes of Mike Farrel, Jamie Foxx, Joan Baez and Snoop Dog didn't move the populace to change its stance on capital punishment? Candlelight vigils with people singing "We Shall Overcome" did not inspire the vast American populace to suddenly feel deep compassion towards frightening, violent hulks like Tookie? The American people are just full of surprises.


Anonymous jth said...

Snoop did make some veiled threat about he having influence over millions of people. I wonder if the people watching " Girls' gone wild - Doggy style ", even care much about the death penalty?

December 14, 2005 11:05 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

And where were the riots? We kept hearing there could be riots if Tookie was executed - I think the closest we got to a riot was Mike Farrel yelling at a pro-death penalty guest on Larry King.

December 14, 2005 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Russell Wardlow said...

I saw that. The pro-death penalty advocate was Dennis Prager.

The fun thing about Mike Farrel is that he clearly thinks himself impressively intelligent and articulate, as he kept recycling a few phrases I suppose he thought were poetic and affecting, though he ended up sounding like a guy who circled some words in the dictionary before going on.

BTW, you're forgetting Bianca Jagger. Even amongst celebrity activists, she always comes off as pretty dim.

December 15, 2005 1:08 AM  
Blogger Dennis Dale said...

It shouldn't be forgotten that Snoop faced murder charges once-well after he had made a fortune and became famous. A rival gangbanger was shot in the back as he ran from a car Snoop and a "bodyguard" were in. The bodyguard would take the fall. Immediately after his acquittal Snoop would play the race card by alleging that L.A. District Atty. Gil Garcetti "likes putting black men behind bars." Not quite as much as Snoop likes putting them below ground, perhaps.
Tookie himself tried to imply that rioting was in the offing should he be executed, issuing an insincere appeal for calm.

December 15, 2005 7:35 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Larry and Geragos were really doing a tag-team job on Prager - interrupting him constantly and then going off to Farrel or Sister whatshername to filibuster. It was a really annoying show - sort of a throw-back to the pre-Fox News days when that was thought to be a normal way to do a news show - have on a panel of liberals with one conservative there to roll there eyes at.

December 15, 2005 9:15 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

Dennis, that commentary you had on your blog on Tookie was one awesome stretch of prose. I was glad to see Sailer feature it.

December 15, 2005 9:19 PM  
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