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Archive for June 30th, 2008

Rasmussen: McCain Has Trouble in Arizona

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2008 4:42 am by HL

Rasmussen: McCain Has Trouble in Arizona
A new Rasmussen Reports poll in Arizona shows Sen. John McCain struggling in his home state. While he still leads Sen. Barack Obama, 49% to 40%, that’s down from a 20 point lead in April.

Key findings: “McCain leads by twenty-seven points among men but trails by six among women. The Arizona Senator is supported by 81% of Republicans and enjoys a twelve point lead among unaffiliated voters. Obama gets the vote from 75% of Democrats.”


Late Late Nite FDL: Infinity’s Lips

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2008 4:41 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: Infinity’s Lips
Impossible Shapes – Infinity’s Lips A gentle rolling song which grows on me with every passing play.

Impossible Shapes – Infinity’s Lips

A gentle rolling song which grows on me with every passing play.

What’s on your mind tonight?


Florida ‘s First Execution Since Botched One Set For Tuesday

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2008 4:40 am by HL

Florida ‘s First Execution Since Botched One Set For Tuesday

On December 13, 2006, Angel Diaz of Puerto Rico was executed by lethal injection in Florida. It took 34 minutes to kill him.

An autopsy later revealed that the IVs inserted into Diaz were faulty, the drugs were injected into his tissues, not his veins, and they also were released in the wrong order so that Diaz received the last, painful drug before he should have. The autopsy revealed a foot-long chemical blister in his body tissue.

Gov. Jeb Bush ordered an investigation and a moratorium on executions ensued. Fast forward to Tuesday when Florida will resume killing inmates by lethal injection. [More…]

Florida will continue to use the three drug cocktail that the Supreme Court ruled in April does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment.

Of the three drugs, sodium thiopental is supposed to make the inmate unconscious. Pancuronium bromide paralyzes the muscular system. The third, potassium chloride, stops the heart. But critics say the last drug burns veins, and it causes severe pain if the inmate is not fully unconscious.

Florida says it has established new protocols.

The new procedures require that the personnel overseeing an execution receive the training needed to determine whether the first drug in the cocktail renders the inmate unconscious. The execution cannot proceed if it doesn't.

The new protocols will be tested Tuesday on Mark Dean Schwab, age 39. His lawyers have concerns.

An analysis done for Schwab's lawyers showed that nine of the 30 mock executions performed by Florida's Department of Corrections between September 2007 and May were failures, said one of his state-paid attorneys, Mark Gruber.

The corrections department said its mock exercises have included preparation for potential problems such as a combative inmate, the incapacity of an execution team member, power failure and finding a vein. “Training for the unexpected is not a failed mock execution,” said Gretl Plessinger, a corrections department spokeswoman. “We're planning for contingencies.”

Schwab's execution will take place at Florida's death chamber in Starke, about 40 miles southwest of Jacksonville.


Deep Thought

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2008 4:39 am by HL

Deep Thought
Everyone who was ever in the military is uniquely qualified to be president.


Pretending That Bush is Not a Tyrant

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2008 4:38 am by HL

Pretending That Bush is Not a Tyrant
If you listen to Bush’s legal advisors, questions about the limits of his authority might not be hypothetical anymore.


?The Worthies?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2008 4:37 am by HL

?The Worthies?
Bill Kristol writes about how he celebrates Independence Day:The last few years, we?ve spent July Fourth at the house of friends who have had the assembled company read the entire declaration…and then torch it with sparklers.
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Person of Interest

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2008 4:36 am by HL

Person of Interest
U.S. government (thanks, Bush administration) has to cough up $5.8 million to settle a lawsuit brought by one-time anthrax-mail suspect Steven Hatfill….


Floridian McCain’s ‘right hand woman’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2008 4:35 am by HL

Floridian McCain’s ‘right hand woman’
The director of John McCain’s campaign in Florida got her start in politics on a whim. Arlene DiBenigno was watching the news on TV in 1988 when she saw the vice president’s son, Jeb Bush, returning to Miami from a trip to Kuwait. DeBenigno, then a 19-year-old Miami Dade Community College student, was inspired by the young Bush and decided: “I want to work for him.”


Vandals in Orlando spray-paint cars with anti-Obama messages.

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2008 4:34 am by HL

Vandals in Orlando spray-paint cars with anti-Obama messages.
Approximately 60 cars parked across from the Orlando city hall Saturday night were damaged by “politically-motivated” vandals. Some spray-painted notes with messages such as “Obama smokes crack” and racial epithets. “Business cards left on the cars disparage both Barack Obama and John McCain.” “I’m driving by and every car I see has been hit with […]

car.jpgApproximately 60 cars parked across from the Orlando city hall Saturday night were damaged by “politically-motivated” vandals. Some spray-painted notes with messages such as “Obama smokes crack” and racial epithets. “Business cards left on the cars disparage both Barack Obama and John McCain.” “I’m driving by and every car I see has been hit with spray paint,” witness Mike Lowe said. “There is so much damage to them. There is messages written on them and the vandals left their business card, which is crazy.”


Obama’s America Is Canada – Washington Times

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on June 30th, 2008 4:28 am by HL

Obama’s America Is Canada – Washington Times

How Gun Control Lost
Steve Chapman, Chicago Tribune