Lee Bros are the unfortunate, contrived face of Charleston to out-of-touch tourists much in the vein of Paula Deen/Savannah.
I'm sure every media personality will be livetweeting the seer-sucker garden-party circle-jerks that are sure to ensue.
How much has Dwayne Green raised so far?
"Will being on a firing squad be like being called up for jury duty?"
Well, this is South Carolina–bastion of sophisticated political thought.
I had the misfortune of attending one of their cooking demonstrations once. They couldn't cook rice. Seriously. Rice. It was crunchy. And this was after they'd just went into detail about how any Charlestonian worth his salt could cook rice blindfolded because it was such a staple here.
Is artrogue's comment longer than the article?
YES! The Scene™ is back.
Will J. Chandler Thomas be bringing us The Scene™ on a regular basis? Any editor should feel free to respond to this.
Just had a late lunch with him at the Folly Road Huddle House™.
Charleston City Paper Editor Sam Spence was there to transcribe our conversation.
The purpose of our judicial system seems to be twofold; 1.) Punish those who act outside of the bounds of acceptable societal limits and remove them from society while they are "rehabilitated" and 2.) deter others from doing the same.
The death penalty is obviously the ultimate punishment, however it doesn't remove the criminal from society much more than a life sentence (assuming it is actually carried out to until the criminal dies), so, in my opinion, the purpose of the death penalty must be one of deterrence.
Is the death penalty as it is currently administered an effective deterrent to violent crime? I would suggest that it is not. A 2-4 year wait for trial followed by 2-10 years of appeals and then, and only then a "peaceful" execution in a private room. How is that a deterrent? If SC is going to have the death penalty, it should use it, and it should do so publicly and violently (not cruelly). The death penalty should be a shock to the average citizen of the state and to those with violent natures so as to deter violent crime, or it has no purpose.
I'm not suggesting that SC should have the death penalty or not, only that if we are going to have it a firing squad makes more sense than lethal injection.
And before anyone suggests as much, I would have no interest in participating in or the witnessing of the act. Also, I'm pretty sure that what I typed is not an original argument.
Bosox2010 - The collapse of Detroit has nothing to do with unions and everything to do with mismanagement. People stopped buying Detroit-based cars, because quite frankly, they sucked. When people don't buy your cars, you don't make money. Period. End of story.
I love when people try to throw "OMG DETROIT" out there as an anti-union talking point because it's so obviously false. Every other first-world nation that produces cars has near 100% union participation in auto plants. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. And yet they manage to do just fine. Meanwhile, there are plenty of other "union cities" that manage to get along just fine - Chicago, New York, Boston, Seattle. All have huge union participation rates, and yet they seem to be doing just fine. Better, in fact, than pretty much every "anti-union" city.
So how is it that unions can be such an absolutely abhorrent evil and insipid destroyers of economies, yet the only example you can point to of a failed "union city" is Detroit, which (again) failed for so many reasons other than unions? Unless you'd like to give me another example of a "union-infested city" that somehow failed?
Are we actually proposing this? I expected better of my lawmakers and would have much preferred the hanging option be brought back.
Charleston has undeniably made a lot of progress under Riley's long tenure as mayor. That's using the actual definition of the word, not the leftist version.
Remember, folks, leftists believe government budgets should be approached like a Brothers Grimm fairy tale - even though it's horrible and grisly as originally written, it will all work out in the Disney remake.
All elected representatives of all stripes in the USA = Tax and spend multiples more than the tax revenues collected. Forever. But argue about a few % here and there.
"I know Ron, what those heartless murderers need is a hug and a big cuddle, and you're just the guy to give it to them."
The death penalty is not fiscally responsible. And you'd think a proponent of reduced government such as yourself would be against the government spending more money on a pointless endeavor and having the ultimate power of deciding who lives and who dies. But of course ideological consistency has never been the forte of the Armchair Libertarian.
he also made a pitstop at Abundant Seafood
I know Ron, what those heartless murderers need is a hug and a big cuddle, and you're just the guy to give it to them.
Factory is correct that our death penalty is applied so inconsistently that its deterrent value is low. In, say, Singapore where the punishment for murder is the death penalty, end of story, it's much more effective. People know they will hang if they're found guilty (and the court process won't take a decade) if they murder someone.
Chelle - So if someone locks someone else up in their basement for 5 years and gets caught, does that mean we shouldn't lock them up in jail as punishment because it's hypocritical to do so?
two contrived caricatures who make millions pushing "authentic"
or more appropriately: I do not know who this Bordane is..."
Don't you mean 'Tracer'?
I would consider firing squads cruel and unusual punishment. We are not in a war time situation. How as a society can we talk about enforcing laws when people use guns to kill someone, and then turn around and use a firing squad to kill them. It's nothing short of hypocrisy.
Wow all these posts on how great unions have become...I must have been mis-reading facts about major US cities like Detroit where unions ran manufacturing into the ground and left leaving the financial shamble that Detroit finds itself in. Let's get that going here so we can pay workers $50 an hour for a $20 an hour type job.
Goes right along with wanting $15 for flipping a hamburger. Sorry your life choices and having families at a young age doesnt equate to changes in law to make more money to support your family because you dropped out of High school and have no experience, no education, and no skills but expect to get paid enough to support numerous dependents off of a minimum wage entry level job.
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