Greg Abbott should not be elected after reading this post in the Guardian
Texas is preparing to execute a mentally ill man who dressed as a cowboy at his trial and attempted to subpoena Jesus Christ, John F Kennedy and the Pope.
On Wednesday, a day after Miguel Paredes became the 10th – and at the time it was thought final – Texas prisoner to be put to death this year, the state gave Scott Panetti an execution date of 3 December. The 56-year-old shot his parents-in-law to death in 1992 in front of his estranged wife and their three-year-old daughter.
Long and complex legal battles have taken place since he was convicted in 1995 as a succession of courts have ruled Panetti is competent to be executed even though there is no question that he is mentally ill and suffers from paranoid delusions.
A schizophrenic man who had been hospitalised 14 times before the murders of Joe and Amanda Alvarado in the Texas Hill Country, he insisted he represent himself at trial, where his only defence was insanity. He said that during the crime he was under the control of a hallucination he called “Sarge”. He wore a purple cowboy suit, rambled incoherently, fell asleep and made a threatening gesture at the jury. Court documents show his standby attorney described Panetti as “bizarre”, “scary” and “trance-like” and that the trial was a “judicial farce”.
The jury convicted him of capital murder and sentenced him to death. The Wisconsin native later filed a federal appeal arguing that he had been incompetent both to stand trial and to represent himself:
I am sorry, but executing anybody who claims to Jesus Christ is clearly ill is clearly disregards of the appropiate use of the death penalty. The death penalty are for sadistic, pathological killer like the Eric Fein who just killed that police officer in Pennsylvania.
Executing this guy is liking try to execute Cyril who Ryan O’Reily brother in Oz. Cyril was a mentally challenged inmate who killed another inmate. The problem was that Cyril belong to psychological ward under the strict supervision of a psychiatrist to monitor inmates on the use of meds. Unfortunately, for Cyril, the prison did not do that and eventually died in execution. The show greatly exaggerates the quickness on how fast the court moves in this case
In reality, this guy does not deserve the death penalty. He should be locked away in a restricted unit where offenders with psychological issues are watched and monitored.
And Greg Abbott is exactly the type of governor who is let inmates who should not be executed be executed. So this is another reason why to vote against Greg Abbot for governor.
This is law inherently unfair as reported by Associated Press
“FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A convicted drug dealer has been sentenced to 99 years in prison for selling less than an ounce of cocaine to a North Texas law enforcement officer. Nathaniel Washington was convicted of delivery of a controlled substance for the June 2012 sale to an undercover Arlington police officer. Prosecutors in Fort Worth on Thursday said Washington, with a history of drug offenses, told the officer that he could also provide marijuana and methamphetamine. Washington was busted following the $450 transaction. Jurors on Wednesday sentenced the 50-year-old Washington as a habitual offender. Records show Washington in 1990 was sentenced to 50 years in prison for dealing drugs. Washington must serve a quarter of the 99-year term before being eligible for parole.
This reminds me of these old Rockfeller Drug laws of 1970s where selling this amount of dope would give you a 15 to life sentence. These type of sentences is what filled our prisons during the 1980s. Unless the guy has prior seriously violent felonies which the article fails to report, then the sentence is wildly disproportionate to the actual time served in prison that is warranted in this guy. In California, this guy would have gotten 3 years in the county jail under AB 109. Instead, the state of Texas sentence this guy to 99 years for something should be subject to 18 months to two years of actual physical imprisonment followed by a year of post-release supervision.
They call this form of Texas Justice. In my opinion, this is no “Texas Justice”. Real “Texas Justice” is sending convicted kidnappers, child rapists,and murders and locking them in prison for good. Not this. This is a law system gone mad.
Today, I had the run around with one of major discount stores. It was really not there fault because they has a lot of applicants to interview for position. Rather, it is about their priorities vs my priorities. Their priorities is to hire as any many qualified candidates for their seasonal position.
The particular store is in heavily populated Hispanic neighborhood in Santa Ana. The stores is always crowded and I will try to avoid the store like the plauge because it is always packed with people and . There is nothing wrong with the store’s customer service, selection, or well stocked store. It is just a huge store that is far walk from the bus stop. It’s competitor has two stores in Garden Grove and Costa Mesa which is always easier to get on the bus.
At this particular store, the competitor’s store has less clientile that speak Spanish as their only language and would speak broken English at best. I am discriminatory against these people. It is just that I have taken time in my professional learning to learn Spanish. I have always worked in industries where English was the primary langauge of business because I worked in the professional service industry for most of my life.
I do not think this store would be the correct store for me to work at because I do not speak fleuent Spanish. Santa Ana is always going to have a significant population of fresh undocumented workers who only speak broken English and where Spanish is the best way to resolve customer complaints or issues.
Is it my lack of desire to learn Spanish? No it is just something where I do not have the time
ABC 7 reports
“David Richard Wilson, 33, was found guilty of the sexual assault of a child in 2005 and sentenced to four years in prison. Six years later, Wilson was back in court, accused in two new cases that, if proven, may have lifelong consequences for two more children.
Wilson is charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child. The enhanced charge is because of the age of the alleged victim. She was only 23 months old at the time. We have also been told that the child is Wilson’s niece.
A court document states that the alleged assault occurred last year. The toddler’s parents are said to have lived out of state, had drug problems and sent their daughter to live with family in Houston. The child is the daughter of Wilson’s sister.
Last November, the toddler was taken to a doctor, where she was diagnosed with HIV, genital herpes and chlamydia. Reconstructive surgery was performed because of infection to her private parts. A doctor told investigators that she had to have been sexually abused because of the sexually transmitted diseases that were detected.
Four people in the home where the child lived were tested. Only Wilson, the affidavit states, tested positive for HIV. It’s unclear why Wilson was not arrested at the time.”
This kinda of crimes is a life sentence without no possibility of parole. Simply, this guy is very, very dangerous offender that needs to be locked up for the rest of his life. He is psychopath and sociopath that has no regard for his victims.
As an agnostic, I respect that the ten commandments are important backbone of Western Morality. While I am very conflict about my belief about God, living a moral life and doing things such as not cheating your wife, not stealing, not lying, and not being envious are good moral things.
So a tribute to the Ten Commendments is a good thing even if it offends certain people because it forms the backbone of our Western system of morality. Except commandment one which talks about a God that I do not really belief, the rest of the commandments are worth following to ensure that one lives a moral life.
Now, some idiot did something by running over the monument .
OKLAHOMA CITY – A man has been taken in for mental evaluation after allegedly vandalizing the Ten Commandments monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol.
U.S. Secret Service Agents say it all started after a man walked into the Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City Friday morning making strange threats against the President and Federal Government.
Agents say he then admitted to them that he crashed his car into the Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol, then left his damaged car and walked to the Federal Building.
The Secret Service says the man told them that Satan made him crash his car into the statue.
He also told agents that Satan told him to urinate on the statue.
According to investigators, the man says he is bipolar and had been off his medication for quite some time.
Secret Service Agents determined all of the information the suspect had given them about damaging the monument to be true and turned him over to OHP Officers.”
Well, I guess the mentally disturbed always have a beef against God and this guy is no example of biblical morality. At least an sane atheist did not do it, because all of the GOP right-wing Christians would be going nuts about atheism ans secularism.
Another GOP Gaffe via the NY Times
Representative Don Young, Republican of Alaska, isn’t disavowing comments on suicide that have set off a wave of criticism of him for insensitivity after he told a high school class that had experienced a recent suicide that such acts could result from a lack of support by friends and family.
In a second set of comments reported by The Alaska Dispatch News, Mr. Young, 81, said at a senior citizens center on Wednesday that a rising risk of suicide in Alaska was related to “government largess” that he said had given residents an entitlement mentality.
“When people had to work and had to provide and had to keep warm by putting participation in cutting wood and catching the fish and killing the animals, we didn’t have the suicide problem,” Mr. Young said on a recording obtained by the news outlet. He said that suicide resulted from government help that suggests “you are not worth anything, but you are going to get something for nothing.”
Please tell me that there is any evidence that the government assistance causes people to commit suicide. Please note it does not. This just another GOP ploy to scare people away from government aid so the GOP can get some deficit savings without paying it for higher taxes.
Interviewed with another state agency which here are the highlight:
- The main issue with this interview purely has to do with transportation. Two main failures of my part: (i) not getting the bus spot five minutes before the bus arrives and (ii) not anticipating that the taxi would not wait for me when I got off the bus. The taxi cab could have instructed the driver to call me and then I could have instructed him to wait as long I was being charged for it. Instead, the taxi cab driver did not call me and taxi cab left. It resulted in another taxi coming about 15 minutes late and for me not arriving to interview
- The big issue is always anticipate that the bus could arrive up to five minute early and do not expect it to show exactly at the scheduled time.
- Another issue during the interview was that I was required to give theoretical explanations to the interview problems. I had to theoretically set up and theoretically define customer service question. My answers were very orderly and sequential but I do not know what the panel specific critieria was met
- The written exercise was a piece of cake except my biggest concern is that I edited the letter to my expectations and even reworded specific sentences because I just do not feel that it convey the point of the letter. No real big changes letter but the scope of the edits that I made could have been outside the scope of the edits that the panel expected the applicant made.
- Overall, the big foul-up with this interview was the bus arriving three minutes early and having that screw up your entire interview schedule