"The whole movement of life is learning" (Krishnamurti). "To be an act of knowing, then, the adult literacy process must engage the learners in the constant problematizing of their existential situations" (Freire). "Once you learn to read, you will be forever free" (Douglass). "I can learn anything I have the desire to learn" (White, S.G.).

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Murdering Murderers...


I just saw this posted on Facebook and thought I'd share given our conversation on unitive v punitive justice.

Basically, a death row inmate died in a painful way because the state used an untested drug cocktail.

From CNN: He convulsed and writhed on the gurney. Managing to raise his head, he got out the words "Man," "I'm not," and "something's wrong," reporter Courtney Francisco of KFOR said.

Oklahoma had to create a new drug mix because the European suppliers have stopped selling theirs to the US (all European countries except Belarus and Kazakhstan have outlawed the death penalty).

If you look at the comments at the bottom of the article, you can see what type of justice the commenters are seeking (the 500+ comments on Facebook are worse!).

Some samples:
" Just shoot them. One bullet to the head is a hell of a lot cheaper!!"

"How was it botched ? IS he dead? What happened to the good old days when we shot or hanged the scum bags? Hey we could fry them 2 i would give an extra dollar on the power bill for it !"


  1. Oh you can't read comments online, Seth. You'll only find madness there.

    I'm hoping this starts the discussion about the death penalty. See: http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/end-of-the-death-penalty

    1. Er, REstarts a more serious investigation of the death penalty.

  2. You also can't read them for their terrible spelling and grammar. For that matter, you can't read the articles; see "prison's" in the last line.

  3. I also find it hard to "read with" these heinous statements. But underneath all the hate--even they seem to be crying out. Do you remember when the Richmond Times Dispatch did a piece on David Coogan and Open Minds, which led to very disturbing hate mail, some calling in the President Trani to fire him...So sad, all of it....


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