Archive for December 15th, 2016

A Forgotten Art

Thursday, December 15th, 2016


I once taught a cat to wink on command with cheese rewards. After she did it a few times, we both got bored and I gave her the rest of the cheese.  She never winked again.

The Worst Punishment Is Not Death

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

sol con

Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who murdered 9-black people in a church in South Carolina, is afraid to die by lethal injection.   The alternative is ‘life without the possibility of parole’ probably in SuperMax – the maximum-security Federal prison.  SuperMax has been challenged in the World Court by Amnesty International (among others) for cruel and inhumane punishment. 


Each prisoner at SuperMax is in solitary confinement – forever.   A small black and white TV is about the only privilege they can earn – often after years of incarceration.  And educational programs are the only things they can watch.  Prisoners are locked down 23 out of 24-hours per day.  Their 1-hour exercise period is in an enclosed, windowless corridor – alone.

At SuperMax the prisoners do not interact with guards nor ever see another prisoner. No talking is allowed.  Food is pushed through slots and reading material is severely limited. They are allowed four family or lawyer non-contact visits per month but few are used because of the prison’s isolation.  If a prisoner becomes insane, he never gets a free pass to a mental institution and suicide is not an option.

Roof is quite young so there’s a good chance he’ll spend over 50-years living this bleak existence.  I personally would plead for the death penalty.

SuperMax Prison:

Dylan Roof trial:

America, Quit Whining …

Thursday, December 15th, 2016