Friday, September 30, 2011


I recently watched a video clip of two Sinaloa Cartel members being beheaded by men of unknown affiliation wearing military style clothing. The first to die gets his head lobbed off with a chainsaw. The other one gets decapitated with a hunting knife. The gruesome blood splattering video reminded me that Mexico does not have the death penalty. Bloody killings like this would not be deterred by the death penalty because the murderers in Mexico’s drug wars are a subhuman species.

My reasons for mentioning the bloody beheadings is that they shows exactly why the death penalty is justified. These inhuman butchers do not deserve to walk among the rest of us or even among inmates in prison. Amnesty International, the Pope and his bishops, Jimmy Carter and all the other death penalty opponents should be made to watch this video, whether they can stomach it or not. If they are still against the death penalty after seeing those beheadings, then their heads aren’t screwed on straight.

It is truly refreshing to see that the Golden State really isn’t full of kooks - more than two-thirds of Californians still favor the death penalty.

By Sam Stanton

The Sacramento Bee
September 29, 2011

As death penalty opponents work to get a ballot measure before California voters next fall to abolish capital punishment, a new Field Poll indicates the initiative would be a tough sell.

More than two-thirds of state voters – 68 percent – favor keeping the death penalty, the poll found, with 27 percent favoring abolition and 5 percent expressing no opinion.

"We've polled on this for 55 years," Field Poll director Mark DiCamillo said. "It's changed a little here and there, but just removing the death penalty as a potential punishment is opposed. That's pretty clear."

Death penalty opponents launched an effort in August to replace capital punishment with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, something they said would save the state millions of dollars each year.

On that point, the poll released today found that more voters – 48 percent – now support imposing a life-without-parole sentence for first-degree murderers than those who favor the death penalty – 40 percent – in such cases.

"I think what the public had in mind is the use of the death penalty for very heinous crimes, like multiple cop killings or terrorists," DiCamillo said.

But, he added, the poll makes it clear that "the public wants to maintain (capital punishment) as a potential form of punishment."

The Field Poll has consistently found over the years that a majority in the state want the death penalty to remain law.

Despite that, those in favor of abolishing it say they believe they can convince voters that the death penalty is too costly and should be replaced with a sentence that guarantees a prisoner will remain incarcerated for life.

"I think there's a decent chance," said Sacramento attorney Don Heller, who wrote the voter-approved measure that reinstated the death penalty in California in 1976 and who now supports abolishing it.

In announcing their ballot measure campaign in August, opponents of capital punishment said California spends $184 million annually on the death penalty.

But crime-victim advocate Harriet Salarno scoffed at the argument that the death penalty is too costly, saying the costs are increased by opponents pushing for repeated legal appeals.

She added that the latest poll results simply confirm what California voters have supported for years.

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