Another shot in the arm

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on May 6, 2008

Originally this was going to be about May 6. On this day 54 years ago I arrived at Georgia Baptist Hospital. The plan was to go to Wikipedia, list famous people who were born or died on this day, and chronicle some events from this day.
The State of Georgia is ready to add another event to the list.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that lethal injection was a constitutionally approved method for offing condemned criminals. While the matter was being debated, no executions took place here.
And now Georgia is set to be the first to “process” a convicted man.

Semantic timeout. While hung, shot, or beheaded are obvious verbs for more archaic means of execution, what is the expression for “executed by lethal injection”?
When you discuss the electric chair “fried” or “electrocuted” had obvious meanings. What do you call the process where a Doctor forgets his Hippocratic oath and shoots up a person with substances that will cause his or her demise? Juiced? Injecticide? Upshot?

Back to the business at hand. It is 6:59 as I write this, so the deed will be done soon. Unless Governor Sonny makes a phone call, which I somehow doubt will happen.
I have serious mixed feelings about the death penalty. Plenty of these folks deserve what they are getting, and William Earl Lynd Lynd may well be one of them. On the other hand, how much of a deterrent is executing a man for a crime committed 20 years ago? Most people have forgotten the case…those that were aware of it to begin with.
And with all the corruption, lawyers, and rampant egomania in the justice business, how can the death penalty ever be administered fairly?
I wrote a piece at my old blog on the subject ” Is life sacred”? Here is an excerpt:

Capital Punishment is pretty muddy also. There are some cases where it is appropriate. It is not always used in these cases, and is used at other times when it should not be.
Capital Punishment is strong stuff. It is “Playing G-d”. I simply don’t think our justice system is fair or wise enough to use this strong medicine in a beneficial manner. We would be better off as a society without it.

In case you missed it, here is the last meal…two pepper jack barbecue burgers with crisp onions; two baked potatoes with sour cream, bacon and cheese; one large strawberry milkshake.

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  1. Tim Ramsey said, on May 6, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog.

    Tim Ramsey

  2. […] Chamblee54 wrote an interesting post today on Another shot in the armHere’s a quick excerptThe plan was to go to Wikipedia, list famous people who were born or died on this day, and chronicle some events from this day…. […]

  3. Denny said, on May 6, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    I wrote this about three years ago:

  4. […] There is only one feature, so far, on Carlton Gary. Chamblee54 has covered eight executions. William Earl Lynd , Curtis Osborne , William Mark Mize , Mark McCain , Brandon Rhode, Emmanuel Hammond, Roy […]

  5. […] Chamblee 54 has been writing about the death penalty for five years. Georgia has executed ten men. William Earl Lynd ~ Curtis Osborne ~ William Mark Mize ~ Mark McCain ~ Brandon Rhode ~ Emmanuel Hammond ~ Roy […]

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