In A Waffle House In DeFuniak Springs

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 23, 2011

When he is not writing detective novels about former governors who eat road kill, Carl Hiassen produces a column for the Miami Herald. This column has a Netflix ad that breaks through the toughest of popup ad deflaters. It seems as though Brad Drake, the Florida state representative from Eucheeanna, FL, has a proposal to change the way Florida executes people. In the new world order, lethal injection would be put aside. The condemned would have a choice between the electric chair and a firing squad. (Here is a copy of the bill. )

Rep. Drake has a way with words.
“So, I say let’s end the debate,” Drake, a Republican, said in a release Tuesday. “We still have Old Sparky. And if that doesn’t suit the criminal, then we will provide them a .45 caliber lead cocktail instead … There shouldn’t be anything controversial about a .45-caliber bullet. If it were up to me we would just throw them off the Sunshine Skyway bridge and be done with it … am sick and tired of this sensitivity movement for criminals,” Drake said. “Every time there is a warranted execution that is about to take place, some man or woman is standing on a corner holding a sign, yelling and screaming for humane treatment… I have no desire to humanely respect those that are inhumane”
The Current sheds a bit of light on Mr. Drake’s story.
“In a Waffle House in DeFuniak Springs, Drake said he heard a constituent say, “‘You know, they ought to just put them in the electric chair or line them up in front of a firing squad.'” After a conversation with the person, Drake, 36, said he decided to file the bill … There have been problems in the past with electrocutions. In the late 1990s Florida’s electric chair, known as “Old Sparky,” left one death row inmate convicted of a triple-homicide alive for moments after the electrocution, and sparked a fire on another inmate’s face.”
NWF Daily News reports that the bill was the result of a debate over an execution. Florida is one of many states using pentobarbital as a sedative in the lethal injection cocktail.
“His lawyers questioned the drug, saying it had not been tested for use to render an inmate unconscious.” If the reader clicks on the ad below this story, he/she can get a free sample of Jif To Go peanut butter.
While researching this feature, we entered “lead cocktail” into Google. 6 of the 12 results on the first page were about Rep. Drake. One mentioned a 1988 movie starring Tom Cruise. One site for cocktail recipes had the plan for Death on a Lead Cocktail. ( 1 Part absinthe, 1 Part chambord, 1 Part lime juice) The SF Gate tells us that the Right herbs can lead to intriguing cocktails.
An optomist, with advertising from Home Depot, reports 85% of Kids’ Drinks, Snacks Could Contain High Levels of Lead. For the well dressed execution fan, Misses Dressy has the Lead Cocktail Dress. Pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”. .

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  1. H.Finn said, on October 29, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Great old photo’s!

    Nevertheless… Drake is a very dim bulb, and represents nearly everything that is broke in the American political system these days.

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