06/12/01 - 10:30 pm

Dear Alicia

Now that I have your attention
I got something I wanna say
you may not want to hear it
I'm gonna tell it to you anyway

I believe that the collective madness of rants of most of the journallers, journalists and opinionated souls has settled down, and I have gathered my thoughts after some pondering and intelligent conversation, I believe that I can now release my thought from their mental prison and unleash them upon my unsuspecting readers..

Don't be shocked, by the tone of my voice.  
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There are some things that exist and occur in this world that make me ashamed to be a member of this species.  The things people do, their twisted justifications and then our inexplicably deification and coddling of them sometimes makes me want to stop this planet and get the hell off of it.  Some of these things I have mentioned before, others I could spend all day ranting upon, but for now I shall turn my weapon of choice, my words , in a focused direction.  In the direction of a town in mourning, a temporarily misguided judge who found his way, a media obsessed.  all encompassing the actions of a madman who drew his last breath believing he was justified.

Dateline: Terre Haute, Indiana - June 11,  2001 - Timothy McVeigh is executed by lethal injection for the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  The bombing resulted in the death of 168 innocent people, and was the worst act of terrorism on American soil.  The execution comes after legal battles, appeals, a delay, and the revelation by the FBI that evidence was withheld.  Amidst the protest, the outcries and the media exploitation, McVeigh died quietly, and deservedly  so, but once again raising the argument  of capital punishment

It  was a dark, dark night of the collective soul

His actions, along with whomever may have assisted, aided, abetted or even known about them, are amongst the most reprehensible in American history.  Granted, there are child molesters, inattentive parents and misguided teens whose actions defy justification or forgiveness, but the actions of Timothy McVeigh will go down in history as some of its most publicly known and despised.  He was ruthless in his planning and execution, whether he was a lone gunman, or a part of a larger conspiracy, but that now that he is gone, a review of the circumstances generates more questions than answers unfortunately, and does reignite the constant flame of whether or not the death penalty is right and just.

I know both sides of the discussion, and I understand them.  There  is no right or wrong answer on the matter, only soldiers on either side of a never ending battle that can never be won.  Those who are for it, believe that it is justification for taking a life, by taking another (why should the victims die, and the killer be allowed to live) Then on the other side, there are those that believe those who execute, are no better than the killer themselves.  Everyone has an opinion, and you are about to get mine, in general, and as it relates to this situation.  Basically, I believe that no mortal being has the right to take a life, therefore, if you feel that you have that right, then retribution says that you must go too.  An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth (even though the biblical context is different, it still fits I say) pretty much sums up my feelings on the matter.  Another interesting point that Kat brought up was in regards to the death penalty versus life imprisonment.  It boils down to the fact that what purpose does it serve to keep someone locked up for the rest of their life, when they have no chance of contributing to society, but the chance to contribute to it's downfall by existing for what would surely be a small sect of psychos who believe he is a hero, and would worship him and keep him going ala Charles Manson (though not on the same level).  This fault also lies in the penal system, since its purpose should be two-fold. First, of course, to punish for the crimes committed, but secondly, and more importantly, to be rehabilitated.

"kid...have you rehabilitated yourself?"

This brings me down a whole other tangent of the rant regarding the judicial system, but I'll finish this thought then allude to it again when applicable.  Since when did the prison system become strictly about punishing, I thought the purpose to be served was for the criminal to be made of aware that what they have done is wrong, via incarceration, and education.  Apparently though, this is not the case, since there are so many repeat offenders, and since the focus seems to be more on just locking them up, letting them do their time, and then letting them out (sometimes even coddling them to the point of luxuries such as more cable channels than the average person, exercise rooms etc.) Give them some classes, teach them why what they did was wrong, don't just slap them on the wrist, make them stand in the corner, and then say "Okay, now go out there and don't ever do that again"  While they are serving time, the prisons should serve a purpose.  Most criminals now see prison as just a temporary delay in the progression of whatever plans they may have, since they know that they'll just sit through their time and get back to it soon enough.  Rehabilitate!

re·ha·bil·i·tate - To restore to good health or useful life, as through therapy and education, To restore to good condition, operation, or capacity. To reinstate the good name of. To restore the former rank, privileges, or rights of.

There are a lot of lawmakers and such who would do well to reread that definition, and rethink their thoughts and actions on how to make society a better place.  Now, for those who may argue that this takes money, and space in an already crowded judicial system, I take your hand and bring you completely full circle to the beginning of this discussion.  Stay with me here.  There are two reasons for the delays and overcrowding of the court system, which I will get to momentarily, and the penal system.  The latter is full of people who are passing through, and will be back because they will not learn their lesson and also know that the system is going to force feed it to them, and of people who are there because the bleeding heart conservatives who *da dum* oppose the death penalty in favor of letting the criminals just sit in prison and stew for the rest of their lives about what they did wrong.  Why? Can someone tell me why? Then there's the judicial system that keeps putting them there, the same system that takes years sometimes to prosecute cases because the lawsuit happy public feels the need to sue every time they spill coffee on themselves or return a videotape late.  It's an evil little food chain; the people sue, which keeps the lawyers fed, the lawyers bring the case to trial, which bogs down the court system, delaying cases and keeping criminals imprisoned while they wait, which subsequently feeds the problem of the overcrowded jails. Think about that, the next time you want to sue for a trivial little reason.  Back to the courts, where once the case is over, guess what? It really isn't.  

I  remember a time when things were a lot more fun around here
When good was good and evil was evil
Before things got so......fuzzy

Indeed, fuzzy is a good word for it.  I've often asked lawyers that I happen to meet or come across the same question, and gauge their credibility based upon their answer.  I ask "If a client comes to you and admits they are guilty but wants you to "get them out of it" would you do it?" Apparently there is at least a couple of lawyers in the state of Oklahoma who would.  But the responses I get have varied, anywhere from the respectable "Hell no" to the hedging "Well it would depend on the details of the case (no it wouldn't, this defies innocent until proven guilty, because they have already admitted guilt (as McVeigh did when he was of sound mind and body, more on that later too) ) to the "Yes, because everyone deserves a fair trial"  Of course they do, under Article VI of the Constitution, "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury" But if I get started on the ethics and activities of lawyers, I'd be here until Thanksgiving, and since one of my points here is about dragging things out unnecessarily, it would be rather ironic of me to do so as well, so onward and upward I go.

Because there are no facts, there is no truth, just data to be manipulated

My friend Jeff brought up the point tonight that by killing McVeigh, we've eliminated an element in finding out if there was indeed a deeper conspiracy to it all.  Well, my response was a bit long, but Readers Digest version is this.  The government and his lawyers have had 6 years, count that out now, 6 YEARS, to peruse evidence, interview witnesses, explore leads and get any answers out of him that they are going to get.  Through it all, he has maintained relative silence except for the anti-governmental tirades, and oh yeah, that one little ADMISSION that he did it.  Did the appellate courts forget that part?? He was of sound mind (well, as sound as his mind gets) when he said those words.  Regardless of any evidence that wasn't brought to light, or lost, or whatever happened to it, he admitted he did it, and yet his lawyers still glossed over that and focuses on the fact that there was missing information in this case.  These are the scum that are beneath the already sleazy level of the majority of money hungry, power thirsty lesions on society that feeds the above over abundance of legal briefs currently clogging up our courts.  As Judge Richard Matsch, who finally denied his last appeal (which based on over 4,000 pieces of evidence "found" by the FBI)  quoted "that nothing in the documents could cast doubt on McVeigh's guilt" Finally, someone with some sensible thinking.  The fact that it was delayed in the first place was just extended reprehensible torture on the already suffering victims of this monster's actions.  He denied a conspiracy (there were implications that members of an extremist group known as the Arizona Patriots had knowledge and information on the bombing, see here for more) He denied any accomplices, and in the end, he apologized for the lives he'd taken, and took sole responsibility for his actions.  It's about time, but he still has to answer down below when gets to his toasty warm, and deserved resting place beneath hell. He is dead, he deserved to die, unlike his victims, and no, his execution was not cruel and unusual, if anything, it was too easy, too simple and too painless.  His victims are the ones who suffered the cruel and unusual punishment of having their lives destroyed by a vengeful, vindictive and embittered moron who knows to strike a match.  I've always been a proponent of a capital punishment style akin to the Islamics, who always felt that the punishment should fit the crime.  You steal, your hand gets cut off. You lie, your tongue gets cut out.  You commit adultery, well, let's just say John Bobbitt could tell you a bit about what happens there.  I've always felt that these crimes where the murders are excessively cruel, deserve punishments that equate their crimes.  The people in Texas who drug a black man to his death be chained to the back of a Nascar vehicle for about 600 miles (finally, a valid purpose for turning left for two hours), Susan Smith, the South Carolina mother who drowned her children, should be tied in the back of her car and driven slowly into the same lake etc.  McVeigh, well, his would have been vengeance personified for him and his victims.  He should been tied to a stake in the center of Oklahoma City, strapped with fireworks, and then pummeled with rocks by the survivors and families  of the victims.  These killers should feel what their victims did, nothing cruel and unusual about that.  It's called justice, swift, right and correct justice

It was a pretty big year for predators, the marketplace was on a roll
and the land of opportunity spawned a whole new breed of men without souls
this year, notoriety got all confused with fame and the devil is downhearted
because there's nothing left for him to claim

This has already gone on longer than I intended it to, so I shall wrap this up.  If McVeigh had been allowed to live, then he would be getting over on everyone.  He would get the chance and choice to live, while his victims did not.  No fancy lawyers, no mistaken FBI blunders and no misguided anti-capital punishment activists (whom might have changed their tune had it been one of their loved ones been one of the victims) can change the fact these facts:

These are the facts of the case..and they are indisputable.

Timothy McVeigh is dead.  The media circus, which usually feeds and keeps these things alive,  is finally slowing down.  Not a moment too soon in my eyes either.  No more appeals, no more exploitation (why do I know his last words, his last meal, his last mile repentance), no more Mr. McVeigh.  Ding Dong, the bastard's dead, about 5 1/2 years too late in my mind, but better late than never, now everyone get over it, and get on with our lives, since we still have them.

Because there is no wrong, there is no right and I sleep very well at night
No shame, no solution, no remorse, no retribution
Just people selling T-shirts, just opportunity to participate in the pathetic little circus

Garden of Allah, (1995), performed by Don Henley, lyrics by Don Henley, Stan Lynch, John Corey & Paul Gurian

Weapon of Choice (2001), performed and lyrics by Fatboy Slim

Alice's Restaurant (1967), performed and lyrics by Arlo Guthrie

Definition courtesy of Dictionary.com

Constitutional reference courtesy of Emory University School of Law

Appeal denial court document courtesy of United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals

Additional news article courtesy of Los Angeles Times

Kevin Bacon, A Few Good Men (1991)

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