Patterico's Pontifications

1/26/2004

WHAT IS TERRORISM?

Filed under: Terrorism — Patterico @ 8:24 pm

Smash asks: What is terrorism? Interesting discussion.

MONDAY MORNING QUARTERBACKING

Filed under: 2004 Election — Patterico @ 6:31 am

There is a commercial on TV (for what, I don’t remember) featuring a Monday Morning Quarterback. The guy [Brett Favre, Smash informs us in the comments] goes around telling people how he would have done things differently. For example, someone coming out of a supermarket has the bottom drop out of their grocery bag. The Monday Morning Quarterback looks at the hapless shopper, shakes his head, and says: “I’d have double-bagged it.”

For some reason, when that commercial comes to mind, I keep picturing Howard Dean.

The only difference is, the guy in the commercial specifically says how he would have done things differently.

POVERTY = NO THIRD TELEVISION SET

Filed under: Economics — Patterico @ 6:10 am

PrestoPundit reports on the state of “poverty” in our nation:

Forty-six percent of all poor households actually own their own homes…The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe… Overall, the typical American defined as poor by the government has a car, air conditioning, a refrigerator, a stove, a clothes washer and dryer, and a microwave. He has two color televisions, cable or satellite TV reception, a VCR or DVD player, and a stereo. He is able to obtain medical care. His home is in good repair and is not overcrowded. By his own report, his family is not hungry and he had sufficient funds in the past year to meet his family’s essential needs.

Something to keep in mind when you hear statistics rattled off about how many people live in “poverty.”

P.S. We own only one T.V. I am feeling like a Third-Worlder here. . .

IMPOSE DEATH ONLY WHEN THE PROOF OF GUILT IS BEYOND ALL POSSIBLE DOUBT

Filed under: Crime — Patterico @ 12:02 am

In a post below, I propose a new way to handle executions: by focusing the ceremony on the guilt of the defendant and the life of the victim, thus reminding the participants why the execution is taking place. In my proposal, I suggest that the death penalty should be imposed only when a jury, in the penalty phase, determines that the defendant is guilty beyond all possible doubt. In a comment to that post, my colleague Xrlq takes issue with this suggestion, saying that this is an unrealistic standard, and that we should simply apply the usual “reasonable doubt” standard and “accept the reality that some mistakes are inevitable.”

I think this is an important enough issue to discuss in a stand-alone post.
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