Monday, April 17, 2006

While We Ponder on the Meaning of Stonehenge, I Declare A Hiatus Week


Ah. Stonehenge. This is a picture Peggy took of this famous gathering of rocks while she was in England. Mmm. Traveling.

Anyway, yes, it's true. Hiatus. I'm going to disentangle myself from the blogosphere for five days that I'd otherwise be all up in its business. Also, I'm going to try and think up some interesting things to write about upon my return, (though I expect that at this time next week, I'll be feeling similarly bereft of ideas. Mmm. Bereft.) Anyway. I'll be back with a fresh post on April 24th. But, if you want some new content to read on the Inanities until then, please feel free to post remarks, questions, topics for discussion, or whatever random, inane thing you want in the comments section of this post. Or you could take a break, too. Anyway. See ya in a week.

20 comments:

blankfist said...

I've got a topic for you... how about you stop being lazy and post something. You take more vacations (er, I mean "hiatus") from your blog than people do from their work.

Speck said...

Tis true what sire Heath remarks...you JUST took a hiatus over a month ago...and you were chomping at the bit to come back.

Admit it...you have an addiction.

Captain Mike said...

Speck, did your new "roommate" take that picture of you?

Anonymous said...

Was your roommate naked when he took it?

Speck said...

No Mike. Its called a timer...aint technology wonderful.

Nathan said...

Are you sure you're not Barry Bonds?

Captain Mike said...

Is that Magnum or Blue Steel?

harwell said...

Ha! Hinesy wins. That picture totally look like Barry Bonds. God bless the 'roids.

Isn't it a little counterproductive for Crane to take a hiatus, but to then encourage us all to post comments? You know he's reading this stuff during his hiatus. So, he's only taking a hiatus from writing NOT reading. Which isn't really a hiatus at all, is it?

That man is such an enigma. He's the Crispin Glover of our time.

Speck said...

"Is that Magnum or Blue Steel?"

I cal it...Fiery Ice...

blankfist said...

Crane, you asked what Penn's view was on the death penalty, so here I am to give you the cliff notes version. He's dead set against it. 100%. This is where Penn and I disagree, thus proving that I'm not a Libertarian, so you can stop labeling me, thank you. His argument was that it isn't a deterrent for crime, and for that I agree. I never thought that was a good argument for the death penalty, anyways. I’ll leave my personal views out of it, here, and give you what he said as far as I can recall. He essentially said it was being used as an “eye for an eye” sort of punishment that seems to be religiously based. But, more importantly, he pointed out that the government shouldn’t be the ones responsible to kill humans. Period.

He had a guy (a reasonable guy) on the show who was against the death penalty because he was at one point on death row in NC. The witnesses for the prosecution in this case were the actual people who committed the crime, oddly enough, and apparently the prosecutor was withholding critical evidence in the hopes of winning his case: right or wrong. Scumbag. The evidence the prosecutor withheld? Oh, how about on the night of the murder the guy convicted was already being held in jail on a separate charge. That’s right. He was being held by the state on the very night the murders happened, which means he couldn’t have committed the crimes he was being convicted for. Once convicted, he sat on death row for five years. Scumbags.

Also, according to Penn, at least twenty something of the 517 people put to death by lethal injection could’ve suffered the pain of either suffocation or cardiac arrest. They cannot prove whether the twenty something people did in fact feel any pain, but the evidence illuminated the idea that they could’ve awakened from the sleep to feel the pain. And, if they were awake, they wouldn’t be capable of showing they were experiencing pain because they had been paralyzed by the injections.

Crane, you also asked for statistics of blacks versus whites being put to death. The stats show the whites leading by a small percentage (something like 49% white and 42% black or so), but when you factor in that blacks make up only 12% of the population, the figures become staggering.

So, there you have it, Crane, the information you asked about.

blankfist said...

The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was established in 2004 as recommended by the 9/11 commission. It's 2006, and just now (two years later) we're finally financing and filling that board.
http://www.whitehouse.gov/privacyboard/

I'm typically against the idea of gov't growing and creating more ineffectual groups (no matter how cool the name sounds), but here we have a 'checks and balance' organization that seems to be meeting certain oposition. I know some are under the belief that when a government works it works well, but I don't think that's NOT a cynical enough view of our [cough] leaders. A government only works well when we hold them accountable, and the only way for us to hold them accountable is by having less of them and having them only govern a little thing called the constitution.

blankfist said...

Dammit! I really need to proof before posting. Sheesh. What I meant to say was:

"but I don't think that's a cynical enough view of our [cough] leaders."

Shannon said...

Is that sillohete picture also on your personal-ad. Funny...but gay.

blankfist said...

Best game ever:

http://www.gop.com/Taxday/

If you like lame games.

JudgeHolden said...

Actually, that is one of the lamest games I've ever seen. It's not even really a game. GOP = worst game-designers ever.

Nathan said...

10 days until the end of the month everyone. come on over to literarysmackdown.blogspot.com and post a story, or just vote.

Please (whimper)

Anonymous said...

B. Change Avatar.

Anonymous said...

B. Change name.

Anonymous said...

B. Change underwear.

Anonymous said...

B. Yourself.