Daily Archives: September 21, 2011

Troy Davis Executed

Troy Davis was put to death by injection in Georgia on Wednesday night despite many last-ditch attempts by his lawyers and supporters to stay the execution. His time of death was 11:08 p.m.

Davis was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 7 p.m. for the 1989 killing of Mark MacPhail, but the proceeding was delayed more than three hours as the Justices pondered a plea filed by his attorneys after last-ditch appeals failed throughout the day.

Davis had been scheduled to die three times before, most recently in October 2008. That time, the U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution two hours before it was scheduled.

The case has drawn international attention, with Pope Benedict XVI, South African anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu and former President Jimmy Carter saying the execution should be called off. Amnesty International and the NAACP have led efforts to exonerate Davis, and U.N. human rights officials joined those calls Wednesday.

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Marines Determined to Be the Best at Everything, Including Recruiting Gays

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The Marines were the service most opposed to ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, but they were also the only one of the five invited branches of the military to turn up with their recruiting table to a gay community center in Tulsa. Marines ferociously promote their view of themselves as the best, so with DADT gone, they have decided to recruit gays, lesbians, and bisexuals better than the other branches.

Only one in ten applicants qualifies to serve as a Marine. Most are turned away for asthma, attention deficit disorder, excessive tattoos, excessive weight, history of drug use,  joint injuries, or lack of a high school diploma.

A bad economy has also made jobs in the Marines more desirable when Marines anticipate shrinking their forces due to the ends of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

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“The Chew” To Replace “All My Children” Next Week

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The Chew, an hourlong daily talk show dedicated entirely to food, will make its début next week. It is the first new daytime show on ABC since The View went on the air in 1997. The Chew will fill the 1:00 p.m. slot now occupied by All My Children, which will end its more than forty-year run on ABC Friday.

The Chew has five full-time hosts: chef Mario Batali; Cleveland’s Iron Chef Michael Symon; What Not to Wear‘s Clinton Kelly; and Daphne Oz, the daughter of Dr. Oz.

The Chew is one of many new food shows building on the popularity of the Food Network.

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On This Day…

In 1938, a hurricane struck parts of New York and New England, causing widespread damage and claiming more than 600 lives.

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Federal Reserve Moves On $400 Billion Stimulus

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The Federal Reserve pulled the trigger today on a stimulus move involving the sale of $400 billion in short-term Treasuries in exchange for the same amount of longer term bonds.

The goal is to push lower interest rates on everything from business loans to mortgages, giving consumers and companies an incentive to borrow and spend money.

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A Prediction for a Bachmann Presidency: More E. Coli Deaths, More Vegetarians

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A week after the Agriculture Department announced wider testing for deadly E. coli in meat, Republican Presidential candidate and science skeptic Representative Michele Bachmann said that regulations are overburdening food producers.

Rep. Bachmann visited a 140-year-old meatpacking plant in Des Moines and railed against regulations for food makers and other businesses. In keeping with the ethics of her party, Rep. Bachmann did not name any specific regulations she would cut.

The Agriculture Department, meanwhile, said expanding testing of E. coli in meat from one strain to seven would hasten recalls of tainted products and help officials find foodborne illnesses.

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Troy Davis Case Violates American Principles of Justice

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The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles stood between life and death for Troy Anthony Davis. The principles of American jurisprudence should have been the board’s guide, but the board ignored those principles in denying Mr. Davis clemency. He is scheduled to be executed in less than four hours.

Mr. Davis was convicted in 1991 of the 1989 murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. The trial included no physical evidence: no murder weapon, no DNA, no surveillance tapes.

Mr. Davis was sentenced to death based on nine eyewitnesses who testified at trial. Seven of those witnesses have since recanted or materially changed their stories. Two people testified to the jury that Mr. Davis told them he had committed the crime. Since then, both have said they were lying.

In 2007, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles declared it would “not allow an execution to proceed in this state unless and until its members are convinced that there is no doubt as to the guilt of the accused.” Why is the Board ignoring that mandate now?


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