23 thoughts on “780. Capital punishment

  1. Cynthia Jobin

    To kill someone because he has killed……the old eye-for-eye, tooth-for-tooth ethic. Still a subject of controversy. Many, many governments and religions did it at some time or other in the past; extremely few condone it today. If it’s done by an individual with a gun, it’s usually vengeance. Done by the state, it’s capital punishment…..from the Latin “capitalis”–“regarding the head.” or “beheading.” Capital punishment now is by electrocution or lethal injection, but originally was beheading. Then, of course there was stoning, hanging, etc… society’s way of avenging and punishing criminals and heretics. I wonder what hurts more: gunshot, hanging, guillotine., burning at the stake…? And what about going to watch it? ..Beheading (as the other barbaric forms) was always a public spectacle….still is, now, with ISIS; we can see it on video….

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Thanks for the comment, Cynthia. I’m going to try and not comment too much today, as I get too easily annoyed this way and that on the subject! I kept putting off posting it, and in the end thought I’d sneak it in on a Sunday when no one seems much to read the stories!

  2. jan

    Course the irony is, telling someone they have no respect for life and then shooting them. It’s like being pro-life and shooting a doctor.

  3. noelleg44

    I am not in favor of capital punishment, although that belief has not been tested. You need to read The Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham – it’s a hoot and touches on the death penalty.

  4. Andrew

    Nobody deserves to be shot by a Quentin. The name disqualifies him from the right to retribution. Anyway I disagree with capital punishment. Make them listen to Canto-pop for 3o years uninterrupted without parole. It will kill them soon enough although it’s also not very humane.

  5. Andrew


    In his fury Quentin fired again. The shot ricocheted off the bastards phone and struck Quentin between the eyes. He fell to the ground, dead. The cleaner tutted at all the clearing up he had to do. Nothing about sweeping corpses in the job description he muttered.


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