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Greeneville, TN

Athiest?Agnostic? Is there even enough of us in this town...

Bitching about technicalities like spelling and grammar is a sure sign that the side doing it realized that they don't have a leg to stand on, argument-wise. It's equivalent to admitting defeat while pretending not to.  (Sep 13, 2010 | post #313)

Greeneville, TN

Death Penalty

See what I know about jails - never been anywhere near one, let alone insideI agree - if they don't work despite being able to they get the bare necessities, everything else they should have to work for.  (Sep 13, 2010 | post #38)

Greeneville, TN

Death Penalty

Well, if you throw enough money at the right research you may have something suitable in a few decades and make craploads of moneyAren't they supposed to work in prison? At least the long term convicts, I'm not talking about the poor sods that get busted for DUIExactly, let them pay at least some of their debt on society, victims etc. - makes much more sense in my opinion.  (Sep 12, 2010 | post #35)

Greeneville, TN

Death Penalty

Yet there are plenty cases which aren't nearly as clear cut as that where the defendant gets sentenced to death more or less because the jury doesn't like his face. Otherwise, CSI is mostly science fiction, don't take them at face value.  (Sep 12, 2010 | post #33)

Greeneville, TN

Death Penalty

And it's even harder to support yourself - would you want them to live on your tax money for the rest of their lives or let them starve? I'd rather lock them up and have them workYou most certainly are making light of it ( unless you're some sort of artificial limbs salesman )  (Sep 12, 2010 | post #30)

Greeneville, TN

Death Penalty

Who determines that there is no doubt? And how do you make sure there is no error somewhere?  (Sep 12, 2010 | post #27)

Greeneville, TN

Death Penalty

Hard to tell - there are people who would mean every word of itIn my opinion killing innocents is absolutely unacceptable, especially when it costs more money to kill them than to keep them locked up. My problem with capital punishment is its irreversibility - we can't avoid error, if we would just lock them up and have them work their sorry asses off we can still let them out if we find out they shouldn't be there. Resurrecting them is a little more difficultIt should, at the same time there's new potential for errorThey shouldn't have been there in the first placeEven then - there were cases of people being released from death row after almost 20 yearsHow does it help the victim's families if they can't be 100% sure it's the right guy? I'd rather have the convicts work for the rest of their sorry lives and send every penny they make to the victim's familiesAs I said before, I don't think harder punishment is much of a deterrent ( after a certain point ) when the criminal-to-be believes he won't get caught. I think it makes much more sense to do whatever we can to increase the chance to get them. On the other hand, demanding more punishment doesn't cost a penny and produces that 'tough on crime' illusion without actually doing anything.  (Sep 12, 2010 | post #26)

Greeneville, TN

Death Penalty

And that's a reason to kill off some more?  (Sep 12, 2010 | post #18)

Greeneville, TN

Death Penalty

Well, you don't want to kill innocent people, hence the need for loads of appeals, airtight evidence etc. - the fact that they have to release lots of death row inmates after 10+ years for mistrial, new evidence and whatnot should tell everyone that the system is broken. Killing them off earlier is the opposite of fixing the problem. I'd say do away with it altogether, save a ton of money. It will make a lot of lawyers cry but that's just too damn bad.  (Sep 12, 2010 | post #14)

Greeneville, TN

Death Penalty

I doubt it - most people who commit crimes think they can get away without getting caught so the process and punishment aren't really all that relevant. Increasing the risk of getting caught would be a different story but that would mean spending money on police work.  (Sep 12, 2010 | post #13)

Greeneville, TN

Death Penalty

Countless appeals, special facilities etcAdd the up to 20 odd years they spend on death row until all appeals are done with.  (Sep 12, 2010 | post #12)

Greeneville, TN

Attack on God

Denial. Just read your own postsHmm, so your god told you to tell me that he doesn't like what I write here - I wonder why he didn't tell you my real name, phone number etc., that would be so much more impressive and would look a lot less like a Jerry Falwell wannabe lying out of his ass. Crap like that may work on gullible old ladies who want to give you their money but that's about it.  (Sep 10, 2010 | post #155)

Greeneville, TN

Attack on God

May he forgive thee for thine butchering of thy language.  (Sep 10, 2010 | post #152)

Greeneville, TN

Attack on God

IIRC it's about saving the unbelievers from hell even if they don't want to be savedReally? Isn't that gentleman god supposed to throw every unbeliever into hell for eternal torture? At least that's what most people here seem to believe and in that case we have about as much choice as any victim of a mafia protection money racket - pay up or Bad Things(tm) will start to happen, your choice reallyWe know how it works, we can watch it in action, no need for divine interventionI would wonder how something infinitely more complex than dirt got there in the first place. Declaring that god 'eternal' just makes it worse - if your god can be eternal why can't matter be, on an atomic level at least? If your argument needs special pleading that's usually a pretty good sign that there's something wrong with it.  (Sep 10, 2010 | post #151)

Greeneville, TN

Attack on God

Why don't you do the same, come back and prove it once and for all? If you 'know' it's true what do you have to lose?  (Sep 10, 2010 | post #149)