The machinery of death

Breyer and Ginsberg are finished with the death dealing business. Good for them. If only the country as a whole were finished with this barbarism.

In 1976, the Court thought that the constitutional infirmities in the death penalty could be healed; the Court in effect delegated significant responsibility to the States to develop procedures that would protect against those constitutional problems. Almost 40 years of studies, surveys, and experience strongly indicate, however, that this effort has failed. Today’s administration of the death penalty involves three fundamental constitutional defects: (1) serious unreliability, (2) arbitrariness in application, and (3) unconscionably long delays that undermine the death penalty’s penological purpose. Perhaps as a result, (4) most places within the United States have abandoned its use.

I shall describe each of these considerations, emphasizing changes that have occurred during the past four decades. For it is those changes, taken together with my own 20 years of experience on this Court, that lead me to believe that the death penalty, in and of itself, now likely constitutes a legally prohibited “cruel and unusual punishmen[t].” U. S. Const., Amdt. 8.

Tulsa Race Riot

Why, in history class was I never taught about this? It seems especially odd, given that I grew up two hours from Tulsa. I first heard about it last night on Make it Plain.

I’m in a psychology article?

Yeah, I googled myself. A couple of these things I’ve seen. Phantom of Pulp says much nicer things about me than I deserve. So does Fright.com. Neither of those seem all that weird, as they review things what is weird is this:

In contemporary literature, themes of nihilism can also be found in many of Kurt Vonnegut‘s books. [citation needed]Robert Stone, additionally, is a contemporary American novelist who has often thematized nihilism in his work. In A Flag for Sunrise (1981), for example, the anthropologist Holliwell is a protagonist struggling against his own nihilistic tendencies. [citation needed] Another American author who is commonly believed to deal with themes of nihilism is Chuck Palahniuk. In his 1996 novel Fight Club, for example, the ultimate goal of the book’s ‘project mayhem’ is the destruction of modern civilization in order to rebuild humanity. [citation needed] Palahniuk, however, claims that he does not deliberately focus on the subject. [citation needed]Nathan Tyree‘s Novel, Mr. Overby is Falling, is another current example of nihilism in literature. In that book the main character longs for the destruction of all society, so that the world can be cleansed of evil. [citation needed] Nihilism is also a common theme in the worldview and writings of horror author Thomas Ligotti, as well as Bret Easton Ellis[9][10].

-psychology Wiki

A psychology Wiki mentions me? How the hell did that happen?

Magazine of the Dead

Magazine of the Dead: Stories for Diseased Children is ranked #814 in Comedy at Amazon.com right now. Comedy! Fucking comedy! Wow! Sometimes we are a thing.

Of course, abortions are still available. As are replicants.

Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies

Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies

(Just for us)
by Nathan Tyree

The rhythms of their breath, looped together in twin syncopations, were like venal sin without repentance. Damp scents filled the dark room and the single candle cast shadows about like playful ghosts.

“Here” she said, placing the flat of her palm against his chest and pushing so that he rolled off her and tumbled onto his back.

“What?” He strained to see her in the low, shifting light.

She straddled his pelvis and worked herself down. As he entered her again she said “I don’t believe in God.”

“Not even now?” he asked.

She thrust her hips forward, grinding hard against him. He reached up and gripped her nipple giving it a powerful twist.

“Especially not now,” she said as she quickened her movements drawing closer to orgasm.
“I . . . I . . . Need to . . . “ he tried to make a clear sentence but she clasped her hand over his mouth.
“Shut up,” she said. “Don’t you dare come yet.” Her breathing was changing, they were no longer creating harmony. She was conducting. Then spasm. Release. Her body quaked in waves. The sky seemed to collapse around her.

When she was done she rolled off him and spread her legs. “Here, finish” she said.

He climbed atop her and did just that. When he had exhausted himself and pulled out she said to his receding form “that’s why”.

Review: Normally Special by xTx

xTx is too cool for schools and stuff!

Vouched Books

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The phrase “big things come in small packages,” is normally cliché, but it’s completely true when it comes to Normally Special by xTx. Her collection of flash fiction fits snugly into any back pocket, but carries the weight of a ten-ton anvil. The pieces cover a broad range of topics; father/daughter relationships, standard relationships, abuse/neglect, regret, and stalkers. The writing and content doesn’t allow you to put the book down. I was in awe and instantly fell in love.

xTx’s writing style is simple but breathtaking. She pours herself every word to get that fire between the lines. Every sentence breaks you down and leaves you begging for more. xTx has the ability to lead the reader to the edge of something resembling an emotional epiphany and turns them away, but at the last second the dagger comes out and gets you. That’s especially how I felt when I read…

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“Words no longer have meaning,” says Scalia.

“Words no longer have meaning,” said Antonin Scalia. “Further,” he continued “jiggery-pokery applesauce”. Then he threw down his gavel and screamed “State’s rights now! State’s rights forever!”.

Then Ruth Bader Ginsburg flipped him off and we all had lunch.