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January 6, 2007

1. I made a post in reference to changing my mind about the death penalty. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been completely against it.

Ever since I made that post, I’ve been feeling very uncomfortable, and haven’t been able to get it out of my mind.

After giving it much thought again, I’ve changed my mind. Why? Because there’s no way I could live with myself.

Again, I am AGAINST the death penalty, and I feel much better. But don't get me wrong, I still believe in killing when it comes to self defense.

2. I just watched the entire story of Betty Broderick on Headliners and Legends.

Of course I don't condone the fact that she murdered her ex-husband Dan and his wife, but I can now understand why she went insane.

I feel very sorry for Betty Broderick.

3. Grandpa still refuses to wear the nice clothes I bought him at the 2nd hand store. I want to add more pics of him, but I'm embarressed because he insists on wearing his ugly old rags. Why is this?

5. Playgirl
Panchito, my new little Chihuahua dog is in love
with one of my cats and has tried to be intimate
with her. And what makes it all more bizarre is
that it looks like the cat has started falling
in love with Panchito! I’m serious!! What in
the world is going on here?

Canção Mais Que Nada
É samba de preto velho
Um samba como esse tão legal
Você não vai querer
Que eu chegue no final


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Jan. 7th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
like you i'm opposed to the death penalty. i've always believed that there's a big difference between killing and murder.

murder is premeditated, it's not in the heat of a fight or in self-defense and you have the power to avoid it.
Jan. 7th, 2007 02:36 am (UTC)
God has given the power of the sword (life and death)to the STATE (Goverments). Not to individuals. While you can defend yourself...you can't run around enforcing blood feuds. Read about Absalom in 1 or 2 Kings...

I think your "grandfather" might be bi-polar. Hence the prior homelessness and wearing of old clothes.....

Jan. 10th, 2007 03:19 am (UTC)
Since the day he was born, he wore little rags and suffered so.

Bi-polar? But he's so happy now.
Jan. 7th, 2007 04:09 am (UTC)
I don't have a problem with your position on the death penalty. Killing someone in self-defense, or killing someone in the active commission of a crime against a person or property, is justified in my eyes. After the fact, there is no need to do so, but such a person ought to be locked up, and the key thrown away.
Jan. 10th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
That's exactly the way I feel about it, Noah.
Jan. 7th, 2007 07:09 am (UTC)
Tink (the dog) keeps "making intimate" with Iieee (the outside cat.) He also has a think for Havana (indoor cat.) He's quite frisky obviously.
Jan. 10th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
I myself think it's the cutest thing ever! But what will the neighbors think?!

I had never seen this before. Does Tink and Panchito think they're cats???? haaaa
Jan. 7th, 2007 09:32 am (UTC)
1. Hey Savanah you can change your mind as many times as you want that is what a open mind does,.
Well you know how I feel so I won’t go in to that. And we all have a right to protect our self’s

2. I have never seen the story will have to look it up.

3. You know us guys we like our old clothes there like family :o)
Maybe he does not want to get the clothes that you got hem dirty or maybe there just not his style and he does not want to hurt your feelings by telling you

4. Hay what happened to 4? Lol :o)

5. So if I were one of the only dogs in a cat house I would chase all the pussy I could hehehehe… Just kidding =o)
And animals do that when they spend a lot of time around each other

And great video it makes me feel like dancing so lets dance! :o)
Jan. 7th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
At least you've seen the death penalty from both sides of the issue. While we disagree, I hope that you can now respect the side that supports it a little more than before.
Jan. 7th, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
Yes I have. I always respect yours and everyone else’s views which differ from mine.

I will continue expressing exactly how I feel about certain issues, as I hope you and others will, by trying our best not to step on each others shoes.
Jan. 7th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
I dunno. Believing in killing for self-defence and not the death penalty is sort of like eating meat and claiming to hate that animals have to get killed. There is a disconnect that doesn't work logically. In essence you're saying that you deserve to determine when someone dies for a crime but a jury of Americans does not. You're also saying when someone is in danger then they should be allowed to use lethal force, but once their dead...to heck w/em.
Jan. 7th, 2007 07:57 pm (UTC)
I most definitely believe in killing someone who approaches with the intent of seriously harming or killing. It is legal in Texas to carry a cancelled weapon; of course one must go through the legal channels to get one, and I have. I carry mine wherever I go, and I have a couple of firearms at home. If someone breaks into my home, he leaves me no choice but to kill him. I’m not going to stop and chit chat with him and ask him why he broke into my home. I’m going to kill him, because I’ll have no other choice in the matter. He’s the one who made the choice.

As for the death penalty, I honest to God believe some who were innocent have, throughout time, been executed. I much prefer the death penalty be abolished, for the sake of saving one innocent man.

I personally feel that when a prisoner is executed, he is completely helpless. He’s shackled, and escorted by many to meet his death. To me, killing a helpless person is murder, and I consider the act of executing a man, murder.

I believe a life sentence without the possibility of parole is much better.

I watched what could be seen of Saddam Hussein’s hanging, and I found myself feeling horrible about it. Yes, the man was an evil bastard, but placing him in a cell for the rest of his life would have been much better.

I realize I’m being a hypocrite, but I can’t help it, when I say my views about capital punishment stems from the fact that I consider myself a Christian, and one of the 10 Commandments says, “Thou shalt not kill.” I realize that my mind and feelings work in a somewhat bizarre manner, because here I’m saying that I am against Capital punishment, but I will not blink an eyelid when it comes to killing a man who has intent of murdering me. So be it. If I’m wrong, then I’ll have a hell of a time explaining to God when my time comes.

I believe in killing for ones safety, and for ones country.
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Believing in killing for self-defence and not the death penalty is sort of like eating meat and claiming to hate that animals have to get killed.

This is an apples vs oranges comparison. There is a significant difference between lethal force to stop an immediate and on-going attack and the glacial-pace of a capital case. In the former there are few options. No one save law enforcement is going to carry the range of force options from pepper spray, baton, to firearm. Individuals will carry whatever they're most comfortable with for the perceived level of risk. The State has every advantage in a capital case including time to make considered decisions.

For an excellent discussion on the moral imperative of self-defense I would recommend, "A Nation of Cowards", by Jeffrey Snyder.

The death penalty system is so flawed, with so many innocent people on Death Row, that the former governor of Illinois commuted all the death sentences to life terms. He was savaged by the vengeance seekers but he really deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for that act.

The question I always ask proponents is "If we don't trust government to deliver the mail, why should we entrust it with the power of death when there have been so many wrongful convictions?"

Jan. 8th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
Here I express in a little more detail to i_stareatyou in a little more detail about how I feel about the Death Penalty and guns.

I've opposed capital punishment since I can remember, but very recently I was swayed into changing my mind for the first time in my life. I believe it was due to seeing so many violent crimes on the news, and perhaps all the slaughter committed by Saddam Hussein in recent videos, had much to do with it.

Soon after I found that I'd come to this conclusion, I started feeling badly about it. I have changed my mind and I feel much more comfortable again.

After having read about the Christopher Ochoa and
Richard Danziger
, I find that I have no trust what-so-ever when it comes to the death penalty.

I also read about the Karla Fae Tucker case and felt the then Gov. George Bush of Texas, should have stopped her execution.

As for firearms, this is how strongly I feel about the topic:

Gun Control Kills The Innocent.

Thank you for the link! It expresses much of the same feelings I have!!
Jan. 7th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
1. I have to admit I expected this change of heart and opinion. Never appoligize for changeing your mind. The changeing of an opinion is simply you growing in perception. As far as self defense goes... that's another touchy subject. There are those people who would use this ability as an excuse to get away with murder. If a person is being attacked with deadly force then I believe they have the right to return with deadly force but if their house is being robbed there is no reason on this earth to kill them. You will not die without your TV. As wrong as it is for them to steal they are not attacking with lethal force. If there is a way to escape with everyone alive no matter how traumatic the crime it is still the better option.
2. Wow. Been a long while. I'll have to do a quick refresher cousre on this one...lol.
3. Who knows why he won't wear the clothes other than him?!?! Have you asked him? Aside from the clothes... who cares what he is wearing!! Never be embarrassed to show your family. You love him, he is a GOOD man, he loves you, his outside apperance doesn't and shouldn't matter. It is his inner person. I am suprised you would be ashamed of him in any aspect. You are not the kind of person who judges a book based on the cover. If your going to post pictures of him do you want them to be a lie or to be the real him?? I'm sure I could make sure every picture I posted here of my kids had a sparkleing clean perfect house behind them, have them playing in the mud in a $2,000 dress, make sure if I am in the photo my make-up is done, my hair is flawless, I am all dressed to the nines... etc... but that isn't reality or the real us. Who cares if the kids are in the mud and dirty? Who cares if I have a zit you can see? Who cares if my hair is messy and you can see my flabby arms because I just woke up on Christmas morning in my tank top night gown and didn't change?? Maybe I am the ony person who feels this way. I know we can all better ourselves. I will be the first person to post a picture if I am looking hot but I'm not gonna avoid pictures of my girls smileing from ear to ear cause my fat ass is in the back ground in yard work clothes...lol. Ok..wow.. sorry... kinda got a little carried away.... touchy subject with me....
4??? where oh where has 4 gone??
5. It's sweet that they love each other. Just becareful they don't get uh... to put it nicely... "hurt" shall we say. hehehe
Dancing rocks!!!
Jan. 7th, 2007 11:13 pm (UTC)
I am very much in favor of the death penalty. But I respect your views. But, I think some people need to be removed and in public. I think by doing it the way we do now, in a sealed room far from the general publics eyes is wrong. People need to see some one getting hanged and dying. That way it becomes a real deterent. The way we do things now, no one sees it so no one is really detered by the death penalty. And we need to hang people in a few weeks or months after a conviction. It's sad when you can die of old age while on death row, waiting for your sentence to be carried out.
Jan. 8th, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
I think it is interesting that you are against the death penalty when it is the biblical penalty for murder. I respect your views. I just hope you do not do like some others and start to force them upon others.

Panchito and the cats better be careful. You might end up with kuppies, or is that pittens? :)
Jan. 9th, 2007 09:25 am (UTC)
Thank You!
I just wanted to thank you for the birthday greeting you left me!

That was very nice of you!
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