I love meat. Im a carnivore (besides the odd apple) but Christmas brings a dilemma. You see I hate turkey, to me it is a bland tasteless meat so I must look elsewhere for my festive grub. I found it too: goose and duck. Fabulous meats and when cooked right can knock yer tastebuds into next week. I will add pics once completed.
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How many murderers are executed every year in the United States these days? Forty? Fifty? I think I can safely say that its certainly not over sixty. If I was an Anti Death Penalty supporter I would be pretty happy with those figures. With that rate they soon won't be strapping anyone to a gurney, and as less are indeed getting sentenced to death by American courts this is exactly whats happening. Its easier for opponents to get some thing abolished if support is low and surely it must be if a mere fifty or so killers are sent to the death chamber.
Let me put it like this: if I was the ruler of a country and one of my aides told me, "look we might as well scrap hanging criminals because we only execute fifty a year anyway," I would probably go along with it. Its half hearted, and bordering on lenient, so why bother continuing it Id think to myself. Its almost guaranteed that it won't deter any future murderers if deterence is the reasoning behind capital punishment. (I personally believe it shouldn't be and that punishment is the sole reason).
Of course if the USA want to be rid of the death penalty, then they are on the correct path because the numbers will keep dropping and dropping until....well they end up with no death rows. One only has to look at Britains history with capital punishment for proof of what I say. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries we hanged people like there was no tomorrow. Even common thieves and sheep rustlers were not spared the walk to the gallows in our enthusiasm to bring lawbreakers to justice. Heck audiences flocked to public executions like rugby matches today (numbers ranged from 30,000 to an incredible 70,000), and stalls sold foor and drink to the ghoulish crowds. It was we Brits who turned hanging into a science when William Marwood developed the 'long drop' and Albert Pierrepoint perfected it. None executed with more zest than the United Kingdom.
But for how long?
And look at us today. The number of death sentences, or more importantly the number actually carried out, began falling in the early 1900's until in 1969 we abolished it completely. Our last hangings were in 1964. So you can see how abolishment creeps up, almost without the general public (especially the majority who take no interest in the subject) ever realising it. I believe its happening in America right now. According to statistics online the number of executions as well as newly imposed death sentences slumped to record low levels in 2011. Also the governor of Illinois put a stop to executions in his state and don't think for one minute that other states won't look at this and think of following it. Once the rot (some call it enlightenment) starts its hard to stop it spreading. We Brits know this and if the Americans have any desire to carry on executing its murderers they would do well to learn from our mistake. (Mistake or victory depending which side of the fence you stood of course).
Could it be that Americans (or its movers and shakers) have been actually listening to European countries when they keep on saying that the death penalty is barbaric and uncivilised? Americans don't like to be seen taking the lead from others, they like to be leaders, and my guess is they have looked around at all of the countries where execution has been scrapped and it has made them uncomfortable being one of the few left who carry it out. Especially when you consider the company they are in. (And I would like to make this clear here, I personally don't regard places like Iran as backward but it seems that some in the Anti death penalty movement do because they enjoy snootily informing us that Americans are in doubtful company when it comes to executions).
We must remember that the United States is a very young country compared to places like Britain, and IF it truly is civilised to abolish the death penalty as folks like Amnesty keep telling us then it will take them that much longer to discover this. European and Middle Eastern countries have been puttig people to death since before Jesus turned water into wine and are not exactly new to the subject. America is. And this is why I really do believe that in something like ten to fifteen years there will be no more executions there.
** If any readers are interested in chatting with Dai Jakes about the subject, you can find him on the ProDeathPenalty .com forum where he is a regular poster. Pop in and say, it really is a friendly place.
According to media reports (and its being confirmed as I type this), Baby P's scum-mother, has been released from prison. This is a woman who allowed her young son be tortured to death by her evil boyfriend and his equally twisted brother.
I HEREBY RENAME THIS ONCE GREAT ISLE, JOKE BRITAIN, WHERE ONLY CRIMINALS AND CROOKED POLITICIANS WIN! THE DECENT, HARD WORKING AMONG US ARE LEFT TO FESTER, AND WATCH OPEN MOUTHED AND SEETHING AS TIME AND TIME AGAIN, THE SICK AND THE LAWLESS TRIUMPH. WOE IS US! DECENCY STANDS FOR NOTHING THESE DAYS, LITTLE WONDER TO ME THAT HOPE IS DWINDLING! GOOD PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN SICK TO THE BACK TEETH OF SICKO CRIMINALS WINNING AT EVERY TURN! WHAT GOOD IS HONESTY IF ITS NEVER REWARDED?
THIS VILE PIG-WOMAN SERVED AROUND THREE YEARS FOR HER PART IN THE DEATH OF HER SON. THREE F**KING YEARS!?! FOR BEING INVOLVED IN THE MURDER OF A CHILD! YOU GET A HEAVIER SENTENCE FOR MUCH LESSER CRIMES IN THIS COUNTRY! I DESPAIR, I REALLY BLOODY DO. AND TO RUB SALT INTO ALREADY RAW WOUNDS, THIS WRETCHED SLUG-BITCH WANTS TO FIGHT FOR HER RIGHT TO HAVE MORE CHILDREN! WHAT IN THE UNHOLY F**KNESS??! THE EUROPEAN COURTS WILL LISTEN TO HER ARGUMENTS TOO! OH AND THE SACKED CHILD PROTECTION BOSS WHOSE DEPARTMENT FAILED BABY PETER IS SET TO RECEIVE £700,000 FOR UNFAIR DISMISSAL!!?
WHERE IS THIS MADNESS GOING TO END? I SHUDDER TO THINK. ALL FAITH IN ANYTHING GOOD HAS GONE, DISAPPEARED DOWN A SEWER, FLUSHED BY POLTICAL CORRECTNESS AND LIBERAL MILK MINDED IDEAS. TWITS. I HOPE THEY ARE PLEASED WITH THEIR DIM F**KERY.
SO ENJOY YOUR FREEDOM CONNELLY, YOU TWISTED BAG OF SHITE. CARRY ON WITH YOUR LIFE AS IF NOTHING EVER HAPPENED. NO BLAME LIES AT YOUR DOOR, YOU ARE A VICTIM ALSO. OR THIS IS WHAT THE DO-GOODER, YOGHURT KNITTERS WOULD HAVE US ALL BELIEVE. RANCID PESTS! IN A PERFECT WORLD YOU WOULD BE HANGING YOUR HEADS IN UTTER SHAME. AND CONNELLY AND HER EVIL CRONIES, HANGING FROM THE NEAREST GALLOWS.
GOOD DAY, PASS THE GIN, AND MAKE IT STRONG!
The Cravings Of A Welshman
A drunken Welshman
he prowled the streets
for a simple Englishman.
To pick his bones
and lob the stones,
into pools of choir
as Myfanwy groans.
The ale and laver
does hwyl his soul,
to fields of coal.
On Burry Port
and Pembrey shores,
knows his cockle chores.
Gwenllian walks in Kidwelly mun,
without her head,
beyond the sun.
Where bards run riot
The cawl is deep
the lovespoons quiet.
Long he sleeps
on Merlin's hill,
the wizard's Welsh
stirred Bennett's Phil.
lift claw in pride,
three feathers comb
the pride inside.
No fear breaks
the soul of man,
storms lay shattered
by cwtches hand.
on dafodil belts.
Sing of old
as sing we must,
the Cymru tribes
of Swansea dust...
©Steven Francis poems 2013
Having listened to the politicians conferences (and again shaken my head at their obvious lies) and heard all of the "a better Britain" spiel, I just want to ask: a better Britain for whom exactly? We, Britons need a Britain for Britons. Never mind about Cameron giving tax breaks to his wealthy cronies and opening the gates to all and sundry. We need a Britain for US, the hardworking folk who make this country GREAT. A country where we are not spied on 24/7 with CCTV, a place we can fly our flags with pride, somewhere we are not interfered at every turn by an aggressive bureaucracy and told what we can and cannot do (within the law). What we need is a Britain of old, a Britain of the ages.
Too long we have put the needs of others before our own, too long been told to respect others while having to hide our own beliefs and pride for fear of offending those others. Walking on eggshells in the country of our birth! This my friends is an abominable truth, and change must come before our beloved Great Britain disappears in a vomit fog of alien hues and an entire culture lies dead, defeated. Oh such unbearable crime that would be! Eternal cries within the bones of a fallen kingdom. Such a fate must be averted! We must have a Britain for Britons!
Now the doubters and yoghurt knitters will say this is bigoted and even racist, but I ask; how is it racist to want a country putting its peoples first? This is all I want. I am not suggesting the UK pull up the draw bridge and keeping foreigners out. Really, I am not. I am more than aware of the contributions from others who come here to work and make a better life for themselves. The Filipino nurses, Ghurkha soldiers who fought bravely, the doctors from India, the many others who arrive because they believe in Great Britain. I have no issue with these people in the slightest, rejoice! Let us celebrate this glorious country together.
It is the spongers and thieves who come to take, take, take that boil my blood. People who, even though when discovered and proved to be 'on the game', are hardly ever punished sufficiently, and worse never sent back to whence they came! Mind boggling. Frustrating. Of course we also have the enemy within to deal with, those groups of do-gooders who are never happier when interfering with everything, seemingly oblivious to the fact that they make most peoples lives a bloody misery. We all know who they are, the types who order schools to pull down Christmas trees in case it offended those of different faiths, or fretting that nursery rhymes contain politically incorrect words. (These types can do more harm than any lawbreaker). This madness must end, or we shall pay a dear price. A much much too dear a price.