But Can We Watch? No? Then What’s the Point?

“A bill filed Tuesday by Rep. Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna, would allow for executions by firing squad. HB 325 would eliminate Florida’s standard method of execution, lethal injection, and allow for executions only by electrocution or firing squad.” [Florida Current]


Wow, back to firing squad, huh? There’s a good way to mess up a bunch of soldiers (or find the really messed up soldiers, I suppose).

Let me guess: he’s a tea bagger and christianist. I’m with FCS: stoning is the way to go. And also crushing under tank treads. Not but s’rsly, sounds like a mormon. They go for the blood atonement deal. As Gore Vidal once memorably remarked on Teddy Roosevelt, “Never trust a sissy with a gun.”

You know what is coming? Lion 2. Aka 10.7.2. And you know what comes with Lion 2?


That’s right. All your Apple fantasies will now come together in one place. (Maybe not all your fantasies… )

And how long before we hear that Steve is up there in iCloud looking down on us? Oh. You just did.


Well, if you’re dealing with witches, I think the protocol involves flames, so electrocution is pretty close.

@IanJ: Lions, or bears for that matter, don’t get PTSD.

@IanJ: The legend of the blank: it was always said that one member of the squad was firing a blank. So no one knew if their rifle made the killing shot. Much was made of this regarding the woman known as Mata Hari. I suspect it’s Horlicks. Almost everything is.

@Benedick: The soldier who can’t tell the difference between a blank and a real round is sufficiently disconnected from reality as to be a danger to himself and others. But that’s me being all practical and stuff.

@redmanlaw: Add in a coliseum and a dude wearing a laurel leaf coronet, and I’m sold.

/Legal eagle threadjack/ Reading a mandamus petition now whose list of “other interested persons” includes, inter alia, “law enforcement, federal and state.”

Ooo, fun. Maybe we could break people on wheels again? Drawing and quartering? Iron maidens? (cue RML’s metal response)

Nope, it’s all about two words: anal. pears. Anything less is a ripoff.

@flippin eck: Make them read “Atlas Shrugged” over and over.

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: Gin.

@IanJ: That’s exactly what anyone with any sense has always said. Still the legend persists.

@IanJ: Add in a coliseum and a dude wearing a laurel leaf coronet, and I’m sold. Will wrestling be involved?

@Dodgerblue: Make them watch Republican ‘debates’.

Since we’re on the subject:

How shooting kills.

Shooting can be carried out by a single executioner who fires from a short range at the back of the head or neck, as is the case in China and the USSR (before abolition). The intention of shooting at short range is to destroy the vital centres of the medulla (lower brain stem), as happens when a captive bolt is used for slaughtering cattle. This method typically results in instant unconsciousness due to concussion caused by the fracturing of the skull and destruction of the brain tissue.

The traditional firing squad is made up of three to six shooters per prisoner who stand or kneel opposite the condemned who is usually tied to a stake or a chair. Normally the shooters aim at the chest, since this is easier to hit than the head. A firing squad aiming at the head produces the same type of wounds as those produced by a single bullet, but bullets fired at the chest rupture the heart, large blood vessels and lungs so that the condemned person dies of haemorrhage and shock. It is not unusual for the officer in charge of the firing squad to have to give the prisoner a “coup de grace” – a pistol shot to the head to finish them off if the initial volley has failed to kill them.

According to Dr. Le Garde, in his book “Gunshot Injuries,” . . . “any person being executed by firing squad that has been shot in the heart would experience intense and overwhelming pain before being rendered unconscious from cerebral hypoxia.”


I think America can do better.

I think America can kill convicts with Gatling guns on TV, slicing them slowly through the middle while crowds cheer for the death and dismemberment of terrified, doomed prisoners.

ESPN can launch a whole new pay-per-view channel for executions.

I think that’s banned by the Geneva Convention.

Hire Anton Chigurh. Get him off the streets and into gainful employment.

@redmanlaw: I thought everyone got blanks except for one shooter, and no one knew who had the live round.

Anyone who thinks electrocution is humane has obviously never seen this movie.

As ever, RML brings actual knowledge to bear.

@matador1015: I don’t think he means it to be humane. I think he means it to be painful and dramatic.

Of course, what this makes me wonder is if we must reassure ourselves by finding ‘humane’ methods of execution should we be executing people at all?

@JNOV: If you look at the videos of Waffen SS members executed for war crimes after WWII, you’ll see that there are multiple hits on the dirt berm behind the condemned, so more that one guy was using live ammo.

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@redmanlaw: Were some of the firing squad missing on purpose to prolong the agony? Julius Streicher, noted nazi propagandist who fox noise proclaimed was 50 years ahead of his time, told the hangman that “the Bolsheviks will hang you one day” as he went down kicking.

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