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108 posts from September 2006

September 30, 2006

Ohio's minute-by-minute execution logs

The Associated Press obtained the records of the final hours 23 people executed in Ohio since 1999.

The executions are carried out at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, where guards maintain a running computer log from the time a condemned inmate arrives at the prison in the Appalachian foothills to the moment a funeral director leaves with the body a day later.

Through a public-records request, The Associated Press obtained copies of the logs to more fully examine how the state carries out the death penalty. The request was filed after one execution was delayed because of problems finding a vein for the injection.

Peppered with intimate details yet deliberately emotionless in tone, the logs' exhaustive entries sweep up the mundane and the moving in the sparsest and at times coldest of diaries. The log keepers offer no opinion, attempt no creative flourishes.


Prison employees, who volunteer for the job and are not identified, compile the log, with occasional spelling or grammar errors, at a Dell computer. They sit at a desk directly across from the 12-foot by 14-foot holding cell where condemned inmates spend their last day, 17 steps from the death chamber. [AP]

Read the whole thing, it's a truly horrifying story.

Crane Accident on E. 13th Street

Another picture from yesterday's crane accident.

Note that flags are not a substitute for sound crane-rigging practices.

Crane Accident on E. 13th Street

A four-ton chunk of steel rigging fell off the crane and fell onto a taxi in Manhattan yesterday--amazingly no one was killed.

Fearing that the entire crane might topple over, the authorities evacuated the adjacent buildings and closed several blocks to traffic.

September 29, 2006

Republican Mark Foley resigns from Congress over emails to underage staffer

News_bannerRepublican congressman Mark Foley, the founder and co-chair of the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus, will not seek re-election after being caught sending creepy emails to a 16-year-old staffer.

Will a failed pick-up for a Republican mean a successful pick-up for the Democrats?

Update: ABC has the instant messages. Julia reports that the concern trolls are keepin' it real on ABC's blog.


Inappropriate places to put coffee


Hivemind: Real or Photoshopped?

spring break, originally uploaded by yeowoman1970.

Michelle Malkin says this picture is a composite.

What do you think?

Update: It's officially a fake. Check it out and see if you were right about what was convincing or unconvincing in the picture.

A lot of people said the head was too small to be real, but the real woman's head isn't any bigger than the Michelle head appears to be in the picture.

Julia now my Photoshop sensei. She nailed what was wrong with the picture in the first five minutes: Gaussian noise added but not faded back and inconsistent compression artifacts in the face vs. body.

I miss habeas corpus...

More reactions to the Bush-McCain Torture Bill:
Jack Balkin
Dave Neiwert

Torture's Long Shadow

Torture's Long Shadow, by Vladimir Bukovsky.

Via TRex.

September 28, 2006

Final passage: Bush/McCain Torture Bill

, originally uploaded by gardengal.

The Bush/McCain Torture Bill passes the Senate, 65-34.

Watch your back.

Exhuming the disappeared in Guatemala

Forensic teams scour Guatemala to uncover the remains of those who died during the country's 36-year civil war, including 40,000 people who simply disappeared after being seized by government operatives. [WaPo]