“I beg my colleagues to sit down and let’s work this out. Veterans are dying. This is not a policy, academic issue here. This is the very lives of the men and women who are serving.”—Sen. John McCain, on the battle in Congress over how much to spend on reshaping the troubled Veterans Affairs Department. Though the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved separate bills in June to speed up veterans’ access to care, they still disagree on the price tag, and it’s unclear whether the legislation will pass in the few days left before Congress adjourns for its August recess.
Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and beautiful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments.
But executions are, in fact, brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality. Nor should we. If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf.
”—U.S. 9th Circuit Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, in a dissent filed Monday in the Arizona death penalty case of Joseph Rudolph Wood III. Wood’s attorneys described his execution, which took place Wednesday, as botched; it began at 1:52 p.m. and he wasn’t declared dead until 3:49.
“And I would suggest that when a person has a thought of doing anything serious against the law, that before they did, that they should go to a quiet place and think about it seriously.”—Those are the last words that William George Bonin, known as the Freeway Killer, gave to the warden before he was executed in California in 1996. More than 900 people have been sentenced to death in California since 1978, when the state reinstated capital punishment, but only 13 have been executed. Here’s a look at those men and the crimes for which they were put to death.
“I create a look and I create a style. American girls mean a great deal to me. I help them understand how they can look better.”—Eileen Ford, the doyenne of the modeling business, whose Ford agency set standards for the industry. She died yesterday at age 92.
Low-income medical marijuana dispensary members in Berkeley to get free marijuana
The Berkeley City Council approved an ordinance this week requiring that at least 2% of the pot each dispensary doles out must be given free to members who are Berkeley residents and have “very low” incomes, defined as $32,000 a year for one person and $46,000 a year for a family of four.
“It’s not as if I’m mixing ‘Avatar.’ It still should sound like it’s in 1964.”—Giles Martin (son of Beatles producer George Martin), who oversaw a sonic restoration of “A Hard Day’s Night” for the film’s 50th anniversary
“This will be a high-end meal either way, but our infused entrees will cost around $10 more than a typical entree.”—Garyn Angel, the operator of a marijuana food truck that’s rolling around Washington state this weekend selling weed-laced dishes such as truffle popcorn, peanut butter and jelly and a Vietnamese pork banh mi.
Colorado's new gun control laws have been upheld by a federal judge
U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger said the laws — expanded background checks that include private firearm sales and limiting the amount of bullets a magazine can hold — don’t infringe on 2nd Amendment rights.