"August is the cruelest month
," is what Eliot must have meant
and Edna O’Brien wrote a novel called August Is a Wicked Month
, and indeed, it has proved historically
to be a month of dramas and crises, especially sociopolitically. Leo
is a fixed, intransigent sign and can create stubborn stances
in the world and it is a notorious
month for coups, bombings and revolution. The late rock writer Al Aronowitz penned
the line, "August is the month when wars start." Both the first
and second world wars broke out
in August. The first atomic bombs were dropped
on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. There were significant
cold war crises in August. The Berlin wall was built
in August 1961. The Tonkin Gulf crisis marked
a serious escalation of the Vietnam War in August 1964. Russia invaded Czechoslovakia and ended
the Prague Spring in August 1968. Gorbachev was
ousted for being too liberal by communist hardliners in August 1991. Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990. Russia invaded Georgia
last August. (slightly corrected paragraph via
posted by infini
on Aug 2, 2009 -
Cruel and unusual?
"Expert witnesses testified that the brief delays give the body time to recover and increase the chance the person will feel pain."
What a crock... I wonder if the 3 year old baby he killed and dismembered felt any pain?
The punishment should fit the crime. Although the death penalty doesn't deter crime, if we punished those in the same manner that they commited the murder, then maybe criminals would think twice... then again, maybe not.
posted by da5id
on May 9, 2000 -