Apparently they really do make everything bigger in Texas, including assholes:
Death-row inmates headed to their executions will no longer be able to pick what they’d like for their last meal.
Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, issued this statement in response to concerns from Texas Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire:
“I believe Senator Whitmire’s concerns regarding the practice of allowing death row offenders to choose their last meal are valid. Effective immediately, no such accommodations will be made. They will receive the same meal served to other offenders on the unit.”
Here’s the original post about Whitmire’s concerns:
Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chairman John Whitmire, D-Houston, wants to end the practice of providing death-row inmates with whatever they’d like for their last meal.
Whitmire – in a Thursday letter to Brad Livingston, executive director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice — said he’s long been concerned about the practice and that the last straw was the Houston Chronicle’s report of Lawrence Russell Brewer ordering a huge last meal that he failed to eat.
The senator recounted Brewer’s order of two chicken fried steaks, a triple meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet, a large bowl of fried okra, three fajitas, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream, and a pound of barbecue with a half loaf of white bread, calling it “ridiculous.”
Wow, and this from a Democrat? There must be something in the water down in Texas flushing every last ounce of compassion from their politicians. Remind me to stay away.
You know, I wasn’t going to blog about the death penalty today because every wise and profound thing about the Troy Davis execution has already been said by people a thousand times more talented than I (for a start, check out this piece). But I do feel like a larger part of the issue has been lost because last night another inmate, one whose guilt was not in question, was also executed, and that was Lawrence Brewer.
Brewer committed a heinous crime, he was a white supremacist who with two buddies dragged the African American James Byrd to death behind a pickup truck. Brewer deserved to rot behind bars to the end of his days, but he did not deserve to die. That’s not justice, that’s revenge, to paraphrase Desmond Tutu. That’s just how I see it.
And let’s forget the whole “pro-life” hypocrisy stuff (God is pretty mean in the Old Testament, after all), I just don’t see how you can walk around saying you advocate “small government” while supporting the government killing your fellow citizens. You say the government can’t do anything right except find, try and execute people? Are you fucking kidding me?
Of course, not all conservatives are pro-death penalty, but for the huge chunk who are I’m just wondering: how can you trust the government to do that, but not regulate our air or keep our water clean? And no, the converse is not true, because things like clean air and water are based on tangibles, like scientific data.
I just don’t get it.
Anyway, what the point is of denying a prisoner about to be executed his last meal, I cannot say. Perhaps it’s just to show who’s the bigger asshole.
As if there were any doubt.