It is a seventeen page article, but the writing is good and it goes fast: Trial by Fire by David Grann in The New Yorker.
It really has never been a question of if, but only of when. When an innocent would be executed, and when we will finally do away with the death penalty.
It appears that the first question has an answer.
hat tip: The New Republic
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gathered hundreds of pages of research and warnings about the hazards of drivers using cell phones…The findings included:
An increase in the number of accidents. That’s what is missing.
25 percent of accidents are a result of driver distraction. Cell phone use while driving has increased 50 percent. So cell phone use is increasingly cited as the cause of the accident.
But it isn’t the cell phone.
The accident is caused by the distracted driver. If the driver did not have the phone to be distracted by, then he or she would find something else. All the laws prohibiting cell phone use while driving will do nothing to cut down the number of accidents.
Sooner or later, everyone will figure out that my political views tend to the liberal. One result of that is I tend to read liberal sources. Notably blogs at Talking Points Memo and The New Republic.
Ever since the election, I have seen many posts on various outlets concerning the diminishment of the Republican Party. Today brings yet one more.
The GOP is becoming a regional party. The GOP is increasingly comprised of only the extreme right base. Etc. Etc.
Who will save the Republican Party? Are we in danger of becoming a one party country?
Don’t worry about it.
The Democratic Party will see to it that the Republican Party will enjoy a resurgence. Maybe not in 2010. Maybe not in 2012. But the time will come when the Democratic Party will just get too carried away and the country will look to the Republican Party for salvation.
Just like the Republican Party was the recent salvation of the Democratic Party.
Rumors of the death of the Republican Party are greatly exaggerated.