Saturday, December 15, 2007

Death of a penalty

While listening to The United States' finest rocker and surfing the web aimlessly as modern humans often do, I stumbled across a news story saying New Jersey will abolish capital punishment.

For those who see the United States as a fascinating and often progressive country albeit with a significant amount of silly flaws, this is splendid news. In a country that has its share of murdering bastards, taking one step back and re-considering the consequences of the cruelty, barbary and blind vengefulness of the death penalty takes guts.

New Jersey is home to the TV mafia family Sopranos, but also to the aforementioned rocker Bruce Springsteen. The latter's lyrical fight for social justice may or may not be one of the causes of the state legislature's decision. At least to those of us who don't live in The US of A, Springsteen has given colourful insights and shown tragic fates of the American working class, including those wretched guys who, guilty or not, wound up on death row.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, dear Yngvason :) Good to see that you are still finding time to write to your blog sometimes!
I hope you also find it to read some other blogs, That is why I would like to boast (apart from my Facebook spam-action) about http://logbook.generation.by - a new blog in English which we have started recently with my Generation.by friends! Thought you will find it interesting to check it!
Besides that I am sending you hugs and best wishes for 2008!
Tatsiana

6:10 pm  
Blogger Olav Yngvason said...

Hi Tatsiana, flattering to hear from you, particularly since present blog isn't updated very often.

I've heard about your by-blog, and will try to check it out once in a while. Take care, hope everything is allright in Vienna.

Olav

9:27 pm  

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