Hillary and impeached Democrats go hand in hand

We all know about her husband’s impeachment, but did you know that La Clinton has named impeached former judge turned Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL) as a co-chair for her presidential campaign?

Jason Smith writes in response:

I guess it’s only fitting that someone who’s been impeached would head up a Clinton campaign.

Here’s a little history on Hastings’ 1988 impeachment and the players involved.

Lieberman’s hardline stance on Iran

With his recent comments on what we should do if Iran continues to aid anti-US forces in Iraq, has he finally, once and for all, completely ostracized himself from the Democratic party? Here’s video of Lieberman’s call for a strike on Iran if their antics in Iraq continue:

(Via Hot Air)

Michael Ledeen thinks Lieberman should be our next Sec. of State.

C’mon, Joe. You know you want to switch parties. Just lemme know when you’re ready for the keys to the VRWC super-secret underground reprogramming room :D

Read more via Atlas Shrugs, Jules Crittenden, JammieWearingFool, Blue Crab Boulevard, Israpundit

The “Sopranos” series-ending episode

I don’t watch the “Sopranos” but I’m sure I have plenty of readers who do, so I thought I’d open up a thread for discussion on the last ever episode of the show, which aired earlier tonight.

The AP has an article about what happened, so if you’ve TiVo’d it to watch later, don’t click on that link, and don’t look at the comments section :) That also goes for the thread Captain Ed has up about it, which contains spoilers.

And speaking of the “Sopranos,” Mary Katharine Ham has posted a Soprano-esque HamNation: Washington, DC edition that I think you’ll enjoy.

The death penalty: A deterrent to crime?

Several studies taken over the last six years suggest that it does:

What gets little notice, however, is a series of academic studies over the last half-dozen years that claim to settle a once hotly debated argument — whether the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder. The analyses say yes. They count between three and 18 lives that would be saved by the execution of each convicted killer.

The reports have horrified death penalty opponents and several scientists, who vigorously question the data and its implications.

So far, the studies have had little impact on public policy. New Jersey’s commission on the death penalty this year dismissed the body of knowledge on deterrence as “inconclusive.”

But the ferocious argument in academic circles could eventually spread to a wider audience, as it has in the past.

“Science does really draw a conclusion. It did. There is no question about it,” said Naci Mocan, an economics professor at the University of Colorado at Denver. “The conclusion is there is a deterrent effect.”

A 2003 study he co-authored, and a 2006 study that re-examined the data, found that each execution results in five fewer homicides, and commuting a death sentence means five more homicides. “The results are robust, they don’t really go away,” he said. “I oppose the death penalty. But my results show that the death penalty (deters) — what am I going to do, hide them?”

Statistical studies like his are among a dozen papers since 2001 that capital punishment has deterrent effects. They all explore the same basic theory — if the cost of something (be it the purchase of an apple or the act of killing someone) becomes too high, people will change their behavior (forego apples or shy from murder).

To explore the question, they look at executions and homicides, by year and by state or county, trying to tease out the impact of the death penalty on homicides by accounting for other factors, such as unemployment data and per capita income, the probabilities of arrest and conviction, and more.

Read the whole thing.

Even if those studies constituted unquestionable proof that the DP was a deterrent to crime, the moral debate on whether or not the DP is an acceptable punishment, allowable under the Constitution, would still rage on.

I take a look at the molestation and murder of 6 year-old Christopher Michael Barrios as well as the torture, rape, and murders of young Tennessee couple Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom and I wouldn’t feel any moral conflict should their rapists/killers get the DP.

Round 1 of French parliamentary elections: Sarko’s conservatives win

Fausta’s got updates galore. Austin Bay’s following the results closely, too.

The second – and most important round – will be the final round, which takes place on June 17.

If the conservative wave continues and is successful next week, it will make it all the more easier for Sarko to implement the sweeping reforms he wants to, most regarding the French economy.

Speaking of Sarko, the Politque blog has video of what looks like a slightly tipsy new French president … doing some early celebrating, perhaps?


Will he or won’t he be disbarred?

Coming Tuesday: Former Durham DA Mike Nifong goes on trial for ethics violation charges stemming from the Duke lacrosse rape case.

Scared Monkeys wonders:

The question does remain though, will the NC State Bar just gloss over Nifong’s actions as State Bar’s have done all too often in the past? Will they protect one of their own and just give a slap on the wrist, if anything? Or will they actually serve the public and make an example out of Nifong and his actions? We shall see.

Even if he’s acquited- which is highly unlikely – I think it’s pretty safe to say that his days of practicing law are over.