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Bush Gives Up Golf, But Shanks Another One.

Possibly Bush's last swing of the clubBush Gave Up Golf in Solidarity with Iraq Dead. 

WASHINGTON (May 13) – President Bush said Tuesday he was disappointed in “flawed intelligence” before the Iraq war and was concerned that if a Democrat wins the presidency in November and withdrew troops prematurely it could “eventually lead to another attack on the United States.”

In an interview with the political newspaper Politico and Yahoo News, Bush also said he gave up golf in 2003 out of respect for U.S. soldiers killed in the war, which has now lasted more than five years.

“I didn’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”  Full Story

The Beefs …

Fore !! … Bush shanks another one.  I guess we’re supposed to think its commendable that Bush gave up golf in solidarity for the thousands of young men and women that have lost their lives in Iraq ?   Perhaps he should have listened to his caddy, kept his driver in the bag, and instead continued working on his short game at home.   Not only would have it dramatically improved his score card on the golf course, it certainly would have raised his score with the American people.   And of course, lowered the score of lives lost abroad.  

Unfortunately, no mulligans allowed on this course.

Stevo.

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US Ranks Fifth in Executions in World

LONDON (April 15) – China executed more people than any other country in the world last year by putting at least 470 people to death, but the number of executions in the country actually fell by more than half compared to the year before, Amnesty International said.  Read Full Story by Kelvin Chan, AP.

 The Beef ….

The first thing that came to mind when seeing this article was that the Pro Life activists would be dismayed that we’re not more concerned about the abortion rate.  But I’ll leave that thought behind for now, and focus on the snuffed out lives for those that most likely deserved it.  I say most likely, because there is always a percentage that were wrongly convicted.  And others that are probably more deserving of the death penalty, escape on a technicality.  And there lies my dilemma, my beef is not so much whether the death penalty is proper justice, but whether we’re getting it right, and whether its even possible to get it right.  Like everything else that involves human judgment, we have a fairly high tendency to screw it up.   Even worse when these decisions are being made under the powerful influences of politics, special interest groups, corruption, etc.   I don’t envy those that are involved in this process, its a part of humanity, or inhumanity that you wish you could just sweep under the rug.   But one liberating thought is that the in United States, unlike the other countries in the top 5, we’re not affraid to bring it into the light.

Thanks for the read ..  Stevo.