Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nebraska ends capital punishment

Nebraska state Senator Ernie Chambers struck some nerves after comments surfaced in which he compared Omaha police officers to a group of Middle East fighters created with help from the Bush43 Administration.
Senators in the one-house Legislature voted 30-19 to override the veto of Gov. Pete Ricketts, a Republican who supports the death penalty. The vote makes Nebraska the first traditionally conservative state to eliminate the punishment since North Dakota in 1973. "Whenever anything historic occurs, it's never the doing of one person," said Sen. Ernie Chambers, an independent who introduced a repeal measure 38 times during his tenure in the Legislature. "I've been pushing for this for 40 years but all of this time it's never been done. If it could be done by one man, it would have been done a long time ago." Nebraska joins 18 other states and the District of Columbia in banning the ultimate punishment. Nebraska's officially nonpartisan Legislature is comprised of 35 registered Republicans, 13 Democrats and an independent.
Read it here.
During a public hearing Friday about a bill involving concealed handguns, Chambers said residents of his north Omaha district were more in fear of police than of extremist groups such as the Islamic State. “My ISIS is the police. Nobody from ISIS ever terrorized us as a people as the police do us daily. And they get away with it,” the African-American senator said, using an acronym for the militant group. [Omaha World Herald]
A black man makes a comparison to the Islamic State and there is an outcry but when a white man does it, he gets an award.

South Dakota enjoys killing and has built an economy around death.

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