The state of Alabama was trying to kill him. He was 61 and had already survived a childhood of abuse and years of lymphoma. He’d survived drug abuse and chemo and radiation.
Doyle Hamm wasn’t hopeful he’d live much longer no matter what happened.
He grew up as the tenth child in a family of twelve. The poverty was bad, but the abuse and neglect were worse.
In 2018, only two of Doyle Hamm’s siblings were left alive. His brother Danny, 57, and his sister Linda drove south from Cherokee, Alabama till just before they hit Florida and pulled over in the town of Atmore. …
I was cruising along Mainstreet, you know the corner — right at the north end of town before it turns hard left to funnel you onto the tourist strip or skooches right to … well, no one really knows where.
Anyhow, I was keeping a close eye on traffic as these out-of-towners drive like teens on crack when I had an epiphany.
It’s not just teenagers who are on crack. Or meth or booze or oxy. It’s 98% of Americans.
Let me explain.
Pancakes are a delicious wheat-based product that took the world by storm sometime around the fall of the Roman Empire. …
It’s 2020, and most countries have abolished the death penalty. American law states death shall be the penalty for 41 crimes including: treason, espionage, murder, large-scale drug trafficking, or attempted murder of a witness, juror, or court officer.
In reality, every American on death row now and all those executed in modern times committed murder. (Historically, American men were executed for rape — almost always black men whose victims were white women).
Only 53 nations currently approve state-sanctioned killings.
Practically speaking, the number of countries consistently using capital punishment is much lower because most of them perform few (if any) executions in any given year. …