Sunday, December 11, 2005

Pryor, Narnia, Tookie, in that order


Whatever you think of his comedy, Richard Pryor was a giant - and he's gone.

Richard Pryor, 1940-2005

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My daughter and I went to see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe yesterday. Predictably, the lines were long to get into the theater and tickets were hard to come by... but it was definitely worth the wait. Akin to Harry Potter, I also found interesting similarities to Passion of the Christ. There were plenty of positive messages in the movie.

Four out of five stars.


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Stanley "Tookie" Williams, co-founder of the gang called the "Crips," and convicted murderer of four, is set to be executed Tuesday at San Quentin in California.

Many celebrities are urging Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to Williams, who, they say, has "turned his life around" in prison.

The first question that must be asked is, are you also prepared to forgive thousands of other convicted murderers who are now judged (by celebrities, families or others) to have turned their lives around?

This is no simple debate, but regardless of the circumstances or any perceived rehabilitation, clemency simply cannot be granted in this case. The message such an action would send - that it's okay to found murderous gangs and kill whomever you deem deserving - would be terribly destructive to societal peace and order. It would also negate the value of the lives of those four he singlehandedly killed, and the thousands who have died at the whimsy of the Crips.

Williams has written children's books condemning gang violence and warning against the gang mentality and lifestyle, and his proponents say carrying out his sentence will negate his positive work. My feeling is, what better, more poignant way would there be to punctuate his life story than to force him to pay society's toll? I fear any other ending would send a severely detrimental message to children.

This is not to support or indict the legitimacy of the death penalty, at the time of the murders, it was simply the law of the land.

And, that this man could qualify for the Nobel Peace Prize is a travesty, in my opinion.


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It's Sunday. Whatever you end up doing, don't - and I mean this - DON'T YOU DARE have more fun than I am. I mean, shit.

9 comments:

Lee Ann said...

I had some friends (when I was much younger)that had some of Richard Pryor's albums, he was pretty filthy. I thought he became funnier when he cleaned up his act.
I would have to agree with you about Williams paying for his crimes. A lot of people "change their life" when they go to prison. That doesn't bring back the people's lives he ended.
Sorry Dave, I am having a blast today, on this fine Sunday....doing laundry!
;)

heidi said...

I totally agree with you about the Tookie thing. I find it disgusting that Ahhhhrnold has even attempted this. Of course, he's a Kennedy really so killing people and not paying the price probably seems perfectly reasonable to him.

Lee Ann said...

Dave, Come to the castle and tell me what is "in your name"!

Anonymous Shannon said...

Richard Pryor was awesome! He really blazed the trail for great comedians like Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle to be able to make it to the top.

As far as Tookie, here in Texas we have a saying regarding the death penalty for thugs like him. "Gotta go? Gotta Go!"

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

So well put. I agree.

RBrown said...

Hi Dave,
New to your blog, came from heidi's.

Totally agree with you on the Nobel Peace Prize (and all of it). I mean REALLY, shouldn't MURDERING PEOPLE automatically disqualify you for life - no matter how sorry you are or how many books you write? Seems kind of obvious to me...

OldHorsetailSnake said...

In his movies, Arnold always swashbuckled. So what's one more body count to him?

Amandarama said...

RIP Richard Pryor!

Damn...

lilly05 said...

No worries Dave, I'm working...no fun in that!

Richard Pryor was a funny guy, just a lousy person until he sobered up!

I'm not a huge suporter of the current death penalty. Why are we so damned worried about keeping the sentance so freakin clean and painless? Did Tookies victimes get the opportunity to have a "last meal" of their design or to lay down on a clean table and have their last rights read for them? How about this, did the victimes get to recieve a shot that put them to sleep before recieving a "humain" injection of potassium chloride to stop their hearts? I'm of the opinion that Tookies victimes died on filthy street corners riddled with bullets watching their lifes blood leave their pain wracked bodies...hmmmmmm...it just don't seem fair, does it? Hope those children's books expressed his remorse or at the very least regret for the lives he took so brutally.

Yup, I gotta go see Narnia. It looks like a great film. The books were in my estimation anyway! :)

Ummmm, I'm NOT a republican btw!!! Laf.