Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Cruel, Unusual

In the news today, Bush: California screwing around with the execution date of Michael Morales, convicted killer and rapist, who was scheduled to die by lethal injection at 12:01 am today. According to the Los Angeles Times report, the warden was "not at a level of comfort" with the training of two anesthesiologists who had been roped in to monitor the proceedings. Of course, we wouldn't want the warden to be uncomfortable, would we? Besides, it's a wonder that they had found two doctors in the first place. Isn't it against the medical code of ethics to participate in the taking of life? There were a couple of letters to that effect from fellow physicians in yesterday's paper. Perhaps they made an impression: the NBC "news" on the Today Show said that the anesthesioligists in question had withdrawn on ethical grounds. Hmmm... More, I suppose, to learn about this.

Meantime, Bush, on a less somber note, good news: I will be brief this morning, because I'll be working on the electronic galleys of our book, "The Bush Diaries", which reached me yesterday. I'm excited. Hope you are too. And better still, you're off the hook with me for the rest of the day. Best of everything!

4 comments:

David said...

Peter, a friend of mine had Oprah's seal on his novel for awhile (until he pissed her off). Wonder if you can get the Presidential Seal (and a blurb from W, of course) on the Bush Diaries when it comes out.

PeterAtLarge said...

Good thought, David! Do you think the copyright laws apply to the American people's seal? As for the blurb from Bush, unfortunately he doesn't read...

David said...

As far as the copyright for the seal goes, I figure I own at least a little piece of it and so do you. I'll be happy to lend you my piece for the book.

PK said...

Then again it might be fortunate he doesn't read, he might get the book banned before it ever came out. I wouldn't put it past him.