Texas to Put Humans to Sleep with Animal Drug

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Texas's execution-bound inmates will soon know what it's like to be put to sleep.
Pretty soon, in-deep-doo-doo Texans will be able to exit the planet in the same style as deaf, blind and arthritic-ridden Fidos and Fluffys.

As was recently reported by the Wall Street Journal, the state of Texas has opted to change its lethal-injection formula to include pentobarbital. The sedative is the choice drug for veterinarians to put you-sure-lived-a-good-life animals to sleep.

The move was prompted by a nationwide deficit of thiopental sodium, thanks/no thanks to a company called Hospira. The Chicago-based biz was, until recently, the only spot that provided the goods to assist executioners in their craft. But in November, Hospira decided to halt the supply of thiopental sodium, and capital-punishment states have been scrambling ever since.

In an execution-giddy state such as Texas, you knew they were going to do anything to continue injecting the ever-living crap out of people and into purgatory. More surprisingly, however, is that the Lone Star State won't be the first to use pentobarbital to help bid sayonara to death-row inmates.

As of the time this post was published, Oklahoma and Ohio have cumulatively executed three folks with the aid of pentobarbital. The drug, which has been cited as a reckless substitute for thiopental sodium, has been used in mercy killings for animals and assisted suicides.

According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Web site, the next scheduled execution takes place on April 5 with Cleve Foster. If all goes as planned, the death-row inmate -- who raped and killed Sudanese immigrant Nyaneur Pal on February 13, 2002, in Fort Worth -- will be the first person in Texas to go out with the help of pentobarbital.

Say "hi" to (sob) Gizmo and Whiskers for us.

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bet if you read a detailed account of their killings they would be more like animals than human


While dogs and humans metabolize drugs differently, there are many drugs that are commonly used by both M.D.'s and veterinarians. Your thin attempt to promote anti-death penalty views by painting this drug as inhumane simply because it is used by vets to put animals down falls flat. Why don't you go to a senior center and tell anyone who uses Lodine for arthritis to "say hi to Gizmo and Whiskers" when they pass, and tell me what kind of response you receive.

James Anderson
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I admit that I don't understand your state's or your country's vocal delight in the ending of human life, however I would like to comment on the puerile if not vacuous regurgitations of Mr Jansen.

While not deigning to grace Mr Jansen's verbal defecations with any sort of reiteration of the captial punishment debate, I would like to appeal to the humanity of the reader.

One human life has already been ended in violence and shame and another is about to be. Whether you choose to call it justice, vengeance or devine retribution; may we at least agree that this is a moment of spiritual pause for all of us.

We will all stand by and watch the state sanctioned ending of a human life. Human life being, still in this miraculous age, a divine blessing bestowed only by God.

Deserved or not, this execution asks many questions of our humanity. Questions which Mr Jansen appears blithely and, many would say, proudly ignorant of.

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