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Swampjedi
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Making our National Day of Mourning for Gerald Ford on Tuesday instead of Wednesday was great. This means that, as a Federal employee, I now have a 4 day weekend.

Note that I do have quite a bit of conflict for enjoying my longer weekend at the expense of poor President Ford.

Am I a bad person? [Angst]

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Its what he would have wanted...

Plus we get to watch a Hanging! Would it be tacky for W to attend it in person?

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Yay, I've always wanted to watch a hanging.
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Swampjedi
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I'm not going to watch it.
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What the HELL?
How can you think watching a hanging is a good thing?
My ancesters were hung! I can't stand the thought of seeing such a thing!
I'm still traumatize from them showing this hostage that got hung when I was six years old!
Damn. Sickening.

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I suspect most people would have some level of curiosity about watching a person die at the hands of another, until they've actually seen it and realized what really happens.

I suppose with repetition it's possible to become numb to it, or somehow psych oneself into watching out of a feeling of "justice" or some such notion. I also suppose that there are those who are charged with being present on such occasions who would no doubt rather be somewhere else but go out of a sense of duty, or because of their calling.

But overall, I think the idea of state executions is repulsive, and the idea of viewing one makes me sad.

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No matter how much anyone deserves to die, and that's a debate in and of itself, death is never pretty, and the act of dying, especially by hanging, isn't something that'd be entertaining to watch for any reason.
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1. I too feel conflicted about the day off. While still very much looking forward to it.

2. For a horrible moment, the hanging comments made me think there were details about the state funeral I was as yet unaware of.

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Swampjedi
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Oh my gosh, horrible horrible mental image there.

You know, if I died and a million people got a day off, I'd want them to enjoy it.

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Soara
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That was sarcasm.
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Swampjedi
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Yeah, but Sax's wasn't.
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Watching a hanging used to be Sunday afternoon fun for the whole family.

Now we just watch the fake stuff in movies and on tv.

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quote:
Originally posted by Bob_Scopatz:
I suspect most people would have some level of curiosity about watching a person die at the hands of another, until they've actually seen it and realized what really happens.

I suppose with repetition it's possible to become numb to it, or somehow psych oneself into watching out of a feeling of "justice" or some such notion. I also suppose that there are those who are charged with being present on such occasions who would no doubt rather be somewhere else but go out of a sense of duty, or because of their calling.

But overall, I think the idea of state executions is repulsive, and the idea of viewing one makes me sad.

AMEN, Bob.
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I wish they had a Pay Per View of it, it is a slow night.

What a historical occasion, perhaps the last hanging of a world leader ever. I hope the occasion removes the sticking point in the heart of the Iraqi's telling them at last that it is over, he is never coming back.

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Sax, the legal system is not here for you to get your rocks off on. You've made me physically ill, thanks.
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Mr. Ford, rest in peace.
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