Ted Rall by Ted Rall

Ted Rall

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  1. ConserveGov

    ConserveGov said, 1 day ago

    Funny toon Teddy, but there’s a good reason why we have the death penalty. Ask the people of Up-State New York that have had to deal with weeks of terror from the escapees…..

    Date of birth: June 25, 1966

    Hometown: Tonawanda, New York

    Convicted of: First-degree murder, kidnapping, robbery.

    “Richard Matt’s former fiancee, a step-brother and co-defendant took turns at Matt’s trial providing details of the 1997 kidnap, torture and hacksaw dismemberment of Matt’s 76-year-old former boss, whose body was found in pieces in the Niagara River.

    William Rickerson spent 27 hours on a snowy December night in the trunk of a car in pajamas while his killers drove from New York to Ohio and back, angry because he wouldn’t tell them the location of the large sums of money Matt was convinced Rickerson kept on hand.

    Co-defendant Lee Bates described how Matt at one point opened the trunk and bent the duct tape-bound elderly man’s fingers back until they broke. After driving some more, Matt snapped Rickerson’s neck with his bare hands."
    Oh and then he killed a guy in Mexico.

  2. manteo16nc

    manteo16nc said, about 23 hours ago

    And he faces a stiff penalty for brazenly ignoring the “gun-free zone” sign. Playing nice with terrorists usually ends badly. Please note, Mr. Kerry.

  3. Darsan54

    Darsan54 said, about 21 hours ago


    You can always find stories of the heinous things people do to each other. The death penalty doesn’t make us any safer and we keep finding innocent people convicted under it. Besides, sanctioning state killing seems to lead to police taking some shortcuts in the process.

  4. John Locke

    John Locke said, about 18 hours ago


    “The death penalty doesn’t make us any safer. . . .” Yes it does. Rational logic must inform you that the executed criminal will never kill again. See ConserveGov above.

  5. John Locke

    John Locke said, about 18 hours ago


    Also, capital punishment by the state is called execution, not killing. And, by what tortured rationale do you connect capital punishment to, “police taking some shortcuts. . . .”?

  6. mattro53

    mattro53 said, about 18 hours ago

    What about all the innocent people that have been executed? A few minutes of research can uncover a lot of scary facts about innocent people convicted of crimes. The death penalty is nothing but institutionalized vengeance and does not deter crime. You can look that up too. If you want to punish someone, life in a cage is far more punishment. Escapes from maximum security prisons are exceedingly rare, and the people of upstate NY are not cowering in fear of two rats in a hole somewhere in the deep woods. Violence is the first refuge of the incompetent. I’ve more to say but my 3 year old son is climbing up my butt this morning.

  7. twclix

    twclix GoComics PRO Member said, about 17 hours ago

    The death penalty has been imposed on the innocent. Every level of government has prosecutors who don’t seek justice. Instead they seek to add notches to their belt. It’s how they climb their career ladder. This tilts the system and from time to time innocent people have been put to death. This should be unacceptable. Life without parole accomplishes at least two laudable objectives. First, if guilty, they have to sit in a miserable jail the rest of their days. Second, if innocent, there’s a chance they could be proven innocent by the Innocence Project or by other means. It is amazing to me that the same people who deem our governments to be incompetent have so much faith in prosecutorial justice. Believe it or not, the prosecutors rarely care about the truth. Their “incompetence” is grounded in the system. At least we can make sure we don’t execute innocent people through avid encouragement of systemic prosecutorial zeal.

  8. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, about 17 hours ago

    How can you really know that the death penalty doesn’t deter crime? Isn’t it true, then, that prison doesn’t deter crime? Jail doesn’t deter crime? Probation doesn’t deter crime? So, maybe we should just let criminals go their merry way?

    Can we send Ted Bundy over to your house for supper?

  9. Arghhgarrr

    Arghhgarrr GoComics PRO Member said, about 17 hours ago

    Actually at least in England back in the day certain criminals were first hung until almost dead, then disemboweled and their entrails burned while they watched, then when they were dead they would be drawn and quartered.

  10. Cerabooge

    Cerabooge said, about 17 hours ago

    I remember reading in A Distant Mirror that, during the early days of Western Culture, a donkey used in the commission of a capital crime (that is, most of them), would be hanged.
    And those are my ancestors. I’d rather have an ancestor who was hanged as a horse thief, than one who would hang the horse. Or donkey. Or dog.
    Back on point, I’ve had a similar reaction on reading of an 80-year sentence for a 50-year old, 5 life sentences, etc. It just seems stupid.

  11. emptc12

    emptc12 said, about 16 hours ago


    In ancient Roman times, a tree that fell and killed a person would be chopped down and burned.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 16 hours ago


    Those two would not have been able to escape without inside help from two people. And you stop suffering when you are dead, remember?
    Both of them got the death penalty. Amazingly they didn’t hurt a single person in their 27 day bid for freedom. No one.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 16 hours ago

    @John Locke

    Once they are in custody it makes us safer. Killing them as prisoners does not. Makes us barbaric.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 16 hours ago

    @John Locke

    When you have prisoners and kill them that is hardly any better to murder them. They can do no more harm. I am shocked you can trust any government to kill prisoners.

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 16 hours ago


    Also none of those involved in lying to get innocents incarcerated and or murdered by the state are never ever prosecuted.

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