hard heads soft hearts

a scratch pad for half-formed thoughts by a liberal political junkie who's nobody special. ''Hard Heads, Soft Hearts'' is the title of a book by Princeton economist Alan Blinder, and tends to be a favorite motto of neoliberals, especially liberal economists.

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Friday, June 14, 2002
david wayne spence, in texas, in 1998
thomas thompson, in california, in 1997

somewhat ironically, for the endless compaints about
the disproportionate execution of minorities, both
were white men.

The basic reason they were executed was that the
criminal justice system in both counties was not
willing to admit they made a mistake, that in this
particular case, they had done wrong, they were the
bad guys.

the evidence for spence's innocence is stronger than
thompson, but the case against thompson was also very
weak and I have a strong gut feeling, based on an
assesment of thompson's character, that he was

I have some respect for you and sincerely hope you
take me up on this and look into these cases. Though
from what I have observed ofhe intellectual decay of
contemporary conservatism, I strongly expect this
email to disappear into the ether.