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Condemned US inmate nominated anew for Nobel Peace Prize [Tookie Williams]
AFP ^ | 12/6/5

Posted on 12/07/2005 7:39:38 AM PST by SmithL

SAN FRANCISCO - A condemned US inmate who turned from a gang leader to an anti-gang advocate behind bars has been nominated for the 2006 Nobel peace prize, the college professor behind the nomination said.

Professor Philip Gasper of Notre Dame de Namur University in California has nominated convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams for the prize five years in a row, according to Alice Kim of the Campaign to Stop the Death Penalty.

A Swiss parliamentarian was the first to recommend Williams for the prize, Kim said.

"I respect him for his willingness to be public with his stand against gangs and for peace, though he must cope daily with a violent prison environment where gang members and unfriendly prison officials surround him, many of whom do not support his message or his work," said Gasper.

"Moreover, I admire Mr. Williams because of his ability to do this remarkable work for youth, despite the fact that he is, in prison jargon, a 'dead man walking'."

Williams is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection in San Quentin Prison on the San Francisco Bay early on Dec. 13.

Celebrity governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will hold a clemency hearing on Thursday at which each side will get 30 minutes to make their case why Williams should be spared or killed.

"His contributions to anti-gang activities; his children's books and his role in negotiating gang truces has had effects in the United States and internationally," Gasper told AFP.

"This is somebody who is playing a very positive role. It would be a huge loss to society to stop him from playing that role."

Williams, who co-founded the notorious Crips gang in Los Angeles, has maintained his innocence in the four 1979 murders that resulted in his death sentence.

The 51-year-old Williams was convicted in 1981 of the murders but has since renounced his violent past, penned children's books and worked to stem gang warfare.

Aside from writing children's books with anti-gang themes, Williams has inked a "Protocol for Street Peace" for gangs to use to achieve truces.

Gasper, head of the department of philosophy and religion at the private Catholic university in Northern California, said his nomination of Williams for the peace prize was endorsed by 32 other professors.

Support for Williams has gained momentum in recent weeks. Rallies have grown increasingly frequent at the prison gates. Actors, musicians, Nobel laureates and political leaders have urged Schwarzenegger to grant clemency.

Rapper Snoop Dogg, born Calvin Broadus, lobbied for Williams in his latest music CD and in a new music video.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People launched a four-city tour in California on Tuesday to rally support for Williams.

Meanwhile, a group called Religious Imperative to Stop State Murders and a hippie-generation icon, "Wavy Gravy," dressed as "Santa Insanity Claus" planned a demonstration at the prison gates on Tuesday.

Gravy and the group were to deliver gifts including Life Saver candy "for the children of the world," a life preserver for Schwarzenegger and Twinkies for inmates, organizers said.

Vigils outside the prison were expected to intensify with the approach of the execution date.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: deathpenalty; frymumia; frytookie; ignobel; stanleywilliams; tookie; tookiewilliams
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Tookie Delenda Est!
1 posted on 12/07/2005 7:39:40 AM PST by SmithL
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He's at least as deserving as Arafat.


2 posted on 12/07/2005 7:40:02 AM PST by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
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To: SmithL

Tookie is going to have an electrifying spiritual experience


3 posted on 12/07/2005 7:40:43 AM PST by Element187
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To: SmithL
A condemned US inmate who turned from a gang leader to an anti-gang advocate behind bars has been nominated for the 2006 Nobel peace prize, the college professor behind the nomination said

Nothing says peace like the murdering of 4 innocent people.

4 posted on 12/07/2005 7:41:19 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: SmithL

Our educational system wishes to award murderers; this is not surprising.

Liberal theological question: What if Tookie killed Cindy Sheehan?


5 posted on 12/07/2005 7:41:21 AM PST by Loud Mime (Bad Lawmakers = Bad Law = Infinite Lawyers)
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To: SmithL

Is Saddam next?

But in the real world, who cares? Nobel Prizes are so yesterday.


6 posted on 12/07/2005 7:43:24 AM PST by NeilGus
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To: SmithL

I wonder if Gasper can name the victims?


7 posted on 12/07/2005 7:43:31 AM PST by Tennessee_Bob ("Those who "abjure" violence can only do so because others are committing violence on their behalf.")
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To: SmithL

Oooooooooooo, a double dare to execute a nobel prize nominee!!!


.....where's that rusty needle I keep around here?......


8 posted on 12/07/2005 7:43:57 AM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestu s globus, inflammare animos)
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To: SmithL

Fry Mumia..


9 posted on 12/07/2005 7:45:22 AM PST by boomop1
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To: SmithL
"His contributions to anti-gang activities; his children's books and his role in negotiating gang truces has had effects in the United States and internationally," Gasper told AFP.


10 posted on 12/07/2005 7:45:50 AM PST by pgyanke (The history of man is the story of God reaching out for His people and continually being refused.)
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To: SmithL

What Tookie has proved himself deserving of is an Acadamy Award. Give the guy an Oscar, for crying out loud. Something solid he can hold onto as the lethal juices of justice flow through his veins.


11 posted on 12/07/2005 7:46:37 AM PST by F.J. Mitchell (Okay, bring our troops home. But don't feign suprise when the terrorists tag along.)
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To: SmithL

Thankfully, this will all be moot at 12:01 a.m. December 13th.


12 posted on 12/07/2005 7:47:11 AM PST by Obadiah
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To: Puppage
Photos of Tookie's murder victims.

Scroll down to near bottom and click the links.

GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING

13 posted on 12/07/2005 7:47:13 AM PST by Loud Mime (Bad Lawmakers = Bad Law = Infinite Lawyers)
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To: SmithL

pgasper@ndnu.edu


14 posted on 12/07/2005 7:47:42 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: SmithL
...he must cope daily with a violent prison environment...

 

This, in a nutshell, is the leftist mindset: Viciously slaughter four innocent people and you're the martyr.

I wonder if "Professor" Philip Gasper would be so supportive if Tookie was Caucasian...


16 posted on 12/07/2005 7:50:39 AM PST by Fintan (Suppose there were no hypothectical questions?)
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To: SmithL

Looks like Jimmy Carter has met his match.


17 posted on 12/07/2005 7:52:08 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Baynative

Thats ALL these "awards" are. Just a self-gratifying way for liberals to gain some perverted sense of legitimacy. These awards may have been genuine at some point in the distant past, but everyone now knows that they have long ago been hijacked by leftists, and is the case with everything they touch, they have turned something good and meaningful into worthless, meaningless trash.


18 posted on 12/07/2005 7:52:58 AM PST by Obadiah
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To: SmithL
Hey Professor Gasper - wait til 2006. Tookie will really be peaceful then.
19 posted on 12/07/2005 7:53:11 AM PST by badgerlandjim (Hillary Clinton is to politics as Helen Thomas is to beauty)
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To: SmithL

-Professor Philip Gasper of Notre Dame de Namur University in California has nominated convicted killer Stanley "Tookie" Williams for the prize five years in a row-

There's more to this relationship, that's what I'm thinkin'.


20 posted on 12/07/2005 7:53:56 AM PST by AmericanChef
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To: SmithL

I think that as far as deterring gang violence, what do you think would send a message that would curb gang violence?

a) Murder 4 people, be executed

b) Murder 4 people, write a few children's books and promise to be a good boy from now on, get a nobel peace prize


21 posted on 12/07/2005 7:54:08 AM PST by Bones75
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To: SmithL

OMG!!! What's next, Georgia governor Jimmy "Peanut" Carter getting elected president????


22 posted on 12/07/2005 7:55:29 AM PST by RetiredArmy (I have no faith in any politician or political party any more. They all lie for their agendas.)
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To: SmithL

Adios, Tookie.


23 posted on 12/07/2005 7:57:20 AM PST by tgusa (Gun control: deep breath, sight alignment, squeeze the trigger .....)
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To: SmithL

Who will be next? Scott Peterson? That Mumia guy? Charles Manson? Sirhan Sirhan? SHEESH! These people make me sick!


24 posted on 12/07/2005 7:57:30 AM PST by Polyxene (For where God built a church, there the Devil would also build a chapel - Martin Luther)
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To: SmithL

Idiots, dingbats, wingnuts, leftists, losers, skinny whiners with hair all over their bodies. [Add a big Howard Dean scream here.]


25 posted on 12/07/2005 7:57:41 AM PST by billhilly (John Murtha, ex Marine. Leading the charge of the Demoquits.)
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To: SmithL

Does anyone actually believe that a Nobel Peace Prize is noteworthy anymore? The only thing that could be done to improve the award would be to increase the absorbency of the certificate.


26 posted on 12/07/2005 7:57:50 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth (The problem with being a 'big tent' Party is that the clowns are seated with the paying customers.)
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To: SmithL

Only six days left for Tookie! No Christmas Cookie for Tookie!


27 posted on 12/07/2005 8:01:28 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: NeilGus

"Nobel Prizes are so yesterday."

That is an excellent point. Hoola Hoops, Miss America, Edsals, ethical politicians, teachers who taught, "News" papers, and sadly, Harry Truman, the last decent democrat.


28 posted on 12/07/2005 8:02:04 AM PST by billhilly (John Murtha, ex Marine. Leading the charge of the Demoquits.)
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To: SmithL
"Moreover, I admire Mr. Williams because of his ability to do this remarkable work for youth, despite the fact that he is, in prison jargon, a 'dead man walking'."

Sheesh! I'm glad I never had a prof like that!

29 posted on 12/07/2005 8:02:32 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: pgyanke

Excellent post. I am appalled by the media circus surrounding the "Free Tookie Williams" movement.

The international and Hollywood support for the clemency of Stanley "Tookie" Williams just garnered further support. This time from the western regional director of the NAACP, Jamal Watkins. Jamal Watkins recently compared "Tookie" Williams to Moses and insists that clemency must be given to Mr. Williams.

Since the Governor of California will be reviewing "Tookie's" request for clemency this week maybe we should review exactly what "Tookie" did and what kind of a man he is today.

"Tookie" is infamous because he is the founder of the notorious L.A. Crips gang which currently boasts a membership of 30,000 gang members. The L.A. police department estimates that this gang is responsible for 300 murders a year.

In 1979 "Tookie" murdered four innocent, defenseless people with a shotgun at point blank range. During his first murder he ordered a convenient store clerk into the back room and told him to "lie face down on the floor you mother----er." He then walked over to this young man and shot him in the back at contact range with a shotgun. The rush of blood in the victims lungs and throat made a gurgling sound and the man struggled to breathe. "Tookie" then fired another round into the man's back -- again at contact range. Later that evening he bragged about the murder and laughed while recalling the agony, gurgling sounds and the desperate gasping of the victim.

Eleven days later "Tookie" broke into a small motel at 5:30 in the morning. When confronted by the owner he shot the man point blank in the face with a shotgun. He broke into the owners bedroom and shot his wife at point blank range with the same shotgun. When their daughter came running to their rescue he shot and brutally killed their only daughter with the same powerful shotgun. Then he calmly raided the cash register and drove away with a hundred dollars -- the only receipts for the evening.

"Tookie" was convicted of murder and sentenced to death for these wanton, brutal acts of murder. During the sentencing phase of his trial he looked over to the jury and mouthed "I will get everyone of you mother----ers."

Shortly after incarceration he hatched a plan to escape which included the planned killing of deputies and one of his fellow accomplices. The plans were described in his own notes that he was passing back and forth to his visitors.

His case has been appealed all the way to the United States Supreme Court where the court denied to review it. He has now exhausted all of his appeals and is seeking clemency from the Governor. It should be catergorically denied.

Why? Because "Tookie" Williams is not remorseful, does not take responsibility for his actions, has consistently denied that he killed anyone -- ever, still maintains his innocence against all evidence to the contrary, claims that he was framed, maintains that he is the victim, and as recently as last week during an interview with MSNBC, Rita Cosby, lied about important details regarding his case.

"Tookie" Williams showed no mercy to his victims, is not remorseful, continues to lie, and has never taken responsibilty for his murderous actions. This man does not deserve to be treated as a hero. He is an unrepentant murderous thug. We must not forget who the real victims are. "Tookie" deserves the ultimate punishment for his crimes. Shouldn't we spend more time celebrating the lives of Albert Owens, Yee Chen Lin, Yen-I Yang or Tsi-Shai Yang instead of glorifying a murderous thug?


30 posted on 12/07/2005 8:03:14 AM PST by daviscupper
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To: Element187

In California it's lethal injection. Before that it was the gas chamber. But what's the matter with a good old fashioned hanging?


31 posted on 12/07/2005 8:03:35 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: SmithL
Suggested bumber sticker:

COOK "TOOK"!!
32 posted on 12/07/2005 8:03:59 AM PST by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!!!)
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To: Loud Mime

"What if Tookie killed Cindy Sheehan?"

Her Nobel Prize would be presented in absentia. Come to think of it, his will be also.


34 posted on 12/07/2005 8:05:23 AM PST by billhilly (John Murtha, ex Marine. Leading the charge of the Demoquits.)
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To: Obadiah

How true. If there were any legitimacy to the 'Peace Prize', it should be awarded to the United States Armed Forces every year!


35 posted on 12/07/2005 8:05:54 AM PST by Rummyfan
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Oops:
Suggested bumper sticker:

COOK TOOK!!
36 posted on 12/07/2005 8:06:26 AM PST by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!!!)
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To: Obadiah

How true. If there were any legitimacy to the 'Peace Prize', it should be awarded to the United States Armed Forces every year!


37 posted on 12/07/2005 8:06:29 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: SmithL
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil who put darkness for light and light for darkness, wo put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Is. 5:20

Who to anyone who cares more about an unrepentent murderer than the murderer's victims; who cares more about the welfare of the guilty than the welfare of the innocent.

38 posted on 12/07/2005 8:07:13 AM PST by IVC1974
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To: SmithL
Another multiple murderer gets the Nobel. So what? Its an example of defining decency down - and deviancy up. Tookie William is a social deviant who took four innocent human lives. He needs to be punished regardless of considerations of popularity or fame. That's the whole idea behind the impartial dead weight of justice - the Eternal Court Of History takes no favors.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie.Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

39 posted on 12/07/2005 8:08:17 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Rummyfan
No Christmas Cookie for Tookie!

I like it....just sent it around as a "one week shelf life" bumper sticker suggestion.

40 posted on 12/07/2005 8:08:46 AM PST by ErnBatavia (403-3)
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To: SmithL

The Gubernator: You're a funny guy, Tookie. I kill you last.
Tookie: Thanks, Governor.
The Gubernator: Remember when I said I kill you last Tookie?
Tookie: That's right, you said you'd kill me last!
The Gubernator: I lied!


41 posted on 12/07/2005 8:09:33 AM PST by Rummyfan
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SmithL, I'm gonna nominate YOU for the Nobel Peace Prize for posting this article - in my opinion you have advanced the cause of world peace by braving the hazards of cyberspace and leading this uplifting and enlightening discussion.

Where do I get the nomination forms?

42 posted on 12/07/2005 8:10:18 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Is your problem ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.)
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To: daviscupper

Excellent post. Thank you.


43 posted on 12/07/2005 8:10:22 AM PST by New Perspective (Proud father of an 2 year old son with Down Syndrome)
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To: Loud Mime

Hell, then I myself would have nominated him.


44 posted on 12/07/2005 8:11:01 AM PST by thoughtomator (What'ya mean you formatted the cat!?)
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To: daviscupper
He is an unrepentant murderous thug.

I hope the Governor states this loud and clear tomorrow, through his actions if no other way.

45 posted on 12/07/2005 8:12:47 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: SmithL

What has the nominee done to promote peace? Founded the Crips and was tried and convicted of murdering four people. For this, he's a hero to the NAACP.


46 posted on 12/07/2005 8:13:38 AM PST by popdonnelly
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
Thank you, thank you!

I am SO proud!

Is there a check that comes with this?

47 posted on 12/07/2005 8:14:36 AM PST by SmithL (There are a lot of people that hate Bush more than they hate terrorists)
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To: SmithL
The only useful thing about this latest "Nobel nomination" it that it shows how cheap and meaningless a Nobel nomination is. Anybody can have one. It means nothing.

I do note that this glowing profile of this multiple murderer does not mention his two rapes of other prisoners, which is part of his career as a "model prisoner" according to the Rt. Rev. Jesse L. Jackson.

Well, in another week, Tookie will be dead, and Jesse ... well, Jesse will have to find another scam to shill the public.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column: "What Side is the New York Times On?"

48 posted on 12/07/2005 8:15:37 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (Do you think Fitzpatrick resembled Captain Queeg, coming apart on the witness stand?)
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To: SmithL
If Tookie wins the Nobel Prize posthumously, does the award go to the Crips?

5 and counting.
49 posted on 12/07/2005 8:16:04 AM PST by BIGLOOK (I once opposed keelhauling but recently have come to my senses.)
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To: SmithL

If the NAACP is really opposed to capital punishment, why doesn't it raise a stink when someone other than an African-American is about to be executed?


50 posted on 12/07/2005 8:16:25 AM PST by popdonnelly
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