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Emotions run high outside San Quentin's gates [źDead man walking╗ - Sean Penn, crying!]
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Posted on 12/13/2005 9:21:23 AM PST by Goldwater-Reagan Republican

As the crowd outside San Quentin State Prison was told after midnight this morning that Tookie Williams was dead, a lone voice cried out, "Shame." Then the throng took up the chant, "Tookie, Tookie, Tookie, Tookie."

"Despite what happened tonight, people do not feel defeated, as you can hear," said Jeff Boyette of San Francisco, a Williams supporter in his 20s.

"I think people see tonight just how unjust the system is," added Sarah Poole, another young death penalty opponent from San Francisco.

Moments earlier, as the execution time neared, there were tears as people sang "We Shall Overcome."

With California Highway Patrol officers in riot gear standing by, the crowd of well over a thousand dispersed peacefully.

It brought to an end one of the most celebrated death penalty cases in memory.

All night, the scene outside San Quentin's East Gate had been a crush of Tookie Williams supporters, capital punishment opponents, journalists and a few demonstrators in favor of Williams' execution.

As midnight drew closer, people poured into little San Quentin Village, swelling the crowd and jamming the narrow street leading into the prison.

The CHP was very much in evidence throughout the night, tightening security on roads around San Quentin and circling overhead in a helicopter.

The large turnout was not entirely unexpected, even though people had to park far away and hike in. The Williams case, with its condemnation of gang violence and themes of peace and redemption, had become a cause celebre in California.

"Tookie Williams has a new celebrity based on his transformation," the Rev. Jesse Jackson said as he waited, comparing the founder of the Crips street gang to Malcolm X. "He likes that."

Jackson was among a contingent of Williams' supporters who walked to the prison from San Francisco, carrying signs calling for an end to "state-sponsored murder."

Standing on a makeshift stage under glaring lights before the execution, he told the crowd that he had visited Williams twice that day.

"I said, 'We'll see you in the morning,' and we laughed and embraced," he said. "Tookie's last words to me were, 'Those who care about my legacy, avoid violence.'"

Actor Mike Farrell, a longtime death penalty opponent, condemned Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for denying Williams' clemency, and taking so long to announce his decision.

"He didn't respond for 97 hours," he said. "He tortured him (Williams) for 97 hours."

Folksinger and peace activist Joan Baez took the stage, quoted Gandhi, saying, "An eye for an eye until the whole world is blind," then added, "We have to be blind in this country to do what we do."

After branding the execution "cold-blooded murder," she sang an a cappella rendition of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," and said she would "spend the night silently in prayer."

Angela Davis appeared, and Marin actor Sean Penn was on hand, but did not speak.

Marin author Anne Lamott was among those in the noisy, jostling crowd.

"I'm just bearing witness," she said. "As Woody Allen once said, '90 percent of life is showing up.'"

For Lamott, bearing witness at the prison gate has been a lifelong ritual. She said she used to come to San Quentin in the 1950s with her father, who taught English to prisoners.

"We came when they were going to gas someone and stood vigil," she said. "It's so horrible to me."

While the crowd was generally peaceful, there were some minor scuffles and conflicts.

A "shock jock" from a Los Angeles radio station had his microphone broken when he harassed Jesse Jackson, demanding that Jackson recite the names of Williams' victims. He was later surrounded by Williams' supporters, chanting "racist go home."

A capital punishment advocate with a bullhorn was surrounded and drowned out by a circle of drummers. And a man's crudely-lettered cardboard sign, which read: "Cook Kookie" was quickly obscured by death penalty opponents holding signs with slogans such as: "The California Department of Corrections is a serial killer. Stop it before it murders again."

Marin peace activists Alan and Ruth Barnett of Mill Valley came to the prison after Schwarzenegger surprised them by failing to grant clemency in the politically-charged case.

"One feels so helpless," he said. "These are cathartic experiences for people."


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Actor Sean Penn waits outside of San Quentin State prison in San Quentin, Calif., early Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005.


1 posted on 12/13/2005 9:21:26 AM PST by Goldwater-Reagan Republican
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

Watching the left lose it is going to be fun.


2 posted on 12/13/2005 9:22:07 AM PST by stocksthatgoup (Polls = Proof that when the MSM want your opinion it will give it to you.)
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

I take it this pos so-called actor is NOT crying over the lives of "Tookie's" victims.....


3 posted on 12/13/2005 9:23:02 AM PST by auto power
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

That picture is priceless!

Brings a smile to my face.


4 posted on 12/13/2005 9:23:25 AM PST by commonguymd (My impatience is far more advanced than any known technology.)
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

The magnet of evil!


5 posted on 12/13/2005 9:23:29 AM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

That's how the Tookie crumbles.


6 posted on 12/13/2005 9:24:05 AM PST by San Jacinto (Hearing something on the network news is reason enough to disbelieve it.)
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

Yesterday the local TV reporter discussed Arnold's decision as "He decided not to save Stanley Williams' life".

They could have said "He decided not to interfere with the outcome of the courts and the decision by a jury of Stanley William's peers" but the former sounded better to them.

Just another example of media bias trying to create a perspective that is not based in reality.


7 posted on 12/13/2005 9:24:13 AM PST by Paloma_55 (Which part of "Common Sense" do you not understand???)
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

And yet, the sight of an infant being slaughtered because it is an inconvenience elicits nothing.


8 posted on 12/13/2005 9:24:16 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: stocksthatgoup
... oh really funny! Have you read Jesse Jackson comparing Tookie Williams to Malcolm X?
9 posted on 12/13/2005 9:24:30 AM PST by Goldwater-Reagan Republican
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

Its certainly fitting for Penn to sympathize with Tookie. Penn loves Saddam Hussein too. Penn loves murderous thugs, the more murders they commit, the more he loves them.

At least he is consistent.


10 posted on 12/13/2005 9:25:12 AM PST by fizziwig
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

I have $5 says none of these people have ever joined in a pro-life protest outside an abortion mill. They can't stand killing the guilty, but killing the innocent they celebrate as a "right".


11 posted on 12/13/2005 9:25:14 AM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: stocksthatgoup
Actor Mike Farrell, a longtime death penalty opponent, condemned Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for denying Williams' clemency, and taking so long to announce his decision.

"He didn't respond for 97 hours," he said. "He tortured him (Williams) for 97 hours."

These people are mentally retarded. No PC from me. They are sick, retarded people.

Not ONE of them showed pity or remorse for the murder victims. They do not mention anything about the thousands, THOUSANDS of people killed or wounded by the gangs that this piece of trash glorified.

Question for the libs: How many books do you need to write to balance out murdering one person? One book, two books? How many? DO YOU LIBS HAVE THE GUTS TO ANSWER?!!!

12 posted on 12/13/2005 9:25:57 AM PST by technomage
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To: Campion

$ 50000 or more...


13 posted on 12/13/2005 9:26:15 AM PST by Goldwater-Reagan Republican
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican


I don't believe this. These people need serious psychological help.


14 posted on 12/13/2005 9:26:35 AM PST by Tzimisce
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican
Angela Davis appeared..

Isn't she supposed to be in jail?

15 posted on 12/13/2005 9:27:40 AM PST by floozy22
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To: auto power

Too bad CA doesn't use The Chair - Tookie Crisp!

(I saw the link that Mewzilla posted showing the crime scene victims that Tookie was proven to have killed. VERY GRAPHIC.)

http://www.homestead.com/prosites-prs/tookiewilliamsvictims.html


16 posted on 12/13/2005 9:27:52 AM PST by Sax
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican
Folksinger and peace activist Joan Baez took the stage, quoted Gandhi, saying, "An eye for an eye until the whole world is blind," then added, "We have to be blind in this country to do what we do."

Translation: "I hate the Hebrew Scriptures, I hate Jews and I hate Americans who take the Hebrew Scriptures seriously."

17 posted on 12/13/2005 9:28:10 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican


as they said ,

FREE BARABBAS !


18 posted on 12/13/2005 9:28:55 AM PST by Para-Ord.45
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican
I expect to see all these whiny bas*ards outside San Quentin crying for Scott Peterson when it's his turn to ride the needle.

I won't hold my breath.

19 posted on 12/13/2005 9:29:06 AM PST by Licensed-To-Carry (Praise be to the LORD, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.)
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

20 posted on 12/13/2005 9:29:31 AM PST by ILS21R (I can fix it.)
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To: technomage

"Tookie Williams has a new celebrity based on his transformation," the Rev. Jesse Jackson said as he waited, comparing the founder of the Crips street gang to Malcolm X. "He likes that."


21 posted on 12/13/2005 9:29:37 AM PST by Goldwater-Reagan Republican
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

What a biased piece of reporting this is!


22 posted on 12/13/2005 9:30:04 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

Sean Penn is so pathetic.


23 posted on 12/13/2005 9:31:09 AM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican
Marin author Anne Lamott was among those in the noisy, jostling crowd. "I'm just bearing witness," she said. "As Woody Allen once said, '90 percent of life is showing up.'"

"After all this is over", Lamott continued "I'm going home to have sex with my adopted stepdaughter. Woody Allen is my hero and whatever he says or does I consider as rules to guide my life."

24 posted on 12/13/2005 9:31:09 AM PST by wideawake
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To: commonguymd
That picture is priceless! Brings a smile to my face.

FreeTookie!

25 posted on 12/13/2005 9:31:22 AM PST by ErnBatavia (403-3)
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To: Licensed-To-Carry
Actually, I think they will come out in force for any execution. It's their time to garner Media attention, flaunt their hollow values and engage in the most outrageous hypocrisies. They won't miss any of these opportunities, even though Peterson is White.
26 posted on 12/13/2005 9:31:46 AM PST by TCats
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To: All

27 posted on 12/13/2005 9:32:19 AM PST by Goldwater-Reagan Republican
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To: stocksthatgoup
A "shock jock" from a Los Angeles radio station had his microphone broken when he harassed Jesse Jackson, demanding that Jackson recite the names of Williams' victims. He was later surrounded by Williams' supporters, chanting "racist go home."

...and the names of the victims were, thus, not recited or mentioned, and callously cast aside by that screwed up crowd.

Fact is, Tookie killed four innocent people. He tried every strategem imaginable to avoid responsibility for his acts. All of his actions did not and could not bring back those four or fill the voidss in the life of the loved ones.

Only God can do that...and now only God can (and will) judge Tookie for the eternities. He has been judged here and sent on to that tribunal. And that is as it should be given the overwhelming evidence and many of Tookies on actions since, notwithstanding whatever books, and whatever leftist mentors. Schwarzenegger had it right, everyone should read his staement.

28 posted on 12/13/2005 9:32:20 AM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: technomage
""He didn't respond for 97 hours," he said. "He tortured him (Williams) for 97 hours."

I too, am disappointed in Schwarzenegger. I would've thought he could have held out for triple-digits.

29 posted on 12/13/2005 9:32:47 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum.)
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

I was holding a vigil, too -- in front of my TV. I actually fell asleep in my chair early this morning waiting impatiently for them to hurry up and liquidate this parody of a person.

When I awoke, the sun was shining upon a new, Tookie-free world.

It felt good.

-Dan

30 posted on 12/13/2005 9:33:33 AM PST by Flux Capacitor (Trust me. I know what I'm doing.)
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To: Sax

" . . . showing the crime scene victims that Tookie was proven to have killed . . . "

Somebody should have showed up at the execution with large posters of these victims. THEY are the ones who should have been getting sympathy.


31 posted on 12/13/2005 9:34:28 AM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: wideawake
After branding the execution "cold-blooded murder," she sang an a cappella rendition of "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," and said she would "spend the night silently in prayer."

She spent the night on her knees no doubt...praying to what god however is a mystery.

32 posted on 12/13/2005 9:35:29 AM PST by joesnuffy (A camel once bit my sister-we knew just what to do- gather large rocks & squash her-Mullet Ho'mar)
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To: commonguymd

Reminds me of the Frenchman that cried while the Germans marched into Paris.


33 posted on 12/13/2005 9:36:14 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Mike Farrell is pathetic as well.


34 posted on 12/13/2005 9:36:19 AM PST by proudofthesouth (Boycotting movies since 1988)
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To: Jeff Head
Fact is, Tookie killed four innocent people.

Not only that they were * gasp * "hate crimes", as three of the victims were Taiwanese, and he referred to them as "Buddha-Heads." But then again, in the moonbat world, only whites are capable of being racist.

35 posted on 12/13/2005 9:36:50 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Jeff Head

John and Ken plus JZ were awesome last night. Too bad the Marin paper is too cowardly to really say what happened.

The Cook Tookie guy was assaulted, as well as the so-called "shock jocks". And NONE of the Tookie supporters could name all the victims, even when offered $20. Only a couple could name Owens. I guess the "buddha heads" don't matter that much.


36 posted on 12/13/2005 9:37:41 AM PST by xusafflyer (Mexifornian by birth, Hoosier by choice)
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To: technomage

"How many books do you need to write to balance out murdering one person?"

Well, you have to at least SELL more than 100 books per person. I've heard on two seperate radio shows that he only sold 200 to 350 of his books. Which he had "help" writing.


37 posted on 12/13/2005 9:37:59 AM PST by geopyg (Ever Vigilant, Never Fearful)
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican
The Williams case, with its condemnation of gang violence and themes of peace and redemption, had become a cause celebre in California.

Who wrote this tripe????

38 posted on 12/13/2005 9:38:37 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

Our country is a better place today.


39 posted on 12/13/2005 9:38:42 AM PST by Rollee
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To: auto power

Sean Penn doesn't even know the names of Tookie's victims. Nor does he have any conception of the late Tookster's actual body count of thousands of human beings, killed over three decades by the murder squad he created and nurtured right up until the end of his sick, wasted life.

These sour-faced, candlelit turds might as well be holding a vigil for Hitler.

-Dan

40 posted on 12/13/2005 9:38:52 AM PST by Flux Capacitor (Trust me. I know what I'm doing.)
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To: ILS21R

Shawn PinHead should have been on the Titanic. He could have bailed out the ship with his wittle plastic cup!


41 posted on 12/13/2005 9:39:21 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican

"For Lamott, bearing witness at the prison gate has been a lifelong ritual. She said she used to come to San Quentin in the 1950s with her father, who taught English to prisoners.

"We came when they were going to gas someone and stood vigil," she said. "It's so horrible to me."

Boy....she did have a disturbed chilhood.

Great posting....for a view from inside the chamber go to, 'This was not a man who went meekly': An eyewitness account of Stanley Tookie Williams' execution: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1539562/posts


42 posted on 12/13/2005 9:39:34 AM PST by indcons
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To: Old Grumpy
Telling is the fact that there are apparently no pictures of the three Asian victims - Other than crime scene photos which are Public Domain. Reportedly, they are very afraid of gang recriminations and have refused any Media attention and are essentially in hiding.

So much for Tookie's redemptive books (Written by one of his handlers BTW)

43 posted on 12/13/2005 9:39:47 AM PST by TCats
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To: dfwgator; xusafflyer

Yes...it is clear who the real rascist was...and that murderer is now gone and society better for it, despite all of the whinings and blusterings and threatenings and carrying-ons of his supporters and the fame-seekers.


44 posted on 12/13/2005 9:40:14 AM PST by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: joesnuffy

----She spent the night on her knees no doubt...----

Joanie probably spends many nights on her knees. :)

-Dan

45 posted on 12/13/2005 9:40:43 AM PST by Flux Capacitor (Trust me. I know what I'm doing.)
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To: Flux Capacitor
These sour-faced, candlelit turds might as well be holding a vigil for Hitler.

Well, maybe not Hitler, but definately for Stalin.

46 posted on 12/13/2005 9:40:44 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: joesnuffy

On her knees praying. Just like Tsai-Shai Yang died.


47 posted on 12/13/2005 9:41:05 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Goldwater-Reagan Republican
Actor Mike Farrell, a longtime death penalty opponent, condemned Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for denying Williams' clemency, and taking so long to announce his decision. "He didn't respond for 97 hours," he said. "He tortured him (Williams) for 97 hours."

WHAAAAA... Williams tortured his victims and their families for 25 YEARS!! Geesh, I'm so sick of these bleeding-heart liberals bleeding for the wrong person. Where's the compassion for the victim's families? What a bunch of HYPOCRITES!!

48 posted on 12/13/2005 9:41:28 AM PST by bkwells
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To: technomage

I agree. It's a case of mass mental retardation! Cognitive dissonance on display. Thank God there aren't enough of these Looney Tunes to run the country!


49 posted on 12/13/2005 9:42:25 AM PST by Rummyfan
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To: dfwgator

----Well, maybe not Hitler, but definately for Stalin.----

Why not Hitler? He was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, too....

-Dan

50 posted on 12/13/2005 9:42:44 AM PST by Flux Capacitor (Trust me. I know what I'm doing.)
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