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Martyrdom? (Tookie Williams)
Town Hall ^ | 12/19/2005 | John Leo

Posted on 12/19/2005 5:19:06 PM PST by WJHII


By John Leo

Dec 19, 2005

“Tookie” Williams, put to death by lethal injection last week in California, was a “legend” who underwent “a meaningful martyrdom that sent a lasting message to the world,” according to old-time leftist Tom Hayden, formerly Mr. Jane Fonda.” Meaningful martyrdom”? What can Hayden be talking about? Martyrs die for a cause. Williams died for executing four unarmed people during two 1979 robberies, shooting a woman in the face, and laughing uncontrollably at the gurgling sounds a male victim made as he died in agony.

Opposing the death penalty, of course, means speaking out even for people like Williams. Still the campaign for him has been wretched excess. His book editor and friend Barbara Becnel, compared him to Rosa Parks. She plans a massive funeral as well as a memorial to him in South Africa. Several people nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize (anybody can nominate anybody, by the way.) Because California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger denied clemency, Austrians took his name off the Arnold Schwarzenegger stadium near Graz, his hometown. A Christian political group suggested the stadium be named for Williams. In the U.S., all the usual suspects have been whipping up support and sympathy for Williams, including Jesse Jackson, Joan Baez, Susan Sarandon and Snoop Dogg.

So much attention to the murderer, almost none for those he killed. So let’s remember them here: Albert Owens, a veteran and father of two young girls, shot at a 7-11, and three member of an Asian-American family who ran the Brookhaven Motel-Yen-I Yang, Tsai-Shai Yang and Yee-Chen Lin. In a rare bit of commentary, William John Hagan of Canada Free Press wrote:” The mainstream media has ignored the realities of the Williams case in order to promote an anti-death-penalty agenda. To present this mass murderer as a martyr is an insult to victims everywhere.”

Hayden said Williams was “railroaded,” another fantasy. In the Owens killing, two accomplices said he did the shooting. In the motel case, Williams was picked up ten minutes after the shooting of the three member of the Yang family. Shotgun shells at the motel were traced to a shotgun William purchased in 1974. Williams was living with a couple, who testified that he told them details of the three murders that only the killer would know. They gave police the shotgun and said Williams kept it under his bed.

One man said Williams had bragged about killing three people who lived on Vermont Street-the location of the motel. The witness later said his testimony was coerced, but a three-judge panel on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that claim. A fellow inmate at Los Angeles County Jail testified that Williams drew up an elaborate escape plan, which involved blowing up a van carrying prisoners from jail to court and killing guards and inmates. Handwritten notes by Williams, which featured his habit of using stars to dot his I’s, corroborated the story of the plan. The fellow inmate also testified that Williams had admitted the motel murders.

Williams has been riding the death-row celebrity train for some time. Jamie Foxx made a TV movie about him “Redemption,” referring to his decision to write children’s books warning against the gang life. But the death row killer who writes high-minded books to promote clemency is not a new phenomenon. In his column, Hagan discusses Williams’s checkered career in prison, including two instances of throwing chemicals in the eyes of guards. In denying clemency, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger pointed out that Williams had never apologized for the murders, or even admitted committing them. A farewell message from Williams contained the lyrics of “Strange Fruit,” an anti-lynching song. So the unapologetic killer apparently had no clue about how he reached death row.

The media keep converting killers into celebrities deserving of our sympathy. Gary Gilmore, a Utah murderer, was the subject of an enormous book by Norman Mailer, and the ACLU furiously pursued his cause even after Gilmore said he wanted to die. Mailer turned the killer Jack Henry Abbott into a radical chic celeb and a sought-after Manhattan dinner guest once Mailer and other prominent folk helped get him paroled. He grew suddenly less popular when he killed again, knifing a waiter to death. Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted cop-killer, is a big name on the left, enlisted to speak on National Public Radio (at least until the protests got too loud) and invited to give major talks, including commencement addresses at two colleges. Now add Williams to the list-the Rosa Parks and Nobel candidate of unrepentant killers.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: hagan; johnleo; leo; stanleywilliams; tookie

1 posted on 12/19/2005 5:19:07 PM PST by WJHII
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These people are so wrapped up in their own little fantasy world, it's pathetic. "Tookie" was a cold-blooded, unrepentent murderer.

2 posted on 12/19/2005 5:29:26 PM PST by DemforBush
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Tom Hayden is a clown. He was a clown back in the 1960's, and he's a clown now.

3 posted on 12/19/2005 5:29:52 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: popdonnelly

I never considered Tom Hayden a "clown"....

I've always considered him a long toothed dangerous sonuvabitch -- who has been on the wrong side of almost every important issue for the past 40 years.....

He is CLEARLY, "the enemy within"....

Time for him to feed the worms...

Semper Fi

4 posted on 12/19/2005 5:41:56 PM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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Too bad we couldn't have gotten a twofer with Hayden on the adjoining gurney....
Would have done a proper cleansing of the Kalifornia landscape.

5 posted on 12/19/2005 5:42:02 PM PST by ridesthemiles (ridesthemiles)
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The only regret I have about Tookie's death is that California didn't put a shotgun to his head and pull the trigger, just like he did to his victims. Martyr my ass.
6 posted on 12/19/2005 5:46:46 PM PST by CarolinaGuitarman ("There is a grandeur in this view of life...")
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His message to the world.................commit murder, forfeit your life, and die in prison.

7 posted on 12/19/2005 5:48:31 PM PST by bigsigh
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Image hosted by i'll be happy when the TookyFest is over...
8 posted on 12/19/2005 5:59:34 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: DemforBush

Christmas Poem for Tookie

Twas the night before Christmas and all through San Quentin,the crips were protesting, and liberals were ventin'.

The cyanide hung by the chamber with care, in hopes that the reaper soon would be there.

The inmates were nestled all snug in their bed,except for Old Tookie, who soon would be dead.

And me with my beer mug, dressed warm in my flannel, had curled up to watch it, on the Fox News Channel.

I set up my TIVO to record the news station, and thoroughly loved the momentous occasion.

It seemed lady justice had gotten her way, and that there would be one less savage today.

When outside the jail there arose such a clatter, the cameras had turned to see what was the matter.

When what to my civilized eyes did appear, but a lineup of actors, all liberal, half queer.

The misguided freaks drew some curious looks, as they proclaimed his innocence, clutching his books.

The tears then flew out from Sarandon's eyes, as she nominated him again for the Nobel Peace Prize.

The actors were tethered to an ACLU sleigh, all towing the line of the urban decay.

On Asner, on Penn, on liberal cop-haters,
On Sharpton, on Jesse and other race-baiters.

Then at 0001, curled up like a beetle, Tookie cried like a bi*ch as they gave him the needle.

When up from the actors there arose such a cry, they had failed in their mission, and Tookie DID DIE !!

I heard Bill O'Reilly say, as I turned out my light, Merry Christmas to all ... there was justice tonight !!

OMG I am sorry, I just couldn't help myself! rofl

9 posted on 12/19/2005 6:25:00 PM PST by sheana
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To be a martyr, you need a cause.

Tookie's cause was to smoke PCP and brutally murder non-blacks.

If Tookie is a martyr, then those who see him as a martyr stand behind his cause.

Someone should point this out to those suggesting martyrdom in no uncertain terms.

10 posted on 12/19/2005 6:26:05 PM PST by Eddie01 (If you want me dead, why should I buy your records or go see your movies?)
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To: CarolinaGuitarman

Ever wonder why they waste a 'sterile needle' for the condemed?

11 posted on 12/19/2005 6:26:30 PM PST by OnRightOnLeftCoast (Liberal: like a brings a smile to your face when you push him down the stairs)
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To: OnRightOnLeftCoast
"Ever wonder why they waste a 'sterile needle' for the condemed?"

Probably OSHA.
12 posted on 12/19/2005 6:29:59 PM PST by CarolinaGuitarman ("There is a grandeur in this view of life...")
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Drove from a vacation with my family in Palm Springs, back to Seattle last week.

After 22 hours of driving I got to the off-ramp to my apartment and was promptly stuck in Seattle Center concert traffic behind a VW bug with a big sign in the back window that said


All I could think was, "Ah shit.  I'm home".


13 posted on 12/19/2005 6:30:33 PM PST by Psycho_Bunny (Base. All Yours = Mine.)
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Arnold tells his hometown to take this ring and shove it!!!

Schwarzenegger terminates name on stadium
Governor shoots down Austrian hometown’s honor after execution flap
The Associated Press
Updated: 8:23 p.m. ET Dec. 19, 2005

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday told officials in his hometown in Austria to remove his name from a sports stadium and stop using his identity to promote the city.

The governor’s request came after politicians in Graz began a petition drive to rename the stadium, reacting to Schwarzenegger’s decision last week to deny clemency to condemned inmate Stanley Tookie Williams. Opposition to the death penalty is strong in Austria.

In a letter that began “Dear Mister Mayor,” Schwarzenegger said he decided to spare the Graz city council “further concern” should he be forced to make other clemency decisions while he’s governor. Another inmate is scheduled to be executed in California Jan. 17.

“In all likelihood, during my term as governor, I will have to make similar and equally difficult decisions,” Schwarzenegger said in the letter. “To spare the responsible politicians of the city of Graz further concern, I withdraw from them as of this day the right to use my name in association with the Liebenauer Stadium.”

The stadium was renamed for the former Hollywood star in 1997. He asked that the lettering be removed by year’s end.

Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson said the letter was faxed Monday to the Graz city hall. The city council was expected to take up the matter next month.

In the letter, Schwarzenegger also said he would no longer permit the use of his name “to advertise or promote the city of Graz in any way” and would return the city’s “ring of honor.”

The ring was given to him in a ceremony in Graz in 1999. At the time, Schwarzenegger said he considered it “a token of sincere friendship between my hometown and me.”

“Since, however, the official Graz appears to no longer accept me as one of their own, this ring has lost its meaning and value to me. It is already in the mail,” the governor wrote.

Williams, co-founder of the Crips gang, was convicted of four 1979 murders. He was executed shortly after midnight Dec. 13.
© 2005 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


14 posted on 12/19/2005 6:41:03 PM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Psycho_Bunny

Here's one for you to counter with:

"Save TOOKIE....A Spot in Hell"

15 posted on 12/19/2005 7:05:38 PM PST by Newtoidaho (Coulter:"Even with hindsight, liberals can't see straight")
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To: Newtoidaho

tookie's execution nite.

one lone guy with a bullhorn put them in their place....
sarcastic dude--SD
TS -- tookie supporters.

16 posted on 12/19/2005 7:52:31 PM PST by catroina54
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To: catroina54
Sneakin' this in ;> Took-took-tookie Goodbye
17 posted on 12/19/2005 8:10:08 PM PST by Capn TrVth
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To: catroina54

That. Was. AWESOME.

18 posted on 12/19/2005 8:36:39 PM PST by Newtoidaho (Coulter:"Even with hindsight, liberals can't see straight")
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