“s´ist Krieg! ´s ist Krieg!” Kriegslied Matthias Claudius

Schrecken des Krieges von Goya

Kriegslied (Matthias Claudius)

‘s ist Krieg! ‘s ist Krieg!
O Gottes Engel wehre,
Und rede Du darein!
‘s ist leider Krieg –
und ich begehre
Nicht schuld daran zu sein!

Was sollt ich machen, wenn im Schlaf mit Grämen
Und blutig, bleich und blaß,
Die Geister der Erschlagenen zu mir kämen,
Und vor mir weinten, was?

Wenn wackre Männer, die sich Ehre suchten,
Verstümmelt und halb tot
Im Staub sich vor mir wälzten und mir fluchten
In ihrer Todesnot?

Wenn tausend tausend Väter, Mütter, Bräute,
So glücklich vor dem Krieg,
Nun alle elend, alle arme Leute,
Wehklagten über mich?

Wenn Hunger, böse Seuch und ihre Nöten
Freund, Freund und Feind ins Grab
Versammelten und mir zu Ehren krähten
Von einer Leich herab?

Was hülf mir Kron und Land und Gold und Ehre?
Die könnten mich nicht freun!
‘s ist leider Krieg – und ich begehre
Nicht schuld daran zu sein!


Das Kriegslied mit den berühmten Anfangsworten „’s ist Krieg!“ ist ein Gedicht von Matthias Claudius aus dem Jahr 1774. Es erschien im vierten Band des ASMUS omnia sua SECUM portans.

Young Souls in Prison

Originally posted on Children in Prison WHY THEY ARE THERE?:

Juvenile In Justice

The [Justice] Short List 8-22-14

[Highlights from the week's juvenile justice and justice related articles, videos and more that are worth your time.]

ROOM FOR DEBATE: Young Souls, Dark Deeds

The New York Times has a new topic in their excellent Room for Debate section: whether or not it is justifiable to try preteens as adults. We hear from voices we may be more familiar with—big players from the Sentencing Project and the Campaign for Youth Justice—as well as others our advocacy may limit us from hearing as clearly, specifically leaders of the National Organization of Victims of Juvenile Murderers.

READ MORE: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/08/18/young-souls-dark-deeds

The Horrific Risk Of Gun Violence For Black Kids In America, In 4 Charts

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“SYMPATHY” P.L. Sunbar

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I know what the caged bird feels, alas!

When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;

When the wind stirs soft through springing grass,

And the river flows like a stream of glass;

When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,

And the faint perfume from its chalice steals –

I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing,

Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;

For he must fly back to his perch and cling

When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;

And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars

And they pulse again with a keener sting –

I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,

When  his wing is bruised and his bosom sere –

When he beats his bars and he would be free;

It is not a carol  of joy or glee,

But a prayer that he sends from his heart´s deep core,

But a plea, that upward to heaven he flings –

I know why the caged bird sings!


Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)

Son of two runaway slaves

A Look Inside Nevada’s Death Row with a Federal Defense/Nevada’s Death Row

1. A look inside Nevada’s death row with a federal defense

Fri Aug 22, 2014 17:27

By Ana Ley
Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 | 2 a.m.

For decades, Michael Pescetta has sought to help dozens of defendants facing Nevada’s often imposed yet seldom used death penalty.

And in a state with a per capita death penalty rate that ranks fourth in the country — topping states like Texas and California, according to the nonprofit Death Penalty Information Center — he keeps busy.

Pescetta, an assistant federal public defender in Las Vegas who specializes in capital punishment cases, is often a final resort for inmates who have exhausted their options at the state level to appeal a death penalty conviction. Today, his office represents more than half of the 83 men sitting on death row.

Capital punishment has faced scrutiny nationwide in recent months after drug experimentation apparently led to a series of botched executions in three states. The topic should gain even more traction in the Silver State as officials scramble to assemble a mandated legislative audit of the state death penalty by Jan. 31, 2015.

Pescetta chatted with the Sun this week about the death penalty. His answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.

Q. How many inmates has Nevada executed since it began carrying out the death penalty in 1976?

A. One person was involuntarily executed in 1996. His name was Richard Moran — he was a client of mine. He had multiple murders during a period in which he was heavily under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and his case went very quickly through the system.

Another 11 were all volunteers — that is, people who gave up any further appeals and asked to be executed.

The first person executed in Nevada was Jesse Bishop — he was executed in 1979, and he was a volunteer. He committed the offenses in 1977, and he was executed in under two years from the date of the offenses.

Why do people volunteer for the death penalty?

People often start out suicidal. They ask the police to shoot them. It’s like a slow version of suicide by cop.

And most people on death row have mental health issues.

What does death row in Nevada physically look like? How does it differ from a normal prison setting in the state?

Nevada’s death row is at Ely State Prison, a maximum security facility.

In the general population at Ely, there are two to a cell, at most, unless someone is being disciplined.

Capital punishment inmates are all put into single cells.

In these maximum security institutions, contact with other inmates is limited. Most people in there spend 23 hours a day in a cell. This is not like being out in the yard with other inmates.

It’s much more controlled, regimented.

Nevada hasn’t executed anyone since 2006, and the issue of botched executions in Ohio, Oklahoma and Arizona in recent months could lead to more scrutiny about the process locally. How prepared is the state to execute someone again?

The execution protocol in effect in 2006 was what they call a three-drug “cocktail.”

It’s sodium thiopental, which is an anaesthetic; pancuronium bromide, which is a paralytic; and potassium chloride, which is what stops the heart.

All of those drugs, if the state has them at the time, have a shelf life that we would be past now. And as I understand, the execution protocol in effect at the time was that the state got the drugs for the execution when the execution was pending. They did not keep those drugs on hand.

Sodium thiopental is no longer readily available for executions. And that’s why in the recent executions in Arizona and Ohio and Oklahoma, they have been using different drugs — sometimes one drug, sometimes two drugs — but they’re essentially experimenting.

The number of drugs available for this purpose and the willingness of manufacturers and suppliers to supply them is very different now than it used to be.

So, at this point the question of what kind of execution protocol the Nevada Department of Corrections would use if an execution were scheduled is unknown.

The old protocol specified these three drugs that had traditionally been used.

Where do most death penalty cases originate in Nevada? Is it significant that the state’s per capita ratio is relatively high compared with other places?

No other county in the state has as many death penalty cases as Clark County. There probably aren’t more than three or four in the entire rest of the state.

The ratio of death row inmates to lawyers is significantly high. We have such a small bar compared to bigger states — there’s less legal talent available to do criminal work. ​



2. Nevada’s Death Row

Posted: Dec 28, 2000 9:41 PM Updated: Dec 28, 2000 9:51 PM

George Knapp’s Street Talk Led by Award-winning investigative reporter George Knapp, the Eyewitness News I-TEAM is the top television investigative unit in southern Nevada. Political expert Jon Ralston provides insight into local and state government, and former Mayor Jan Jones adds an insider’s viewer of City Hall. I-TEAM photographer Eric Sorenson rounds out this first-class investigative unit.

More than 80 convicted killers live on Nevada’s death row. They’re in the state prison in Ely, called by some the toughest prison in America. George Knapp of the I-Team was allowed a rare visit inside the prison and inside death row.

There we were, wandering around in a room full of convicted killers.                                   But there was plenty of firepower behind us, and according to prison officials, the men on death row are probably the best-behaved cons in the whole joint.

The dozens of men housed on Nevada’s death row live in cells identical to those of all the other prisoners. If they have money, they can buy their own TVs. They get let out into the communal room in small groups to play cards or socialize. Their small exercise yard is the only place in the prison you’ll see free weights.

Ely Warden E. K. McDaniel says: “I don’t believe in them doing weights, giving people equipment to beat us up with.”

Of the 1,000 inmates at Ely, nearly half are kept in some sort of segregated custody.                                   A child killer like Jeremy Strohmeyer is kept separate because his crime would invite violence from other inmates.                                   Convicted killer Pat McKenna, who escaped twice from the old max prison in Carson City and once led a takeover of the Las Vegas jail, is technically a death row inmate but is kept completely isolated in the darkest bowels of supermax.

Convicts are sent to Ely for only a few reasons: either because they’ve been sentenced to death, or are doing a long stretch of time, or if they’re a behavior problem elsewhere.                                   Strangely, the death row cons are perhaps the best behaved here.

McDaniel says: “They’re the least problematic group in the facility. Most spend their time on how to get out from under the death sentence.”

When McDaniel was asked whether the death row inmates are the best behaved, he answered: “I wouldn’t say that, but they’re easier to manage. They have everything to gain, everything to lose.”

When a high profile inmate like Strohmeyer arrives in prison, the cons know about it. The typical inmate is nervous when he gets here but often puts up a front.

McDaniel says: “Put up a facade like they’re a tough guy. Most are nervous, people who’ve done a lot of time, ‘life on the installment plan,’ I call it. ‘How’s it going? I’m back from vacation.'”

Inmates who behave themselves can eventually be permitted jobs, such as making draperies. The prison isn’t really interested in rehabilitation. The higher priority is to protect the public and the staff. Inmates come third.

There has never been an escape from Ely, although Pat McKenna once plotted to bust out of death row. McDaniel credits his staff, which is constantly training.                                   The warden says an officer is much preferable to high tech whiz-bang measures.

“Nothing will replace the eyes and ears of a corrections officer sitting in a tower,” McDaniel says. “C ameras, video equipment, those are great, but I’d rather have an officer on watch 24 hours a day.”

The warden says the biggest security problem at the prison comes from visitors trying to smuggle in contraband. We found out there’s a pretty thorough search when you enter the place. But they try all sorts of ways, especially the mail.

Yes, I asked whether they allow the delivery of cakes to inmates. The answer is no.


America Keeps People Poor on Purpose: A Timeline of Choices We’ve Made to Increase Inequality

America Keeps People Poor on Purpose: A Timeline of Choices We’ve Made to Increase Inequality

YES! Editors

YES! Magazine / Political Image http://www.nationofchange.org/america-keeps-people-poor-purpose-timeline-choices-we-ve-made-increase-inequality-1408717387

Published: Friday 22 August 2014

This is how corporate control took over our economy. Sad, but true.

A Night in Ferguson: Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, and a Jail Cell

A Night in Ferguson: Rubber Bullets, Tear Gas, and a Jail Cell

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Late Monday evening, after many of the major media outlets covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo., had left the streets to broadcast from their set-ups near the police command center, heavily armed officers raced through suburban streets in armored vehicles, chasing demonstrators, launching tear gas on otherwise quiet residential lanes, and shooting at journalists. …


We Know The Cruelty of Isis – But All Too Little About Who They Are

We Know The Cruelty of Isis – But All Too Little About Who They Are.

We Know The Cruelty of Isis – But All Too Little About Who They Are

Now President Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink?

By Robert Fisk

August 21, 2014 “ICH” – “The Independent” – - For centuries, governments told their soldiers and their people to “Know Your Enemy”. The problem with the Isis “Caliphate” – and it is a big problem for President Obama after journalist James Foley’s murder – is that we don’t know who it is. We are told of its butchery, cruelty, its kidnapping of women, its burying alive, its viciousness towards Christians and Yazidis and its public beheadings, but that is all. Even the Isis leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, comes across as a mad combination of the Mahdi who murdered Gordon of Khartoum, the assassinated Osama bin Laden and Oliver Cromwell, who did to the civilians of Drogheda what the Muslim Lord Protector al-Baghdadi has done to his enemies.

Foley’s ritual slaughter is enough to dissuade even the most foolhardy of journalists from seeking an interview with al-Baghdadi. Never before in the Middle East has so much land been out of bounds to the Western media. So ignorant are we of this Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – a dark land in which the reports we see of it are their own phone videos – that the Obamas, Camerons and Hammonds can only gnash their teeth at this unspeakable enemy. Easy reaction – but not much to go on. Yet Isis knows how to do one thing: confront Obama with his very own hostage problem, the same conundrum Tony Blair faced when Ken Bigley appeared before the video lens. Do you ignore the warnings, thus proving that you don’t care about your individual citizens when undertaking military operations – which is the truth – or do you turn into Jimmy Carter, curtsy to every whim of your enemies, go down on one knee and tell the Pentagon to “Hold it right there”?

Now Obama has seen the next American reporter threatened with beheading. Will he blink? He can’t, can he?

So I suspect the answer will be what presidents and prime ministers have always done best in the Middle East, and announce that Foley’s murder shows not only just how awful Isis is – but how important it is to go on bombing it in order to destroy the wretched institution. In other words, turn the sadistic Isis reaction to the air strikes into the reason why America is carrying out the air strikes. After all, we were bombarding Isis because it was killing Yazidis and dispossessing Christians and threatening Kurds. And Iraq. Now we have another reason to bomb al-Baghdadi’s “Caliphate”.

For journalists, yesterday was a fearful day. Thirty years ago, Arabs would acknowledge our special role as neutral observers. As the years have gone by – and as journalists have been killed by American military forces and Israeli soldiers and Iraqi rebels (and Arab militias), so our vulnerability has grown infinitely greater. When our chum, the Egyptian Field Marshal Abdol Fottah al-Sissi, locks up journalists for months, precious little do Western governments care about them. When our own masters show so little concern for our fate, is it any surprise that Isis –or Isil or whatever – are prepared to kill them. Sure, we don’t execute them. But that’s not a significance Isis is going to take much interest in.

A yellow ribbon is tied to a tree outside the family home of journalist James Foley

A yellow ribbon is tied to a tree outside the family home of journalist James Foley (AP)

There are two truths that the West is going to have to face about al-Baghdadi’s savage and dotty “Caliphate”: these executioners began their careers – or their predecessors did – in the video-murderers of the anti-American resistance in Iraq; and however disgusting their activities, there are hundreds of thousands of Sunni Muslims who live in the area of the Caliphate and who have NOT fled for their lives. This, of course, makes unhappy reading. If the “Caliphate” is so revolting, disgusting, gruesome in its purity-driven brutality, how come all these people – Iraqis and Syrians – did not flee along with their Christian brothers? Are a few thousand armed fighters really able to coerce so many people over such a vast tract of the Middle East?

Let’s go back to the months and years that followed the 2003 Anglo-American invasion. The rebels or insurgents felt able to demonstrate extraordinary cruelty against their captives. I was once offered a videotape in Fallujah of a man having his throat cut by hooded men. It took me some time to realise that the victim was almost certainly a Russian soldier and his murderers were Chechens. Someone had brought this video to Fallujah so that the future butchers of the resistance could learn from it. This is the epic violence which our invasion unleashed.

Video: Isis warning to the West

And most Sunni Muslims stayed in their towns and cities and went on living there while their brothers – the Isis citizens of the future – went about their grisly work. In other words, the “Caliphate” obviously does not appear to be so terrifying to them as it does to us. Is there a problem here? Or is it just a matter, as the Americans seem to think, that the Sunni tribes – those all-purpose mini-societies which we depend on when things go wrong – have only to be bought over or their national government made more “inclusive” after the departure of al-Maliki to bump off al-Baghdadi? These are the questions we should ask.

In his last weeks, Osama bin Laden was expressing his revulsion at the sectarian nature of “Islamist” attacks – he even received a translation from Yemen of an article I wrote in The Independent in which I described al-Qa’ida as “the most sectarian organisation in the world”.

Things have moved on. At least when I met bin Laden, I didn’t fear for my life.

Archbishop Sues Satanists for Return of Consecrated Host Ahead of Black Mass

Originally posted on Faktensucher:

AlterNet / ByJodie Gummow <!–

Archbishop Sues Satanists for Return of Consecrated Host Ahead of Black Mass

The allegedly stolen communion wafer is set to be desecrated and “corrupted by sexual fluids.”


Oklahoma City Catholic Archbishop Paul Coakley has filed a lawsuit against a Satanist group claiming it stole a priceless, consecrated host in order to sacrifice it, Courthouse Newsreported.

Coakley claims the holy host – a communion wafer – was obtained illegally by the defendants, satanic leader Adam Daniels and his religious organization Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, who have scheduled a black mass at the City Space Theatre in Oklahoma City on September 21 st where they intend to “desecrate and destroy it.”

The complaint asserts that the defendants plan on releasing sexual fluids on the host and stomping on it during the black mass.  The satanic group’s website explains

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