The most fascinating story that's come out of the recent string of GOP presidential debates is the bloodthirsty reactions of the audience members. In two consecutive debates the crowd cheered and applauded for death: one night they urged Ron Paul to let a theoretical hard-working, productive yet comatose citizen without health insurance die rather than let the state help pay for medical expenses and the previous night the mere mention of Rick Perry overseeing the execution of 234 people in Texas drew the largest applause break of the night. Yikes.
But it seems Texas legislators aren't content to merely execute criminals. Now they've decided to stop granting death row inmates the traditional "last meal" before they're put to death. Personally the whole idea of the death penalty makes me pretty damn nervous, but if you're gonna execute criminals I'd think you could at least be decent and HUMAN about it and spring for a decent meal.
But what caused this sudden reversal? Well, this week Texas executed Lawrence Russell Brewer, the man convicted of killing James Byrd Jr. in 1998. What was his requested last meal?
Lawrence Russell Brewerordered two chicken fried steaks smothered in gravy with sliced onions, a triple-meat bacon cheeseburger, a cheese omelet with other ingredients, a large bowl of fried okra with ketchup, three fajitas, a pint of Blue Bell ice cream and a pound of barbecue with a half-loaf of white bread.
The meal request also included a slab of peanut butter fudge with crushed peanuts, a pizza and three root beers.
Holy wow. And the best part?
HE REFUSED TO EAT IT!
That's simply amazing. If I was about to be executed, I don't think I could stare down that much food and not at least have a taste.
Then again, I really love food.