In Kentucky, prison officials worried they would end up on Bill O’Reilly’s pinheads segment being dubbed pinheads for what they have been dealing with.
Forget O’Reilly, I’ll create my own Pinhead’s segment and declare this the dumbest thing I have heard all day.
From The Tennessean:
A condemned killer’s fight to receive surgery for agonizing hip pain pushed Kentucky officials into an uncomfortable debate over security, politics and even the possibility of inviting scorn from Fox News pundits.
Emails and memos obtained by The Associated Press show corrections officials struggling for a year to reconcile their duty to provide medical care with the political ramifications of spending tens of thousands of dollars for surgery on a man they plan to execute. A key problem would turn out to be security issues that led several hospitals to balk at treating inmate Robert Foley, who still hasn’t had the surgery.
“Hip replacement for an inmate who has exhausted all appeals and will soon be executed?” Kentucky State Penitentiary warden Phil Parker wrote in an email on Nov. 22, 2010. “I can see this making Fox News on a slow news day, maybe even on a busy news day. In fact, I bet (Fox News host Bill O’Reilly) would love to put this in his ‘Pinheads’ commentary. Just a thought to consider before it goes too much further.”
Foley is no ordinary inmate. He is Kentucky’s worst living mass murderer, having killed six people. He is also considered an extreme security risk on death row.
But here is the lunacy of this whole story. Here is a guy who is a mass murderer. He was convicted by a jury and sentenced to death. He has exhausted all of his appeals.
Even if he is given a new hip, for what purpose will it be? He is going to get executed!
There are many law abiding citizens who need this kind of surgery who cannot afford it. What the hell is the State of Kentucky thinking here?
Put him on painkillers and be done with it.
While we should not be cruel to those in prison, something is really wrong when they are getting better medical care than law abiding citizens.
Put him on the waiting list for a hip replacement and see who get him first. The chair or the doctor.
Want more insanity? How about knowing that we lock these guys up together, they transmit HPV (among other things) to each other, and then we pay for their treatments over and over again when they have the lesions burned or cut off from the "fragile" areas, even though they come back. Doesn't that make you feel even better about where your tax dollars go?
Accelerate his destiny . . . . . he and his wacked out liberal friends won't have to worry about an operation!
I may be horrible, but I'm afraid that I would have to tell him that if he is in that much pain then why don't we just speed up his execution? I have no sympathy for someone who kills others for sport.
On the other hand if he is a mass murderer, then maybe we want to leave him in pain for a very, very long time. We don't know how much pain he has inflicted on others both physically and mentally.
So I did a little research on this Robert Foley and the six human beings he murdered. The fact that he is now experiencing some pain does not concern me in the least. If nothing else this whole story is testimony to a broken judicial system - the man has been on death row 19 years!
Pain killers? WTF? Let the sob suffer, then kill him!
...where's the Obama death-panel when you need it...?
Had he done this in Texas he wouldn't be around to complain.
GIVE HIM A BIG DOSE OF CYNANIDE, THAT IS A GOOD PAIN KILLER. PAIN KILLED FER GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
A massive dose of painkillers. Very massive.
There are children starving in this world. Instead, we should waste one more dollar on this piece of subhuman garbage?
You have to be joking. Let him rot in pain for the rest of his miserable life.
I disagree with Judson. We should be cruel to people who have been cruel. I would not give this prisoner any pain killers. I would let this inmate suffer in pain as he has caused others to suffer in pain. A constant reminder of his brutal life would be a daily occurrence. Give him what he gave others. That is justice.