February 20, 2002

'Singapore' Gray and TalkingCock.com: A

'Singapore' Gray and TalkingCock.com: A couple of people have asked why I keep referring to California's insulting governor as "Singapore Gray Davis." As I explain in this old column, Gray praised the efficiency of Singapore's judicial system during a debate when he first ran for governor, and did not back down when asked by shocked reporters whether he really meant such an awful thing. He shows less respect for civil liberties vis--vis law enforcement than any public official I've seen since Daryl Gates, he makes fanaticism about the Death Penalty a litmus test for appointing judges and appellate bodies, and he's currently trying to smear Republican challenger Richard Riordan as being insufficiently bloodthirsty about executing criminals. One reader, actually from Singapore, sends this colorful description of Gray Davis' dreamland:

The Singapore Chief Justice often doubles sentences on appeal. Discharging a firearm is a capital offence, even if no one is hurt. Trafficking in more than 15 grams of heroin or 500 grams of marijuana is punishable by death.

But very few Singaporeans object to these penalties. And that's not because they're afraid to speak, it's because they really want it this way!

I'm a Brit who has lived in Singapore for the past 20 years. I used to be a fierce opponent of the death penalty, but I guess I've become inured over the years. (And hell, part of me has to admit it does deter violent crime, at least in Singapore.)

It's not all doom and gloom, though. If you have time, visit a satirical Singapore website at www.talkingcock.com which pokes mild fun at government policies. Ten years ago, it would have been closed down but now it's tolerated.

Now there's a good nickname for Gray Davis: The Talking Cock!

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February 20, 2002

'Singapore' Gray and TalkingCock.com: A

'Singapore' Gray and TalkingCock.com: A couple of people have asked why I keep referring to California's insulting governor as "Singapore Gray Davis." As I explain in this old column, Gray praised the efficiency of Singapore's judicial system during a debate when he first ran for governor, and did not back down when asked by shocked reporters whether he really meant such an awful thing. He shows less respect for civil liberties vis--vis law enforcement than any public official I've seen since Daryl Gates, he makes fanaticism about the Death Penalty a litmus test for appointing judges and appellate bodies, and he's currently trying to smear Republican challenger Richard Riordan as being insufficiently bloodthirsty about executing criminals. One reader, actually from Singapore, sends this colorful description of Gray Davis' dreamland:

The Singapore Chief Justice often doubles sentences on appeal. Discharging a firearm is a capital offence, even if no one is hurt. Trafficking in more than 15 grams of heroin or 500 grams of marijuana is punishable by death.

But very few Singaporeans object to these penalties. And that's not because they're afraid to speak, it's because they really want it this way!

I'm a Brit who has lived in Singapore for the past 20 years. I used to be a fierce opponent of the death penalty, but I guess I've become inured over the years. (And hell, part of me has to admit it does deter violent crime, at least in Singapore.) www.talkingcock.com which pokes mild fun at government policies. Ten years ago, it would have been closed down but now it's tolerated.

Now there's a good nickname for Gray Davis: The Talking Cock!

Posted by at February 20, 2002 02:58 PM
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