aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Quinnipiac Poll: NY Dems want Hillary for Pres in ‘08
The word around today (NY1, Newsday, AP) is that the Quinnipiac poll says New Yorkers don’t want Hillary to run for president. Are we all reading from the same poll? Everything I see looks great for Hillary: 65% approval rating, 64% say she’s honest and trustworthy, 74% that she has strong leadership qualities, 65% that she cares about their problems.
And what do they say about an ‘08 presidential run?
New York State voters split 46 - 48 percent on whether Clinton should run for President in 2008, but Democrats support a White House bid 67 - 27 percent...“‘Go for it all,’ New York Democrats urge Sen. Clinton. Run for reelection or run for President, or do a two-fer with a Senate run in ‘06 and a White House run in ‘08,” [director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Maurice] Carroll said.
NY is a bastion of blue and most of them want Hillary to run. And why not, she’s a star.
Meanwhile, Nathan Newman reads it as one more reason not to take polls too seriously.
A convicted child molester who told officials - and the public - that he would strike again if he wasn’t castrated was released from prison with little fanfare Tuesday and escorted to San Antonio, where he’ll remain under supervision in a work-release program.
In 1995, McQuay told Houston-based victims rights group Justice For All that he would kill his next victim if he wasn’t castrated, group President Dianne Clements said. At the time, the group entered into a contract with McQuay to find a surgeon willing to perform the operation.
Clements said the group lost touch with McQuay, but when it tried to learn last month whether he was castrated, he refused to release his medical records. That worries Clements, despite his lawyer’s statement that McQuay was castrated.
Now how is it that Clements “lost touch with McQuay?” Wasn’t he in prison? But then he should release his medical records to them?
Although Clements wants proof of the procedure, she remains uneasy either way.
“Regardless of the procedure having been done or not, Larry Don McQuay should be considered the same dangerous pedophile he was before,” she said. “Is this a cure? I don’t know. Will it somehow reduce fantasies McQuay is experiencing? ... Maybe. Maybe not.
“Unless he’s behind bars, I don’t think children are safe. Bottom line,” she said.
So the deal is, lock him up and throw away the key. Period.
There may be no cure, but there is treatment. And reasonable prevention. We cloak retribution and vengeance in security and deterrence. It’s unfair. And unseemly. And there’s no one to do anything about it.