• Haley Barbour Wants to Let Convicted Murderers Go Hunting

    Mississippi governor and onetime possible presidential candidate Haley Barbour wears his cholesterol-filled heart on his sleeve. He's a true compassionate conservative, not like those other southern governors who execute children for sport.

    So before leaving office on Tuesday, Barbour made sure to pardon some murderers

    A Mississippi judge barred the state Wednesday from releasing prisoners newly pardoned by former Governor Haley Barbour, a conservative Republican who outraged some by granting clemency to more than 200 convicts as he was leaving office…

    Among those pardoned were four murderers who had been allowed to work at the governor's mansion doing odd jobs because of good prison behavior…

    "The pardons were intended to allow them to find gainful employment or acquire professional licenses as well as hunt and vote," Barbour said in a statement.

    See, that’s all. Barbour just wants to let a few convicted murderers roam around a desolate forest with their friends, carrying rifles and slaying large mammals. I can't imagine what all the fuss is about. Denying a killer the right to hunt would be like denying a shoplifter the right to wear baggy clothes, or a rapist the right to use Axe body spray. It's just not fair.

    And as Barbour himself said, hunting and voting are practically the same thing. Preventing convicted murderers from shooting animals is a violation of their civil rights. Remember what the great Martin Luther King Jr. once said: Men should be judged not by the color of their skin, but the color of their deer hide.

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    Tags: Crime, Haley Barbour, Mississippi, Pardons, Prison

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