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No, Billy- It's NOT Only The Good that Die Young - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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No, Billy- It's NOT Only The Good that Die Young
Word of two deaths- one just past, one a bit off- filled the halls of social media today in the few moments I got to process them. Neither was surprising; one was sad.

A little over a week ago, the Internet got confused when Ben E. King (best known as a solo artist for his 60s recording of "Stand by Me") died on the same day that B.B. King was hospitalized. Today, though, Lucille is on her stand alone, as the legendary bluesman himself passed at the age of 89.

I never saw him play- but Eleanor did. It was over 20 years ago- at a small Rochester club where the man and his axe were close enough to touch. His down-to-earth presence while in possession of such talent was perhaps the most memorable piece of that show.

Then, by mid-afternoon, word came of the death sentence pronounced by Boston jurors on the surviving Marathon bomber. It will be years before it happens, unless overturned on appeal- and most of my Hub friends are saddened by the sentence. "We're better than that," was a common refrain- which I understand and respect, but had I been in that room, I'd have voted the same way.

This is not a case for the Innocence Project- he did it. He had good counsel throughout. He showed no remorse- if anything, the opposite. And it's important for me that the sentence was not based on the status of the victim- as a politician or peace officer, which many capital-crime statutes have attempted to do. Rather, the heinousness of the crime was in how ordinary his victims were. It's that callousness, that extremism, that I cannot understand or expect to ever be rehabilitated.

May God have mercy on his soul.
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