In 10th century China, there was a form of torture and capital punishment called lingchi which was a slow slicing of your captured enemy, usually resulting in death.
The practice, finally outlawed in 1905, spawned the semi-popular saying, "Death by a thousand cuts," coming to mean a slow and continued buildup of information that eventually achieved a dastardly result.
Hello Rebecca Bradley.
Bradley, in case you are in the vast majority of people who donâ€™t pay particular attention to races for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, is a sitting justice, running now for a full 10-year-term. She was appointed by Gov. Scott Walker; it was the third time he appointed her to one judgeship or another.
She is also currently in the middle of a prime example of death by a thousand cuts, played out almost exclusively in the largest newspaper in the state, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Hereâ€™s the order of cuts so far in the paper, which doesnâ€™t do much well anymore, but it does do stuff like this.
Bradley left a session of the court while the justices were hearing oral arguments in order to give a speech to the state chamber of commerce, a group that has spent heavily on her behalf.
The paper discovered things Bradley wrote for the Marquette Tribune 24 years ago while attending the university. Among the writings, the paper had this quote from Bradleyâ€™s writings, following the election of Bill Clinton: "Either you condone drug use, homosexuality, AIDS-producing sex, adultery and murder and are therefore a bad person, or you didn't know that he supports abortion on demand and socialism, which means you are dumb. Have I offended anyone? Good â€“ some of you really need to wake up." She also wrote: "How sad that the lives of degenerate drug addicts and queers are valued more than the innocent victims of more prevalent ailments."
Here comes another one from her days as a college student. The quote from the paper: "Women even declare some right t…Read more...