AS I'M SURE you realize, the two most important issues facing the nation are whether narsty pop culture is rotting our children's morals and whether we're executing bad guys quickly enough. With George W. Bush napping in the White House, the first task will surely be embarked upon with occasional flourishes of executive rhetoric, and regular froth-spewing from Second Lady Lynne Cheney. Bush spent much of the campaign trying to distance himself from Texas's giddy stance on execution: The good governor has presided over 146 executions since 1995, 33 of them this year. It seems likely that given a chance in the next month, he will sign off on the killing of Johnny Paul Penry, the Texas murderer with an IQ of 56, whose case is now up for... More >>>