The Supreme Court has just decided that the lethal injection method, as performed now in 35 states, does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment. I’ll say up front that I am opposed to the death penalty. But my question now is more scientific in nature — why is it so frigging hard to kill these people? I have had major surgery. They put a mask over your face and tell you to count backwards from 100. You never get past 99. They then plunge scalpels and clamps and sponges and spatulas and iPods and God-knows-what-all into your body and you never feel a thing! Plus, every year people die accidentally on the operating table because of problems with the anesthesia … can’t those guys write ‘Lethal Injections for Dummies’ for the prison system? This shouldn’t be that hard.