“Oh. So Americans are supposed to start caring about the innocent people they kill (and put in jail). You know that John Brown took up arms because the law was against the slaves. Had he not done that there might have been no pressure on the North to actually grow a back bone and insist on abolition.
So you think the law now is just and not racially motivated? Look at the prison count and you will see that we have made NO progress in civil justice since the time of Abraham Lincoln.”
“What is a bank? A place for deposits and loans. period.
Break up the banks...hmm what is the chance that the Senate would consider that. Almost zip, unless at the end of pitchforks.
So...the breaking up of the banks should be done at the city level: confiscate their properties and set up a depression-era style land bank to manage it and provide for those who have lost their homes.”
“Inclusive capitalism. This includes white women in the workplace. However, the old hierarchy is not to be challenged but pleaded with.
Why speak of a term 'inclusive' and 'capitalism' together since they are polar. The hope is that by buying off some of the middle class, society can continue to be, how does she put it, 'able to make economic contributions' to the rich and "Incentivising all citizens, especially the growing middle class" means a preference for one group over another (the middle class over the poor).
This is a classic Laissez-faire liberal model of political economy still alive in London. The application of this model leads to what she fears: "resulting in civil unrest."
Hurry up and 'unrest' people. They want to take more from you.”
“I think the insiders oppose death row for very pragmatic reasons.The economics of the US and state penal systems works AGAINST transferring funds out of the system. Even if the funds were cut, they would NOT necessarily be used for productive purposes. That's why death row is actually an unwanted occurrence in the penal system. That's why the state will create an impression of fear so that we don't focus on lifting up the population. Can't we come up with penalties that are more productive and help pay back victims?”
“I don't know Dan. hiring others to get revenge sure beats the heck out of seeing an enemy go on hurting other people. :)) Surely you've worked with people who know how to steal, stab backs and tear other people down in order to get wealthy. After getting hurt by them, would you let them continue doing that to others? Will a convicted murderer kill again? Only a very few of them, I should think, would have that inclination. Certainly not you or I. And so the old adage two wrongs don't make a right may apply to those who oppose vengeance and who still believe in a principled, just society that in fact doesn't exist now in the USA. Wait for justice? Seek justice? or just go ahead and get revenge? It's quite a crap shoot, in the end.”
dsws on May 3, 2014 at 00:21:56
“These death-row inmates don't have a whole lot of opportunity to commit murders while sitting on death row. The question is about having them dead, instead of sitting in prison.”
“I like your story. I hope teachers will continue to give this kind of assignment talking about really important issues.”
HuffGeist on May 2, 2014 at 22:14:11
“Thanks! It was a Con Law class under one of my favorite teachers that I had for several semesters. We were given somewhat free reign to choose our subject and I decided on it without any expectation of how much it would change my views on capital punishment. I learned some very interesting and often gruesome things, but I was shocked how it completely changed my stance so late into my studies. I also remember being intimidated by writing something that ended up spanning around a 110 pages, but the information flowed out and the paper practically wrote itself. Having an awesome teacher greatly helped get me to that point though!”
“So the state engages in the same outrageous behavior as the murderer who in cold blood buried a woman alive, but we call the former killing 'justice.' Give me something I can look up to...this isn't it.
If I see these three in my home, I'll give them a run for their money or die fighting. If the state puts me in prison for killing an invader who I have neutralized, I'll have to face three tougher guys in prison. Then if I'm still alive, I'll have so many felonies they'll lock me in isolation and throw away the key or put ME on death row. Conclusion: Arkansas is no place to live.”
“Americans arm the Taliban and train them, then end up fighting them because of an incoherent foreign policy dragged by the nose by your military and particularly intelligence communities. Arm Iran now? that makesperfect sense in terms of US arbitrary policy.”
“Although I am in favor of enhancing gender and transgender equality, I don't think this is the way to go on this issue. I prefer the ending of the practice of licensing of marriage. Of course few agree with me on that. So I'll just post it and drop it.”
fortherightofall on Aug 8, 2012 at 21:01:43
“It has to be done on the federal leave so couples in bi-national relationships can sponsor there other half into this country”
“If I may summarize this article, Net Neutrality laws that are in place now enables government to prevent blocking of information but is not designed to censor it. The Republicans wish to take away this law.
Fast forward: In the past month we have been hearing how Wall Street has been trying to gain stakes in online social networks by throwing lots of money at them. Facebook (Goldman Sachs offer) and now Twitter (Bank of America offer) are on the block. Our private information will fall into their hands.
Now Republicans want to let Wall Street do that. The only thing stopping them is Net Neutrality law, which in itself is still in its infancy. Instead of getting rid of this law, we should be talking about strengthening it so that Wall Street may not gain access to personal information posted on social networks.”
“As a former missionary and with a doctorate in cross cultural ministry, my understanding of family is that it is primarily a cultural institution. The "church and state" were each used in mideval and Christian reformation periods respectively as ways of controlling family and wealth. In this pluralistic day and age, both religion and civic controls should stay out of it. Stop the licensing of marriage, which in turn takes the courts out of most family affairs. Let us settle disputes in families in whatever way is appropriate between the cultures and kin of the partners involved. What of abuse and violence? we already have laws covering the right to our own bodies and protect that under the law.
Rev. Dr. Donald S. Persons”
ninetailedfox on Feb 25, 2011 at 12:00:18
“the fact that you call yourself a reverend does not go unnoticed. The fact that most christians are ignorant on the history of their own religions, let alone the beliefs of others, also doesnt go unnoticed. Marriages were done by Justice of the Peace so that others that didnt believe Jesus was the bees knees wouldnt feel ostracized. Of course, christians seem to want more and more power, theyre never satisfied.”
LintLass on Feb 25, 2011 at 10:13:52
“I don't think you really understand what's involved in civil marriage: (if the state won't let you control civil marriage, you want there to be none at all, except what, in 'religious courts' or 'cultural practices?) At least it seems an awful long way to go to 'protect marriage' from LGBT people having our equal rights as American citizens.
Basically, you're wanting to 'destroy marriage in order to save it?' From me getting a fair shake in probate and tax law? Interesting.”
“I remember reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States. With a BA in history, I respected his approach because he documented his statements. His conclusions were no less startling than Thad's. In contrast, this article shuns a more evidential statement of history and more accurate, refined description. As Thad looks for new work, I hope he would review his work and learn to present himself better (although, his opinions may not be wrong at all!). His firing should be a wake up call.”
Ozark Homesteader on Oct 21, 2010 at 11:35:57
“Very good points. Zinn's work was well documented. He will be missed.”
“My sons were there. I would have liked to have been there as well, but the Ohio economy wasn't cooperating with my bottom line. While there I volunteered for Mary Jo. Now my sons will.
I agree that in District 15 there is no lack of enthusiasm and the choice for voters is more stark than they are being led to believe. I also believe that poll funding heavily favors republican candidates. (I bet since the rich haven't had to pay much in taxes, they can afford to buy our democracy). Not in this district, my friend.”