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Re: “Race to kill

I recall candidate Leslie Routledge grabbing the mike from the candidate following her at the podium to remind the audience, "I'm pro-life and I'm a Christian."

Apparently she feels the state's serial killing spree demonstrates that. Too bad she couldn't have scheduled all the executions for Good Friday.

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Posted by babbie on 04/15/2017 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Governor Hutchinson meets the press to talk capital punishment

What better time than Easter to celebrate capital punishment. Jesus would be so proud of Arkansas.

Posted by babbie on 04/15/2017 at 7:12 AM

Re: “The bathroom bill: How big a 'problem'?

The proposed bathroom bill is like using a shotgun to kill the mosquito on your foot, when there isn't even a mosquito there. It's not as though we don't have real problems in Arkansas: poverty, teen pregnancy, lack of medical care, and crime are just a few that come to mind. There are plenty of justifications for having a legislature, but organizing a phony pee patrol isn't one of them. Thanks to Governor Hutchinson for apparently being the adult in the room.

Posted by babbie on 02/18/2017 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Jason Rapert is not happy. He also lies

I question the impact of pointing out Rapert's lies. He and his ilk find reality disorienting.

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Posted by babbie on 02/03/2013 at 5:55 AM

Re: “No pills for women at St. Vincent

Who could have predicted this political year would regress into an attack on women as its key focus?

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Posted by babbie on 03/05/2012 at 5:06 AM

Re: “The good old days of deregulation

It's distressing how implicitly central money has become in human affairs. I'm not opposed to money and try to make the most of what I have, but it's not the only value or the primary value in my life.

Yet in the public/political discourse:

Clean air vs corporate profits: clean air comes in second.
Clean air vs threats to jobs: clean air loses.
Clean air vs tax cost to clean it and keep it clean: ah, clean air is probably over-rated.

I'd suggest that we often need to balance financial considerations and other values like clean air, conceding there are often financial constraints, but the tendency is for money to win every time without serious reflection. By the same token, "cost-effective" justifies drug companies settling the law suits that flow from letting some patients die if that's cheaper than making the drugs safer.

Posted by babbie on 11/09/2011 at 6:07 AM

Re: “Death to death panels

What's with the death fetish on the Right? "If we can outlaw the 'Death Panels,' you won't have to die!"

Same with the "Death Tax." There is no death tax. If you die, you do not pay a tax. If you choose to take it with you, nobody has to pay a tax. The Inheritance Tax is charged to people who get a bunch of money they didn't earn: like winning the lottery. Sounds fair to me, but, then, I didn't inherit a lot of money or win the lottery. Maybe I'm just insensitive to the needs of rich people.

Posted by babbie on 01/05/2011 at 7:25 AM

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