Morris 
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Re: “Little Rock: The gun violence continues — one dead, two wounded

Clayton is saying something true. We as citizens tend to want things to change, but we don't want to change anything. We tend to think that the current system only needs a few tweaks to get it right. Nope.

Until people are ready to REALLY try some different approaches, nothing will change. Cheap guns are definitely a symptom of our problems, but not the root. It is, and always has been, and always will be, economic instability.

As long as we have plenty of money for more bombs, military weapons for police, prisons, and executions--while at the same time CAN'T find money for schools, food, housing, healthcare, and public works--then everything will stay just like it is.

Every citizen of a community has to decide what he/she is willing to change in his/her own life for the greater good of that community. And Clayton is right: most of us answer, "not much, it's them that need to change."

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Posted by Morris on 04/28/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “The Jack Jones, Marcel Williams execution thread

"Ballad of the Hanged Men"

Human brothers who live after us,
Do not have (your) hearts hardened against us,
For, if you take pity on us poor (fellows),
God will sooner have mercy on you.
You see us tied here, five, six:
As for the flesh, that we nurtured too much,
It is already long-time consumed, and rotting,
And we, the bones, become ashes and powder.
Of our pain let no one make fun,
But pray God that he wills to absolve us all!

If we call you brothers, you must not
Have scorn for it, although we were killed
By justice. Nevertheless, you know
That all men do not have staid common sense.
Forgive us, since we are shivering,
Toward the son of the Virgin Mary,
That his grace may not run dry for us,
Preserving us from the infernal wrath.
We are dead, let no soul harry us,
But pray God that he wills to absolve us all!

Rain has unsmirched and washed us
And the sun has dried and blackened us;
Magpies and crows have carved out our eyes,
And torn off our beards and eyebrows.
We never sit for a moment;
Now here, then there, as the wind changes,
at its pleasure, without cease (it) tosses us,
More pecked by birds than thimbles.
Do not then be of our brotherhood,
But pray God that he wills to absolve us all!

Prince Jesus, who has command of all,
Prevent Hell from having lordship over us:
With him, we have nothing to perform nor to trade.
Men, there is no mockery here,
But pray God that he wills to absolve us all.

~Francois Villon, 1489
(translated)

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Posted by Morris on 04/24/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “The Ledell Lee execution thread

No Sound; not sick. Just mean and trashy. There are cures for sickness.

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Posted by Morris on 04/20/2017 at 6:47 PM

Re: “UPDATE: State appeals execution drug ruling, asks removal of Griffen as judge

"I have not said to my people: "Get rid of your discontent." Rather, I have tried to say that this normal and healthy discontent can be channeled into the creative outlet of nonviolent direct action. And now this approach is being termed extremist. But though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love: "Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you." Was not Amos an extremist for justice: "Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream." Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel: "I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." Was not Martin Luther an extremist: "Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God." And John Bunyan: "I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience." And Abraham Lincoln: "This nation cannot survive half slave and half free." And Thomas Jefferson: "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal . . ." So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?"

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Posted by Morris on 04/15/2017 at 11:06 AM

Re: “Fake news: Food stamp users' soda pop purchases

Also, non-SNAP households are assuredly spending more on groceries in general. So, which is more: 5% of $100.00, or 4% of $250.00? And we certainly don't have time to talk about why soda is soooooo much cheaper than milk. But neither of those is the point at all.

Many people in this country still equate income with character. To them, poor people don't deserve the same enjoyments as well-off people--not even a soda. They did something [bad] to make themselves poor, and therefore must pay a penance.

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Posted by Morris on 01/20/2017 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Legislative preview: Gov. says 'bathroom bill' unnecessary, urges end to Lee holiday

Did he talk about education at all? Silence can be a little scary, too.

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Posted by Morris on 01/04/2017 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Introducing the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network

No Baker, it's because people like you, who already know what they think of something before they've seen it, facts/evidence be damned, that Trump got elected. By the way, Max wasn't running for office.

What is it that you're contributing to society again? What do you do to help Arkansans?

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Posted by Morris on 12/21/2016 at 1:12 PM

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