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Re: “The Cry of

End result more taxes and fewer options for citizens trying to weather a stressful economic situation.

Posted by costacoralito on 05/09/2013 at 5:53 AM

Re: “I'm Jane Brunner and I Approved This Bullshit

Too good! Nicely done Justin!:)

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Posted by Emile J. Mocklin on 11/01/2012 at 12:06 PM

Re: “I'm Jane Brunner and I Approved This Bullshit


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Posted by ken.linott on 10/31/2012 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Thou Shalt Not Kill?

It is "Thou shalt not murder", as is well known, by biblical and theological teachings, as well as by God, Who found up to 33 crimes//sins deserving of execution, by man.

Please review:

God/Jesus: 'Honor your father and your mother,' and 'Whoever curses father or mother must certainly be put to death.' Matthew 15:4 NAB. This is a frequent passage which God used in the OT, which, as was Jesus' custom, He brought into the NT for emphasis of continuity and importance.
full context…

Pope Pius XII: "When it is a question of the execution of a man condemned to death it is then reserved to the public power to deprive the condemned of the benefit of life, in expiation of his fault, when already, by his fault, he has dispossessed himself of the right to live." 9/14/52.

Pope (and Saint) Pius V, "The just use of (executions), far from involving the crime of murder, is an act of paramount obedience to this (Fifth) Commandment which prohibits murder." "The Roman Catechism of the Council of Trent" (1566).

All interpretations, contrary to the biblical support of capital punishment, are false. Interpreters ought to listen to the Bible’s own agenda, rather than to squeeze from it implications for their own agenda. As the ancient rabbis taught, “Do not seek to be more righteous than your Creator.” (Ecclesiastes Rabbah 7.33.). Part of Synopsis of Professor Lloyd R. Bailey’s book Capital Punishment: What the Bible Says, Abingdon Press, 1987.

"Moral/ethical Death Penalty Support: Christian and secular Scholars"…

Christianity and the death penalty…

Catholic and other Christian References: Support for the Death Penalty,…

The current Catechism confirms within CCC 2260: "For your lifeblood I will surely require a reckoning.... Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in his own image."

"This teaching remains necessary for all time."

Just as:

Quaker biblical scholar Dr. Gervas A. Carey confirms: " . . . the decree of Genesis 9:5-6 is equally enduring and cannot be separated from the other pledges and instructions of its immediate context, Genesis 8:20-9:17; . . . that is true unless specific Biblical authority can be cited for the deletion, of which there appears to be none. It seems strange that any opponents of capital punishment who professes to recognize the authority of the Bible either overlook or disregard the divine decree in this covenant with Noah; . . . capital punishment should be recognized . . . as the divinely instituted penalty for murder; The basis of this decree . . . is as enduring as God; . . . murder not only deprives a man of a portion of his earthly life . . . it is a further sin against him as a creature made in the image of God and against God Himself whose image the murderer does not respect." (p. 111-113). Prof. Carey agrees with Saints Augustine and Aquinas, that executions represent mercy to the wrongdoer: ". . . a secondary measure of the love of God may be said to appear. For capital punishment provides the murderer with incentive to repentance which the ordinary man does not have, that is a definite date on which he is to meet his God. It is as if God thus providentially granted him a special inducement to repentance out of consideration of the enormity of his crime . . . the law grants to the condemned an opportunity which he did not grant to his victim, the opportunity to prepare to meet his God. Even divine justice here may be said to be tempered with mercy." (p. 116)."A Bible Study", Essays on the Death Penalty, T. Robert Ingram, ed., St. Thomas Press, Houston, 1963, 1992.

Jesus: Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.” The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, “Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Jesus) replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” Luke 23: 39-43

It is not the nature of our deaths, but the state of salvation at the time of death which is most important.

Jesus: “So Pilate said to (Jesus), “Do you not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you and I have power to crucify you?” Jesus answered (him), “You would have no power over me if it had not been given to you from above.” John 19:10-11

The power to execute comes directly from God.

Jesus: “You have heard the ancients were told, ˜YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER” and “Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court”. But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever shall say to his brother, “Raca”, shall be guilty before the supreme court and whoever shall say, “You fool”, shall be guilty enough to go into fiery hell.” Matthew 5:17-22.

Fiery hell is a considerable more severe sanction than any earthly death.

The Holy Spirit, God, through the power and justice of the Holy Spirit, executed both Ananias and his wife, Saphira. Their crime? Lying to the Holy Spirit – to God – through Peter. Acts 5:1-11.

No trial, no appeals, just death on the spot.

God: “You shall not accept indemnity in place of the life of a murderer who deserves the death penalty; he must be put to death.” Numbers 35:31 (NAB) full context…

For murder, there is no mitigation from a death sentence.

Posted by Dudley Sharp on 10/11/2012 at 5:32 PM

Re: “A Tale of Two Energy Policies

You know, Obama raves about how he has increased oil output in his term.

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Posted by Gary Baker on 06/06/2012 at 5:29 PM

Re: “AC Transit Buys Local

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Posted by Editor on 04/21/2012 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Obama's Pot Policy

See the documentary "The House I Live In." which questions why the United States has spent more than $1 trillion on drug arrests in the past 40 years, and yet drugs are cheaper, purer and more available today than ever. The film examines the economic, as well as the moral and practical, failures of the so-called "war on drugs" and calls on the United States to approach drug abuse not as a "war," but as a matter of public health. We need "a very changed dialogue in this country that understands drugs as a public health concern and not a criminal justice concern," says the film’s director, Eugene Jarecki.…

U.S. Out of Oakland! We need gun control, not a bunch of DEA agents with nothing better to do, raiding peaceful businesses and educational institutions.

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Posted by Mark Hendricks on 04/19/2012 at 4:26 PM

Re: “AC Transit Buys Local

All not for profit companies serving the American public should buy local. Why buy european vehicles, we don't get tax benefits plus we have to pay for shipments. This includes municipalities.

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Posted by Anna Avellar on 04/04/2012 at 11:07 PM

Re: “AC Transit Buys Local

Yup, the AC Transit Board and General Manager of that period might have worked out a contract with Gillig in Hayward a lot sooner if they hadn't been wined and dined in Europe on tax payer funds and actually listened to what the bus riders and drivers were telling them.

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Posted by Kit Vaq on 04/04/2012 at 8:42 AM

Re: “AC Transit Buys Local

Brilliant! Not to mention funny. I laugherd out loud. Thank you for making my morning.

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Posted by Ellen Trabilcy on 04/04/2012 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Occupy Disarray

All occupiers and citizens are invited to "Occupy the 2012 Election: Let's Govern", a public forum at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, on Saturday, Feb. 18, 10:30-12 Noon. The forum will have speakers presenting scenarios for governing by electing Justice or other party candidates in 2012. Rocky Anderson, Justice Party Candidate for President will speak, along with greens, peace and freedom, and groups from the community-- occupy, labor, immigrants, students, seniors, environment, and peace and justice groups. Music, youth performance, refreshments. Get in touch: Cynthia, Justice Party USA Western States Coordinator, 510-333-6097
"Democracy is not something you believe in or hang your hat on, but something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy stumbles and falls. If you participate, the future is yours." Abbie Hoffman

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Posted by Cynthia Papermaster on 02/02/2012 at 3:19 AM

Re: “Occupy Disarray

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Posted by Editor on 02/01/2012 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Quan and the 100 Percent

The current Recall Quan cabal is a classic case of "shooting oneself in the foot." That anyone of the 99% would advocate or support the recall of Oakland's progressive mayor, even during her first six months, is the height of lunacy and, if carried through, will prove a stark embodiment of the adage: "Be careful what you wish for..." Oaklanders will surely rue the day that a replacement -- and that includes any current possibility -- is substituted for the gold nugget that is Mayor Quan, if only permitted the time and opportunity to serve this great city.

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Posted by James Vann on 01/05/2012 at 12:56 AM

Re: “UC Police Vs. Occupy

Hmm. Oakland doesn't have the police force to give one the eternal vision of what police forces everywhere must be. Neither does New Orleans.

Posted by Sandra Streifel on 12/15/2011 at 8:39 AM

Re: “UC Police Vs. Occupy

pigs suck. period. Always have , always will.

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Posted by Gershon Wolf on 12/10/2011 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Quan Brings All Parties to the Table

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Posted by Editor on 11/25/2011 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Occupy Oakland Vs. the One-Percenters

the REAL truth of the matter, despite what pundits and most of the media say . . .

Posted by SK on 11/10/2011 at 1:36 AM

Re: “Occupied and Unoccupied

Angry people SUCK

Posted by Tom Mathews on 11/03/2011 at 8:25 AM

Re: “Conditions at Occupy Oakland

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Posted by Editor on 10/27/2011 at 11:12 AM

Re: “Mr. Batts Goes to Harvard

preparedness is what is asked and a given but going to harvard is ordained! not earned! earnings are in motion from the time of talcom powder and gerber highs! why ask why certain people attend harvard! they are asked to! lets take carmen our nyse s.f. stock girl? she is mexican and part london but that didnt make love commuting and fraternising okay! it wasnt for hers to direct! others direct some and some just ride waves of suggestion and life what was the last artistic carmen did in 2010 2011? there is the rum diarys but that would make her a hypicrit! but she isnt here to support lower living! high life and recognising what you are is what makes everything tick! get it! passion and rum, sounds good to me but that was in 1991! when capone allowed us schoolys some time with him and his friends!

Posted by laotra77 on 10/25/2011 at 1:24 PM

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