The Common Good

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Too Poor to Die?

Every time I think I've exhausted my outrage capacity, I see something new to refuel it.
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The Mercy Seat

"It ALL began when they come took me from my home
And put me on Death Row,
a crime for which I am totally innocent, you know."

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For Troy Davis

Troy Anthony Davis died at 11:08 p.m. EST, Sept. 21,2011.
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BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Stay the Execution of Troy Davis

UPDATE: 10:23 p.m. From Reuters and the Associated Press: U.S. SUPREME COURT REJECTS STAY OF EXECUTION FOR GEORGIA DEATH ROW INMATE IN HIGH-PROFILE CASE From Huffington Post: "DENIED"
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BREAKING NEWS: Government Shut-Down Looms(?)

The House on Wednesday failed to pass a continuing resolution to keep the federal government funded past next week...

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Evening List of Awesomeness: Get Your Click On!

Nerd-dom covers vast swaths of territory, from Trekkies and Settlers of Catan enthusiasts to, apparently, at least a few followers of Christ.
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BREAKING NEWS: Report Says Abuse is Part of "Institutional Culture" of U.S. Border Patrol


Sojourners statement regarding "No More Deaths" report on U.S. Border Patrol abuses: "As a Christian organization, Sojourners believe that all people, regardless of national origin, are made in the "image of God" and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. We also believe that immigrants are our neighbors and that all life is a sacred gift from God. No More Deaths' report on abuse of immigrants in short-term custody is a chilling reminder that we have a long way to go to affirm a consistent ethic of life in our nation. The overcrowding, physical and psychological abuse, exposure to unsanitary conditions, and denial of food and water to immigrants held in custody of the U.S. Border Patrol must end. As Christians, we insist that all immigrants should be treated fairly and with respect, no matter what side of the border they live on. There are no excuses for such practices to continue, and we call on the Obama Administration to seek accountability for every documented case of abuse by the Border Patrol. The United States should lead by example in all measures of human rights. These numbers offer a stark contrast between the nation we claim to be, built and made better by immigrants, and the nation we are."

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Maurice Sendak: "Live your life, live your life, live your life."

"I'm finding out as I'm aging that I am in love with the world. And I look right now, as we speak together, out my window in my studio and I see my trees and my beautiful, beautiful maples that are hundreds of years old, they're beautiful. And you see I can see how beautiful they are. I can take time to see how beautiful they are."

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Austin's Autumn (Nonfiction) List: Pete Rollins, 'Insurrection' and desire


Last week, Rollins posted the introduction and first chapter of Insurrection on his website, and I devoured it. He really is one of the most challenging thinkers in the Christian world today.

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Afternoon Philosofail

2308371224_60e0cda6e8If you're anything like me, reading this brief entry from Ian Millhiser at ThinkProgress.org titled, "Scalia says there's nothing unconstitutional about executing the innocent," will no doubt do more to raise your blood pressure than the afternoon latte you were just contemplating.

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