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  •  We all must do these things (2+ / 0-)
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    jakedog42, hnichols
    Eating is not a crime.

    Sleeping is not a crime.

    Shitting is not a crime.

    Why do we place barriers in front of other humans so they too can not access these needed things?

    "Til you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules" John Lennon - Working Class Hero

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 11:55:10 AM PST

    •  eating is NOT a crime (2+ / 0-)
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      big annie, emelyn

      her crime was not eating.

      it was the repeated theft of someone else's possessions

      •  You are talking past one another. (3+ / 0-)

        Horace Boothroyd III is not denying the legal facts, I take him to be making a moral critique of the law itself.

        In point of fact, to quote a major religious tradition:

        The Catechism of the Catholic Church

        Article 7. The Seventh Commandment

        . . .

        2402 In the beginning God entrusted the earth and its resources to the common stewardship of mankind to take care of them, master them by labor, and enjoy their fruits.187 The goods of creation are destined for the whole human race. However, the earth is divided up among men to assure the security of their lives, endangered by poverty and threatened by violence. The appropriation of property is legitimate for guaranteeing the freedom and dignity of persons and for helping each of them to meet his basic needs and the needs of those in his charge. It should allow for a natural solidarity to develop between men.

        2403 The right to private property, acquired or received in a just way, does not do away with the original gift of the earth to the whole of mankind. The universal destination of goods remains primordial, even if the promotion of the common good requires respect for the right to private property and its exercise.

        . . .

         2408 The seventh commandment forbids theft, that is, usurping another's property against the reasonable will of the owner. There is no theft if consent can be presumed or if refusal is contrary to reason and the universal destination of goods. This is the case in obvious and urgent necessity when the only way to provide for immediate, essential needs (food, shelter, clothing . . .) is to put at one's disposal and use the property of others.191

        . . .

        "justice without mercy is cruelty, mercy without justice is the mother of dissolution"

        --Thomas Aquinas

        We are the principled ones, remember? We don't get to use the black hats' tricks even when it would benefit us. Political Compass: -6.88, -6.41

        by bmcphail on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 02:02:58 PM PST

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    •  "Shitting in not a crime." (1+ / 0-)
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      Sorry, I really couldn't be bothered to find your restroom.  

      It looks like your carpet was in pretty bad shape beforehand anyway.

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