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Number 350, January 15, 2006

Pronounced "coo day tot"

Like letting 'em win
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Letters to the Editor
from Wendy McElroy, Lady Liberty, Name Withheld Upon Request, E.J. Totty, lehr, and Jack Duggan

Fool Me Twice
by L. Neil Smith
If politics, as it is frequently observed, tend to make strange bedfellows, certainly the politics of war tend to make even stranger ones. Recently, thanks to some new friends I've found among my fellow musicians, I've been reading articles written by people who identify themselves unflinchingly as liberals, about the various shortcomings of people who identify themselves as conservatives. I haven't done anything like that for a long while, and it's been interesting in many different ways.

The Future of Freedom
by Lady Liberty
The New Year seems to be the one time of year when almost all of us simultaneously decide to take stock of our lives. We look at the year gone past; we make all of the best intentioned plans for the future.We consider our successes of the last twelve months and hope to build on them; we (hopefully) dissect our mistakes and determine to learn from them. I'm no exception to that annual personal review.

Pat Robertson Sings The Blues
by Jonathan David Morris
I know a lot of dumb people who've said a lot of dumb things. In fact, I am one of those people. I've said that only-children tend to be spoiled in front of people who didn't have brothers and sisters. I've made fun of people without college educations in front of people who it turned out never went to college. I regularly make a complete and total ass out of myself. I should probably find a way to get paid for it at this point; I do it so often, it's like a part-time job. But for all the dumb things I've said in my lifetime, and for all the times I've been told by dear friends that they "can't take [me] anywhere," if nothing else, I can take solace in one thing: I'm not Pat Robertson. And as much as I'll undoubtedly try, I will probably never say as many dumb things as he does.

Mail Order Bride Law Brands U.S. Men Abusers
by Wendy McElroy
The Violence Against Women Act signed by President Bush on Jan. 5, contains an almost unnoticed attachment. Subtitle D, also known as the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005 (IMBA), will become law when VAWA is enacted. The IMBA is an ostensibly noble measure with a surprising and ominous twist.

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