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L. Neil Smith's
Number 354, February 12, 2006

"...merry mob of mercantilist mass murderers..."

Gov that Listens
A Government that Listens


Here we are again, the 354th edition of this little eMagazine. Ten years old and going strong.

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by L. Neil Smith
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The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel
by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
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Letters to the Editor
from Aaron Russo, Jim Davidson, and Linda Cirincione

Cartoon Politics
by L. Neil Smith
A generation or so ago, somebody—I think it was either Tiny Toons or the Animaniacs—identified and described the cluster of phenomena we've since come to know as "cartoon physics". Just as a single example, we now understand that the Law of Gravity doesn't actually apply to a cartoon character until he notices that it does, usually by looking down after he's accidentally run past the edge of a cliff.

The First Annual State of the Union Wet T-Shirt Contest
by Jonathan David Morris
A funny thing happened on the way to President Bush's State of the Union last Tuesday. Actually, a funny thing happened at President Bush's State of the Union last Tuesday. That night, two very different women were ejected for wearing two very different politically-themed articles of clothing. One was anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, who wore an anti-war-in-Iraq t-shirt which read: "2,245 Dead. How Many More?" The other was Beverly Young, wife of a pro-war Republican congressman, whose own shirt bore the pro-war message: "Support the Troops. Defending Our Freedom." Both women, it turned out, were wrongly ejected (and in Sheehan's case arrested), as Capitol police later admitted the ban on politically-themed clothing was a nonexistent rule.

On Immigration And Borders
by Linda Cirincione
I keep receiving forwarded articles giving a myriad of reasons as to why we should want the government to close our borders to (theoretically) stop illegal immigration. It is difficult to counter the emotionalism of most of those posts, but I think we have to continue to try to get through to these misguided activists.

The Defense Against Offense
by Lady Liberty
I've complained more than once about the government's infringement of free speech. In fairness, there's plenty there to complain about! From so-called Campaign Finance Reform to the PATRIOT Act; from domestic surveillance to free speech zones, the First Amendment is under active attack from the powers that be. But the truth is that free speech is also endangered by a far more insidious source: us.

A Different Look at Betty Friedan's Legacy
by Wendy McElroy
Betty Friedan (1921-2006) died last Saturday at the age of 85. Eulogies have stacked up quickly for the feminist icon....

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