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Back to Basics: Part Two

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L. Neil Smith's
Number 396, December 3, 2006

"A Future that's worth looking forward to."

Bend Over!
Bend Over—for your own good!
by Darian Worden


I hope all of you Readers out there in Readerland are doing well. Me, I got to spend part of Saturday at the local emergency room—I managed to develop an ear infection Thanksgiving week, and it would get better, then get worse, then get better, then get worse. . . and after a few cycles of that, Saturday morning it got very worse. This is in spite of treatment with an antibiotic pill, mind you. So we packed up and went, and got a pain-killer, and some antibiotic drops to go along with the pills. "If it ain't one thing. . . ."

In other news, when our Thanksgiving visitors went home, we got to watch a scene just like that pictured above. And just like in the above picture, the woman being singled out for extra-special scrutiny was obviously not at all suspicious, scary, or a terrorist. Airports. TSA. What a crock.

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Tom Paine Maru
by L. Neil Smith
Cover by Scott Bieser
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The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel
by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by Press, 2004

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Letters to the Editor
from Samantha Atkins, L. Neil Smith, David K. Farel, Joseph Knight, Steve Reed, and Vince Losasso

Back to Basics: Part Two
by L. Neil Smith
It has been said that politicians are in the business of bribing people with their own money. That is, at their direction, government at various levels employs physical force or the threat of force—exactly like any other bandit—to take away about half of what the average individual earns, and then doles it back out in niggling bits and pieces, while extracting an enormous middleman's fee for the "service".

Too Stupid To Take
by Elizabeth Harrison
One of the three wisest people I have ever met in my life is a furniture salesman who never went to college.

A Post-Election Political Rant
by Francis A Ney, Jr.
I'm surrounded by idiots. And most of the idiots either work for the government or may as well be working for the government, given their propensity for getting in the face of everyone, needed or not, or ignoring truths inconvenient to the nanny state.

Letters To Santa: D.C. Edition
by Jonathan David Morris
Every year, millions of kids around the world write letters to Santa in hopes of receiving gifts for Christmas. Unfortunately, these kids are idiots. Santa Claus doesn't exist.

Angst @ School
by Ulrich Biele
Well, on Monday 20th, a young boy, just eighteen years old, who had just finished junior high school, succumbed to this temptation, injuring thirty-seven people, among them a pregnant teacher, finally killing himself. As a modern man, he had posted a farewell-letter in the internet, explaining that his major motivation was revenge. He felt like a loser and wanted to pay back all hatred he had received during his short life.

Government IS Cancer
by Ron Beatty
I'm sure that some of you have noticed a gradual evolution in my thinking, as shown in some of my articles over the past few years. I started out as a "Bill of Rights" libertarian, and still believe that the Bill of Rights, along with the Covenant of Unanimous Consent and the Zero Aggression Principal should be a linchpin of society. Gradually, however, the actions of the administration forced me to become a mini-anarchist, believing that only a minimal government was either necessary or desirable.

Repeating History
by Lady Liberty
If you're a college football fan, you were doubtless delighted with the contest held between the first place Ohio State University Buckeyes and the number two ranked Michigan Wolverines. I have a friend who happens to be a big Ohio State fan, and I couldn't have missed hearing about the game even if it weren't under constant discussion on ESPN and mentioned in virtually every sportscast on every local station in every town in America.

by Chris Claypool
What does the breakup of the marriage of Pam Anderson and Kid Rock and the serial foot-shooting of the House Democrats have in common? I am most surely not alone in having said to myself a few months ago that "that marriage won't last" and "send in the clowns." So why did two such volatile, self-absorbed B-listers decide to get hitched, and why did Nancy Pelosi flush much of her political capital down the toilet by backing Jim Murtha for House Majority Leader and Alcee Hastings for Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, when all indications were that both nominations would crash and burn as badly as the aforementioned nuptials? Both Murtha and Hastings have skeletons in their closets, and both Anderson and Kid Rock have stormy pasts in the relationship department.

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