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Letters to the Editor
from Jim Davidson, Steve Bub, and Jonathan David Morris
by L. Neil Smith
Once upon a time, there was an exceptionally clever fellow who
called himself Charles Proteus Steinmetz, a hunchbacked dysplasic dwarf one biographer
referred to poetically as "The Man Who Tamed Lightning". There are stories about
Steinmetz you'll never read on Wikipedia. It's said he never bathed, and chain-smoked
big cigars all day. His office at what eventually became General Electrica company
founded almost entirely on his workconsisted of narrow aisles between books stacked
up to the eighteen-foot tin ceilings they liked in those days.
Fat Wealthy Prescription Drug Addict Shown to Be a Hypocrite
by Jim Davidson
Rush Limbaugh has castigated a young woman who insisted that
contraception was a vital part of her health care. He called her a number of names,
including slut and whore. He said that her demand that her contraceptive needs be
paid by him and other taxpayers should be matched by his demand that she provide
videos of herself engaged in sex acts.
Flash Editorials March 17, 2012
by Russell D. Longcore
This has been a news-filled week! The Nation I: Rick Santorum
won beauty contests in Alabama, Kansas and Mississippi this week, and Mitt Romney came in
third behind Tweedledum Gingrich in the South. And poor ol' Ron Paul... came in dead last.
Curious thing about Ron Paul. He draws enormous crowds to venues when he speaks. He has
been brilliant in getting campaign contributions for eight years, holding "Ron Paul Money
Bombs" that generate millions each time. Ron Paul has won the hearts and minds of the young
and those who are tired of being robbed and lied to. But what will the good doctor do with
all these followers at the convention and beyond? There is no possibility that he will swing
his support to any of the other three candidates when he stands against everything they support.
I have heard many suggest he become a Third Party candidate, but that would be a one-way ticket
to Ross Perot-ville. But I have a suggestion for Mister Paul. How about taking the next logical
step in protecting personal liberty and property rights and become a secessionist? Forsake the
Grand Old Party, Doctor Paul. Tell your willing, excited followers that secession is the only
solution to return liberty to the North American continent. Encourage your supporters to spread
the good news about forming new nations from old states. And finally, because you are from Texas,
nominate yourself as the first President of a New Texas nation. Texas needs a lightning rod for
nationhood, and with your notoriety and principled stand against DC tyranny, you are the perfect
man to be the next Sam Houston.
Photo ID and You
by Neale Osborn
Today, I listened to several stories about our useless Attorney General
and his ridiculous attacks on Texas and South Carolina over requiring photo ID to vote. Let
me be the first to say that ANY government issued photo ID is a disgusting thing to contemplate.
Tolerating them is akin to tolerating a slave's collar. And yes, I have one- a driver's license.
But one thing I do is make a point of refusing to supply it for anything I do not absolutely
have to have. I don't drink hardly at all, in large part because I refuse to provide ID for
the purchaseI'm 48, and it's pretty fucking obvious I am. But I digress (thanks, Neil).
Stop Your Whining, aka You are free, right?
by Madison MacBear
Ladies and Gentlemen, Sovereigns and Sentients! It has come to my
attention at this time of year that many of you (and in former times, me) seem to be
all hung up on tax*tion, and whether the Int*rnal R*venue S*rvice can or may legally
do what they do. I read arguments like "a direct, unapportioned tax is unconstitutional,"
or "the sixteenth Amendment was never (or incorrectly) ratified," or other straw-grasping.
Well, I have shocking news and shocking-er news. The shocking news is that the "income tax
shall not be questioned clause" has been backed up by the Supreme Court. If you're a
United States citizen, a taxpayer, or an individual or resident, you are out of luck, I'm afraid.
Free the Slaves, Stop the Wars, End the State
by Jim Davidson
We begin on Friday 30 March with a speech by anti-war activist Cindy
Sheehan. You may remember that her son, Casey, was killed in the unconstitutional and
undeclared war with Iraq. You may also remember that there was never any justification
for that war, that Bush lied repeatedly to bring about that war, and that the people
who profited from that war, the people who run companies like Lockheed, Boeing, and
Halliburton, continue to profit from undeclared and unjust wars.
Atlantea The Beautiful No. 169
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 169 of a weekly cartoon series.