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Letters to the Editor
from Paul Koning, A.X. Perez, Tor Chantara, Dr. Duck, and L. Neil Smith
On Courage and Cowardice
by L. Neil Smith
I was at a meeting the other day, of a new group that was looking
for a name. The name that was proposed, under which the individuals at the meeting had
gathered in the first place, was a fine, tradition-evoking one, stemming from the early
American Revolution. It stated a purpose, it sent a message, and I was very proud to be
associated with it. Almost immediately, however, a few participants began to object to
the name and to the logo that went with it. It was "too edgy", someone said. It looked
too "aggressive" (believe me, the posture involved is one of pure self-defense). It might
offend some people. It might make them reluctant to join the organization or (gasp!) to
give us money. It might keep other groups from affiliating with us. Worst (and most
hysterically funny of all), it might bring us to the attention of the government.
Thoughts on Education
by A.X. Perez, Ann Morgan, and Richard D. Bartucci
Last I heard school as we know it was organized to meet the intellectual
needs of students who had an IQ of about 120 and learned by reading and being lectured at.
It was also intended to Americanize the children of immigrants by brainwashing them to be
loyal Americans and to speak,read, and write American English. Added to this over time were
baby sitting service up to age 17 , i.e., one year after a person can go to work without
special permission due to child labor laws.
Kids Teaching Kids
by Bob Wallace
Some years ago I was asked to babysit a seven-year-old girl and her
two brothers aged five and three. I have never been a fan of babysitting and was expecting
to be excruciatingly bored. But when I got there I found them in the girl's room and
encountered something I had never seen before. All three of them had set up a blackboard
and an easel. The girl was standing in front of the easel, with one of those huge pieces of
kid's chalk in one hand, while the boys sat on a bed. She was teaching them the alphabet.
Why I Won't Vote for Romney
by L. Neil Smith
I see lots of stuff online these days saying, in effect, that now
that Ron Paul is through (an assumption I wouldn't want to live or die by) and the
re-election of Barack Obama is unthinkable (to me, it was unthinkable the first time
around, but the drooling insanity, honking stupidity, and outright evil of George Bush
and his accomplices made it inevitable), we must all pitch in and do our best to elect
Mitt Romney. For many reasons, that's a load of elephant dung.
Missing the Point
by Sean Gangol
Unless you have been under a rock for the last few months, you
probably know about the controversy surrounding the issue on whether the government
can force religious organizations to provide services that violate the tenets of
their beliefs. This issue was brought about when the Catholic Church protested about
a section in Obamacare that would force their hospitals and universities to provide
insurance coverage for contraceptives. Many commentators have weighed in on the issue
and the most notable of course was Rush Limbaugh. He became interested when a law
student named Sandra Fluke, testified before congress in favor of the prevision. She
claimed that both her and her friends were suffering from the financial burden of birth
control, since their university didn't provide it in their insurance plans. Fluke claimed
that she spent in some cases up to $3,000 dollars on birth control while attending college.
The Forward Observer No. 2
by Bill Koehler
Some idiot said the second amendment caused the shootings in
Aurora, Co. Excuse me but the second amendment was suspended at the theater. It
was a gun free zone.
The Way It Works
by L. Neil Smith
A local radio host, whopretty cynically, in my viewopposes
American presence in the middle east because he believes it's futile, is fond of explaining
his position by saying, "You can't beat a birth rate." If I had a nickel for every time
I've heard conservatives whimper that they're being "out-bred", by minorities, clients of
the welfare state, or Third World enemies, I'd ... well, I'd have a whole lot of nickels.
Atlantea The Beautiful No. 187
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 187 of a weekly cartoon series.