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Letters to the Editor
from Alan Korwin, L. Neil Smith, E.J. Totty, The Free State Project, and Scott Bieser
Court of Last Resort
by L. Neil Smith
I find myself in receipt, thanks to the kindness of a frequent
poster calling him- or herself "Spiker", of a brief article from the
Huffington Post written by one Jamie Court, of a Santa Monica-based
"Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights".
Gun Grab Gambit Goes Great in New Orleans
by Walt Dean
Survivors of hurricane and flood in New Orleans are now getting some real
surprise treatment from their Uncle Sam. New Orleans residents are
discovering they have been stripped of their Constitutional liberties and
no longer have Second Amendment rights. Police and government agents are
busy confiscating legally owned guns.
Like Stonewall Without the Riot:
New Orleans, Katrina and the Government Response
"... An almost Biblical feeling of Doomof the city
about to be destroyed, razed, toppledassaults you. The odor of something
stagnant permeates the winter-air of this summercity: not so much an odor that
attacks the sense of smell as one that raids the mind...." It's about New Orleans,
but it's not a reporter describing current conditions. It's street hustler/author
John Rechy, describing the city in 1963.
Lessons from the Debacle
by Ron Beatty
It's been two weeks since Katrina and its attendent
devastation hit New Orleans, and I think enough time
has passed to allow us to consider some of the lessons
learned from that debacle.
The Power of Government
by Bill Hartwell
I have a livejournal account, and recently have been
involved in an exchange with a friend who, as I have discovered through
the course of the exchange, is a confirmed socialist because she believes
(thanks to what she was taught in government schools and sees on TV) that
human beings are, in general, backstabbing selfish scum who would kill
one another for the slightest advantage. She has accused me of believing
that government is evil because I don't understand human nature. What
follows is my response.
Thoughts On Health
by Jonathan David Morris
I don't understand commercials for medicine anymore. I
mean, I understand what they're trying to say when
they advertise a medication and list its possible side
effects. I just don't understand why they bother
anymore. Nobody takes these advertisements seriously.
The other day, I saw a spot for something called
Restless Legs Syndrome. I was stunned when it ended
without turning into a "Good news; I just saved 15
percent on my car insurance by switching to Geico"
commercial. That's how bad it's gotten. It doesn't
even matter how legitimate the affliction is. It could
be cancer at this point. It could be a pill to stop
spontaneous human combustion. Wouldn't matter. I see
these commercials and instinctively shrug them off. I
suffer from Grain of Salt Disorder. They come on my TV
and talk about some crippling disease, and all I see
in my head is Victoria Jackson slamming her extra
fingers under the door of a photocopier in the old
SNL commercial for Toe-Riffic and Handi-Off. ("Pick
you up at six?" "Make it five." Ah, polydactyly...)
Sadly, I'm not sure who this says more for: Geico or
the medical industry.
Strange Times and Strange Conversations
by Caleb Paul
I won't go into the ins and outs of that story too
much. Needless to say, I think it's pretty bad that
this country is now deporting peaceful protesters and
not even explaining why they're being deported except
under the dubious and nebulus claim of being "directly
or indirectly a threat to Australian national
security", whatever that means. It seems to me like
anyone or anything could be passed off as a direct or
indirect threat to national security without further
explanation. What I wanted to write about was the absurd
conversation I had with my mother on this matter. She
commented that, "...he's a trouble maker and we have
enough of those here already. We don't need more."
When I said that it's a basic, fundamental tenet of
our western, liberal tradition that people have
freedom of speech, expression and assembly, her
response was, "I don't care."
The Flood of Sympathy
by Lady Liberty
It's impossible to turn on the television, read a
newspaper, or visit an Internet news portal without seeing myriad photos
and stories about the disaster that is America's Gulf Coast in the wake
of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans has, in large part, been obliterated.
So, too, have smaller and less famous towns in Louisiana and Mississippi.
The cost in material goods and property is staggering; the cost in human
lives is even more so.
Will Science Trump Politics in Resolving Abortion Debate?
by Wendy McElroy
Artificial wombs will be "reality" within 20 years,
according to the London Times. Indeed, 20 years seems a conservative
estimate given an earlier report in The Guardian, another UK newspaper,
which predicted them for 2008.
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