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L. Neil Smith's
Number 370, June 4, 2006

"A Downright Moron"

George and the W.M.D. again
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This issue's Motto is taken from a quotation used in a .sig in a letter we received from Stephen Carville:

"As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."
—H. L. Mencken

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Letters to the Editor
from James J Odle, Kevin Van Horn, Mitch Wayne, Frank Ney, Ed Carp Brian Draves, General Counsel, PGP Corporation, Stephan Jerde, Adam Harris, Derek Benner, Douglas Lockhart, Thomas L. Knapp, and Scott A. Campanaro:

Pipe Smoke and Flannel Shirts
by L. Neil Smith
I was having an online conversation the other day (e-mail, not instant messaging) with an old friend of mine, an attorney I'll call "Lawyer Dagget", about the way the world seemed to work when I was a boy.

Thank God for Barry Bonds
by Jonathan David Morris
On Sunday, May 28, 2006, George Herman "Barry" Bonds officially passed George Herman "Babe" Ruth for the second most homeruns in Major League Baseball history. With widespread rumors of steroid use in mind, many baseball fans—and, indeed, many Americans in general—are already looking to dismiss Bonds' accomplishments. His single-season record of 73 homers in 2001 is now looked back upon suspiciously. And if he manages to surpass Hank Aaron's career total of 755 someday, many people have already decided that it just "shouldn't count."

That'll Teach 'Em
by Lady Liberty
I had lunch with a friend of mine on Saturday. She and I hadn't seen each other in awhile, and we had some real catching up to do. Unfortunately, some of what she had to tell me was more than a little unpleasant to listen to. She wanted to talk—like most mothers—about her children. Though I'm quite a bit fonder of cats than kids, I was happy to listen to what I thought would be a litany of this year's proud accomplishments by her two school-age children. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Feminists Deny Truth on Domestic Violence
by Wendy McElroy
In the last three decades, feminism has revolutionized daily life from the legal system and social mores down to the story books children use in kindergarten. Feminist discussion seems to be 'always' and 'everywhere'. But I believe the contrary is true. Genuine discussion of feminist issues ended in the 1970s when one school came to dominate and moved to silence competing views both within the movement and outside.

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