The Wait is over! Yes, friends and neighbors, the long
awaited re-publication of Tom Paine Maru by L. Neil Smith
is finally For Sale! It was a long-time a-bornin'. Just
about everybody involved was at one time or another ill, swamped,
or just plain distracted. But we got through it all, and now it's
your turn! Click on that cover picture up there, or on
this text-link right here: http://payloadz.com/go/sip?id=137991
and buy yourself a copy. It is in Adobe Acrobat format (.pdf),
readable via Acrobat Reader, a
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How do you get it? Just click on that picture or that link, and pay
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Then download the book from the URL you'll be redirected to. It is, as we said,
an Acrobat Reader format file, 1,845,243-bytes in size.
This issue is unusual in that we've got two illustrations
up there. The first is Scott Bieser's cover illustration, the
second is Scott Bieser's "Bumper Sticker" to go with this
issue's motto. Click on it, and you can download a big
Letters to the Editor
from L. Neil Smith, Scott Bieser, EJ Totty and Jim Davidson
"Good Mornin' America, How Are Ya?"
by L. Neil Smith
Like everybody else, we have been stunned and appalled beyond
words by horrible pictures and stories coming out of hurricane-ravaged
New Orleans over the past few days. We have been there ourselves on a
couple of far happier occasions (it's surprisingly difficult to find
anyone who hasn't), and found it to belike all big citiesboth
amazingly beautiful and grotesquely distasteful by turns, and yet, in
either case, absolutely unique in its amenities and its long, colorful
Death From Government
by Ron Beatty
What we're seeing in New Orleans is shocking. But it has an even
deeper meaning than just a city dying. What we are seeing is a city,
and it's people, being murdered by the state.
Superdome of Shame
by Jack Duggan
Watching news coverage of the refugees trying to enter
the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans for safety from the approaching
force-five Hurricane Katrina, I was incredulous how the people attempting
to enter the stadium were being treated by the national guard troops and
local police. The people were made to stand for hours outside in the awful
Louisiana climate while they were admitted one or two adults at a time so
they could be searched "for firearms and alcohol."
So What's Your Back-Up Plan?
by Lady Liberty
Most of my columns aren't written or even planned much
in advance. I wait to see what happens in any given week, and then I write
about whatever has affected me the most. Occasionally, it's something I'm
happy about. More often, I write about things that scare me or make me mad.
I suppose I'm inspired by anger the same way country and western songwriters
are inspired by suicidal depression. This week, though, things were going
to be different...
25 People Who Are Screwing Up America
by Jonathan David Morris
Best-selling author Bernard Goldberg has a new book
called 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America, in
which he lists... well, 100 people who are screwing up
America. I guess the name is self-explanatory. Anyway,
I like this idea, so, not to be outdone, I've put
together a list of my own. Here now, in no particular
order, are 25 other people who are screwing up
America. Feel free to disagree with my choices. Just
know that any complainers will be added to the second
New Orleans Drowning
by Neil Alexander
I lived in New Orleans first as a teenagermy
first major city to explore. I left at 17 and returned
after my stint in the Navy in 1985.
In total, I lived in New Orleans for over 7 years. I
also lived in Baton Rouge, and Slidell. Slidell seems
to be even worse off than New Orleans.
Gender Bias in Domestic Violence Treatment
by Wendy McElroy
The oldest battered women's shelter in New England,
established in 1975, is setting precedent and making many feminists nervous
in the process. Transition House not only launched a "gender-neutral" search
for a new executive director but also appointed a man as its interim director.
Transition House explains that it simply wants to hire the best person for
the job, and interviewing men doubles the chance of success.
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