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by L. Neil Smith
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The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel
by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by BigHead Press, 2004
Letters to the Editor
from Aaron Russo, Jim Davidson, and Linda Cirincione
by L. Neil Smith
A generation or so ago, somebodyI think it was either Tiny
Toons or the Animaniacsidentified and described the cluster of
phenomena we've since come to know as "cartoon physics". Just as a
single example, we now understand that the Law of Gravity doesn't
actually apply to a cartoon character until he notices that it does,
usually by looking down after he's accidentally run past the edge of a
The First Annual State of the Union Wet T-Shirt Contest
by Jonathan David Morris
A funny thing happened on the way to President Bush's
State of the Union last Tuesday. Actually, a funny
thing happened at President Bush's State of the
Union last Tuesday. That night, two very different
women were ejected for wearing two very different
politically-themed articles of clothing. One was
anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, who wore an
anti-war-in-Iraq t-shirt which read: "2,245 Dead. How
Many More?" The other was Beverly Young, wife of a
pro-war Republican congressman, whose own shirt bore
the pro-war message: "Support the Troops. Defending
Our Freedom." Both women, it turned out, were wrongly
ejected (and in Sheehan's case arrested), as Capitol
police later admitted the ban on politically-themed
clothing was a nonexistent rule.
On Immigration And Borders
by Linda Cirincione
I keep receiving forwarded articles giving a myriad
of reasons as to why we should want the government to close our borders
to (theoretically) stop illegal immigration. It is difficult to counter
the emotionalism of most of those posts, but I think we have to continue
to try to get through to these misguided activists.
The Defense Against Offense
by Lady Liberty
I've complained more than once about the government's
infringement of free speech. In fairness, there's plenty there to complain
about! From so-called Campaign Finance Reform to the PATRIOT Act; from
domestic surveillance to free speech zones, the First Amendment is under
active attack from the powers that be. But the truth is that free speech
is also endangered by a far more insidious source: us.
A Different Look at Betty Friedan's Legacy
by Wendy McElroy
Betty Friedan (1921-2006) died last Saturday at the
age of 85. Eulogies have stacked up quickly for the feminist icon....
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