Letters to the Editor
from Iloilo Marguerite Jones, Susan Callaway, A.X. Perez,
Bryan Potratz, and Curt Howland
You Go First: The Peace Amendment
by L. Neil Smith
The idea is probably as old as the Pharaohs, maybe even
as old as Homo Erectus. Whenever and wherever old men have sent young men
off to die, sooner or later someone has suggested that the old men should
We Might As Well Face It, We're Addicted To War
by Doug Newman
Two weeks ago, I had never heard of South Ossetia and I could
only tell you four things about Georgia. 1) It was a former Soviet republic. 2) It
was somewhere on the southern periphery of Russia, but I could not tell you exactly
where. 3) It was Joe Stalin's home country. 4) It was the Georgia the Beatles sang
of in "Back in the USSR."
The Best Revenge
by A.X. Perez
While I recognize the need many people have to strike back
at the tyrants who oppress us I tend to take a more conciliatory attitude. At
least one reader of TLE has called me to task for this, feeling I speak too gently.
Inspector Clousseau, TSA
by Francis A Ney, Jr.
With the news that hit the mainstream media on Wednesday,
but has been part of the blogosphere for a day prior, Taking Scissors Away
has morphed from a frightening tyrannical agency to a clear and present
danger to the traveling public.
Olympic salute and Nazi salute originated in the USA Pledge of Allegiance
by Tinny Ray
The official Olympic salute originated in the United States,
as did the Nazi salute. Both gestures are products of the early Pledge of
Allegiance to the flag in America's government schools.
The Revolution Now
by Jim Davidson
Some years ago, Edward R. Murrow commented on dissent, insisting
that it not be confused with disloyalty. Many Americans refuse to be loyal to mass
murder, refuse to be loyal to genocide, refuse to be loyal to militarism, and refuse
to be loyal to stripping individuals of their human rights, torturing them to death,
imprisoning them without trial, keeping them imprisoned after their sentences have
been served, and generally abusing power for the sake of remaining in poweraspects
of the current Repugnant and Demolisher administration and Congress, respectively. So,
in my opinion, it is not the American people who should be chastised for confusion.