Letters to the Editor
from Jim Davidson, L. Neil Smith, Tom Jackson, Rex May,
G A M, Dennis Lee Wilson, Ann Morgan, Steve Bub, Kent McManigal, A Reader,
A.X. Perez, and Marc V. Ridenour
Janet and Dolores
by L. Neil Smith
Has anybody ever seen Janet Napolitano and Dolores Umbridge
together? They could very easily be twins, or even the same person. Dolores
Umbridge, you will recall, was appointed by the Ministry of Magic to the post
of teacher of Defense Against the Dark Arts at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft
and Wizardry in J.K. Rowling's novel Harry Potter and the Order of the
Phoenix. She's a little, round, pink person, falsely cheerful and polite,
who reminded me from the first moment I saw her of my paternal grandmother
Mabel, may she roast in Hell.
Torture the Torture Advocates
by Jim Davidson
Recently, a number of disclosures about the torture
practices of the Bush administration have been released. We now know that
not only were people water boarded, but some of them as many as 83 and 183
timesapparently the CIA attaches some special significance to these
numbers. We also know that in addition to water boardingfor which the
United States military convicted a Japanese officer of torture, and executed
himthe United States government also uses a technique of slamming victims
against a somewhat false and partially flexible wall, wearing, however loosely,
a neck collar to allegedly reduce some aspects of whiplashbut not brain
trauma. The United States government also likes to torture people by putting
them in stress positions, by hanging them from overhead using handcuffs to
dramatically damage the fine structures in their wrists, by sleep deprivation,
and by enclosing its victims with insects such as scorpions, spiders, centipedes,
or snakes. It also likes to confront its torture victims with nudity, with attack
dogs, and with other violence.
Oath: "It means that I have to die if necessary to protect the Constitution."
by Mike Vanderboegh
On Sunday, 19 April 2009, "Oath Keepers" rallied on
Massachusetts' historic Lexington Green to renew their oaths to support and
defend the U.S. Constitution. Held on the 234th anniversary of the revolutionary
war battles of Lexington and Concord.
Pulling Alongside Night
The Enabling Technology is Here
by J. Kent Hastings
J. Neil Schulman is a prophet. Two weeks after his
twenty-third birthday, on May 1, 1976, J. Neil Schulman finished the
first draft of Alongside Night, a novel that accurately discerned
the outline of 1996 reality. He finished the final draft in 1978, for
publication on October 16, 1979.
America's "Tea Parties": Fantastic Or Futile?
by Russell D. Longcore
During the week of April 15th, in over 800 cities across
America, hundreds of thousands of people gathered to give voice to their
opposition to out-of-control spending at all levels of government. These
protests sprung from a true "grassroots" movement, as people from all walks
of life met at state capitols, city squares, parks and street corners to
protest intrusive government.
"In the event you are captured...."
by A.X. Perez
Remember the TV series Mission Impossible? Whenever
Mr. Phelps was being briefed he was warned "In the event you or your team are
captured, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your existence."
Destination Resorts in Orbit
by Jim Davidson
Recently, I had occasion to write, "The civilisation which
reached its peak in 1969, which put men on the Moon and sent passengers faster
than the speed of sound to their destinations, no longer does those things."
A Newer Hope
by L. Neil Smith
It says here, that as a part of his wider plan to strip
Americans of our weapons in anticipation of doing whatever the hell he wants
to do with us (historically, it's usually been some variety of genocide),
faux President Barack Obama has put his head together with that of
the dictator of Mexico and several other Latin American satrapies in
an effortby treatyto outlaw the reloading of small arms
Atlantea The Beautiful
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 21 of a weekly cartoon series.
Agenda 21: The United Nations Programme of Action
Planning for Your future, serf!