R.I.P Peter O'Toole (2 August 1932 - 14 December 2013)
by L. Neil Smith and Rex F. May
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Colored by Jen Zach
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The Impeachable Offenses of Barack Hussein Obama
by Terence James Mason
In 5 parts.
Letters to the Editor
from Rich Matarese and A.X. Perez
Zagmuk Conquers All!
by L.Neil Smith
For the past few years, I have written several essays in response
to various conservatives' false claim that America is a "Christian country". Rather
than reiterate what I said, I would ask the curious reader to consult with Thomas Paine
or Haym Solomon about that, to remember that Thomas Jefferson's handful of pronouncements
on God are clearly metaphorical, and that Benjamin Franklin belonged to an organization
whose members dedicated themselves to violating every one of the Ten Commandments.
Neale's Weekly Gun Rant Volume 37
by Neale Osborn
a don't mess around with Kim.... The video isn't the
clearest, but this guy appears to attack a woman in a mall, and you can see
where it gets him! LOVE IT!!!!!
Atlantea The Beautiful No. 255
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 255 of a weekly cartoon series.
Holsters and Sheaths from Survival Sheath Systems
Used and recommended by L. Neil Smith
Take a look at:
I suspect most of you know last week's Motto ("Negotiating
with Obama is like playing chess with a pigeon.The pigeon
knocks over all the pieces, shits on the board and then
struts around like it won the game." -- Vladimir Putin)
wasn't actually said by Mr. Putin, but has been floating
around for years, attributed to this person or that
person. about this person or that person. Which doesn't
make it any less funny the first time you see it of course.
Even Mother Jones has noticed: the U.S. of A. has become a
How Every Part of American Life Became a Police Matter
From the workplace to our private lives, American society is starting to
resemble a police state.
by Chase Madar
If all you've got is a hammer, then everything starts to
look like a nail. And if police and prosecutors are your
only tool, sooner or later everything and everyone will
be treated as criminal. This is increasingly the American
way of life, a path that involves "solving" social problems
(and even some non-problems) by throwing cops at them,
with generally disastrous results. Wall-to-wall criminal
law encroaches ever more on everyday life as police power
is applied in ways that would have been unthinkable just
a generation ago.
By now, the militarization of the police has advanced to
the point where "the War on Crime" and "the War on Drugs"
are no longer metaphors but bland understatements. There
is the proliferation of heavily armed SWAT teams, even
in small towns; the use of shock-and-awe tactics to bust
small-time bookies; the no-knock raids to recover trace
amounts of drugs that often result in the killing of
family dogs, if not family members; and in communities
where drug treatment programs once were key, the waging
of a drug version of counterinsurgency war. (All of this
is ably reported on journalist Radley Balko's blog and
in his book, The Rise of the Warrior Cop.) But
American over-policing involves far more than the widely
reported up-armoring of your local precinct. It's also
the way police power has entered the DNA of social
policy, turning just about every sphere of American
life into a police matter.
Or, as Ayn Rand once wrote:
"Did you really think that we want those laws to be
observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them broken. You'd
better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy
scouts you're up against—then you'll know that this
is not the age of beautiful gestures. We're after power
and we mean it. You fellows were pikers, but we know the
real trick, and you'd better get wise to it. There's no
way to rule innocent men. The only power any government
has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when
there aren't enough criminals, one 'makes' them. One
declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes
impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who
wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there
in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that
can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively
interpreted—and you create a nation of law-breakers
and then you cash in on the guilt. Now that's the
system, Mr. Rearden, that's the game, and once you
understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."
—Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, page 411,
Signet paperback edition.
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