incoming (2006-03)

The Red Blues

And Another Thing…

Praising Lord Lindsey’s

Taking out the Trash

The Red Blues

If the statement that “dissent is unpatriotic” is the first refuge of the fascist, then surely unchecked governmental authority kept secret under the guise of “National Security” is well down the road to actual oppression. It’s an unrecognized irony that the political right that once attacked the left in this country as communist “reds” have now adopted that as their color. And like the Soviet KGB, they tell us we have no right to privacy, while state security requires that the privacy of the executive branch be absolute.

Perhaps it is time to revive that well-worn call to arms of the ‘50s once more: “Better dead than red.”

Kevin Pickle

And Another Thing…

Mr. Eschman wonders, “What exactly is unconstitutional about the Patriot Act? Is it the right to privacy?” which he then goes on to dismiss as a myth. Unfortunately for Mr. Eschman’s argument, such as it is, the issue has nothing to do with the right to privacy, and everything to do with the Fourth Amendment, which clearly protects the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects from unreasonable searches.” You will forgive mister Madison for failing to foresee the area of phone calls and electronic communication, but he was clearly adamant that no government official should be allowed to examine the property, or communications, of U.S. citizens without a duly issued warrant. As such, the wholesale issuance of National Security Letters as allowed under the Patriot Act, which allows for “sneak and peak” searches of residences, businesses and more, is clearly unconstitutional, and as such cannot be rendered legal by any law passed by Bush’s puppet Congress. This is not to mention the obvious illegality of Bush’s authorization of NSA wiretaps and monitoring of electronic communications that eavesdrop on communications within our nation’s borders, rather than simply monitoring “overseas phone calls to suspicious numbers,” as Mr. Eschman erroneously contends.

There is much else that could be said about Mr. Eschman’s letter, but I will close by urging him and the rest of your readers to actually read the Constitution, to study the history of our nation, and to seek to understand the issues that we face. Relying upon the sound bites of Fox News and other right-wing sources that seek to rewrite history to promote a specific agenda is not only intellectually lazy, but destructive of the fabric of our nation.

Scott Hendrix

Praising Lord Lindsey’s

In actuality, my wife and I had a great time at Lord Lindsey’s New Year’s Eve party. The house was as handsome as it was structurally sound. The bands were fantastic, and folks had fun.

We desperately need places like Lord Lindsey’s. It is no coincidence that as corporations expand globally, that there has been a concomitant increase in the extinction rate, and that grocery chain produce is tasting more and more like artificially-flavored packaging peanuts. In other words: We need more Starbucks, Wal-Marts or Bob Evans like we need more starlings, raccoons or carp. Likewise, we need more Lord Lindsey’s, King Tut’s or Sunspots like we need more tangerine darters, ivory-billed woodpeckers or American chestnut.

Dan Williams

Taking out the Trash

Meredith Leahy

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