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Name: Marsha Brofka-Berends
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01 May 2007

Workers of the world, unite!

Happy May Day (Labour Day), everyone!

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24 April 2007

The liberal conspiracy is at it again!

(I wonder how many Google hits on that title will bring people here...) In Making Light I came across this letter, written by a Little Rock lawyer and published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on 16 April:
You may have noticed that March of this year was particularly hot. As a matter of fact, I understand that it was the hottest March since the beginning of the last century. All of the trees were fully leafed out and legions of bugs and snakes were crawling around during a time in Arkansas when, on a normal year, we might see a snowflake or two. This should come as no surprise to any reasonable person. As you know, Daylight Saving Time started almost a month early this year. You would think that members of Congress would have considered the warming effect that an extra hour of daylight would have on our climate. Or did they ? Perhaps this is another plot by a liberal Congress to make us believe that global warming is a real threat. Perhaps next time there should be serious studies performed before Congress passes laws with such far-reaching effects. CONNIE M. MESKIMEN Hot Springs
My first thought was "Oh. My. Dog." Then I read through the comments and learned that the letter was apparently a satire--one that yielded lots of angry letters in the newspaper from readers unaware that it was a satire. Did the newspaper print the original letter in all sincerity, I wonder? Or were the editors also aware of the joke?

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26 March 2007

A dream come true

I first heard of Stephen Colbert's AmeriCone Dream ice cream right before it hit the stores about a month ago. The latest flavor from Ben & Jerry's, it "is a decadent melting pot of vanilla ice cream with fudge-covered waffle cone pieces and a caramel swirl. It’s the sweet taste of liberty in your mouth." Of course, I knew right away that I had to try it. Not only does it have a delicious combination of flavors, but, well, it's ice cream. (Really, no reason is necessary beyond that.) Unfortunately, I have been unable to find it in any stores in my area...until this evening. Let me just say this: I'm one of those people who, when pressed to name a favorite ice-cream flavor, usually says, "Oh, I can't possibly choose just one." But you know, maybe I can now...

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