The Pamphleteer

During colonial times in America, if you wanted to convince or inform people about some issue that you considered important, you went to the local printer and got some pamphlets printed. You then handed them out, read them to anybody that was interested, nailed them to the town bulletin board, or the nearest tree. The first amendment was specifically written to protect this type of activity and the writers or "pamphleteers".

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Sunday, September 05, 2004
Rabid Rottweiler

(From various correspondents.)

Two boys in Boston were playing basketball when one of them was attacked a
rabid Rottweiler. Thinking quickly, the other boy ripped a board off a nearby
fence, wedged it into the dog's collar and twisted it, breaking the dog's neck.
A newspaper reporter from the Boston Herald witnessed the incident and rushed
over to interview the boy.

The reporter began entering data into his laptop, beginning with the headline:

"Brave Young Celtics Fan Saves Friend From Jaws Of Vicious Animal."

"But I'm not a Celtics fan," the little hero interjected.

"Sorry," replied the reporter. "But since we're in Boston, Mass,
I just assumed you were."

Hitting the delete key, the reporter begins again,

"John Kerry Fan Rescues Friend From Horrific Dog Attack."

"But I'm not a Kerry fan either," the boy responds. The reporter says,
"I assumed everybody in this state was either for the Celtics or Kerry or
Kennedy. What team or person do you support?"

"I'm a Houston Rockets fan and I really like George W. Bush" the boy
says Hitting the delete key, the reporter begins again:

"Arrogant Little Conservative Bastard Kills Beloved Family Pet."

(Editor's note: While the story is cute and funny, it has the ring of truth. Just this past week, the Associated Press was caught lying about the crowd reaction at a President Bush campaign stop. See here.)