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Retta Fontana
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Retta Fontana is an atheist, anarchist, baker, potter and parenting teacher.  Children are her favorite people.


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Columns by Retta Fontana

Assume The Position
Retta Fontana 2009-04-14 15:00
Exclusive to STR December 28, 2007 'Hang down your head, Tom Dooley Hang down your head and cry Hang down your head, Tom Dooley Poor boy, you're bound to die' - The Kingston Trio
Law and Ordered
Retta Fontana 2009-03-04 16:00
Exclusive to STR June 12, 2009
Citizen Gain
Retta Fontana 2009-01-04 16:00
Exclusive to STR I can see that you are a good, caring person; your social conscience requires you to be concerned about your own welfare and the needs of others. Problems arise when you refuse to embrace logic, open your own wallet or soil your hands to help the needy, but insist that someone else pay to 'take care of everyone.' It doesn't seem to matter to you that most dollars earmarked '...
You Haven't Done Nothing'
Retta Fontana 2007-12-27 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 28, 2007 As occasionally happens, dear reader, this column wrote itself. It has been nagging at me for a while now. Inspiration for it comes from no less than the great Stevie Wonder. It seems clear to me that he wrote this song to question authority. For your listening pleasure, click here. Best regards for a free and prosperous 2008.
I Will Not Compromise
Retta Fontana 2007-12-13 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 14, 2007 I reported to you in a previous column some time ago, dear reader, about my unexpected conversation with Christine Smith, a candidate for the Libertarian Party nomination for President. I received a response from Smith expressing pleasure at the coverage, which really surprised me.
How to Protect Your Daughter from Sexual Assault
Retta Fontana 2007-11-11 16:00
Exclusive to STR November 12, 2007
Sham of a War
Retta Fontana 2007-11-04 16:00
Exclusive to STR November 5, 2007 I know what you're asking yourself. 'To what particular sham does she refer?' I realize I will have to narrow it down for thinking people. I am referring, dear reader, to the particular sham of the War on Drugs.
A Fool and His Liberty Are Soon Parted
Retta Fontana 2007-10-11 15:00
Exclusive to STR October 12, 2007 I spend a lot of time wondering how our nation has become lazy, stupid and completely dependent on the talking heads of government and their toadies in the press to navigate life. As is my nature, I've been searching for a practical solution to this problem.
Raise Your Fist and Yell'
Retta Fontana 2007-09-20 15:00
Exclusive to STR September 21, 2007 "If we don't stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem." ' George W. Bush, Jan. 2001
Teen Week
Retta Fontana 2007-09-04 15:00
Exclusive to STR September 5, 2007 Anarchists abhor the initiation of force to achieve social goals. Much is said against it and rightfully so. Railing against tyranny is surely easy to do. As government grows ever larger and more intrusive, the supply of fuel for that fire is unlimited. However, little is said in regards to what does work in problem solving for groups of people working together...
Baghdad on the Potomac
Retta Fontana 2007-08-20 15:00
Exclusive to STR August 21, 2007 Yahoo's headline today read, 'Bush War Advisor Says Draft Worth a Look.' It seems like just yesterday that the Decider in Chief, George W. Bush, was denying that there is a need or an interest in a military draft. For something that is not on the table, there is certainly a lot of chatter about it.
The Emperor Is Not Naked, Really
Retta Fontana 2007-07-29 15:00
Exclusive to STR July 30, 2007 I know what you are thinking, dear reader. Where are parts II through XXX of the delusions under which the masses operate? This is not an exhaustive list, just an exasperating one. I'd love to hear your responses. You might need another cup of coffee for this list, but it will only hurt for a little while. That's it - now sit back and keep breathing. Delusion #13
The Soul Eaters--A Family Business
Retta Fontana 2007-06-28 15:00
Exclusive to STR We moved lock, stock and barrel yesterday. Today I woke up one sore puppy and, for some reason, thinking about the Clintons and their media-saturated daughter, which made me feel even worse. However, I often get inspiration for writing in the hazy moments between sleeping and waking, so I knew not to resist this, no matter how unpleasant such thoughts were. Politicians are the...
Chickens, Pigs, Tics and Ho's
Retta Fontana 2007-06-19 15:00
Exclusive to STR June 20, 2007 'The word 'politics' is derived from the words 'poly' meaning many, and the word 'tics' meaning blood-sucking parasites.' ~ Larry Hardiman
Seize This
Retta Fontana 2007-06-11 15:00
Exclusive to STR Previously, in The Real McCoy, I expounded the benefits of consuming raw milk. In Raw Milk Is Not Crack, I reported the true misadventures of my local farmer. Richard Hebron sadly came into the crosshairs of the Michigan FDA for peacefully supplying raw milk to cow share owners who willingly purchased it. I'm happy to report some good news, for a change, and that's besides...
On the Care and Feeding of Humans
Retta Fontana 2007-06-06 15:00
Exclusive to STR June 7, 2007 Like my fellow anarchists, I bristle at the notion of the coercive state. But there is no state, really, just people. So in my quiet, reflective moments, I must ask myself whether or not I am doing better than the average untamed bureaucrat. Do I resist using the power over others that is available for the taking in my relationships, especially parenting? It is...
Under Pretense of Care
Retta Fontana 2007-05-30 15:00
Exclusive to STR May 31, 2007 'I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.' ~ Thomas Jefferson.
Slumbering Nation
Retta Fontana 2007-05-23 15:00
Exclusive to STR May 24, 2007
Passion Delivers
Retta Fontana 2007-05-16 15:00
Exclusive to STR May 17, 2007 'If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning, I'd hammer in the evening, All over this land.'
There Is No "I" in Democracy
Retta Fontana 2007-05-09 15:00
Exclusive to STR May 10, 2007 Jolly old St. Nicholas, lean your ear this way. Don't you tell a single soul what I'm going to say. Christmas Eve is coming soon; now you dear old man, whisper what you'll bring to me; tell me if you can.
Morons Rule the World
Retta Fontana 2007-04-24 15:00
Exclusive to STR April 25, 2007 'Idiocracy' is a film that was released in 2006 to little fanfare. In it, Joe 'average' is put into a hibernated sleep in a military experiment. (They wanted to 'freeze' a woman too, but couldn't find one of average intelligence within the military.) Due to a bit of government oversight, Joe wakes up--not one year later, but 500 years later. He finds the world...
Lady in Red
Retta Fontana 2007-04-09 15:00
Exclusive to STR I got a phone call this morning from a passionate woman asking for my husband. He wasn't at home, so she decided to feel me out instead. Now, there's something that doesn't happen everyday! Christine Smith is seeking the Libertarian Party's nomination for President. She's been invited to attend the Libertarian Party of Michigan convention and she's looking for financial...
What If They Threw a Trial and Nobody Came?
Retta Fontana 2007-04-01 15:00
Exclusive to STR Angelo Mike's writing always inspires me. His latest column on jury 'dooty' is no different. When reading it, I immediately sensed the creepy coercion inherent in government and the good citizens who worship it. The feelings of revulsion I get from government are worse than ones I get from seeing a snake slither, an adult abusing a child, or gory road kill, perhaps because it...
Government Is a Fatal Attraction
Retta Fontana 2007-03-25 15:00
Exclusive to STR March 26, 2007 I once had a cousin named Jackie. She was a beautiful, divorced mother of three who was murdered by a stalker when she attempted to escape the relationship. I know this horror first hand. I tell you today that the relationship between good citizens and their masters in Washington is nothing short of the same, victimizing, violent, delusional, deadly disaster.
Peace Recipe
Retta Fontana 2007-03-11 16:00
Exclusive to STR March 12, 2007 On September 12 of 2001, my college instructor said she needed to take a moment to say how bad she felt about the previous day's terrorist attack. She asked if anyone else in the class had anything they needed to say about the US being attacked because of our wealth and freedoms. As usual, after 12 years in government schools, no one in class responded. They've...
Don't Soil Yourself With Politics
Retta Fontana 2007-03-06 16:00
Exclusive to STR March 7, 2007 Thanks to Angelo Mike for the stark reminder of how ugly statism really is. It's terribly useful to read the firsthand account of someone who loves liberty yet ventures into the very belly of the beast, Washington D.C. We can all use a reminder of the actual horror of reality from time to time. Thanks for sharing your experience of falling on the sword with this...
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Retta Fontana 2007-03-01 16:00
Exclusive to STR March 2, 2007 Reason #10: Anarchists are selfish capitalists. The desire for money is the root of all business. Anarchists look out for their own best interests and can thereby only benefit mankind, because unless they are offering us what we want, in a business sense, at a price we are willing to pay, they cannot get what it is they want ' money. This is a good, beautiful...
The Liberation of Leanne
Retta Fontana 2007-02-19 16:00
Exclusive to STR February 20, 2007 A surprise, well-armed SWAT team visit in the middle of the night can be a very eye opening experience. It happens a lot, but since it doesn't happen to all of us, we cannot hope that all our friends and neighbors will be dosed with reality this way in order to alert them to the erosion of liberty in America today. There is another way. I'd like to...
Let Freedom Ring
Retta Fontana 2007-02-06 16:00
Exclusive to STR February 7, 2007 After reading Jim Amrhein's article 'Alpha Dog' in 'Whiskey and Gunpowder' and Glen Allport's 'Womb, Birth, Infancy and Childhood,' I've been doing a lot of thinking about children in our culture.
Grab Hold of Reality and Take Her for a Spin
Retta Fontana 2007-01-07 16:00
Exclusive to STR 'Here's your coffee, sir, have nice day. Oh, and by the way, how many Iraqis did you kill when you were over there?' 'Uh, only a few. I was on guard duty most of the time.' 'Good job! Now, does that include women and children, or don't they really count?' Death Due to Religion Why is the American genocide in the Middle East considered a good and noble endeavor simply...
Must Love Liberty
Retta Fontana 2007-01-02 16:00
Exclusive to STR January 3, 2007
Find Freedom Friend
Retta Fontana 2006-12-31 16:00
Exclusive to STR January 1, 2007 'The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -- and you are the easiest person to fool.' ~ Richard Feynman
Personal Freedom
Retta Fontana 2006-12-25 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 26, 2006 I don't think anyone can deny that today there is a tremendous initiation of force being exerted by government at all levels in almost all nations. Some people, probably most, don't recognize it for the evil that it is. They'd say government and its cloaked coercion is 'for our own good,' but if pressed, most would at least agree that it is present.
Must Love Pasta
Retta Fontana 2006-12-21 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 22, 2006
About Scott
Retta Fontana 2006-12-20 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 21, 2006
Order Emerges from Chaos in the Big 'D'
Retta Fontana 2006-12-03 16:00
Exclusive to STR December 4, 2006 I don't know how things work in the other 49 states, but here in southeast Michigan there has spontaneously emerged from chaos a number of orderly, beautiful, free solutions to problems. As Detroit has often earned itself the title of 'Murder Capital, USA ,' it stands to reason that if order can emerge from chaos here, it can happen anywhere. Our Blossoms
Raw Milk Is Not Crack
Retta Fontana 2006-11-19 16:00
Exclusive to STR November 20, 2006
The Real McCoy
Retta Fontana 2006-11-02 16:00
Exclusive to STR November 3, 2006 Several years ago a friend invited me to have a drink. It was wonderful, like nothing I had ever tasted. I wanted more. I needed more. That one taste started me on a journey of research and wellness. Where could I get some of my own?!
Make That Two
Retta Fontana 2006-10-19 15:00
Exclusive to STR October 20, 2006
Little Gitmos Everywhere
Retta Fontana 2006-10-16 15:00
Exclusive to STR October 17, 2006 When I was a kid, life was simpler on every level. If you did something stupid, you got hurt, and you learned not to do it again, or to try a better way. No one that I knew ever fell out of a tree or put their eye out. We had a basic survival instinct and some personal freedom, which I treasured.
In the Name of the Father
Retta Fontana 2006-09-24 15:00
Exclusive to STR September 25, 2006 Tyranny, like pornography, can be difficult to describe, but as the saying goes, 'you know it when you see it.' It increases your breathing and heart rate and gets your attention whether you like it or not.
The Perfect Economic Storm
Retta Fontana 2006-09-14 15:00
Exclusive to STR September 15, 2006 I have dear friends whom I have taken to divesting of their ignorance about the economic state of the nation. They find the information overwhelming on its face. I thought I'd write it down in what I hope is an orderly fashion and share it with you too, dear reader. This way it can be examined and digested in whole or in part, depending on your tolerance for...
Death By Handout
Retta Fontana 2006-08-28 15:00
Exclusive to STR August 29, 2006 'We have rights, as individuals, to give as much of our own money as we please to charity; but as members of Congress we have no right so to appropriate a dollar of public money.' ~ statesman and patriot Daniel Webster
Freedom Is an Inside Job
Retta Fontana 2006-08-15 15:00
Exclusive to STR August 16, 2006 It's easy for freedom lovers to get discouraged these days. The news coming at us is almost always bad. The Leviathan that is government is a heaving behemoth that, like 'the blob that ate Chicago ,' is totally out of control. The police state expands its own powers and territory at every turn, and its design is to control us, to intimidate us into submission,...
Retta Fontana 2006-08-11 15:00
Exclusive to STR Mainstream news had always left me feeling unsatisfied. It was like smelling barbeque and being fed a rice cake. I was still hungry. I just knew there was something in the air, but I couldn't sink my teeth into it.
Leave My Child Behind, Please
Retta Fontana 2006-07-31 15:00
Exclusive to STR "Let me tell you how it will be There's one for you, nineteen for me 'Cause I'm the taxman, Yeah, I'm the taxman"
Manhattan Liberty Machine
Retta Fontana 2006-07-20 15:00
Exclusive to STR Welcome to the land of Lady Liberty , please watch your thoughts, nothing here is free. Can you hear me now?
Liberty, What Have I Done for You Lately?
Retta Fontana 2006-06-30 15:00
Exclusive to STR
Ludicrous Headline Du Jour
Retta Fontana 2006-06-22 15:00
Exclusive to STR Contenders for this dubious award are from Friday, June 16th 2006 , but they could be from any politico pie hole, on any given day. In one corner we have this featherweight champion: 'U.S. inflation may be worse than what is showing up in government data. Since 1913, the U.S. Dollar has lost 95% of its purchasing power. We have yet to hear the government say so, or admit...
American Auto Industry, RIP
Retta Fontana 2006-06-13 15:00
Exclusive to STR
Citizen Jesus
Retta Fontana 2006-06-04 15:00
Exclusive to STR "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.' The administration of George W. Bush is purportedly based on Christian principles. It would seem logical then to assume that were Christ actually alive today, he would likely advance successfully in this administration, would it not? Would Jesus have made a good bureaucrat?
Confessions of a Former Statist
Retta Fontana 2006-05-23 15:00
Exclusive to STR When I was young and in the process of forming my perception of the world, like most children, my exposure to ideas was limited. My parents, my teachers, my neighbor's opinions expressed through their children, and what little I may have heard on the news basically defined it. My parents were dyed-in-the-wool Democrats, my teachers were Catholic nuns, and my neighbors were...
Unplugging from the Matrix
Retta Fontana 2006-03-21 16:00
Exclusive to STR In the early '80's my brother-in-law Kevin took an economics course at George Mason University . His professor, Dr. Walter E. Williams, informed the class that the US dollar was no longer backed by gold or anything else. Kevin didn't believe it, so his prof told him to go and find out for himself. He did. It was the 'blue pill' for Kevin, and Kansas went bye-bye.
Peace Recipe
Retta Fontana 2007-03-11 16:00
Exclusive to STR March 12, 2007 On September 12 of 2001, my college instructor said she needed to take a moment to say how bad she felt about the previous day's terrorist attack. She asked if anyone else in the class had anything they needed to say about the US being attacked because of our wealth and freedoms. As usual, after 12 years in government schools, no one in class responded. They've...