Keith Anderson

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Signs of the TimesRegarding Harrison Fletcher's "The Mouth That Roared," in the January 13 issue:

I think it's totally fucked up that the government can take Leonard Carlo's fucking signs. If he wants to include the word "fuck" on signs stating the rules of his fucking establishment, he should be allowed to. After all, it is a goddamned bar, and many customers will use this language whether or not the fucking signs are posted containing this and other "profanities." I also find it hilarious that the prosecutors in this case do not consider "fuck" a part of normal communication. Most people have to curb their fucking language just to impress all those fucking bastards who support censorship. And...FUCK THEM for saying that no good publication would allow so-called profanity to be published.

After all, Westword publishes profanity pretty damn often, and it is still a good fucking publication.

Alison Coombs

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In regard to Jim Hess's January 20 history lesson, the word "fuck" doesn't go back nearly far enough. It is a centuries-old Germanic word that appeared in written form even before Shakespeare's time (let alone Victoria's). If the police in old Victorian England were indeed using it as an acronym for "For Use of Carnal Knowledge," they were fitting the words to the already-established f-u-c-k format, not the other way around.

B.J. Niederhoff


Ventura-Carlo in fuckin' 2000.

Dick Valentine


When I looked at Leonard Carlo, I thought Robert Crumb's cartoon character "Mr. Natural" had stepped out of the comic books and come to life -- albeit a little more homely and slightly more curmudgeonly.

Not a very shiny move having the various tattoos welded to the top of his pate, however. How is he ever going to get back in the good graces of Focus on the Family, just up the road a piece?

Craig Steele


What a bunch of fucking Nazi prohibitionist teetotalers there must be posing as liquor enforcers! Come on! Since when is a bar considered a venue for "official discourse" or "a formal social setting?" Bars are expressly the antithesis of those, you miserable self-righteous motherfuckers, and "the linkage" is that it's none of your damn business what adults say on their own private property! Fuck your "social norms"! The Constitution seems to indicate that government is supposed to uphold individual freedoms, or did you fucking forget? The more I think about it, the more egregious and offensive the actions of the state seem, in stealing the man's signs without even giving him a chance. In fact, really -- shouldn't the state be prosecuted for burglary or vandalism or something?

Suzanne Benorden

via the Internet

"[Leonard] intends to march all the way to the United States Supreme Court if necessary. 'I can hardly fucking wait,' he says."

God forbid this one goes all the way to that worthless fucking batch of supreme clerks. They're liable to throw out the whole motherfucking Bill of Rights in the name of Colorado's goddamn saloon-pacification plan.

Christian Schorell

via the Internet

Leonard is one colorful motherfucker. Why that son of a bitch lives in the backwoods home of those righteous, right-winged cocksuckers is beyond me. Give the asshole back his signs, you fuckin', talking-in-tongues, holy-rollin', bible-thumpin', in-the-closet, gay-bashin', don't-ask-don't-tell, no-identity bastards!

Joe Sample

via the Internet

Westword must be pretty desperate for stories to give that scumbag piece of garbage, Leonard Carlos [sic], the cover. Pathetic! When old Carlos called you a "motherfucker," that should have been the end of the interview! Where is your self-respect, Harrison Fletcher? When I read the first column, I gave up. The trash wasn't worth the paper it was printed on. The only thing Carlos deserves is an IQ test and some psychological testing.

A good friend of mine is a Ph.D. who works for the Michigan prison system. He would describe Leonard Carlos as a Freudian delight! Tattoos, for instance, indicate the desire for self-destruction, self-defecation, very low self-esteem and no respect, even for their own body. Also, I read just enough to realize that Carlos has an embarrassing "Mommy" complex, and he is narcissistic to the point of self-destruction. He talks about 150 mistresses, and he would have trouble handling one.

Carlos should try running that mouth of his on the streets of Detroit. He wouldn't want a piece of this black belt who spent half of his life on the streets. The scumbag would end up with a dent in the middle of his empty bald head! I hope Carlos faces a judge who will teach him some respect. Better yet, how about some self-respect? His self-appointed macho role really sucks! I'm surprised the "mouth" has survived this long.

J. Ryan


Blood Will TellWow. Reading Steve Jackson's January 13 "Blood In, Blood Out," this true story of the Lopez family, left me with unanswered questions. If anything, just sadness for this beautiful family and for the mother who has tried valiantly to keep her family together amid chaos and tough obstacles. All I can say is that there are no winners concerning this problem. I believe that perhaps if there was some kind of intervention with the Lopez brothers while they were growing up, things could have been different. An absent father is a recipe for impending disaster. I empathize with the Lopez family. My hope for them is that they may be able to turn this tragedy into something positive. When God closes a door, there's usually a window that's left open.

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