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THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 66, February 29, 2000
He's Back!

Libbits

Reply to TLE@johntaylor.org


HOW ABOUT "HONEST MAN"?

Traitor or Oddity?
Former NAACP Leader in S.C. Supports Confederate Flag
By Randall Chase, The Associated Press

"My babies are on the street corner with their pants hanging down, dealing drugs ... We have lost our respect. ... Black folks would have got a better deal had the South won the Civil War." ... "This [removing the Confederate flag from the South Carolina statehouse] is not the first time that carpetbaggers and scalawags have come into the South to try to separate white folks and black folks." -- H.K. Edgerton, former head of the Asheville North Carolina NAACP.

Source: www.abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/confederateflag000214.html


MAYBE I SHOULD JUST EAT MYSELF

[Leonardo DiCaprio:] "I shouldn't be eating hamburgers, because the methane gas cows release is the No.1 contributor to the destruction of the ozone layer; and the No. 1 reason they destroy the rainforest is to make grazing ground for cattle. So it's very ironic that I eat beef, being the environmentalist that I am. But then again, if I ordered the tuna sandwich, I would be promoting the fact that they have large tuna nets that capture innocent little dolphins ..."

DiCaprio's film, The Beach -- which finished in a humiliating second place to Scream 3 -- has been met by strong criticism over the damage that its filming did to one of Thailand's most pristine beaches.

Source: http://www.drudgereport.com/matt.htm
DRUDGE REPORT SUN FEB 13 2000 22:06:23 ET
DICAPRIO: GORE FOR PRESIDENT


AS I RECALL, BULWORTH'S KEY PLATFORM PLANK WAS SOCIALISM

Remember when Warren Beatty was flirting with the idea of running for president?

Half of Hollywood and most of the press corps turned up at a charity dinner, simply on the whiff of a rumor that Beatty might state his intentions. Folks didn't really want Warren Beatty for president, of course. What they really wanted was Bulworth, the senator he played in the movie of the same name, the role of a politician who had the guts to be himself and say what he believed in. [...]

... [J]ournalists love [Sen. John McCain] because he provides a great contest, not to mention great sound bites. He is the appealing come-from-behind rebel, the guy who's not afraid to take on his own party.

In other words, he is Bulworth. [...]

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/onair/Insite/insite000215_muller.html
The McCain Seduction
Disaffected Voters Find McCain Desirable Despite Stands on Issues
Judy Muller, ABC News


WHAT, WHAT, WHAT?

Washington, Feb. 16 -- President Clinton said today that it doesn't bother him that GOP presidential candidates have been using his name as a dirty word in their heated primary contest.

Asked at a White House news conference today what he thought of his name being used as an insult, Clinton said: "I have a lot of sympathy with Governor Bush and Senator McCain. I mean it's hard for them to figure out what to run on.

"They can't run against the longest economic expansion in history or the lowest crime rate in 30 years or the lowest welfare rolls in 30 years," Clinton said. "Or the progress America has made at building peace around the world."

Clinton wrote off the swipes as so much standard Republican fare.

"They're playing to an electorate most of whom did not vote for me," Clinton said.

Source: www.abcnews.go.com/sections/politics/DailyNews/CLINTON000216.html
Cannon Fodder
Clinton Shrugs Off GOP Insults
abcNEWS.com

[emphasis added. Maybe for once, this guy really meant what he said. In fact, "most of" the electorate "did not vote for" him. If I recall my computations correctly, he won the votes of about 25% of the electorate. Of course, he didn't mean that. But he does want you to believe that he deserves credit for "the longest economic expansion in history or the lowest crime rate in 30 years or the lowest welfare rolls in 30 years ... or the progress America has made at building peace around the world." Maybe the name of James Bovard's new book should be A Legacy of Lies. -- ed.]


NONE DARE CALL IT EXTORTION

Berlin, Feb. 17 -- Representatives of Nazi-era slave laborers from around the world met German officials today to seek an end to a bitter row over how a $5 billion compensation fund should be divided up. [...]

Prompted by threats of class action suits against them, some of Germany's largest blue chip companies proposed the fund a year ago. The German government has since said it will pay half the fund's endowment. [...]

Around 200 firms have joined the initiative, launched by major groups including Siemens AG, Deutsche Bank and Volkswagen AG last February. German government chief negotiator Otto Lambsdorff has expressed disappointment that hundreds more companies have not come forward, saying a sense of collective responsibility should prompt even newly created firms to join up.

"The right attitude is to say, 'We didn't employ forced labor, we were only formed 10 years ago but we believe German industry has a collective moral responsibility,'" Lambsdorff said in an interview with the Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel.

Source: http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/world/DailyNews/germany000217.html
Trying Again: Compensation Issue for Nazi Slave Labor Still Unresolved
by Mark John, Reuters


ERP = ENTERPRISE RICO PLANNING

WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's top law enforcement officials acknowledged on Wednesday serious challenges finding the electronic vandals who shut down major Internet sites last week, but they also described "fast-developing leads."

They said the hackers involved were sophisticated enough to falsify their digital fingerprints. Attorney General Janet Reno said such a disguise technique "makes it difficult, and sometimes impossible, to hold the perpetrator criminally accountable."

"I would simply say that we are taking the attacks very seriously and that we will simply do everything in our power to identify those responsible and bring them to justice," Reno told a Senate panel.

FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, who also testified, said there were "fast-developing leads as we speak, and hopefully we can provide more details in coming days." He said FBI field offices in five cities have opened investigations into the attacks: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston and Seattle. More agents in other cities and overseas are also involved.

Reno and Freeh also conceded important shortcomings coordinating the myriad government agencies and public and private experts who help investigate high-tech crimes. "We're not doing so good," admitted Freeh, adding that cooperation was improving.

The FBI also urged Congress on Wednesday to consider expanding use of federal racketeering "RICO" laws - traditionally used against the mafia and drug cartels - to apply against organized and persistent hackers. It also urged Congress to lower the $5,000 minimum in damages that victim companies must suffer before attackers can be prosecuted under federal computer crime laws.

Freeh said lawmakers should consider "whether some of this activity, which goes beyond a single episode of fraud or hacking, gets into the realm of enterprise criminal activity."

"RICO was intended to get gangsters," said Jennifer Granick, a California lawyer who has represented hackers. "Now, it's getting a bunch of kids in black concert T-shirts." [...]

Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000216/ts/hacker_attacks_15.html
Wednesday February 16 5:49 PM ET
Racketeering Laws Urged Vs. Hackers
by Ted Bridis, AP Technology Writer


SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS!

"It is my duty to leave nothing undone that I may lawfully do, to pull down this administration. ... They who, from indifference, or with their eyes open, persist in hugging the traitor to their bosom, deserve to be insulted ... deserve to be slaves, with no other music to sooth them but the clank of the chains which they have put on themselves and given to their offspring." -- John Randolph, from an 1826 speech to the US Senate denouncing President John Quincy Adams

Quoted at: http://www.lewrockwell.com/rockwell/prez.html


BOY, I WISH WE WERE A MORE 'TURBULENT MASS'

BEIJING -- China may set up a special police force to protect tax collectors from a growing wave of violent attacks which has left 20 dead and hundreds injured in recent years, state media has reported.

Despite two years of efforts by the State Administration of Taxation (SAT) to order enterprises to pay overdue taxes, more than US$3.6 billion (S$6.1 billion) was still owing at the end of last year, the Business Weekly said.

It said billions more had been lost through "rampant tax evasion". [...]

One taxation bureau chief said: "Even police will not help if a turbulent mass refuses to pay taxes."

Source: http://web3.asia1.com.sg/archive/st/2/asia/ea4_0215.html
The Straits Times Interactive
China taxmen may get their own police force for protection


WHAT IF? WE'D ALL BE FAR BETTER OFF, THAT'S WHAT!

Presidential contender Bill Bradley fired a few rounds at Vice President Al Gore's gun control policies as he took the battle for the Democratic nomination to New England on Thursday.

At a community center in Dorchester, one of Boston's poorer neighborhoods where crime remains a presence and adolescents can get a gun more cheaply than a pair of sneakers, Bradley reiterated his gun proposals.

He called for the registration and licensing of all handguns, insisted that gun dealers not operate in residential neighborhoods and called for trigger locks and background checks at gun shows.

Bradley then told the mostly black audience of neighborhood activists and school children that under Gore's gun control policies, only new handguns, not the 65 million handguns already in the United States, would be licensed.

"(Gore's) response to my proposal was: 'It's impractical. It's too hard to do.' Well, I guess that his view of what leadership is," said the former senator from New Jersey.

"What if Franklin Roosevelt had said Social Security was too hard to do? Or what if Lyndon Johnson in the 1960s said this whole voting rights thing, this whole civil rights legislation, desegregating public accommodations -- too hard -- I don't know that I want to tackle that one," Bradley said, adding, "A president should tackle hard issues."

Source:
Thursday February 17 2:24 PM ET
Bradley Aims to Shoot Holes in Gore Gun Plan
By Leslie Gevirtz (Reuters)


BRADLEY MAKES ONE FREE THROW, COMMITS ONE DELIBERATE FOUL

"The Confederate flag does not fly as a symbol of heritage," Bradley said.

"Principles are more important than pandering for votes," he added.

Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20000208/pl/campaign_bradley_32.html
Tuesday February 8 12:39 PM ET
Bradley Chides Republicans for Ducking Flag Issue
By Bill Swindell (Reuters)


SADDAM HUSSEIN REDUX

The United States should brace for keeping its troops in Bosnia and Kosovo indefinitely as long as Slobodan Milosevic holds power in Yugoslavia, the outgoing supreme NATO commander cautioned Congress today.

Gen. Wesley Clark brushed off repeated questions on when Americans might expect to see the peacekeeping troops brought home for good.

Except for being driven from Kosovo, Milosevic's forces and military equipment suffered little damage from last year's 78-day NATO bombardment, Clark said. Now, Milosevic is seeking to consolidate his authority and should be regarded as continuing to pose a threat to the Balkans, the general added.

Until Milosvevic is removed from power and brought to trial on war crime charges, "We're not going to see a resolution of the problem," Clark told the House Armed Services Committee.

Source: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20000217/pl/clark_nato_1.html
NATO Cmdr. Warns Congress on Troops
By Tom Raum, Associated Press


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