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friends, but to every TV station you can. He says "I'm not proposing
that anybody begwe've done too much of that and been treated like
dirtjust that we serve notice to TV that we're pissed." So off you
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me on this day mumble mumble years ago. I love you!
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Editorial: The Death of Hope
by L. Neil Smith
Although I predicted last year that UPN would do its damnedest to
kill off Star Trek: Enterprise, a series they renewed only under the
immense, diamond-squeezing pressure that Star Trek fans have learned
to apply to television networks over the past thirty-something years
moving Archer and his friends from Wednesday to Friday evening was
a dead giveawayI was caught by surprise by the curt announcement,
immediately following this week's episode, that it would be among the
Letters to the Editor
Letter from EJ Totty:
"Another One Bites the Dust"
by Alan R. Weiss
A few days ago, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Angela Keaton of The Liberated Space radio program (broadcast on KOOP-91.7 FM Austin).
The topic: "Why Alan R. Weiss is dropping out of the Libertarian Party."
Plotting a Second TLE Revolution
by Dada Orwell
In July of 2001, Yale doctoral student Jason Sorens wrote an article for TLE that sparked a revolution in libertarian thought, more accurately a revolution in libertarian
action. That revolution is the Free State Project, a movement aimed at recruiting 20,000 liberty lovers to New Hampshire for the purpose of downsizing government
in one state. Events are now unfolding rapidly, with 6,300 pledged to move and at least 70 eager-beaver members already relocated and active here. But perhaps now is
the time to spark yet another "TLE revolution," one I will happily credit to L. Neil Smith should it come to fruition.
Defeating the Republican Police State Mandate
by Sergei Borglum Hoff
Admittedly, I have a tendency to become a bit severe while addressing police state atrocities, life taking betrayals, apathy, and widespread ignorance. Though I am desirous of mending this tiny personality flaw, I cannot find compelling reasons to retract even one castigating word. If, while in the defense of our founding principles and human rights I also manage to shame a few quasi and pseudo-patriots into defending the Constitution, an unpleasant yet needed victory will be declared. For possible consolation, any bruised egos may loosely relate such unflattering counsel to my expression of "Tough Love." We can no longer survive our national crisis with timid responses. Americans are now engaged in a civil war!
Three Cheers for Sir Paulie
by L. Neil Smith
My regular readers may recall a story I've told from time to time
about a literary critic, several decades ago, who, at the mere mention
of the illustrious works of Raymond Chandler, dismissed them with the
words, "Oh, yeshomosexuals beating each other to death with
Duke, Where's My Car?
by Jonathan David Morris
I have to admit the upcoming Dukes of Hazzard movie
has a strong supporting cast. Seann William Scott and
Johnny Knoxville will play the good old boys, Bo and
Luke Duke. Willie Nelson will play Uncle Jesse. Burt
Reynolds is the surprisingyet promisingchoice
for Boss Hogg. And, finally, Jessica Simpson will step
off the set of her made-for-TV marriage and into some
short shorts as the Pride of Hazzard County, Daisy
Duke. Granted, most movies based on old shows pack as
much punch as Newfound Glory singing Celine Dionbut,
so far, this one's looking pretty good.
Don't Blame Me!
by Lady Liberty
It seems that everybody's looking for somebody to blame these days. In
things large and small; all encompassing and personal; important and,
well, laughable; the greatest effort is spent laying the problem at
someone else's doorstep rather than actually figuring out how it is
there's a problem in the first place. And then once fault has been set
to somebody's satisfaction, somebody else will get sued instead of
anybody bothering to see what it might take to actually fix the
problem. It's important, of course, in this process that a few facts
don't get in the way of any predetermination of blame, and that the
whole story not be publicized when half of the story is more
Inflation is Alive and Well
by Lex Concord
According to The Government's own Consumer Price Index (CPI), inflation in the United States has been fairly mild in recent years. Not since 1990 has the official CPI number exceeded 4%. With a few notable exceptions like gasoline, medical care, and college tuition, consumers have seen only modest price increases for most purchases in the past decade. At first glance, it might appear that the Federal Reserve has been doing a good job managing the money supply, and resisting the temptation to inflate their currency. But perhaps we should take a closer look.
On Handcuffed and Felonious Children
by Wendy McElroy
What should have been a minor incident at an Ocala, Fla., elementary school has attracted national attention because of the school's response.
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