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Number 324, June 19, 2005

The Government Hates and Despises Us

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Yes, it really is Coming Soon!
Really! Stand By!
We're not just yanking yer chain!
Progress is being made!
Maybe by Next Week!


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Letters to the Editor
from EJ Totty, The Free State Project, and Ron Beatty

Smoke For Jesus
by Jonathan David Morris
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of pain. And not just pain, but severe, crippling pain—the kind of pain you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.

Too Much Pain, No Gain
by Lady Liberty
I've been fascinated by tattoos for much of my life. By the time I was 14 or 15, I wanted one for myself. Once I was old enough to legally do so, however, I didn't. Why not? Because when I really thought about it, I wasn't entirely sure what I'd want displayed on my body forever.

Good News!! 3.9 Million More IDs Are Missing!
by L. Reichard White
If Robert Douglas, co-founder of has it right, there were 10 million cases of consumer ID theft in 2004, costing the financial services industry $50 billion and consumers $3 to $5 billion. According to Douglas in an April 14, 2005 C-Span interview, "identity theft" is the most common crime in the country today—as well as the fastest growing.

by Chris Claypoole
Robert A. Heinlein said, in "Assignment in Eternity," "Man is not a rational animal, he is a rationalizing animal." Recent events have shown this (again/still) to be an accurate observation.

The Supreme Court's Assault on Individual Liberty, the Rule of Law, and Federalism
by Todd Andrew Barnett
The U.S. Supreme Court's just-released ruling on the issue of medical marijuana in the case of Gonzalez vs. Raich is a tragic epitome of what the federal government can do to undermine the principles of individual liberty, the rule of law, and federalism. The Bush administration, in response to the ruling, lauded it, considering that it has been aggressively trying to outlaw the medicinal use of marijuana ever since the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency launched its efforts to combat its use in 2002. Of course, it should not be a shock that the Justices came to this decision, given that Bush and his collectivistic cronies have been trying to control the lives and personal and economic choices of the American citizens via many economic and social machinations, including—but not limited to—economic regulations, drug controls, immigration controls, nationalization of health care and energy, gun controls, trade controls, price controls, wage controls, etc. In this case, the outlaw of marijuana for medicinal use is a clear-cut example of why the federal government's War on Drugs is an abysmal failure and must be repealed and why the Supreme Court cannot be trusted as an institution to overturn laws which are a direct violation of the Constitution.

Missing: Males on College Campuses
by Wendy McElroy
Some researchers call them the "Lost Boys." They are the students you don't see on college campuses.

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