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Number 332, August 14, 2005

"What has become of us?"

Bill & George's Big Adventure
"Bill & George's Big Adventure"
by Russmo


Welcome, friends and neighbors, to the 332nd issue of TLE.

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This issue's Motto is taken from "This Is America?" by James R. Otteson, who graciously granted permission to reprint his splendid article.

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Letters to the Editor
from Jay P Hailey

This Is America?
by James R. Otteson
I have long had an uneasy relationship with airport security. Before September 11, I resisted the demand that I produce a government-issued ID, believing that it smacked too much of the "Papers, please" of the former Soviet Union that Hollywood movies used to mock and we free Americans used to laugh at.

The Things You Learn When You Get Married
by Jonathan David Morris
Men learn a lot of things when they get married. I know because I'm a man and I got married a year ago. The way I see it, marriage is a totally awesome institution. There's nothing better than two people who love each other pooling their time, energy, and resources together in an effort to make life better for both of them. But I guess with divorce rates being what they are in this country, some people just don't see it that way. If you ask me, the problem with marriage is a lot of people think their wedding is supposed to be the high point of their love. They don't realize marriage is an adventure full of learning experiences. I don't know who to blame for this, but my gut says it has something to do with Jennifer Lopez. Either way, in an effort to make marriage easier for future generations, here's a list of five things every newlywed guy should expect to learn.

Nehemiah Shudder
by Keith R. Wood
I've coined a phrase, "Nehemiah Shudder," for the various occasions in which the character Nehemiah Scudder is raised as an unfair comparison for someone in today's society.

An Understatement: The Founding Fathers Hated Democracy
by Doug Newman
Thanks for writing. In the beginning America was a constitutional republic. Then we degenerated into a democracy. Let me explain. It would be an understatement to say that the Founding Fathers hated democracy. They warned against it vehemently and relentlessly. They equated it—properly—with mob rule.

Parental Rights vs. Public Schools
by Wendy McElroy
David Parker of Lexington, Mass., is scheduled to go on trial on Sept. 21 for asking his son's public school to provide parental notification before discussing homosexuality with the 6-year old.

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