Welcome to issue number 333 of TLE. Hum ... 333 is just
exactly half of 666. 333 divided by 3 is 111. 111 is
the age I turned the day before this issue was published. Okay,
I'm not really 111 years old, I just feel that way. But I'm
In other news, we have in this issue number 333 two articles
by Our Publisher L. Neil Smith. One is a new one, the other is a
blast from the past golden oldie, whatever yer calls these things
now. But both are good ones.
And we have that great 'toon from Scott Bieser. Scott says anyone
who wants to put it up on a billboard outside New London, CT, give
him a holler.
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Letters to the Editor
from L. Neil Smith, EJ Totty, and Jim Davidson
by L. Neil Smith
It says here (in the Associated Press and about a hundred other
sites I've been directed to this afternoon) that "a group of prominent
ecologists" have a splendid new scheme to transplant purportedly
endangered African wildlifeincluding elephants and lionsto
North America, establishing a "Pleistocene Park" out here on the Great
by Dennis Kabaczy
In my letter to the editor (TLE 261; 29 Feb 2004...)
I compared what I considered similarities between President Bush and
Nehemiah Scudder, head of the New Crusade in Robert Heinlein's "If This
Goes On..." I did state in my letter that the Bush administration was
not to the point of Scudder's, but also stated that the New Crusade had
to start somewhere.
Get Your Hands Up, You Varmint!
by Charles Stone, Jr.
All through the 2000 presidential campaign, the 2002
mid-term elections on into the 2004 elections the millions of gun owners
of this country have supported the GOP and George Bush almost exclusively.
Some are starting to wonder if they made a mistake.
The Lost Liberty Hotel: Liberty Controls the High Ground
by Alan R. Weiss
Logan Darrow Clementa, a participant in the Free State
Project and CEO of Freestar Media, is shining a laser-light on eminant
domain, the nature of the so-called guardians of our rights (the Supreme
Court). In doing so, he has courted the wrath of libertarians.
CounterPoint: Do unto Others and all that jazz
by Seth Cohn
Alan Weiss's piece on Logan Clements and the
Lost Liberty Hotel, while entertaining and thought provoking, is
missing many of the facts.
Fact: Here in New Hampshire, eminent domain, thanks to a 20 year old
decision by the New Hampshire Supreme Court (when Souter was on that
bench, ironically), cannot have a commercial element to it. No
'Hotel' project passes that muster. Logan's Hotel has no teeth to it,
so why spend any political capital on it? Many of us support doing
something with some true potential for success.
Should The Stones Be Taken Seriously?
by Jonathan David Morris
Next month, the World's Oldest Rock Bandwhich is
now so old that even the old jokes are getting old
(and even the jokes about the old jokes getting old
are getting old)will release a new album called
A Bigger Bang. That band is, of course, the Rolling
Stones. And the only reason I feel the need to talk
about their album is because it's set to include a
song called "Sweet Neocon," an apparent swipe at
George Cowboy Bush. While the Stones insist "Sweet
Neocon" isn't about the president, in particular, you
wouldn't know it from the lyrics, which go a little
something like this:
What to Do Tomorrow?
by Jim Davidson
There is a deep seated desire bordering upon angst
which is all over the libertarian scene these days. Very clearly, some
people want to take action, and quite a few want to do so in the worst
way. There are lots of possibilities, some of which seem heroic and
useful at first blush, others heroic and foolhardy, and still others
only foolhardy. It might be a good idea to look at some of these things
with the jaundiced eye of cynicism, bitterness, age, and the jadedness
that comes from having eleven bones broken by minions of the state. If
you find one or two things to do tomorrow which are only useful and
manage not to get killed doing them, perhaps this essay will have served
by Lady Liberty
It's only been a few weeks since the terrorist bombings
on the London subway system, but there's already no shortage of conspiracy
theories addressing both the bombers and the motives behind the attacks.
Early on, some suggested that the bombings could have been engineered by
the British government to bolster fading support for a national ID card in
Great Britain or to encourage the US Congress to renew the PATRIOT Act
intact. (As it happens, the London attacks were cited by those who favored
PATRIOT Act renewal, and the legislation was passed in relatively short
order; the Bush administration also enjoyed a bit of a poll "bounce" in the
immediate aftermath of the bombings). But now some who are purported to be
witnesses to the London bombings are making allegations that, if true, would
preclude at least one of the bombings from having happened the way we're
told that it did.
The Republicans' Persecution and Crucifixion of Cindy Sheehan
by Todd Andrew Barnett
Statist-conservative Republicans who claim that
Cindy Sheehan, the mother of her slain son Army Specialist Casey
Sheehan (who was killed during an attempt to rescue some wounded
soldiers in Sadr City, Iraq on April 4, 2004), is a liberal mouthpiece
and is being controlled by the Left are an epitome of the debauchery,
the moral depravity, and the political evil currently worshipped by
the conservative collectivistic ideologues in the Republican Party,
the Bush administration, and the news and print media. It is not a
surprise that these collectivists are using every means at their
disposal to discredit and smear the integrity and dignity of a
grieving mother who rightfully demands to meet the president for
answers – that is, reasons as to why her son was sacrificed in
the war. Unsurprisingly, President Bush and his collectivistic
stooges in the White House have been doing everything they can to
dodge the issue at the expense of the truth that belongs to Sheehan
and the American people.
Let Him Who Desires Peace...
by L. Neil Smith
The Roman historian Vegetius is probably most
famous for having advised his readers, "Let him who desires peace
prepare for war." Being a Strategic Air Command brat, and a bit of
an authority on topics related to self-defense, I understand and
agree with the old boy.
Liberal McCarthyism on Abortion
by Wendy McElroy
Last week, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., urged NARAL
Pro-Choice America to withdraw an attack ad against Supreme Court
nominee John Roberts, who is seen as the penultimate threat to abortion
rights. Specter called the ad "blatantly untrue and unfair."
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