I am back. My 90-year-old father died a couple of days before Thanksgiving,
so I left on a hurried trip back to my home town. I was planning on making
the same trip the week after Thanksgiving. That's a long 14-hour
drive (and another long 14-hour drive back the following week). But, I
am back, and after considerable resting-up, it's time to get back to the
This issue I'd like to say that the Free State Project and any and all
other projects are not in competition with each other. We here
at TLE support them all. We think the attempt is a grand one, and
we're eager to see what happens with each and every one. So y'all stop
squabbling with each other. So they're not perfect... and you are? Eh?
Eh? Eh? Therefore, from now own, TLE will gladly publish news
bulletins about organized efforts to Live Free, but no more squabblings.
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by L. Neil Smith
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The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel
by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by BigHead Press, 2004
Letters to the Editor
from L. Neil Smith, Scott Bieser, Joel Simon, Jay P Hailey,
Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, and Karen Lebens
The Real Enemy
by Kathryn A. Graham
The real enemy of freedom is fanaticism.
Today, we are listening to all sorts of debates on terrorism and on
freedom. One side would have us believe that only Christians are right,
and that Moslems are inherently evil. Another side would have us
believe that only strict Islamic ideals are the root of real freedom,
and that Christianity and its efforts to spread to the entire world have
brought about our current sorry state of affairs. Why is it so
difficult to understand that both sides in this debate are equally
wrong, and for the same reasons?
by Chris Claypoole
Recently, a local television station ran a story about
two more high school proms being cancelled in New York, probably brought
on by a similar cancellation several weeks ago. The reasons given were
"financial decadence" and overuse of alcohol and other drugs by some of
the students. The administrators were concerned about the "excessive"
spending by some of the parents on their children, to include "booze
cruises." They were also upset that many students not only would abuse
various substances after the proms, but before and during as well.
Conversations with my high school sophomore daughter and her high school
senior boyfriend confirmed that a minority of their peers would show up
at the proms "under the influence," and that more would meet to drink
later, often at parties hosted by parents.
The Murder of Freedom
by Kevin S. Van Horn
Why has it been so hard for the American freedom movement
to achieve any lasting, meaningful victories? Is it because our enemies are
so powerful? Is it because so few really desire freedom? Or is it just
possible that the seeds of failure lie within the activists themselves?
by Dr. Julius No
Vicegrips in the wrong hands can be an instrument of Terror....
So You Actually Have to be Able to Think
by Ron Beatty
As I was driving into town today, thinking over some
of the past posts on Smithlist, I got to pondering on some things and
decided to write down what I am thinking and feeling. I guess you could
call this my philosophy of life.
It Takes a Grinch to Ban Christmas
by Cat Farmer
On Christmas Eve, as I
Walked home through the park,
An unhappy old soul sat
In the snow, cold, and dark....
by Charles Stone, Jr.
I'm not sure when it started, perhaps it was with the
old western movies when the upstanding citizens of "Drygulch", fearful of
the local land baron and his evil minions sent the town fathers to the
state capitol to ask for help in maintaining law and order in their town
and especially to do away with the "vigilantes" who were of course under
the direction of nasty folk who ran the town.
by Jonathan David Morris
Ah, late November, that special time of year when
Americans of all ages come together to celebrate
victory over the Indians in the Battle of
Thanksgiving. I don't know about you, but this is one
of my favorite times of the year. This is when the
leaves turn colors and fresh fires burn from chimneys.
America is at its best during Thanksgiving. At no
other time is America more American.
by Lady Liberty
I doubt it comes as a surprise to any of you that I
often receive e-mail in response to something I've written. Sometimes,
people write to tell me they agree with me. I like those letters. Other
people write to tell me that they disagree with me, and then proceed to
tell me why. Believe it or not, I like those letters too because I usually
learn something from them. Then there are those notes that are just
deliberately nasty. The greatest joy I get from that kind of communication
is summarily emptying it into my computer's handy dandy electronic trash bin.
PBS Film Controversy Continues
by Wendy McElroy
The Public Broadcasting Service documentary "Breaking
the Silence: Children's Stories" portrayed Sadiya (Sadia) Alilire as a
heroic mom who was abused by her husband. Two controversial questions
persist. Did producers ignore the extensive court records with which
they were provided on Alilire's multiple abuse of her two daughtersthen
aged 8 and 3? Is PBS demonstrating bias against fathers?
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