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"I am not kidding."

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A Letter I'd Like To See (But Won't) WARNING ADULT LANGUAGE

This is from Radly Balko's The Agitator Blog as if he were Michael Phelps responding to all the self-righteous, sanctimonious hypocrites condemning him.

The "Drug War" is a failure just as prohibition was, only worse. Governments made up of people who think that they can change natural human behavior by violence only push that behavior underground where one day it will arise again. In the meantime the government that behaves this way has undermined all their lofty philosophical reasons for their own existence to banal sophistry. Thus, they become the very reason that they should no longer exist as a social force.


Tim Wingate
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The USA Today is running a poll and while I know that polls are usually manipulated, it might be worth the effort.

USA Today Poll "Does the Second Amendment give individuals the right to bear arms?" Vote here

Don Wilson
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"Global Warming Science and Public Policy—35 Inconvenient Truths: The errors in Al Gore's movie"


L. Neil Smith

Interesting Stuff From The Mises Institute

If you are interested in a somewhat libertarian approach to the current economic situation, then read this at the Mises Institute page.

Boyd W. Smith
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Mr. Belling—

I listened to you today on the Limbaugh show. I was less than impressed with quite a lot that you had to say.

What ever happened to the highly-touted conservative regard for property rights and due process? With a stroke of the pen, and without anybody's consent, a dictatorial Congress has rendered the three television sets in my house worthless. This constitutes an illegal taking. Government is obliged to offer compensation, for which converter box coupons are an extremely poor excuse.

Digital TV is no doubt an improvement over analog, but forcing it on the nation at gunpoint—"for our own good"—is something I'd sooner expect from Nancy Pelosi. No wonder we're in such a mess.

L. Neil Smith

While trying to find another site I ran into an NRA article regarding the comparative murder rates of the sister cities El Paso Texas, USA and Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico. Briefly Juarez is three, maybe four times larger than El Paso and has a murder rate about a twenty five times larger (1600 and change compared in J Town to 17 in El Paso). Guns are fairly unregulated in El Paso, highly regulated (as in banned for most civilians) in Juarez. Gun control doesn't work.

I've been sending articles saying the same thing to TLE for over a year. The article claims El Pasoans are more inclined to have a law and order attitude, however please keep in mind that someone in El Paso is receiving all that cocaine the Mexican drug smugglers are killing each other and Mexican cops to send into the US.

Gun control doesn't work or reduce murder rates. More importantly, the mentality that leads to people imposing gun control on their neighbors is ultimately murderous and the madness across the Rio Grande is just one more example of this.

A.X. Perez
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Dear Editor,

Many of your readers remember, as I do, that men used to walk on the Moon. Who knows, it might happen again some day. Recently, I read that the Indian government is planning to put someone from their country on the Moon in 2025.

My latest blog is where I plan to keep the readers up to date on developments in space activities. A future expansion would include space weather reports, especially solar weather which can wreak havoc on spacecraft—and ruin your entire day if your space hotel is overly exposed.

Reader comments are always welcome on the blog.


Jim Davidson
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Today (Wednesday 4 February 2009) President Obama announced that CEO's of companies being pulled out of the tank with government subsidies had to accept salary caps of $500,000.00. Immediately the bankers' talking heads claimed this was an unwarranted interference in free enterprise.

Since when is a government subsidized industry free enterprise? Should the government set pay caps for bank executives? Not if they are not asking government money. Please don't tell me that banks do not interfere with the operations of businesses, including salaries, they lend money, especially when they are pulling said businesses out of bankruptcy. In The Wind and the Lion the character El Rasuli points out that the problem with accepting European money is that Europeans come with it. The same can be said about accepting government money.

Truly free enterprise does not accept government subsidies. Sometimes the game is rigged and you have no choice but to accept these subsidies. Maybe that's really so, maybe you're being whiny. But when you go begging for the government's money you invite government interference. When you do this you make yourself look like a hypocrite when you complain about government buttinskis (neologism, I confess). Then you make the rest of us sticking up for true free enterprise look foolish and cause people to blow off efforts to make free enterprise work.

"Free enterprise" is an ideal and an effective business strategy, not a buzz word (actually phrase). Don't use it as such. You don't want the Big G in your business, don't beg for their money. You want people's intellectual support, don't go out of your way to make them look like fools and hypocrites. It's time some of our pseudo-capitalist (semi-socialist would be a more accurate and honest description) bankers and investors learn these things.

A.X. Perez
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Here is a link to an article with a funny(?) ending, written by a Libertarian:

A marginally related link from the same site:

Another slightly less related link:

Don Wilson
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