Letters to the Editor
from Jim Donaldson, Scott Graves, Mike Blessing, A.X. Perez,
L. Neil Smith, Rex May, and Bryan Potratz
Strategy and Tactics
by L. Neil Smith
Each morning I find a dozen messages in my e-mail concerning
evil plots by the current administration or some other enemy of individual liberty
to take away our guns, our money, our homes, our children, our cars, our land, our
gardens, our right to speak out, or travel freely, or whatever else it is that
momentarily tickles their kleptocratic fancy. Their kleptocratic and murderous
Memorial Day 2009: How About A New Meaning?
by Russell D. Longcore
The Memorial Day 2009 weekend is upon us. Many will use this
weekend as the first short vacation of summer. Picnics, boating, traveling,
family gatherings, and dedication to enjoyable activities are the rule this
weekend. But Memorial Day is meant to honor the men and women who died in military
service to the United States of America. Formerly known as "Decoration Day," it
was first established in 1868 to decorate the graves of the Civil War (War of
Northern Aggression) dead.
Clash of Tyrants
by A.X. Perez
On Thursday the 21st of May, 2009 Barack Obama and Dick Cheney
conducted a long distance debate on the use of torture as a means of interrogation.
Mr. Obama proved that sometimes libertarians and liberals agree by explaining why
he was renouncing torture as a tool of US policy.
The Ammo Drought
by Jeff Knox
Where has all the ammo gone? That's a common refrain
these days and not just in a few places, but all across the country.
The answer is simple and complicated, but it's not part of a nefarious
plot hatched up by Washington politicians. Ammo supplies got thrown
out of kilter as a result of military action in Iraq and Afghanistan
and several former Warsaw Pact nations transitioning to NATO caliber
arms. Some sources of military surplus ammo have been drying up under
a UN agreement to "de-militarize" (read destroy) surplus ammo rather
than let it into the open market. During the same period the costs of
metals for components, particularly lead and copper, started climbing
due to global demand. Ammunition prices, which have held remarkably
low with little increase in decades, started going up. As prices crept
up, many high-volume ammo users, such as police training ranges,
fearing continuing price escalation and tightening supplies, decided
to stock up. This put manufacturers, who were already a little behind
the curve, even further into the hole. At this point there wasn't
really a shortage though, just an imbalance. Industry sources say that
the ammo was out there, but it was in the wrong places. Still, the
news of these regional shortfalls spread and, even though
manufacturers were ramping up their production, demand continued to
empty shelves. The perception of a shortage became a self-fulfilling
prophecy as consumers tried to beat the shortage by buying all they
could find whenever they could find it. Some retailers actually began
limiting purchases to no more than 4 or five boxes a day as a way to
make sure more of their customers could at least get some.
Safe at Last!
by Larry Baird
Once again Moreno Valley's finest has halted a crime wave
unequaled in California if not the entire United States.
Atlantea The Beautiful
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 25 of a weekly cartoon series.
Agenda 21: The United Nations Programme of Action
Planning for Your future, serf!