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Number 669, May 6, 2012

"I'm thoroughly tired of all this fascist crap"

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Letter from Andrew Offutt

Letter from Renata Amy Russell

Letter from A.X. Perez

Letter from Ron Helwig

Re: Fwd: San Antonio doctors' ad

Thanks, my friend, this is good and I will pass it along.

But it illustrates one more reason why I am a libertarian, not a conservative. Their idea is to repeal Obamacare (admittedly an absolutely necessary first move) and the "reform" Medicare.

What I want instead is a Constitutional amendment formally and totally separating medicine and State. Any government program is going to be a botched-up mess, simply because it isn't disciplined by the free market system. It all needs to be private, perhaps with some temporary backup for those currently dependent on the government system. (How about a special tax on the incomes of government officials?)

I also want absolute confidentiality restored to both the doctor-patient relationship and to a person's medical records.

Thanks again,

L. Neil Smith

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Re: "A Policeman's Lot" by L. Neil Smith

Hi, Neil,

I just read "A Policeman's Lot" in TLE. Among other things you noted, "Even way back then, they were driven by a siege mentality, a "them vs. us" mentality, deeply embedded in what even then was called a "police culture".

I beg to differ. Based on my own experiences (and you may recall that I used to wear a badge, too), a "siege mentality" would be an improvement (minor, but an improvement) over the gangbanger mentality I saw (and see) in the vast majority of LEOs. The only difference from Crips/Bloods/MS13 mindset I can can detect is the LEO's near-perfect assurance (99.9999%) that no matter what laws—or heads—he breaks, the system has his back.

A siege mentality would at least mean the worst offenders actually feared their victims could and would fight back.


Carl "Bear" Bussjaeger
Author: Net Assets, Bargaining Position, The Anarchy Belt, The Anarchists
Books: found here

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Coming soon to The Libertarian Enterprise! The Bill Of Rights, starting with a BRIEF History

Over the next few weeks, my friend Lee Norton and I are going to take an in-depth look at the Bill of Rights. One amendment per article. First we will present the Amendment, then we will break it down, using the definitions of the time to explain what it means, and then we will examine how it is enforced today. We will examine each one, and it's interpretation today, and explain why we think it is correctly or incorrectly being followed. Please be advised, neither of us are lawyers. neither of us are Constitutional scholars. What we both ARE, however, is people who can use dictionaries and common sense. Beasides, as WE look at it, if you can't understand it without a college degree, then it wasn't written well to begin with.

We will also, using the writings of the authors, attempt to reason out WHY each one was written, and we will also give a brief overview of why the entire Bill of Rights was necessary to begin with. We both understand that many here will have different interpretations based on ideology, current interpretations, or just "I thought it meant this!" We welcome all polite debate on this topic, and ALL interpretations MUST have back up to be considered seriously.

All articles will be published under MY byline, but Lee and I will write them together.

Neale Osborn

[ The first article is to be found in this issue—Editor ]

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L. Neil Smith

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Mr. Smith,

I'm a huge fan of your work, novels and editorials alike. Thank you for everything.

If you haven't already seen these, direct letters of support for CISPA have been published at this URL:

An article that attempts to break out some of the industry-group support into lists of constituent companies:


Here in New Hampshire, Rep. Frank Guinta (R) courted the Tea Party vote, but nevertheless voted for both CISPA and the NDAA/2012. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), who recently won Americans for Prosperity's Conservative of the Year award, and who pretends mightily to sympathize with constitutionalists and Tea Partiers, voted for NDAA/2012.

No one that I know really thinks of these two hacks as liberty candidates. Guinta is your run-of-the-mill clueless, mealy-mouth, so I suppose is not particularly a "back-stabber" for the present purpose. In my opinion, however, Ayotte deserves to be listed as a back-stabber because of the tremendous disparity between her constitutionalist rhetoric and her record as Senator.

Best regards,

Elliott Wade

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Forwarded message For Gunowners:

Bank of America arrogantly dumps McMillan. Suggestion: Dump BofA

McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, McMillan Firearms Manufacturing, McMillan Group International have been collectively banking with Bank of America for 12 years. Recently, Mr. Ray Fox, Senior Vice President, Marlet Manager, Business Banking, Global Commercial Banking ( Bank of America ) came to my office. He scheduled the meeting as an "account analysis" meeting in order to evaluate the two lines of credit we have with them.... He spent 5 minutes talking about how McMillan has changed in the last 5 years and have become more of a firearms manufacturer than a supplier of accessories.

At this point I interrupted him and asked "Can I possibly save you some time so that you don't waste your breath? What you are going to tell me is that because we are in the firearms manufacturing business you no longer want my business."

"That is correct" he says.

I replied "That is okay, we will move our accounts as soon as possible. We can find a 2nd Amendment friendly bank that will be glad to have our business. You won't mind if I tell the NRA, SCI and everyone one I know that BofA is not friendly to the firearms industry?"

"You have to do what you must" he said.

"So you are telling me this is a politically motivated decision, is that right?"

Mr Fox confirmed that it was. At which point I told him that the meeting was over and there was nothing let for him to say.

I think it is import for all Americans who believe in and support our 2nd amendment right to keep and bare arms should know when a business does not support these rights. What you do with that knowledge is up to you. When I don't agree with a business' political position I can not in good conscience support them. We will soon no longer be accepting Bank of America credit cards as payment for our products.

Kelly D. McMillan
Director of Operations
McMillan Group International, LLC
1638 W Knudsen Dr
Phoenix, Arizona 85027
McMillan Integrity-Global Vision

Additional sources:

Andrew Offutt

[ I'm assuming this Andrew Offutt is the author of the fine novel The Castle Keeps (1972). Recommended! (He should be trying to get it into eBook formats to start making some money off it!)—Editor ]

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This just in (cartels and guns)

The Orange Co. Register (Friday, April 27, 2012) reported that "more than 68,000 guns recovered at the scenes of drug cartel shootings and in raids on illegal arms caches in Mexico were traced back to the United States, according to data released Thursday. The guns underscore complaints from Mexico that the U.S. is responsible for arming the drug cartels blamed for more that 47,000 deaths in six years."

And not a word about who supplied the weapons. But don't worry, the Justice Dept. is looking into it.

Renata Amy Russell

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Detecting Pollution

About a week and a half ago I discovered (doom, doom, doom) GloFish®. For those of you not into keeping aquaria GloFish® are transgenicly modified zebra danios. They are available in all the colors of the rainbow. Additionally, skirted tetras have been modified to fluoresce green and marketed under the GloFish® brand.

The critters were originally developed at the National University of Singapore. The idea was to develop a fish that would fluoresce in the presence of pollution. The plan was to create a fluorescent fish (the future GloFish®), then modify it to fluoresce only when exposed to pollutants. To continue funding the project past stage one NUS licensed Yorktown Technologies, L.P. to sell the fluorescent danios as aquarium pets. The idea was that NUS share of the profits would pay for continued research.

Turns out that many people have issues with selling transgenic aquarium fish. As a result GloFish® can not be sold legally in Canada, the European Union, American state of California. They are legal in the other 49 states.

Originally I wanted to write a commentary on bio Luddites. Maybe a satire on pet smuggling cartels. Then I ran across an article (and proceeded to lose the web site, damn it) in which the author objected to funding research in using fish to detect pollution by selling GloFish® at a profit. He felt that it was wrong that instead of reaching out for government grants NUS had entered into a capitalist venture with Yorktown Technologies to pay for their advances in science. Many of the other articles I read were informed with a discomfort at NUS relying on profit to pay for research, but this Johnny was the first to come out and say it was wrong.

And again I see an alien, someone who actually thinks it's wrong for scientists to turn to capitalists and capitalism to pay for research in science and technology. And I have to wonder, with freaks like that walking about, why bother with trangenic fish? Or maybe the GloFish® has revealed pollution as intended, only moral rather than chemical.

A.X. Perez

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Re: "Internet Freedom: A Clarion Call" by L. Neil Smith

Good Morning!

At the end of the article you asked people who can help to contact you. I hope I can be and have been some help.

I'm sure you've heard of my Shire Silver cards [ Nope!—Editor ], which are a non-government silver and gold bullion trade system that can be easily replicated by almost anyone. They're much easier to use than traditional bullion and coins, and will be more likely to be accepted by members of the general public than things like junk silver. The main point of the cards though is that it proves definitively that you don't need a massive government based/backed corporation to produce money. And because its production and distribution can be widely distributed, just like with drugs it is something that the government cannot possibly stop (unlike the centralized Liberty Dollar or the various digital gold currencies).

But while Shire Silver might be the best in-person trading unit, you should also be promoting bitcoins. It isn't the perfect monetary system we all desire, but it is the best that we can get until the government is gone. Your donation options on TLE include Paypal and e-gold as well as the now defunct 1mdc—none of which are safe or free (as in speech); and they all are subject to government interference. Bitcoin is free (as in speech), has very low fees, and is not something that can be interfered with by governments.

So my first suggestion is that you add to your site the ability to accept donations in bitcoins as well as Shire Silver


and begin the process of weaning yourself off of the statist money system.

Ron Helwig

[ Thanks for this information (is it hooey? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?) I'm just too distracted to pay enough attention to this subject. I do seem to have a BitCoin acccount and if any of our authors/letter-writers have same all they have to do is send me their "account number" with each article and I'll gladly include it. I can't distribute myself due to being old and worn-out and stuff. I use PayPal—vile though its reputation has it—just because it's easy (ya even spend PayPal on the site!). I like easy. Easy, as they way, does it. If Shire Silver is easy, well there ya go!—Editor ]

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