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Number 813, March 15, 2015
[Police] are not our friends, no matter
what the NRA or anyone says. They are the
pointy end of the spear of dictatorship.
They are exactly the standing army that
the Founding Fathers didn't want.

by Rex May

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The Elephant in the Parlor
by L. Neil Smith
Somebody has to say it. Everybody has been dancing around it nervously for weeks, each and every one of them desperately afraid of ... what? I don't know exactly what: the plain truth, I guess, political and historical. We all speak so easily about the highly abstract reasons for respecting the Second Amendment—to keep an overly ambitious (but hypothetical) government in check. How? Through the ability to put great, big .69 caliber holes right through the pretty red coats of King George's Imperial Stormtroopers. This, however, as the slimy and disgusting predatory left is so fond of constantly reminding us, is no longer the Eighteenth century. How true. The coats in question are no longer red, they're fashionable camouflage. And the bullets through them are not .69 caliber, they're .22s.

Many Paths, Same Goal
by Sarah A. Hoyt
So tonight—phone—had an interesting conversation with Bill Reader. He's not a troll, and since we are friends he wouldn't come to my blog to call me names, but he was making many of the objections made here over the weekend to the idea of working to take over the GOP.

How the Government Robs Poor People
by Geoffrey Pike
A recent CNN investigation uncovered some rather disturbing practices by collection agencies... These debt collectors are going after people and making big profits by tacking on huge fees on top of the debts already owed. So how do these debt collectors get away with such a practice? Wouldn't the government have some laws to protect people? Well, there are consumer protection laws to protect against overly aggressive debt collectors. But the problem here is that these collection agencies are actually doing work for the government.

Fact and Fiction: The Trouble with Historical Novels
by Richard Blake
If you describe anything as "the worst thing that can happen," it probably isn't. Whatever you care to imagine, there's usually something worse. But one of the worst things that can happen to an historical novelist is to have someone creep up to you with a smirk on his face, and tell you that some fact in your latest masterpiece is bad history. For me, it's certainly worse than just being told the novel is useless. I've always been sheltered from general criticism behind an impenetrable wall of vanity. I'm a genius. Anyone who says otherwise can only be intellectually or morally defective. Tell me, though, I've got my facts wrong, and I may run screaming from the room.

American Sniper: A Movie Review
by Sean Gangol
For those who haven't been keeping up with the current cinema, American Sniper is a movie directed by Clint Eastwood and has received several Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. It has also picked up 300 million dollars at the box office, along with a certain amount of controversy (mostly by those on the left).

Making Liberty Go Viral
by J. Neil Schulman
In the 1970′s, as a young radical-libertarian fiction writer, I had the thought: What If—instead of setting the struggle for liberty in the past, or on another world, or in a parallel dimension or alternate timeline or post-apocalyptic future—I played that story on streets barely changed from ones outside my own window?

Neale's Gun Rant for 3-8-2015
by Neale Osborn
Mama Liberty is under the weather this week, so I chose an article from a young lady I believe Mama would take a shine to for our opening segment this week. Dinnae Fash, lads and lasses, Mama will return as soon as she's up to it. Now, I've always considered a woman voting for gun control to be like a Jew voting for the American Nazi Party, or a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders—just plain stupid. But I never considered why they should oppose Concealed Carry Only states, and should demand open carry. Oh, don't get me wrong, I don't consider ANY law that restricts my, your, her, or anyone else's right to carry ANY weapons, open or concealed, any where, any time, without being required to beg permission from ANY elected official OR bureaucrat (other than on posted PRIVATE property, of course) to be Constitutional. But I never considered this side of the discussion.

Atlantea The Beautiful No. 319
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 319 of a weekly cartoon series.

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Saturday, March 14, was π day: 3.14, but Mr. John C. Wright notes:

Ultimate Pi Moment Approaches! AD 4213 Approaches!
Tomorrow at 9.26 and 53 seconds, it will be 3/14/15 9:26:53
Which is pi.
This will happen only once in the history of time.
The world ends. Prepare yourself. (unless you are not on military time, in which case it happens twice, am and pm)

Or, wait, maybe this happens once a century. Or perhaps the world ended in 1415? or in 1592 at 6:53?

You see, the reason why no man knows the hour or day of the end of the world, is that the math is too complex. Also, it is based on the square root of two, not on the ratio of circumference to radius, so relax.

The world actually will end ... hmmm.... 1.41421356237 works out to 1/41/4213 at 56:237 or in other words, the world will end on January the 41st, in the year AD 4213, at 237 minutes past 56 0'clock, so we are safe.

I'm glad to have that matter cleared up! Spring back and fall forward is complicated enough that I up and moved to Arizona where ya don't do that nonsense (unless you live on the Navajo Reservation I think).

If you are a history or archaeology fan, there is this:

Lost Civilization May Have Existed Beneath the Persian Gulf
by Jeanna Bryner

Veiled beneath the Persian Gulf, a once-fertile landmass may have supported some of the earliest humans outside Africa some 75,000 to 100,000 years ago, a new review of research suggests.

At its peak, the floodplain now below the Gulf would have been about the size of Great Britain, and then shrank as water began to flood the area. Then, about 8,000 years ago, the land would have been swallowed up by the Indian Ocean, the review scientist said.

The study, which is detailed in the December issue of the journal Current Anthropology, has broad implications for aspects of human history. For instance, scientists have debated over when early modern humans exited Africa, with dates as early as 125,000 years ago and as recent as 60,000 years ago (the more recent date is the currently accepted paradigm), according to study researcher Jeffrey Rose, an archaeologist at the University of Birmingham in the U.K.
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I'm always amazed by the number of people who think the earth has always been just like it is now. Even people who seem to know about the Ice Ages don't really understand what that means. Ah well, we have a much better class of reader here at good ol' LNS-TLE don't we? Indeed we do.

I'm going to miss Terry Pratchett. A lot.

This seems to be a good thing right here:

Arizona Senate Votes 17-12, Passing Bill to Block New Federal Gun Control Measures

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