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L. Neil Smith's
Number 364, April 23, 2006

We have a winner!

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Warren Tilson submitted the winning bid for the hand-corrected manuscript of L. Neil Smith's latest book Ceres. Neil by now should have put it in the mail, and we've already spent some of the cash on groceries. Congratulations Warren, thank you, and thank you Neil!

We've added some new affiliates to the site this week: PetsMart, Netflix, and Tracfone. Let me take a minute to endorse Tracfone. Cellphones are right handy gagets, but the "plans" can drive you batty just trying to figure out, much less use. We had one for road emergencies and for keeping in contact on long road trips, but turns out it only works around where we live. Then I found out about Tracfone. Tracfone is a "pay as you go" service just like our former cellphone, except it works everywhere in the country that a cellphone will operate. You pay for it by buying a card online, or at retailers all over the country—Wal-Mart, and so on. You "install" the time on the card via phone or over the web. It's cheap, it's good, it's handy, and we love it. If you've wanted a cellphone but didn't want to put-up with the complications of most of them, take a look at Tracfone:

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Letters to the Editor
from Chris Claypoole

But The Railroads Are Running On Time!
by L. Neil Smith
You can tell that a civilzation is just about finished when it begins punishing activities on the basis, not of their actual criminality—who got hurt and how badly—but of their political correctness. Or lack thereof.

by Adrian C. Hinton
I would like to inform you of a dangerous NERF LIBERTARIAN whose website, books, and organization all principled libertarians should boycott.

The Hidden Threat America Faces That Not Even Securing Our Borders Can Solve
by Jonathan David Morris
We've all seen the Dateline specials. We all know there are child molesters living amongst us. We've all watched Fox News or CNN during an Amber Alert. And we all know there are kidnappers living amongst us, too. Any of us who have ever watched the news know there are rapists and murderers living amongst us. And drug addicts. And crack dealers. And immigrants. And terrorists. Crooked businessmen not only live but work amongst us. As do crooked officials, lawyers, accountants, and even Kansas City Royals fans.

Here It Comes
by Jack Duggan
The price of gold has climbed to over US$ 600 an ounce. Many are saying this is because of the pending war with Iran. However, this leap in gold prices has little to do with a real or imagined war with Iran, it has to do with greed.

The Semantics of Death
by Michael Bradshaw
Re Pat Hartman's column "Cruel April—"Waco" Seeds" in TLE 363: Miss Hartman has written a darn good article. I agree with much that she said about tolerance, bigotry and scapegoating. However (ain't there always a "however . . .") she does stumble a few times, and I think that in these subjects it is of paramount importance to be as accurate as one can. The results, after all, mean life or death for hundreds of millions of people. I will cite two examples and offer some thoughts.

Black and White Issues
by Lady Liberty
One of the biggest stories to come out of Washington in recent days involves one of DC's biggest mouths. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) has made some unflattering headlines before (she was roundly chastised after asserting that the Bush administration knew of the 9/11 attacks in advance but chose to do nothing). She lost her seat in Congress not long afterwards, but ran again and returned to Congress with what appeared to be slightly more dignity and circumspection. Apparently, her change of attitude was even less temporary than was her hiatus from the House.

Searcy County Strikes Again
by Kathryn A. Graham
As I watch my country disintegrate, I am frequently struck by a particular phenomenon. The deterioration is first and most often noticed on a local level. Oh, I certainly agree that our presidential Shrub is an evil moron, no doubt about it. His cronies and advisors aren't stupid, but they are even more evil than he is. All of this is very spectacular, and it is likely to get even more so when we see the coming mushroom clouds over Iran. Despite this, if the average American on the street retained even a tenth of the integrity and courage of our 19th Century ancestors—let alone the 18th Century giants that founded this nation—we could survive three more years of Shrub and Co. hands down.

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