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Letters to the Editor
from A.X. Perez
Should I Write This Book?
Beautiful Dreamer: A Proposal in Synopsis, Part One
by L. Neil Smith
If you saw my synopsis of ARES in last month's THE
LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE, you may recall Brody Ngu, youngest son of Emerson and
Rosalie Frazier Ngu, and one of four siblings who take it on themselves to rescue
the Seventh Martian Expedition when it is cruelly abandoned by the East American
government and the United Nations. This story, Beautiful Dreamerthe
original version of the synopsis is dated 1999centers on Brody half a century
later, and is intended to be the conclusion of the "Ngu Family Saga" (although
there may be yet another in-between volume sneaking up on me). Life has not been
kind to Brody, and he feels too old and sick for a second chance.
The Beginning Gun OwnerWhat to Choose and What Training to Take
by Neale Osborn
With an Addendum by A.X. Perez
A few days ago a friend of mine was lamenting that people who AREN'T
"gun people" yet wish to defend themselves, their family, and property have no real way
to figure out even where to start getting the knowledge they need to make an informed
decision. I decided to help out a bit. Let me introduce myself. I am a gunsmith, gun
collector, target shooter, occasional competition shooter, and firm believer in the
right to Keep and Bear Arms. At one time I was NRA certified to instruct in firearm
handling and safety. I have been a Boy Scout range officer for the last 10 years. I
firmly advocate gun ownership for those who take the time to willingly educate
themselves on both firearms safety AND handling. While it certainly is your right
to do otherwise, I do not advocate ANYONE just "buying a gun for self defense" who has
never fired one before and has no inkling of safety rules, proper handling techniques,
and safe maintenance of the weapon. Yes, I said weapon.
Flakiness All Over the Place
by Rex "Baloo" May
I've blogged about flakiness among libertarians before, when I
did my Venn Diagram. And I hasten to assure you that I don't think libertarians
are particularly flaky. You find flakiness everywhere, in all political and social
groups. Among the left-liberals and neocons who are running things right now, it's almost
a prerequisite for membership. It just particularly pains me to encounter it with libertarians,
because I'm a sort of libertarian myself, and I've been fighting flakiness all my life
everywhere I go. I'll define flakiness here as the ability to hold an opinion that is in clear,
obvious contradiction to either common sense or logic or the evidence of your senses or all
three. Now, flakiness is only tenuously related to intelligence or the lack of it. Indeed, a
great deal of flakiness is found among intelligent people whose opinions run ahead of their
minds. As Orwell said, there are some ideas so absurd that only an intellectual could believe
them. And of course, people who call themselves libertarians, so far, are definitely a cut above
intelligence-wise. As I indicated on the Venn Diagram post, flakiness in libertarianism is almost
exclusively caused by contamination by left-liberals. And left-liberals' guiding principle is their
disconnect from reality.
The Will of the Majority Sometimes Trumps the Will of the Individual?
by Matt Sims
As has been the case in many of my blentries, this was prompted by a
comment made to one of my wall posts on FB: Someone said: "You say the same shit all the
time." To which someone replied: "There's a word for that. Consistency."
Cops Gone Wild. Obama Gone Wild. Hitler Gone Wild.
by Doug Newman
It could have been me. I live in Aurora, Colorado and drive through
these intersections all the time. I drive through here all the time! On Saturday, June 2,
there was a robbery at a Wells Fargo Bank here. And then the stuff of which tyranny is
made began to unfold. I give you the full article from Channel 7 News in Denver as well
as a link to an article from ABC News.
The Economics of Spring Break
by Devin Leary-Hanebrink
Year after year, young coeds, eager to escape the North's biting cold,
descend upon a warm weather hotspot for a week long respite they will never forget...or,
perhaps, never remember. This annual rite of passage is known as Spring Break.
Atlantea The Beautiful No. 180
by L. Neil Smith and Rex May
Number 180 of a weekly cartoon series.