IN THIS ISSUE: I want to run a saloon on Mars, by gum! Women and
children welcome! Check your guns at the door ... to make sure they're
in good condition! Be on your best behavior, though; Doc's right over
there in the corner. Now, what's your pleasure? (Try a straight shot
of El Neil ... it'll set your mind free!)
Vin sez: Here come da judge!
Many Happy Returns to the Free State Project! Read excerpts from Jason
Sorens' birthday essay ... and by all means, visit their website.
And speaking of worthwhile projects, Simon says, "Try Carl
Bussjaeger's on for size!"
Oh, by the way ... if you can't find something "real" or "empirical"
in this issue, then brother, you can't read!
Letters To The Editor
from Carl Bussjaeger, John Lopez, Lew Glendenning,
Thomas Kinderknecht, Warren Tilson, Dr. Khalil Ahmad, Patrick Martin,
Henry Sturman, and John Slevin:
Mars Needs Saloons!
by L. Neil Smith
It says here -- according to Reuters by way of the Associated Press
and America On Line -- that "Mars could resemble the lawless Wild West
if privately funded adventurers seeking to exploit the planet get
there before governments, a leading British astronomer said
Wednesday". Ooooooooh ...
The Kashmir Conflict: How to Keep it Alive!
by Dr. Khalil Ahmad
The Kashmir conflict, like other ones such as Palestine, does have a
history. Parties to it write, rewrite and exploit this history to a
point where its ability to offer a solution becomes precarious.
Besides, this kind of use of history complicates the conflict
inextricably, and one wonders whether it would ever be possible to
resolve it. So, I think, instead of delving into the history of
Kashmir conflict, it's better to look forward to its possible
by Patrick K Martin
Here I sit one year after 9/11, listening to the tributes and the
talking heads droning on about the attack, and I wonder how stupid
Americans can be. One year after the fruits of our touchy-feely, Age-
of-Aquarius, make-love-not-war society have spattered on the hard
concrete of reality, we all sit and dab our eyes thinking of the human
tragedies that we have glimpsed, and waiting for it to happen again.
Our "Leaders" give out warnings, pass laws, enact regulations, and
post color coded threat levels (knowing the media types are too stupid
to deal with complicated warnings like High, Medium, and Low) while
the American people stand mother naked before the enemy.
Searching the Land for a Pro-Gun-Rights JUDGE
by Vin Suprynowicz
It's unusual for Gun Owners of America, the nation's largest gun-
rights lobby (JPFO being considerably smaller than GOA, while the NRA
is, of course, the nation's largest gun control organization)
to endorse in a judicial race, so I rang Larry Pratt in Northern
Virginia to ask about his recent announcement that the group will
endorse Nevada state Supreme Court candidate Don Chairez.
The Simon Jester Starter Kit
by Carl Bussjaeger
If you haven't read the classic SF novel, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,
by Robert A. Heinlein, this whole Simon Jester thing may be confusing
you. Simon Jester was the "imaginary" creation of some of Heinlein's
characters. He was a little devil who tormented the Lunar government
with witty - and critical - jokes, ditties, poems, slogans, and
cartoons. Later, Simon branched out into the poltergeist business by
playing practical jokes on gov-goons and bureaucrats. He always signed
his work with a little cartoon image of a grinning gremlin.
The Evil Ones
by Jim Duensing
It is more plausible, in fact it is quite probable, that most of the
Muslim world despises America because the American government sponsors
coup-de-tats and struggling despots in order to get better oil prices
or to temporarily achieve a slightly more favorable diplomatic
agreement with any particular country. In one particular case, the
United States government funded an extremist firebrand with a talent
for recruiting young Muslim males who is blamed for creating a
globalist terrorist network which attacked the Twin Towers and the
Pentagon one year ago today.
A History of the Free State Project [Excerpt]
by Jason P. Sorens
The Free State Project is one year old today - its official beginning
was September 1st, 2001. On that day the Statement of Intent and
Participation Guidelines (at that time we called them "bylaws") were
presented to the public.
Review: CRASHMAKER: A FEDERAL Affaire
by James J Odle
For all our commercial success, we Americans are remarkably
financially ignorant. Ask the average American to define the word
'dollar'(1) and he will promptly pull from his billfold a green
rectangular object that has the words 'Federal Reserve Note' boldly
printed thereon. Other than discussing how and in what he invests,
interest rates, what he earns, spends and owes the average American
can't muster an intelligent discussion about money. Asked about the
money multiplier effect or fractional reserve banking and he will
respond with "Huh? What are you talking about?"
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