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Number 231, July 13, 2003


Editorial Matters
by Ken "Not Mr. Ed" Holder

Here is issue 231, one more of the imitation TLEs I've put together in the absence of our true editor, Mr. Ed, Dan Weiner ("Wine-er, not "Wee-ner" in case you were wondering).

Mr. Ed signs in with an explanation of what's up with him, and the news is not good, but we are all thinking good thoughts in his direction, and you should too.

Bill Stone reports on another of his delightful conversations with one of his daughters.

Frank Ney reviews the new Harry Potter book, and then discusses how events in the book are reflected in events in the news. Or is it the other way around?

Todd Barnett gives us the inside news on the insider trading thing with Martha, comments on Christine Wilhelm's problems, and then discusses Medicare (we're playing catch-up with Todd here).

Finally, Wendy McElroy continues to explore the ins and outs of individualist feminism.

Enjoy. And don't forget:

War is the common harvest of all those who participate in the division and expenditure of public money, in all countries. It is the art of conquering at home; the object of it is an increase of revenue; and as revenue cannot be increased without taxes, a pretence must be made for expenditure. In reviewing the history of the English Government, its wars and its taxes, a bystander, not blinded by prejudice nor warped by interest, would declare that taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes.
—Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (1792). (Project Guttenberg E-Text edition)

So, What's Wrong With Dan?
by Dan Weiner, a.k.a. Mr. Ed
Okay, kids, time to Tell All. As background, I had been through some very stressful times in recent months up to my vacation in June. I even got mildly sick over it, but I seemed to be healthy when I left Houston June 8th. I was, in fact, fine all day, until I found out I was going the wrong way on Hwy 287 and heading back to Witchita Falls. I finally made it to Amarillo, but the next morning was damp and chilly (about 50-55 deg. -- very chilly in summer for Texass). By the time I made it to ABQ, I was very sick, with what felt like the flu. I tried to fix it in the usual fashion: Dayquill and Nyquill and chicken soup and bed rest. It seemed to go away for the most part, but that was a false feeling, it turned out later....

The Economics of Pokemon
by William Stone, III
Like many similarly-aged children, my nine-year-old daughter is heavily into Pokemon. Being an engaged parent constantly on the lookout for pop culture that undermines my attempt to turn my children into gun-toting individualists, I've watched a number of episodes and three of the four movies that have been released to date.

How Bad Government Gets Worse
A review of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

by Francis A. Ney, Jr.
Finally, after three years of angst, pregnancy, writer's block and lawsuits, the long-awaited fifth book of the Harry Potter series has been released. Harry is now fifteen, an age of angst and anger even for the best of kids. When a major force of darkness, recently reborn from Harry's own blood, is seriously honked off and looking to remove the source of his misery, don't expect matters to improve. It doesn't help that, with few exceptions, no one believes the aforementioned darkness has truly returned. To top it off, the people Harry has been looking to for information, advice, encouragement, and support are now inexplicably leaving him out of the loop, covering up, and basically treating him like an idiot child.

Repeal All Insider Trading Laws and Abolish The SEC
by Todd Andrew Barnett
The recent indictment of famous celebrity homemaker Martha Stewart—which entails the fictitious "nine counts" with which she has been charged, including "obstruction of justice, perjury, bank fraud, and securities fraud"—epitomizes the lunacy, perversity, political and legal debauchery, and political evils brought upon by the morally degenerate, treacherous, and putrid actions of the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It bears mentioning that the government's persecution (excuse me, "investigation") of Stewart and her trusted ally and ImClone co-founder Sam Waksal is an outstanding reason why all laws outlawing insider trading must—and ought to—be repealed. That reason also includes the needful and necessary abolition of the SEC, which is obviously a creation of the presidential regime of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

The Great Medicare Drug Fiasco
by Todd Andrew Barnett
If the recent congressional plan to spend $400 billion on Medicare drug benefits for the elderly is a practical joke, then none of us who see right through this politically- motivated agenda are laughing. After all, the idea is to place seniors who are already on Medicare under a new plan, which would subsidize private health insurers. (Let's face it—the new plan, which was just passed by the House and the Senate, should make taxpayers and senior citizens queasy in their stomachs.)

Christine Wilhelm: "Mentally Ill" Victim or Murderer?
by Todd Andrew Barnett
Christine Wilhelm, the mother who stands accused of murdering her four-year old son Luke by drowning him in a bathtub in their home near Vermont on April 16th, 2002, has become the latest poster girl of the mental health field establishment. Like Andrea Yates, she is the newest epitome of a profession, which has long since "lost its marbles"—in a manner of speaking.

In the Best Interests of the Child
by Wendy McElroy
A new legal term is creating debate across North America: the "rebuttable presumption of joint custody." It means family courts should presume that divorcing parents will equally share the legal and physical custody of children unless there is compelling reason to rule otherwise. Advocates say children are more likely to emerge from divorce with both a mother and a father in their lives unless, of course, one parent is shown to be unfit. Why is this idea controversial?

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