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by Russmo

Number 278, July 4, 2004

"It would be worse than dying."


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Independence Day. I was hoping we'd have some special announcements but we don't seem to. Still. "And so it goes ...."

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Letters to the Editor
Letters from Roy J. Tellason, Caleb Paul, and James J Odle:

A Survey of History, Part II
by Ron Beatty
Last week, we examined the fallacious statement that "the American people will never stand for in indefinite state of war" by having a short overview of the facts of the history of war and undeclared war in our nation's history. This week we are going to discuss the brain dead statement: "We live in a free country, don't we?"

Who Are These People?
by Charles Stone, Jr.
They call themselves Democrats. They're not, at least not in the tradition of the Democratic Party of a century ago. The call themselves Liberals. They're not, at least not in the tradition of real classic liberals like John Locke, Thomas Paine, David Hume, Edmund Burke, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin. They call themselves "Progressives." They're not, unless you understand that "Progressive" is a code word they have adopted to cover their real agenda.

Now and Then
by Lady Liberty
This summer, my parents are celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary. An event of this magnitude requires a celebration of course, and I'll travel back home to be there for the festivities. While I've been preparing for my upcoming trip, I've noticed that a few things have changed since 1954 (not that I was there then, mind you - I'm sure Mom would like me to make that clear). Obviously, the technological advances in the last fifty years have been awesome as have the corresponding improvements in the quality of life. But other things haven't gotten better, and it's those that have particularly struck me in recent days.

Hamdi v. Rumsfeld
by Jim Duensing
The press is reporting it as a loss for the White House. And to be sure, Bush and Rumsfeld didn't get all they wanted when the Supreme Court handed down its Hamdi v. Rumsfeld decision.

Why Christians Should Consider the Libertarian Alternative
by Robert F. Hawes Jr.
I'd like to take some time to write a few words to Christians who may be frustrated with the course of events in this country, concerned for the future, and disillusioned with the increasingly authoritarian bent of the Republican Party. Specifically, I'd like to encourage you to consider an alternative that may have been heretofore unknown or else unthinkable to you. I'd like to encourage you to consider the libertarian alternative.

The Cardinal
by Bob Tipton
"Do you hear that?" Caroline asked.
"What?" replied Jeffrey.
"The cardinal. There." Caroline jabbed a finger towards the sill of the front window. "Isn't he just great?"

The Mark of the Beast
by Manuel Miles, aka Kaptain Kanada
Bad news for atheists: divine prophecy has come thundering across the front pages of the Satanic State's newspapers like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. For as your good Kaptain was perusing one of the local statist periodicals this week, he came upon a "human interest" article about that wonderful, new "technology that cares", the VeriChip™. You can forget about national identity cards; that's too low-tech for Beelzebub and his minions.

Jackpot Justice, the Wal-Mart Suit
by Wendy McElroy
Wal-Mart is facing the largest class action lawsuit ever been brought against a private company. As many as 1.6 million women may join the suit and the possible pay-out could exceed $1 billion dollars. What are class action lawsuits, and why have they become so prominently in the news?

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