L. Neil Smith's
Number 301, December 19, 2004

Happy Ngu Year!

[Letters to the editor are welcome on any and all subjects. To ensure their acceptance, please try to keep them under 500 words. Sign your letter in the text body with your name and e-mail address as you wish them to appear.]

Letter from Bill St. Clair

Letter from Susan Wells

Letter from Jim Davidson

Letter from Jason Sorens

Re: "Bill of Rights Day", by Kathryn A. Graham http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2004/tle300-20041212-03.html

Mr. Ed,

Kathryn Graham wrote a great article last week on Bill of Rights day. I have no argument with the gist of her essay, but I want to correct a nit. She talks about the abominable Intelligence Reform Bill, which creates a National ID in the form of your state driving license, and repeats the mantra that this bill is 3,000 pages long. I'm not sure who first said the bill runs 3,000 pages, but the evidence I see speaks for it being shorter than that. Thomas, the Library of Congress' web site cataloguing the proceedings of the U.S. government, lists three versions of the bill containing, in their printable PDF versions, 213, 562, and, ominously, 666 pages. I don't know if the one whose page count matches the number of the beast is the version that was passed, but that would certainly be appropriate.

Bill St. Clair

Re: "Letter from Derek Benner" http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2004/tle300-20041212-01.html#letter1

Here's a better idea: why not form a 501-c-3 so that contributions to TLE can be tax deductible?

Susan Wells

Dear Ed,

A friend of mine who owns Lightspeed Computers here in Bellaire, Texas (Bellaire is the largest city in Houston) told me once with a perfectly straight face that computers run on smoke.

"See, when you let the smoke out of the computer, it stops running."

Glad ya got yer computer workin'.


Jim Davidson

Two pieces of important Free State Project news...

First, from Adam Rick, who maintains our website:

All FSP Merchandise is now easy to order through the new FSP Store.

Submit your order by noon (Free State Time) on Saturday, December 18, and you'll receive it in time for Christmas (applies to U.S. deliveries only). Shipping is free for all FSP Direct orders delivered within the U.S.

We've reduced prices on everything and will be adding several new items over the coming weeks and months.

Please go place an order now to support the FSP and get some cool stuff, too!


Second, from Varrin Swearingen about the 2005 Porcupine Freedom Festival:

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the 2005 Porcupine Freedom Festival.

The dates are July 23-31, 2005. Scheduled activities begin on July 27. And don't forget to make your reservations with Roger's Campground! All the information you need to know is here: http://freestateproject.org/news/festival/

In this issue:

Art Contest
New Sign-up Page and We'll Be There list
Reminder: Mark your calendars, make your reservations!

Art Contest: The Porcupine Freedom Festival needs artwork! We need logo-type artwork for use on merchandise and in promotional material. The art will be used on posters, t-shirts, programs, mailings, and so on. Send us your artwork and you can win a free week of campsite space at PorcFest '05! We'll select the best piece we receive by January 10th and use it on all of our materials. In addition to the campsite, the winner will get free stuff with your very own artwork on it! For guidelines and submission information, please visit:


Sign-up Page:

We have a new Sign-up Page and We'll Be There list. Important: if your name was already on the we'll be there list, please add it again using the sign-up page. In addition to knowing how many people are coming to the Festival, we need to know how how many are interested in some of the specific events we're planning. Please register at:


To see who else is coming, visit the new we'll be there list at:


See you in July!

Jason Sorens

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