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Number 323, June 12, 2005

"News From The Belly Of The Beast"

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Scott Bieser's cover for the complete
edition of Tom Paine Maru
Yes, it really is Coming Soon!
Really! Stand By!
We're not just yanking yer chain!
Progress is being made!


Rains/pours? Insert your favorite cliche here. Appeals for articles has been met by a very nice response, so instead of not having enough to fill-out an issue, now I have more than I can possibly use in one issue. But they'll be in next issue, you can be sure! And a big thank you! to all of those who submitted material. Don't stop!

We have a special feature this issue, a long excerpt from the new book Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell. The first 30-pages, free for the reading (with a handy link for ordering the whole thing of course!). If you've ever wondered about Southern Culture, this will begin to answer your questions.

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Ken Holder


Letters to the Editor
from Brandon M. Magoon, Tom Hanlin, Liz Michael, Jake Witmer, and Bill Hartwell

What Price Freedom?
a short story

by Ron Beatty
The old man sat in the shade in the mine opening, his body wracked with pain. It had been many long years since he had come to this spot, fearing that he would not be able to resist the temptation of a new life, in a new, free world. Held to this world by love of his wife and children, and now, his grandchildren, he had waited, hoping beyond hope that either his wife or children would believe his stories, and make the leap of faith to the new world, or that the disastrous government policies would change before his country became a full police state.

An excerpt from the new book
Black Rednecks and White Liberals

by Thomas Sowell
"These people are creating a terrible problem in our cities. They can't or won't hold a job, they flout the law constantly and neglect their children, they drink too much and their moral standards would shame an alley cat. For some reason or other; they absolutely refuse to accommodate themselves to any kind of decent, civilized life. This was said in 1956 in Indianapolis, not about blacks or other minorities, but about poor whites from the South. Nor was Indianapolis unique in this respect. A 1951 survey in Detroit found that white Southerners living there were considered "undesirable" by 21 percent of those surveyed, compared to 13 percent who ranked blacks the same way. In the late 1940s, a Chicago employer said frankly, "I told the guard at the plant gate to tell the hillbillies that there were no openings." When poor whites from the South moved into Northern cities to work in war plants during the Second World War, " occasionally a white southerner would find that a flat or furnished room had 'just been rented' when the landlord heard his southern accent. More is involved here than a mere parallel between blacks and Southern whites. What is involved is a common subculture that goes back for centuries, which has encompassed everything from ways of talking to attitudes toward education; violence, and sex—and which originated not in the South, but in those parts of the British Isles from which white Southerners came. That culture long ago died out where it originated in Britain, while surviving in the American south. Then it largely died out among both white and black Southerners, while still surviving today in the poorest and worst of the urban black ghettos.

News From The Belly Of The Beast
by Chris Claypoole
Living in Maryland, as I have for most of my 54 years, I get to see some of the most oppressive, politically-correct, statist crap this side of Massachusetts or California (apologies and condolences to the denizens of those states). Just thought I would pass on some of the more egregious happenings here in “The Free State” to the rest of the inmates.

Why the Americans Will Not Come to Rescue Europe
And why they shouldn't anyway

by Ulrich Biele
Often we see the question being raised, why Americans are so self-centered and why they don’t see that Europe needs their help. Europe is in trouble—again, and they seem to be unable to drag themselves out of the mess they governed themselves into. Again.

Welcome to New Jersey
by Jonathan David Morris
New Jersey is a horrible place to do business. How horrible is it? So horrible that builder William Juliano has posted a billboard near the Delaware Memorial Bridge that reads: "Welcome to New Jersey. A horrible place to do business."

All the Wrong Answers
by Lady Liberty
Memorial Day, 2005 hasn't really been any different than Memorial Day, 2004. Too many people still consider it a day for picnics, summer fun, and super sales events; too few people remember why we set such a day aside in the first place. As American soldiers continue to fight and die overseas, it's more appropriate than ever that we all stop for a moment to consider their sacrifice as well as all that those who have gone before them have given.

by Tom Knapp
Power kills; absolute power kills absolutely. Thus does R.J. Rummel's web site on democide (the killing of people by governments) introduce itself—and if the notion now seems self-evident or strikes one as common knowledge, that's largely due to Rummel's work in documenting the phenomenon in two dozen books and several hundred articles and esssays over the last 30 years.

Privacy: Throwing Babies Out with Bath Water
by Wendy McElroy
A theme runs through the following two news items: privacy rights are under attack. A 'good' reason is offered for the chipping away of privacies such as the confidentiality of medical records. Moreover, the cases are so legally tangled that analysis becomes blurred and 'bad law' based on judicial activism becomes more possible.

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