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Number 368, May 21, 2006

"Vote For No Incumbent"

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"Happier Times with George and Saddam"
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Sunrise, sunset, pretty soon you've got a week, and it's time for another edition of TLE!

This time, we've got some fine articles for you, including the "return" of Wendy McElroy . . . sort-of. We start-out, as usual, with letters from our brainy readers, followed by a new article by Our Publisher Mr. Smith. Then Our Lady Liberty (there are several by that name around, you know) writes her usual thoughtful message, followed by Darian Worden's rallying cry for gun-owners to do something. Then, Our Jonathan David Morris turns his humorist's eye to a Certain Mr. Bush—this guy always makes me laugh out loud . . . Morris, not Bush. Then, we have a long article (a speech, actually) from Our Mr. Smith again, and we end (as we used to always end) with Wendy McElroy . . . sort-of.

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Letters to the Editor
from Stephen Carville, Steve Reed, and Jim Davidson

The Righteous Stuff: Thoughts on The Da Vinci Code
by L. Neil Smith
I love a good flap. Author Dan Brown, moviemaker Ron Howard, and actor Tom Hanks (among others) are giving us a great one, with a whole lot of help from religious lunatics and enemies of free expression all over the world.

Inequality in America
by Lady Liberty
Americans—and many of those who wish to become Americans—often speak poetically of equality. Everyone, rich or poor, is treated equally under the law, they say. Everyone, male or female, can reach whatever goal they're capable of attaining. Everyone, black or white, is offered equal access to education and the job market. Everyone, religious or otherwise, can worship or not as he believes. And those unhappy with whatever equality they've achieved (or not) are equally entitled to march on Washington to express their opinion.

It's Time For Another War
by Darian Worden
Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York, seems to be intent on waging his own war on gun rights (financed by stolen money, of course). I think it's about time we freedom-lovers stopped merely watching politicians declare war on things, and started having a little fun ourselves. Let's have a War on Michael Bloomberg. In case you aren't aware of what this puke thinks of your right to keep and bear arms, just Google "bloomberg gun control" to get a taste of it. It's not pretty. His latest misdeed proves that he is a problem that has gotten out of hand and must be dealt with now for the children's sake.

Love Me, Hate Me: George W. Bush and the Pursuit of Presidential History
by Jonathan David Morris
In his 2000 book, The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly wrote: "It is never too late to use the gifts God gave you. Not many things are sadder—or more darned annoying—than someone who says, 'I wish I had started my own woodworking business' (written a book, moved to a farm, gone back to nursing school, etc., etc.)." I tend to think O'Reilly was right about this. Which is precisely what makes recent comments by First Lady Laura Bush so troubling.

Ending The Warfare State
by L. Neil Smith
As I speak to you here this evening, ladies and gentlemen, our libertarian movement—in fact, what I have always referred to as the "general freedom movement"—is in the worst disarray I've ever seen it in, in my 44 years as an active, self-conscious member of it. The traditional American aspiration toward individual liberty is in greater danger at the moment than probably since the War Between the States.

Is 'Duke' Case Headed to Civil Court?
by Wendy McElroy
A man stands in the background of the Duke Lacrosse 'rape' case . . . watching. While the alleged rape of a black woman by three wealthy, white male students remains in criminal court, he is not likely to step forward.

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