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Big Head Press

Number 407, February 25, 2007

"...Nihilistic self-righteous devotees of the Great Penguin."

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I love the smell of war in the morning


A great big Thank You! goes out to our Readers who stepped up and shelled out the cash to save our bacon! And save our bacon you Readers did, too. We have electricity, phone service, and propane (and it's gotten cold again. . . what happened to that promised Globular Warming, anyway?). We can't do it without you, dear Reader. Thank you. (Here's where they did it:)

Speaking of Readers, we would like to know just what kind of on-line goods and services you use or would use if they were TLE affiliates. We have quite a number of affiliate programs here which pay us a small commission on each click-and-purchase transaction, but if we had to live on that commission, we'd die. Maybe what we have isn't what you the Reader want and need? So send an email if there's some on-line "buy stuff" site you patronize (that has an affiliate program of course!), and we'll try to sign-up with them. This issue, we have a couple of new ones: Office Depot, and, however, turned us down. So if you're needing office supplies or flowers, click away. If you need airplane tickets, you know where not to go!

And now, welcome to the 407th issue of TLE!

Ken Holder

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Tom Paine Maru
by L. Neil Smith
Cover by Scott Bieser
First uncensored edition.
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The Probability Broach: The Graphic Novel
by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by Press, 2004


Letters to the Editor
Andrew Eggleston, Chuck Bridgeland, bossel, Sean Gabb, Curt Howland, and Kent McManigal

CSI, Retired?
by L. Neil Smith
A long, long time ago, in a Hollywood far, far away, beleaguered Knights of the Los Angeles Police Department had finally taken one too many bribes, beaten one too many suspects to death, raped one too many female prisoners, burglarized one too many homes in neighborhoods they supposedly patrolled and protected (oops—that was Denver cops!), and generally defeated nations like Mexico, Bulgaria, and Turkey for the coveted title of most corrupt "law enforcement" organization on Earth.

North American Union Has Been in the Works All Along
by Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
In August of 2006, we warned our readership about the coming North American Union, a plan to merge Canada, Mexico and the US into a single economic and political entity a la the European Union. You can read our alert, "Another Back Door for Gun Control".

Is Libertarian Anarchy Possible?
It's Certainly Desirable

by Ian Titter
The Probability Broach is based on the success of the Whiskey Rebellion late in the 18th Century and the presidency of Albert Gallatin. I find this premise highly unlikely, for the following reasons.

The Best Five Years of Your Life
by Jonathan David Morris
This week is the fifth anniversary of my first weekly column. I realize this has no bearing on my readers, who wouldn't know my fifth anniversary from my fourth anniversary or my fourth anniversary from the anniversary of the day they made Martin Luther King Day a holiday. But the way I see it, if the fifth anniversary of September 11th was worth reporting, then the fifth anniversary of one of this nation's other great disasters—my column—is worth reporting, too.

America's Loves and Hates
—And why we're so hard for people to understand

by Andrew G. Eggleston Sr.
America loves her automobiles for a multitude of reasons; that new car smell, Freedom of mobility and all of its connotations, independence and renewed sense of purpose, picking-up our loved ones to share time with, the ability to respond to emergencies and dependability in time of crisis. All go together to describe a love-affair as deep and moving as any marriage—or as passionate and disruptive as a June-September romance. Millions of words have been written, and an infinite number more will be written about personal transportation.

The Terrorist Threat Is Grossly Overblown
by Doug Newman
In response to a recent piece I wrote regarding the decline and fall of the American Empire, CL writes:

We've Got Issues
by Lady Liberty
We Americans have issues. Paramount among them seems to be the issues we have with facing our issues.

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