Letters to the Editor
from Robert Jackman, A.X. Perez, Dave Earnest, L. Neil Smith,
and Ann Morgan
Abortion: An Excerpt From Hope
by Aaron Zelman and L. Neil Smith
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Hope is a "political thriller" Aaron Zelman and I
wrote and saw into print several years ago. It concerns the election
of the first libertarian president, Alexander Hope, and what he does
with the presidency through two terms in office.
The 50-State Secession
by Paul Bonneau
There have been rumblings about secession lately. The blue-state
liberals talked it up a bit after the last election, and most readers here probably
have been following the goings-on in states like Vermont and Alaska.
Sarah Palin Needs to Step Aside
...And James Dobson is just a Sorry Religious Hustler
by Doug Newman
I commend Bristol Palin on deciding to go through with her
pregnancy and her plans to marry Levi Johnston. I also commend Sarah Palin for
not rushing her daughter off to an abortionist because a pregnant, unwed
17-year-old daughter might tarnish her political image.
The (libertarian) Ten Commandments
by C.K. Kahn
I have heard people with a conservative Christian outlook
say that this country was founded on "Biblical Principles." I do accept Biblical
principles in that those of the (Protestant) Ten Commandments which apply to
relations between people...
The Butterfly (Cause and) Effect
The Catharsis of Symbiotic Causality as Applied to the Dynamics of Chaos Theory
The Kaptain's Log
by Kaptain Kanada a.k.a. Manuel Miles
Of course I haven't the slightest scintilla of an idea what
any of them big words in the subtitle mean, but lots of people are impressed by
big words, especially a friend of mine at work (Hi, Chev!) so I thought I'd use
some. Anyway, there is a lot of talk lately, and even a really crummy movie,
about what is called "the butterfly effect". As near as somebody as dumb as I
am can figure it, it means that if a butterfly in the Azores lets loose a fart,
said flatulence can eventually cause a typhoon in the Philippines. Talk about
"breaking wind", eh.
A URL of Interest
by L. Neil Smith
How many times a week do you find your blood boiling
over the latest government outrage? Whether it's ski-masked, body-armored
cops with machineguns smashing into the wrong house, slovenly thugs at the
airports taking obscene liberties with our mothers, sisters, wives, and
daughters, the so-called "Patriot Act" being used to end-run the rule of
law, or federal agents lying on the witness stand to obtain a conviction
at any cost, it all comes down the the same thing: police-state policies
in what was once a free country.
Go To The Mattresses
by Andrew G. Eggleston Sr.
The Glass-Steagall Act of 1933meant to prevent major stock
market speculation by the banks that take deposits and extend loans (Commercial
Banks)mandated separation of Commercial Banks (insured by the FDIC) from
Investment Banks. Originally intended to prevent another Crash of '29 and the
subsequent Banking collapses that began in December of 1930, this Act was
systematically dissected by the Boot-On-Your-Neck Party. First came The
Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act, a United States
federal financial statute law passed in 1980 by then President James Carter,
preventing private banks (read non-members of the FED conglomeration of Banks)
from taking deposits and making loans without strict adherence to FED rules.
This precipitated the Recession of 1981. Finally the Glass-Steagall Act was
subsequently (all-but) repealed by then President William Clinton in 1999 with
the signing of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act which allowed Commercial Banks to
again speculate in the stock market via the ownership of Investment Banks.
AIG Scary Bailout
by Jim Davidson
Jim Willie has a new essay on Kitco this week. Kitco is owned
by Bart Kitner, a distinguished precious metals dealer from Montreal. Here is
Who Should Be The State's Mortal Enemy?
by Russell D. Longcore
The church should be the worst enemy of the State. When I
use the term "the church," I really mean nearly all organized religion. Most
religions don't espouse state worship in their sacred writings and doctrines.
However Islam probably comes most closely to the melding of religion and State.
Never Forgive, Never Forget
by L. Neil Smith
Forty years ago, whenever a guest character on a TV crime
drama displayed firearmsor big game trophieson a back wall of his home
or office, you immediately knew who the villain would turn out to be. Apparently,
in the pathetically ignorant view of Hollywood and New York writers, who know
nothing of reality, gun ownership and hunting were attributes limited to
murderersusually rich onesand thieves.