Are the Palins Members of an Extremist, Traitorous, Un-Patriotic, Un-American, Secessionist Group?
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Number 489, October 19, 2008
"When one endorses the lesser of two
evils, they still have endorsed evil."

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See also: What Part of "One Dollar Gas" Did You Fail to Understand? by L. Neil Smith

by Rex May



Have spent all week with a stopped-up kitchen sink. Finally today I got some concentrated sulfuric acid from Ace Hardware and poured it down the clean-out. Still stopped-up. Just one thing after another is what it is.

It's that time of year in the mountains. Got down to 20-degrees F last Sunday night. That's cold..

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Letters to the Editor
from Dave Earnest, Curt Howland, Bill Koehler, MamaLiberty a.k.a. Susan Callaway, and A.X. Perez

Are the Palins Members of an Extremist, Traitorous, Un-Patriotic, Un-American, Secessionist Group?
by Thomas Andrew Olson
While the world contemplates the meltdown of the financial sector over the last few of weeks, things have not stood still on the campaign trail. The "smearbunds" on both sides, in fact, have been working overtime in a desperate grab for reader and viewer attention. Of course, this is not really about "attention" at all—it's about engendering a knee-jerk emotional distraction from the real issues. The latest theme is: Guilt-by-Association.

A Reply to Jim Davidson's, "Why I am Not a Conservative"
by Gary F. York
It would be delightful if I could count on every libertarian being a saint or even a 'good person'. That is not the case; nor is it likely to soon become so. Libertarians are not obliged to think good thoughts, say good things, or even do good deeds. We are not Boy Scouts. Libertarians aren't required to be particularly good people, make good neighbors, or have good goals. It's not what we're about, as libertarians.

Do Not Vote
by Adam Edwards
The phrase "I don't vote" has become one of the new unspeakable taboos in our country. Even the worst among us would not suggest people pass up the opportunity to have their voice heard. Endless numbers of nameless heroes died just to bring you the right to vote. No matter what irrational ways are used to pick a candidate, the more important thing is apparently to vote. I don't vote and I will tell you why.

by Chris Claypoole
I went to the Maryland Renaissance Festival last Saturday (October 18). It's the last weekend of this year's run, and the weather was perfect, partly sunny and cool, so the grounds were packed. I didn't see much evidence of financial panic there, as people were spending pretty much as I have observed in the last 10 or 12 years I have gone there. I saw at least three people getting "measured" for custom-fitted moccasin-boots (covers the calf), for which the vendor casts your lower leg and foot for a perfect fit, at $400-$500 per pair (depending on how fancy the leather, etc.). Lines at all the food and drink stands (prices being somewhat lower than movie theaters, but higher than fast food places, and more variety and quality than either) were much longer than I had seen over the last several years.

An Open Letter to My Fellow Americans
by Richard I. Kurlish
Election day is just around the corner. No doubt you are all, if not eager, than at least resigned to do your civic duty by voting for the candidate of your choice, be they Democrat, Republican, Libertarian or one of the lesser breeds of beasts that we call "politicians".

Welcome to the United Socialist States of America
by A.X. Perez
The new designation of the United States of America began the moment the decision was made to have the US Government buy stock in failing banks in exchange for lending them money to stay in business. Willy nilly this will lead to the formation of a government owned corporation to manage these stocks, Congress may even bother to try to keep this company politically neutral.

Judgment Day
The Kaptain's Log

by Kaptain Kanada, aka Manuel Miles
There is a scene in one of the Terminator movies in which Sarah Connor tells Dr Silverman, the headshrinker, that, "You're the one living in a dream!" She goes on to say that everything they know is about to be obliterated and life after "Judgment Day" will be changed forever—for the few survivors.

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The Last Sonuvabitch of Klepton
The Last
of Klepton

The Probability Broach:
The Graphic Novel

by L. Neil Smith
Illustrated by Scott Bieser
Published by Bighead Press, 2004

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