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Frontiersman, December 2008
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A Confession
Jim Sullivan
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI'm a happily married man who loves his wife dearly.  However, I care passionately for another.  She's the public library!  Yes, I'm owning up to this affair.  Perhaps some of you knew.  Certainly, my affection for this other has been apparent.  A few of my friends have accepted it.  Others disapprove.  Frankly, I don't care.  I've done nothing of which I'm ashamed.  Besides, as some famous person once said, "The heart knows not its reasons."
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageOkay, the fact is, I'm in love with an institution housed in a building made of bricks and mortar.  I can't put my arms around it.  I can't even kiss it, caress it, or utter sweet words to it.  But I'm quite fond of that structure nonetheless.  My heart beats rapidly whenever I approach that facility.  My pulse always quickens when I'm inside it.  On occasion there, my breath grows short.  And I can never get it out of my mind.  If that isn't love, then what is it?
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAt night, or during the daytime, when I'm not near this love of mine, I hear it gently whispering in my ear:  "Come see me.  Step into my reading room.  Look at my tomes for as long as you want."  Those words are sirens' calls.  I can't resist them.  And I don't.  I'm complete only when I'm with her.  Obviously, I'm head over heels in love.  So what's a guy going to do?
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMy wife, bless her heart, is understanding.  She knows all about this other attachment of mine, and guess what?  My spouse doesn't see the library as threatening.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageOf course, I haven't told my mother yet.  She might have a different slant on this attachment.  But, then, she's a retired teacher.  I can still recall her telling me, when I was a youngster, to "Read, read, read!"  So how could she object?
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageNot surprisingly, I give the library little gifts from time to time to demonstrate my affection.  Sometimes I donate new books, other times small financial contributions and, once in a while, used books for which the library staff is looking.  In such ways, I show how much I care.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageWhen I'm at the library, I love to roam her stacks.  And boy, is she ever stacked!  Roving around her, I take her books in hand, feel their hard-bound covers, admire their pretty colored dust jackets, and read their immortal pages.  In this manner, I fall more deeply in love with her.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThough the library structure is a tad wide at the stairwells, her two stories are extremely well built from top to bottom, front to back.  Her portals are wide opening, windows clean, and skylights admitting of bright, life-giving sunlight.  And her roof keeps out precipitation.  In summer she's cool and in winter she's warm.  Moreover, with her abundant wares, books, magazines, newspapers, music, art, videos, and computers on the internet, this institution is endearing not only to me but to all who know her.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageBest of all, I don't have to be silent, or even relatively quiet, in her presence.  But I must confess, dear reader, the library and I have been, well, on intimate terms for more years than I care to count.  Consequently, one day soon, I'll have to confess this to my spiritual leader.  He might not be so understanding.  On the other hand, he might care mightily for the library, too.  Then I will have a jealous man on my hands.  I'm speaking of myself, of course.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI'm well aware that the library has a past.  Its branch libraries are all over the community.  They're responsive, as they should be, to the main public library about which I care so much.  But I understand.  All relationships bring with them some baggage from the past.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI must tell you that I have absolutely no desire to break off this relationship.  That's despite what other people might think.  My love for the public library shall go with me to my grave!10x5 Page Background GIF ImageInfinity Symbol

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Training Camps
Sam Aurelius Milam III
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIn November of this year, I watched a movie called Take the Lead.  It was about using dance instruction to improve the attitudes of some high school students who were spending a lot of counterproductive time in Detention.  Naturally, the movie included various scenes of routine activities in and around the school.  I noticed that, at the front door, everybody went through a very thorough, Nazi-style checkpoint.  Nobody seemed to be in the least concerned.  Indeed, the checkpoint wasn't even a part of the plot.  It was just a part of the scenery.  The school had walls.  The school had windows.  The school had teachers.  The school had lockers.  The school had a Nazi-style checkpoint.  It was a normal, routine, and unremarked part of the situation.  So, the brainwashing continues.1
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI can hear the whining now.  "But we have to make the schools safe, for the children!"  Here's a better idea.  Make the schools voluntary.  We shouldn't be forced to send our children to school.  It should be voluntary.  Then, each family can decide for itself if the risk is worth the benefit.  Kids can attend school or not, based on the outcome of that judgment.  The trouble-makers probably wouldn't bother to attend school at all.  They'd be out on the streets, helping to entertain the cops.  That's probably a better use of their time and talents anyway because, then, the cops wouldn't have so much time available to harass the rest of us.  They'd be too busy dealing with the kids.2
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI can hear the whining now.  "But the children have to be educated!"  What are they being taught when they're forced, on the threat of punishment, to attend a Nazi-style political indoctrination machine that masquerades as a school?  What do they learn when they go through that Nazi-style checkpoint?  See footnote 1.  Of course, training in the schools might be good practice for obedience in the corporations, later.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI can hear the whining now.  "But what are we to do?"  There are a lot of things.  If we followed my first suggestion, and made the whole thing voluntary, then kids would attend schools that suited them.  In some schools, kids might be given a weapon every time they walked through the door — that is, unless they were already armed when they got there.  If that's too extreme — and arming the kids is a lot less extreme than brainwashing them — then there's a less extreme alternative.  Add marksmanship to the curriculum.3   Any kid who wants to take the course can take it.  Any kid who passes the requirements is qualified to carry a gun.  Anybody who tries to prevent him from doing so is liable to be shot.  If his parents don't like that then they don't have to send him to that school.  They can send him to a different school, or not send him to school at all.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI can hear the whining now.  "But guns are dangerous!"  More students are killed by football games than by guns.4   If danger was the reason for banning the guns then it would be an even better reason for banning football.  You know why that doesn't happen?  Because the cops aren't afraid of being confronted by angry citizens who're armed with footballs.  The whole "security" thing isn't to protect the kids.  It's to disarm any and all possible threats to the cops.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI can hear the whining now.  "But you can't give guns to kids!"  Why not?  My father gave my first rifle to me when I was in high school.5   The dastardly deed failed, somehow, to turn me into a serial killer.  I didn't try to assassinate the Principal.  I didn't even try to assassinate the football coach.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSome people don't like guns.  Well, I don't like brainwashing kids, stupid teachers, cops and Nazi-style checkpoints in the schools, and mandatory attendance at government training camps (AKA schools).  I'm also pretty tired of people who whine at the ideas that we ought to be able to defend ourselves and that learning to do so ought to begin when we're young.10x5 Page Background GIF ImageGun
See Enemies of Liberty, on page 1 of the February 2004 issue.
See Rich Man, Poor Man, Beggar Man, Thief:  A Satirical Essay.  Copies are available upon request.
See Teach Them Responsibility, on page 1 of the June 1999 issue.
See Reprint:  Fatality Fumble:  Football Kills As Many Students As School Shootings, on page 1 of the December 2000 issue.
I still have that rifle to this very day.

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Letters to the Editor
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageRe this remark on the November newsletter:
15x5 Page Background GIF Image"You know that you're living in a police state when you realize that you're more likely to be arrested than you are to be mugged."
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageI checked the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports at http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2007/arrests/index.html.  In 2007, the FBI estimated that 14,209,365 arrests occurred nationwide for all offenses (except traffic violations), of which 597,447 were for violent crimes, and 1,610,088 were for property crimes.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageLaw enforcement made more arrests for drug abuse violations (an estimated 1.8 million arrests, or 13.0 percent of the total number of arrests) than for any other offense in 2007.  (Based on Table 29.) 
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageLaw enforcement arrests three times as many people for drug law violations (which are mostly victimless crimes such as possession) than for violent crimes.  And this is not counting all the people arrested for other victimless crimes, such as prostitution, gun possession, and curfew violations.  Now you figure, if law enforcement were to put all the effort it currently puts into arresting people for victimless crimes instead into apprehending violent criminals, the police could probably really clean up crimes that have real victims.  All this indicates the distorted priorities in the USA.
— Joseph;  Northridge California
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIt also says something about the cops.  That is, they'd prefer to harass defenseless people than to confront somebody who might actually be willing and able to defend himself.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageOn the other hand, maybe it's just professional courtesy.  That is, maybe they just don't want to interfere with the normal activities of their own kind, other criminals.
— editor

15x5 Page Background GIF ImageIs this true?  I couldn't authenticate.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageRead this slowly.  Let it sink in.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAbsolutely The Funniest Joke Ever ... ON US!
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageDoes anybody out there have any memory of the reason given for the establishment of the DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY during the Carter Administration?
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAnybody?  Anything?  No?  Didn't think so!
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageBottom line, we've spent several hundred billion dollars in support of an agency the reason for which not one person who reads this can remember.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageReady?  It was very simple, and at the time everybody thought it very appropriate.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageThe Department of Energy was instituted August 4, 1977, TO LESSEN OUR DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN OIL.  HEY, PRETTY EFFICIENT, HUH?
15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAh yes, good ole bureaucracy.  And now we are going to turn the Banking system over to them?  God Help us.
—Forwarded by Steve, of Fremont, California
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageYou've observed a specific instance of a general principle.  I mentioned it, back in 1990, when I wrote my essay about the limited liability of corporations.
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15x5 Page Background GIF Image... if a regulatory agency were ever to succeed in regulating an industry into a safe condition, then the agency would find its own usefulness diminished.  Rather, any such agency will be far more successful at self justification if it can demonstrate a need for detailed and prolific audits, inspections, and investigations.  An occasional industrial accident is a Godsend, irrefutably justifying expansion of the agency's manpower and authority.  The justification process relies upon the existence of problems.  The threat of accidents is the regulatory industry's lifeblood.  Regulatory agencies don't have any incentive whatsoever to prevent the industry from being dangerous.
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageAt the time, I was writing about the Nuclear Regulatory Commission but the principle is general.  Consider, for example, that when a doctor cures a patient, he loses a customer.1   Given that, what should you logically expect from the medical establishment?  From the point of view of the institutions that provide medical services, the best possible malady is one that is incurable, doesn't kill the patient, and has symptoms that are intolerable if not treated.  Such a malady provides great job security for the medical establishment.  It shouldn't be surprising that there are a lot of such maladies.

October 13, 1992, Milam's Notes

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c/o 4984 Peach Mountain Drive
Gainesville, Georgia  30507 
If you started eliminating legislation purely at random, then you'd have about a 99% chance of improving things.
—December 13, 1978
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageMy thanks to the following:  SantaClara Bob;  Lady Jan the Voluptuous;  my mother;  Dewey and Betty;  Joseph, of Northridge, California;  and Sir Donald the Elusive.
— editor
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Court Quotes
From Humor in the Court and More Humor in the Court, by Mary Louise Gilman, editor of the National Shorthand Reporter.  Forwarded by Don G.
Q The truth of the matter is that you were not an unbiased, objective witness, isn't it?  You too were shot in the fracas?
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Original Source Unknown.  Forwarded by Don G.
• Tomorrow — One of the greatest labor saving devices of today
• Inflation — Cutting money in half without damaging the paper
• Myth — A female moth
• Mosquito — An insect that makes you like flies better
• Secret — Something you tell to one person at a time
• Toothache — A pain that drives you to extraction
• Yawn — An honest opinion openly expressed
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15x5 Page Background GIF ImageSubmissions — I solicit letters, articles, and cartoons for the newsletter, but I don't pay for them.  Short items are more likely to be printed.  I suggest that letters and articles be shorter than 500 words but that's flexible depending on space available and the content of the piece.  I give credit for all items printed unless the author specifies otherwise.
15x5 Page Background GIF ImagePayment — This newsletter isn't for sale.  If you care to make a voluntary contribution, then I prefer cash, prepaid telephone cards, or U.S. postage stamps.  For checks or money orders please inquire.  For PayPal payments, use editor@frontiersman.my3website.net.  The continued existence of the newsletter will depend, in part, on such contributions.  I don't accept anything that requires me to provide ID to receive it.  In case anybody's curious, I also accept gold, silver, platinum, etc. 
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