Aaron Zelman, founder of Jews for the Preservation of FIrearms Ownership, has died. He was 64. I knew Aaron only slightly, as he was a frequent exhibitor at the old Preparedness Shows. He was a good man and an important fighter for freedom. He knew his history well, and told all who would listen what it meant to be a Jew, unarmed, and a good citizen in World War II’s Nazi Germany. He spent his life trying to educate people that they should never give up their firearms, and that they should always be wary of politicians telling them that giving up firearms was for the good of society. He knew better.
JPFO was launched in 1989, the same year I began BHM. In 1990, Aaron published a riveting interview of a Holocaust survivor in the pages of American Survival Guide, most of whose membership was absorbed into the subscriber base of BHM after it ceased to publish a few years later. The interview gave JPFO the momentum it needed to begin to flourish under Aaron’s gifted leadership. BHM’s Claire Wolfe has been a frequent collaborator on book projects with Aaron.
The following photo, which I found online, is how I remember Aaron:
Robertson said, “We have to take a look at what we are considering crimes. I’m not exactly for the use of drugs, don’t get me wrong, but I just believe that criminalizing marijuana, criminalizing possession of a few ounces of pot, that kind of thing is costing us a fortune and it’s ruining young people.”
“Still think you have the right to grow your own food? I’ve heard all sorts of naysayers claiming that S.510 — the Food Safety Modernization Act — is no threat to small growers and family farms. They say the fears about S.510 are overblown and that the government can’t possibly shut down your backyard gardens or small, local vegetable farms. They say this with the kind of smug certainty you might typically hear from a doctor who thinks he knows everything about human health (but who actually knows nothing about nutrition).”
One of the interesting things about reading a lot of the WikiLeaks cables is that most of them show U.S. diplomats in a very favorable light. They are assessing problems around the world and trying to figure out ways to solve them. It is mainly other characters from other countries who come off badly.
Maybe that old sod is true: The American form of government is lousy, except when compared to every other form of government around the world. Of course, that does not excuse the systematic way American politicians have for decades chipped away at our Constitution so that its safeguards of individual freedoms are routinely violated by the government.
The cables make engrossing reading if you are interested in how foreign policy is conducted these days, maybe always. Many of them give insight into the hugely complicated diplomacy required to achieve American objectives in countries and often in regions so that the diplomatic mix becomes even more complicated. The personalities of foreign leaders, how they interact with each other, the hurt feelings of key players, the stupidity of others are all thrown into the mix. The statements by American diplomats, by and large, are thoughtful and concise. There is no beating around the bush, as the diplomats are trying to pinpoint exactly what can and cannot be done. I have yet to read something that made an American diplomat come off as a fool. I think that’s something to be proud of. We’ve got some smart guys (and gals) working for us.
Silver eagles are beautiful. I just bought my first hundred from Monex.com. If you don’t have any, you should think about buying some. They may become a major component of the money of the future, after the paper dollar becomes worthless.
The editors and I had a lesson in how to post to the Backwoods Home Magazine Facebook page today. Oliver and Annie were the instructors. I attempted to get into Facebook about a year ago, but it seemed awfully confusing so I forgot about it. Oliver tells me Facebook is only one of at least 169 social networks, but Facebook is the largest. I think it’s time to get on the horse everyone else is riding.
These are some of the things WikiLeaks is revealing. This video is from the Iraq War. It was released at least six months ago. It shows a U.S. gunship killing about eight unarmed people, two of them Reuters news reporters armed only with their cameras. The cameras were mistaken for rifles.