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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

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Thank you for using my Amazon links for your online shopping.

Midweek links

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Claire | 4 Comments »

Tragedy for Kent “DullHawk” McManigal

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Claire | 5 Comments »

I just learned that Kent McManigal — longtime freedomista, Commentariat member, and creator of the “Time’s Up” DullHawk Flag lost his 24-year-old daughter last week.

Worse, she was killed by a drug-addled driver.

Worse yet, she left behind two little sons, 5-1/2 and 4 years old. Kent’s ex-wife will raise the boys, but they could sure use help.

Here are photos of Cheyenne Rose McManigal and family.

This link will take you to the address of her memorial fund and a link to a gofundme page. Please help if you can.

I dreamed I went to hillbilly hell

Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Claire | 16 Comments »

I just came in from stapling some plastic sheeting on my back wall. I’m nailing it over the two-year-old tarpaper that isn’t keeping the water out next to the kitchen door. In some places it’s hard to find a surface for the staples because the wood underneath is crumbling away from rot.

I’m glad two sides of the house look good now, ’cause anybody seeing those back walls first would surely be thinking they’d walked onto the set of Winter’s Bone.

“I’m better than this,” I want the world (e.g. UPS drivers and my immediate neighbors, but not the tax assessor) to know. “Really. I’ve got class.”

Then I turn and look at my Gorilla-taped car … and I wonder.

What’s stranger is that I like it this way. Well, except for the rot.

My family wasn’t white trash. But we knew white trash and knew ourselves to make better choices. “Lace curtain Irish” would have applied (though my American mongrel mother wouldn’t have accepted that term). We were tract-house dwelling, factory- and switchboard-working, “buy it on sale and still don’t tell your father how much it cost” people.

Be we had some quality, you know. Mama didn’t produce no dummies, but kids who went on to get multiple college degrees and move up in the world. Or … erm, choose not to get any college degrees and to plummet determinedly down in the world, but do so for sterlingly well-thought-out philosophical reasons.* Mama also didn’t produce anybody without taste. We wrote. We drew. We created. Our minds could snap like angry turtles when we put them to it.

And I ended up here.

I’m really glad I bought that 100-foot length of very heavy-duty plastic sheeting. It’s already gotten me through two winters of damaged walls, unheated rooms, construction dust, and leaks. Here’s to one more. Totally without leaks this time.


* Or as the family liked to describe my philosophical choices in their typically nuanced manner: “What the hell’s wrong with you? You could have done something with your life!”

After Paris

Monday, November 23rd, 2015 by Claire | 16 Comments »

Brendan O’Neill of Spiked writes of Paris one week after. About the lack of passion:

It’s the feeling you’d expect to see following a natural disaster, when tragedy is inflicted on people by forces beyond our control, rather than after a conscious, bloody, moralistic attack, on the citizens of Paris and the values of France. The flower-laying, the books of condolence, the exhortations not to give ISIS our hate because that is what it wants… this has all been good and decent and moving. But where’s the fire? The anger? …

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Weekend links

Saturday, November 21st, 2015 by Claire | 16 Comments »
  • For some reason, the NRA sat on its review of the notorious Armatrix iP1 “smart” gun and just recently released it. They probably didn’t mean it to be hilarious, but it is.
  • Ten ways to lessen your chances of being killed in a terrorist attack.
  • #BlackLivesMatter may get all the press, but Tommitrise Collins, college student and new mother, is a lot more impressive.
  • Wendy McElroy found this one first, but it should be spread far and wide: thanks to asset forfeiture, U.S. cops now steal more property than all the nation’s burglars combined.
  • What The Hunger Games movies say about feminism and war. I read this week that Jennifer Lawrence was initially frustrated with her character Katniss’ reluctance to fight and to lead, but eventually came to understand that it’s one of the character’s great strengths.
  • Newly discovered spider named after a Lord of the Rings character. No, not Shelob.
  • Well, I’m sure that’s one good reason to fire the head of the DEA. But somehow it hardly seems the biggest reason (to fire the head of the DEA, send all its agents off to work at McDonalds, burn the agency to the ground, and salt the land on which it stood).
  • And speaking of the progress on pot, good on you Canadians.
  • Hillary: She Who Must Not Be Mocked. (Here’s Nicki’s take on the mysterious phone call. And the video some Hillaryite objected to.)
  • Finally dogs painting poetically and dogs wet and dry.

A Friday ramble

Friday, November 20th, 2015 by Claire | 29 Comments »

A bird in the brush

Yesterday was the first moment after … ohhhh, 40 days and 40 nights … that it wasn’t either raining or threatening to rain. Between that and the end of the year’s big hunting seasons, the dogs and I were finally able to return to long, leash-free walks in the woods instead of annoying, leashed walks around town (annoying because Ava likes to gallop and Robbie barely moseys these days; I end up walking sideways with my arms extended in two directions).

It was glorious. Chilly, but blue and still.

On our afternoon walk, though, we came across a lone crow feasting on an elk ribcage. Ava — she of the killer prey drive — alerted and paused. Figuring the crow would fly off, I gave her permission to run at it.

It didn’t fly off. It hobbled into the weeds, limping and vainly flapping its wings.

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Thursday links

Thursday, November 19th, 2015 by Claire | 17 Comments »
  • The barebones truth about life in the trackless woods. (H/T MJR)
  • Well, that’s one reason to join ISIS.
  • Larry Pratt: time to make it clear that we will not comply.
  • Crybullies, crymobs, and the left’s whiny war on free speech. That last paragraph is a doozy. (Tip o’ hat to D.B.)
  • Court rules for husband (and contract) in frozen embryos case. (Having a baby — or not having one — is a lot more complicated than it used to be.)
  • The Che Cafe is in the red and fans want California taxpapers and university students to go on subsidizing it.
  • Upon request, the FBI has released its files on two of my publishers. :-) (H/T A.G. in comments)
  • The released FBI docs give the impression that they really weren’t much interested in Loompanics or Paladin. But as I wrote in this 1998 Wolfe’s Lodge “Sound Off,” I have a bit of evidence to the contrary. (Once again a big thank you to Bill St. Clair for keeping that ancient site alive in his archives. Thanks also to the anonymous designer; I was struck again by what a beautiful site it was for its era (and still). Even now it’s a wonderful place for a rainy-day visit.)
  • The latest specials from Backwoods Home: give up to 10 gift subscriptions at half price; buy a copy of Backwoods Home Cooking and get Ask Jackie Homestead Cooking free. NFI on my part. These offers are good through Sunday midnight.

It’s so odd to live in a class-obsessed time

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Claire | 21 Comments »

I grew up in a classless world. (Not classless as in “Donald Trump ain’t got no class,” but as in “Anyone can grow up to be president.”)

Maybe this was less true for some people of my generation, but I simply don’t remember ever caring two hoots about somebody’s economic class or status or anyone else caring about mine.

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New TZP poll: dangerous Democrats

Monday, November 16th, 2015 by Claire | 1 Comment »

There’s a new poll up at The Zelman Partisans. This one does for the Dems what we did last week for the Republicans.

Normally those of you who signed up for TZP alerts would have gotten word by now. Carl-Bear had a very good alert prepared for this morning. Unfortunately the site got attacked by somebody from Ukraine and the alert function is still not functional. Rest of the site and the poll (which is on a separate server) work, and the alert will go out once the Ukrainians and their aftermath are out of the way. Strange times.

NorthWET winter: here it comes again

Monday, November 16th, 2015 by Claire | 12 Comments »

Remember the atmospheric river “fist” I blogged about on Friday? Well, here comes the second of the 1-2 punch:


… and this time it’s coming in with winds high enough to knock down trees and knock out power.

Ohhhhhhhhh I am so sick of winter!

But. On the good side. After a year of drought and two weeks or so of early winter, the reservoirs here in the NorthWET hold at least a six-month’s supply. There’s snow for the skiiers, too.

I haven’t checked. Are you Californians getting any of this? I know you need it. Far as I’m concerned, you’re welcome to the whole darned rest of our rainy season. Please. Take it. It’s yours.

Not into Amazon? Or just prefer to support BHM?

Sunday, November 15th, 2015 by Claire | 1 Comment »

Backwoods Home is having a series of holiday specials. These are limited-time only. In fact, here are two that end at midnight tonight:

1. Anthologies Special

2. Jackie Clay Special

I’m sure there will be more as the season goes on. These specials are NFI for me — except for the interest you and I both have in keeping BHM going strong for all our sakes.

Amazon Christmas shopping guide, 2:
The comforts of home

Sunday, November 15th, 2015 by Claire | 11 Comments »

In this week’s installment of my ongoing plot to lure you into using my Amazon links for your holiday shopping, I’m focusing on the comforts of home.

Specifically, the warm comforts. It’s only mid-November and I don’t know about you but I’m already sick of winter. As I sit here typing this my fingers and toes are cold and it’s been raining so long I wouldn’t be surprised to see an ark floating by.

So yes, I’m thinking some warm stuff would be welcome under anybody’s Christmas tree this year.

For instance …

How about some delicious flannel sheets? One of you lovely readers bought me a set a couple of years ago and it’s so nice to slide into their comfort instead of shivering through those first icy seconds with standard cotton sheets.

Or how about a cozy comforter to go over them?

Another personal favorite for my dogs and me is our mattress warmer. Yes, we spoil ourselves and you can spoil somebody, too. Maybe even yourself.

But of course you can’t just lounge around in bed all the time. Sometimes you have to get up and go to the range. For that, you (or your shooting friends) need fingerless gloves.

Or wool socks. They’re the sort of item that always feels a little pricy when we go to buy them for ourselves, but high-quality wool socks still make a reasonably priced gift.

Warming doesn’t have to come from outside, though. How ’bout some fancy Irish oatmeal to keep you and your loved ones warm within?

Or gourmet coffee? Or gourmet bacon (or at least something deliciously bacon flavored)?

A portable heater goes well this time of year, and one with an alternative heat source, even better.

Then there are alway DVDs and Blu-Ray movies made for some cozy snuggling. Speaking of warm things, Warm Bodies is, believe it or not, a perfectly delightful zombie chick-flick comedy to share with a special someone.


Well, I think that gives you the idea. The main idea — the great master scheme behind my entire holiday plot — is for you to please use any Amazon link you find on this site. Shop that way and you’ll help keep this blog rolling and keep the Wolfe dogs in kibble.



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