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

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 by Claire | Comments Off

STICKIED. Scroll down for newer posts.

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Friday links

Friday, April 17th, 2015 by Claire | 5 Comments »

Wednesday links

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 by Claire | 21 Comments »

CuddlyPit

Being a freelance writer is sometimes a wonderful pain in the butt

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 by Claire | 30 Comments »

Been feeling distracted and tired lately. Concerned about money. Not “OMG, how will I keep the lights on?” money issues. More like “How do I juggle all this?” It’s temporary (vehicle repairs, taxes) and I’m not asking anything from anybody. Everything is fine. Just know that right now I feel muzzy-headed, unclear on many of life’s little details, as if I want to crawl back in bed by 9:00 a.m., and for some reason also ravenous for protein. Preferably protein saturated in honey and brown sugar (so it’s a good thing I made beef jerky the other day, yes?)

Anyhow, I don’t have much for you right now, so I thought I’d just share a little email exchange from the weekend. It’s the kind of communication that should make you glad you didn’t opt for a career as a freelance writer.

Background: I wrote a S.W.A.T. magazine article asking, “Do we have a right to rebellion?” The article isn’t online, but basically I was answering that statist eejit Paul Begala’s multi-idiocy remarks from earlier this year. Then some “expert” answered me.

Before I get to the exchange itself, I’ll acknowledge that, yes, I’m well aware that some readers here deny that any such things as rights exist. Consider your point to be noted in advance. We have a right to differ. :-) But my position in the article was that we damn well do have a right to rebellion, Mr. Begala to the contrary.

For the rest of you who consider discussions of the nature of rights meaningful, on to the exchange.

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Bovard’s Devil’s Dictionary of Politic-speak

Monday, April 13th, 2015 by Claire | 8 Comments »

As you complete your taxes this week and prepare to keep your sorry arse out of prison do your patriot duty by paying for everything from politicians’ mistresses to drone attacks on wedding parties, you might enjoy this: a Tax-Time Devil’s Dictionary of DC lingo.

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Cheers.

Monday miscellany

Monday, April 13th, 2015 by Claire | 15 Comments »
  • Ban the trebuchet! (And while you’re at it, tell that writer that 1895 wasn’t “medieval.”) H/T MJR
  • Princeton opts for insensitivity discursive rape hurting people’s itty-bitty widdle feewings free speech and free thought. And does it for the right reasons.
  • Seattle. Cops. Humanity. Hm. We’ll see how this works out
  • I used to know a fair bit about the pre-WWII history of aviation. I could have bored you silly with tales of how Henri Coanda almost invented a jet plane in 1910 and how Jacqueline Cochran won the Bendix Race. But I never knew this.
  • It’s touching that after all they put him through that original whistleblower cop Frank Serpico still has such hope for justice. (And it certainly is a good sign that the worst gangsters are finally starting to be fired and charged with felonies rather than being rewarded with paid vacations and excuses.)
  • Beaten up by thugs. Then clobbered again by insurance companies and bad federal law.

A most remarkable movie

Saturday, April 11th, 2015 by Claire | 5 Comments »

A Most Violent Year
Available on DVD and Blu-ray

I watched A Most Violent Year on DVD last night and found it a most remarkable movie.

It’s not the most technically astonishing movie I’ve seen lately (that would be Birdman). It’s not even the most chilling crime thriller (that would be Nightcrawler). It’s not even the best acted (which would be Whiplash). I occasionally didn’t buy some of the plot points and I thought 20 minutes could easily have been trimmed out of it.

Nevertheless, it was remarkable — and in a good way. Why? Because its protagonist is an independent businessman and a man of honor determined, against great odds, to do everything right.

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Rainy Friday afternoon check-in

Friday, April 10th, 2015 by Claire | 25 Comments »

I’m having one of those “brilliant” blogthoughts that just hasn’t gelled yet, thus the “lite” posting.

Today I’m spring cleaning and making beef jerky. The house is filled with a wonderful honey-teriyaki-beef-pepper aroma. Haven’t made jerky since moving into this place because this house doesn’t have an oven and I didn’t think the dehydrators I have for fruits & veggies were quite powerful enough to handle drying meat. But I tossed a folded flour-sack dishtowel over the vents to keep more heat in and they’re doing just dandy. Can’t wait to sample the product.

Speaking of sampling the product, a word of advice to anyone who might ever be in this circumstance: do not drink a bloody Mary while knitting a dragon.

That’s all for now.

Thursday links and an update on Joel’s siding bleg

Thursday, April 9th, 2015 by Claire | 4 Comments »

UPDATE on Joel’s siding bleg. He’s getting there, but could really, really use another $400. Just that much more. Yeah, I know it’s tax time and the fedgov thinks you should give your extra $400 (or $10 or $25) to them, instead. But hey, which is a better cause? Keeping walls around Joel’s computer so he can provide years more of his great blogitude? Or buying … oh, one weld on a CIA drone so you can help kill peasants in Nowhereistan?

Beadboard scrounge

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 by Claire | 10 Comments »

It’s been a year since I’ve scrounged anything good from the woods. Then it was the foundling end table (which got improved and which Commentariat member Pat eventually dubbed “Doorway to the Sun”).

This afternoon I brought home a small heap of equally unprepossessing but potentially useful stuff I found in a newly dumped trash heap. To wit:

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This is tongue-and-groove beadboard from somebody’s old house. Depression-era, I’m guessing. Probably wainscotting from a kitchen or bathroom judging by the bits of ancient wallpaper clinging to it. This small amount isn’t enough for anything by itself, but I’ve got this ceiling project …

Last summer (you may recall all too personally, given that y’all were so involved), part of my roof collapsed. The fix involved cutting away large chunks of a beadboard ceiling. Which was bad because it was a lovely old ceiling. But which was good because working from inside made the roof fix relatively inexpensive. And which was also good because it gave me the opportunity to convert a formerly flat ceiling to a vaulted (well, slightly vaulted) one.

I just didn’t have enough interesting material to cover it. Could have drywalled it. But meh. And there was still a lot of beadboard left after the teardown, even if not enough beadboard.

Right now that ceiling is just bare rafters with insulation. Eventually I’ll turn it into a patchwork of the old beadboard, modern tongue-and-groove 1x6s, trim, and whatever the heck else might fit up there. The beadboard I picked up this afternoon is a different design than what I’ve already got and will enhance the patchwork effect. Remarkably, the tongues and grooves of all the different materials I’ve assembled fit together, too. Well, mostly. They will fit whether they want to or not. :-)

There’s probably more beadboard in the heap of construction rubble. I’ll go back and look later.

It infuriates that people dump construction leftovers in the woods. Aside from the blight on the landscape, the heaps are always full of rusty nails, sharp metal edges, and broken glass. I wonder if the creeps who use the forest as their personal landfill ever give a second’s thought to the excruciating death some animal might suffer, getting an infected wound from all those spiky protrusions.

The rubble heap this beadboard came from could have been left at the real landfill for about $7.50. But noooooo. Some cretin couldn’t be bothered.

If I ran the world, people who dumped dangerous junk in the woods would have to pick it up with their teeth. Serve ‘em right. Still, for scroungers, there’s occasional gold in the rubble.

Tuesday links

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 by Claire | 14 Comments »
  • Seems cops and the U.S. Justice (sic) Department will go to amazing lengths to hide their newest tracking methods from us.
  • A must-read for philosophical Libertopians: “Welcome to the Arena in the Clouds” by Max Borders.
  • Guerrilla civic improvement. (H/T AG)
  • It takes 13,000 words for the Columbia Journalism Review to say it and those words are thoughtful and worth reading. But bottom line: in their zeal to confirm an agenda, Rolling Stone’s staffers chose to mistake the behavior of a manipulative liar for the behavior of a poor, traumatized victim. (To their credit, RS and writer Sabrina Erdely cooperated fully in the exposure of their own screwups.)
  • The poor, discredited brontosaurus is back.
  • And here’s your feelgood story for the day: young wife refuses to pull the plug on her brain-injured young husband. And he eventually walks out of rehab on his own two feet.

Joel’s siding bleg

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 by Claire | Comments Off

He’s asking for less, but can we make it $1,500 for Joel’s siding bleg?

You know how construction projects go. You think you’re looking at $700 and the next thing you know …

But anyhow, he’s also had some good news, with neighbors coming across with part of the supplies.

Monday links

Monday, April 6th, 2015 by Claire | 4 Comments »
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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