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

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Weekend links

Saturday, July 30th, 2016 by Claire | No Comments »
  • “How the white working class lost its patriotism.” (By J.D. Vance, whose hillbilly roots are not too different from my own family’s)
  • Oh wow. Did you know about this? Anybody seen it? Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk have a new series that plays on their roles in the late, much-lamented, still grand-and-gloriously freedomista Firefly.
  • Speaking of rip-roaring, libertarianish fiction, Larry Correia’s latest Monster Hunter book is coming out Tuesday. An unusual amount of buzz around this one. Preorders now accepted on Amazon.
  • The big weapon in the antigunners’ arsenal.
  • Twenty years ago, libertarians were “lunatics” for wanting to end the drug war. Now … mainstream. Twenty years ago, libertarians were “crazy and irresponsible” for wanting to end zoning laws. Now … the idea’s being discussed on
  • Are Bernanke’s (and Milton Friedman’s) helicopters on their way?
  • Could the U.S. have War Between the States?
  • Every four years, the Olympics cost cities, regions, and countries more than they earn. Every four years, a new athletic supercomplex begins to crumble into ruin. Every four years thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, of poor people and small businesses are brutally displaced for the sake of an international show. Why do so few commentarors realize and write about the obvious?
  • Suspicions confirmed: the U.S. has only one native wolf species. The other two “species” are just the result of coyotes and wolves doing some … er, heavy partying.

A pacifist husband and non-lethal self-defense

Friday, July 29th, 2016 by Claire | 24 Comments »

An excellent off-topic discussion started in this morning’s “Nevermind” post. It deserves more prominence than it’ll get in comments, so I’m moving it forward here.

LBS wrote:

DH is a pacifist and against all violent methods of self-defense – especially guns. He says I can defend myself, as long as the method couldn’t possibly kill the attacker (yeah, I know what you’re thinking). Do any of you have any ideas what a short, sixtyish, fat cancer survivor could have handy to better the odds? (BTW, murder or divorce are not options. I really love the guy. He’s mostly a great guy, just naive.)

The first several comments below appear under my personal login because I have no way of duplicating the logins of the original writers. But please note that these comments are by RustyGunner, LBS, LarryA, and Pat.


Friday, July 29th, 2016 by Claire | 12 Comments »

Okay, this is what the new blog template looks like as of today. Better?

Screenshot from 2016-07-29 11-07-13

The header image, BTW, is a manipulated and arty-fied version of one of the shots I took on the day of the circular rainbows (actually halos, as I eventually learned, along with three or four related — and magnificent — celestial effects).

I won’t be blogging at the new site until probably late August, and at that point I’ll most likely double blog the same content here and there for a while to give readers time to make the transition. Just so you’ll know …


Friday, July 29th, 2016 by Claire | 16 Comments »

I was devotedly seeking something to blog today. Then I realized … there’s no point.

The world is ending today.


I just hope it ends early in the day so you won’t have a chance to be mad at me for not having Heavy Blog Content.

Actually, since I don’t expect an early ending (and not only because the group making the claim claims it’s not actually making the claim but is claiming some kind of conspiracy is behind the whole business — or at least part of the business; are you following this?), I’ll be back in late a.m. or maybe it’ll be early p.m. your time with more to say.

If the world actually does end … well, bye, guys. It’s been a great ride.

P.S. Just in case … you doing anything special to get ready? Hitting up Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos or somebody for a rocket ride off this rock? Rapidly converting to a religion that will ensure your own happily-ever-after while toasting all your enemies to a crisp? Sleeping late? Telling your boss where he can — and quite possible will if the prediction is true — go?

(H/T jed in comments)

The Ziggurat Urn

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016 by Claire | 13 Comments »

My neighbor Andy built a number of pet coffins. He did this first for a neighbor’s 19-year-old dog. Then he started more to sell on eBay. Then one fine day he had a stroke and was gone like that.

His widow, J., let me choose among the smaller boxes for Robbie’s ashes.

“Smaller” is a matter of perception. One box was a clear standout despite being only partially finished. That box I brought home. But small it’s not.


I filled the nail holes and cracks yesterday and now am contemplating its decoration. Andy would have stained and sealed it. I have something more elaborate in mind. Something along the lines of the Modigliani table (finished table here) or “Doorway to the Sun.”

Soon as I saw it in J’s basement, it reminded me of two things: the miniature stone pagodas in Japanese gardens and a ziggurat.

Stone pagodas not having much color potential, I proclaimed it a ziggurat and am now seeking out sources of ancient funerary art to inspire me. Ziggurats were Mesopotamian. What did Mesopotamian funerary art look like? Does anyone even know? (Yes, apparently they do.) Search engine time is ahead. If all else fails, I’ll end up with quasi-faux-Victorian-parody Egyptian. Never know, starting out, exactly where these projects will carry themselves.

The other thing that struck me about the Ziggurat Urn is that it’s not only large enough to hold Robbie, but also Jasmine. And … ulp, ultimately me. So there it is: the urn for my (hopefully long in the) future ashes, to be mixed with those of my heart dogs.

Is that weird, or what? But what could be better than to spend my immortality, or what passes for it, in a box made for dogs?


Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 by Claire | 2 Comments »

I was getting a little worried about the blog-foundation fundraiser. Four days and only $105 came in. While I appreciate every penny of that $105, I wondered, once again, if the goal was going to slip away.

Then today … $330 $350 $370. Whew!

Thank you to the very generous donors (who’ll be hearing from me soon). And thanks to MamaLiberty for promoting the fundraiser on her Price of Liberty blog.

I’m still awaiting several snailed donations — a couple that haven’t had time to make it here and one or two I’m beginning to worry about. So we shall see how this goes.

However it goes, bless all you great hearts for keeping this blog alive and helping move it to its new home. FYI, we won’t make the move until after my home wifi is back. But that’s only about three weeks now. Then … we’ll be ready to roll.

Reflections on an un-conventionally conventional summer

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 by Claire | 9 Comments »

Did you hear the one about the DNC apologizing to Bernie Sanders for torpedoeing his entire campaign “remarks made over email”?

It had to be a joke because they said, “These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process.”

Laugh a minute, those DNC flaks. ‘Cause you know, when your chairthing and everybody else spends months plotting the demise of one candidate and the accession of another, it’s pretty obvious your steadfast commitment … isn’t.

But what the heck. Words don’t actually have to mean anything these days. And I’m sure all the bad things happened because “mistakes were made” and everybody now sincerely regrets “giving the appearance of wrongdoing.”


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Healey for Harbor

Monday, July 25th, 2016 by Claire | 11 Comments »

Joel wrote about it: When the law is whatever one person says it is there is no law.

Local media covered the protest at the state house.

You may have heard about it.

But heck, it was all the way across the country from me. And in Massachusetts, where they make outrageous anti-gun diktats six times every day before breakfast. So normally I’d have blogged it only as a linkday blurb.

But happens I know somebody who was there and he took these.

BTW, for those for whom Boston lore is mere history, “Healey 4 Harbor” means dump the dictatorial politician where all that tea went.




P.S. I haven’t verified that George Washington quote & it doesn’t immediately ring true to my ears. But the sign about Patriots players and their kill record certainly makes a fine point.

On foundations, bitcoin, and whether or not my color sense melts your eyeballs :-)

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 by Claire | 34 Comments »

Well, dear people, the blog-foundation fundraiser swooped past two milestones yesterday: we passed that halfway point and we made it to the one-year mark.

Thanks to you, Living Freedom blog will move to its own dedicated site. And barring unfortunate incidents with my Lamborghini, it will live for at the very least another year on what you have already donated.

Now, if we can make it all the way to goal, we’ll not only have two assured years of bloglife, but He Who Fakes It Well and I will add interesting new features that take advantage of the very best thing this blog has ever had to offer: you guys.

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Thank you!

Friday, July 22nd, 2016 by Claire | No Comments »

Thank you to Joel and to Wendy & Brad. They promoted the blog-foundation fundraiser in the last couple of days and sent a spate of new donations my way.

Thanks also to those who became that spate — no matter where you arrived from or what inspired you. I’ve sent thanks to nearly everybody now — though I’m still missing a couple. So if you haven’t heard from me yet, keep on being patient. No way will I forget you. :-)

Binoc talk

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 by Claire | 2 Comments »

When I first posted about TZP’s newest store item last month, I said the new binoculars offered by The Zelman Partisans were “compact.”

At that point, I’d only seen a photo of them that had nothing in it to indicate scale. I was going by what the bossman, Brad Alpert, told me.

Between then and now I got my own pair. And now I know what “compact” means. When the package arrived, I thought something had to be wrong. The box was no bigger than a double pack of playing cards. A slightly thick pack of cigarettes. How could that be?

But look at this:

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Midweek links

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 by Claire | 23 Comments »

I’m online more than expected this week — coordinating on the website-to-be, thanking wonderful donors, chasing rainbows, keeping ahead of runaway trucks. You know, the usual. So I figure you guys might as well benefit from some extra posting while I’m at it.

  • Three years — or more — for possession of an eeeeevil BB gun? Only in New Jersey. I hope this poor schmuck’s fight goes well. (H/T DB)
  • I’ve always admired Peter Theil. So libertarian. So out-of-the-box. So creatively cheeky. But I didn’t realize he was the founder and chief investor in the ghastly, government-sucking, privacy-raping, Tolkein-savaging Palantir. Ugh. Why would a supposed “libertarian” do such a thing to the rest of us???
  • Even these mainstreamish political semi-libertarians are better than that!
  • Speaking of doing it to us: the latest nooz on iris scans.
  • Oh yeah. That’s some “hate group” you got there. How long is it going to be before the dumbstream media wises up to the SPLC’s phony tactics?
  • I’ll believe it when I see it. But this is one of the more interesting predictions about rising gold prices.
  • So even if you’re a hermit in the woods, you now know that a game called Pokemon Go is The Most Important Thing Ever To Happen In America, Seriously EVAHHHH. What fewer people are talking about is how it makes money off players while savaging their privacy. (Yes, even after its token well-publicized privacy corrections.)
  • Sit down, Science. We need to talk.
  • NSFW, but an absolute must for the too-bad-to-be-true category: Has this ever happened to you? (Note: For those who didn’t catch too-bad-to-be-true, this is a parody)
  • No, darnit. I cannot find the iPhone. Where the heck is it? (H/t Jim B. in comments)
  • Per jed in comments: Too funny. If dogs had 911.
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