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

Want to Comment on a blog post? Look for and click on the blue No Comments or # Comments at the end of each post.



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

STICKIED. Scroll down for newer posts.

Summer 2014 fundraiser: Keep a roof over Claire’s head! Click right here to donate.

This week kind soul M. and old friend “I.M.” (not heard from in a long, long time) added to the fund, I suspect because they knew some encouragement would be welcome right now. Thank you, guys!

(BTW, I’m posting acknowledgements on the original roof-raising thread so you’ll know I’ve received your contributions. Those aren’t my “official” thank yous, but are just to let you know.)

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

1016!

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 by Claire | 10 Comments »

Yesterday morning we were at 400-some signatures (toward a 500 goal) on our petition to keep JPFO from falling into SAF’s clutches.

Thanks to old friend Elias Alias and the power of Oath Keepers, we are at 1,016 early this morning as I write this!

Great-soul Elias and the members of the Oath Keepers email list did this on their own. Amazing thing.

Since I’m persona non grata with the JPFO board, maybe a few of you would like to send them the petition link. Their email addresses are in the original post about the SAF deal.

Update on the planned sellout

I don’t know whether we can save JPFO. Very, very mixed signals right now.

On one hand, one of the members of the rescue group used her passion for JPFO and her powers of persuasion. She got some hints that the JPFO board might hear what we had to say and she herded us cats into submitting a revised version of last week’s outline proposal.

On the other hand, the SAF deal may (I stress may) have been signed already. Once again, as usual in this mess, we simply don’t know. It’s impossible to say because the board and SAF have continued to operate in complete secrecy.

ADDED: The cynical part of me (which never seems to be cynical enough, these days) fears that the last-minute agreement to consider our outline proposal is merely a dodge — something to keep us quiet while the SAF deal is inked. Something to give the board the ability to say, “We gave their plans a fair hearing but found them inadequate.”

I hope I’m wrong.

Given that we have two of JPFO’s corporate sponsors working with the rescue team, “inadequate” is untrue. Unwanted still remains likely.

Friday links

Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Claire | 9 Comments »
  • What? Eric Holder a hypocrite? Nooooo.
  • Why, that would be as unthinkable as saying cops are lying thugs or that they get away with things that would send the rest of us to prison.
  • Why, that would even be like saying that feds and local cops are conspiring to keep information out of the hands of judges. Couldn’t happen. This is Murrica!
  • Isn’t that cute? The NSA has its own search engine just for sharing information about us.
  • Sigh. Another hopeful libertarian project collapses into a rubble heap of fraud and scandal.
  • Oh well. Here’s something useful (and maybe even fun) to do while waiting for Truth, Justice, and the Murrican Way to triumph: make your own knife without power tools. (link fixed!)
  • ADDED: Per jed in comments on today’s other post: pit bull saves kid from swarm of bees. (Needed a little more good news here.)

Hell Week

Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Claire | 22 Comments »

This has been the most terrible week I’ve had in many a year. The last two weeks, really, as I first kept the JPFO secret I thought should be revealed, then went ahead and revealed it.

All week I’ve felt as if every time I turn on my computer something with huge claws and teeth is going to lunge out of the Internet and eat me.

« Read the rest of this entry »

Carl, you’re such a compromiser!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 by Claire | 9 Comments »

And here all this time everybody thought Carl Bussjaeger was a principled radical. But here he is, suggesting a compromise on gun rights!

Except … well, it’s a compromise that makes a lot of sense.

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And a gentle suggestion for concerned JPFO members

If you’re a JPFO member and you really, really object to the SAF merger you might start independently exploring your options. Emails have been good. Petition signatures, too. But so far there’s no sign any of that is going to prevent the travesty.

Smart people are trying. But ruthless people with lawyers on the payroll have a habit of winning. In other words, don’t think a handful of overtaxed volunteers with too little time, aided by determined letter writers, can stop this. It may take much more.

Have the board members fulfilled their contractural duties? Do you want your recent donations refunded? Have any “ts” gone uncrossed and “is” gone undotted? Would you like to get a look at JPFO’s “paperwork” for yourself?

Entirely up to you, but the more eyes and brains on these things, the better. And ultimately individual donors and dues-paying members have the power.

(H/T CB & CS)

Quiet for a little while (and the tale of a non-me hermit)

Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Claire | 8 Comments »

Well, despite the chaos, life — and work — goes on. I have an article deadline this week, so I may be quiet for a few days.

Rest assured the battle to save JPFO from sellout goes on. Although I’ve been standing here in public waving my arms and yelling, I’m really only a small part of the rescue effort. Smart people are on it!

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While I’m off being a hermit writer, here’s a good read about a hermit who makes me (and even desert-buddy Joel) look like a real wimp. ‘Course, Joel and I didn’t resort to thievery. But this follow-up story from GQ on Christopher Knight, Maine’s infamous North Pond Hermit, is fascinating.

Yeah, GQ does seem like an odd place for a tale of a grubby hermit. Oh well.

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Sign the petition to keep JPFO out of SAF’s hands. Over halfway to signature goal now! The board doesn’t want to listen? Make them hear the voices of JPFO members and donors.

Monday links

Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Claire | 6 Comments »

Finally, via Keith in a comment over at Joel’s Gulch, here’s a funny for ya. The Expert. If you’ve been in the corporate world you’ll identify.

Thank you, gunbloggers.com!
And an update

Sunday, August 24th, 2014 by Claire | 14 Comments »

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This is a screenshot of the top of Gunbloggers.com this morning. Gunbloggers is a great, useful site and I’m pleased to steal from it often. :-) But the reason this is remarkable is that it’s normally only a rolling aggregation of blog posts. I’ve never, ever seen crucial news bannered like that on Gunbloggers before.

I don’t know who owns or operates Gunbloggers (and a whois search was unrevealing) and that’s embarrassing just now. But thank you! Bannering that link was a fantastic thing for you to do.

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What’s developing here — unsurprisingly, I suppose, but still revealingly — is that while not a huge number of people care whether JPFO lives, dies, or is converted into JPFO “Lite” under Gottlieb management, those who do care care passionately.

And furiously.

And determinedly.

And on principle.

And with all the power of their intelligence.

Several life members have begun putting their minds, money, and experience into the effort to save JPFO.

Time is short. Every step of the perfidious “merger” is still being conducted in secrecy and haste. Gottlieb told David Codrea that he and the JPFO board intend to announce a done deal either this coming week or next Monday, yet no one knows what paperwork has been signed, what terms have been agreed to, what the actual timeline is. No information is being given to anyone outside the secret circle. All offers of alternatives and all requests to the JPFO board for information have simply been ignored.

Even queries to the board from life members and corporate donors have been ignored, deleted, and dismissed as mere “vitriol.” The work of “malcontents.” This alone is a scandal and a disgrace.

JPFO does not exist for the benefit of the handful of tired old men who have spent the last three and a half years mismanaging it! It exists for the benefit of all who care about rights — but surely its paying members and donors deserve a say!

All I can tell you is that good people are mobilizing and working as fast and smart as they can to stop this dirty business. Is there time? It’s impossible to know. But I’ve heard from several people who committed to JPFO for life that they will do all they can to prevent this travesty.

Thank you, Gunbloggers. Thank you, life members. Thank you, everybody who cares. Your numbers aren’t huge. But your determination sure is.

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Sign the petition to stop the destruction of JPFO. So far, we have 211 signatures out of the 500 we’re looking for, and those names include both life members and corporate sponsors.

Will the board even see this petition? Don’t know. They’re doing a fine job of shutting out all input. But once we get the 500, I’ll do my darnedest to make sure they can’t miss it. And by all means feel free to call their attention to it yourself!

In praise of an uncompromising b*astard

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by Claire | 16 Comments »

Though I officially quit JPFO on Thursday, I promised one last article. (A freebie; no more JPFO paychecks for me.)

It went online today: Aaron Zelman: In praise of an uncompromising bastard.

‘Scuse the French.

There will never be another like him and the gun-rights movement is poorer for it.

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Sign the petition to keep sellouts and compromisers from looting Aaron’s life work!

Aaron Zelman: “I’ll join the NRA …”

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by Claire | 17 Comments »

Friend reminded me of this article, which must have been one of the last things Aaron ever wrote.

Does this sound like SAF thinking to you? Me, neither. This is pure Aaron, whose spirit will never be confined by Gottliebian wishy-washiness.

Gottlieb has now stated that JPFO will be operated as an independent. However, he also cited KABA as an example of his fabulous preservation of “independence.” And we all know how well that went. Independence?

Can Gottlieb spell I-R-O-N-Y?

Read Aaron’s article. Do you see Gottlieb even tolerating such words?

Wonder, too, what’s going to happen to the invaluable archives on JPFO’s website. The site needs redesign and I have no doubt SAF money can take care of that. But which articles will be quietly “disappeared” because they’re too radical, too uncompromising, too JPFO-like to live on?

Oh well, there’s always the Wayback Machine.

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Sign the petition. Save JPFO from being subsumed into the compromising morass of SAF.

Dilbert on JPFO’s impending disappearance into the SAF fundraising factory

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Claire | 7 Comments »

From s (and not really exactly from Dilbert):

Dilbert-mashup-JPFO

Why does SAF want JPFO so badly?

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Claire | 11 Comments »

… given that JPFO board members appear to think JPFO is no more than a worthless burden to be shrugged off their shoulders? A businessman friend who is also a JPFO life member offers this insight. And ain’t it the truth?

SAF is salivating at this “merger.” What’s not to like? They pay a few bills, but they get a great email and snail-mail list. They probably know that there is very little overlap between SAF members and JPFO members.

But since SAF, Alan Gottlieb, and the lawyers he hires are unprincipled hypocrites, willing to compromise and toady at every turn, they don’t understand WHY there is so little overlap in membership.

The truth is, Aaron Zelman was a fanatic. In a good sense. He had a burning issue and a principled stance. He would never compromise.

That’s exactly why I am a life member. I strongly suspect it was a reason many people supported JPFO. They were tired of weasel words, compromise, and endless erosion of their rights by the very people who claimed to help them.

I will never be associated with SAF. If this “merger” takes place I will renounce my life membership in JPFO. Gottlieb will never see a dime from me.

Perhaps we can’t stop this “merger.” Look for a smarmy FAQ with a bunch of questions that treat the JPFO members like infants and idiots. Look for weasel word answers crafted by lawyers to those insulting questions. Look for evasions and lies from SAF, because that’s what Alan Gottlieb does – he says one thing even while planning his next treachery.

Because in truth there is simply no way to merge these two organizations. They are like matter and anti-matter. Just like those, the mix will provoke an explosion and destruction. Nothing good will come of it, but the life work of Aaron Zelman will be destroyed.

His words, not mine. So if you want to sue him for telling the truth, lawyers, go find him.

Now, people, I’m stepping away from my computer for an hour or two. But keep those reality checks coming to the JPFO board!

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Sign the petition! Stop SAF from looting Aaron Zelman’s legacy.

A voice of experience on what it means to be bought out by SAF

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Claire | 3 Comments »

I put this in comments on today’s earlier post. But I hear that JPFO’s board and SAF are continuing to move ahead with their plans as we speak.

So it seems time to remind everybody what SAF does to its acquisitions. The following is a Facebook exchange. I know the people involved but have deleted their names for privacy:

Former KeepAndBearArms Insider: KeepAndBearArms.com is nothing like it was before the SAF takeover.

The original writers were all hard line, “no compromise” firebrands. So it attracted that kind of stalwart.

Now it’s vanilla by comparison, with a small fraction of the reach and influence.

A similar motivation was at play: financial dire straits and raw fatigue.

Hindsight is 20/20. Shoulda coulda woulda frustration has plagued me for a decade.

JPFO friend: So having read Claire’s blog, what would your advice be?

Former KeepAndBearArms Insider: Her general idea of a member/owner group that keeps JPFO real and honors Aaron is essential.

Selling to SAF is going to cost JPFO’s identity. The word “merger” is disingenuous. “Absorption and dilution” are more like it.

At some point, after it’s done, current JPFO leaders won’t even be able to get Gottlieb on the phone — let alone get their voices out to JPFO members.

Trust me. I know.

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Sign the petition! Stop SAF from looting Aaron Zelman’s legacy.

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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