I laboured all weekend — drywalling until I got worn out, then going outside and painting the house to relax. I got covered in powdery gypsum, then in latex paint, then in that gooey white joint compound that always seems to drop in fat, heavy, gelatinous glops no matter how careful you are with it. I cussed a lot and enjoyed every minute of it.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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?
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?
… 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!
Sign the petition! Stop SAF from looting Aaron Zelman’s legacy.