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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

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David Codrea doesn’t want this one forgotten

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 by Claire | 5 Comments »

And neither does David Hardy. Who compared the revelations in the Dobyns/ATF case as being a “Watergate or worse.”

The ATF and DoJ will bury this, exactly as they tried to get (and unfortunately all-but-succeeded in getting) Fast & Furious buried.

No, I’m not expecting this audience of cynics to be “shocked, simply shocked” at what the fedgov did to agent Jay Dobyns. I even expect that some will say, “Well, he knew the kind of scum he was associating with (and I don’t mean the Hells Angels he infiltrated). He deserved whatever he got.”

So why am I posting this? Maybe I’m doing it just to drive a little traffic David’s way, since examiner.com pays by the pageview and pays so poorly their writers have to hustle views. David deserves the best.

But you know, really I’m posting it because, silly as it is, naive as it sounds, I still want to see wrongs righted. I still want to see these creeps who rule the U.S. brought to justice. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I have hope. But I can’t give up the idea that there’s still at least a hope of a hope. Somewhere. A hope in the mythical power of We the People to tame and hold an “honest government.”

Okay, okay. I just slipped a gear there for a moment. Little fugue state.

Anyhow, we know from F&F that David (and Mike Vanderboegh, too) will grab onto something like this and never let it go. So whether or not real justice is ever administered, those two and others will chip-chip-chip at the crumbling facade of fedgov (and especially ATF/DoJ) legitimacy.

Sunday-Monday musings

Sunday, January 25th, 2015 by Claire | 2 Comments »

My apologies, all you people there on the upper east coast. I hear that the ghastly weather you’re having is our fault. Something to do with this monstrous ridge of high pressure plunging down on us; creates a monster low for you.

Believe me, I was thinking of you this afternoon while I contemplated whether or not I should wear the tee-shirt with a turtleneck or skip the turtleneck for a dog walk. I felt soooooo guilty.

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Great weekend reads

Saturday, January 24th, 2015 by Claire | 2 Comments »

To keep you busy and out of trouble this weekend.

Friday links

Friday, January 23rd, 2015 by Claire | 5 Comments »

The mind of Alan Gottlieb

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 by Claire | 7 Comments »

Over at TZP, I ponder the mind of Alan Gottlieb as he further strives to divide Washington state gun owners so that that his ally Bloomberg can march on to victory in the next state. (Watch out, Nevada!)

Wednesday links

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 by Claire | 13 Comments »
  • “The Doughty Swiss” and their fabulous franc.
  • If you thought the Obama administration and fed ‘crats had backed off on using banks to try to shut down gun stores, think again.
  • In one California city citizens take direct action to try to get justice against brutal cops.
  • The emergency room: a microcosm for misplaced priorities. We see this in animal rescue/welfare work, too, in the form people who can afford pricey tattoos, cigarettes, and weekly lotto tickets and scratch cards — but “can’t” come up with $25 to keep their pets from producing endless, unhealthy litters year after year.
  • In legalizing recreational cannabis, Alaska faces some unique hurdles. Well, one unique hurdle, mainly: that hurdle we all know and love so well, the fedgov.
  • Fresh guacamole! Delightful video via A.G. in comments.

Graveyard in fog

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 by Claire | 4 Comments »

Matt suggested in comments that the road painting I posted last night might have monsters lurking just around the bend. Actually, I’d seen that road as leading someplace cheery (with the sunrise and all). But Matt gave me an idea that my next attempt at art should be something very non-cheery.

I thought about old tombstones with long morning or evening shadows. This morning the sun wasn’t cooperating, but I got these photos. No shadows, just fog.

Not great photography, I know. But sufficient gloom to work with.

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And this final photo is the one I think I’ll try to work with. No idea how to capture that mist with colored pencil or pastel. But I’ll see what I can do.

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This cemetery is a place where the dogs and I frequently walk. In that final shot are two of the saddest tombstones I’ve ever seen (from a few weeks in 1902 and ’03). Definitely a haunted place, but that’s a tale for another time.

Pictures

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 by Claire | 11 Comments »

I’ve been trying some new things with artwork. Click if you’d like to see.

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Such a blow to the government’s highwaymen! Can it be for real?

Monday, January 19th, 2015 by Claire | 19 Comments »

Yeah, I didn’t believe it, either, when I read the news on Friday.

Eric Holder — that Eric Holder — delivering a major kneecapping to America’s government-approved highway robbers?

But Radley Balko believes it. So I believe it.

Well, more or less.

No question about it, federal “ownership” of local asset forfeiture cases has enabled forfeiture abuse like nothing else and has done more for police corruption since anything but … well, the drug war itself. (You’ve got to wonder; was there every anyone associated with this scam who truly believed it wouldn’t lead to corruption and injustice?)

Having the feds standing by with open arms to “adopt” local seizures (thus allowing local cop-ops to keep most of their stolen goods for whatever purpose they wished) made state asset forfeiture reforms virtually moot. States would try to divert seized funds to schools or some other purpose, and cops would just make their cases federal and say “&^%$# you!” to their state governments. Then they’d go on grabbing whatever cash or assets they could without ever charging anybody with a crime.

Nice racket if you can pull it off! And for years, cops have.

So if Holder really means it and if it sticks, Friday’s announcement is a very big deal. But sadly not the end of non-criminal asset forfeiture.

In addition to the concerns Balko raises, I can think of a bunch more.

If one AG, on his own say-so, can end such a colossally abusive policy, there’s nothing to stop a future ‘crat from instituting another just like it — or worse. (Ah, the joys of “democracy”!)

It’s possible that those freedom-loving (and property-rights respecting) R’s newly in control of Congress will — in a fit of support-your-local-policeism — re-institute the worst aspects of asset forfeiture, and make it law, not just bureaucratic policy.

Even if the way is now open for meaningful state-level reform, it’s a good bet that not a lot of states will institute real reform (like banning asset forfeiture outside of limited criminal cases). Too often, “reform” has just meant states want to put the stolen cash into state coffers, rather than cop coffers. And while that would take away a lot of the incentive for stealing it in the first place, it’s not enough.

So yeah. There’s a lot that could go wrong here. And where government’s involved, you can bet that what can go wrong will go wrong.

Still … what happened on Friday might be the only good thing Eric Holder has ever done for freedom. So for the moment let’s be of good cheer.

Monday links

Monday, January 19th, 2015 by Claire | 10 Comments »

*The article gets JPFO’s name slightly wrong and says I was an employee when I was always an independent contractor. Minor details, but I couldn’t find a way to contact the author to give him a non-public heads-up. Very good article nevertheless.

Two wildly different views

Saturday, January 17th, 2015 by Claire | 11 Comments »

… of what transpired at Thursday’s rally against I-594.

The “get those crazies off our side” view from Barron at TheMinuteman.org.

The “we aren’t subjects” view from Kit Lange at the Patrick Henry Society.

Friday links

Friday, January 16th, 2015 by Claire | 25 Comments »
  • Seems that Joel and the rest of the gunblogosphere aren’t the only ones who think Liam Neeson is even worse than the usual Hollywood anti-gun hypocrite. A company that supplied weapons for his films has a thing or three to say about it.
  • Ding-dong, Google Glass is dead. Well deadish, anyhow.
  • A simple explanation of what Swiss bankers just did. And a slightly more complicated one. I’m sure some of our resident money gurus will have views of their own. If you haven’t been watching, Switzerland threw the entire world into a financial tizzy yesterday. (Though IMHO, their real screwup was when they pegged their franc to the euro, not when they suddenly pulled the peg.)
  • “That Tree.” To help himself recover after an injury and to meet a friend’s challenge, professional photographer Mark Hirsh found 365 different ways to shoot photos of a single tree — with an iPhone — over the course of a year.
  • Finally, your awwwwww story for the day: cat saves abandoned baby from freezing to death.
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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