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

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Midweek links

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 by Claire | 9 Comments »

Tuesday links

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 by Claire | 13 Comments »
  • Lenore Skenazy (once again) demands that kids — and their parents — be free to walk free.
  • It’s fascinating just how many ways the $15/hour minimum wage is backfiring. J.D. Tuccille has yet another. (And it’s great to see his Disloyal Opposition blog back again!)
  • Via Sipsey Street: It’s no surprise, but soooo gratifying that the number of guns being manufactured has doubled during the Obama regime.
  • Yep, as I guessed yesterday, Chrysler is handling the hack-a-Jeep (or anything else we make) fix staggeringly poorly.
  • Also yesterday I said that no writer had ever come up with a description of heaven that wasn’t snoozeworthy. There was one who did: Mark Twain, of course. Here’s an HTML excerpt from “Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven.” (Project Gutenberg also has free Kindle and ePub versions. Not sure whether those are complete or also just extracts). And here’s an Amazon link in case you want to spend actual money on a complete copy.
  • I tried to check out OpenBazaar.com, but the first thing it wanted was Javascript enabled. When I gave it that, the next thing it wanted, without first offering any actual content, was for me to enable Flash. Um … no thanks; not until I know you better. Still it sounds intriguingly like both Son of eBay and Silk Road reborn. And Forbes is terrified of it. So that’s something. (H/T MJR)
  • Muslims and dogs.

Post-weekend catching up

Monday, July 27th, 2015 by Claire | 11 Comments »

Monday links

Monday, July 27th, 2015 by Claire | 11 Comments »
  • Intriguing DIY all-terrain cart/carrier. (H/T MJR)
  • Drawing — by hand, even doodling — enhances memory and other cognitive functions.
  • Remember last week’s remotely hacked Jeep? Chrysler has now recalled … well, basically every car it’s made lately. No need to take your auto to the shop, though: just wait for the USB stick or download the software. OTOH, given the company’s record of mishandling recalls, don’t be too optimistic.
  • New micro device delivers drugs directly to the brain. Not my brain, buddy!
  • “Don’t Blame Trump; Blame America.” Once you get past the offensive title there’s a lot to agree with. (Tip o’ hat to MJR)
  • And yes, the SJWs have gone completely around the bend. Latest target: Dante. The Divine Comedy, one of the great classics of literature*, is no longer fit to be taught in schools because Dante Alighieri, who lived 800 years ago, failed to hold approved modern opinions. Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate indeed!

* Which I once read in the original Italian. Not that I’m bragging or anything. Couldn’t do it today and even then I had to have an Italian dictionary at hand, not to mention a guide to the characters (oddly enough, hell turns out to be largely populated by medieval Italians, many of them Dante’s political enemies). I also skipped most of the Purgatorio and the Paradiso. Nobody, not even Dante, has ever come up with a description of heaven that isn’t a total snooze. The gruesome Inferno is the only part anybody cares about. It may be Great Literature, but entertainmentwise, it’s the medieval equivalent of a slasher flick.

Weekend links

Saturday, July 25th, 2015 by Claire | 17 Comments »
  • States that have legalized cannabis show a remarkable decrease in deaths from opiod overdose.
  • Much though I respect animals, I think this is a bad idea. (H/T PT)
  • On the other hand, we could use some pretty basic changes of policy (and of heart) toward our beloved companions. This man lived on the streets for two years because no homeless shelter would accept him with the dog who’d devoted a life to him. (Fortunately, help eventually stepped in.)
  • Ohhh, how the IRS loooooves Obamacare!
  • Two on Sandra Bland (and on the expectation that serfs must obey any command of their masters): Orin Kerr concludes, “But this is America, and we didn’t fight a revolution to make that the only choice.” And Jacob Sullum’s “Sandra Bland’s Arrest and the Expectation of Meek Subservience.” Suicide or murder? Bottom line is that Sandra Bland didn’t belong in jail in the first place. She was there only because she — a mere peasant — bruised some statist thug’s ego.
  • Perfect example of another “good cop.” And note how supporters flocked to defend him and make him out to be the victim. Did any of his authoritarian cheerleaders care about the four-year-old girl Mr. Weepy Cop molested? (No, she probably “made him do it” or “was asking for it”.) What an utterly disgusting spectacle. (Via Wendy)
  • While the specific features of this “Swiss Army knife” jacket may not turn your crank, the basic idea is a great one. Many, many possibilities!
  • I’ve watched several cancer patients, who knew they were terminal, spend their last months in an agony of hopeful chemo. At the end, they bitterly regretted putting themselves through it. I’m glad such exploitation of the desperate might soon come to an end.

Don’t have much

Friday, July 24th, 2015 by Claire | 8 Comments »

Sorry I don’t have much for you at the moment. Been a weird week. When not feeling inert (probably lack of sleep + gray weather) I’ve been busy beginning or resuming long-delayed spring projects.

Picked up another 75 pounds or so of broken glass and rusted metal from the lot across the street. Scrubbed stale cigarette scuzz out of Old Blue. Am gradually de-nailing, cleaning, and sanding 150 pieces of beadboard for my ceiling project.

It feels good coming to life again.

If I do too much my ankle reminds me to slow back down. And unfortunately the ankle’s idea of “too much” is still way less than the rest of me is ready to handle. (I’m ready to tackle that complicated ceiling; the ankle says it’s not getting on any kurflussed ladder for hours a day.) But we compromise.

My brain and body are full of summer.

Thursday links

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Claire | 17 Comments »

Carl-Bear on anti-gun fiat incrementalism

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by Claire | 14 Comments »

The discussion began here. How dangerous is it, really, if the fedgov pursues its current course of trying to forbid gun ownership to millions of (very arbitrarily defined) “mental defectives”?

Carl-Bear Bussjaeger took his thoughts over to his own site. Among other things, he says:

They came for the convicted felons, but I wasn’t a felon so I said nothing.
They came for the misdemeanor domestic violence offenders, but my wife hadn’t reported me for intimidating her by yelling so I said nothing.
They came for the Section 8 residents, but I wasn’t on Section 8 so I said nothing.
They came for the veterans, but I wasn’t a veteran so I said nothing.
They came for the disability recipients, but I wasn’t on disability so I said nothing.
They came for the mortgage defaulters, but I didn’t default so I said nothing…

Personally, I’m with Carl on this. Banning gun ownership by fiat is only part of what makes this business so dangerous. Arbitrarily declaring millions too “mentally defective” to have self-defense rights is another horror. Arbitrarily declaring millions “mentally defective” for any reason is historically terrifying. As is the very act of governing by fiat (especially when you’ve already tried, and failed, at achieving the same thing by law).

Sure, freedomistas and dedicated gunfolk will defy, evade, resist, scoff, and generally flout yet another bunch of regulations. Some of us may even acquire bargain weapons from Eloi fools or their family members who obey the new diktats. But the issue is waaaaay bigger than that.

Anyhow, discuss away, here or over at Carl’s place. Contra Carl, I’m perfectly happy to have the comment section turn into a shouting match — as long as everybody’s polite while they’re shouting.

Tuesday links

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 by Claire | 15 Comments »
  • People. Possessed by computers. We have seen the future and it is weird and icky. (H/T MJR)
  • No more Mohammed cartoons, says Charlie Hebdo’s editor. The barbarians are inside the gates.
  • A “lite” one from Bovard: “Cops and Donuts Don’t Mix.”
  • A Silicon Valley billionaire revives the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
  • Six state governments grow a brain and arm their National Guard members following the Chattanooga jihad attacks.
  • You will be shocked, I’m sure, to learn that the Bloombergians are against it. And hey, check out the “do not link” link! Great way to read an article on Bloomberg’s The Trace. Until it fails or Bloomy gets bored and defunds it, that new site is going to have some important articles on it — important not because they’re good but because they’ll look like serious, balanced journalism to those who don’t understand the issues while being covertly filled with codswallop.
  • Also lite: the good news about that quake that’s going to destroy the Northwest. :-)

This is how they ban guns without banning guns

Monday, July 20th, 2015 by Claire | 15 Comments »

TPTB want to take guns by fiat from millions of Social Security disability recipients.

Because having trouble balancing your checkbook equates exactly to being a dangerous loony who’s going to go shoot up a mall. No due process needed. (H/T EA)

Monday links

Monday, July 20th, 2015 by Claire | 13 Comments »
  • I’ve lost count. How many “anti-violence” activists and “anti-violence” groups have been busted now for weapons violations, assaults, or homicides? A big number.
  • The fedgov can’t manage to charge a single mega-banker for wrecking the U.S. economy through fraud and malfeasance. But the state of New York (via the ever-present, ever-righteous Cyrus Vance, Jr.) can manage 184 counts against a tiny, family-owned bank that was apparently just trying to police itself.
  • Uh oh. No surprise. Sandra Bland, that young woman who “committed suicide” in police custody last week was reportedly a vocal activist against police brutality. Well, guess they showed her, didn’t they?
  • The science behind introversion and extroversion. (Yes, this subject fascinates me; you can tell.)
  • Cannabis may help treat bone fractures. Darn! Why didn’t somebody tell me that two months ago?
  • The house that saved their marriage. Most of us don’t have the resources, but I’ve thought this sort of living arrangement would be great ever since, as a teenager, I read about writer Mary Wollstonecraft, who (clear back in the 18th century) had a similar living arrangement with philosopher William Godwin.
  • The velociraptor poodle?
  • Joel already blogged this one, but it’s too good to pass up. This wannabe robber survived, but if there’s a non-fatal runner-up category for the Darwin Awards, he’s a shoo-in. (I read in another article that, in addition to everything else, the helpful customer was a high school wrestler.)

Help TZP design its first target

Sunday, July 19th, 2015 by Claire | 3 Comments »

Over at The Zelman Partisans, we’re having a little contest to help us design the next item for our store. And we’d like you to submit your favorite really dumb anti-gun quote.

The top five quotes will be printed on the rings of a target and the people who suggested them will get free packets of targets as soon as they’re ready.

Go. And have fun.

(Post your suggestions at TZP, please. Not here. Quotes posted here at BHM will not count.)

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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