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

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Archive for March 13th, 2012

Claire Wolfe

Gun nation

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

“Gun Nation: Inside America’s Gun-Carry Culture.”

Yeah, it’s MSM. But The Christian Science Monitor time and again shows it’s the fairest of the MSM.

Not a bad profile on how state-level gun rights activists have turned the whole world upside down.

Claire Wolfe

Wal-Mart: Haven of preppers (whodathunkit?)

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Couple of weeks ago, I blogged my surprise at buying freeze-dried and dehydrated storage foods at Wal-Mart.

Well, today I went back and bought a couple more #10 cans. This time the shelves (nearly denuded at last visit) were chock full and topped with placards that could be seen several aisles away: “Prepare for Emergency.”

As I was checking out the selection and prices, a man wandered by, looked at the big buckets of rice, concluded he didn’t need that much, and headed off. A few seconds later, a woman’s voice said, “I wish they had these in smaller cans so I could try them.”

I explained, “Oh, they do on their website. The prices aren’t as good as here, but they’re really nice people and the foods are good quality.” Augason Farms should pay me a commission for the sales pitch I gave the lady. Packed in the U.S. Family-owned company. Most items preservative-free. Etc. etc.

As I went on, I realized that the woman was a Wal-Mart employee. So I told her it was uncommon for Wal-Marts outside of Mormon country to carry storage foods and that I’d even written a letter to thank the manager for doing so. She seemed proud that “her” store was pioneering.

At that point I noticed that the rice man had circled around and was listening in. “They’re probably doing some market testing,” he said.

“It must be working, then,” the employee nodded, “The product is really selling.”

The man, who had dismissed rice buckets minutes earlier, picked up a can of butter powder and remarked, “With what they’re doing to the dollar, we’re all going to be needing to eat this sort of stuff soon.”

I swear, I’m constantly surprised at these little encounters that reveal so much interest and awareness among ordinary folk.

If fedgov paranoids want to hunt for anti-government subversives, they don’t need to do it in woodsy militia enclaves, at protests, or among sovereigns or Tea Partiers. Or tattoo parlors, surplus stores, hobby shops, or banks, for that matter.

Just stand in the food aisles at Wal-Mart.

Claire Wolfe

Things I wish I’d written

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Brandon Smith: “How to become an American extremist in style.” (Tip o’ hat to Jim B. in a recent comment section.)

Douglas Herman: “All my heroes died broke, broken, not beaten.”

Both those, especially the first, sound a lot like things I have written back in the day. I’m a little jealous. OTOH, it’s nice to sit back and enjoy the first-class rants of others.

Claire Wolfe

Ignore the news

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

In which I preach (or rather relay someone else’s preaching about) what I don’t practice (and I’ll bet he doesn’t, either).

Swiss writer-entrepreneur-brainstormer Rolf Dobelli explains how news watching is wrecking our brains (.pdf) and screwing with our priorities.

A sample (which resonates with me because I’ve said the same thing in less elegant words many a time):

Out of the approximately 10,000 news stories you have read in the last 12 months, name one that – because you consumed it – allowed you to make a better decision about a serious matter affecting your life, your career, your business – compared to what you would have known if you hadn’t swallowed that morsel of news.

The point is: the consumption of news is irrelevant to the forces that really matter in your life. At its best, it is entertaining, but it is still irrelevant.

And here’s a follow-up (also .pdf) in which he conducts an imaginary interview with himself about his radical proposal of avoiding news.

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