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

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Archive for the ‘Guns and Gun Rights’ Category

Claire Wolfe

TZP, Amazon, misc.

Monday, November 30th, 2015

The new poll at TZP asks if you’ve ever used a firearm in defense of self or others.

You’d already know the poll topic if you’re subscribed to TZP alerts. :-) BTW, there are two excellent pieces of commentary in today’s alert, one by Carl-Bear Bussjaeger on presidential medals of “freedom” (that aren’t), one by a shy Israeli who tells how he went from fearing guns to fearing the loss of gun rights.

These will be posted on the blog tomorrow, but alert subscribers see them a day early.


Today is also the final day to become eligible for TZP’s part in Ammunition to Go’s Great 9mm Ammo Giveaway. All premium members are eligible. Drawing will be held tomorrow.


You guys are making this a good month on my Amazon links — though surprisingly there’s scant sign of gift buying yet. People seem to be buying lots of parts to build and repair things. Interesting.

But lots o’ parts is good because the number of items shipped in a calendar month determine the commission percentage. Thanks to you, I’m within a hair’s breadth of making the 7.5% commission rate for only the second or third time ever. A very few more items both ordered and fulfilled today would do it.

Kindle books … gift cards … those items always get same-day fulfillment. In fact, about half of all items get fulfilled on the day they’re ordered. But Kindle books and gift cards are a sure thing. A single $.99 Kindle book, ordered at the right time, could make an outsized difference.

But, you know. ONLY if you were going to be ordering anyhow …

Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
  • The barebones truth about life in the trackless woods. (H/T MJR)
  • Well, that’s one reason to join ISIS.
  • Larry Pratt: time to make it clear that we will not comply.
  • Crybullies, crymobs, and the left’s whiny war on free speech. That last paragraph is a doozy. (Tip o’ hat to D.B.)
  • Court rules for husband (and contract) in frozen embryos case. (Having a baby — or not having one — is a lot more complicated than it used to be.)
  • The Che Cafe is in the red and fans want California taxpapers and university students to go on subsidizing it.
  • Upon request, the FBI has released its files on two of my publishers. :-) (H/T A.G. in comments)
  • The released FBI docs give the impression that they really weren’t much interested in Loompanics or Paladin. But as I wrote in this 1998 Wolfe’s Lodge “Sound Off,” I have a bit of evidence to the contrary. (Once again a big thank you to Bill St. Clair for keeping that ancient site alive in his archives. Thanks also to the anonymous designer; I was struck again by what a beautiful site it was for its era (and still). Even now it’s a wonderful place for a rainy-day visit.)
  • The latest specials from Backwoods Home: give up to 10 gift subscriptions at half price; buy a copy of Backwoods Home Cooking and get Ask Jackie Homestead Cooking free. NFI on my part. These offers are good through Sunday midnight.
Claire Wolfe

New TZP poll: dangerous Democrats

Monday, November 16th, 2015

There’s a new poll up at The Zelman Partisans. This one does for the Dems what we did last week for the Republicans.

Normally those of you who signed up for TZP alerts would have gotten word by now. Carl-Bear had a very good alert prepared for this morning. Unfortunately the site got attacked by somebody from Ukraine and the alert function is still not functional. Rest of the site and the poll (which is on a separate server) work, and the alert will go out once the Ukrainians and their aftermath are out of the way. Strange times.

Claire Wolfe

Sunday links

Sunday, November 15th, 2015
  • I like Ross Douthat. In this day of screaming absolutes he always has a nuanced take on things. But even he says that the current campus crisis is something U.S. universities deserve.
  • And if anybody had doubts about what a bunch of whiny brats those “oppressed” university students at Mizzou are, check out their reactions to the slaughter in Paris. Whaaaaaa-waaaaa, nobody’s paying attention to US! Will the little narcissists ever feel shame?
  • Meanwhile at Yale the social justice pecksniffs protest a free-speech panel.
  • Australia is going to try out a hip, cool, and groovy cloud-based virtual passport system. Think the problem of lost passports is bad? Wait till you’ve experienced the airport joy of “the Internet is down” or “we don’t find you in our database” or “we’ve just been hacked.”
  • Okay, I get that paid patriotism is despicable. But why dump on the sports teams and not on the paying Pentagon? (H/T jed)
  • Have a Google account? Here’s how to see what they’re sharing about you. And how to change some of it. A nice nod in the direction of privacy. Nowhere near enough, but something.
  • The TOR Project accuses a university of selling us out for big fed bux. (Keep in mind that this allegation is unproven at this point.)
  • Inside the world’s largest “apocalypse shelter.”
  • Adolescent uses mom’s gun to eliminate a burglar from the gene pool.
  • Speaking of adolescents and criminals, remember the Barefoot Bandit? Though in his case crime doesn’t pay, in fact 20th Century Fox is paying most of his restitution.
  • We may not have flying cars, but we’ve now got personal jet packs! (Via S. who says, “I want.”)
  • Finally, have a look at a group you might not have known even existed: jailers for Jesus.
Claire Wolfe

Resistance is (of course) not futile

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

David Codrea explains.

Amazing, though, how bloodthirsty the antis consistently are.

Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, November 9th, 2015
  • In case you’ve wondered how a jury could watch a video of a cop executing a man in cold blood and still vote to acquit, it’s because authoritarian mind-warping is so very effective. Lisa Mearkle. Remember the name. Lisa Mearkle.
  • Idaho deputies ask rancher to put down an injured bull. Before he can, they put down the rancher. The family tell their story. I wonder what the “official” story will be.
  • In all the news about local cops getting away with murder, Jim Bovard reminds us that their federal brothers and sisters are still doing their share — and still untouchable.
  • Speaking of touching, root for Jim to win that Bastiat Award at the Reason Media Awards tomorrow. (If you click on his image, you’ll see what I mean about “touching.”)
  • Sorry for so much brutal linkage today. Want a little good news? Cannabis and “hippie beer” are helping small business startups to rise again after 30 years of decline. (Weird, though, that the WaPost writer thinks insufficient regulation is a threat to them.)
  • And Maryland — hysterically anti-gun Maryland — scraps its ballistic fingerprinting database. After 15 years. Five million dollars. And not a single crime solved by it.

Now for a few minutes forget it all and have some funny dogs:

Claire Wolfe

Amazon Christmas wishes

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

It’s been a decent year in life, but a tough one in the pocketbook (what with The Great Bathroom Project, more medical expenses than I’ve had in the last 25 years, and giving up my biggest client on one of those thorny, stubborn Issues of Principle). Pardon me for being blunt, but I need this Amazon Christmas season to be really, really big.

So once a week between now and Chrismakwanzaahanukkahyule I’m going to feature a few cool Amazonian goodies. You faithful (and blessed) Amazon buyers know the drill. Enter Amazon through any of my Associate links and anything you purchase during that visit earns me a commission. It’s a great thing for me and I hope for you, too, because you’re contributing to this blog just by doing something you’d have done anyhow — shopping for Christmas gifts or treating yourself to something nice. Or something routine, for that matter. (I buy my paper towels and Kleenex in bulk via Amazon and some regular shoppers buy their puppy kibble, their coffee, their vitamins, and their gourmet cooking oils there, too.)

I never know who’s buying what. I only get aggregate reports on items ordered on any given day and items shipped. So your privacy is safe with me.

To start off, here are a few of the items people have bought recently that caught my eye.


Bolt Power X5 Mini 8000mAh Portable Car Jump Starter 400 AMP Peak – Emergency Outdoor Portable Power Pack The product name is self-explanatory. This is simply one of the handiest gadgets I’ve seen come through the orders page all year.


Howard Leight Impact Sport OD Electric Earmuff. These shooter’s earmuffs amplify conversations while suppressing ear-damaging sounds. Reasonable price, super-high ratings. Come in four different colors, too.

A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State by John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute (with an introduction by the great Nat Hentoff). Might wake up a few sleepyheads.

For the more action-oriented book reader there’s 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.


And it’s amazing how versatile and inexpensive sports cameras are getting. Here’s one somebody bought this summer: Neewer 1080P H.264 WIFI Sports Camera/Car Recorder with 1.5Inch LCD Display 12MP 170 Degree Wide Angle Underwater 30m for Outdoor Sports Supports All iOS 4.0/Android 7.0 System. Yes, the title Amazon chose is a mouthful, but I left it all in because … well, that’s what the thing does.

On the more low-tech end of the outdoor scale, how about this Tall Cord-Wrapped Wolfhead Hardwood Walking Stick? I have something similar that I used every day while living out in the desert. Really helped on steep slopes and uneven ground.

Knives are always a big item, and this Kershaw 1670S30V Blur Knife with S30V Steel Blade with SpeedSafe is pretty typically popular among Living Freedom readers. (Except of course if you really, really want a Kershaw folder, you might want to check out the special Zelman Partisans model. I get no commission on that, but it’s a terrific knife to support a terrific volunteer organization.)

That’s it for now. Thank you to all who’ve been using my Amazon links. It really helps. Special nod this month to the unknown buyer of those textbooks that seem so unlike a typical Living Freedom purchase, but certainly make my day when they show up among the shipped orders. Many, many thanks to all who surprise me with the big purchases and equal thanks to everyone who keeps the tally building from day to day with purchases of all sizes and kinds.

Claire Wolfe

Latest TZP poll: Which candidate is worst

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

… on gun rights?

See the explanation at TZP about our choice of candidates, and leave a comment at TZP to explain why you think a particular canditate is most dangerous.

Claire Wolfe

Friday links

Friday, November 6th, 2015
  • There’s one deadly sin that we do less as we age, says the WaPost. Actually, I can think of several. But the article is still a nice reminder that getting old has its great benefits.
  • MamaLiberty tests 9mm ammo.
  • OTOH, while 9mm is emerging as the clear favorite in TZP’s current poll, Mike Vanderboegh offers a rather compelling, if strictly empirical, argument on why .45 ACP is “better.” (Great link to ballistics tests, too.)
  • The Blackphone2: “not recommended at this time” for paranoid patriots.
  • So typical. So very, very, very typical. That crooked cop who staged his own “murder” had a long, long record of crude, thuggish, corrupt behaviors about which nobody did anything.
  • Faisal Mohammad and his mad manifesto and egregious grudges. Thank heaven for one gutsy construction worker who knew something about knife-fighting techniques and how to counter them. (Ever notice that these “civilians” who stop mass killings tend — even if they are unarmed — to be people who understand weaponry and know the ways in which a shooter or a stabber can be vulnerable?)
  • On the lighter side, here’s a pug getting excited about … um, broccoli. Nom nom …
Claire Wolfe

Free 9mm ammo

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Funny that TZP is in the middle of doing a poll on favorite EDC ammo, and we get an offer for free boxes of the most popular caliber. Want free ammo? Check it out over at TZP courtesy of Ammunition to Go and and Magtech.

Claire Wolfe

New — TZP email alerts about to go live

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Thanks to our old friend Carl-Bear Bussjaeger and The Amazing Jo Ann over at The Zelman Partisans, TZP is about to go live with an email alert/digest system.

For now, emails will be weekly and will contain TZP updates and a few notable news items or op-eds from outside sources. But the system will also enable TZP to send urgent news or action alerts as need be.

You can help beta test the system. A trial alert will go out about 24 hours from this posting and TZP invites your opinion.

To sign up, just head over to TZP and look for the signup form on the left sidebar (mobile users scroll down to find the signup form). I’ll also make a post over there that will contain a version of the form. Everybody should be able to see that.



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