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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

Tuesday links

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015
  • What the poor, poor media has do do when the murdering jerk is the “wrong” sort of person.
  • And here’s the non-funny but more in-depth view of the same phenomenon.
  • I haven’t heard from Stewart Rhodes yet about the Ferguson open-carry march controversy. But Mama Liberty found this even-handed Reason article on the issue with extensive quotes from him.
  • Oliver Sacks, the great neurologist and racconteur died on Sunday. He was a wise, humane, and funny man. He went through life with face-blindness, which must be a special curse for such a public person.
  • Kent says it well. You can’t ever “keep guns out of the wrong hands.” Which is why it’s so vitally important to keep them in the right hands.
  • Turns out that Alison Parker’s “gonna buy a gun while trying to keep others from getting them” father is a failed politician and shameless attention wh*re.
Claire Wolfe

Grief + ignorance + hypocrisy: tools to rule

Monday, August 31st, 2015

I’m sorry for your grief, Mr. Parker. No parent should have to endure what you suffered. I was keeping my mouth shut when you first went on your blame-the-gun warpath. But now I know you’ve added hypocrisy to your repertoire, sympathy stretches thin:

The father of slain TV reporter Alison Parker says he thinks he will have to buy a gun now that he has decided to be an outspoken advocate for tougher gun laws.

Yeah. So everybody else who owns guns is a maniac waiting to strike. You, OTOH, are … what?

Ignorant, for one:

He says background checks should be done on people who buy weapons at gun shows.

(Scroll down to the 4:40 p.m. update at the above link for these quotes. H/T MJR.)

Nicki’s words bear repeating:

There was no loophole, and no background check that could have prevented Flanagan from getting a firearm! He was not even seeing a psychiatrist! He was not a prohibited person. There is no background check he would not have passed. The fact that he was an entitled jerk, a bad employee, and a crappy co-worker does not make him mentally ill or ineligible to own a firearm.

There is literally no loophole and no law that allowed him – a law abiding citizen, until he pulled that trigger yesterday – to purchase a gun when he should not have been allowed to do so. None.

And yet, in the heat of grief, the push for more ineffective laws that will do nothing but disarm those who have committed no crime continues …

Claire Wolfe

Fabulous fisking by Nicki

Friday, August 28th, 2015

In response to some pants-wetting coward who sees every gun-rights advocate* as a threat to him and of course his children.

—–

* Specifically those sporting NRA stickers. Ha! Little does he know those are only a modest few of the actual gun-bearing population.

Claire Wolfe

Massive Friday links dump

Friday, August 28th, 2015

This oughta keep you busy for a while. Major hat tip to faithful contributor MJR, who went on a link-hunting tear this week.

  • Um … Yes, Wired, you can do something about Spotify’s weird new anti-privacy policy: don’t use Spotify. And y’know, Spotify’s “clarification” doesn’t help one little bit. It amounts to, “Oh, we’ll never, ever abuse all those bits of your life we’re requiring users to give up to us. Trust us …”
  • Now this is funny. How North Korea is handling shooting range budget cuts.
  • Over at TZP, Nicki and Y.B. write about a pair of killers and their enablers. Y.B.’s “A Traditional Young Man” and Nicki’s “A Shooting in Virginia.” (Please support TZP with your memberships and store purchases!)
  • Taxpayers sue the IRS for allowing hackers to grab their info.
  • Charming. How to age gracefully.
  • The agony of introvert writers in a world where writing has become a social occupation. (H/T JB)
  • And along those same lines: “If you don’t share this immediately the entire world will explode.”
  • Another confirmation that being neurotic leads to being creative.
  • The National Cancer Institute (a .gov operation), finally admits that cannabis can kill cancer cells.
  • It’s not surprising, but so pathetic. Data analysis proves what the hackers claimed and everyone should have suspected: There were almost no women using Ashley Madison.
  • I have an email out to Stewart Rhodes to learn more about this Oath Keepers controversy. Frankly, stopping this march by black gun owners in Ferguson doesn’t sound like something Oath Keepers would do.
  • Forgotten history: In 1863 there was an effort to organize sleeper cells against the tyrant Lincoln for his destruction of the Constitution and operation of a giant (for the times) surveillance network.
  • Cash itself is now a barbarous relic — says the Financial Times, speaking on behalf of governments everywhere.
  • The long, slow death of the rule of law.
  • How the eruption of Mt. Tambora darkened the world but colored the arts.
  • Hysterical. When people were asked to come up with a single word to describe each of three prominent political candidates, the result was singularly unflattering.
  • You may know or have guessed some of this already, but it’s fascinating in any case: How did early explorers, with their primitive means, find small islands amid very big oceans?
  • Awwwwww. Puppy does pushups.
  • Finally, here’s a free ebook download for you from Sparks31 on modern survivalism and communications for III-percenters. I haven’t read this yet, but looks interesting. Donations or other useful actions suggested in exchange.
Claire Wolfe

Wednesday links

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015
  • Continuing to entertain, amuse, and abuse, and demonstrating that airport “security” is brilliant the world over, British officials steal a toddler’s … um, fart blaster
  • This is not a way to celebrate National Dog Day.
  • But you could celebrate George Orwell’s birthday like so.
  • A civil rights activist of the old days laments the rudeness and folly of Black Lives Matter.
  • Jim Bovard is a thorn in the side of contentment.
  • Strange. Within a span of 10 minutes, I ran across two articles — from very different perspectives! — noting how cruel and inhumane the U.S. prison system is considered around the world. Here’s official Ireland’s view. And here’s what a cartelista hitman has to say (among other interesting observations).
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
  • Well, here’s some provocative privacy protection. Drone Munitions. Shotshells specially aimed (pardon the pun) at ridding your backyard of those pesky camera-bearing neighborhood quadcopters. (H/T MtK)
  • Ten more things you didn’t know were racist.
  • How safe and how effective are those expired meds in your prep supplies? (Via SayUncle)
  • “Brady’s Empty Suits.” Excellent piece from Dave Hardy about how the Brady Center has been able to bring so many frivolous lawsuits and how the Lucky Gunner smackdown may have finally broken them. What a cynical bunch they are!
  • We already know that utility workers and others with access to our homes have been recruited into the “see something, say something” ranks of “terrorist” and anti-drug witch hunters. Now, San Jose, California, is contemplating turning garbage trucks into police surveillance units. Strictly to help find stolen vehicles, of course. This will never be used for anything nefarious. How could you even think that, you unAmerican little worm, you? (H/T MJR)
  • Glenn Reynolds says, “See something, DO something!” As those Americans on that French train did. (Joel also posted a great piece on this theme a couple of days ago.)
Claire Wolfe

“Black lives matter” is a great slogan

Monday, August 24th, 2015

I explain over at The Zelman Partisans.

And other writers ask if Jewish lives matter, too.

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links, too

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
  • This cop is a shapeshifter! And he and his cohorts are liars and manipulators.
  • This article is nominally about millions being about to lose their Obamacare subsidies. But the most intriguing part is how many people aren’t filing their tax returns.
  • The war on walking?
  • Personally, I think all these busybodies who are so worried about every little thing being “cultural appropriation” should quit speaking English. After all, our language has been appropriating words from other cultures at a furious pace for thousands of years. Our culture would be considerably improved if the “appropriation” yakkers stuck to speaking pure Anglo-Saxon.
  • While I don’t agree with every word of this, her core argument does make sense. But excess license can produce twists similar to excess repression, too.
  • Fascinating. New research suggests it’s not the loss of memory, but the loss of moral compass that defines the worst loss of self to dementia.
  • Why is Windows 10 checking users’ systems for pirated non-Microsoft software and games? Who is Microsoft’s product really serving?

Finally, from Mike Vanderboegh:

blackriflesmatter

Which joins the one Joel is so fond of:

its-because-im-black-isnt-it

Claire Wolfe

Boris Karpa joins TZP

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Somewhat of a coup. Boris Karpa has joined the bloggers at TZP.

Here’s my introduction for him. And here’s his first post.

He’s so much on the ball that he managed to post an hour before I got around to introducing him. Welcome, Boris!

Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
  • :-) Sword + righteous determination beats knife-wielding cowards. And that reminded faithful reader PT of “I’ll see your six …”.
  • A rough, tough novelist pulls himself back from the brink of death.
  • How well do you know Gandalf from Dumbledore? I was thinking about that while re-reading the Harry Potter books recently, so naturally I had to steal this when Wendy McElroy posted it.
  • The 2015 Human Freedom Index from Cato, the Frasier Institute, and three other think tanks around the world. Once again, the U.S. doesn’t crack the top 10.
  • “I Made an Untraceable Ghost Gun” by Andy Greenberg via Wired. I missed this when it came out in June and Mr. And Mrs. Furrydoc just sent it my way. Fascinating and unbiased account from a mechanically uninclined experimenter.
  • The euro won’t survive the next economic downturn.
  • The drug war should go, but some efforts to legalize weed don’t seem a whole lot better. Ohio’s proposal would — how cozy! — put the core of the industry into the hands of a handful of wealthy backers, who have a monopoly conveniently built into the initiative and have already snapped up the only 10 grow sites allowed.
Claire Wolfe

Over at TZP

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

I write about anti-gunners upping their game.

Been more good stuff flowing over there. Check out Y.B. ben Avraham’s “Rumblings Below the Bible Belt” and Sheila Stokes-Begley’s “The Double-Edged Standard” if you haven’t already.

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

And for your amusement:

Klintonerdämmerung, aka behind the scenes at Chapaqua. (Tip o’ hat to BW)

And watch a pair of pups grow up. That one on the left really needs a carpet to run on.

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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