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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, July 28th, 2015
  • 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.
Claire Wolfe

Carl-Bear on anti-gun fiat incrementalism

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

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.

Claire Wolfe

This is how they ban guns without banning guns

Monday, July 20th, 2015

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)

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, July 20th, 2015
  • 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.)
Claire Wolfe

Help TZP design its first target

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

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.)

Claire Wolfe

What we do for love

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Over at TZP, I wax emotional about (among other things) distrusting emotions.

Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
  • This public murder + mass act of cowardice happened (in gun-free DC, no surprise) on July 4. I just heard about it. If this is how disarmed and “civilized” people behave, you can take your civilization and … ahem.
  • A social justice warrior has doubts about herself.
  • I’m no Rand Paul fan. But suing to stop the horrible FATCA law is a fine idea.
  • One good thing about the Greek crisis. If you’re in the market for a private island, you can now get a fire-sale price on one. Relatively speaking.
  • Are these the death throes of Flash? (H/T PT)
  • TZP has been hopping lately. Special attention to two very recent posts by Nicki. “Loopholes” and the South Carolina church shooter. And quite literally a “no-brainer” : a San Francisco supervisor wants to punish the berg’s only gun store (and any others that might ever be so foolish as to locate in the city) for something it didn’t even remotely do.
  • Fascinating and mostly well-done New Yorker article on the Big One that will someday wallop the Pacific Northwest. (Via jed in comments)
Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
  • The future of the web looks a lot like bitcoin. Rather technical, but about the onrushing tech model more than the currency. (H/T MSJ)
  • It just ain’t true that people have given up wanting online privacy. What’s going on is more like resignation. But resignation can lead to later resistance.
  • Ah, those peskily persistent census workers. They’re at it again. (Via Jim B. in comments)
  • How can someone — even if she is a politician — be such an empty vessel?
  • Last stand of the old white male politicians. Just because it’s by Mark Steyn and he writes so well.
  • Designer creates a font that reminds you whenever you type any of the thousands of the words that cue the NSA in to the fact that you’re a “terrorist.”
  • And just a reminder: If you haven’t yet v*ted for The Zelman Partisans there are still several more weeks. You can help not only by v*ting for TZP, but by spreading the word to your blog readers, friends, neighbors, gun club members, Twitter followers, FB friends, etc. It’s clear TZP isn’t going to set the world on fire, but it’s continuing to hold its own.
Claire Wolfe

Cool custom kippahs over at TZP

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Nobody else has ’em. Nobody else ever will.

And they’re beautiful. Quality linen, quality workmanship. Get ’em while they’re red hot. Be the first one on your block …

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, July 6th, 2015
  • Oh man, this creep should be Bloomberg’s next anti-gun spokesthing. “I just … um, yeah, I just found the gun right there on the bench! And as soon as I picked it up it started … um, going off all by itself! Three times!”
  • I have no idea whether Ellen Pau should be fired. But this Reddit revolt is impressive in this day of corporatized Internet.
  • I officially doubt this ever happened. But I can see good horror movie material here. (H/T Jim B. in comments)
  • More on the Texas plan to repatriate and store the state’s gold. A hint at secession?
  • Did foreign governments (including perhaps our “good friends” the Saudis) bankroll 9/11? And more importantly, why aren’t we allowed to know?
  • You should read Maggie McNeill’s July 4th post “My Police State ‘Tis of Thee.” But even more, read her July 4, 2014 post “The Spirit of ’76.” Which is actually about the Roman Empire.
  • Kevin Wilmeth on the larger picture of the “you MUST bake my cake” bullying.
  • Seven political cartoons for your post-Fourth pleasure. (H/T Shel in comments)
Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Sunday, July 5th, 2015
  • California’s gun-running anti-gunner Leland Yee pleads guilty.
  • This is the first article I’ve read from Bloomberg’s new anti-gun “journalistic” venture, The Trace. As I’ve heard, it seems to meld legitimate-looking reporting with Bloombergian hysteria. Oh yeah, “street toughs” are just looking to get their hands on M1s so they can commit “common crime.”
  • A former federal judge denounces the majority of the sentences she ever passed. (Why do these uber-establishment types always wait until afterward to take a stand?)
  • Can the bacteria in your gut affect your mood?
  • Well, then, how about the nerve in your gut?
  • Business Insider calls these the “funniest” emails associated with Hillary Clinton. Nothing funny about the reminder that those who seek to rule us are as stupid and inept as they are scary.
  • Finally, have some gorgeous weather photos courtesy of jed in comments.
Claire Wolfe

Observations on cultural war and mob insanity

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Our cultural cold war is about to boil into open conflict, thanks to last week’s Supreme Court decisions. Some of us think we’re ready, but we’re not.

I’m not saying we’re going to be shooting each other by next Tuesday or even next year. Just that the last remaining bridge between the old culture of America and the new culture of elite America got blown to smithereens. Last week was a point of no return with the Supreme Court’s Obamacare (“the Constitution is whatever we want it to be”) decision and gay marriage decision.

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