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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 ‘Humor’ Category

Claire Wolfe

Okay, I appreciate misdirection as much as the next Freedom Outlaw. But this is humiliating.

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Once in a while, buddy Jim Bovard will include “Claire Wolfe” in a group of searches. This apparently gets interesting.

Images like this come up (embiggenate for proper appreciation):

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I have no idea who the cute-in-an-office-assistant-sort-of-way “me” is, but she’ll do. And while I truly, truly, truly don’t get why Sonia Sotomayor keeps coming up in searches on my name, it’s a fact. And it’s far from the first time. Poor Sonia and I appear to be linked by karma. Bad karma, no doubt. But her karma or mine, who knows? (I’ve probably deepened the karmic connection by writing her name here.)

And the “related” searches results persuade me that I really do need to quit writing about Al*n G*ttl*eb.

Still, I can live with all of the above. But when Jim did a Bing search this morning … Oh, the horror!

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Again, I have zero idea who that particular “Claire Wolfe” is. I have a vague recollection of seeing that photo before. Maybe I used or linked to it in a blog post. But I wish to pronounce publicly, firmly, loudly, indignantly, and excruciatingly categorically — NOT ME.

Furthermore, it’s not even my sister, my third cousin once removed, my next-door neighbor, or some grouchy woman who once snarled at me at the DMV.

She would snarl, though. You can tell. Probably bites, too.

Jim suggested I sue Bing. Or at least put some better “me” images out there for them to notice. Funny that hardly any search engine ever turns up the infamous “hat” photo — which actually is me and is right up here on this blog every, single day.

Deeply offended though I am to have some Aileen Wournos lookalike misrepresenting my graceful, pleasant, and refined self, these crazily crapazoid results do help restore my hope that privacy is still possible. Despite all the ominous news, it’s clear that “they” don’t yet know everything there is to know about us all.

Claire Wolfe

Weekend reads

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

Two from The Atlantic:

“The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous.” Science and addiction treatment. Long but interesting.

And just for laughs: “The Confused Person’s Guide to Middle East Conflicts.” With the Saudi-Iran cold war about to go hot over Yemen, perhaps this’ll help us appear well-informed.

Claire Wolfe

Thursday links

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Deadlining this week as well as doing my small bit to get The Zelman Partisans ready for its next big step (look for it mid-April, Lord willing and the crick don’t rise). So blogging is a bit slow. But got some links for ya …

  • Missed an important anniversary in the history of government on Monday: passage of the Enabling Act. March 23, 1933.
  • Personally, I think if they can’t afford to pay for their own first-class travel, the whole scurvy bunch of ‘em ought to just hitchhike and stay in hostels. And what the heck is a “first lady,” anyhow, and why should any sane human being want one? She wouldn’t be worth it even if she cost only $1.98 in upkeep.
  • One more reason not to live in California: the Obamacare of energy policies.
  • Fabulous opening line: “It’s spring, and just as the appearance of shoots and buds makes you optimistic that winter is departing, so too are there signs around the country that make you optimistic that our leviathan state is, if not departing, at least starting to retreat.” New Mexico abolishes asset forfeiture without criminal conviction.
  • The .sucks domain is almost here — and its price structure makes it look like a very clever shakedown scheme.
  • “We were wolves once …
  • … and maybe some of us still are. (H/T jed from comments)
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
  • Oh, those witty Canadians. The Syrup Trap sends up someone’s (not naming any names) notion of a proper earthquake survival kit. (H/T MJR)
  • Seems Mr. Gottlieb may be forbidding anyone to post Mike Vanderboegh’s views on KABA.
  • Snoozing hound dreams big dreams in magical scenes.
  • Though I continue to watch the Elio with anticipation, I’ve long been suspicious of their seemingly ironclad claims: $6,800 price, 84-mpg highway, and engineered for a 5-star crash rating. They keep making these claims despite production delays, despite not even having an engine yet, and despite the fact that 5-stars is a very difficult achievement. So call me eager but skeptical. I tend to agree with this Jalopnik article from last fall. And I was wildly disappointed to learn this week that Elio Motors is seeking government money. Sigh.
  • RIP Mike McNulty. He should be better remembered and more honored than he is. I had the privilege of privately screening Waco: The Rules of Engagement at his home before it was released. I was not ashamed to weep with rage over its revelations.
Claire Wolfe

What not to wear after 50 :-)

Monday, February 16th, 2015

On the lighter side: Michelle Combs writes the definitive guide to what not to wear after you turn 50.

You guys of the male persuasion probably imagine there’s nothing here for you, but you might want to have a look, anyhow.

Language is NSFW. Thoughts are more than safe for anybody.

Cheers. :-)

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Friday, February 13th, 2015
  • Australia’s oldest man, aged 109, still … um knits sweaters for penguins. (H/T jed)
  • In your face: The Inaugural Muhammed Art Exhibit and Contest. Big prizes. Great poster illustration. :-)
  • Charles Manson deserves this. He deserves much, much, much more than this of course. But he deserves this.
  • The double lives of Hasidic atheists.
  • Violence against Jews doesn’t exist in the strange crevasses of Obama’s mind.
  • First thought (quickly suppressed): If only it were true. Wouldn’t want it to come to that pass. But am glad to see politicians fearing it.
  • So which country in the world demands the most data on everybody? Russia? Venezuela? China? North Korea? Go ahead. Guess. I’ll wait.
Claire Wolfe

A Monday morning ramble

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Too much for just links, too little for one of my blogosauri. Randomish thoughts …

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Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, February 7th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

The Last Will and Testament of Ava Wolfe

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

MJR sent this very sweet and inspirational last will and testament of a well-loved dog:

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I thought it was lovely, of course. And very true. Well, mostly true. But it got me thinking about kind of wills Ava and Robbie would write. After all, Robbie’s going to turn 14 in a couple of months and even eternal-puppy Ava will turn 10 later this year. So it’s time to think of such things.

Robbie would be easy. His last will would probably say, “Do whatever you want with my stuff. Just don’t bother me; I’m trying to sleep.”

Ava, OTOH … well, Ava would definitely not share the sentiments of the generous old dog in the graphic. Let me make a guess at her last will:

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Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, January 19th, 2015

*The article gets JPFO’s name slightly wrong and says I was an employee when I was always an independent contractor. Minor details, but I couldn’t find a way to contact the author to give him a non-public heads-up. Very good article nevertheless.

Claire Wolfe

Tab clearing

Monday, January 12th, 2015
  • What is time? It rules our lives, but who can define it? Here are 10 mind-blowing attempts at explaining time. (H/T ML)
  • Dear Boston: Please say hell no to hosting the Olympics.
  • Oh my. Such a problem to have! Washington state pot growers and retailers face a glut of legal product. (Tip o’ hat to jed.)
  • Albuquerque cops finally facing murder charges for one of their most horrible caught-on-camera moments.
  • In the rage over Islamist attacks on the west and western values, let us not forget that the worst and most helpless victims are Muslims and those who live in Muslim countries.
  • Lovely, starkly designed cabins from around the world But who lives in these things and how do they get by without bathrooms?
  • Thanks, terrorists. From now on no more Mr. Wiseguy. :-)
  • Three more hopeful looks at Western-Islamic relations: An imam says Muslims must reject violence and governments must change course; Glenn Harlan Reynolds points out that Muslim leaders are finally realizing that their “brand” is tarnished by the acceptance of intolerance; author Irshad Manji is optimistic about the future between Islam and the West.
 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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