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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 ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Claire Wolfe


Thursday, November 26th, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

I’m off to cook the Big Dinner with all the fixins and plenty of leftovers. It’s a tough job, but I’m sure Ava and Robbie will help.

I’m grateful beyond words to all of you for for your presence, your comments, your support, your ideas, your smarts, and your commitment to freedom.


I’m going to take a couple of days off now, so see you sometime over the weekend.

Meantime, I hope you’ll leave comments saying what you’re grateful for in your own life, this very interesting and challenging year.

(Clipart courtesy of Webweaver.)


Claire Wolfe

Midweek links, too

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
  • It’s here: the 3D-printed revolver. The hoplophobic panic will surely not be far behind. (H/T S)
  • It’s also here: the first private space race. I doubt the Bezos vs Musk is quite as theatrically adversarial as the media would have us think. What a good thing, though, eh? May the best man win. Better yet, may both men win.
  • Over at The Zelman Partisans Nicki turns to DC police chief Lanier and asks, “Take ’em out with what?” and I ask if the Jewish leaders of Europe have no sense of history or just no sense. Carl-Bear Bussjaeger also has some comment on European leaders who want to render their people more vulnerable (and you’d have gotten an advance look at that piece if you subscribed to TZP’s weekly alerts; see the sidebar and sign up!).
  • They said if I didn’t vote for Obama, insurance-industry lobbyists would take over health care.
  • Ban encryption? Can’t be done sez J.D. Tuccille.
  • Your awwwwwwwww story for the day: dog adopts orphaned ‘possum. (Looks a little uncomfortable now that ‘possum’s grown up, though.)

Finally, S sends along a great video and says, “Be this goat.”

Claire Wolfe

Midweek links

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Tragedy for Kent “DullHawk” McManigal

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

I just learned that Kent McManigal — longtime freedomista, Commentariat member, and creator of the “Time’s Up” DullHawk Flag lost his 24-year-old daughter last week.

Worse, she was killed by a drug-addled driver.

Worse yet, she left behind two little sons, 5-1/2 and 4 years old. Kent’s ex-wife will raise the boys, but they could sure use help.

Here are photos of Cheyenne Rose McManigal and family.

This link will take you to the address of her memorial fund and a link to a gofundme page. Please help if you can.

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, November 21st, 2015
  • For some reason, the NRA sat on its review of the notorious Armatrix iP1 “smart” gun and just recently released it. They probably didn’t mean it to be hilarious, but it is.
  • Ten ways to lessen your chances of being killed in a terrorist attack.
  • #BlackLivesMatter may get all the press, but Tommitrise Collins, college student and new mother, is a lot more impressive.
  • Wendy McElroy found this one first, but it should be spread far and wide: thanks to asset forfeiture, U.S. cops now steal more property than all the nation’s burglars combined.
  • What The Hunger Games movies say about feminism and war. I read this week that Jennifer Lawrence was initially frustrated with her character Katniss’ reluctance to fight and to lead, but eventually came to understand that it’s one of the character’s great strengths.
  • Newly discovered spider named after a Lord of the Rings character. No, not Shelob.
  • Well, I’m sure that’s one good reason to fire the head of the DEA. But somehow it hardly seems the biggest reason (to fire the head of the DEA, send all its agents off to work at McDonalds, burn the agency to the ground, and salt the land on which it stood).
  • And speaking of the progress on pot, good on you Canadians.
  • Hillary: She Who Must Not Be Mocked. (Here’s Nicki’s take on the mysterious phone call. And the video some Hillaryite objected to.)
  • Finally dogs painting poetically and dogs wet and dry.
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

It’s so odd to live in a class-obsessed time

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

I grew up in a classless world. (Not classless as in “Donald Trump ain’t got no class,” but as in “Anyone can grow up to be president.”)

Maybe this was less true for some people of my generation, but I simply don’t remember ever caring two hoots about somebody’s economic class or status or anyone else caring about mine.

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Claire Wolfe

NorthWET winter: here it comes again

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Remember the atmospheric river “fist” I blogged about on Friday? Well, here comes the second of the 1-2 punch:


… and this time it’s coming in with winds high enough to knock down trees and knock out power.

Ohhhhhhhhh I am so sick of winter!

But. On the good side. After a year of drought and two weeks or so of early winter, the reservoirs here in the NorthWET hold at least a six-month’s supply. There’s snow for the skiiers, too.

I haven’t checked. Are you Californians getting any of this? I know you need it. Far as I’m concerned, you’re welcome to the whole darned rest of our rainy season. Please. Take it. It’s yours.

Claire Wolfe

Not into Amazon? Or just prefer to support BHM?

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Backwoods Home is having a series of holiday specials. These are limited-time only. In fact, here are two that end at midnight tonight:

1. Anthologies Special

2. Jackie Clay Special

I’m sure there will be more as the season goes on. These specials are NFI for me — except for the interest you and I both have in keeping BHM going strong for all our sakes.

Claire Wolfe

Amazon Christmas shopping guide, 2:
The comforts of home

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

In this week’s installment of my ongoing plot to lure you into using my Amazon links for your holiday shopping, I’m focusing on the comforts of home.

Specifically, the warm comforts. It’s only mid-November and I don’t know about you but I’m already sick of winter. As I sit here typing this my fingers and toes are cold and it’s been raining so long I wouldn’t be surprised to see an ark floating by.

So yes, I’m thinking some warm stuff would be welcome under anybody’s Christmas tree this year.

For instance …

How about some delicious flannel sheets? One of you lovely readers bought me a set a couple of years ago and it’s so nice to slide into their comfort instead of shivering through those first icy seconds with standard cotton sheets.

Or how about a cozy comforter to go over them?

Another personal favorite for my dogs and me is our mattress warmer. Yes, we spoil ourselves and you can spoil somebody, too. Maybe even yourself.

But of course you can’t just lounge around in bed all the time. Sometimes you have to get up and go to the range. For that, you (or your shooting friends) need fingerless gloves.

Or wool socks. They’re the sort of item that always feels a little pricy when we go to buy them for ourselves, but high-quality wool socks still make a reasonably priced gift.

Warming doesn’t have to come from outside, though. How ’bout some fancy Irish oatmeal to keep you and your loved ones warm within?

Or gourmet coffee? Or gourmet bacon (or at least something deliciously bacon flavored)?

A portable heater goes well this time of year, and one with an alternative heat source, even better.

Then there are alway DVDs and Blu-Ray movies made for some cozy snuggling. Speaking of warm things, Warm Bodies is, believe it or not, a perfectly delightful zombie chick-flick comedy to share with a special someone.


Well, I think that gives you the idea. The main idea — the great master scheme behind my entire holiday plot — is for you to please use any Amazon link you find on this site. Shop that way and you’ll help keep this blog rolling and keep the Wolfe dogs in kibble.

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

Catching up

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Been deadlining, but all caught up now.


While I had my face buried in my latest BHM house-fixup article, the world outside was getting hammered with the kind of rain that makes even a seasoned Northwesterner wonder if there’s an umbrella (or perhaps a submarine) in the house.

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