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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

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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Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Saturday evening encounter with gloom and cigarette

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Saturday evening just as it was turning dark, a young man came to my gate. He was as clean cut as a Mormon missionary (about the only other people prone to show up hereabouts at such an hour) and traveling on foot as they do. But he was solo. I had the vague feeling I’d seen him somewhere before.

“I was here with Mike the other day,” he said by way of introduction. He gave no name. Mike — meaning Handyman Mike — has gone through a steady stream of minions or minion wannabes, all pretty much interchangable to me. I’m trying to figure out which one this is.

“I see you still have that pile of construction material back there. Would you pay me to clean it up for you?”

Clean-cut though he may be, the whole business of a nameless stranger turning up on my doorstep in the near-dark is creepy. I’m still trying to figure out who he is when he announces, “I’m desperate for money.”

And lights up a cigarette.

Now, I can think of a fair number of ways for a young man to demonstrate that he’s either in dire financial straits or worthy of being hired because he’s good. But lighting up a cigarette (in a state where they cost nearly $10 a pack) isn’t one of them. I can’t afford to smoke. If he can, his “desperation” is manufactured.

I let him hand me his contact information over the closed six-foot gate (after I supplied paper and pen). He scrawled a phone number, but still offered no name. I finally asked who he was.

“Troy,” he said.

Then I remembered. Three weeks ago, he answered Mike’s ad for a construction helper. Mike interviewed him and he was supposed to start assisting on my Great Bathroom Project.

The morning he was to begin minioning he called Mike to say he had a flat tire. And no way of changing or fixing it. He finally made it here at 1:30, driven by a friend, just as Mike was going to lunch. Mike showed him the great heap of construction rubble outside the fenced part of the yard and invited him to work on organizing the stack until Mike’s return. Troy declined and left. After that, he didn’t return Mike’s calls. End of minioning.

Now here he is at the gate, weeks later, in the gathering dark on a weekend, wanting the work he wouldn’t do when he had the chance. But not really wanting work. Wanting money.

I’m not sure what it is lately with people being so eager to claim their desperation. Have they been reading Atlas Shrugged and mistaking the bad guys for the good guys or what? Do they seriously believe desperation gives them a compelling claim, some leg up in the race to earn a living?

All it gave me was the creeps.

I remember my Depression-era relatives talking about hungry men showing up on their doorsteps. In their stories, they always made a clear distinction between “hoboes” and “bums.” Hoboes, they said, would show up, hat in hand, offering to work. They didn’t speak of their need, only of their willingness. They were honest men — down on their luck but not broken. Bums, on the other hand, were no good and had probably never been any good. They might (or might not) offer to work, but really they were just looking for a handout. Or a place that might have something worth stealing.

I’ll leave it to you to decide what kind of person my evening visitor is. I don’t know. He might just be an inexperienced kid, born into the self-esteem era, having never been encouraged to acquire either manners, a work ethic, or common sense.

I do know that after he left I let down all the blinds and made sure all my self-defense tools were in good order and accessible. And I gave the dogs extra pats, recalling he’d been too scared of them to come in the yard the first time he was here.

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

Weekend links

Sunday, November 8th, 2015
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

Thursday links

Thursday, November 5th, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Tuesday links

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Must get a few things done this morning, then will return to the “musings” I began the other day. Meantime, here’s some linkage …

Claire Wolfe

Monday links

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Back to the “musings” shortly. In the meantime, I must beat back the tide of open tabs …

Claire Wolfe

Weekend links

Saturday, October 31st, 2015
Claire Wolfe

Oh heck, enough of my whining. Have some links.

Thursday, October 29th, 2015
  • Amish man sues to buy firearms without photo ID.
  • Those secretive, usually warrantless stingray units? Turns out they can record the content of phone calls; not just act as a locator. (H/T MJR)
  • Liberalthink: We MUST have the $15/hour minimum wage even if it puts people out of work.
  • The news just gets more dire for Obamacare’s race to the bottom.
  • Kevin Wilmeth asks, “How cool is Marilyn Williams?”, who defended her home with a precision air rifle (aka “sniper rifle” to the media).
  • I’m not sure how the term “social justice warriors” (SJW) came into such popular use. But I don’t like it. It’s too easy for the SJWs themselves to see that as a good thing. I think we should use a term nobody could learn to love (and a more accurate term, besides): pecksniffians.


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