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Living Freedom by Claire Wolfe. Musings about personal freedom and finding it within ourselves.

Want to Comment on a blog post? Look for and click on the blue No Comments or # Comments at the end of each post.



Soooo much respect for life

Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Claire | 1 Comment »

Antigunners have become particularly bloodthirsty lately — to the point where its becoming alarming. About one in 20 of their tweets and blog comments seem to demand that some non-violent gun owner be killed. Others crow with glee over murders committed using guns.

Nicki Kenyon “praises” their great respect for life in her own inimitable style over at TZP.

At The Zelman Partisans: The duty to protect guests

Friday, October 10th, 2014 by Claire | 4 Comments »

Vladka Peltel’s latest post, “Sukkot, Ushpizin, and the duty to protect,” has already raised a small controversy over at The Zelman Partisans.

Oh, and to my Jewish friends now celebrating Sukkot: Chag Sameach!

Judiasm seems to have some awfully grim holidays, but Sukkot seems like one of the fun ones.

Steps on the road to advanced hermitting

Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Claire | 32 Comments »

Or is it hermitude? I don’t know. But in any case, I haven’t forgotten my intention to commence a period of deeper hermitness.

The world has been too much with me, late and soon. That whole JPFO business was hard and bitter. The aftermath’s been no picnic, either. Even though you and some renewed work for the Backwoods Home print ‘zine have risen to help me through the money part of that, the emotional part is just … whammo.

But I’m not here to talk about that. I’m here to forge a plan. You can probably help. You always do.

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Ouch, Borepatch!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Claire | 6 Comments »

Owey! And take care of yourself, Borepatch. Those motorcycles aren’t for the faint-hearted.

(I’d leave a comment over at Borepatch’s site, but far as I can see, you have to use an “official” ID with Google or some other outfit. Not doing that and can’t see why an increasing number of sites demand it.)

Gottlieb: The man who owns JPFO

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Claire | 2 Comments »

Over at The Zelman Partisans, I reflect on the puzzle of Alan Gottlieb’s persistent attachment to universal background checks (first raised by Herschel Smith).

An underground life

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by Claire | 7 Comments »

Going underground and keeping silent for 43 years after committing an illegal act of principle.

This is a story of the “left.” But also the story of a bold & fascinating person and a creative life.

Ebola, government, and you

Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Claire | 66 Comments »

Furrydoc asked in comments the other day, “Where’s the CDC?” (in fighting Ebola in the U.S.) Rhetorical question, of course. She knows quite well where the CDC is: giving bland assurances to the media about being just right up there on top of Ebola while primarily occupying itself with profitable and political mission creep. These days it’s focused on “epidemics” such as obesity and “gun violence.”

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Ron Fournier, at the National Journal says the scariest thing about Ebola isn’t the disease but our growing lack of trust in government and other institutions.

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Monday musings + the sort of dilemma nobody could really mind having, even though I have it and I still find it awkward

Monday, October 6th, 2014 by Claire | 12 Comments »

Gads, it was 80 degrees yesterday. Eighty in October in the Great NorthWET. There are entire summers when we don’t see 80. I don’t think I’ve ever seen it this warm this late in this corner of the world.

Not due to global warming. But oh man, what an amazing season it’s been!

Supposed to be “only” in the 70s for the rest of this week. Oh, poor us.

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With construction catastrophes keeping the house in chaos, I’ve been trying to de-clutter to help deal with the fact that every time I organize stuff in one area, it immediately has to be moved back out because … oh, the roof falls in or somesuch.

So I’m whipping myself into a crusade to de-stuff.

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Well, that’s one response to Ebola …

Saturday, October 4th, 2014 by Claire | 24 Comments »

Even with Ebola having turned up in the U.S., I’m with those who resolutely say don’t panic.

Okay, so some guy who knew he’d been exposed to Ebola decided to get on a plane to the U.S. and he probably won’t be the last. That’s bad, though unsurprising. (If you thought you might come down with a deadly disease, where would you rather be?)

We’re supposed to feel better because Liberia plans to prosecute him??? Okaaaay.

And hospital personnel who knew he’d been in Liberia sent him away to expose more people. Because of “poor communication” or “a computer glitch” or some other bureaucratic buck-passing. (And this just after the staff did Ebola training!) That’s bad and slightly more surprising.

And Our Glorious Leader was proven wrong faster than you could say “hope and change.” That’s … um, not surprising at all.

But as some of you folks have already pointed out, we’re dealing with an illness that’s not spread through casual contact and isn’t contagious until symptoms show. And so far Obama and bureaucrats haven’t managed to reduce the U.S. medical system to African levels. That’s good. So … caution, preparedness, but no panic.

One Faithful Reader and sometime contributor to the blog says he’s more concerned about how to handle friends and relatives who might panic if the virus gets loose here. He writes:

Several times this week I’ve seen breathless warnings to get my preps in order because Ebola. Meh. It’s not that I don’t think Ebola is a threat. I’m prepped. It’s not a goal, but how I live my life.

Could I live through a 3-week quarantine? Yep.

Do I need more fuel, food, toilet paper, ammo, cash, bread whatever? Always, but I’m OK.

Do I expect JBTs or zombie hordes trying to batter down my doors? No more than every day. We’re long past the point where they need an excuse.

What will I do when my free-loading brother-in-law pulls into the driveway?

Drink a half a cup of maple syrup, then vomit all over him and enjoy watching him scream like a little girl and run away.

Saturday links

Saturday, October 4th, 2014 by Claire | 12 Comments »

Friday freedom question: to live deliberately

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 by Claire | 14 Comments »

Thoreau famously went to Walden Pond to “live deliberately.” We know what that meant to him.

What would living deliberately mean to you?

There’s a new gun blog in town

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by Claire | 18 Comments »

The Zelman Partisans.

I’m one of five or six volunteer writers. Nicki Kenyon kicked things off last week with a slam against a Bloomberg “mom” who’s blindingly ignorant of history.

Sheila Stokes-Begley made a pair of posts about her visit to Yad Vashem.

And I joined them yesterday with “Defense Distributed and the Spirit of Resistance.”

Enjoy!

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ADDED: Personal to E.A. — I’ve been trying to get hold of you to ask you to blog with us! Hope you’ll get in touch.

 
 


 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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