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Month: July 2017

Midweek links

  • This grieving widow did many things wrong before she ventured into the woods to scatter her husband’s ashes. Then she did many things right while being lost for five days.
  • Life after the cash in your country becomes worthless. This is Cracked’s irreverent take on Modi’s bizarre decision in India. Be sure to read to the end, which contains a fascinating update on the longer-term consequences.
  • Another big Alan Gura win in a DC carry-permit case yesterday. … 13 Comments
  • Tuesday links

  • Yeah, baby. Implanted microchips are gonna be the next happenin’ thing. So let’s all get ourselves chipped. You know, just because. It’ll be even better than that tattoo you got last time you got falling-down drunk. (H/T PT)
  • Heh. Maybe Trump will fire Sessions. Not for the right reasons, of course. But whatever the reason, wouldn’t you love to see the forfeiture-craving, reefer-madness believing attorney general go?
  • Apparently, presenting evidence against your position is now an ad hominem attack. Must be nice to be a snowflake.… 8 Comments
  • FYI

    Good news. You can now join Claire’s Cabal for free. The paid membership model never worked very well. Except in one way. It was great at keeping the Cabal discussion forums troll-free and populated by bright, simpatico freedomistas. A friendly environment for all Cabalistas is still the goal. To that end, prospective members are now asked to answer 10 easy questions to introduce themselves and to agree to the Cabalista Code of Honor. When I say simpatico freedomistas, I mean the Cabal is for any person of goodwill who loves individual liberty and is either traveling the path toward it…

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    Sunday/Monday links

  • Nero Cuomo fiddles while Rome New York burns
  • Creative outlawry (whether you like it or not): Seattle skateboarders construct an illicit skateboard bowl on a lake island. They win a national prize. Unfortunately the bowl will be torn out and the prize was rescinded.
  • I don’t agree with the premise, but this article is still a fascinating look back: How the 1967 Summer of Love sparked today’s religious movements.… 6 Comments
  • It’s not about black or white. It’s about justice.

    This is Valerie Castile, mother of cop-murdered Philando Castile, embracing Don Damond, fiancĂ© of cop-murdered Justine Damond. They were together at a march through the streets of Minneapolis that was joined by people of multiple races. Residents along the route came out of their homes to show support. As long as gangs of cops are roaming the streets with license to kill, this is how it ought to be. Castile’s black son was slaughtered (for the crime of being a lawful gun owner) by a pale-complected gunman, Jeronimo Yanez. Damond’s white fiancĂ©e was blown off the face of the earth…

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    Silliness, art, and eggs

    Do you ever put off — and work up a big dread for — something that turns out to be simple, even pleasant? I’ve been doing that for the last 10 days with my venture into egg-tempera painting. Not venturing. I had an excuse, if that counts for anything. The powdered pigments arrived the day The Wandering Monk and I started on the last (knock wood) really grueling project. I wanted to wait to give full attention to paint making. I did mix up rabbit-skin glue and French chalk and prepared a gesso board, a process that took a few…

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    Two bad things (and one small, bitter laugh)

    You may have heard that this week Jeff Sessions’ Justice (sic) Department rolled back the Obama-era directive that had curbed one of the worst aspects of asset forfeiture. The federal government will once again be “adopting” forfeitures made by thieving police departments in states that have attempted to curb forfeiture abuse. Cops who want more toys and higher salaries can again thumb their noses at state laws — and of course at the very concept of due process. Says C.J. Claramella at Reason: The Justice Department, rolling back an Obama-era directive, will seize more cash and property from suspected criminals,…

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    And now a word from Downton Abbey

    I gather from the lack of response when I mentioned the show that few around here are devotees of Downton Abbey, the great Masterpiece series that ran for six big-hit years before its creators decided gracefully to bow out. In a way I’m not surprised at the lack of a Living Freedom Downton Abbey Rah Rah Fan Club. Outwardly Downton has nothing to do with freedom. It’s also a kitchen-and-drawing-room drama, offputting for you, my largely male readership. So I’m not saying everyone should just rush right out and binge-stream Downton Abbey until they’ve gained 50 pounds from all the…

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    A simple, quiet, sunshiny day

    Is that boring, or what? Isn’t it funny that the parts of life that are the best often make the dullest reading? Boy and girl meet and never have a moment’s discord. Who wants to read that? Towering couple screaming at each other as if they were actors in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Couple being pulled separately through the gates of hell. That’s what we like. Even oil-and-water rom-com cuties finding their way through dating mishaps to True Love. The good stuff is boooooooring. War stories. Murder mysteries. Tragic or violent family sagas. That’s what we really like. But…

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