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Month: January 2016

I don’t often blow my stack, but when I do …

… I really do. Normally I don’t believe in burning bridges unnecessarily, but right now I don’t care. And I don’t care who thinks I’m an asshat. Life’s just too short to deal with some people. I sent this to a well-known survivalist author. Not naming any names, but I’ll say he’s not the biggest, but someone you’re familiar with. He just sent an email asking a number of individuals and websites to promote his latest book. __________________, Do you realize you just cc’d my private email address to a bunch of strangers like some Internet n00b who never heard…

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When last we visited the bug-out bag …

… I was still living in the flatlands. The contents and setup of the bag were premised on the scenario that a flood, earthquake, or tsunami would drive me and the dogs into the nearby hills. We wouldn’t have to go far, but we might have to stay out there quite a while. The only nearby buildings big enough to serve as shelters were all either in or across the zone of most likely damage. The neighbors, mostly poor and unprepared, might be liabilities. Camping solo was in the cards. That was then. Two and a half years ago I…

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Weekend links

Hugh Farnham gives another look at why firearms confiscation is impossible. Yep. One more bit of evidence about exactly why conventional TV is doomed even as we enjoy a golden age of “television-like” entertainment. OTOH, it’s sad that Al Jazeera America is shutting down. It really did some of the best news coverage around. Real coverage, not newstainment. A kippah and Europe’s future. Okay, that’s it. The whole business of selling “naming rights” and trademarking “public” property has gone way too far. Here’s the latest thing for privacy mavens to be aware of. You’re okay if you can avoid the…

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Thursday news

Will people now have to start watching their “threat scores” the way they have to watch their credit scores? Given the notoriously bad and biased information that goes into marking us as “threats,” that could be a real challenge. Mental Floss tells the story of German teens who rebelled against Hitler. Another fascinating, little-known bit of history. To call it the gun issue even the NRA won’t touch might be an exaggeration. But the problem of non-violent ex-felons being denied gun rights does hit blacks harder than the rest of us. (Thank you, War on Drugs.) Funny timing. Last evening…

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Alan Rickman, RIP

Oh no. Professor Snape is gone. Alan Rickman was a great actor and a very private person. As with David Bowie, few even knew he was suffering from cancer. Bowie’s death made me feel old. Ziggy Stardust dead? How can it be? Rickman’s death feels only as if the world’s supply of great acting talent is that much lower, so suddenly. UPDATE: His best roles according to People. I’ve been trying to get my hands on Truly, Madly, Deeply with no luck. And I’ve never seen Die Hard though I will now that I know he was in it. Galaxy…

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Update on helping Mike Vanderboegh

BBQ/work party According to Mike, a work party/BBQ to help with long-neglected home projects is forming up for the first weekend in February. If you’re near Pinson, Alabama, or have construction skills, a strong back, and are able to travel, this might be a great event for you. And certainly for Mike and Rosey. David’s fundraising plea David Codrea also clarifies issues related to his fundraising pleas for Mike — and gives righteous hell to a few yammerheads. Seems there are some who, rather than helping Mike, prefer to sit at their keyboards and make unhelpful suggestions. I haven’t personally…

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SOTU STFU

So. Are you going to watch the state-of-the-union addy tonight? (Or, depending on when you read this post, did you watch it?) I can’t remember the last SOTU address I watched, and that’s not just because I don’t “do” TV. Watching politicians give speeches — especially “important” speeches — is as savory as watching circus geeks bite the heads off live chickens. And much less entertaining. I’m sorta-kinda guessing the speech won’t have a big audience of BHM/Living Freedom readers. Still, you’ve probably heard that Big O plans to leave a seat empty so that … oh, all the ghosts…

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Sunday ramble

I was debating whether to write more about Obama’s recent (though ancient in Internet Time) fiats against gun “dealers” and gun owners. Can’t bring myself to. Our Glorious Leader is all about “gun control theater,” signifying very darned little. Bans and confiscations clearly dance through Obama’s dreams, but he hasn’t got the guts to face strong people. He strikes at the weak and vulnerable. Then this morning I was reminded of the bottom line truth: (Source) —– Well, I finished watching The Man in the High Castle. Yep, as you who got there before me said, that was certainly a…

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Fundraiser for Mike Vanderboegh

David Codrea (thank you, David) looked into various fundraising sites, but after seeing their hoops and the cuts they take, he says let’s keep it simple. We need to give back to Mike Vanderboegh in his last months on earth and the simple way is the fastest and least overheady. Here’s David’s appeal and donation link. Or you can go directly to Sipsey Street and scroll down just a hair to find Mike’s own donation button and snailing address. Mike has been tireless in the cause of gun rights and freedom, even when he was desperately ill. Without him and…

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