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Just peachy

Well, what did you think of the now-ended impeachment hearings? Were they …

Relevatory and persuasive?
Dull as ditchwater?
Shamelessly partisan?
A waste of space in the universe?
As gripping as Watergate at its best?
Totally righteous?
Totally self-righteous?
Completely missing any impeachable offenses? (Except perhaps on the part of Joe Biden, who can’t be impeached because he’s not in office.)
The silliest bunch of cooked-up factoids you ever did hear?
Brilliant? Pure democracy in action?

Or did you think of them at all?

It was lovely to pay very little attention, although I did wonder if NPR was going to be “all impeachment, all the time, forever and ever.” I did more than the usual amount of switching the car radio on, then off again 10 seconds later.

What were your impressions, if any? Share with the world. Enlighten us. Take the opportunity to sing praises, cuss, or whatever else the hearings inspired you to do.


BoR book sale update

Four of the 10 available double-autographed copies of Basics of Resistance have been spoken for and three of those have been shipped.

Let me see here, if I use all my fingers … that leaves six copies. Get ’em while you can.

And don’t forget to include a shipping address (your own or a gift recipient’s) and the name you want your book(s) signed to (if any) in your email.

Six left — and that’s it forever, as far as signed copies go.


Anybody have some of my old articles stashed?

I went looking for two sets of old columns of mine, only to discover that a certain magazine had 86ed them. Or rather, 404ed them, this being the Internet. But in any case, they’re gone down the memory hole. So is a lot of other material, but right now I’m hoping to resurrect two series in particular:

I’ve checked The Wayback Machine and asked a friend who tends to keep these sorts of things, but no luck. If you’ve got copies you can share with me — or other ideas about where I can look — I’ll be eternally grateful.

I’d ask Oliver Del Signore, who was webmaster of that magazine back then. But I haven’t recovered my address book after last month’s system crash and although I thought I knew his addy, every version I’ve tried has resulted in returned mail.


  1. brew
    brew November 22, 2019 11:52 am

    Would those articles be in the annual anthologies of the magazines? If so I have all 28 years worth and I could dig them up.

  2. Claire
    Claire November 22, 2019 12:03 pm

    Good question, brew. And I don’t know the answer.

    Those anthologies tend (IIRC) to focus on the more practical articles and on articles from the print ‘zine, while I think my series were only online. But I’d be delighted to have you take a look and let me know what you find.

    Sustainable Freedom appeared in July and August 2006. Responsibilities/police state were from my BHM blog in the summer of 2011.

  3. MP
    MP November 22, 2019 12:04 pm
  4. MP
    MP November 22, 2019 12:09 pm
  5. EwB
    EwB November 22, 2019 12:20 pm
  6. EwB
    EwB November 22, 2019 12:33 pm
  7. DistOne
    DistOne November 22, 2019 1:00 pm

    First of all the pseudo-impeachment hearings were instructive. This is what an authoritarian, leftist party does when their program is stymied by an “illegitimate” opposition and they are panicking at the thought that their own corruption will come to light. I recommend watching the news clips on Gateway Pundit or The entertainment value is very high. I just hope they are stupid enough to push through to the Senate trial. You can not make this stuff up.

    The best part is while the Dems and Rubes are fighting each other, they do less damage to the rest of us.

    Sorry no archives of Living Freedom squirrelled away.

    Question: How is Kit Perez? My own treatment proceeds apace and I hope all is well.

    Take care,

  8. MP
    MP November 22, 2019 1:03 pm

    I do have to concur with DistOne. I have certainly enjoyed one aspect of the “hearings” in that less than usual other damage seems to be coming out of the House at this time.

  9. Tahn
    Tahn November 22, 2019 1:25 pm


    I have “most” of the BHM’s with your articles up in the attic and “Lots” of your articles from SWAT, all in dead tree form and will be happy to look through them, although it looks as if EbB has found some links. I lost your email address in my last computer crash but you can contact me through a certain wonderful forum. I have been meaning to update you on life in the woods. Biggest news is that I’m now a Great Grandpa.

    I couldn’t listen to more than a few NPR summaries and then a few minutes to hear the counter points from Rush or Hannity. Seems like BS and politics. Kinda on the Presidents side on this one, which surprised me, since I am rarely on any politicians side since Ron Paul. . “Sounds like” maybe Joe and Son (and Hillary) ought to be wearing orange instead of debating. Who knows.

    Mostly, I just tuned the world out for a while. It’s wonderful to be able to do so.

    Email me if I can help.

  10. MP
    MP November 22, 2019 2:19 pm

    Curious. I posted a couple of messages with links to the missing articles, but they seem to be stuck in “awaiting moderation” mode. If there are multiple links in a single message does it automatically go into that mode until someone manually releases it?

  11. Claire
    Claire November 22, 2019 2:23 pm
  12. Claire
    Claire November 22, 2019 2:28 pm

    Thank you, guys! Whew. I can see you all have better search-fu than I do.

    I don’t know what I did wrong, but you sure did something right.

    And you’re right, MP; comments with multiple links go to moderation, even when they’re from old familiar faces.

  13. brew
    brew November 22, 2019 2:39 pm

    So I guess I’ll leave the box of anthologies in it’s pristine condition for now unless you tell me you’ve come up short on links…

  14. larryarnold
    larryarnold November 22, 2019 2:56 pm

    It was obvious the hearings could never accomplish anything, so I ignored them.

    However, it has been amusing how many folks, who have been wrapped up in them, are either panicked or elated that the House may impeach Trump and he’ll be out of office. Can’t count how many times I’ve explained the rest of the process.

    Trivia: Who are the two U.S. presidents in American history who were impeached by the House, but not convicted by the Senate? (Not that I think anyone here will have to look it up.)

    Most of the stories I’ve published were also on sites that no longer exist, but nothing on the internet ever really disappears. I wish the politicians trying to regulate such understood that.

    “You can’t stop the signal, Mal.”

  15. EwB
    EwB November 22, 2019 2:56 pm

    I was a bit confused when I posted the links but nothing happened.
    Was feeling a bit like Curly or Moe, ” I’m trying ta think, but nothin’s happenin… ”


  16. david
    david November 22, 2019 3:47 pm

    I did not and will not watch the impeachment circle-jerk, which Schiff thinks he’s winning every time around. They have nothing that would constitute actual ‘evidence’, so it is all just commie stooges masturbating. I have better things to do than watch that puke-porn.

  17. Joel
    Joel November 23, 2019 8:47 am

    I certainly didn’t watch any of the proceedings, but articles about it were hard to avoid. And while I was initially planning to ignore the whole matter, it became obvious that the whole evidence of wrongdoing consisted of untouchable career bureaucrats who weren’t getting their way. And that alone (we were expected to believe) constituted grounds for impeachment in their minds. And that was … kind of chilling, despite my desire to disregard the whole matter as theater.

    It was kind of amusing how the original ever-so-important “whistleblower” got completely memory-holed when he became a liability to Schiff.

  18. Pat
    Pat November 23, 2019 9:45 am

    I wonder if there even IS a whistleblower. I can’t believe that many people “kmow” who it is, yet haven’t talked.

  19. Thomas L. Knapp
    Thomas L. Knapp November 23, 2019 11:09 am

    I haven’t watched the hearings. I read the transcript where something sounds interesting to see if the news accounts match the reality, but that’s about it.

    In a sane world, this would be boring. The only real question in the whole thing is who gets more out of it or is hurt more by it in the 2020 election.

    Yes, it’s a Democratic theatrical production.

    Yes, they had him cold the minute he publicly confessed three violations of a treaty and then corroborated his confession with an official White House document.

    No, Pelosi wouldn’t have announced the “inquiry” if the votes hadn’t already been there to impeach.

    Yes, there’s enough wiggle room on motive, even for a weasel like Trump, that “safe state” Republicans will be able to justify voting to acquit without much risk of it hurting their re-election efforts.

    No, there’s not enough wiggle room on motive to save “swing state” Republicans who vote to acquit, if for no other reason than that they were already probably going down in 2020.

    Yes, it’s all risky enough that it could hurt whoever the Democrats nominate for president. Maybe even enough to re-elect Trump.

  20. Comrade X
    Comrade X November 23, 2019 12:16 pm

    I didn’t watch or listen to the hearings, but I did pick up some excerpts on the net and related commentary.

    IMHO it was an old soviet type trial which was meant to produce a certain result which it will.

    Can you have a republic where haft the population will only recognize an election in which their guy/gal wins?

    Personally methinks the D’s gave the R’s a huge opportunity with the upcoming hearings in the Senate in which all the dirty laundry of the D’s that the MSM will not touch can be made public for those who want to hear about it but the bigger question today is whether there is anyone who even wants to hear about it anymore and then there is the question of the R’s being capable of pulling that off; as you know they don’t call the R’s the party of stupid for nothing.

  21. ExpatNJ
    ExpatNJ November 23, 2019 12:58 pm

    I did not – and I REFUSE to – watch ANY of the so-called “Trump Impeachment Hearings”

    I am more upset that these theatrics preempt local morning weather, which – as a matter of local survival – is more important than some bunch scumbuckets wanting to feel important.

    Remember in 1999, when Kennedy flew his plane into the ocean? There was non-stop coverage of “the search’ on EVERY network and channel, all of which preempted all other programming for a week or more. Who gave a cr@p?

    The Lame-Stream-Media wonders why it is going down.
    BREAKING NEWS: My family, friends and I care? NOT!

    Full disclosure: We did NOT vote for DJT.

  22. Myself
    Myself November 28, 2019 2:20 pm

    A bit lat to this party, so I’m not sure anyone will see this, but the trump impeachment hearings are as big of a scam as the clinton impeachment hearings were, bread and circuses for the masses trump was placed in office by the same people who placed obama in office and for the same reasons.

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