Notes for Monday – December 26, 2016

On December 26th, 1777, after crossing the Delaware River, Washington led his men against Hessian soldiers garrisoned at Trenton. After a brief battle, nearly the entire Hessian force was captured, with negligible losses to the Americans, significantly boosting their flagging morale.

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Springfield Armory 1911 With Laser, by Pat Cascio

My number one choice, if I could only own one handgun, is still the grand old 1911 in some configuration. Yeah, lots of new gun designs come along, and I’ve tested many different handguns over the past 25 years working as a gun writer, and most are outstanding in their own regard. However, when pressed, I’m going to still pick a 1911 in .45 ACP, of course. Here are some of my thoughts on my choice in a 1911. First of all, there is the proven fight-stopping .45 ACP round. Yes, I’ve read the report put out by the FBI stating that there isn’t all that much difference between the stopping power of a 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP, when loaded with a good JHP bullet. Still, in my mind, I believe that, the .45 ACP will put a bad guy down a little bit faster than the 9mm and .40 S&W rounds will. I don’t know of any way to measure this sort of thing, and I don’t think anyone else does, either, unless they were on the spot and timed just how fast a certain caliber puts a stop to a deadly threat. Many years ago, my … Continue reading

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Recipe of the Week: Ham and Lentil Stew, by L.H.

We’re expecting an “Arctic blast” soon and this is the soup I’m preparing to help keep us warm. While there is some slicing-and-dicing involved, the lentils cook up quickly enough that you can have it on the table in under an hour and a half. Earthy, healthy, comforting, and a little different, I think you’ll like it. Plain ol’ saltine crackers are a perfect accompaniment, though chunks of warmed crusty bread will definitely kick it up a notch. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp. olive oil 1 ½ c. cooked diced ham ¾ – 1 c. chopped onions (about 1 small onion) 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 cans (14.5 oz. ea.) chicken broth 2 chicken bouillon cubes 2 carrots, sliced 2 stalks celery, sliced 1 c. lentils, any kind 1 ½ c. thinly-sliced cabbage 2 tsp. cumin ¼ tsp. thyme 1 bay leaf ½ tsp. black pepper Directions: In large soup pot, heat oil over medium heat. Sauté ham and onions, stirring often, for 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and stir 1 minute more. Add rest of ingredients. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 1- 1 ¼ hours, stirring occasionally, until lentils are done. Remove bay leaf before serving. … Continue reading

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Letter Re: Fire Starters

Mr. Latimer, I have read many fire starter “recipes” lately on SurvivalBlog. I have tried a few of them and have had a short-lived flame with which to start a fire. Some lit easier than others, and some burned a little better. Last year in the spring I bought some Fire Starter logs that were on sale for half price. I took one log out and began cutting small cubes from the end, about the size of sugar cubes. I then wrap each cube in enough dryer lint to cover it completely. Lint adheres pretty well to the cube which is somewhat sticky. The lint allows you to store them together without them sticking to each other. Purchase small zip baggies measuring 2″ x 3″ from a craft store. They hold 2-4 cubes per bag, and seal shut. These little waterproof baggies are easily carried in a pocket. Adding several matches is also a good idea, although strikers do the job nicely. These little cubes really burn for a long time, which the log starter product is made to do! One log will make a huge number of these for very little money. I even use these to light logs … Continue reading

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Economics and Investing:

“Positive Ripple” Asininity Courtesy of Financial Times o o o Trump Might Be the End of the Bush-Obama Consensus o o o Gold As A Percentage Of Global Financial Assets o o o Gold Market Ignoring 5.2% Rise In New Home Sales In November o o o SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

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Odds ‘n Sods:

How to Remove Rust From Your Gun Using A Penny – Easy, Safe & Effective – K.T. o o o The left continues to “double down”: Katie Couric to Guest Host ‘Today Show’ Despite Editing Controversy – DSV o o o Wranglerstar’s new Snowplow– T.J. o o o New California Proposed Bill to Increase Government Seizure of Children from Families? – DSV o o o Dr. Sebastian Gorka: ‘The front line is when you leave your house in the morning’ – B.B.

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