Odds ‘n Sods:

Seed corn thief must pay $425,000

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Obama Quietly Signs The “Countering Disinformation And Propaganda Act” Into Law

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I’ve had folks ask about Israel’s Lone Soldier (“Tzofim Garin Tzabar“) program, which I mentioned in my novel Land Of Promise. It is a worthy program that sponsors young adults in making Aliyah to Israel through their service in the Israel Defense Force (IDF.) I believe that the program deserves our support. Donations are tax deductible for Americans. And of course donations made on or before December 31st are deductible for 2016. – JWR

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Mega-Regions: What If We Redrew State Boundaries Today? This Gedenken ties in nicely to my suggestion of partitioning eastern Oregon and Eastern Washington from their respective western halves. – JWR

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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 … Continue reading

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.


  • 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


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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 … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    “Positive Ripple” Asininity Courtesy of Financial Times

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    Trump Might Be the End of the Bush-Obama Consensus

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    Gold As A Percentage Of Global Financial Assets

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    Gold Market Ignoring 5.2% Rise In New Home Sales In November

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    SurvivalBlog and its editors are not paid investment counselors or advisers. Please see our Provisos page for details.

    Odds ‘n Sods:

    How to Remove Rust From Your Gun Using A Penny – Easy, Safe & Effective – K.T.

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    The left continues to “double down”: Katie Couric to Guest Host ‘Today Show’ Despite Editing Controversy – DSV

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    Wranglerstar’s new Snowplow– T.J.

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    New California Proposed Bill to Increase Government Seizure of Children from Families? – DSV

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    Dr. Sebastian Gorka: ‘The front line is when you leave your house in the morning’ – B.B.

    Notes for Sunday – December 25, 2016

    To those who are celebrating the Advent of our Lord and Savior, the team at SurvivalBlog wishes you a peaceful and meaningful Christmas. For those who choose to celebrate our Lord through the biblical feasts, stay safe out there during this holiday season. Our prayer is that each and every one of you enjoy the family time and stay safe on the roads.

    Giving Ourselves As A Gift During The Holidays, by Sarah Latimer

    The Judeo-Christian community is celebrating Christmas and/or Hanukkah this week and getting ready to bring in the new year 2017. Many people are off work and spending the week with family and friends. Some of you may be traveling, and some of you are at home. Many are not alone, but some of you are. No matter where you find yourselves and whether you are alone or not, you have something of value to give during these holidays– yourself, time, and knowledge, and in sharing these you can practice a little prepping for the future, too.

    I have a few ideas to get your own ideas flowing on how you might go about this, but each of you has your own talents, your own circumstances, and available resources. You know your family, friends, and community; I don’t. Just let this be a launching pad from which you begin to brainstorm … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Getting First Aid Supplies Tax Free

    Hi Hugh and/or JWR-

    I’ve been a long-time reader, but this is my first time responding to a post. I just wanted to clarify one point that was made in reply to the “Letter: Getting First Aid Supplies Tax Free” thread.

    I am a practicing physician and a fellow patriot/prepper. I have also been self-employed for the past two years after leaving hospital employment, which is when I had to start investigating the best insurance options for me and my family. Keep in mind, I am not an accountant or IRS agent, but most of these facts can be found on the IRS website, as well as speaking with an accountant or tax professional.

    If you are self-employed, or else your employer offers you a Health Savings Account (HSA), I strongly recommend looking at whether this option is right for you. HSA’s differ from FSA’s in that YOU (not your … Continue reading