Annual Reminder: The Ten Cent Challenge

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H&R Pardner Protector Shotgun, by Pat Cascio

The first shotgun I ever owned was a Harrington & Richardson single shot shotgun in 16 gauge, and I’m here to tell you that thing really kicked because it was such a lightweight gun. I was a pretty skinny 16-year-old kid, too. I took it pheasant hunting a number of times, and it never let me down. I don’t recall whatever happened to that shotgun, whether I traded it, sold it, or what.

There is a lot of controversy over what type of firearm a person should buy first for survival purposes. Of course, we have to define in our own minds what type of survival you are talking about. Many experts claim that the first firearm you purchase should be a shotgun of some type, because they are versatile. Some are, but some aren’t. I used to tell folks many years ago that they should purchase a “riot” … Continue reading

Recipe of the Week: Chocolate & Fudge Candy Cane Cookies, by C.S.

Do you have leftover candy canes after the holidays? Do you really want to store them until next year? This recipe is a yummy way to use up candy canes that weren’t eaten! Besides, since they are baked and a calorie is a unit of heat, the calories are just baked right out of them! (Editor’s note: The wife isn’t buying that, but at least I tried.)

Cookie Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter, soft
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 ¾ cup flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt

Icing Ingredients

6 Tbsp. butter

2 Tbsp. baking cocoa

¼ cup milk

1 ¾ cup confectioners sugar

½ tsp. vanilla

Candy cane crushed to small pieces (red and white is prettiest)


  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  • Add egg, milk, and vanilla; mix well.
  • Combine flour, … Continue reading

  • Letter Re: Inexpensive Perimeter Security for Your House in the Suburbs


    After reading this in the blog from “KL”, I too went to Harbor Freight and purchased several units. To offer some further information, each box contains one sender and one receiver. Each box has a small oval sticker on the front identifying the channel. All of my units utilize the same tone. So even if I purchase units with different channels, they all sound the same when they go off. I wish the manufacture offered different choices of alerts per unit. The receiver can utilize an optional 6 volt, 200 mA power adapter, but the manufacture doesn’t offer it for sale. Oh yeah, there is a warning on the instructions on page 3 “Do not set up the Alert System if under the influence of alcohol or drugs”. Thank you China for your concern. All that being said, I still think this is a good buy. My concern is … Continue reading

    Economics and Investing:

    From the Burning Platform: A Biased 2017 Forecast (Part One) & (Part Two)

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    Virginia Bill Would Take A Step Towards Supporting Sound Money – DSV

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    Gold Lures Investors Worried About Trade Wars and Trump Tweets

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    Guns and Chipotle: Millennials are the most employed generation in two occupational areas: food services and military.

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    Odds ‘n Sods:

    Over at Commander Zero’s blog: Winter Vehicle Stuff – Pt. I

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    Governments Around The World Shut Down The Internet More Than 50 Times In 2016 – Suppressing Elections, Slowing Economies And Limiting Free Speech – H.L.

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    Man points (Canadian Style): Barehanded man punches hungry Cougar to save his dog – T.P.

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    From Full Spectrum Survival: Feminine Hygiene On The Homestead And When The SHTF – Natural Pads, Systems Of Use And More

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    What most countries do when they are in debt up to their neck and do NOT have a people who are clueless about creeping totalitarianism: Italy Urges Europe To Begin Censoring Free Speech On The Internet