Notes for Monday – January 09, 2017

On this day in 1776, writer Thomas Paine published his pamphlet “Common Sense,” setting forth his arguments in favor of American independence. Although little used today, pamphlets were an important medium for the spread of ideas in the 16th through 19th centuries.

Springfield Armory XD(m) OSP, by Pat Cascio

My, how times change! It wasn’t all that long ago that a red dot sight was rather huge when mounted on a rifle, and no one even gave any thought to a red dot sight on a handgun. I still remember the first (sorta) red dot sight I ever owned. It was on a shotgun back in the 1970s. It wasn’t quite a red dot sight, but it appeared to project a red/orange dot in the air. It was quite the thing back in the day. Over the years, I’ve tried all manner of red dot sights on rifles, shotguns, …

Recipe of the Week: Chinese Pepper Steak, by G.C.

Ingredients: 1 to 1 1/2 lbs round steak 2 Tbsp oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tsp sugar 1 cup fresh or canned bean sprouts, drained 1 cup canned tomatoes, cut up 2 green peppers, seeded and cut into strips 1 Tbsp cold water 4 green onions, sliced Directions: Slice steak into narrow strips. In skillet or slow-cooking pot with a browning unit, brown steak in oil. Combine with garlic, salte, pepper, soy sauce, and sugar in slow cooking pot. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours. Turn control to …

Two Letters Re: The Common Discussion

HJL, I would like to add one statement to this discussion. The door going in and out of the USA swings both ways. Is it a matter of my way or the highway? In a word, no. However, I am begging for any liberal of any stripe to please tell me where it is so much better to live on this planet, and once stated, why are you not there? I am a firm believer in voting with your feet. I and many others have done it, and so can anyone else. Quit your complaining. – C.N. o o o …

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Jim’s Quote of the Day:

“Small islands not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something very absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island.” – Thomas Paine, in Common Sense