Monday miscellany

More than 100 rifles stolen from Atlanta train car : “Friday more than 100 rifles stolen from a boxcar parked in an Atlanta train yard.”

Is Barack Obama ‘Lord and Savior’ for Liberals and Black Believers : “There were advertisements showing Hollywood actors like Eva Longoria, Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson, and many, many others who pledged allegiance to Barack Obama. The last time the world witnessed this type of mindset, occurred during the horrific days of German Nazism, which tragically resulted in the slaughter of well over 5 million Jews during the Holocaust.”

Colorado Mountains: Welcome to Doomsday Central : Makes you think… If all is well, nothing is going to happen, and we are just a bunch of paranoid crazy people as some try to make us out to be, then why has the U.S. invested billions of dollars and resources on preps ?:-)

Borax and the 20-Mule team : “Great article (contains info on Borax lore, chemistry, physics, geography, history…) and above all, a great (Western) story! Even a photo of the real 20 mule team!”

Christmas Under Intense Attack This Holiday Season : “The holiday season is here again, and with it has come the predictable attacks on Nativity scenes, Christmas trees — and Charlie Brown? That’s right, Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown, the theatrical adaptation of a Peanuts holiday cartoon children and families have enjoyed for years, is under attack from an atheist group that caught wind that an elementary school in Little Rock, Arkansas, was going to take some of its students to see the play at a local church.”

College Allegedly Tells Student Club it Can’t Sell ‘Christmas’ Trees Because They’re Associated With a ‘Christian Event’ : “Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, North Carolina, is capturing attention after school officials allegedly replaced the word “Christmas” with “holiday” in a student club’s announcement of a tree sale.”

Our Economy Is In Big Trouble : “Business Sales Is Slowing At An Increasing Rate, US Consumer Makes, Spends Less In October, Real Income Falls For Third Month, And Deflation Started in Europe Will Soon To Overtake The US.”

Lock Your Doors And Prepare To Defend Your Family : “Do you think that is an alarmist headline? Well, I am not the one saying this. Law enforcement authorities all over the country are telling citizens that they can no longer deal with all the crime and that people need to lock their doors and prepare to defend their families.”

Nader: War Criminal Obama Worse Than Bush

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  1. HomeINsteader says:

    Taliban suicide bombers attack joint US-Afghan base in eastern Afghanistan

    Published December 02, 2012

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  2. HomeINsteader says:

    As a lover of American history and a “user” of Borax (homemade laundry detergent), I thoroughly enjoyed the piece on Borax. As an animal lover, my heart hurts for the mules, living creatures, who had no choice but to suffer for the greed of men, as so often happens. Not good stewardship of Holy G-d’s creation, IMHO.

  3. The Last American says:

    Just wanted to say thank you for all that you do, (Survivalist Blog is always a good read) and keeping this blog “civil”. My DW and I enjoy your pic’s and the health reports on your little dog, as they show that you are a “real” guy and one of us.

    Although the SHTF in Nov. 2008, we believe that we have less than 2 years left before the real tribulations start. Thanks again for your efforts, wisdom, and patience.

  4. Colorado Doomsday Central – It’s been around and used for this same purpose since the 60’s. Cheyenne Mountain, Cold War, NORAD, anybody remember these? They even keep the Stargate there….;)

    Lock your doors and load your guns? Always have, always will. Cops are for cleanup not defense. Both times I had breakins it was over and done before the sirens were audible. Just needed an ambulance to haul the bodies away.

    • SurvivorDan says:

      As a LEO I had a handful of occasions where I was able to prevent someone from being victimized. Usually, I was only able to call for EMTs or detectives as I had arrived in the ‘nick-of-time’….for the aftermath.
      My advice for the folk back then ?
      Arm yourselves, develop the proper mindset for self-defense and get all the training you can.

      • SurvivorDan says:

        By the way, my advice to physically capable adults was not to hide in a closet in a locked room, cowering. I heard a sergeant give that PC advice once. Made me grit my teeth….
        Take responsibility sheeple! Get training! Get some weapons! , ‘Cowering’ behind a locked door with a loaded shotgun is okay with me.

        • Standing tall behind a locked door with a shotgun is more my style.Make my day.

          • SurvivorDan says:

            Good for you bud! Either technique works as long as you are willing to drop the hammer on some evil miscreant.

  5. HomeINsteader says:

    I know there are a number of folks here wanting to sell real estate and “get on with life”, whatever that may mean for them. I have this post today from Bankrate talking about “short sales”; I see more and more of these being listed. But, there is a great deal about short sales I did not know; perhaps you did know some of this, either, and it may be useful in making a decision as to how you want to handle your personal finances:

    Eliminate mortgage loan from credit report

    • Good info. Being forgiven of debt does not always mean that you completely get out of it. That 1099-C mentioned may also have tax consequences.

  6. HomeINsteader says:


    Herb Infused Mint Chocolate Truffles (from:


    1 1/4 cup heavy cream
    6 sprigs of fresh peppermint or chocolate mint (sprigs should be about 3 inches long)
    16 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate
    1/2 cup good quality cocoa powder

    Step One: Infuse the cream

    Pour cream into a small saucepan and warm over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Add the herbs and submerge them in the cream, pushing them below the surface with a spoon.

    Remove the pan from the heat immediately and cover with a plate or lid. Leave to steep for 30 minutes.

    While the cream is steeping, chop chocolate into small pieces that are less than 1/2 inch in size.

    Once the 30 minutes is up, strain the cream through a fine sieve to remove the herbs.

    Check to see if the cream measures 1 1/4 cups. If not, add more cream until it reaches 1 1/4 cups.

    Pour the cream back into the saucepan.
    Step Two: Prepare Ganache

    Add chopped chocolate to a food processor.

    Warm the cream again until it comes to a full boil. Once it boils, immediately pour the cream over chopped chocolate in the food processor (be careful!). Put lid on food processor.

    Let sit for one minute.

    Turn on processor and blend until smooth.

    You have now successfully made an herbal ganache. Wasn’t that fun?

    Use a rubber spatula to transfer the ganache to a small container or casserole dish.

    All to cool to room temperature then move to the refrigerator to harden for about 2 hours.
    Step Three: Form the Truffles

    Use a melon baller or rounded teaspoon to scoop the ganache into balls (about 3/4 inch in size).

    Roll quickly between the palms of your hands to form into a ball. (This can get very messy. But it’s worth it!)

    Try to get a nice shaped ball, but don’t be a perfectionist. OK? As you can see, mine are not perfect by any means.
    Step Four: Coat the Truffles

    Put cocoa powder in a bowl and toss truffles gently (two at a time) to coat.

    Optional: After coating truffles, place truffles in a strainer (hold it over chocolate powder bowl and you can’t reuse the powder!) and gently knock the side of the strainer with you hand to remove any excess cocoa powder.

    Allow truffles to harden in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

    Store truffles in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

  7. HomeINsteader says:

    Speaking of chocolate, as we get into hot chocolate “season”, have you read the ingredients on those off-the shelf packages? No worries..make your own!


    11 cups powdered milk
    2 + cups cocoa powder, or to taste (make this and add more chocolate, if needed)
    6 oz. powdered dairy creamer (this is optional; you can omit it; read ingredients before purchasing)
    1 cup powdered sugar (or, to taste)

    Mix all together; store in a cool, dry place. You will have to experiment to see how much of it you want to use per cup; you can use just plain hot water, or use milk, to make it even richer.

    You can even make your own marshmallows, but you’ll need to plan in advance:

    Naturally-Sweetened Homemade Marshmallows
    • 1 cup pure maple syrup
    • 2 egg whites
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 2 Tbsp. unflavored gelatin
    • 1/2 cup water
    1. Place egg whites, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on high until peaks form when you lift the beater out of the mixture.
    2. While the egg mixture is beating, heat the water and gelatin in a small saucepan over medium heat until the gelatin is completely melted.
    3. With the mixer still going, carefully pour the gelatin mixture into the bowl of the stand mixer. Try to pour it down the inside of the bowl so that it doesn’t hit the beater and make a mess. Continue beating on high for 10 minutes.
    4. While the marshmallows finish beating, lightly great a 9×13 glass pan and then dust with coconut flour.
    5. Once 10 minutes is up, spread the mixture in your prepared pan. Allow to set for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight. Use a sharp knife or kitchen scissors to cut the marshmallows into desired shapes and sizes. You can also pipe the marshmallows onto a baking sheet that has been dusted with coconut flour to make fun marshmallow shapes.

    The great thing about these mixes is that you can store the ingredients and make a fresh batch when you’re ready.


    • HomeINsteader says:

      #4: lightly “grease” – you can try just powdered sugar if you don’t have coconut flour

    • Hunker-Down says:


      Your recipe for hot chocolate mix looks like a lot (15 + cups total).

      We would like to make it and seal it in a Mylar bag. I think most of us Pack members would have the ingredients in our long term preps.

      Have you found a powdered dairy creamer with ‘safe’ ingredients?
      Have you stored any long term, if so; for how long and in what?

      • HomeINsteader says:

        Greetings, HD! Always good to chat with you!

        1) Powdered dairy creamer with “safe” ingredients? Coffee Mate makes a product called “Natural Bliss”, if you can find it; some of the cheaper ones are safe enough; just have to read the labels. Most of them, though, are chemicals, so, feel free to omit them. I don’t think they make much difference, just being honest.

        2) Stored long term? Kind of; I’ve been working on a batch since about this time last year, and it’s still good; but, beyond a batch about a year old, I really don’t know, although, properly stored, I don’t know why it wouldn’t be just fine – especially if you omit the artificial creamer, which has the shortest shelf life of all the ingredients, I believe.

        Good questions.

        • HomeINsteader says:

          If you compare shelf life with products such as, “Nestle’s Nesquick”, which is: sugar, cocoa powder processed with alkali (cocoa comes in many grades, like coffee and tea, and I doubt this is one of the better grades, in truth); soy lecithin (soy – not good in this form!) carageenan, salt, artificial flavors, spice, vitamins and minerals (doesn’t say which ones or how much of each), calcium, zinc oxide, copper gluconate, manganese sulfate, processed milk, wheat, soy…and on and on…you get the point…this stuff has a shelf life of several months to two years and more, depending on the brand…

          Perhaps this point of reference will be of help?

  8. Rifles stolen in Atlanta rail yard..sent me off. I’ve been reading on the Civil War and my mind went right back to 1862.

  9. PGCPrepper says:

    But…but…but Bob Costas don’t want nobody to have no guns. Confused?? /sarcasm obviously

  10. 100 rifles in a box car back on November 12th… I am sure there was more than just 100 rifles in that huge box car… another piss poor attempt of sensationalism trying to justify an alternate agenda for banning guns.

    Even in countries that have strict “anti-gun laws” everyone will tell you that the only people with guns are cops and criminals, but wait… they could be one in the same for some countries! IF someone truly wants to obtain a gun, legal or not, they will get it; they may only need to pay a higher price… or break into a train boxcar ;O)

    Fearless Leader is certainly no lord or savior… and anyone believing or proclaiming such is a fool! But then, consider the individuals making such proclimations… thesbians… aka actors paid for playing a role… the only thing missing is the disclaimer “the following advertisement is paid for by… (some BHO supporter)”

    I can’t wait for Cheyenne Mountain to go up for sale like all those missle silos… the ultimate ‘bunker’

  11. Borax ? I was in Death Valley and visited remains of the two borax plants there , it was very cool , the big tank you see at the end of the mule train was for water …….I cant imagine how it must have been in that place during the 1800s .

    Christmas under attack ………..I hate to say it but I think its decades of pushy christians and marketers finally getting the backlash from it . I dont think it has so much to do with anti religion , but rather anti retailer abusing the holiday . The constitution says we have freedom of religion , that also means freedom not to have a religion ………the bible says we have a right to choose . That being said , I think many people are fed up with retailers jamming christmas down our throats as early as the 1st of November ! You cant get away from it . I dont see the Jews or Muslims slamming the retail media for their holidays ……..just sayin .
    To me , religion is something very personal and should be kept that way . I dont have the right or feel the need to constantly post a scripture …..Its disrespectful of YOUR constitutional rights . I’l read them and keep it to myself . Because of the constitution , I dont think ANY religion has a place in public areas . I dont like the way muslims handle things ……but aren’t christians just as guilty of the same thing ( minus the murder ) ….yes they are . Moderation on this issue is the key ……….Im not saying I agree with a lot of the backlash , but I do understand why there is one .

    • Also , I dont have any problem with people having their beliefs …but when people start thinking that they are SO right in their religion , that they disrespect the rights of others ……that I have a problem with . I cant tell you how many christians and muslims I have ran across that are totally without anything to say if they cant recite a Scripture .They cant even have an in depth conversation on any issue if they cant quote …… tell me whats wrong with that picture . just sayin .

    • village idiot says:

      “When there is no God, anything is permissible”. Believe me, you have been fortunate to have grown up in a country that yes in some respects pushed its Christianity on a few folks. You’re about to find out how a country without these beliefs is going to function. I have a feeling it’s not going to be pretty, and you and many more will be pining for that Christianity of the past. Just saying.

      • You assume Im not a christian …….you are incorrect . Let me ask you this , do you like it when a smoker just lights up in a public place without asking if anybody minds ………same thing . The smoker can make his own house stink to his hearts content …….he is home . Out in public is a different ball game . Im a libertarian , constitutional rights come first when it comes to the nation as far as I’m concerned and it is very clear about the subject of religion .

        • There are times on here that I wish there were a “like” button. T.R. – I believe we are somewhat like-minded about religion.

      • You also assume that legislation can take a persons religion away , again incorrect . You cant legislate how a person thinks in relation to faith …….they will always have faith and pass it along . They can only legislate where you can display it . Even in communist russia , there were practicing christians , jews and muslims …….they just had to be more discrete about it ………but it didnt go away .

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          For a couple hundred years we prevented Native Americans from practicing their religion. In fact it was prohibited for so long that many tribe’s rituals were forgotten. If we (Christians) have to go underground, I hope we won’t forget.

          • The russian orthodox church had to do just that when the communists took over ………they didnt forget 😉

        • village idiot says:

          I didn’t make that assumption, T.R., and I probably came off as a little snippy, didn’t mean to sound that way. But I grew up at a time when we said a morning prayer at school, read the Bible, had the 10 Commandments taught, and said a blessing at lunch. That probably pushed some beliefs on to some people who didn’t want them, but I feel like we were better people for it. Maybe I’m totally wrong. We are going to get to see.

          And I don’t want to fuss with anyone about it. What happened then happened, it’s different today for the most part, and I’m not trying to force my beliefs on anyone, just recalling how it was in the past. No hard feelings, T.R.

          • No hard feelings .( I dont have them 😉
            my point is that religion is a foundation that is taught in the home and practiced as the individual sees fit to do so throughout their lives , but like anything else , there is a time and place for it , and not everywhere fits that description .

      • HomeINsteader says:


    • religion may be very personal but it`s practice is very public. Jesus preached outdoors to the world to see.They just did not go to temple and be done with it.Jesus preached wherever he could find a crowd be it the marketplace or the shoreline.

      • HomeINsteader says:

        He also preached to small groups and individuals. He spoke the Truth to a world in need of salvation at every opportunity. That is the charge we have been given.

      • Because that was HIS mission assigned to him by god , he was going to die ………its not OUR mission , we are just the beneficiaries of it . Slavery used to also be a very public practice ………..but uhhhhhhh

        • HomeINsteader says:

          Y’eshua/Jesus Christ WAS G-d. He did not have to die for the likes of us – HE CHOSE TO DO SO. I, for one, am eternally grateful that He bore my stripes that I may be found, “not guilty” on my judgment day. I am eternally grateful that I serve a G-d who gives, and gives, and gives, out of mercy and grace, for one reason and one reason only: He loves me. He loves you, too. I pray that you will come to know Him as I have come to know Him, very personally, and enjoy the benefits of your best life here, while preparing for your best eternal life. Because there will be an eternal life. We all get to decide where.

          Hebrews 9:27 It is appointed once for a man to die, then comes judgment.

        • It is the mission of every christian.Or should be.

          • Provided it doesn’t violate somebody else’s rights ……muslims believe the same thing , they just prefer violence as the method …….its still wrong . You just proved my point . Those are YOUR beliefs , and with that statement , dont even acknowledge other peoples rights .

            • HomeINsteader says:

              Muslims believe the same thing as what? I hope you are not suggesting Christians and Muslims believe the same thing? They are WORLDS apart, and one has nothing to do with the other. I’ve posted on this before; feel free to search for past posts to read the difference, or, read the Bible and Q’uran; the differences are literally “night” and “day”, and we DO NOT worship the same G-d. But, you’re a Christian – you probably already knew that, right?!

            • Home…ask a Muslim and he will tell you they believe in the same God as Christians with the biggest difference being that they consider Jesus to have been a profit. I took a religion class that just happened to have one Muslim in it and boy did he have the opportunity to answer loads of questions. They not only study the Koran, but also both the Old and New Testaments.

            • muslims believe they must spread the word of Islam , that it is their mission …….unfortunately they have no boundaries of how to go about that . How could you possibly get my reply to his statement of christians mission to spread the word , or are you SO religious that ANY criticism contorts what was actually stated ? I quite plainly said that both Christians and muslims have that in common , I did not say anything more . Perhaps this will help if what i meant is not clear english .
              Христиане и мусульмане оба полагают, что их миссия состояла в том, чтобы распространить слово их религии.

            • GA Red:

              Jesus made money?

            • HomeINsteader says:

              If I a misunderstood you, I apologize. No need to be sarcastic. It profits nothing. I do realize you have a tendency to express yourself in extremely strong ways, and I try to allow for that; nevertheless, no need for sarcasm. Muslims have a mandate to convert or destroy, so, it’s a little more than you state here. I did, in fact, pose my response as a question regarding your intent. Thank you for clarification.

            • HomeINsteader says:

              Muslims will tell you whatever it takes to overcome the infidel (that’s you, if not a Muslim) and they will do whatever it takes to overcome the infidel. Have YOU read the Q’uran? I have. It rewards “good Muslims” for overcoming the infidel (those who will not convert) including killing them. In fact, they are ordered to do so, many times.

              It is often the exact opposite of what Holy G-d has said; it was written hundreds of years after the manuscripts that became the Holy Bible, and, yet, even the archaeological and historical facts get twisted and perverted into the exact opposite of the Truth.

              It also tells men to beat their wives into submission if the wife does not please them “for any reason”. It exhorts men to take on many wives. It encourages lying, stealing, cheating, murder, whatever it takes…to “overcome the infidel”.

              They do, indeed, see Y’eshua/Jesus Christ as a “prophet”; however, HE IS NOT the Son of G-d to them. He is just a “prophet”, like many others. They do not worship Him, and they do not see Him above Mohammad at all.

              Your speaker was more than likely a well-trained “plant”; there are thousands of them in this country, and have been for decades. They have a job to do – a mission, and they appear to be succeeding with many.

              This is a HUGE problem for Christians, since we are “little Christs”; the Word of Holy G-d is VERY CLEAR: there is one way to salvation, and that is through the sacrifice on Calvary of Y’eshua/Jesus Christ, the Son, Holy G-d incarnate, born of a virgin, crucified, dead and buried, and on the third day, He rose again, where He now sits at the right hand of G-d the Father, Almighty, G-d of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

              Christians don’t want to “kill” people who don’t agree; we don’t need to; we once argued against this faith; the lost don’t generally want to admit they are lost – it’s a spiritual thing. The Word of G-d is clear, “do not condemn the lost, for they are already condemned” – Ye’shua/Jesus Christ. I was once condemned; I have been redeemed. As the song says, “Amazing Grace…how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me…I once was lost…but now, I’m found…was blind, but now I see”.

              You might want to read both books and contrast them. Muslims DO NOT believe what Christians believe; they do not accept the Holy Bible as Holy G-d’s inerrant Word, and we DO NOT worship the same G-d.

              Their god, in fact, can be traced to paganism, the source of the “crescent moon”.

              A great deception is coming, and this will be part of it. There will be a day when people will be forced to decide about “religion”, that thing you didn’t want to discuss here.

              DO NOT BE DECEIVED. “You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free”. Y’eshua/Jesus Christ

            • Sorry about that …….couldnt help myself , learning russian ( for obvious reasons , my gf is a russian ) but I think we can agree on having faith makes a difference in life . I respect you , and to a degree share your thoughts ………but we are very opposite in the degree in which we choose to handle it in relation to our own lives and other people .

            • HomeINsteader says:

              Thank you, T.R. Will you gag if I say, “that is very sweet of you”?! If the gf ever tells you, “you’re not sweet”, just say, “yes, I am – and can prove it!” ; )

              And, “YES!”, I’m PASSIONATE about the TRUTH, and I’m PASSIONATE that people end up in Heaven, and not Hell – those are the only choices, and we get to make them. Just as you are passionate about things that matter deeply to you.

              Blessings to you, and all that is yours,

            • HomeINsteader says:

              I hope this is properly translated…

              Существует способ, который кажется человеку прямыми, но конец их смерть. Иешуа / Иисуса Христа

            • JP – my spelling got away from me there. 🙂

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            Jehovah and. Allah have different origins. Jehovah is the God of the Children of Israel. Allah is a middle eastern deity of pagan origins. The idea of them being the same is a result of propaganda. Prehaps to make it easier to be accommodating of each others religions. I won’t cram my beliefs down your throat but it is fact they are not the same.

            • village idiot says:

              Yes it is, T G-Ma, and I appreciate you clearing that up. Many people are unable to distinguish the good from the bad these days. Didn’t the Bible warn us about that very problem?

            • HomeINsteader says:

              The Holy Bible does, indeed, warn us such a day is coming, vi; but, then, we serve a G-d like that! He never lets us be taken by surprise. All we have to do is receive (read it) and Believe. He’s never gotten it wrong yet, but, WE sure have!

              Woe to you when the world cries, “Peace! Peace!” and there is no peace; look up, for the time is nigh.

              Woe to those who call good evil, and evil good.

              “Woe” means judgment. Judgment is coming. He said these things, too.

  12. 100 rifles, hmmm, who’s the ATF arming now? They had Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious so what will this one be named? Box Lunch? Railroaded? lol….

  13. HomeINsteader says:

    PROGNOSIS NEGATIVE! Obama And IRS Release 159 Pages Of New Obamacare Tax Punishments

    Reuters – The Internal Revenue Service has released new rules for investment income taxes on capital gains and dividends earned by high-income individuals that passed Congress as part of the 2010 healthcare reform law.

    PROGNOSIS NEGATIVE: Obamacare is nothing more or less than the sledgehammer Obama is wielding to finish the onslaught of Socialism on America. The patient will not recover.

  14. HomeINsteader says:

    “Canning Granny” posts one of the most intelligent discourses I’ve seen on the internet in quite some time, IMHO:

    We’ll Just Come to Your Boat, Noah

  15. HomeINsteader says:

    The Marketplace is offering what they call the “Volcano3”:

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    In case you are interested; please tell them you found it here.

  16. HomeINsteader says:

    Monster Sinkholes An Indication That Major Earth Changes Are Coming Along The New Madrid Fault?

  17. SurvivorDan says:

    All this news just reinforces my attitude. Time to go on the lam.
    Packing it up for third world parts. Yeah, I know that sounds scary/fool hardy but I’d rather be a better prepped nasty old guy in a place where I can do a lot with my money, on the cheap. I like the idea of living in a country too technologically backwards to track my every purchase and movement. Also a country that doesn’t have the tracking/policing resources of America. In that arena the USA excels. Also, having worked in third world countries, I might point out that a little bribe, deftly applied, goes a long way. Just sayin’……

    • HomeINsteader says:


      • SurvivorDan says:

        I believe it was a ‘fee’ or ‘gift’. Bribery…er….incentivising may seem like a bad thing. But in most third world countries I have rambled around in the ‘ incentives’ were kept reasonable and proportional to the occasion. Sort of a….direct gift for the hard working official and an immediate and visible benefit for the gifter. Reach across the cultural divides my countrymen and enjoy bribing a third world official! Think of it as voluntary redistribution. 😉

        • And there are some countries where it is the norm and expected.

          I remember a story of a company that was trying to purchase a company in another country. The company being sold presented three sets of books to the purchaser – the books for “public” purposes, the books for tax purposes, and the real books. The buyer backed out of the deal.

  18. HomeINsteader says:

    From Walid Shoebat:

    Political Correctness gone mad: Hairy Muslim Terrorists allowed in U.S. Military
    By Shoebat Foundation on December 4, 2012 in Blog, General

    Fort Hood shooter, Nidal Malik Hasan is successfully waging Jihad from his prison cell. His latest victim is the judge, who was removed from the case after ruling that Hasan should be forcibly shaved.

    Via AP:

    The military’s highest court ousted the judge in the Fort Hood shooting case Monday and threw out his order to have the suspect’s beard forcibly shaved before his court-martial.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces ruled that Col. Gregory Gross didn’t appear impartial while presiding over the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, who faces the death penalty if convicted in the 2009 shootings on the Texas Army post that killed 13 people and wounded more than two dozen others.

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    But the court said it was not ruling on whether the judge’s order violated Hasan’s religious rights. Hasan has argued that his beard is a requirement of his Muslim faith, although facial hair violates Army regulations.

    “Should the next military judge find it necessary to address (Hasan’s) beard, such issues should be addressed and litigated anew,” judges wrote in the ruling.

    Hasan appealed after Gross ordered that he must be clean-shaven or be forcibly shaved before his court-martial, a military trial.

    The logical question that no one seems interested in asking is: If Hasan’s insistence that he not shave because of a religious objection, why did he not object to being clean shaven when he was a psychiatrist in the Army?

    The answer is obvious: Muruna.

    For some reason, this video seems relevant: (from FT Hood Heroes)

    Note from HI: I had family members stationed at FT Hood at this time, in “high positions”; two of them were scheduled to speak, one scheduled only 10 minutes after this took place. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones so senselessly on this day.

  19. HomeINsteader says:

    So excited! Picked 21 lemons from my container-grown Meyers lemon plant today, which is growing in my tiny “water bottle” greenhouse! The lemons are very fragrant, they have soft skins, and produce an abundance of juice. I also noticed there are new blooms on the lemon plants, and the key lime is bursting with new babies! Harvested the paltry four fruits off my Satsuma orange tree I’m container growing, but they are mouth-watering yummy! You can do this, too! Container grow year ’round – just grow them like any other “house plant”!

    Gave one of these Meyers lemons to DD last Spring; she was going on in recent visit about how much better these lemons are than anything you can buy, even organically grown. She is right.

    Come spring, or, whenever your area has them available, grab you up some lemon, lime, and orange trees – you CAN grow them – even in a container, in the house, if necessary. They require some care, like all living things, but not a lot.

    • HomeINsteader says:

      Reminder: lemon is believed to be a powerful anti-cancer agent. Sliced and dropped in spring water – tasty!

    • I ordered my Meyer from Amazon. It’s still getting established in the pot but I’m looking forward to a future with fresh lemons.

  20. HomeINsteader says:

    Mine are just laying on the counter in the kitchen, but, they are so aromatic – who needs room freshener?!

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