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  • Cruz Allies Seek to Ensure Rubio Loss in Florida

    03/09/2016 3:28:23 PM PST · 52 of 54
    oldsalt to 2ndDivisionVet

    I realize this anecdotal,but here it is anyway.

    I voted today in Florida early voting. I voted Rubio. There was a slow and steady flow of voters. What I noticed was that the voters were all pretty
    much like me ...old! I’m 76 and I did n’t see anybody younger than about 65.
    I spoke with quite a few of the others and we were almost all going Rubio!
    Lets say it was about 70% Rubio.
    Like I said it’s anecdotal so make what you will of it.

  • Why no "Pro War" novels, stories, movies?

    11/09/2015 7:12:16 AM PST · 18 of 19
    oldsalt to Vermont Lt

    Let’s not forget W.E.B Griffin,he has written at least 50 novels on war and secret agent stuff...all pretty good stuff.

  • What are your all time favorite TV westerns?

    08/23/2015 10:39:30 AM PDT · 45 of 100
    oldsalt to ken5050

    It’s impossible to pick ONE favorite,but my current fave is “Hell on Wheels”

  • Ruger VS Smith and Wesson

    04/03/2015 10:06:33 PM PDT · 114 of 157
    oldsalt to big truck

    Everybody has an opinion when it comes to which gun is good for this or’s mine.
    My favorite snubby is my Taurus Total Titanium .357 with a 2” ported barrel
    and a seven shot capacity.
    Yes the recoil is little stout but I find it manageable,but then I’m 6’1” and 275
    I can shoot 2-3” groups at 25 feet ...but I’ll concede it’s even better with .38Spec loads

  • FReeper Canteen ~ What Is The Origin Of Your FReeper Name? ~ Thursday, December 18, 2014

    12/17/2014 7:22:18 PM PST · 179 of 364
    oldsalt to PROCON

    I’m a retired Navy CPO with26 years service. I did some time in the Merchant Marine before I joined the Navy where I served aboard seven different carriers and made 10 major deployments and a bunch of lesser ones like NATO cruises and short deployments to the North Atlantic.
    I figured that was enough to call myself an I did.

  • China's navy no longer so inferior to Japan's, experts say

    07/29/2014 6:43:21 AM PDT · 12 of 16
    oldsalt to sukhoi-30mki

    Numbers of ships is just that,,,numbers.
    China has almost no history of operating modern warships, They have untested ships and crews,
    IMHO their weakest point would be damage don’t learn those skills overnight or out of a book.
    I would think that the Japanese would be facing a target rich environment.


    07/21/2014 7:26:54 AM PDT · 72 of 74
    oldsalt to lbryce

    Where’s Blackjack Pershing when you need him?

  • I put Soccer & World Cup in same category as the WNBA

    06/29/2014 8:49:25 PM PDT · 182 of 182
    oldsalt to Dallas59
    What is soccer?

    Well,it's not a's an Italian aerobics program

  • John Boehner Implies He May Step Down As House Speaker

    05/12/2014 11:01:48 PM PDT · 18 of 85
    oldsalt to funfan
    None of the men in my family,that's my Dad,grandfather and six uncles ever made it to 60.

    I'll be 75 in July so I understand how he feels.

  • Leftists Outraged That Bubba Watson Hit Waffle House After Masters Win

    04/15/2014 6:56:29 PM PDT · 87 of 100
    oldsalt to Kaslin
    Love Waffle House!

    Also love the waitresses,most of whom are named after semi-precious Ruby,Pearl,Opal,Crystal...etc.

  • The National Hot Dog Council Says Never Use Ketchup On Hot Dogs

    03/14/2014 10:02:37 PM PDT · 121 of 156
    oldsalt to cripplecreek

    Mustard and sauerkraut...and only brown mustard,not that yellow crud.

  • Carrier Forrestal headed for scrap heap

    01/31/2014 5:27:56 PM PST · 25 of 55
    oldsalt to South40
    The Forrestal was my first at sea experience in the Navy. I served aboard her with VAH-5 in 1959-60 and again with RVAH-7 in 1974-75.

    We flew A3D's with VAH-5 and RA5C's with RVAH-7. My first carrier landing was on Forrestal,coming aboard in the ship's C-1.

    I made two Mediterranean deployments aboard Forrestal. I served on board six other carriers but CV-59 remains one of my favorites...happy youthful memories and she was a good feeder!

  • The Navy Is Dropping Down to Just Two Deployed Carriers

    01/25/2014 7:25:50 PM PST · 13 of 100
    oldsalt to ClaytonP

    I guess I can forget everything I ever “haze gray and underway.”,and the prime directive...”sailors belong on ships and ships belong at sea.”

  • Crew members: ‘Captain Phillips’ is one big lie

    10/13/2013 8:28:32 AM PDT · 14 of 49
    oldsalt to Nachum
    I am personally acquainted with the Chief Engineer,who is a retired Navy LCDR Engineering Officer and sailed as a merchant mariner for about 15 years.

    In a long conversation I had with him he confirmed to me what really happened on board the Maersk Alabama...and it definitely wasn't the Hollywood version.

    His best description of Capt. Phillips was that the man was a ..."dumbass"

  • A Man (Riding On A Horse) Walks Into A Bar...

    08/14/2013 12:58:46 PM PDT · 16 of 19
    oldsalt to EveningStar
    A duck walks into a bar and orders a beer.

    The bartender says,"How are you going to pay for're a duck."

    The duck says,"Put it on my bill!"

  • Maher Calls Dr. Carson a 'Drooling Idiot': 'Half Brilliant Brain Surgeon, Half Tea Party Dumbass'

    07/22/2013 10:05:25 PM PDT · 80 of 87
    oldsalt to Excellence
    “Oh, your red scarf matches your eyes...”

    "Oh your red scarf matches your eyes,you close your cover before striking.Father had the shipfitter blues,loving you has made me bananas,"

    "Anybody who remembers that has too much time on their hands!!

  • Any one see the Fiat Commercial 2014 "The Italians are coming"?

    06/29/2013 10:18:42 PM PDT · 11 of 50
    oldsalt to peteyd

    Just remember that FIAT stands for “Fix it again Tony.”

  • MN Author Vince Flynn Dies At 47

    06/19/2013 9:29:30 AM PDT · 58 of 70
    oldsalt to Perdogg
    I'm devastated. Vince was a bright light amongst a plethora of authors trying to write contemporary Special Forces/spy novels.I've got all his stuff although I think there's one more due out soon.

    We'll sure miss you Vince...prayers up for you and your beautiful family.

  • Slim Whitman has died

    06/19/2013 9:04:28 AM PDT · 64 of 71
    oldsalt to cotton1706
    I used to live right down the road from Slim in Middleburg,FL

    His house had a sign on it that said "Woodpecker Paradise".

    He was a very unassuming man who,while not a really big name here was a near superstar in Great Britain...go figure.

    I would run into him now and then at the nearby Winn-Dixie and we always said a cordial hello.

    He will be missed.

  • Kind of a dumb vanity question for andy Army vets out there.

    06/14/2013 12:34:56 PM PDT · 50 of 56
    oldsalt to ArrogantBustard
    Russian with PPSh (I think) (May, 1942, Berlin) ..

    I guess I'm just a real nitpicker today.

    There were no Russians in Berlin in 1942...maybe a leftover who had a tearoom or something,but they didn't enter the city until the spring 0f '45

  • Chris Christie sets special election to decide Lautenberg replacement

    06/04/2013 12:31:08 PM PDT · 49 of 81
    oldsalt to SeekAndFind

    He looks a little too portly for a punter.

  • VINTAGE PHOTO: Donkey Riding On The Back Of WWII G.I.

    06/03/2013 7:33:28 PM PDT · 19 of 34
    oldsalt to Joe 6-pack
    I don’t think that’s a GI. The helmet isn’t American...possibly French(?)

    I would bet on Italian during Ethiopian campaign.

  • OLD TIMERS (Part One)

    06/03/2013 9:29:33 AM PDT · 81 of 319
    oldsalt to BubbaJunebug
    I originally found FR while still reading posts in a group that was originally on Prodigy...anyone remember that group?

    I was on the old Prodigy Whitewater board for a long time and came over to Free Republic in Oct 98.

    I've never been much of a poster,but I tend to comment a lot on things that interest me.

    All I know is that I'm a lot older than I used to be!!

  • Ten Brands That Will Disappear in 2014

    05/24/2013 9:21:57 PM PDT · 77 of 86
    oldsalt to SeekAndFind
    I have a Mitsubishi Montero Sport that I bought new in Nov's a 2000 model.I have driven this vehicle hard over the years and it now has 270,000 miles on it.

    While it has a few minor issues it's still rollin' along...I can honestly say it's the best car I've ever owned...and I've owned 23 different vehicles over the years!!

  • Gerald Celente on “the biggest element that could change the world in a positive way”

    05/12/2013 11:14:24 AM PDT · 24 of 27
    oldsalt to saganite
    Does anybody else remember Chuck Harder on the radio some years ago with his tales of a perpetual motion "N" machine which you stuck in the ground and got limitless power?

    That really didn't work either!!

  • 10 Myths About the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion (hint: there's no such thing as a free lunch)

    04/25/2013 8:04:06 AM PDT · 3 of 4
    oldsalt to Kolath
    I've been using that phrase as a tag line for many years.

    Eons ago a young sailor asked me,his grizzled old Chief,if I had any words for him to live by and that's exactly what I told him..."There's no such thing as a free lunch!"

    That way of thinking has never let me down.

  • Best Bar Joke Ever

    04/14/2013 11:22:07 PM PDT · 41 of 42
    oldsalt to Slump Tester
    I roll this one out about every year or so...

    A duck walks into a bar and says,"Gimmee a beer"

    The bartender says,"You're a duck,how are you gonna pay for this?"

    The duck says,"Put it on my bill!"

  • Photo of Obama Shooting Skeet Complete Fraud, like his Presidency

    02/03/2013 7:42:24 AM PST · 41 of 104
    oldsalt to V_TWIN
    He is actually left handed, Ive noticed that when he’s smuggly signing some piece of legislation thats designed to infringe on our freedoms.

    I've noticed that too...and don't lefties usually wear their wristwatches on their right wrists? I think I've noticed that in his bill signing what gives in this pic??

  • Coed Combat Units - A bad idea on all counts

    01/27/2013 9:03:55 PM PST · 16 of 28
    oldsalt to neverdem
    A woman cannot urinate standing up

    This is about the only thing in this article I could disagree with!

    Of course they's messy and they have very little directional ability,but nonetheless they CAN pee standing up! C'mon!

  • Cardinals mourn loss of Stan Musial

    01/19/2013 5:48:09 PM PST · 21 of 55
    oldsalt to Borges
    I grew up in baseball heaven in North Jersey during the 40's and 50's...the Yankees,Dodgers and Giants were a very short bus ride away over in the City.

    '48 was a great year 'cause it was an election year and all summer long I went to free ballgames courtesy of the Dems one week and the Pubbies the next.I got to see Stan the Man many times in those years.

    In 1969 I was at a ball game at the Padres Jack Murphy Stadium while serving aboard USS Constellation,when I got into an elevator as I was leaving the game and I looked at the guy standing next to me and my jaw dropped when I recognized Stan the Man!!

    Stan looked at me gaping like a star struck kid and said ,"What!". I croaked out "Hi Stan." He said "Hi." We got off the elevator.

    That's it...but it was a big deal to me...c'mon it was Stan the Man!!

  • Would You Eat Horsemeat? (Found in Hamburgers)

    01/18/2013 10:04:34 PM PST · 51 of 65
    oldsalt to nickcarraway
    When beef was rationed during WW2,around 1942-43,I can recall the local butcher shop with a sign saying,"Fresh horsemeat today".

    My Mom would buy it and feed it to the family and none of complained at all.As I recall it tasted great and was more tender than most of the beef that was available via the ration book.

  • 600 Cats Saved From Becoming Chinese Food After Truck Crash

    01/17/2013 8:50:26 AM PST · 33 of 48
    oldsalt to blam
    Back in the day,when I was a young American Bluejacket,I had occasion to be given an informal tour of a restaurant kitchen in the legendary port city of Olongapo in the P.I.

    I had inquired of the waitress what kind of meat was in the Pancit Bihon I had eaten.I thought it was pork and conmsidered it very flavorful and tender.My waitress said it was dog,(with a big smile on her face),but I figured she was kidding and told her so.She told me to wait a minute and went off through the swinging doors to the kitchen.

    Within a minute or so she opened a door and beckoned to me to come into the kitchen...luckily I remembered that the Filipino "Come here" sign looks a lot like the US "bye,bye" sign.

    Anyway I followed her into the kitchen where one of the cooks showed how he prepared all the little puppy dogs that were hanging on hooks over the stove.

    It obviously was an equal opportunity kitchen because there were cats being prepared also,for the Shanghai Lumpia I was told.

    I was also informed that the rule of thumb was "New dog,old cat.",because old dogs were too tough and stringy,while new cats were too pungent and gamy.

    I haven't been to Olongapo in many,many years,but if the B-29 Restaurant is still there you can check it out for's the building with the nose section of a B-29 sticking out of the second story.

  • God punishes Denver for cutting Tebow

    01/12/2013 10:23:38 PM PST · 95 of 119
    oldsalt to ilovesarah2012
    I think God prefers football to soccer!

    Everyone knows that God is a baseball fan...right there in Genesis 1:1 it says "In the big inning God created heaven and earth!!!

  • Bone-chilling 911 Audio of Georgia Women Shooting Home Invader (AUDIO & VIDEO)

    01/11/2013 7:27:35 AM PST · 24 of 30
    oldsalt to Berlin_Freeper
    Bone-chilling 911 Audio of Georgia Women Shooting Home Invader

    Bone chilling? How about heartwarming??


    01/10/2013 5:32:49 PM PST · 24 of 135
    oldsalt to gwjack
    I think this police chief got his badge from a Cracker Jack box.

    He claims licensed civilians aren't trained well enough. Have you ever seen a news report about police shootouts where they tell you how many shots were 30 rounds expended for two hits?

    We already know of a Georgia stay-at-home mom who hit an intruder with five out of six shots from a .38 revolver,I don't think many cops could match that.

    Also my 73 year old eyes get a workout at the range at least once a month with my 1911,.357/.38 Special snubbie and a Ruger Vaquero in .45 Colt...although it is getting a little expensive...I'm considering re-loading.

    My best groups are with my snubbie...a 2 1`/2 inch total titanium Taurus...3 inch groups at 25 yards...not too bad for an old fart like me!

  • Breaking: Major power outage in Annapolis MD. Reports of "fire in the sky"

    12/21/2012 9:46:32 AM PST · 209 of 216
    oldsalt to 1_Rain_Drop
    Is there smoke on the water? in the sky.

  • Frank Beardsley

    12/16/2012 1:41:51 PM PST · 6 of 17
    oldsalt to Borges
    In July of 1967 I was on board U.S.S. Enterprise coming home from WestPac and Yankee Station.

    They heloed Henry Fonda out to us so he could stand on a wing of the bridge and wave to Lucille Ball as we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge.

    I was on the flight deck about midships standing next to a huffer unit.If I look real close whenever I see this old movie I can pick myself out.

    For all these years I've told everybody that I was in a Hollywood movie with Henry Fonda.

    Well,it's true isn't it?

  • US Senate Illegal Alien Intern Shows Depth of Lawlessness in Government Today

    12/16/2012 8:33:02 AM PST · 9 of 30
    oldsalt to lowbridge
    What I would like to know is which country is this intern from?

    If I recall correctly Sen. Menendez made many trips to the Dominican Republic for sexual activities at some club down least that was a strong rumor.

    Perhaps this intern was "close" to the Senator.

  • Nine Beers Americans No Longer Drink

    12/09/2012 10:21:39 PM PST · 124 of 218
    oldsalt to shove_it
    It's like most every thing else today, the swill that passes for beer these days isn't fit to drink. I'll have a Strohs, bartender.

    I quit drinking in 1972,but for the previous 15 years or so I drank up great quantities of the following American beers.

    Rheingold...My beer is Rheingold the dry beer..

    Piel's...Piels is the beer for me boys..


    Schaeffer...the one beer to have..

    Stroh's..America's only fire-brewed beer..

    Iron City...double blech..

    Blatz..the less said the better..






    Jax...awful stuff..

    Olympia...not awful..

    National Bohemian...I really liked this one..

    I could go on but all these memories make my head hurt.

  • Where Have You Gone, Bill Buckley?

    12/04/2012 5:41:54 AM PST · 10 of 27
    oldsalt to publius1

    Isn’t it a little ironic that David Welch shares his last name with Robert Welch...the founder of the John Birch Society?

  • $3,000 Sticker Price on New Datsuns Not Cast in Stone

    10/03/2012 11:34:45 AM PDT · 49 of 57
    oldsalt to Red Badger
    In the fall of 1969 I served aboard USS Constellation with RVAH-7,part of the much-missed Vigilante community,when we were in port at Sasebo,Japan.

    The Amazin' Mets were in the World Series and I found that the best way to hear the games was at 2AM on Armed Forces Radio happily ensconced at a small Japanese bed and breakfast with a refrigerator full of Kirin beer and other assorted was wonderful.

    The Mama-san decided I should sleep in after all that whoopin' and hollerin'all night,some of it actually about the ball game...but I digress.

    I was supposed to be back aboard by 0800 for Quarters so Mama-san called me a cab and I knew it was gonna be close.

    The cab was a Datsun Bluebird and the driver spoke no English so when I got in I mustered up my best pidgen Japanese and said,"Consterration Hayako!"

    He took off downhill as fast as that little Datsun could go. Now the B&B was up in the hills and the pier was at the bottom...about half-way down the driver looked over his shoulder at me and said,quite coherently "No blakes!"

    I have to admit I was a little concerned,especially when we ran through the gate at the pier while the driver was downshifting and exercising the parking brake for all it was worth.

    The pier was a little shorter than the Connie,but we stopped just before we were gonna go for a dip in Sasebo I made it for Quarters after all.

    The Mets won BTW>

  • Lost in the 60s of Drive-in movies, catfish and Dixie

    08/25/2012 5:31:21 PM PDT · 20 of 28
    oldsalt to driftless2
    But whenever I think of the Braves, I think of the Milwaukee Braves.

    I guess I'm getting old,I still remember "Spahn and Sain and pray for rain!"...but that was for the Boston Braves.

    1948 was the year that phrase was popularized IIRC.I was a nine-year old kid in 7th heaven.

    I grew up in North Jersey and in '48,a Presidential election year I spent many,many happy afternoons at Yankee Stadium,the Polo Grounds and Ebbets Field courtesy of the Democratic and Republican Parties.

    They would gather us kids up as often as possible and bus to the ball games and I got to see the Boston Braves and other bygone teams like the St. Louis Browns,the Philadelphia A's and the Washington Senators play.

    Oh frabjous joy!

  • Why Americans needs to embrace soccer (football)

    08/19/2012 1:30:22 PM PDT · 113 of 159
    oldsalt to Jakarta ex-pat
    Soccer is not a sport.

    It is an Italian aerobics exercise.

  • Shocker in U.S. House 3: Ted Yoho upsets 12-term incumbent Cliff Stearns

    08/15/2012 4:35:22 PM PDT · 18 of 26
    oldsalt to BushMeister
    I'm in this district.

    Stearns was redistricted and actually bought a house in Orange Park to be legal. He is from Ocala but the redrawn lines necessitated his move.

    He has been a reliable conservative for all his years in Congress and I did vote for him.

    Having said all that Yoho appears to be a good choice and a chance at getting new blood in the House...he's just a political unknown and only time will tell.

  • NYPD unveils new $40 million super computer system that uses data from network of cameras...

    08/09/2012 5:18:24 PM PDT · 39 of 43
    oldsalt to TribalPrincess2U
    Has anyone seen the TV show ‘Person of Interest?

    Great show!

    Might I recommend Brad Thor's latest novel..."Black List"'s downright scary.

  • Man seems to use Nazi salute to greet German Olympic athletes at opening ceremony

    07/28/2012 3:58:42 PM PDT · 27 of 34
    oldsalt to 1_Rain_Drop
    Their arm was extended straight forward towards the flag. Their hand was not placed over their heart as it is done now. At first I thought the photo was of German school children but it turned out to be in America.

    When I started in kindergarten in 1943 they were changing the method of saluting.

    My teacher was "old school" and kept us doing it the way she had done it for twenty years.

    We started with the right hand over the heart and said,"I pledge allegiance" and at that point we extended our arms,with the palm UP towards the flag and continued" the flag..."

    I may be old but I remember this quite clearly.

    I also remember buying War Saving Stamps for a dime and discussing the war news over a pint of milk and graham crackers...and I still like graham crackers FWIW!

  • The Final Step

    07/24/2012 12:10:51 AM PDT · 2 of 23
    oldsalt to george76
    Thousands of doctors will retire rather than worry about the new laws, taxes, and legal liabilities

    Since reaching the ripe old age of 73 this year,much to my surprise I might add,three doctors I have seen on a regular basis have packed it in.

    Two more have notified me that they will be done at the end of the year.These are not old silver-haired senior citizens either...most are in their mid fifties or so.

    My chiropractor son-in-law,who has six employees says he can't make it much longer even if he cuts to the bone,and so he faces a very uncertain future.

    We cannot allow this to happen to us..Obamacare and Obama must go.

  • Russian Warships Arrive at U.S. Pearl Harbor for Joint Drills

    06/30/2012 6:47:40 PM PDT · 10 of 20
    oldsalt to Magnatron
    I remember during my time in the navy (1980s), when we had an Indian Ocean tour and we found ourselves shadowed by Soviet Krivak class destroyers every day. They lit us up regularly with their weapons systems, disrupted our underway replenishment maneuvers, and created general havoc on our day-to-day deployment activities.

    In 1968 I was aboard USS Independence for a long Med Cruise...we left Norfolk on Jan 5,'68 ,did work-ups in the Carribean and proceeded to the Med and did not return to NORVA until Jan 27,'69.

    During that deployment the Russians did their usual stuff to interfere with us whenever they could...but they met their match with our CO,CAPT Mathews,(sorry his first name escapes me since we traveled in different social circles.),who had enough of their shenanigans.

    The Russians were getting in the habit of lining up for replenishment with our destroyers and stuff like that which was worth a chuckle,but they went too far when they statred cutting across our bow when we were starting to launch aircraft.

    CAPT Mathews began collision drills saying he wanted us to clear everything forward of Frame 109 whenever the collision alarm sounded.The Captain was quoted as saying,"The next time that sonovabitch cuts my bow I'm gonna run him over!"

    Sure enough a few days later one their Petya(?)class frigates cut across our bow...I was on the roof at the angle at the time and found myself looking down at the fantail of that little f****r and the gaping faces of the guys on deck.

    They never,never tried that trick again or any other one either for the rest of that deployment!

  • Barry Goldwater: A True Conservative

    06/22/2012 9:49:18 PM PDT · 30 of 38
    oldsalt to Mach9
    Darn straight, something happened. He leaned lefter and lefter as he aged—

    What happened was that after his first wife died he met and married a younger woman...whose name escapes me. Anyway he was in thrall to her and she soon took complete control of his attitudes and comings and goings.

    So in essence I feel that he said "Yes dear" a lot and was seduced by the thrill of having a much younger good-looking woman with decidedly liberal views as his "helpmate".

    That's my humble opinion and I'm sticking to it.

  • Ken Hamblin sighting: Alive and well in Douglas County (11/29/10)

    06/18/2012 6:33:21 AM PDT · 30 of 31
    oldsalt to mupcat
    Speaking of other radio talk hosts, I’m trying to think of the one who would broadcast out of Florida around the same time frame as Hamblin. It may have been out of St. Pete. He and his wife had bought an old hotel, and believe that’s where his show was aired. Sort of a strange duck, but became quite famous. I think he also had some severe health problem that caused him to finally use a wheelchair. Sorry I just cannot remember his name, hopefully someone here knows who this is. Just wondered whatever happened to him.

    I believe you're thinking of Chuck Harder,who had a show operating out of the old Telford Hotel in White Springs Florida.

    White Springs is off the beaten path ,north of Lake City and off of I-75 in rural North Florida.

    Chuck was an odd duck and a little bit of a charlatan espousing things like the "N" machine which was a perpetual motion gizmo you could supposedly "plug" into the ground to generate an endless supply of electricity. He was confined to a wheelchair for a time as he was severely obese due to an unspecified illness.

    He tried to make a go of the old hotel as a restaurant and did not succeed.

    AFAIK he just faded away and I have no idea what ultimately became of him.