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  • Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, GOP Establishment....Tyrants

    03/03/2016 5:22:26 AM PST · 41 of 83
    Rockhound to SamuraiScot

    “The Chamber of Commerce and the McConnell GOP, etc., have opposed Ted at every turn from the beginning of his career, and still do. The Conservative establishment has loved him. He has succeeded by hard work, and acting and arguing from Constitutional and moral principle. We need more people like this, even if they are rivals with our political hero of the moment.”

    Amen, SamuraiScot. I support Ted Cruz because he has been the only politician over the last two decades who has not let me down. He went to Washington and stood up for my conservative values against the Washington Cartel.

    He is the most consistently conservative candidate I have seen since Reagan. What a shame that so many are swayed by the propaganda used against him.

  • Obama: Who Cares if I Filibustered Alito, Republicans Have to Vote on My SCOTUS Nominee

    02/17/2016 6:55:43 AM PST · 89 of 89
    Rockhound to jsanders2001

    “His anger and the timing of Scalia’s death tells me this is about making a play to abolish the 2nd amendment to cause irreparable damage to the U.S”.

    I think you hit the nail on the head, here. Obama has been very disappointed with lack of progress in banning guns. Never forget that the advances made in the Supreme Court regarding the Second Amendment have been determined by one vote.

    The article pushes the Abortion angle, but never mentions the 2nd Amendment... I wonder why?

  • Free Republic Caucus 2016 02/10

    02/10/2016 5:47:59 AM PST · 155 of 216
    Rockhound to SamAdams76

    Vote Cruz

  • Free Republic Caucus 2016 01/20

    01/20/2016 5:10:14 AM PST · 225 of 477
    Rockhound to DoughtyOne

    Vote Cruz

  • Exclusive: Ex-Harley-Davidson execs look to build Royal Enfield brand from Milwaukee

    09/03/2015 10:35:39 AM PDT · 57 of 57
    Rockhound to shotgun

    Yeah, I hear ya, shotgun. If I was looking to to do touring trips, I would have an entirely different outlook, as the criteria for meeting my needs would change.

    Don’t know what I will end up with, but I’m the kind of person that does his homework before buying, and at this stage I wouldn’t rule out the Royal Enfield.

    My biggest concern is reliability, although I read they are improving.

  • Exclusive: Ex-Harley-Davidson execs look to build Royal Enfield brand from Milwaukee

    09/03/2015 10:01:45 AM PDT · 55 of 57
    Rockhound to shotgun

    Yes, I know all too well about rider fatigue. I had dirt bikes as a kid, and as soon as I was old enough to get a driver’s license, I bought a small Honda runabout. It was perfect for what I used it for, just running around town.

    Some friends of mine talked me into going on a multi-state trip over a holiday weekend, and I was never more miserable in my life (and being young, I tolerated misery much better than I do now!). The vibration practically rattled my back fillings out!

    I sold that bike in the 1970’s, and now that I am in my 60’s and approaching retirement, I might consider another bike. Like my old one, it would be used as a runabout. I like the old retro cruiser look. And any thoughts of cross country touring would be fantasy. A 100 mile day trip to Galveston would be as far as I would take it. So, something like this bike might be just what I am looking for. The bikes Royal Enfield builds aren’t racers, just leisurely cruisers. I probably fit their demographic.

  • Flood of Anti-Boehner Calls Rattles Leadership

    01/08/2015 9:44:21 AM PST · 62 of 136
    Rockhound to kristinn

    My rep is one of those who sends out newsletters about how conservative he is, then votes for Cromnibus and supports Boehner.

    I just visited his Facebook site: response from the constituents is overwhelmingly negative. We see Boehner as part of the problem, not the solution. If my rep. were to hold a Town Hall meeting today, he would probably be met with torches and pitchforks.

  • White House hints at veto of Keystone bill

    11/13/2014 8:22:35 AM PST · 24 of 30
    Rockhound to Dilbert San Diego

    Quite right, Dilbert. This has languished on Harry Reid’s desk for years. Mary Landrieu is in deep reelection trouble and needs all the help she can get. So she is pushing for a Keystone Pipeline vote now to help her garner a few votes. Later, Obama can always veto it. What a sad and cynical way to run the country!!!

  • Jack Welch to GOP: Run a real conservative in 2016

    11/04/2014 6:12:56 AM PST · 22 of 28
    Rockhound to Eagles6

    Ditto that!

  • Navy kicks out Biden’s son after failing coke test

    10/17/2014 8:50:08 AM PDT · 25 of 34
    Rockhound to Ouchthatonehurt

    I tried snorting Coke once, never did understand the fascination with this... The carbonation plays hell with my sinuses!

  • Food fight: Military leaders deploying to save Michelle O’s school lunch overhaul

    08/12/2014 9:43:26 AM PDT · 29 of 37
    Rockhound to Sir Napsalot

    Do these kids even have gym class nowadays? Do they burn significant calories there like we did 50 years ago, or has it been toned down to accomodate the average video gamer couch potato?

    Its not what they eat as much as the lack of activity to burn it off.

  • The Lost Sounds of Summer

    07/25/2014 7:11:42 AM PDT · 45 of 59
    Rockhound to Kaslin

    I was a kid during that time frame too. I lived in paradise - a dairy farm with creeks and woods, and I had the run of them. It was not unusual to tent camp overnight in the woods, walk 50 feet to the creek, and catch trout for breakfast. The trout would be supplemented with wild blackberries, apples, and the sweetest black cherries I have ever eaten, picked off a tree by the road.

    My brother and I were usually within earshot, but if we didn’t come after first call, the conch trumpet always got our attention. I had read about the Polynesians using a conch shell for a horn. We pestered Mom to buy us one until she finally relented (I can remember they had large boxes full of them in the local grocery store). I knocked the end off of it with a lucky hammer blow, and danged if it didn’t work! Sounded like a diesel horn.

    I feel sorry for my grandkids - they have no idea what they have missed.

  • Ted Cruz is Leading

    07/17/2014 4:28:09 AM PDT · 5 of 50
    Rockhound to eartick

    Ronald Reagan: Best vote I ever cast in my life.

    Ted Cruz: Second best vote I ever cast in my life.

  • Reporter stopped by TSA agent who didn't know District of Columbia is in US

    07/15/2014 10:42:25 AM PDT · 4 of 35
    Rockhound to Dallas59

    It’s the new 57 state standard that causes the confusion.

  • Michael Graham: What Obama Inherited

    06/12/2014 6:59:27 AM PDT · 20 of 31
    Rockhound to kristinn

    What Obama Inherited:

    * His relatives Socialist/Marxist/Anti-Imperialist views.

    * His mentor’s (Ayers et. al.) radical views.

    * His Pastor’s racist views.

    Having a President (and I use the term loosely) with such a background makes for interesting times.

  • Struggling malls suffer when Sears, Penney leave

    05/13/2014 5:05:41 AM PDT · 67 of 128
    Rockhound to SamAdams76

    I too remember when it was cool to hang out at the malls. I was a twenty-something in the late 1970’s starting out on a geology career in Texas. That meant field work in the boondocks all week long. On the weekends when we came into town, the routine was going out clubbing on Friday night, Saturday morning golf, and the rest of the day spent at the mall.

    San Antonio had three nice malls on the north side, so you even had variety. Haven’t been back there in years, I wonder if any of them are still left?

    Lived in Dallas during the 1980’s: I know most of the malls that we frequented there are gone.

    Today I work across from the Greenspoint Mall in Houston. After Sears left, it turned into a ghost town. I used to walk there at lunch for excercise - I don’t consider it a safe place to walk anymore.

    Of the malls that still appear to be doing well in my area, I notice there is little for guys there. It’s mostly boutiques, women’s clothes, and jewelry. I do most of my shopping on the internet.

  • My Little Pony, 50 Years Later

    04/08/2014 6:42:24 AM PDT · 36 of 89
    Rockhound to ilovesarah2012

    About the time my High School class members and I were getting our drivers licenses, all of the ‘60’s muscle cars were 4 or 5 years old, and affordable! I never had a muscle car (my ‘61 Chevy Belair only had a 6 cylinder), but many of my friends did.

    My brother-in-law still has a 1967 Camaro that was a father-son restoration project. Love that car, always liked the ‘60’s Camaros the best.

  • Ukraine Sets Deadline for Militias to Surrender Illegal Guns

    03/21/2014 5:16:03 AM PDT · 50 of 118
    Rockhound to Lazamataz

    Thanks Laz, you command a wealth of information!

  • Ukraine Sets Deadline for Militias to Surrender Illegal Guns

    03/21/2014 4:26:40 AM PDT · 42 of 118
    Rockhound to WildHighlander57

    Molon Labe was my first thought as I read the headline. I wonder how you say that in Ukranian?

  • BREAKING: Facebook Considering Banning Gun Related Pages

    03/04/2014 10:30:50 AM PST · 59 of 64
    Rockhound to Red in Blue PA; cuban leaf

    I opened an account on Facebook initially because my new smart phone had an icon for it. Forgot about it for months. Then one day, I was talking to one of my old high school buddies, who was telling me about an old car he was restoring.

    He tells me he has documented the whole restoration on Facebook, and off I went!

    Like Cuban Leaf, I have used it for band stuff. I keep up with family and old friends that live far away. My family name is unique enough that if you have the same last name, you gotta be related to me. I had an aunt and uncle that lived in Buffalo, NY; I vaguely remember meeting them once or twice when they came to visit. Apparently, they and their offspring have been very prolific, and I was amazed to find out that an entire branch of the family now exists there, thanks to Facebook.

    I’ve heard from many of my grade school and high school classmates. A few of them, I have not seen or heard from since the day we graduated high school. Now we are all grey with grandkids (proud to say that I still have a full head of hair, unlike some of them!).

    Some of them are obvious libs, and its fun to torment them with posts involving conservative candidates, NRA/2nd Amendment stuff, etc.

    Lastly, there are groups on Facebook for just about any interest you could possibly imagine, and I seem to have a penchant for collecting oddball hobbies. Yeah, I belong to a number of specific Forums on the internet, but have received good info from Facebook too, it is a good source of information for me.

    As an old fart, I am proud that I have stayed technologically literate, and believe in leveraging new technology to my advantage. I wouldn’t know half as much as I do if I didn’t read Free Republic once in a while, and I do find Facebook useful, although I have torn loyalties when I hear what they support.

  • Discussion Thread: Texas Primary Today (3-4-14) ..first hand reports, observations, comments..

    03/04/2014 7:09:48 AM PST · 9 of 356
    Rockhound to ken5050

    The weather in Houston is horrible, ken5050. Temps right at 32 degrees, rain freezing on trees and elevated structures (like overpasses!). It was a sloppy, white knuckle commute this morning. Good news is, the rain is supposed to stop and the temp should rise above freezing by noon.

    The wife and I will venture out to the polls this evening to do our part.

  • Read it and blink: 70 percent of adults report 'digital eye strain'

    01/10/2014 6:55:02 AM PST · 8 of 8
    Rockhound to shove_it

    I work for a large corporation that does their best to minimize ergonomic problems. I was having dry eye/eye strain issues, and they sent an ergonomist up to my office for an evaluation.

    Turns out my problem was caused by staring intently at columns of numbers on my computer screen all day. It seems many people will have a tendency to not blink as often as they need to when doing that kind of work.

    Just being made aware of that fact (along with some eyedrops) allowed me to fix the problem.

  • Gun maker PTR Industries opens its doors in Horry County (From Connecticut to South Carolina)

    01/07/2014 10:14:09 AM PST · 48 of 50
    Rockhound to RC one

    I’ve had a PTR91 for about 8 years now. Well made rifle, I’m very pleased with mine. PTR builds them in the USA using original factory equipment purchased from Portugal (I think). It’s the closest you can get to a new HK91.

    The only drawback is for those who collect their brass for reloading. They have a fluted chamber to aid in extraction that really screws up the brass. I just feed mine the cheap russian stuff for plinking, it works fine.
    Of course, with the cost of ammo, it doesn’t get out to the range as often as when it was new.

  • The radicalism of the Tea Party is also concerned that a current in Europe (from Spanish)

    12/03/2013 9:46:22 AM PST · 44 of 44
    Rockhound to 2ndDivisionVet

    No Bueno

  • Backdoor gun control is here: no lead means no bullets

    12/02/2013 7:48:18 AM PST · 57 of 72
    Rockhound to babygene

    Interesting, since I have heard the cadmium poisoning warning from more than one source (of course, rumors are easily spread on the internet). Could it be Ni-Cad batteries and not car batteries? Perhaps the well meaning posts I have read have their facts confused.

  • Backdoor gun control is here: no lead means no bullets

    12/02/2013 5:27:04 AM PST · 47 of 72
    Rockhound to HiTech RedNeck

    Yeah, if I was desperate enough, I would too. I have a couple of old tractor batteries just in case.

    I wanted to bring the potential of danger to the attention of Freepers who may not have heard about it. Your warning to avoid confined areas and use proper ventilation is a good one (I do that anyway when molding lead bullets).

  • Backdoor gun control is here: no lead means no bullets

    12/02/2013 5:01:57 AM PST · 45 of 72
    Rockhound to babygene

    “It seems to me that one recycled car battery would provide enough lead for one person for a lifetime. 40 or 50 pounds”.

    I can recall reading on various reloading forums that there is a danger of cadmium poisoning if you were to use the lead from car batteries. They recommended against it, suggesting that you contact local scrap yards for recycled lead (lead pipes and roof sheathing from old houses, etc.).

  • John F. Kennedy's Legacy

    11/22/2013 12:01:40 PM PST · 20 of 22
    Rockhound to Gaffer

    Maybe his speech writer deserves more credit than he, but he delivered speeches that inspired and challenged people to excel. That is sadly lacking in anything we hear today, indeed I would have to go back to Reagan to hear a speech of comparable caliber.

    Now, I was only a kid during the Cuban Missile Crisis, but the headlines I recall reading about talked about “Kennedy Stands Firm, Kruschev Backs Down”. I don’t recall reading any discussion of ICBMs in Turkey at the time.

  • John F. Kennedy's Legacy

    11/22/2013 10:24:38 AM PST · 14 of 22
    Rockhound to Gaffer

    I dunno, Gaffer. Kennedy passed through a tax cut which benefited the economy. He committed us to landing Americans on the moon. He gave some very powerful speeches (teleprompters weren’t invented yet) that inspired the average person to do their best. And he showed he had a pair when the Russians deployed nuclear missiles to Cuba.

    Contrast that with the current Democratic Administration. They turn his “Ask what you can do for your country” around 180 degrees. They don’t inspire, they issue directives because ‘they won’. They cancelled NASA.

    No, Kennedy wasn’t a god, and yes he had some personal failings (which weren’t widely known at the time), but he did OK.

    I remember when he was campaigning in Allentown, PA. I was 5 years old, riding on my fathers shoulders. As he passed by, my father yelled out, “Hiya Jack”, and candidate Kennedy paused and shook my fathers hand. I was raised in a blue collar middle class household, and it was a big deal to him.

  • Extreme VANITY/Where were you and what were you doing when you heard of JFK's Assasination?

    11/19/2013 7:55:16 AM PST · 39 of 172
    Rockhound to US Navy Vet

    I was in third grade, home sick that day, so Mom and I watched it from the beginning on TV. Mom cried.

  • VANITY: Discussion of gun show shopping list

    10/25/2013 12:09:41 PM PDT · 43 of 43
    Rockhound to jboot

    I have a pair of them that I bought from Century International 4 or 5 years ago. They both have lanyard rings but don’t know what the current crop looks like.

    Mine were my last purchase before I let my C&R FFL expire. They have been my favorite plinkers ever since.

  • VANITY: Discussion of gun show shopping list

    10/25/2013 9:29:08 AM PDT · 41 of 43
    Rockhound to jboot

    “Tokarev TTs are still common and cheap and shoot the same kevlar-vest-munching round”.

    Have a look at the Romanian Tokarevs. They are still plentiful and affordable. They fit my hand much better than the CZ-52.

  • Cruz: No surrender

    10/21/2013 4:32:47 AM PDT · 10 of 27
    Rockhound to markomalley

    I am proud of my Texas Senator Ted Cruz. After his ‘fillibuster’, I wrote to let him know just that, and that it was the first time in years that I felt my views were actually being represented in Washington.

    I am still convinced that he did what was needed, and at the very least he was successful in directing the focus onto Obamacare.

    My conservative values are those of my parents. 30 or 40 years ago, they were the values of much of the country.

    Since when is it ‘radical’ to want to control the ever expanding size of government, and rein in out-of-control spending? Are we Tea Party Texans really that far out of step with the rest of the country?

  • Five thoughts on the Obamacare disaster [the author of this is a liberal]

    10/15/2013 4:57:34 AM PDT · 16 of 40
    Rockhound to grundle

    “If Republicans had simply passed a clean-CR on Oct. 1 these last few weeks would’ve been nothing — nothing at all — save for coverage of the health-care law’s disaster. Instead the law has been knocked off the front page by coverage of the Republican Party’s disaster”.

    No, the press would have done everything in its power to hide the failure of Obamacare. It would have received the same MSM coverage as the Million Vet March and other goings-on this weekend in D.C.

  • Crisis, averted: USPS to destroy “Let’s move!” stamps over safety concerns?

    10/11/2013 5:29:12 AM PDT · 41 of 46
    Rockhound to MrChips

    God only knows how I managed to survive all those cannonballs that we did as kids. Handstands with helmets? Anyone who has been involved with gymnastics knows that you tuck your head to your chest as you roll out of a handstand. Doing that with a helmet on sounds like a prescription for a broken neck!

  • Ted Cruz is right about Obamacare

    10/10/2013 4:49:24 AM PDT · 17 of 46
    Rockhound to MulberryDraw

    Way to go, Ted Cruz! You are showing McCain and the other GOPe what a real maverick looks like!

  • Dear GOP: Been Nice Knowin', Ya. Don't Let the Door Hit Your Sorry....

    09/27/2013 11:26:28 AM PDT · 6 of 112
    Rockhound to DJ Frisat

    me too. Echos my sediments exactly.

  • Jim Robinson is in need of FReeper Prayers [Jim's update in reply @ #1011]

    09/27/2013 7:44:12 AM PDT · 278 of 1,126
    Rockhound to JustAmy

    Prayers up, Jim! hang in there Buddy, hope your recovery is swift.

  • Cruz Reads Green Eggs & Ham on Senate Floor

    09/25/2013 5:13:10 AM PDT · 26 of 27
    Rockhound to servo1969

    I do not like Obamacare
    I do not like it anywhere!

  • Senator Cruz rails through night against Obamacare

    09/25/2013 4:09:48 AM PDT · 2 of 21
    Rockhound to Oldeconomybuyer

    I am very proud of our junior Senator from Texas (the other one, not so much)! It’s been years since I felt my views were being represented. Go Sen. Cruz!

  • Oil and gas industry employment growing much faster than total private sector employment

    08/09/2013 8:10:02 AM PDT · 14 of 18
    Rockhound to thackney

    Sounds like you have been there and done that, thackney. I hope to duplicate your experience. I figure I should be able to, as long as the petroleum industry keeps booming (I predict a significant upsurge once the Obama Administration is gone).

  • Oil and gas industry employment growing much faster than total private sector employment

    08/09/2013 7:50:37 AM PDT · 12 of 18
    Rockhound to bestintxas; fulltlt

    Im curious, as I have worked for one of the majors as a professional for 34 years. I started in the 1970’s as a field geologist in uranium, have held positions in upper level data menagement, and have worked the last 10 years in a Geodetics & Cartography group. I have amassed a great deal of technical experience with mapping programs like ArcGIS.

    The division I work for has become increasingly bureaucratic and inefficient over the years, to the point I have considered taking my experience and retirement benefits in a year or two and seeing if the grass is greener elsewhere. Like fulltlt I will be approaching 60, but still have a good 5 or 10 years left in me.

    Do you think the age thing would outweigh the knowledge and experience? (depending on your answer, I might have to send you a resume!)

  • @SodaStreamUSA response to Limbaugh boycott: “We continue to advertise”

    05/15/2013 10:03:34 AM PDT · 14 of 36
    Rockhound to ClearCase_guy

    What you said. My wife bought one primarily for the grandkids, but I have found my primary use for it is instant Club Soda on demand. Love it.

  • Owner: Bomber bought fireworks from my store

    04/24/2013 6:19:44 AM PDT · 13 of 24
    Rockhound to PilotDave

    Yeah, I can see how this is gonna flush out. Modern smokeless powders are classified as ‘propellants’ while real black powder is an explosive. Because of that, those who sell it already have additional regulations as to how it is stored, etc.

    Because of the regulations, many suppliers quit carrying it, and in many places it is hard to find original black powder.

    The black powder substitutes do not work well with flintlocks.

  • The 10 Worst Bombings in US History

    04/16/2013 10:45:20 AM PDT · 6 of 22
    Rockhound to Kaslin

    Remember Pearl Harbor

  • Background checks amount to ‘new tax on guns,’ Coburn insists

    04/16/2013 6:56:14 AM PDT · 6 of 7
    Rockhound to marktwain

    This brings up one aspect of Universal Background Checks that I have not seen addressed yet.

    I have a modest collection that I have accumulated over 45 years. Firearms tend not to use their value, and I have had the use of them over my lifetime. That’s a win-win in my book. I always figured that when I am gone, they would be sold off to pay for something worthwhile, like the Grandkid’s education.

    So, lets say I decide to sell them all tomorrow. I don’t have access to the NICS database, so I will have to conduct the transfers through a dealer, at a cost of up to $125 per transfer??? There goes any profit that my years of collecting should realize!

    It seems the Colburn amendment addresses these concerns. My Senators have so far been on the right side of this argument, but I will contact them anyways and let my views be known.

  • Video: Debunking the Gun-Show Loophole Myth

    04/12/2013 9:12:23 AM PDT · 10 of 10
    Rockhound to Kaslin

    “40 percent of all gun purchases at gun shows are private sales”

    First of all, I can’t help but notice that the survey that this statistic comes from is over 30 years old.

    Secondly, I have been a regular attendee at gun shows in Texas for over 30 years. I have never been to a single one where non-dealer, ‘Gun Show Loophole’ tables have accounted for more that a couple of percent. And most of the private sales I have seen are for Dad’s 12 gauge shotgun, and Uncle Ernie’s 30-30 lever action deer rifle, that someone inherited and has no use for. Not exactly the kind of weapomns one accumulates for a rampage.

    Lets say I have collected 20 firearms over the years, and I have decided to sell them off to raise cash. How do I go about running a NICS check on someone? Will I have to get a licensed FFL dealer to run it for me? Sounds like something that will cut into my profits considerably.

    And what exactly do they mean by ‘internet sales’? I know of no firearms transaction, initiated on a dealer website, that does not already require the firearm to be sent to a licensed FFL, who will run a NICS check on the purchaser. So, what is this all about???

  • Whoa! Is that Satan or Barack Obama?

    03/20/2013 8:26:13 AM PDT · 15 of 39
    Rockhound to IbJensen

    If the Devil had a son...

  • Ted Nugent to take on media orgy tonight and “dominate them”

    02/12/2013 8:46:24 AM PST · 33 of 38
    Rockhound to wideawake

    Ted was in Katy, TX a week or so ago to debate gun issues with Piers Morgan. The next morning, as I drove into work, I listened to sound bytes from the exchange on a local talk radio station. Ted made excellent points, completely destroyed the arguments made by his opponenet, and had good command of the facts. Granted, Piers isnt the most formidable debater, but Ted demonstrated that he pould think on his feet and respond effectively.

    I can’t answer for CatherineofAragon, but I will take a Ted Nugent over anyone on a list of rapidly growing Republican Quislings (Boener, Roberts, McCain, Romney, to name a few.)

  • When Kids and Guns Mix

    01/11/2013 9:41:39 AM PST · 10 of 11
    Rockhound to BitWielder1

    I would go further to suggest that even those children who do not have a gun in the house should receive gun safety training, something that could and should be taught in every elementary school.

    I grew up in rural farmhouses where a shotgun often stood handy in the corner. Ours were kept empty, but some of my father’s friends kept theirs loaded. Never gave a thought to picking one up and playing with it.

    My son was also taught gun safety at an early age, and I never worried about him. It was his friends who grew up in gun-free houses, with no firsthand firearm experience, that I had to watch.