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Hobbies (Bloggers & Personal)

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    05/19/2012 3:43:30 PM PDT · by Melvin Martinez · 68 replies
    The Martinez Report is a constantly updated site covering U.S. and world news with a focus on politics, finances, media bias, and show-biz.
  • Gun sales strong in Polk

    05/13/2012 10:11:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Winter Haven News Chief ^ | May 13, 2012 | Lorrie Delk Walker
    Gun sales historically increase when there is a possibility that a Democrat will be elected — or re-elected — president, according to local gun shop spokesmen, and the trend continues this election season. Several Polk County gun shops report that sales continue to be strong. Hartman's Guns and Ammo in Winter Haven experienced increases beginning in late 2011, but business has been robust for the past five years, said Jeff Riggeal, manager of the gun department. Handguns are the shop's top sellers, followed by semiautomatic rifles. Sales are up about 20 percent this year for Craig Shaver, owner of Arms...
  • Military Celebrities: Who do/did you know? (VANITY)

    05/11/2012 5:01:45 PM PDT · by Joe 6-pack · 133 replies
    Self ^ | 05/11/12 | Self
    In an off line conversation with my FReeper lady friend, floralamiss, she mentioned to me that Joe Dimaggio had been her father's PT instructor during WWII. I indicated that my dad had served with Lt. George Steinbrenner at Lockbourne AFB in the 50's. When I was an ROTC Cadet, I did my advanced camp at Ft. Bragg, and then went on CTLT in Germany with Shawn Mullins. Just curious how many other FReepers got to meet/know/serve with folks that later achieved some degree of fame (or notoriety) while in the military. Thought it might be a fun conversation topic for...
  • Doomsday Prepper Singles – Survivalist Dating in 2012

    04/24/2012 4:23:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    PR Web ^ | April 20, 2012
    Are you single and a survivalist? The dating scene is changing. The end of the world as we know it is fast approaching, according to avid doomsday preppers. has developed a unique dating website for survivalist and doomsday prepper singles. With the explosion of information and interest surrounding the looming apocalypse, the fear of an economic implosion, nuclear threats, earthquakes, the Yellowstone super volcanic eruption, solar flares, and a possible viral pandemic, it's not surprising that interest in survival and doomsday preparation is growing at an amazing rate. The National Geographic Channel has a new, reality TV series “Doomsday...
  • Old school dungeon crawler: Legend of Grimrock

    04/18/2012 7:29:22 PM PDT · by Black_Shark · 70 replies
    Steam ^ | 4/18/2012 | Blackshark
    Hey all you old school gamers, From posts here and there I have gathered that there are quite a few PC gamers on FR. Seeing as the average age of most FR posters is in the mid 30's to mid 40's, it would make sense that at least some of you "cut your teeth" on old school dungeon crawlers such as Dungeon Master, Eye of the Beholder, etc. I am here to tell you of a brand new dungeon crawler produced by Almost Human, a finnish studio. It has all the old school feel with modern graphics and was 8.5/10...
  • My visit to US Naval Base Coronado - April 8-9, 2012

    04/16/2012 10:24:25 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 58 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM ^ | April 15, 2012 | Jeff Head
    Over the weekend begininng Saturday, April 7th, 2012, myself and my wife were down in southern California, in San Diego. We were there for my daughter's wedding on Monday, April 9th, in Coronado, California on the beach at the Hotel del Coronado. Beautiful setting, but also the home of the Naval Base Coranado and a lot of the Amphibios Warfare Command on the West Coast. Across the strait was the anchorage for many of the vessels. We took some time to visit and photograph the vessesl we could see, and there were a lot of them, a real delight...
  • Obama worshipers fell all over themselves when he offered food to N Korea. Wonder how they feel now?

    04/14/2012 8:14:53 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 15 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | April 14, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    In researching Island Turtle’s article on the folly of President Obama’s agreement to buy the same horse twice (actually the third or fourth time is more accurate) with his 240 kilotons of food, for 8 months of good behavior (until the election) by Kim Jong-un, I was bowled over by the obsequious praise of The One by NY Times readers. It took only two weeks for young Kim to announce he was breaking the deal and 6 weeks to launch the rocket which ended in failure. And it now appears he will detonate a nuclear weapon to add an exclamation...
  • "Latest Oil: "Looking East"

    04/06/2012 2:46:51 PM PDT · by freemike · 15 replies
    Michael LeKites Art Blog ^ | 4/6/2012 | Freemike
    Here's a link to my latest oil painting. You can go to my homepage and see some of my other works! Not trying to sell anything and nothing's for sale anyway. Just sharing my artwork. Thanks for looking! MichaelLeKitesArtBlog
  • Gun enthusiasts start defense fund for George Zimmerman

    03/29/2012 2:29:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    KDAF-TV ^ | March 29, 2012 | Henry Pierson Curtis
    A firearms website created by some Tampa gun enthusiasts announced today it is collecting money to help pay for George Zimmerman's legal defense. Christopher Kossmann, 23, and three friends founded Legal Boom: Gun law for the Gunshine State last year to explain Florida's self-defense laws, he said. Describing as a "hobbyist website," Kossman said none of the members are lawyers and they pay expenses out of their pockets. He has not met Zimmerman, 28, but is trying to reach his attorney, Craig Sonner of Altamonte Springs to discuss the fundraising effort. Zimmerman told Sanford police he killed Trayvon Martin,...
  • Politics Blog: Scientists say America is too dumb for democracy to thrive

    03/09/2012 7:38:01 PM PST · by thecodont · 22 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | Mar 09 2012 at 9:29 am | Posted By: Mike Moffitt
    The United States may be a republic, but it’s democracy that Americans cherish. After all, that’s why we got into Iraq, right? To take out a dictator and spread democracy. “Government of the people, by the people, for the people.” “One person, one vote.” We are an egalitarian society that treasures the mandate of its citizenry. But more than a decade’s worth research suggests that the citizenry is too dumb to pick the best leaders. They know what's best for the country. Work by Cornell University psychologist David Dunning and then-colleague Justin Kruger found that “incompetent people are inherently unable...
  • Splitting up is hard to watch (Vanity blog)

    03/04/2012 12:24:11 PM PST · by GeronL · 19 replies
    Tyranny Sentinel ^ | March 04, 2012 | geronl
    For a while I have suggested that conservatives become organized into a real faction within the Republican Party and we are seeing what happens because we are not. Had we done so we would not be seeing two candidates splitting the conservative vote and allowing a liberal white minstrel show become the GOP nominee. Not only do we not have a great candidate in the race, we have two guys who both have some flaws. Newt Gingrich is one long train of baggage cars. Santorum is running as Mr. Rogers, he wants to be your neighbor. Amazingly there is also...
  • Pokerstars is Rigged (Vanity)

    02/19/2012 1:43:24 PM PST · by OldCorps · 14 replies
    Old Corps ^ | Feb 19, 2012 | OldCorps
    I'm so sick of PS. They rig every high stakes hand. They always have a lesser hand win on the last (river) card when the pots are big. Also, they guy with the largest stack wins, especially when he has a lesser hand. FU pokerstars. I'll take my money somewhere else.
  • Give Them (CPAC Attendees) Something To Do...

    02/16/2012 6:31:25 AM PST · by bmorrett · 7 replies
    Tenacious B ^ | 2/15/2012 | Britney Morrett
    <p>In the aftermath of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2012 we are seeing two things. The first is the “CPAC plague” where all of the attendees inevitably get sick after long days of networking and listening to speeches. The second is the deluge of blog posts complaining about the drunken parties and skimpy clothing.</p>
  • Grizzly Guns (World Record shot with a .22)

    02/15/2012 8:43:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 28 replies ^ | na | H.V. Stent
    “Grizzly Guns” by H. V. Stent If you are planning a grizzly hunt or only dreaming of one, a big question is which rifle to use. On that fascinating subject, I’ve been amassing information for some 40 years of living as a teacher, fruit grower and hunter in that bear paradise, British Columbia, where stories of encounters with grizzlies and brown bears are enjoyed where ever sportsmen gather and are often headlined in newspapers and television newscasts. Such meetings sometimes result in a mauled man or shot bear, or both. A recent one ended with both man and bear dead....
  • Timeless Gun Wisdom~

    02/15/2012 7:18:53 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 15 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 15, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    Some words to the wise... Valuable shooting advice from certified concealed-carry instructors: if you own a gun, you will appreciate this. If not, you might want to look into that- and learn how to use it: « Guns have only two enemies: rust and politicians. « Its always better to be judged by twelve than to be carried by six! « Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you. « Do not allow anyone or anything that threatens you get inside an arms' length, ever. « Never say "I`ve got a gun."  If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear should...
  • Valentine's Day sales of pink pistols and other handguns rise

    02/11/2012 5:22:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Oklahoman ^ | February 11, 2012 | Jennifer Palmer
    As women's participation in shooting sports has increased, so have sales at gun shops leading up to February 14. It's a given that restaurants, flower shops and candy stores will be hot spots as Valentine's Day approaches. But another industry sees a somewhat surprising boom in sales before the romantic holiday: gun shops. With women's participation in gun sports on the rise and manufacturers responding with feminine firearms that are even pink and red, many are buying a new gun as a gift for their Valentine. A few years ago, Mike Blackwell, owner of Big Boy's Guns and Ammo in...
  • Conservative Artists and updates to art blog.

    02/11/2012 7:53:53 AM PST · by freemike · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Michael LeKites Art Blog ^ | 2/11/2012 | Freemike
    Sharing some updates to my art blog for those interested. I've also included a link to a website devoted too advancing conservative artists. There are quite a few different styles of artists on the website but all are either libertarians or conservatives. They are looking for artists to join, so if you are a conservative artist, you might want to check them out. The link to my site is here. The conservative artist site is here.Have a wonderful day!
  • Who else listens to Delilah on the radio?

    02/10/2012 8:16:29 PM PST · by Krankor · 21 replies
    Radio ^ | 2/10/2012 | Krankor
    Interesting show.
  • Houseboat industry eyes new venture for comeback (Obama recession has 'em on the ropes)

    02/01/2012 11:47:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    MONTICELLO, Ky. – Kentucky's houseboat manufacturers once thrived by churning out luxurious floating residences, but the industry was nearly capsized by the economic downturn. Now it's dabbling in a new venture as it looks for a different course — the construction of moderately priced, energy efficient landlocked homes. Houseboat maker Stardust Cruisers has built two relatively low-cost modular homes in a test that area residents hope will help revive the industry and bring back jobs to this struggling town on the edge of Appalachia....
  • Juvenile red ratsnake

    01/29/2012 1:15:22 PM PST · by Silentgypsy · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Photobucket ^ | 01/29/2012 | Silentgypsy