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Carl on September 24, 2014 12:57 PM
I know; I know.  Everyone reading the Blog has been thinking, I sure miss Carl's poems.  So this one's for y'all

No doubt a nip is in the air
As we approach this autumn.
I've found my woolen underwear.
I sure am glad I bought 'em.

 
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Darla on June 8, 2016 7:40 AM
It was so good to see Mike Murphy at our monthly get together at Ryan's last night. We had 16 in attendance. We always have a good time.
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Mike Murphy on June 8, 2016 12:42 PM
Darla- It is always good to see the gang. You are still the youngest looking and healthyist looking - you sure you wern't PHS 80?
 
Curly still has more energy than any one of the gang. He is still working and poured concrete that day any looked bright and fresh at the dinner. Also Myron does not age and is still running his business.
The gang was kidding Curley asking him to run for president.
 
If you can attend it is always a good time and Becky the food was a little better this time though not "Gromet" or parged.
 
Fred - how is the Cincinatti chapter of the KKK doing?
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Darla on June 8, 2016 12:58 PM
Mike...you are too kind!!!
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Carl on June 8, 2016 1:36 PM
Thanks Darla.  It's always good to hear of the monthly dinner gatherings.  To any who attend, if you'll take a group photo and email it to me, I'll post it on our website.
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Becky Novarro on June 9, 2016 3:01 PM
Hey Mike, Thanks for the shout out.  I wish I had been there but we are stuck in Naples at the present time.  It's only 92 and hurricane season started and along came Colin.
So happy for all the occasions our wonderful class meets.  Keep me posted of the goings on.

Becky
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Mike Murphy on June 10, 2016 4:28 PM
Fred - still waiting on statistics on the Cincinatti KKK?
 
Tracy - Missed seeing you at the Tues Dine are you OK also Barbara and Harry were not there are they OK? Also Geno where are you?
 
Pete is going on a big trip out west - hoping I can carry his luggage?
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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geno on June 11, 2016 7:43 AM
geno is back on line,  windows 10 has been shoved down my computer, I did not know they could do that without my permission. I have lost all connections with my windows seven, do any of you computer geniuses know what can be done about this? took me three hours,(almost ) to get into my e-mails and find this blog again, Bing could not get this page, would come up" page not available", went to msn net got it. How can they just put this stuff on your computer? Not only is the country taking over our rights, now the web is following suit. Mike you think Trump can stop this madness? I know Hillary's answer would be "what damn difference does it make".
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Mike Murphy on June 11, 2016 10:29 AM
Hillary only knows how to delete emails. ASec of State that never had "classified" emails!!!
 
Good to have you back Geno.
 
Get on the Trump Train!
Mike
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Darla on June 11, 2016 12:45 PM
Geno...I did not like windows 10 either.  So, I restored to the date before I tried Windows 10.
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Tom Dillon on June 12, 2016 8:26 AM
Pete, had the football dream again last night -- early this year. It was our senior year and we had just offered a prayer asking for a good season. The next scene had us about to score (believe it or not). It was pouring rain and Herring called the play for me to run straight up the middle over your right shoulder (31 on two). I had to do number one so badly that I hoped that after crossing the goal line I would be tackled in one of the numerous small ponds of water on the field and could relieve myself while down.
Don't know if we scored or not. My brain finally registered that I had better get up and out of bed and go to the bathroom or else possibly fumble the hand off from Mike.
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Mike Murphy on June 12, 2016 6:50 PM
What in the Heck has gotten into Mitt Romney? I thougt he was a Patriot but seems like he is a sore LOSER!
 
Keep the  Faith and the Trump Train
Mike
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Delores on June 12, 2016 7:25 PM

Romney had his chance and folded like a cheap suitcase in the third debate.  The machine can't control Trump.  Therefore they can't protect their nitch. Romney obviously has a death wish.  This will only insure the election of Hill.  When have we EVER had a presidential candidate who is supported by millions be under investigation for violation of the espionage act.  Show me a person who has no shame and I'll show you someone to stay away from.  "Women's Issues"  from the most abused wife on the planet.  I'm going to throw up.  
Why did you get me started Mike?  Now I'm all ticked off!
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Carl on June 13, 2016 6:38 PM
I believe that's why, more than a few years ago, a number of hard-core conservative commentators started referring to the Republicans as "the stupid party."
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Cookie on June 13, 2016 6:49 PM
The Cookster is pretty angry today.
 
Candle light vigils and parades are nice but isn't it time for some "good ole ass kicking."   My flag is flying at half staff today and unnecessarily so. 
Sorry Fredo but wasn't it that "Ole drunk" Churchill who said "When all else fails America will do the right thing."

Trump gave a speech today that sounded down right presidential.

If "ass" offends people west of the river----GOOD.  Political Correctness is over in my house so look out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Carl on June 13, 2016 9:29 PM
Wow!  Looks like Cookie & Delores are at last in sync.
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Cookie on June 13, 2016 11:33 PM
It's Murhpy's fault.
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Thomas Dillon on June 14, 2016 11:21 AM
Murph who or what?
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Mike Murphy on June 14, 2016 8:05 PM
I Didn't done something?
 
Just watched 13 hrs - made me so mad I could spit. Such lame incompetence of BHO and Hillary got our men killed for nothing and lied continually about it. You can fly around the world in 13 hrs!!
 
Get on the TRUMP train
Murph
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Carl on June 15, 2016 6:54 PM
Trump train, eh?  As The Pips and Gladys famously intoned (and Murf seems to concur):
"Woo  woo!" 
"I'd rather live in his world than live without him in mine."
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Darla on June 16, 2016 4:05 PM
The Sensational Sixties Reunion will be held October 14 - 15, 2016.  It is at Pipesem State Park.  Friday night is from 6:00 to 10:00 and Saturday from 6:00 to 12:00.  The cost is $75.00 per person.  I did not mail the forms because our class has a very low turnout.  If anyone wants a form, I will mail you one.  Just let me know.
 
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Fredrick Lucas on June 17, 2016 7:34 AM
I noticed that no one has spoken about the tragedy in Orlando. I was sad to read and to see television shots of the murder of 49 innocent people.

There are also a number of wounded people six of whom aew still in critical condition. I plan to send a donation along with a note of condolences.

I will also contact my congressional ewpresentatives and suggest universal background checks and prohibition of the type of weapon used to kill 49 people and 20 school children at Sandy Hook. Walmart and Dicks Sporting Goods no longer sell that weapon.

The Cincinnati Dayton Chapter of the WVU Alumni Chapter will hold its annual dinner at the Valley Vinyard in Morrow. To date we have awarded 16 one thousand dollar academic scholarships to students who are attending WVU. Those scholarships are endowed and will continue from now on.

Hamilton County  has a strong vocational program. I am told that the students who do well in the auto body program have no problems obtaining employment . Fred
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Mike Murphy on June 17, 2016 10:35 AM
Tipical PC Lib to blame the weapon instead of the individual. There were so many signs of this person's hatred for the west and our values. Every club should have someone with an M16 to combat these radical islamists. It is not surprising that the shooter was gay due to the lifestyle of many muslim countries with arranged marriages. Mature males can only see the faces of their mother and their full blood sisters.
 
We need to kill these people before they kill us. 
 
Get on the Trump Train!
Mike
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Cookie on June 17, 2016 12:13 PM
Darn if Ted Cruz didn't just steal my blog response........
"Connect the dots!"
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Cookie on June 17, 2016 12:13 PM
Darn if Ted Cruz didn't just steal my blog response........
"Connect the dots!"
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Delores on June 17, 2016 12:14 PM
I guess she was so proud of herself she said it twice.
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geno on June 17, 2016 1:14 PM
Darned if I know who is the wittiest, cookie or Delores
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Carl on June 17, 2016 4:36 PM
Geno, you're right.  With Delores you get an urbane, measured, mature wit, civilly rendered, which is nice and impressive.  Cookie, on the other hand, is less restrained, emotionally provocative and often downright profane, which is highly entertaining and stimulating.  For me, it's pretty much a toss-up, with Cookie clearly being the one to make me fear that a toss-up is at hand.  I trust that this is helpful.                 MAGFAY
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Fredrick Lucas on June 17, 2016 6:08 PM
Mike, You're a rural person . There is little crime of violence in the tiny hamlet of Kenna, Eighty percent of Americans live in metropokitan areas where several murders occur each month. In Chicago, its a weekly event. Many of us are tired of the violence. Peoplr throughout the country are getting fed up with the lack of attention to violence by the United States Congress. Fred

You say get on the trump train. How quaint . .  Should I call you a name. Since you are a rural resident living in a poverty stricken state, I don't have the heart to label you Fred
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Cookie on June 17, 2016 6:08 PM
"Three Faces of Eve."  Let me kinow which one you want.  
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Cookie on June 17, 2016 6:08 PM
"Three Faces of Eve."  Let me kinow which one you want.  
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Delores on June 17, 2016 6:09 PM
What is with this  blog?
 
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COOKIE on June 17, 2016 6:16 PM
LOOK FREDO  Chicago and Washington DC (for which I am most familiar) have the toughest gun laws in the C O U N T R Y and the highest murder rates.  May I also remind you both those cities have been run for the past 60+ years by progressive democrats.  I am sending you a book I have here.  Its called "Connect the Dots for Beginners!"  
And.......if you want to see poverty let me take you to the lower Maryland shore.  KNOCK IT OFF. You made the decision to leave West Virginia so fix Ohio.

 
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Fredrick Lucas on June 17, 2016 8:15 PM
The congress of the United States has taken no action on gun control legislation Cook. Many people have united with mayor Bloomberg to make our voices heard especially after the killings of children in Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Also Cook today is the one year anniversary of the murders of 9 people during a worship service in Charleston SC. Please remember the families of those who were murdered in the AME Church.


Fred
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Carl on June 17, 2016 8:24 PM
My, My!  Don't y'all beat all . . . taking on the Fredo with hope of turning a corner.
I'd call that "the triumph of optimism over experience.??"
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Mike Murphy on June 17, 2016 8:47 PM
Fred - you are right I am proud to be from the Happy hamlet of Kenna where you will get your but shot off or your neighbor will defend you against Islamic Terrorists, unfortunately we do still tolerate raving liberals who expect the government to take care of us.
 
Montani Semper Liberi. Unfortunately Fred I have lived in Washington DC area, Riyadh Saudi Arabia which are considered to be Urban areas. My beliefs are tempered by both Urban and rural  experiences, not the hate WV and America of persons like yourself and BHO. Keep reading the perverted writings of the Huffington Post and I am sure you will be enlightened!
 
I am Pro Volone and Anti Pasta!
 
If you come to your senses there is a place on the Trump Train for you.
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Cookie on June 17, 2016 9:12 PM
Well Fredo!  There you go again.  Deflect much~  Defend the bebate-stay on tpic-don't go to page 2 of Alinski.  And about Bloomberg, I can't put too much confidence in a fellow who bans 32 oz soft drinks.  Geez, if I lived in New York I'd just buy two 16 oz puppies and tell Bloomberg to kiss offf and buy some elevator shoes.  Maybe he could convince me if I didn't have to look at the top of his head.    
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Fredrick Lucas on June 17, 2016 9:40 PM
Mike and Cookie, I am amazed that whatever thought that I have, you think that being tribal and castigating me will get you somewhere. You haven't offered an original thought that will ease the pain of families whose loved ones are murdered.

I pay no attention to people like you whose only move is to castigate me because I'm not a  member of your tribe . Again, I remember those in Charleston whose loved ones were murdered. I will continue to woek with those who want to make our country safer.Australia and Canada have strict gun control. So does Great Britan .Fred
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Cookie on June 17, 2016 10:21 PM
Fredo
I promise to tell you I love you when you tell me how much you love the Great State of West Virginia, its many good people and their historic contribution to the America of our childhood.  My ancesters (some who were indentured servants) settled there during the Revolution, living in a log cabin with a dirt floor.  Worked the land, raised their families and provided the foundation which gave me the life I have been able to live.  I will defend their values to my death. They defended this country in every war, some died and some survived prisoner war camps.  They had GUNS TOO.  

In the meantime your chartible good work has started to rub off on me (seriously-you are to be commended for your many contributions to worthy causes).  

I'm going to adopt.  "Seeking liberal for adoption.  Promise to convert by peaceful means and logic or beat into submission."
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Cookie on June 17, 2016 10:22 PM
P.S.
I'm a member of a tribe--Shawnee and a little Cherokee.  Not sure it will quality me for a professorship at Harvard however.
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Cookie on June 17, 2016 10:37 PM
And one more thing.........do you think its possible that if someone in the nightclub had been a good shot and was a licensed concealed carrier not so many people would have died???????????????????
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Carl on June 18, 2016 10:57 AM
J. Fred, I'm ever so pleased to find a point of agreement with you.  I think you nailed it with your characterization of Mike and Cookie as "tribal."  It set me to thinking, and I've concluded not only that you're right, but that their "tribalness" is much of what I find most endearing.  Thanks for putting it into words [uh, make that a word
. . . a very well-chosen word].               
MAGFAY
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Cookie on June 18, 2016 12:29 PM
One word you say-----------in the word(s) of the Trumpster----------------

POCAHONTAS
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Mike Murphy on June 18, 2016 12:51 PM
Looking forward to game 7 of the NBA championship tomorrow. I like Lebron and the Cavs, but both are great teams.
 
Fred - do you hate the competion and want all to have trophies? I think maybe the Tribe has hurt your feelings and you want to call us names like Troglodite, dirty mouthed, stupid Jackass and uncaring for all suffering people. If you were half as smart as you think you are you wouldn't make your posts personal?
 
Keep the faith and get on the Trump Train
Mike
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geno on June 19, 2016 12:04 PM
 The ever ongoing argument over gun control, read history, that's how  and why we had slavery, gun control, if the blacks had guns slavery would not have lasted more than six months if ever. Words from a prominent black preacher. The real issue is the age old thingy of good amd evil, and that is the truth.  Let me tell you a true story, met a true and real life mountain man from Wyoming county, Lonnie is his name, about 6'3" man gaunt 3 0r 4 day beard growth, wool hat wide brimmed 40ish style and it looked like it might have been bought in the 40's, a rough talking man with eyes that would look right throug you, we got to talking and and I inquired about his relationship with God. Listen to this I am going to quote him as best as I can. Lonnie talking with his big bony fingers pointing right in my eyes, (I wondered if he wasn't going to poke them out, he said" you listen here, I'm not a bad man I ain't never shot man that wasn't shootin at me, I ain't never robbed a bank, never beat anybody up that didn't hav3e it comin to him, never burnt a house down that I didn't check to make sure there was nobody in it, never bunt an automobile unless I made sure there was insurance on it. Don't talk to me about being good or bad, I'm not bad at all" and he walked off. How's that for a mind set. You cannot legislate morality, the only people who obey the laws are law abiding citizens, the only thing gun laws do is make victims out of law abiding citizens. All the education of the world will never have any fruition without moral conscience, that's why God gave us the commandments, and the evilness in man is why everyone without godly morality hates them, age old story of good and evil.......
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Ched on June 19, 2016 11:48 PM
This whole Idea of "gun  control" is  filled  with misinformation and ignorant misunderstanding:
 The murders  and  shootings in Chicago and to a leeser  extent in DC  are  the  direct  responsibility of  the Mayors  and Police depts. When Guliani was mayor of NEW  York Citi violent crime  went  to historic lows all because of "stop and frisk.  The crime  rate has  started  to insrease since it  was  stoped under democratic mayors. Most of  these  crimes  are  commited by those  who have no  regard  for  any law  and often  with guns not  aquired legally. These  are mostly hand guns not AR 15s.

There  are more  firearms in the USA as the population so any major laws  circumventing  the  2nd  Ammendment  would be usless. (Only  criminals  would have  weapons.
 The AR 15  which is  available  to  the public is only one of  many semi automatic  weapons. It is not an automatic  weapon  which is  available  to the military. I am told by good  authority  that  by definition, an assault  weapon is  a fully automatic one. So the AR15 is not  an assault  weapon.
Fully  auto firing weapons are VERY  restricted.

I AM in favor of much tighter  controls on gun sales  to  anyone  who is or has been on  a terror  watch list or  a no fly list. The FBI is normally very efficient but  the let  this  guy in Orlando  slip through the  cracks.
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THe AR 15 is legal in Canada  and  Australia.  The purchaser must obtain  additional authoorizations. So it is more  restricted.
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Ched on June 20, 2016 6:35 PM
A little more on "assault  weapons"  Acording  to  expert  comentary on the internet. "assault weapon"  has no  real meaning  and is  a term used by antigun actitivists.  The  correct  term is ASSAULT RIFLE and is absolutely not  available  to  the  civilian population. Assault  rifles  can be  selectively fired as semiautomic ( one  round per  triger pull) a  3 round burst or continuous  firing ( Machine  gun like).  The AR 15  available  to  the public has been victimized because of its assault rifle  styling but is no more lethal  than other  semiautomic hunting rifles  shotguns, or hand  guns.

The AR 15 has  a lower muzzle velocity and  range than most hunting  rifles!!! so there !!!

Do your own internet  research  to confirm the  above
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Mike Murphy on June 20, 2016 7:31 PM
I saw in today's CRW Gazette that school is to start Aug 10 in Mercer county. With all the senate, holidays and bad weather it is hard for schools to get in the 200 required days. I think schools should run year round and 8 hrs per day for the teachers and 7  50 min classes with all home work done in class before leaving school with extra help for slower students. Pay teachers for 8 hrs and pay more for those who work with learning impaired students. Anyone can teach smart students. Well almost anyone?
 
Great to see Clev Cavs win NBA title - Lebron is a Beast!
 
HLS botched the Orlando investigation of Islamic Terriost and why did they wait 3 hrs before killing Mohammed want to be? Justice dept cant repeat his words so they can blame guns!
 
Get on the Trump Train and Kill ISIS!
Mike
 
 
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Fredrick Lucas on June 20, 2016 8:32 PM
Ched, Seven states have banned the assault weapons used at Sandy Hook and Orlando. I have spoken with Army veterans who used  assault weapons in war. Why would any civilian need such a weapon? Look at the weapon used in the Virginia Tech massacre. The seven states who have banned those type of weapons include Connecticut where elementary school children were killed. New York , California, New Jersey and Colorado. The national ban expired in 2004. It has not been reinstated. The Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to state bans.

I sent $50 to the One Fund Orlando just as I sent money to One Fund Boston. The Orlando Fund has received$7.5 million dollars to date . The money will be distributed to living victims and to the families of dead victims. I can certainly have empathy with victims and their families. They have to bury their dead, settle estates. Some will be doing without the love and financial support of their loved ones.

Each year there are 30,000 victimes of murders which makes our country a leader in that catagory among industrial nations
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Fredrick Lucas on June 20, 2016 8:47 PM
Ched Several of the states that ban assault weapons use the federal definition. Other states include Massachusets, Maryland, Hawaii and  the District of Columbia. New Jersey specifies 63 weapons that they ban for example. Assault weapons are those that are designed to spray many bullits quickly.See the Colorado killings in the Littleton movie theater. Fred
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Fredrick Lucas on June 20, 2016 9:51 PM
Today June 20, is West Virginia Day.It was admitted to the Union June 20, 1863 Fred
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Ched on June 21, 2016 9:57 AM
Fred,
 Reread my posts  above. The  term Assault  weapon is a technically incorrect one. The AR15 available  to  the  civilian population  IS NOT an assault  rifle. It only only looks like one. It is no more lethal  than many other weapons such  as the Benelli R1 which more  closely  resembles  a hunting  rifle, most hand guns  and  several  shothguns  such as the  remmington 1100  or  the BrowningAuto . This  whole "assault  weapons" issue is  wrought with firearms ignorance! The AR15 is only targeted because of its appearance.  Your  discussion with vets is not  about  the  same  weapon.  The milatary does use a bonafied assault  rifle which IS NOT  available  to civilians!
 Do your own impartial research.
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geno on June 21, 2016 2:43 PM
There's more to do with gun ban than stop senseless killing, gun ban will disarm law abiding citizens, not criminals, think about it it is against the law to kill folks, the law cannot stop that, more being made about this than the Boston bombing, clearly an act of terrorism, need more emphjasis on stopping terrorists, I know this is politically incorrect, but someone needs to wake up and stop the idiocy of imposing more laws to hinder law abiding folks, how about a true perspective on the situation, not politico hype. Darls tell me how you restored your computer.
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Fredrick Lucas on June 21, 2016 3:05 PM
Ched, According to Monica Steiner an attorney writing about The Federal Assault Weapons Ban,"The term assault weapons doesn't have a single definition but generally refers to "military like firearms which often have detachable large capacity magazines. They can fire quickly multiple rounds."

They are sometimes called semi automatic weapons which refer to the way that they reload  automaticallybut fire one bullet with each pull of the trigger.

To learn about federal gun permitting laws see the Federal Gun Control Laws. Ched, I have given our gentle readers a couple of sources. By whatever term that you use. Virginia Tech students and faculty are dead. Children at Sandy Hook Elementary are dead and their families are grief strick movie goers in Lttleton Colorado are dead . Finally 49 people in Orlando are dead. Students at WVU are still alive. Fred'69
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Cookie on June 21, 2016 3:29 PM
Fredo:
How many weapons do you own?  How many weapons have you fired?  How many gun safety classes have you taken?  How many times have you been to the shooting range to practice?  How many times have you gotten up at 4 a.m. to go deer hunting, rabbit hunting, squirrel hunting, duck hunting, goose hunting, bear hunting, liberal hunting?  Never!  I didn't think so.  Just wondering how you became so knowledgeable.  
There was a virtual arsenal in my house growing up that was stored in an open gun case with NO DOOR.  I lived in that house for 22 years and not ONCE did a young person touch a weapon.  Why not?  We had rules and were taught "stuff."
This pontificating is starting to wear on my nerves.  Can we talk about sex, drugs and rock n roll instead.  i think I still remember it.
 
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Fredrick Lucas on June 22, 2016 5:07 AM
To our gentle readers, I think that we have had enough discussion of problems relating to firearm crimes.

Cookie and Geno want the floor.So I shall stop for a while. Fred
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Carl on June 22, 2016 7:48 AM
Cookie & Geno, please don't take the floor just yet.  I'm not done rolling on it.                 MAGFAY
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geno on June 22, 2016 2:31 PM
Cookie, I knew a married couple, a man and a woman, their sex was male and female, they got into a terrible argument over money, she slapped his face, he inturn knocked her down and drug her outside, she got up with a rock in her hand and hit him with it he rolled down the driveway, there's your drug sex and rock and roll with some violence without guns, even when people love (like) one another violence sometimes occurs. The point of this story is not all sex, and drugs, with rock and roll make a good story.
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geno on June 22, 2016 5:29 PM
Fred, take heart, your heroes are having a sit in calling for a vote for gun control, only a fool knows that all we need are more laws, these law breakers will cease and desist breaking them, I think 2, or maybe 3, or itmight take 4, we're getting close to having enough.
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Cookie on June 22, 2016 8:20 PM
Geno that certainly puts a different slant on things.  I wish I had known this historic explanation a long time ago.  Oh well!  I still like my version better. :-)
 
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Mike Murphy on June 24, 2016 9:55 AM
Attorney general Lynch - We just need to love the Islamic Terrorists more! Careful they will treat you like you are a male Black Widow!
 
Fred - still waiting on the stats for the Cincinatti KKK?
 
Keep the faith
Mike
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Cookie on June 24, 2016 5:05 PM
Never poke a sleeping bear.
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Fredrick Lucas on June 24, 2016 7:27 PM
Mike the flooding in West Virginia is far more important than your commentary. Flooding was so great in the mountain state that Governor Tomlin declared a state of emergency in forty four counties. The area along the Greenbriar River were particularly  hard hit. Homes and cars were washed away . Parts of the Greenbriar Golf Course are underwater.A number of people were killed. I can omly hope that all of the graduates are safe.

Fred
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Mike Murphy on June 25, 2016 10:31 AM
The UK finally said no to undocumented Muslims, However Hillary wants to increase the flow to the USA by 500%.
 
Flood is headed your way Ched - Batten down the hatches. Our many news sources indicated that it was a 1000 yr flood in some areas. Almost 10" in some areas!
 
Get on the Trump Train
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on June 25, 2016 7:25 PM
When I was a lad, I went to visit my aunt and uncle at their cabin on the Greenbriar River nrar Talcott. Usually the river didn't flood in the summer. Flooding usually occurred in winter or early spring.

This past week, I was in Blacksburg for a family get together.Thursday evening, we had quite a downpour of rain and thunder. The Kanawha River was flowing fast and was quite high and muddy in Charleston. I observed the situation on my way home.

I hope that all will consider a donation to the flood victims. Fred 
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Fredrick Lucas on June 25, 2016 8:40 PM
To my gentle readers. I didn't spell the river correctly. It is spelled Greenbrier. There are a number of photos that will surely cause one to donate. There was a small boy who died in Jackson County. Twenty three people have died  inthis flood. Fred
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Fredrick Lucas on June 26, 2016 2:32 PM
The Internet reported that a number of survivors from the bombing attack in Boston went to Orlando to comfort the survivors of the Orlando attack. One group brought care dogs. One lady whose legs were amputated in Boston came to comfort those still in the hospital. I was moved by the kind and caring act. Fred
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Mike Murphy on June 26, 2016 8:07 PM
It is sad to see the Dairy Queen at Clendenin being demolished. Aretta and I and extended family stopped there about 3 yrs past and had wounderful treats.
 
Cookie - I miss the custard stand and outdoor theatre at the crossroads and the Green Tree and Mooneys. Such good food and memories - Dr Kelly would take the Glenwood little league to the Green tree and treat us to a milk shake or ice cream or a hot dog. He was a great guy and passed way too early does anyone know of Pat and Mike?
It is great to see the people of WV react to tradgedy especially the Churches. It is a shame that the state can't do more but war on coal has lasting effects.
Keep the faith
Mike
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Cookie on June 26, 2016 8:29 PM
Many fond memories riding my bike to the Green Tree for treats on summer days, going to the theater and sitting on the benches watching a movie.  No one has ever duplicated the Mooney hot dogs--a slaw dog and orange soda.
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Fredrick Lucas on June 27, 2016 7:40 AM
Mike, I received an E-Mail from the Alumni Director at WVU . He gave a web site that we can use to donate to flood victims

When I was a lad in Princeton, I enjoyed eating at Freeman Brock's restaurant. Ferrells Diner was another favorite restaurant. The Ferrell twins are members of our class. My family would go to the Virginian Hotel for a Sunday lunch.We stopped going after Jan Simpkins died  from typhoid fever. Conley Snidow didn't have the hotel connected to the city water system. His well water was contaminated. I enjoyed eating at Mooneys Drive Inn.

Until there was flood control in Princeton, stumppy bottom flooded on a regular basis. Fred
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Ched on June 27, 2016 5:16 PM
Yep !  I also recall  the custard  stand  at  the  Green tree.  Rode my bike  there many times  to get  a "cone" !!!
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Carl on June 27, 2016 11:33 AM
VIEWER ALERT: POEM APPROACHING!!!
 
  Ah, you dear classmates.  Now this is what I like most about our blog.  Your reminiscence of happy childhood/teen days “down home” in Mercer County invariably brings me pleasure . . . (and puzzlement as to how your lives seemed so different from mine).  But memories are often wondrous things, and I have my own [at least for now]. 
  Comfort food must be a universal phenomenon, at least in America, so I’ll add my own: Brock’s pizza, lusciously greasy hamburgers at Central Grill, slaw dogs at Franklin Dairy [I think it was called; please correct me if I’m wrong; it was a narrow, lunch-counter place across from the post office; closed in the 50s].  Ahhh [pardon the repetition].  You move me to mimic the words from Bob Hope’s theme song:
 
Thanks for the memory:
a simple carefree time,
both mundane and sublime,
slaw dogs, pizza, the Dairy Queen
that led to stupid rhyme,
I thank you, my friends.
 
Thanks for the memory
of 5-cent matinees
on all those Saturdays.
How joyful was the Royal
Theater, of thee I praise.
I thank Hollywood.
 
Thanks for the memory
of giving not a hoot,
and acting the galoot,
of special summer pleasures
such as stealing neighbor’s fruit,
I thank cherry trees.
 
Thanks for the memory,
of awkward June Sock Hops,
of Gautier’s dreadful Shop,
of WLOH “Smoke Rings”
and mamma’s fried pork chops.
I thank mothers all.
 
Thanks PHS 6-0,
for joyous and forelorn,
and knowing we were born
to sample lean and ample
and behold the great Rod Thorn,
I thank Tigertown.
 
Thanks for the memory
of hours at the curb,
learning we’d disturb,
by talking utter blarney
as we gawked at Becky Arney,
I thank one and all.
 
Thanks for the memory
of website blog comments,
profound or lacking sense,
a chance to hear from others
then to add my own two cents
I thank you . . . I think.
 
Yes, thanks for the memory
that transcends years of time,
is profane and divine,
and hopefully a thought of me
sometimes can please your mind.
I thank you, indeed.

 
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Mike Murphy on June 27, 2016 12:08 PM
and great thanks for the ryming Carl and other PHS 60 friends!
Murf
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Cookie on June 27, 2016 12:37 PM
Be darned if that Carl ain't just the best.  :-)
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Fredrick Lucas on June 27, 2016 4:57 PM
Mike, I went to the web page for Senator Manchin . I found the central West Virginia United Way. I sent a small $50 donation. Fred
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Fredrick Lucas on June 27, 2016 5:54 PM
Carl, like you I enjoyed the westerns at the Royal Theater. I also enjoyed the Mercer Theater.Mother would often take me and my brother to the classical music concerts in Bluefield.

I mentioned that I enjoyed my visits to the cabin on the Greenbrier. We would fish and swim in the river and take a ride in the canoe. We would even play badmitton.
 At night, I would listen to the country music station in Nashville. Once we went to the airport in Pence Springs. We took a plane ride to Bluestone Dam and came back. We would pump water from a well each day.

As a member of the Explorer Post 66, we went to Washington D.C. to see the Washington Senators and the Boston Red Sox play. Bob Porterfield was a relief pitcher and Ted Williams was an outstanding outfielder. As a member of the Boy Scouts, we hiked, fished  and enjoyed Camp Roland.

In high school I was a member of the Key Club.We went to Toronto for the annual meeting. Cookie, all of the boys but me went to the local brothel which was raided that night by the police.The boys came back somewhat red faced. We had a good time. So much for memory lane. Fred
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Cookie on June 27, 2016 7:52 PM
Fredo
I am "amused" at my inclusion in this context.  I am happy to report that neither have I ever ever visited a brothel.  That was not on my bucket list. However, I am rapidly searching the pages of the yearbook for the PHS 60 Key Club membership.  Next!
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Tracy French on June 27, 2016 9:53 PM
While we're on Memory Lane:

Those who were blessed to go to Knob School had the pleasure of sometimes hearing Jimmy Hatcher play one of his boogies on the piano and Carl Thomason play Kalijah and My Bucket's got a Hole in it on a mandolin.

What care-free days we had in the 50's!
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Fredrick Lucas on June 28, 2016 8:51 AM
Cookie, the only reason that I mentioned you when I spoke of boys going to a brothel, is that you wanted a story about sex. You believe that I pontificate. Are you confusing me with Pope Francis. He's the only one who pontificates. I just give my perspective. Fred
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Carl on June 28, 2016 10:33 AM
Fredo, I recall how those impish Key Clubbers were always kidding around and trying to put one over on you.  I'll bet they made up the brothel tale just to pull your leg.  Of course, I can't be certain since I WAS NOT IN the Key Club, but I heard the rumors of their teasing you.  I say "shame on those scamps."
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Carl on June 28, 2016 10:55 AM
Tracy, I guess we're well past the age of ever hearing "Kalijah" again . . . at least in the USA.
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Ched on June 28, 2016 11:14 AM
I just  wathched  the TV summary of  the Bengazi report. Thank goodness for  stetsmen like Trey Gowdy.  This  report  (which they encourage  all Americans  to read)  points up  the spin  and untruths pushed out  to we Americans by Clinton and  the  Administration.  Clinton bought in and confided  to her  family  and  froeign heads  that it  was  a terrorist  attack yet  she and Susan Rice told us it  was  a reaction to an internet  video.  How  any one  can  support her now is  beyond me !!!
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Mike Murphy on June 28, 2016 1:51 PM
Ched- be careful you will be called Xenofobic, but what difference does it make?
 
On mention of the Key Club I woundered what it was and why I thought it would never consider me for membership, so I Googled it and got my answer. Us poor kids from Glenwood were never considered to be good followers much less leaders. As a kid I did belong to 4H and benefitted greatly and later as part of my job organized the first Vocational Industrial Clubs Of America (VICA) chapter at the Mercer County Vocational School and had the first state president of WV VICA and was later the state director of VICA for 5 years. Funny how life happens, if somepne had asked me if I would ever be a teacher in HS I would have said that is the last thing I would do.
 
Tracy - did you want to be a Preacher in HS?
 
I am becoming more disgusted with both political parties and hope that Trump can purge some of the mess in DC.
 
Get on the Trump Train
Mike
 
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Cookie on June 28, 2016 2:06 PM
Dear Fellow Brush Creeker:  I got a good chuckle out of your post and yelled, "BINGO"  Only those who rode the bus understand.   I too was a 4-H kid, going to camp at Glenwood and Jackson's Mill and learning some life skills that remain with me today. Paul Winfrey was out leader.   Funny where life can lead a yellow bus rider....I worked for FBLA at the National Education Headquarters when I came to Washington and spent almost 30 years in Vocational Education....VICA, FBLA, FHA, etc.  I hated school and barely graduated high school. I guess when I reached the fork in the road I took the road less traveled and I did indeed "take off."      Maybe the lessons of the "creek" really did teach me something.  

"Funny How Life Happens."
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Carl on June 28, 2016 2:25 PM
Murf, you say the Key Club was for future leaders?  Well no wonder I wasn't invited to join.  I'd have had about as much place there as an Islamic terrorist at an Optimist Club meeting.  (And it took me 56+ years to learn this.  Better late than never . . . I guess.)  My motto has always been "neither a leader nor a follower be."    MAGFAY
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Mike Murphy on June 28, 2016 5:12 PM
Carl - Having worked with you in DC for a few years I must come to your defense on being a leader. I have always envied your writing and mathmatical analytical skills and your computer savy. Your contributions on this blog have brought me and many others great joy and admiration for you and your skills. Most of all being a good friend to me and the rest of the class even when provoked? Ahh Shuchs won't work this time?
 
To the Duke of Earl of Blogs!
 
Cookie - Your not liking school and barley graduating I am sure made you a much better Teacher!  I learned to swim in Brush Creek and still have to keep my head above water when I swim - You remember the nick name fror the creek was S--- Creek? for good reason!
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
 
 
  
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Ched on June 28, 2016 5:45 PM
I also was a 4-H member and  enjoyed  the group immensely. I seem to remember a meeting  at Kay Hendricks house once.
 Her brother Ronnie and I were always  constructing boats  to paddle  around in Brush ( S%&@)  creek.  They never lasted more  than a few minuets before  they sank and left us  to wade out of  the mess !!! Usually got  a "woopin" when I got home  because swimming in Brush Creek  was  forbidden  !!!!!!
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Cookie on June 28, 2016 6:10 PM
Yes Ched the Hendricks and McCabes were in 4-H.  I have photos someplace.  Once about 9th grade Kay Hendricks and i were invited to do a "cooking" demonstration at WHIS TV in Bluefield for 4-H week.  Our presentaton was a peach  half filled with cottage cheese on a leaf of lettuce.  We practiced every night for 3 or 4 days-meticulously putting our ingredients back in the containers after each practice session.  On the 5th day we went to Bluefield-with our 5 day old ingredients--did the presentation.  Jackie Oblinger raved about our skills then ate the dish.  My mother was at home screaming into the TV----"NOOOOOOOOOOOOO, don't eat that."
Brush Creek-- was a cesspool.  Every summer we would damn it up behind what is now Ramey Auto and make a swimming hole.  A pity these sissy kids today don't know what they are missing.  
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Fredrick Lucas on June 28, 2016 9:34 PM
I read accounts of the losses created by the flooding in West Virginia and the problems faced by those who lost homes, cars and relatives. I'm happy that we haven't faced those challenges. I'm happy that I am able to make a financial donation to help the people. I also bought a beautiful vase for my friend Connie. The vase was made in West Virginia.

I was pleased many years ago when  the Brush Creek  flood control project was completed.That made possible the construction of Stafford Drive and the shopping centers.  

Mike, I am puzzled by your political statements. You want us to support Trump the Republican yet Jim Justice who is running for governor in West Virginia is a Democrat. You support his bid for public office. Do you have a concern about Britan's exit from  the European Union? Fred


 
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Tracy French on June 29, 2016 7:50 AM
Mike:  I’m probably the last person in PHS 1960 that ever thought they would find themselves in the pulpit.  Many years ago I was asked to be a Gideon but my response was that I didn’t qualify.  I thought surely God would not want someone like me in the pulpit.  I did not live my life anything like a Christian after I got out of high school but after my first child was born I saw a need to get back in church for her sake, not mine.

I got started in the ministry after I read a testimony in Voice Magazine in the 1980’s.  It was about a man who had been in Viet Nam and an incident he mentioned was similar to one I was in.  His name and address were in the article so I wrote a letter and asked him if it occurred at Ton Son Nuht on the night of April 12, 1966.  It did, and when he wrote back he asked me to start a ministry for Viet Nam veterans in Princeton, WV He also mentioned that over 500,000 out of 3 million Viet Nam veterans had been incarcerated since returning to civilian life.  Within a month of receiving that letter I was asked to go to Bland Correctional Center and give my testimony, which I did, and to make a long story short I went into prison ministry where I remained relatively anonymous for the next 20 years. 
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Mike murphy on June 29, 2016 6:42 PM
Tracy - It is good hearing your story of the Ministry. I missed seeing you at the last monthly dinner. I always feel a little better about my own religion each time I talk with you. Not sure exactly what it is maybe because you are such a good person?
 
Fred - although you have said you don't care what I say, I will answer your questions. I basically do not like politicians especially those like BHO and Hillary and more recently Romney who has gone off the rails. I admire many of the things that Jim Justice has done especially with the Greenbriar and think it is a toss up between he and Cole. I will probably end up voting for Cole who will uphold the right to work legislation recently past in WV.
 
Dr. Daniel Hale is probably most responsible for the flood control on brush creek and is a fellow Princeton Hall of Fame Inductee. We used to say if all of buckeye and powderhouse holler flushed there comodes at the same time stumpy would flood? There is much great relief work especilly by the churches. Mountani Semper Liberi
 
Emma Mallory was my 4H leader and was great. I especially remember her (and 4H group) making elderberry bloom waffles, which were magnificant!!
 
Keep the faith
Mike
 
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Mike Murphy on June 29, 2016 6:47 PM
I also think that Britian Leaving the EU will be good for them & USA in the long run.
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on July 1, 2016 7:19 AM
I must admit that I have donated more money to flood relief in West Virginia.Proctor and Gamble sent in a cleaning unit to supply soap and other household cleaning supplies. Volunteers from the Cincinnati Red Cross are in West Virginia. West Virginia University has a fund for students whose families lost homes cars or people.To date the fund has received $100,000. Ken Kendrick will match donations up to $500,000.

My modest donation of $150 was split three ways.I sent $50 to the Greenbrier Valley United Way, $50 to the Central West Virginia United Way and $50 to the West Virginia Extension Service at WVU. Ken will match the $50 at WVU.

I hope that the rest of you will give a donation of any amount. Fred
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Carl on July 1, 2016 10:44 AM
J. Fred, you set a fine example; Ken Kendrick too.
Say, were you in Toronto last week?  I saw a fellow who looked like he could have been you coming out of Monique's Pleasure Palace as I was on my way to the Royal Ontario Museum.
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Fredrick Lucas on July 1, 2016 11:29 AM
Carl, when the Post 66 went to Washington D.C. to see the Senators play the Red Sox play I was in shorts and a T-shirt.The boys pushed me out of the room and locked the door. They were laughing as I pounded on the door to get back in the room. Eventually, I got in. Fred
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Carl on July 1, 2016 12:28 PM
I think you've led a more exciting life than I have.
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Thomas Dillon on July 1, 2016 1:40 PM
I am pretty sure that I was in the Key Club, but never attended the meetings as I couldn't remember my username and password to gain entrance. Don't remember a trip to Toronto -- my parents would not have been able to afford paying for me to go, so the trip would not be have been significant in my memory.
Fred, if I had gone, I am sure that I would have stayed back with you and not visited the brothel. I was rather shy and non-adventurous in high school and the wicked Queen would have killed me.

Happy 4th to all. Be safe and enjoy your families and friends.

 
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Tracy French on July 1, 2016 10:35 PM
We have lost another classmate from Knob School.  Connizene Parker died Tuesday, June 28, 2016.  Her obituary is in todays Bluefield Daily Telegraph.  (bdtonline.com)

Please keep my family in your prayers.  My daughter has been diagnoised with brain atrophy.  We have known about an inoperable brain tumor for several years but today we just found out about the other.  We are leaving for vacation in the Smokies tomorrow and Beth will go to Morgantown the following week to see what her options are.
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Cookie on July 1, 2016 11:33 PM
Dear Tracy:  I am so very sorry to hear this.  Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  My very best to you.
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Cookie on July 1, 2016 11:33 PM
Dear Tracy:  I am so very sorry to hear this.  Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  My very best to you.
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Fredrick Lucas on July 2, 2016 7:05 AM
Tracy please know that I am keeping your family in my prayers. Fred
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Tom Dillon on July 2, 2016 8:36 AM
Tracy, I think of Isaiah 9:6-7 for comfort when facing such unbelievable situations. I know you know this scripture well. Prayers from Lebanon, Indiana.
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Mike Murphy on July 2, 2016 9:44 AM
Tracy - So sorry to hear about your daughter. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
 
Your faith will presevere
Mike
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Pete Stephenson on July 2, 2016 11:41 AM
Tracy,sorry to hear about Beth.You have had your share of grief over the last several years.I pray that all goes well with her.Enjoy your vacation if at all possible.My prayers go out to you and your family.Stay strong pal 


 
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Fredrick Lucas on July 2, 2016 6:26 PM
Tracy,

We pray to Adonai . Many of us find solace in the 23rd Psalm. We pray for healing of spirit mind and body. Usually, we pray first for healing of spirit and mind.

Places such as the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic in  Minnesota University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia can also help.  Fred
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Carl on July 4, 2016 9:34 AM
Happy American Independence Day all!!!
Try not to gorge too much on dogs, burgers & dessert.
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Ched on July 4, 2016 11:31 AM
Tracy.
,I am so very sorry to learh about  your  daughter. I cannot  imagine  the anxiety  that  this causes  you and  your family. You certainly have had more than your  share. I pray that God  will give you peace and understanding. We have  a cabin in Pigeon Forge and  always enjoy  the "Smokies". I hope  you do also !!!
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Fredrick Lucas on July 4, 2016 1:18 PM
Happy July 4. Our country of 13 colonies declared that it would be independent from England. I find it so ironic that the British have broken their ties with the European Union.

Mike, now you can visit Trump properties in Scotland. But wait. Scotland wants to remain in the European Union. Some in Texas have talked about leaving our union.

Life does become confusing  at times. Fred
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Mike Murphy on July 4, 2016 7:42 PM
Happy Independence day. Thanks to all who fought to keep our country free.
 
For more Independance get on the Trump Train!
Mike
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Mike Murphy on July 5, 2016 12:05 PM
The Clintons just joined the protected class! If she is not guilty then she is the dumest Secretary of State ever. Bill secretretly meets with AG, Hillary is interegated on 4th Weekend 3 days before she and BHO go on campaign trail together. What a coincedence?
 
All the more reason to get on the Trump Train!
Keep the faith
Mike
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Carl on July 5, 2016 12:30 PM
Murf, is there a Club Car on the Trump Train? 
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Mike Murphy on July 5, 2016 1:08 PM
Carl- For sure there is one on the "CARELESS and RECKLESS" Hillary Train. If I had done what she did with the server and emails while I was a federal employee I would still be in jail!
 
All you liberals can blindly vote for a careless and reckless Hillary and say what difference does it make or you can change this maddness and get on the Trump Train and purge DC!
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Carl on July 5, 2016 1:33 PM
Yeah, but about the Trump Train: 1) does it have a Club Car? 
If so, 2) any chance it's operated by Hooters?
                        signed: undecided, but swayable
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Cookie on July 5, 2016 3:41 PM
It doesn't get anymore in your face than this.  Today we officially became a "Banana Republic" and with that will become a third world country.

 In the past few weeks I've read "Clinton Cash" and "Crisis of Character."  Anyone who can vote for a woman who looks at a secret service agent who has taken a oath to take a bullet for her and say "Go F Yourself" because he had the nerve to say good morning--well you are either dumber than a rock or have no moral compass either.  
 
Thats about all I have to say about that!
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Ched on July 5, 2016 4:45 PM
I see a huge  disconnect in what Comey said  regarding  extreme  carelessness etc, etc  and  what he ultimately recommended. Intent , I am told, has nothing  to do with it according  to legal experts. Regardless, she is  a liar  and totally corrupt. The GOP  will have  a  field  day  with  this !
 We  the taxpayers  are paying  for obama  to fly her  around in  Airforce 1.
 What have  we become ???
 Trump for President  to save  the  country !!
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Mike Murphy on July 7, 2016 10:24 AM
Carl- What is with your fasination with Owls?
 
Give a HOOT vote for Trump.
Mike
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Mike Murphy on July 8, 2016 10:04 AM
Rev Wright should be proud of his disiple BHO today since he has insited 5 white officers to be killed in Dallas, through his black reprepration theology.
 
The Democratic party will do anything to get elected especially pitting one group against another.
 
Get on the Trump Train to end this maddness
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on July 8, 2016 11:17 AM
Concerning the floods in Weat Virginia, what is the situation for those who lost property and who lost relatives? Governor Tomlin during the first of this week said that more volunteers were needed to help with the cleanup.

Jim Justice, Democrat candidate for governor said that the Greenbrier Hotel will open shortly. Mike do you plan to spend a weekend there? Fred


 
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Cookie on July 8, 2016 12:29 PM
I woke up this morning wondering what comes after sad.....pissed off?
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Mike Murphy on July 9, 2016 9:59 AM
The preacher who led the Dallas Black Lives rally opened quoting Rev Wright except he added GD White America.
 
And Hillary supports Black Lives Matter along with other Liberals. They are a terriorist organization.
 
Fred - what is your stance on the Black Lives Matter Organization?
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Becky Novarro on July 9, 2016 12:29 PM
The winner of the Mega Millions is from Indiana!  Sooooo, we should get ready to celebrate our next reunion with a cruise(?), a trip to Vegas or a coach getting the boys in shape courtesy of our wealthy President.  
Good luck!
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Fredrick Lucas on July 9, 2016 3:19 PM
Mike I think that the loss of life in any violent situation is a tragedy. Violence never solved anything. When we work together to resolve problems, we are much better for it.

When we attend a sporting event one team will win the other will lose. The winners get a pat on the back, the losers are told to develop their skills and try harder.

Violence and alcoholism are never encouraged. What happens when a football player abuses the lady in his life? Enough said Fred
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Mike Murphy on July 9, 2016 7:03 PM
OK Fred - What do you think about Hillary supporting Black lives Matter?
 
Get on the Trump Train and support the Police
Mike
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Thomas Dillon on July 9, 2016 7:22 PM
I played, but only won $3. on the Mega.Trying again tonight with the Powerball which is around $250,000,000. What would I have done with twice that amount? Cruise? Vegas? Coach? Did someone actually listen to my ramblings at a Saturday night reunion dinner?
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Tracy French on July 9, 2016 9:57 PM
I want to thank everyone for their prayers and concerns.  Beth will try to get an appointment in Morgantown asap.  We put the matter in God's hands and will just wait and see what comes next.

Ched:  We stayed just out of Gatlinburg in a cabin named "3 Little Birds".  Carol and I only left the cabin one time during the week and that was to see "Dixie Stampede" but my daughter and her family took in every event they could fit into 7 days.  It was a great week and I am well rested.  Rest of the family is exhausted and was too tired to stop for dinner when we got back in Princeton.
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Fredrick Lucas on July 10, 2016 9:38 AM
Last evening I attended the Cincinnati Dayton WVU Alumni Association. I learned that Steve Douglas who was the Executive Director of  the WVU Alumni Association for thirty two years died from a brain tumor in May.

The new director Frisbee was our speaker. He encouraged  more alumni to become involvrd in the Association. There are more than 200,000 alumni. Yet only 10%give a financial donation to the Alomni Asociation or to the Foundation.

He mentioned that the new graduates are certainly intelligent but lack life skills. For example should they buy a car and a house soon after graduation. What type of office will they have. He encouraged those of us who are interested to do mentoring,

He talked about the flood. He explained that students are still collecting items to send to the flood victimes.

I would like to encourage those who aren't  WVU grads to donate to your university foundation and alumni association. Fred
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Mike Murphy on July 10, 2016 10:23 AM
Tracy- Best of luck to you and Beth and lets pray that God and Man can help your wounderful family.
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on July 11, 2016 6:57 PM
I learned today that 950 people have gI'ven $225000 for flood relief to the WVU Foundation.That amount will be matchecking by Ken Kendrick. 
.FFRss
 
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Fredrick Lucas on July 13, 2016 8:04 PM
Tracy I hope that your prayers are answered and that you and your family find peace regardless of the outcome. Fred
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Tracy French on July 15, 2016 8:28 AM
Mike and Fred:  Thanks.

The earliest appointment Beth could get is August 23rd.  She can get earlier appointment if someone cancels.
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Mike Murphy on July 16, 2016 7:26 PM
1986 Aretta and I walked along the street in Nice where the Islamic Terrorist killed all the people with a Truck. BHO will want to ban big trucks? We really do need to kill these folks where they live ie all radical islamics!
 
Get on the Trump Pence Train
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on July 17, 2016 8:04 PM
Mike, Trump referred to some women as bimbos. For those of you who identify with Christianity, Trump said that he is a menber of the Marble Co;;rgiate Church in New York. When questioned the staff did not have a record of membership for Donald.

Today three members of the Baton Rouge Police Department were murdered. Donald blamed Obama. Obama does not supervise the police department of any city.

Donald also filed four bankrupcies in Atlantic City. Although he wants to promote the made in America ideal, none of the products that he sells are made in America.

Finally, he made fun a reporter who has a muscular disability. Fred
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Cookie on July 18, 2016 5:40 AM
Fred:

Benghazi
Whitewater
Cattle Futures
E-mailgate/file server
Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
Monica
Paula - etc. etc.
Healthcare
Brotherhood
Committee to Impeach Nixon
"What difference does it it make at this point?"
"We arrived under heavy sniper fire."
etc.
etc.
etc.
"I don't believe we are in Kansas anymore Toto."
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Carl on July 18, 2016 10:20 AM
??J. Fred, I'm as shocked as the next guy (or girl) at what you point out about Trump.  The audacity, the insensitivity, the degredation, the arrogance of it.  How dare he suggest that some women are bimbos.  Next thing you know, he's liable to claim that some men are pigs, or perhaps even worse, say rednecks!
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Carl on July 18, 2016 11:40 AM
Fred, on a number of occasions, you've challenged people to research the issue and cite their sources.  I've tried doing that this a.m. re your claim that "Trump . . . said he is a member of the Marble Collegiate Church. . ."
   Here's what I find on the CNN politics webpage: "Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he attends a church in Manhattan, but the church released a statement saying the real estate developer is not an 'active member.'
'I am Presbyterian Protestant. I go to Marble Collegiate Church,' he told reporters in Greenville, S.C."
   Note that nowhere in this report does it cite Trump claiming to be a member of that church.  What is your source for claiming that he said so?
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Cookie on July 18, 2016 5:53 PM
Great Day Carl~~It does appear that there are more hours in the day in Fredericksburg than there were in Bethesda.  Should have moved there years ago.  Amazing what good work retired people can do.  Good research ~~
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Ched on July 18, 2016 10:07 AM
There is no "perfect"  candidate but I think  the National debt, National securiity, weak  economy, potential  supreme  court appointments, high corporate  taxes, energy independence, health care  and restrictive  regulations are important issues.
HRC  will raise  taxes, limit energy growth, appoint liberal judges and maintain  disaterous  Obamacare. Also  regardless of  the lack of charges  she has lied  to us  all !!
Get on the  trump train !!
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Mike Murphy on July 18, 2016 10:39 AM
We need law and order, safety from terrorists, a booming economy and equal opportunity for all to suceed. Not being divided by race gender religion and social niceties.
 
The last of the Tribe
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Tom Dillon on July 18, 2016 1:00 PM
Fred, don't you know that bimbo is a term of endearment? I have literally called my ex-wife that for the past 25 years. Everyone in my family knows to whom I am referring.
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Pete Stephenson on July 19, 2016 6:11 AM
??Thomas,I didn't know we were married to the same Bimbo.i've been calling my first wife that for well over 45 years now.All my family also knows how I feel.Some time I think that Fredo just gets confused.But we all still love him.We do need a better society to live in,too many maniacs out there.I do conseal carry,but this is getting rediculous,my 45 keeps pulling my shorts down.Anyone have any solutions.One thing for certain,if me or mine are ever threatened,I sure as hell will use it.Faith.Hope and Love to all of u.
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Carl on July 19, 2016 8:54 AM
Pete, maybe you're packin' too much heat in those shorts.  Have you tried attaching suspenders to them?  Or to your holster?  It's a look that you could probably pull off.  [But please, don't pull off the shorts in polite company.]
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Cookie on July 19, 2016 12:47 PM
Oh my!  Did Pete's gun go off or something?
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Carl on July 19, 2016 1:12 PM
Friends, I just learned of the death of PHS60 classmate Ethel McGinity Harper Mudd.  I have posted her obit on our "In Memory of . . ." page [see tab above].
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Pat Smith on July 19, 2016 3:50 PM
Our classmate, Arnold Palmer has a dream that you can help make come true. He envisions a recreation center on High St. for the children of Princeton. The land has been donated, a $250,000 grant that has to be matched is in escrow, the plans have been drawn up by Bluefield State for an 8000 sq.ft. facility, which includes all the normal activities of a rec. center, plus a homework room with computers, a recording studio to foster music development with lessons, etc. What Arnold needs now is the money for two things: 1) $400 to set up a non-profit (501C3) corporation, so that he can solicit large grants to build and furnish the project and 2) $700-900 for a survey to place the building on the land , so that he can get zoning board approval and a city building permit. If each of our classmates could donate, even a small amount to his dream, it would get him beyond the start-up phase. Donations can be sent to APalm Project, Inc; P.O. Box 6049;Princeton, WV 24740. Let's help Arnold help his community!. Thanks, Pat Smith, Secretary, APalm Project, Inc.
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Carl on July 19, 2016 4:07 PM
Count me in, Pat.
GO ARNOLD, GO!!!
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Carl on July 19, 2016 4:23 PM
And Pat, welcome back to the Blog.  It's been what, about 4 years since you last exposed yourself here?  Share darling, share.  I'm sure you must have views on some of the weighty issues that get addressed, and I'd welcome their appearance. 
   Jump on in -- (don't make Fred continue to do all the heavy lifting.)   ;-)
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Thomas Dillon on July 20, 2016 9:01 AM
I typically don't share my political views, but since I live in Indiana, here goes. Pence has done a good job as governor and Indiana has prospered under his leadership -- balanced budget, budget surplus, decrease in state income tax, net increase in new jobs, decrease in unemployment rates, and increase in educational funds.
He signed a piece of legislation that would prohibit vendors (caterers, flower shop owners, any vendor) from being required to compromise their personal philosophies and perform a service for LGBT persons. If sued, the vendor could use his/her religious philosopy as a defence.The lobby and friends for the LGBT group relentlessly attacked him for this decision and large corporations threatened to not expand their businesses further in Indiana, to move their annual meetings and conventions out of Indianapolis, etc. Pence took the brunt of this negative publicity (even though the Indiana legislature initially passed the bill), and the liberal press flamed the fires. Indianapolis and Bloomington (Indiana University) are very liberal and the LGBT group very strong.
 
I think that Pence will be a strong campaigner and will serve to unite the party. He surely will help to buffer Trump and his "off-the-cuff" comments. Pence is a Christian beyond anything else. He believes that marriage should be between a man and a women and is anti-abortion.
If Hillary is elected, we are going to have 8 more years of the Obama garbage and we tax-paying retirees will continue to pay for everyone else who is enjoying this socialist, welfare nation. With appoinments she could make with nominations to the Supreme Court and appointments to Federal judge vacancies, our children and grandchildren would have years and years of her liberal philosopy.  Understand that Sanders was willing to come out for Clinton after she agreed to support the proposal of the minimum wage going to $15 per hour. No more cheap hamburgers at Royal Castle.
Nuff said, Dillon!                                                                                                                                                           
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Becky Novarro on July 20, 2016 11:10 AM
To all my Christian friends, when you are judging people who are different, ie LGBT, remember, most of us have grandchildren and some great grandchildren and we don't know what is to be with them.  It cannot be easy to not conform.
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Carl on July 20, 2016 12:28 PM
Hear, Hear!!!  Thanks Cuz.
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Mike Murphy on July 20, 2016 12:49 PM
Who would you rather look at for the next four years?
 
Melania or Bill?
 
Donald or Hillary?
 
Get on the Trump Train
Mike
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geno on July 20, 2016 2:38 PM
Good for you Pat, good to hear you on the blog, goody goody for Arnold,count me in, I will help, surely could use something like that in Princeton. Tom appreciate your comments about Pence, know nothing about him, my brother, who is a hard nosed narrow minded democrat, has sent me notice that he has abandonded this so-called democrat party, I almost fell off my chair when he told me that. Any one who can't see the fallicies of Hillary needs some common sense spectacles, we absolutely cannot give up our natural resources, (fossil fuels) the democrats have become anti fossil fuel anti guns anti chjildren anti marriage anti God anti business, anti history of our nation, what is left to stand for, the only thing I have heard truthfully from her is she is going to raise taxes, and she is super rich, so it's not only on the rich.Trump does have a good plan for tax over haul, if it can be believed, I heard the the out line of it on Christian news the other day, I thought what a shame this one sided news media we have in America would not air that. But all news media is democrat controlled,that is why you cannot hear any negative sources for global warming. Oh well narrow mindness is the rudiment of all ignorance.
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Ched on July 20, 2016 3:55 PM
Mega  Dittos  for  Tom's  and Geno's' comments.

 Donald  Trump Jr's  speech was  awsome.

 Get on the Trump- Pence  train. It's  the only chance  weve got  !!!!
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Delores on July 20, 2016 4:58 PM
Blown away by the class, intelligence and dignity of the whole Trump family.  How refreshing.  Maybe there is hope for the next generation.  
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Mike Murphy on July 21, 2016 10:20 AM
Tom - Pence made a great speech last eve. I think he and Trump will make a great ticket. definitely disapointed about Cruz poor loser?
 
Dems and Liberals will try to shame Christians about their beliefs even though most do not hate LBGT. I believe 4 yrs past Hill and BHO were for marriage between a man and a women. I am for regular families that does not make me Homophbic. Also I condem black life matters and criticize BHO but I am not Racist. I condem the sale of baby body parts by planned parenthood and late term abortions but I am not anti Woman. I am for individuals selecting their gender though I don't encourage it but I am not for funding Chelsy Mannings sex change operation while in prison. I am totaly against terrorism but do nat hate muslims only radical Islamic terriorists and their supporters.
 
We must stand strong and turn this country around and not be distracted by social issue groups who look to divide  and concour.
 
Get on the Trump-Pence Train
Mike
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Ched on July 21, 2016 12:22 PM
Mike,  I could not have  said it better. Cruz  and  Kasick are  sore loosers failing  to honor their pledge  to  support  the R  nominee. ( also Bush ).
  The Trum kids  are awesome.
Gingrich is an asset. Very  smart  and gets his points  across well !
 Maybe Trump's Chief of  staff ???
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Becky Novarro on July 22, 2016 9:58 AM
Well said Mike.  I would like to think that I am more broadminded than being labled, but we never know how we will react to situations until confronted.   Let's just pray for peace.
Becky
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Carl on July 21, 2016 11:04 AM
My list contains only 1 July birthday, but it's a good one:
Ginger Goings Clower -- July 25.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ginger!
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Cookie on July 21, 2016 12:34 PM
Happy Birthday Ginger!  :-)  I enjoy your emails.

Gingrich - Foreign Policy Advisor
Christy - Attorney General
Rudy - Homeland Security
Carson - Health & Human Services (dismantle Obamacare)

Cruz is a fraud.  Heidi sits (or at least did) on the Council on Foreign Relations- the globalist one world order bunch.  Google that and look at their membership-it may suprise you.
I once saw Gingrich speak for one hour with not a single note and he blew the room away.  He stirred things up last night after Cruz did the unthinkable.  
Somone forgot to tell Ted not to spit in the well, he might have to drink the water
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Carl on July 21, 2016 1:33 PM
Cookie, if you like Gingrich's ability to talk non-stop for an hour with no notes, you'd love my brother-in-law.   ;-)
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Cookie on July 21, 2016 1:48 PM
Carl:  Yes, but Newt had something to say.  :-)  Just sayin'
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Carl on July 21, 2016 1:57 PM
Hmm, seems you may know Beaman.
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Ched on July 21, 2016 6:13 PM
Christy for  attourney general !  TreyGowdy would  also be  a  superb  choice. I like his  style !!!
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Mike Murphy on July 22, 2016 12:24 PM
Carl- Is your brother in law Beaman Johnson? He and I went to Blfd state in 60 -63. He was a good guy but did like to hear himself?
 
How about that Evonka - she should be president!
 
Get on the Trump Train
Mike
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Carl on July 22, 2016 1:05 PM
Yeah Mike, he's that Beaman alright.  One of Princeton's great characters.  He's now 83 years old [PHS 1951] and going strong; married to one of the earth's most wonderful humans (my sister Thelma); still full of p*** & vinegar.  He remembers you; thinks you two did some surveying together at Blfd. State.  He and I have been the best of friends for 50+ years.  He seems to value the fact that I listen to him.  We're pretty much all a bit funny that way.  Beaman's sister Nina [PHS58 or 59] is Wayne Alvis's wife.
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Cookie on July 22, 2016 2:39 PM
Small world.  I did not know you meant THAT Beaman.  His sister Blondell was my aunt Shirley's best friend.  I remember all the family.  They livied out on the Oakvale Road.  
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Carl on July 22, 2016 3:26 PM
That's them alright.  And Beaman wasn't the only character in the clan.
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Fredrick Lucas on July 24, 2016 9:07 AM
Mike, I am surprised that you say that Democrats would belittle those who identify as Chtistians. Hillary Clinton is a loyal Methodist and Tim Kaine is a loyal Roman Catholic. He spoke in Miami yesterday. He will attend mass in Richmond today.

I listened to him speak while driving to Batesville Indiana to have lunch at the Ertel Wine Cellar Restaurant. He did a good job speaking in Spanish.

He was governor of Virginia when the killings at Virginia Tech took place. His father in law Linwood Holton who was governor of Virginia made racial intergration the norm in 1970. Fred
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Ched on July 24, 2016 10:06 AM
Fred,
Kaines  father in law Linwood Holton  was  a  Republican. It is really  strange  that historically  republicans  were  the  advocates  for  civil rights  and  the Dems  were "anti".
  Dems get  a lot the minority vote  because  they promise more  free  stuff  I think  !!!
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