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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.


Carl on October 10, 2016 5:18 AM
Yo Classmates!  Happy to be back in the good ole USA after 10 days on the Danube.  I'm catching up on class happenings.
   Mike, here's the link to the
PHS60 Arnold Palmer article from the Chas. Daily Gazette:
Mike Murphy on October 10, 2016 5:58 PM
??Thanks Carl you are Uno, Yahid, Ein,itshyban, Alpha & Omega!!

??10 Days sounds like Amsterdam to Budapest. Never been on the Danube but crossed it many times esp in Budapest. Been on the day Rhine cruise several times with the AFRC tours, Pete did you go on these tours?

most people agree the country is going in the wrong direction but are more concerned about locker room banter than fixing our country. Trump hit it out of the park in last nights debate.

Get on the Trump Train and turn this mess around.
Fredrick Lucas on October 10, 2016 9:16 PM
Mike, Jimmy Buffett has released his tax returns according to Bloomburg . He has paid taxes every yrar since he was 13 years old. He has given millions of shares of Berkshire Hathaway to various charities.

His comments about women in 2005 shows me that Trump objectifies women. Check out his talk with Howard Stern about his daughter's anatomy.

I was a member of the Fitworks Fitness Center. There was no locker room talk like Donald described. I am now a member of the Mercy Health Plex because the center offers two swimming pools. During the eight years that I have worked out, no one has ever  objectified women in the way that Donald did.Most talk revolved around sports.
Cookie on October 11, 2016 12:44 AM
I was waiting for you to jump in!!!!!!!!!!!   If you haven't heard locker room chat at the gym, grow up, stop working out with the women.  You just aren't hanging with the  fellows.  
When are you going to connect the dots Fredo.  This is not about Trump's vulgar and obscene pontificating, its about dirty tricks of a desperate candidate.  I'm far more offended when I hear a FEMALE attorney accuse a 12 year old R A P E victim of lusting after older men and L A U G H I N G when she won the case.  
Mike Murphy on October 11, 2016 2:36 PM
Fred - I am so sorry that your delicate ears are insensed by Trump objectifying women. I guess Jimmy (cheeseburger in paradise) Buffet has paid a lot of Taxes but overall not as much as Trump? Warren Buffet can always pay more taxes if he wants ohh he only pays what he has too?
??Do you really expect people & businesses to pay taxes on losses, which shows libs know nothing about math and will believe anything other libs say ie you can keep your doctor and save $2500 on ACA.

??You might reduce your sensitive trama if you stayed off the liberal hate filled web sites! Bless your Heart!

??I have seen and heard much worse "locker room talk" without being tramatized. But that probably makes me sexist, racist, homophobic, zenophobic, islamiphobic in your and Hillary's eyes.

??Get on the Trump Train and be part of the solution instead of the problem. 

??If you haven't read the article about Arnold Palmer I suggest you do so - Arnold I salute you.

Keep the Faith

Mike Murphy on October 11, 2016 2:42 PM
??Carl- Why are the ?? etc. showing in my posts? Maybe I am not (Fred hold your ears) flushing after each use?

Carl on October 11, 2016 7:04 PM
Murph, I've been wondering the same thing about your "introductory" boxes and question marks.  For several months, most of my comments came up in reverse order [e.g., I'd type "type" and the screen would show "epyt."  Then it stopped happening.  I've decided that it's either 1) gremlins or 2) Russian hackers.  If it ain't one of them, then I haven't a clue.  If it is, I haven't a clue as to how to prevent/correct it.  [Sadly, I'm just your humble website custodian; in no way a techinical authority on things web related, except for "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive."  I think this is a quote from Julian Assange of WikiLeaks.]

Ched on October 11, 2016 11:31 PM
This  election  should not  center  around "vulgar " comments made by Trump  many years  ago. This is  about  the  future of our  country and also  the  Supreme Court. HRC is  the most  dishonest  corrupt candidate ever. She lies and lies  to cover  the lies. If she gets in, we will have open borders, a failing  economy, loss of  energy inependence  and  a  supreme  court which will serve  the liberal agenda. I think she is just plain evil and many agree !!!!!
Carl on October 12, 2016 9:11 AM
Good perspective Ched.  Sadly, people don't mind being lied to if it's what they wish to hear.
I think this is true of all of us . . . but much, much truer for some.
Cookie on October 12, 2016 4:16 PM
First they called me a gun toting bible thumping something or another.  Then they called me deplorable.  Yesterday Wild Bill called me a redneck.  Man it doesn't get any better than this. 
geno on October 12, 2016 4:31 PM
Folks read the Washington Post, it's amazing how they label all who do not support Clinton. Reckon one learned from the other or vice versa, I'm too ignorant to know.

Carl on October 13, 2016 10:03 AM
Alexis de Tocqueville said, "In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve." 
But someone pray tell how we got to this point?
Fredrick Lucas on October 14, 2016 9:09 AM
Mike, I meant Warren Buffett. He has not been accused of groping innocent women. Trump also went into the dresing rooms of teenage beauty pagent contestants while they were nude. 

Look gang, a man who gropes innocent women doesn't deserve to be consifered for thr office of Presifent of the United States.

What would you do if Trump anyone else groped the women in your life? His conduct especially toward innocent tennagers is disgusting.

Billy Bush was suspended by NBC.I won't vote for Trump
Carl on October 14, 2016 9:20 AM
It's OK Fredo.  I have trouble telling the Buffett twins, Warren & Jimmy, apart too.
   [Now in citing personal behaviors that should disqualify one from being president in your support of HRC, you just may be on thin ice.]
Mike Murphy on October 14, 2016 1:08 PM
??Fred- we know what you mean even when you don't, being brainwashed by liberal websites will do that to even a great educated mind such as yourself?

Get on the Trump Train and stop this corrupt political progressive movement that is killing America.

Fredrick Lucas on October 14, 2016 3:35 PM
Mike , why do you defend a man who is accused of groping women who don't want to be groped? Why do you defend a man who walks into the dressing area of high school beauty contestants who are nude? Why do you defend a man who reached under the table at a night club put his hand in the woman's dress and touched her vagina?

Warren Buffett released his federal tax returns. He showed how much federal taxes he paid each year. Trump won't release his federal returns.Why do you and Ched go along with the Trumpster?

I know that you are concerned about the loss of population and jobs in West Virginia. But, my lad is Trump the man to lead this nation. I don't think so. 

Cookie on October 14, 2016 5:57 PM

Which you rather have in the White House.....a fat groping kisser or an avowed rapist who will have the run of the place with a buffet of opportunity.  
Carl on October 14, 2016 7:23 PM
Pardon my intrusion.  Cookie, I know your question is for Fred, but I can't resist chiming in.  For my answer, see my comment above from yesterday at 10:03 am.
Cookie on October 14, 2016 7:40 PM
We have been at this point forever.  This isn't new stuff.  The difference is people once had boundaries.  We had the decency to discuss it in the confines of our homes or over coffee with a close friend. People COULD be embarrassed.  It appears it only took over the landscape on the day of the stained blue dress.  Its been open season ever since.  As I've said many times here, it all started at Woodstock.  
Fredrick Lucas on October 14, 2016 7:45 PM
Three staffers from the Apprentice Show told the Daily Beast that during the eleventh season in which Oscar winning deaf actress Marlee Matlin participated , Donald would make fun of her voice and mock her disability in front and behind her. He even asked the staffers if she was mentally retarded, a term that is no longer in use.

Ms Matlin who is now 51 and married with four children is backing Hillary.

Cookie Bill Clinton has been impeached and has paid $800,000 to Ms Flower. He hasn't been convicted of rape.
Cookie on October 14, 2016 7:54 PM
Wrong woman Fredo.  There is so much BS with  them I can understand where you might not be able to keep it straight.  
Cookie on October 14, 2016 7:57 PM
You know Fredo....its really difficult to have a substantive discussion with you.  You never respond--you just keep digging with the latest from your opposition research.  If you want to play this game could you please play by the rules.  
Carl on October 14, 2016 8:35 PM
Well, technically Fred's right.  Bill was never actually convicted of raping Juanita Broaddrick, nor of sexually assaulting Paula Jones, nor the then-recently widowed personal friend Kathleen Willey, nor a long list of others.  But that doesn't matter.  Why?  Because Bill is a liberal Democrat. 
   No such treatment however for Donald Trump.  Moreover, Trump's supporters are castigated for failing to condemn and disown him whereas no such demands were made of Slick Willie's legions of enablers.  Furthermore, during Bill's sexual escapades, Hillary had his accusers investigated and ran smear campaigns against them.  Yes Fred, the stains on the blue dress were the result of consensual sex, but liberals used to equate such actions with sexual assault given the power disparity between President and intern.  But, of course, this is all just old news: "What difference, at this point, does it make?"  Answer: none to millions of hypocritical, head-in-the-sand, shameless political partisans.
   So Fred, spare me your morale outrage.  It's intellectually dishonest and unbecoming of a man of your intellect.
Mike Murphy on October 14, 2016 9:01 PM
??Fred - I supported Bill Clinton on his running of government thru the Lewinsky and other scandals, but I never had much regard for Hillary  with cattle futures, and laughing at getting  a 41 year man who visiously raped a 12 year old girl off by degrading and making her look like she caused it and subjected her to mental tests to show her as unstable.

??Furthermore - my country is much more important to me than the sex lives of the Trumps and Clintons. Hillary will give us more of the same of BHO and worse. She will raise taxes both directly and through government control of health insuranse, open our borders and support more santuary cities plus 500% increase in Syrian emigrants most of whom she even agrees we can't properly vet. Use our tax dollars for partial birth abortions for any cause and turn the USA into scandanavia as she has previously stated. She wants another stimulus to provide jobs, how did the last one work. hillary and DOJ want to federalize police. And she will lie and do anything to become president including breaching national security and using the government to get her elected and rich. she and bill are worth 175M all from association with government. But land How you can support Hillary?

??Trump will enforce emigration laws, lower taxes to generate jobs, enforce and regonate trade deals, support law and order, appoint judges that will follow the constitution, make us energy independant and bring back manufacturing to the US and esp WV. rebuild our military and straighten our the VA mess. aand most imp kill ISIS! 

If you cannot see the big picture of this country and are so offended and tramatized by Trump who by the way is the only one who will straighten out this mess rather than making it worse, I feel for you.

Get on the Trump Train

Ched on October 14, 2016 9:06 PM
Absolutely nothing has been substantiated regarding  Trump's accusers. Thatha  what  they are: unsubstantiated claims by Clinton supporters.
 HRC is, on the otherhand,  A proven liar and played with "extreme carelessness" State  department security. Career agents  and lawyers in the FBI are angry  that  she  was not  charged:  FACT !!!
Mike Murphy on October 14, 2016 9:15 PM
??Just watched Free State of Jones on pay for view. I highly recommend it. Just as a side note the Republicans were the ones who freed the slaves.

Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on October 14, 2016 10:26 PM
Not one of you showed any empathy for Ms. Marlee Matlin the deaf actress whom Trump mocked. She was aware olf the Donald inquiring whether she was mentally retarded.

Bill Clinton settled with Paula Jones for $850,000.Trump seems to be at war with the Republican establishment.. Governor Kasich, Senator Portman and a number of other establishment Republicans including Senator McCain, the Bush family to name a few refuse to endorse Trump.Then there is Speaker Ryan, a graduate of Miami of Ohio who also refuses to endorse the Donald. To all gentle readers, we don't take these comments personally. Fred
Cookie on October 14, 2016 11:21 PM
Could you please cease "replaying the daily highlights from the Main Stream Media" for us.  I think we all get the news both print and media here in the "redneck backwoods of the basket of the deplorables."  I cannot help but notice that a new twist will appear on TV and within hours its repeated here on our beloved bog directly from the banks of the Ohio.  P L E A S E   You are beginning to sound like a parrot.  
i shall repeat my comment from a past post, "anyone who can vote for that morally bankrupt woman is as morally bankrupt as she is."  
Carl on October 15, 2016 11:29 AM

Fredo, you never cease to impress. I’ll be doggone if I don’t detect influences of major American writers in your prose style. Your use of the term "gentle readers" seems right out of columns by the late, great, twin sister advice columnists Ann Landers & "Dear Abby," plus, my favorite, "Miss Manners." It speaks well of you to channel their graceful styles. Relatedly, I offer guidance from another noted advice columnist, Heloise. It’s for removing stains from hands and nails:

Make a thick paste of lemon juice and baking soda. Using a toothbrush, spread the paste over the stained areas and scrub gently. Be patient, prolonged scrubbing will be needed for deep stains. Rinse with warm soapy water. Repeat as needed. Apply moisturizer generously.

I'm told that this is the preferred treatment by professional
cherry pickers.


Tracy French on October 14, 2016 11:46 PM
I went to the 60's reunion tonight, there were only 3 from the class of 60 but it was well attended overall.  I left when the music started but I heard some interesting conversations at the table I sat at.  A guy who graduated from Roanoke in 57 was telling someone at the table that if you threw a can of worms on the ground around a bunch of pigons that the female pigons would eat the male worms and the male pigons would eat the female worms.  He was asked how could you tell the difference in the male and female worms and he said "don't ask me I'm a bird expert". 

I have First Class tickets on the Trump Express.  It will be picking up steam Wednesday night.  Get on while you can!
Tom Dillon on October 15, 2016 6:29 PM




Cookie on October 15, 2016 6:44 PM
Follow the money Tom
Carl on October 16, 2016 10:51 AM
Well daggone it Tom, you're right again.  The Clintons certainly are a talented family.

Ched on October 16, 2016 11:19 AM
Mega Dittos Tom !!!
HRC is yhe epitomy of evil and corruption
Mike Murphy on October 16, 2016 4:47 PM
??Dems are planning a Catholic spring with two shawow agencies funded by George Sorros!

Is nothing sacred to the Lib Progressives?

Tracy save me a seat in FC on the Trump Train

Carl on October 18, 2016 8:43 AM
WOW!!!  It's Ripley's!
  Believe it or not, PHS60 went an entire day [Oct. 17] during this turbulent election season without a single comment posted to the blog.
  Are you folks alraight?  Has there been famine, pestilence or other disaster of which I'm unaware?  Please advise.  I'm concerned about my treasured classmates.
Fredrick Lucas on October 18, 2016 9:19 AM
Saturday, I was in Lawrenceburg Indiana visiting me friend who is mentally disabled.  As I was going through town, I saw white men who were selling t-shirts which said lock her up. I didn't buy any of those disgusting shirts.

Regarding the ladies , they are represented by an attorney and are not charged with any crime. Mr. Dillon, until they are charged, they are innocent until proven guily. Where is your empathy for these women? Remember they did not come foreward until after the Donald said that he did nothing.
Ched on October 18, 2016 10:09 AM
I would like one of  those  T shirts. Also there is a "crookedHillary" bobble head  doll
Cookie on October 18, 2016 10:10 AM
Dearest Carl
I am fine.  I've been busy training a seeing eye dog called "Redneck" to be donated shortly to the politically blind.  I am accepting suggestions as to where I should ship him. 
Cookie on October 18, 2016 10:12 AM
At our local Lincoln Day Dinner in May a Hilliary Clinton nut cracker sold for $120 at the silent auction.  Truth!!!!!

Carl on October 18, 2016 1:11 PM
WOWSER times 2
I just watched a Public TV broadcast of "Merle Travis: Guitar Man."  About as good as these shows get.  What a tremendous talent.  Stay alert for its appearance in your area, American Music lovers. 
   Fred, Travis was born in Rosewood, KY, only 55 miles from Bill Monroe's birthplace of Rosine, KY.
   *** Checking online, I can't find a scheduled airing, but it's available online at:

Fredrick Lucas on October 18, 2016 10:39 PM
Changing the subject, ten movies will have been made in Hamilton County Ohio. Over the years, Cincinnati has been chosen to portray life in New York City.We have a wonderful film commission that works with movie personnel to provide them with whatever they need. It is cheaper to film New York neighborhoods in Cincinnati. This past week Nicholas Cage was being filmed near Christ Hospital. Two weeks ago, a movie was being shot near my neighborhood. Trailers were set up behind the Western Hills Shopping Center.


Mike Murphy on October 19, 2016 12:50 PM
Carl- Tell us more about your Danube tour.

Did you see the Trump Train?

Keep the Faith
Carl on October 19, 2016 2:09 PM
Murph, we spent 3 days in ultra-beautiful Budapest [Hungary] then cruised up-river to Passau [Germany] stopping over in Bratislava [Slovakia], Vienna, Melk, Dürnstein & Linz [Austria] -- with a side trip to Ceský Krumlov [Czech Republic].  This included 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites, and too many castles and cathedrals to keep track of.  [Portions of the beautiful Wachau Valley were not unlike parts of the New River Valley.]  Despite colder and rainier than normal weather [aside from Budapest], the trip was fabulous. 
   No sign of the Trump Train, and although the ship was full of Americans, almost no discussion of Hill or Trump.  [It was a nice change of scenery.]

Tracy French on October 19, 2016 11:15 PM
Trump missed an opportunity to blow Hillary out of the driver's seat tonight when he passed up the question on Roe vs, Wade. And he made no mention of Ben Ghazi at all.
Fredrick Lucas on October 20, 2016 11:25 AM
Tracy I think that you will find that a large portion of the population favor Roe vs Wade. Many others have used the services of Planned Parenthood.While conservative Protestants and Roman Catholics don't want abortions, therte are no government funds used to pay for individual abortions. The woman pays the cost.

Many in the nation believe in a woman's right to choose. If punishment comes from God, the woman and not you or me will pay the price.

Delores on October 20, 2016 12:10 PM
The most vunerable among us.....the unborn and the elderly.  What are you going to do Fredo when your progressives decide that the elderly too are an inconvenience.  Did you ever watch a video on partial birth aboration??????
Mike Murphy on October 20, 2016 12:25 PM
??Planned parenthoods main medical procedure is abortions and a good deal of its funding is from federal tax money (mine & yours) so don't tell me that I am not paying for abortions and I wouldn't have a problem with it if it wern't for late late term abortions for ANY reason. Fred how can you be for abortions (for any reason) where the baby could live outside the womb? Please answer this question instead of deflecting into the weeds. 

??You libs can have your views no matter how misguided but you are not satisfied until you force it down our throats by disparaging us as racists homophobs or against women. We are not against gays but do not support gay marriage. We are against late term abortions but do nat hate women. We believe that bathrooms should be used according to plumbing of the individual not some idealized thought process at the moment but do not hate LBJTXYZ,

??The dems divide and concour strategy at any cost is ruining this nation. Socialism over hard work and individual determination is ruinist. just look at he Romans.

??We need to drain the swamp that is literally and figerativly DC.

Get on the Trump Train and turn this mess around.

Carl on October 20, 2016 12:01 PM
4 days heads-up
   The only Oct. birthday for PHS60 of which I'm aware is that of the inestimable Wil Wilhelm, Oct. 24.  Have a happy one Wil.
Ched on October 20, 2016 4:55 PM
I find it remarkable that abortion is not murder but that a homicide of a pregnant woman is a double homicide

Tracy French on October 20, 2016 4:29 PM

I agree with you 100%.  There are a lot of people who do not want to see Roe vs. Wade overturned.  I'm told that more than 60,000,000 "legal" abortions have now taken place in America and that pretty much proves that point.  That doesn't relieve me or it doesn't relieve you of the responsibility to defend the rights of every unborn child. 

It's obvious you are a very charitable person and I commend you for that.  But, I also ask; Do you support abortion (as in Planned Parenthood, ect) financially?  If you do, you have something to worry about.  People have compassion for a child like the 4 year old blood splattered Serian that has been appearing on TV but nobody takes a picture of a baby being torn into at the waist or torn into between the shoulders and the head when they are being aborted.


Carl on October 21, 2016 10:46 AM

Small thoughts at large:

• Chuck Berry turned 90 this past Tuesday. Hail, hail rock ‘n roll, seminal Chuck.  You're the berries & the cat's pajamas. He announced a new album being released in 2017, his first new one in 38 years; all new songs.

• Speaking of music, I ask myself, "If they were musical instruments, what would Trump and Hillary be?"
   Ans: Trump: kazoo – ear-catching and interesting but tolerable only in short doses.  
Hillary: lyre.

• And what I expect to be music to my ears: I think I’ve found a way to make the election both tolerable and profitable. I’ll be setting up a sanitizing stand at my polling place exit. Lots of hot water and soap, fresh-scented towels, mint and/or menthol candy drops, and Lysol-scented nasal spray. [Cash ONLY] I expect to be wealthy by Nov. 9, you know, supply and demand.
   Franchises are available.  Call now and I'll double the offer.  [Just pay separate processing fee.]

Mike Murphy on October 21, 2016 3:18 PM
??Politics has always been corrupt but now it is in our government ie IRS, FBI, Justice Dept. State Dept. Supreme Court and especially the main stream media who are bending over backward for the progressives.

??And it will get worse if Hillary is elected  especailly with the supreme court. Are you ready to be like France or worse?

??Get on the Trump Train and Thump Hillary, I am such a nasty person?

Keep the Faith
Carl on October 21, 2016 3:50 PM
Be like the French, you say?  I say, "ooh la la."  I say that as one whose birthday is Sept. 28, the same as Brigitte Bardot.  [Bet you see the resemblance now, don't you?]  A Wikipedia search contains the following about Bardot -- this one's for you Murf -- "During the 2000s, she generated controversy by criticizing immigration and Islam in France and has been fined five times for inciting racial hatred."  Ooh la la indeed.

Tracy French on October 21, 2016 9:54 PM

There's no way Chuck Berry can be 90.  He's just a few years older than I am.

By the way:  A belated "Happy Birthday"  How could I forget someone's birthday who always remembers mine?  hmmm.  Maybe Chuck Berry is 90!

Did I have to lie about my age the first time I went to see Brigitte Bardot?  I can't remember that either?
Carl on October 21, 2016 10:10 PM
Tracy, et. al., since Chuck Berry is my all-time favorite rock 'n roller, here's one of my favorite, but lesser known, C.B. hits:
Carl on October 21, 2016 10:28 PM
Trying again to get the link to function

Tracy French on October 21, 2016 10:00 PM

I have a sneaky suspicion that Hillary is reading this blog.
Mike Murphy on October 22, 2016 11:30 AM
??That Trump Train a comin its comin around the bend and Hillary hasn't seen the sunshine since I don't know when? But get on the Trump Train and make america great again.

Sung to the tune Hillary got run over by a Reindeer!

Keep the Faith

Carl on October 22, 2016 11:36 AM
My goodness Murf.  You're sure in good voice this morning.

Tracy French on October 22, 2016 2:07 PM

That was also one of my favorite hits, may have had something to do with a girl in the class behind us.  I nick-named her Lil Egypt (that's one of my favorites too seeing as how I lived in Phoenix, AZ in 1949).
Fredrick Lucas on October 22, 2016 3:42 PM
Tracwy, the actual number is closer to 6.5 million abortions. There are no jurisdictions in our country that allow abortions after 24 weeks. If you recall, I sent you information about the Cincinnati woman who had an abortion in Chicago after consulting with her physician.

Secretary of State for Ohio John Ustead Republican states that elections in O hio aren't rigged. Early voting has begun.

My birthday is November 7 one day before elections. If Trump loses, I will come to the December dinner in Princeton.

Mike Murphy on October 22, 2016 5:40 PM
??Fred- If you wern't such a ??, you would come to the dinner either way and enjoy Tracy giving thanks! 

Get on the Trump Train
Delores on October 22, 2016 6:07 PM
Go to and review the state by state restrictions on  abortions.  It shows the following states as having NO RESTRICTIONS ON ABORTION REGARDLESS OF GESTATION DATE:  Alaska, Colorao, District of Columbia, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont.

Are you cherry picking data again?????

Regarding the monthly dinners, I am sure there may be several DEPLORABLES with or without their baskets in attendance (who will probably thank Jesus for the body's nurishment) so you may wish to bring your anti-acid pills.  
Fredeick Lucas on October 22, 2016 6:59 PM
??Cookie, I am not a parrot I am El Perico.The Boston Globe  today has a wonderful article by a woman who had an abortion. She had twins  one of whom had a serious genetic problem. The choice was to abort the child with the genetic problem who could have killed the other twin and the mother or  do nothing. The child who was alright was saved. Today he is a college student. It was an agonizing decision for the family. Her point was that the state should stay out of medical decisions.

??It is sad that Tracy wants me to accept Jesus as God incarnate. Therte is no evidence for that position. So I pray to God alone
Fredrick Lucas on October 22, 2016 7:24 PM
Cookie, I will say that you are almost correct concerning the nine states that have no abortion restrictions.According to the New York Times West Virginia has no restrictions on abortions
Mike Murphy on October 22, 2016 8:23 PM
Fred - Have you heard of the New Testiment of the Bible and do you accept the Tora as undisputed evidence of God?

A little respect for your fellow classmates is in order even if you think you are wiser - Mr. Newspaper!

??Tracy's calling a a minister is to spred the word of God thru the salvation of Jesus, which should be respected whether we believe in the salvation or not.

Liberals have a great intolerance for tolerance.

??Keep the Faith what ever you believe!

??Your humble servant (Abdul in Arabic) 
Delores on October 22, 2016 10:02 PM
Mr. Lucas
Which is it????? Today at 3:42 p.m. you stated:  "There is no jurisdiction in our country that allows abortion after 24 weeks."  I proved you wrong.  WHICH IS IT.

Secondly:  Your attack on Christians is offensive, intolerable and a disgrace.  I do not recall ANYONE ever attacking your Jewish beliefs.  PLEASE show some respect.  You owe our minister friend and classmate an apology.  Your pompous, arrogant and "teachable moments" have become tiresome.  We here in the "Basket of the Deplorables" can read, write, and problem solve.    We did not all just fall off the cabbage truck.
Your comments are insulting.  My Christian faith teaches me that is unkind and not very nice.  I find my spicy, "gutter" and colorful language far less offensive than insulting someone's religious faith.
Carl on October 22, 2016 11:49 PM
NOTE to READERS: about 20 minutes ago Delores's original comment was multiple pages long, containing almost countless blank lines possibly due to multiple Hard Returns; additionally, the same comment was repeated 38 times, provoking my reply:

Well, Delores.  This is another fine mess you've gotten us into.
   While I can understand your pride in winning a skirmish with the Squire, you really didn't need to go to the trouble of submitting it thirty-nine (39) -- yep, count 'em -- 39 times.  And while the inclusion of approximately 120 Hard Returns embedded in the text was a novel formatting style, it left me feeling like I was in a painful and endless remake of "Groundhog Day."
   But know that our sometimes similar outlooks and sentiments allows me to understand and support your effort.  Tell me if I'm wrong: satisfied as you deservedly were with your comment,
1) you raised a celebratory glass with left hand while your right elbow held down the "Enter" key and 2) your uncertainty that the "Submit Comment" button may be unreliable -- and an understandable fear that your comment could be lost -- you kept clicking it 'til your mouse finally and mercifully lost power.
   Anyway, I had nothing to do but go to bed, so you provided me a diversion.  So indulge me in another query.  What I've been dealing with appears far more likely to be the handiwork of Cookie than Delores.  Am I mistaken?
Fredrick Lucas on October 22, 2016 10:19 PM
Cookie, the last time that I checked our constitution, I have the freedom to worship or not worship in any context. I have with certain limitations, the freedom of speech. I can't yell fire in a theater when there is none. I am not supposed to objectify women.

I am El Perico. 
Carl on October 23, 2016 12:00 AM
Fred, being something of a Constitutional scholar myself, I acknowledge the part of that magnificent document that clearly proscribes "objectifying women," but are you sure that there's even any mention of movie-house shouting?
Cookie on October 23, 2016 12:30 AM
Even Delores APPEARS to become her Father's Daughter when pushed to the limit.  (Some of my classmates will know what that means.)
P.S.  I am hitting Submit Comment one time and if it fails I shall bang the 
H E L L out of the return key as Delores' anger has now rubbed off on me.  
Stupid, just plain stupid!!!!!!!
Carl on October 23, 2016 12:34 AM
Now, now dear.  Don't be too hard on yourself.  Just hard enough is fine.
Cookie on October 23, 2016 12:47 AM
On the brighter side my vocabulary has increased greatly thanks to the blog and this election cycle.  Most end in an "ism" but the one I find most interesting...."objectify."  Guess the closest I ever got to that was a pat on top of the head one time. 
Mike Murphy on October 23, 2016 12:38 PM
WVU thumped the Horned Frogs of TCU and are now 6-0 for the season. They have great ball control on both sides.

??Cookie - Your former Governor Omalley was on the TV this AM calling Trump a Fashist and Racist, Also Michael Moore has doubled down of deplorables calling Trump supporters legal terriorists. Bye the way I support your statements fully. 

??Fred - I am curious what is the source of you calling youself "The Newspaper" ? Have you been eating to many Freholies?

??Carl - You should have allowed Cookie 39 returns since that is the number of times Hillary said she couldn't remember in a 3 hr deposition with our FBI**##^*.

Get on the Trump Train before it is to late!
Carl on October 23, 2016 5:24 PM
Murf, I'm happy to allow my soul sister Cookie -- or her alter ego Delores -- 39 x 39 comments on the blog.  It's those infernal hard returns that frustrate me, but I'm forgiving of those too.  May all PHS60 classmates show such spunk and commitment, regardless of perspective.
Delores on October 23, 2016 10:34 PM
On October 22, 2016 at 7:24 p.m. Mr. Lucus posted that "West Virginia has no restrictions on abortions."  I would like to see his source.  
According to my research West Virginia Governor Tomblin vetoed House Bill 2568, "Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Bill."  As of May 26, 2015 the State Legislature overrode his veto.  Because of the Legislature's actions West Virginia is now one of eleven states that have a ban on abortion after week  20 of a pregancy.
If my research is incorrect I will welcome a civil discussion and will place into consideration a retraction of the above provided verifiable documentation can be provided.  
Carl on October 24, 2016 1:54 PM
I've heard it said that silence is golden.

Carl on October 24, 2016 2:06 PM
shhh, listen!  What is that?  It sounds like it's coming from up near Kenna.  Murf, is that you?  It is?  And you're asking for what? 
A poem.  An election poem.  Are you sure?  OK, I'll try.
. . .
Well, here it is.  I don't think it's very good, and almost surely not to everyone's taste, but . . .

to the tune of "Sixteen Tons" all you peapickers:

Some people say the man is made outta mud.
He’s always a’slingin’ it for money and blood.
Money and blood and skin and bone
A vile, evil tongue and a thin-skinned tone.
You load 16 tons of Trumpian hype
Another pure fiction thru a blaring windpipe.
St. Peter won’t you call him even tho’ Heaven knows
He fully lacks grace from his head to his toes.

Some others say that woman who views us as just hicks,
Knows it’s her turn because the system is fixed.
System is fixed and Dems just don’t give a s**t
‘bout the server and the hammers and a dose of BleachBit.
You lose 16 tons of secret email,
Extreme carelessness won’t even land you in jail.
Won’t land you in jail nor will it sidetrack your race,
Cause there’s media protection from both sides of their face.

Some people like me feel we’re already screwed
Since all of our choices include only these two,
Yeah, only these two, a blowhard and a liar.
Whichever it is the stakes just keep mounting higher.
They load 16 tons of crap in your ear,
The hype, dirty deeds and lies are all you can hear,
All you can hear and a lot you can’t see
Our democracy’s threatened, just between you and me.

In just 16 days, results will be out,
We’ll know with which devil we’re inflicted, no doubt,
Inflicted with doubt and with no confidence,
I long for my country to return to its sense.
Give me 16 grams of truth just for starts,
Add fairness and some judgment in about equal parts.
And equal parts honor and some integrity,
And what’s best for country far as clear eye can see.
Then add 16 pounds more truth to the mix,
For problems this massive there’s just no easy fix,
No easy fix, no free lunch anymore.
Ignore me and find out what history has in store.

Ched on October 24, 2016 2:11 PM
Very well said  Carl. Your  knack for poetry never senses  to amaze !!!
Carl on October 24, 2016 2:29 PM
Thanks for the kind words Ched.  I don't mean to brag, but my knack for stupid continues to amaze me.

Ched on October 24, 2016 2:08 PM
I read  that Bob Dylan was born into the Jewish faith but  converted to Christianity in the 1970s.
 Also Bobby Vee passed  away  today.
And  Chuck Berry keeps on 'rockin" !
Carl on October 24, 2016 2:13 PM
Sorry to hear of Bobby Vee's passing.  I liked him. 
   [I guess he won't "come bouncing back to you" -- no disrespect intended]
Fredrick Lucas on October 24, 2016 7:00 PM
Fiest to Cookie, the New York Times sais that West Virginia was one of the states that had no restrictions on abortions.

Carl, I asked Jackie Madill the manager  of the Healthplex who is a Canadian what she thought of the election. She said that in Canada, she votes for the Conservatives who are similar to the Democrats. Severalo years ago,I spoke to a man from Great Britan who said that the Conservative Party is similar to the Democratic Party here.

Jackie is concerned as many people here are concerned that the Donald makes wild statements that have no factual basis. She said that even school children know that if ther make generalizations with no facts which can be verified, they will fail . 

Mike El Perico in Spanish means paraket while Zeitung in German means newspaper.
Carl on October 24, 2016 8:35 PM
Fredo, once again you've compelled me to relent.  If Jackie Madill says it's true, then it must be.  Please ignore any comments that I've posted that are at odds with her view.

Mike Murphy on October 24, 2016 8:22 PM
??We are not worthy!! Carl your amazing poetic mind has been hidden under a basket of deplorables. Seriously thanks for your uplifthing light hearted prose.

??Fred - better check your sources bing disagrees with you! But we should take your word for it after all you are all knowing?

??Wiki leaks via Podesta are exposing the dirty tricks of Hillary and the Dems> Also veritos videos are enough to put half of the DNC in jail.
Get on the Trump Train
Mike aka Mike
Fredrick Lucas on October 24, 2016 8:43 PM
The New York Times article  was published three years ago. The Washington Post has clarified the situation in West Virginia. The state has restrictions on abortions.

Ched, the American Israelite this week states that Bob Dylan has been seen at Yom Kippur events and student performances of his grandchildren at their Jewish Day School. American  Israelite October 20 2016 page 16.
Carl on October 24, 2016 8:52 PM
Fred, over a number of years, I've been seen at one bar mitzvah and two bat mitzvahs, a Jewish funeral, and a Jewish wedding, and am currently invited to another.  Does this mean that I'm Jewish.  Please clarify as this is quite important to me.
Cookie on October 24, 2016 9:26 PM
Well likewise, I've spent many a summer at my "clan" ho-downs in the bottom along Brush Creek (where Ramey now stands) and I am pretty ssure sheets where tucked away safely someplace in an old trunk.  Does this mean I am one of them?
Fredrick Lucas on October 24, 2016 9:35 PM
Carl, I never said that Dylan is Jewish did I?Anyone who wants to be Jewish needs to contact a rabbi. There will be at least one year of study.

Here's a lesson in early Christianity. After Jesus died, his brother James led the group. Jesus was considered the Meissah but was never considered God .

Jesus was officially named God by the Nicene Council. The Emperor Constintine presided. A vote was taken concerning the nature of Jesus. Three bishops thought that Jesus was a natural man. They were exiled. The Council declared that Jesus was God, the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.Constantine  the pagan emperor wanted it that way.

Fredrick Lucas on October 24, 2016 9:38 PM
Carl, go ahead and critique what I've written. You and Cookie and Mike do that quite often.

Carl on October 24, 2016 10:50 PM
Fred, I believe that critiquing your statements is part and parcel of what critical interchange consists.  I welcome your critiquing my statements.  Give-and-take requires mutual challenge, not merely isolated, unassociated statements.  If your statement that "Bob Dylan has been seen at Yom Kippur events and student performances of his grandchildren at their Jewish Day School" was not to infer that he's Jewish, what, pray tell, were you trying to say?
Cookie on October 24, 2016 11:25 PM
Bob Dylan was born Robert Allen Zimmerman.  His Jewishs name was Shahtai Zisi ben Avraham.  He grew up in an observant Kosher Jewish family in the Jewish communities of Duluth and Hibbling Minnesota. His wife was Jewish.  

I respect his faith.  I have Jewish friends.  I have dined at their tables.  I've attended Jewish wedding, Jewish funerals, and written more than one check for bar and bat mitzvahs.  Maryland has many Jewish residents.  

Reference:  Unlike much of what one reads on the blog, this information was not obtained by way of an anal extrapolation.  I looked it up.

I know!  I know!  There she goes again with that "deplorable" language.

Have a night.     
Carl on October 24, 2016 11:35 PM
Shame to me, but I still love it when you talk dirty, Cookie.
Fredrick Lucas on October 25, 2016 8:35 AM
Carl, kn Judiasm, if a person's mother is Jewish then the child is considered Jewish. The Reform movement states rhat if a mother or father is Jewish then the child is Jewish. Many Jews have a belief in God but some don't.

If the  parents are not Jewish and the person wants to become Jewish then that person cotacts a rabbi and studies. It is easier in the Reform  movement.

Dylan grew up in a Jewish household and because his mother was Jewish then he was Jewish. He was not required to make a profession of faith. He was considered part of the group.

Carl on October 25, 2016 10:27 AM
Fred, please pardon my confusion and forgive my stirring the waters.  I failed to understand your point about Dylan's appearance at Jewish events, thinking that you were indicating that he's Jewish.  While what you say re children of Jewish parents being considered to be Jewish may be true, I believe that Dylan, now 75 years old, may not rely on his parents' views for this determination.  [I could be wrong.]
Ched on October 25, 2016 11:47 AM
Accordin  to nformation on the "net" Dylan accepted  Jesus and became  a  Christian  in the 1970s.  He  was in fact born into a Jewish  family !
Mike Murphy on October 25, 2016 5:37 PM
??Wiki Leaks has revealed that Nixons dirty tricks group were pikers compared to Podesta, Hillary and the DNC. Lock Her UP!

Get on the Trump train and drain the Swamp!
Ched on October 25, 2016 6:08 PM
Im ready  to pull the plug  and  drain the  swamp !!!
Fredrick Lucas on October 26, 2016 10:55 AM
It is time once again to change the subject.Those who enjoy baseball, Cleveland Indians from the Buckeye state won the first game 6-0 against  the Chicago Cubs,

Ched, the Donald faces 75 lawsuits. If you recall, he claims that he won't get a fair trial from the judge who has Mexican ancestry in the Trump University lawsuits. Strange comment since Arnold , the former Republican governor  of California appointed the judge. 
Cookie on October 26, 2016 11:00 AM
Please do not interrupt my meditation and chanting...........

Nov 9 - Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmm -  Nov 9 - Hummmmmmmmmmmm
Nov 9 - Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmm -  Nov 9 - Hummmmmmmmmmmm
etc.  etc.  etc. 
Carl on October 26, 2016 11:08 AM
Now Fred, can you cite a source for your contention that the Indians won game 1 of the 2016 World Series?  (And are you offended by the team's nickname and that cartoonish mascot face on their uniforms?  If so, are you not embarrassed to live in Ohio?)
Fredrick Lucas on October 26, 2016 11:53 AM
The Rickets family who now own the Chicago Cubs have given one million dollars to the Trump campaign. However the daughter supports Hillary.
Carl on October 26, 2016 12:47 PM
Do you know if the parents consider the daughter to be Jewish?
ched on October 26, 2016 4:02 PM
The  Rickets   family is "on the train" . The  Duughter is obviously misguided !
Fredrick Lucas on October 26, 2016 7:07 PM
Ched, check April 25, 2016 See for yourself the lawsuits involving Trump. The suits involving the Trump University will be held after the election.

The eleven ladies who said that Trump imposed himself upon them have Gloria Alread as their attorney. He said that he would sue them.
Ched on October 26, 2016 3:59 PM
What is  your  source  citing 79 lawsuits??
54 on October 26, 2016 7:53 PM
Please quit picking on Fred, he is so right!
Fredrick Lucas on October 26, 2016 8:30 PM
Earlier I spoke of the former governor Arnold. I didn't know how to spell his last name. It is spelled Schwarzenegger.

To change the subject back to McDowell County, a number of people have become addicited to the drug oxycodon. There is an epidemic there.In Hamilton County where I live heroin is the drug of choice.

I am considering trading my Mazda for either a Ford Escape or Fusion.Do any of you have experience with these cars?
Mike Murphy on October 27, 2016 8:04 AM
Fred - If Hillary gets elected you can buy your escape made in Mexico since Ford plans to move production there. Trump will make it economically unfeasable for them to move.

If you want to know about autos read consumers reports.

Get on the Trump Train
Fredrick Lucas on October 27, 2016 8:34 AM
Chicago Cubs won the second game of the series Carl.The Rickets family are happy

Mike, Ford builds transmissions at the assembly plant in Sharronville. Ford will build the Focus and Fiesta in Mexico and will build larger autos in the states. The smaller cars have a lower profit margin

Don't forget what old Henry said about the Model T. You can have any color as long as it is black.

Ford has long built and sold cars in Europe.
Fredrick Lucas on October 27, 2016 8:42 AM
Mike how will you react if Hillary wins? Also McDowell County is now the poorest in the state of West Virginia what do you have to say?
Mike Murphy on October 27, 2016 12:21 PM
??Fred- From my knowledge of cars you would probably be best served with a Subaru Outback. It is highest rated on value, safety, reliability and owner satisfaction and also is all wheel drive which will serve you well in incliminate weather also averages about 24mpg overall. In sedans the Toyota Camary is a good bet. Engines and Trans are assembled at Buffalo WV and the bodies I think in Kentucky. Most all Japanes Cars are assembled in US. So they are good for the US economy.

??McDowell Co is sad and I blame the Obama administration for its sad state with their war on coal. Why didn't they try to burn coal cleaner instead of killing it. This also lead to the drug epidemic. The most important thing next to a good family upbringing and education is a job. The government can't provide that.

??The US is on the wrong track and 70% of folks agree. If Hillary wins it will be more of the same and worse. So I will be very unhappy and more sad for the state of affairs. Progressives are ruining the government and the character and strength of the nation and individuals thru exces socailism and political corruption. You may not like Trump but he will not give us the same old crap like Obama Care. Ched and I recognized many years past that thing didn't add up and that promises were based on lies.

??Also once you decide on a vehicle you might want to get advice from consumer reports on how much to pay.

??Get on the Trump Train
ched on October 27, 2016 12:21 PM
Check  consumer  reports  Automotive  edition. It is published around April or MAy each year. In terms of quality and  reliability, they always  recommend  the  Japanese cars highest. Toyota, Honda  and  MAzda.Consumer Reports said Ford continues to have problems with its nine-speed automatic transmissions, especially in the Ford Focus compact car and Fiesta subcompact car.  I thnk Mazdas  are  great  we have  had  several over  the  years including  a Rotary RX8
Fredrick Lucas on October 28, 2016 5:52 PM
Mike and Ched thanks for the ideas concerning new cars. I am also looking at the Ford Fusion. I've spoken to several owners who have had success with the car.

I have been aware of the problems of the Focus and Fiesta. I plan to look at thr Mazda as well.

Mike I was interested that the Republicans took the Wicki leaks E-Mails and ran with them. The Democrats have not done that with Republican E-Mails. Nothing has been released.
Mike Murphy on October 28, 2016 7:06 PM
??Now our corrupted FBI is looking again into Hillary's felonious handling of her private server! A little late especially when she was truly guilty. Even a SHLawyer like myself can easily see that.

Fred so sorry wiki leaks is telling the awful truth about the Dems?

I wounder why your extreme progressive thought don't make you lean to buying a car that will help illeagal immegrants, which you cherish!

Get on the Trump Train
Fredrick Lucas on October 28, 2016 8:22 PM
Mike, Ford has a transmission plant in Sharronville that has 2200 employees.Ford is not terminating any workers. The agreement was reached with the United Auto Workers.

To me it's sad that you don't recognize the actions of Wiki Leakes as theft as serious as the Watergate Break in.

Carl on October 28, 2016 9:59 PM
J. Fred, I'm reminded of the old saying that "There is none so blind as he who will not see."
Fredrick Lucas on October 29, 2016 12:16 AM
Carl as Mrs Obama said when they go low like Wiki Leaks breaking into a private E-Mail account, we go high. We don't break into private E-Mail accounts. I will continue to encourage voters to vote.
Fredrick Lucas on October 29, 2016 12:38 AM
Carl, the Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago Cubs 1-0 tonight. Cleveland supporters come from around the Buckeye State
Carl on October 29, 2016 11:08 AM
Fred, which "We" are you referring to?  Are you a member of the First Lady's staff?  And just how is breaking into someone's email account worse than having a Secretary of State 1) set up a private, unsecured email account that she uses exclusively, thereby theatening our national security and 2) have emails and server destroyed in blatant disregard of the law after a subpoena has been served forbidding such action?
Fredrick Lucas on October 29, 2016 11:47 AM
Carl, I am doing volunteer work for the Hamilton County Democratic Party. I encourage voters to go to the polls. I have sent money to the DNC and Hillary campaign. Everyone has flaws good fellow.

So my good fellow, I am part of the we. If I buy my new car from Ford, I will help members of the United Auto Workers.
Mike Murphy on October 29, 2016 12:49 PM
Fred - I realize you are sad because?? wiki leaks has exposed Hillary and the Democrats for their dirty and sometimes felonious actions. I have never supported Wiki Leaks and think they should be executed for esponage along with Manning. However I will not disregard the facts that they are providing and at the very least Hillary should suffer the same as General Petarous, who did far less to hurt our national security. Yet you support her when she says I can't remember 39 times in a deposition, she is either incompetent or as I see it a bald face liar supported by a corrupted FBI and AG and BHO. She and Bill have used the government as their piggy bank to become multi millionaires at the expense of the american working citizens.

??Your and the progressives' feable attemts to demonize anyone who does not agree with you are sad to say the least.

??Bye the way the last time I checked you are not hollier than though and smarter than us deplorables who support Trump.

??I gave you advice on buying a car, but it appears that you had already made up your mind and was simply baiting me to comment on Ford's move to Mexico. Just because the Union membership voted for it doesn't make it right for the USA. Just like the Teachers Union rejecting charter schools and parental/student choice they are for themselves just like the democrat party which will do anything for votes. You are so partison that you think ford moving production to Mexico is good for the economy and workers in the US, give me a break. You would think that your years with ES would remind you of the simple facts of Economic Development, but no, partisianship wins out. Like supporting partial birth abortions!

??Get on the Trump Train and drain the swamp!
??A Proud Trump Supporter
ched on October 29, 2016 1:34 PM
Wikileaks is an illegal hacking BUT the damning information being  released is factual. If  the Clinton campaign had not made  these comments in the  first place, there  would be no issue. The  facts are  the  facts  regardledd of how  obtained

Carl on October 30, 2016 8:18 AM

Stan Hill - November 5
Fred Lucas - November 7
Gene Law - November 15
Raymond Kidwell - November 20
Delores "Cookie" Hill Brown - November 21

Patty Baker Anderson - November 24
Rick Swope - November 24

Fredrick Lucas on October 30, 2016 10:28 AM
Happy Birthday to those November classmates. Once again the Cleveland baseball team won the game yesterday to take the lead 3-1.

After the election, the lawsuit against Trump concerning actions taken by Trump University will begin.

WVU football team lost to Oklahoma State yesterday. State has a sugar daddy T Boone Pickens.

Mike Murphy on October 30, 2016 12:49 PM
??Carol- How is the Trump Train Chugging in SC? Thank goodness WV voters are poised to vote overwelmingly for Trump even though the Charleston Dailey Mail would not endorse him. The Gazette Mail was combined as one paper a couple of years past but continues to be 95% for Democrats. Not suprising since the Mail in 2000 did not fully support Underwood in my opinion for his reelection against Bob (RFB) Wise. And we know how wounderful Wise turned out to be?

??Fred - Good that you can announce WVU losses they are now 6-1. Also are you proud that Mcdowell Co is now the poorest county in WV due to your support of the Seirra Club, BHO and many parroted negative comments from Huffington etc.? I am sure that you did it for their own good?

Happy Birthday and Happy Hallows Eve to esteemed Classmates!
Get on the Trump Train and Drain the Swamp
US Steel closed their Lucas on October 30, 2016 4:49 PM
Mike, look at the census records for the Free State of McDowell. After US Steel closed its Gary works other mines closed. Mines opened in Wyoming and Montana where coal was easier to obtain. There was also competition from natural gas wind, solar and hydro-electric which you fail to mention. In 2002 there was seriou s flood.People left in droves. Even Walmart closed. Membership in the snake handling church has declined. The Russian  
Orthodox Church in Elkhorn moved to Bluefield.
Homer Hickham and his family also left McDowell. He doesn't blame the Sierra Club.

Carl, you take care of the blog and report when classmates die have a birthday or become old and senile.Who will take your place when you die? Do you have  a replacement? If you choose a woman will she receive equal pay? Will she be assured that none of us will grope her? Fred

Carl on October 30, 2016 5:13 PM
   Fred, perhaps my mental capacities have declined, but I don't recall reporting when classmates "become old and senile."  Firstly, I rely on the intelligence of my PHS cohort to know when we  "become old."  For any who don't, I offer this insight: WE'RE ALL OLD!!!
   As for your other concern, anyone -- man or woman -- who succeeds me as web custodian will be guaranteed pay at least equal to what I have enjoyed.  I wouldn't want it any other way.
   Lastly, thanks for caring about my mortality.  The feeling is mutual.
Mike Murphy on October 30, 2016 5:25 PM
??Let's hope and pray that Carl will out live us all, if not I nominate Delores "Cookie" Hill Brown, who I assure you will not let you grope her unless she wants you Too! She has more B___s than you will ever have!

??I have met Homer Hickam and he is a true conservative. So you blame McDowells decline on loss of Russians and Snake handlers. If you are honest you will point your fingers back at yourself and other tree hugging zealots.

Get on the Trump Train and Drain the Swamp!
Carl on October 30, 2016 6:40 PM
For Pete's sake Mike, what do bicycles have to do with anything?  And just how would you know how many Fred has; or will ever have?  Or Cookie either, for that matter?  You confuse me.
Fredrick Lucas on October 30, 2016 7:32 PM
Mike, I'm confused. I don't hug trees. I hug women in my family and other female friends.Many young people including myself left West Virginia for other areas.

I met Homer Hickham at a book signing in Cincinnati. I praised him for his book Rocket Boys. There was no mention of the Sierra Club.The book and movie were done after he left the Free State of McDowell.

Carl has done a good job with the blog. The experiences that he has had in Maryland and Virginia have enabled him to give us vastly different perspectives than we would have known if he had relocated to the Free State of McDowell.

Carl on October 30, 2016 9:42 PM
Fredo, I've lived in VA, WV, MD, NH, TN, NC, DC & ME + Army in: SC, TX & PA.  I'm sure that I've learned a little in each place, but NOWHERE more valuable & essential than in a 50-foot swath of Mercer Street at the Central Grill & Grace's Place.  There's tremendously great perspective to be found in Appalachia IF one takes the time to look a bit deeper and avoid stereotyping.

Mike Murphy on October 31, 2016 12:56 PM
??62,000+ EMails on Uma Abideans and pervert Weiners computer, which certainly contain classified, secret, Top Secret and higher sensitive information caused by Hillary Clintons unlawful use of a home brew computer in her basement. Uma is her right and left hand and will probably take the fall along with the guy who set up the server. But at the very least this is cause for revoking her right to sensitive information. and more appropratedly a fine and suspended sentence like Petraus.
??The corruption she has fostered with the IRS, Justice Department, FBI, Clinton Foundation, EPA, Bengazi, Syria, ISIS, Boko Haram, Russian Reset, and the Iranian Necular agreement make her unfit to be dog catcher!
Get on the Trump Train and Drain the Swamp!
Ched on October 31, 2016 4:59 PM
Also  Obummer  has been  caught in a lie.  He  earlier  denied knowing of HRC's hombrew server  and private  account. This  was later proven false as he sent  and  received  emails  to  that  account. The wlole  group are liars  !!!

 DRAIN the SWAMP !!!
Cookie on October 31, 2016 6:42 PM
Deplorable. Truly immoral and sociopathic characters and it isn't funny. Dangerous people !! Manchurian Candidate. 
Mike Murphy on October 31, 2016 7:20 PM
??I am sorry I gave the wrong number on the emails it is 650,000 instead on 62.000. I suspect that Uma backed up the Hillary server that Hillary thought she bleached. I'll bet we find some instering stuff!

??Drain the swamp vote for Trump.

Fred- did you get permission from those women before you hugged them or did you sexually assalt them?

??Thanks again to our wounderful handsome? rich web master

Get on the Trump Train
Carl on November 1, 2016 11:13 AM
Murf, thanks for noting the obvious [i.e., my wonderfulness and handsomeness], but the only thing rich about me is your claim that I am so.  On the other hand, I embrace the saying that "enough is a feast," so in that sense I am truly rich: good health, good friends and a good home.        MAGFAY
Fredrick Lucas on November 1, 2016 7:59 PM
Carl, I hope that Cleveland wins the series. They lead in games 3-2. The nichname for the Cleveland mascot is Wahoo.
Fredrick Lucas on November 2, 2016 4:07 PM
Carl, if Cleveland  wins the final game, I will be happy to mail you a
Cleveland hat. Last night, I was at Temple helping three homeless families. We take in families four timeseach year for a week at a time. We feed them breakfast and dinner. During the day, they meet with social workers who will help them find homes. This week we have helped 15 people. I helped three young boys complete their homework assignments.

The Westwood Methodist Church has that assignment in my neighborhood. We are members of the International Hospitality Network.

Carl on November 2, 2016 5:16 PM
Well Fredo, that's downright neighborly of you.  In keeping with the spirit, if Chicago wins, I'll have a cub shipped to you.  I support an animal rescue group for young, feral grizzlies.  A city environment has been shown to work wonders for them.

Carl on November 3, 2016 7:56 AM
What a World Series!!!
108-year drought ended.
Congratulations Chicago Cubs.
Mike Murphy on November 3, 2016 12:38 PM
??Home Brew Server, Pay for Play Clinton Foundation, Bengazi, Weiner, Podesta, Wiki Leaks, IRS, FBI, Justice Dept, POTUS, EPA, Dirty Tricks DNC, and Live Birth Abortions for any reason. How could anyone vote for this corrupt caball?

Get on the Trump Train and Drain the Swamp!

Fredrick Lucas on November 3, 2016 7:09 PM
The World Series was a hard fought contest and the best team won.I was online and saw an article about a woman who is 108 years old. She is a Cub fan and was able to see them win.I learned that Cub fans live on the north side of Chicago and White Sox fans live on the south side.

When I go to the Columbus Indiana Scottish Festival, I give a donation to support a group that helps injured birds of prey such as owls, hawks eagles and buzzards.
Fredrick Lucas on November 3, 2016 8:21 PM
Mike, Those of us who work out at the fitness center are giving the election a rest and have decided to discuss other topics.The older men have quit watching the female leg show on Fox in favor of the news of Wall Street on MSNB
ched on November 3, 2016 10:27 PM
MSNBC is absolutely  a liberal quagmire.  Fox News is the only fair  and balanced newscast. Some of  the comentators  such as Hanity are definately conservative but  the newscasts are based on the  facts.  The other networks. CBS, NBC  and ABC  are just  silent on the corruption in  the  Clintons  and  the  DOJ. 
The  DOJ i has become  a political hack organization  for  that liar in the  whitehouse !!
Cookie on November 3, 2016 10:41 PM
Giving the election a rest?  I'll bet you are! 
Carl on November 3, 2016 11:41 PM
Fredo, I assume that your reference to the "older men" at the fitness center includes you.  Doesn't your comment about "watching the female leg show on Fox" objectify women? 
Carl on November 4, 2016 12:00 AM
Fredo, this time I really have to hand it to you.  You piqued my curiosity with your Fox female leg show comment.  I didn't understand what you meant by it so I Googled "Fox female leg show."  You won't believe what I learned.  HOLY HANNAH, that Fox News really does present legs of exquisite conformation, and in abundant numbers.  I haven't seen anything to equal it since Busby Berkeley quit making musicals in the 1940s.  All I can say is "thank you, thank you, thank you."  I've watched a bit of Fox News over the years but had never seen beyond the winning smiles, sharp minds and outstanding presentation skills.  You've opened my eyes.
   One things troubles me.  Help me understand.  What in heaven's name could have possessed you and other old Cincinnati coots to stop watching them?  Have you gone mad?
Cookie on November 4, 2016 1:42 AM
My dad used to say that when you stopped looking you might as well be dead!  Sorry to loose so many at the gym at once. Such a mass exodus. Who is going to annoy me on the blog now? 
Mike Murphy on November 4, 2016 12:20 PM
In addition to not being crooks, the Trump family has better legs than the euu Clintons.

??Get on the swamp draining Trump Train

can I get an Amen?
Ched on November 4, 2016 8:36 PM
Amen !

Tracy French on November 4, 2016 4:10 PM
Fred:  If you would like to make a contribution to a couple old buzzards, I know a few who could use some new glasses so they eagle in on the Fox channel and hawk out some of those commentators.  First thing you know they’ll turn in to night Owls and it will be money well invested.
Pete Stephenson on November 4, 2016 5:45 PM
Pete here.Hey guys,I've always thought that you could window shop all day long.As long as you don't break the glass.Jus sayn.The only thing I can add to that is Get on the Trump Train and go to D.C. and drain the swamp.Beautiful day here in the mtns.A little colder than usual but sunny and bright.We had a good dinner at Ryans Tuesday,I think there were about 10 of us.Some of you that live in the area that don't attend,should try it out.You might be surprised.I hope that all is well with all of you.Please don't pick on Freddie to much.Remember he is a senior citizen.Faith,Hope and Love to all.God Bless.
Mike Murphy on November 4, 2016 7:29 PM
??Best Joke in this campaign - John Sununu said do you think Bill was refering to Hillary when he said "I did not have sex with that woman"?

Join in the swamp drain - get on the Trump Train with the good legs! and we know what is is!


Mike Murphy on November 5, 2016 12:22 PM
Remember a new broom sweeps clean!

??Get on the Trump Train and purge DC of it's corruption.

Fredrick Lucas on November 5, 2016 2:58 PM
This morning a man from Cincinnati mentioned that he recently ran in the Detroit Marathon.The route took the runners across the bridge to Windsor Ontario. As the crowd of runners crossed the bridge, there was a large sign that said this isn't November 9th.
Fredrick Lucas on November 5, 2016 4:21 PM
Tracey, my Templeis holding a joint program with Knox Presbyterian Church.The speaker who is a member of the faculty at Vanderbilt will discuss the problems Jews and Christians face when trying to understand and work with each other.Knox is a member of the PCUSA.


Tracy French on November 5, 2016 5:24 PM

Somebody ought to get some video of those people running across the bridge in Winsor with that sign in view. 

Knox PC is that in Cincinnati?  I'm familiar with the name but right now I can't remember where I've heard of it.
Fredrick Lucas on November 6, 2016 5:27 PM
I hope that some of the children and grandchildren will participate in a marathon somewhere.

Carl on November 6, 2016 6:54 PM
Fred, to heck with the children & grandchildren.  I'm approaching the finish line in the presidential marathon.  Numerous times I've thought that I just couldn't endure, but lo and behold, it's looking like I will.  I'm proud as punch to trumpet my endurance.
Mike Murphy on November 6, 2016 7:47 PM
We'el do our marathon on the Trump Train!

Vote early vote often

Ched on November 6, 2016 8:45 PM
Let's all get on the  victory Trump Train !!!
 Tennessee  and  WV  are doing  their part !!
Cookie on November 6, 2016 10:41 PM
Saddle up boys!  Its gonna be a bumpy ride.

Tracy French on November 7, 2016 7:24 AM
I hear that train a'coming.  Coming around the bend.....

I ain't seen no sunshine since Obama got in......
Fredrick Lucas on November 7, 2016 9:58 AM
Yesterday was souls to the polls day in Hamilton County.Tomorrow I will vote. There is an interesting article in the Boston Globe that explains the fears of residents of southern West Virginia if Donald isn't elected.

I will cast my vote for Hillary. Former Attorney General Janet Reno died this mornung from Parkinson's disease. She was 77 years old.

Governor Kasich voted for Senator MCcain. Donald did not recognize that John is a military hero.

Carl on November 7, 2016 11:14 AM
Fredo, are you saying that you voted for military hero John McCain?
ched on November 7, 2016 9:58 AM
Tracy is competing  with Carl for poetic  excellence  !
Mike Murphy on November 7, 2016 12:39 PM
??Fox News - At least four of the guards that the State Department (HIllary) hired for security at Bengazi were known terriorists and participayed in the attack on the Consulate!

Is this who we want running our country including the military??

??Get on the TRUMP Train

Carl on November 7, 2016 2:17 PM
Happy Birthday, Fred.
Go out & celebrate 'til your socks drop,
you can sleep all day tomorrow.
Cookie on November 7, 2016 4:58 PM
Janet was not 77!!!
I'm voting tomorrow and monitoring 4 polling places as well.  I'm doing it for my children and grandchildren.  I've promised them I will do all I can to prevent their having to listen to a screaming, screeching crazy person for the next 4 years.  
"When they go low we go high."  Now thats just plain "Deplorable."  The irony!!!!!!!
Cookie on November 7, 2016 5:06 PM
Maybe its those old Brush Creek memories floating back.....there's just something about that Alpha Male who quietly swaggers across the floor........then there's this.....Screech, Scream, Yell, Teeth, Frown.........
Take your pick.

P.S.  I've started a list of STUPID words.....#1 Objectify!!!!!!!!!!

If I get  "Objectified" once more before I completely circle the drain I'll remove it from the list.  
Tom Dillon on November 7, 2016 5:50 PM
Fred, you seemingly  have been impressed with endorsements in the past. I do not consider lady gaga or bon jovi (neither deserve caps) as having any political expertise of any import and could not care in the least what they think. HC has hit rock bottom for her main supporters this last evening.
I am going to blow your mind with an endorsement of significant consequence. The person is and has been the President of one of the most prestigious and knowledgeable groups ever assembled in the 20th century. I am referring to the Princeton High School Class of 1960 --Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Ministers, Dentists, Pilots, Parents & Grandparents.
Yes, yours truly has already cast his early vote for the next President of the United States of America, Donald Trump!!!
Fredrick Lucas on November 7, 2016 6:21 PM
Tom, I would refer you to the demographic for Trump.Appalachian white men over 60 and working class white men . The KKK endoesed Trump. His base is too narrow. He hasn't really offered concrete proposals. Hillary has done that. She has a larger basr. She will win.
Fredrick Lucas on November 7, 2016 6:45 PM
Tom, the main difference that I see between the two is that on Hillary's web site she has concrete proposals. Trump doesn't have these proposals. His offensive language and conduct toward a number of women has alienated a number of voter men and women.  I certainly don't want young children to have to listen to his verbal and physical abuse . My friend Connie Goldman and her mom voted early for Hillary.

Hillary does favor a woman's right to control her reproduction.
Ched on November 7, 2016 11:04 PM
Hillar  supports late term partial birth abortion.  How  can she be  for the children with that belief.  The homicide of  a pregnant woman is  a double homicide in most jurisdictions  so how can abortions as HRC supports not be murder !!!
Carl on November 7, 2016 9:10 PM
Fred, in a mere 9 words -- "...the demographic for Trump. Appalachian white men over 60..." --- you pack a cornucopia of prejudice into a tiny bundle: 1) racism [white men], 2) sexism [men], 3) desparaging {or is it contemptuous?} culturalism [Appalachian], and 4) ageism [over 60].  Then you throw in a dash of cheap, meaningless rhetoric re the KKK to encapsulate liberal "debate."  That's quite an accomplishment.
Fredrick Lucas on November 7, 2016 9:30 PM
Carl, I want you to vote for whomever you want. The major demographic for Donald show white men over 60 who don't have college degrees.He was endorsed by the KKK. Most major newspapedrs endorsed Hillary.

West Virginia is expectedto vote Republican along with eastern and western Kentucky. In the Boston Globe article, people in Beckley fear rampant communism if Hillary wins.They fear that she will send in the National Guard to take all of their guns.She won't do anything to reverse population declines.

Delores on November 7, 2016 9:48 PM
Fredo:  Where does an elderly woman with a Master's Degree stand?  She is neither "culturally deprived" nor is she ignorant.  She awaits your analysis.  
Carl on November 8, 2016 2:04 PM
Fred, thanks ever so much for that useful clarification.  What you originally called "the demographic" is now "the major demographic."  Please pardon me if I misunderstood your original meaning.
ched on November 7, 2016 11:01 PM
Yes  the KKK has  endorsed Trump but he has publicly denounced the KKK. HRC has  the  support of Beonce, Lady Gaga J-Z as well as others of similar mindlesness.
 HRC has no positive  accomplisments except  to avoid prison. Remember cattle futures, whitewater, travelgate Bengazi, Clinton Foundations  corruption and  email  scandle. All of  this and  she remains  free.  She has bee labled  as a serial liar by many credible  sources  goin bach decades.
Mike Murphy on November 8, 2016 9:59 AM
??Their is none so blind as they who will not see.

??Get on the Trump Train to Reduce Taxes, Improve Employment, Renew Manufacturing, Energy Self sufficency, Enforce Borders and Law and Order, Support Veterans, Affordable Health Care, self sufficency and common sense supreme court justices!

??Or you can stay on the BHO HRC wrong way track and have the same old crap and worse!

??Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness - Not Bigger Government Better Government!

??Follow the lead of "our" Illustrious 1960s President and Vote for Trump.

Mike Murphy on November 8, 2016 10:06 AM
??I forgot rebuild our military and anialate extreme islamic terrorists, both abroad and here in the USA.

??An old freedom loving Appalachian Common Sense patriot.


Delores on November 8, 2016 4:59 PM
He gave me a voice.
Carl on November 8, 2016 5:53 PM
Say it loud, and say it proud, darlin'.
Fredrick Lucas on November 8, 2016 8:08 PM
I voted today at 11.00 am. I weighed what I should do and voted for Hillary.I voted for the county engineer who is a Republican. He ran unopposed. I also voted for a number of judges who were unopposed.

I did vote against a Republican for Supreme Court Justice in Ohio because  the Ohio Bar voted him not qualified. 

I voted for school and park levies.

On Sunday, the souls to the polls drew 27000 voters. 

Carl on November 9, 2016 2:40 AM
Curiouser & curiouser.  Here I am, more or less wide awake at 2:38 a.m.  I expected to be abed 4 hours ago, but events took sway.  Holy cannoli!!!  Who'd a'thought? 
   Murph, I kept thinking of you and your steadfast trumpeting of your political position throughout the evening.  You remind me that American democracy is alive and well, even when some of us lesser believers lose confidence.  "Keep the faith" indeed.  You rule!!!

Tracy French on November 9, 2016 6:00 AM
If you're ever in Washington, well, you better not bribe;
You better not lose your email, you better not lie,
Or the Trump will grab ya and the Wiki leaks will bring you down.
The next thing you know, girl, Oh! You're prison bound.

Let the Trump Special shine a light on me,
Let the Trump Special shine a ever lovin' light on me.

Fred:  I look forward to seeing you at the class dinner.

Mike:  Roll on brother!
ched on November 9, 2016 9:24 AM
Like many of us I stayed up  to watch the  Trump train come into the  station.
Pete Stephenson on November 9, 2016 10:18 AM
Pete,I think it is time for all of us to let by gones be by gones.And come together as brothers and sisters and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.It was a hard fought battle on both sides until the end.I think both candidates were gracious in their after election remarks.No gloating on either side.Kinda makes me proud to be American today.Win or loose,I still love all you knuckle heads.Faith Hope love to all of you.
Carl on November 9, 2016 10:23 AM
Nicely put Pete, and useful too for you to remind us that, in the end, we're ALL still knuckleheads -- both the deplorables and the others -- and ALL lovable.

Carl on November 9, 2016 10:34 AM
Murph, you think this is merely a coincidence: I just logged into and the Doobie Brothers singing "Long Train Runnin'" was the first offering.  Hmmm.
Mike Murphy on November 9, 2016 12:34 PM
??I'm leavin on that Trump Train to make America Great Again.

??Congrats to Trump and all the Deplorables and good Day to the Clintons, your consilatory speech is appreciated.

May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back and till we meet again may God hold you and all PHS60ers in the palm of his hand!

??Mountani Semper Liberi 

Carl - This calls for one of your POEMS!

Indeed keep the Faith

Tracy French on November 9, 2016 9:09 PM
I did not hear all of Hillary's speech but the part where she spoke to young girls was played on a station I was listening to and I thought it was good. but some of the stuff I read on the internet reminded me of the old joke that went around in 1956 after the schools integrated.  If you have forgotten it, here it is:

A bus driver was having problems with the students on his bus with the whites wanting to sit up front and the blacks wanting to sit in the first available seat.  After listening to the bickering, arguing and fighting for a couple weeks the bus driver pulled over and made everyone get off the bus and stand around him in a semi circle.  He then proceeded to tell the students that integration was here to stay and there would be no more black and no more white.  Everyone on his bus was to consider themselves green and no other color.  After he made sure everyone understood, he told them to get back on the bus.  Dark green to the back, light green to the front.

Carl on November 9, 2016 10:00 PM
Fred, I sure hope the old saying is true that "no news is good news."  I hope that our failure to hear from you on the blog today simply reflects your concentration on packing the car and motoring to Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  It being but a 5-hr drive from Cincinnati, I trust that you've safely arrived and have settled in so far as possible on Day 1 with such short notice.  Being familiar with the area, I suspect that you'll feel right at home in due time.  Please keep in touch.  We want to know that you're OK.
Mike Murphy on November 10, 2016 1:34 PM
??Just read Jim George's blog where he reacts to the election. First of all very good writing and for the most part I agree with his assesment and recommend you read it.  But Jim blaming Hillary's loss on primarilary an Anglo Reaction troubles me greatly. I think Trump is no more Racist than you and I and it is too automatic to blame every loss and even victory in 2012 on white southern males!

??We need to be careful that we don't inflame the Black Lives Matter and MS 20 folks and those professional rioters funded by Sorris and SEIU. They are on the brink of taking us back to the 60s.

??Abc news yesterday did not have a good word for the new President elect and in fact disparaged him in every way. Could they at least give him one day to have a chance to lead this country.

??I was pleased with Hillary's concession speech (although she should have given it at 3AM) and Obamas reaction and pledge to a smooth transition.

??We may disagree but we should give Trump the same chance we gave Obama when he was first elected.

??And Colleges & Us have gone to Hell in a hand basket, with professors letting students of because of the shock of Trump being elected. I hope they and the progressives find a safe place away from us dispeciables.

??Keep the faith and ride the Trump Train - All aboard including our friend Fred.


Carl on November 10, 2016 9:06 PM
Delores, as eloquent a comment as has been made on our blog is yours of election day afternoon when you said, perhaps wistfully, "He gave me a voice."  Turns out he gave millions a voice, enough so as to be elected.
Fredrick Lucas on November 10, 2016 9:29 PM
Carl, I don't plan to move to Canada. Trump monopolized the media by making outrageous statements every day concerning his opponents Republican and Democrat. The media covered them. I had no idea what his programs  were and how they compared to those of his opponrts. He created fear.
Carl on November 11, 2016 10:52 AM
Fred, politics ain't beanbag.
Mike Murphy on November 11, 2016 12:46 PM
Fred - There are none so blind as they who will not see!

??Tracey - You've got to walk that lonsome valley, You've got to walk it by yourself if you don't get on the Trump Train.

Keep the Faith

Tracy French on November 12, 2016 5:01 PM

I'm all in.  The only thing I missed was not buying hees stock the day before the election.

I don't know if I told you or not, in November 2013 I sued the Mercer County Commission and 911 authority over changing my address.  After a 3 year battle with the case going to the WV Supreme Court and back to Mercer County I won the case and they have to pay my attorney fees, cost and change my address back.  Sometimes if you buck the system you win one.

Cookie on November 12, 2016 10:53 PM
And while we are at it lets put Christ back in Christmas
Mike Murphy on November 13, 2016 1:36 PM
??Tracey - good for you this election and your victory shows that the good guys do win once in a while.

??Leon Russel died. he was a great contributor to The Mad Dogs and Englishmen album which I still have but it is worn out. Many great singers writers contributed to that album including Rita Colidge and singer I can't remember his name nothing from noting means nothing, with the lyric "lets the bad guy win every once in a while" I think he was talking about wylie coyote. Up on a tight rope was one he sang and wrote. Becky - do you reacall any who accomponied Joe Cocker (RIP) at Jim's Club? 

Keep the Faith
Carl on November 13, 2016 5:53 PM
Murph, I had the great pleasure to see Leon Russell live at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA some 20+ years ago.  Then in his early 50s, he approached the stage in a slow, shuffling gait with cane, resembling a 74-year-old -- his age at death -- way back then.  He seemed to labor to climb the 3 steps to the stage.  I wondered, "how will this work out?"  He sat at the piano and began to play with the dexterity of a 20-year-old; his voice strong and even lustrous.  What a special experience.  His composition, "This Masquerade" is, to my mind, one of the great songs of its kind.  R.I.P. Leon.

Ched on November 13, 2016 1:03 PM
I find it  difficult  to believe ther are  those who still think Hillary had a "plan". The  onl on I saw  was " Sronger  together"  whatever  tha means.
Trump had  many: Build  the  wall, repeal and  replace  the ACA, repratriate  trillions of dollars from overseas, simplify the  IRS Tax  code, invest in  energy, invest in  infrastructure, strengthen  the military,  renegotiate  trade deals  to bring back  jobs  to the USA.
 He  spoke  to mainstream America.... not the fringe leftists !!!
Mike Murphy on November 13, 2016 7:39 PM
??Cookie & Ched - How bout we rename Brush Creek The Trump Tributeary?

Can I get an Amen?
??Keep the faith
cookie on November 13, 2016 9:53 PM
Amen and praise the land of the deplorables 
Carl on November 14, 2016 11:09 AM
Cookie, while some may call you deplorable, others of us find you adorable. 
Ched on November 14, 2016 9:59 AM
AMEN and AMEN  !!!!
 I'm a happy  deplorable !!!
Carl on November 14, 2016 11:51 AM
Alright, alright, Ched.  You're adorable too.
Becky Novarro on November 14, 2016 5:12 PM
Mike, Only had Joe Cocker once in Wildwood, NJ.  Can't remember much!  By having, I mean employed.
The older I get the less I remember.
Hey, how about the Boss and the motorcycle rescue?  He really is like that.  Just a Jersey Shore person.

Mike Murphy on November 14, 2016 6:37 PM
??Becky- is it true that a bunch of Trump supporters rescued the Boss?

??How are you and Jim liking living in "cool" Princeton?

??I saw in the news that a lot of the local offices in Mercer County went to Republicans. When I was there, left in 66, if you were not a democrat you didn't have anyone to vote for. What comes around goes around?

??Although I was for Coal, But I think Justice will do a good job. Anyway lets hope so.

??WVU 8-1 Montaini Semper Liberi
Cookie on November 15, 2016 1:42 PM
The Greatest Generation vs. Hissy Fits
Just heard from my grandson...classes at his university are cancelled today because students are protesting Trump on The College Green--it costs $28,000 a year to go there.

A Word to the Snowflakes
Its ok to cry.....
if you fall off the monkey bars and break your arm,
if your hands are blistered and raw from pulling weeds in the garden all day,
if your 1974 Dodge Dart only starts when its 60 degrees and the sun is shining
if there are $400 in new bills in the mailbox and you only have $3 in your checking account,
if you lie awake night after night wondering if your first born in dead or alive on the battlefield of Iraq,
if your loved one was just diagnosed with an incurable disease
if you cradle your parent in your arms and whisper, "its ok to go, we are going to be ok."

Its not ok to cry, destroy property, shout obscenities, defecate in public and smear it on a campaign poster because you can't think for yourself and have been indoctrinated by liberal professors who couldn't fix a toilet or change a tire if their lives depended upon it.   

While you, the Snowflake is sitting in your advisor's office petting service dogs and trying to color between the lines because of your "trauma" The Greatest Generation, at your age, was spilling their blood in the south Pacific and moisturizing with motor oil so you, the pampered, entitled, undisciplined Snowflake generation would have the right to cry in your Starbucks coffee and progress through a lifetime of "Day Care."  Grow a pair!!!!!!!  If you think this election is your greatest disappointment, you ain't seen nothin' yet!
Mike Murphy on November 15, 2016 2:02 PM
Amen and Amen!
Carl on November 15, 2016 2:16 PM
You tell 'em, lady!
Carl on November 15, 2016 2:33 PM

Dearest Cookie,
What a kind, caring, supportive and helpful nature you have, and what a pleasure to witness. I note that yet again you tried to provide aid and comfort to those in acute distress by advising them to "grow a pair." I have a question which I’m a bit reluctant to even ask since my situation seems no where nearly as dire and unsettling as those to whom you’ve made the suggestion, but I’ll ask anyway, confident that your magnanimity and good heart will understand. For my area of central Virginia, would your recommend the Bartlett, Bosc, Anjou or another variety. My need for this information is not urgent since I will not plant until Spring. But knowing nothing about growing a pair, I’d like to have time for study and procurement. I value your insight and thank you in advance for your guidance.

Ched on November 15, 2016 3:16 PM
 You have  a  gift for puting into words what we all ( hard  workin' beer  drinkin' Brush Creek boaters) know!!
Cookie on November 15, 2016 4:12 PM
Carl:  The problem folks encounter with "growing a pair" stems from  poor, unfertilized soil and over-watered seeds.  And, have you ever noticed what happens to Snowflakes when you put a little heat on um'
These little "cryers" didn't grow up in my house.  Oh!  But what they missed.  The guy running our place "had a pair"  and it wasn't wise to forget it. 
Carl on November 15, 2016 4:30 PM
Cookie, you've engaged my altruistic, volunteer spirit.  I too feel the pain of those seeking a safe place, solace, synergy and solution.  While I lack your talent for practical, step-by-step advice, I offer highmindedness.  Thereto, here are the words of one of the great 20th-century American philosophers, Motown's own Jimmy Ruffin:
As I walk this land of broken dreams
I have visions of many things
But happiness is just an illusion
Filled with sadness and confusion.
What becomes of the broken hearted
Who had love that's now departed?
I know I've got to find
Some kind of peace of mind .  .  .
Mike Murphy on November 15, 2016 7:28 PM
I recommend â??that the cupcakes listen to the Eagles "get over it" a few hundred times.

â??Carl. You might consider Pare Boiling, this works wounders on lamb fries! But like bricking a camel one must watch their little fingers!

â??Now I am confused about which bathroom I should use. Thank goodness all public buildings will be safe from third party latrenes for four years, and always remember the sanitary hand.

Shall we gather at the River?

Keep the Faith

Carl on November 16, 2016 9:15 AM
Murf, do I detect a lilt in your step these days?

Fredrick Lucas on November 15, 2016 8:58 PM
Today, I purchased a Ford Fusion.I am amazed at the many automatic features. I have been learning how the operations are designed.

I was able to obtain a discount and a loan at no interest.Mike you have been concerned that Ford manufactures in other countries. Other countries have a single payer health program. Ford has to pay health insurance of its workers who are members of the UAW.Their wages are negotiated as well. Foreign auto companies in the USA are non union and have no contract like members of the UAW.

Cookie on November 15, 2016 9:09 PM
Sorry!  That dog ain't huntin' no more.
Fredrick Lucas on November 16, 2016 4:51 AM
Cookie what do you want to convey when you say that dog ain't hunting no more.

Fredrick Lucas on November 16, 2016 7:29 AM
I buy food from Krogers which is a union grocer. Fred
Cookie on November 16, 2016 8:32 AM
That dog is on the train and its left the station.
ched on November 16, 2016 11:31 AM
I think  that  the Toyota plant in WV is unionized!
ched on November 16, 2016 11:42 AM
Single payer in the USA(Medicare) is very inefficient and  wrought  with fraud. Also some  Drs  will not accept Medicare patients  as the  reimbursement rate is  too low.  Part of the  answer  to the problem is :
1) make  all qualified insurance  companies  compete nationwide.
2) Initiate  tort  reform to eliminat  frivolous law suits. Legitimate losses  should  be  compensated)
3) Required minimum insurance   for  all.
4) eliminate  the "one size  fits  all" approach of Obamacare. ( Nuns  and older  women  do nt need  BC  pills !!
Socialized Medicine ( single payer) put  the feds in  charge of our health care.  This is  AMERICA!!!
Mike Murphy on November 17, 2016 10:15 AM
??Buffalo Toyota is not Union. They have allowed the Union to distribute materials. I think you will find most of the Japanese and German auto plants here in Usa are non union, They have good wages/benefits and working conditions equal to or better than Union shops. Dupont here in Kanawha Valley have always been non union. Before Last year if the shop was union everyone had to pay dues even if they were not in the union ie closed shop. More communissm?

Keep the faith

Delores on November 17, 2016 1:52 PM
Unions:  Likewise in the State of Maryland.  State government employees pay into AFSME whether they choose to join the union or not.  It is being challenged and is proceeding through the court system as we speak.  
ched on November 17, 2016 1:53 PM
Mike, I stand  corrected. After  the post I looked it up and  found  that it is NOT a  union  shop. Instates  with Right  to Work laws , it  is  optional for  workers  to "join"and pay dues even in a union shop. I agree when companies pay good  competetive wages and benefits, the unions have nothing to offer.
 Is WV now  a  right  to work state ???
Carl on November 17, 2016 2:09 PM
Just to hold up my end of the conversation, I've pretty much spent my life in a right-not-to-work state.  And just look at me now.  [Is this a great country or what?]

Becky Novarro on November 17, 2016 5:06 PM
Mike, don't know if Republicans but they were veteran bikers.

Cookie, I liked the grow a pair.  I cannot understand how people are allowed to be so disrespectful.  Imagine, letting out school so you can do something that will not effect a darned thing.  No pantsuits for Mrs. Trump or family.  No Nehru jackets!
Cookie on November 17, 2016 11:49 PM
My condolences to our classmate Lee Tolliver in the passing of his wife, Jewell.  See Memorial Funeral Home, Princeton.
Mike Murphy on November 18, 2016 10:18 AM
??Ched- Legis in WV passed right to work legis over the veto of the Governor 1 year past but some dumb democrat Judge approved an injunction on it . So it is on hold. The injunction will not stand since WV leg mirrors 28 other states.

??Did you see where ford decided to leave one of their plants in the US. It is Lincoln in Kentucky but I am sure the one for Mich will come next. Also look at the stock market and IPhone is considering moving production to US. Maybe it is time to get on the Trump Train.

Keep the Faith
Mike Murphy on November 18, 2016 12:13 PM
??Heard a woynderful song today - People all over the world join hands get on the Trump Train, Trump Train!

??Sung to the tune of Fredie!

Keep the Faith
Carl on November 18, 2016 1:30 PM
Too popular & problematic:
Raced out to follow your advice Murf.  The mob of mainstream media people rushing to get on the Trump Train nearly trampled me; I escaped by an eyelash -- and I no longer have eyelashes to spare.  I retreated home to my "safe space" where I had a nice, soothing cup of hot chocolate and a Hostess Twinkie, read a bit of
Kahlil Gibran, put on some Himalayan flute music, meditated and then took a nap.  I'm starting to feel like myself again, which ain't all that good, but I'm happy to settle for it.
Fredrick Lucas on November 20, 2016 7:56 AM
The weather here is now in the mid twenties at night abd the low 40's during the day. Thursday, we celebrate Thanksgiving.Many of our classmates will celebrate with family and friends.

Those people who felt that they were victimes in the Trump University case will receive a full refund thanks to the twenty five million dollar settlement. Like Richard Nixon, Trump has denied that he's a crook.

Mike Murphy on November 20, 2016 12:40 PM
??Fred- I hope you and your liberal patriot hating friends find a safe place for Thanksgiving?

Keep the Faith
Carl on November 20, 2016 12:53 PM
Fred, in case you haven't noticed, Hillary too has denied being a crook, despite mountains of evidence over 3+ decades, including that made public this year by James Comey.
Delores on November 20, 2016 2:11 PM
Fred:  The election is over!  Your party has certainly shown its true colors.....booing a Gold Star Family because they were allowed to depart the plane before first class passengers, insulting the duly elected Vice President because he dare attend a Broadway play, defacating in public, destroying property, shouting "bad" words....I can't recall we deplorables ever doing that during the past 8 years.  No, we sucked it up and conducted ourselves with dignity and decorum.  We campaigned, worked hard and respected the democratic process.  
"The true measure of an individual is their conduct in the face of defeat."  Robert E. Lee set the bar very high when he surrendered to Grant.  (I spent last summer reading a great book about my hero.)  But then Lee had character.  
I repeat myself....the election is over....learn from Lee....We won!  You lost!  Shape up!
Fredrick Lucas on November 20, 2016 6:33 PM
Hillary won the popular vote. Wikileaks is being investigated for the release of private E-Mails. I will state what I want when I want to. Carl Comey has not suggested that Hillary be tried for anything.

Don't you three have an original thought or must you critique me . Reactionaries critique others. 
Carl on November 20, 2016 6:51 PM
Fred, the blog entries beginning with yours 7:56 a.m. today consist of 1) your provocative "Like Richard Nixon" comment, followed by 2) "reactive" rebuttal, followed by 3) your implied victim status of being "critiqued."
   The blog is, among other things, a marketplace of ideas.  If you choose to express yours, you must expect that others may react -- which I encourage and applaud.  It's how grown-ups [and others] naturally behave.
Fredrick Lucas on November 20, 2016 7:04 PM
Cookie, the Trump University happened long before the national election. I was really surprised Mike when you critiqued my choice of cars which is the Ford Fusion. Ford is the oldest American car company. It was founded in 1903 by Henry Ford and survived the Great Depression and the panic of 2008.I believe that Herbert Hoover and George W. Bush were presidents..

Carl please offer some original ideas. If you want to continue to critique me go ahead.
Cookie on November 20, 2016 6:56 PM
Original thought???????????????????????????  LMAO
Now thats the kettle calling the pot black!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fredo you have gone so far down the propaganda rabbit hole that I fear you will never be able to find your way out and eat from Mr. McGreggor's cabbage patch again.
Delores on November 20, 2016 7:44 PM
Ever since your progressives captured my family's Democratic Party and became an elitist cult of boring snobs they have thumbed their noses at we, the low information, uninformed, deplorable, uneducated masses of middle America.  Only the latte drinkers of the west coast and the northeast knew best. You are "critiqued" as you call it or as I would call it, "checked" because you continue to "parrot" a line of  propaganda that has been repudiated by a sea of red at the local and state levels across the country.  The unwashed finally called B.S. on it and now you got a WHOLE BUNCH off Mad Dog Matthis' chomping at the bit.

Its pretty easy to predict your posts....I just watch the news feed for a few hours and it comes.  Talk about original debate.    

How about this....................

To solve this "blog impass" I will agree to make your  candidate the "Popus" and get it over with.  She can wear her white pants suit--the benefits and potential are just endless.
Fredrick Lucas on November 21, 2016 6:51 AM
Carl when you Mikie and Delores in the forest critique every utterance that I make, that is what is done in communist and reactionary countries. I have every right to write my perspective. Even poor Tracy got into the act because my religious perspective is different from his perspective then I am wrong and need to be corrected. I don't pay any attention to Reactionary types . In this country, I can state my perspective. You three might not agree. Do I pay attention to your corrections? No.
Carl on November 21, 2016 10:07 AM
Fred, I concede; I give up; I surrender; I cry, "UNCLE!!!"; I relent; I defer;
I shall abstain.
   I'm declaring my self-imposed sabbatical in responding to your social/political comments lest I be judged guilty of that heinous sin of "critiquing."  
   With this fever-pitched election campaign at long last over, I will attempt to divert my comments to other subjects.  Having entered the week of Thanksgiving, I will be giving thanks for my blessed association with all PHS60 classmates.  May you and yours enjoy a Thanksgiving that far exceeds your every expectation.
and Happy Birthday, CookieDel
Fredrick Lucas on November 20, 2016 8:01 PM
Cookie whatever floats your boat. Mrs. Clinton leads the popular vote by 1.5 million votes. Eighty three percent of Americans live in urban metro areas while just 17% of the population live in places like Kenna, Welch, Bluefield ect. The electoral College and Senate give legislators extraordinary power.Think of Robert Byrd, D. WVa.In five of the last six elections Democrats have won the popular vote.

ched on November 20, 2016 9:41 PM
That is  precisely why we have  the  electorial  college. The  founders  wisely wanted  to be  certain that special groups and population centers would not  elect  a President. Clinton only  won the popular vote because of NY  and  California. 
 Thank God  she lost.  Our  country is  saved becaus Trump will put us back on the path of law  and order
CookieDel on November 21, 2016 10:32 AM
Thanks to the Class of 60 for a beautiful, PATRIOTIC e-card I received this morning.  Thanksgiving is upon us and we have much to be thankful for.  The sun is out and I woke up this morning.  
Mike Murphy on November 21, 2016 1:27 PM
??This AM like most I eat my breakfast, two eggs over. Bacon, grilled tomato slices and 1 peice of grilled toast, at "Your Family Resturant and read the Gazette Mail and the Jackson Herald on Tues and Thurs. A Charleston WV Church group is trying to bring 100 Syrian Refugees to town, which libs say bring federal money and workers for jobs. Thousands of miners and associated workers are out of work and the Boone county schools can hardly operate and the state is facing another 2% cut in Wv aid to schools. Yet to salve our great liberal feelings of guilt we want more refugees who might be infused with terriosts and are a direct burden to our welfare system and the schools to CRW. Who do these people think pays for schools and heath care etc.? Sorry for my digression, back to this morning.

??A man who frequents the resturant had an 8 point Buck in the back of his truck and he and his wife who is a waitress were discussing it. I asked if they butchered it or went to a processing place. She said no they always gave it to people who did not hunt and were needy, which made me recall when Aretta and I were Teaching and Counseling about 15 yrs past, needy out of school youth and had a Clay county boy about 18 in class, who said he needed a refrigerator for his family so he could kill a deer and feed his family of four. He worked as a cook in a pizza resturant and didnt make much. Aretta contacted the local welfare office and pleaded his case and they got him a used ref. The 8 point buck made me reflect on that boy and the state of our country, with the libs trying to give away our hard earned money to forgieners while our own go hungry. We need to take care of our own first, kill those who have declared war on us and protect our borders. I am sorry or dismayed that this makes the liberals angry and scared of me but I hope they find a safe place and reflect on what makes this country great and take care of "our" people.

??It is a beautiful day here in peaceful wounderful Kenna and having lived in the suburbs of Washington DC for 5 years I praise the Lord that I am in West By God Virginia where each of the 55 counties voted for the freedom and prospetity of "our" People.
??Mountani Semper Liberi
Keep the Faith & Happy Thanksgiving of which I give Thanks for my wounderful 1960s Friends!
Carl on November 21, 2016 2:23 PM
Murf, does Your Family Restaurant have a pot-bellied stove, a cracker barrel and dominoes for the gentlemen?  Can you still listen to Cincinnati Reds broadcasts on the AM radio station?  Is Mildred still working the lunch counter?  [Inquiring minds want to know.]     MAGFAY
Fredrick Lucas on November 21, 2016 4:12 PM
I would like to wish all of my classmtes a happy Thanksgiving. We certainly have much to be thankful.So far most of us are in good health. 

I must admit that I am really enjoying the Ford Fusion.I listen to   music. The radio identifies the work to which I am listening.I have a back up camera and front mirrors that let me see the blind side.The lights cut on and off automatically. I got the car in the year of our Ford.

Ched, when our country was founded, 95% of the prople lived in a rural area. Today only 17%live where the deer and antelope play.Eighty three percent of us live in large metro areas.Three weeks ago a large buck with antlers went through the yard. Go figure

I will try to come to Princeton for the December meeting. Fred

Mike Murphy on November 22, 2016 1:15 PM
I forgot to mention that the young man from Clay Co. rode to our sessions in the back of a truck 30 min in the rain some days.

??Tough WV that we should be concerned about, not Muslim Refegees who don't really want to be here.

Keep the Faith and America First
FredrickM Lucas on November 22, 2016 7:53 PM
I checked the Seavrt Funeral Service. Betty Moody younger sister of Frances Moody died this week. For many years she was the choir director at the First Methodist Church in Princeton. She became choir director at Princeton High School in 1961 after Frances became choir director at Fairmont State University.

She was born in 1927 and died this week. Funeral Services will be held December 2. The complete obituary is on the Seaver web site. She was 89.

Mike Murphy on November 22, 2016 8:08 PM
??5 hrs past I got two injections of cortozone in my 4th and 5th lower verterbrae. Left leg is still some what num and weak but getting better every hour. I fell about 6 weeks past and with doctor scheduling and insurance approvalsjust now getting treated. I have medicare and Humana advantage, sounds great but the state downgraded my medicare to get a cheaper contract with Humana and I have to have many procedures which do not need approval with mecicare but do thru the Humana contract. Such as MRIs, CT scans and the epidural injections, not only that I have 3 injections scheduled and I must get a doctors inspection each time one week later before he can recommend a further approval to be approved by humana. I feel like Charlie on the NTA. I have called my senator to complain about the state contract but have not heard from him.

??Tracey can you pray for me not to get better but not to shoot PEIA?
??Keep the Faith and enjoy the Trump Train
??Happy Thanksgiving especailly you Vets. We used to invite US servicemen mostly airmen to Thanksgiving and Christlas Dinner when in SA, they were extra happy when they could get a real beer or hot tody to go with their meal and some PIG.
Anomous on November 22, 2016 8:11 PM
I sure miss Carl's Poems, perhaps he could bless us with one for Thanksgiving??
??A Non O Moose

Ched on November 22, 2016 11:30 PM
 I have  a Medicare Advantage policy through Blue Cross Blue  Shield. Some  things  such as MRIs  and  CT  scans require preaurhorization but  thats  about it.  I know of  several floks  who have  gone away from Humana  and Health Spring  for  the  reasons  you point out. Also with many Humana policies  a  referal is  required  to see  a  specialist. Not  so with Blue  Cross. You may want  to see if Blue  Cross is available in WV

Ched on November 23, 2016 5:06 PM
A very Happy Thanksgiving  to all.  We have much to be  thankful for 
Fredrick Lucas on November 23, 2016 8:09 PM
Mike, I hope that as the weeks pass that your physical problem will indeed diminish to the point that you can resume physical activities.Each spring there are games for seniors at Laidly Field in Charleston should you want to participate.

I go to the fitness center five days each week.So far, I am doing well.
Tom Dillon on November 24, 2016 11:33 AM
Thinking of all of you today. Be safe. Enjoy your family and friends. And as my brother Bobby (who has been in hospitals, rehab centers, and nursing homes consecutively for the past three months) just told me over the phone,"Take care of yourself. Take care of yourself. Again, take care of yourself. You can't help others if you are in the greater need of help".
Fredrick Lucas on November 24, 2016 12:11 PM
I would like to wish everyone a happy safe and healthy Thanksgiving.This morning I went to Fernbank Park which is a psrk along the Ohio River. There is a walking track 1.2 miles long. I spent an hour walking the track. There was no barge or rail traffic.

 I enjoyed the crisp air and  the other walkers many of whom were walking their dogs. Carl  wasn't there an old song called walking the dog? ?
Fredrick Lucas on November 24, 2016 12:11 PM
I would like to wish everyone a happy safe and healthy Thanksgiving.This morning I went to Fernbank Park which is a psrk along the Ohio River. There is a walking track 1.2 miles long. I spent an hour walking the track. There was no barge or rail traffic.

 I enjoyed the crisp air and  the other walkers many of whom were walking their dogs. Carl  wasn't there an old song called walking the dog? ?
Fredrick Lucas on November 24, 2016 12:11 PM
I would like to wish everyone a happy safe and healthy Thanksgiving.This morning I went to Fernbank Park which is a psrk along the Ohio River. There is a walking track 1.2 miles long. I spent an hour walking the track. There was no barge or rail traffic.

 I enjoyed the crisp air and  the other walkers many of whom were walking their dogs. Carl  wasn't there an old song called walking the dog? ?
Fredrick Lucas on November 24, 2016 1:10 PM
Carl, Rufus Thomas wrote the song Walking the Dog in 1965.
Mike Murphy on November 24, 2016 6:41 PM
??Ched - Thanks for your recommendations on insurance. I guess I am stuck with Humanna, because I get a break on the costs as part of my retirement with the State of WV. But it was ironic I was arguing with Humana about my situation and had to get off the phone to call 911 because Aretta was having a heart attack. She had a stint put into her heart and is back home and recovering. ie getting better each day. At home one week today. We kid that she may have had the attack because of excitement of riding the Trump Train, And it probably did contribute.

??We have much to be thankful for although we wore out our bodies prematurely, but I wouldn't change a thing.

??Carol - Are you and family OK?

Fredrick Lucas on November 25, 2016 8:23 AM
Mike it's never too late to join a fitness center. You and Aretta can still get Fit. You don't need to buy a Honda Fit.
Ched on November 25, 2016 10:01 AM
Mike , Im  glad  that  Aretta is now OK. Hopefullly  this "wake up"call will be  the beginning of  a new and healthy lifestyle.
 Fred is  right in that it is never  too late to start improving  physical fittness. Fittness makes our quality of life better no matter how much we have left. I have been a gym rat  for  years  and I'm  convinced it helps. My  Medicare Advantage plan provides  free  gym membership  through the "Silver Sneakers" program.
 The  Trump Train is looking good!!!
Mike Murphy on November 26, 2016 1:43 PM
It's begining to look a lot like Christmas every wher you go! and time for a Christmas poem from Cookie and Carl a little competition rematch?

Keep the Faith

Carl on November 26, 2016 7:03 PM
Murf, a modest, topical semi-Christmas poem:
In the spirit of Christmas
This vulgar, crude election year
has tested kith and kinship.
What say we bury hatchets and
reclaim our blessed friendships?
Becky Novarro on November 26, 2016 1:50 PM
Mike, really glad to hear Aretta is okay.  All the comments about gyms and insurance reminded me that the Princeton Fitness Center costs $70 a month.  Those who have Silver Sneakers have that included.  
Tommy, please give Bobby my prayers.  Each day is a gift which we need to be grateful for.
Today Linda Basham's husband passed away.  He had been quite ill.  I am sure she will appreciate our thoughts.
And Fred, my granddaughter loves her red Ford Focus.
Cookie on November 26, 2016 3:12 PM
My condolences to Linda Basham in the passing of her husband.  May she find peace in the days and weeks to come.  
Ched on November 26, 2016 6:31 PM
So sorry  to learn of Linda's husband.
 Prayers  for her !
Fredrick Lucas on November 26, 2016 8:07 PM
Carl, I liked your poem and I agess that we can put aside our different perspectives snd think sbout bring kind to ourselves and our family,friends and classmates.

You never did give me your view of the song Walking The Dog.May Linda and the Moody family find peace.
Carl on November 26, 2016 10:04 PM
Fred, "Walkin' the Dog" is one of my very favorites.  Rufus was a great personality.  I'm also mighty fond of "Gee Whiz" by his daughter -- and
my namesake
-- Carla Thomas.  Pretty good blood lines there.
Fredrick Lucas on November 27, 2016 9:20 AM
Carl, I remember a tune that was sung by Bobby Bare called Drop Kick Me Through The Goal Posts of Life Sweet Jesus. Have you or Tracy ever heard that song?
Carl on November 27, 2016 10:48 AM
J. Fred, what's all this talk about Rufus Thomas & Bobby Bare?  I thought you listened to classical music on some West Coast NPR station.
Fredrick Lucas on November 27, 2016 3:08 PM
Carl often I listen to classical music but from time to time I listen to country music.Sometimes country musicians would take a Scottish or Irish tune and  add different lyrics

Today, I returned to Fernbank Park.The weather is sunny and the temperature is 48F.Barges have returned to the river. I still  pass dogs on a leash. There are no cats that are walked by the owners.

Tracy French on November 27, 2016 8:57 PM

I didn't recall that song at first but I googled it on youtube and listened to it.  It was familiar after I heard it.  According to some stuff on the internet Bobby Bare done the song in 1976, same year he done "The Winner", one of my favorites by him along with "Running Bear".

I heard through the PHS60 grapevine that you were a cousin of Jimmy Moeller's.  What ever happened to him?
Fredrick Lucas on November 28, 2016 8:28 AM
I forgot to tell Tom Dillon that I hope that his brothrt Bob will be returning to good health. Sometimes that goal takes time and effort to achieve.

Tracy, Jim and I are second cousins. He and his family live in eastern Ohio across the Ohio River from New Martinsville WV. Our family came to Princeton from Giles County Virginia.
Tom Dillon on November 29, 2016 8:48 AM
Ched, heard about the fires in the mountains of Tenn. Is your cabin safe?
Ched on November 29, 2016 2:48 PM
Thanks  Tom for the inquiry about our  cabin.  Yes it is fine. Our  cabin is in the Pigeon forge  area . This area  was largely spared. Most of  the catastrophic  structural  fires  were  in  the  Gatlinburg  area  and  the mountains nearby. The 70 MPH winds  early last night really took a  toll but  rains moved in about  11: PM  which helped  a lot. We  are not  there now so details  are  sketchy but  we  do know  that our property is OK !!!
Fredrick Lucas on December 1, 2016 7:30 AM
Recently, I spoke about exercise.Some of you remember Beryl Crockett Santonwho was a teacher at Mercer School and later at Concord.She married Jacob Santon who excercises daily at the Princeton Fitness Center. Beryl died with Alzheimers at age 85.

There is another component to the challenge of survival.That is diet.Those who aren't sure of what to eat can work with a dietician. Weight Watchers can help.

Mike Murphy on December 1, 2016 12:43 PM
??Read today in local paper that USS WV was hit and sunk in Pearl Harbor 75 yrs past and was also reading an article in Smithsonian that said WV was hit with 6 torpedos but was repaired and was at the surrender of Japan at end of war. I had always thought that WV was sunk and was still at bottom of Hawii Harbor? What is the real story Historians?
Keep the Faith

Carl on December 1, 2016 1:07 PM
Murf, I've learned of the USS West Virginia's website where all your questions are answered.  See
Mike Murphy on December 2, 2016 11:00 PM
Your Mama's to skinny and your dady's to fat - Get over it whining Liberals - Get on the Trump Train!

Carl on December 3, 2016 11:58 AM
Sir, has anyone ever called you "Mad Dog"?
Carol on December 3, 2016 3:26 PM
I checked the blog today, and Mike I appreciate you asking about us. We are fine and grateful that our country has taken a sharp detour from the cliff we were fast approaching. I am also grateful that your wife had doctors who were able to extend her life. What do your hear from WVIT? Ched, so thankful you were not caught in those awful fires. There were several days that we could smell smoke from the mountain fires at Lake Lure. Also, we are anticipating a great ACC Champion-ship game tonight. Of course, we will be wearing orange... The following poem was sent to me by a dear friend recently. Maybe I am in a sentimental mood, but wanted to share it...... ------------------------------- At birth we boarded the train and met our parents and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant; i.e., our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum. Others will go so unnoticed that we don't realize they vacated their seats. This train will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers, requiring that we give the best of ourselves. The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty, we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life. I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life. Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, thank God for the journey. Lastly, I thank you for being passengers on my train.
Carol on December 3, 2016 3:29 PM
My paragraphs are rarely recognized...
Carl on December 3, 2016 5:26 PM
Carol, I've learned over the 6+ years of the PHS60 Blog that a number of classmates visit the Blog, and seem to appreciate it, but never post a comment.  The more loquacious, adventurous or simply foolish [e.g., me] chime in.  Please know that I for one welcome your comments even if I don't reply.  Keep 'em comin' darlin'.  
Go Hokies!!!
Mike Murphy on December 3, 2016 8:02 PM
??Carol- Thanks for your kinf thoughts on Aretta and the inspirational poem. Also how about that Trump Train, but it caused a fatal case of whining amonst the Libs!! Long Train Running!

??Most of WVIT is now at Beckley. Too bad Leonard Nelson is not at some of these wimpy colleges?

Keep the Faith

Fredrick Lucas on December 3, 2016 10:40 PM
I thought that I would discuss what has happened at the Ford transmission plant in Sharronville. Jerry Russell who worked there for more than thirty years mentioned that when he began his career, 6700 people were employed there. At the time personnel were used to set up and run various machine tools such as engIn earlier years, ine and turret lathes. Now there are computer driven lathes. That means that the current work force of 1500 does the same amount of work that 6700 people did in years past.

During the early years when the model A and model T were in production, a customer could buy a car that was painted black. Now there are many colors. Mike you might ask what is the point. Like the coal industry which needs fewer workers to mine coal than thirty five years ago the Ford Motor Corp has reduced the number of workers that are needed to build a car
Mike Murphy on December 4, 2016 9:45 AM
??OH Great Swami tell me more. I have forgotten more about economic development than you have ever known. Quoting these little factoids does not change the war on coal. Perhaps it would salve your liberal soul if the 1500 personell in Sharonville would move to Mexico and pay those unfortunate people? I am sure Jerry Russell doesn't think so.

??Get on the Trump Train or be left in the liberal progressive dust.
Carl on December 4, 2016 11:07 AM
J. Fred, Henry Ford famously said regarding the Model T that a buyer could have "any color that he wants so long as it is black." 
[I couldn't have put it better myself.]

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