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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.


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

Becky Novarro on June 9, 2016 3:01 PM
Hey Mike, Thanks for the shout out.  I wish I had been there but we are stuck in Naples at the present time.  It's only 92 and hurricane season started and along came Colin.
So happy for all the occasions our wonderful class meets.  Keep me posted of the goings on.

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

Mike Murphy on June 12, 2016 6:50 PM
What in the Heck has gotten into Mitt Romney? I thougt he was a Patriot but seems like he is a sore LOSER!
Keep the  Faith and the Trump Train
Delores on June 12, 2016 7:25 PM

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

Trump gave a speech today that sounded down right presidential.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'm going to adopt.  "Seeking liberal for adoption.  Promise to convert by peaceful means and logic or beat into submission."
Cookie on June 17, 2016 10:22 PM
I'm a member of a tribe--Shawnee and a little Cherokee.  Not sure it will quality me for a professorship at Harvard however.
Cookie on June 17, 2016 10:37 PM
And one more you think its possible that if someone in the nightclub had been a good shot and was a licensed concealed carrier not so many people would have died???????????????????

Carl on June 18, 2016 10:57 AM
J. Fred, I'm ever so pleased to find a point of agreement with you.  I think you nailed it with your characterization of Mike and Cookie as "tribal."  It set me to thinking, and I've concluded not only that you're right, but that their "tribalness" is much of what I find most endearing.  Thanks for putting it into words [uh, make that a word
. . . a very well-chosen word].               
Cookie on June 18, 2016 12:29 PM
One word you say-----------in the word(s) of the Trumpster----------------

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I hope that all will consider a donation to the flood victims. Fred 
Fredrick Lucas on June 25, 2016 8:40 PM
To my gentle readers. I didn't spell the river correctly. It is spelled Greenbrier. There are a number of photos that will surely cause one to donate. There was a small boy who died in Jackson County. Twenty three people have died  inthis flood. Fred
Fredrick Lucas on June 26, 2016 2:32 PM
The Internet reported that a number of survivors from the bombing attack in Boston went to Orlando to comfort the survivors of the Orlando attack. One group brought care dogs. One lady whose legs were amputated in Boston came to comfort those still in the hospital. I was moved by the kind and caring act. Fred

Mike Murphy on June 26, 2016 8:07 PM
It is sad to see the Dairy Queen at Clendenin being demolished. Aretta and I and extended family stopped there about 3 yrs past and had wounderful treats.
Cookie - I miss the custard stand and outdoor theatre at the crossroads and the Green Tree and Mooneys. Such good food and memories - Dr Kelly would take the Glenwood little league to the Green tree and treat us to a milk shake or ice cream or a hot dog. He was a great guy and passed way too early does anyone know of Pat and Mike?
It is great to see the people of WV react to tradgedy especially the Churches. It is a shame that the state can't do more but war on coal has lasting effects.
Keep the faith
Cookie on June 26, 2016 8:29 PM
Many fond memories riding my bike to the Green Tree for treats on summer days, going to the theater and sitting on the benches watching a movie.  No one has ever duplicated the Mooney hot dogs--a slaw dog and orange soda.
Fredrick Lucas on June 27, 2016 7:40 AM
Mike, I received an E-Mail from the Alumni Director at WVU . He gave a web site that we can use to donate to flood victims

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

Until there was flood control in Princeton, stumppy bottom flooded on a regular basis. Fred
Ched on June 27, 2016 5:16 PM
Yep !  I also recall  the custard  stand  at  the  Green tree.  Rode my bike  there many times  to get  a "cone" !!!

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

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

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

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

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

Tracy French on June 27, 2016 9:53 PM
While we're on Memory Lane:

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

What care-free days we had in the 50's!
Fredrick Lucas on June 28, 2016 8:51 AM
Cookie, the only reason that I mentioned you when I spoke of boys going to a brothel, is that you wanted a story about sex. You believe that I pontificate. Are you confusing me with Pope Francis. He's the only one who pontificates. I just give my perspective. Fred
Carl on June 28, 2016 10:33 AM
Fredo, I recall how those impish Key Clubbers were always kidding around and trying to put one over on you.  I'll bet they made up the brothel tale just to pull your leg.  Of course, I can't be certain since I WAS NOT IN the Key Club, but I heard the rumors of their teasing you.  I say "shame on those scamps."
Carl on June 28, 2016 10:55 AM
Tracy, I guess we're well past the age of ever hearing "Kalijah" again . . . at least in the USA.

Ched on June 28, 2016 11:14 AM
I just  wathched  the TV summary of  the Bengazi report. Thank goodness for  stetsmen like Trey Gowdy.  This  report  (which they encourage  all Americans  to read)  points up  the spin  and untruths pushed out  to we Americans by Clinton and  the  Administration.  Clinton bought in and confided  to her  family  and  froeign heads  that it  was  a terrorist  attack yet  she and Susan Rice told us it  was  a reaction to an internet  video.  How  any one  can  support her now is  beyond me !!!
Mike Murphy on June 28, 2016 1:51 PM
Ched- be careful you will be called Xenofobic, but what difference does it make?
On mention of the Key Club I woundered what it was and why I thought it would never consider me for membership, so I Googled it and got my answer. Us poor kids from Glenwood were never considered to be good followers much less leaders. As a kid I did belong to 4H and benefitted greatly and later as part of my job organized the first Vocational Industrial Clubs Of America (VICA) chapter at the Mercer County Vocational School and had the first state president of WV VICA and was later the state director of VICA for 5 years. Funny how life happens, if somepne had asked me if I would ever be a teacher in HS I would have said that is the last thing I would do.
Tracy - did you want to be a Preacher in HS?
I am becoming more disgusted with both political parties and hope that Trump can purge some of the mess in DC.
Get on the Trump Train
Cookie on June 28, 2016 2:06 PM
Dear Fellow Brush Creeker:  I got a good chuckle out of your post and yelled, "BINGO"  Only those who rode the bus understand.   I too was a 4-H kid, going to camp at Glenwood and Jackson's Mill and learning some life skills that remain with me today. Paul Winfrey was out leader.   Funny where life can lead a yellow bus rider....I worked for FBLA at the National Education Headquarters when I came to Washington and spent almost 30 years in Vocational Education....VICA, FBLA, FHA, etc.  I hated school and barely graduated high school. I guess when I reached the fork in the road I took the road less traveled and I did indeed "take off."      Maybe the lessons of the "creek" really did teach me something.  

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Fredrick Lucas on July 2, 2016 6:26 PM

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

Places such as the Cleveland Clinic, the Mayo Clinic in  Minnesota University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia can also help.  Fred

Carl on July 4, 2016 9:34 AM
Happy American Independence Day all!!!
Try not to gorge too much on dogs, burgers & dessert.

Ched on July 4, 2016 11:31 AM
,I am so very sorry to learh about  your  daughter. I cannot  imagine  the anxiety  that  this causes  you and  your family. You certainly have had more than your  share. I pray that God  will give you peace and understanding. We have  a cabin in Pigeon Forge and  always enjoy  the "Smokies". I hope  you do also !!!
Fredrick Lucas on July 4, 2016 1:18 PM
Happy July 4. Our country of 13 colonies declared that it would be independent from England. I find it so ironic that the British have broken their ties with the European Union.

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

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

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

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

Cookie on July 8, 2016 12:29 PM
I woke up this morning wondering what comes after sad.....pissed off?
Mike Murphy on July 9, 2016 9:59 AM
The preacher who led the Dallas Black Lives rally opened quoting Rev Wright except he added GD White America.
And Hillary supports Black Lives Matter along with other Liberals. They are a terriorist organization.
Fred - what is your stance on the Black Lives Matter Organization?
Keep the Faith

Becky Novarro on July 9, 2016 12:29 PM
The winner of the Mega Millions is from Indiana!  Sooooo, we should get ready to celebrate our next reunion with a cruise(?), a trip to Vegas or a coach getting the boys in shape courtesy of our wealthy President.  
Good luck!
Fredrick Lucas on July 9, 2016 3:19 PM
Mike I think that the loss of life in any violent situation is a tragedy. Violence never solved anything. When we work together to resolve problems, we are much better for it.

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

Violence and alcoholism are never encouraged. What happens when a football player abuses the lady in his life? Enough said Fred
Mike Murphy on July 9, 2016 7:03 PM
OK Fred - What do you think about Hillary supporting Black lives Matter?
Get on the Trump Train and support the Police
Thomas Dillon on July 9, 2016 7:22 PM
I played, but only won $3. on the Mega.Trying again tonight with the Powerball which is around $250,000,000. What would I have done with twice that amount? Cruise? Vegas? Coach? Did someone actually listen to my ramblings at a Saturday night reunion dinner?

Tracy French on July 9, 2016 9:57 PM
I want to thank everyone for their prayers and concerns.  Beth will try to get an appointment in Morgantown asap.  We put the matter in God's hands and will just wait and see what comes next.

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

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

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

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

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

Tracy French on July 15, 2016 8:28 AM
Mike and Fred:  Thanks.

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

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

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

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

Cattle Futures
E-mailgate/file server
Vast Right Wing Conspiracy
Paula - etc. etc.
Committee to Impeach Nixon
"What difference does it it make at this point?"
"We arrived under heavy sniper fire."
"I don't believe we are in Kansas anymore Toto."
Carl on July 18, 2016 10:20 AM
??J. Fred, I'm as shocked as the next guy (or girl) at what you point out about Trump.  The audacity, the insensitivity, the degredation, the arrogance of it.  How dare he suggest that some women are bimbos.  Next thing you know, he's liable to claim that some men are pigs, or perhaps even worse, say rednecks!
Carl on July 18, 2016 11:40 AM
Fred, on a number of occasions, you've challenged people to research the issue and cite their sources.  I've tried doing that this a.m. re your claim that "Trump . . . said he is a member of the Marble Collegiate Church. . ."
   Here's what I find on the CNN politics webpage: "Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told reporters Thursday that he attends a church in Manhattan, but the church released a statement saying the real estate developer is not an 'active member.'
'I am Presbyterian Protestant. I go to Marble Collegiate Church,' he told reporters in Greenville, S.C."
   Note that nowhere in this report does it cite Trump claiming to be a member of that church.  What is your source for claiming that he said so?
Cookie on July 18, 2016 5:53 PM
Great Day Carl~~It does appear that there are more hours in the day in Fredericksburg than there were in Bethesda.  Should have moved there years ago.  Amazing what good work retired people can do.  Good research ~~

Ched on July 18, 2016 10:07 AM
There is no "perfect"  candidate but I think  the National debt, National securiity, weak  economy, potential  supreme  court appointments, high corporate  taxes, energy independence, health care  and restrictive  regulations are important issues.
HRC  will raise  taxes, limit energy growth, appoint liberal judges and maintain  disaterous  Obamacare. Also  regardless of  the lack of charges  she has lied  to us  all !!
Get on the  trump train !!
Mike Murphy on July 18, 2016 10:39 AM
We need law and order, safety from terrorists, a booming economy and equal opportunity for all to suceed. Not being divided by race gender religion and social niceties.
The last of the Tribe
Tom Dillon on July 18, 2016 1:00 PM
Fred, don't you know that bimbo is a term of endearment? I have literally called my ex-wife that for the past 25 years. Everyone in my family knows to whom I am referring.
Pete Stephenson on July 19, 2016 6:11 AM
??Thomas,I didn't know we were married to the same Bimbo.i've been calling my first wife that for well over 45 years now.All my family also knows how I feel.Some time I think that Fredo just gets confused.But we all still love him.We do need a better society to live in,too many maniacs out there.I do conseal carry,but this is getting rediculous,my 45 keeps pulling my shorts down.Anyone have any solutions.One thing for certain,if me or mine are ever threatened,I sure as hell will use it.Faith.Hope and Love to all of u.
Carl on July 19, 2016 8:54 AM
Pete, maybe you're packin' too much heat in those shorts.  Have you tried attaching suspenders to them?  Or to your holster?  It's a look that you could probably pull off.  [But please, don't pull off the shorts in polite company.]
Cookie on July 19, 2016 12:47 PM
Oh my!  Did Pete's gun go off or something?

Carl on July 19, 2016 1:12 PM
Friends, I just learned of the death of PHS60 classmate Ethel McGinity Harper Mudd.  I have posted her obit on our "In Memory of . . ." page [see tab above].

Pat Smith on July 19, 2016 3:50 PM
Our classmate, Arnold Palmer has a dream that you can help make come true. He envisions a recreation center on High St. for the children of Princeton. The land has been donated, a $250,000 grant that has to be matched is in escrow, the plans have been drawn up by Bluefield State for an 8000 sq.ft. facility, which includes all the normal activities of a rec. center, plus a homework room with computers, a recording studio to foster music development with lessons, etc. What Arnold needs now is the money for two things: 1) $400 to set up a non-profit (501C3) corporation, so that he can solicit large grants to build and furnish the project and 2) $700-900 for a survey to place the building on the land , so that he can get zoning board approval and a city building permit. If each of our classmates could donate, even a small amount to his dream, it would get him beyond the start-up phase. Donations can be sent to APalm Project, Inc; P.O. Box 6049;Princeton, WV 24740. Let's help Arnold help his community!. Thanks, Pat Smith, Secretary, APalm Project, Inc.
Carl on July 19, 2016 4:07 PM
Count me in, Pat.
Carl on July 19, 2016 4:23 PM
And Pat, welcome back to the Blog.  It's been what, about 4 years since you last exposed yourself here?  Share darling, share.  I'm sure you must have views on some of the weighty issues that get addressed, and I'd welcome their appearance. 
   Jump on in -- (don't make Fred continue to do all the heavy lifting.)   ;-)
Thomas Dillon on July 20, 2016 9:01 AM
I typically don't share my political views, but since I live in Indiana, here goes. Pence has done a good job as governor and Indiana has prospered under his leadership -- balanced budget, budget surplus, decrease in state income tax, net increase in new jobs, decrease in unemployment rates, and increase in educational funds.
He signed a piece of legislation that would prohibit vendors (caterers, flower shop owners, any vendor) from being required to compromise their personal philosophies and perform a service for LGBT persons. If sued, the vendor could use his/her religious philosopy as a defence.The lobby and friends for the LGBT group relentlessly attacked him for this decision and large corporations threatened to not expand their businesses further in Indiana, to move their annual meetings and conventions out of Indianapolis, etc. Pence took the brunt of this negative publicity (even though the Indiana legislature initially passed the bill), and the liberal press flamed the fires. Indianapolis and Bloomington (Indiana University) are very liberal and the LGBT group very strong.
I think that Pence will be a strong campaigner and will serve to unite the party. He surely will help to buffer Trump and his "off-the-cuff" comments. Pence is a Christian beyond anything else. He believes that marriage should be between a man and a women and is anti-abortion.
If Hillary is elected, we are going to have 8 more years of the Obama garbage and we tax-paying retirees will continue to pay for everyone else who is enjoying this socialist, welfare nation. With appoinments she could make with nominations to the Supreme Court and appointments to Federal judge vacancies, our children and grandchildren would have years and years of her liberal philosopy.  Understand that Sanders was willing to come out for Clinton after she agreed to support the proposal of the minimum wage going to $15 per hour. No more cheap hamburgers at Royal Castle.
Nuff said, Dillon!                                                                                                                                                           
Becky Novarro on July 20, 2016 11:10 AM
To all my Christian friends, when you are judging people who are different, ie LGBT, remember, most of us have grandchildren and some great grandchildren and we don't know what is to be with them.  It cannot be easy to not conform.
Carl on July 20, 2016 12:28 PM
Hear, Hear!!!  Thanks Cuz.
Mike Murphy on July 20, 2016 12:49 PM
Who would you rather look at for the next four years?
Melania or Bill?
Donald or Hillary?
Get on the Trump Train
geno on July 20, 2016 2:38 PM
Good for you Pat, good to hear you on the blog, goody goody for Arnold,count me in, I will help, surely could use something like that in Princeton. Tom appreciate your comments about Pence, know nothing about him, my brother, who is a hard nosed narrow minded democrat, has sent me notice that he has abandonded this so-called democrat party, I almost fell off my chair when he told me that. Any one who can't see the fallicies of Hillary needs some common sense spectacles, we absolutely cannot give up our natural resources, (fossil fuels) the democrats have become anti fossil fuel anti guns anti chjildren anti marriage anti God anti business, anti history of our nation, what is left to stand for, the only thing I have heard truthfully from her is she is going to raise taxes, and she is super rich, so it's not only on the rich.Trump does have a good plan for tax over haul, if it can be believed, I heard the the out line of it on Christian news the other day, I thought what a shame this one sided news media we have in America would not air that. But all news media is democrat controlled,that is why you cannot hear any negative sources for global warming. Oh well narrow mindness is the rudiment of all ignorance.
Ched on July 20, 2016 3:55 PM
Mega  Dittos  for  Tom's  and Geno's' comments.

 Donald  Trump Jr's  speech was  awsome.

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

Carl on July 21, 2016 11:04 AM
My list contains only 1 July birthday, but it's a good one:
Ginger Goings Clower -- July 25.
Cookie on July 21, 2016 12:34 PM
Happy Birthday Ginger!  :-)  I enjoy your emails.

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

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

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

He was governor of Virginia when the killings at Virginia Tech took place. His father in law Linwood Holton who was governor of Virginia made racial intergration the norm in 1970. Fred
Ched on July 24, 2016 10:06 AM
Kaines  father in law Linwood Holton  was  a  Republican. It is really  strange  that historically  republicans  were  the  advocates  for  civil rights  and  the Dems  were "anti".
  Dems get  a lot the minority vote  because  they promise more  free  stuff  I think  !!!
Mike Murphy on July 24, 2016 12:48 PM
Fred- I am not suprised that you are suprised. You have many times implied that those who are against BHO are racists ie reminding Carl about your trip through Carolina where you observed racism at a lunch counter. Also the DNC has tried to use religion to trash your mentor Bernie by characterizing him as an aetheist and saying that in WV and Kentucky calling him a Jew was worse than an atheist. Read your wikileaks, oh is Huffington Post not printing that? 
The Dem Mayor of Philidelpia just said that the republicans are racist, they want to take us back to days when blacks could not use lunch counters with whites when they say make America great again.
As a loyal Methodist and a devout Chatolic how do your heros support selling aborted body parts by Planned Parenthood some of which may have survived if birthed instead of aborted? Are all republicans and Christians againt women?
What ever happened to equal rights, now we have protected classes of voters which the dems throw in the face of "christians who worship their guns and God and distrust those that are not like them"
I like Tim Kaine as a choice for VP not because he speaks Spanish (da nada) but he has many of the values of the old Dems unlike Hillary and BHO. But being tainted by Hillary and the progressive liberal makes his selection moot.
How about when Hillary laughed about getting a rapist aquitted during her early years as a lawyer. I have always said that lawyers should not be making laws as they are the most corrupt of the professionals!
Lets turn this mess around and get on the Trump/Pence Train that is heading in the right direction.
Carl on July 24, 2016 12:22 PM
Fred, it sounds like you've released the "Kainebrake" and are ready to roll.  Interesting that your description of the good senator is exactly consistent with all the public comments I've heard or read from Hillary supporters, both officiates and "even-handed" journalists [e.g., PBS, ABC/CBS/NBC, Washington Post, Associated Press].  It goes something like this:
   Sen. Kaine is a democratic former governor of Virginia who speaks fluent Spanish; he is respected on both sides of the aisle, and is completely fluent in Spanish; a former mayor of Richmond, Sen. Kaine speaks excellent Spanish; he served as a missionary to Nicaragua where he attained full fluency in Spanish; he has foreign relations experience in Congress and is fluent in Spanish; he is low-key, likeable, generally non-controversial even though he supports positions quite unacceptable to much of the Democratic party's base, and is at ease conversing in Spanish.  His father-in-law is an ex-Republican governor of Virginia, and Sen. Kaine is fluent in Spanish.
FOOTNOTE: What I learned from the same sources last week is that Melania Trump speaks five languages and is a shameless plagiarist.
Delores on July 26, 2016 12:00 PM
Three hours of prime time television last night was like watching the bar scene from Star Wars.  

Carl on July 26, 2016 2:05 PM
Yo Murf, while in my supermarket a while ago, I heard Gladys Knight [yes, AND the Pips] singing one of my all-time favorites.  I thought of you, and could almost hear you crooning ". . . on that midnight train to Trumpville.  I'd rather live in his world than live without him in mine."  You sounded darn good.  Kind of a curious but captivating cross between Merle Haggard and Bobby Vinton.
Mike Murphy on July 26, 2016 7:52 PM
Funny I heard Gladys on serius today -Great group
Watched I saw the light about Hank Williams and how he died at Oak Hill in the back of his Cad. Was somewhat disapointed that actor playing him tried to sing his songs. I sent your saddle home so get on the Trump Train!
Tracy - seams like a long tome for your daughter to ge an appointment - Have you tried having her local doc try to get it sooner?
Keep the Faith

Tracy French on July 28, 2016 3:00 PM
Mike:  I am concerned about appointment but Beth said earliest she could get because of vacation.  The doctor she is seeing has been following her for several years for a brain tumor and she was supposed to be having annual checks made but missed the last 2 years.  She did not want to change doctors so she is just waiting.
Mike Murphy on July 29, 2016 9:29 AM
Tracy - you mention the prison ministry - what is it and are you still involved?
Observed a train wreck the last 4 days - better get on the Trump train before Hillary completely ruins the USA.
Keep the Faith
Fredrick Lucas on July 29, 2016 8:06 PM
I thought that I would bring everyone up to date about donations to the flood relief program of the WVU Foundation. To date 1300 people have donated $400,000 to the program. Ken Kendrick will match each donation.

If you haven't donated please consider a gift.

Mayor Mike Bloomburg who served for twelve years as mayor of New York City did a good job as mayor in my humble opinion.  Some called him the nanny mayor because he wanted to limit the size of sodas and the amount of sugar put into sodas. Fred

Mike Murphy on July 30, 2016 3:57 PM
I was mowing the lawn yesterday and recalled a PHS assembly where some guys pantomined - baby slow down - with black shirts and white ties. Who were they?  Us Voc students didn't get to see many assemblies esp in afternoon of junior and senior year.
Keep the faith
Fredrick Lucas on July 31, 2016 11:36 AM
Tracy, please consider having your daughter who has a brain tumor to get treatment ASAP. Steve Douglas who was the Executive Director of the WVU Alumni Association died from a brain tumor. He was in his position for 32 years.
Fredrick Lucas on July 31, 2016 12:13 PM
Several years ago, a farmer near Parkersburg noticed that his cattle were dying. He called a lawyer from Cincinnati to look into the situation. The Dupont Chemical Company had been using an unregulated chemical in the manufacture of teflon After an investigation, the company stopped using the chemical. The chemical got into the water supply. A number of people reported health problems including birth defects . Last year the Cincinnati lawyer won a multi million dollar judgement in a Columbus court.

I certainly hope that our classmate Eve Garland is alright. One of the WVU alumni who live in Cincinnati told me that his grandmother is one of the plaintiffs in the case. Fred
Fredrick Lucas on July 31, 2016 3:54 PM
Mike according to Roe v. Wade, women have a right to have an abortion. I believe like Tim Kaine that a woman had the right to make the choice of what to do with her body. The federal government doesn't pay for abortions. The woman does that.

You as a man want to tell a woman what she shall or shall not do with her body. Planned Parenthood offers a multitude of services for the poor. The nearest one to Princeton women is in Blacksburg.
Mike Murphy on July 31, 2016 7:38 PM
Fred - I heard that you thought Roe V Wade was a debate about how to get across the Ohio River?
Do you believe it is legal or moral to kill a baby that can survive outside the womb? and or let Planned Parenthood sell the body parts of these babies for profit? and use their fungible federal grants for more late term abortions?
Give me some help guys and gals who were the PHS guys that did the Pantomime of "baby slow down baby you are moving way to fasts - you got to give me a little lovin give me a little lovin if you want our love to last" standing at a piano like Jery Lee Lewis with black suit shirt and white tie?
Fred - you are free to fund a planned parenthood clinic in Princeton if it helps your political convictions. Perhaps if you had kids you might feel different? But don't try to shame me or others that don't believe like you do!
Get on the Trump Train
Fredrick Lucas on July 31, 2016 8:55 PM
Mike I am aware that you have a different perspective than many people who understand that women can choose what to do about their bodies. Did I ever say that I would ask a woman to have an abortion? No. That is her decision. To date Planned Parenthood hasn't been procecuted for any legal violations.

There was a group of actors who tried to trick officials but that didn't work. Fred
Cookie on July 31, 2016 8:59 PM
In the face of a very serious topic I just have to say Murph.....
"That there's funny I don't care who you are."

A reminder to those on the other side of the Ohio.  If we don't protect the most vunerable amoung us.....can old people be far behind.  They are just sucking up all the resources you know.


Ched on August 1, 2016 8:32 AM
There may be  some  medical situations  where  abortion is  the lesser of alternatives . However, I believe  that  abortion purely on  the  "decision" of  a woman is just morally wrong.  Roe vs Wade  was  a flawed  decision in my opinion.
Mike Murphy on August 1, 2016 12:42 PM
Fred - you sound just like Hillary. You won't believe your own eyes with the Planned Parenthood Tapes, by saying that they have never been convicted. By the way Planned Parenthood sued the "actors" and lost both times. They have not been convicted so we can believe our own eyes! Also Hillary does not hear Comey when he says she lied at least 3 times about her Emails so I am sure you agree with her?
The Democrats position is that women should be able to have an abortion for any reason at any time before normal delivery, even though the baby could survive outside the womb, and I can only assume that you agree whole hartedly with that from your flat assertion that it is up to the woman. The last time I checked women are  liable for taking the life of an infant both at the state and federal level.
Get on the Trump Train and get rid of this blind liberal degradation of our great country!
Fredrick Lucas on August 1, 2016 6:41 PM
Mike according to data received from 45 states abortions decreased by 12%.

Regarding the Trumpster, I trust the judgement of Warren Buffet and Mike Bloomberg,billionaires who urge people not to vote for the Trumpster.

The man has never held elective office and he doesn't have a platform. He received a student deferrement and did not serve in the Vietnam conflict.He had the unmitigated gall to question the gentleman regarding his statement about his son who was killed in the Iraq conflict.

Cookie on August 1, 2016 9:38 PM
Do you really trust the wisdom of a man who outlaws 32 ounce sugary drinks.  A five year old then figured out all he had to do was order two 16 ounce drinks instead.  Is that the same Mike that has turned New York on its head with crime, lawlessness, etc. destroying all the social programs and progress Rudy made to clean up the city. Yelp.  I think its that Mike.  Now I'm gonna trust him.  Right after I order my two 16 ounce sugary drinks.  
Ched on August 2, 2016 10:39 AM
I think it's "high time'"  we elect someone  who is completely new to elected office  and starts  to run the  government  more like  a business so far as possible. The  government runs no agency efficiently.  What's  the incentive to do so?
Bloomberg has made NY  the  subject of jokes!!!
 On the other  side,  HRC is  a liar and  even though  she has not been prosecuted ( YET) makes  her no less  guilty of violating law  and procedures. The  Clinton  foundation is  wrought  with highly questionable  activities  and is under  FBI investigation.
 So  there ya  go.  I  recommend  Trump. He is  brusk, politically incorrect, pisses of  al lot of  folks but can provide  effective leadership. He  will select an  expert  team  to assist  and  advise.
Delores on August 2, 2016 11:40 AM
In support of my neighbor Ched--I spent the $8.50 for a senior ticket on Saturday and saw "Dinesh D'Souza's "Hillary's America--The Secret History of the Democratic Party."  I didn't learn anything new about Hill and Bill but I did learn a great deal about history that I didn't know.  If you have not connected the dots you will after spending 2 hours with D'Souza.  Be warned, on Saturday night I was verbally attacked by my demo friends for spending time watching a movie produced by the felon D'Souza.--He did go to prison and has lost his right to vote (maybe he should move to Virginia--Governor MacAwful can fix that).  Watch the movie and you will hear the rest of D'Souza's story.  I'm ready for a change.  It may not be the change I would like and I've spent too many election cycles holding my nose and voting but my eye is on the Supreme Court.  Yours should be as well.
Fredrick Lucas on August 2, 2016 12:00 PM
What evidence do you have Cheddie that Mayor Bloomberg was a failure. He came on board two months after 911. He worked closely with Senator Clinton to get help for New York.He served three terms.

When Trump was in Columbus Ohio, Governor Kasich and Senator Rob Portman were elsewhere. Senator McCain who according to Trump is not a hero spoke out strongly against Trump questioning the Kahn family regarding the death of their son.

Cheddie time for a comment.

Carl on August 2, 2016 12:09 PM
Friends, recalling Ronald Reagan's famous line in the 1980 presidential debate, "There you go again," here I go again.  I'm adding my two cents worth with an automatic credit of one-fiftieth of a dollar, respecting the adage that "you get what you pay for."  So here it comes:
         A 2016 Election Ode       
A liar, a cheat and a scapegoat
became a political cut-throat.
While nothing reflects
an appeal but her sex
she may still make the liberals boat float.
Now “better the devil you know”
may sustain those a’cravin’ the glow
of our next president
with a liberal bent
irregardless of little to show.
Then up pops the right’s dynamo
about whom there’s so much to know.
Is he leader or clown,
and does his renown
compensate for his mad-hatter sideshow?
But maybe it’s better to pose
our support ‘tho we’re grasping our nose.
Desperate for “fresh air”
with a bale of blond hair
might be seen as a plus, I suppose.
Now where does that leave you and me?
Seems we’re in it right up to our knee,
and perhaps even higher.
Don’t be a denier:
this choice troubles to nth degree.
But at least we share this common plight:
We must choose one to carry the fight
over four or eight years
through the pain and the tears
of a country confused, left and right.
So good luck as you face your decision
amidst bluster, deflection, derision,
and more outright lies
to believe, lest your eyes
lead you closer to true, clear-eyed vision.
We’re splintered most as I recall.
There’s genuine fear that this Fall
will bring unwelcomed fate
fraught with malice and hate.
May we beseech that heaven help us all.
Mike Murphy on August 2, 2016 12:42 PM
To put it bluntly we have the choice of a crooked lyin wimp politician, who suopports cop killers and illegals who would cut our heads off for supporting her ideals or a flawed businessman who speaks his mind in an unfiltered non PC manner and puts americans and law and order first, even if I have to hold my nose the choice is clear!
Keep the faith
PS - still waiting for help on the Pantomyme - Darla, Carol, Pete, Geno, Tom and Becky havent heard from you folks lately? Help
Fredrick Lucas on August 2, 2016 1:50 PM
Mike do you fit the profile of an angry white man? Any candidate has flaws. Mrs. Clinton who was a senator from New York worked with Mayor Bloomberg to get help for a city that had a great number of lost lives, first responders who suffered health issues, and property damage.

I don't have a problem with Mrs. Clinton. The billionaire Warren Buffett has indicated that he will take people to the polls who don't have a ride.

54 on August 2, 2016 2:25 PM
??Fred, I heard a rumor that billionaire Hillary Clinton has indicated that she will take people to the cleaners if . . .  You know anything about that?
Ched on August 2, 2016 3:06 PM
  I did not  say Bloomberg  was  a  failure he is just wierd in my opinion  trying to legislate   the  sisie of  a  soft drink how  stupid is  that.
 HRC is as  corrupt  as  they  come.    Just  revisit  all of  the many lies  she has  told  the  American people and  the families of  the Bengazi fallen. Her lack of integrity simply cannot be  denied. Just because  she has not been convicted does not mean she is not  guilty.  Remember OJ ?
The  Clinton foundation is a money pit  for the Clintons  to  travel  the  world.   The FBI  is not done  with  the  Clintons yet.

 Mike  said it best  above
Mike Murphy on August 2, 2016 3:22 PM
I am white and angry at the liberal politicians and supporters who want to ruin the america I worked so hard for and would like to see continue. That does not make me racist against clean water and air women and little babies born or unborn!
Get on the Trump Train and turn this mess around!!
Cookie on August 2, 2016 3:29 PM
Have we all taken a stupid pill.  The reason that immoral woman continues to skate is because their machine owns all our institutions.  Read "Clinton Cash."  What they have done is beyond imagination.  Uranium, Haiti Relief Money.  Etc, etc, Etc.  
  It does not take a village to raise your children.  It takes two parents.  
My patience has grown a little thin.  After 30 years of these people, I want no more of her shrill, patronizing, lecturing.  Watching she and Ole Bill playing good cop, bad cop.   I don't need any more "teachable" moments.  Don't call me to Mr. Auvil's Office any more.  Just shut the hell up and go away.  Any one who votes for this fraud after everything we know is as morally bankrupt as she is.
There Fredo I said it.  Take me to the wood shed.  
Fredrick Lucas on August 2, 2016 4:26 PM
Incidentally, AFSCME my union has provided support for Hillary. So has Mr. Cuban a prominent person from Pittsburgh.

The Republican governor of New Mexico, a woman refuses to endorse Trump. Mrs. Bush the first said that any woman who has heard the crude verbage of Trump concerning women should not support him.Cookie does this message resonate with you ?
Delores on August 2, 2016 5:21 PM
I stand by my beliefs, my principles, and my upbringing.  I am not voting FOR the republican candidate I am voting AGAINST his opponent.  Stop focusing on Mr. Trump's crude verbage and my obvious "offensive" language that we have long discussed and stand up for your country. Otherwise there will not long be one.  Mr. Trump's language does not offend me nearly so much as having my government officials look me in the eye and lie with such abandon that it insults my intelligence.  Let me put it another way......wait and see what happens the first time the Safeway delivery truck doesn't show up at your corner market.  Oops, sorry, you cannot seem to connect the dots.  
Cookie on August 2, 2016 5:23 PM
You mean that giant Ponzi scheme that took my hard earned dollars for decades.  Comes in the door from the peons and goes out the door to the liberal machine.  
Cookie on August 2, 2016 5:26 PM
Do your google search Fredo and check out the gold star father who spoke at the convention.  See who he worked for--see who his professional colleagues were--I know that law firm well......interesting....very interesting.  

Can we say.......another P L A N T
Fredrick Lucas on August 3, 2016 6:09 AM
Cookie, in addition to Mark Cuban owner of the Dallas Mavricks, Meg Whitman CEO of Hulett Packard has also endorsed Hillary. Fred
Carl on August 3, 2016 9:32 AM
jumpin' jehosaphat; land o'goshen; zounds; holy moly;
gosh a'mighty; wowser, wowser, wowser!!!!!!!!!!
    Fredo, if Mark Cuban and Meg Whitman are supporting Hillary, pray tell how any American in good conscience could not vote for her?  Please explain, IF explanation be possible.   â??
Cookie on August 3, 2016 6:37 PM
A little research into Meg Whitman shows she is a great PROPONENT of job out-sourcing.  Opposition to such is a major component of Trump's platform.  Make sense now????????
Fredrick Lucas on August 4, 2016 9:46 PM
Carl, I'll try. Many people who look at Trump say that he is long on speech making and short on details.In addition he went off message when he returned to blood coming from various parts of Megan Kelly's body. 

When he built the Taj casino in Atlantic City, he used junk bonds which had a high rate of interest. He was unable to pay the bonds amd declared bankruptcy. His investors and builders received .30 on the dollar.Four times he declared bankruptcy in Atlantic City. 

Meg Whitman had been a favorite doner of Republican causes. She decided to switch sides. The Koch brothers have said that they won't provide financial support  to Donald. Neither will Warren Buffett who said that people who invested in Trump's public company had losses because Trump declared losses.

Personnel at the Trump Casino in Las Vegas have said that his place is a non-union shop which pays less than the union shops across town.


Fredrick Lucas on August 4, 2016 9:52 PM
Hillary asked Trump why he has ties shirts and other items that he sells made in other countries. Why were they not made in the USA? 
Cookie on August 4, 2016 10:50 PM
The Alinski machine is in high gear and some folks are buying it hook line and sinker.  They are throwing the kitchen sink at him. 

Carl:  You are a master at debate.  Aren't there a bunch of rules regarding debate protocol?  Can you change topics and still stay in the debate  because you can't refute your opponont's response or you don't care for the direction the debate is taking?  Just askin'
Carl on August 5, 2016 3:46 PM
Cookie, the answer to your question of August 4, 10:50 pm [see above] is "YES!"  You can indeed change topics and still stay in the debate . . .  The Blog Custodian recognizes and encourages every person's First Amendment rights, even if their exercise exposes warts, wrinkles and other unsavory characteristics.  [I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours.]
   Is this a great country, or what?  Enjoy it while it lasts.         
Ched on August 4, 2016 11:44 PM
Trump is not  the perfect  candidate  and any one  with  the  thousands of projects he has been involved  with  will have  some  failures but the net  results  are  tens of  thosands of people  working  at  good  jobs in the  Trump oganization. Women hold  key  positions in his  companies.
 Now how  about  Hillary.  She is at best  a liar. James Comey testified under oath  that  her  staements  were not  true ( lies). Then  she lied  again  to Chris  wallace.. She lied  about  the Bengazi debacle. Her  record as  Secretary of  State is not  so great  and as  Senator her legislative contributions  were minimal.
 At  worst  she  and  the Clinton foundation are  corrupt. It is  true  that  the  foundation manages  to do some benevolent work but I  remember  the percentage of  donations actually  going  to charity  are  surprisingly low.  Then there is  the  sources of  the  donations..... all sorts of  questionable foreign entities. It  goes on and on.  Regardless of  your political  slant I cannot imagine  how  anyone  with regard  for ethics  and honesty  can  support her unless they are  the benificiary of  all of  the free  stuff  the  socialists want  to provide.
  SOMEONE MUST get  the  economy  roaring  again  and  stop the (almost unsustainable) national debt. Obama care is  a disaster as private medical insurance  rates  are escalating by appprox  40% in 2017. The law  is  flawed  as it  relied on the younger folks  signing up but  that  group is far  short of  expectations leaving insurance  companies covering mostly older folks.
I could  go on and on  but our  country is  at a precipice !!!
Trump has  said some pretty outragous  things  but again,  he is no politition. I suggest that  anyone  should  read his position & plans on his  website.
Fredrick Lucas on August 5, 2016 9:40 AM
Trump has not released his tax retutns. While he isn't required to do so, all other candidates since 1976 have done so. I am till concerned that Trump went off message to question the thoughts of the gold star family. That Ched just isn't done. 

Trump got student deferrments and didn't serve during the Vietnam era.

Barbara Bush is concerned that Trump's comments  about women have been so deplorable that they shouldnot vote for him.

Having been employed by the State of Ohio, I think that a CEO of our country must have held elective office.  I noticed that Trump suggested that the judge hearing the case involving Trump University lawsuit is biased against him because the judge has a Mexican heritage. Fred
Mike Murphy on August 5, 2016 1:24 PM
When it is time to clean out the barn you just hold your nose and do it or if you are like the progressives you just raise the roof and keep onn pileing it in!
We need a house cleaning in DC so get on the Trump Train!
Ched on August 5, 2016 2:11 PM
Trump's Tax  returns mean  absolutely nothing and do not  relate  to anything  substantive. I did not like his  comments  related  to  the Muslim  family on the Dem convention . However, The  Dems jus  exploited  the  situation for no good  reason  except  drama.
  Trump had  a 4F  deferment  then a  student  deferment... Nothing  wrong  with  that. Why interrupt  your  education. He  then  recieved  a high lottery number  and  was never  called  to  serve.
 Clinton and Obama  also never  served  eiother.
 I am disappointed in the Bushes for not  supporting  the Republican nominee. I think they are just  pissed because Jeb Bush was  so soundly  defeated by Trump.
  I do not  think having held elected office has anthing to do with qualifications  to be president. I would  respect a record of  accomplishment and  execuitive experience much more. Obama had none of  those  and look at  the mess  we  are in !!! Staggering National Debt, disrespected  around the  world, does not  support Isreal, Obamacare  debacle, total withdrawall  from Iraq >( ISIS), spread of Isis, lowest  economic  growth in history..... on and on

Fredrick Lucas on August 5, 2016 8:53 PM
Ched let's take a look at the Clinton Foundation.A fact check by NEWSY KTTS found the following.Charity Watch gave the charity a grade A which is better than the Red Cross.The percentage of funds used for programming is 88%. No money is used for campaign purposes.

The Clinton Foundation is on the Internet. Gentle readers can see for themselves the fine work the Foundation does through the world.

You don't need to read distortions by anyone.Carl Mrs Clinton won a second term for the senate in New York by 67%.
Ched on August 6, 2016 10:35 AM
I dont know  where  the  88% came  from except programming  expenses  are not totally  defined however

The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid.

The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends.

On its 2013 tax forms, the most recent available, the foundation claimed it spent $30 million on payroll and employee benefits; $8.7 million in rent and office expenses; $9.2 million on “conferences, conventions and meetings”; $8 million on fundraising; and nearly $8.5 million on travel. None of the Clintons is on the payroll, but they do enjoy first-class flights paid for by the foundation.

I do not  care  that  she  won reelection by 67% . That  was  before the  was  certified  as  a liar..
 How can any one of  the Jewish faith support  a Dem.  thw  way they regard  Isreal ???

Fredrick Lucas on August 6, 2016 4:32 PM
Cheddie we are partisans. I presented my case and you presented your case. Let's let our gentle readers decide whatever they want to do. The 88% came from Charity Watch.

Your comments about Obama were vague with no definition. The comment made by Trump regarding the judge in the Trump University case has been coined by some as a racist remark.

Fredrick Lucas on August 6, 2016 5:03 PM
Ched,I gave my gentle readers the source Charity Watch that evaluated the Clinton Foundation.Gentle readers can check the Web site to see the evaluation. You provide our gentle readers with no source. I can't verify your remarks about the 2013 tax returns.Don't forget gentle readers you can always check Charity Watch
Fredrick Lucas on August 6, 2016 6:09 PM
Mike, Trump is 70 years old. Some people that age have dementia and personality problems. I have pulled back given his unusual behavior.Trump admitted that he doesn't get that much sleep.That is a factor that can affect behavior.

No other Republican candidate has had such a foul  mouth concerning women that that lovely great grandmother Barbara Bush would tell women to refrain from voting for them

Carl on August 6, 2016 10:54 PM
Fred, you frequently challenge folks to substantiate their claims/statements . . . with facts or logic, AND RIGHTFULLY SO!.  So tell me, on what basis do you clearly insinuate that Trump suffers from dementia and/or personality disorder?  
Fredrick Lucas on August 7, 2016 3:30 PM
Carl, I am not qualified to say what motivates the Donald to lash out at his critics both Democrat and Republican. I don't insinuate anything concerning possible dementia.He did ask three times in one meeting why can't we use nuclear weapons.

I just noted that he has alienated members of both parties. John Kasich Governor of Ohio who is a deeply religious Roman Catholic who quotes scripture won't endorse Trump.

Turning to the West Virginia Floods , Ken Kendrick donated $500,000 to the WVU foundation and thirteen hundred others donated $400.000. 

In the olympics a WVU student won the gold metal in the air rifle event.

Carl on August 7, 2016 5:27 PM
Fred, you say "I don't insinuate anything concerning possible dementia."  Perhaps you should re-read the first 2 sentences of your blog comment.
Fredrick Lucas on August 7, 2016 5:53 PM
Carl, I said that some people age 70 have problems with dementia I am not qualified to judge motives for his outbursts at critics. Why would he even question the Gold Star family about anything? I am not qualified to ascertain why he asked three times in one meeting why we can't use nuclear weapons nor why he referred to Senator Rubio as little Marco. Does he have a perception problem or is this a lack of respect for a senator?

Senator Flake of Arizona, who isn't a flake refuses to endorse Donald. 
Cookie on August 7, 2016 6:11 PM
Fredo:  Take the time to read "Clinton Cash" and the funding streams as well as their so called distribution -- to whom and  how much is ALL laid out for you.  It should be difficult to defend it once you do.   Aren't the Feds in the process of looking into this crime spree?  
I am somewhat concerned now with dementia and your reference to age 70--actually I am greatly concerned.  If I recall we are looking at that  puppy through the rear view mirror.  On second thought I thank you for bringing it up-- it fully explains the insanity of the blog.  

Tracy French on August 7, 2016 6:50 PM
I've been off the internet for a while.  After Verizon announced they were buying Yahoo I went to check my email and could not open Internet Explorer.  I have my internet service through Frontier who also covers my computer security.  Is there a connection?

Anyway, it took an hour to catch up on the blog but I'm back on.

Mike:  The Full Gospel Businessmen (when they were active around the world back in the 80's) had prinson ministries in several prisons in the US called "Set Free Prison Ministry" and I done the local chapter's ministry at Bland Correctional Center in Bland Virginia for about 20 years.  I gave it up about 5 years ago when Carol got sick.

My daughter did not want to change doctors at Morgantown, one has been seeing her for several years for a previous brain tumor and she is supposed to keep yearly appointments but the tumor did not change for around 10 years and she missed an apointment 2 years ago.  A local MRI revealed the new tumor and changes in her brain.  I wish she would go sooner but August 23rd was the quickest.  Thank you for your concern.

54 on August 8, 2016 1:11 PM
I am dishartened that many of you disdain those of us who have the greater social interest of the downtroden and those who have historically been discrimated against. Especially resorting to using foul language and half truths to down patriots like Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Thank you gentle readers and please support the only honest candidate HRC.
geno on August 8, 2016 2:43 PM
 Honest Hillary, hilarious.....................................
Cookie on August 8, 2016 3:06 PM
Spineless little weasel.  Hiding behind "54."  If you want to run with the big dogs and get into this figh--you have to grow a pair.  
Carl on August 8, 2016 3:50 PM
Now WHOA!!! there Ms. Cookie.  I'm not so "little."
    . . . Uh, wait.  (insert thought bubble: "I didn't write that '54' comment.") . . .  Never mind.
Cookie on August 8, 2016 6:04 PM
Bless your little heart.  Cat's out of the bag.  OOPSIE  Best chuckle all day.
geno on August 8, 2016 8:51 PM
Cookie, bless my eyes , I first read that as grow hair, I had to look at three times afore I got it, any body out there heard any thing about Hillary's tax plan? It was posted for a short time , now it has mysteriously disappeared, I think the idiot made a blooper and almost let the cat out of the bag, I noticed mainstream media did not have anything on Trump's tax plan, I saw it on the 700 Club news, good plan if it would be implemented, I have also noticed mainstream media is not putting anything about Venezuela on their news, afraid people will see how socialism really works, oil rich and prosperopus, and now everyone is starving, went to Cuba and borrowed a few ideas from them ,implemented such plans and now it is a nation actually starving , no food  plenty of money, they printed enough for evertybody, I think newspaper is worth more than their money. Printing money sound like any body you know?
Fredrick Lucas on August 9, 2016 8:51 AM
Senator Susan Collins, a Republican Senator has announced that she won't vote for Donald/Gentle readers. She is concerned for his lack of respect for others: the Gold Star family, the disabled reporter, Megan Kelly, Senator John McCain a war hero.

To me he was disrectful to Senator Cruz when he said that an article in the National Enquirer revealed that his father was assisting Lee Harvey Oswald in killing John Kennedy.

Mike Murphy on August 9, 2016 9:41 AM
Fred- So sorry you and other progressives have been disrespected, however I am more concerned about those who constantly lie about their record in running this country off a cliff!
Suck it up and vote for Trump, you may not like him but he is the only one running who can change this mess.
Get on the Trump Train!
Cookie on August 9, 2016 11:02 AM
Please outline all the reasons why we should vote for his opponent.
Carl on August 9, 2016 12:15 PM
Cookie, are you now running the "Baits" Motel?
Cookie on August 9, 2016 5:49 PM
No!  Fishing

Ched on August 10, 2016 3:09 PM
I encourage anyone who thinks Trump is  vulgar to do a google  search for Hillary's foul mouth. This cites  several authors books with actual page references to quotes  from her.  If  true it  makes Trumps  remarks look like  a  choir boy.
These quotes are  far too crude  to mention in this blogs  but  again I encourage anyone who  supports her candidacy to review  this  and  decide if she is  worthy.
Carl on August 11, 2016 10:59 AM
Friends, like many others, I've been trying to make sense of this presidential race and just how America came to this point.  I'm reminded of grade-school math when we were taught the concept of lowest common denominator
    [I don't think that my teacher had the same definition of "common."]
Fredrick Lucas on August 11, 2016 6:06 PM
I thought that I would mention that Donald on national television told the viewers that the Republican governor of New Mexico did not do a good job. She has indicated that she won't vote for the Donald.

Turning to other news, the Bridgeport WV Little League team lost the southeastern semi final game to Georgia.Hey Bridgeport, we're proud of the effort that you made.

Last week, the West Virginia Mountaineer football team spent eight hours loading supplies in two tractor trailers that were for flood relief in southern West Virginia. Go Mountaineers.
Fredrick Lucas on August 11, 2016 6:14 PM
Mike several years ago when the poll numbers were low, the Republican party threw Bob Dole under the bus. Bill Clinton was elected. 

If Trump continues to show low poll numbers, he could be gone.Various fact checking organizations have shown Trump with 61 inaccuries and Hillary with 13. 
Cookie on August 11, 2016 7:08 PM

Wake up!
Check my question above.  

Fredrick Lucas on August 11, 2016 8:14 PM
Cookie you are a Republican partisan.Do what you want. Check the down ballot if Hillary isn't the person you want.

Fredrick Lucas on August 11, 2016 8:25 PM
Same old Cheddie. Talks about a book outlining Hillary's comments but does not reference the book.
Cookie on August 11, 2016 9:19 PM
I'm surprised at you.  Obviously I scored a home run.  No I am not a Republican partisan.  I am a patriot who believes in hard work, integrity and character.  I believe in the Constitution, the rule of law, fiscal responsibility,  a strong defense and I am seeking a leader who supports all of the above.  One who will not lie to me, commit treason, steal, "fix" an election, disrespect our men and women in uniform to include our first responders, who respects the men and women who daily put their lives on the line to protect them, who does not throw lamps at the first dude or bibles at those charged with protecting them. One who will defend my second amendment rights and DOES protect the most vunerable among us--the unborn and newly born. One who will answer that 3 a.m. call and respond with what is in the best interests of this country not what is politically advantageous.
If you would like the names, authors, ISPN numbers, etc. of the books "Cheddie" references I will be glad to forward them to you.  I have them all in my library of must read materials and have studied each and every one cover to cover.
N E X T  
Ched on August 12, 2016 12:21 AM
Fred there are several books with the referenced crude and vulgar quotes attributed to Hillary  All you have to do is "google" " Hillary's foul mouth" and it will provide the "quotes" the book and actual page reference are given. I won't provide more detail but I'm sure others have read these "comments" from HRC!
Mike Murphy on August 12, 2016 9:43 AM
Fred - I suppose that Hillary and BHO's founding of ISIS is one of the reasons you support Hillary or is it that you just love liberals and hate Conservatives? Find you a safe place?
We all know the current politicians are corupt and only interested in their future. Get on the Trump Train and clean up the mess!
Cookie and Ched -Please be patient with Fred he is over 70 and some people of that age have dementia (can any one provide a source?).
Keep the faith & get on the Trump Train
Fredrick Lucas on August 12, 2016 9:52 AM
The Donald has said that President Obama was the founder of ISIS. How many more lies does the Donald want to promote.? One man at the gym is so discouraged, he doesn't want to vote for either candidate.

Cincinnati has an entrant into the soccer league. They play at the University of Cincinnati football field. They draw 35000 people per game. Also unlike Kenna, there is a 49 story office building in downtown Cincinnati. It is 680 feet high.
Fredrick Lucas on August 12, 2016 11:14 AM
Gentle readers, the Donald now states that his statement about Obama founding ISIS was a joke

Mike Murphy on August 12, 2016 12:08 PM
Poor little Fred his feelings are hurt. No safe space for you?
Get on the Trump Train, he even accepts votes from sincinatti with its big buildings. does this make you a metro liberal?
Also Trump said he would kill all of ISIS, does that offend you?
Get on the Trump Train!
Fredrick Lucas on August 13, 2016 8:18 AM
Mike to what do you attribute my support of Little League and the WVU Foundation?  
Fredrick Lucas on August 13, 2016 9:37 AM
Mike while we are discussing Hillary and Trump, the people in Louisiana are dealing with flooding that is similar to the terrible floods in West Virginia.

I am also concerned about flooding in  Mississippi. My nephrw and his family live in Hattiesburg.
Carl on August 13, 2016 1:40 PM
J. Fred, I attribute your support of Little League and the WVU Foundation to your kind, caring and generous nature . . . the same factors that I attribute your liberalism to.  [No offense intended.]          MAGFAY
Fredrick Lucas on August 13, 2016 7:20 PM
Carl thanks for your sentiment. I hope that you and your family are well. I also hope that all of our classmates are doing well. 

Perhaps some can suggest that grandchildren play with a Little League team next year. The last time that a West Virginia team won the Little League series was in'51.

Since many of the youngsters live outside West Virginia, they might join the team where they live.


Carl on August 14, 2016 12:11 PM
Adell Modad Pettrey  -  August 14
Tracy French  -  August 17
Brenda McDonel Persin  -  August 20
Becky Arney Novarro  -  August 23
Terry St. Clair  -  August 28
Mike Murphy on August 14, 2016 1:07 PM
Happy Birthday all!
Fred- I see in todays Charleston Gazette that two Jewish temples (congregations)  are considering consolidating ie reform Judiasm and traditional Judiasm. Thought you might be interested.
Also on religous lines security is being beefed up at Lourdes France because of possible attacks by ISIS. We visited the schrine there and observed many coming for healing including a woman with a baby in her arms on her knees walking on the marble plaza leading up to the schrine. The plaza was at least 50 yds long and she walked on her knees praying for healing.
We need to kill these religious zealots before they destroy us from within.
Keep the Faith and get on the Trump train.
Fredrick Lucas on August 14, 2016 7:21 PM
Happy birthday to our classmates.I hope that each of you have many more.I hope that each of you remain healthy. As Ben Franklin once said "Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

Cookie on August 14, 2016 8:52 PM
Fredo:  Wait just a minute.  .......makes a man healthy.....
I thought this was the "year of the woman." 

Ched on August 15, 2016 8:48 AM

10 Poorest Cities in America: How did it happen?
City, State, % of People Below the Poverty Level

    1. Detroit , MI 32.5%
    2. Buffalo , NY 29.9%
    3. Cincinnati , OH 27.8%
    4. Cleveland , OH 27.0%
    5. Miami , FL 26.9%
    5. St. Louis , MO 26.8%
    7. El Paso , TX 26.4%
    8. Milwaukee , WI 26.2%
    9. Philadelphia , PA 25.1%
  10. Newark , NJ 24.2%

What do the top ten cities (over 250,000 pop.) with the highest poverty rate all have in common?

Detroit, MI - (1st on poverty rate list) hasn't elected a Republican mayor since 1961
Buffalo, NY
 - (2nd) hasn't elected one since 1954
Cincinnati, OH - (3rd) not since 1984
Cleveland, OH - (4th) not since 1989
Miami, FL
 - (5th) has never had a Republican mayor
St. Louis, MO - (6th) not since 1949
El Paso, TX - (7th) has never had a Republican mayor
Milwaukee, WI - (8th) not since 1908
Philadelphia, PA - (9th) not since 1952
Newark, NJ - (10th) not since 1907
Einstein said, 'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results'.


It is the poor who habitually vote Democrat... Yet they are still POOR.


Carl on August 15, 2016 10:54 AM
Oh, you cold-hearted engineers and your infernal statistics.
Carl on August 15, 2016 4:22 PM
Fredo, I did some online research and confirmed Ched's statistics.  I then looked up comparable statistics for the state of WV.  It's interesting to note that the poverty rate for Cincinnati and Cleveland combined is 27.3%.  Relatedly, the poverty rate for WV is 18.5%, making the combined average poverty rate for Cincinnati/Cleveland a whopping 47.8% higher than that of WV.  Whattaya think o' that?
Cookie on August 15, 2016 6:45 PM
Let me throw this out here real quick like....."What are your sources?"
Fredricksh Lucas on August 15, 2016 8:52 PM
Carl, the data that you cite is aggregate data. How many disabled veterans who can't work are included in the poverty statistics. How many people are included who have contracted disabling diseases are included. There is a home in Cincinnati called the Beechwood Home. One man whom I visited had been a successful attorney Harvard grad.He had multiple sclerosis and was in the home for 15 years.Another person, a lovely lady who had taught French at the University of Arizona also had multiple sclerosis and died. Then there is a lovely lady who was a nurse she has multiple sclerosis and can no longer work.

The next group are those who were in special education and can not work.I visit a man in a group home in Lawrenceburg In a suburb of Cincinnati. He can neither read or write  . He can't control his emotions. He receives Social Security Disability like the others I mentioned.

The next group have addition problems: alcohol, cigarettes, heroin.The University of Cincinnati has programs to address addition.
In any city homelessness is a problem. Cincinnati has several shelters but some won't use shelters. They sleep under bridges for example.

Gentle readers any aggregate statistic concerning poverty needs to be evaluated to determine what groups make up that statistic.

Carl on August 16, 2016 10:13 AM
Fred, of course you're right re aggregate data, but it makes me wonder why you have presented such data numerous times in your posts without any cautionary or explanatory "insights" such as you've provided re mine.  And if "disaggregating" data are unavailable -- or even if available -- does that render the aggregate data invalid?  Are you suggesting that the sub-populations [disabled vets, disabling diseases, etc.] either are not present in the WV statistics, or contribute less than those in the Cincinnati/Cleveland population?  If so, what sources can you cite to support that? 
Fredrick Lucas on August 16, 2016 10:46 AM
There are groups in West Virginia that are similar to those in metro areas. There are disabled miners, people with addiction problems, people with disabling diseases, people such as Pacie who have developmental disabilities. I don't have specific data on the groups in West Virginia. 

West Virginia University Medical Center has developed a treatment program for people with addiction problems such as Oxycontin, heroin , cigarettes ,alcohol.

I don't it is wise or prudent to compare West Virginia to various cities. Every area has people with problems.

Tracy French on August 16, 2016 10:07 AM
We have lost another classmate.  Curtis "Eddie" Bailey passed away August 6, 2016.  I have sent the obituary information to Carl so you can view it when he puts on our blog.

    See "In Memory of . . ." webpage -- tab at top of this page.

Ched on August 16, 2016 2:02 PM
The 10 cities  cited  are the 10 "poorest".  There  are many more with populations  over 250,000  which  are much better off. The key here is  that  these  cities have had democratic leadership for  extended periods.. By contrast Tennessee, as  a  state, is in excellent  shape, no  state income or personal property tax and has  a billion $ in  surplus. Low  taxes,  "right  to  work" laws, excellent  community college  system are important elements.  Tennessee has  a  republican  governor, and rep. majority in house  and  senate.  Could  this mean  something?
Carl on August 16, 2016 3:26 PM
Well Ched, I think it may mean that you expect facts and logic to triumph over ideology, partisanship and emotion.  Am I missing something?
Fredrick Lucas on August 16, 2016 8:17 PM
Ched according to Wall Street/7 which is on the internet, the state that ranks number 1 is Maryland with a household income of $73,971 and a poverty rate of 10.1%,

Ohio ranks 35th with a household income of $49,308. The poverty rate is 15.8%. Tennessee ranks 45th with a household income of $44,361 and a poverty rate of 18.3 %

While Cincinnati has problems, it is home to Procter & Gamble, Macy, and Kroger. It has a symphony, opera , ballet, zoo,art museum, the Reds, Bengals, Universityof Cincinnati, Xavier University, museum of natural history, and a large casino to name just a few attractions.
Fredrick Lucas on August 16, 2016 8:28 PM
The information that I gave was released from the census bureau. The numbers were crunched by 24/7. West Virginia ranked 49th with a median income of $41,059 and a poverty rate of 18.3%

Carl I think that I can discuss problems of WV because I own 14 acres of land in Mercer County.
Carl on August 16, 2016 9:07 PM
Fredo, welcome out of the closet.  It seems that you're really an old fashioned conservative from the Revolutionary era when land ownership conveyed status and privilege regardless of social positioning.  I come from a long line of the southern poverty class, thus I own NOT A SQUARE INCH of property in the Mountain State.  Howsomever, I believe that the Constitution and subsequent legislation bequeths to me the same voice and advantanges that land ownership affords you.  Surely an "at least" quasi Social Democrat such as yourself would not try to play the "landlordship" card on me as a means to "Trump" my argument.  Would you?
Fredrick Lucas on August 16, 2016 10:03 PM
Carl please give words of wisdom about our native state. Please jump in everyone with your perspective.

Will Smith was angry with Trump who referred to some women as fat pigs.I always try to respect women and never refer to them in such a derogatory fashion
Cookie on August 16, 2016 11:18 PM
Why exactly would we care what some Holly-weird racist multi-millionaire actor thinks of Trump.  Maybe he should put his money back into the community instead of flying around the country expanding his carbon foot print while he tells me to suck it in and stop burning fossil fuel because the "sky is falling, the sky is falling."  FRAUD

Mike Murphy on August 17, 2016 9:34 AM
Everyone should listen to Trumps speech on law and order he made last eve in Milwalkee. He was spot on and used some of the stats that Ched gave us recently.
If we continue down this road of lawlessness, Lieing, spending more than we have and piting groups against each other for votes and loving our enemies, we will suffer the fate of Rome!!
Get on the Trump Train and correct the corrupt mess in DC and our big cities!
Carl on August 17, 2016 9:43 AM
Fred, if I had words of wisdom, do you think I'd spend so much time on our blog? 
Now that I'm aware of your land holdings, should I be addressing you as Squire Lucas?
Carl on August 17, 2016 10:02 AM
Squire, I owe you a considerable debt of gratitude.  Your reference to the "landed" class reminded me that I think I own a square foot of land in Alaska.  Back in the 50s, I believe it was, you could gain title to a sq. ft. in Alaska by sending in cereal box tops [or something like that].  I had completely forgotten. . . . Anyone out there interested in buying a small parcel of real estate in the Yukon? 

Ched on August 17, 2016 1:18 PM
Hillary (dishonest Hillary) will appoint  liberal activists judges  to  the SCOUS which will essentially  complete Obama's plan  to fundamentally transform America. This  will  end our  country as  we have grown to know it ( I believe).
 No one (on this  earth) is perfect certainly not Trump but He will set up a cabinet of subject matter  experts in national  security, foreign affairs,  economic  growth  and Federal  government  agency  efficiency.  ( The bloated  agencies  are  drowning  under their ownw  weight.)
Then there is Obamacare. This flawed law is  coming  apart at an exponential rate. It  was  enacted "assuming"  that  the younger and more healthy population  would   sign on but  that did not happen leaving  the"insured" participants with HUGE increases in premiums.  (60% Blue  Cross in Tennessee for  example).  United Healthcare, Aetna and Humana  are severely reducing  their particiation in  the ACA  exchanges setting  the  stage  for even larger increases as  competition and  choices  are  further  reduced. Where is  the $2,500  savings promised by Obama?  This  thing is  a  disaster just like most of the liberal policies.
 The  government is not  supposed  to take  care of everybody. That is our jobs  to take  care of ourselves  and our  families..
  Whew !!!!
Cookie on August 17, 2016 1:41 PM
Your analysis of this mess is spot on!  I couldn't agree more.  We must have grown up in the same zip code.  Its amazing what you can learn on the muddy waters of Brush Creek.  
Fredrick Lucas on August 17, 2016 9:02 PM
Let us take another look at the Donald. He has alienated many women with another crude remark.Sometime ago, he referred to Mrs. Huffington as a dog because she wrote an article with which he disagrees. He even called the fourth estate the lowest of the low.

When he built the Taj Casino in Atlantic City, he used junk bonds with a high interest rate which he couldn't pay. He filed for bankruptcy protection. The contractors and workers didn't get full pay. He also owed twenty million dollars in property taxes. He went to Govrtnor Christie who let him pay five million dollars. His decision to use junk bonds was reckless . He showed no empathy for contractors, workers or taxpayers.As president, he could continue to make reckless decisions which could be costly to the nation.
Delores on August 18, 2016 12:19 AM
1.  How many ambassadors did he murder?
2. How many servicemen/women did he leave to die?
3. How many classified government documents did he email?
4.  How many female victims of rape and assault did he trash and destroy?  "Drag a dollar through a trailer park and you never know what you will find" James Carvalle
5.  How much American uranium did he hand over to our enemies?
6.  How many bogus charities did he establish in a play for pay scheme?
Fredrick Lucas on August 18, 2016 2:59 AM
If you are referring to Mrs. Clinton Cookie, she has not been procecuted for anything Hinkley was procecuted for trying to kill President Reagan and injuring his press secretary.

Gloria Stienam states that Donald is the candidate of fear and hatred. He is not the candidate of compassion, patience, empathy, kindness and understanding.Gloria is now 82.
Cookie on August 18, 2016 9:38 AM
Wait a minute while I clean my morning coffee off the computer screen and call my doctor.  My sides are killing me.  
Ched on August 18, 2016 11:32 AM
Just because  she  was not prosecuted means nothing.  She still did  the things Delores mentions. The Obama DOJ gave her a pass.  ( Remember  the DOJ is  the one  to bring  charges not  the FBI) Occasionally "justice" can be  fickle ! Remember OJ ?
 She was laso fired by the  democratic prosecuter in the  Watergate scandle  as  a  dishonest  and unethical lawyer.
Jerry Zeifman a Dem. supervised Hillary Rodham on the Watergate  comittee
. fair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation Why?“Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview . “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”
 Is  this our next POUS?
Cookie on August 18, 2016 12:01 PM
Thank you "Team Brush Creek" for the support.
Delores on August 18, 2016 12:16 PM
.....and by the way....why are we giving Gloria Steinem any credibility and/or why do we care what she thinks.  She spent a lifetime spewing her feminist mumbo-jumbo, doing more than anyone to ridicule males, destroy traditional marriage and the family unit, sending women into the workforce and latch-key children into daycare.  Then one day she said, "Oops, I think I'll try this."  She marries actor Christian Bales' father and the world replied, "Well now it must be the
Taming of the Shrew."

Opinion of an old women who has been there.  
Mike Murphy on August 18, 2016 12:40 PM
Gad Flys love the negative and denegrate with impunity.
Fred- Instead of hiding behind the denegration of others, why don't you give all of the positives of Hillary?
Get on the Trump Train
Fredrick Lucas on August 18, 2016 3:28 PM
Mike, I won't try. Miss Cookie and others like Ched like the things that the Trumpster does and says especially about blood coming from Megn Kelly, women who are fat pigs and Mrs Huffington whois a dog.

Like many others, I'm signing off of this blog.Mayor Bloomberg the nanny mayor said that Mrs. Clinton did a supurb
job getting money for New York after the planes crashed into the Twin Towers killing almost 3000 people including a former WVU quarterback. As Bloombers said they disagreed at times but they were able to work together.
Mike Murphy on August 18, 2016 4:16 PM
Like many others - who are you talking about Fred? Such a weak response, I guess that you are taking your ball and going home when challenged?
Get on the Trump Train
Carl on August 18, 2016 4:28 PM
Fred, if I understand you clearly, Al Capone should not be criticized for bootlegging, prostitution, racketeering, murder, and various other forms of felonious violence, mayhem and intimidation because, after all, the only thing he was ever convicted of was tax evasion.
   Please recognize that criminal behavior and blatant, consistent dishonesty and deceit are fatal character flaws -- or at least once were.  Whatever Trump's sins are, they pale in comparison [except for those with their heads up . . . uh, correct that, . . . uh, in the sand -- I almost said "up in the clouds" but didn't want to lend an ethereal, reverential or religious overtone]. 
Delores on August 18, 2016 6:42 PM
I trust you will always do.  Please go ahead and vote for your dishonest candidate but rest assured my vote will cancel yours out.  Maybe if you had supported your position a little better and had answered our continued requests to document your position you could have won some of us over.

You do know of course you were a master at "poking the bear" then calling foul when it got hot in the kitchen.  
Ched on August 18, 2016 11:42 PM
Hillary's  accomplishments  are few  and miniscule  for  someone who has held  the positions of senator  and secretary of  state. She  absolutely cannot run on a  record of  accomplishment.
 Trump has not held public office ( good !) but has  accomplished much as  an executive. Not  every business  deal is  successful but most of his  are.  I  support his  agenda !!!
Mike Murphy on August 20, 2016 1:05 PM
Does anyone know if Mac Parks was affected by the flooding in Greenbrier co?
Fredrick Lucas on August 21, 2016 8:46 PM
Gang, I really must sign off for several months. I will be very busy with the voters since Ohio unlike WV and TN is a battleground state. In September I will go to the Scottish Festival in Columbus IN where I will be enchanted by the bag pipe bands, singers and dancers. The caber toss and the border collies rounding up sheep are fun.Cookie I plan to eat Hagis. Incidentally my friend Connie is quite concerned about Trumps views on women. She won't vote for him
I will stay at LaQuinta Inn.
Cookie on August 21, 2016 10:57 PM
What did I tell you?
Carl on August 22, 2016 7:09 AM
Fred, was Connie all set to support Trump before she learned of his "views on women"?
Carl on August 22, 2016 7:38 AM
Fred, in deference to your often expressed great respect for citation, the issue of "Trump's view of women" is nicely addressed in a USA Today article.
   SIMPLY GOOGLE "USA Today Trump's Comments on Women" and you'll learn that the basis of this charge ties to comments that he made about 2 specific women, namely Rosie O'Donnell and Arianna Huffington.  As of the date of the article, August 12, 2015, THAT'S IT!!!
    It is only the cheapest kind of "progressive" rhetoric that uses this to paint in broad strokes the "views on women" castigation of Mr. Trump.  When anyone helps to spread such dishonesty, it is not to their credit.
Fredrick Lucas on August 22, 2016 8:59 AM
Carl, the New York Times May 14, 2016 reported that Trump said that Rosie O Donnel has a "fat ugly face". According to the Times, there were instances in which Trump made unwanted advances to Miss Universe participants. Read the article Carl.
Carl on August 22, 2016 10:25 AM
Fred, I acknowledged that Trump had made a nasty comment about Rosie.  Are you now telling me that your position is based on "unwanted advances"?  That's pretty thin gruel.  Are you as bothered by Hillary's defense of Bill and her defamatory comments toward and alleged investigations of women toward whom Bill unquestionably made "unwanted advances" and much, much worse?  What do you think that says about Hillary's "views on women"?
Cookie on August 22, 2016 2:49 PM
Welcome back Fredo.  I knew you couldn't stay away.  
P.S.  Where's Hilliary???????????????
Where's Prez????????
Where's Trump?????  Giving out boxes of food.
Fredrick Lucas on August 23, 2016 9:03 PM
Carl, I haven't returned.I feel sad that I have taken too much time. I want Mr. Dillon, Mr. French and others to express themselves about whatever floats their boat.

Carl on August 23, 2016 9:10 PM
Fred, 'twas Cookie who welcomed you back.  Go or stay as suits you.  You know, whatever floats your boat.  As far as I'm concerned, you're always welcome.  You DO stir the pot, and I like that, but all blog participation is voluntary.  I commend you on speaking up for what you believe.

Tracy French on August 25, 2016 4:36 PM
I want to let everyone know my daughter Beth was in Morgantown Tuesday to see her doctor and it was all good news.  He said the tumor did not show any sizeable growth from 2 years ago and he would not be too concerned with the brain atrophy.

That was an answer to prayer and I want to thank everyone for their prayers and concerns.

To God be the Glory!
Carl on August 25, 2016 5:00 PM
Woohoo!!!  What fabulously wonderful news.
I'm really, really happy for you and all of yours.
Mike Murphy on August 25, 2016 6:10 PM
Tracy - Great news - You deserve it Padre!
Sounds like Trump will use common sense in solving the Immigration problem!
Get on the Trump Train
Fredrick Lucas on August 25, 2016 9:43 PM
Tracy, I am pleased that your daughter received good news from the medical community. I hope that she will remain in good health for many years to come giving service to God, her church, community and family.

To the rest of you, if you want to take a vacation to Canada, the Canadian dollar is worth 70 cents US. To put it another way, you can give the Canadian exchange $1.00 and receive $1.30 Canadian.

A number of my Cincinnati friends have gone to Canada. Fred

Carl on August 26, 2016 11:46 AM
Fred, is it true, as rumored, that nearly ALL of your Cincinnati friends will go to Canada if Trump is elected?
Ched on August 26, 2016 12:40 PM
 Prayers  answered. I am happy and  relieved  that your  daughter is getting  the  good news>
 God  has blessed  you  this  time !!

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