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

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

 
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Mike Murphy on May 1, 2016 8:56 AM
Vince Gill has a new album dedicated to George Jones titled "Down to My Last Sin" Kind of reminds me of being 73. Even my drinking has to be curtailed with diabetis. So it is down to my last half?
 
The difference between a Catholic and a Methodist, is a Catholic will say hello to you in the liquor store!
 
He stopped loving her today
 
Happy Birthday all
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on May 2, 2016 4:35 PM
This year, 40000 people participared in the Flying Pig Marathon.Twenty thousand runners actually did the 26 mile run. The male winner did the run in 2 hours and 26 minutes. He was from California. The female winner was from Anderson Township. This was her first race. She ran faster than her track coach. She completed the race in 2 hours and 53 minutes.


The times were slower than those of Boston, New York and Chicago. Why? Cincinnati has hills.Each person who participated received a shirt as part of the entry fee. The rest went to their favorite charity. The Cincinnati race is now the thirteenth largest in the nation.

Fred Lucas
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Fredrick Lucas on May 2, 2016 10:03 PM
According to the CincinnatiBusiness Courier participants came from all 50 states and eighteen foreign countries.This event put money into the local economy.

Next year the event will be from May 5-7. Hope that some of your relatives will participate. Fred
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Fredrick Lucas on May 4, 2016 9:19 AM
I was incorrectwhen I said that twenty thousand people ran the 26 mile Flying Pig Marathon. The actual number was 4772. Proctor and Gamble sponsored the event. For those who study Civil War history, Proctor and Gamble had a contract with the Union Army to supply soap products.

Ched, I want to revise my statement. You don't supply any data to support your views and you critique the data that I supply concerning topics about which I have written. Thus you aren't the sharpest tool in the shed. Fred
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Mike Murphy on May 4, 2016 10:13 AM
Hillary was lucky she got out of Mingo County alive. She said she was misquoted or taken out of context when confronted by an out of work miner with three kids. I hope she, Barack,the Sierra Club and Climate Change facists are happy. They have ruined the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and the economy of appalacha including WV.
 
Hopefully Trump can forge a new movement that focuses on the well being of people instead of the body politics. A good house cleaning is in order and for those who are offended, sometimes you have to hold your nose until the stench goes away.
 
Fred - speaking of tools, have you ever heard of common sense?  I would take Cheds advise and comments over yours any day.
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Ched on May 4, 2016 11:15 AM
Thanks Mike  for  the vote of  confidence.
Figures  generally dont lie but  the problem is  that liars  figure .So common sense and wisdom from lifelong  experiences rule !
 Hillary had her "Joe  the Plumber" moment in Mingo Co. only this  time it  was Joe  the miner"!!! Her lame response  was pitiful.
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Cookie on May 4, 2016 2:20 PM
Mingo County Rocks!!! She looked like a fool and her husband looked well................pitiful.  Someone should tell them the 60s have left the building.  

I heard a great quote the other day:  "If jellyfish can survive for 650 billion years with no brain there is hope for some of us."

Someone isn't following the blog rules and needs to be "taken to the shed."  Shame on you!  I'll take my "gutter words" any day over insults. 
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Ched on May 5, 2016 5:49 PM
Cookie,
 No insults  from me. Only best  wishes and  thanks  to all !!
  I agree  with  you on HRC  and Bill looks  absolutely gaunt  standing  atound  with his mouth wide open !!!
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Cookie on May 5, 2016 8:58 PM
Ched
Can you believe this stuff!    Just finished a book that every one should read before the November election..."Clinton Cash."  Well footnoted and documented.....lays it all out there.  Then you will know how important the 
"e-mails" are and why the stalling.  Best wishes to you and yours in Henderson.  Was there once....have a cousin there and its a beautiful place.  
 
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Ched on May 6, 2016 10:19 AM
Cookie,
  Who is  your  cousin in Hendersonville  TN? Where  doe he/she live ? Maybe  we know her/him?
 
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Mike Murphy on May 6, 2016 12:37 PM
Time for all to get on the Trump Train. If Republican Party keeps acting like a brat. it is time for the 4th party?
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Cookie on May 6, 2016 1:03 PM
Ched:
Bob Dickerson.  He is an account rep for Sunbelt.  He is originally from Blacksburg.  His dad ran Dickerson Jewelry across from the VPI campus next to the theater.  
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Ched on May 6, 2016 5:30 PM
Cookie,
   Would  this be  Robert W   Dickerson ???
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Cookie on May 6, 2016 10:48 PM
Yes it would.  Do you know him?  Tall  guy about 6-4 with a nice Virginia accent. His mom and my mom were sisters.
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Carl on May 8, 2016 10:30 AM
Yo, all o' y'all.  Back home from a week out of town and out of touch.  Very disappointed to learn that one of my alma maters, Va Tech, disinvited black, conservative speaker Jason Reilly.  Silly me, thinking that intellectual honesty was better protected there.
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Cookie on May 8, 2016 12:36 PM
Jason Reilly was on WMAL Radio Friday discussing his "dis-invite."  Interesting. 
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Fredrick Lucas on May 8, 2016 6:34 PM
I know that you would take Ched's advice . But when you would back Donald Trump, I would think that you are a dim bulb. Fred
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Carl on May 8, 2016 8:51 PM
Fred, your (1) "you aren't the sharpest tool in the shed" and (2) "dim bulb" comments are COMPLETELY out of line.  If you don't immediately and henceforth eliminate the personal pejorative attacks, I'll remove all future comments from you from the Blog.  Please show some dignity and respect for opposing views.
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Ched on May 9, 2016 8:29 PM
Carl,
 Thanks.  Perhaps Fred  failed  to see  your earlier  comment  about civility on the blog !!
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Mike Murphy on May 11, 2016 9:59 AM
Time for a cleansing, Get on the Trump Train!
 
You've got to walk that lonsome valley
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Ched on May 11, 2016 11:56 AM
Mike,
I think  the libs have under estimated  the whole Trump "movement".  Mike Huckabee had  the  same  comment last night on Hannity.  The  folks  are completely worn out  with the Washington establisment. Time  to clean things up>  I hope  Trump  can pare down the  size of  all the burecratic agencies  and put some  efficiency in  the govt.
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Carl on May 11, 2016 5:16 PM
I believe it was the venerable old linguist George W. [Dubya] Bush who coined the term "misunderestimated."  I've liked the word ever since.
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Mike Murphy on May 12, 2016 9:35 AM
Looks like we have two good candidates for Governor in WV?
 
Geno- are you OK?
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on May 13, 2016 4:31 AM
Carl I don't really plan to make any further comments Fred
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Fredrick Lucas on May 13, 2016 3:27 PM
Carl, 

There is a physical therapist in the hospital next to the healthplex where I work out. She has had cancer amd a double masectomy. She is bright and fun loving. In the banter that takes place between siblings, her brother told her that she isn't the sharpest tool in the shed and she laughed.


Ched I attended the luncheon of the Hamilton County Retired Teachers Association. There was total opposition to Trump. He abused and belittled his opponents. Senator Rubio was called little Marco, Jeb Bush wants his mother. Ted was lying Ted whose father was allied with the man who killed President Kennedy. 

The teachers tried to teach children to be respectful and kind to others. What kind of example did Trump provide for the children? A number of parents refused to let their children watch the Republican debates.

There are also a number of people from the Islamic community and the Latino groups who plan to vote agaunst Trump.

Trump's election isn't a certainty. Fred
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Cookie on May 13, 2016 4:18 PM
Jesus Fredo:
Will you make up your mind.
You are confusing me and I AM the sharpest tool in the shed.  
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Mike Murphy on May 13, 2016 4:25 PM
George Stephenoplis - Trump slapped him good for his support of the Clinton Foundation and Hillary this AM on good morning America.
 
Time to get on the Trump Train!
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Tracy French on May 15, 2016 8:42 PM
Mike:  I got on the Trump Express when it pulled out of the station.  I'm praying it don't have the same fate as the famous Southern "Ol 97".

We could end up with a billionaire in the White House and a billionaire in the WV mansion.  
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Fredrick Lucas on May 17, 2016 4:31 PM
I had fun last Sunday the 15th. I sing tenor 1 with the Kolping Sanger Chor. This is a group of men and women who sing German songs. The concert was well attended. Over the years, I have studied German at the Tri State German School and voice lessons at the Musical Arts School. I have sung auf Deutsch in our symphony choir, the May Festival Chorus and the Sanger Chor. Septrember 29th the chor has a date to sing in Pittsburgh. Our West Virginia fans will see the choir in Wheeling. Fred
 
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Carl on May 17, 2016 4:34 PM
I saw the light; I saw the light.
No more darkness, no more night.

Just home from a cataract removal about 3 hours ago.
The world looks brighter already.  Life is good in paradise.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 18, 2016 9:04 AM
Carl, I am happy that you had cataract surgery. I'm happy that you can see clearly. I was thinking of the song, " I can see clearly now the rain has gone. "

My eye physician told me that everyone gets cataracts. I'm not ready for surgery.My time will come.Fred
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Carl on May 18, 2016 12:33 PM
Thanks Fred.  I've always liked "I Can See Clearly Now," especially the Kolping Sanger Chor's rendition, and, of course, their rendering of "Cracklin' Rosie."
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Ched on May 21, 2016 10:47 PM
I had cataract surgery about 18 months ago. Colors are more vivid and eyes are extremely light sensitive originally requiring very dark sunglasses for driving. This  moderates some over time though.
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Darla Pitzer on May 22, 2016 6:42 PM
Thinking of Carl today. We went to a very nice Memorial Service for his brother Jim this afternoon. We talked to Carl and he is doing will. Keep Carl and the family in your prayers!!
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Mike Murphy on May 22, 2016 7:20 PM
Carl - So sorry for your loss.
Keep the faith
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on May 23, 2016 8:36 AM
Ca..rl please accept my condolences on the death of your brother Jim. I'm sure that you have many fond memories .

Cookie Peg Tolley died . His obituary is listed on the Seaver web page. He was born in 1920 and worked at Leggets for 49 years.Your stories about wotking at Leggets  brought about a hardy laugh. Fred
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geno on May 23, 2016 1:40 PM
Carl, sorry for your loss.
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Tom Dillon on May 24, 2016 7:16 AM
Carl, thinking of you and your family. Prayers going up from Indiana.


Kay & Tom
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Pete Stephenson on May 24, 2016 9:56 AM
Pete here.Carl,sorry for the loss of Jim.Our prayers go out to you and the family.
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Ched on May 24, 2016 1:13 PM
Carl,
 My most  sincere  condolences o the loss of  your  brother !
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Cookie on May 24, 2016 8:59 PM
We graduated 56 years ago this week.  That's gettin' a little scary. 
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Carl on May 24, 2016 9:07 PM
Yeah, I believe that's the point at which I set out to become educated beyond my intelligence.  Don't mean to brag, but I think I succeeded spectacularly.
CMT: student of 1) Bluefield College, 2) West Virginia Tech, 3) Concord College, 4) Frederick CC, 5) Western MD College, 6) Keene State College, 7) Nashville State Tech. Inst., 8) Appalachian State Univ, & 9) Va. Tech.    Whew!
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Cookie on May 24, 2016 11:47 PM
Holy Cow Carl!  But did they teach you how to fix a leaking toilet?
Come on!  I know you have a good one coming!
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Carl on May 25, 2016 10:10 AM
Cookie, the little practical knowledge that I possess [e.g., toilet repair, parging], I picked up on my own.  I don't think that practical experience and the School of Hard Knocks can educate one beyond his intelligence; only academe can soar to such heights.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 25, 2016 11:00 AM
Since Carl has listed the schools that he has attended, I will list mine:Concord, West Virginia University, University of Cincinnati, Wilmington College, Tri State German School, Musical Arts Center.

I receive the basics of a subject from the academies but I go in depth by book learnin and getting involvred with others. I recently sang in German and I get together wirh members of the Alliance Francaise to speak French. I go to this blog to share ideas about current events. For example Mike the endowment at Concord  is $21,798,186 reported by US News. The enrollment is about 2650.  Fred Lucas


 
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Carl on May 25, 2016 12:45 PM
Daggone Fredo.  How'd you attend that many schools and not get educated beyond your intelligence?
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Darla on May 25, 2016 4:25 PM
Thanks Carl....I now know what parging is because I looked it up!!!! 
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Mike Murphy on May 25, 2016 5:18 PM
Wow Fred, if they included the $21M endowment in the transfer from Concord to Bluefield State it would go a long way to retraining the coal miners that BHO and Sierra have put out of work.
 
Tom - maybe Concord could keep $50,000 for records retention and put Hillary in charge!
 
Carl- remember the quote " A society who praises philosophers because it is a noble profession and looks down on plumbers because it is a lowly profession will have both philosophy and pipes that will not hold water"  I used to know who to attribute this quote too but like a lot of my trivia it has become trite!  Parge to the ground line!
 
Keep the faith
Mike
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Cookie on May 25, 2016 6:09 PM
Here is another one for you Mike.  Read this the other day and thought WOW.
"An unarmed American is a subject.  An armed American is a citizen."
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Cookie on May 25, 2016 6:06 PM
Me too Darla and it was a good thing.  I thought Carl had developed an eating disorder.
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Cookie on May 25, 2016 6:12 PM
I've been meaning to tell you VPI boys about a cute book I'm reading.  "Carrying Albert Home" by Home Hickam.  Its the tale of his mom Elsie, dad Homer senior, an alligator and a rooster on a road trip to Florida.  Homer's imagionation got the better of him on this one and it is clever, funny and down right outrageous.
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Mike Murphy on May 25, 2016 8:03 PM
I met Homer 1999 at a WV technology conference, he was a big supporter of Gov Underwood also met Huckabee there.

Bye the way parging is pretty much obselete for sealing concrete block walls from ground water. A water soluble latex paint that can be rolled on block walls with a shaggy roller does a much better and way easier job for sealing.
 
Keep the faith and hop on the Trump Train!
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on May 25, 2016 9:32 PM
I met Homer Hickam at a book signing at the Joseph Beth Bookstore in Cincinnati. I read the book Rocket Boys and saw the movie.His brother went to WVU and my brother went to Virginia Tech. He did a good job with that book.  Fred
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Ched on May 26, 2016 10:27 AM
Homer Hickam was in my  class at  Va  Tech but  I do not remember him from then.  I  have read his book "Rocket Boys  and  saw  the movie also.
 Thse  were also the  days before  the  war on coal !!
 I don't  think I've  ever "parged".
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Carl on May 26, 2016 10:45 AM
Murf, it's lookin' like you 'n me may be the only pargers in PHS60.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 26, 2016 6:53 PM
Next September, I plan to take a vacation to Lancaster Pennsylvania. There is a large Amish community in that county. I look forward to the visit.

Mike Marshall University has an endowment of $107,724,735. Fred
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Fredrick Lucas on May 26, 2016 9:40 PM
Mike, I thought that you might enjoy a few more endowment facts. The University of Concinnati founded in 1819 has an endowment of $1.2 billion. West Virginia University $565 000,000/ Virginia Tech $817,000,000  Fred
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Carl on May 27, 2016 7:49 AM
J. Fred, all this talk of endowments?  Have you been watching re-runs of the Trump-Rubio debates?
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Ched on May 27, 2016 1:38 PM
I have a great  appreciation and  admiration for all of the brave and unselfish military  especially those  who made the ultimate  sacrifice. I also thank all those  who have  and  continue  to serve in our armed  forces.

 Happy Memorial Day !!!
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Fredrick Lucas on May 27, 2016 6:32 PM
Carl, I want to express admiration to alumni and businesses who contribute to endowment funds that help prepare students for a profession.

I want to remember all of the veterans who have served our country from the beginning until the present day. Fred
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Mike Murphy on May 27, 2016 7:20 PM
Happy Memorial Day
 
Get on the Trump Train
Mike
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Carl on May 28, 2016 8:26 AM
BIRTHDAY ALERT!!!  June has 5 (that I know of):
Sarah Evans Allen - June 3
Edward Laufer - June 4
Kay Hendrick Gammon - June 14
Tom Dillon - June 21
Aloma Rose Ashworth - June 25
 
Happy Birthdays you fine folk.

 
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Fredrick Lucas on May 28, 2016 3:11 PM
Mike, when Trump opposed Governor Kasich in Ohio, he carried the cou  Appalachian counties that border West Virginia and Kentucky. He didn't carry any of the major metropolitan areas in the state. Cincinnati, Dayton, Columbus, Toledo , Akron and Cleveland.

There is quite a divide between the rural, and small towns and the major metropolitan areas of our country.

Trump said that Governor Romney walks like a penguin. That is childish. Trump sells men's dress shirts. For awhile, they were made in China but now they are made in Bangeledesh where the wages are cheap and the working conditions are wretched. The shirts retail for $16.95 according to CNN. 

The Koch Brothers aren't backing Trump neither is Governor Romney, or the Bush family. Why do you believe that the rest of us should back Trump?
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Mike Murphy on May 28, 2016 6:59 PM
Fred et al - We need a drastic change in politics in the USA. The economy,military,vetrans affairs, immigration and bloated welfare are just a few things that progressives have run into the ground including telling me which bathroom I should use.
 
Trump won every county in WV and 25% of those who voted for Saunders said they would vote for Trump. Come to southern WV and see the devistation. Charleston WV Ppopulation just fell below 50,000. And the state still does not have a budget, unlike USA we can't print of borrow more money.
 
Frankly Fred I would be worried if people who believe like you were supporting Trump!
 
Tracy - Can I have an Amen? By the way have you watched the new series The Preacher, I think it is hillarious and probably you will consider it blastfemous but it fits my warped sense of humor. Someone said to Brother Dave Garner you should be a preacher you could make a million and he replied but brother what would a preacher do with a million?
 
Every One on the Trump cleansing train!
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on May 28, 2016 10:14 PM
Mike, the Appalachian region of Ohio like Jackson County has lost jobs and has a higher rate of unemployment than the major metropolitan areas. Drug and alcohol problems pervade the area.

According to you tube, West Virginia lost 70,000 mining jobs between 1970 and 1990.I left Princeton for Cincinnati in 1970 because job opportunities were very limited. Several years ago Sleep Lively told me that a man with a family shouldn't come to Mercer County. If one was retired, he can live comfortably in Mercer County.

I have seen several stories on you tube about conditions in McDowell County and Pocahantas Virginia. One of the men I know in Cincinnati grew up in Pocahantas. I would  q uestion a man like Trump who has no experience in government  and is his own adviser. The fact that he has made fun of members of the Republican Party such as the war hero Senator John McCain certainly gives me pause along with the other wierd statements that he has made about other Republican stalwarts. He publically reprimanded the Republican governor of New Mexico. Fred
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Mike Murphy on May 29, 2016 9:57 AM
We have to get over the petty thoughts and slights that were meant to be comical irony and realize that more of the same and in fact doubling down with Hillary and Bernie will only make things worse not better.
 
Many of WVs problems were made by do gooders like the Sierra Club and especially BHO!
 
Trump will give DC a good cleansing of spend thrift Democrats and Republicans as well as Socialists!
 
Get on the Trump Train!
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on May 29, 2016 2:47 PM
Mike the West Virginia legislature has until July 1 to make a decision about the budget.

The depression in Mingo, McDowell and Pocahantas Virginia happened many years prior to the Obama presidency. The Russian Orthodox Church closed in Elkhorn and reopened in Bluefield many years prior to the Obama presidency. The brothel in Keystone closed many years prior to the Obama presidency. 


State Senator John Fanning discusses his perspective on the economic problems in McDowell County. See you tube. A crew from the Australian Television network has an interesting perspective  about McDowell County on you tube.

Mike you adore Republicans but you must not forget what Don Blankenship did at the upper Big Branch mine. The negligance of company officials cost 29 miners their lives. Fred
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Fredrick Lucas on May 29, 2016 4:03 PM
Mike, you live in a rural depressed state The Cincinnati metro population is 2.1 million people which is more than the entire state of West Virginia. Expenditures by various governmental agencies are higher than those of the hamlet called Kenna. There are expenditures for infrastructure, police and fire protection, parks and recreation, Miami University and the University of Cincinnati , Greater Cincinnati International Airport, various public school districts, the Cincinnati Zoo, the Internal Revenue processing office and the USPS. The post office

Right now I-75 and I -71 are being upgraded. Last year, I-275 was upgraded and repaved. What in this and other metro areas do you want to cut?
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Cookie on May 29, 2016 7:27 PM
The Election:
Seems as though career politicians have certainly gotten us into a "pickle" wouldn't you say.  Maybe we should give a successful businessman who has actually created something, met a payroll and frankly isn't afraid to "stand up" a chance.  
Google Mrs. Sanders--the previous college president who is under investigation for padding a federal grant application claiming her Vermont college could meet the required match by several million dollars when in fact the college only had around $250,000 in endowments.  If you think Bern is the guy for the job--vote for him.  However, look no further than Venezuela for a future America--no food, no medicine, no electricity.  They can't even produce toilet paper.  But then if you can't eat I suppose that is the least of your worries.
 
On the other hand if you feel its ok to give away classified information and participate in the greatest "pay for play" scheme in the history of our country--and you are the most abused wife on the planet while "screaming" women's issues with every breath (kind of makes her a fraud wouldn't you say) then vote for Hil.  I won't even get into her deceit--there isn't enough room.  Just go to the library and check out "Clinton Cash."  Its a bore but worth the bore.  

I used to anxiously await every Sunday night so I could get my "fix"--an hour with The Sopranoes.  As despicable as Tony was--murderer, cheater, criminal--millions of women loved him--me included.  I just loved Tony!!! When he died in Italy I cried.  Why you ask?  Because I knew if it was broken Tony would fix it.  I knew if the bad guys were on the way Tony was going to protect me.  And I knew Tony was a man's man who wasn't afraid to enter the ring and do whatever it took to win.  He would swagger into the room and suck out all the oxygen.  I knew a man's man like that once upon a time.  He flew the flag in the backyard.
I'm beginning to think "The Don" just may be our new "Don."  

Tony may not be dead afterall.  
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Fredrick Lucas on May 29, 2016 8:12 PM
Recently, I learned that some of the Christian clergy are worth millions.Billy Graham is worth $10 million. Benny Henn is worth$ 42 million, Jimmy Swaggert is worth $2 million Jessie Jackson is worth $12 million. This information was on thr Yahoo web page. Fred


 
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Cookie on May 29, 2016 11:04 PM
I "caught" that Cincinnati.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 30, 2016 7:54 AM
Mike, 

Many people like yourself went to places like Kenna to get away from large urban areas. I don't think that you will have any difficulty using a public toilet. 

The Republican governor of North Carolina has told the public in his state that they must use the toilet that is designated for their gender at birth. If you are a male at birth you must use the the restroom designated  for men. A man who has had gender resaaignment surgery cannot use the restroom designated for females in North Carolina. Fred 



 
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Mike Murphy on May 30, 2016 12:36 PM
Fred - don't presume to know who I adore and why I live in a "Hamlet" and that I want to take away from Cincinatti to pay for the carnage caused by BHO and the Sierra Club and other progressives to our wounderful state. Why do you feel like you have to disparage West Virginia and rural people?
 
As far as bathrooms I believe you should use the one that corresponds to your hardware and that according to BHO and the Dept of Ed. you use the one you believe represents what you think you are. Can you imagine the PHS girls shower being invaded by some boys that "identify themselves as female that day?
 
Keep the faith
Mike
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Ched on May 30, 2016 4:22 PM
Why is it  that after several hundred  years do we find it necessary to edict  from Washington where and how  to  go to the toilet or  shower.  I agree  with Mike. You should  go  to the one  which matches your "plumbing". This business of going  to where  your current " identity"  takes  you is  asking  for  trouble just  wait  and  see on this !!
"Stay tuned"

I agree with Cookie's "rant". 
 Maybe  the  earthquake which Donald  Trump will make in Washington is  just  what  the  country needs.
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Cookie on May 30, 2016 5:13 PM
Ched:  That was not a rant.  In keeping with the terms of the blog, you will note I harnessed my descriptors.
 
However, in terms of bathrooms........I was in a fairly large football stadium on Saturday--seats 25,000.  The line for the "ladies" room *(well I guess it was the ladies room-the sign had a skirt on) ran all the way around the building.  I looked out and saw a large shade tree and thought to myself...its a shame that today I don't feel like I'm a yellow lab---problem solved.  
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Fredrick Lucas on May 30, 2016 5:22 PM
Recent;y, I used the restroom at our local hospital. It was available to everyone. I first knocked on the door and no one responded. So I entered and deficated. Then I left. Across the hall there was a restroom for those who had infants and had to have their diapers changed. No problems.

Several years ago, I was in Quebec City. Their restroom was similar to the one at the Cincinnati hospital. The Republicans in North Carolina want to continue to regulate personal conduct.

Mike living in Cincinnati, I have many more agencies to consider than you in Kenna. Will I have to stand in line for hours  before I can  be screeded at the Greater Cincinnati Internatiional Airport for example. There isn't an international airpoet in Kenna. Fred
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Ched on May 30, 2016 8:14 PM
NC is not  trying  to regulate personal conduct.  Obama is !!!!  NC is  trying  to hold on to standards of  decency which have been around for eons !!

Cookie, Sorry for  your  experience  at  the  stadium. With men the "yellow Lab scenario  works wonders.
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Cookie on May 30, 2016 8:41 PM
Well folks-I have a terrific "pun" for this thread but I'm afraid I'd be blocked from the blog.
Next!

 
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Mike Murphy on May 30, 2016 8:58 PM
Sorry Fred I didn't realize your great importance as the Mayor of Cincinatti! Get a life
 
Thanks to all you Vets for keeping us safe  - Now if you could just save us from the progressives!
 
Happy Birthday
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on May 31, 2016 9:57 AM
When I went to the you tube I listened to Senator John Fanning discuss McDowell County. He explained that when the mines closed, young men and women left. Now there are few young people left who can start and sustain businesses.When there 100000 people in McDowell County there were 13 auto dealerships. Now there are none. Mr. Fanning owns a funeral home. His business is still good. The older folks are passing away.

Recently, I met a woman who works at the CVS pharmacy. Her family lived in Beckley. Her dad was a coal miner. The family came to Cincinnati to escape problems in the coal mines.

Ched, lest we forget, the State of NorthCarolina sanctioned slavery and mandated racial segregation in colleges and schools. 

There are several areas in West Virginia that prosper. Martainsburg and the eastern panhandle, Morgantown to name a few. Fred


 
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Cookie on May 31, 2016 11:16 AM
Fred
It appears you still fail to understand the policies of your party, in great part, that created the McDowell County you continually attack as well as other regions of MY great state.  

Since we are on the topic of communities and their various attributes let me share a story with you regarding my trip to Cincinnati.  When I traveled the Ohio aboard the American Queen the trip began in your city and terminated in Pittsburg.  We traveled to Cincinnati and spent the first night in a very nice hotel near the ship.  We were informed by our travel agent that it would be ok to spend some time in the park nearby but should be inside the hotel well before dark.  We did so but soon decided it was best to return to the hotel in early afternoon.  The streets were packed with wild, loud, boisterous and obnixous people drinkiing, snoking dope and jiving to the overwhelming noise of the on-stage rap music.  I am sure there are lovely places in Cincinnati but this was not a pleasant experience.  I also attended a conference in the heart of the city many years ago and was given the same warning from the conference planners.  
I know you enjoy "poking the bear" but "gosh darn" sometimes your disparging remarks about MY STATE are most unpleasant.

Well, at least I am happy everything came out ok for you during your visit to the hospital as you mentioned in your post above.  
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Tom Dillon on May 31, 2016 2:37 PM
Fred, too much information. I don't think anyone wishes to know whether you did number 1 or number 2 . If the latter, particularly if you couldn't wait until you got home, you were probably parging -- Imodium works well for that problem.
 
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Ched on May 31, 2016 2:48 PM
Fred, I don't  think anyone condones  slavery ( abolished approx  150 years  ago) nor racial segregation  (abolished  decades  ago) It is  true  that NC supported bothe at one  time  as did all southern states. That simply is not  the  same  comparison as having  "men" going into the ladies  rest  rooms.  I personally  respect our wives  and  daughters to much to have  them subjected  to possible  lewd pervision !!!
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pete Stephenson on May 31, 2016 5:49 PM
<span style="&quot;font-family:comic" sans="" ms,cursive;"="">I know that the gender contrivesay is a big thing,looks like it is going to stay on party lines.As for my opinion I think the girls should pack heat.And when they are approached just let the nut see the heal of the gun.I am the NRA and proud of this orginization.Remember one thing all,The NRA collectively is the largest Army in the world.Think about it.Fred.as for Cincy,it was one of the hardest cities in the USA to do trucking business.Hard to get around.The worst was Pittsburg.Nuff said.What ya think Mike?Faith,Hope,@love.
PS Slavery was started by the blac ks not the whites.i think blacks should take responsibility for their actions.
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Fredrick Lucas on May 31, 2016 7:41 PM
There will be a chili cook off in Wheeling along the riverfront yhis weekend for those who enjoy chili.

Cookie, the coal companies closed mines in the Appalachian region many years ago and moved their operations to Wyoming where is has been cheaper to mine coal.

A problem in West Virginia has been the use of alcohol, tobacco, and pain killers such as oxycontin. Often when people have no purpose in life they will resort to addictive substances. See the book Man's Search For Meaning by Victor Frankel.

The Cincinnati Zoo had a problem when a four year old boy went through a fence and fell into a gorilla enclosure. People in the crowd were screaming which confused the gori lla who drug the boy through the water. The decision was made to kill the gorilla. Jack Hannah of the Columbus Zoo agreed that the zoo made the right decision. When I watch children at day care centers, I notice that they all hold hands and follow the adult. Sadly this mom didn't do that.

Fred
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Fredrick Lucas on June 1, 2016 9:39 AM
Cookie,

One other factor when one thinks of the loss of mining jobs is mechanization. Fewer miners were needed to mine the coal. That contributed to the out migration of miners.

I learned that the old company store in Pocahantas Va. fell into the street.So many people left the community ,that the post office closed. Enough said on the subject of population declines in the coal  mining areas of the Appalachian region.
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Mike Murphy on June 1, 2016 10:39 AM
Fred - How arragant can you be? You say it is the end of the discussion with all your excuses for the population decline but will not accnowledge that BHO and the Sierra Club has sucessfully waged a war on coal. And you wounder why Trump is so popular in WV?
 
Get on the Trump Train
Mike
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Fredrick Lucas on June 1, 2016 1:31 PM
Turning to another topic, Carl did your brother give information about favorite charaties to which we can donate? When Peg Tolley died recently he requested that donations should be given to the First United Methodist Church or the Rescue Squad.

My friends are looking foreward to the chili cook off in Wheeling. Her mom is a Hatfield descendant and lived in Matewan before coming to Cincinnati.
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Cookie on June 1, 2016 1:32 PM
"Any man who is under 30 and is not a liberal  has no heart.  Any man who is over 30 and is not a conservative has no brain."  Winston Churchill
Fred:  By my calculation you are at least 40 years overdue.
P.S.
Thank you for the daily news update.  However,
those us beyond the boundaries of the Ohio River do
get the news!@
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Fredrick Lucas on June 1, 2016 4:04 PM
As a postscript regarding the decline of Pocahantas Virginia, the residents were told during the '40's that they needed to diversify. The company was going to retire the mine in 1950 which they did. The town population dropped from 5,000 to 447 in 2000.The high school closed in 2008. Fred
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Fredrick Lucas on June 2, 2016 4:49 PM
Cookie Winston Churchill has a problem . He was bipolar.During the times when he was on a high, he would work 20 hours a day. He would ask his staff to also work long hours. When he was on a low, he rarely did much of anything.At the time that he lived, there were not many medicines to treat the condition.After WW2, his party the conservatives lost.

Ched twenty states have passed laws allowing transgensder people to go to the restroom that corresponds to their gender of choice. Last week a transgender high school student from Virginia was allowed in the boys restroom. There are punishments for those who disobey.

We allow students to buy firearms but if they disobey the law and kill or injure someone, they can face punishment. Two weeks ago a woman who was intoxicated drove her car into four workmen on the highway killing one.She received a 16 year prison term.

Let me explainwhat I know about homosexuality. First I refer you to two books bu Louann Brizendine MD. who is a faculty member in the College of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco . Her specialthy is psychiatry.Her two books are The Female Brain  and the Male Brain. She states that homosexuality isn't a rational choice.Research shows that the event takes place in the womb. Sometimes girls get too much testosterone and become attracted to girls while boys sometimes get too little testosterone and are attracted to other males.Some seek sexual reassignment surgery. Fred

 
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Cookie on June 2, 2016 6:14 PM
Why on earth are you wasting your knowledge on this stupid blog.  Why aren't you out saving the world.
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Ched on June 3, 2016 8:13 PM
Fred,
 Just because 20 states have passed laws making it OK for people  to use  the facility ( shower or toilet) of  their preference,  does not make it  right. This is  asking  for  trouble  going  forward just  wait. Some  states have  violated  federal law  and are permitting  recreational "weed". Problems  are already evident.
 Cities are giving  sanctuary  to illegals also violating  federal law. When  will our president( if  that is  what you call him),  strap on some C O Jones and get  about enforcing   the  statutes  we  have. 
 Trump will  !!!!!
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Tracy French on June 2, 2016 9:46 PM
WOW!  I don't read the blog for a week and it takes me an hour to catch up.

I do have a question.  How could there be any research done on male or female brains in the womb when they are not alive until they are born?

Just saying...  

Cookie:  Go ahead with the pun.  Hillarys' got your back. 
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Mike Murphy on June 3, 2016 10:31 AM
Fred - I am reminded of the joke about the boy who ask his father about sex and the father replied go ask your mother and the boy said I DON'T WANT TO KNOW THAT MUCH ABOUT IT! You are too much?
 
Hillary just said that she will continue to fight ISIS just like BHO, That seams like a real winner. I prefer Trumps saying we will beat the Hell out of them!
 
keep the faith
Mike
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Carol on June 3, 2016 2:15 PM
Mike, my Ansted friend, Evelyn, told me that she heard from a friend in Smithers that my WVIT friend's husband passed away a week or so ago. He also graduated from WVIT after serving in the Army. Giacomo is the name and their son was a police officer who was killed in the line duty about 15 years ago. If I recall correctly, you didn't know Nancy. However, she worked at Tech for many years. Doing some catchup reading on the blog about Homer Hickham. Sherman Sears (one of the Rocket Boys) attended WVIT a couple of years. He had a limp from polio. A really nice, outgoing guy. Mike, I am definitely on the Trump Train. Not my first choice, nor second nor third choice, but his comments about SC's senior senator were priceless. Trump brought more than a hundred thousand new primary voters to the polls in SC. A osteopath (originally from India) whom we know at a tennis/fitness club told me the other day "I am voting for Trump." He has unending stories about people who come in for medical care and expect everything for nothing. People who will call an ambulance for a bladder infection or other non life-threatening problem. How long can we pile debt on top of debt? In Venezuela a Happy Meal cost $150. Why would anybody want Washington running businesses, schools or anything not authorized by the Constitution.
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Mike Murphy on June 4, 2016 10:00 AM
Carol -good to hear from you, keep the Trump Train rolling!
 
Montgomery is going down hill with the movement of the engineering campus to Beckley and the Progressive's killing of the coal industry.
 
Good news about the area - An Ammunition Company will build a factory on a recovered strip mine adding initially 400+ jobs.
 
Keep the Faith
Mike 
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Ched on June 4, 2016 4:46 PM
Mike,
 Good news  about  the Amunition Co. building  a  factory. Do you know  who  the manufacturer is  and  where  the  site is located?
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Mike Murphy on June 5, 2016 1:46 PM
Ched- The company is Ranger Scientific LLC, Austin TX, who claim to manufacture 500 million rounds of Harmonically Tuned ammunition each year. Some of the ammo is used in the Olympics. The project is initially to provide 450 high tech jobs and will be located on a reclaimed strip mine near Danville WV. The strip mine is said to be the size of Huntington WV and is being planned as a large industrial development. The site is in Kanawha, Boone and Lincoln Counties and will require roads to be built for proper access around $290M as I recall? Just shows what can be done with flat land in WV contrary to the tree huggers. You can probably find more at the Charleston Gazette web site.
 
Hopefully the progressives will not put Ranger out of business before it comes to fruition. In many countries they try to control the ammunition instead of the guns. In Indonesia your are liable for each round of ammunition you posess. Hillarry and Bernie want to make it easier to sue gun and ammo manufactors for incidents like those that happened in schools in Vermont and Colorado.
 
Get on the Trump train and stop the crazies!
 
Keep the faith
Mike
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Carl on June 5, 2016 2:42 PM
Murf, are we crazies allowed on that train?
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Mike Murphy on June 5, 2016 7:21 PM
Carl - you can be the engineer! or maybe that is Ched, you can be the Conductor?
 
I'm not allowed to blow the whistle or ring the bell, but let the damed thing jump the tracks and see who catched hell?
 
Tracy - note that I used a lower case hell. Perhaps you can pray for us and Carl can render a poem?
 
All Crazies are welcome on the train as long as they are not progressives!
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Ched on June 5, 2016 10:55 PM
Hopefully  this new industry wiil be  the  start of  economic  redevelopment for southern WV.
Question: Is  WV now  a  right to work  state?
 This is very important for industrial investment.
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Mike Murphy on June 6, 2016 12:01 PM
Yes WV is a right to work state as of last year. Dems are going crazy trying to change back. Next yr Rep will try to bring back death penality.
 
Without some bost from coal WV does not have much of a chance at recovery. A boost in manufacturing nationwide with increase in economical energy would help.
 
Keep the faith
Mike
 
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Fredrick Lucas on June 6, 2016 4:09 PM
Tracey, check her booksfrom the library and read. She has several talks on youtube. Fred
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Fredrick Lucas on June 6, 2016 4:53 PM
Cookie, Winston Churchill was an alcoholic. President Roosevelt made the observation that Winston was often drunk when he visited the White House. Fred
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Cookie on June 6, 2016 5:14 PM
.......and reading this blog has driven me to drink.
 
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Carl on June 6, 2016 6:26 PM
Cookie, if you're anything like me -- heaven forbid -- that's a short drive, needn't put you in harm's way by getting you on the highway, and is often a welcome -- perhaps even healthy -- source of relief.  Some old comedian (?W.C. Fields?), said "It was a woman who drove me to drink . . . and I never even thanked her."
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Fredrick Lucas on June 6, 2016 10:24 PM
Ched, it is estimated that there are about 700.000 transgendered people in the United States out of 300 million people. I have met two living in Cincinnati.They had sex reassignment surgery. The two men had bodies like women and wore dresses. To demand that these transgendered people go to a mens restroom is idiotic. In the twenty states that permit transgendered people to use the toilet, violaters can be punished.

I find it interesting that southern states scream the loudest about the situation.Isn't it interesting that members of the KKK back Trump.
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Ched on June 6, 2016 11:06 PM
Southern states  tend  to be more  conservative  than  the leftists in the  rust belt. And I'm proud  to be  a Southerner !!!!
 I  personally have no problem with folks using  the restroom which matches  their "plumbing".  However, without reassignment  surgery, the restroom door is wide open for perverts, pediphiles and  the like  to do  their dirty work.   I know of no one  who supports the KKK. And I care not who  the back.  The late Sen. Bird  (D)was a KKK member in his  younger  years.
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Cookie on June 7, 2016 1:41 AM
Fred
Google and "Ask" will be off line next week for upgrades.  Thought you would want to know.  
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Darla on June 8, 2016 7:40 AM
It was so good to see Mike Murphy at our monthly get together at Ryan's last night. We had 16 in attendance. We always have a good time.
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Mike Murphy on June 8, 2016 12:42 PM
Darla- It is always good to see the gang. You are still the youngest looking and healthyist looking - you sure you wern't PHS 80?
 
Curly still has more energy than any one of the gang. He is still working and poured concrete that day any looked bright and fresh at the dinner. Also Myron does not age and is still running his business.
The gang was kidding Curley asking him to run for president.
 
If you can attend it is always a good time and Becky the food was a little better this time though not "Gromet" or parged.
 
Fred - how is the Cincinatti chapter of the KKK doing?
 
Keep the Faith
Mike
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Darla on June 8, 2016 12:58 PM
Mike...you are too kind!!!
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Carl on June 8, 2016 1:36 PM
Thanks Darla.  It's always good to hear of the monthly dinner gatherings.  To any who attend, if you'll take a group photo and email it to me, I'll post it on our website.
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Becky Novarro on June 9, 2016 3:01 PM
Hey Mike, Thanks for the shout out.  I wish I had been there but we are stuck in Naples at the present time.  It's only 92 and hurricane season started and along came Colin.
So happy for all the occasions our wonderful class meets.  Keep me posted of the goings on.

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

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

Trump gave a speech today that sounded down right presidential.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Please keep my family in your prayers.  My daughter has been diagnoised with brain atrophy.  We have known about an inoperable brain tumor for several years but today we just found out about the other.  We are leaving for vacation in the Smokies tomorrow and Beth will go to Morgantown the following week to see what her options are.
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Cookie on July 1, 2016 11:33 PM
Dear Tracy:  I am so very sorry to hear this.  Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  My very best to you.
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Cookie on July 1, 2016 11:33 PM
Dear Tracy:  I am so very sorry to hear this.  Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.  My very best to you.
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