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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    He's well liked in WV because he's one of our own. He was raised in a small coal mining town by coal miners (and btw, he was born in NC), he went to local colleges. He came from humble roots, like just about everyone in WV does, and that was certainly part of his appeal. Yes, he was in the KKK in his younger years, but I applaud his candor about that time. He made a mistake and he came to understand and acknowledge that. Who here hasn't changed their views over the years?

    In 1997, he told an interviewer he would encourage young people to become involved in politics, but to "Be sure you avoid the Ku Klux Klan. Don't get that albatross around your neck. Once you've made that mistake, you inhibit your operations in the political arena." In his latest autobiography, Byrd explained that he was a member because he "was sorely afflicted with tunnel vision—a jejune and immature outlook—seeing only what I wanted to see because I thought the Klan could provide an outlet for my talents and ambitions." Byrd also said, in 2005, “ I know now I was wrong. Intolerance had no place in America. I apologized a thousand times... and I don't mind apologizing over and over again. I can't erase what happened. ”

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    As for the naming of roads, etc... yeah, there's a lot of **** named after him. And no, the "people" of WV don't do the naming, but our elected officials do. The people CAN recommend names and have.

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Will he or won't he attend the funeral?

    Obama, that is.

    There's some political strategy debate going on in the inner sanctum right now, I'd bet.

    RIP Sen. Byrd

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Conservatives are some hateful folk.

    I respect anyone who is able to see the error of their ways and renounce them publicly. Takes courage. RIP, you old geezer!
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by webrockk View Post
    Will he or won't he attend the funeral?

    Obama, that is.

    There's some political strategy debate going on in the inner sanctum right now, I'd bet.

    RIP Sen. Byrd
    He will, it'll be sign of forgiveness to Byrd and show Obama as a uniter. He can't lose.
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    I've been told there's three things that are of grave, almost holy, importance to West Virginians.

    1. God
    2. WVU Football
    3. Robert Byrd

    Can't say I've been a huge fan of the man, but condolenses to his family and to those of his state.

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Conservatives are some hateful folk.

    I respect anyone who is able to see the error of their ways and renounce them publicly. Takes courage. RIP, you old geezer!


    You do realize the dood filibustered for 14 hours against the civil rights act?


    Tigers, stripes and all that....


    Didn't he use the word nigger recently on the senate floor?
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    I've been told there's three things that are of grave, almost holy, importance to West Virginians.

    1. God
    2. WVU Football
    3. Robert Byrd

    Can't say I've been a huge fan of the man, but condolenses to his family and to those of his state.
    You are right. I've been spending a LOT of time in West Virginia the past two months and looks like I'll be there most of the time for the next 3-4 months. I find it hard to believe that any politician from WV could possibly vote for the cap and tax bill. The only real industry left in WV is coal mining.

    One good thing about West Virginia... it's the one state that manages to make eastern Kentucky look good. Compared to WV, eastern KY is cosmopolitan.

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    You do realize the dood filibustered for 14 hours against the civil rights act?


    Tigers, stripes and all that....


    Didn't he use the word nigger recently on the senate floor?
    Nope, said it in a tv interview in front of a national audience.

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    I don't particularly mourn his loss, and I believe he should have retired 20 years ago.

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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    You do realize the dood filibustered for 14 hours against the civil rights act?


    Tigers, stripes and all that....


    Didn't he use the word nigger recently on the senate floor?
    And publicly admits to being wrong. How often do you see politicians do that?
    He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear
    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    We’ll say what? Something like “nothing happened” ... Yeah, we might say something like that.

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