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

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    And publicly admits to being wrong. How often do you see politicians do that?



    Not often enough, then again, I think if racism was popular today er day before yesterday, he'd be one.
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    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.
    No, coal mining is NOT the only industry left. Tourism is the big industry in WV, as it should be since it is an absolutely beautiful state. (And that's not even mentioning chemical production, lumber, and livestock)

    As for it not being cosmopolitan... good. We don't WANT it to be. The sooner all you goddamn city folk realize that, the better.
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    No, coal mining is NOT the only industry left. Tourism is the big industry in WV, as it should be since it is an absolutely beautiful state.

    As for it not being cosmopolitan... good. We don't WANT it to be. The sooner all you goddamn city folk realize that, the better.



    I love WV, the fact that it's so poor, means the government dumps tons of money into the roads.... It's the Good Reverend's personal race track....


    From Seneca rocks to 50, 250, 92. and all over that state...
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    I love WV, the fact that it's so poor, means the government dumps tons of money into the roads.... It's the Good Reverend's personal race track....


    From Seneca rocks to 50, 250, 92. and all over that state...
    hehe Yup, I've driven those roads a ton. Currently driving 250 quite a bit, over the mountains between Charlottesville and back home in WV. And I've driven 92 a ****ing ****load. BEAUTIFUL drive! It was my straightaway between my parent's place and getting back to the river.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    No, coal mining is NOT the only industry left. Tourism is the big industry in WV, as it should be since it is an absolutely beautiful state. (And that's not even mentioning chemical production, lumber, and livestock)

    As for it not being cosmopolitan... good. We don't WANT it to be. The sooner all you goddamn city folk realize that, the better.
    You're correct. Coal is not the ONLY industry left, but it dwarfs all other WV industry.

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

    I have mixed feelings about Byrd. He was one of those few Dixiecrats who chose to stay with the Democrats, after LBJ got the Civil Rights bill passed, but he was still racist. However, he was an ardent supporter of the military, and cared about our troops. Byrd was against wasteful spending, but was the king of pork, which was quite an enigma.

    Yes, Senator Byrd, like most politicians, is a mixed bag, with both good and bad aspects. But I am quite surprised that nobody is talking about the BIG story here. While people are either trashing him or defending him, they are missing the big picture - The next Senator from West Virginia is surely going to be a Republican, thus shoring up the GOP's ability to wage war on Obama's agenda, via the filibuster. How could people miss this? This is huge.
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I have mixed feelings about Byrd. He was one of those few Dixiecrats who chose to stay with the Democrats, after LBJ got the Civil Rights bill passed, but he was still racist. However, he was an ardent supporter of the military, and cared about our troops. Byrd was against wasteful spending, but was the king of pork, which was quite an enigma.

    Yes, Senator Byrd, like most politicians, is a mixed bag, with both good and bad aspects. But I am quite surprised that nobody is talking about the BIG story here. While people are either trashing him or defending him, they are missing the big picture - The next Senator from West Virginia is surely going to be a Republican, thus shoring up the GOP's ability to wage war on Obama's agenda, via the filibuster. How could people miss this? This is huge.
    No... the next Senator from West Virginia will definitely be a Democrat. Not sure why you think a Democratic governor would appoint a Republican to Byrd's seat.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    You're correct. Coal is not the ONLY industry left, but it dwarfs all other WV industry.
    Yes, it is big, but chemical production is pretty huge. See Charleston.

    And, btw... it IS considered a southern state since it's south of the Mason Dixon line.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by rivrrat View Post
    hehe Yup, I've driven those roads a ton. Currently driving 250 quite a bit, over the mountains between Charlottesville and back home in WV. And I've driven 92 a ****ing ****load. BEAUTIFUL drive! It was my straightaway between my parent's place and getting back to the river.



    we stay up in western md, haggerstown? And dip into the state for some epic rides at ungodly speeds.
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    Re: Robert Byrd, longest-serving member of Congress, dead at 92

    Didn't realize you were West Virginian Riv. How you liking Charlottesville?

    And yeah, god bless WVA tourism. Snowshoe is by far the best snowboarding in the immediete Virginia area (though sadly been a few years since I've been). And with Charlestown opening up the Hollywood Casino we get a nice place to go for a weekend of gambling without having to deal with the obnoxious Jersey Turnpike.

    Heading there for my bachelor party in August actually

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