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W.Va. Governor Admits to Being 'not Faithful' to Family (Yep, It's a Democrat)
AP Breaking ^ | 5-12-03 | Lawrence Messina

Posted on 05/12/2003 1:15:08 PM PDT by Lance Romance

W.Va. Governor Admits to Being 'not Faithful' to Family

Published: May 12, 2003

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Accused of having an affair with a state employee, Gov. Bob Wise acknowledged Monday that he "was not faithful" to his family and asked for forgiveness.

Wise, who has a wife and two children, issued a statement in response to inquiries from the Charleston Daily Mail, which on Monday reported that a man was accusing the governor of having had an affair with his estranged wife.

"Several weeks ago, I had to do the toughest thing I have ever done - tell my family I had not lived up to their trust, expectation and love," the governor said in the statement. "I was not faithful to my family. I knew it was wrong, and now I must take full responsibility."

Wise, a Democrat elected in 2000, did not provide further details.

The governor's press secretary, Amy Shuler Goodwin, said the situation will not affect his re-election plans, and added Wise has no intention of resigning.

In his statement, Wise said: "I believe in accountability. I also hope one day for forgiveness, but I know that forgiveness must be earned."

Philip Frye, 40, of Hugheston told the Daily Mail that Wise had an affair with his wife, Angela Mascia-Frye. Frye, a musician, also said he hoped to sell the story because of financial strains.

Angela Mascia-Frye, 35, oversees European operations for the West Virginia Development Office. The Daily Mail reported that she had accompanied Wise on a trip to Spain last year.

"I really don't have anything to say and I don't know what you're writing about," she told The Associated Press.

State Republican Chairman Kris Warner said the GOP would not shy away from referring to Wise's problems in the 2004 gubernatorial campaign.

"Whether you've been unfaithful to your family or to the people of West Virginia, it will have dire consequences," Warner said.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: bobwise; improperandwrong; itsallaboutsex; westvirginia
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Toms Daschle is "deeply saddened" while Robert Byrd says "at least the marriage wasn't interracial".
1 posted on 05/12/2003 1:15:08 PM PDT by Lance Romance
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To: Lance Romance
The governor's press secretary, Amy Shuler Goodwin, said the situation will not affect his re-election plans, and added Wise has no intention of resigning.

And why should he? He hasn't done anything wrong. It's only Republicans that can do the wrong thing. Besides, we all already know all the answers - it's all about sex, it's a smear campaign, etc, etc, etc.

2 posted on 05/12/2003 1:17:05 PM PDT by Tennessee_Bob (Dieses sieht wie ein Job nach Nothosen aus!)
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To: Lance Romance
I had no idea that infidelity was to your family. Silly me, I thought it was your SPOUSE that got cheated on.
3 posted on 05/12/2003 1:17:48 PM PDT by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I'll defend to the death your right to stick it)
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To: Lance Romance
European operations for the West Virginia Development Office?

What W. Va. products are hot sellers in Europe, please list.
4 posted on 05/12/2003 1:18:00 PM PDT by RicocheT
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To: Lance Romance
Kennedy paved the way and slick willy picked up the stick.....
5 posted on 05/12/2003 1:19:05 PM PDT by b4its2late (Who the hell wants to hear actors talk? - H. M. Warner (1881-1958), Warner Brothers founder)
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To: Tennessee_Bob
And why should he? He hasn't done anything wrong. It's only Republicans that can do the wrong thing. Besides, we all already know all the answers - it's all about sex, it's a smear campaign, etc, etc, etc.

You forgot, "It is only his personnel life, and doesn't carry over to his professional life".

Just a minute that argument can't be right, cause Bill Bennett only gambled on his own time, not while writing the Book of Virtues.

6 posted on 05/12/2003 1:20:41 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe (I could never think like a demoncRAT)
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To: Lance Romance
Angela Mascia-Frye, 35, oversees European operations for the West Virginia Development Office. The Daily Mail reported that she had accompanied Wise on a trip to Spain last year.

A state full of dirt farmers and coalminers shouldn't be wasting their tax dollars on crap like this. Forget the adultery, where's the outrage about the WV Development Office and its European operations?

7 posted on 05/12/2003 1:21:11 PM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: Xenalyte
I had no idea that infidelity was to your family. Silly me, I thought it was your SPOUSE that got cheated on.

Kids pay the price, too. Big time.

8 posted on 05/12/2003 1:22:30 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: r9etb
I wasn't saying that. I was saying that I never before encountered the conceit of cheating on one's family. It's always been "the bastid cheated on me so I left him," not "the bastid cheated on us."
9 posted on 05/12/2003 1:24:47 PM PDT by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I'll defend to the death your right to stick it)
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To: Mr. Bird
The European office -- I'm sure it's a pork project brought in by Sheets Byrd. And I'm sure it's unionized.

Gov. Wise? What an oxymoron! H**l, he ain't even cute or charismatic! Just a plain, vanilla-in-the-sun Democrat.
10 posted on 05/12/2003 1:25:03 PM PDT by samanella
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To: Lance Romance
"...a man was accusing the governor of having had an affair with his estranged wife."

What a thing to do to an about-to-be-former brother-in-law............

11 posted on 05/12/2003 1:25:17 PM PDT by tracer (/b>)
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To: Lance Romance
Its the Monica thing. Of course the Dems will say its just about sex and its time to move on.
12 posted on 05/12/2003 1:26:35 PM PDT by goldstategop ( In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Lance Romance
Now, now, the guy's just laying the groundwork to run for President in 2008. All Dim-Dems need this on their resume.
13 posted on 05/12/2003 1:26:37 PM PDT by geedee (Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.)
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To: Lance Romance; Fred Mertz
I take it this guy has been taking lessons from Gov. Patton of adjoining Kentucky. Was he weeping?
14 posted on 05/12/2003 1:26:39 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: w1andsodidwe
Actually, Bennett apparently wrote his book "on his own time".....
15 posted on 05/12/2003 1:26:41 PM PDT by tracer (/b>)
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To: Lance Romance
Angela Mascia-Frye, 35, oversees European operations for the West Virginia Development Office. The Daily Mail reported that she had accompanied Wise on a trip to Spain last year.

Parris Glenspending's similarly state-employed honey ended up marrying the governor. (She also took official trips with him before his prior marriage ended.)

16 posted on 05/12/2003 1:28:43 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: Lance Romance
"I believe in accountability.

Oh, Bull! You are only fessing up Senator, because her husband squealed

I also hope one day for forgiveness, but I know that forgiveness must be earned."

I have news for you Senator. Forgiveness is given. It's respect and sometimes trust that must be earned. You've squandered both.

Prairie--

17 posted on 05/12/2003 1:29:12 PM PDT by prairiebreeze ("Never have so many been so wrong about so many things"---Sec. Defense Donald Rumsfeld)
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To: prairiebreeze
Hmmm... and with the example our officials set, its no wonder 50% of all marriages end in divorce.
18 posted on 05/12/2003 1:30:32 PM PDT by goldstategop ( In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Lance Romance
Philip Frye, 40, of Hugheston told the Daily Mail that Wise had an affair with his wife, Angela Mascia-Frye. Frye, a musician, also said he hoped to sell the story because of financial strains.

This is why Wise came clean. The wronged husband was going public.

19 posted on 05/12/2003 1:30:32 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: aristeides
For the money?? ;-)
20 posted on 05/12/2003 1:31:03 PM PDT by goldstategop ( In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: RicocheT
Here's a little info on WV's exports:

Canada, West Virginia’s largest export market, accounts for 35 percent of the state’s export goods, a value of $776 million in 2001. Japan is West Virginia’s third largest export market. The state exported $213 million in goods to Japan in 2001. The state’s 11th largest market, Germany, saw an increase of 36 percent in exports from 2000 to 2001. The value of West Virginia’s exports to Germany was $53 million in 2001.

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Metcoal Sales Inc. Welch The coal marketed and sold by Metcoal Sales, Inc., is produced in many smaller and medium sized contractor-operated underground mines in McDowell and Wyoming counties as well as many independently owned and operated mines in the same area. Coking coal is directly marketed to overseas customers with which long-term relationships have been developed.

Kidde Fire Fighting, Ranson (www.kidde-fire.com) Kidde Fire Fighting enjoys business from Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and Pacific Rim countries. The company’s Ranson plant is home to the Automatic Sprinkler and Powhatan brand names. Kidde Fire Fighting has recently worked with Airbus Industries in France on specialized fire protection equipment for aircraft hangars. Airbus has specified Kidde Fire Fighting equipment, which will result in nearly $2 million of additional export sales by the end of 2003.

Mustang Survival Mfg. Inc. Elizabeth (www.mustangsurvival.com) Mustang manufactures air and sea survival apparel, including life preservers, immersion suits and anti-gravity garments. Recent export sales have occurred in Singapore, Malaysia, Spain, Chile, South Korea, Pakistan, the Philippines and the Netherlands. Mustang has expanded its product offering and added sales support. The company recently has received an export order for more than $250,000 that will ship later this year. Mustang expects a 5 percent to 10 percent increase in employment over the next few years attributable to exports.

Terramite Corp. Charleston (www.terramite.com) Terramite manufactures the innovative compact backhoe in the Cross Lanes facility and has recently exported to Ireland, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Australia, French Guyana, Germany, Japan, Tahiti and Saudi Arabia. source

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Having addressed that issue, I feel compelled to comment on the topic of this thread, to-wit, Bob Wise's adultery. Yecchh! He's such a snake, I can't imagine having an affair with him!

21 posted on 05/12/2003 1:31:41 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Lance Romance; mountaineer
According to the Almanac of American Politics, Wise is "renowned for his clog dancing".
22 posted on 05/12/2003 1:32:36 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: tracer
Actually, Bennett apparently wrote his book "on his own time".....

But not while gambling, so it still counts as being separated from his sinful behavior. If he had written it in the casino while gambling, then it would be bad. Depends what the word "is" means! Besides, he made money from it so it was professional behavior to write the book.

Nevermind!!! My head hurts from trying to think like a demoncRAT. Right is right and wrong is wrong, I just can't justify it the other way around. Guess I will have to stay a republican.

23 posted on 05/12/2003 1:33:05 PM PDT by w1andsodidwe
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To: Mr. Bird
* European investment supports nearly 25,000 jobs in West Virginia.
* EU companies are the top international investors in our state.
* The 15 EU nations bought roughly $900 million worth of exports from West Virginia businesses in 1995.
* Europe is our state's number one export market. source

I would challenge your generalization. West Virginia has a lot more than dirt farmers and coalminers.

24 posted on 05/12/2003 1:35:11 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Lance Romance
the president is innocent! is all about sex,consenting adults, vast right wing conspiracy!
oh ah the governor is innocent!(sarcasm off)
25 posted on 05/12/2003 1:35:44 PM PDT by green team 1999
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To: Xenalyte
Looks like this particular bastid has at least some idea of the consequences of his actions.
26 posted on 05/12/2003 1:36:18 PM PDT by newgeezer (If it's not somewhat cruel and unusual, it's not punishment.)
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To: aristeides
Yes, he's always been an enthusiastic clog dancer (oh, that's what the kids are calling it these days).
27 posted on 05/12/2003 1:37:26 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Lance Romance; All
According to the Almanac of American Politics, Wise won the 2000 gubernatorial election with critical support from the West Virginia teachers' unions, the United Mine Workers, and Robert Byrd.
28 posted on 05/12/2003 1:39:18 PM PDT by aristeides
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To: newgeezer
He was shtupping someone else's wife. Now that's as low as you can get while having an affair. Bob Wise should make a clean admission he's embracing the "swinger scene" lifestyle. I'm sure the Democrats will appreciate his contribution to liberating the masses from conventional and outdated norms of sexual morality, which is so Victorian anyway. I tell you, its unfair he's the object of a non-event scandal! ;-)
29 posted on 05/12/2003 1:40:26 PM PDT by goldstategop ( In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: Lance Romance
WV has a long history of either corrupt or incompetent Governors. Wasn't it Caperton who lived in Maryland while Governor of WV?
30 posted on 05/12/2003 1:42:54 PM PDT by OpusatFR (Using pretentious arcane words to buttress your argument means you don't have one)
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To: Lance Romance
What does KKK Byrd have to say about this?
31 posted on 05/12/2003 1:50:43 PM PDT by mabelkitty
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To: mountaineer
I did not mean to disparage West Virginia or West Virginians by referring to "dirt farmers and coalminers". I was alluding to the idea that West Virginia is home to good, honest, hard-working people who do NOT deserve the government they are getting. While you seem to be impressed with EU investment in your fair state, you may want to take note that the federal and state governments employ 20 percent of your labor force; the EU "supports" around 3 percent. You're right that your not coalminers and dirtfarmers. One out of every five of you is a bureaucrat.
32 posted on 05/12/2003 1:51:23 PM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: Mr. Bird
My point was that we good, honest, hard-working folk are doing a lot more than scratching out a living in the dirt or in the mines, that's all. We even have high-tech firms with college-edjamacated employees, gollleee! You are absolutely correct, however, in saying we have far too many gubmint employees (and gubmint welfare recipients, for that matter) per capita here.
33 posted on 05/12/2003 1:55:42 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: w1andsodidwe
And now I have a headache, too!! Thanxalot.... 8~)
34 posted on 05/12/2003 2:43:10 PM PDT by tracer (/b>)
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To: Lance Romance
Gov. Hotlips Wise:

35 posted on 05/12/2003 3:27:55 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: aristeides
"Parris Glenspending's similarly state-employed honey ended up marrying the governor. (She also took official trips with him before his prior marriage ended.)"

Yes, and you forgot to mention that she spawned Rosemary's Baby.

Of course, the liberal media in this state ignored it for the most part and went on to endorse Spendenning's heir, KKT. I'm so happy Bobby is telling the Sun to stick it where that rag doesn't shine by not giving interviews.

Trace
36 posted on 05/12/2003 3:31:29 PM PDT by Trace21230 (Ideal MOAB test site: Paris)
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Gov. Bob Wise released a statement today saying he was "not faithful to my family" after his office was asked about allegations that he had been implicated in the divorce case of a woman who works in the state development office.

"Several weeks ago, I had to do the toughest thing I have ever done -- tell my family I had not lived up to their trust, expectation and love. I was not faithful to my family," Wise said in a release from his press office. "I knew it was wrong, and now I must take full responsibility.

"I apologize deeply to the people of our state for my actions. In my private life, I have let many people down."

Wise's press secretary was contacted after a Kanawha County man confirmed today that his divorce case in Kanawha County Family Court alleges his wife has been having a relationship with another man, whom he identified as Wise. Philip Frye, 40, declined to comment on specifics but said that his divorce case includes allegations that the man he identified as Wise and Frye's wife, Angela Mascia-Frye, had been having an affair for some time.

"I didn't come down with the last rain," Frye, a musician who lives in Hugheston in eastern Kanawha County, said. "I let this thing go on for months so I could get as much evidence as I possibly could.

"I had private detectives all over this thing. I've got pictures and documents -- all kinds of hard evidence."

Frye said he is going to withhold exact details of the allegations or a copy of his divorce filing for the time being, but said he placed much of the blame on Wise for failure of his almost seven-year marriage.

"That little weasel-faced bastard," Frye said. "Typical Democrat." Frye said he had had less success with his music career lately and the financial strain caused by the divorce was great. He said he was hoping to be able to sell his story because of Wise's involvement. Frye's lawyer, Joe Cometti, said no specific names are listed in his client's divorce filings. He said allegations of that nature are usually made anonymously in such filings.

"Other than that, there isn't anything I can say for now," Cometti said.

Mascia-Frye, 35, oversees European operations for the West Virginia Development Office. She accompanied Wise on a visit to Spain last year. Mascia-Frye had been in Italy and went to Spain to meet Wise in the city of Bilbao in the Basque region of the country. Mascia-Frye, who joined the office in March 2001 and is paid $43,920 a year, declined to comment on the allegations.

"I completely can't say anything at this time," Mascia-Frye said today from her office at the Capitol Complex.

When asked whether Wise was involved with Mascia-Frye, Press Secretary Amy Shuler Goodwin replied, "I don't talk about the governor's personal life."

When asked whether Wise would go before reporters or the public to make a statement, Goodwin would only refer to the written statement she had issued and say, "This is the governor's statement at this time."

Wise made no specific reference to an extra-marital affair in his statement but focused on the sensitive and familial nature of the situation. "I believe in accountability. I also hope one day for forgiveness, but I know that forgiveness must be earned," Wise said in the statement. "This is a very personal issue for my family and I ask for privacy during this time. I particularly ask that the privacy of my wife and children be respected."

Wise changed his plans for personal appearances today after his office was contacted about the allegations. He was scheduled to hand out Promise scholarships to seniors at Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley at noon, but Deputy Press Secretary Jodi Omear said she expected someone else to represent the governor at that ceremony. Wise also canceled a 3 p.m. appearance at the state's surplus property center in Dunbar, where he was scheduled to make a pre-auction announcement. Charleston Daily Mail

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Why does he say he wasn't faithful to his family? I think his wife is the aggrieved party here. Yes, the children are affected, but it's exceedingly rude of him to act like this isn't a violation of his vow to his wife. Governor Sleaze is scheduled to appear in my neck of the woods tomorrow to hand out Promise Scholarships and, thus far, there's no indication he'll cancel. It will be interesting to see what type of reception he'll receive.

37 posted on 05/12/2003 3:51:58 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Xenalyte
I had no idea that infidelity was to your family. Silly me, I thought it was your SPOUSE that got cheated on.

Well, yes, of course. But if the kids are old enough to appreciate what's going on, it still has a devastating effect on them, so in a sense, it is his family that he cheated on.

Love your tagline, BTW.

38 posted on 05/12/2003 3:56:36 PM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: mountaineer
Why does he say he wasn't faithful to his family? I think his wife is the aggrieved party here. Yes, the children are affected, but it's exceedingly rude of him to act like this isn't a violation of his vow to his wife.

I think he speaks of his 'family' because it outflanks any public criticism his wife might have of him.

I've asked for forgiveness, and we need to move beyond this dark period, but she continues to be a voice of public divisiveness.

In other words, it sounds to me like pre-divorce rhetoric.

39 posted on 05/12/2003 4:24:18 PM PDT by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: aristeides
It is too bad that all states don't still have the law on the books allowing the wronged party to sue the H*LL out of the interloper. One of the states out West still does, because I remember a case of a doctor being sued for big bucks.

Maybe the risk of losing their personal wealth would make some of these bums behave, and they could also ask themselves if the other party is trying to trap them.

I think persons in public office with all the money and power should be held to a HIGHER standard than Joe Average .

40 posted on 05/12/2003 4:45:04 PM PDT by hoosierham
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To: Lance Romance; Tennessee_Bob; Xenalyte; RicocheT; b4its2late; w1andsodidwe; Mr. Bird; r9etb; ...

"That little weasel-faced bastard," [the woman's husband] said. "Typical Democrat."

"OOOOOGAH! I'm just a love machine, and I won't work for nobody but you! Well, and you. And you. And you too baby."


41 posted on 05/12/2003 4:46:51 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Timesink
I always thought of him as snakelike, but weasel-faced will do as an apt description.
42 posted on 05/12/2003 4:52:13 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Timesink
OOOOOGAH!

That's funny. Whenever I think of that song, I remember it going, "MOOOOLAH!"

43 posted on 05/12/2003 4:53:05 PM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: mountaineer; Timesink
He looks to me like he could eat an apple through a barbed wire fence. Horsey-faced.
44 posted on 05/12/2003 4:54:32 PM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: wimpycat
That's funny. Whenever I think of that song, I remember it going, "MOOOOLAH!"

I always thought of it more as "Oooh-ooh-ooh-OHHH-GAHHHHH!"

Now i'll have to go to Gnutella and download it. ;)

45 posted on 05/12/2003 4:56:43 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: Timesink
See if it goes "moooooo-LAH!" or "mooooooo-AAAAgh!"
46 posted on 05/12/2003 4:59:49 PM PDT by wimpycat ('Nemo me impune lacessit')
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To: Timesink
Oh, my Lord, he looks like a character on Hee Haw.
47 posted on 05/12/2003 5:06:55 PM PDT by Xenalyte (I may not agree with your bumper sticker, but I'll defend to the death your right to stick it)
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To: wimpycat
See if it goes "moooooo-LAH!" or "mooooooo-AAAAgh!"

Which reminds me, have you ever heard Kompressor's cover of "The Girl from Ipanema"?

"And when she passes / each one she passes goes ... RAAAAAAAAARGHHH!"


48 posted on 05/12/2003 5:12:46 PM PDT by Timesink
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To: mountaineer
I would challenge your generalization. West Virginia has a lot more than dirt farmers and coalminers.

Shhhhh. L. don't tell everybody our secrets. Do you want all the undesirables moving here? So far we've managed to keep our paradise relatively unpopulated.

49 posted on 05/12/2003 5:15:00 PM PDT by WVNan
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