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Bill Crawford, (14)
10:13 PM ET (US)

Here's a neat picture of my daughter Sal and her husband Bernard on top of Capitol Peak.
Oliver Shearer
08:53 PM ET (US)
Will get that recipe to the White House ASAP before the Dems get hold of it'
Will CroomPerson was signed in when posted
01:01 PM ET (US)
A proven Covid 19 Self Test.

Pour a decent dram of your favorite whisky into a glass; then see if you can smell it. If you can, then you are halfway there.
Then drink it. If you can taste it then it is reasonable to assume you are currently free of the virus because the loss of the sense of smell and taste is a common symptom.
I tested myself 7 times last night and was virus free every time thank goodness.
I will have to test myself again today because I have developed a throbbing headache which can also be one of the symptoms.
I'll report my results later.
Bill Crawford, (14)
10:07 AM ET (US)
I meant to say Capitol Peak rather than Cooper Peak.
I'm just glad that they are down safely, although Bernard tells me it's not as dangerous as indicated on the Internet; particularly when they use ropes.
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Bill Crawford, (14)
04:27 PM ET (US)
Thankfully, Sal and Bernard have just made it down safely from Cooper Peak.
Bill Crawford, (14)
01:37 PM ET (US)
My daughter Sal and her husband Bernard are off climbing Capitol Peak--their final fourteener.
Oliver Shearer
07:08 PM ET (US)
Maybe they are all Democrats. The sludge of Colorado.
Bill Crawford, (14)
02:55 PM ET (US)
I read something in today's Denver paper that I find hard to believe; namely, that one third of all Coloradans are currently getting their meals at charity food banks.
Lach Macleay 5
02:16 PM ET (US)
My hair was pretty short to begin with when I showed up Plebe summer (not ro short because I thought I would not pass the physical, but thats another story). The barber used one out of attachment and zipped me through pretty quickly. Not shaved , but enough so my Dixie Cup was held up by my ears :-))
Ed Tipshus
01:06 PM ET (US)
Lach the buzz cut nowadays is when the electric razor is placed against the skull and zips off the hair to about 1/4 inch length. I believe what you got was a very short trim down to very short. Remember the Barber joke asking if you wanted to keep your side burns: "hold your hand below your ears" As a Marine I did not have to go see the barber, as we had short hair, and I was shocked at the long hair the classmate joining us with long hair ( to me it was long) As I understand. Now. Male Plebes get a buzz cut regardless (a choice?)
Edited 08-08-2020 01:07 PM
les Ostrom - 19
11:43 AM ET (US)
The Beirut explosion hit close to home. Ebba's family hails from Stockholm, Sweden. Within that family is Ebba's niece Helena who happens to be with security for the Swedish Embassy in Beirut. She has been with that group for at least ten years and holds a fairly high position (Ebba thinks Helena is in charge). The explosion occurred a couple of days after Helena went back to Stockholm to vacation and visit family. That was very fortunate because her apartment in Beirut was apparently destroyed.
Will Croom
10:08 AM ET (US)
Received the following from Brice Mulch

The Afghan Quarterback

The coach had put together the perfect team for the Chicago Bears. The only thing that was missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn't find a ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl win.

Then one night while watching CNN he saw a war-zone scene in Afghanistan . In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Afghan Muslim soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a 15th story window 100 yards away.


He threw another hand-grenade 75 yards away, right into a chimney.


Then he threw another at a passing car going 90 mph.


"I've got to get this guy!" Coach said to himself. "He has the perfect arm!"

So, he brings him to the States and teaches him the great game of football. And the Bears go on to win the Super Bowl.
The young Afghan is hailed as the great hero of football, and when the coach asks him what he wants, all the young man wants is to call his mother.

"Mom," he says into the phone, "I just won the Super Bowl!"
"I don't want to talk to you, the old Muslim woman says."You are not my son!"

"I don't think you understand, Mother," the young man pleads. "I've won the greatest sporting event in the world. I'm here among thousands of my adoring fans."

"No! Let me tell you!" his mother retorts. "At this very moment, there are gunshots all around us. The neighborhood is a pile of rubble. Your two brothers were beaten within an inch of their lives last week, and I have to keep your sister in the house so she doesn't get raped!" The old lady pauses, and then tearfully says,
"I will never forgive you for making us move to Chicago !!!!
Lach Macleay 5
10:05 AM ET (US)
Re the new Buzz cut craze. As I sat in the Barber Shop at the start of Plebe Summer waiting for my 2 minute buzz I will always remember Jo Brendel saying "use take a little off the top". I'm still smiling!
Will Croom
06:57 AM ET (US)

Thought for the day
George Zeberlein
02:31 PM ET (US)
As you all know, I don’t post, but I am making a suggestion. Before this election , Please
,Read Sean Hannity’s Book “Live Free or Die”
George Z
Ed Tipshus
04:45 PM ET (US)
Regarding womens short haircuts. My daughter informed me they are "in style" and called "buzz cuts." I wonder if any female new plebes have joined their male classmates in opting to get one "free' for the start of 2024 Plebe Summer.
Bill Hoover
02:25 PM ET (US)

Navy/Notre Dame game has been cancelled. Navy will now play BYU on Labor Day night September 7 in Annapolis -- ESPN. Notre Dame who has been playing 6 games in the ACC for football agreed to play by ACC rules and will play all of their games in that conference and one out of conference game -- but it has to be played in their home State Indiana.

Navy/Notre Dame has signed a new contract to resume their series next year thru 2032.
Pete Easton 9th
12:42 PM ET (US)
Is the Navy - Notre Dame football game still on?
John Wells (23)
09:27 AM ET (US)
I'm all for firing the guy in charge of naming hurricanes. Even Liz Claman on Fox Business News gave up trying to pronounce this last one. Iris, Imogene, Immelda--anything would have been better.
Will Croom
08:35 AM ET (US)

As the national debate rages over how to safely reopen schools this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic, one institution has forged ahead before most others: the United States Naval Academy.

Each year, the Naval Academy takes in roughly 1,200 students for a seven-week physical and mental training regimen known as Plebe Summer. The goal, according to the academy, is to turn civilians into midshipmen.

This summer, that process looks a little different. And has involved a lot of hand sanitizer.

For plebes, or freshmen, the changes began immediately. Incoming plebes were issued a face mask and tested for the virus and immediately began a 14-day quarantine period.

Each morning, they underwent a temperature check and a screening for possible symptoms of the virus. And, for the duration of the summer, all midshipmen are required to stay on the Naval Academy campus in Annapolis, Maryland.

Academy officials say they hope that by keeping the students on campus, they will be able to contain the spread of the virus and inhibit its spread into the freshman class before the fall semester even begins.

Staff members, who are allowed to leave the campus, must fill out a daily screening form indicating they are not showing symptoms of COVID-19 and have not been exposed to someone who has tested positive in the past 14 days. They are also asked to self-monitor for symptoms. A person can carry the virus and display no symptoms, however.

It appears that officials in Anne Arundel County, where the Naval Academy is located, have not been able to control the spread of the virus. Cases in the county initially peaked in May at 1,784 in a single day before hitting a low of fewer than 300 per day in early July. The number of cases per day has since crept back into the thousands, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

But the Naval Academy has assured parents and students that all possible precautions are being taken to keep the community safe.

Students who test positive for the virus will be isolated within a segmented section of Bancroft Hall, the massive dormitory complex that houses all of the academy’s midshipmen, and be monitored by on-site medical professionals. Other safety measures include spreading out report dates and times of plebes to facilitate social distancing, repeat coronavirus testing and distancing strategies to minimize the risk of exposure.

Part of that distancing strategy means that plebes are separated in companies of 40 to 50 students, which are then treated as “family units.” Unlike in previous summers, this year’s plebes are kept away from other companies, limiting social interaction and the possibility of virus spread.

The academy has also had to evaluate special events on a case-by-case basis, canceling many.

In a July 10 letter to parents and families, Vice Adm. Sean Buck, the superintendent of the academy, said the class of 2024’s plebe parents weekend, an annual tradition, was postponed indefinitely.

“As both a Naval Academy graduate and parent, I know this is very disappointing to all of you, given this is traditionally the first glimpse of your son or daughter’s transition from civilian to military life, to see where they spent the summer transforming, and your first opportunity to meet and visit with your plebe’s sponsors,” Buck said in the letter.

Buck promised parents that their plebe would be provided extra time on the weekend of Aug. 8 to communicate with them virtually.
Bill Crawford, (14)
10:51 PM ET (US)
Sal and Bernard have postponed their climb of Capitol Peak because of predicted inclement weather.
Ed Tipshus
03:14 PM ET (US)

An obvious political appointment:
During the time Ben Franklin in Paris was trying to get things from France and anything to help in our Revolution, He also sent a few letter of endorsement along with other individuaks . Must remember the French Fleet at the culmimating battle of Yorktown and some of their troop was the main cause of
British defeat there.
Bill Crawford, (14)
07:30 PM ET (US)
There was notation in today's local paper that on this date in 1778, the French Marquis De Lafayette was named a major general in the U.S. Continental Army---at age nineteen.
Bill Crawford, (14)
02:01 PM ET (US)
The last Fourteener is Capitol Peak, the most dangerous of them all!
(See below: https://matadornetwork.com/read/think-twic...-deadly-knife-edge/).
Sal tells me that they hope to do Capitol Peak this weekend.
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