BL: Official NFL Kneeling (and Hurricane) Column

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    BobLee
    September15/ 2018

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    Official NFL Kneeling (and Hurricane) Column

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    I give up. Posting my Official NFL/NIKE Kneeling Column is like learning to play the harmonica. There will ALWAYS be some impediment to postpone doing it. First thing ya know you’re on your deathbed and still can’t play Turkey In The Straw.

    So… lets JUST DO IT … pun fully intended; and include our Deep Thoughts About The Hurricane along with it.

    WARNING: My perspective on “Kaeper-Kneelers” has evolved somewhat from my earlier opinion when it first burst on to the National OMG Stage back in August 2016. Yep, it’s been going on for two years now.

    Here are Blondie’s thoughts from back then…. LINK.

    You have heard little/nothing about Kaepernick’s girlfriend because… she doesn’t “fit the media chosen narrative”. “Not fitting the media’s chosen narrative” keeps one from learning A LOT these days. Oh well…

    My personal interest in The NFL had cooled substantially prior to Kaepernick first kneeling. “All this” has not really affected my personal lack of interest as a fan. That said, “all this” is a fascinating study of the Socio-Cultural War for America’s Future. America’s Socio-Cultural War DOES interest me.

    As one smart-aleck with one website, my ability to affect the outcome of this S-C War is about as futile as the “little Dutch boy” with his finger in the hole in the dike. Too many holes… not enough fingers.  But, I can go for the “I told you so” brass ring…

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    Kaepernick first kneeled hoping to create enough media Hubba Hubba to get him and WhatsHerName their own reality show. That never happened because “it” veered off into a Patriotic Train Wreck.

    Now the whole inglorious mess lies somewhere between (1) Hating “America” and all its various symbols & traditions… (2) Just Hating Law Enforcement… (3) Being Able To Hate Whatever One Wants To Hate… (4) Hating The Haters… and, OF COURSE, (5) Hating Donald Trump which is raison d’etre for 40% of “America” on every day that ends in a “y”.

    Let’s not get into “what the kneelers are really kneeling about”. That has evolved into “kneeling to protest those protesting our right to kneel for whatever we want to kneel about”… and OF COURSE because Donald Trump called us “sons-of-bitches”. Not necessarily in that order.

    FWIW… I would NOT have gotten involved in this NFL crap had I been POTUS; but there are many reasons for you to be thankful I am not POTUS.

    Let Me Say… IMO

    • “Rogue LEOs” who shoot and/or persecute “blacks” for nothing more than “being black” should be prosecuted accordingly.
    • “Blacks” who use “we are being unfairly persecuted” to disguise on-going unlawful criminal behavior should also be prosecuted accordingly.

    Who adjudicates those two situations is the Gordian Knot.

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    SUPPOSE… Going back two years, when Kaepernick first knelt, his “cause” had been proclaimed to be…

    Emphasize The Importance of The Nuclear Black Family and Black Males’ responsibility as on-site Fathers…

    Would YOU have supported THAT Cause even if it had involved kneeling for the NatAnth?

    Would YOU have supported THAT Cause but preferred they had demonstrated in another fashion?

    Every study I have seen is emphatic that the dissolution of “the black family with no on-site male father figure” is a primary contributor to young black men being drawn into “street gangs” and “a life of crime”.

    IF Colin Kaepernick had become a Champion of Black Men Being Responsible On-site Fathers would YOU view him differently?

    OK… the reality that “many” Black NFL players are quite IRresponsible in fulfilling their multiple child support payments to multiple unwed baby mammas makes them unlikely role models for Responsible On-Site Fathers.

    But just suppose…

    In the two years of “Kneeling” has the issue of Social Injustice for Blacks improved in any noticeable fashion?

    Is there ANY indication that “kneeling for the NatAnth before NFL games” is advancing this cause?

    Every Metro Police Dept has “ride-along” programs where concerned citizens can “ride-along” with police officers on their daily rounds to get a first-hand feel for the situation on the streets.

    • How many NFL Kneelers have participated in those programs? I don’t know…
    • How many NFL Kneelers have met with Police Depts in their cities for in-person dialogues on “police-citizen” relations? … I don’t know.
    • Or volunteered for numerous “Get Involved” youth programs… and NOT simply “staged photo-ops”. I don’t know…

    Let’s close this segment of this discussion with…

    In the eight years of his “regime” what did President Barack Obama do to improve the well-documented out-of-control black-on-black crime epidemic in His Hometown of Chicago… where his close friend Rahm Emanuel has been Mayor? Where Liberal Democrats have controlled both local and state politics since forever …

    The answer is Barack Obama did Absolutely NOTHING for the situation for eight years… but NFL Kneelers profess to love the man because… … … ??? I don’t know why.  If that doesn’t cause you to say “Huh?” then you really do watch way too much CNN / MSNBC.

    The NFL is a Black Athlete-dominated business. It cannot exist at its current level without Black Athletes. Therefore it would be economic suicide for The NFL to offend its Black Employees.

    There is no business model that suggests The NFL can function without Black Athletes. To suggest otherwise is ridiculous.

    “Hiding protestors in the lockerroom” was a STOOPID Idea.

    “Rich Old White Owners” saying dumb stuff is STOOPID.

    The Rich Old White Owners ARE at the mercy of the Angry Black Athletes and both sides know it.

    Whatever protests / demonstrations that Black Athletes want to do for whatever reason or motive WILL be permitted.

    Remember Otis Day’s Night Club in Animal House.  If Otis and his homies want to “dance wif…” the owners dates, the owners won’t stop’em.

    Otis Daye Club

    The NFL should reflect the socio-cultural mores of its dominant culture.

    Whether or not The Kneelers are “patriotic” or “respecting The Flag” or whatever is each fan’s decision regardless of what the protestors say.

    As The NFL evolves in that S-C direction, it’s current fan base can decide if that is an entertainment product it wishes to support with its discretionary $$$ and time.

    As with pretty much every individual’s preference, one can use all manner of convoluted situational reasoning to reach one’s decision.   Whether its eating doughnuts, watching porn or owning a pit bull… if you wanna do it… you will convince yourself it is OK and do it.

    I decided several years ago that The NFL was not a product I chose to support any longer; but, I’m just one guy who hasn’t attended an NFL game in decades… or watched one for more than 10 minutes in two years. FWIW… I had lost interest in The NFL before Kaepernick knelt the first time. Nothing that has happened since then has caused me to reconsider my decision.

    Kinda like… I voted for Donald Trump as “the lesser of two evils”. Nothing has happened in going on two years to cause me to reconsider that decision. If anything, the difference between “the two evils” has widened considerably in favor of Donald Trump… IMO.  As Outrageous as POTUS Trump can often be… he can’t touch the UTTER OUTRAGEOUSNESS of his sworn enemies.

    … allowing that POTUS Trump has said a dozen or so statements I wish he hadn’t said. OK, several dozen… and counting.

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    About NIKE… I own eight pair of “athletic shoes”.  None of the eight pair are NIKEs.  NIKE says their primary target market are “urban youth”.  That is a “dog whistle” for “black kids”.  I am not “a black kid” so I guess their marketing gurus are correct.

    Personally I think Pat Tillman woulda been a much better NIKE Ad Model.  Allowing that statistically zero “urban youth” know who Pat Tillman was.

    Shoe companies, B-list Hollywooders, and University Flagships can aggressively support whoever / whatever they choose and I will make my retail decisions accordingly.

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    MoreI’ve “been through” a number of Hurricanes. As young BobLee in 1954, I recall “Hazel… The Mother of All Really Big Hurricanes” for Eastern NC. Florence

    It is human nature to pridefully boast that “My Hurricane” is the WORST of all… like “My BBQ joint” is the BEST … or “My high school” was THE COOLEST.

    Because Hurricanes are given names… and we get to anticipate them for a week or so; they take on personalities. That is unique to all other Natural OMGs. Wildfires… Tornados… Earthquakes… Blizzards get remembered by years by those that can keep years straight. I can’t.

    I have lived in enough areas of the country that Bad Weather Crap is like BBQ in that each region has its own particular type… and takes a morbid pride in how devastating theirs is.

    We had a tornado go thru our backyard in November 1988 when Kid was eight months old. The specific circumstances of THAT will be difficult for Mother Nature to ever beat.

    SoCal Wildfires strike me as REALLY SCARY.

    For those of you in The Triangle… did you feel kinda “guilty” cheering when Florence shifted to the south and hit South Carolina worse than inland NC? There are real people in South Carolina too.

    Had it been reversed, you know the folks in South Carolina would have had the same immediate me-first reaction to “being spared”.  Next time it could be reversed… there WILL BE a next time.

    Every time we “rent a place at da beach”, Blondie goes into her “we oughta buy a place here and…”. She got SO FREAKED OUT the past week, I think she is forever cured of THAT. … Now she’s into her “we gotta buy a generator” phase. Maybe we will do that.

    I see where “they” are blaming Trump for the hurricane. Of course “they” are. … yawn… sigh. Refer to above paragraph beginning “Kinda like…”
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    • 70sTarheel Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Way OT, but did you know Christine Blasey Ford, the Kavanaugh accuser, is a 1988 UNC grad? My gawd, has anything decent come out of Chapel Hill since Bobby Jones? (I’m no Wikipedia fan but its entry on Jones is pretty cool.}

      • BobLee Reply
        4 weeks ago

        Oh yes… well-documented. I read (OK, on Twitter ??) that she bragged about 64 sexual partners in high school and college. YIKES! Thats a LOT for a lifetime… several lifetimes… much less 6 years.

    • Fayettewuf Reply
      1 month ago

      Folks in Wilmington, Wilmington and Morehead City will be amazed to learn that Florence did more damage in South Carolina. So will the people in South Carolina. Myrtle Beach did not take much of a hit. It gets more flooding from a king tide than the storm surge from Florence. I remember Hazel vividly. Watching though red oaks being downed in my grand parents yard was pretty impressive. Living without power and water for a couple of weeks was an experience too. It is hard to compare a huge wet storm like Florence to one like Hazel with high winds. Damage by cost will not be much help. Flooding Wilmington probably will run up the bill. Hazel flattened the Brunswick County and Horry County coast but there were not very many expensive homes down there then.

    • UncBlue Reply
      1 month ago

      The protesters don’t realize the leftists have set their sites on the NFL eg too violent. The kneelers are only speeding up the demise of the golden goose for many Nike shoe wearers.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I agree. A point that is being overlooked in Kaeper-Kneeler Mania…

    • Ben in MO Reply
      1 month ago

      I can think of plenty of reasons to not buy Nike products starting with the exploitation of labor in third world countries – exploitation even by Kathie Lee Gifford’s standards – and extending to the exploitation of impressionable (dare I say gullible?) underprivileged youth populations in this country. The Colin Kaepernick ad was actually very good as an ad. It offered an “uplifting” message that completely diverts the attention away from aforesaid exploitation and obscene profit-taking. It used to be said that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel, but I believe “diversity” may have taken that “honor”.

      That said, to all my friends who say they won’t buy Nike because of the ad, I say Nike doesn’t give a hoot in Carrboro if they buy them. They make tons of money from their economic colonialism, and a few old white guys opting for New Balance or Adidas won’t even make a dimple, much less a dent, in that.

      On the other hand, if all the SJWs at schools like Carolina could convince their admins to kill those lucrative contracts… Of course, that won’t happen because SJWs take such ads as the Nike spot to be “real” and are more concerned with isolated incidents of abuse than with the systematic exploitation of multiple populations of the disadvantaged.

      Two cents worth. Keep the change.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        At $.02 those opinions are a bargain. I have become such a minimal consumer of anything but audiobooks, I’m a weak boycotter of pretty much any product/service.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      1 month ago

      BL,
      ATT/Yahoo threw your email into the SPAM folder and Outlook never saw it.
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      Nike….own two pairs. Both comfortable. No YouTube Burning or 25 yd AR disintegration. WILL black out the logo on my Ron Fellows Vette driving school golf pullover.
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      NFL….quit watching. Even the fine and upstanding RW is becoming a political guru like Stephen Curry. LeBron, who was UNC’ed through HS is a classic case of money means you gotta high IQ.
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      Florence… First and foremost, prayers for those impacted and I’m donating time and money to help them. BUT, WRAL and probably others, fell into the HYPE vat. One day it would travel from ILM to RDU in 12 hours. Next day, 48.
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      WRAL found a tree down in Wake Forest. Sent an eye candy cub reporter there. She had to go door to door and tell folks that WRAL was buying pizza for the neighborhood. She said that on the air. Finally got a small crowd for interviews. Two spoke. She stayed there from 4:00 till 11:30 rehashing. They cut to her 6 times. We did spot watching between Amazon movies. That is hype.
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      Folks from all over the USA have called and emailed. Worried about our survival and offering assistance. NO JOKE. Some thought we should drive motor home to Dorthy’s Home place in Kansas for secure shelter.
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      There is a LOT of damage. But hyping to make it a Fran or a Hazel (DW survived that in Henderson) was just grabbing for ratings. Floyd flooded. Fran did not but Florence is working on it, but will not be anywhere close to Floyd.
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      Fran caused 27 fatalities. Floyd was 87. Florence so far, 32. Three from Generator misuse….more folks got them and don’t understand basic CO2 and Electrical safety. 3 so far from gennies

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Hurricanes are BAD… and public needs info pre & during. That said… yes TV Media does “go overboard” especially with any opportunity to “blame” NCGA or POTUS. Such are the times we live in.

    • Former96Heel Reply
      1 month ago

      Thinking of target audience, I realize I am most certainly a white New Balance kind of guy, even though I do have a gray and a black pair as well. Is it just coincidental that they fit me better than other brands, or that it seems every other middle age or older white guy flocks to the flavor? Yet I cannot remember ever seeing one ad or word of mouth endorsement for them whatsoever. Imagine if they had someone like Ken Stabler, or Rick Barry hawking them. Maybe Joe Gibbs. Or is it just that they are plain, fit well, and are usually priced well below the other brands? Perhaps our demo just doesn’t wear shoes…MSNBC seems to think that’s the case.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I don’t think any other athletic shoe company does TV ads ??? I don’t have a brand loyalty but I’ll probably shun NIKE as I’m NOT the customer they even want. I’m OK with that.

    • ENC1 Reply
      1 month ago

      Flow was a PITA (Pain In The A….you complete need help let me know). Lived in NC 90% of my live and it was the worst but the people of ENC will get back up and keep living/fighting.

      NFL loved it as a kid but too many egos for me now and I blame media for the one knee thing….don’t keep talking about it and showing it on TV. DT does not help but hey nobody is perfect…. hear is an idea DT get off Twitter.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Everyone I know who supports DJT wishes he would “STAY OFF Twitter”.

    • TheCowdog Reply
      1 month ago

      Cool. There’s truly one more case of things we can agree on, other than our deep devotion to the Coach.

      SoCal fires are SCARY! I went through 5 door lickers, with the hot tub as my escape route. Of course, I lived in a community in Carbon Canyon. Carbon Canyon…SMH.

      Polling a black, urban kid as to awareness of Pat Tillman, may surprise ya. Polling a white, rural kid of Bob Kalsu would, and should surprise as well.

      …Still on board, BL.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I was thinking about you this morning. Wondering if this topic would touch a button with you. Count me as white small town baby boomer who has never heard of Bob Kalsu.

    • Keith Spence Reply
      1 month ago

      I don’t own a pit bull

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Me either…

    • Dr Wire Reply
      1 month ago

      The last “black celebrity/leader/father figure” to speak out about on site black fathers and the black on black issues has been involved in a slow public lynching for several years now. Bill Cosby spoke out and suddenly women who probably consented to enjoying drugs and sex with him because it was what they wanted to do at the time became innocent angels who were taken advantage of. Since Bill’s mess started, his viewpoint has not been repeated in public forums too often.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Is that the definition of “a false prophet”? The messenger may have been “false” but I still believe in the “message”.

    • BobLee Reply
      1 month ago

      As BobLee addicts know… there are only two sports team I actually “care” whether they win or lose – The St. Louis Cardinals and, more recently, The Univ Wisconsin Badgers.
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      BOTH came up short yesterday. The Cards were WALLOPED by The Dodgers 17-4 (YIKES!) – 3rd L in a row to LAD. And The 5th ranked Badgers fell to BYU 24-21 AT HOME. That broke a 45-game Home Win streak w/ non-Big Ten teams.
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      I assessed whether either occurrence left a bruise or any other residual carry-over in my life. None discovered as of yet….. ONWARD into a new day!

    • PE.Arkansas Reply
      1 month ago

      Bob Lee… My 11 year old son is homeschooled and plays in a homeschool basketball league. (He also plays in the Boys & Girls Club basketball league, as well as city league baseball.)
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      He was complaining about his heels hurting him during practice, so I took him to Academy Sports and found him some blue Nike basketball shoes. He absolutely LOVES them. Best of all, his heels no longer hurt him. The very next day, Nike came out with their new ad campaign.
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      In many, many ways my young son is sheltered from all that goes on in the world. He has no clue about the Nike ad featuring Kaepernick. I decided not to burn his new basketball shoes.
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      P.S. I agree with everything you write in your columns. It’s almost as if you are reading my mind. I’m not sure whether or not this is a good thing. 😀

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I totally agree with your decision NOT to get him involved in “the politics of sports”. His innocence will be short-lived enough as is.
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        Being “homeschooled” I assume he is already being exposed to opinions contrary to what his peers might be “learning”. That might create some interesting dichotomies. ☺
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        You and I are not alone in our POVs… but we move in a larger society with MANY who do not share them AT ALL. I am reminded daily that I have very little if anything in common with “those people”. … sigh.

    • Pack.Guy Reply
      1 month ago

      I saw where a lot of “bear statues” were destroyed in New Bern by the floodwaters. Any reports on the Bob Kennel Statue?

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        There is a “NotSilentBob” statue in New Bern ???
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        For those wondering about Bre’r Kennel’s absence here of late. There WAS a confirmed BK Sighting at The Carter for the Ga State game. He is hail & hearty & ever-feisty from all reports.

    • Patrick Reply
      1 month ago

      I agree. Your suggestion about If The Cause Was… Instead of… should be asked at every NFL game and to every NFL official and player. IMO, it changes EVERYTHING.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Maybe it doesn’t change Everything but it puts a different slant on the whole brouhaha for sure. It was my first thought when this all erupted. Alas… I have no illusion that I represent mainstream thought in America… if I ever did.

    • George.Richmond Reply
      1 month ago

      Your What If about “if The Kaeper Cause had been…… instead of….” is Great. Why hasn’t anyone else asked that question? (1) It relates directly to the betterment of The Black Community… (2) would, I think, have universal support across ethnic, cultural, political boundaries.
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      The only reason I can imagine why NFL players would NOT support it is that so many of them are prime examples of The Problem of irresponsible black males.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I think you answered your own question. Promoting “Responsibility / Accountability” among Black Males COULD be a universal “cause” you would think everyone would support… EXCEPT the 10,000s of IRresponsible Black Males… and those committed to fostering fear / hatred over “Race”. There is a “Race Industry” just as there is an “Abortion Industry” and a “Climate Change Industry”. There are those making A LOT of $$$ by NOT solving those societal issues.

    • Marian.R Reply
      1 month ago

      I admit I was “happy”… VERY happy when Florence changed course and veered south across SC rather than across NC. Is “them rather than us” a natural reaction when it involves a situation over which none of us has any control whatsoever?

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I think so but it is something to ponder. It’s not like “Mother Nature” gave either NC or SC a choice over which would be the target. And despite one group of political partisans’ misguided belief, “man” certainly had nothing to do with the course of the storm.
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        I had friends around the country contacting me with “You OK?” queries. I’m sure all of you in this area did. When such disasters hit other areas as they are forever doing, we might give a few minutes of concern re: anyone we know that might be affected, but then go on with our daily lives. The same with terminal illnesses. It all comes down to “There but for The Grace of God go I”. I don’t pretend to understand how all “that” works.

    • Robert.Durham Reply
      1 month ago

      YES… I would totally support any initiative to strengthen the Nuclear Black Family and Black Men Taking Responsibility for their children… but we NEVER hear that from Barber or Sharpton or Booker or Maxine or Harris OR from Lord Obama. Wonder why not? … Because the current situation keeps them permanently on The Welfare Plantation and shackled to Democrats empty campaign promises for 50 years.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Its been 50+ years and the Black Community hasn’t figured it out yet. Not likely to any time soon.

    • mapackfan Reply
      1 month ago

      Totally agree about the NFL. They are effectively “thumbing their nose” at their major constituents.

      Trump does exactly the opposite; he plays directly TO his constituents.

      And who exactly is this “Chris”? 🙂

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        OMG !!! I meant Colin. YIKES!

    • Elrod Reply
      1 month ago

      Ah, that S-C War. The root causes are at least 55 years old and would take 3 generations to correct if this nation focused on it, but I don’t think that will ever happen. But I am more intrigued by your comment “but there are many reasons for you to be thankful I am not POTUS.” I would LOVE for you to do a series of articles on that subject. A single article could not possibly do that subject justice.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        OK…. it’s “on the short list”. 👍

    • Doug Reply
      1 month ago

      Hurricanes really got politically weaponized during Katrina’s aftermath. If it happened to any degree before that someone let me know. Nowadays it’s before and after the event for blame time. For me it’s only fair to blame sitting presidents for natural disasters so long as all get blamed. Sandy was Obama’s fault. Bill Clinton was in the oval office in 1999 during Floyd’s blow job.😎 Ike should have prevented Hazel and Woodrow Wilson impeached after the NC mountains flood after two hurricanes hit western NC in a matter of days on July 8 &14,1916 killing “dozens” as reported back then. Not much imagination is required to wonder how damning modern media outlets would report with two hurricanes hitting the same area that early in the season if Trump was the sitting president. Climate change is real. 18,000 years ago – a half-second in geological time- if you went pier fishing with dad it would have been about 40 miles east of Morehead City. Hope all your readers are safe, high, and dry.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Blaming Ike for Hazel ?? Sure, why not. He was too busy playing golf at Augusta to care… …. sadly there are more than a few numbnutz out there that believe that stuff.

    • Ashley Overton Reply
      1 month ago

      There is still hope that Florence will move west and hover over south Orange County and wash Chapelboro downhill into the Neuse

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Thats too close to “us normal people” …. PLUS, there are a dozen or so folks over there I really like.

    • rowdybluetarheeler Reply
      1 month ago

      note to all fall season beach renters – get the trip interruption insurance. you will be glad if you do and disgusted if you don’t. we get blown away from AB every ten years or so…

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Echo that. We always get it when we rent.

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