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BillW50

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J. P. Gilliver (John) said:
BillW50 <[email protected]> said:
In Char Jackson wrote: []
to get help, but there are a lot of helpful folks here and you've
already proven that you don't mind being repeatedly.
I have no problem learning from my mistakes and I don't wish to
repeat them. And no, I don't mind being crucified or proven wrong
either. I am
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Strange. When I read Char's post, I saw the "crucified" between
"being" and "repeatedly". As did Bill, since he used the word. But
it's not there in Bill's quote of Char's post!
Sorry, my fault! I dragged and dropped in Word and I must have not
pressed down hard enough on the CTRL key. :-(
 
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Tim Slattery

Antares 531 said:
Was Virginia forced to take this bit of waste land and add it to their
state because no other state wanted it added onto their existing
boundaries? Something like the Oklahoma Panhandle.
West VA was originally part of VA. Being back in the Appalachian
mountains, that part didn't have much in common with the Tidewater
region. It split off when VA seceded in the civil war. The mountain
folk owned few slaves and didn't want to leave the union.

The Oklahoma panhandle was originally part of the Texas panhandle. The
Missouri compromise specified that everything north of 36 degrees 30
minutes be free (no slaves). Texas was a slave state. The solution (in
the compromise of 1850, I think) was to lop off the top of the Texas
panhandle and add it to what later became Oklahoma.
 
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Antares 531

West VA was originally part of VA. Being back in the Appalachian
mountains, that part didn't have much in common with the Tidewater
region. It split off when VA seceded in the civil war. The mountain
folk owned few slaves and didn't want to leave the union.

The Oklahoma panhandle was originally part of the Texas panhandle. The
Missouri compromise specified that everything north of 36 degrees 30
minutes be free (no slaves). Texas was a slave state. The solution (in
the compromise of 1850, I think) was to lop off the top of the Texas
panhandle and add it to what later became Oklahoma.
And, when the U.S. lost the Spanish American war we were forced to
keep the territory that later became the state of Texas, and not force
Mexico to include it in their territory. Right?
 
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Ken Blake

[snip]
Long ago I had a friend who insisted that it really was Statue versus
Statute, but that was the same friend who insisted that West Virginia
simply referred to the western part of Virginia and wasn't a state in
its own right. He was a hoot. :)
I just recently noticed that Virginia extends further west than
West Virginia.

Yes, but that's a tiny part of Virginia. In general, West Virginia
*is* west of Virginia.
 
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Ken Blake

Yeah, one of geographic oddities. Just as there is a part of the USA
that is directly north of Canada. Not just further north than adjacent
parts of Canada, like Maine. Prize for the correct answer: the
satisfaction of knowing an odd fact.

Reminds me of the fairly well-known question: if you fly due south
from Detroit, what's the first foreign country you fly over?
 
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Tim Slattery

And, when the U.S. lost the Spanish American war we were forced to
keep the territory that later became the state of Texas, and not force
Mexico to include it in their territory. Right?

Umm..a little bit backwards. Texas seceded from Mexico in 1836. For
nine years after that it was an independent republic (which Mexico
didn't recognize). In 1845 it became part of the US. That, along with
arguments about just where its southern border was, started the
Mexican-American war. The settlement for that gave the US what's now
the states of California, Nevada, Utah, most of Arizona and New Mexico
and the western part of Colorado.

The Spanish-American war was over 50 years later. It brought us Puerto
Rico, the Philippines, and (IIRC) Guam.
 
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XS11E

Tim Slattery said:
Umm..a little bit backwards. Texas seceded from Mexico in 1836.
For nine years after that it was an independent republic (which
Mexico didn't recognize). In 1845 it became part of the US.
Actual version, 6 drunken Mexican reservists whipped the
Texicans at the Alamo and forced the US to take Texas as reparations.

That's why the US is stuck with the DullAss Cowpies.
 
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XS11E

Ken Blake said:
Reminds me of the fairly well-known question: if you fly due south
from Detroit, what's the first foreign country you fly over?
Canada, you'd be over Windsor.

Next would be Cuba...
 
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Don

Canada, you'd be over Windsor.

Next would be Cuba...
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is well West of Detroit and
clear of any Canadian air space to its South. It is at 83°21'00". The
closest Westward Canadian air space would be about 83°08'50" over Lake Erie.

Don
 
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XS11E

Don said:
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport is well West of Detroit
and clear of any Canadian air space to its South. It is at
83°21'00". The closest Westward Canadian air space would be about
83°08'50" over Lake Erie.
The question made no reference to Detroit's airport, it said fly due
south from *Detroit*. There's no reason to ass-U-me Detroit's airport
as a starting point.
 
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Don

The question made no reference to Detroit's airport, it said fly due
south from *Detroit*. There's no reason to ass-U-me Detroit's airport
as a starting point.
And you are taking off from where, exactly? What runway, at what airport?

Don
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Yeah I admitted already I was wrong about IBM-BIOS being secret. Ok you could
see it, but you couldn't copy it and sell it. ;-)
I probably could have, but I would've gotten into big trouble if Big
Blue caught me :)

As for replying with something you had already admitted, mea culpa.
Sometimes I'm smart enough to look at all the existing replies before
replying. I keep promising myself to do that more often, but as you can
see...
 
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XS11E

And you are taking off from where, exactly? What runway, at what
airport?
It makes absolutely no difference, when I'm over Detroit I turn south,
the first foreign country I fly over is Canada.

Don't read things into a question that aren't there.
 
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