I was in Murphy, N.C. this morning, sitting in the car under a tree at Burgher King. This guy about 25 comes up to the car window and says "Hey man, do you have 87 cents?" I said, "yeah." He looked at me, I looked at him. He stood there awhile, and then he went over to the next car. A lady about 55 was in it. He asked her for 87 cents and she gave him a buck. He went on into Burgher King. I hate panhandlers. They should go to California where they're welcome and loved. Appalachia doesn't have much pity.
Irma seems to be coming our way. We have snow storms, ice storms, wind storms, freezing rain storms but I dread hurricane remnants more than anything. We just aren't set up here to deal with extensive damage to power lines, phone lines and roads. Even worse, I live in the "hillbilly" part of the county, where there aren't any rich people. When we have storms, the utility crews rush out to the lake to make sure the lake house people can use their cappuccino makers. It can be weeks, literally, before they get around to taking care of us out here because we don't matter.
Here's an excerpt from a sad story. This guy made it through combat overseas, then three punks murder him in his own garage. A man's home may be his castle, but outside the walls the barbarians wait.
5 Sept 2017
A disabled Marine veteran was shot and killed during a confrontation in his garage with would-be home invaders on Friday, police said.
Authorities said that Phillip Lamar Davis, 47, was getting ready to take his wife to work early Friday morning when he opened the garage door and three masked men ambushed them.
Police believe the men intended to rob the victims after entering their home.
When they confronted the couple, Davis tried to protect his wife and push them away, sparking a struggle, during which Davis was shot, police said. His wife took off and ran to a neighbor’s house to call for help.
“She was just screaming, ‘There's gunshots, there's gunshots. Get here right now,’” the wife’s sister, Daphne Sinclair, said, reports WPXI. “She heard the gunshots and she ran to a neighbor’s house saying, ‘Call 911.’”
The couple were high school sweethearts.
The rest of the article says exactly what you’d expect. The three perps got away and there are no leads. These people lived in a nice “gated” neighborhood and that’s the prime hunting grounds now for home invaders. It’s so common most of the incidents are not even reported.
Sad Times all around.