About this time one hundred years ago, Leo Frank was convicted of murdering Mary Phagan. Within two years, with the sentence commuted to life imprisonment, some people kidnapped him from a state prison. Leo Frank was taken to Marietta, and hung from an oak tree.
George Zimmerman is the object of the mob’s fury today. The two cases are different. There is little doubt that Mr. Zimmerman fired the weapon, that killed Trayvon Martin. There is considerable doubt about the guilt of Leo Frank. Much of the venom directed at Mr. Frank was because he was Jewish. Trayvon Martin was the unpopular minority in the current case.
The common thread in the two cases is media fueled demands for vengeance. The Supreme Court took note of this in the Frank case. “Mob law does not become due process of law by securing the assent of a terrorized jury.”
Tom Watson was one of the leading rabble rousers in Mr. Frank’s case. A politician and newspaper owner, Mr. Watson led the anti semitic charge. Today, a large bronze statue of Tom Watson is in front of the west side of the State Capitol. This side is the site for rallies.Tom Watson is seen shaking a finger behind the speakers stand.
So far, the mob has not executed George Zimmerman. It is not out of the question. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”. UPDATE This is a repost. George Zimmerman is still with us, for better or worse. The venegence mob focus has shifted to Darren Wilson. Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown are still dead. The statue of Tom Watson has been moved to an undisclosed location.
Until last week, Chamblee54 participated in the writing contests at Yeah Write. This is a privately run affair, and is not a free speech zone. The powers-that-be at YW can do whatever they like. The story that follows is not a free speech issue. It is just puzzling.
The contest that starts today’s tale is Gargleblaster-180. The idea is to submit 42 words, based on the prompt “what did she tell you?” The contest has recently become a moderated event. Almost no rules, other than the 42 word mandate, were published. Chamblee54 published an entry, Whitehall Street in response to this prompt. Getting the backgrounds to match on the panels took some effort.
pearl told peter she is pregnant baby daddy peter wants to marry pearl do big man thing what peter does not know pearl was formerly known as paul gender reassignment can grow pretty boobs paint happy face but cannot create productive womb
The next day, there was an email. “Your submission this week is unsuitable for publication and has been removed from the grid. Our editorial standards respect the diversity and dignity of our audience. I know it seems desirable to appear “edgy” but yeah write does not accept posts which insult or demean any person based on race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or other traits. Based on the nature of your post this week, your entries will no longer be welcome at yeah write.” Rowan Grigsby submissions editor email@example.com | yeahwrite.me
yeah write @yeahwrite1 12:03 pm Do only black people talk like this? An excerpt from @freefringes’ submission to #yw181 #nonfiction #thugkitchen http://ow.ly/C6ITp
The tweet referred to a post, 2 of Amerikaz most wanted for their tahini sauce, I guess, whatever that is. It seems as though some white people are producing a cookbook, tumblr, and kitchen sink around the concept of “Thug Kitchen.” Take a few recipes, season liberally with profanity, and you have the latest culinary sensation. Freefringes did not like “Thug Kitchen.”
The post had an “edgy” feel to it. Chamblee54 perceived just the slightest taste of anti-white seasoning. Is this racist, prejudiced, or just plain tacky? Does the “Thug Kitchen” have a recipe that uses a can of worms?
In any event, this post just might “insult or demean any person based on race, color, etc.” Chamblee54 was curious. A twitter exchange happened.
Luther Mckinnon @chamblee54 12:19 pm @yeahwrite1 @freefringes Is that post a violation of yeah write editorial standards?
Erica Mullenix @freefringes 12:22 pm @chamblee54 teaching people how to be better humans? Probably not, but I’ll double check @yeahwrite1
Luther Mckinnon @chamblee54 12:23 pm @freefringes @yeahwrite1 when you find these editorial standards please let me know
Erica Mullenix @freefringes 12:27 pm @chamblee54 I think you are protesting some sort of missing due process from your hate speech last week. There is none. @yeahwrite1
Luther Mckinnon @chamblee54 12:30 pm @freefringes @yeahwrite1 hate speech? saying that mtf transperson cannot get pregnant is hate speech?
Erica Mullenix @freefringes 12:36pm @chamblee54 and the fact you are attempting to equate calling out racism with your destructive views validates our decision @yeahwrite1
Luther Mckinnon @chamblee54 12:38pm @freefringes @yeahwrite1 so you are saying that Whitehall Street is hate speech?
Erica Mullenix @freefringes 2:30pm @chamblee54 why are we still discussing this? There are other writing communities you can join. Just not this one @yeahwrite1
If anyone can explain the logic behind these tweets, please do so in the comments. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.
It would have been a good day for doing nothing, except things were happening all over town. The Duluth Festival and the Candler Park Festival would have been great. However, this was a Streets Alive Sunday. There was a circle, starting at N. Highland, going up North Avenue, down Boulevard, and back up Highland/N. Highland. The route was closed to motorized vehicles.
PG and Uzi got a late start, even by their slack standards. It was fourish before getting towards town. The streets around L5P all had signs saying only residents could park there. Finally, a street appeared without the signs. PG parked the vehicle, and walked uphill towards the Carter Center.
The plan was to go to North Avenue, and go around the loop as far as was appropriate. N. Highland was full of people, bicycles, and dogs. After ignoring the liberal compulsion to go into Manuels, the walkers turned onto North Avenue. The street was much less crowded. This was in spite of the circus in front of Masquerade. Maybe murder Kroger had a sale.
After crossing Glen Iris, and going up the hill, the street got even less crowded. A pack of skateboarders went down the hill at breakneak speed. One almost wiped out in front of PG. Soon after that, a policeman came by talking on his radio. PG kept walking.
Boulevard was almost deserted. There was a church, with loudspeakers sharing a message. About this time someone made a time reference, and PG checked his phone. It was 5:30, with the street party ending at 6:00. By this time it would have been a longer walk to go back, than it would be to finish the loop. Neither PG nor Uzi had expected to walk this much.
After taking the left onto Highland, the crowds started to appear again. An official came by to say that the event was closing in five minutes. There were enough sidewalks now to finish with no problem.
A crisis arose when PG got to a familiar bend in the road. He walked down one side street, and could not find his car. A little walk later, over another hill, the next street off N. Highland had the vehicle. All that remained was dinner at the Piccadilly cafeteria.
The FBF had a test, How White Trash Are You? It was 10 multiple choice questions. Most of them did not have a good answer. The result: “How White Trash Are You? You scored 36%, you are as white trash as Jesse Pinkman.” PG is not WT enough to know who Jesse Pinkman is.
OK Cupid had a similar test, The How White Trash Are You? Test It was a bunch of multiple choice questions. One was about the mayonnaise and wonder bread sandwich. The submit button was clicked after the last question. The server froze, and never gave an answer.
Mr. Google has a lot of white trash tests. It also has tests to see how ghetto you are. The top result, for both WT and G, is GoToQuiz, sponsored by Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech.
The first GTQ was How Ghetto Are You? “Congratualtions! You are 0% ghetto It looks like you keep yourself out of the ghetto and are living ghetto free. Also, you may be white.”
Ok, just one more quiz and this stupid post is over. As you might have guessed, this is How White Trash Are You! You are 33% White Trash! So what your parents are a little country, that doesn’t make you all bad. Get a job that doesn’t make you look like a trainwreck at the end of every day, take a bath a bit more often and hey, you might pass for one of them yankee boys.
Pictures are from The Library of Congress.
I miss seeing you, but it is probably better for you to be in Arizona ~ There are a thousand Mike Browns in Gaza. ~ “By myself and others reporting you, we are simply trying to make Facebook a safer place from bullying and harassment and Facebook feels that if everyone on there uses their real name that the goal of a safe space is achieved. So I’m not bullying you, I’m trying to make Facebook better and a safe space. ~ The 10 year reunion was neat. All you had to do was show up alive, and people were glad to see you … even the people who were not nice to you in high school. There were a lot of little stories. There was the girl with the jawbreaker last name who married a man named Smith. There was the honor scholar black girl who lost fifty pounds and was turning heads. It is highly recommended. You can be nice to people one night every ten years, it won’t kill you. ~ Is Marthasville the real name, and Atlanta the cover up? ~ I would *like* what Karma says, except the preceding comment was deleted. There have been too many political things here. ~ What about the Southern Baptist Convention? ~ yuck! your last photo is your best with the bag ~ Sounds like a good day to stay out of town. ~ BBC copyrights ignored, because, as far as I am aware, bbc has never repeated, nor translated into another [sell'ble] format, this documentary, which, it seems to me, says ‘a lot’ [albeit not 'everything'] about the way we live now … ~ The last reality check I got was returned for insufficient funds. ~ This is a bit of a leap, but one time my hip was hurting. When I got rid of a pair of pants that was too tight, the pain went away. ~ I would ask if you needed glasses. ~ Spell check is your friend. ~ #fuckkroger Who is roger and why do you want to fuck him with an extra k? ~ What did you put in the dear boy this morning, coffee? ~ Bless her heart. ~ What profiteth a blogger to gain a million page views, and lose his soul. ~ Mark 8:36-37 36 For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37 Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Has the Jesus worshiper taken a promise of life after death in exchange for his soul? ~ A community without the pesky beliefs. That is a nice concept. ~ high-end thrift store ~ We were talking about Chris Crocker last night, along with Tonya Harding, Lorena Bobbitt, Joey Buttafouco, and other people who found a life after their fifteen minutes were over. ~ Especially if it is Brittney. ~ You have been blocked from following this account at the request of the user. ~ How many #unarmed #humanshield children are being ,hurt in #syria by our drones? ~ Do they have t shirts for sale? ~ Trolling and stupidity are far from mutually exclusive! ~ True, but one form of trolling is just saying the most arrant nonsense that you don’t believe. And then I discover that these people DO believe this arrant nonsense. LOL ~ You were Emily Dickinson In A Past Life. Do your friends know? Share on Facebook ~ Stranczek was born and raised in Crestwood but didn’t speak a word of English until he was 8 years old, he said. It was an accomplishment for the eldest of eight children, who later helped his siblings learn the language. His Polish immigrant parents ran a vegetable farm in Crestwood and sold corn, tomatoes and cucumbers, among other foods. That’s how they always had something to eat, even through the Depression, Stranczek said. ~ This website is temporarily unavailable, please try again later. ~ This is a radio show about autism. It turns out that autism is a spectrum, and that what works for one person might not work for another. This program can be tough to listen to. ~ @carissaaa_m I hate being friends with girls who won’t do things on their own. No bitch, I don’t want to come to the bathroom with you. ~ pictures are from The Library of Congress. ~ selah
PG used to work with someone, who we will call Fred. This person contracted some sort of cancer, and died nine days after nine eleven. Fred, the son of Holocaust Survivors, was probably the most Jewish person that PG has known. Fred was generous with his opinions. While no claim is made to having access to secret information, these opinions gave an insight into a certain pattern of thought. Some of these attitudes continue to this day, with other situations.
The employment related association took place between 1985 and 1989. This was during the Iran Iraq war. It was felt by many that those were two evil countries, that should be allowed to fight each other as long as possible. When they were fighting each other, they were not a threat to Israel. Fred enthusiastically endorsed this idea. “Yes they should. It is for your benefit. It will prevent terrorism”.
Hundreds of thousands of young men died in that war. Iraq got worn out by the fighting, and resorted to the use of chemical weapons. Iraq also ran up a large debt to Kuwait. In an effort to cancel that debt, Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. That set in motion a cycle of violence and revenge that still plagues the United States.
Today, there is much fighting in Syria. There are some who say that with Hezbollah fighting Al Queda, they are both bad actors. Let them kill each other as much as they want. Again, when they fight each other, they will leave Israel alone.
The carnage in Syria, with the government killing thousands of it’s citizens, brings to mind another Fred story. In 1989, China brutally repressed demonstrators asking for more rights. On the monday after the massacre, Fred commented that the Soviet Union was sorry. They wanted to do this killing themselves. Could this be how Israel feels about the killing in Syria? This is a repost. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.