There is a twitter facility called Kool_Aid_Wino. The tweets displayed here are rumored to be produced by the ghost of Richard Brautigan. PG copied a few, and added his opinions. It should be noted that the beverage at the last supper of Jonestown was Flavor Aid, and not Kool Aid. Flavor Aid was cheaper. The flavor was grape. Pictures are from The Library of Congress # “Pauline’s shack is made entirely of watermelon sugar, except the door that is a good-looking grayish-stained pine” # In Watermelon Sugar… is another one of Mr. B’s books. PG does not remember much of it. Mr. B did not count the punctuation marks in Ecclesiastes in Watermelon Sugar. Somehow, In Watermelon Equal just doesn’t taste the same. # “I thought about it for awhile, hiding it from the rest of my mind. But I didn’t ruin my birthday by secretly thinking about it too hard” # As you get older, birthdays are inherently ruined, by the mere fact of being a year older. The fact that you have outfoxed the grim reaper one more time is ignored in the tsunami of self pity. # “The dream depended on the purring of the cat for existence and now that the cat had stopped purring her dream was falling apart.” # Even in his nominally coherent state, PG seldom remembers dreams once awake. This might be a good thing. # “There are comets that flash through our mouths wearing the grace of oceans and galaxies.” # Comet is a strange name for a car, and even worse for a household cleanser. Once, Volvo got permission to put out a car called Comet. When that got shortened to Vomet, the plans were dropped. # “I was trying to get some sleep this afternoon but the people in the next room took that opportunity to fuck their brains out.” # The Chamblee version is trying to take a nap while some man plays with his leaf blower. The yard never stays clean for very long. Leaf blowers are sinful appliances. # “He was leaving for America, often only a place in the mind.” # After he became rich enough to tell Paul Simon to fuck off, Art Garfunkel used to walk across America. He would hire a driver to meet him at a prearranged point and time, and set out on foot. Once, according to New Yorker magazine, he tried talking to cows. Quite possibly, he had found America at that moment. # “My body was like birds sitting on a telephone wire strung out down the world, clouds tossing the wires carefully.”# Squirrels like to cross streets using telephone lines, and sometimes fall into traffic. It must really be better on the other side. A chicken could have told them, except for the language barrier. # “Your face is so beautiful that I cannot stop to describe it, and there’s nothing I can do to make you happy while you sleep.”# Doo Bee Doo Bee Doo was not in the original lyrics to “Stranger in the Night”. It was a studio improvisation by Mr. Sinatra., beloved by existentialists the world over.
# “The blossoms will be gone and their brief February spring silenced and no longer immortal.” # Right now, there is a premature spring in Alanta. Those plants are going to be surprised when the last blast of winter rolls through. # “It’s raining somewhere, programming flowers and keeping snails happy. That’s all taken care of.”# It is now sunday night. Tomorrow is a great day for rain. Now it is monday, and a storm is supposed to come through tonight. Rain is always something to be greatful for. The next drought could start tomorrow. # “I am always the last person to know what’s going on in my life, but I have a feeling that’s maybe the way it is with everybody” # Once PG saw a frisbee coming his way. He reached out for it, and was stung. It was a golf frisbee, was thick and hard and not intended to be caught. Sometimes, PG thinks life is full of rules that are not spelled out, warnings that are not made, and things that hurt when you catch them. # “The future held only two directions: They were either going to open up a flea circus or commit themselves to an insane asylum.” # Once, someone tried to get into the Limelight, and was told he could not get in without a collar. He went to the disco Kroger, next door, and bought a flea collar. They let him in. # “It’s so nice to wake up in the morning all alone and not have to tell somebody you love them when you don’t love them any more.” # There is an audio of about 25 people reading this. When you can fake sincerity, you have got it made. # “Oh, how good those bears would taste: roasted, fried, boiled or made into spaghetti, bear spaghetti just like the Italians make.” # Would bare spaghetti be the pasta strings with no sauce? # “We stopped at perfect days and got out of the car. The wind glanced at her hair. It was as simple as that.” # Even on imperfect days you need to get out of the car. The wind’s reaction to her hair is different in Alabama than most places, because the hair is bigger. # “I like this taxi driver, racing through the dark streets of Tokyo as if life had no meaning. I feel the same way.”# A friend once named his dog Taxi. That is one of those names you cannot give a dog, especially in New York. PG traveled with Taxi many times, but never really felt any bonding. Dogs named Taxi do not keep the meter running. # “There is a passion here that would drive a deaf saint to learn the violin and play Beethoven at Stonehenge.” # Or maybe a perfume that would make Newt Gingrich eat dinner at the S&S cafeteria. Hopefully, on a sunday evening when PG and Uzi eat at Piccadilly. # “He would very carefully, like cutting a diamond, clitorally masturbate her until she came. He could have gotten a job at Tiffany’s.” # Truman Capote wrote a story about Tiffany’s one time. It became a movie, which to some is the only reason to write a book. # “I want high school report cards to look like this: Computer Magic: A, Finding out about Fish: A, Marcia’s Long Blonde Beauty: A+!” Report cards are the worst reason to go to school. Fish and computer magic are second and third. Long blonde beauty is only good until the peroxide fades at the roots. # “Sometimes when you meet people for the first time, they stare at the sky.” Maybe this is the reason why Karen Carpenter refused that ham sandwich Mama Cass offered her.
In it’s never ending struggle to keep the Cox family in business, the fishwrapper reports what is probably the most important story so far in 2011. ( The video about the lost pig is a close second). It seems as though two anonymous sinners in New York decided to fool around, after a voodoo ritual. A candle got knocked over, and the building caught on fire. A 62 year old neighbor died in the fire.
The fun starts in the comments. Some readers got the impression that the 62yo was a participant in the candle burning whoopee. Other readers felt obliged to speculate about the eternal soul of the departed lady, while others commented on the pre mortem condition of her lady parts. A good time was had by all.
outspoken1…February 25th, 2011 5:17 pm appears to me that she had it coming. People that do the voodoo will burn in hell anyways. She just got a jump start on her eternal life. Happy ever after, Mary/// George…February 25th, 2011 5:20 pm Ummmm … I clarified the story to let everyone know the deceased was not a voodoo ritual participant./// Peachy…February 25th, 2011 5:49 pm This is sad … evil was all in that room. Ms. Feagin may have stamped her ticket to hell watching this mess./// justineb… February 25th, 2011 7:12 pm And we know where their Souls End Up, in HELL. So Sad./// ewwwwww… February 25th, 2011 7:50 pm “It’s better at 62 than ever!! No swell, no tell, and greatful as hell!!!!!!!” Dont forget that it smells, grandma va j j’s must smell so bad /// Dawghuff… February 25th, 2011 7:52 pm You silly Christians can say that’s someone’s soul is hell, a very offensive thing to say, but then your feelings get hurt when someone says how stupid your religion is as well… LOL Oh the irony!/// Real man, not a baby boy…February 25th, 2011 8:56 pm ewwwww: you’re a pathetic fool. Hotness increases with age. The great thing about getting older is that you realize that young people don’t know or have squat when it comes to hotness. I’m 50. We laugh at twenty somethings! You don’t even BEGIN to approach hotness until you’re thirty five. Forties is prime time, 50 and beyond is just damn awesome! You can’t know these things, but if you’re lucky enough to find a b*tch that’ll put out for your baby bit, more power to you. And that smell you’re talkin about? It’s called stank, and it’s coming from your own crotch./// ewwwwww… February 25th, 2011 9:31 pm Real Man, Thanks grandpa, while your banging the golden girls and remembering the good ol’ days. I will continue to bang women in there 20’s. Just because your balls reach your knees doesn’t make you a real man. So get out that AARP card and hit up the early bird special at Golden Coral and dont talk down to me. Have a great night and dont forget to take your pills in the F container. /// Real man, not a baby boy… February 25th, 2011 9:54 pm LOL! You couldn’t hope to know what it means to be a man. You go ahead and do your little twenty year-olds. You can HAVE them! I’ve had sex with women my whoe like and I can tell you 20 year old chicks are nothing! Real men aren’t intimidated by your bs talk. These ARE the good days boy, and someday you’ll know that you mouth off knowing nothing. HAHAHAHAHA! Stupid little loser boy. /// ewwwwww… February 25th, 2011 10:22 pm Well Im glad you have had sex with women “your whoe like” (lol). Just because you have a weird fettish for swollen up, dried out rasin Vay J J doesn’t make you any more of a man then I am. I am proud to say I have served my country for 5 years. Was able to go to college and provide a nice life for myself. To call me a loser boy and say I dont know what it means to be a man is sad and just wrong. The fact is your old (Really old), and you can only have what you can get. If your game is women with one foot in the grave then tap it son. But I dont care what you say given the option you would choose a 21 year old over a 62 year old any day. If you choose the 62 year old your just a granny chasser and their is nothing wrong with that. But say it with me “ewwwwwwwwwwwww” Its obvious you cant take humor. Since my first post was a play on words. So grease up with Ben-gay and start popping those magic blue pills. Slip on some solid gold and start tapping grandma in the ballon knot.Im not stupid to not know that women hit there prime when they are older but come on we were talking about 62 here. Thats just awful to think about. Semper Fi, Ewwwwww /// Candles suck… February 25th, 2011 10:35 pm Don’t mix candles with ANYTHING. They’re dangerous. I’ve been in a fire because of candles. THEY ARE DANGEROUS. DON’T BUY OR USE THEM UNLESS IT’S AN EMERGENCY./// (The candles were destroyed in the fires. Whether or not they were burning at both ends is not known.) HENRY… February 26th, 2011 9:13 am YOU’D BE SURPRISED WHAT WE OLD FARTS DO BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, WITH OR WITHOUT CANDLES, VOODOO DOCTORS, GOATS OR SHEEP. /// grandson…February 26th, 2011 12:36 pm Poor old woman, living in a one room sleezbag hotel,on Soc.Sec.& food stamps ( probably had a secret one burner hot plate,that Code Enforcement didn’t know about !!) Just try’n to survive.How many people got out & no one helped? No one cared ? Now 65% of you got nothing to do but talk about but your “pissy ass” sex !!! What a pathetic bunch of humans; some strugeling family lost thier Mom-Grandma:: May GOD forgive you ^999^..///
Miss Beatrice ,the church organist,was in her eighties and had never been married. She was admired for her sweetness and kindness to all. One afternoon the pastor came to call on her and she showed him into her quaint sitting room. She invited him to have a seat while she prepared tea…As he sat facing her old Hammond organ, the young minister noticed a cut glass bowl sitting on top of it.The bowl was filled with water, and in the water floated, of all things, a condom!
When she returned with tea and scones, they began to chat. The pastor tried to stifle his curiosity about the bowl of water and its strange floater, but soon it got the better of him and he could no longer resist. ” Miss Beatrice “, he said, pointing to the bowl, “I wonder if you would tell me about this?”
“Oh, yes,” she replied, “Isn’t it wonderful? I was walking through the park a few months ago and I found this little package on the ground.The directions said to place it on the organ, keep it wet and that it would prevent the spread of disease.. Do you know, I haven’t had the flu all winter.”
Thank you Ed. Pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”
Today’s entertainment is a triple repost. Pictures, with one obvious exception, are from The Library of Congress. Old people like to talk about things that were better back then. PG is going to talk about some things that are better today.
During the Vietnam war, there was talk about “back our boys in Vietnam”. In the current war in Babylon, the troops are an integrated fighting force of men and women. You do not hear these brave people referred to as “boys”.
A person who goes into combat, to kill or be killed, is not a boy. He is a man, or a woman. This is an improvement over the way things used to be. Of course, we still have wars, so mankind has not achieved perfection.
A second way society has improved is the attitude towards cigarettes. In older times, almost everyone smoked, and they lit up wherever and whenever they wanted. No one asked for permission.
Today, people routinely go outside to smoke.
Another way in which our attitudes about cigarettes is changing can be seen in the way two presidents are treated by the press. Franklin Roosevelt was never photographed with his leg braces, or struggling to walk. Many people did not know he was crippled. However, his cigarette holder was a part of his image, and he was photographed with that constantly. By contrast, has ANYONE seen a picture of Barack Obama smoking?
The election of a dark skinned man as POTUS brings us to our final issue of the day, racial ( and other) slurs. It is just not considered polite to use insulting terms that refer to race, religion, national origin, etc. etc. ( PG got an email at work once cautioning about discussing hair color) In many ways, this is like the thing with cigarettes…people have not changed the overall attitudes, they just go outside.
Political correctness can be a nuisance. The excesses are well known. However, the basic concept of having concern for the feelings of others is a good idea.
This list was found on facebook. Thank you Martin. 1. The roundest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi. 2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian. 3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still. 4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from the algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption. 5. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work. 6.. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery. 7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.. 8. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart. 9. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.. 10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. 11. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it. 12. Atheism is a non-prophet organization. 13. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other, ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head..’ 14. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me. 15. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’ 16. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, ‘No change yet.’ 17. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion. 19. The short fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large. 20. The man who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran. 21. A backward poet writes inverse. 22. In democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes. 23. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion. 24. Don’t join dangerous cults: Practice safe sects. 25. Why don’t sharks eat comedians? Because they taste funny.
There is a sculpture in Spain causing controversy. Created by Eugenio Merino, the work is titled ( in English) “Stairway to Heaven“. No, it does not have Jimmy Page, playing the bane of classic rock radio. It is an image of a Jew, standing on the shoulders of a Catholic, who is kneeling on the back of a Muslim. All three of the men are praying.
After writing the last sentence, PG decides to take another look to insure gender correctness. The Jew on top has a long beard. The Catholic is bald, and is wearing a priest’s outfit. The Muslim has it’s face to the ground, and could, in theory, be a woman. PG is going to take a chance, for the sake of clean writing, and call all three participants men. Like anyone really cares.
There are all sorts of implications and hidden meanings here. The Israeli embassy in Spain issued a statement, saying “The piece contains elements which are offensive for the Jews, the Israelis, and, of course, for others“. Considering the way Palestinians are treated by Israel, to say “others” is gushing with kindness.
Maybe a better word for the piece would be “Tower of Babel”. The three men are praying, presumably to the same G-d. However, they speak three different languages, and the content of their prayers is one of the reasons they fight each other so much. Maybe if they spoke the same tongue, they would understand each other better, and fight less.
PG was raised in the Jesus Worship tradition ( Jesus Worship is represented here by the Catholic priest. The division of Jesus Worship that PG is familiar with is a different one, arguably as different from Catholicism as Judaism is from Islam.) PG has become alienated from Jesus, and Jesus Worship. A casualty from this is the custom of prayer . While PG recognizes that this custom may have benefits for some people, the idea of “talking to G-d” seems silly at best, and like a huge ego trip at worst.
One thing about prayer… it is talking. There is a saying that prayer is talking to G-d, and meditation is listening. Maybe the three men in the tower would be better off if they would shut up, and listen.
This is a rendering of Cat’s Cradle. Parts one, two, three, four, five , and six are previously published. Pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.
90-only one catch John finds out that if he becomes the President of San Lorenzo, that he will have to marry Mona. She is the most beautiful girl on the island, and the reason John came to the island. PG suspects this will not have a happy ending.
91-Mona John proposes to Mona, and they seal the deal by performing boko-maru. This is the Bokononer act of rubbing bare feet together, and is 180 degrees away from the alleged Eskimo custom of rubbing noses. In Afghanistan, there is much talk about the odd customs of the natives. The girly men of Afghanistan are greeting soldiers with kisses, and offers to braid their hair, and are rebuffed by the freaked out privates and sergeants.
92-on the poet’s celebration of his first boko maru This is a poem by Bokonon. PG is not a poetry person, although he has heard a few things lately that makes him reconsider this. He is a prose man, and deals with cons as best he can. He has never taken prozac.
93-how i almost lost my mona John did not want Mona to do boko maru with anyone except himself. Mona was upset, because this goes against the Bokononer religion. John was without religion, making him a fine fellow to PG, but a degenerate to Mona. As is traditional, the woman said that if you want me, you want my religion.
94 the highest mountain No one has ever wanted to climb Mount McCabe. This tells PG that Cat’s Cradle is a work of fiction, because if you put a huge mountain in plain Caribbean view, someone is going to want to climb it. Men are like that.
95-I see the hook While preparing this text, there is the question of whether to use capital letters, or small letters, in the chapter titles. This chapter is no different, but there is something magic about the word I. It is said to be the shortest, least important word in the language. I represents first person singular. I does not look right when it is rendered in lower case. There is nothing wrong with lower case i, and the adding a tittle to the top is terrific. For representation of the egomaniac in control of the keyboard, there is nothing like the capital I.
96-bell, book, and chicken in a hatbox We are back to all lower case in the chapter titles, doesn’t that feel better? The informality of lower case is most appropriate for this tale. e.e. cummings would agree. The action in this chapter involves a waiting room, outside the chamber with the dying dictator. A spiritual adviser is present, along with the chicken in a hatbox. This is not a new menu item at KFC. The spiritual adviser has a phd from Western Hemisphere University of the Bible. WHUB is located in Little Rock, AR. The spiritual advisor learned about WHUB through an ad in Popular Mechanics.
97-the stinking christian “Papa” Monzano is the dictator of San Lorenzo, and he is dying. He wears a necklace, with a pendant on it, that contains a bit of ice nine. In other words, he is being murdered. “Papa” is sorry that he did not kill Bokonon. He might be pleased to know that this version of Cat’s Cradlehas changed the practitioners of the outlaw religion to Bokononers. This sounds a lot like boner, which may have been the original intention of Mr. Vonnegut. Book censorship was a reality in 1959, and the postal authorities may have looked with disdain at a book about boners.
98-last rites PG was brought up in the baptist tradition, and the notion of a priest giving last rites has always seemed a bit odd. Evidently, the Bokononers feel otherwise. It doesn’t matter if the delivering official knows what they are doing. Do Catholic priests ever get last rights confused with educating alter boys?
99- dvot meet mat In the Bokononer last rites, there is a dialog between the priest and the almost departed, between the dim and the doomed. They talk about mud, or mutt in German, or mat in Island dialect. Some mud gets to be human beings, and the humans should be grateful to G-d they are not being wiped off someone’s boot. There is no mention of coffee in this ritual. Or the mudd club. The ramones had a song which went jacky was a runt, judy was a punk, they went down to the mudd club and they both got drunk. Allan Sherman has a song, which starts out, hello mudduh, hello fadduh, here i am at camp grenada.
100-down the obliette goes Frank Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ronald Reagan. This is thirty years after he was President. When he was running for the office, a lot of people thought he was too old. He made it through two terms, although his mental capacity was suspect by the end. There was a joke…Ronnie and Nancy go to dinner. The waiter asks Nancy what she wants, and she says a steak, cooked medium rare. The waiter askes, “What about your vegetable?” “He will have the same thing.”
Many say the best blog in America is JoeMyG-d. Big dog Joe Jervis produces a weekly feature, This Week In Holy Crimes. It is a listing of various misdeeds perpetrated by an assortment of holy people. Sometimes it is fun to click on the links, and learn more about these dirty deeds for Jesus.
The top story this week is the retired Catholic Priest in South Florida, who just can’t stay away from the little boys. Neil Doherty, 68, is in custody for being disconnected, while under house arrest. The Church has already paid out major bucks in settlements to lawsuits, arising from his mentoring. A group called SNAP…the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests…thinks it is all terrible. The article is in the Miami Herald, and advertises the University of Miami Health Baristric Specialists.
Moving up north in the big hair region, a preacher in Geneva AL was sentenced to prison time for stealing money from his church. “The Dothan Eagle reports that a deputies took Steven McQueen into custody Wednesday. District Attorney Kirke Adams says McQueen was sentenced to serve seven and a half years in jail for three felon first-degree theft convictions. Adams says the judge split each sentence and ordered McQueen to serve 15 months in jail without probation. The sentences were ordered to be served concurrently. Adams says McQueen was convicted of stealing more than $250,000 from the Solid Rock Worship Center in Geneva.” The story is on the channel 19 website, and advertises the Point Mallard ice complex, where you can skate at Point Mallard for half off!
In North Carolina, the Triangle Business Journal is advertising American Express, and telling tales of a ponzi scheme. PMC Strategy stole $670k from investors. One of the principals is Timothy Bailey, of Monroe NC, who is said to be a Pastor. The hosting church was not named. If you like to write poetry, and want something that rhymes with bastard, try pastor.
In Chattanooga TN, Channel 12 is advertising a cooking school, that teaches “Taste of Home”. In a parked car behind a middle school, Ronnie Powe was getting a taste of a 15 year old boy. The police interrupted the party. Mr. Powe is the Youth Minister of the United Tabernacle Church of God in Christ. His father is the Senior Pastor of the facility.
With the internet creating a virtual community that crosses government boundaries, it should not be surprising that an FBI agent in Mobile AL winds up catching a man in Crittenden, KY, who posts naughty pictures of children on facebook. The man was a pastor at the Church of G-d in Dry Ridge, KY, but is no longer employed there. The Alabama website advertises a rapid results weight loss plan, where you can lose 7 pounds in 7 days. A commenter named Tinfoilhatguy said ” Sad. It can happen anywhere, not just the Catholics.”
You can’t have a roundup like this without a story from California. The Venture County Star reports a plea bargain, involving a Pastor who was involved in crooked financial affairs. Alonzo ” Lonnie” McCowan pleaded guilty to the charges, and his wife was allowed to go free. Mr. McCowan will serve a year in confinement, and make restitution to an elderly couple. Under a work furlough program, Mr. McCowan will be allowed to preach at Solid Rock Christian Center while he does time. His wife, Kimberly McCowan, says “I thank G-d for giving us strength.”
England brings the story of Lucy Adeniji. An illegal immigrant from Nigeria, Ms. Adeniji is described as a church pastor, but no church is named. She is accused of bring Nigerians into England using false passports, and then using them as servants. The immigrants are treated poorly. “The alarm was only raised when the older ‘servant’ ran from Adeniji’s Barking, east London, home in just a towel after being beaten and forced to strip and kneel down.” A commenter named “Miss Fluffy” says “Disgusting and calls herself a Christian – here is yet another reason why it has become almost impossible for Black people to enter the UK because of the behaviour of a small minority of our community.”
The Washington Post has the story of Felix Owino, a Catholic Priest, who pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching an 11 year old girl. Mr. Owino (spell check suggestion: wino) is a native of Kenya, and has taught Philosophy at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. He is reputed to have a drinking problem. When asked by the Judge to make a statement, Mr. Owino “instead prayed aloud for several minutes, saying, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, treat me like you do your highest servant. … Rescue me, G-d, my helper.” When he is released from jail, deportation is likely. The web page has a video ad for UPS, which says “we *heart* logistics”.
Pictures today were taken in Murphy Candler Park, near Atlanta, GA. When Gary Micheal Hilton lived in this area, he would walk his dogs in that park.
There is talk that 2011 is another 1848. There are uprisings in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, so far. In 1848, there were revolts all over Europe. There is a lot of history written about 1848.
There are a few other events of 1848 that would affect the world. The Communist Manifesto was published. The treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed, ending the Mexican War. This was very convenient, since nine days before that, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in California.
Today, a homegrown rebellion is underway in Wisconsin. On May 29, 1848, Wisconsin was the 30th state admitted to the United States. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.
There is a bit of creativity floating around called “The native american code of ethics”. If you google that phrase, there are 329k ways to read this list, many suitable for framing. PG is not opposed to people sharing nuggets of wisdom, but is just a touch skeptical of this latest development.
The version of NACE cited above says the list was originally published in the October 1994 edition of Intertribal Times. A google search of the site shows no trace of the NACE. However, it does show a recent article, about an effort in the Montana legislature to adopt the cowboy “Code of the west” as an official state creed.
The legal effort is a bit of Republican showboating, and is likely to be vetoed if it gets passed. Contrary to initial reports, the code does not contain the phrase “The only good Indian is a dead Indian”. The code does say ““Ride for the brand,” “Talk less and say more” ,“Always finish what you start ”,“Live each day with courage,” “Take pride in your work,” “Do what has to be done,” “Be tough but fair,” “When you make a promise, keep it,” “Remember that some things aren’t for sale,” and “Know where to draw the line.”
Getting back to NACE, there are some good ideas there, but why are they specific to Native Americans? When the Europeans conquered the Americas, there were hundreds of individual tribes. Many of these had little in common with each other. While some may have agreed with some of these rules, it is doubtful that all agreed with all. That does not even consider the issue of whether they practiced these ideals, especially in times of war and hardship.
Item 5 of this list says “Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. If it was not earned or given, it is not yours.” Even if the NACE is the real deal, what right do non native Americans have to print pretty posters of it?
The different peoples of North America have long been “the other”. During the 19th century, the Northeast quadrant of the United States gained hegemony over the country, first in the War Between The States, and later during the “Indian Wars” of the west. The mostly European population did not respect people different from them. Today, this is seen with embarrassment, and the “Native American” is seen as a mythical Mr. Natural. This view is probably just as unreal as the Indians killing cowboys in the movies. ( Native American is a phrase coined by non native Americans.)
The “otherness” of the original americans continues today. Many of the poor people from Mexico that come to the United States are original americans. Maybe the name of this list should be “Illegal Alien Code Of Ethics”. Pictures for this entertainment are from The Library of Congress
1. Rise with the Sun to pray. Pray alone. Pray often. The Great Spirit will listen, if you only speak.//
2. Be tolerant of those who are lost on their path. Ignorance, conceit, anger, jealousy and greed stem from a lost soul. Pray that they will find guidance.//3. Search for yourself, by yourself. Do not allow others to make your path for you. It is your road, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.// 4. Treat the guests in your home with much consideration. Serve them the best food, give them the best bed and treat them with respect and honor.//5. Do not take what is not yours whether from a person, a community, the wilderness or from a culture. If it was not earned or given, it is not yours.//6. Respect all things that are placed upon this earth – whether it be people or plant.// 7. Honor other people’s thoughts, wishes and words. Never interrupt another or mock or rudely mimic them. Allow each person the right to personal expression.// 8. Never speak of others in a bad way. The negative energy that you put out into the universe will multiply when it returns to you.//9. All persons make mistakes. And all mistakes can be forgiven.//10. Bad thoughts cause illness of the mind, body and spirit. Practice optimism.// 11. Nature is not FOR us, it is a PART of us. They are part of your worldly family.//12. Children are the seeds of our future. Plant love in their hearts and water them with wisdom and life’s lessons. When they are grown, give them space to grow.//
13. Avoid hurting the hearts of others. The poison of your pain will return to you.//14. Be truthful at all times. Honesty is the test of one’s will.// 15. Keep yourself balanced. Your Mental self, Spiritual self, Emotional self, and Physical self – all need to be strong, pure and healthy. Work out the body to strengthen the mind. Grow rich in spirit to cure emotional ails.//16. Make conscious decisions as to who you will be and how you will react. Be responsible for your own actions.// 17. Respect the privacy and personal space of others. Do not touch the personal property of others – especially sacred and religious objects. This is forbidden.// 18. Be true to yourself first. You cannot nurture and help others if you cannot nurture and help yourself first.//19. Respect others religious beliefs. Do not force your belief on others.//20. Share your good fortune with others. Participate in charity.
This is a double repost. These items were originally posted at this time in 2009. The ideas expressed are still true. The pictures are from The Library of Congress.
As the corporate news mongers dutifully reported, the Attorney General, Eric Holder, made a speech this week. Transgriot has the transcript. If you read it, you probably have too much free time.
Mr. Holder knows how to work the media machine. The money quote… Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been … essentially a nation of cowards…. is in the second paragraph. No point in making the reporters miss a deadline to get the juicy goods.
PG does not deny that there are racial problems in America. He does tend to see things from a white point of view. When it is us against them, you need to remember which one you are.
It is often said that white people and black people need to talk to each other more. This ignores the increasing number of mixed race people, hispanics, and other groups of peoples that live between Canada and Mexico. The mixed race couples, and resulting children, are going to be a larger factor as the years wind along, and do not fall neatly into the categories of black and white.
White people and black people need to talk to each other more. PG has two more comments on this, and he will let the readers go. Short attention span is reality. The key word here is talk. This is not the same as yell. Many people seem to think that the louder they talk, the more truth their words have. This is seldom the case. When you talk to each other, it is very helpful to show respect for the other person. You don’t have to shout!
The other comment also centers on the word talk. White people and black people DO NOT need to talk to each other more. They need to LISTEN more.
One thing about the internet in the link. Double click on a link, and you are there. ( Many prefer to right click, and open in another tab.)
If you want to show someone where you got your information, it is very, very easy to insert a link. This also allows your reader to find out more about the subject, or maybe check out the context of some comments that you quoted.
This is one way where online discourse is different from other media. On TV, you only see what the editor wants you to see, and have to take their word. In print media, the same is true, except in academic journals where footnotes are used.
If you submit a paper in school, you best show where you got your information. Plagiarism is serious business. This is also an issue on the internet.
You would think that using links to show your information would be universal. It is so easy, and gives what you say credibility. An exception to this might be when someone says something questionable. If you ask for a link, you can expect to be insulted. This indicates that the statement is not accurate.
The internet is in a wild west phase. You can say almost anything you like, and hope that people believe you. It is in your best interest to help them by showing where you got your information.
When you answer the phone, many people say “hello”. ( “How may I direct your call” is an obscenity.) There are many versions of how this custom started. The rumor that hello is a polite version of hell no is unsubstantiated.
NPR published a story on hello the other day. The term is an English version of a German word, and was first published in 1827. Wikipedia notes an 1833 story, “The Sketches and Eccentricities of Col. David Crockett, of West Tennessee”). At first, it was used as a mild oath, as in , “Hello, get out of my woodpile before I hurt you”.
In the late 19th century, the invention of the telephone changed things. Alexander Graham Bell recommended ahoy to answer the phone. Thomas Edison preferred hello. Early phone books had instructions on how to answer the phone, and they recommended saying hello. The greeting stuck.
At first, the suggested ending to a phone conversation was “That is all”. For some reason this did not catch on, with Good Bye, (and the wretched Bye Bye), becoming the preferred ending. Good Bye is a contraction of “G-d be with you”, and was considered, by some, to be inappropriate for use with the new device.
HT for this story goes to Andrew Sullivan . Pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.
There is a theory that messages are always going to be playing catch up to the medium that transmits them. Evidence of this is the concept of the internet quiz. The question for tonight is “what movie is the story of your life ?”. Google has 1.9 million results, with the ten on page one sufficient for this post. Pictures are from The Library of Congress
Gotoquiz is at the top of the heap. They have 12 multiple choice questions, like “11. What kind of bra do you wear? Push Up!!!//Normal//Sports//None”. The header ad is from Trans Union, offering to reveal your credit score. The answer was “Legally Blonde” “You will strive to get what you want. NOBODY can judge you based on your looks. YOu are independent and you can forget about any guy who tries to abuse you. (like the professor) You are a good friend and you definently know Prada.”
My Yearbook, a division of My Space, tweaks the formula a bit. The question here is “What Movie is the Love Story of Your Life?”. The header is an ad, featuring Jennifer Hudson, promoting Weight Watchers. After five multiple choice questions, you are invited to join My Yearbook. You click on some fine print to get around this, and find out that the movie of your love life is…”Casablanca”. “Your love is classic, like an old black and white movie. Though it is tried and true, some times–as we learn in this movie–it is just not meant to be. We have to make great sacrifices in our lives, especially for the ones we love. Some times life gets in the way of love. It’s tragic, but true. Nothing will ever replace the love you feel, so you must not be afraid to let go and move on. The love, like this classic movie, will always be there in your heart.”
Quizazz has six multiple choice questions. It advertises Trans Union and Doctors Foster and Smith bird supplies. To hear them tell it, PG’s life story is “Twilight”"Your life is complicated at times but 2 people are fighting for your love you may just not know it.”
Quiztron thinks you want to buy an Xbox game called “Dance Central”. The answer page ad is Goodyear Tires, with a video of the Bonneville Salt Flats. PG answered ten multiple choice questions to find his life in celluloid…”Revenge of the Nerds”. “You’re not the coolest kid on the block, but does that mean you can’t take on the jocks? Watch this movie and find out your destiny.”
Quibblo takes another angle to this mystery. “What actress would play you in a story of your life?” ( Do males take internet quizzes?) This is a capitalist crowd here…”Because you aren’t a Quibblo member yet, we aren’t going to save this result for you, so make sure to grab it now! If you’d like us to save your results, please become a member.” The answer here is Alexis Bledel.”You are quirkey and beautiful. You are really smart and some might think you are a nerd. But you dont care at all, you couldnt care less about what people think. You have cute little habbits, and everone loves them. You are a very nice and generous person but some might not ever take the time to get to know you so they will never know that, there loss.”
Quizilla seems to promote anti drug programs instead of credit scores. That might account for this question…”You blow your nose. What might you expect to find on the kleenex? Umm… snot? //Nothing- I never get sniffles //Kleenex? What kleenex? I use my hand!// Blood. Lots and lots of blood. //I don’t look at the Kleenex afterward because I heard that that’s when the demons strike// Umm, like, boogers and stuff *giggle*// I have more important things to do than examine my kleenex! //The eraser I shoved up there last week” The movie of choice here is “Psycho”. If your life was a movie, it would be Psycho, a horror flick about a man who goes around killing random people. You’re probably a bit strange, and harbour a burning rage that you try to hide but that will someday explode and result in the deaths of several innocent people.”
Before you can start the quiz at LOLquiz , you get this disclaimer…”When you sign in, we’ll have you follow @lolquiz. You can always unfollow us. :)”. PG does not do twitter, but thinks this is a bit pushy. There are only 1,949,994 results left.
Quizfarm shifts to the semantic differential…a statement that you agree or disagree, mildly or strongly. Some of the statements are “7. You’d sell weed to get your friend out of jail//8. You dig driving around town and getting stoned //9. You like getting your dog high // 10. You let your undead friends crash at your place “// The flick of the hour is “Idle Hands”"You got Idle Hands. You’re a pretty lazy person and your friends usually mean well, but they always seem to mess up. “