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Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on August 23, 2016

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Coat Of Many Colors

Posted in Library of Congress, Music by chamblee54 on August 23, 2016








PG saw a story, and thought about the song, “Coat of many colors”. The b side was by Porter Wagoner, “Coat of many sequins”. COMC is about a woman who is too poor to buy her little girl a coat at the store, so she makes a quilt. The other kids make fun of her, but little Dolly knows that the coat is really made of love.
The song talks about a story in the Bible. PG had heard about the story, but didn’t remember the details. He must have been daydreaming in Sunday School when that story was taught. With the help of google, Genesis 37 appears, as if by magic. Pass the popcorn.

2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

Ok, hold on for a minute. Israel had at least two wives. The Biblical definition of marriage must be between a man and two women.
The story gets a bit weird here. Joseph has this dream, where he becomes the boss hog brother. The other brothers decide something needs to be done, that Joseph needs to die. Reuben tries to help Joseph, and has a plan to save him. Joseph is stripped of the coat of many colors, and placed in a pit, with no water. Before Reuben can sneak Joseph out of the pit, a camel caravan comes by. Twenty pieces of silver change hands, and Joseph is sold into slavery. The brothers decide to pull a cover up, and make it look like Joseph was dead. Reuben made another sandwich.

31 And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
32 And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.
33 And he knew it, and said, It is my son’s coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
34 And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
35 And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.

This feature was originally posted in 2012. The pictures, from The Library of Congress, are 4 years older. Dolly Parton is 4 years younger.







Self Ennobling Critique

Posted in GSU photo archive, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on August 22, 2016

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Cam Newton on Those Versace Pants, Race in America, and Whether He Would Let His Kid Play Football ~ Cam Newton shouldn’t give racist critics a free pass ~ Philip Glass ~ Racism and Violence in America ~ SJW DEBATES #11-Katie Hopkins Vs Fat Women ~ 20 Diversion Tactics Highly Manipulative Narcissists, Sociopaths And Psychopaths Use To Silence You ~ 6 Things Everyone Knows About War (That Are Totally Wrong) ~ Trump’s Long-Time Friend Speaks Out, Reveals His TRUE Identity… ~ Ted Nugent’s 20 Reasons to Vote for Trump Go Viral… Liberals Horrified ~ 11 Out Social Media Personalities You Should Know ~ Who Said It? Famous Quotes From the Civil War Quiz ~ Inconvenient Penis Is A Huge Problem For Japanese Pole Vaulter Hiroki Ogita In Rio ~ Nice and Racist: What Ellen Degeneres Teaches Us About Racism ~ 23 Emotions people feel, but can’t explain ~ The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows ~ 4 More Half-Truths Women Regularly Tell Their Significant Others ~ 5 Excuses for Slavery That Need to STOP Five things about slavery are discussed. Two of them are true. One (slaves enjoyed having the work) is said by almost nobody. One was supported by speculation about alien abduction. This is comedy, not history. ~ David’s Ankles: How Imperfections Could Bring Down the World’s Most Perfect Statue ~ @TheHashtagGame @realJKCallaway @HashtagSkirmish This This was the inspiration for @TheEllenShow and her controversial meme ~ Internal server error ~ Kodak Black staying in jail after authorities discover outstanding warrants ~ maps ~ Where to Find the Most Mouthwatering Vegetarian Food in Atlanta ~ African-American man stabbed in Olympia, attacker mentions Black Lives Matter ~ papaya ~ @robwhisman how is sticking the flag up my ass more acceptable than burning it ~ 6 Reasons Why Being Called a Cis Person Is Not ‘Oppressive’ ~ Losing Larry Wilmore and Why It Matters—to TV, Women, and the Nation ~ #HateYouHaikus ~ Whites See Racism as a Zero-Sum Game That They Are Now Losing ~ White people think racism is getting worse. Against white people. ~ Joy Reid shames pastor for Trump lies: ‘Even a pastor cannot make things up on this show’ ~ Photographs by James Bareham ~ “NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small,” ~ Trump supporter tells Joy Reid Breitbart.com isn’t racist because top writer is ‘incredibly gay’ ~ resume nonos ~ 2 dead after shooting at the Southside Inn ~ DeJarius Thurman ~ Noel Reed ~ Daniel Zeitz ~ Kenneth Hayes, Andraus Betts ~ 1 dead, 2 others shot in DeKalb County ~ Clifford Elston, Shayla Sullivan ~ Teen dead after confronting men about stolen bike ~ Royheem Delshawn Deeds ~ Which “over bloated turd” are you talking about? ~ How many of the people denouncing #CamNewton read the GQ article? ~ Is it racist for Donald Trump to say rude things about her ~ @WayneL_Jr Somebody said Cam Newton thinks he doesn’t face racism cause he dresses like a white lady ~ The old joke is true…it hurts when you laugh. ~ Peter Bogdanovich is on the Bret Easton Ellis podcast this week. He has a story about William Randolph Hearst. Someone said Mr. Soandso really hates your guts, Mr. Hearst. That’s funny, I never did him a favor. ~ is the quart the liter ally? ~ pro tip for writers: never use a word you don’t know how to pronounce ~ @chamblee54 @BretEastonEllis what does @blogdanovich think about the eagles? ~ There was a meme on twitter. “I’ve had a lot of worries in my life. Most of which never happened.” – Mark Twain After spending thirty seconds on a google search, I was directed to this The first reliable source for this quote was President elect James Garfield, in 1881. Mr. Garfield did, indeed, have something to worry about. ~ I am 35 minutes into @SamHarrisOrg chat with @GlennLoury the word talk is used often the word listen has not been used ~ Hillary, can do whatever she wants. It is Congress that will have to expand Medicare ~ @SamHarrisOrg @GlennLoury 1:16 of show…not killing someone because he steps on your shoe, in starbucks, is called privilege how strange ~ Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can. ~ how many “self-ennobling critique” authors actually read the hines article that fired the controversy? I would guess a minority ~ Uncle Hotep ‏@handymayhem @TheEllenShow @usainbolt ride that brutha like a horse Ellen…I know you secretly like the D ~ Ten starters on the Denver defense are black. This is the defense that shut down Carolina in the Stupid Bowl. ~ It’s a miss thing. You wouldn’t understand. ~ Isn’t Canada very picky about who they allow to move there? ~ I like to recycle overblown prose as poems. Legal writing is a productive field. These letters are no different. This quote stands out: Should we require people who are members of The Florida Bar that burn American flags to attend mandatory classes to understand how their conduct is viewed by veterans and their families? ~ “The U.S. Senate proposed the Eighteenth Amendment (mandating prohibition) on December 18, 1917. Upon being approved by a 36th state on January 16, 1919, the amendment was ratified as a part of the Constitution. By the terms of the amendment, the country went dry one year later, on January 17, 1920” That is two constitutional amendments in two years. The last two amendments to the constitution were passed in 1992 and 1971. ~ “I lost my boat, all my clothes and supplies. I’m afraid I’m a mess until I can get a shower and a change.” The man smiled at him for a long time before speaking. “It don’t matter, son,” he said in an unhurried drawl. “I’m gonna fuck you anyway.” ~ Political bribe solicitors/fund raisers are seeing an increase in donations ~ Every one? I suspect that many are, but 100%? Also, how do you decide who fits in those categories? ~ I bet campaign contributions to senators and congressmen are increasing ~ @WernerTwertzog I am not generous with interviewers who use profanity for no good purpose but vestigial antiestablismentarianism. ~ What about birth gendered? I just plain don’t like cis. ~ I doubt if a HO (Hillary Operative) installed those statues. ~ I see how we need a word for *opposite of trans*. However, I find the cis prefix to be distasteful. My suggestion would be to say that people in this category are birth gendered. ~ I did not care for reason number three. While being “encouraged to check your privilege.” is not oppression, it is not respect either. ~ @chamblee54 @mbsycamore @rabihalameddine @groveatlantic to say someone lost their mind presupposes that they had one to begin with ~ ‏@WernerTwertzog I was not aware of any satire. ~ Having an opinion that differs from community standards should not be an act of bravery. ~ Being told you have a negative attitude works wonders. ~ It is a real shame to lose a friend over an honest attempt at discussion. I have written a blog post about this subject, but am not brave enough to post a link. If anyone is interested, send me a private message. It does have some great photos, taken at Agnes Scott College in 1937. ~ pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. The Atlanta Crackers played ball at Ponce De Leon Park until 1964 ~ selah

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Bottom Line

Posted in Poem, Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 21, 2016

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Trigger Warning

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on August 20, 2016

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12th Street Camera

Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive by chamblee54 on August 19, 2016

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This is a repost, from six years ago. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. The link for the camera still works. It has a still photograph from 2010. The neighborhood below continues to change, sometimes for the better.

There is a nifty webcam up now. It shows the progress of a high rise going up now at 12th and Peachtree. The location of the camera itself is not certain, with the speculation centering on 999 Peachtree, two blocks south on Tenth Street.

A glance at the image reveals a curve in the road, between the two glass boxes under construction. Atlanta does not have wide, straight boulevards extending to the horizon. It is said that Atlanta did not build roads, but paved the cow paths.

People of a certain age will remember this area as the strip. The tenth street district was a neighborhood shopping area, up until the mid sixties. At some point, the old businesses started to move out and the hippies moved in. For a while, it was a festive party. Soon enough reality returned, and the area went into a crime filled decline.

The 999 complex is the neighborhood story in a nutshell. Before 1985, it was a block of small businesses. There was a hardware store, with the peace symbol set in tiles in the sidewalk. On Juniper Street stood the Langdon Court Apartments. They were named for PG’s great uncle Langdon Quin. Ru Paul used to stay there. He would sit out on a balcony, and wave to the traffic going by.

Across the street was a chinese restaurant, the House of Eng. A staircase on the side led to the Suzy Wong Lounge. Behind the restaurant was an apartment building. It was one of the residences of Margaret Mitchell, while she wrote “Gone With The Wind”. She called it “the dump.” It was.

PG went to the House of Eng for lunch one day in 1985. He noticed that he was the only customer in the house, at 12:30 pm on a weekday. After finishing his lunch, PG knew why.

At some point, it was decided to build a high rise there. Heery was one of the equity partners, along with a law firm and an ad agency. The building was designed by Heery (duh).The ad agency folded before the building opened, followed within a couple of years by the law firm. Heery was sold to a British company. PG does not know who owns the building now.


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The Cost Of Football

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on August 18, 2016






Football is just around the corner. The teams are busy with the pre season, and soon weekends will be full of hitting and drinking. Perhaps this is a good time to wonder whether football is worth the human cost. Especially now, with a national debate raging about the future of our health care. Football injuries keep hospitals hopping during the autumn.

This is the annual post about the down side of football. There is a helping of hypocrisy here, as PG enjoys watching the hits. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

Football season is here. While the games are fun to watch, the players are paying the price. Your health insurance premiums just might be affected.

Football is a contact sport. On every play, the linemen block other lineman to keep them from tackling a back. Someone gets hit on every play. Most of these hits are “clean” and cause only bruises. Some are “dirty”, and cause injuries. Even the clean hits can hurt someone.

It is estimated that 187,000 emergency room visits every year are due to football. What if an illegal drug sent 187k to the er annually? There would be a hue and cry to kill the pushers.

Knee injuries are especially prevalent. An estimated 45,000 knee operations are performed each year due to football injuries. Arthroscopy is a wonderful invention.

With all those helmets slamming into each other, head injuries occur.
“The researchers found that there is approximately one catastrophic head injury per every 150,000 athletes playing, or 7 catastrophic injuries yearly. There were 0.67 injuries per 100,000 players at the high school level and 0.21 injuries per 100,000 for college level football players.” Often, the coaches get caught up in the do or die spirit of a big game, and don’t get the player the medical attention that he needs. “Football is a very macho sport. Athletes are taught to play through pain,” …“But concussions range in severity and symptoms, so all a player may experience is a headache several hours after impact. High school players need to be educated in these symptoms and encouraged to self report.”
Even cheerleading squads are reporting more injuries, due to botched stunts.

When you see the players in their youthful glory, you don’t think what they will look like after they quit playing. Many players know this, but the lure of today’s glory justifies the pain of tomorrow. The heroes of yesterday often walk with pain today.




Jumbotron Gentleman

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on August 17, 2016

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A Prophet And His Honor

Posted in Library of Congress, Quotes, Religion by chamblee54 on August 16, 2016

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PG was editing pictures, listening to the birds and the lawn mowers, and enjoying himself. He began to think about recent events, both global and local. A phrase came to mind, about a prophet who is not without honor, except in his own land. Wasn’t Jesus supposed to have said that? Before you could say algorithm, there were 1.6 million choices. This is a repost.

The quote is in three of the four gospels. In all of these quotes, Jesus is not received as Lord and savior. It is interesting to see the authors of Matthew, Mark, and Luke agree on this. It is noteworthy that the Council of Nicea decided to include it. Here are the three quotes.

Matthew 13 55 Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? 56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? 57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

Mark 6 3 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him. 4 But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house. 5 And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. 6 And he marvelled because of their unbelief…

Luke 4 22 And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son? 23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country. 24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

The historic Jesus, as portrayed in the Bible, is a flawed messenger. He apparently did not have the trust of the people. Jesus did not have a problem with false modesty. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

PG heard a motivational speaker once. He said to sell yourself first, your company second, and your product third. If you are going to win someone over, the person needs to trust you. You cannot call yourself a prophet, and expect them to believe you because your message is so wonderful. This is a concept that Jesus might have had a problem with. Many believers today have the same problem.

Jesus is worshiped as a G-d these days. Modern Christians are more interested in his death, than in his life. The worship of Jesus has devolved into a scheme for life after death. Those who decline to participate in this religion can expect to be insulted. It is a curious sales pitch. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. The agencies were Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information.

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Cam Newton

Posted in GSU photo archive, Quotes, Race by chamblee54 on August 15, 2016

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It is a slow news day tradition. Some magazine has an article coming out. A few eye catching quotes are leaked. The internet has a collective hissy fit. Today, it was GQ, and the article was: Cam Newton on Those Versace Pants, Race in America, and Whether He Would Let His Kid Play Football

PG was known as Cam, short for Campbell, not for the car part, most of his life. PG has long been leery of Cam Newton. Number One has a preacher father, went to school at Auburn, and seems to be a bit of a hot dog. If you look at today’s GQ event, you will see Mr. Newton modelling a selection of pricy threads. Those fashion photos may say more about the personality of Mr. Newton than the article black twitter is wigging out about. (How many tweeters have read the GQ article?)

The article is fashion magazine purple prose. Here is a sample. This was a couple of paragraphs before the money quote: “:…The Charlotte Observer, a wonderful newspaper that’s kept its lights on during this di∞cult time for newspapers thanks in part to reactionary complaints about Cam Newton. … An honest question: Can you name a contemporary athlete who has been subjected to more veiled and sometimes outright racism than Cam Newton? Is this even a controversial opinion, to think that Cam lives in a world of coded and not-so-coded critiques that basically boil down to resentment about the existence of such a sublime black quarterback? … Maybe today he woke up and felt like being just a quarterback, not a black quarterback. Maybe he feels fatigue at having to have this conversation with any random reporter who thinks he’s entitled to his thoughts on this subject. … Maybe he just didn’t feel like participating in the whole economy of outrage that surrounds him today.”

As you may have heard, Mr. Newton said something about racism. Here is the actual quote:
“Your now former teammate Josh Norman said last year, “I’m going to be precise when I say it: It’s hate.” His response may be somebody else’s response, but that’s not how I feel. Do you feel like football fans are racist toward you? It’s not racism. Everybody’s entitled to their own opinion. So if it’s not that, what is it, do you think? I’ll let you be the judge. I don’t look at it like that. I look at it like some people have certain beliefs, and I have my own belief, and we can agree to disagree on certain things. But this is what makes sports so amazing, that we can start a discussion around a table, in the newspaper, in the magazines, that will get people’s attention. And that’s what sports does. In January, right before the Super Bowl, you said: “I’m an African-American QB that may scare a lot of people because they haven’t seen nothing that they can compare me to.” I don’t want this to be about race, because it’s not. It’s not. Like, we’re beyond that. As a nation.”
@HiiiPoweredSoul So Cam Newton tuckin his tail to avoid controversy? I expected better. Especially bc of all the racist comments thrown at him.
@theintlfiles 5m5 Cam Newton was partially right when it came to criticism of himself, but my man was dead wrong when it came to the “post racism” society.
@KiamberNicole • welp. Cam Newton is officially a part of the ashy coon community.
@OhLordTaylore Wasn’t looking for Cam Newton to be an activist or anything, but to come out and say something as ignorant as we’re past racism? Smdh ‏
@SonofBaldwin Remember how we had #CamNewton’s back too, when all those white folks came for his throat? For him to just sell us down the river for it…
mariaj81 Some negroes think that just because they have some coins that race no longer applies to them. Im looking at you, Cam Newton

Later in the interview, Mr. Newton says that Donald Trump is ” an unbelievable businessperson.” The author, Zach Baron, tries to get Mr. Newton to comment on North Carolina’s “bathroom bill.” Mr. Newton declines a comment. “But that’s too personal. That’s when you put the microscope to the person. But overall, I don’t care. Man, in my circle, and especially growing up in Atlanta, you see everything! … Sometimes I talk too much.”

Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

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Linguistic Turf Wars

Posted in GSU photo archive, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on August 15, 2016

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Read more: PUBLIC NOTE: The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of the Urban Intellectuals, affiliates or partners. ~ Andrew Caruso, Akron, OH, Barbara L. Pawley, Los Angeles, CA, Domingo Pestano, Caracas, Venezuela, Dorothy Harbeck, Fair Haven, NJ, Heather Fougere, Center Conway, NH, Henry Biggs, Sydney, Australia, James Siragusa, Lewiston, ME, Julie Crowley, Ballyphilibeen, Ireland, Kathryn El-Assal, Middleton, WI, Leslie Craven, Wellington, New Zealand, Neil T Godden, Nouméa, New Caledonia, Peter S. Bjorkman, Rocklin, CA, Rachel Nirenberg, Toronto, Canada, Raluca Murg, Paris, France, Randy Denker, Tallahassee, FL, Ted Downes, Cardiff, Wales, William Lattanzio, Boyertown, PA. ~ “The expression [the shit hits the fan] is related to, and may well derive from, an old joke. A man in a crowded bar needed to defecate but couldn’t find a bathroom, so he went upstairs and used a hole in the floor. Returning, he found everyone had gone except the bartender, who was cowering behind the bar. When the man asked what had happened, the bartender replied, ‘Where were you when the shit hit the fan?’ ” ~ ‏@SecretService The Secret Service is aware of the comments made earlier this afternoon. ~ is that what happens when you get “poked”? ~ homophobia is not a phobia you are not scared you are an asshole ~ Food for thought. The trouble is, I am on a diet. ~ “Because all news is satirical” This is a satire site. ~ ABSTRACT Joke-Making Jews / Jokes Making Jews: Essays on Humor and Identity in American Jewish Fiction Beginning from the premise that humor plays a prominent role in the construction of group and individual identities, as a social phenomenon and a simultaneously alienating and assimilating force, these essays explore and examine humor and its construction of American Jewish identity within the context of various works of American Jewish fiction. ~ making a visual joke about answer to your question being that facebook graphic — i am too baptist for this ~ There is a football stadium over at Atlanta University Center. It was built as a field hockey venue, with football the use after the games. The school went out of business. The stadium is in ruins. (Full disclosure: This is from an article I do not have a link to.) ~ You currently have 285 social media contacts aka friends. 285 is the number of the dreaded perimeter highway, the barrier between itp and otp. Are your friends constantly stuck in horrific traffic, while they go roundround circumnavigating the zircon encrusted metropolis? ~ ‏@tariqnasheed Malia Obama’s suspected white supremacists friends dry snitched on her 4 smokin weed. Blks must understand every SWS is a potential snitch ~ Is #blacklivesmatter a registered trademark? who owns the rights? How do we know they are activists, and not crooks making $$ ? ~ The Great White Hype: No One Is Energizing the White Working Class, Not Even Donald Trump That title is problematic. Many of the issues affecting white people also affect POC. Labeling concern over these issues as racism sucks. The divide and conquer lives on. ~ @Zombie_Cartman You believe in Dinosaurs yet no living human has ever seen one alive, But if I believe in what a man did 2000 years ago i’m dumb @chamblee54 if you believe you know what a man did 2000 years ago, based on 1800 yo book, you are dumb ~ I, the Prime Minister of Israel, care more about Palestinians than their own leaders do. Sounds incredible, right? ~ Reince Preibus without vowels is RNC PR BS ~ The Simple Rules That Govern Our Modern Political World 1. There is a group of very rich men who control the levers of power. 2. Those men own the media. 3. Those men sponsor political candidates on all sides to do their bidding. 4. Those men have a simple agenda of increasing their wealth and power, to be gods among men. ~ Marijuana is dangerous to the profits of the alcohol industry, and their media enablers ~ Michael Phelps reportedly used to date Carrie Prejean. She is the beauty queen who got in trouble for saying that gay marriage is yucky, and not shutting up when she had the chance. ~ comment deleted after seeing it sourced to Perez Hilton ~ There are a lot of problems with this article. ~ Clinton to Donor: In Next War, I’ll Let Israel Kill 200,000, Not Just 2,000, Gazans Luther Mckinnon “Because all news is satirical” This is a satire site. Bert LeVert McDert Oops. Those things get me all the time. Rod McCoy Hillary wrote these words in a letter to a donor. It is no satire, though disinformants may have taken the flag and run… Luther Mckinnon Do you have credible evidence for that claim? Rod McCoy I am sure you would denounce it, I have no need to convince you. Beleive what you will. This is not the only source of the information. Do your own research before you attack. You are ot open and will not receive the information from me, so I will not go beyond what I have offered.Luther Mckinnon In other words, no Rod McCoy in other words you are here to argue and attack. go do your own search, instead of habitual neysaying.Luther Mckinnon I did my google search yesterday It said the site was satire. While it is technically possible that HRC said those things, I find it unlikely. She is too slick to say something that crude. If you are making the claim, you should have the proof. Rod McCoy you did a search on the site and found what you wanted to have permission to beleive what you had already decided to beleive. ~ It is too bad that the beautiful “round bank” was not built on a better location. Or that it seems to be unusable for anything other than banking. It definitely is not a good venue for a restaurant. ~ What about “Ventriloquism for Dummies” ? (Did I just spell Ventriloquism correctly without using spellcheck?) ~ The line about Mr. Reagan was that if America had a figurehead monarch, that he would be perfect. ~ The good news is, no one is blocking interstates to protest citizen on citizen crime. ~ The blurb uses an unfortunate adjective. ~ Brad, are you implying that the men of “D town” have small dicks? ~ I googled “desegregation is a benefit of gentrification.” None of the headlines on the first page appear to say this. ~ @kat_blaque What do people think they’re going to accomplish by calling me a racist? Like, I always wonder where the conversation is supposed go after. ~ The word listen does not appear in that meme. ~ @DesertFoxMulder The same group destroying property tonight commits 55% of all homicides in the US, despite being 13% of pop. ‏@fubaglady I think they’re down to 12% now, since they spend so much time killing each other. ~ ‏@RuPaul Why do people who’ve been oppressed take on the same characteristics as their oppressors? ~ 4.Ghostbusters continues to bomb at box office. ~ @peterkz #BlackLivesMatter Benefit show @TheSecondCity 100% proceeds go to #BLM #onenightonly ‏@chamblee54 how do you donate to #blm do they have a bank account? 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The Funeral Of Elvis

Posted in History, Library of Congress, Politics, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on August 14, 2016

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PG was going to write about some depressing subject. People that are not kind to each other. People in Israel and people in Gaza just don’t seem to get along. Somebody driving a “faded red F-150 pickup truck” in Livonia MI was mean to a little girl. (HT to Neo Prodigy.) This is a repost. Pictures are from the Farm Security Administration collection of The Library of Congress.

There is a saying, “if a story seems too bad to be true, it probably isn’t”. PG tried to google that phrase, and got confused. Then he seemed to remember reading it in a column by Molly Ivins. Another google adventure, and there was this film. Miss Ivins, who met her maker January 31, 2007, was promoting a book. She sat down with a bald headed man to talk about it. PG could only listen to 24:30 of this video before being seized with the urge to write a story. There is a transcript, which makes “borrowing” so much easier. This film has 34 minutes to go, which just might yield another story or two.

Molly Ivins was a Texas woman. These days there is a lot of talk about Texas, with Governor Big Hair aiming to be the next POTUS under indictment. Mr. Perry claims that his record as Texas Governor qualifies him to have his finger on the nuclear trigger. Miss Ivins repeats something that PG has heard before…
“in our state we have the weak governor system, so that really not a great deal is required of the governor, not necessarily to know much or do much. And we’ve had a lot of governors who did neither. “ It makes you wonder how much of that “economic miracle” is because of hair spray.
Texas politics makes about as much sense as Georgia politics. For a lady, with a way with words, it is a gold mine.
“the need you have for descriptive terms for stupid when you write about Texas politics is practically infinite. Now I’m not claiming that our state Legislature is dumber than the average state Legislature, but it tends to be dumb in such an outstanding way. It’s, again, that Texas quality of exaggeration and being slightly larger than life. And there are a fair number of people in the Texas Legislature of whom it could fairly be said, `If dumb was dirt, they would cover about an acre.’ And I’m not necessarily opposed to that. I’m–agree with an old state senator who always said that, `If you took all the fools out of the Legislature, it would not be a representative body anymore.'”
We could go through this conversation for a long time, but you probably want to skip ahead and look at pictures. There is one story in this transcript that is too good not to borrow. For some reason, Molly Ivins went to work for The New York Times, aka the gray lady. In August of 1977, she was in the right place at the right time.

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Mr. LAMB: And how long did you spend with The New York Times as a reporter?
Ms. IVINS: Six years with The New York Times. Some of it in New York as a political reporter at City Hall in Albany and then later as bureau chief out in the Rocky Mountains.
Mr. LAMB: Would you take a little time and tell us about reporting on the funeral of Elvis Presley?
Ms. IVINS: Oh, now there is something that when I’ve been standing in the checkout line at the grocery store and if I really need to impress people, I just let fall that I covered Elvis’ funeral. And, boy, people just practically draw back with awe. It may yet turn out to be my greatest claim to fame.
I was sitting in The New York City Times one day when I noticed a whole no–knot of editors up around the desk having a–a great scrum of concern, you could tell. It looked sort of like an anthill that had just been stepped on. And it turns out–The New York Times has a large obituary desk, and they prepare obituaries for anybody of prominence who might croak. But it turns out–you may recall that Elvis Presley died untimely and they were completely unprepared.
Now this is an enormous news organization. They have rock music critics and classical music critics and opera critics, but they didn’t have anybody who knew about Elvis Presley’s kind of music. So they’re lookin’ across a whole acre of reporters, and you could see them decide, `Ah-ha, Ivins. She talks funny. She’ll know about Mr. Presley.’
So I wound up writing Elvis’ obituary for The New York Times. I had to refer to him throughout as Mr. Presley. It was agonizing. That’s the style at The New York Times–Mr. Presley. Give me a break. And the next day they sold more newspapers than they did after John Kennedy was assassinated, so that even the editors of The New York Times, who had not quite, you know, been culturally aton–tuned to Elvis, decided that we should send someone to report on the funeral. And I drew that assignment. What a scene it was.
Mr. LAMB: You–you say in the book that you got in the cab and you said, `Take me to Graceland.’ The cabbie peels out of the airport doing 80 and then turns full around to the backseat and drawls, `Ain’t it a shame Elvis had to die while the Shriners are in town?’
Ms. IVINS: That’s exactly what he said. `Shame Elvis had to die while the Shriners are in town.’ And I kind of raised by eyebrows. And sure enough, I realized what he–what he meant after I had been there for awhile because, you know, Shriners in convention–I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a whole lot of Shriners in convention, but they were having a huge national convention that very week in Memphis. And they tend to wear their little red fezzes, and sometimes they drink too much and they march around the hotel hallways tooting on New Year’s Eve horns and riding those funny little tricycles and generally cutting up and having a good time. That’s your Shriners in convention, always something very edifying and enjoyable to watch. But they–every–every hotel room in Memphis was occupied with celebrating Shriners, and then Elvis dies and all these tens of thousands of grieving, hysterical Elvis Presley fans descend on the town.
So you got a whole bunch of sobbing, hysterical Elvis fans, you got a whole bunch of cavorting Shriners. And on top of that they were holding a cheerleading camp. And the cheerleading camp–I don’t know if your memory–with the ethos of the cheerleading camp, but the deal is that every school sends its team–team of cheerleaders to cheerleading camp.
And your effort there at the camp is to win the spirit stick, which looks, to the uninitiated eye, a whole lot like a broom handle painted red, white and blue. But it is the spirit stick. And should your team win it for three days running, you get to keep it. But that has never happened. And the way you earn the spirit stick is you show most spirit. You cheer for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You cheer when the pizza man brings the pizza. You do handsprings end over end down the hallway to the bathroom. I tell you, those young people will throw–show an amount of spirit that would just astonish you in an effort to win that stick.
So here I was for an entire week, dealing with these three groups of people: the young cheerleaders trying to win the spirit stick, the cavorting Shriners and the grieving, hysterical Elvis fans. And I want to assure you that The New York Times is not the kind of newspaper that will let you write about that kind of rich human comedy.
Mr. LAMB: Why?
Ms. IVINS: Because The New York Times, at least in my day, was a very stuffy, pompous newspaper.
Mr. LAMB: What about today?
Ms. IVINS: A little bit better, little bit better than it was.
Mr. LAMB: And…
Ms. IVINS: Has–has–it has a tendency, recidivist tendencies, though. You–you will notice if you read The Times, it–it collapses into pomposity and stuffiness with some regularity.
Mr. LAMB: Why did you leave it?
Ms. IVINS: Well, I–I actually got into trouble at The New York City Times for describing a community chu–chicken killing out West as a gang pluck. Abe Rosenthal was then the editor of the Times and he was not amused.
Mr. LAMB: Did–but did they let it go? Did they let it…
Ms. IVINS: Oh, no. It never made it in the paper. Good heavens, no. Such a thing would never get in The Times in my day.
POSTSCRIPT PG found some pictures, marked up the text, and was ready to post the story. He decided to listen to a bit more of the discussion between Molly Ivins and the bald headed man. When he got to this point, it became apparent that he could listen to Molly Ivins talk, or he could post his story, but he could not do both at the same time.
Ms. IVINS: Oh, well, of course, I’m gonna make fun of it. I mean, Berkeley, California, if you are from Texas, is just hilarious.
Mr. LAMB: Why?
Ms. IVINS: Well, of course, it is just the absolute center of liberalism and political correctness. And it is a veritable hotbed of people, of–bless their hearts, who all think alike, in a liberal way. And, of course, I’m sometimes called a liberal myself, and you would think I would have felt right at home there. But I just am so used to–I’m so used to Texas that I found the culture at Berkeley hysterical.

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