Reverse Sting

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on November 17, 2018








The most recent edition of Criminal podcast is Episode 30: The Agreement (11.13.2015). The show is about DANIEL EGIPCIACO # 57385054. This is a repost.

Danny got a call at work one day. Someone wanted to meet him in a pizza joint. The plan was to rob a drug “stash house.” A few days later, the Confidential Informant (CI) called again, and said for Danny to meet him right away. When Danny showed up for the meeting, he was arrested. The whole thing was a set up.The drugs, and the stash house, never existed. When the case came to trial, Danny was charged with conspiracy to possess 10 kilos of cocaine. This figure was the imaginary figure quoted by the CI, and had a mandatory sentence.

USA Today had a feature about this scheme, ATF uses fake drugs, big bucks to snare suspects. There are hidden camera videos from Dayton OH, Woodridge IL, and Las Vegas NV. Another story is Reverse Drug Stings: The Latest Tool For Creating Criminals In The War On Drugs. Danny Egipciaco has set up a website, RvrsStng, with “testimonials” from people caught by reverse stings.

The authorities probably have a defense for this behavior. It is hard to imagine what it is. Reverse stings do not stop the flow of drugs into the country, nor the flow of money out of the country. Reverse stings create crimes, and find use the police to find criminals to commit these crimes. Often, the CI is a convicted criminal, trying to get part of his sentence reduced by entrapping others. Most of the people imprisoned by these fake crimes are people of color.

The story of Danny Egipciaco is similar to the story of Fred Thomas. One difference was that Mr. Thomas was an old white man living in North Georgia. In the Thomas case, some old men got to talking about forming a “well regulated militia.” A CI heard about it, and got into their plans. The CI had money, and contacts. One day, the old men went to a parking lot to meet an “arms dealer”.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress. They were taken in Pie Town NM, in October 1940. The photographer was Russell Lee.










Good For Free

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on November 16, 2018

The Burning Of Atlanta

Posted in Georgia History, Library of Congress, War by chamblee54 on November 15, 2018


Around this time 154 years ago, Atlanta was on fire. General Sherman was preparing for his March to the sea, and wanted to destroy anything of value in the city. The fire is reported as being on 11-15 of November, depending on what source you use.

The November fire was the second great fire in Atlanta that year. On September 2, the city was conquered by the Union Army. The fleeing Confederates blew up a munitions depot, and set a large part of the city on fire. This is the fire Scarlet O’Hara flees in “Gone With The Wind”.

After a series of bloody battles, the city was shelled by Yankee forces for forty days. There were many civilian casualties. General Sherman was tired of the war, angry at Atlanta, and ready for action. This is despite the fact that many in Atlanta were opposed to secession.

Click here to hear a lecture by Marc Wortman at the Atlanta History Center. Mr Wortman is the author of “The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta”. The hour of talk is fascinating. This is a repost. The pictures are from The Library of Congress


About this time every year, there is a post about the burning of Atlanta. One of the sources is a lecture by Marc Wortman. If you have an hour to spare, this talk is worth your time. One of the stories told is the tale of Mr. Luckie.

“According to folklore, two stories abound as to how Luckie Street was named. The first is that its moniker came from one of Atlanta’s oldest families, and the other, probably closer to the truth, regales the life of Solomon “Sam” Luckie. Luckie, as it turns out, wasn’t so lucky after all. When General William Tecumseh Sherman first came marching through Atlanta in 1864, Luckie, a free Black man who made his living as a barber, was leaning against a gas lamp post in downtown talking to a group of businessmen. A burst from a cannon shell wounded him; he survived, but later died from his injuries. Folklore suggests that he may have been one of the first casualties of the assault on Atlanta during Sherman’s March to the Sea, and Luckie Street, an extension of the city’s famed Sweet Auburn Avenue, was later named in his memory.”

Marc Wortman wrote a book, The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta. The one star review, and comments to that review, are unusually detailed. Here is a selection.

“…People forget – or were never taught in school – that most Confederate soldiers descended from Revolutionary War patriots or were up-country poor sons of farmers. Many Confederate soldiers were relatively recent new arrivals to the U.S., semi-literate dirt poor immigrants from Ireland and Scotland who’d never had the chance to own even an acre of their own land in Europe. In the mix were well-educated, elite merchant business owning French Huguenot refugees of the Catholic Bourbon genocide of Protestants. These immigrants had nowhere else to go, 9 times out of 10 never owned a slave, and fought for the CSA to keep what little they’d hardscrabble carved out over a decade of arrival into the U.S.”

The War Between The States continues to be a source of controversy. After the Charleston church killings, many comments were made about the Confederate battle flag. (If you can’t talk about gun control or mental health, you talk about a symbol.) This led to discussions about the war itself. There were ritual denunciations of slavery, which was assumed to be the sole cause of the conflict. The fact that the vast majority of white southerners did not own slaves was dismissed.

The notion of autonomous states in a federal union was novel when the United States Constitution was written. The debate over federalism versus states rights continues to this day. States that want to legalize marijuana may be the next battleground. (Few are expecting secession over bong rights.) Many in the CSA saw the Union as being a conquering army, and fought to defend their homes. While slavery was certainly a factor in the creation of the CSA, it was not the only Casus belli. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.


My Holy Wine

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on November 14, 2018

Rally At The Capitol Turns Nasty

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics, Race by chamblee54 on November 13, 2018

Georgia state senator, protesters arrested at Capitol while demanding ‘every vote count’ There was a protest at the Gold Dome today. The issue was voter suppression. This has been a prominent issue for Democrat Stacey Abrams. Republican opponent Brian Kemp is routinely accused of suppressing the vote, particularly among people of color. Many of the things Mr. Kemp is blamed for are done by the counties. This is not mentioned by the Democrats, who know a good issue when they see one.

Rallies at the Capitol are routine. A few years ago, Liberty Plaza was built across the street. This way, people can have their free speech, and the business of running the state can continue. For some reason, the protest today was inside the Capitol building. The crowd was shouting “no justice no peace,” among other things. The police told the crowd they needed to behave. The crowd did not. People were arrested. The election from hell continues.

Capitol and Grounds Exhibit and Event Guidelines is quite clear about this. “State law prohibits: Parading, demonstrating, or picketing within the state capitol building or any building housing committee offices, committee rooms, or offices of members, officials, or employees of the General Assembly or either house thereof with intent to disrupt the orderly conduct of official business or to utter loud, threatening or abusive language or engage in any disorderly or disruptive conduct in such buildings or areas. See O.C.G.A. 16-11-34.1 (g).”

State Sen. Nikema Williams was one of the people arrested. Some say that since she is a State Senator, she should not have been arrested. “Article III, Section 4, Paragraph IX of the Georgia Constitution, on the privilege of members, says “the members of both houses shall be free from arrest during sessions of the General Assembly, or committee meetings thereof, and in going thereto or returning therefrom, except for treason, felony, or breach of the peace. No member shall be liable to answer in any other place for anything spoken in either house or in any committee meeting of either house.” Does the protest today constitute a breach of the peace? That is a matter for lawyers to decide.

The followers of Stacey Abrams have played this game before. The rules don’t apply to them. During the Democratic primary, supporters of Miss Abrams shouted down her opponent, Stacey Evans. Miss Abrams defended the action. “I do not believe that you silence those who feel they are voiceless, because the minute we do that we are no better than those who tell people they can’t kneel in protest.” Miss Abrams was also involved in some protests in 1992, while a student at Spelman College.

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. “Sixteenth Convention, Anti-Saloon League of America at Atlantic City, N.J., July 6-9, 1915.” Thomas Sparrow, photographer

Jungle Flower Magpie

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on November 13, 2018

Racial Slur During Halftime

Posted in Library of Congress, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on November 12, 2018

Gwinnett County high school band spells racial slur during halftime show ~ voters guide ~ brian and stacey ~ The Georgia Democratic Party Tried to Hack the Voter Registration System ~ Brookwood investigating racial slur spelled out during marching band halftime show ~ High school halftime show included racially insensitive term A concerned resident sent a photo and a copy of the letter The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. ~ @AlexaLiackoFOX5 “I want them expelled.” We spoke with the mother of a band member at Brookwood High School who says her son loves band but is uncomfortable after several band members created a racial slur using the school’s mascot letters. @FOX5Atlanta ~ @GoHomeRyan A Black police officer killing unarmed black ppl is still a symptom of systemic racism. A Latinx person calling ICE on an undoc. immigrant is still a symptom of xenophobia. A Black Brookwood band student spelling “COON” during halftime is still a symptom of white supremacy ~ A Racial Shakedown in Portland ~ Five Lies In Trump’s Favorite Campaign Ad ~ coon ~ Alfred Hitchcock Explains the Plot Device He Called the ‘MacGuffin’ ~ Khalid Sings and I Wonder Where Home Is in the First Place ~ gulch ~ Half-naked woman crashes through restaurant ceiling in Tennessee ~ EP6 On The Vietnam War with Sir Max ~ In Journalism About Race, A Tinge Of Denial ~ ww1 show ~ Man caught on surveillance video stabbing another in the chest ~ Is More Democracy Always Better Democracy? ~ ga sos ~ behavior ~ Why did some voting machines sit unused on busy Georgia Election Day? ~ Karen Handel admits defeat, but doesn’t want to talk about it ~ waugh ~ Talk to Me: HP Lovecraft ~ Georgia’s elections system desperately needs an update—but how? ~ Georgia Officials Kept Hundreds of Voting Machines Locked in Warehouses on Election Day ~ Thousand Oaks Bar Shooting Suspect Posted on Instagram During Massacre ~ tay k ~ Midterms 2018: In Predominantly Black Atlanta Neighborhoods, Voters Say There Aren’t Enough Machines ~ Restaurant owner paints over Buford Highway mural after concerns over immigration politics ~ 5 Tactics Used By Passive-Aggressive Arguers (And The Best Forms of Defense) ~ stacey’s dress ~ : Here’s how Brian Kemp is stealing the Georgia election Kemp or his chosen successor gets to decide whether to count my ballot! The suppressor-in-chief working for the racist-in-chief, Donald Trump.” ~ gwinnett shooting ~ Don’t let Brian Kemp steal Georgia’s gubernatorial election ~ Did Democrats Elect Four Horrible People? ~ Requiem for American Exceptionalism ~ Deaths From Gun Violence: How The U.S. Compares With The Rest Of The World ~ Brian Kemp Caught on Tape Warning His Donors About Black People Voting … Again ~ In Leaked Audio, Brian Kemp Expresses Concern Over Georgians Exercising Their Right to Vote ~ Brian Kemp’s Lead in Georgia Needs an Asterisk Days before the deadline to register for the November election, the Associated Press reported that Kemp had put 53,000 applicants on hold due to exact-match problems. An analysis of Kemp’s records found that 70 percent of those applicants were black. (Georgia is roughly 32 percent black.) Separately, the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union found that some 700 absentee-ballot applications and almost 200 absentee ballots were rejected by county officials due to a law mandating that the signatures on absentee applications and ballots visually match the signatures on file. ~ Democrats file lawsuit over Dougherty County absentee ballots ~ Georgia effort to clean up state’s voter rolls underway ~ Georgia cancels registration of more than 591,500 voters ~ why ww1 lasted so long ~ studio 54 ~ poddies ~ Naropa Poetics Audio Archives ~ LENNY BRUCE ON THE STEVE ALLEN SHOW APRIL 5, 1959 ~ Florida, Georgia testing strength of new Dem coalition ~ A Gated Community Tried to Form a New, Whiter Town to Land a Cheesecake Factory ~ Rapper T.I. arrested in Henry County ~ What Is ‘White Privilege’? ~ Dr. Phil’s “White Privilege” Video Goes Wrong ~ Voting a write in candidate is fun. When you click on the write in box, a keyboard appears on the screen. You type in “Carlton Heston” in the GA06 race. Then name then appears on a screen, with a check mark next to it. ~ Justin Flanagan This is a scam link. When clicked it takes me to a virus website. Also please don’t write in stupid crap, the race is close enough as it is. Happy election day! ~ Unfortunately, the website does have issues. As for calling Carlton Heston stupid crap, that is not kind. The GA06 race is sort of a mess. Karen Handel is a sponsor of FOSTA/SESTA. Lucy McBath has sent me telephone surveys, which are in reality campaign calls. I would like to perform the electoral hygiene of voting out Rep. Handel. However, Mrs. McBath uses shady campaign tactics. In addition to that. Mr. Heston has better hair than either Rep. Handel or Mrs. McBath. ~ There is a saying, hold your nose and vote. I vote in the cafeteria of the elementary school i attended as a child. It is not the first time I have held my nose in there. ~ Sorry, we can’t find what you are looking for. Take a deep breath. Everything’s going to be okay. ~ To say that this is Gingrich’s seat is a bit misleading. The district lines change every ten years. My neighborhood is in a different district every ten years. Some parts of GA06 were represented by Mr. Gingrich, but not all. I was never represented by him, which I appreciate. FWIW, Mr. Gingrich originally represented a district based in Carollton, in West Georgia. His constituents were getting tired of him. Mr. Gingrich won an election by less than 1000 votes. Then, new districts were created, and Mr. Gingrich moved to Cobb County, and a newly created district. ~ The phrase “affordable housing” is somewhat of a buzz word. I hear it a lot, and very few specifics. God is in the details. Lets focus on “…Invest Atlanta voted to help fund over 400 units of affordable housing” How is this going to work? Are they rental units, or owner occupied housing? Assuming that they are rental, what can we expect the rent to be? Who is it going to be affordable to? How long will the rent be capped at this level? When the controls come off, what will happen? Will these units be maintained properly? Where is this 400unit_AH going to be built? Affordable housing is a great idea, and it is needed. It needs to be carefully planned if it is going to work. ~ Actually, Mr. Davis was shot after a heated argument. Going off on an armed man is not a good idea. His killer is in prison. Lucy McBath is to be praised for defeating Karen Handel. Her campaign was careful in the way they described the death of Mr. Davis. Tom Robinson should do the same. ~ I am hearing that it is the counties, not the state, that count the votes. I don’t know who processes voter registration, and maintains the voter lists, but I strongly suspect it is the counties. The decision to sequester voting machines was made by Fulton, Dekalb, and Cobb counties. This has been a good issue for the Democrats. They almost won the election because of it. If Mr. Kemp had the political sense to resign after the primary, the Democrats would not have had this issue. ~ Oops! You blew up the Internet. The page you are looking for is no longer here, or never existed in the first place (bummer). You can try searching for what you are looking for using the form below. If that still doesn’t provide the results you are looking for, you can always start over from the home page. ~ First World War : 22nd of August 1914 the bloodiest day ~ This Day in History, September 26, 1918: The Meuse-Argonne Campaign Begins ~ last man to die ~ ww1 show ~ @USNatArchives One hundred years ago on November 11, 1918, the First World War came to an end. For Pvt. Henry Gunther, it was too late. He was shot and killed at 10:58 am, just two minutes before the Armistice was declared at 11 am and the fighting stopped. ~ pictures are from The Library of Congress. ~ selah

A Dream To Fly

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on November 11, 2018

November 11

Posted in History, Library of Congress, War by chamblee54 on November 11, 2018

Veterans day was originally Armistice Day. On November 11, 1918, at 11 am (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) a cease fire went into effect for “The great war”. Officials of the major armies agreed to the ceasefire at 5 am (European time). There were an estimated 11,000 casualties in the last six hours of the war.

At 11:59 am, U.S. army private Henry Gunther became the last soldier to die in World War I.
“According to the Globe and Mail this is the story of the last soldier killed in WW1: On Nov.11, 1918, U.S. army private Henry Gunther stood up during a lull in the machine gun fire and charged the enemy. “The Germans stared in disbelief,” says the Daily Express. “They had been told that morning that the fighting was about to stop; in a few minutes they would stop firing and go home. So why was this American charging at them with his bayonet drawn? They shouted at him to stop and frantically tried to wave him back but… he hadn’t heard anything of the ceasefire.” A German gunner released a five-round burst and the soldier lay dead, at 10:59 a.m. In his recently published Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour, U.S. Military Historian Joseph Persico notes that Private Gunther had previously been a sergeant but was demoted after an Army censor read his letter to a friend back home, urging him to steer clear of the war at all costs. Gunther, who was in no-man’s land when the ceasefire news arrived, had been trying to prove himself worthy of his original rank.”
This is a repost. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

Veteran’s Day is a bad day for a cynic. On the one hand, I do appreciate living in The United States. With all its flaws, I have had a good life here. The role that Veterans have played is to be honored. On the other hand, those who profit from wars often exploit Veterans for political mojo. Many of these people did not serve.

Veterans are often not treated well after they are through with their service. It is estimated that a quarter of the homeless are veterans. The services offered to wounded veterans returning from War are often lacking. These wounds are both physical and mental.

When I typed the second sentence, I thought of my great grandfather. He served with the Georgia State Troops in the War Between the States. I do prefer the USA to the CSA (or whatever would have happened). Yet, the Union army had to prevail over the various Confederate Armies for this to happen. Do I dishonor my great grandfather by saying I am happy the other side won?

Veterans Day was originally Armistice Day. This was the day, 100 years ago, when the War to End All Wars ended. World War I was a ghastly bloodbath, in which millions died. It created many of the problems that plague us today. And I would be willing to bet that not one person in ten thousand today knows what it was about. And yet, the men who fought in that conflict (I don’t think they had women soldiers then) deserve the same gratitude as those who fought in any other conflict.

The soldier…many of whom were drafted…doesn’t get to choose which war to fight in. The sacrifice of the World War II soldier was just as great as the Vietnam fighter, but the appreciation given was much greater. I grew up during Vietnam, and saw the national mood go from patriotic fight to dismayed resistance. By the time I was old enough to get drafted, the Paris accords had been signed. For better or worse, there went my chance.

Are My Attitudes About Race Any Of Your Business?

Posted in Library of Congress, Race by chamblee54 on November 10, 2018

PG was living his life when see saw something on facebook:
“And another thing: if you are going to claim NOT to be racist, I feel like you should familiarize yourself with some contemporary writings and definitions of racism, not just what Mirriam Webster says.” The first reaction was to ignore this. If you reply to a comment about racism on facebook, you are asking for trouble. Life is too short to be wasting time on such unpleasantness.
But the thought engine had been kickstarted, and continued to idle in the background. When PG pulled into the Kroger parking lot, the idea hit full force. Maybe whether you are, or are not, a racist, is no one else’s business.

Some people say that a PWOC is not affected by racism. If this is the case, then why should the racial attitudes of a PWOC affect another PWOC? If a person treats you fairly, do you really need to know this person’s attitudes about race?

The fbf ex-fbf does not say what the context of this claim is. Did anyone ask you whether or not you were a racist? If not, are you assuming that they are interested? Maybe someone assumed the listener was interested. Maybe the proper response to look bored, and say TMI.

PG was filling out a profile once, and was using some questioned borrowed from another blog profile. One of the questions was, are you a racist?
“It depends on who is doing the judging”.
The comment mentioned “contemporary writings and definitions of racism”. Who are the people who set themselves up as arbiters about what we should think about race? What are the qualifications? Who asked them what they thought? How do we know that these people are dependable?.

Maybe the answer is to show compassion and kindness to your neighbor, and don’t worry about their racial attitudes. If you are proud of your racial attitudes, please refrain from boasting. Not everyone is interested. This is a repost. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

Little Light Shine

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on November 9, 2018

We Were Lied To

Posted in Georgia History, Library of Congress, Politics by chamblee54 on November 8, 2018

One of the tropes in the Georgia gubernatorial election is voter suppression. The story goes that the Secretary of State’s office is making it more difficult for certain people to vote. Since the Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, is the Republican candidate, this issue is getting a lot of play. Voter suppression has been the number one issue for the Democrats, and their candidate Stacey Abrams.

Sec. Kemp Submits Resignation to Gov. Deal. This was the news today, two days after the election. If only for the sake of appearances, this should have happened a long time ago. The election is close. Is it a good idea to have one of the candidates counting the votes?

The comments are where things get interesting. “If he did this last week, many a problem would have been resolved or not even created.” “Nothing would have changed. Each county is responsible for it’s own elections and tabulation and certification of those elections. They process absentee and provisional ballots for their own county. The data is uploaded to the Secretary of State’s office for compiling. I wish more people would go observe how the process actually works in their county.” “But, the damage was mostly done during the registration processing anyway.” “Well, guess who processes registrations – the counties. Also, compiles the data submitted by the county – They don’t create the data, they just compile and report it. The counties certify.”

We have been lied to. If Brian Kemp had the political sense to resign several months ago, he would have removed the appearance of impropriety. The Democrats would not have had an issue to run on, except their proposals for education and health care. Every candidate is going to improve education and health care. Spending tax money is what politicians do.

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.