Nuclear Unclear Part Two

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 18, 2009



PG sometimes comments at a facility called Peach Pundit. To gain this privilege, he had to register, and give an email address. Today, PP used that address to denounce a bill before the General Assembly. The message about the proposed legislation is included in this post. The bill in question is SB31. It would allow the Georgia Power Company to charge consumers for a nuclear power plant while the plant is under construction.
Where to begin
Nuclear Power uses a great deal of water. We can borrow money. The Federal Reserve can print money. We can…and probably will…steal money. But you can only do the first two with water. Before PG issues his two cents ( adjusted for inflation) on this matter, he needs to know which watershed this proposed nuke is going to get water from. If it is the Chattahoochee, forget it. Maybe we need to put the water up in advance, and finance the plant the way we do everything else.

The second comment is that nuclear power=big government. The vast amounts of capital, the need for regulation, and the nature of the fuel demand a prominent  role for big government. So called small government conservatives should know this.

The third comment is that maybe this is a return to fiscal sanity. A major reason for the financial meltdown we are having is an abundance of debt. Maybe if the power plant was paid for at the time it is being built, this will be less of a problem. Perhaps the bill could be amended to provide for state oversight over the construction process. As if that would help. Or, Georgia Power could just borrow more money to pay for the overruns.

The fourth comment regards the large dollar figures being tossed around here. PG remembers something a teacher told him.
“The best way to win an argument is to use statistics, and the best way to get statistics is to make them up.”



The Sacrifice of Jade Goody

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 18, 2009



There is a lady in England named Jade Goody. She is a star. She is going to get married on Sunday, and then she will die. The entire spectacle will be on television.

Miss Goody became famous as the participant in a reality tv show. She caused an international incident with comments about Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty.

This is a story for the modern age. The growth of entertainment styles has been explosive. The growth of substance has fallen behind.

Like television, the internet has a great disbalance between style and substance. Here is an example:

George Bataille wrote about the role of death in religion, and in particular the function of sacrifice. He argued that a spectacular death, like a sacrifice – one that is staged, ritualized, publicly performed – works paradoxically. It actually leaves the spectators with a sense of immortality: they watch someone or something else die, and because they do not die too, are left with a sense of immunity. Psychologically, sacrifice allows the spectator to flirt with the fantasy that they may not die. Religious sacrifices are death-defying. ‘Oh death, where is thy sting?’
The spectacular element will determine the nature of her death. Like Diana’s, Goody’s ‘sacrifice’ will not be a rational affair, a moment when we all coolly ponder our mortality, as we might be able to do after someone we know and love dies with us in private. Rather, it will be a media event, and that will make it a religious event; it will come to us as a simulacrum of death. And then, even as the newspapers are thrown out and the TV turned off, we will return to life. I can’t help but think that Goody’s death will be in vain.
HT to JoemyG-d. PG misses a lot by not watching TV or being British.



If You Ask Me About It

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 17, 2009



Avitable is in action again. He wrote a post, expressing 28 strong opinions. The idea is that anyone who reads it will be offended. This is a good goal. People need more offense in their lives. The best defense is a good offense. And it gives PG a no brainer post.

1- Whatever kinky scene Chris Brown and Rhiannon get into is nobody’s business. And why would a young man want to beat up a Fleetwood Mac song?…
2- Conservatives say they want a smaller government. They also want to have 150k troops in a war eight time zones away….
3- If you want an insult about liberals ( just to be fair) look somewhere else. It should not take long to find….

4- People who flash their headlights at you because you are not driving fast enough should go to reeducation camp…
5- Using the name of a body part as an insult is really dumb….
6- College is a waste of time and money for many people. The only problem is, you don’t know this until after the party is over…

7- We need to have a college that our football team can be proud of….
8- Miss Teen Age South Carolina gave the correct answer….
9- The Rocky Horror Show was a documentary….

10- Insulting people about religion is too easy to be any fun…
11- Whether you wish in one hand or *download* in the other, you should wash your hands…
12- No matter how passionately you believe something, somebody, somewhere, does not want to hear you talk about it…

13- No matter how pretty a woman is, somebody, somewhere, is tired of her….
14- Fair is a baseball hit between first base and third base….
15- You don’t have to have an opinion about everything. Nor is anyone else required to listen….

16- It is insulting to mama dogs to compare them to unpleasant human females…
17- Disco music is groovy…
18- Ministers should do more than lay people…



200 Rolls of Toilet Paper

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 16, 2009



A few years ago, PG worked at a place called Shaky Blueprints. In those days, construction was humming, and many days were spent trying to keep up. One afternoon, a stupidvisor was heard to say
“Don’t worry if it’s done right, just get it done”.
A few years rolled by. One afternoon, PG found himself in a discussion about Religion, and buying 200 rolls of toilet paper at one time. The conversation quickly devolved.

all the jews do now is open bagel shops and buy 200 rolls of toilet paper at costco…

Mr. Sam isnt jewish, but buys that much toilet paper at a time…

jesus was not the only jew to perform miracles…

you USE that much toilet paper at a time…

hasn’t anyone else read the bible?…

the bible is an AWESOME book of fiction…

PG hands Mr. Sam a bottle of kaopectate…

I would rather believe in fiction than have no beliefs at all



Let the Matter Slide

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 15, 2009



PG looked out the window. A dog left animal waste in front of the vacant house.

PG got a piece of old carpet pad, and picked up the debris. The sample was then placed in a plastic bag on the stack of old carpet.

By this time, the dog and the dog owner were down the street. The only way to discuss the matter was to crank the car and drive .

Confrontations of this sort usually devolve into a tribal shouting match. The leash holder lady might have had a large, mean, non understanding man friend.

PG decided to let the matter slide, but felt like a coward.

PG often feels that dog owners are more trouble than they are worth.




Valentines Day

Posted in Uncategorized, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on February 13, 2009



It is Friday the thirteenth…

Tomorrow is Valentines day…

PG walked to the library…

He found the autobiography of The Lady Chablis

The picture book by Eminem is too thick and fat…

When pigs fly, who will clean up?



Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Darwin

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 12, 2009



Today is the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. This used to be a holiday in the US, along with Washington’s BD on February 22. Somehow, the two got combined into President’s Day.

It is unlikely that the two met, or knew much about the other. “On the origin of species” was published in 1859, as the United States teetered on the brink of catastrophe. There is a certain “Darwinism” in the way the unpleasantness of the eighteen sixties went down. The northeast quadrant of the United States gained dominance over a large chunk of North America, at a horrible cost. The concept that a human being could literally own another human being was banished from the Union.

There are two other anniversaries of note today. On February 12, 1733, James Oglethorpe landed a boatload of debtors on the future site of Savannah. This was the start of the Colony/State of Georgia.

There is another that continues the symmetry of Darwin/Lincoln, and was exactly 100 years later. On February 12, 1909, the NAACP was founded.



Execution Van

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 11, 2009



It is a staple of law and order politicians. We should have public executions, in the town square. This will increase the deterrent value of the killing. Now, in China, they have the the execution van. Only six people will fit in the witness chamber.

China executes a lot of people. The usual method has been a firing squad, but now the shift to lethal injection poisoning is taking place. The United States and Singapore are the other two countries where poisoning the condemned takes place.

Poisoning is said to be more humane than shooting. It also allows for the organs of the former criminal to be recycled.

The execution van is forty feet long, and will drive up to 80 mph. It will take the efficiency of poisoning criminals into the countryside. Communities will no longer have to build a death chamber for condemned criminals. It is made by a group called “Jinguan”.
HT to JoemyG-d and USA today.



Superstars on Dope

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 10, 2009



Drugs and the athletes who *allegedly* use them are back in the news. An olympic swimmer is photographed with a bong in front of his mouth. A baseball player is said to use steroids. And the beat goes on.

One reason we know these young men so well is television. Their activities are a staple of the boob tube. This is paid for by advertising. One of the leading purchasers of sports broadcast advertising is alcohol.

Alcohol is america’s number one drug problem. There is no second place. Alcohol kills more people than all illegal drugs combined.

Any athlete who performs on television promotes alcohol use.



Worthwhile to Say

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on February 9, 2009



TwentyTwoWords had a post today about blogging and seminaries
. The post was :
“If I ran a seminary, I’d make blogging a requirement. What better way to practice finding something worthwhile to say every day?”
22W is blessed with commenters. Whenever Abraham says anything, there are going to be people with something to say. A few of them follow the 22 word rule, and they are appreciated.
One regular commenter is Frank Turk. His contribution today was:
“Yeah, but only 22 words? It sounds like something which would cause sermons to become sermonettes.”
Chamblee54 replied:
“Frank Turk…And the problem with that is?”
Mr. Turk replied:
” Can’t explain it to you, Chamblee. The point of reference is something you reject as useful, let alone authoritative.”
Chamblee54 is a bit puzzled by this. The “problem” to him is preachers who fall in love with the sound of their voice. Over and over, every sunday the same basic message comes out the preachers. The Bible is the word of G-d, and the only verse that we really need to know is John 3:16. The obsession with life after death is delivered commodity fashion every sunday at 11 am.

If this is the “point of reference”, then maybe Scent has a point. When Chamblee54 made his comment, he was referring to the wonders of brevity. With a message as slender as that of the Jesus Worship church, there is no need to hear it over and over every week.

But, the audiences at these performances are already converted. They are “Saved”, and if you believe it just ask. They are going to heaven, and if you disagree, you are going to hell. For some reason, the pew warmers enjoy hearing “the message”. It makes them feel good to hear this commodity more, longer, and louder. To Chamblee54, this is neither useful nor authoritative. It does not relate to whether or not he agrees with this message, just that he is not entertained by hearing it.

If you have decided that you do not agree with the basic message, It doesn’t matter how long the preacher talks. If you do agree with the message, and are entertained by the constant repetition, then you might want that quantity discount.

spell check suggestions for this feature:
sermonettes- marionettes, maisonettes, luncheonettes



Ventriloquism for Dummies

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 8, 2009



We had to have the garage door repaired. The &%&%&% repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a ‘large’ enough motor on the opener. I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one &%&%&% made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, ‘Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.’ I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4. He said, ‘NO, it’s not.’ Four is larger than two..’.
My daughter and I went through the #$#$#$’s take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill. Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter. She said, ‘you gave me too much money.’ I said, ‘Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back.’ She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request. I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said “We’re sorry but they could not do that kind of thing.’ The clerk then proceeded to give me back$1 and 75 cents in change. ..The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it’s safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, ‘What on earth are blind people doing driving?!… My daughter went to a local @#@#@#@ and ordered a taco. She asked the person behind the counter for ‘minimal lettuce.’ He said he was sorry, but they only had iceburg lettuce… I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked, ‘Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?’ To which I replied, ‘If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?’ He smiled knowingly and nodded, ‘That’s why we ask.’.. I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the sake of her life, couldn’t understand why her system would not turn on… At a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker. She was leaving the company due to ‘downsizing.’ Our manager commented cheerfully, ‘This is fun. We should do this more often.’ Not another word was spoken. We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare… When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealer ship to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. ‘Hey,’ I announced to the technician, ‘its open!’ His reply, ‘I know. I already got that side.’… I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road. The reason: ‘Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don’t think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.’



Twelve Funny Words

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on February 7, 2009



The preceeding post about beautiful words had a couple of links. One was for beautiful words # 11-110. The other was for the 100 funniest words in english.

As you may have noticed, the list posted yesterday was not the ten most beautiful words in english. It was merely the first ten, in alphabetical order. The fact that number one rhymes with Detroit is a clue.

The second list….the 100 funniest words…. is also an a-z affair. The reality is that the last word is yahoo, and no z words made the cut.

PG decided to edit the list for the convenience of the reader. It occurred to him that perhaps this said more about PG than about the list…what words did he choose, and why?

Here is the list:

9 bloviate To speak pompously or brag.
23 crapulence Discomfort from eating or drinking too much.
24 crudivore An eater of raw food.
31 fatuous Unconsciously foolish.
32 fenestration Putting in windows.
39 fuddy-duddy An old-fashioned, mild-mannered person.
57 klutz An awkward, stupid person.
59 la-di-da A saying indicating that something is pretentious.
61 logorrhea Loquaciousness, talkativeness.
73 osculate To kiss.
83 rhinorrhea A runny nose. .
92 troglodyte Someone or something that lives in a cave.

This was going to be a bakers dozen, until a last minute review decided to pull “formication…The sense of ants crawling on your skin.” PG was slack about laundering some gym clothes once, and found out the literal meaning of “ants in your pants”. There was nothing funny about it.

Fenestration is better known to mystery fans as defenestration, or tossing a person out a window. A office worker who helps the boss throw someone out the window is a defenestrative assistant.

It seems to PG that comedy/funny prose is a matter of context, rather than individual funny words. Humor is also a matter of taste. Not being a female comedian, PG does not understand why it is so funny that men do not ask for directions.

If Don Rickels produced this list, hockey puck would be on it.

Spell check suggestions for this feature:
bloviate- obviate, alleviate, abbreviate, novitiate, deviated
crapulence- corpulence, opulence, fraudulence. truculence
crudivore- carnivore, divorcee, divorce, herbivore
fuddy duddy- ruddy, muddy, buddy, daddy
logorrhea- gonorrhea, pyorrhea, amenorrhea,seborrhea
rhinorrhea- gonorrhea, pyorrhea, amenorrhea,seborrhea