PG arrived at Uzi’s house about 3pm. The plan was to walk through the yard, and discuss what plants needed to die. This was going to be great fun for PG, since he could recommend anything, and not have to do any work. There were some weed trees, evil privet, and shrubs that had outlived their usefulness. PG took the Hitler approach…kill them all.
The next stop was Sope Creek. SC is a part of the National Parks around the Chattahoochee River. It is pretty standard for such venues…parking lot, trail, water at the bottom of a steep hill. A shady parking spot was secured, and the appropriate trail found.
The goal was to get to the creek, where the polluted water runs over the rocks. The trail started out as a wide thing for mountain bikes, but soon there was the turnoff to get to the creek, The trail got narrow and rocky. Uzi began to wonder if it was worth the effort, but PG wanted to see polluted water running over rocks. It reminds him of home.
The path got steeper and steeper, and soon the sound of polluted water was in the air. The smell of the water was overcome by the sap happy pine trees. Soon, the last part of the trail turned into rocks, and the two old fogeys were at the creek. Across the stream was the ruins of a mill… no doubt destroyed by the dastardly Yankees during the war of northern aggression.
PG decided to walk on the edge of the creek, going upstream a careful step at a time. Uzi followed reluctantly. Soon, a path seemed to go back uphill, and the pair started up this path. The path disappeared in a welter of poison ivy, and the two explorers went upstream a few paces more. Finally, a path to the top appeared, and went all the way to the mountain bike trail. This was more exercise than Uzi had committed in some time.
After the parking lot appeared, it was time to discuss dinner. It was decided that the staff at Piccadilly was too accustomed to their sunday patronage, and that an alternative was needed. After much debate, the Flying Biscuit on Roswell Road was selected. A blond on the patio, separated from PG by a sheet of glass, had a gesture filled discussion with a cigarette smoking friend. PG and Uzi sensed drama, and that it was someone else’s fault.
PG had some kind of veggie burger, with a side of spiced potatoes. Uzi had a barbecue burrito. PG enjoyed his burger, although he knew he would want more food when he got home.
The restaurant manager came by the table to ask how they liked the food, and how did you hear about the biscuit. The manager held the door as the PG and Uzi left. The Piccadilly Cafeteria asked restaurant central where PG and Uzi were, but got an uncertain reply. The Flying Biscuit is a no snitch facility.
The comment explosion at BEattitude is up to 799. Chamblee54 is green with envy.
PG was trolling the comment thread, looking for the trackback to his post. The emotional stamina to read all those comments was not there, but a few did stand out.
I used to be an atheist, but then I scientifically studied the Bible with an open heart and mind.
Today, I continue to discover more wisdom in the Bible than the more than 500 secular, self-help books I have read.
The Bible does not contradict itself at all.
That is the main reason billions of Christians believe the Bible to be the infallible Word of God.
Where exactly do you see a contradiction?
Sincerely, Dave Christian
P.S. If I can help you in any way, just let me know.
Great post because it was well thought out. What I find distracting is when believers reply they make no effort to see your point of view. It is almost impossible to speak to believers about the hateful rhetoric their faith teaches because they don’t seem to get it – they think it is just the teachings and can’t seem to grasp the emotions it invokes
It is not what you say, it is how you say it. When you are shouted down and humiliated, it doesn’t matter that someone is trying to save your soul.
The rain finally stopped, the sun came out, and Atlanta Georgia is a lovely, lovely place. What better time to write about religion?
PG found a thingie on the internet today. It is a list of twenty reasons why the person at BEattitude is no longer a Jesus Worshiper. It has 331 comments. Does anyone the time them all?
The man is in what you might call phase one post Jesus. He sees things in terms of the Christian Experience. The further you get from Jesus Worship, the more you see that Jesus is not the only game in town.
The free for all going on in the comments thread is much more pleasant in digital form. In person, you would have 300 people interrupting and screaming at each other. Some think that the louder you talk, the more truth your words have.
The symbolism of the cross is rather distasteful. A cross was a method of capital punishment, and a rather gruesome method at that. If Jesus were to be offed in prison today, would future generations worship a syringe?
Whenever you hear the word G-d, the word Believe is not far behind. The two seem to go together. PG wonders if belief is really the proper way to “know” G-d. Remember, the middle three letters of beLIEve is LIE.
The subject of todays round table is reality.
The first stop on this bumpy road was kikoshouse. PG saw a feature there about the US Army. It seems that at Fort Campbell, there is a problem with soldiers committing suicide. (Any Jihadist reading this can go find your own blow uppers.) The commander of the 101st Airborne Division is a take charge type, Brig. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend. He, in so many words, ordered the soldiers to stop killing themselves. “If you don’t remember anything else I say in the next five or 10 minutes, remember this — suicidal behavior in the 101st on Fort Campbell is bad. It’s bad for soldiers, it’s bad for families, bad for your units, bad for this division and our army and our country and it’s got to stop now. Suicides at Fort Campbell have to stop now.”
At the other end of the life cycle, there is the teenage abstinence program. The poster girl is Bristol Palin. Yes, the same Bristol who fornicated in her parents house. The same Bristol who had her baby, and broke up with the babydaddy, with numerous hard feelings. Some people find this not real. And who is caring for baby Tripp while Mama Bristol talks up abstinence?
There is a blog called TwentyTwoWords. The idea is to express yourself in under 22 words. Some people obey this rule. The concept today was “Is a blog with comments somehow a truer blog than those that have comments off? Occasionally, I encounter the opinion online that a blog isn’t a real blog if it doesn’t have comments. What do you think?”
The first comment was by Chamblee54. “Not knowing what real means, I consulted Wiktionary. Adjective #7… That is an exemplary or pungent instance of a class or type” 21 words, one number, and the pound sign.
At this point, PG went to the mailbox, and found a check in the mail. It was a reality check. When he took it to the bank, it was rejected for having insufficient funds.
The following dialog may or may not have really happened. Photoshop is real. HT to Jay Avans. Photo credit to Shorpy.
All Dogs go to heaven
Only humans go to heaven read the bible
G-d loves all his creations Dogs included
Dogs don’t have souls This is not open for debate
Catholic Dogs go to heaven.
Presbyterian Dogs can talk to their pastor
Converting to Catholicism does not
magically grant your Dog a soul
Free Dog souls with conversion
Dogs are animals there aren’t
any rocks in heaven either
All rocks go to heaven
Every Wednesday morning, a copy of the Dunwoody Neighbor arrives in PG’s driveway. PG has never paid for a copy, and if he did he would be very foolish. The Neighbor Newspapers are ad rags, and serve a need in the community. The news features between the ads are mostly about Dogs and Schools. If you want hard hitting investigative reporting, you can go… well, somewhere.
On the editorial page of the DN is a man named Dick Yarbrough. Mr. Yarbrough was at Bell South for a while, then he had something to do with the Olympics. PG always seeks out his column. Last week, it was about a preacher who prayed for rain at the State Capital. This was during a drought, and the Governor thought praying for rain would be a good photo opportunity. These days, Atlanta gets rained on every day. Mr. Yarbrough thinks it is because of Rev. Prayforrain and his demonstration 19 months ago.
Sometimes though, Mr. Yarbrough makes the cost of the paper worthwhile. It takes a lot of effort to walk down the driveway, pick up the plastic bag, walk uphill to the house, pull the newspaper out of the bag, and find the editorial page. After all that work, PG needs to sit down and rest.
But today, the headline of the weekly Dick Yarbrough made it all worthwhile ” ‘Talkmaster’ Neal Boortz all that — all talk. ” It seems that Mr. Yarbrough was listening to one of Neeyull’s rants about “Government Schools”. Soon after, he had a head spinning discussion about economics with his grandson. The grandson was a product of government schools. A proposal was made for a debate between the Radio Whiner and the Government Educated Grandson. The debate never happened.
This is in character for Neal Boortz. He enthusiastically supports our “War against Islamic Terror”. He was prime draft age during the Vietnam War, and did not find it convenient to participate.
One of the enduring images of World War II was raising the flag on Iwo Jima. Three of the six men raising the flag died on the island in the next month. A fourth, Ira Hayes, became a casualty after the war.
The story of Ira Hayes is well known, but needs to be told again. A Pima Indian, his people had not been treated well by the conquerers. Nonetheless, when the War against Japan started, men were needed for the struggle, and Ira Hayes joined the Marines.
Iwo Jima was a steppingstone to the main island of Japan. After Iwo Jima and Okinawa were in Yankee hands, preparations could be made for the invasion of the main island. However, the stepping stone islands proved to be incredibly tough to secure. There were more American casualties on Iwo Jima than on Normandy Beach on D Day.
On the fourth day of the battle, a picture was made of six marines raising the flag on top of Mount Suribachi. A month of sticky, treacherous fighting was ahead for the fighting men. Of 21,000 Japanese soldiers, 20,000 died. Still, the image is inspiring. The photographer fiercely denied having staged it.
The flag was raised on February 23, 1945. Germany was all but defeated. The “explosive lens” for the atom bomb had been successfully tested. Viewed from the standpoint of 1945, it seems inevitable that the costly island hopping needed to continue, to be followed by an invasion of the Japanese mainland. From the view of 2009, one wonders if the fight for Iwo Jima was really needed. War is fought in the present tense.
Two of the twelve hands holding the flagpole belonged to Ira Hayes. Ira Hayes did not adjust to peacetime well. He became a drunkard. On January 24, 1955, he passed away.
Ira Hayes was a native American. Thousands of African Americans have returned from foreign wars to be treated poorly. If a man or woman is accused of being gay, the service is forgotten. On this Memorial Day, we should struggle to ensure that all future veterans are treated with respect, all year long.
Thank you Wikipedia for the pictures.
Uzi came by PG’s house about 230 on sunday afternoon. While walking out the door, PG saw a pot of noodles on the stove. It had cooked too long and gotten mushy, but PG caught it before it burned. Life is made of little victories.
The destination was the Dickhater Decatur Arts Festival. The ride down Clairmont was very familiar to PG. This contrasted to Uzi, who hadn’t been there in twenty years. There is an old A&P on North Decatur Road, which is now a mattress store. In one of its lives, it was a concert hall, and PG saw Loudon Wainwright III there. Uzi thinks Loudon Wainwright is depressing.
The Arts Festival was a series of booths, and a couple of performance stages. A children’s stage was in use when PG walked by. The performer lady told the kids to cover their eyes, while she put down her guitar and produced a jews harp. A man with a yarmulke was sitting in an aisle seat beside PG.
The crowd at the fest was a predictable mix. Uzi had been commenting on young men with small children, how they look like they came out of a catalog. There was an example of three of that.
After walking around the courthouse a couple of times, it was time to go eat. The original destination was the Piccadilly on Church Street, but as he pulled into the parking lot, PG noticed a Captain D’s. The Captain D’s on Buford Hiway and Sandy Springs were long gone, and missed. A styrofoam plate of grease and fish was in front of PG before he knew what hit him.
The Boston Phoenix recently published a list of the 100 unsexiest men. For photographs and clever commentary, go to the site. HT to jockohomo.
100. Robert Pattinson 99. Dan Deacon 98. Patton Oswalt 97. Toby Young 96. Sean Delonas 95. Marko Jaric 94.John Boehner & Eric Cantor 93. Russell Brand 92. Rick Ross 91. George W. Bush 90. New Kids on the Block 89. Greg Behrendt 88. Curt Schilling 87. Don Cornelius 86. Peter Ishkhans 85. Rick Santelli 84. Common 83. Rod Brind’Amour 82. Keith Jardine 81. David Paterson 80. Shia LaBeouf 79. Carlos Slim 78. Chris Martin 77. Clark Rockefeller 76. Guy Fieri 75. Hammer 74. Darryl McCauley 73. Robert Mugabe 72. MC Frontalot 71. John McCain 70. Boy George 69. Sean Penn and Hugo Chavez 68. David Zucker 67. Billy Corgan 66. Hugh Hefner 65. Manny Ramirez 64. Mark Halperin 63. Lehman Brothers Bankers 62. Jim Norton 61. Dick Cheney 60. Kanye West 59. Hugh Jackman 58. Omar al-Bashir 57. Ray J 56. Jonah Goldberg 55. Richard Johnson 54. Tom Daschle and Bill Richardson 53. Barack Obama’s Cabinet Members 52. Bruce Springsteen 51. Bishop Richard Williamson 50. John Thain 49. Kid Rock 48. Roland Burris 47. Pete Wentz 46. Harry Connick Jr. 45. Jack Black 44. Ron Christie 43. Denis Leary 42. Matthew Broderick 41. Warren Jeffs 40. Mickey Rourke 39. Jim Bob Duggar 38. Lang Lang 37. John Mayer 36. Raffaello Follieri 35. Lil Wayne 34. Chris Matthews 33. Tyler Perry 32. Girl Talk 31. Ron Prentice 30. Eric Violette 29. Michael Phelps 28. Kevin James 27. Michael Steele 26. Vince Offer 25. DUSTIN PEDROIA AND KEVIN YOUKILIS 24. RICK WARREN 23. BRET MICHAELS 22. JIMMY FALLON 21. JASON MESNICK 20. JOHN EDWARDS 19. Judd Apatow and Friends 18. Joe the Plumber 17. Steve Wozniak 16. Plaxico Burress 15. Andrew Dice Clay 14. Levi Johnston 13. Joaquin Phoenix 12. Robert Smith 11. Bobby Jindal 10. Detroit Auto Executives 9. Michael Kamrava 8. Christian Bale 7. Jim Cramer 6. Adam Lambert 5. Rod Blagojevich 4. Alex Rodriguez 3. Bernie Madoff 2. Chris Brown 1. Rush Limbaugh
Nibras Kazimi is a visiting scholar at the Hudson Institute in New York. He writes a blog, Talismangate. It is mostly about Iraq, and the mess it is in.
Wednesday, he posted about President Obama. It seems like BHO is going to make a speech to the Muslim world in June. He has chosen Cairo as the site. Mr. Kazimi does not think this is a good choice. The reasoning behind this teaches PG a few things. Of course, almost anything about the Arab world is news to PG.
The line in the west is that Cairo is a leading city in the Muslim world. According to Mr. Kazimi, this is not quite the case. The importance of Cairo is largely a product of British propaganda, during the time that Egypt was part of the British Empire. Another black eye for Egypt is the peace treaty with Israel, which was evident during the siege of Gaza last year. To many, Egypt is an ally of Israel.
Damascus was suggested as another site for this speech. There are problems. The ruling regime in Syria is brutal, even by middle east standards. It is the sworn enemy of Israel, which would not play well with BHO’s supporters back home. On the Israel issue, BHO is going to upset someone no matter what he does. The good news is, Syria has taken in many refugees from the war in Iraq…many, many more than the United States.
Mecca would be a good site for this speech, if BHO was not an infidel. President O is viewed with suspicion in the Muslim world, especially with the escalation of the war in AfPak. It is ironic that many in America still believe BHO is a Muslim. BHO has his work cut out for him, both at home and abroad.
Talismangate is an excellent source of information and confusion. You will read things that are not even hinted in the American corporate media. The English speaking reader will find many of the names difficult to fathom. (Nibras Kazimi is one of the easier ones) Every time PG reads an Iraqi Blog, he is a bit more confused. America has started something that will be very difficult to finish.
The Boston Globe has a site called “The Big Picture“. It features photographs, printed at high resolution. Today the subject is something called “Victory Day“.
This is celebrated in Russia on May 9. This is the end of the war with Germany in 1945. The Soviet Union lost over 20 million people in that war. The United States, which fought on two fronts, lost 400 thousand, almost all military. The Soviets lost millions of civilians.
World War Two was largely fought on Soviet soil. The Nazis killed, and killed, and killed some more. The only thing to stop them was to kill back, which the Soviets did.
All the countries that participated in World War Two suffered, but none quite like the Soviets. In Ukraine, the Germans were initially greeted as liberators. Once the Ukraine got to know the Germans, they learned they needed to resist.
The Western Front started on D Day forced the Germans to divert troops from the Russian War. The United States gave arms and supplies to the Russians. However, it was the Russian people who did the heavy lifting in that war. The allies probably would not have won without them.
PG grew up in Georgia (American), roughly one hundred years after the War Between the States. Atlanta was the scene of some heavy fighting. The impact of having a war fought on your home turf is much greater than fighting across an ocean. PG looks at the impact a 19th century war had on his home, and can only imagine what impact a much bloodier, more recent war, would have on Russia.
After the hot war came the cold war. The Soviet Union was our enemy, and the excuse to maintain a large military. Many of the contributions made by the Soviets in the struggle against Germany have been forgotten. Indeed, in the comments at the Big Picture, some people are still fighting communism, and bad mouth the excesses of the Soviet Union. These people seem to forget the hundreds of thousands of German civilians killed by American air raids.
For better or worse, the struggle against the Nazis is one of the defining events of the world we live in. Whatever problems exist in today’s America, we cannot help but be better off than if the Nazis had won the war. And, if not for the sacrifices of the Russian people, the Nazis might have won.
PG did a bit of research on a person (Harry Hay), and saw a comment on Wikipedia that Mr. Hay had been a guest on the Joe Pyne Show. This got PG to thinking about Joe Pyne.
The Joe Pyne show was on Atlanta on channel 11, at 11:30 Saturday night. Many guests were unusual characters. Mr. Pyne was rude to his guests, telling them to “gargle with razor blades”, among other things.
Mr. Pyne had a wooden leg. The lower part of his left leg was amputated in 1955 because of cancer. He was a marine in World War 2, and was wounded in the same leg.
Once, Frank Zappa was on the show. Mr. Pyne asked if his long hair made him a girl. Mr. Zappa replied by asking if Mr. Pyne’s wooden leg made him a table. This may be an urban legend.
Georgia Governor Lester Maddox was a guest on the show in 1969. The Governor was offended by Mr. Pyne, and walked off the show. The next guest called himself Culious Jeezer, and claimed to have been alive during the Roman Empire.
PG saw another episode of the JPS. People wearing masks discussed being “swingers”. Mr. Pyne was respectful to them
Joe Pyne was an enthusiastic cigarette smoker. The cameras showed him puffing, which is not done today. ( Has anyone seen a picture of Barack Obama smoking?). He developed lung cancer, and died March 23, 1970. The rumor that he was buried in a pine box is unconfirmed.