Chamblee54

Delusional Fantasist

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 18, 2009


Andrew Sullivan has gone silent today. He needs to take a day off to read Sarah Palin’s new book. Mr. Sullivan calls Mrs. Palin a ” delusional fantasist”. PG suspects the pot is talking about the kettle.

In other news, today is the 93rd anniversary of ending the Battle of the Somme. This was one of the bloodiest episodes in the war to end all wars. The opening attack, on August 1, 1916, had the most casualties of any day in the history of the British Army.

Perhaps this can be a lesson for the “Global War on Terror”. Unless you are a delusional fantasist.

How Babies Are Made

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 17, 2009


It is the season of the beauty queen. Sarah Palin and Carrie Prejean are on book tours, and sounding worse every time they speak. Coming to the rescue, to save the world for congeniality, is the former Miss Teen South Carolina, Caitlin “Katie” Upton. The lady from the south is friendlier, funnier, and prettier than the other two.

Miss Upton gave a rambling monologue about geography in 2007, and became famous. If you haven’t seen it, you need to get out more. A few days later, she was on the Today show, and given a second chance. Her answer the second time was
“Well personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our map. I don’t know anyone else who doesn’t. And if the statistics are correct, I believe that there should be more emphasis on geography in our education so people will know how to read maps better” We should all be given a second chance.
PG speculated that Miss Upton gave the correct answer the first time. You can say anything you like, and people will believe you, if you say that it was the result of a study. PG, like Miss Upton, does not know anyone who cannot find the USA on a map. Surveys that say otherwise are highly suspect.

Katie Upton is well into her second career. She recently made a video, on the subject of how babies are made. Miss Upton interviewed the Octomom, who has a very clean kitchen. Miss Upton then draws a chart, showing the process of reproduction. Katie Upton is left handed.

HT to the huffington post. Spell Check suggestions for this feature:
huffington-huffiness
octomom- locomotor, vasectomy, tomorrow, stockroom
palin- plain, pain, paling
prejean- bluejeans, protean, prejudge, pregnant, preseason
upton- upon, uptown

The Last Meal

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 16, 2009

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There is a story of a man who was afraid of mushrooms, but ordered them for his last meal. The details of a condemned man’s last meal are part of the death penalty lifestyle. The State of Texas used to document the last meals on a website, but that has been discontinued. Another site, deadmaneating.com, has not been updated since 2007.

A yahoo page about last meals has a quote from the former warden of the prison at Jackson, Georgia. The facility at Jackson is the scene for executions in Georgia. The name of the former warden is Fred Head.

Slate.com had a story about last meals recently. Some details about what can and cannot be ordered were shown, and some of the shortcuts some states…notably Virginia…take. A famous execution in Arkansas was remembered. This execution was authorized by Governor Bill Clinton.
“In 1992, Arkansas convict Ricky Ray Rector, who had brain damage from shooting himself in the head after killing a police officer, ate a final meal of steak, fried chicken, and cherry Kool-Aid, but famously said he wanted to save his pecan pie for later.”
In nearby Oklahoma, Jimmy Dale Bland was processed June 26, 2007. Mr. Bland had terminal lung cancer, and would die within six months anyway. His last meal was
“hot and spicy chicken breast, two slices of sausage pizza with extra cheese, a slice of German chocolate cake, a pint of French vanilla ice cream and a Dr. Pepper.” Also in Oklahoma was the final lifestyle choice of Thomas Grasso, on March 20, 1995. The final words of Mr. Grasso were “Please tell the media, I did not get my Spaghetti-O’s, I got spaghetti. I want the press to know.”
Ricky Lee Sanderson, in North Carolina turned down a final meal on Jan. 30, 1998.
“I didn’t take [the last meal] because I have very strong convictions about abortion and the 33 million babies that have been aborted in this country. Those babies never got a first meal and that’s why I didn’t take the last in their memory.”
In 1983, Robert Dale Conklin had a dispute with a friend. Mr. Conklin killed his good buddy, cut the remains into little pieces, and left them in a dumpster. The fact that the deceased was an attorney did not justify this action, and the State of Georgia executed Mr. Conklin in 2005. PG is confident that this execution has a strong deterrent value.

At the time of his indiscretion, Mr. Conklin was a manager at a McDonalds, and he knew his food. For his final meal, Mr. Conklin got
” a filet mignon wrapped with bacon; de-veined shrimp sautéed in garlic butter with lemon; baked potato with butter, sour cream, chives and real bacon bits; corn on the cob; asparagus with hollandaise sauce; French bread with butter; goat cheese; cantaloupe; apple pie; vanilla bean ice cream and iced tea. Prison officials said he ate the entire meal, cleaning two plates.”

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The Burning Of Atlanta

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 13, 2009

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Around this time 145 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 the 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. The pictures, with one exception, are from Shorpy. The 1864 map is from a collection of images at Georgia State University.

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Thirteen Golly It’s Friday

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 13, 2009

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There is a lot going on this friday the thirteenth.

There is a report that one of the people who supported an invasion of Iraq had a big financial interest there. Peter Galbraith is the son of a legendary economist, and a Democratic party player. In the run up to the invasion of Babylon, he was a supporter of war.

It turns out Mr. Galbraith has an interest in the oil of Kurdistan. He stands to make a lot of money if the deal goes through. To do that, however, he needed Saddam to get out of the way. There are a few of us who suspected all along that the reason we went into Iraq was to grab the oil.

In other news, the report that Maj. Hasan shouted “Allah Akbar” during his Fort Hood shooting spree is accepted as fact, and evidence of a jihad. According to another report, this may not have happened.

“In addition, one of Stengel’s key pieces of evidence that Hasan was a terrorist was the following: “This is a man who stood up before he killed people and said ‘God is great’ in Arabic,” Stengel announced.
That may be true, though I’ve been unable to find an original or credible source for this information. The original source seems to be a question from NBC’s Matt Lauer to Fort Hood’s Lt. Gen. Robert Cone on Nov. 6, the morning after the shootings. Lauer cited a relative of a witness to the shooting claiming that Hasan had said “God is great” in Arabic before opening fire. Cone responded: “There are firsthand accounts here from soldiers that are similar to that.” Fort Hood, however, will not confirm this aspect of the story. “

There is other evidence that Maj. Hasan was a radical Muslim, as well as evidence that he simply went postal under pressure. One comment caught PG’s eye:
“Why are killing machines like he used being sold at all? A large-caliber, semi-automatic, extended magazine sidearm with a laser sight, is hardly evidence of a “well regulated militia”.”
Or, was it more than one gunman?
“So now he’s a mess, incompetent and psychotic. I was waiting for this and the fake attempts to link him to ‘terrorism’ and ‘Islamic extremists’. I also note the original reports that Fort Hood was under attack by 3 shooters. I’ll bet my best pair of cotton socks that it was in fact under attack by three shooters since the idea that one shooter could shoot so many and score so many hits in such a short time is ridiculous. Especially when the alleged shooter is a psychiatrist who is incompetent, a mess and psychotic with minimum training with firearms. “

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Veteran’s Day Hike

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 11, 2009

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There was a beltway hike on Veteran’s Day. Five people took part. There is another report here.

The hike began on time, which may be a first. The start was behind Amsterdam Avenue, and the first part went north towards the Piedmont Park expansion. That project is still under construction, and it takes a visionary to see what will become of that acreage.

Moving back south towards Monroe, a discussion arose of the various neighborhood issues with the Beltway, and development/gentrification/restoration in general. PG learned a new phrase…in addition to NIMBY, there is now CAVE…Citizens against virtually anything. There was a bit of criticism of parties involved, with PG more sympathetic to the cautious neighborhood organization types.

Going under the Virginia Avenue bridge, the beltway path became vegetation heavy. This continued on towards Ponce. There is a big magnolia tree in the location of the former outfield of Ponce de Leon Park, with PG wondering if the two trees there were old enough to be big trees 50 years ago.

The bridge over Ponce de Leon, behind Big Sears/City Hall East, was a life threatening experience. There is no railing beside the rail ties, and rubber mats, with big holes in them, nailed over the rail ties. It was necessary to step on where the mat was nailed down to the ties, which PG found to be an exhilarating adventure.

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Past Ponce, more vegetation waited on the tracks. The North Avenue Bridge is wide and in good shape, as is the Ralph McGill bridge. The hike proceeded under the Freedom Parkway bridge, which had the best graffiti of the afternoon. Soon a break was taken, at a gloriously restored restaurant.

Angel was expecting heavy vegetation on the next part of the journey. When the crew arrived on the line, they were astounded to see the rail lines had been cleared. There were fresh tracks in the mud, which, with the heavy rains on tuesday, meant that the clearance had occurred that very day. Indeed, before long a bobcat was seen scraping kudzu off the long abandoned rail lines. It seems like the process of converting this onetime rail corridor into a hike&bike  path is beginning to spring into action.

Walking under Edgewood Avenue, there were people camping out. They were looking for a train to hop on, to take them out west. The hiking crew spent a few minutes talking to them. PG left a couple of minutes before the rest of the crew, and felt a drop of rain. The rest of the hikers came along behind, and made their way to a vehicle on Edgewood to ride back to the starting place.

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Faith

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 11, 2009

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Carrie Prejean has a book for sale. By *remarkable coincidence*, her lawsuit against the Miss California pageant has been dropped. In a conference with attorneys, someone showed a tape of Miss Prejean in a compromising position…or whatever you want to call “the biggest mistake of my life”. The net result is a mountain of publicity for the book, and whatever future the young lady has.

After the infamous answer at the pageant, Miss Prejean made a series of appearances on Christian television, made commercials, and appeared at events for Christian groups. Could it be possible that, if she had been quiet after the pageant, the answer would have been quickly forgotten?

She says she is being persecuted for “having an opinion”. What she does not say is how often and how loudly she expressed that opinion. Also, she was a representative of a pageant, and was under contract to create good will for this organization. This is not consistent with her behavior after she “had an opinion”.

On the Hannity show, Miss Prejean says that her “faith” gave her strength to carry on after she was attacked. It is this same “faith” that was the weapon she used to attack millions of people, who have done nothing to hurt her? What do people who have been attacked by “faith” turn to for strength?

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Funerals In Pakistan

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 9, 2009

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The war in Babylon is coming home to America. Last week, a man at Fort Hood went postal, and killed a bunch of people. There are  indications that he was on a jihad.

A lot of pixels are being spilled now to discuss the Fort Hood shooting, as well they should be. There are stories of good Moslems, and bad Moslems. We are reminded that this is a country of diversity.

One story today was in Peach Pundit. The scribe tells of a young man in his hometown. The young man was a Moslem, whose family had recently come to the United States. The young man worked on the scribe’s campaign, and
“appreciated the Republican approach to freedoms within limited government”. Many natives know that “limited government” includes wars of choice eight time zones away.
The young man won a scholarship and moved out of the small town. One day, the scribe went to the family restaurant, and learned that the young man had drowned.
“Muslim custom is that a person is buried before sundown, and thus he would be taken directly from his plane to the family’s mosque for a funeral service, then directly to the cemetery for burial. It is the only time I have ever been in a mosque, but I can attest that grief looks the same no matter the type of house of worship.”
On June 23, 2009, an unmanned American aircraft attacked a funeral in Wakeen, South Waristan, Pakistan. For those who do body counts:
Al Qaeda/Taliban leaders killed: Unknown, Al Qaeda/Taliban killed: At least 45, Others killed: 45-83 (including militants) .

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A Limit Of Belief

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on November 9, 2009

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PG left a comment at TwentyTwoWords in August, and thought about it later. Today, after he got back from the river, he set out to find the thread. Looking for a comment at a popular blog can be an act of faith, with no guarantee of results. PG was lucky, and found his comment fairly quickly.

TwentyTwoWords is a regular stop for PG. The idea is to say what you need to say in 22 words or less. The owner of the blog does not enforce this rule, and few commenters practice it. PG tries to be the exception.

The opening serve of this thread was
“Do difficult times make you more or less empathetic? For me the answer is both. Some struggles I’ve faced make me more understanding of others. But sometimes I feel like: “I got over it; why can’t you?” (36 words). The comments took on the colors of Jesus Worship, which is to be expected at TwentyTwoWords.
The first Chamblee54 entry was comment number 7.
“I feel that way about life after death obsessed Jesus Worshipers. Is there an etymological link between arrogant and air head?”
Christen replied
“Speaking of life after death, I’m just starting Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven and very convinced on the importance of being much more focused on our life after death. What did you mean by that, Chamblee?”
chamblee54 says:
“I feel the emphasis placed on life after death is mistaken. I disagree with the Jesus worship beliefs on life after death.”
christen says:
“Thanks for the reply, chamblee. I think I’m either inexperienced in “the emphasis placed on life after death” debate/issue (?) and “Jesus worship beliefs” or just don’t understand what you’re saying. Either way, I know I can’t wait to be in that place with that person !”
At this point, PG saw the dialog spinning off topic. This was his fault, to a degree, and he felt a responsibility to bring it back into line. The suspicion was that Christen was a Jesus Worshiper, who had never questioned a set of beliefs handed to her. A key portion of this was the life after death issue, which to PG is a fundamental flaw with Jesus Worship Religion. ( PG disagrees with the concept of attaining life after death through holding certain beliefs about Jesus. PG also disagrees with the emphasis place on life after death in Jesus Worship.)

The answer PG came up with was
“This is starting to get off topic. I suspect you have never questioned the concept of acquiring life after death through beliefs.” That clocks in at precisely 22 words. The original comment was about acquiring life after death through belief in Jesus.
To bring the comment under the 22 word limit, PG decided to eliminate the reference to Jesus. And there was a realization that the fundamental meaning of the comment was not changed. If the status of one’s soul post mortem can be changed by a belief during life…a highly suspect concept to PG…does it really matter what the belief is?

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Holy Chain Letter

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 7, 2009

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This is too funny – I still have tears in my eyes! Finally, a chain letter that I don’t mind forwarding. It’s funny (don’t break chain)

A new priest at his first mass was so nervous he could hardly speak. After mass he asked the monsignor how he had done.

The monsignor replied, ‘When I am worried about getting nervous on the pulpit, I put a glass of vodka next to the water glass. If I start to get nervous, I take a sip.’

So next Sunday he took the monsignor’s advice. At the beginning of the sermon, he got nervous and took a drink. He proceeded to talk up a storm. Upon his return to his office after the mass, he found the following note on the door:

1) Sip the vodka, don’t gulp.

2) There are 10 commandments, not 12.

3) There are 12 disciples, not 10.

4) Jesus was consecrated, not constipated.

5) Jacob wagered his donkey, he did not bet his ass.

6) We do not refer to Jesus Christ as the late J.C.

7) The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not referred to as Daddy, Junior and the spook.

8 ) David slew Goliath; he did not kick the shit out of him.

9) When David was hit by a rock and was knocked off his donkey, don’t say he was stoned off his ass.

10)We do not refer to the cross as the ‘Big T.’

11)When Jesus broke the bread at the last supper he said, ‘Take this and eat it for it is my body.’
He did not say ‘Eat me’.

12)The Virgin Mary is not called ‘Mary with the Cherry’..

13)The recommended grace before a meal is not: Rub-A-Dub-Dub thanks for the grub, Yeah God..

14)Next Sunday there will be a taffy pulling contest at St. Peter’s,

not a peter pulling contest at St. Taffy’s.

The Origination of this letter is unknown, but it brings good luck to everyone who passes it on. The one who breaks the chain will have bad luck. Do not keep this letter. Do not send money just forward it to five of your friends to whom you wish good luck and a great laugh..You will see that something good happens to you four days from now if the chain is not broken….

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Racism And Runoffs

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 5, 2009

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The election for Mayor of Atlanta now moves into the, almost inevitable, runoff. If a candidate does not get fifty percent plus one vote, a runoff is required. Runoffs are very popular in the South, and almost non existent in the rest of the United States.

Runoffs have been controversial. Some say they hurt minorities. Julian Bond is quoted as saying
“The runoff actually discriminates against the numerical minority, black or white, in elections in which there is racial polarization.”
There is a feeling that the Voting Rights Act would forbid the use of runoffs. The Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Georgia in 1990 on those grounds. Runoffs are still used in Georgia.

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Harper Valley Hotel

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 4, 2009

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There was a post yesterday about an update of the seven deadly sins. The title of the source feature was a violation of one of the rules he proposed.

There are several ways he could defend himself against the dread charge of hypocrisy. For one, he said someone is old and stupid, where the rule says not to call someone a retard. Technically, this should clear him, if the letter of the law was all that mattered. However, the spirit of the law refers to name calling in general, with insults based on perceived intelligence given special attention. Perhaps rule number five could have worded a bit better.

It also should be noted that the rulemaker did not say “Do not be a hypocrite”. A few years ago, a putrid pontificater named William Bennett published “The Book of Virtues”. Only later did the public learn that much of the profits from this work were forked over a gambling table. William Bennett was a compulsive gambler. His defenders quickly noted that he did not condemn gambling in his book.

There are dozens of quotes about hypocrisy, and even more discussions. When someone tells you not to do something that you enjoy, the knee jerk reaction is to look for something this person is doing. Often this is a valid argument. The sight of the whiskey gulping drug warriors condemning marijuana comes to mind. William Bennett was “Drug Czar” when G.H.W. Bush was President.

The truth is that the more opinions you express, the greater your chance of being a hypocrite. Then you factor in the reality that hypocrisy is in the eye of the beholder, that one man’s stand for truth is another’s hollow boast. Sometimes, the best thing to do is shut up and mind your own business.

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