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Regulation

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 23, 2010






There is an idea that regulation is a bad thing. The government should let business alone, let them do what they need to do to make profits. This will benefit all of us.

There are others who disagree. Coal , the other fossil fuel, has a long history of bloodshed between workers and management. The story linked here is about methane detectors turned off, so that coal can continue to come out of the ground. In one special incident:
Don Blankenship, the CEO of Massey Energy, was caught with a 2006 memo that told workers faced with safety rules, “you need to ignore them and run coal” because “coal pays the bills.”
In other news, BP has sort of fitted a cap on the mile deep gusher, just in time for hurricane season. There is no way of knowing how that story will turn out. And more stories are coming out about how workers on the deepwater horizon could see the problems, but kept silent. They wanted to keep their jobs. A key quote from the story linked:
“But don’t lose the view of the big picture. Big business is there to make as much money as they can for their shareholders. They do not give a rat’s ass if they are sending their workers into harms way as long as the benefits outweigh the costs. And by benefits I mean profits, and by costs I mean lives.”
What if this same attitude was applied to nuclear power?




What Age Do You Act

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 22, 2010






PG had spent a long day doing nothing. A friend needed a driver for a colonoscopy. The plan was to arrive at 12:30, start at 1:30, be done by 2:30, and go for a big lunch. The reality was arrive at 12:05, start at 2:15, and finish at 3:30. The southern cooking buffet was supposedly open at 4:00, but did not open until 4:30, which led to a half hour wandering around an antique store. After a drive through rush hour, PG was home, and did not feel like doing very much.

A facebook friend posted about a test, “What age do you act?”. PG has learned that taking stupid tests is a good subject for a blog post on a brain dead day. He also knows not to get involved with the evil machinery of Facebook applications. What you do is google “what age do you a”, and the choices appear as if by magic. You click on “what age do you act test” ( the other choices included quiz, quizzes, and what age do you apply for medicare). In .47 seconds, you have 109 million results.

The first test was the ad happy blogthings. There were ten questions, with five options each. As usual, there were a lot of bad choices, like choosing between TV shows he has never seen. Question ten was  honest…
10- How would you describe your political views?/ You don’t really get politics.
The answer was :
You Act Like You Are 18 Years Old. You are a teenager at heart. You don’t quite feel like a grown up yet, but you don’t feel like a kid. You question authority and are still trying to find your place in this world. You’re quite rebellious, and you don’t like being told what to do. You like to do things your way. You have your own unique style, taste in music, and outlook on life.
Underneath this answer, there was an invitation…
G-d chose your birthday for a reason. Instantly learn 12 shocking secrets your birthday reveals about your future! When you go to this site, you see: BEWARE: please check the spelling of your Email address otherwise I would not be able to give an answer to Your Free Personal Horoscope consultation. PG will pass on this one.
The next answer on google is something called quizfarm (do they get a government subsidy?) This page features an aggressive popup ad for ray ban sunglasses. There are 25 statements, with five choices between agree and disagree. After answering them, PG was presented with a tie breaker…a choice between
“After you eat lunch, you feel like napping./You’ve been married to your husband/wife for at least five years.”XX The answer was: You Scored as 1-12 years old. You should probably ask your parents if you’re aloud on the computer. The spelling suggests a Belorussian hack entrepreneur, and a virus scan tonight.
For a person who age last year was an interstate speed limit, this is rather encouraging. The next stop is AfterEllen The pop culture site that plays for your team. A log in is required here, which presents a problem. PG does not like to register at sides which advertise Velveeta Shells and Cheese. There are 108,999,996 choices left.

Two more choices required a log in. The next possible choice was youthink . There were seven multiple choice questions. The answer here is:
35! Congratulations! :) You are in your mid-30s where maturity really kicks in! You can be kinda serious at times, but it’s important not to be too serious about things unless they’re REALLY important! Kick back, let loose, and mellow out every once in a while! Enjoy yourself! :D
One more completed test, and it is time to get a life. Nerdtests is on google’s page two. The result was :
You are like a young adult.Percent Maturity: 60%.
Pictures for this exercise are from The library of congress.




Divas Part One

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 22, 2010

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It started when PG downloaded some music. The tune was “Sister Morphine” and the Rolling Stones had a guest vocalist, Marianne Faithful. PG learned later that Miss Faithful had a creditable claim to writing the song. When he heard this number, PG was amazed.

The idea hit to assemble a cd of other female vocalists, all of whom create the same mood as SM. The cd was burned, and the idea for a series of tributes to these divas was hatched. This is the first of the series. There are 17 ladies on the first cd. They are:

Billie Holliday, Patsy Cline, Nico, Janis Joplin, Marianne Faithful, Dorothy Ashby, Joni Mitchell, Etta James, Francoise Hardy, Carole King, Annie Lennox, Sarah Vaughn, Emmy Lou Harris, Nouvelle Vague, Bessie Smith, Gillian Welch, Patty Smith

This is far from a complete list. There are enough moody, edgy female singers to fill two or three more cds. We could probably start a new blog just for the tributes. If someone is looking for an idea for a blog, you are welcome to the thought. Today, we are going to pay tribute to the first three names on the list.

Billie Holiday
was born Eleanora Fagan; April 7, 1915. ( The copyright to “Lady Sings the Blues “is given to Eleanora Fagan and William Dufty) She got her stage name from her probable father, Clarence Holiday, and the film star Billie Dove. There are many legends about her.
Lady Day was known for her singing and her drug problems, not always in that order. She was arrested for heroin possession in the hospital, on her deathbed. She died July 17, 1959, technically still in police custody. The song on the cd is “You’ve Changed”. It is on “Lady in Satin”, Miss Holiday’s last album.

Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932. Her stage name came from her middle name, and Gerald Cline, her first husband. Miss Cline got her first break singing “Walking after Midnight” on the Arthur Godfrey show. ( Mr. Godfrey got a lot of bad publicity later when he fired singer Julius LaRosa on the air). In 1961, Miss Cline joined the Grand Ole Opry, and was in a near fatal car wreck.

After the wreck, she recorded “Crazy”, written by Willie Nelson. That became a hit, and Patsy recorded what was to be her last album. The song on the cd, “Sweet Dreams”, was released after her death. Patsy Cline died in a plane crash March 3, 1963.

Nico was born Christa Päffgen, 16 October 1938. She was given her stage name by photographer Herbert Tobias. He had a former boyfriend named Nikos Papatakis.

Nico was a model and actress, with a minor part in Federico Fellini’s “La Dolce Vita”. She somehow got into the crowd surrounding Andy Warhol, and became the vocalist for The Velvet Underground. She left them before long, but was musical cohorts with John Cale the rest of her life.

She made some solo albums, and took heroin. She was reportedly clean when she had a minor heart attack while riding her bike in Ibiza, Spain. She hit her head on the pavement when she fell, and died the next day, July 18, 1988.

The song on the cd is “These Days”. It is from the album “Chelsea Girl”. “These Days” was written by Jackson Browne, who was Nico’s boyfriend when he was 17 years old.



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Eleven Thoughts About The English Language

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 21, 2010






PG was recently reading a list of rules for writing , when he began to think of a few. A wordpad was opened, and before long 18 suggestions appeared. Many are only marginally about writing.

When you publish a list like this, you are placing a target on your back, with the word hypocrite written above. PG does not claim to take all of these suggestions. What follows is a goal to work for, not a script for  situation comedy.

The pictures for today’s entertainment are from the ” Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”

When in doubt, shut up.

A halo is best worn over one ear.

If you want to be forgiven, forgive. If you want to be understood, understand.

There are few situations that cannot be made worse with anger and loud talk.

You have two ears and one mouth. Listen twice as much as you talk.

A douche is a hygiene appliance. The verb form refers to using this device for cleaning purposes. Neither the noun nor the verb is appropriate as an insult.

A sentence has one period, placed at the end. Do not place a period after every word to make a point. You should find another way to show that you really, really mean it.

Not everyone enjoys the sound of your voice as much as you do.

Do not place “ass” between and adjective and the object. “Ass” is a noun that refers to either a donkey or a butt. An adverb is used to modify an adjective, and is placed before the adjective. Using “ass” as an  adverb is improper. This applies to “a$$”.

Before you “call out” somebody for “racism”, drape a towel over your mirror.

The third commandment says to not use the word G-d “in vain”. The G word should only be used for worship and respectful discussion. Improper uses include expressing anger, swearing to, selling life insurance, and pledging allegiance to a nationalist symbol.




Blogroll Revue

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 21, 2010






On a slow afternoon, one way to pass the time is to edit the blogroll. At Chamblee54, the blogroll is like the hotel California…you can check in, but you can’t check out. If you are listed once, you stay there, until editing day comes. If you are no longer in business, you are deleted. Pictures for today’s excursion were taken by PG on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Earthtodavid was the first to go. David is a man in Opelika, Alabama, (spell check suggestions:Apelike, Ophelia) who knits hats as a hobby. He was trying to sell them on the intertubes. When his latest effort was clicked on, a error code resulted.

Iraq Body Count is still in business. They show 97,082-105,855 documented civilian deaths from violence in Iraq since the “liberation”.

Iraqi Mojo (spell check suggestions:Moo, Mono) posted two stories on July 19. The first was a commentary on Jews in Iraq. The story is that, not so long ago, the Jews in Iraq were an important part of the community.

The second story is about an Al Queda attack in Baghdad.
“Members of the Awakening, a collective movement recruited by the U.S. military to fight al-Qaida in Iraq, were attacked while waiting on Baghdad’s southwest outskirts to receive paychecks from the Iraqi government.”
In Iraqi blogs (the ones still functioning), the comments can be amazing. Regarding the story about Jews in Iraq, Anti-zionist said…
indeed all iraqis were equal before the secular civil law and bond by the common feeling of belonging and loyalty to iraq.
but then the israeli intelligence through propaganda and false flag operations sew confusion and terrorized most iraqis of jewish faith into leaving their country and embracing zionism over iraqi patriotism and arab nationalism…as per the zionist stated mission and policy towards all integrated enlightened jews around the world since the creation of the movement.
the big bad guy with the moustache had nothing to do with it and was never against jews either…merely against foreign colonizers of arab land and their aiders and abettors, regardless of religion…its scorching hot in the summer…i strongly suggest mojo should take a break and go for a vacation, preferably in puerto rico with a few hot latina babes and a few cold beers. lol”

Two of PG’s cousins have a web presence. On the mother side, Mark is trying to save New Orleans from the ravages of G-d and man. On the father side, Jenny is a painter.

The last stop on this adventure is Live Apartment Fire. PG does not look at TV news, and is a bit underwhelmed by an insider look. However, today was a good day to drop in. LAF featured an interview with Karen Handel, that was never on the air. However, word about it got out, and is not flattering to Ms. Handel.

At one point in her career, Ms. Handel was running for Chair of the Fulton County Commission. This county includes Atlanta. At this time Ms. Handel got to be buddies with the Log Cabin Republicans, which is a gay organization. When you run for office in Atlanta, you do things like that.

Karen Handel is now running for Governor of Georgia, which is different from Fulton County. She now speaks “as a Christian”. The dialog at one point went like this:

Q: Are you against civil unions for gays?
A: Yes. I think that’s not an issue that has come forward in Georgia. We have the constitutional amendment against gay marriage, and I don’t want to see any taxpayer funding going toward benefits etcetera (spell check suggestions:veteran,eternal) for a couple that is not married. In our state and for me, marriage is for one man and one woman.
Q: Why is that?
A: Why is marriage between one man and one woman? (Laughs). Are you serious?

Sarah Palin recently decided to help voters in Georgia choose their next Governor. Mrs. Palin endorsed Karen Handel. In yesterday’s primary, Ms. Handel finished first, and is headed for a runoff with Nathan Deal. The reaction at Chamblee54 was
“(Laughs). Are you serious?”




The LD Interview

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 20, 2010




There is a site called Lurid Digs. It can be very, very funny. It is also filthy. Fifty years ago. publishing pictures like this would get you sent to jail. If you want to find it, you can do so on your own.

PG was trolling the internet one night, and he landed at Lurid Digs. He saw a picture that might be fun to use, to illustrate a post about NASCAR.(spell check suggestions: MASCARA) However, at the bottom of the LD page was some troubling language about copyrights. PG decided to write LD and get permission, before he used any of their pictures.

The very next day, this message was in the inbox (spell check suggestions: inbreed )
:Hi Luther…Sure, you can use the credited pics. Also I’m available for ‘interview’ should you have any questions you like to ask…Cheers, David K Publisher Lurid Digs
An interview with the publisher of Lurid Digs! What a coup! PG opened up a wordpad and started to think of questions. He edited them to a numerically proper twenty. The questions were sent to Lurid Digs. The reply arrived a few days later.

Oy, too convoluted for me. But thanks anyway. (I was thinking of something much more simpler).Cheers, David K luriddigs.com

PG was disappointed. As Scarlet used to say, tomorrow is another day. The questions will make a fun post by themselves. Pictures are from the ” Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”





01- Are the models and decorators for Lurid Digs certified to be drug free? 02- What kind of strings do you use on your guitar? 03- Why do birds fly up in the sky, every time you walk by? 04- What can the argyle community do to fight racism? 05- If Jesus were to pose for you, would you put makeup over the holes in his hands? 06- Who asked Sarah Palin what she thought? 07- What impact does Lurid Digs have on global warming?
08- How much was the model’s bail? 09- Have residences been inspected by the fashion police? 10- Does Chenille ever go out of style? 11- Do the neighbors in the trailer park get suspicious when you do a photo shoot? 12- Why don’t we just go ahead and make murder legal? 13- Are humans as smart as dogs? 14- What do the youth of today want? 15- Why do people include the office disclaimer when sending out joke emails? 16- Is NASCAR rigged? 17- Who wrote the book of love? 18- If a model dies during a photo shoot, will he be greeted in heaven by 72 virgins? 19- What do you put on the pizza that you order for photo shoots? 20- Do you ever play 20 questions?



MYOB SLHP

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 20, 2010

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This is a repost . This item was posted a year ago, and things have only gotten worse. The repubs have been the party of hell no, and have fought BHO on everything he does. We finally got health care reform. If the repubs had cooperated instead of fought, a much better plan might have been enacted.

The economy remains in the toilet, and has been dealt a body blow by deepwater horizon. Metro Atlanta can expect an influx of oil spill refugees to compete for the few jobs available. Meanwhile, the water crisis in Atlanta has been aided by heavy rains, but a long term solution is just as distant as in 2007. That was the year of drought, with the fishwrapper printing charts of how many days we had before the water ran out.

Today is election day in Georgia. Sarah Palin has decided to endorse Karen Handel, and assumes the voters will not refudiate her choice. The Republican primary has a straw vote on the ballot, on such issues as abortion and exclusion from Obamacare. One of the choices is about states rights. Georgia took a serious view of this issue in 1861, with disastrous results.

America is working under a triple whammy in 2010…war in Babylon and Stanland, economic chaos, and deepwater horizon. The only one of these that was chosen directly was war. These wars are ruinously expensive, and result in the deaths of thousands of women and children. BHO is withdrawing (for now, under protest) from Babylon, but has made a commitment to the conflict in Stanland. Much of the killing is done by robot planes. Whether or not BHO is a war criminal is not for PG to judge.

Maybe the only appropriate thing to do is tell a joke. This is courtesy of funnyjokes.com.

An old hippie dies and goes to the Pearly Gates. St. Peter looks him up in his big book and says, “I’m sorry, but you’ll be going down to Hell.” The hippie, astounded, peers through the gates and sees G-d walking in the distance.
“G-d!” he says. “What gives? Remember that time I was tripping on acid? I saw you, and you said we’d be in Heaven together forever!”
G-d thought for a minute, then said, “Oh yeah, but I was drunk.”


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PG got an email with a few “clever” pictures of BHO. They will not be reprinted today due to copyright issues. If you want to see a few, go to the source. While you are there, you might get a clue as to why BHO got elected.

The Repubs made a mess. We got mixed up in wars, where the only victories will be ruinously expensive. The economy is a mess. And yet, the “right wing” continues to point fingers, and play any number of rhetorical games. We were offered Sarah Palin as a Vice President.

On the other hand, BHO has a fanatic constituency now that is hypersensitive to criticism. It is going to be a long four years. The POTUS is a magnet for criticism, satire, humor, and meanness. It is just the way it is. BHO is a product of Chicago politics, and can more than take care of himself.

Yes, BHO is the first dark skinned President. He had a white mother, and his father was from Kenya. He is not the descendent of slaves. By the Jewish tradition… i.e. the children of a Jewish mother are Jews….BHO is white. And yet, African America claims BHO as one of their own. People are being set up for disappointment.

On the other side of the fair and balanced fence, the conservatives are a piece of work. PG looks at sites like iowntheworld and is reminded of how little he has in common with the conservative movement.

It makes you wonder why anyone would want to be POTUS. As firebug William T. Sherman said:

“If forced to choose between the penitentiary and the White House for four years, I would say the penitentiary, thank you.”

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I Write Like

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 18, 2010






PG saw a link on facebook (spell check suggestions:facetious,facecloth) recently for a site called “I Write Like”. The idea is to paste a few paragraphs of your work in the box, have their computer hamsters run a few laps, and find out what author your style is similar to. “For reliable results paste at least a few paragraphs (not tweets).”Since the twitter revolution has passed PG by (except for Conway Twitty (spell check suggestions:Witty, Titty, Twisty, Twittery) jokes), this is not a problem.

There is the matter of comparing apples to oranges. PG writes blog posts, which is a different animal from murder mysteries. Factor in ease of publication, no editor, fonts of color, and profuse illustration, and it is apparent that PG is performing in a new arena.

The last post by PG was about Mark Twain , a fine author to be compared to. After weeding out the quotes, PG fed the text into the window. (The ease of copy/paste quotes is another game changer from the days of Dickens.) The droid said ” I write like Kurt Vonnegut. “. The bottom of the page had an amazon link to the books of Mr. Vonnegut. Perhaps this is the true motive. And so it goes.

PG is writing a new blog . The idea is that this will be the new website of a club PG belongs to. In the spirit of adventure, the first post was fed into the coding robots . This time, logo read ” I write like Cory Doctorow”. PG has never heard of this person.

There was a doorstep encounter with a Jehovah’s Witness recently. The blog version was fed into  iwritelike (spell check suggestions:Christlike, treelike, skywriter, ghostwrite).  Just for fun, the html coding was included, and the pictures from the Crimean War left out. The result was, ” I write like Dan Brown”. Maybe someone confuses html for da vinci.

Ok, so far we have scored good, bad, and idontknow (spell check suggestions:idolization). Maybe a fourth trial will answer the question… should PG continue writing, or cut his hands off. (Voice activation software makes this a moot point). A recent post about profanity..always a crowd pleaser…is pasted in. “I write like Cory Doctorow”. It is time to go for a walk, before the alabama storms roll in.

A little while later… PG went for a walk in Chastain Park with his friend Uzi. When he got home, it was time to write about it. After erasing the code, PG fed this post into “Iwritelike”. For the third time today, the lookalike writer was Cory Doctorow. Amazon must have a lot of product by this person.

The text of this post was also linked to Cory Doctorow. Ok, when the Chamblee library is open, maybe they will have something by this Doctorow person. But just for tonight, PG wants to know of an author that he has heard of. Maybe he should quit while he is ahead, or still has a head. Whatever choice he makes, he will be east of Buckhead(spell check suggestions:Blockhead,Blackhead).

On Tuesday the 13th, PG wrote about the opium trade in Afghanistan as a possible motive for the war there. When he fed this text to the coding robots, the answer he got was ” I write like David Foster Wallace. “. At least PG doesn’t have hangups like Mr. Wallace.




Counter Clock Wise

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 18, 2010






PG was putting the finishing touches on a blog post when Uzi called. He needed to go walking, and the weather radar said there was going to be a break between storms. An agreement was made to go walk around Chastain Park. (spell check suggestion:Chastity)
Typically, the men park between the swimming pool and the amphitheater. PG decided to take a new route in, and went behind the amphitheater. He could hear sounds from the stage, and decided the crews were setting up a show. When he met Uzi a minute later, PG suggested they walk past the amphitheater, and hear the sound check.
This involves a change in routine. Usually, they start out with a lap down Powers Ferry, around the golf course, and coming back north on Lake Forrest. This is clockwise. Starting out behind the amphitheater, however, meant starting the golf course circumnavigation down Lake Forrest, behind the Little League fields. The walk around the golf course was thus counter clockwise, which can be very confusing to a couple of old fogeys.

The sound check was going on at the amphitheater. Equipment was seen on the stage, and a man was yelling “yo, yo” into the microphone. There was a guard at the driveway that led to the backstage area. He said the band tonight was Counting Crows.

PG was finishing a week where his computer had been down 56 hours. He wound up getting into the yard sale videos. Uzi surprised PG by not liking “Young Frankenstein”, which is almost universally praised as a work of genius. PG thought YF was amusing and enjoyable, but not life changing. “Father of the bride” (the Steve Martin version) had provided more belly laughs.

When thinking of “Father of the bride”, PG always thought of an incident years ago. The movie was playing at the I85 Drive In (RIP). The title was on the marquee, and the H fell off. The result was “Fater of the bride”. You had to be there.

The drive in was down the road from an apartment complex. An unpleasant co worker of PG lived in this complex. Finally, this alleged human moved out. A week later, the complex had a sign in front, saying they had a “new attitude”.

One of the other movies PG had seen that week was “Gallipoli”. At one point, the young men of 1915 Australia were being persuaded to go fight in WW1. One young man said, with regards to the Turks, “If we don’t fight them over there, they might come and fight us here”. This is much the same logic that is employed today in the Babylon war.

By this time, the old fogeys were walking between Lake Forrest and the golf course. A lady came by walking two dogs. PG crouched down in front of one, who started to bark, in a threatening manner. The owner lady got a grip on the leash, and bloodshed was averted.

After making the turnaround at the American Legion house, the walk continued up Powers Ferry. By this time the clouds in the western sky were getting darker and darker. A decision was made to not stop for any more pictures, walk fast, and try to get to the cars before the next round of storms. About five minutes after they got to the cars, the bottom fell out.




The Revenge Of Samuel Clemens

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 17, 2010







Mark Twain left earth to take care of itself on April 21, 1910. Now that 100 years have passed, his uncensored autobiography is about to be published. As True Slant tells the tale, Reports of Mark Twain’s resurrection are greatly exaggerated.

Samuel Clemens is an icon of americana, his books a staple of high school english. The clever sayings of Mr. Twain are quoted to this day. On his death in 1910, President William H. Taft said
“Mark Twain gave real intellectual enjoyment to millions, and his works will continue to give such pleasure to millions yet to come. He never wrote a line that a father could not read to a daughter.”
The White House predecessor of Mr. Taft was Teddy Roosevelt. Mr. Roosevelt became famous as a result of what Mr. Twain called “the iniquitous Cuban-Spanish War”. When the newly conquered Philippines did not greet the Americans as liberators, a brutal little war broke out. There were reports of massacres of women and children by American troops. This conflict led Mr. Twain to write The War Prayer, which would not be published until after he was dead.

The truth is, Mark Twain was a rascal, with many sharp opinions about religion, big business, and war. As Henry L. Mencken wrote
” Instead of being a mere entertainer of the mob, he was…a destructive satirist of the utmost pungency and relentlessness, and the most bitter critic of American platitude and delusion, whether social, political or religious, that ever lived.” His present day image of Colonel Sanders, played by Grandpa Walton, is far from the mark.
But then, Grandpa Walton is not what many think. He was played by Will Geer, whose birth name was William Aughe Ghere . Mr. Geer was a member of the Communist Party, who organized a violent dockworkers strike in San Francisco. The co organizer of that strike was Mr. Geer’s boyfriend, Harry Hay.

Getting back to Mark Twain, it seems like some people don’t like to have their heroes tarnished by reality. True Slant wrote a feature that is the basis of this post. ( The text part anyway. The pictures are from The Library of Congress . HT to dangerous minds. ) It seems like when the True Slant author, Mark Dery, posted a link to his article on Facebook, Chaos ensued.

Weekend Update: Apparently, some Bronze-Age bible troll reported my Facebook link to this essay as “abusive,” presumably because Twain was an atheist and Huckleberry Finn, one of the most banned books in a nation that stinks to heaven of god-bothering, is the devil’s handiwork. Now, due to Facebook’s guilty-until-proven-innocent logic—a rule of thumb that wins the Idi Amin Dada Award for enlightened online governance—I’m unable to repost. Anything. Whether you like Twain or my work or not, I hope you’ll consider reposting a link to this page on your Facebook page as a way of saying you support free speech. If that sounds like product placement, mea culpa maxima.)
((YET ANOTHER UPDATE: Facebook appears to have repealed its ban on my links, at least for the moment, restoring the link to this article. Heartfelt thanks to all who stood with me in free-speech solidarity by reposting a link to this essay on their FB pages. Twain would be proud of you!

In the sandbox epic Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance , a philosophical ramble detours on the concept of mythos over logos. The concept is that people, when presented with information that disproves there illusion, will continue to believe in the illusion. This would seem to be the case here. The inspiring story of Mark Twain is threatened by the reality of the writers last work. (Actually, this autobiography was dictated to a stenographer, rather than written.) People would rather feel warm and fuzzy about a myth, than read the truths of the mythmaker.




Cusswords Part One And A Half

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 17, 2010






The wordpress homepage linked to a post on the benefits of “swearing”. Since Chamblee54 had a post about *donkeys* the other day, maybe this is a good subject to continue on. As before, this is a profanity light blog, and this discussion on cussing will not have any examples. If you do not know any of the words in question, then you need to get out more.

It seems like a grant monger at a university did a study. (PG thinks that people will believe anything if it is the result of a study or survey). The subjects were asked to hold their hands in freezing water. Half of the subjects were allowed to say a swearword of their choice, the other half said a non expletive control word. The cussers (spell check suggestions:customers, accusers) felt less pain. PG does not know how this was measured, or whether he believes this study.

Mark Twain is famous for a similar thought. “Under certain circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.” In an ironic twist, Mr. Twain published his books in an era when swearing in print was not acceptable. As a result, his novels are profanity free. ( It has been a while since PG read “Tom Sawyer”, and he may be mistaken ).

The reference to prayer is another twist in this tale. Much of the objection to profanity is from Jesus Worshipers. These are people who consider the Bible to be “the word of G-d”. And yet, if you go to the Greek and Hebrew original texts, you will find every body part and reproductive act mentioned. It seems to PG that a ban on cussing is more of a social issue than a moral one.

Jesus Worshipers have the same anger management issues as non believers. PG has noticed that often JWs will use words like Jesus and G-d as a device for expressing displeasure. This does not speak well for either Jesus or G-d, and is a violation of the Third Commandment. Perhaps these believers would be better off to use words for body parts as insults, instead of a reference to G-d.

The subject of profanity is fertile ground for bloggers, and PG will return to it before long. Before we go today, there are a few more comments from the post that started this. The Mark Twain quotes page about profanity is valuable. (And if the opposite of pro is con, what is confanity?)

“The idea that no gentleman ever swears is all wrong. He can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and affectionate way.” Mark Twain

“There ought to be a room in every house to swear in. It’s dangerous to have to repress an emotion like that.” Mark Twain

“When angry count four; when very angry, swear.” Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar
“swearing is like perfume. used intelligently in small doses – it can enhance the meaning of a phrase. if it’s cheap and overwhelmingly applied – it can make you leave the room! kaiamaeve
I must confess, I quite like swearing. But, like everything, try to do it in moderation. A good oath blurted out at the right time can really emphasize a message. I don’t think I know any adults who never swear, but I know many who rarely let out a good curse-word and, when they do, you know they really mean it. They make it count. Andrew Berthoff
I had my days at military school where I cussed like, well, a soldier, and I’ve also had my church-going days where I promised myself that I didn’t swear at all. Those days are both behind me now, and I really try to not swear very much because I think it makes me sound like an  moron. Nathan

This is a repost. Pictures from the ” Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”




A Lot Of Stress

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on July 16, 2010






PG saw the two ladies walking across the street. One was white, one was black, both were carrying a book. The sensible dresses suggested door to door Jesus.

It had not been a good week. After sitting through an endless meeting saturday night, PG noticed his back hurt. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday had been devoted to rest and drinking water. The spine was showing improvement Wednesday morning, when the computer did not power up. A trip to the computer shop, and optimistically waiting until the afternoon, when hopefully the machine would be back. ( It was late Friday afternoon when the machine was ready, but that is a post for another time.)

PG was working on a picture when he heard a soft tapping on the door. Sure enough, it was the two ladies he had seen before. The white one stepped forward and said” Hi we are Jehovah’s witnesses. We are going around the neighborhood sharing a few words from the scriptures. I am sure you agree there is a lot of stress in life today”.

PG replied, ” I am looking at it” and closed the door. The Library of Congress.