What Did W Know?

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 31, 2010

This is a repost .A few things have happened in the last year.
The “last combat troops” are out of Iraq. While no one seems to totally believe this, it is an useful illusion to maintain. Most of the hand wringing is over Afghanistan. In that war, there was no debate before the invasion. We went in as to get revenge for 911. Invade first, find a goal later. The word liberation is seldom used.
While working on this post, PG had a thought about 911. He has long suspected that certain players knew about the attacks, and, knowing of the benefits for their schemes, allowed the attacks to go forward. This is tough to prove or disprove, and gives the power players the excuse they needed for the militarization that followed.

The thought for this morning concerns George W. Bush. It is well known that POTUS is a puppet, the public face that does what the string pullers tell him to do. Did the power players tell W what was going to happen on 911?

Pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.

One thing that PG likes to do is investigate “things he has always heard”. With google, you can often find the source, and a few things more. Some urban legends are tough to trace, often because they don’t exist. Others pop up 575k results is .49 seconds.

The myth PG was chasing was the notion that government officials said our army “will be greeted as liberators” in Iraq. On March 16, 2003, Vice President Dick Cheney was on Meet the Press.

MR. RUSSERT: If your analysis is not correct, and we’re not treated as liberators, but as conquerors, and the Iraqis begin to resist, particularly in Baghdad, do you think the American people are prepared for a long, costly, and bloody battle with significant American casualties?

VICE PRES. CHENEY: Well, I don’t think it’s likely to unfold that way, Tim, because I really do believe that we will be greeted as liberators. I’ve talked with a lot of Iraqis in the last several months myself, had them to the White House. The president and I have met with them, various groups and individuals, people who have devoted their lives from the outside to trying to change things inside Iraq. And like Kanan Makiya who’s a professor at Brandeis, but an Iraqi, he’s written great books about the subject, knows the country intimately, and is a part of the democratic opposition and resistance. The read we get on the people of Iraq is there is no question but what they want to the get rid of Saddam Hussein and they will welcome as liberators the United States when we come to do that.

There are a few things to say 78 months later. Why did the Vice President have this much power? The VP is supposed to dedicate buildings and go to funerals. Dick Cheney was clearly a very powerful man, and he was not elected to that job.

Mr. Russert, rest his soul, seems to have gotten one detail wrong. The conquest of Baghdad went smoothly, with  few American casualties. It was the occupation that would be “long, costly, and bloody …with significant American casualties”. One of the casualties has been the American economy.

There probably were many Iraqis who welcomed the change, Clearly, Mr. Hussein had some enemies, and there were some who did see the invasion as liberation. There were others who did not. Players in other countries saw an opportunity to come to Iraq and make trouble. The regime that was changed had many employees, who were bumped out of jobs. “The people of Iraq” were no more a monolithic force, all acting the same way, as the people of America would be if they were invaded.

Even if the Americans were “greeted as liberators”, there would be many challenges. The country had no experience in dealing with democracy. The different ethnic groups did not like each other. Sunnis were seen as having been privileged, and many were looking to settle the score. It seems obvious that these problems were not anticipated.

There is a debate in The United States about the use of torture. It seems apparent that “enhanced interrogation” was used extensively in Iraq and elsewhere. The use of torture would seem to be an admission that we were not greeted as liberators.

Living Walls

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 30, 2010

On the last sunday of August, PG and Uzi had two things to do. There was festival in Grant Park. On the way there, PG had a map showing sites of the Living Walls project. The idea for Living Walls was to bring “street artists” into town and have them produce legal work.

The first stop was Edgewood Avenue, near the King Center. This historic Black neighborhood was populated with white tourists. PG pulled into a parking lot to shoot some pics of a mural of Dr. King.

The next stop was a few blocks north on Boulevard to Irwin Street. There is a huge dragon painting on a building there, next to where the beltline crosses the street. PG parked at the Irwin Street Grocery, and Uzi went inside to take a look. The ISG has a large statue of a cow on top of a shelf, which the bovine-centric PG enjoys.

There were two sites on Dekalb (spell check suggestions:Denial) Avenue, and only one was found Sunday. 902 Dekalb had a fenced in portion, with a colorful wall behind the barbed wire. On the other side of the building was the scene of a controversy.

A local painter named Vomet chose to add to the mural, after it was finished. There was much hand wringing about whose city it was, and who had the right to make “street art”. By the time PG got to the site, the extra commentary had been removed.

Next on the agenda was Flat Shoals and Memorial. PG’s friend Angel was driving visiting artists to sites, and was robbed at gunpoint near this location. The robbery was the same night that PG & Uzi had seen Hedwig and the Angry Inch (and been nervous about the two block walk to the train station after the show.) As it happened Sunday, PG drove around the block twice, and couldn’t find the piece. The young man sending text messages on the corner was not consulted.

East Atlanta was the next stop. A bar called “The Graveyard”was the scene of a mural by the parking lot. PG was taking pictures when a man walked up. He wore bartender pants, and his huge arms were covered with tattoos. He asked PG what he was going to do with the pictures. Personal collection, maybe paste Sarah Palin’s head on. Is there a problem with taking pictures? No, I was just curious what you were going to do with it. The two men shook hands, and one went back to work inside.

After a scenic ride down Confederate Avenue, PG & Uzi were back on Boulevard, across from the park. A band was playing in a pavilion, there were rows of white tents, and this would seem to be the festival. A parking spot on Berne Street appeared as if by magic.

The festival was fun. It was a bit less crowded than many neighborhood festivals, and the home repair salesmen were eager for someone to visit their booths. The rows of white tents were spread out through the park, and it was easy to go further and further away from where you parked.

The inevitable politician was hungry for people to talk to. A lady named Georganna Sinkfield is running for Secretary of State. PG asked her if this was a stepping stone to running for Governor. She got a good laugh, and said she had been a legislator for 28 years, and wanted to do something else.

After a while, PG decided he was ready for dinner. The remaining Living Walls can wait until the next time he is downtown.

Non Random Kindness

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 28, 2010

PG has gotten himself into another blog battle with a professional Jesus worshiper. If you have too much free time, you can  read  dialog0828, and see the complete, uncensored spectacle. Yes, after a certain point, the PJW decided the best way to deal with things was to label PG a “troll” and delete his comments. ( Here is another discussion involving PG)

There are two points to make in this forum. ZSB (the PJW) took a gratuitous slap at the Universal Unitarian church. PG is not a member of the UU church. He has been a visitor at a delightful UU owned facility called the mountain.. PG has been shown a great deal of kindness by the friends he has in the UU congregation. This crude slap is not appreciated.

The text of the post was a mess of empty rhetoric. PG asked for a link to some of the claims. The second time the request was made, ZSB supplied a list of links, including chamblee54. One of the links was to bohemian bloggess (try saying bohemian bloggess dot blogspot ten times fast). The top post was a feature called Kindness is a Deliberate Act. The last sentence goes
“I think what we really want to practice are more non-random acts of kindness — directed to those we know and to those we don’t know — as much as possible. I am sure it will make our lives happier and the world a kinder place.”
Ok, here is the deal. Show kindness to your neighbor, and make your life happier. Or go to church, and get yelled at about going to hell. Somehow, this is not a tough choice.

A Sad Event

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 28, 2010

It is with the saddest heart that I must pass on the following news. Please join me in remembering a great icon of the entertainment community. The Pillsbury Doughboy died yesterday of a yeast infection and trauma complications from repeated pokes in the belly. He was 71. Doughboy was buried in a lightly greased coffin.

Dozens of celebrities turned out to pay their respects, including Mrs.Butterworth, Hungry Jack, the California Raisins, Betty Crocker, the Hostess Twinkies, and Captain Crunch. The grave site was piled high with flours. Aunt Jemima delivered the eulogy and lovingly described Doughboy as a man who never knew how much he was kneaded.

Doughboy rose quickly in show business, but his later life was filled with turnovers. He was not considered a very smart cookie, wasting much of his dough on half-baked schemes. Despite being a little flaky at times he was still a crusty old man and was considered a roll model for millions.

Doughboy is survived by his wife, Play Dough, two children, John Dough and Jane Dough, plus they had one in the oven. He is also survived by his elderly dad, Pop Tart.The funeral was held at 3:50 for about 20 minutes.

I am not clever enough to compose the above piece. Credit is hereby given to whoever wrote it. Pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library” . The spell check suggestion for Doughboy is Doughnut.

The Revenge Of Puff

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 27, 2010

The national organization for marriage (NOM) wants to keep marriage as a man and woman type of thing. They have a right to say that, and to have rallies where they say that. This is America, and you are entitled to your opinion.

What you are NOT entitled to is the unfettered use of copyrighted material. Someone heard a recording of Peter, Paul, and Mary singing “This land is your land” at a NOM sponsored homonomo happening. This someone sent a letter to Peter Yarrow, who sent a cease and desist letter to NOM. It was co signed by Paul Stookey. Mary Travers passed away last year.

Mr. Stookey wrote “The Wedding Song”, which is as common at weddings as inedible cake. The song…written years before same sex marriage became an issue…does talk about a woman and a man. It also says “Whenever two or more of you are gathered in his name, there is love”. With the royalty revenue from that song, Mr. Stookey has a vested interest in the institution of marriage remaining healthy. Or perhaps, an increase in those revenues from gay marriages. ( In the embedded video, Mr. Stookey uses a rainbow guitar strap.)

As it turns out, author Woody Guthrie never renewed the copyright to TLIYL, and the song is public domain. However, the recorded version by PPM is copyrighted, and belongs to the artists. If they don’t like the way it is being used, they have every right to object.

Mr. Guthrie was not a Republican. He wrote TLIYL as a response to “G-d Bless America” a radio hit of the early forties. The original title was “G-d blessed America for me”. There are lines about private property, that are not included in the popular versions. Somehow, this song is considered a patriotic standard. Grammar school chorus class would not be the same without it.

HT to JoemyG-d . Mr. Joe is going to be on MSNBC at 9:30 Saturday morning. Pictures are from The Library of Congress, a branch of federal big government.

Just Add Water

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 27, 2010

Today’s instant wisdom is from you like .// Snooki: “Wanna f**k?” Vinny: “Sure”//I hate when a guy has amazing hair, then goes & cuts it all off D://how a guy wraps his arms
around your waist from behind.//I love when you call someone like a million times and then when you leave they call you back and then you try to call them back and they dont pick up the phone wtf ?//OMG!! Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus should go to Jail after doing this together//Yelling “run forest run” when someone runs by//Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts :: Others come into our lives and make us wanna leave footprints on their face.//I’m a 22 year old male, I catch a lot of shit from friends for being a virgin, but I’m waiting for that right girl…that one who takes my breath away…”like” this if you respect my decision. ~Mike Hill~//laughing so hard tears roll down your face and you can’t breath//Si on est pas censés grignoter au milieu de la nuit, alors à quoi sert la lumière dans le frigo ?//you’re going to miss what you could’ve had— a girl that would have done anything to be your everything..//Liking your own status is like high fiving yourself in public..//I hate you…LOL JK I REALLY miss you! :'(//Girl: Do you like me? Guy: No. Girl: Tell me the truth ! I KNOW YOU LOVE ME! Guy : Hell NO if you keep saying that i will hate you Girl: So you do like me:? Guy: … *walks away* asshole..//Like if your name has an “A” “K” “P” “L” or an “B” in it!! =] =]//Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a pool.//Just gonna stand there And watch me burn But that’s alright Because I like The way it hurts Just gonna stand there And hear me cry But that’s alright Because I love The way you lie//music is my saviour//I don’t need anger management – I need people to stop pissing me off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!//Life is too short to stress yourself with people who don’t even deserve to be an issue in your life..:)//Having a smoking section in a restaurant is like having a peeing section in a pool.//Si on est pas censés grignoter au milieu de la nuit, alors à quoi sert la lumière dans le frigo ?//I <3 Boobies! ( Keep a breast )//Can we pretend that goldfish, in the fishbowl, are like fairly godparents, I could really use a wish right now//.Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts :: Others come into our lives and make us wanna leave footprints on their face.//Snooki: “Wanna f**k?” Vinny: “Sure”//Screw a Wish…I could really use a drink right now.//Sometimes I just look up ,smile and say ,”I Know that was you G-d ! Thanks!=)//Save people from being Ugly, Just a little few tips or a piece of your kind would really help, thanks!//Kiss-A S S Unite!!!//”you” Hi … “******” Hello :)… “you” Wuu2 …Your chat message wasn’t sent because ****** is offline.//Monsters Just wants PIECE of You For the FUTURE Deceivings…//Thanks to all Europeans for making Ugly Monsters Pretty..//Guys talks smart but most of the time they’re an idiot…//Most guys are really Easy that’s why they fall right away to a “Nice=Flirty” Easy Girls..//I <3 Pussy! ( Keep a twat )//Got a stinky Mexican stalker? Get a pail of water & wash ’em upppp….//F*ck Fake Flowers

The Cost Of Football

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 27, 2010

Football is just around the corner. The teams are busy with the pre season, and soon weekends will be full of hitting and drinking. Perhaps this is a good time to wonder whether football is worth the human cost. Especially now, with a national debate raging about the future of our health care. Football injuries keep hospitals hopping during the autumn.

This is a recycled post. There is a bit of hypocrisy here, as PG enjoys watching the hits. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

On the local front, The Falcons have had back to back winning seasons. How they will follow this is anyone’s guess. Their divisional rivals, the New Orleans Saints, won the Super Bowl last year, and are probably due for a let down. Tech and Georgia continue to struggle to have schools the football team can be proud of.

Football season is here. While the games are fun to watch, the players are paying the price. Your health insurance premiums just might be affected.

Football is a contact sport. On every play, the linemen block other lineman to keep them from tackling a back. Someone gets hit on every play. Most of these hits are “clean” and cause only bruises. Some are “dirty”, and cause injuries. Even the clean hits can hurt someone.

It is estimated that 187,000 emergency room visits every year are due to football. What if an illegal drug sent 187k to the er annually? There would be a hue and cry to kill the pushers. However, football is different.

Knee injuries are especially prevalent. An estimated 45,000 knee operations are performed each year due to football injuries.

With all those helmets slamming into each other, head injuries occur.
“The researchers found that there is approximately one catastrophic head injury per every 150,000 athletes playing, or 7 catastrophic injuries yearly. There were 0.67 injuries per 100,000 players at the high school level and 0.21 injuries per 100,000 for college level football players.” Often, the coaches get caught up in the do or die spirit of a big game, and don’t get the player the medical attention that he needs. “Football is a very macho sport. Athletes are taught to play through pain,” …“But concussions range in severity and symptoms, so all a player may experience is a headache several hours after impact. High school players need to be educated in these symptoms and encouraged to self report.”
Even cheerleading squads are reporting more injuries, due to botched stunts.

When you see the players in their youthful glory, you don’t think what they will look like after they quit playing. Many players know this, but the lure of today’s glory justifies the pain of tomorrow. The heroes of yesterday often walk with pain today.

The Troy Davis Ruling

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 26, 2010

Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William T. Moore issued a ruling on Troy Davis. The Judge ruled that Davis was indeed guilty of the Murder of Savannah Policeman Mark MacPhail. The case has been the center of controversy, with many people claiming Davis to be innocent.

As with most capital cases, there is a wealth of material. There is the ruling . The Savannah Morning News has a collection of newspaper stories from the time of the murder and trial. Chamblee 54 has written three times about Troy Davis.

Before we start to look at this material, it should be noted that this reporter is not a lawyer. PG has little patience for multiple witness accounts at the different stages of the judicial process. He has not read every word of the ruling, and may have missed some things. However, there are a few items from the newspaper reports that the Judge seems to have missed. This might be the fault of the Davis legal team, which was thoroughly criticized by the Judge. Also, this report is not a complete version of all the issues in this case. If you want to know more, read the ruling .

A bit after midnight on August 19, 1989, Larry Young and his girlfriend, Harriet Murray, were drinking beer in the parking lot of a Burger King. Somebody asked Mr. Young for a beer, and the argument got nasty. Mr. Young was hit in the face with a pistol. An off duty Savannah Policeman, Mark MacPhail, came to break up the fight. Mr. MacPhail was shot dead.

There were a few witnesses. There were the three men harassing Mr. Young. There was a van in the drive through of the Burger King. The Thunderbird motel was across the street, and some guests saw the action. The recollections of the witnesses are inconsistent. There was a good bit of confusion as to who wore a yellow shirt, and who wore a white shirt. What seems certain is the Troy Davis was on the scene, in addition to Sylvester “Redd” Coles.

At 8:52 pm on August 19, Mr. Coles gave a statement to the Savannah Police. ( Page 19 ruling) He said that Davis was the one who pulled the trigger. Apparently the Police believed Mr. Coles. On August 21 , a story was printed saying that Troy Davis was the suspect. He was arrested on August 24 .

The case did not go to trial for two years. There was a curious incident the day after the killing. Police went to the home of Mr. Davis’s mother, and apparently coerced her into allowing a search of her home. Any evidence found in this raid was not admissable in the trial.

During the trial, the most sensational testimony came from Harriette Murray , the girlfriend of the man whose beer started this matter. She said ” After he shot the police, he had a little smile on his face.” Page 45 of the ruling has an ironic comment on this
“On cross-examination, Ms. Murray admitted that she was a little near-sighted and had trouble seeing long distances without her glasses, which she was not sure if she was wearing that night.”
On August 29, 1991, Troy Davis was convicted of the murder of Mark MacPhail, and  sentenced to death. The endless wrangling of a capital case began.

In the years since, the case has become a bit of a celebrity cause. The murder weapon was never found. Seven of the nine witnesses at the trial were said to have recanted. Finally, a hearing was held to determine if Troy Davis could produce evidence of his innocence.

Evidently, once you are convicted of a capital crime, the burden of proof changes. Troy Davis was apparently guilty until proven innocent. This matter is discussed in excruciating detail in the ruling.

Judge Moore rejected six of the seven recantations, and said the seventh was obviously lying anyway. The Judge rejected the claim of innocence. He did state that it was unconstitutional to execute an innocent man. The witty Judge noted (page 156)
“Apparently, a disturbing number of people were armed on the night Officer MacPhail was murdered. At some point that evening Mr. Coles, Mr. Davis, “Terry,” Mark Wilds, and Lamar Brown all carried a firearm.”
Two of these rejected recantations are noteworthy. Dorothy Farrell was staying at the Thunderbird motel, and saw the incident. Her recantation was in affidavit form, not subject to cross examination. The Judge was sternly critical. What the Judge did not mention was that on September 15, 1989, Ms. Farrell was assaulted. The man robbed her and called her a “snitch” and a “cracker lover”.

The other noteworthy recantation was Harriet Murray. Ms. Murray is deceased, and not available to testify. Her written statement was not notarized. From page 141 of the ruling
“Ms. Murray’s “recantation” is an unnotarized affidavit,begrudgingly obtained. (Evidentiary Hearing Transcript at 41 (“Q: Mr. Hanusz, can you explain why the affidavit was not notarized. A: The affidavit was not notarized because neither Mr. Mack nor myself are South Carolina notaries, and Ms. Murray would not allow us time to get a notary or accompany us to a notary to have it sworn.”) .)
After reading all this, the question arises, “Does Chamblee54 think that Troy Davis is guilty?”. The answer is a firm don’t know. It is apparent the Mr. Davis was at the scene, and involved in the incident. The number of witnesses serves to confuse. While there is not firm proof of innocence, it seems in a capital case a higher standard of proof is needed.

Lies And War

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 24, 2010

The second part of this feature is a repost . It is on the subject of war,history and lies. It was written about this time three years ago. A few things have changed since then.

It is an old saying that in war, the first casualty is truth. A trip to googleland credits this phrase to Senator Hiram Johnson. He was speaking in 1918, when the USA had been induced to help the allies in World War I. While Sen. Johnson may not deserve the credit for this phrase, one part of his story is too good not to tell. He was in the Senate 27 years later when he died on August 6, 1945…the day Hiroshima was nuked.

Getting back to August 2007, the war in Babylon looked very bad. The media cheerleaders had not gotten the memo saying that the surge was working. The radio whiners were busy blaming the Democrats (Defeatocrats) for what seemed to be inevitable defeat. As it turned out, the ethnic cleansing was almost finished by this point, and the civil war cooling down.

Before W retired, the forces in Iraq negotiated a “status of forces agreement”.This agreement called for the combat forces to be withdrawn by September 2010. To the surprise of many, the last combat forces have left Iraq. The only problem is the remaining 50K troops. While they are not designated as combat troops, they can expect to see some action. Could treaties be another category of Lie?

A few weeks ago this facility put up a post about the lies/damnlies/statistics trinity. (This blog is less squeamish now about cusswords.) The original quote was attributed to Benjamin Disraeli, but there is some doubt. Perhaps the attribution of quotes is a type of lie, along with history and treaties. The list could go on and on, while noting the middle three letters of beLIEve. Perhaps all the different varieties of misinformation are what is known as damn lies.

No commentary on lies is complete without the phrase “lips moving”. While this indicates a problem with the spoken word, it does not cover the written word. One wonders how so many people can type with their fingers crossed. Which brings us to one more old saying…Believe half of what you read, and nothing that you hear.

I try to tell the truth at this facility, and to do so without using cusswords. Now, there is a time honored quote that is central to the theme of tonight’s post. In my efforts to keep this organ clean, I will use a substitute for the bad word.
There are three kinds of lies. Lies, Doggone Lies, and Statistics
It is well known that you can lie with numbers just like you can lie with words. The accounting industry would collapse if this were not the case. I had a teacher at DeKalb College with a great point
The best way to win an argument is to use statistics. The best way to get statistics is to make them up
Today we are going to look at the fourth kind of lie…history. It is an old truism that the history of wars is written by the winners. And, they are going to make their side look good.

Arguments on history have a way of interpreting the past in a way that serves a purpose. Inconvenient facts are left out. As with statistics, the best way to get these “facts” is to make them up. Since no one is around that was on the scene, you just have to believe what you want to believe.

When you get older, you get to hear the stories from the recent past told. Often, there is little resemblance between the stories that are told and what you remember. The events were controversial while they were going on, so why should things be any different later?

Example A is the war in Vietnam. It was a disaster. We lost 58,000 troops. There were an estimated two million Vietnamese killed, often women and children. We lost. Now, the revisionists are mounting a counterattack. To hear them, our troops were winning in the field, only to be stabbed in the back by the hippie protesters at home.

Now, we may have been killing more of them than they did of us (see statistics above), but that doesn’t mean we were winning. The government in South Vietnam was a corrupt disaster, and it needed to succeed for us to win.

Finally, with support for the war exhausted at home, Richard Nixon finagled a deal for “Peace with Honor”. The POWs came home ( most of them anyway), Richard Nixon later resigned in disgrace, and helicopters took the last Americans out of Saigon. It was not pretty.

A few days ago, President W gave a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Now, he could not have joined this organization, as he joined the National Guard to avoid service in Vietnam. W defended our adventure in Babylon, and he used the history of 20th century wars to support his story. He tries, and the audience in Kansas City was impressed. Others were not amused.

The chief comparison of Babylon to Vietnam that W makes is the “bloodbath” that would follow an American retreat. Now, in Vietnam, those who worked with the Americans were not treated kindly by the Northern conquerors. This was even more pronounced in Cambodia, where the war in Vietnam spread amidst an American Air war. Maybe W wants to start bombing Iran, so they can have a bloodbath there. Fight them there so we don’t have to fight them here.

In any event, Vietnam and Iraq are two different conflicts. One had drafted troops, more American casualties, and massive protests in the streets. The other has the world’s second largest oil reserves.

We are stuck in Iraq. If we stay there is trouble. If we leave there is trouble. In another forty years, we can re write the history of this conflict.

As The Beatle Turns

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 23, 2010

This is a repost from two years ago. Large Tony has a new blog, but doesn’t post very often. The house on Virginia Avenue is still there. The granite building by Piedmont Park is part of a restaurant. Paul McCartney played a show (not for free) in the field behind it.

On September 10, the last episode of As the world turns will be broadcast. This is episode #13,858. It was the first soap opera to be a half hour, instead of fifteen minutes.

Pictures for today are from The Library of Congress

One of my favorite blogs is Large Tony. He is going to retire soon, and will be missed. He stays with his Granny in the hills of Tennessee. Yesterday, he was talking about the time when he was up at Grannies house as a young boy. They got up early one morning to see the wedding of Charles and Diana. I dare say the bond between them is more genuine than the bond between Charles and Diana.
I saw an earth changing event at my Gran’s house one day. ( And why do people say Granny, or Nana, or Gran? Its not like I remember having a choice ). Gran lived in a little apartment in Mrs. Stuckey’s house on Virginia Avenue. This was a few years before Virginia Highlands was uber trendy. I was staying with her one summer day when I was ten years old.
We walked down to the granite house next to the golf course in Piedmont Park. Gran’s friend worked there. This was the summer of Beatlemania, and Gran’s friend made a point of telling me that she DID NOT LIKE THE BEATLES
” If The Beatles were playing for free across the street, I would not waste the energy to walk across the street to see them”.
Gran and I walked back to her apartment to see “As the World Turns”. The show was interrupted for a news bulletin. Walter Cronkite came on the say that a North Vietnamese boat had fired on an American boat in the Gulf of TonkinWe did not know, at the time, that this was a world changing event.I doubt Gran ever thought much about it. But Congress used that incident… which turned out to be largely fabricated… to justify our sending many more troops to fight in Vietnam. That war was a world changing event. We are still dealing with the effects of that conflict.

Panic In Detroit

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 21, 2010


This is a repost.
Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions. Tag some others who might enjoy this. You can’t use the band I used. Try not to repeat a song title. It’s a lot harder than you think! Re-post as “my life according to (band name)”Pick your Artist: David Bowie

Are you a male or female: The Bewley Brothers
Describe yourself: Quicksand
How do you feel:Always crashing in the same car

Describe where you currently live: Life on Mars
If you could go anywhere, where would you go: Width of a circle
Your favorite form of transportation: Queen Bitch

Your best friend is: Young Americans
You and your best friends are: Kooks
What’s the weather like: Changes

Favorite time of day: Eight Line Poem
If your life was a TV show, what would it be called: Scary Monsters
What is life to you: Panic in Detroit

Your relationship: Fame
Your fear: Sound and Vision
What is the best advice you have to give:Somebody up there likes me

Thought for the Day: Hang onto yourself
How I would like to die: Ashes to Ashes
My soul’s present condition: Moonage Daydream
My motto: Andy Warhol


On The Radio

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on August 20, 2010

PG is a sometimes reader/commenter at peach pundit . Friday, head peachpit Erick Erickson was a guest announcer on WSB radio. The station is now simulcast on an fm outlet, which was an important announcement on the show.

Mr. Erickson is getting to be versatile. A Macon city councilman, blogger, and CNN commenter, he was replacing Herman Cain. At the start of the show, he said he didn’t want to talk about the “Ground Zero Mosque”. Mr. Erickson proceeded to spend the majority of his time talking about that very issue.

After a while, PG decided to see if he could get on. After a string of busy signals, the phone rang. The call screener answered “the herman cain show”. She asked for a name, and PG said Chamblee54. She said that is not a name, so PG said Luther, which is his “real” name.

The screener asked what he wanted to talk about, and PG said water. Atlanta had a drought three years ago, and almost ran out of water. The screener said that the host has not been talking about that. PG asked if he could wait on hold while she asked the man if he could discuss water. A few minutes later, at 8:26, the screener said he could talk on the show, please turn the sound down on your radio. PG wished he could have talked to Belinda, the ace screener for Neal Boortz.

PG listened to Mr. Erickson rant about liberals for twenty minutes, while awaiting his turn. Finally, it was his turn to talk. Starting out by mentioning that he comments at Peach Pundit, PG quickly asked Mr. Erickson what we should do to ensure a secure water supply for Atlanta.

There was a bit of a chuckle, and the announcer said it would be easy to solve this problem. Just elect competent officials. If you want to get a good water supply for Atlanta, shave your legs, paint your face, and offer to show state officials a good time.

PG had a follow up question, on the lines of what specific you would want these newly elected officials to do about the water crisis. There was a clicking sound on the line, and suddenly no sound was coming out of the telephone.

This discussion shows a few things that are wrong with America. With the problems facing America, we should not have time to worry about an Islamic Community Center being built in Lower Manhattan. When the water shortage was getting worse, the hot topic in the local arena was the State Flag. Until our leaders…both elected and electronic…address serious issues, and put aside name calling about those who disagree with you, we are in a world of trouble.

PG was also hoping to talk about blogging. There is a saying, Blogging is talk radio without the busy signal. The cutoff was not the end of the comment, as it would be for most people. Pictures for tonight’s entertainment are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”