Five Years Of Chamblee 54

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 21, 2010

The Chamblee54 blog started five years ago today. There were 264 posts on blogspot, and 977 on WordPress. It is a lot of fun to produce, and hopefully to read.

Last year was the year for a proper anniversary post. There was also a helpful feature regarding rules for blogging. Both were profusely illustrated, which helps when you get tired of reading.

Chamblee54, hopefully, will always be improving. This year has seen the addition of historic photos. This looks like a well that will never run dry. There is an unlimited supply of current photos, both self shot and copied from others.

One theme that keeps popping up is learning by doing. Just sit down, put your fingers on top of the keyboard, and turn the faucet on. A bit of editing is helpful. Spell check and good grammar will make you look less stupid. Stay focused on the end result, and do not spend two hours googling a minor detail.

For those who read this endeavor, a big thank you. For those who produce, and inspire PG, another big thank you. WordPress is a wonderful operation, and deserves a round of applause. The same could be said for GIMP , is an image manipulation program, and an open source of wonder. Pictures today are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”. The other major source of historic photos is The Library of Congress. Thank you to all, and stay tuned for more pretty pictures and ugly opinions.

Uroboru Buffet

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 20, 2010

It was another uroboru buffet. The uroboru is a mythical critter, shaped like a dragon, that ate it’s tail. As the tail got bigger, the uroboru got bigger. What outside matter contributes to this growth? What happens to waste matter? How do you find pants that fit? There are questions, and hypothesis, and debates that lead to name calling and finger pointing. The mainstream media/internet is like that.

It started today at Andrew Sullivan’s facility. The first time PG heard the word blog, the writer was talking about Andrew Sullivan. At the time, a blog was considered a “vanity website”. Sullivan does have a fertile site, and you will be exposed to things if you go there on a regular basis.

Mr. Sullivan has something called the “Malkin Award”, named for an personality of ill repute. Today’s expression is about  Charles Krauthammer . Mr. Krauthammer wrote a piece denouncing President BHO. To his credit,he used a rather clever phrase:
“Many of those who wanted to see Castle nominated in Delaware have from the beginning defended the Tea Party movement from the mainstream media’s scurrilous portrayal of it as a racist rabble of resentful lumpenproletarians.”
Mr. Krauthammer… known as a shameless cheerleader for Israel… manages to trip over his own rhetoric in this piece. It starts in paragraph one, where he says that Christine O’Donnell cannot be elected in November. ( It is important for the Repubs to win this Senate seat, to stall the liberal yukkiness of BHO). And, now this might not happen in Delaware, because COD (which means your credit is no good, a familiar concept to the Miss O’Donnell) beat veteran career politician Mike Castle.

Here is where Mr. Krauthammer gets goofy, In paragraph one he says that Mike Castle was defeated by COD. In paragraph five, he says
“Castle wasn’t only electable. He was unbeatable.” Maybe he was unbeatable in November, but he got blasted in the primary by Miss O’Donnell.
Getting back to the Sullivan commentary . He printed a quote from a letter, which said that
“What’s Malkin-ish about Krauthammer’s statement? I’m a Dem, strong supporter of the president, and I can’t disagree with what Krauthammer is saying. I believe, and have always believed, that Obama wants to shift the country back to the left in the same way that Reagan shifted it right.” Actually, that is more or less what is happening.
BHO has doubled the number of troops in Afghanistan. BHO says the government has the right to kill American citizens if they are labelled as terrorists. The only tax hikes he wants are the scheduled expiration of the Bush tax cuts. BHO came to the rescue of the Auto industry. The health care reform is watered down, and looking to be  profitable to the health care industry. Yea, that is taking America to the left, like Reagan took America to the right.

There is a fun little commentary about Reagan’s leadership, written by Christopher Buckley. Before we get into this, we might note that the Krauthammer column was titled “The Buckley Rule”.The Buckley referred to is William F., the polysyllabic pundit, and father of Christopher. (The son is more fun to read.) The Buckley rule says that you should choose the candidate who is most likely to win the general election. This is supposed to mean the “unbeatable” politician, who got whipped by COD.

Ok, so how did Ronald Reagan lead the country to the right, which is the same way BHO is leading it to the left? As Christopher Buckley recalls
” I worked at the White House in the early Reagan administration, at a time when the deficit rocket really started to take off. The problem was that Reagan had promised to a) cut taxes and b) increase defense spending. You remember: supply side? Candidate George H.W. Bush called it “voodoo economics,” his argument being that you couldn’t cut the deficit without cutting non-defense spending. Mr. Bush stopped calling it that round about January 20, 1981. Reagan then cut taxes, increased defense spending, and didn’t cut entitlement spending.
As the deficits began mount–though they were mere trifles, pittances compared with the Mt. Everest variety with us today–I meekly raised my little voice and said, “But I thought we Republicans were supposed to be the ‘Daddy Party’–the responsible ones. The designated driver-party.”

The answer, rendered most succinctly, 20 years later by Vice President Dick Cheney, himself part of a Republican administration that managed to double the national debt in eight years, was: “Deficits don’t matter.” P.S. Go f— yourself.”

Nancy’s husband not only led America to huge budget deficits. He sold guns to Iran, and invested the profits in Central America. Planes from America went to Nicaragua loaded with guns, and were not empty when they returned home. Meanwhile, the war on drugs was expanding the powers of government, while reducing the rights of citizens. Yea, he took America to the right, the same way BHO is taking America to the left.

Pictures for tonight’s entertainment are from The Library of Congress.

Graveyard Sunday

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 19, 2010

The original plan had been to go the arts festival in Piedmont Park. The only problem was, no one thought to call  before 3 pm. It was too late to go to town. What about the Sandy Springs festival?

PG got to Uzi’s house, and they headed to the old Target. Strangely, the parking lot was empty. Normally on festival days, the lot is packed. It seems as though the festival is next weekend.

Since we are in the area, why don’t we go walking at Arlington Cemetery? Both men knew residents. One lap around the facility, and it will be time for dinner.

PG and Uzi had been to Arlington Cemetery before . There were some new artifacts today. The most showy is a pavilion dedicated to the glory of Michael Carlos . Mr. Carlos owned a wine distribution company, and donated a lot of money to Emory University, begetting the Michael C. Carlos Museum .

Down the hill from the Carlos exhibit is a gallery of headstones. Apparently, people who have been cremated can be honored here. This area overlooks a lake.

Arlington is a diverse place. It has a large Jewish section, and headstones in several exotic languages. There is a section with stand up marble headstones recently cut, which is rather unique. Most cemeteries today only allow the ground level brass markers, which can easily be topped by lawnmowers. Several of these modern stones are noteworthy designs.

There was a comment made about the residents having lots of time to do nothing. PG countered by saying that living people have no clue what it was like to be dead, and were not supposed to. This is not the way Jesus worshipers see things.

After a visit to the food court at Perimeter Mall, it was time for another Sunday night. The residents at the cemetery were probably happy for the company. While their taxes are lower than yours, you probably have more fun.

Fifteen Groups Of Seven

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 18, 2010

This is a double repost. It is about things that come in groups of seven. Thanks and praises go to Wikipedia. The other sources are cited where appropriate. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

Seven Samurai -Kambei Shimada , Gorōbei Katayama , Shichirōji , Heihachi Hayashida ,. Katsushirō Okamoto , Kyūzō ,

The Magnificent Seven – Chris Adams, Harry Luck, Vin, Bernardo O’Reilly, Britt, Lee, Chico

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World-Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Statue of Zeus at Olympia ,Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus ,Colossus of Rhodes, Lighthouse of Alexandria

Rome is built on Seven hills – Palatine, Capitoline, Quirinal, Viminal, Esquiline, Caelian, and Aventine. Thank you SevenMagazine.

The Seven Sisters – Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Radcliffe College, Smith College, Vassar College, and Wellesley College

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion and desire.” Aristotle 384 BC-322 BC Thank you Thinkexist.

The Magnificent Seven are seven cemeteries used by the citizens of nineteenth century London.:Kensal Green Cemetery , West Norwood Cemetery ,Highgate Cemetery , Abney Park Cemetery ,Nunhead Cemetery ,Brompton Cemetery , Tower Hamlets Cemetery

seven deadly sins – lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, pride

seven holy virtues – chastity, abstinence, temperance, diligence, patience, kindness

seven goddesses – isis, astarte, hecate, demeter, kali, iana, diana

seven dwarfs – bashful, doc, dopey, grumpy, happy, sleepy, sneezy

seven brides – Alice, Dorcas, Liza, Martha, Millie, Sarah, Ruth

seven brothers – Adam, Benjamin, Caleb, Daniel, Ephraim, Frank, Gideon

seven husbands of Elizabeth Taylor – Nicky Hilton, Micheal Wilding, Micheal Todd, Eddie Fisher, Richard Burton(twice), John Warner, Larry Fortensky (The American Film Institute named Taylor seventh among the Greatest Female Stars of All Time.)

Matthew 18:21-22 –  21Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 22Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

Founding Fathers

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 17, 2010

People often try to justify their opinions by saying that the “founding fathers” agree with them. They often are guilty of selective use of history. A good place to start would be to define what we mean by the phrase founding fathers.

The FF word was not used before 1916. A senator from Ohio named Warren Harding used the phrase in the keynote address of the 1916 Republican convention. Mr. Harding was elected President in 1920, and is regarded as perhaps the most corrupt man to ever hold the office.

There are two groups of men who could be considered the founding fathers. ( The fathers part is correct. Both groups are 100% male.) The Continental Congress issued the Declaration of Independence, which cut the ties to England. Eleven years later, the Constitutional Convention wrote the Constitution that governs America today. While the Continental Congress was braver than the Constitution writers ( We must hang together, or we will hang separately), the Constitution is the document that tells our government how to function. For the purposes of this feature, the men of the Constitutional Convention are the founding fathers.

Before moving on, we should remember eight men who signed the Declaration of Independence, and later attended the Constitutional Convention. Both documents were signed by George Clymer, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, George Read, Roger Sherman, and James Wilson. George Wythe left the Convention without signing the new document. Elbridge Gerry ( the namesake of gerrymandering) refused to sign the Constitution because it did not have a Bill of Rights.

The original topic of this discussion was about whether the founding fathers owned slaves. Apparently, PG is not the only person to wonder about this. If you go to google, and type in “did the founding fathers”, the first four answers are owned slaves, believed in G-d, have a death wish, and smoke weed.

The answer, to the obvious question, is an obvious answer. Yes, many of the founding fathers owned slaves. A name by name rundown of the 39 signatories of the Constitution was not done for this blogpost. There is this revealing comment at wiki answers about the prevalence of slave ownership.
“John Adams, his second cousin Samuel Adams, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Paine were the only men who are traditionally known as founding fathers who did not own slaves.
Benjamin Franklin was indeed a founder of the Abolitionist Society, but he owned two slaves, named King and George. Franklin’s newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette routinely ran ads for sale or purchase of slaves.
Patrick Henry is another founding father who owned slaves, although his speeches would make one think otherwise. Despite his “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech, he had up to 70 slaves at a time, apologizing a few times along the way, saying he knew it was wrong, that he was accountable to his God, and citing the “general inconvenience of living without them.”

Patrick Henry was a star of the Revolution, but not present at the Constitutional Convention. The author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, was in Europe during the convention. Mr. Jefferson not only owned slaves, he took one to be his mistress and kidsmama.

One of the more controversial features of the Constitution is the 3/5 rule. Here are the original words
“Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.” In other words, a slave was only considered to be 60% of a person.
That seems rather harsh. The truth is, it was a compromise. The agricultural southern states did not want to give up their slaves. The northern states did not want to give up Congressional representation. This was the first of many compromises made about slavery, ending with the War between the States. This webpage goes into more detail about the nature of slavery at the start of the U.S.A.

The research for this feature turned up a rather cynical document called The myth of the “Founding Fathers” . It is written by Adolph Nixon. He asks :
“most rational persons realize that such political mythology is sheer nonsense, but it begs the question, who were the Founding Fathers and what makes them so great that they’re wiser than you are?”
Mr. Nixon reviews the 39 white men who signed the Constitution. He does not follow the rule, if you can’t say anything nice about someone, then don’t say anything at all. Of the 39, 12 were specified as slave owners, with many tagged as “slave breeders”.

The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, have served America well. However it was intended, it was written so that it could be amended, and to grow with the young republic. It has on occasion been ignored (when was the last time Congress declared war?). However fine a document it is, it was created by men. These were men of their time, who could not have foreseen the changes that America has gone through. It can also be assumed that those who talk the most about the founding fathers know the least about them.

A big thank you goes to wikipedia Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

Saint Carrie Prejean

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 17, 2010

PG got quoted today in another blog. This person said that PG was a “fair minded liberal”. Those are fighting words in Georgia.

There is an old saying. If a man is not a liberal when he is twenty, he does not have a heart. If he is not a conservative when he is forty, he does not have a brain. PG is fifty six, and wonders about the brain and the heart. However, if he looks down, there is a gut. Middle age will do that to you, and being a skinny corpse is not an option.

Today we have the internet. If you google “am I a fair minded liberal”, you will get 1,890,000 results. There are no tests on the first page of results, but there is this article. “BP pledges to protect the Walrus Population in the Gulf of Mexico from oil leaking from their well”

Now, what we want today is a handy little test that will tell PG if he is a liberal. If we remove the words “fair minded” from the search, that may help. The first one to pop up is from Daniel Kurtzman . Since this is a fair minded blog, we will take both the liberal and conservative quizzes.

Internet quizzes are multiple choice, and often the test taker is left with awful choices. Just like most elections. Question one for both the lib and the con test are about what bumper sticker you are most likely to put on your car. The last bumper sticker PG put on a vehicle was “Don’t blame me, I voted for McGovern”. Today, the conservative choice is “I’d Rather Be Waterboarding”, while the liberal says “Insurance Companies Are Republican Death Panels”. The banner ads for question one are for Altoids and “Rule of a flat stomach”.

Question two is different for the two polarities. Liberals are told that an asteroid is about to destroy earth, and you should choose a book to take with you. This question is sponsored by Avis rent a car. The cons are asked what feature of everyday life the founding fathers would be most upset by. Zales, the diamond store, paid to advertise here.

Question three has the asteroid heading for the conservatives. The liberals are asked who is to blame for a second civil war. PG is offended that the question does not call that conflict by it’s proper name, The War between the States. Since this all got started with a post about the mama grizzly, the choice for the war is “Sarah Palin—for going rogue and leading a secessionist movement to crown herself as “Queen of Jesusland” Only problem is, the Queen of Jesusland is Joseph Ratzinger.

Question four recycles previous choices, with Cons asked about the second civil war (sponsored by Lexus), and Libs asked what offends the founding fathers. The war was caused by “Barack Obama — for accidentally nuking Texas after misreading his TelePrompter”. The founding slaveowners fathers were upset by “The fact that Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat was lost to a truck-driving nudist who tried to auction off his daughters on TV”.

Question five is the same for both classes:”If you could time-travel back to any historical event and bring one thing with you, what would you choose?” As you might imagine, the answers are different, and neither bears much resemblance to reality. The picks are “The day Monica Lewinsky brought Bill Clinton pizza—with a dry-cleaning coupon” and “The day of Obama’s birth in Kenya—with a video camera”. The con side has an ad from Roy Barnes, saying that Nathan Deal is too corrupt even for Congress.

Question six is the same for both deformities. “If you were a candidate for political office, what would your theme song be?”. The liberal side is sponsored by Allstate insurance, and the choice here is “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” by Kermit the Frog. For the cons, the choice is “Won’t get fooled again” by the Who. This song was written by Pete Townsend, who was arrested for using his credit card to buy child porn on the internet. The song “Won’t get fooled again” is about meeting a transvestite.

Question seven gets even kinkier for the cons. “If you could pile any three people into a naked pyramid, who would you choose?” Libs are asked “If you could issue an Executive Order, which of the following would you most like to see happen?” The concept of x rated cable news leads to a choice of “MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz.” Rachel is the most rugged, unless Olbermann’s ex Laura Ingraham shows up.

Question eight is where serious action is taken. ” What region of the country would you most like to see kicked out of the Union?” as opposed to “Which of the following groupings of people would you most like to see brought before a death panel, and on what charges?” Does it really matter which group answers which question? The liberal page has an ad from a restaurant chain called Ruby Tuesday. They can host a farewell dinner for “All the blue states—home to spineless, sushi-eating, terrorist-coddling, granny-euthanizing socialists who’d be happier living in France”

Question nine is sponsored, for liberals, by Victoria’s Secret. They are asked what region of America you want returned to Mexico. The cons are asked to issue a dream executive order. The answer chosen gives lie to the notion that conservatives lack imagination. “Make it legal to detain anyone with a Muslim-sounding name and strip-search them for underwear bombs before boarding any plane, including Air Force One”.

Question ten is, mercifully, the last question. This is another repeater, with both categories asked ” If you could chisel any Americans, living or dead, onto Mt. Rushmore, who would you choose?” The conservative choice is “Revs. James Dobson, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, and Saint Carrie Prejean.” In the spirit of diversity, the lib choice is “Cesar Chavez, Rosa Parks, Harvey Milk, and Angelina Jolie”.

As much fun as taking this quiz was, it is time to get the results. On the liberal test, PG scores “You are a Social Justice Crusader, also known as a rights activist. You believe in equality, fairness, and preventing neo-Confederate conservative troglodytes from rolling back fifty years of civil rights gains.” As a conservative, the result is :”You are a Freedom Crusader, also known as a neoconservative. You believe in taking the fight directly to the enemy, whether it’s terrorists abroad or the liberal terrorist appeasers at home who give them aid and comfort.”

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

This Is For You

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 17, 2010

Today’s instant wisdom is from thelikepage // The world can’t end in 2012, I have a yogurt that expires in 2013.// If 19 is a teenager and 21 is an Adult what is 20?// Whoever said talk is cheap hasn’t seen my phone bill.// Your mama so fat she downloaded cheats for wii fit// Having a friend so close you could class them as family// The awkwarness of being a third wheel .// It’s frustrating when you know all the answers,but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.// S [H E] B E [L I E ]V E [D] ♥// I get suspicious when I see
“All of the above” on a test // Letting go is the best way to hold on.// I hate it when your seat belt randomly locks and you can’t move// The world can’t end in 2012, I have a yogurt that expires in 2013.// If 19 is a teenager and 21 is an Adult what is 20?// Whoever said talk is cheap hasn’t seen my phone bill. // Your mama so fat she downloaded cheats for wii fit// Having a friend so close you could class them as family// The awkwarness of being a third wheel . // It’s frustrating when you know all the answers,but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.// S [H E] B E [L I E ]V E [D] ♥// I get suspicious when I see “All of the above” on a test// Letting go is the best way to hold on.// I hate it when your seat belt randomly locks and you can’t move// I hate getting home and saying “Is that what i looked like all day?!”// No, it wasn’t awkward until you said, “This is awkward.” Now it’s awkward.// Typing what you REALLY wanna say…then deleting it.// Life isn’t like burger king , you can’t always have it your way….// Excuse me. Excuuuus me. Sorry could you just..sorry. GET OUT THE WAY!// If your a FRESHMAN in the CLASS OF 2014 Like This!!!!// You have no idea how much you really mean to me.// “Why you acting like you don’t care ?” umm lettme brainstorm..BECAUSE IDGAF !// I never fail. I just don’t always get it right the first 30 times.// Those notifications that have nothing to do with you.// perfectly happy not seeing 99% of the people from school ever again// friends come and go but family will be there forever(:// “Why aren’t you answering? O i forgot to hit send.” :D// A 100 year old vampire wants a 16 year old girl…..THAT’S ILLEGAL!// I hate when my mind wont shut up when I’m trying to sleep!// `Hey`.. 2 hours later.. `Hey`.. No its to late i dont wanna talk to you now// that little rush of excitement that you have when you get a notification (:// making up a story to tell your parents on your way home!// awkwardly sitting there while your friend is being yelled at by their parents// You used to be such a lovely person,what went wrong!// “i love you” does NOT mean “oh please break my heart”// “What time is it?” “Time to get a watch” “Time to get a new joke”// ahww(: you likeme?…..and her…and her…and herrr. hmm wow i can feel the chemistry.// When I have no money, all the awesome stuff is out and on sale. When I do have money, nothing worth buying is around. D;// Boy: I met someone who is really perfect; Girl: Then ask her out; Boy: Will you go out with me// Biting your lip so you dont laugh at an inappropriate time// looking at something for a minute and all you can think of is ‘what the fuck?’// THE DIRTY SLUT WHO HAS THE CHEEK TO CALL YOU ONE!// i think about you way too much.// Saying ‘I Love You’ Should Be Illegal If You Don’t Mean It.// ♫ why does ur phone waste battery telling u dat u hav a low battery// Your hand will always be my favorite one to hold// “No iPods in school!” Yes, because I’m going to cheat on my test, listening to Bed Rock…”// wake up.. look at phone… send message… pass back out// if you cant afford to take care of your children…. STOP HAVING THEM!!!!!!!// I’ll do anything for you to see you smile ♥// some things i do only in front of my family, and some things i do only in front of my friends.// automatically putting on your seatbelt when you see others doing it.// I listen to Muzic when I’m to stressed. Volume Up. ▁ ▂ ▃ ▄ ▅ ▆ ▇ █// im sorry im not perfect, the thin pretty girl you want.// i wanna talk to you so bad, but i hate feeling like i bug you. :/// I HATE it when my hair doesn’t do what I want it to!// when Buzz Lightyear goes all Spanish in Toy Story 3// Yes I am a teenager. No I am not pregnant, high, or about to steal your stuff.// I will always remember you. I promise.// Telling yourself you don’t care when you really do.// i am so GOOD at picking the WRONG people in my life :’)// I’m done trying. If you want me in your life, let me know. Bye.// Why dont you shut up and give that hole in your face a chance to heal// hates people who try to take their bad mood out on you..// The early bird may get the worm… but the second mouse gets the cheese// I’m happy, want to know why? because i’m with you :)// Don’t try and perfect yourself for one person. Wait for the one that loves your imperfections.// the times you go on vaction get half way there and remember you forgot something important:)

Jesus Of Lipton

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 16, 2010

There are a lot of lips moving about the “Tea Party” these days. Many of the party people are Jesus Worshipers, who believe that the Bible is the word of G-d. While this belief is not required to join the party, it is very, very helpful. Probably, very few tea partiers are Muslims, who believe the Koran to be the word of G-d. Whatever the phrasing, these three movements are real to those who believe.

PG watches from the sidelines. He feels that practice is more important than belief. PG sees Jesus in the words and deeds of those who worship Jesus. ( Is this worship a violation of the first commandment? That is another issue for another day.)

This hobby blogger drinks a lot of tea, favoring the cheapest brand available. Put two bags in a pitcher, heat the water for ten minutes, and pour the water over the bags. Sugar gets in the way of the taste, and lemons are too much work. You make the next pitcher of tea when you pour the last glass. What this custom has to do with politics or religion is a matter for those with a philosophical bent.

A blogger named Frank Turk made the video that is embedded above. There were 86 comments. Mr. Turk makes the comment in this video that Jesus is a real person. This is different from PG’s view, which is that Jesus is a spirit that lives in the hearts of those who worship him. To PG, this spirit has almost no relation to the person reputed to live in Palestine 2100 years ago.

In the video, Mr. Turk tells a story about tea parties becoming real .
” My brother-in-law David tells a story about the first time he visited Boston. David’s ex-military, and He says that he can remember all through school people told him about American history — about the events that happened that caused us to be a country, the list of facts. But in Boston, he found himself out in the harbor looking down into the water, and when he looked into the water and out at the harbor he realized: “Wow. This is were they dropped the tea into the harbor.” And at that moment, all those men and all the stories about them weren’t just facts or true statements anymore: the real people became obvious to him, and it changed the way he thought about our country and his part in it.”
Politics and religion are emotional affairs. Some sayings resonate, and some do not. This feature is about the concept of “real”. How political movements are based on events that only marginally relate to the movement, but make a statement that you feel in your gut. How religious movements worship a figure who has been distorted to mean what the believer wants him to mean. About how you know something is “real”.

First, the present day tea party, and the events in Boston Harbor December 16, 1773. PG wrote about the original Tea Party earlier this year. In the ecologically sound tradition of recycling your own work, here is what he found.
The namesake event was the Boston Tea Party. On December 16, 1773, crowds of people ( some dressed as Mohawk indians) went on board the Dartmouth, the Eleanor, and the Beaver. The crowds threw overboard 342 chests, containing 90,000 pounds of tea. The crowds were unhappy because the East India Company was importing the tea into America, with a 3 pence per pound tax.
A website called listverse plays the contrarian.
“American colonists did not protest the Tea Tax with the Boston Tea Party because it raised the price of tea. The American colonists preferred Dutch tea to English tea. The English Parliament placed an embargo on Dutch tea in the colonies, so a huge smuggling profession developed. To combat this, the English government LOWERED the tax on tea so that the English tea would be price competitive with Dutch teas. The colonists (actually some colonists led by the chief smugglers) protested by dumping the tea into Boston Harbor.”
According to Wikipedia, the Dutch tea had been smuggled into the colonies for some time. The Dutch government had given their companies a tax advantage, which allowed them to sell their product cheaper. Finally, the British government cut their taxes, but kept a tax in place. The “Townsend Tax” was to be used to pay governing colonial officials, and make them less dependent on the colonists.

In Charleston, New York, and Philadelphia, the tea boats were turned around, and returned to England with their merchandise. In Massachusetts, Governor Thomas Hutchinson insisted that the tea be unloaded. Two of the Governor’s sons were tea dealers, and stood to make a profit from the taxed tea. There are also reports that the smugglers were in the crowd dumping tea into the harbor.

Smugglers, a corrupt colonial governor, and peaceful solutions at the other major harbors. Is this the story Glenn Beck is crying about? Or has he taken a dramatic moment from history, and exploited it for his own purposes?

In a similar fashion, modern Jesus worshipers have taken a figure from the past, and created a spirit in his name. The history of Jesus is much further in the past than the Boston Tea Party, and much less is known. There are those who say the Bible is the word of G-d, and can be trusted to tell the facts about Jesus. Others are much less certain.

So, when did Jesus finally become real to PG? The watershed incident took place in the spring of 1999. By this time, PG had decided that he did not agree with the two key beliefs of Jesus worship…that the Bible is the word of G-d, and that belief in Jesus will affect what happens when you die. It was becoming apparent to PG that Jesus was different things to different people, and that not all of them were good. You need to trust your eyes, ears, and soul.

The incident took place at PG’s place of employment, a business we will call redo blue. A co worker was a professional Jesus worshiper. The PJW was an angry man, given to temper tantrums, where he used Jesus to hurt people. On this day, the PJW shouted down and humiliated PG.

When the tirade was over, PG started to run a job. PJW took a phone call, and screamed ” I never felt better in my life”. In that instant, Jesus became real to PG.

Pictures for today’s entertainment are from a division of big government, the Library of Congress. . These pictures were taken in 1908 by Lewis Hine. He was trying to document the living and working conditions of children in the United States. At the time, child labor was common. Is this one of the big government regulations that the tea party would like to roll back?

Drill Baby Drill

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 16, 2010

This is a repost. Two years ago, Sarah Palin was the hottest name in show business/politics. Today, her star has only dimmed a bit. PG saw a performance by the mama grizzly, and was duly impressed with her star power. The fact that the candidate Mrs. Palin endorsed lost, to a crook, is not a problem.

During the honeymoon, an actress portrayed Mrs. Palin as saying that ” I can see Russia from my back porch”. This is the basis for the post below. Before we go there, the question arises, did Sarah Palin ever say she could see Russia from her back porch? Even at a slacker blog, fairness is good form.

The next step is Google. When you type in “Did Sarah Palin…”, some answers come up. They are “get breast implants, die, go to college, ban books”. ( When PG saw her speak, they did look real.) When you add “say”, the answers are “drill baby drill, she could see Russia, refudiate, and I can see Russia”. Perhaps Levi is the one to ask about “drill baby drill”.

When you click on “did sarah palin say she could see russia”, you have the option of 273k results. While no mention of her back porch came up on the first google page, there is a link to an interview Mrs. Palin gave the LA Times. She says
“They’re our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska — from an island in Alaska,”
There is an island called Little Diomede in the Bering Sea. A Russian island called Big Diomede is a few miles away. Little Diomede has less than 150 residents. No Alaska Governor ( or ex Governor) has ever visited. Many of the residents do not have television, and do not know who Sarah Palin is.

So Sarah Palin ( as played by Tina Fey) can see Russia from her back porch. The closeness of Alaska and Siberia is well known. When PG started to look for information, he began with the Aleutian Islands. They string along for hundreds of miles, and cause a dent in the International Date Line. As for which is the last one, and when does Alaska turns into Russia, those are good questions.

So, another search angle was required. The Alaskan government supplied this:
Alaska and Russia are less than 3 miles apart at their closest point in the Bering Strait where two islands, Russia’s Big Diomede Island and Alaska’s Little Diomede Island, are located. In winter it is possible to walk across the frozen Bering Strait border between these two islands. At its closest, the American mainland and the Russian mainland are 55 miles apart where Alaska’s Seward Peninsula and Russia’s Chukotka Peninsula reach out to each other.
Alaska is a big place. It has ten times the land mass of Georgia, with less population than Gwinnett County. There is a town on Little Diomede Island called Diomede. It checks in at 65°N 168°W. ( For our purposes today, we are going to ignore minutes and seconds) The town of Wasilla is the home of Sarah Palin. It can be found at 61°N 149°W . In other words, Diomede is four degrees north of Wasilla, and Nineteen degrees west.

Lets put this in local terms. Atlanta is 33°N 84°W . According to the atlas, 37°N 103°W is the point where New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma come together. PG cannot see that from his back porch.

Delaware Chicken Roast

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 15, 2010

Those fun loving republicans in Delaware have nominated Christine O’Donnell for the US Senate. It turns out that Ms. O’Donnell has already made a name for herself. In 1996, she was the President of SALT…The Savior’s Alliance for Lifting the Truth. She made an appearance on MTV to urge teenagers not to masturbate.

The public spirited citizens at MSNBC have found a video. It was introduced by Rachel Maddow. Ms. Maddow had both hands visibly on the desk.

PG was watching this video while trying to download a file. He noticed that the download was going slowly, and decided to pause the video until the download finished. The image on the paused video was priceless. Body language experts will have a good time with this picture. ( It is the last picture in this feature.)

The picture was made toward the end of the video. Ms. O’Donnell was in the middle of saying “you are going to be pleasing each other. If he already knows what pleases him, and he can please himself, then why am I in the picture”.

Weird Religion Part Two

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 15, 2010

This is a repost. In the past year, religion continues to exist. There has been a lot of anti Islam noise lately, mostly from Jesus worshipers. No one bashing another religion seems to be worried about the bizarre aspects of their own practice. In the meantime, bloggers have plenty to write about. The tagged pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”

Those fun lovers at Listverse recently published a feature about “10 extremely weird religions”. This goes along with Hunter S. Thompson’s observation that “when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro”. Back when Chamblee54 was on blogspot, that was the motto here. One day, there was a comment that weird was not spelled wierd. What do you expect from someone quoting Hunter S. Thompson? Remember, you need we to be weird.

Back to the “matter” at hand, people have some strange ways of talking to/about/with G-d. The miracle is that things are not worse than they already are. The dominant religion in our culture is Jesus Worship, and those folks see moderation, in religion, as a sin.

Number Ten is Scientology. If you want a link to them, you can find it yourself, and might also want to look for professional help. Scientology is only included because commenters would be offended. As it is, the comments that PG saw asked about rastafarianism (spell check suggestions:libertarianism, humanitarianism ), the flying spaghetti monster, Islam, atheism, and Jesus Worship. The title clearly said that this was a top ten list, and not an encyclopedia. For  an encyclopedia of religions, try Hinduism, or seek professional help.

Nine through Five is pretty boring, as nine to five usually is. There is white supremacy, black supremacy, ufo admirers, burned out hippies, and people who take “Stranger in a Strange Land” too seriously. PG thought that “My Favorite Martian” was the best commentary on that book.

Number four is the Church of the Subgenius. While PG has never  participated in CotS, he admires the consecration of
slack. If PG can ever get motivated to attend a devival, the world will be a better place.
Number Three is the Prince Philip movement. It seems like the residents of an island somewhere think the Queen’s hubby is a pretty cool dude. Princess Diana was not a believer.

Number Two…in more ways than one… is the Church of Euthanasia. It is popular with young people in China. ( Youth in Asia ) Given the popularity of war and capital punishment in the Jesus worship community, the CoE may become very popular. They are based in Boston, MA.

According to the church’s website, the one commandment is “Thou shalt not procreate”. The CoE further asserts four principal pillars: suicide, abortion, cannibalism (”strictly limited to consumption of the already dead”), and sodomy (”any sexual act not intended for procreation”).

The number one spot on this list is sometimes called Nuwaubianism. The travelers on this path do not use that term, preferring “factology”, and numerous other terms. The founder is Dwight York, who is currently in prison.( He is center in the last picture) The Nuwaubs had a facility in Putnam County, Georgia at one time.

The afrocentric beliefs of this group are difficult for outsiders to appreciate. The original post listed eight beliefs, among the man teachings of Dr. York. These three caught PG’s eye:

2. Furthermore, some aborted fetuses survive their abortion to live in the sewers, where they are being gathered and organized to take over the world

5. Women existed for many generations before they invented men through genetic manipulation

8. The Illuminati have nurtured a child, Satan’s son, who was born on 6 June 1966 at the Dakota House on 72nd Street in New York to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis of the Rothschild/Kennedy families. The Pope was present at the birth and performed necromantic ceremonies. The child was raised by former U.S. president Richard Nixon and now lives in Belgium, where it is hooked up bodily to a computer called “The Beast 3M” or “3666.”



Therefore G-d exists

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on September 14, 2010

A facebook friend recently posted an address for something called Hundreds of Proofs of G-d’s Existence. There are 666 examples. PG wonders if the thought of somebody reading all of these would be proof number 667. The list is the handiwork of Atheists of Silcon Valley. Pictures are from Little Five Points, which is
evidence the G-d does not believe in providing adequate parking. 001 TRANSCENDENTAL ARGUMENT, a.k.a. PRESUPPOSITIONALIST (I)(1) If reason exists then G-d exists.(2) Reason exists.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//005 MODAL ONTOLOGICAL ARGUMENT(1) G-d is either necessary or unnecessary.(2) G-d is not unnecessary, therefore G-d must be necessary.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//010 MORAL ARGUMENT (II)(1) In my younger days I was a cursing, drinking, smoking, gambling, child-molesting, thieving, murdering, bed-wetting bastard.(2) That all changed once I became religious.(3) Therefore, G-d exists//014 ARGUMENT FROM INTELLIGENCE(1) Look, there’s really no point in me trying to explain the whole thing to you stupid atheists; it’s too complicated for you to understand. G-d exists whether you like it or not.(2) Therefore, G-d exists//016 ARGUMENT FROM BELIEF(1) If G-d exists, then I should believe in Him.(2) I believe in G-d.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//039 ARGUMENT FROM NONBELIEF(1) The majority of the world’s population are nonbelievers in Christianity.(2) This is just what Satan intended.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//048 ARGUMENT FROM MASS PRODUCTION, a.k.a. ARGUMENT FROM PLASTIC DESIGN(1) Barbie dolls were created.(2) If Barbie dolls were created, then so were trees.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//052 ARGUMENT FROM INCREDULITY (II)(1) How could G-d NOT exist, you bozo?(2) Therefore, G-d exists.//053 ARGUMENT FROM HISTORY(1) The Bible is true.(2) Therefore, the Bible is historical fact.(3) The Bible says that G-d exists.(4) Therefore, G-d exists.//054 ARGUMENT FROM RESURRECTION(1) Proof of G-d’s existence will be available when you rise bodily from your grave.(2) Therefore, G-d exists.//099 ARGUMENT FROM OFFENSE(1) G-d exists.(2) [Atheist makes counterarguments.](3) You know what? I am offended.(4) Therefore, G-d exists.//100 ARGUMENT FROM PRAYER (I)(1) G-d exists.(2) [Atheist makes counterarguments.](3) You have my prayers.//101 ARGUMENT FROM AGNOSTICISM(1) I don’t know and you don’t know either.(2) Therefore, G-d exists.//113 ARGUMENT FROM EYEWITNESS (SOMETIMES FOLLOWS OR COMBINED WITH LACK OF EYEWITNESS I)(1) Someone wrote the creation story in the Bible.(2) That someone must have been an eyewitness to the described events.(3) The only possible eyewitness was G-d.(4) Therefore, G-d exists.//121 ARGUMENT FROM PERSECUTION (II)(1) Jesus said that people would make fun of Christians.(2) I am an idiot.(3) People often point that out.(4) Therefore, G-d exists.//125 ARGUMENT FROM CHRISTIAN MORALITY (altho it could probably be adapted to just about any religion)(1) Somewhere, someone who called himself or herself a Christian did something nice.(2) This person was probably not lying.(3) Therefore, this person was a Christian.(4) Therefore, Christians do nice things.(5) Therefore, Christians are moral.(6) Christians believe in the Bible.(7) Therefore, the Bible is moral.(8) The Bible is G-d’s word. It says so.(9) Therefore, G-d is moral.(10) (We are just ignoring all the not-nice things that Christians may or may not have done in the past, it’s hard to trust history anyway, there are enemies of G-d working everywhere).(11) A moral G-d would be really nice.(12) Therefore, G-d exists.//128 ARGUMENT FROM WWJD(1) I have the “What Would Jesus Do?” T-shirt, bracelet, baseball hat, and shoelaces.(2) I wear them in public.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//174 ARGUMENT FROM STUPIDITY(1) I am stupid.(2) G-d made man in his own image.(3) There are all horrible disasters going around the world.(4) G-d is omnipotent in power.(5) G-d is too stupid to do anything about these things.(6) Therefore, G-d exists.//217 ARGUMENT FROM WIND
(1) You believe in wind.(2) But you can’t see it.(3) G-d’s the same way.(4) It IS TOO analogous!(5) Therefore, G-d exists.//235 ARGUMENT FROM UNICORNS(1) Unicorns don’t exist, especially invisible pink ones.(2) Therefore, G-d exists//243 ELABORATED ARGUMENT FROM BECAUSE(1) Because.(2) Because why?(3) Because!(4) Therefore, G-d exists.//250 ARGUMENT FROM POOR TYPING SKILLS(1) In tihs essae ill demnstrate that G-d exsits in a way tat’s so
sure thatno athesit can PSOosibly reftue. J will firts dwmonsrtate waht we canaSSUme fo rG-d exisnce,,then how wwe can refute anya rgument wihch pretends teh contrrary to eb true,tehn wel’l expose scinetific evidnece thatG-d eeexists then we’ll cnolcude. yOU will fnid an acurate&up6to6date bibliography no teh page 43 of tihs essay;i Sugegst yu to pritn iths doculent for a mroe confortable raeding.(2) [Atheist doesn’t bother to read it.](3) Therefore, G-d exists.//251 ARGUMENT FROM UNTRANSLATED OLD FRENCH(1) Mais pourceque j’avois déjà connu en moi très clairement que la nature intelligente est distincte de la corporelle; considérant que toute composition témoigne de la dépendance, et que la dépendance est manifestement un défaut, je jugeois de là que ce ne pouvoit être une perfection en Dieu d’être composé de ces deux natures, et que par conséquent il ne l’étoit pas; mais que s’il y avoit quelques corps dans le monde, ou bien quelques intelligences ou autres natures qui ne fussent point toutes parfaites, leur être devoit dépendre de sa puissance, en telle sorte quelles ne pouvoient subsister sans lui un seul moment. — René Descartes,Discours de la Méthode(2) How could you possibly refute that?(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//322 KARL MARX’S ARGUMENT FROM MASSIVE OPIATES(1) Got to keep the public distracted.(2) Therefore, G-d exists.//355 ARGUMENT FROM SEMANTIC UNCERTAINTY(1) Atheists can’t quite agree on the exact definition of atheism.(2) Therefore all atheists are wrong.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//366 ARGUMENT FROM ANAL FRUSTRATION(1) G-d my ASS!!(2) My ass exists.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//400 ARGUMENT FROM PULP FICTION(1) G-d came down from heaven, and stopped those motha-fuckin’ bullets.(2) Therefore, G-d exists.//401 ARGUMENT FROM VOLTAIRE, a.k.a. ARGUMENT FROM NECESSARY INVENTION(1) Voltaire said, “If G-d didn’t exist, it would be necessary to invent him.”(2) I concur.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//402 ARGUMENT FROM NIETZSCHE (1) Nietzsche said, “The only excuse for G-d is that he doesn’t exist.”(2) Not true. G-d’s got PLENTY of excuses.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//403 ARGUMENT FROM FIGHT CLUB(1) We are G-d’s unwanted children.(2) Therefore, G-d exists.//406 ARGUMENT FROM SOME JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES AT PERCHANCE’S DOOR (ULTRA-CONDENSED VERSION)(1) Russia was atheistic.(2) But Russia collapsed.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//407 ARGUMENT FROM 2+2=4(1) 2 +2=4(2) Think about how improbable that is.(3) If the universe were left to random chance, 2+2 would probably not equal 4.(4) Instead, it might be equal to -43, or 7,894,321,695,844, or something else.(5) Only G-d could make 2+2=4.(6) Therefore, G-d exists.//419 ARGUMENT FROM CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM(1) I like chocolate ice cream.(2) I opened my freezer, and behold, there was chocolate ice cream in it.(3) G-d is so nice with all his little attentions!(4) Therefore, G-d exists.//420 ARGUMENT FROM MISDEFINITION OF A RELIGION(1) You don’t want to be an evolutionist, do you?(2) [Atheist explains that evolution is a scientific theory, not a religion.](3) But you believe in it.(4) That means you support Social Darwinism.(5) And that’s just yucky.//(6) I don’t want to be yucky, so I can’t support evolution.(7) But I need some explanation for the origin of life.(8) [Atheist: Evolution has nothing to do with—](9) Therefore, G-d exists.//421 ARGUMENT FROM ACCEPTANCE SPEECHES(1) First of all, I’d like to thank my lord and savior, Jesus Christ.(2) [shout out to all my homies in the balcony](3) I couldn’t have done this without Jesus.(4) Therefore, G-d exists.//444 ARGUMENT FROM POT(1) Everything on Earth is here for people to use.(2) Weed makes you feel really good.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//452 AUDREY MEYER’S ARGUMENT FROM IGNORANCE(1) Ignorance runs rampant.(2) Therefore, G-d exists.//459 ARGUMENT FROM PENIS ENLARGEMENT(1) I became a born-again Christian when I was 12.(2) Since then, my penis has grown about 2 inches.(3) Hence, belief in G-d enlarges your penis.(4) Therefore, G-d exists.//497 ARGUMENT FROM LIGHT SWITCH(1) My husband slowly died of cancer.(2) But the light switch in the cellar somehow started working properly again, and to my knowledge my husband hadn’t fixed it before he died.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//510 DR. LAURA’S ARGUMENT.(1) G-d either exists or doesn’t exist.(2) How can G-d not exist?(3) Whore.(4) Therefore, G-d exists.//513 ARGUMENT FROM RESPECT(1) You have to respect my right to believe that G-d exists.(2) You also have to respect my right to believe that I don’t have to respect your right to believe that G-d doesn’t exist.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//553 ARGUMENT FROM CLOTHING(1) Fundie: “Why do you wear clothes?”(2) Atheist: “It is cold, I like having pockets for stuff, my body isn’t too neat to look at, and most of all, I would be arrested and forced to clothe myself anyway.”(3) Fundie: “No. You wear clothes because Adam and Eve sinned and were kicked out of the Garden of Eden and made ashamed of their nakedness.”(4) Atheist: “What about primitive societies where the natives go bare-assed without embarrassment?”(5) Fundie: “The word of G-d hasn’t reached them.”(6) Therefore, G-d exists.//562 BILLY GRAHAM’S ARGUMENT FROM TALKING TO G-d(1) “I talked to Him this morning.”(2) Therefore, G-d exists.//579 ARGUMENT FROM AUTHORITY (CLASSIC FORMULATION)(1) G-d exists(2) Why?(3) Because we said so!(4) Therefore, G-d exists.//599 LADY HOPE’S ARGUMENT FROM DARWIN(1) An American preacher said that Darwin recanted on his deathbed, and started to read the bible.(2) Therefore, G-d exists.//629 ARGUMENT FROM MATH(1) A guy once tried to prove all religions true using math.(2) Math only proved that Christianity was true.(3) All other religions were proved false with math.(4) Oh shut up. That makes perfect sense.(5) Therefore, G-d exists.//639 HERBERT W. ARMSTRONG’S ARGUMENT FROM SCIENCE AND THE BIBLE(1) When I was young, I searched for truth.(2) Science kept changing what it called truth.(3) The Bible didn’t change what it called truth.(4) Therefore, the Bible must be true.(5) Therefore, G-d exists.//652 ARGUMENT FROM FORMER NIHILISM(1) My life was empty and meaningless without G-d.(2) With G-d my life is not empty and meaningless.(3) Therefore, G-d exists.//653 ARGUMENT FROM LIBERAL SPIRITUALITY(1) Not all liberals HAVE to be against religion, you know. In fact, LOTS of liberals are religious.(2) Therefore, G-d exists.//666 ARGUMENT FROM ASSUMPTION (1) G-d exists. (2) Therefore, G-d exists.//