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Pea Picking Heart

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 20, 2010






It is perhaps the most famous photograph from the depression. . The semi official title is Migrant Mother. The Library of Congress says “Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California.” The exact date is unknown, and was either February or March of 1936. The photographer was Dorothea Lange (pronounced dore-THEE-ah lang). The model was Florence Owens Thompson .

Ms. Lange was born Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn May 26, 1895 in Hoboken, N.J. When she was seven she had polio, and when she was twelve her father left. Both events affected her deeply. ( Lange is her mother’s maiden name, chosen for use after the father left.) She became a photographer, and had a successful studio in San Francisco. By 1936 she was with her second husband, her sons were in boarding school, and she went to work for the Farm Security Administration.

The Farm Security Administration hired a number of photographers to document the lives of Americans between 1934 and 1944. ( During part of this time, it was connected to the Office of War Information, and the Resettlement Administration.) Since they were working for the government, the photographers were not entitled to copyright protection. The majority of these pictures are in the public domain, including the famous pictures of Florence Thompson.

This feature started with a google search for the correct way to pronounce Dorothea Lange. ( Readers of this blog have seen the fondness for Library of Congress historic pictures. Ms. Lange is one of their stars.) This search led to a teacher’s guide from Yale University. This guide is about Dorothea Lange and the Migrant Mother. It tells the story as well as PG could. Bless his pea picking heart.

The day that Dorothea Lange photographed what would become her most famous photograph, Migrant Mother, has been retold by Lange in numerous sources. She was on her way home from a trip documenting the living and working conditions of the migrants to California. She followed their schedules, getting up at sunup and working until sundown, which made for long, sixteen-hour days. She was tired, and she was ready to see her family.

With about seven hours of driving left ahead of her, she passed a homemade sign that said Pea Pickers’ Camp. She knew that a late frost had ruined the pea crop, and was concerned about the people who might be at the camp. It nagged at her to turn around, to go back and visit the camp, another opportunity to document. About 15 minutes (20 miles) later, Lange did turn around and went back to the camp.

Right away she saw the woman who would be the subject of Migrant Mother. Some sources say she took 5 shots, but she really took 6; in any case each shot focuses in on the woman a little more, and the final shot is the one that would become the “timeless and universal symbol of suffering in the face of adversity “
( The search at the Library of Congress for “Migrant Mother” only has five of the shots.)
Early the morning after she got home, instead of spending time with her family Lange rushed to develop the photographs and submit them to the FSA and The San Francisco News. She thought that these photographs could help bring attention to the plight of these American migrant farmers. She was right; the story was printed in newspapers around the country, and the federal government immediately sent 20,000 pounds of food to the camps. The U.S. public couldn’t believe that the people who provided them with food were starving …
(The Thompson family had left for Watsonville by the time the food arrived)
The Dust Bowl refugees were of European descent, and were migrating to California because they were displaced from their farmland by drought. Florence Owens Thompson, though from Oklahoma, was a full-blooded Native American, and her family had been displaced from tribal lands by the U.S. government. (By 1930, Native Americans had lost more than 80% of their lands this way).

The day Lange photographed Thompson, she and her family were driving towards Watsonville, hoping to pick lettuce in the Pajaro Valley. The timing chain on their car broke just outside Nipomo, and so they pulled into the pea -pickers camp to fix it. While fixing the chain, the radiator was punctured; Thompson’s two boys (and likely her male companion)
(Wikipedia says it was husband Jim Hill) brought the radiator into town to be fixed. While they were gone, Lange arrived with her camera…
The choices Lange made in terms of shooting the scene are very telling in light of our discussion about documentary photography. Most strikingly, the woman’s teenaged daughter is purposefully excluded from the photograph. She appears in the first two photographs of the series, but Lange thought that including her would cause the viewer to speculate about how old the mother was when she began having children (Curtis p. 55). At the time, the ideal family contained no more than three children; this woman’s family of seven could have detracted from the matter at hand, and maybe caused people to feel less sympathetic towards her (Curtis p. 52).

In the third shot, all you see is the mother nursing her youngest child. Migrant Mother is often referred to as Migrant Madonna… Lange thought that her subject looked too anxious and uncomfortable with the camera, as Lange seemed to have triggered in her what she called “that self-protective thing” (Curtis p. 57). So, despite being uncomfortable with how unpredictable children were to photograph, to calm the mother she added one of the children back into the frame for the fourth shot. She had the child rest her chin on her mother’s shoulder, which, though somewhat unnatural, served the purpose of anchoring the child still. She was also asked to remove her hat, which would have obscured her facial features. This resulted in a good photograph, but Lange “thought she could do better (Curtis p. 58).

The fifth shot was the same, but from a different angle, which illuminates an empty pie tin, heavily symbolic of the hunger the family was facing. It also highlighted a warm and loving relationship between mother and child, as the child is leaning lovingly on the mother’s shoulder, which is comforting to the child.

For the sixth and final shot,
(the one which became famous) Lange brought another child in, but she had both children face away from the camera, so that her shot would not be jeopardized by their unpredictability, and they would serve as a loving frame for the mother. Lange asked the mother to bring her right hand up to her face, and that resulted in exactly what Lange wanted and knew was there (Curtis p. 65). It softened her anxiety about the camera into a mother’s concern for the welfare of her family. The mother was worried about letting her sleeping child slip, so in the original sixth shot you could see her thumb grasped around the pole for support. In her excitement Lange did not see it. She eventually altered the original photonegative because she “did not want a small detail to mar the accomplishment (of overcoming her subject’s defensiveness) (Curtis p. 67).”
In this feature, the second image from the session is missing. The pictures in this feature are as follows. 1- The famous picture, cropped. 2- The first shot from the session. 3- A detail from the first shot. 4- The Migrant Madonna. 5- Child on the shoulder. 6- Child on the shoulder #2. 7. The full length famous picture. 8- A portrait of Dorothea Lange. 9- Another photograph by Ms. Lange, taken on the California-Arizona border in the summer of 1936.





Finish The Race

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 20, 2010

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The is a repost One year, and a hundred billion dollars later, little has changed in Afghanistan. The merchandise at Lenox Square has been updated, to keep up with the current fashions.
The USA is losing in Afghanistan. We cannot leave, for fear of chaos left behind. We are losing if we stay, with the vast amounts of blood and treasure we are paying. The invasion of Afghanistan was a knee jerk affair, a reaction to 911. A post at Obsidian Wings speculates that this may have been the design of the 911 attack.
The post is “Wanna grow up to be a debaser“, written by Eric Martin, and published October 6, 2009. The first part is a history of al-Qaeda, it’s roots in Egypt, and adolescence in Afghanistan fighting the Soviet Union. After that conflict was over, bin Ladin and company were looking for another battle. At first they went after moderate Muslim regimes, but that did not work. Then the concept of focusing on the United States came into play.

” The linchpin to this strategy was to provoke the US into invading a Muslim country (Afghanistan) and thus tie it down for several years of futile – and excessively costly – warfare, while Muslims from throughout the world poured in to join the cause. Then, with the US weakened, bankrupt, fatigued and unable/unwilling to project power and provide resources to its Middle Eastern allies, a reinvigorated al-Qaeda would launch its “near” campaign anew, with its army of new recruits already mobilized.”

The conventional wisdom is that we had the bad guys on the run in Afghanistan, but let up on them to focus on Iraq. PG has his doubts on this. The Afghans fought the Soviet Union off, and they were next door. Even if we were to conquer their armies, the challenge to establish a stable government would remain. Meanwhile, we are stuck, broke, and hurting.

In the 1996 Olympics, the men’s marathon went a mile from PG’s residence. He walked up to Peachtree Road, and stood in front of Oglethorpe University as the runners went by. All but one of the racers was in a pack. The exception was from Afghanistan.

The runner from Afghanistan had been injured, and was running fifteen minutes behind the pack. He had a large bandage on one leg, but continued to run. The marathon runner from Afghanistan finished the race that day, despite his injuries.

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Ten Nineteen

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 19, 2010







A fb friend posted that he was tagged by someone wanting to know 25 things about you, and then you tag 25 more people. This is a total of 650 things about people. If you find a 27th person with only 16 things to say, you will have 666.

PG was looking for some text to put between the pictures, and he thought a quiz would be fun. (Pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library” ) Google supplied a heavily commercial site called sparkpeople. If you read this and want to answer the questions, consider yourself tagged. Otherwise, do something useful with your time.

Today is 10-19. In trucker radio code, 10-19 means you are checking in with the dispatcher, you are caught up, and you want to know what else to do. If the dispatcher says 10-24, then you have no more chores and should return to the base. What does this have to do with playing twenty questions on steroids?
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My Father//2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? I don’t remember//3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No//4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Cold pizza pepperoni//5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? No// 6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Good question///7. DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT?Only when needed//8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? Yes//9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? No//10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Cheerios// 11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Boots yes, sneakers sometimes//12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? I try to wash on a regular basis//13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Peach//14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Do they look like their pictures?15. RED OR PINK? Quit talking about my neck// 16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? Lack of achievement//17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Judy( don’t know the last name)//18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST? Who?//19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?Tan//20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Steamed potatoes// 21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Nick Drake//22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Broken//23. FAVORITE SMELLS? reefer//24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? A robocall about credit cards//25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE? Both// 26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? NFL//27. HAIR COLOR? White//28. EYE COLOR? Green//29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? Sometimes//30. FAVORITE FOOD? Curry// 31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Fewer commercials//32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? Fight Club//33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Red//34. SUMMER OR WINTER? Winter//35. HUGS OR KISSES? Hugs// 36. FAVORITE DESSERT? Brownies//37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO? Walking over steady paths//38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION? Computer//39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW? A biography of John Lennon//40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? A trackball mouse// 42. FAVORITE SOUND? A vintage telephone bell//43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Brian Jones//44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? Berlin//45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? No// 46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN? On credit//47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW? ITP//48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE? Brown//49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR? Green//50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS? This is enough




National Disturbed People Day

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 17, 2010






Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 10:28 AM
Subject: FW: National Disturbed People Day – enjoy!
Today is International Disturbed People’s Day
You have to read the stuff at the end for your laugh!!!!!
Please send an encouraging message to a disturbed friend… just as I’ve done.
I don’t care if you lick windows,take the special bus,
or occasionally pee on yourself..
You hang in there sunshine, you’re frigging’ special

Every sixty seconds you spend angry, upset or mad,
is a full minute of happiness you’ll never get back.

Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly,
Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile.

Even if it makes someone else cry, never regret it, because you are
the only person who matters!

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance.
Send to all the people you love and don’t want to lose in 2008, even me.
If you get 3 back, you are a great friend.
This is a repost. It was originally posted two years ago, and based on a chain email. It is post number 1000 at the blog. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. Inclusion of these pictures with this feature does not imply that the people displayed are disturbed. The were taken between 1860 and 1880.




Two Thirds Of A Pun

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 10, 2010






1. The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference.He acquired his size from too much pi.2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.6. A dog gave
birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.17. A backward poet writes inverse.18. In a democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes.19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you’d be in Seine.21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, ‘I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.’22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says ‘Dam!’23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, ‘I’ve lost my electron.’ The other says ‘Are you sure?’ The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.26. There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.27. Pictures for this entertainment are from The Library of Congress. This is not supposed to be funny.




Jill And Elena Part Two

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 8, 2010







It is just a few weeks before Halloween and Election Day. They get tougher to tell apart every year.

There was a disclosure today from the Karen Handel campaign. It seems as though over 100k was spent on a rally with Sarah Palin, the day before the runoff. $92k went to a charter jet company, and the expenses for the Buckhead hotel were over $13k. The rally paired the dynamic Palin with Karen Handel, who has the charisma of a doorknob. The next day, the Georgia voter chose a notorious crook as the Republican nominee.

In the 81st district, silly season is in full flower. Elena Parent is sending out ads promising, er, a, something. She has a plan to bring jobs to the district, and make the schools better. At least her mailers look nice.

As for the “false smear campaign against Jill Chambers”, all PG can see is that Mrs. Chambers supports raising taxes. “She already has plenty of bills to pay. Thanks to Jill Chambers, she now has more taxes to pay”.

The truth is, the State of Georgia is broke, and scrambling for every dime they can get. If Miss Parent is elected, she will probably need to support tax increases. In the popular “pants on fire” division, Miss Parent should keep an extinguisher handy. (Are your pants on fire if you are wearing a skirt?)

Did someone say pants on fire ? If they did, it was about Jill Chambers . She is hitting hard and often at contributions, to Miss Parent, from lawyers at Southerland Asbill. (Miss Parent is a former employee of the firm.) According to Mrs. Chambers, this money comes out of operating revenue for the schools.

A group called politifact listened to that robocall. (spell check suggestions:robotic,rockfall,aerobically)
(Jill Chambers makes robocalls.) They had a few things to say.
“But those contributions to Parent’s campaign don’t come directly from Sutherland, as the robocall suggests. Its employees made individual donations with their own money…None of the school system’s board members was named in the indictment. A schools spokesman said it is therefore inaccurate to call the board “corrupt.”
And saying campaign contributions to Parent came from money intended for schoolchildren tests the bounds of logic. Using Chambers’ reasoning, if a Sutherland lawyer bought a candy bar at a Wal-Mart, you could accuse the retailer of taking money intended for schoolchildren.”




The Buckhead Boys

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 7, 2010






The facebook friend said “Today is Dead Poets Remembrance Day, Oct. 7th, the day Edgar Allan Poe died. Be sure to visit a graveyard and read some poetry today”. PG didn’t have anything better to do. Pictures for are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”

The first obstacle was finding a book of poetry. PG is not a poetry person. A look at the shelf turned up a paperback, “125 years of Atlantic “. Poetry was to be found between those covers.

The book had two stickers, both saying 69 cents. At the old Book Nook, this meant that the book was half the price on the sticker. With tax, that would be 38 cents.

125YOA had stayed in PG’s car for a few years. Whenever he was stuck somewhere with time to kill, this book was waiting. One afternoon in 1998, there was a slow day at work. PG read a remembrance by Gertrude Stein, about life in France at the start of World War II.

The cemetery of choice was connected to the Nancy Creek Primitive Baptist Church. PG has driven by this facility thousands of times. He walked past the graves until he found a fallen tree to sit down on.

The first poem was “Looking for the Buckhead Boys” by James Dickey. PG began to read out loud, and soon could smell the drug store air of Wender and Roberts. The author bought fifty cents worth of gas at a Gulf station. Today, fifty cents might buy a tablespoon of gas, and Gulf was long ago bought out by BP. Wender and Roberts became a bar, which was torn down, to make way for a  shopping destination.

Buckhead is not what it used to be. When Mr. Dickey was the bravest man in Buckhead ( he took a shit in the toilet at Tyree’s pool hall), PG was not even thought of. The traffic jams on Peachtree Street are still there, as the blue haired ladies follow poets into the ground.

When PG finished reading Mr. Dickey, he put a teal postit in the book, where the poem stood. PG looked up, and the graveyard seemed different. Maybe the sun had sank a bit in the sky, and maybe the poem had changed PG in a way he could not put into words. Maybe another poem was the answer. Take the glasses off, open the book at random, and turn the pages until a poem shows up.

On page 404…the historic Atlanta area code…was “The Wartime Journey” by Jan Struther. The 1944 work was unknown territory. A group of people are traveling on a train. The wounded vet, the untried recruit, the salesmen shared the space with a lady, taking a baby for her soldier husband to meet. The theme of the rhymes was that America was totally at war, and that war is different from peacetime. Today’s war in Babylon is not like that.

Halfway through the reading, a freight train pulled by. Today, passenger trains are a novelty, and freight rules the rails. The shipment today was double decked containers, ready to pull off and slap on an eighteen wheeler.

Deaths are said to come in threes, and reading poetry in a graveyard should be the same. PG went on a random search for a Moe, to go with the Curley and Larry already digested. A page of poems by Emily Dickinson was the result. These pages left PG unmoved. It was as if he was back in the sixth grade, with a horrible English teacher forcing him to memorize Hiawatha. It was time to go home.




Just Ask A Socialist

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 7, 2010






This is a repost from two years ago. Not much has changed since then. BHO won the election, and the level of political discourse went even lower. The name calling goes on, and may be a deciding force on election day. The right wing likes to call others communist, even those who were not born when the Berlin Wall came down.
As for the other sign…PG has not been by the yard lately, or is even sure which one it is. Atlanta is in a mild drought, but seems to have forgotten the water crisis. People are using water on landscaping, even in October. The idea that water is a precious resource, that could become very scarce, just does not occur to people.

People still say “have a blessed day”. If you are not impressed, it is your problem. There is currently a billboard sign up, telling you to be like him. There is a picture of a hideous man attached. Why anyone would want to be like this person is a mystery.

PG went for a bike ride, and saw two signs of note. The first was the basic McCain/Palin sign, with a message at the bottom. The addendum was “Obama=Socialism…Just ask a Russian”.This line of reasoning is bizarre. This election will include voters who were born after the fall of the Berlin Wall. The idea that voters can still be swayed by implying that a candidate is a communist is amazing. The truth is, some voters do think that way.

As for the ask a Russian part…Russia is an energy rich country now. Moscow is one of the most expensive cities on earth. It is doubtful that anyone there is concerned about socialism. Maybe, seeing as how much better their economy is than ours, we should look to Russia for guidance.

The other sign involved another form of economics. In Georgia, the precious commodity is water. There was a two part sign involving an economic dispute over water. The first part was an anonymous note criticizing a man for watering his lawn. The reply to that was equally abrasive.

PG would not want to be a judge in this case. The first note was snide, and made a threat to “stop the flow coming out of the sprinkler head ourselves”. The second note was just as uppity.

It is true that the lawn owner followed the letter of the law in getting a permit. It is also true that we are in a severe drought. Having an emerald green lawn in October is the sort of luxury we have become addicted to. It would not hurt this man to put straw on his yard until more water is available to grow grass. There may come a time when we have to choose between water to wash food, and water to put on sod. There is a question of values. Maybe we should ask a Russian.

One thing that got PG’s attention was the way the notes were signed. The first Dear Neighbor was signed Thank You!, followed by a smiley face. The second Dear Neighbor was signed THANK YOU AND HAVE A BLESSED DAY! There is a commentary on our culture in those signoffs. The smiley face is secular, and punctuates a most unfriendly message. The Blessed Day nonsense…in all caps… is the Jesus Worship answer. Neither one speaks well for the messenger.




The Worst Neighborhoods In America

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 6, 2010






Once again, someone with too much free time has compiled the list of America’s 25 worst neighborhoods . This study was done in 2009 , and reported at chamblee54. More than one person has too much free time.

The only thing this study really indicates is that you can use statistics to say anything you want. There is very little consistency between 2009 and 2010. Did the bad hoods of 2009 clean up, or did other gamy ghettoes get worse?
It is tough to tell whether there are any repeaters, because of the way the hoods are named.

Here is the honor roll for 2010:1. Chicago, Ill.– W. Lake St.//2. Cleveland, Ohio–Scovill Ave.//3. Las Vegas, Nev.– Balzar Ave.//4. Las Vegas, Nev.– N. 28th St.//5. Atlanta, Ga.– Carter St.//6. Philadelphia, Pa– N. 13th St.//7. Atlanta, GA– Marietta St.//8. Las Vegas, Nev.– D St.//9. Washington, D.C.– L St. SE//10. Chattanooga, Tenn.–King St.//11. Charlotte, N.C.– N. Tryon St.//12. Memphis, Tenn.– Florida St.//13. North Charleston, S.C.–: Echo Ave.//14. Louisville, Ky.– E. Breckinridge St.//15. Fort Worth, Texas– E. Lancaster Ave.//16. Winston-Salem, N.C.– E. 21st St.//17. Atlanta, Ga.– Richardson St.//18. Chicago, Ill.– 4000 S. Federal St.//19. Memphis, Tenn.– N. Danny Thomas Blvd.//20. Cleveland, Ohio– Chestnut Pl.//21. Galveston, Texas– Church St.//22. Atlanta, Ga.– Humphries St. SW//23. Kansas City, Mo.–Independence Ave.//24. Cincinnati, Ohio– Moore St.//25. Orlando, Fla.– W. Central Blvd.

Atlanta was overlooked in 2009, but scored four hoods in 2010. In fact, Atlanta had the most players of any city in America. Las Vegas copped three, with Chicago and Cleveland placing two. Chicago does get the prize for having the worst neighborhood in America.

As in 2009, the list leaves a few things out. New York, California, New Jersey, and Louisiana are left out of the action. There is always next year. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.





Jon Stewart Who?

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 5, 2010








If you follow the squawking heads, you hear about things. The current buzz might be the Sanchez-Stewart bitchfight (spell check suggestion:birthright), or the boyfriends of a loudmouth for Jesus. The various troubles in Babylon don’t get as much attention.

One of the recent sensations was a poorly groomed preacher in Florida who wanted to burn the Koran. He got as much attention as anyone could imagine, and decided not to do it. Juan Cole has the story today of some settlers in Palestine who vandalized a mosque, and burned the Koran in the process. The word is that this sort of thing goes on all the time in Palestine.

Another place where victory has been declared is Iraq. A blogger called Iraqimojo had a feature recently about the inability of the people to form a government. The comment thread says volumes about the way things are in Babylon today. There is a wikipedia link to a word, which evidently is important to some Iraqis, but is almost never used in corporate media in America. When the population of a country is compared to prisoners at Auschwitz…

Blogger C.H. said… Or maybe the resilience of the Iraqi people WILL hold up against attempts by their enemies and incompetent politicians to bring them down. Iraq surived its darkest days in 2006-and 2007, when all the major media outlets had written it off as a lost cause. At the same time, the Washington Post may prove unable to “weather the storm” as bias print media becomes more irrlevant than ever and its readership continues to vanish. We will have to wait and see…hopefully both of these potential outcomes will come true. 10/1/10 1:36 PM

Blogger Maury said…Wasn’t Maliki nominated by Parliament today? The news has Sadr throwing his support that way. I blame the delays on Muqwaq himself. The government would have been formed long ago had he supported either Maliki or Allawi to begin with. The Kurds will go with whoever has the votes. 10/1/10 6:21 PM

Anonymous David All said… Yes, it is true that Iraq has survived worse than the last six months since the election and will hopefully soon have a new government. At least in Iraq, a person can criticize the people in power without risk of being thrown in prison or disappearing altogether as happen to a female blogger in Syria some 10 months ago. One story says that she has died in prison, another that she is still alive, though still in prison. Read “Tal El-Melouhy, a Syrian blogger, dies in jail” at http://simplyjews.blogspot.com/2010/09/syrian-blogger-dies-in-jail.html 10/1/10 7:35 PM

Blogger Dolly said…2006 was not a golden era at all, the reason for high body counts at that time was Shia animals executing random Sunnis. Those are C.H.’s friends — “human rights activists” from Shia death squads 10/2/10 9:02 AM

Blogger Dolly said… Isn’t it time you stopped falsely portraying Iraqi collaborators as victims, if they are holding tens of thousands of people in torture gulags? I mean, isn’t that a telltale sign that they are not victims? Like, if someone told you: “Can you assist a young girl I know? She is a victim.” – Oh. Sure, gladly. What are the specifics? “Well, she keeps 30,000 people in secret torture prisons.” 10/2/10 9:17 AM

Blogger Maury said… Takfiri’s belong in tortur prisons Dolly. Better yet, let the general public line up to take a piss on them. Even better, set them on fire and see if anyone will piss on them to put it out. 10/2/10 11:50 AM

Blogger Don Cox said… Nobody, however evil they may be, should be tortured. If the current Iraqi government is complicit in torture, they are wrong and should be called on it. 10/3/10 3:50 AM

Blogger Maury said… I agree Don. We shouldn’t torture humans, animals, or insects. I wouldn’t pull the wings off a fly. But, takfiri’s don’t fall into those categories. Takfiri’s are pus-filled demons. It’s our duty to torture them.10/3/10 6:39 AM
Blogger Bruno said… [david] “At least in Iraq, a person can criticize the people in power without risk of being thrown in prison or disappearing altogether” LOOOOOL! 10/4/10 4:52 AM

Blogger Bruno said… At least in Auschwitz, people were free to express themselves without being thrown in jail or disappearing forever. 10/4/10 4:53 AM

Anonymous Aton said…Prisoners at Auschwitz were free to express themselves? Wow, that must be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. 10/4/10 8:31 PM

Anonymous Aton said… LOL, Bruno so lost he thinks his moronic sense of irony is brilliant while neglecting to even see the utter stupidly of his own words. It is amazing that this douche bag can actually teach himself to be an idiot. What a world. 10/4/10 8:40 PM

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.




Unitarian Jihad

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 4, 2010








This message came to chamblee54 through the grace of the comment section at obsidianwings. The original was printed in a San Francisco newspaper in 2005, when few had heard of Barack Obama. The author may claim that it is satire, but chamblee54 suspects a hidden message. The pictures are from The Library of Congress.
The following is the first communique from a group calling itself Unitarian Jihad. It was sent to me at The Chronicle via an anonymous spam remailer. I have no idea whether other news organizations have received this communique, and, if so, why they have not chosen to print it. Perhaps they fear starting a panic. I feel strongly that the truth, no matter how alarming, trivial or disgusting, must always be told. I am pleased to report that the words below are at least not disgusting:
Greetings to the Imprisoned Citizens of the United States. We are Unitarian Jihad. There is only God, unless there is more than one God. The vote of our God subcommittee is 10-8 in favor of one God, with two abstentions. Brother Flaming Sword of Moderation noted the possibility of there being no God at all, and his objection was noted with love by the secretary.

Greetings to the Imprisoned Citizens of the United States! Too long has your attention been waylaid by the bright baubles of extremist thought. Too long have fundamentalist yahoos of all religions (except Buddhism — 14-5 vote, no abstentions, fundamentalism subcommittee) made your head hurt. Too long have you been buffeted by angry people who think that God talks to them. You have a right to your moderation! You have the power to be calm! We will use the IED of truth to explode the SUV of dogmatic expression!

People of the United States, why is everyone yelling at you??? Whatever happened to … you know, everything? Why is the news dominated by nutballs saying that the Ten Commandments have to be tattooed inside the eyelids of every American, or that Allah has told them to kill Americans in order to rid the world of Satan, or that Yahweh has instructed them to go live wherever they feel like, or that Shiva thinks bombing mosques is a great idea?

Sister Immaculate Dagger of Peace notes for the record that we mean no disrespect to Jews, Muslims, Christians or Hindus. Referred back to the committee of the whole for further discussion.

We are Unitarian Jihad. We are everywhere. We have not been born again, nor have we sworn a blood oath. We do not think that God cares what we read, what we eat or whom we sleep with. Brother Neutron Bomb of Serenity notes for the record that he does not have a moral code but is nevertheless a good person, and Unexalted Leader Garrote of Forgiveness stipulates that Brother Neutron Bomb of Serenity is a good person, and this is to be reflected in the minutes.

Beware! Unless you people shut up and begin acting like grown-ups with brains enough to understand the difference between political belief and personal faith, the Unitarian Jihad will begin a series of terrorist-like actions. We will take over television studios, kidnap so-called commentators and broadcast calm, well-reasoned discussions of the issues of the day. We will not try for “balance” by hiring fruitcakes; we will try for balance by hiring non-ideologues who think through the issues.

We are Unitarian Jihad. We will appear in public places and require people to shake hands with each other. (Sister Hand Grenade of Love suggested that we institute a terror regime of mandatory hugging, but her motion was not formally introduced because of lack of a quorum.) We will require all lobbyists, spokesmen and campaign managers to dress like trout in public. Televangelists will be forced to take jobs as Xerox repair specialists. Demagogues of all stripes will be required to read Proust out loud in prisons.

We are Unitarian Jihad, and our motto is: “Sincerity is not enough.” We have heard from enough sincere people to last a lifetime already. Just because you believe it’s true doesn’t make it true. Just because your motives are pure doesn’t mean you are not doing harm. Get a dog, or comfort someone in a nursing home, or just feed the birds in the park. Play basketball. Lighten up. The world is not out to get you, except in the sense that the world is out to get everyone.

Brother Gatling Gun of Patience notes that he’s pretty sure the world is out to get him because everyone laughs when he says he is a Unitarian. There were murmurs of assent around the room, and someone suggested that we buy some Congress members and really stick it to the Baptists. But this was deemed against Revolutionary Principles, and Brother Gatling Gun of Patience was remanded to the Sunday Flowers and Banners committee.

People of the United States! We are Unitarian Jihad! We can strike without warning. Pockets of reasonableness and harmony will appear as if from nowhere! Nice people will run the government again! There will be coffee and cookies in the Gandhi Room after the revolution.






Sack Of Stuff

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 4, 2010






These days, everyone is on the internet. Some sites are more entertaining than others. With the diversity of this big country, it should surprise no one that some of the best sites are out it the big country. PG stumbled onto a site from KRMG , a talk radio station in Tulsa, OK. If you click in the right place, you can have the Rush Limbaugh show streamed to your computer.

The big ad at the top is from Danny Myers, who fixes wrecked vehicles. Another ad shows a pretty girl, in red high heels, on a rope ladder. If you click there, and enter your age in the box, you can find out how to refinance your home.

The story that got PG onto the KRMG site involves a house fire in Obion County, TN. It seems as though the fire department there has a policy that you pay a $75 a year fee, or you are not protected from fires. The firefighters were called to a house, but the owner had not paid the annual fee. The firefighters watched the house burn to the ground.
“It wasn’t until that fire spread to a neighbor’s property, that anyone would respond. Turns out, the neighbor had paid the fee.” That is the thing about community…fires do spread.
There are some more stories that are not as hot. Pictures for today’s entertainment are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.

“DAD STASHES POT IN SON’S ELMO BACKPACK: A Pennsylvania man is in jail after pleading guilty to hiding his pot stash in his kid’s backpack. Ronald Washington, 33, called his son’s school when he realized the child took the drug-filled Elmo backpack to school. When he told school officials that he needed to get something from the bag, the officials searched it and found more than three ounces of pot. Washington plead guilty to marijuana possession charges and endangering the welfare of children. He’ll be sentenced next week.”

“RACINE, Wis. (Oct. 3) – Emergency crews in Wisconsin used a ladder truck to rescue 17 people trapped on a Ferris wheel. The ride was one of the attractions at Party on the Pavement in Racine, about 30 miles south of Milwaukee. Officials say emergency crews were called about 1 p.m. Saturday after it appeared the ride fell out of alignment and got stuck. No one was hurt, but it took about two hours to stabilize the wheel before the rescues began.”

“The parents of a New York teen killed in a car crash five years ago are suing the city’s medical examiner for keeping their dead son’s brain floating in a jar at the morgue for months without telling them. But what’s worse is how they found out: The boy’s classmates, including his girlfriend, spotted it labeled with his name while they were on a school field trip to the mortuary. “A couple of the kids noticed it immediately, and the kids who knew him became really distraught,” Andre and Korisha Shipley’s lawyer, Marvin Ben-Aron, told The New York Post. Some of the students even took cell phone photos of the brain floating in a jar, before they were confiscated by their teacher, he said. Jesse Jerome Shipley, a 17-year-old student at Staten Island’s Port Richmond High School, died from skull fractures suffered during a car accident on Jan. 9, 2005. “

“Forget drafty windows and aging cars — a new study says one of the biggest wastes of energy in America could be the food in your garbage can. Every rotten tomato or unwanted chicken wing represents wasted energy, since the calories in the food are never consumed. And the energy that went into growing the food, processing it, packaging it and transporting it to the consumer is also wasted. Each year, American food waste represents the energy equivalent of 350 million barrels of oil, according to new research from the University of Texas. That’s enough to power the whole country for a week — just sitting in the trash can rotting.”

“MANATEE, Fla., Oct. 1 (UPI) — Police in Florida said a suspect arrested for drug possession denied ownership of the cocaine he was found to be concealing in his buttocks. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said Raymond Stanley Roberts, 25, was pulled over at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday in Manatee and the deputy writing the speeding ticket detected the odor of marijuana in the car, The Bradenton Herald reported Friday. Roberts admitted to smoking marijuana the previous evening and invited deputies to search his car, the sheriff’s office report said. Deputies searching Roberts’ person discovered a soft object in his buttocks that Roberts then took out and gave to the deputies, who identified it as a baggie of marijuana. Deputies said they found a second soft object in Roberts’ buttocks that was removed and identified as cocaine. “The white stuff is not mine, but the weed is,” the report quotes Roberts as saying to deputies.”