Odor In The Court

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 10, 2010

These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts, and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now published by court reporters, that had the torment of staying calm while these exchanges were actually taking place. Pictures from The Library of Congress (The pictures were found by entering 666 in the LOC search engine.)
Atty.: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?//Witness: He said , ‘Where am I, Cathy? //Atty.: And why did that upset you? //Witness: My name is Susan! Atty.: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact? //Witness: Gucci sweats and Reeboks. //Atty.: Are you sexually active? //Witness: No , I just lie there. Atty.: This myasthenia gravis , does it affect your memory at all? // Witness: Yes.// Atty.: And in what ways does it affect your memory? //Witness: I forget..//Atty.: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot? Atty.: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in voodoo? //Witness: We both do.//Atty.: Voodoo? //Witness: We do..//Atty.: You do?//Witness: Yes , voodoo Atty.: Now doctor , isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep ,he doesn’t know about it until the next morning? //Witness: Did you actually pass the bar exam? Atty.: The youngest son , the 20-year-old , how old is he? //Witness: He’s 20 , much like your IQ. //Atty.: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?//Witness: Yes //Atty.: And what were you doing at that time? // Witness: Getting laid //Atty.: She had three children , right? //Witness: Yes.//Atty.: How many were boys? //Witness: None.//Atty.: Were there any girls? //Witness: Your Honour, I think I need a different Attorney.. Can I get a new Attorney.? Atty.: How was your first marriage terminated?// Witness: By death..// Atty.: And by whose death was it terminated?// Witness: Take a guess. Atty.: Can you describe the individual?//Witness: He was about medium height and had a beard//Atty.: Was this a male or a female? //Witness: Unless the Circus was in town I’m going with male. Atty.: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your Attorney.? //Witness: No, this is how I dress when I go to work. Atty.: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people? //Witness: All of them.. The live ones put up too much of a fight. Atty.: ALL your responses MUST be oral , OK? What school did you go to? //Witness: Oral… Atty.: Do you recall the time that you examined the body? //Witness: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM //Atty.: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time? //Witness: If not , he was by the time I finished. Atty.: Are you qualified to give a urine sample? //Witness: Are you qualified to ask that question? //Atty.: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse? //Witness: No.//Atty.: Did you check for blood pressure? //Witness: No.//Atty.: Did you check for breathing? //Witness: No..//Atty.: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy? //Witness: No.//Atty.: How can you be so sure, Doctor? //Witness: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.//Atty.: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless? //Witness: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

Dogs And Pine Trees

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 9, 2010

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

Some court in California is hearing appeals about a Prop. 8 lawsuit. Some say marriage was invented by G-d, but it is heavily regulated by the state. Prop. 8 was a reaction to a court ruling to a lawsuit, about a law. A voters initiative reversed the court ruling, prompting another lawsuit, which is in the appeals phase now. It can be complicated.

In other news, Father Tony renovated the kitchen to his Manhattan apartment. Apparently, his marriage survived. FT is a treasure. He wrote once about the ins and outs of the Catholic Church , his one time employer.

This marriage thing is getting complicated. Father Tony has a story posted today. FT is a retired employee of the state of Connecticut. His buddy of 25 years is registered as his domestic partner, and receives benefits as a result. Recently, same sex marriage became legal up there. It seems that the benefits deal was a union negotiated thing. This is some of the fine print:

A couple shall be eligible for domestic partner status only if the couple is unable to marry in Connecticut because Connecticut’s marriage provision’s distinguish between same sex and opposite sex couples. Should eligibility to marry in Connecticut no longer be precluded on the basis of this distinction, the following provision shall cease to be effective on that date, except that coverage for couples having already achieved domestic partner status under the terms of this provision shall cease one year from that date

In other words, if the partner of FT wants to keep the pension, they MUST get married.
There was a comment somewhere recently….maybe it was Peach Pundit, and please don’t ask for a link…but the commenter was discussing domestic partner benefits. The commenter made a point that this really wasn’t a bad idea, but that maybe there should be a live in requirement…say two years…of the couple being a declared d.p. item, before the partner would be eligible for benefits.

PG saw this, and thought that this would be a good idea for old fashioned marriage as well. Many marriages are more business arrangements than love matches. The shotgun has been replaced with a claims form. If a man gets his sweetie in the family way, he often has to marry her to get insurance, to cover the bundle of joy. There are many other “violations of the sanctity of traditional marriage”.

And then PG realized why this is not going to happen, and one more reason why people don’t like gay marriage. There are all sorts of legal goodies for a straight married couple. The idea that this might be compromised, by equal legal goodies for same sex couples, is distressing.


Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 9, 2010

It is 3:08 pm, December 8, 2010. Yesterday was Pearl Harbor day, one of those days where you remember where you were when you heard it. PG was minus 12 on Pearl Harbor Day, and does not remember very much. The other two remember days would be when John Kennedy was killed, and 911. PG was in fourth grade for Kennedy, and in a workplace that seemed like kindergarten on 911.

PG is putting together a tribute to BHTV ( not to be confused for the BH Surfers) has been the soundtrack for many evenings of photo mischief this past year. (HT to Andrew Sullivan ) After a while, PG started to collect screen shots of the diavlogs.

In August, PG started to distort these screen shots, and post them in the comments. This lasted only a few days, until a picture of Dave Weigel with green bumps on his face appeared. The picture was taken down, as were the ones to follow. PG did not set himself on fire. This comment notwithstanding, Mr. Weigel seems to be doing alright.

Bloggingheads TV is a website. It has diavlogs, where two people discuss stuff on camera. The dvs last about an hour, and are shot at the participant’s place. The audio and video quality varies wildly, with some dvs being totally unlistenable. There are a few regular features, like Friday’s “The week in blog”, and “Science Saturday”. The Science dvs feature these two old men, who say “Oh really” a lot.

This facility is roughly five years old. The first yakkers to appear were Bob Wright and Mickey Kaus. They still cut shows, and yell at each other a lot. Bob is somewhat of a bigshot at BHTV, and appears often, frequently rolling his eyes.

PG listened to a rather bizarre dv this afternoon, while working on the pictures. One of the participants was Bob Wright, the other a man, with a strange name, from something called the Singularity Institute . The objective of the S.I. is to create a form of artificial intelligence which will allow mankind to survive, or something like that. At one point, the discussed creating a G-d , except that G-d is a controversial concept.

The veteran listener to BHTV learns a few things quickly. The server at BHTV gets overloaded, and sometimes the talk grinds to a halt. The answer is to download an MP3 of the diavlog, and listen to it. You can get an MP4 if you want to look at it, but the grim truth is that most of the talkers here are too ugly to look at. You are better off listening, while you multitask. There are exceptions to this, and some viewers have different standards of pulchritude. You might wonder if Ann Althouse is having a bad peroxide day.

If you listen, and think of clever things to say, you might wind up in the comment section. There are usually some amusing flame wars going on, which is discouraged by the management, but tough to stop. You should not be upset if no one reacts to your comment. It is also helpful to quote from the dv, with something called a dingalink. This is a link to a specific bit of dialog, that you might want to comment about. On the home page, there is usually a selection of dingalinks, some of which were supplied by Chamblee54.

There are two ways to create a dingalink. There are some buttons on the viewer window, which you can figure out how to use. The second way was explained in a comment one time.

It Was getting late, and if I had any sense I would go to sleep. Then I saw a commenter court, and decided to stay up anyway. The good news is, I got a handful of pictures processed, which will make nice illustrations for a future blog post.

When you talk about dingalinks,(spell check suggestions :dialings ,dinginess, singalongs ,dingbats) you might mention an easier way to produce them. First, you write down the times when your quote begins and ends, and the diavlog number. It is a good idea to add a few seconds more on both ends.

Then, go to the Bloggingheads logo at the top of the screen. ( This is if the diavlog is still going on, and you don’t want to interrupt it. ) Right click on the logo, and tell the resulting new window to open in a new tab. Go to the side of the window, where they have quotes from previous diavlogs displayed. Click on one of these, with the sound cut off.

You now have the code for dingalinks. In the place for the number of the diavlog, paste in the number of the new diavlog. In the place of the times for the quote, paste in the times of the new quote. You have now created a dingalink, without having to learn how the wonderful box works. You can have lots of fun with dingalinks.

Just because you click on a diavlog and listen, there is no guarantee that it will be interesting. Some are horribly dull, and some have too much shouting. Some people argue too much, and others are too quick to agree. You pay your money and you take your chances.

One of the stars is Glenn Loury. An African American teaching at an Ivy League university, Mr. Loury goes off on highly entertaining rants. ( It will be interesting to see how PG feels when he disagrees with Mr. Loury on one of these rants.) On at least one occasion, Mr. Loury was speaking softly, so that you leaned into the speaker to hear him, and suddenly ramp up the volume in a nanosecond.

In a recent diavlog, Glenn Greenwald explained why he is living in Brazil. It seems as though his bf if from Brazil, and the American government will not give him a residence visa. Brazil will allow Mr. Greenwald to stay there permanently, so he commutes by Skype from Rio de Janeiro.

There are other chatters with fun things to say, and a few that make PG angry. However, it is getting late, and he is tired of worrying about all this. It is time to finish the text, and post the matter.

Bubba Claus

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 8, 2010

This is an important message. It is borrowed from Gartalker.
A new contract for Santa has finally been negotiated. . . Please read the following carefully:
I regret to inform you that, effective immediately, I will no longer be able to serve Southern United States onChristmas Eve. Due to the overwhelming current population of the earth, my contract was renegotiated by North American Fairies and Elves Local 209. I now serve only certain areas of Canada and the northern boarder states.
As part of the new and better contract I also get longer breaks for milk and cookies so keep that in mind. However, I made certain that your children will be in good hands with your local replacement who happens to be my third cousin, Bubba Claus. His side of the family is from the South Pole. He shares my goal of delivering toys to all the good boys and girls; however, there are a few differences.
1. There is no danger of a Grinch stealing your presents from Bubba Claus. He has a gun rack on his sleigh and a bumper sticker that reads: These toys insured by Smith and Wesson.
2. Instead of milk and cookies, Bubba Claus prefers that children leave an RC cola and pork rinds [or a moon pie] on the fireplace. And Bubba doesn’t smoke a pipe. He dips a little snuff though, so please have an empty spit can handy.
3. Bubba Claus; sleigh is pulled by floppy-eared, flying coon dogs instead of reindeer. I made the mistake of loaning him  my reindeer one time, and Blitzen’s head now overlooks Bubba’s fireplace.
4. You won’t hear On Comet, on Cupid,  . . ., when Bubba Claus arrives. Instead, you’ll hear, On Earnhardt, on Wallace, on Gordon and Labonte. On Rudd, on Johnson, on Elliott and Petty.
5. Ho, ho, ho! has been replaced by “Yee Haw!” And you also are likely to hear “I herd dat!”
6. As required by Southern highway laws, Bubba Claus’ sleigh does have a Yosemite Sam safety triangle on the back with the words “Back off”. The last I heard it also had other decorations on the sleigh back as well. One is a Ford or Chevy logo with lights that race through the letters and the other is a caricature of me (Santa Claus) going wee-wee on the Tooth Fairy.
7. The usual Christmas movie classics such as “Miracle on 34th Street” and It’s a “Wonderful Life” will not be shown in your negotiated viewing area. Instead, you’ll see “Boss Hogg Saves Christmas” and “Smokey and the Bandit IV” featuring Burt Reynolds as Bubba Claus and dozens of state patrol cars crashing into each other.
8. Bubba Claus doesn’t wear a belt. If I were you, I’d make sure you, the wife, and the kids turn the other way when he bends over to put presents under the tree.
9. And finally, lovely Christmas songs have been sung about me like “Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer” and Bing Crosby’s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”. This year songs about Bubba Claus will be played on all the AM radio stations in the South. Those song titles will be Mark Chesnutt’s “Bubba Claus Shot the Jukebox”, Cledus T. Judd“All I Want for Christmas Is My Woman and a Six Pack”, and Hank Williams Jr.’s “If You Don’t Like Bubba Claus, You can Shove It.
Sincerely Yours, Santa Claus
(member of North American Fairies and Elves Local 209)

Million Dollar Bill

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 6, 2010

PG was walking down Peachtree Street downtown when a man gave him what appeared to be a dollar bill. Since there were not crowds of people asking for seconds, PG assumed that it was an ad gimmick. He put it in his pocket, and did not look at it until later.

The handout was a faux million dollar bill. On the front was a picture of President James A.Garfield . Mr. Garfield had been President less than 200 days when he was shot by Charles Guiteau, a disgruntled federal office seeker, on July 2, 1881. After receiving incompetent medical attention, Mr. Garfield died in Elberon, NJ, September 19, 1881.

Today the name Garfield is associated with a cartoon cat. The cat was named for the cartoonist’s father, who was named for President Garfield. PG does not know who former Georgia Governor Lester Garfield Maddox is named for.

According to wikianswers , there has never been a million dollar bill. The gimmick handed PG is worth roughly the paper it is printed on. This is disputed by the first line of the message on the back.
“It’s not real money; it’s the priceless message of the gospel. The Bible says, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”” Yes, the million dollar bill was a gospel tract.
The text of the message is familiar to anyone living in the United States. It is the concept that you go to hell, if you don’t agree with the  scheme for life after death. PG has heard this rhetoric a million times, and is unlikely to change his mind because of a phony million dollar bill.

Wikianswers tells of others who use faux currency. (Some say conventional paper money is a FRAUD, or Federal Reserve Accounting Unit Dollar.) In 2001, a man bought a sundae at Dairy Queen with a $200 bill. The bill featured a picture of George W. Bush. The Dairy Queen gave the man $198 in change. In March 2004, Alice Regina Pike used a $1,000,000 bill, illustrated by the Statue of Liberty, to pay for $1,671.55 in merchandise at a Wal Mart in Covington, GA. She was arrested.

Pictures for today’s amusement…other than the million dollar bill…are from The Library of Congress.

Global War On Memory

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 4, 2010

The second part of this feature is a repost. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. It is evident that BHO has not learned much over the last year, at least as far as Afghanistan goes.

BHO recently made a surprise visit to Afghanistan. The fashion statement of a leather jacket, as he left the plane, was impeccable. The leather jacket has gone from motorcycle gangs to Air Force One. On his return to Washington, BHO wore a coat, tie, and flag pin.

The plan was for BHO to meet with Afghani Big Dog Hamid Karzai. As Juan Cole tells the tale, it didn’t quite work. Puppet governments can be tricky to work with.

Update: President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Friday but is said to have gotten stuck on Bagram Base and could not meet face to face with Hamid Karzai.The press is saying that Obama cannot get to Kabul because of high winds and fog, making it impossible to fly helicopters to the capital. But CNN is saying that police in Kabul are saying that “the weather is fine.”
But Bagram is a short automobile ride away from Kabul, and what this snafu tells you is that the US does not even control the area between Bagram and Kabul sufficiently to risk putting the president in an armored vehicle to go overland. Or, maybe there was a behind the scenes tiff that made a face to face meeting diplomatically impossible (see the next entry). This interpretation is given credence by the cancellation even of a teleconference between Obama and Karzai.
I don’t think this is going well.

PG was looking for something to write about, and saw lots of options. The Georgia Republican party is in moral free fall. The debate on climate change was resisting easy answers. PG decided to edit some pictures, when he saw a bumper sticker…”Those who forget Vietnam are condemned to repeat it”.

PG was in grammar school during the escalation of that undeclared war. As the mood of the nation turned against the war, PG moved on to high school. The “Peace with Honor” agreement was signed before he got a draft lottery number.

There was a lot of bitter debate about Vietnam. As the light at the end of the tunnel got dimmer and dimmer, it became obvious that there were no good choices. It is  easier to start a war than  end one.

Listening to the talk today, and comparing it to what he heard forty years ago, PG wonders if it was the same war. “The only reason we lost in Vietnam is because they wouldn’t let our troops win”. How many more of our men would have died, and how many more Vietnamese would have died, if “they” would have “let our troops win”? And what would victory have looked like? As it stands now, 58,000 American soldiers ( a substantial percentage of whom were drafted) died, as well as untold millions of Vietnamese men, women, and children.

The reason many today do not remember Vietnam was because they never knew it to begin with. Much of what was told in the press was lies. Much of what has been repeated is filtered through layers of rhetoric. And now, we find ourselves in two wars.

BHO was born in 1961. From 1967 to 1971, he lived in Indonesia. ( Which is closer to Vietnam than Hawaii). What he heard about the war is probably in one of his books. The point is, BHO has not forgotten Vietnam, because he probably did not know much. BHO is now sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan.

George W. Bush made the initial commitments to Afghanistan and Iraq. He was in the Texas Air National Guard during Vietnam. In that war, men were drafted into service. You were told that either you went onto the service, or you went to jail. One alternative to active duty was the National Guard.

George W. Bush did not go to Vietnam, unlike Al Gore and John Kerry. Did he knew enough, about Vietnam to forget ?

Nothing To Say

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 3, 2010

Dangerousminds , which is seldom at a loss for words, posted the video of Bob Dylan seen above. The young Mr. Zimmerman is in angry young man mode, and discusses the concept of an all picture Time magazine. All pictures, no words. This may be where this blog is headed.

Writers block is real. You have all of modern media at your beck and call, and yet you don’t have a message. TwentyTwoWords posts the story of a medical study into writers block. The study wastes no words in it a pithy treatment of this issue. It is an unspoken masterpiece, the treatment that dare not speak it’s name. The research was financed by a block grant.

The findings of this study were replicated in 2007. The report is included here, in it’s entirety. The editor noted ” I did not change one word, and this is a first in my tenure as editor.” There is no word on whether the report was submitted before the deadline.

Ben Hecht tells a story in his autobiography “Child of the Century”. As a young, underpaid newspaper writer in Chicago, Mr. Hecht was hired to participate in literary debates. In the era before movies and radio, these were considered after dinner entertainment. One night, Mr. Hecht got together with his opponent, and hatched a plan. The topic of the debate was ” People who attend literary debates are idiots.” The first speaker did not say a word, but gestured towards the crowd. The second speaker said, you win.

“Child of the Century” is now out of print. In 1994, PG thought he was going to have to move, and the first step was to throw away things. His copy of “Child of the Century” was one thing he pitched.

The idea that less is more has spread. Fun loving Jesus Worshiper Frank Turk had a post titled: “I got nothin” The text elaborated on this theme: “Not even a “best of”. He got 114 comments..

The sound that you hear is one hand clapping. Those reading with one hand can join in with the other one. Appreciation is always welcome. Vintage pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library” .

Last Of The Beltline

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 2, 2010

PG has now walked the complete beltline. He finished the part between West End Marta station, and the Bankhead station. In show business tradition, he saved the best for last. Go HERE to see a map.

Only three people made it to this Thursday adventure. It started going down Murphy Avenue, and turning on Allene Street. Soon, the first of many brick warehouses appeared, with an abandoned rail corridor behind them. The first tunnel of the day went under Murphy Avenue and Lee Street, and led to “Warehouse Row”. Many of these buildings are not in use today, and are surrounded by razor wire topped fence. This was the first time that PG and Sandy walked down this corridor. On PG’s previous trip to this area, the hikers took a concrete path on White Street. The next street south is Dimmock Street, home of Atlanta’s historic outdoor reefer market.

At Ralph David Abernathy the trio ( Led by Angel) went through another tunnel, and went down a walkway that is 500 percent better than the last time PG went through here . Another tunnel, under Lucille Street, had an art installation at it’s entrance. The trail led under I20 and Westview Drive. The beltline goes through a residential area now. Some of the houses are not boarded up.

The bridge over MLK Drive was life threatening before, but now had a smooth wooden walkway. Next on the agenda was a mound of tree cuttings and soil, that is in the beltline path. Purist Angel ignored a smooth path nearby to lead Sandy and PG over the mound. ” It’s ok”. Shortly after this was Lena Street, which leads to the Ashby Marta station. This had been the starting point of the previous hike.

There is a part of the beltline corridor that goes north of Lena Street, runs parallel to the Marta line, and apparently peters out. Angel led the group down this path, and PG said that this doesn’t go anywhere. Angel said that today it would. The path got narrow, leading to speculation that it was a toy railroad corridor. After going past a boarded up house, the threesome emerged on Joseph E. Boone Blvd., and crossed over the Marta line.

A trip through an apartment complex led to the next section of the beltline corridor. It seems as though there is a train line near there, which is in use by CSX. A long abandoned spur branches off this line at this point, and this is where the beltline goes. Past a certain point, it is solid kudzu. Angel  said we had gone five miles in two hours. The next mile would take an hour.

After hacking through the kudzu (mercifully turned gray by cold weather) for a while, the terrain got even rougher. (Sandy was wearing old shoes, with torn spots in the front, that served as kudzu catching hooks.) At one point, the crew had to crawl on hands and knees under some vines. After a while, there was a pathway(of sorts) behind yet another brick building, which appeared to be in use.

After a while, the last underpass of the day was in sight. This was a bridge over Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy, formerly known as Bankhead Highway. There was some road work going on there, with men and heavy equipment making mud. The supervisor came down to see who the three visitors were. “You walked through that?”.

World Aids Day

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 1, 2010

Alan Burnett //Bill Medlock//Bill Meneely//Blaze Mills//Buddy Conine//Calvin Bunn//
Danny Fields//David Chewning//David Hadden//Dixie//Dwight Dunaway//Freeman Waldrop//
Gary Hunton//Gene Haynes//Gene Holloway//Gibson Higgins//Glenn Krause//Greg Scott//
Harold King//Hawk//Jerry Pyschka//Jim Anderson//Jim Woodward//Joe Kenney//Joe Vickery//

John Harllee//Jon Gordon//King Thackston//Larry Jackson//Layton Gregory//Lee Mullis//
Les Friessen//Mac Wilson//Manfred Ibis//Mark Keenum//Mark Rosen//Michael Dollins //
Micheal Mason//Moon Moore//O’Gene Donohue//Purl Sudds// Sam Mitchell //Skeeter Smith//
Steve Bedworth//Stuart Davis//Ti Barfield//Tim Jeffries//Tom Aderhold//Tom Selman//
Tom Williams //Trion//Winston Morriss//

Too Many Secrets

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 1, 2010

PG heard a bit of chatter about wikileaks (spell check suggestions:windbreaks, jailbreaks)last night.
(This is dog bites man. Man bites dog would be to listen to the various gasbags yesterday, and not hear talk about wikileaks.) There was a blog post referenced, which Mr. Google turned up quickly.

The thesis of this post is that more classification means less security. The more items are deemed sensitive, the more people are going to wind up with access to them. Eventually, the wrong someone will get a hold of these items.