Abuse For Jesus

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 18, 2011

This is a double repost, from april of  2009. It deals with the dominant religion of our culture, Jesus Worship. This is a religion of beliefs, not practices. There is a love of argument, and attempts at conversion. Jesus Worshipers believe that their ideas about life after death justify this abuse. Sometimes, the death part starts a bit sooner than necessary. Pictures today are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”

The other day Father Tony posted a video at Bilerico (ba LAIR i co) about how to argue. He acknowledged that he is a venomous person.  FT used to be employed by the Catholic church. That is how he got his handle. PG thought on this for a while, and saw a connection. A little more thinking, and PG pondered that crowd pleaser, the religious argument.

Jesus Worship is a religion of beliefs, rather than practices. One of their key beliefs is the notion that you should convert those who disagree with you. If these people don’t agree with you about certain things, they go to hell. This lust to “evangelize” leads to a lot of arguments.

One of the rules for living/arguing that Father Tony expresses is that, yes, you are going to argue. This is especially true for romantic partnerships, but includes all sorts of human relating. How does this relate to religion? If you believe in a religion, does this mean you are compelled to argue with those who you disagree with?

Religious belief can be a source of strength and comfort to those lucky enough to be in the loop. For many of the rest of us, Religion (especially the Jesus Worship variety) is a source of venom. The endless arguments that believers loudly put forth spoil whatever benefits these beliefs can have. It is enough to make you wish you would never hear the word Jesus again.

PG got wound up today about a report involving super glue eight time zones away. Meanwhile, an 11 year old man, who stayed a few exits down the perimeter, hung himself.

The story was that the other kids at school gave him a tough time. “They called him gay and a snitch,” his stepfather said.
Jaheem Herrera was from St. Croix in the American Virgin Islands. The picture shows that he had light skin. Dunaire Elementary School is on South Indian Creek Road in Stone Mountain. The area is predominantly African American.
PG does not know any of the kids who bullied Mr. Herrera. He suspects that many are Jesus Worshipers. The Jesus Worship Church has preachers that verbally abuse the congregation. The Jesus Worship Church has a book which teaches the hatred of homosexuals. They call it “The Word of G-d”.

The Jesus Worship Church has a phrase…”shame the devil”. PG wonders if “devil” was one of the things Mr. Herrera was called, along with gay and snitch. He looked different than his abusers, and was from a different place.

PG worked for seven years with an abusive professional Jesus Worshiper. He clearly remembers the time that “Pastor” streaked in front of him.

“Pastor” shouted down and humiliated PG one day, in the name of Jesus. After the mugging was over, “Pastor” got a phone call. He picked up the phone and screamed ” I never felt better in my life”.

Jesus Worship is an aggressive, angry business. Sometimes the results are fatal.

Feed And Regurgitate

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 16, 2011

“Sometimes all I want to do is have a little mindless fun with the years that are left in my life.” /// There was a popular song once, “Girls just want to have fun”. Cyndi Lauper was so unusual./// “There are so many better things for you than to see your feelings sold as magic lanterns to somebody whose body casts no light.” /// When your feelings take up half the space in your house, you don’t care who buys them as long as the check doesn’t bounce. /// “Where I come from it’s just another carrot in the patch. Where do you come from, stranger?” /// Where you come from is about as important as where you are going. What really matters is not getting pulled over by the police while you are going there. /// “There are days when our cat becomes the doors and windows of the house. To go into the bedroom I must open a wooden cat”// Love is seeing your cat across the street and calling his name and he comes running at full speed. /// “Birds happen music / like clocks ticking heavens in a land where children love spiders, and let them sleep in their hair.”/// PG spent a few months living in a *hostel* in Seattle WA. There was one shower for a six story building. One night, PG put his towel on top of the sheet metal wall of the shower. Someone had put some used chewing gum on top of the same shower stall. This abc gum stuck to the towel. PG did not know this until he had dried his hair./// “Someplace in the world a woman is sitting under a beautiful tree, and she is shelling peas, and she is thinking only of beautiful things”/// In the words of a constipated fly, I spect not. /// “He went UMMM-good, smacked his lips and rolled his eyes like the octopus ride in a cheap carnival.”/// When Lorena Bobbitt comes bob bob bobbing along, when Lorena Bobbitt comes bob bob bobbing along /// “I love that dark bird you hold in your arms.”/// As much as you love the flesh colored bird I shoot from my fingers? /// “These are just fragments. Parts of lines and single words that remain from the original poems written 1,000s of years ago.”/// the first copy of Rolling Stone the PG bought had a record review of the archies greatest hits. They said that it was twelve convincing arguments against capitalism. /// “Too many perhapses in the world and not enough people.” /// Мы вот уже много лет занимается улучшением офисов, комнат, загородных домов и еще ни разу нам не поступало от наших клиентов ни неприятных отзывов, ни каких-либо жалоб. /// “Every horror in the world was at my back, at my sides and directly in front of me and they were all without names” /// so high, you can’t go over it. so low, you can’t go under it. so wide, you can’t go around it. you’ve got to go through the door. /// “Dreams are like the wind. They blow by. The small ones are breezes, but they go by, too.” /// To have a dream interrupted by a buzzing alarm clock is the equivalent of cutting a krystalburger fart. /// ‘The Eskimos live among ice all their lives but have no single word for ice.’/// There is a church group in Brookhaven trying to raise money by selling bundles of pine straw. Around here, that is like trying to sell an eskimo snow. /// “She could invent whole lifetimes for herself and it was as if she had lived them in a kind of dreamy telescope way.” /// Invention is the mother of necessity. Frank Zappa was going to call his band the mothers, but some fuddy duddy made him add of invention to that. /// “Two guys get out of a car. They stand beside it. They don’t know what else to do.” /// So they get back in it and start to drive. They don’t know where to go, but they need to go somewhere. There were no parking spaces empty at the mall. /// “Trout Fishing in America Shorty stared after her as if the space between them were a river growing larger and larger.”/// He moved to da ATL and became Trou Fishin in Amerika Shawty. /// “The sea is like an old nature poet who died of a heart attack in a public latrine. His ghost still haunts the urinals.” /// Paintstainsbrains named all the stray cats on his block. They are assadopolis, assbergers and zombie. That could be a law firm. /// “What I meant by grace was a more realistic approach to the process of living to arrive at perhaps some tranquillity”/// We used to sing “Amazing Grace” in the sweat lodge at Crazy Owl’s . We would say “that saved a wretch like me”, and Owl would get upset, and say it should be life instead of wretch. /// “She wants candles married to her womb by the color of a telescopic saint, so that all her children will be adventures in light.”/// Darkness has conquered Brad and Janet. Frank has gone to a distant planet. /// “Thinking hard about you I got onto the bus and paid 30 cents car fare and asked the driver for 2 transfers before discovering I was alone.”// PG would like to thank the Ghost of Richard Brautigan for the green comments. 

Another Policy

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 15, 2011

Everybody says he is honest, but how many really mean it? As befits a word whose first two letters are HO, there are lots of quotes about honesty. Mr. Google shows a lot of lists of honesty quotes, of which this blog only got around to one and two . Does purchasing a better listing on google count for dishonesty? How about page two , which had an ad for turbo tax at the bottom. Tax and honest should not be used in the same paragraph. (In the quotes below, a ~ before the author indicates source two) (Of the credited authors below, only one…Emily Dickinson…is a woman) (This is a repost)

“Honesty is the cruelest game of all, because not only can you hurt someone – and hurt them to the bone – you can feel self-righteous about it at the same time” Dave Von Ronk /// “The first two letters of honest are HO.” PG /// “You should not use honesty as a blunt weapon. Just because something is true, does not mean that saying it out loud is a good idea.” PG
/// “You do not increase the truth of what you say by saying it louder. You just make more noise. ” PG /// “He who is passionate and hasty, is generally honest; it is your cool dissembling hypocrite, of whom you should beware” author unknown /// “Honesty: The best of all the lost arts” Mark Twain /// “Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense” author unknown /// “It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.” ~Henry Louis Mencken, A Little Book in C Major, 1916 /// “Who lies for you will lie against you.” ~Bosnian Proverb /// “A truth that’s told with bad intent beats all the lies you can invent.” ~William Blake /// “Honesty is the rarest wealth anyone can possess, and yet all the honesty in the world ain’t lawful tender for a loaf of bread.” ~Josh Billings /// “Truth is the most valuable thing we have, so I try to conserve it.” ~Mark Twain /// “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” ~Winston Churchill /// “The truth is more important than the facts.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright /// “People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty.” ~Richard J. Needham /// “Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.” ~Author Unknown /// “Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it.” ~Emily Dickinson /// “Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing the matter with this, except that it ain’t so.” ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935 /// “Reality is bad enough. Why should I tell the truth?” ~Patrick Sky /// “Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.” ~Slovenian Proverb /// “Always tell the truth. Even if you have to make it up.” ~Author Unknown /// “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” ~Mark Twain /// “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.” ~Winston Churchill ( PG wonders who really said it first.) /// “It takes two to lie. One to lie and one to listen.” ~Homer Simpson /// “There’s one way to find out if a man is honest – ask him. If he says, “Yes,” you know he is a crook. ” ~Groucho Marx

No More Wine For You

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 14, 2011

PG found a delightful film, which is embedded above. Tim Minchin has been a favorite since “The Pope Song”, which sets a new standard for f word usage. (HT to Sola Ratione. )

The film is narrated by a poem, about a dinner party gone awry. A lady named Storm says a few goofy things, and sets Tim off. He makes a little speech about science, and how he gets to live twice as long as his great great great uncles and aunts. It is interesting that his belief is in science, and not in the statistics that purport to measure science.

PG heard something once about life expectancy, which smelled like the truth. There have historically been plenty of old people. The increase in life expectancy  is because of reduced infant mortality.

There is also the nature of statistics. The word “average” is a red flag. It can be either the mean, median, or mode. Any one of these measurements can be significantly different from the typical number, and yet can be called average. You can lie with numbers just like you can lie with words.

A co worker of PG heard on the radio that people in China live an average of ten years longer than people in the USA. His next statement was, “Why do you think this is?”. PG had a lot of questions, none of which were answered. Even if there were accurate statistics for the estimated 1.2 billion people, how would you crunch the numbers to get an “average”?

Getting back to Mr. Minchin, there is the chance that he is correct, that he can expect to live twice as long as his long ago relatives. There is also the chance that he would have been someone who never saw his first birthday. In times gone by, a typical family had ten children, but only four of those would live. The life expectancy of those who survive, until five, is very close today to the old times.

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. The pictures today are soldiers and sailors, who typically cannot expect a long life.

Delete If You Don’t

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 13, 2011

PG got an email today. It was a chain email, with the tasteful title “TO PEE OR NOT TO PEE”. It has a couple of paragraphs of text, a cute animation repeated seven times, and a disclaimer. If you print it out, it is five pages long. Holy dead trees, Batman. Here is the message:
I thought you’d like this. We’d probably lower our national def. a whole lot if we put this plan into play. TO PEE OR NOT TO PEE . . . I have a job. I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes & the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to get that paycheck, in my case, I am required to pass a random urine test (with which I have no problem). What I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don’t have to pass a urine test. So, here is my question: Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them? Please understand, I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do have a problem with helping someone sitting on their butt – doing drugs while I work.
Can you imagine how much money each state would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check? I guess we could call the program “URINE OR YOU’RE OUT”! Pass this along if you agree or simply delete if you don’t. Hope you all will pass it along, though. Something has to change in this country – AND SOON! P.S. All politicians should have to pass a urine test too!

The information contained in this communication and all accompanying documents from Coilcraft may be confidential and/or legally privileged, and is intended only for the use of the recipient(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any review, disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this transmitted information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please return it to the sender immediately and destroy the original message or accompanying materials and any copy thereof. If you have any questions concerning this message, please contact the sender.

There is soooo much that could be said about this. PG is detoxed from all drugs except Kroger Coffee, but is mightily offended by drug testing. It encourages alcohol use. It does not discriminate between soft and hard drugs. ( Marijuana is stored in fatty tissue, and is the substance most affected by drug testing.) The war on drugs has filled our prisons, cost trillions of dollars, ruined countless lives, and yet is diligently pursued. Bumping people off welfare might make a few people happy, but will probably benefit few people. ( Except for the owners of drug testing companies.)

Maybe we need to criticize the medium, and not worry about the message. Here we have a 245 word message that takes five pages to deliver. This is typical of message emails. People, only show your animated man one time, pack the message into paragraphs, and you can tell your story in one page.

Pass this along if you agree or simply delete if you don’t. Does anyone else think this is RUDE? When you send an email, you invade personal space. You ask a person to look at something, without knowing how busy this person is, how they are feeling, or whether they are interested in your silly little message. It is a shame email is so cheap, if it is going to produce garbage like this.

The icing on the cake is the disclaimer at the bottom. This message is now, in effect, owned by the Coilcraft company. This makes this company look rotten to a lot of people. If you send out message emails at work, please take off the disclaimer. Or, just send the message from home. Or, the best answer of all, don’t send the damn message.

Black and white pictures are from The Library of Congress

Sweet Tea And Bitter People

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 13, 2011

This is a double repost, from this time three years ago. The first part is pretty much forgotten. BHO was secretly taped at a fundraiser, and his comments was media fodder for a few days. He went on to be elected, and is either a disaster, or pretty good considering everything.
The second part is thoughts about driving. Why is safe driving  not considered a moral issue? This is something that affects us everyday, with devastating consequences if things go bad. How many proud conservatives are flaming liberals behind the wheel? What good does it do to save a baby from abortion, only to have him maimed by an SUV in a hurry?If one accident is prevented by posting this list, then it is worthwhile. Drive like hell, and you might get there sooner.

You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothings replaced them…And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not… “And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

Unless you live under Iraq a rock, or have right wing ideas on permanent brain block, you have heard about that comment from BHO. Quite possibly, you have heard more than you appreciate.If you are looking for a reason not to like BHO, you haven’t heard enough. Well, if you are in the first category, just scroll through the text and enjoy the pictures. If you are in the second group, you might not like what I am going to say. You can still like the pictures.
1- This was a secretly recorded speech made at a fundraiser. The fatcat party was in San Francisco, a factoid that delights the hate-O crowd. What sort of person donates to a campaign ( using possibly another person’s money), so he can go to the pig party and secretly record his comments? And then take the “snippet” and release it to the shocked internet.
2- My first reaction when I read this was that the smalltown folk have felt that way for a long long time. They loved guns and Jesus back when the factories and steelmills were wide open.
3- It is not just small town Pennsylvania that is “bitter”. ( Folks seem to have a special problem with the word bitter. One “consultant” was quoted as saying it would have been better if BHO had said frustrated.) ( I write this in Georgia, where the tea is sweet and the people are bitter) What about the guys that did a high five behind Jeremiah Wright when he screamed “G-d Damn America”? If anyone has a right to be bitter, it is the folks on the south side of Chicago, or any ghetto in America. And yes, they do cling to Jesus and Guns, as well as other nasty things.
4- It is not just America that is bitter and turning to religion. The people of Palestine and Iraq are in the same boat. They feel like forces are working against them, and they just might be right. They are turning to religion and violence as an answer to their anguish. They are being led down that wretched path by cynical clerics who exploit their unhappiness, and offer a solution through G-d. Of course these clerics seldom strap on a suicide vest, just like Jeremiah Wright does not live in a housing project.
5- This is not going to hurt BHO that much. The people who are upset are not going to support him anyway. A lot of people see the truth in what he says, and just might appreciate the fact that he was unslick enough to say something with a rough edge. He just might have known that Judas with a tape recorder was in the house.
6- Batter Better Bitter Botter Butter. The only vowel that doesn’t work in that progression is O.

Many of us spend a lot of time driving. Here are a few thoughts.
1- Find another way to show how bad you are. This is mostly a masculinity thing, but it just might apply to a few ladies. Driving hard and fast is the easy way to prove your toughness. All you do is push the gas pedal. You don’t have to go to the gym, have lots of sex, or go into battle. Just drive fast, and with no concern for your neighbor.
2- Slow down. There is no need to go so fast. When you go somewhere, allow yourself enough time to get there. The faster you drive, the less reaction time you have in an emergency.
3- Stay far enough behind the car ahead of you to stop in an emergency. This will be less stressful for the person in front of you.
4- Pay attention to the road. This is where the cell phones become a problem. You should be focused on the road ahead of you, and not what your phone mate is telling you. Your minutes will be just as good when you get to your destination.
5- The three rules of the workplace apply here….show up, stay awake, and don’t kill anyone.
6- Keep your car in good condition. The tires and brakes are key items, but also keep the engine running smoothly. This will also help you to use gasoline more efficiently.
7- Keep your temper. Driving while angry is a cause of many accidents, especially when combined with alcohol. Your problems will still be there when you arrive.
8- At the risk of saying the unthinkable, I don’t think a bit of alcohol is that terrible. Of course, when you drink your judgment of how high you are is distorted, so it is tough to tell when too much is too much. The law takes a much sterner view of this.
9- Use your turn signals, and common sense. Preferably at the same time.
10- Show concern for the well being of your neighbor.

Boortz, Pelosi, and Ratzinger

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 12, 2011

PG got this email today: Hey PG. You know better than me about people like this, but this made me split my side: From the Neil Bortz show this morning: “Nancy Pelosi was sitting on a stage with the Pope at a large Catholic gathering. He turned to her and said, ‘You know, with a small gesture of my hand I could create wild, rapturous joy throughout this crowd.. And not just a fleeting joy, but a sense of deep, lasting contentment.’ Pelosi looked at the nearest camera, and responded, ‘I don’t believe you. Show me.’ The Pope then slapped her.”

The following reply was sent: 1- One zero is not enough for neeyull. His name is spelled Boortz. 2- Another radio whiner talked about the time Miss Pelosi marched in a gay pride parade with Harry Hay. He then described Mr. Hay as a supporter of Nambla. Thus, Miss Pelosi was a friend of a child molester. 3- Miss Pelosi could probably generate the same response by slapping the pope. This would also indicate that she is no friend of child molesters.

Still pictures for this feature are from The Library of Congress. The animation is from GINAA.

The Long Goodbye

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 12, 2011

PG read The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler. Having the library book in the house coincided with a digital virus episode. If you are going to be without your computer, a book is a good companion.

TLG is a time travel, to the Los Angeles of the early fifties. It is full of overdressed characters, whiskey, cynical cops and even more cynical criminals. The dialog is like nothing PG has ever heard. Have you ever heard anyone say “magoozlum”?

The plot is a bit sketchy. It is the adventures of Philip Marlowe, a “private dick”. His peaceful life is interrupted by an unlikely friendship with a man named Terry Lennoxx. The first question an ornery reader might ask is, just why does Mr. Marlowe hang out with Mr. Lennoxx? We never get a good answer, as Mr. Lennoxx turns out to have multiple names, and more than one death.

If you don’t ask too many questions, you can have a good time. Cops make speeches about corruption. Trophy wives collect dust. Mr. Marlowe has more escapes than Indiana Jones, and insults everyone he meets. Another question might be how Mr. Marlowe pays the rent on his office, seeing as how he never accepts payment.

Raymond Chandler published the story in 1953. At the time, his wife was deathly ill. When she died, he never got around to interring her cremated remains. They stayed in a storage locker until Valentines Day, 2011, when she was placed next to her husband.

When PG was writing this, he found a link on Facebook to a video, with Keith Jarrett music in the background. Mr. Jarrett played a show one night at the Great Southeast Music Hall, with PG in the audience. After the show started, PG sat down in front of the stage. Later, people told him that Mr. Jarrett had been giving him dirty looks. PG saw the player, and walked over to ask him about this. Mr. Jarrett said that PG had interfered with his concentration.

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

Editing The Friend List

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 11, 2011

There is a thing going around Facebook now, “Cleaning out my friends list in the next few days… Do you wanna stay?”. A google search of the phrase had a few interesting results, but first a few thoughts on the “Facebook Friends” issue.

The English language does not have many levels of friend. There is little ground between acquaintance and friend. There is a difference between someone who shakes your hand at parties, and someone who would co sign a loan. There are people you smile at, and people who will tell you the painful truth. It can be tricky to tell the difference. When you can fake sincerity, you have got it made.

The business of having a collection of online contacts, and calling them friends, has always made PG uneasy. Friendship should not be commodity. Add to this a lifelong difficulty in making and keeping friends. As this is written, PG has 125 friends. While this is small compared to some, PG does not feel bad about it. If a few people decide that he does not make the cut, then so be it.

Of 3.2 million results at Google city, the top one is ” best likes “. This seems to be a collection of sayings that get “like” clicked. The top saying, as we speak, is “Why is it that if a guy does football, then he is manly, but if he does cheerleading, then he is gay”. A picture of bobblehead dolls is above this question.

The next choice is How to not suck at Facebook Questions. It seems that if you answer you answer one of those quizzes ( quizi? quizzies? quizzers? quizostomy?) you are likely to get a LOT more sent your way. As you might have guessed, there is a setting you can check that will, allegedly, correct this.

The next result is Cleaning out clothes – stay or throw-away? This clean out the friends business is getting personal. This site advertises hair care products.

The last result we will consider now is How to get THC out of your system Fast. This page has numerous ads, including Green Bay Drug Testing. “Just fallow my simple steps and you will be just fine im positive.” They might not have your best interests at heart.

Pictures for this demonstration are from The Library of Congress. They were taken by Dorethea Lange during the depression, on behalf of the US Government. These people did not make an electronic list of their friends.

Date Rape Drug Warning

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 9, 2011

Police are warning all men who frequent clubs, parties & local pubs to be alert and stay cautious when offered a drink by any woman. Many females use a date-rape-drug on the market called
‘Beer ‘.
The drug is found in liquid form and is available anywhere. It comes in bottles, cans, from taps, and in large kegs.
‘Beer ‘ is used by female sexual predators at parties and bars to persuade their male victims to go home and sleep with them.
A woman needs only to get a guy to consume a few units of
‘Beer’ and then simply ask him home for no-strings-attached sex. Men are rendered helpless against this approach. After several applications of ‘Beer ‘, men will often succumb to the desires to sleep with women to whom they would never normally be attracted. Men often awaken with only hazy memories of exactly what happened to them the night before, often with just a vague feeling that ‘something bad’ occurred.
At other times these unfortunate men are swindled out of their life’s savings, in a familiar scam known as ‘a relationship’ . In extreme cases, the female may even be shrewd enough to entrap the unsuspecting male into a longer-term form of servitude and punishment referred to as ‘marriage’. Men are much more susceptible to this scam after
‘Beer ‘ is administered and sex is offered by the predatory females.
If you fall victim to this
‘Beer ‘ scam and the women administering it, there are male support groups where you can discuss the details of your shocking encounter with similarly victimized men. For the support group nearest you, just look up ‘Golf Courses’ in the phone book.
This is a repost. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. Gender modification, for contemporary society, is available by appointment. Here is a more graphic warning demonstration.

Joyce Kilmer

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 8, 2011

Some say …It’s the Soldier, not the poet, Who has given us the freedom of speech. There is also the story of Joyce Kilmer.

Alfred Joyce Kilmer was born December 6, 1886, in East Brunswick NJ. He grew up to be a teacher, and wrote poems on the side. After teaching, he worked for Funk and Wagnall, defining words for five cents each. Mr. Kilmer continued to write, and became a popular lecturer.

In 1913, “Trees” was published. Your english teacher probably made fun of it. Many satires have been written. It was at the end of an era in poetry, when that *simple* style was popular. In the era after World War 1, poetry went crazy. Joyce Kilmer didn’t live to see it.

A few days after the United States entered World War 1, Joyce Kilmer left his wife, and five children, and went to war. Originally he was a statistician in the 69th Infantry Regiment, but wanted action. He was promoted to Sergeant, and sent to the Regimental Intelligence Section.

On July 30, 1918, Sgt. Kilmer was scouting the location of a German machine gun. A bullet to the head ended his war.

World War 1 was a ghastly bloodbath. It set the stage for World War 2, which was even bloodier. Not one person in a thousand today can tell you why World War 1 was fought, or how the United States got drawn into it. It is tough to see how World War 1 gave us freedom of speech.

Typing With Mr. K Part Four

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 7, 2011

This is the demolition of Satori in Paris, by Jack Kerouac. This is the last installment. Parts
one , two , and three have already seen the light of day. Pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library” . They were taken in 1965, the year “Satori” took place.

30- Mr. K goes to a restaurant, to meet Mr. Lebris (spell check suggestions: Debris, Celebrity, Bristle), who is a distant old country relative. There are doubts, though, as Mr. K suspects that his host is Jewish. This seems to be so old country, looking at a man closely to see if he is a Jew. In modern day America, most people are so ate up by the black white controversy, there is no emotion left for antisemitism The last great controversy was a splatter film by Mel Gibson, and the charges of anti antisemitism were really a part of the publicity campaign for the movie. Fundamentalism in any faith is just another way the ego causes separation and violence between us.

31- Ulyssee Lebris and Mr. K have a conversation, which starts with one asking the other for a glass of cognac. Drunks are so boring. They think they are clever, but judgement goes away quickly. It is a common complaint of the recovered that life seems dull without booze. Mr. K never had that problem. Nothing more beautiful than a confident girl who doesn’t pretend to be something she’s not, down to earth, & lets no guy define who she is.

32- The two Lebris dudes give up on conversation, and look at a family chart. PG was spelling the name Libris, and then saw that he was mistaken. This is not something that spell check will do, the writer needs to do it manually. The business of waving a mouse over a mistaken letter, and replacing it with the correct vowel, is a marvel of technology that is taken for granted. Some people are like clouds, when they disappear, it’s a brighter day. The difference is, these useless people never create rain. Urine does not count, except in beer return facilities.

33- The conversation, and cognac drinking, continues. Maybe we need to return to 2011 for a minute. There is a nutcase preacher in Florida. He likes to burn the Quran, and send the image over the internet to the Muslim world. Now, these people have plenty of reasons to be upset with the USA, like our having 100k troops in country killing women and children. As Juan Cole sees it, that is the real cause of the riots in Afghanistan. The people are upset at the killing, and express this anger over a book burning. It is a strange world.

34-Mr. K leaves the restaurant, totes his 70# suitcase to the train station, only to miss the train to Paris by three minutes. He now has 8 hours to kill, and he does not want to take a nap where he can be robbed. He talks to a cabdrivers, who teaches him not to worry if he is big and fat, to be big and fat. That sort of self acceptance would doom an important sector of the american economy. Meanwhile, Atlanta digs out from a spring storm. The leaf blower happy neighbor had a tree fall against his house. He is out there with a chain saw, which may satisfy his need to make noise.

35- A train has left Brest with Mr. K on board. A man in uniform tells him to take his feet off of a seat. The bell goes off, telling PG that he has an email. The message…”It was announced today that Buckwheat, of Our Gang fame has converted to The Muslim faith and changed his name to Kareem of Wheat.” You can’t become a better person without making mistakes. G0, do something really stupid.

36- The morning after the train ride, and Mr. K arrives in Paris. In 1979, at about this time of year, PG rode a trailways bus from Atlanta to San Francisco. One night, the last thing he saw was the a sign, Los Angeles 378. When he woke up, the bus was pulling into a station downtown. It was very early. PG got something to eat out of a machine, and tore a piece off a styrofoam cup to make a spoon. There was a three hour layover until the next bus to San Francisco. PG got an old lady to watch his bags, and went out into the morning to explore downtown Los Angeles. He had never seen so many degenerates.

37- During the night ride, a dirty old man got on the train with a young girl. They squabbled loudly until she got to sleep in her own seat. The awkward moment when you don’t know how to continue a conversation with someone you care about and you just sound really boring Best friends see the hurt in your eyes while everyone else is fooled by your smile. If Mr. K had the internet to flesh out his work, he wouldn’t have had to type so hard.

38- This is the last chapter. This is either where Mr. K achieves satori, or we find out that we have been fooled for 118 pages. PG is going to take his coffee, sit on the front porch with the sunshine and pollen, and find out. Well, fooled again. The cabdriver stops for a beer with Mr. K, and reminds him that he has children to support. It is not known whether Mr. K gave him more of a tip after the speech. In the corner of the last page is the note, I-75. This is an interstate highway, that runs from the top of Michigan to the bottom of Florida. It goes next to the big chicken, three miles otp. There are five blank pages after the end of this story.