Thanksgiving Maskers

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 23, 2011

Before Halloween became a costume holiday, people used to dress up on Thanksgiving. The custom of “masking” was practiced. It involved children, in costume, going door to door asking for treats.
Boing Boing has a quotable story on the custom.
“Thanksgiving Maskers, what the heck’s that, you ask? Before Halloween became the holiday it now is in the United States, children would dress up in masks on the final Thursday in November and go door to door for treats (think: fruit!), or scramble for pennies. The tradition was known as Thanksgiving Masking. An excerpt from a New York Times article has details of the maskers’ hijinks — which included boys and men running around in women’s clothing. Some of them organized into a society known as “Fantastics.”
Not everyone thought masking was a good idea.
“Progressive era reformers regarded child begging on Thanksgiving as immoral and thought children who engaged in it should be arrested. Why were parents not able to control their offspring? the New York Times in 1903 wanted to know. (30) The newspaper castigated parents who allowed children to demand treats or money as indecent.(31) The police tried to enforce a ban against begging. In response to complaints from the public, the clergy, school superintendents, and classroom teachers issued warnings. The New York Times in November of 1930 worried that demanding coins could teach children to become professional beggars and blackmailers and that children were annoying the public.(32) Begging, decided the paper, was a “malicious influence on the morals of children of the city. (33) Boys’ clubs and other child welfare agencies organized parades and costume contests as alternative activities. As a result of these efforts, child begging on Thanksgiving finally disappeared by the 1940s.(34) The tradition went back as far as 1780, involving crossdressing men who called themselves the Fantastics and paraded on the holiday. (from High Beam Research .
Pictures are from The Library of Congress .

Unclear Nuclear Iran

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 23, 2011

There is a lot of talk about Iran and the nuclear bomb. As with most political discussions, it is best to not believe everything you hear. People have motives for what they are telling you, and they are not always honorable. The Repub candidates for POTUS put on a show last night, and a Persian nuke was one topic of conversation.

BLITZER: The argument, Speaker Gingrich — and I know you’ve studied this, and I want you to weigh in — on the sanctioning of the Iranian Central Bank, because if you do that, for all practical purposes, it cuts off Iranian oil exports, 4 million barrels a day. The Europeans get a lot of that oil. They think their economy, if the price of gasoline skyrocketed, which it would, would be disastrous. That’s why the pressure is on the U.S. to not impose those sanctions. What say you?
GINGRICH: Well, I say you — the question you just asked is perfect, because the fact is we ought to have a massive all-sources energy program in the United States designed to, once again, create a surplus of energy here, so we could say to the Europeans pretty cheerfully, that all the various sources of oil we have in the United States, we could literally replace the Iranian oil. Now that’s how we won World War II. …
BACHMANN: But I want to go back to something. That’s the fact why is it that we’re talking about Israel having to make a strike against Iran? It’s because Iran has announced they plan to strike Israel. They’ve stated, as recently as August just before President Ahmadinejad came to — to the U.N. General Assembly. He said that he wanted to eradicate Israel from the face of the earth. He has said that if he has a nuclear weapon he will use it to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. He will use it against the United States of America. This isn’t just an idle threat. This is a reality. And that’s why President Obama has — has failed the American people because for two and a half years he gave the Iran the luxury of time. He met with them with no preconditions. It’s the doctrine of appeasement.

If you want to hear people tell you that an Iranian nuclear bomb is imminent, and that a bloody war is needed to stop them, you can go anywhere and find people to tell you that. There are lots of people who say that. There are also many people who disagree. The other day on Democracy Now, Seymour Hersh blasted a recent report that says Iran is working on a bomb. He says there is little new information in this report.
“It’s not a scientific study, Amy. It’s a political document. And it’s a political document in which he’s playing our game.”
Apparently, Iran is under intense surveillance these days. According to Hersh, there is little concrete evidence that a bomb is being produced. It is ironic that this attention is focused on Iran today. In the seventies, when Iran had close ties with America, the country was swarming with CIA agents. They were there to spy on the Soviet Union, and ignored the internal affairs of Iran. When the revolution came, and the Shah was kicked out, the USA was allegedly taken by surprise.

The revolution, and the hostage crisis that came later, is a key to understanding the American attitude about an Iranian bomb. We have never gotten adequate revenge for the humiliation of the hostage crisis. Sponsoring Iraq in a bloody war against Iran wasn’t enough. There are elements in our country which have a grudge against Iran, and the Islamic government there. An invasion, and a few million dead Muslims, is what many people want. (One irony of the propaganda is talk of concern about the human rights of the Iranian people. Yes, the current regime treats it’s people badly. However, an invasion of Iran would kill thousands, perhaps millions, of these same people.)

Iran knows that it has enemies. It is in a bad neighborhood. It shares a border with Pakistan, an unstable country with a nuclear bomb. It shares a border with Iraq, which invaded it thirty one years ago, and killed several hundred thousand people. It shares a border with Afghanistan, the source of the world’s heroin, and a bloody war to control the heroin trade. It shares a border with three former Soviet republics, who might have nuclear weapons. It shares a border with former imperial power Turkey. Iran has territories that would be included in a future Kurdistan and Baluchistan. It is a few hundred miles from theological rival Saudi Arabia. It is a short jet ride away from nuclear armed Israel, which cannot say enough bad things about Iran. It is totally understandable that Iran would want to have a nuclear weapon to defend herself.

Israel is one of the leading cheerleaders for a war with Iran. It claims that a nuclear armed Iran is an “existential threat”. During the Iran-Iraq war, there were some shady arms deals going on with the Iranian government. Israel was the middleman on these deals. Perhaps, when there is money to be made, you help your mortal enemy buy weapons.

Israel has a nuclear bomb. It also does not get along with it’s neighbors. The West Bank, and Gaza, are hell holes today. When Israel is screaming about Iran, she can ignore the Palestinians.

Many people recognize the foolishness of an attack on Iran. Some say that cooler heads will prevail, and World War III will be started over some other issue. Others disagree, and want to turn Tehran into a parking lot.

Forty Eight Years Ago

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 22, 2011

This is a double repost . Two score and eight years ago, America changed. Like 911, we will never know the complete story. Like 911, we soon found ourselves in a hopeless war. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress .

When PG typed in the title of this segment, he was reminded what day this was. This was the day John Kennedy went to the oval office in the sky. The legend is that Marilyn Monroe greeted him. It was forty eight years ago.

The bullets hit Mr.Kennedy at 12:30. He arrived at the hospital at 12:37. He had a faint heartbeat on arrival, but quickly succumbed to his wound.

In Georgia, PG was nine years old. He was in Miss Mckenzie’s fourth grade class. There was going to be an assembly soon, and the class was going to perform. There was a rehearsal in the cafetorium, and some of the kids were acting up. They went back to the class, and PG thought they were going to be chewed out about the misbehavior in the cafetorium. Instead, Miss Mckenzie came into the room, and told the kids that President Kennedy had been shot during a parade in Dallas Texas. She did not say anything about his condition. One kid cheered the news.

School let out at the regular time, and PG walked home. His mother and brother were crying. He was told that the president had died. The cub scouts meeting that afternoon was canceled.
Later that night, a plane arrived in Washington. The tv cameras showed a gruesome looking man walk up to a microphone. He was introduced as President Lyndon Johnson. This may have been the worst moment of that day.

PG woke up, and saw rain and fog. On a day like this in November, there is nothing like a football game. Today the Falcons will play the Giants in New York. Jimmy Hoffa is tailgating.

The Falcons won their first game in New York, in 1966. The Giants were having a bad year. The coach was a man named Allie Sherman, and the crowd in the original Yankee Stadium waved handkerchiefs and sang ” Goodbye Allie”.

At this time 48 years ago, a parade was lining up in Dallas. President Kennedy was shot in that parade. The theories started soon after, and have never been satisfied. Many people had a motive.

Another mystery is the role of J. Edgar Hoover. Many speculate that Mr. Hoover knew of a plan to kill Kennedy.The FBI could have stopped the killing, but allowed it to happen. This would be the case even if Oswald acted alone. It is reasonable to assume that the FBI had Mr. Oswald under surveillance, and knew that he was working in a building on the parade route.

New Party Theme

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 22, 2011

Recently, some party promoters tried to have a get together with a native american theme. Hissy fits were thrown, knickers were twisted , and the party was called off. The party promoters are now trying a socially conscious approach.

The new party theme at Bedlam is fracking awesome. Canucopia with an inclusive celebratory theme. Social activism can change things in our community into reflections of all in the rainbow that is us not just the dominate majority that can no longer by themselves shape the conversation that is queer. Now I encourage everyone that so radically opposed the last Bedlam party to support this one and help feed the hunger challenged in and about our community. Super radical social activism is super fresh and out of sight dope.

Oh my, where to begin? This may be the first time anyone, not employed by a natural gas producer, has referred to fracking as awesome. Is this party going to drill holes and set off explosives in those holes? This will free up natural gas, for easier extraction. The problem comes when you try to drink the ground water later.

“Super radical social activism is super fresh and out of sight dope.”
To celebrate social consciousness, you get together, take legal drugs, and wipe out your animal consciousness. That is somebody’s idea of a good time.
The commercialization of activism has a profitable history. As a facebook friend noted:
“In my 63 years, I have seen many expressions of the American Civil Rights movement but none have been as successful as OWS when it comes to commercialization. The New York Fashion Industry is building it’s upcoming collections around OWS fashion trends. Five star chefs have been serving up Civil Disobedience Cuisine. Billionaire Rappers and Rock Stars have used Zuccotti Park to promote their new CD’s and now we have Porn video shot at an OWS location. .”
The occupation autuers are Dirty Boy Video.
“We at Dirty Boy Video believe in free expression, challenging the status quo, and standing up to inequality and injustice. With all the appalling footage of police brutality, surely our video of two people actually being nice to each other should offend no one! “
When you google the quoted phrase in the paragraph above, the fun really starts. The top result is A PAGE OF QUOTATIONS.
I never got any complaints. – Assistant Commandant at Aushwitz, 11/01/1964 … The kind of man who wants the government to adopt and enforce his ideas is always the kind of man whose ideas are idiotic. – H.L. Mencken … My freedom is more important than your good idea. – Bumper Sticker .
Pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”

Trigger Warning

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 21, 2011

These visits to alternative reality are from a variety of sources. Included are Facebook (fb), twitter (tw), Futility Closet (fucl), All Aphorisms, All The Time (Aph), Texts From Last Night (tln) , and Overheard in New York (ony). You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely. #OgdenNash ☺ @headturner17 im coming ☺ (tw) /// some tortures are physical and some are mental, But the one that is both is dental. #OgdenNash tw Poets aren’t very useful, because they aren’t consumeful or very produceful #OgdenNash (tw) /// Killing is cheap. War is a sport, in a city where life and death become abstractions of policy.–Bill Moyers. /// Metamorphosis. Transformation. Chrysalis. New beginnings and dying gods. I have no words right now. I’ll emerge soon enough, I suppose. (fb) /// I’m a leo who’s in the process of learning to keep people warm with my fire, and not burn them with it. Living between words: queer, disabled, jewish, gender non-conforming, white, poor, chronically ill. Sometimes we fall through the cracks; sometimes we build bridges. I owe allegiance to no where and pledge to nothing. (fb) /// So I’ve made peace with the fallen leaves I see their same fate in my own body But I won’t be frightened when I’m awoken from this dream And return to that which gave birth to me. Bright Eyes – Method Acting. (fb) /// Lately, boys have seemed so bootleg. Even his hat is sketchy. (fb) /// Even a stopped clock tells the right time twice a day, Orbital II (fb) /// Nothing is so firmly believed as what is least known. -Michel de Montaigne (fb) /// Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. -Herman Melville, novelist and poet (1819-1891) (fb) /// “Nature is not a place to visit, it is home.” ~ Gary Snyder (fb) /// @chrisbrown,Young King, YOU are the SuperStar, haters and baiters need you to respond to be relivant..don’t give it to em! Gotcha back doe! (tw) /// It is surmounting difficulties that makes heroes. ~ Louis Pasture (tw) /// @kpsp95 @courtneylove she had kurt killed.. its her guilt and she has to live with it. she is selfish and doesnt deserve what she has anymor (tw) /// RT @almightygod: I haven’t felt this hung over since that time I woke up after being dead for three days. #sk4 (tw) /// Someone tell @tejucole that he had better not poke his nose in Pakistan’s internal affairs. (tw) /// “@tejucole: Police brutality, suppression of civil rights, and state-sponsored violence. New York is scary. Thank God I’m in Lagos.” True. (tw) /// On Marietta Square, an attorney loudly berating his client: “You brought this on yourself with that 2nd DUI!” Resisted the urge to give them both my business card. (fb) /// FT today: Shipping lines to Nigeria’s ports have to send 90% of containers back to Asia empty, earning no revenue @tejucole @BBCAfrica (tw) /// #thingsicanthandle my hallway is now the ghetto. Who is this black man next door and why is he shouting for 30 minutes straight? (tw) /// she texted me out of nowhere. and I wanted to get drunk. like I didn’t even have her new number until 6 hours ago and bam we were rolling around drinking cotton candy vodka from the bottle she had stuffed in a boot (tln) /// I cried and ate like 6 tacos in the taco bell parking lot at almost midnight, sober, alone, listening to a demi lavato cd. And that was the good part. (tln) /// #1 RULE OF DRINKING: DELETE YOUR EX’S NUMBER FROM YOUR PHONE (tln) /// I don’t even know where to begin….there’s queso sauce and public hair stuck to everything (tln) /// Do people get awards for pointing out other peoples mistakes? Do you then feel better about yourself? Its pathetic really #Engrish #Ebonics (tw) /// Ghadaffi’s son “napped” in desert. Was he that tired that he had to “nap” in the desert? #Engrish at it’s best (tw) /// twitter aint for u if u make alot of grammatical errors,people get crucified out here for tweeting in #Engrish (tw) /// “@chrisbrown ive never delt with so much negativity in my life! its to the point now that its just ridiculuos! IM NOT A POLITICIAN!”#engrish (tw) /// Strong opinions are like perfume. A tasteful drop can liven things up. If you apply too much, others will run out of the room gasping for breath. (fb) /// “The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.” -H.L. Mencken // Saying you’re into ska is just code for saying you were really awkward in middle school (fb) /// “The most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently” // she tried to douche with champagne. in front of all of us. unabashedly. (tln) /// When I got up in the middle of the night, puked in his trash can, and snuck out the front door, I pretty sure he knew it was over. (tln) /// Next person that gets my dog drunk is paying to have my carpet cleaned. I am tired of getting up to pee and stepping in dog barf. (tln) ///

I just want to be HAPPY!!! NOTHING but HAPPY !!!! Thank you !!!!! (fb) /// I just want to steal his innocence through his penis. I really do. (tln) /// Periouds do not concern me. Biploogival needs are buological needs. (tln) /// In the UK. Bar special, every drink costs a pound. I’m two shots away from being deported. God save the queen. tln By the third Id pass back i figured the bouncer had fucked one of us. (tln) /// No, I’ve only ever seen his brother’s dick. So when I have lucid sex dreams, I just do a little cut and paste in my mind and stick his bro’s package onto him. (tln) /// anyone caught speaking ill of my both babes will be forced to attend Bible college until they’ve lost 20 IQ points. #sk4 (tw) /// Neither will Xtians, but I get fun sex in the meantime #sk4 RT @DenseGodBot: Fornicators shall not inherit the kingdom of God (tw) /// Free membership in American Atheists today only with coupon code “FREEMEM” I just joined. (tw) /// Guy: Ohmygod, you od’d? Girl: That was the first time… (ony) /// Girl: Danny may have my vagina, but you have my heart. Guy: Aww… I love boning hearts. (ony) /// College girl to college boy: I’d be the only one there in an argyle straight jacket! How cute would that be? (ony) /// Pregnant girl: Did you bring your money? Unpregnant girl: Aww crap, I forgot. Pregnant girl: You forget everything. Unpregnant girl: Yeah, but I don’t forget condoms. (ony) /// “If only they enforced bank regulations like they do park rules, we wouldn’t be in this mess.” #OWS #OccupyAtlanta (fb) /// [TRIGGER WARNING: My next posts will include pictures about fat shaming.] If anyone is interested in turning around the fat shaming campaign of “Strong4Life” or wants to give them some feedback about their harmful tactics at combating obesity and related illnesses through shaming people for their appearance/size and making them the target of institutionalized bullying, please let me know. (fb) /// The second earl of Leicester sat in parliament for 67 years without saying a word. His son, the third earl, was silent for 32 years. His grandson, the fourth earl, said nothing for 23 years. His great-grandson, the fifth earl, Thomas William Edward Coke, kept his silence for 22 years, then in 1972 rose and said, “I hope we shall use safer chemicals in place of those which have devastated the countryside.” (fucl) A lean compromise is better than a fat #lawsuit – George Herbert #Quote #gsws (tw) /// I resisted the temptation to point out that perhaps his brain was one of God’s errors. (tw) /// @tejucole In Chinatown Brooklyn, I think of Lizzie Bishop, wherever she is and will be, imagining the thought of here. (tw) /// @tejucole His brain is, perhaps, one of the many imperfections caused by Adam’s consumption of the apple (tw) /// uh, 3 redbulls and 400mg of caffeine pills and i still feel like life is in slowmotion..lets not take tranquilizers again. (tln) /// She just told me she had a double jointed jaw and winked at me while eating her bananna. That’s not possible right? (tln) /// Just spiked the bong with a ludens cough drop with hopes it soothes my throat after i rip it. (tln) /// So there I was praying he didn’t go limp again, choking on a long, long gray ball hair. This is my Saturday night. This. Is. My. Life. (tln) /// There was a gay guy in drag passed out against the wall but we had sex in there anyway. (tln) /// I love this Page, I love to laugh, and share jokes and Fucked up pics,But, I am sick of the whiny pussy Motherfuckers whining and reporting my posts, Grow the fuck up people, I just got another warning, this is sad, will miss you much, to the trolls, KISS MY FUCKING ASS………Get A Fucking life…. (fb) /// I know those types all too well. More than likely it’s something personal. Just laugh at them and keep doing what you do and if they don’t like it, fuck them. Tel them to delete you! (fb) /// Just don’t let me fall on anything that can be broken. Unless its a dick (tln) /// I’m sorry that I ate boneless ribs off of your sister, but that is no reason to drink my alcohol. (tln) /// We tried to break her futon, I crushed my balls instead. You have one less reason to be jealous that my balls are insanely huge and yours are not. (tln) /// Just once I’d like to throw a party where I don’t have to clean up someone else’s blood the next morning. (tln) /// Last time I heard from you, you were double fisting strawberry milk and wine. Answer this text so I know you’re still alive. Bonus points for a coherent answer. (tln) /// One man’s religion is another man’s belly laugh. -Robert Heinlein (fb) /// I think I could feel better if only I could pin all my bad feelings on someone else and forget about them. . .but the reality is that I feel terrible because of….me. Tell me how I can escape THAT? (fb) /// It’s Kroger. It’s too early in the phucking morning for you in the produce section to challenge me to a rap battle… How many times are we going to do this brother?  You keep threatening to take my title cause I won’t battle rap you forgetting or deleting some very important things. #1 I am a poet not a phucking battle rapper! #2 If I called you a woman, you’d probably want to fight, so i’m thinking you don’t live your life as a woman. and #3 I’M NOT A PHUCKING BATTLE RAPPER, IT’S KROGER AND IT’S TOO PHUCKING EARLY IN THE MORNING FOR THIS SHYT! (fb) /// selah

Ron Paul Third Party Run Might Hurt BHO

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 20, 2011

When PG was assembling the previous post , he found a Michael Medved link redirected to Town Hall. While visiting this rancid repository of wingnut wank, PG saw a link to this story: Ron Paul: ‘I Won’t Rule Out Third Party Run’.

It seems as though the Doctor was on the Sean Hannity show recently. Mr. Hannity asked the Doctor about third party rumors, and the politician would only say ” I have no plans”. To those familiar with talkshow game playing, this means that Dr. Paul is playing the media game again. The odds are he will not run as a third party candidate. If that were the case, then PG wouldn’t have anything to write about, and you could just look at the pictures. (Pictures today are from The Library of Congress ).

Third party candidates do not win, but they can determine who will win. In 1992, Ross Perot got enough Repub votes to swing the election to Bill Clinton. In 2000. Ralph Nader got enough votes in Florida to throw that states electoral votes into chaos. If we had a plurality based popular vote for POTUS, there is no telling what would happen. (Which might be why neither major party wants to change the system.) When the rocket science of the electoral college is considered, a few percentage points in the right state could make the difference.

How a Ron Paul third party would play out is a good question. Dr. Paul is UGLY. Compared to BHO and Mitt Romney, he looks like a mad scientist. There is a possibility that the ugly people of America will feel solidarity with Dr. Paul, and vote the pretty candidates out.

The “conventional wisdom” is the Ron Paul would take votes away from the Republicans. PG is neither conventional nor wise. There is a good chance that a Ron Paul Third Party run would hurt BHO. (Maybe he could name the party after his son’s namesake, the Ayn Party.)

BHO has disappointed many of his followers. People who voted for hope and change, but have gotten bailouts and drone strikes. The one percent supported BHO, and has profited from the arrangement.

The one thing that PG likes about Ron Paul is his opposition to the wars in Stan Land. BHO was kinda sortof opposed to these wars, when he was a candidate. Since his election, he has repaid the merchants of death who contributed to his campaign. The possibility that a pacifist might give up on BHO is real.

The dissatisfaction with the status quo typified by the occupation movement goes beyond the liberal/conservative paradigm. People want real change, not a cosmetic shuffling of the political party in charge. Ron Paul has numerous flaws. However, he would offer a choice to the glamor saturated BHO supporters.

Old War Movies Never Die They Just Fade Away

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 20, 2011

This post is based on a feature from four years ago. At the time, I had a job making local deliveries, and listened to talk radio. That is, until I could take no more, and turned the box off. The featured player in today’s melodrama is a whiner named Michael Medved. It discusses a movie, Redacted .

A few things have changed in four years. Redacted came and went. The War in Babylon was declared won, and the troops are being withdrawn. Mr. Medved has a new website. His new biography does not discuss his “occupational deferment” during the Vietnam war. This seems to be a touchy subject for many War supporters. At Red State a rule for comments states :
Promotion of certain theories and ideas contrary to our site principles is not allowed. These ideas include, but are not limited to: Discrediting of opinions based on one’s service in the military, or lack thereof, commonly known as “Chickenhawking.”… And now for today’s feature presentation.
I was listening to the radio whiners today, and they were doing publicity for a movie called “Redacted”. Until today, I knew very little about it. It is about the rape/murder of a young girl in Iraq by a crew of American troops. This is a sorry episode, but the sort of thing you can expect in a war. I am surprised we have not had more stories like this. When the My Lai affair came to light and Lt. Calley was court martialled, a frequently quoted defense was “this happens all the time”.

A radio whiner named Michael Medved doubles as a movie critic. His opinion of “Redacted” was liberally quoted today, and through the miracle of internet copy paste it is available for my use. For the record, Mr. Medved was draft age during Vietnam. To quote his biography
“Medved enrolled in Yale Law School after winning a generous fellowship, while teaching 7th and 8th grade three hours a day to earn an “occupational deferment” with the Vietnam era Selective Service System.”
Mr. Medved has evolved into a self proclaimed conservative, and a supporter of the War in Babylon. He did not appreciate “Redacted”. This is his right as a pundit/critic, although in the legal system this conflict of interests would cause him to excuse himself. Where Mr. Medved goes too far is with this comment:
” Nowhere does DePalma indicate that the chief victims of the so-called insurgents aren’t US forces, but Iraqi civilians. All reputable sources show Iraqi terrorists taking the lives of far more of their countrymen then American troops have claimed, and there’s no sane basis to expect that this murderous rampage will magically cease once our soldiers come home. The idea that the US remains in Iraq in order to torment and dominate Iraqis – rather than to protect innocent civilians from the monstrous cruelty of Islamo-Nazi killers – remains one of the big lies of the anti-war movement.”
Huh? Holy rhetoric Batman. If it weren’t for the American invasion, would there be insurgents? Or, for that matter, foreign fighters aka Al Queda? Maybe these fighters are offing more Iraqi Civilians than Americans. That doesn’t justify the rape/murder of a teen age girl by American forces.

The Iraqi people are fighting back. The notice the brutality by Al Queda. The truth remains that the primary reason these fighters are in Iraq is to fight Americans…if there had not been an invasion, these fighters would be somewhere else.

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

Seven Score And Eight Years Ago

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 19, 2011

Today, November 19, is International Men’s Day. It was started in 1999 by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, an academic from Port of Spain, Trinidad. November 19 is his father’s birthday. The theme this year is “Giving Boys The Best Possible Start In Life”. With the recent publicity given the scandal at Penn State University, this has a sad irony. Maybe next year will be better.

One thing that happened on November 19 was the Gettysburg Address.To paraphrase the first sentence, this was seven score and eight years ago.

A few months before this, a vicious battle had been fought near Gettysburg, PA. It is widely considered the turning point of the War, the moment when the Union took the upper hand. It came at a horrible price, and a cemetery was built to hold this price.

The ceremony to dedicate the cemetery was held November 19, 1863. The headline speaker was Senator Edward Everett. The President was an afterthought. After it was over, Mr. Everett reportedly told the President that he said more in two minutes than he did in two hours.

The speech by Mr. Lincoln is an American classic. Schoolchildren are forced to memorize it. There are a few legends, many of which are not true. According to The Lincoln Museum , the speech was written on White House stationary, not the back of an envelope. The train ride would have been too bumpy to write. There is also confusion about what happened to the original text that the President read from.

HT to Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. Measured in pixels, the picture of George Custer is 720×666.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

101 Ways To Become More Conscious

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 18, 2011

A link was posted on facebook to 100 WAYS TO BECOME MORE CONSCIOUS: HOW TO RAISE YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS. PG looked over the list. There are a few contradictions, but nothing a few squirts of wd40 won’t fix. There are a few sentences written after every title, which you can find if you go to the original feature. 1. Connect with nature – 2. Get your body moving – 3. Simple meditation – 4. Spending time with true friends -5. Have the intention to “raise your consciousness” – 6. Tell the truth – 7. Find and live your purpose – 8. Take conscious control of your decisions – 9. Always be open-minded – 10. Pursue higher intelligence – 11. Treat yourself with respect – 12. Practice forgiveness – 13. Cultivate a “high-performance mind” – 14. Connect through prayer – 15. Challenge your belief system – 16. Befriend like-minded individuals – 17. Pursue a path of spirituality – 18. Express gratitude – 19. Make yourself happy – 20. Act on your desires – 21. Boost your brain power and functioning – 22. Take full control of your lifestyle – 23. Choose empowering beliefs – 24. Avoid physical fighting and abuse – 25. Be aware and accepting of your emotions – 26. Speak compassionately – 27. Think positive, act positive, be positive – 28. Have sex with your partner – 29. Identify with your soul – 30. See perceived faults as a “mirror image” – 31. Expand your horizons – 32. Face your deepest fears – 33. Use powerful incantations – 34. Practice positive affirmations – 35. Be aware of your state of consciousness – 36. Set a positive example for others – 37. Guide others interested in raising their consciousness – 38. Share your unique insight and wisdom – 39. Gain wisdom from others – 40. Keep your ego in check – 41. Practice personal development – 42. Shift your conscious focus – 43. Be energetic – 44. Make healthy dietary changes – 45. Accept others for who they are – 46. Accept and love yourself for who are – 47. Understand your own thought process – 48. Bless everything that happens – 49. Take time for internal reflection – 50. Focus on advancing consciously – 51. Be aware of your breathing – 52. Spend more time with yourself – 53. Listen more often than you speak – 54. Muster up some courage – 55. Always act with compassion – 56. Improve your mental focus – 57. Think rationally and logically – 58. Purify your body – 59. Start a personal journal – 60. Make others laugh – 61. Practice a religion – 62. Respect the beliefs of others – 63. Ask questions about your life – 64. Understand that everything changes – 65. Realize that you are not alone – 66. Push your personal limits – 67. Invest in yourself – 68. Be open to exploring consciousness – 69. Develop a deep relationship – 70. Call upon your spirit guides -71. Clear emotional blocks – 72. Clear out subconscious “cobwebs” – 73. Turn off the T.V. – 74. Read a good book – 75. Expand your creativity – 76. Develop strong people-skills – 77. Allow yourself to be inspired – 78. Be courteous towards others – 79. Attend a spiritual retreat – 80. Form a mastermind group – 81. Be a mediator – 82. Build an accurate model of reality – 83. Be a leader – 84. Travel the world – 85. Be empathetic – 86. Set goals and accomplish them – 87. Try brainwave entrainment – 88. Try self-hypnosis – 89. Develop your chakras – 90. Release your Kundalini energy – 91. Appreciate your surroundings – 92. Bring new life to Earth – 93. Lead a flexible life – 94. Learn from “consciously advanced” individuals – 95. Live a well-balanced life – 96. Consider taking health supplements – 97. Celebrate your accomplishments – 98. Always have positive intentions – 99. Read and recommend 4 Mind 4 Life: Mental Health Tips to others – 100. [This space is intentionally left blank for you to fill in] – 101 – Post this list in a rainbow font, with pictures from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library” .


Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 18, 2011

PG has been the recipient of two messages this week. Both had good intentions. Neither was recieved well. His behavior was not influenced in either case.

Thursday night, PG went to dinner at a chain restaurant … lets call it TeeTee’s. This facility serves a pizza buffet. The quality is acceptable, considering PG’s low standards. The portions are generous, and dessert is provided. This particular location usually involves a wait in line to pay, with someone taking their sweet time explaining an order. It is part of the experience.

On this thursday night, there was a sign on the front door. The logo of TeeTee’s Pizza was at the top. The text said :
“We are open Everyday of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas These we celebrate with Our Lord and our families. Thank you.” PG felt like someone had slapped him in the face, and said you are not welcome here. Go to McDonald’s, heathen!
After driving through rush hour traffic with a growling stomach, PG resisted his first impulse to go somewhere else. He went inside, and waited for the man, ahead of him in line, to explain his carry out order. PG told the very nice cashier that he wanted a buffet and water, and by the way, that yellow sign makes me feel unwanted. The lady said she had not seen the sign.

PG read somewhere that the word LORD was a term for english gentry, and was not a proper translation of the hebrew original. Four hundred years ago, some chauvinistic limey inserted that term into King Jimmy’s translation, and now we are stuck with it. Be that as it may, the third commandment says not to use sacred names in an improper manner. To tell a hungry pizza enthusiast to take his appetite elsewhere would seem to disregard this suggestion.

One of the holidays mentioned was Thanksgiving. The first Turkey day involved Native Americans, many of whom have regrets about welcoming the European invasion. Do these original Americans feel Yahweh is “Our Lord”? Or does TeeTee’s not care about anyone who is not a Jesus worshiper?

There was another paving stone, on the road to hell, coated with good intentions. PG participates in the activities of a group of “outdoor enthusiasts”. This group is becoming more popular, and wonders how to deal with all the enthusiasm. An out of town enthusiast weighed in on the proceedings, and felt it was essential that the Atlanta enthusiasts use a process called consensus. (In spanish, the opposite of con is sin. Perhaps someone needs to take a sin census.)

PG made the mistake of reading the facebook discussion, and compounded his error by making a comment. :
“Maybe we have a consensus not to use consensus. If radical individuality is the model for the individuals here, then maybe our group can be exception. Maybe as we move forward we should adopt some of your ideas. However, I think we should have confidence in ourselves enough to know that a process that works for other tribes might not be right for us. “
“you all can do whatever you want. You can call yourself a radical faerie tribe that is not consensus based. You can also call a rose a daisy all day long. Your right to do it does not change the fact that it is a blatant misnomer and efforts to dissolve these essential principles from the greater social movement only serve to undermine the entire movement itself.”
These we celebrate with our lord and our families. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

The Tennessee Waltz

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 17, 2011

The other day, PG stopped by a site, and saw a story about Suicidal Goldfish. This facility has several new stories every day, which is a good reason to stop by. You never know when you are going to want to steal something. Today, the featured presentation was 11 Brutally Honest Pick Up Lines . It is presented for your enjoyment today. As an extra bonus, there will be the comment with PU line number 12. The ads at thought catalog were ATT, State Farm Insurance, and socks from American Apparel. Pictures by chamblee54. 1. Hi. You may not know me but I certainly know you. We have 37 mutual friends on Facebook so there’s a chance we might actually be compatible as lovers or, at the very least, good friends. I also follow you on Twitter and think you’re super funny. So what do you say? Wanna bone? I mean, every time I lurk you, it feels like we’re having sex so it wouldn’t be that big of a stretch. 2. I can’t talk to you without wondering what you look like naked. It’s sort of a problem. Can I just please see you naked? Please? I don’t want to beg but I will. Okay, I’m begging. Seeing you naked and allowing me to do things to your genitalia would bring me so much joy. All you would have to do is lay there. Promise. 3. I’ve been rejected twice in this bar already and you’re kind of my last resort. When I walked in here, I saw you and thought to myself, “I’ll take them home if there is absolutely no one else.” So… your place or mine?! 4. Yo! I haven’t had sex in six months and it’s put me in a really weird head space. My friends say that I just need a random person to screw me back to life. Could you be that random person for me? Could you screw me back to life? 5. I have a really big penis. You won’t regret this. Satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. Wait, I’m not a hooker. 6. A friend of a friend slept with you and gave rave reviews. I was interested in seeing what all the hype was about. So can I get a ticket to the show or what? 7. Sometimes I cry after sex and sometimes I say I love you when I’m about to orgasm but that’s because I love anything and anyone when I’m on the verge of climaxing. I love famine and poverty and drug epidemics and wars and stuff. After I’ve finished, I’ll smile meekly at you and be like, “JK? Get out of my bed.” So other than the tears and “I love you” I think I’m a really special person and you’d be lucky to sleep with someone like me. 8. I’m going to go up to you and say, “Are you from Tennessee? Because you’re the only ten I see?” And right when I see your smile turn into a look of disgust, I’ll tell you, “JUST KIDDING. Can you imagine if I was serious? Can you imagine if I were one of those cheesy people who said that in earnest? Those people do exist though. It’s so weird. Anyway, I actually do think you’re beautiful. Do you want to come home with me?” 9. I know we’re supposed to sit here and drink for a few hours and flirt and do the whole song and dance. But the thing is that I’m tired and I have to be up for work in 7 hours. I can only probably have sex with you for 25 minutes, 30 max. So do you mind just skipping the whole thing and just coming home with me? I’d really appreciate that. You’d be doing me like a huge favor. Consider it like a birthday present. 10. I don’t give head. My favorite color is blue. My dad hit me once when I was five. I’m a pretty good kisser and my penis is of average length. Jealousss? Who wants some of this? I’m easy. 11. My body may look good in this outfit but I’m actually pretty chunky. And I have a big zit on my back right now but if we do it with the lights off, I promise you won’t notice a thing. 12. I know you fuck a lot of black guys and probz got a loose puss/butthole but I pretty much cum the moment I put it in so in a crazy, cosmic turn of events I am the bad guy and you’re not a slut. You’re welcome. // what does “fucking a lot of black guys” have to do with anything // You don’t actually need the “black guys have big dicks” stereotype explained to you, do you? // no, thank you. I just don’t think including that stereotype was necessary for explaining their point.

More Text About OWS

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 17, 2011

Matt Taibbi writes good stuff. (The surname is pronounced TY bee. This sounds like the name of an island off the Georgia coast.) During the financial holocaust, he described in pornographic detail the rape of the american consumer. In the most recent, paywall protected (irony alert) issue of Rolling Stone, he has a piece How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests.

On a certain level, the OWS movement is about income inequality. Mr. Taibbi goes a bit below the surface, and sees questions about the goals and values of American life. Are we meant to be the people who buy sandwiches made with wonder bread? Is it really important pay billions of dollars on football stadiums? Will the latest fashions make you happy?

At this point, we insert a quote from the original piece.
“This is a visceral, impassioned, deep-seated rejection of the entire direction of our society, a refusal to take even one more step forward into the shallow commercial abyss of phoniness, short-term calculation, withered idealism and intellectual bankruptcy that American mass society has become. If there is such a thing as going on strike from one’s own culture, this is it. And by being so broad in scope and so elemental in its motivation, it’s flown over the heads of many on both the right and the left.”
Yesterday, PG listened to a few minutes of the Rush Limbaugh show. He compared the OWS crowd to the protests of the sixties. Mr. Limbaugh said that the sixties people were protesting a war, where people were getting drafted to die. To him, this was more legitimate than complaining about college loans, and the one percent.

This is rather ironic to someone who was in high school in 1967. At that time, the war protesters were denounced as filthy communists. The war was seen as the duty of a “boy” old enough to hold a rifle. To hear a “conservative” saying that the sixties protesters were more justified than today’s edition is amazing. That oxycontin must be pretty good.

There is a companion piece to the Mr. Taibbi’s commentary. It was also published 11-11-11. The title is Penn State, my final loss of faith.

As you may have heard, there is a nasty scandal involving Penn State University, and the almighty football program. Thomas L. Day, the author of this feature, says
“I have fully lost faith in the leadership of my parents’ generation.” He is talking about, among other things, college football and the Jesus worship church. Using those institutions as a “faith foundation” is building your house on sand.
College football is corrupt. It hires high school students. They get a scholarship in exchange for countless hours of practice, and playing a violent, dangerous game. The schools, television networks, and beer pushers make millions of dollars. After their eligibility is used up, the players are cast aside.

The Jesus worship church is a scheme for life after death. The worshipers are verbally abused by the preachers. A book compiled by a fourth century Catholic committee is considered “the word of G-d”. Is it any wonder that many have lost faith in our system?

The pictures were taken June 29, 2009. A section of a parking deck collapsed near Georgia Tech.