Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 30, 2012

As you may have noticed, this blog is doing a chapter by chapter breakdown of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia. The author, Elizabeth Gilbert, gave a TED talk, which PG felt obliged to listen to. The talk had accumulated 3,608,721 Views when PG tuned in (Or whatever you do on the internet. Maybe TED provides the turn on and drop out part of the Leary Triad.) PG copied the phrase 3,608,721 Views, in case he wanted to quote it later. When you right click on something, you have the option to “Search Google for Highlighted Phrase”. PG wondered what would come up for 3,608,721 Views.

The top result was a youtube playlist, Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing (Wii). The first video on the playlist was Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing – Monkey Target – 1’14″380. We see monkeys riding motorcycles, with German titles. The second and third results are youtube playlists, featuring Gymnastics in MacAllen TX.

The fourth result is a phone number. Phone Number:1-(270)360-8721 Carrier: Windstream Kentucky East, Inc. – Lexington(Land) Country: United States State: kentucky Area Code: 270 City: Elizabethtown zip Code: 12932 Latitude: 44.2045 Longitude: -73.6066.

The 800 number for 360-8721 belongs to the Sports Authority 10143 E 71st St Tulsa, OK 74133. This result is sponsored by an ad.,
Woman is 53 But Looks 27. Buford: Mom publishes free facelift secret that has angered doctors…
After a few boring results, a company called amIvisible has a report for Death or Glory Records Chicago. The report for Death or Glory Chicago shows the address to be 2557 1/2 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 – (773) 360-8721. The news of DOGC reports :
Black Friday November 27 2009 The Grand Opening Celebration Thanks to everyone that came out to help us celebrate the grand opening. We had a fantastic time having a drink and eating cheese balls with all our friends. Friday December 4th 2009 We Finally received a couple copies of “Them Crooked Vultures” LP with more on the way. Our good friend Arman Mabry stopped by to give us a couple “Rabid Rabbit” LP’s. Great packaging, limited to 250 on their 12″ single and 500 of their full length Lp.
The last result on page one was Fark 3608721.
Brad and Angelina refuse to confirm they are having twins, forcing the media to A) equip paparazzi with X-ray glasses or, B) disguise an ultrasound machine as a Guatemalan orphan in desperate need of a hug.
Pictures are from The Library of Congress<./a>


Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 30, 2012

Doug Richards is an Atlanta tv news reporter. He writes a blog, live apartment fire. He was on the scene twenty years ago today. There was a riot downtown. Mr. Richards had a bad night.

PG was working in the Healey building that day. He ran an RMS, or reprographic management service, in an architects office. He had a blueline machine, ran jobs for the customer, and had free time. PG did a lot of exploring, and enjoyed the various events downtown. On April 30, 1992, there was an event he did not enjoy.

The day before, a jury in California issued a verdict. Four policemen were acquitted of wrongdoing in an incident involving Rodney King. The incident had been videotaped, and received widespread attention. The verdict of the jury was not popular. The dissatisfaction spread to Atlanta.

Sometimes, PG thinks he has a guardian angel looking over him. If so, then this thursday afternoon was one of those times. PG went walking out into the gathering storm. He was a block south of the train station at five points, when he saw someone throw a rock into a store front. The sheet metal drapes were rolled down on the outside of the store. PG realized that he was not in a good place, and quickly made his way back to the Healey building.

A group of policeman were lined up in the lobby of the building, wearing flack jackets. One of the police was a white man, who was familiar to workers in the neighborhood. A few weeks before the incident, he had been walking around the neighborhood showing off his newborn baby.

There was very little work done that afternoon in the architect’s office. Someone said not to stand close to the windows, which seemed like a good idea. Fourteen floors below, on Broad Street, the window at Rosa’s Pizza had a brick thrown threw it. There were helicopters hovering over downtown, making an ominous noise.

There was a lot of soul searching about race relations that day. The Olympics were coming to town in four years, and the potential for international disaster was apparent. As it turned out, the disturbance was limited to a few hundred people. It could have been much, much worse. If one percent of the anger in Atlanta had been unleashed that day, instead of .001 percent, the Olympics would have been looking for a new host.

After a while, the people in the office were called into the lobby. The Principal of the firm, the partner in charge of production, walked out to his vehicle with PG and a lady in operations. The principal drove an inconspicuous vehicle, which made PG feel a bit better. PG took his pocketknife, opened the blade, and put it in his back pocket. It probably would not have done him much good.

PG usually took the train downtown. As fate would have it, there was a big project at the main office of redo blue on West Peachtree Street. That is where PG’s vehicle was, in anticipation of working overtime that night. The principal drove PG to this building. PG called his mother, to let her know that he was ok. The Atlanta manager of Redo Blue talked to him, to make sure that he was not hurt.

If PG had not gone back downtown the next day, he might not have ever gone back. He was back at the West Peachtree Street office, and was assured that it was safe to ride the train into town. The Macy’s at 180 Peachtree had plywood nailed over the display windows. A gift shop in the Healey building had a sign in the window, “Black owned business”. Friday May 1, 1992, was a quiet day.

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

The Unique Lunacy Of A Language

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 30, 2012

This facility recently printed some commentary on the english language, courtesy of Gartalker. Here is part two, not to be confused with number two. Weird is spelled correctly…you can’t have weird without we. Pictures are from the ” Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”. This is a repost.
If all that wasn’t bad enough may I point out a few other basic flaws in our language that makes no sense to any one other than us

There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth, beeth? You have one goose, 2 geese; so one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices?

Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?

If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Why doesn’t ‘Buick’ rhyme with ‘quick’

In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?

How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.

English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all.. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.

Once I was in New England and I stopped at a Taco Bell because I actually wanted to taste something. Any thing that wasn’t boiled and maybe had just a little pepper on it. Any way by the time I had left ever kid in the place was saying, “Order that one more time Mr. We just love how you talk.” One girl asks me how long it took me to learn to talk that way. Yankees, you gotta love them.

Tit For Tat Savagery

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on April 29, 2012

If you have a life, you may have missed the Dan Savage splatterfest. It seems like the sex advice columnist gone awry got more of the attention that he craves. Facebook comment threads broke out in righteous digitosity. The fun continues this morning, and it seems like a good excuse to facilitate text. The pictures, on both sides of this text, are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library” .
Here are a few comments from the thread that got the Georgia part of the ball rolling. Names and smily faces have been deleted.When PG feels the need to weigh in, it will be in green letters.

Dan has made a career of writing and saying “shocking” and outrageous things. He seems to thrive on provoking others and bringing their rejection on himself. A lot of us have been hurt by people using the Bible as a weapon against us, but you don’t see us bashing the beliefs of others or bullying those who disagree with us.
That sounds really accurate …I have done the same thing in my life…attracting victimhood and projecting it onto others. Finally, I want to say, Mr Savage has allowed the feelings of fear of rejection in his life to distort the interpretation of the bible too.

The interpretation of the bible is distorted by definition. If you declare this text to be the inerrant word of G-d, then you are distorting the meaning. Perhaps a better solution for this conundrum is to say that the bible was written, translated, and compiled by fallible men. (And perhaps a woman or two, but considering the patriarchy implicit in having one G-d, who is the male father, then this is unlikely. This more macho than thou meme causes great havoc in this episode. When Mr. Savage said pansy assed, that was not a compliment, nor was it supportive of the masculinity of those involved.)
The first commandment says to have no other G-d before you. (A G-ddess is out of luck.) When you take a book, and call it the word of G-d, you are violating this commandment. This is going to cause problems. When you use this text to validate your prejudice and privilege, you bring shame to the book.

It’s funny… the status update just below this one in my feed has the same link and another friend says: “Dan Savage always has the balls to tell it like it is.”
That’s not funny, it’s sad. You can “tell it like it is” without being profane and disrespectful of other peoples’ beliefs, and without resorting to name-calling and bullying. I have NO tolerance for bullies, even when the bully is a fellow queer like Dan Savage, and I have no tolerance for those who tolerate bullies.

Here we go again. The celebration of masculinity as the standard of perfection for Homo sapiens. Oh Boy, Mr. Savage has the balls to call people pansy ass.

Weird video. Those kids obviously weren’t just offended in the moment. They seemed to be smirking as if their march out was some sort of pre-planned event.

This thought occurred to PG. The walkout began before the comment about BS. A lot of the people in the audience cheered Mr. Savage. BTW, maybe Mr. Savage did not specifically call the kids, who walked out, pansy assed. Maybe he was talking about those who use the bible to condemn, and then get offended when people disagree with them. If you use the bible as a weapon against your neighbor, you should not be surprised when someone uses it as a weapon against you.
I saw this video earlier on a separate website. Having seen and heard blatant homophobia — well, it wasn’t homophobia, there was no fear, it was hate, absolute hate, vile vicious and without restraint —- I understand the frustration and marginalization that many in the gay community feel, but I take the bible very seriously, including the shellfish abstention, and was quite shocked to hear this. My initial reaction was anger at his comments, and then I realized that this is the external toughness that is exhibited by a man undergoing extreme pain, or who has endured extreme viciousness, by his bellicose statement he drowns his previous suffering, much like an alcoholic. I am guilty of this, although for different reasons, and we are all susceptible to it, it seems to be a general tendency in society today, tit for tat savagery, rather than moderate discussion. So I have room to forgive him, as long as he recognizes his wrong, which I pray he will. Although I have great reverence for the Bible, the Torah to be precise, I am a Jew in progress, I hold no animosity towards homosexuals, and I don’t believe G-d is the business of holding grudges either. His ways are mysterious, why did He prohibit homosexuality back then?The Greeks didn’t mind it, it hardly mattered to the Romans? We have no clue, but I am assured that if his ways are mysterious, his forgiveness and understanding is vast and uncompromising. He will judge people on their positive acts of goodness and kindness, not on failings, whether they be in regards to 3000 year old dictum’s, or modern displays of rage and anger, He loves those who try, and sanctifies those who love.
Thank you for the title to this post. Are you a JIP? Many people feel that the prohibitions in Leviticus were specifically about a specific act between two men. This does not concern lesbians, or men dressing like Lady Gaga. When you take carefully selected passages out of the magic book to denounce your neighbor, you give people one more reason to make fun of you.

It is also dangerous for anyone to apply levitical customs into today’s culture. Those laws were written in that appointed time because of the gross situations of idol worship, which included fertility worship. I firmly believe if we are required to follow all 613 laws, none of us will ever be reconciled to God. I have yet to see one human being who follows Leviticus to the T.
The Guardian had a really good article on how atheists can open a dialogue with believers, and avoid being provocative. We don’t need any more polarisation on this planet, we have far better things to devote our attention to. I think if atheists followed this, they might find it’s a better path. “Strength of belief is not the same as rigidity of dogma.”
Bridges trump walls, any day.

Thinking trumps cliches. Bad hair trumps Donald.

There’s a serious risk of becoming as bad as some of the most rigid “religious” people, if your “religion/dogma” becomes a NON-belief in God.
There are fundamentalists in all religions, including evangelical atheism (i.e., atheism that tries to convert others). You’re absolutely right, bridges trump walls. I have quite a few friends who are atheists and we respect each others’ beliefs (or lack thereof) so they have never been an issue in our friendships.
This has been a wonderful dialogue to follow. Thank you all for your insight and grace. It reminds me to keep being tolerant, forgiving and compassionate at all cost.

In some ways, atheism is a branch of Christianity. The concept that you have the right to evangelize to others is not universally accepted. Even if you entitled to proselytize, many people wind up saying things that impress themselves, without any thought as to the impact it will have on their neighbor. If what you say creates ill will for G-d (and his pesky son), then you are speaking in vain. The third commandment has something to say about this.
This is a lovely spring sunday afternoon. Hopefully you will spend it doing something more productive that worrying about a high school journalism conference. Before you go, here is a story. When PG was a kid, his family went to First Baptist Church. It was a grand building on Peachtree Street in Atlanta, about a mile north of downtown. It has been replaced by an office building. In 1959, the pastor was a man named Roy McClain. He greased his hair and shouted at the audience. PG was afraid of Roy McClain. One day, Mr. McClain waved the bible over his head, shouted “this is the word of G-d”, and slammed the book down onto the pulpit. PG thought to himself, if that is the word of G-d, shouldn’t he treat it a bit nicer?”

The Dan Savage Show

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on April 28, 2012

Dan Savage is no stranger to controversy. A lot of people don’t like him. A few more wonder when his fifteen minutes will be up. Sometimes a controversy flares up, and PG feels the urge to defend an unpopular person. This is a dangerous activity.

There was a conference of high school journalists in Seattle recently. Mr.Savage spoke, as the embedded video shows. It was a weird image, where what we see is a giant, flat image towering over the audience. There was a comment made about the Bible, and people in the audience started to leave. Many of those who walked were in the front of the auditorium, where the cameras could see them. A substantial part of the audience stayed, and cheered Mr. Savage in his remarks.

There was some unfortunate language used. Mr. Savage said something about “bullshit ” in the Bible. When he was through talking about the bible, Mr. Savage said, regarding the misuse of the Bible, that is funny how “pansy assed” folks were when you pushed back.

Pansies are rugged flowers, which thrive in winter weather. Use of this flower to question the masculinity of queers is highly ironic. For Mr. Savage to use this slur to criticize people, who use the Bible improperly, was in poor taste.

PG ordinarily would not be interested in this matter. It was brought to his attention on facebook. The initial comment was
“Sorry, Dan Savage. I know you’ve been hurt by people in churches using the Bible as a weapon against you (just as I and most other gay people have). But when you call high school students “pansy-assed” for getting up and leaving your profanity-filled lecture, you have crossed the line and become a bully yourself.”
PG looked at the video, and began to wonder what the fuss was about. He made a comment… Thank you for showing a link, so I can *judge* for myself. I didn’t think that what Mr. Savage said was all that bad. It might have been better if he didn’t say bullshit or pansy assed. To use an anti gay slur like pansy assed was inappropriate. If people are going to use the Bible as a weapon, they should not be surprised when people fight back. The remaining students seemed to agree with Mr. Savage.

This comment was recreated from memory. The original was deleted.
“Just deleted two comments and I have a feeling I’ll be deleting more, and possibly defriending some folks. It’s amazing how so many people are willing to “cut some slack” to bullies. Not here, not on MY Facebook Wall.”
The person making this deletion is someone that PG has respect for, and enjoys a”virtual” friendship with. Dan Savage is not worth losing friends over. But at the same time, when people are denouncing other people, sometimes it is necessary to look at the source material, and make up your own mind. The spectacle of George Zimmerman being tried in the court of high octane public opinion comes to mind.

PG is reluctant to use Jesus stories to make a point. The Bible, as Mr. Savage notes in his remarks, is not inerrant. The legends we have about Jesus should be taken with a bit of skepticism. Even if they are not literally true, these stories sometimes have a valuable lesson. With that caveat, here is a story from the book of John.

1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.
2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him;
and he sat down, and taught them.
3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery;
and when they had set her in the midst,
4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.
5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?
6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down,
and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.
7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them,
He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one,
beginning at the eldest, even unto the last:
and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.
10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her,
Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. 

Defending unpopular people can be a risky business. Jesus was left standing by himself this day. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. UPDATE Here is part two.

Unfortunate Laws Part Seven

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 28, 2012

Here is part seven of state laws that some might find peculiar. Parts one, two, three, four, five, and six precede this feature. Today will will look at Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and South Dakota These regulations are borrowed from Bored. Ohio // According to Ohio law, it’s against the law to kill a housefly within 160 feet of a church without a license. // A policeman may bite a dog to quiet him. However, the reverse is not true, even if it’s a police dog. // Bay Village: It is illegal to walk a cow down Lake Road. // Bexley: The installation and usage of slot machines in outhouses is prohibited. // Breast feeding is not allowed in public. // Cars are not allowed to scare horses in Centerville, Ohio. // Cincinnati: Anal intercourse is banned. // Cleveland: It’s illegal to catch mice without a hunting license! // Cleveland law forbids you to operate a motor vehicle while sitting in another person’s lap. // In Cleveland, Ohio, women are forbidden from wearing patent leather shoes, lest men see reflections of their underwear. // Clinton County: Any person who leans against a public building will be subject to fines. // In Chillicothe, Ohio it is illegal to throw rice at weddings. // Columbus: It is illegal for stores to sell corn flakes on Sunday. // Fairview Park: It’s against the law to honk your horn “excessively”. A grandmother was fined for honking her horn twice at her neighbor. Items left on a tree lawn become city property. A young man was fined for removing an item from a tree lawn even though he had the owner’s permission. // Funeral jargon seems to have crept into the wording of a cemetery fee regulation in Norton, Ohio. There regular plots are $33, but “creamies” are $75. // In Marysville, Ohio it is illegal for a dog to urinate on a parking meter. // In the hippy-dippy late ’60s, Youngstown, Ohio, briefly had a law making it illegal to walk barefoot through town. // In ohio it is illegal to ride on the roof of a taxi cab // In ohio it is illegal to run out of gas // In Ohio, if you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play croquet or pitch horseshoes within one mile of the speaker’s stand, you can be fined $25.00. // In Oxford, Ohio, it’s illegal for a woman to strip off her clothing while standing in front of a man’s picture. // In Oxford, Ohio, it is unlawful for a woman to appear in public while unshaven. This includes legs and face. // In Xenia, Ohio, it’s illegal to spit in a salad bar // Ironton: Cross-dressing is against the law. // It is against the law to roller skate without notifying the police. // It is illegal for more than five women to live in a house. // It is illegal to fish for whales on Sunday. // It is illegal to get a fish drunk. // It is illegal to mistreat anything of great importance. // It is legal to throw a snake at someone but it is illegal to shake a snake at someone. // Items left on a tree lawn become city property. A young man was fined for removing an item from a tree lawn even though he had the owner’s permission. // Lima: Any map that does not have Lima clearly stated on the map cannot be sold. // Lowell: It is unlawful to run a horse over five miles per hour. // Marion: You cannot eat a doughnut and walk backwards on a city street. // McDonald: Your goose may not paraded down Main Street. // No one may be arrested on Sunday or on the Fourth of July. // Owners of tigers must notify authorities within one hour if the tiger escapes. // Participating or conducting a duel is prohibited. // Paulding: A policeman may bite a dog to quiet him. Oklahoma // Alfalfa Bill Murray was a legendary legislator in Oklahoma around the turn of the century who became speaker of the house and governor. He was also a tall fellow, and nothing ticked him off more than going into a hotel and having short sheets on the bed. In 1908 he had a law passed that required all hotels in the Sooner state to have sheets that covered the bed and had three extra feet of linen to cover the head and feet. The so-called “Nine Foot Sheet” stayed on the books for several decades, until after Alfalfa went to his last resting place. // A City Ordinance in Oklahoma, states that it shall be unlawful to put any hypnotized person in a display window. // Ada: If you wear New York Jets clothing, you may be put in jail. // Anyone arrested for soliciting a hooker must have their name and picture shown on television. // Cars must be tethered outside of public buildings. // Clinton, Oklahoma has a law against masturbating while watching two people having sex in a car. // Clinton: Molesting an automobile is illegal. // Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property. // Females are forbidden from doing their own hair without being licensed by the state. // Fish may not be contained in fishbowls while on a public bus. // In Broken Arrow, Oklahoma pigs less than 32 inches in length may be kept as pets provided there are no more than two in a house. // In Bromide, Oklahoma it is illegal for children to use towels as capes and jump from houses pretending to be superman. // In Oklahoma… Dogs must have a permit signed by the mayor in order to congregate in groups of three or more on private property. Oklahoma will not tolerate anyone taking a bite out of another’s hamburger. // In Oklahoma, people who make “ugly faces” at dogs may be fined and/or jailed. // In Tulsa, Oklahoma the limit on kisses is three minutes (by law). // In Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is against the law to open a soda bottle without the supervision of a licensed engineer. // It is against the law to read a comic book while operating a motor vehicle. // It is illegal to have sex before you are married. // It is illegal to have the hind legs of farm animals in your boots. // It is illegal to wear your boots to bed. // It’s statutory rape for a man over 18 to have sex with a female under the age of 18, provided she’s a virgin. If she’s not a virgin, it is okay, but the said person must be over 16. If both parties are under 18, then the law does not apply. // One may not promote a “horse tripping event”. // Oral sex is a misdemeanor and is punisable by one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. // Residents are taxed for the furniture in their homes, and any other personal belongings. // Schulter: Women may not gamble in the nude, in lingerie, or while wearing a towel. // Tattoos are banned. // Tissues are not to be found in the back of one’s car. // Whale hunting is strictly prohibitted throughout the entire state of Oklahoma. // Wynona: One’s mode of transportation must be tied up while not attended. Mules may not drink out of bird baths. Clothes may not be washed in bird baths. Oregon // Beaverton: You must buy a $10 permit to be allowed to install a burglar alarm. // Canned corn is not to be used as bait for fishing. // Dishes must drip dry. // Eugene: It is illegal to show movies or attend a car race on Sundays. It is legal to conduct a horse race or a symphony concert. // Hood River: Juggling is strictly prohibited without a license. // In Oregon anyone with a bad reputation is prohibited from distributing malt beverages. // In Salem, Oregon, it’s illegal for patrons of establishments that feature nude dancing to be within two feet of the dancers. // It is against the law for animals to have sex in the city limits. // It is illegal to buy or sell marijuana, but it is legal to smoke it on your own property. // It is illegal to whisper “dirty” things in your lover’s ear during sex.// It’s against the law for a wedding ceremony to be performed at a skating rink. // Klamath Falls: It’s illegal to walk down a sidewalk and knock a snakes head off with your cane. // Ministers are forbidden from eating garlic or onions before delivering a sermon. // Myrtle Creek: One may not box with a kangaroo. // No more than two people may share a single drink. // One may not bathe without wearing “suitable clothing,” i.e., that which covers one’s body from neck to knee. // People may not whistle underwater. // Salem: Women may not wrestle in Salem. Springfield It is illegal to own a reptile within the city limits, unless you are a school or city, as a pet. // The “Peer Review Statute” prohibits you from finding out details of any written or oral discussion about your medical treatment. Not even a court of law can. All you can access is what the doctor or nurse voluntarily records in your chart. // You may not pump your own gas in service stations. Pennsylvania // A person is not eligible to become Governor if he/she has participated in a duel. // A special cleaning ordinance bans homemakers from hiding dirt and dust under a rug in a dwelling. // All fire hydrants must be checked one hour before all fires. // Allentown: There is a ban on men becoming aroused in public. // Any motorist driving along a country road at night must stop every mile and send up a rocket signal, wait 10 minutes for the road to be cleared of livestock, and continue. // Any motorist who sights a team of horses coming toward him must pull well off the road, cover his car with a blanket or canvas that blends with the countryside, and let the horses pass. If the horses appear skittish, the motorist must take his car apart, piece by piece, and hide it under the nearest bushes. // By law, “watch stuffers” are unwelcome in McKeesport, Pa. Now, no one is quite sure what a watch stuffer does, but whatever he does, he better do it somewhere else. // Carlisle: In the middle of town, one must pay a fee of $50 dollars a year to park on a particular block. At night, however, the cars must be moved for street cleaning. This law is enforced even if snow or ice prevents the cars from being moved. // Connellsville: One’s pants may be worn no lower than five inches below the waist. // Dynamite is not to be used to catch fish. // Fireworks stores may not sell fireworks to Pennsylvania residents. // In Bensalem, Pennsylvania it is illegal to race mufflerless go-karts after 6PM on Sunday. // In Harrisburg, Pennsylvania it is illegal to have sex with a truck driver inside a toll booth. // In Hazelton, Pennsylvania, there is a law on the books that prohibits a person from sipping a carbonated drink while lecturing students in a school auditorium. // In Philadelphia, you can’t put pretzels in bags. // In the Mount Pocono region any group of 5 or more Native Americans are to be considered a raiding party and may be killed on the spot. // In York, Pennsylvania, you can’t sit down while watering your lawn with a hose. // It sounds like the title of a rock album or something, but “Coasting on Beaver Street” is illegal in Edgeworth, Pa. // It is contrary to Pennsylvania law to discharge a gun, cannon, revolver or other explosive weapon at a wedding. // It is illegal to have over 16 women live in a house together because that constitutes a brothel. However up to 120 men can live together, without breaking the law. // It it illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors. // Millville: One may not shoot any dog that is found wandering the streets. The sale of alcohol is prohibited. // Ministers are forbidden from performing marriages when either the bride or groom is drunk. // Morrisville: It is required that a woman have a permit to wear cosmetics. // Motorized vehicles are not to be sold on Sundays. // Newtown: Every outlet or switch (which can be purchased for 59 cents) that is installed requires an electrical inspection fee of 1 dollar and 33 cents. // No man may purchase alcohol without written consent from his wife. // No more than two packages of beer at a time may be purchased, unless you are buying from an official “beer distributor” // Pittsburgh: It is still illegal to bring a donkey or a mule onto a trolley car. // Ridley Park: You cannot walk backwards eating peanuts in front of the Barnstormers Auditorium during a performance. // Tarentum: Horses are not to be tied to parking meters. // The state law of Pennsylvania prohibits singing in the bathtub. // Though you do not need a fishing license to fish on your own land, but a hunting license is required to hunt on your own land. // Witchcraft was first legalized in the colony of Pennsylvania. // You may not catch a fish by any body part except the mouth. Rhode Island // Any marriage where either of the parties is an idiot or lunatic is null and void. // Exercising any labor, business, or work, or using any game, sport, play, or recreation, or causing any of the above to be done to or by your children, servants, or apprentices on the first day of the week (Sunday) results in a penalty of $5 for the first offense and $10 for the second. // In Newport, Rhode Island it is illegal to smoke from a pipe after sunset. // In Scituate, Rhode Island it is illegal to keep a flock of chickens in your motorhome if you live in a trailer park. // Impersonating a town sealer, auctioneer, corder of wood, or a fence-viewer is against the law. Penalty: $20 to $100 fine. // It is considered an offense to throw pickle juice on a trolley. // It is illegal to challenge someone to a duel, or accept a duel, even it it is never actually fought. Penalty: Imprisonment for one to seven years. // It is illegal to coast downhill in your car with your transmission in neutral, or with the clutch disengaged. // It is illegal to place a windmill within twenty-five (25) rods of any traveled street or road. // It’s a misdemeanor to keep more than 11 inoperable vehicles in front of a house. // Professional sports, except ice polo and hockey, must obtain a license to play games on Sunday. // Providence There is not an appeals process for exemption of property tax due to a disability or poverty. It is illegal to wear transparent clothing. You may not sell toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday. // Riding a horse over any public highway for the purpose of racing, or testing the speed of the horse is illegal. Penalty: Maximum $20 fine and imprisonment for 10 days. // This state still prohibits unmarried people from having sex under any circumstances. However, if caught, the lovers are both fined only 10 dollars // West Warwick It is illegal to use water on even-numbered days for the sole purpose of watering plants, gardens, or lawns. If you break this law there is a fine of $25-$100. South Carolina // A railroad my not remove itself from a town of more than five hundred people. // All schools must prepare a suitable program for Francis Willard Day. // By law, if a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, the marriage must take place. // Charleston: It is against the law to drive a motorized vehicle on King Street. The Fire Department may blow up your house. This law was made so that the fire department could create a fire brake. // Dance halls may not operate on Sundays. // Every adult male must bring a rifle to church on Sunday in order to ward off Indian attacks. // Fortune tellers are required to obtain a special permit from the state. // Fountain Inn: Horses are to wear pants at all times. // Horses may not be kept in bathtubs. // In some town in South Carolina, it is perfectly legal for a man to beat his wife. But only if its on the courthouse steps on Sunday. // In South Carolina, wife beaters weren’t allowed to hold public office. // In South Carolina you can be fined for not denouncing “the evils of intemperance” on the fourth Friday of every October. // It is a capital offense to inadvertently kill someone while attempting suicide. // It is considered an offense to get a tattoo. // It is illegal to communicate with a woman using obscene messages. // It is illegal to display a confederate flag on a courthouse. // It is illegal to give or receive oral sex. // It is illegal to sell any alcoholic beverages on Sunday, unless you own a private club. // Lancaster County: It is illegal to dance in public. // Merchandise may not be sold within a half mile of a church unless fruit is being sold. // Musical instruments may not be sold on Sunday. // No work may be done on Sunday. An exception is that light bulbs may be sold. // On Hilton Head Island, South Carolina it is illegal to shine a flashlight on a sea turtle // Performing a U-turn within 1,000 feet of an intersection is illegal. // Railroad companies may be held liable in some instances for scaring horses. // Spartanburg: Eating watermelons in the Magnolia Street cemetery is forbidden. // When approaching a four way or blind intersection in a non-horse driven vehicle you must stop 100 ft from the intersection and discharge a firearm into the air to warn horse traffic. South Dakota // If there are more than 5 Native Americans on your property you may shoot them. // In hotels in Sioux Falls, every room is required to have twin beds. And the beds must always be a minimum of two feet apart when a couple rents a room for only one night. And it’s illegal to make love on the floor between the beds! // In South Dakota no horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants. // In South Dakota it is illegal to try to convince a pacifist to renounce his beliefs by threatening to arm-wrestle him. // It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory. // Movies that show police officers being struck, beaten, or treated in an offensive manner are forbidden. // No horses are allowed into Fountain Inn unless they are wearing pants.

Eat Pray Love Chronicles Part Three

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 28, 2012

Bead 037 This bead is the transition from Italy to India. Miss Gilbert arrives at the Mumbai airport, and takes a taxi to the ashram. When she arrives, the morning arati has started. Miss Gilbert quietly joins the party. Through the pasta tumult of Italy, she has not meditated in four months. The mantra comes back… om nah ma shi va ya. Om Namah Shivaya.
Mantra is an eastern concept that is not used well in america. Often you here someone say the mantra, when they really should say the operating cliche. The idea is that you say this phrase while meditating, focus on it, and that your other pesky thoughts will fall by the wayside. PG had a bried encounter with Nichiren Shoshu Buddhism years ago. Their mantra is Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo. PG tried to use this mantra, but did not do very well. PG went to one meeting, and stayed on the telephone list much longer. Three years later, the roommate of a friend practiced Daishonin Buddhism. The name and phone number of PG was on his list.

Bead 038 This bead begins with the question Why do we practice Yoga? The capital W at the start is decorative, as is the first letter of all the beads. This W could symbolize the america of POTUS W, who started World War W. The interlocking X and V on the right are formal, with a huge serif at the top. The stoke on the left, the element of the letter which makes a W out of two Vs, drifts out in a curve. This curve on the left gets longer and skinnier, until it is longer than the XV on the right. This super W is from a font called tagliente.
Tagliente is based on the copybooks of a renowned 16th century Italian writing … Don’t deny yourself all this beauty, just buy the font and you’ll feel better.
We are still in the process of moving from Italian decadence to Indian pursuit of enlightenment. The bead is a discussion of different types of yoga. It seems like the pose holding type of yoga is hatha yoga. One purpose of this is to prepare your body for the challenge of sitting in meditation.
If you look in Google, you will find a page of EPL quotes. If PG finds this page, and makes it his friend, then the rest of this cycle will be easier to write. But now, he is waiting for a phone call that tells him to get his brother at the grocery store. It would be nice to finish this bead before he gets the call. So it is time to put those typing skills to work.
” Yoga is the effort to experience one’s divinity personally and then to hold on to that experience forever.”
Perhaps this is one essential difference between yoga, and the vulgar Jesus religion that dominates america. In yoga, the idea is to achieve this self-G-d reunion during life on earth. Christians wait unti they die, but talk endlessly about it while alive. (It is acknowledged that Yoga is not a religion, in the sense that it competes with other belief systems. It is a practice, which can compliment these systems. There remains the possibility that you will decide that you don’t agree with the beliefs of your anointed religion after all, in which case you have some ‘splainin to do.)

Bead 039 PG finished bead 038, leaned back in his chair, and looked at bead 039 in the book. The phone rang. The Jack Benney jokes will have to wait.
This bead is about the fine print of the ashram. Its name is not mentioned in EPL, because it neither wants the attention, nor can it accommodate any extra visitors. The people who go there are carefully screened. Those with too many issues are gently encouraged to stay away. The contrast with always evangelizing Jesus people is noted.
PG first heard about Liz Gilbert when she was on BloggingheadsTV. She was paired with Susan Orlean, another lady writer. PG knew nothing about about either. It was determined that this discussion was due for a re-listen, probably while editing pictures from the FSA.
It turns out that PG remembered a segment from this diavlog. The ladies were talking about editing, and how it almost always makes writing better to take things out. Miss Gilbert may have been discussing her taste in men when she says
“it’s always better, twenty five percent shorter, always better”. Ms. Orlean says “it’s tighter and cleaner and you’re down to the stuff that really matters”.
PG runs into this when he is formatting text. When you force text into a 720 pixel wide block, it is not always a neat fit. Often, you will have one or two words by themselves on a line, at the end of a paragraph. This is known as a widow, and it is to be avoided. Typically, PG will go in the last sentence, and see if there isn’t a word or three that can be eliminated. The writing is usually better.

Bead 040 This bead is about New Years Eve at the ashram. The first letter is an M. It has the left side spiral of the W, the and a sickle on the right side bottom. This is a mystery.
The internet wankfest yesterday was A Complete Guide to ‘Hipster Racism’. In a facebook thread today, someone said something about telling racist jokes. PG decided to contribute. “How many racists does it take to change a light bulb?” An unkind person said “How many“. PG did not have a clue what to say. The best he could come up with was “It depends on how much privilege the light bulb enjoys.” The next comment:
“I don’t think NOT telling racist jokes means one is pretending NOT to be racist. I think we can all recognize our own racism and confront it with each other in ways other than telling racist jokes. if you really want things to get less racist, or be an active anti-racist, I think it’s important not to alienate allies. And most of my allies request that I not tell racist jokes. But, like the article says, you can say whatever you want.” PG did not make any more comments.
Bead 041 This bead is about the process of meditation, and the difficulties it gives Miss Gilbert. Like many people, she prefers the active role of prayer over the passive activity of meditation. Like many people, she finds it difficult to turn off the thinking. While being able to think gives people the intellectual ability to become enlightened, it can get in the way emotionally.
Part of the fun (and frustration) of writing a blog is seeing what posts get traffic, and which ones are ignored. Yesterday, PG wrote a post, Racism Is Obsolete, about america’s national pastime … handwringing about anti black racism. So far, it has gotten two page views. The top attraction today is Presidential Middle Names. Search engine terms today include:what did april glaspie say to saddam hussein, bad warren harding, people who don’t take care of their things, disturbing road kill, horses and drugs, and young dumb thang fucked my best and gave him brain.

Bead 042 Miss Gilbert keeps trying the meditation thing. It is not working.
When you google Eat Pray Love quotes, you get 12,300,000 results. Goodreads has 11 pages, which may be handy for this cycle. Fr. Stephen, MSC has ten quotes, and a comment thread. 
I am a collector also of great quotes. I only watched the movie, and I think the book is much better (based from reviews I’ve read). The quotes from the movies are different from those quoted from the book (Ive searched some). Thanks for the review, Fr. Stephen. Regards. // No disrespect, but this book and movie is about a woman who leaves her husband and family and searches for “herself” by looking to culture, food, and men. How is this a God-exalting, Biblical example of what God wants for His people? Don’t be fooled when she talks about God – she is not talking about Jesus, but of the worldly idea of a higher-power, spiritual Being. If we are to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ in this desperate world, we cannot point people to movies like this. We need to point them to the Bible. God is not found in a soul-mate, food, or traveling, or beauty. Yes, He created those things and they are not bad, but don’t confuse or credit them as being Yahweh. // I can only agree to Marissa. while those are attractive quotes that we can refer to once in a while but then let us not be tempted by this secular world. I have seen the film but I have not read the book . That is why it is important to know Jesus and his role in your life and to anchor your life with His teachings. I also will not encourage especially my students to watch the film for it contradicts the very essence of our existence. If we search for happiness outside our life at present, there is danger in that because sometimes happiness is a state of mind. You will not leave your husband/wife for that matter just because you are no longer happy. Choosing a life anchored in Jesus is the best way to find your true self.
Bead 043 The ashramers are encouraged to eat carefully. When your body is struggling to digest a heavy meal, it will be much more difficult to hold hands with G-d. This is another thing that is tough for Miss Gilbert… to pass by a buffet with delicious food. At one of the meals, she meets Richard. He is a man. He is from Texas, which seems to be an important detail. Richard is one person in the Indische part of the story who is identified by his “real” name.
In 1985, PG was working in Midtown Atlanta. Lunch was frequently the best part of the day. This is when PG was introduced to Indian food. There was a restaurant on Peachtree Street, just off Tenth Street, called Touch of India. For $3.75 ($4.25 for a meat dish), you got a samosa, curry dish, and dessert. Beer was extra.
This location was almost as much fun as the food. When PG’s mother was growing up, the Tenth Street Theater was in this spot. Behind this building was an apartment building that Margaret Mitchell lived in. This was where “Gone With The Wind” was written. During the nineties, the building was abandoned, and damaged by fire. In this site now is the Margaret Mitchell House. The building with Touch of India was sacrificed for the tourist trap.

Bead 044 When PG was in high school, a gang of hippies decided that 44 was a magic number. Hank Aaron wore number 44. The number does have a certain symmetry, with the factors of two and two and eleven. The fascination continues to this day, with BHO serving as POTUS number 44.
This chapter is about Richard. He used to pray a lot, always saying 
“please, please, please open my heart”. This went on until he had open heart surgery. You should be careful when you ask for something, because you might get it.
Bead 045 In this chapter, Miss Gilbert gets better at meditating. A new mantra, Hamsa, helps. This is not pronounced the same as the ham you eat. That type of ham has been used as a mantra, as the videos below demonstrate.

ok Ready for the most disturbing thing EVER? it is a video called pickle surprise. here it features… Ugg just watch the video here buhuhuhuhuhu warning it contains a man wearing a big pickle hat(which looks a little like a dick) It will show Girls laughing,A woman Ummm… “cleaning” her fingers, And Some Creepy guy Will pop up and Just start shouting PICKLE SURPRISE! Then he slaps an English muffin on a plate, Spreads mayo on it, and slaps a slice of ham on it the everybody goes in a hypnosis like stage and just says HAM then he will yell out PICKLE SURPRISE then that woman will say Uh Wheres The Pickle? Tee hee THATS THE SURPRISE!
Bead 046 This chapter is about kundalini shakti. This is like a pot of gold at the end of the yoga rainbow. Your spine becomes clearer and straighter, and then one day a ball of fire runs up your back. If you are reading this, hoping to get an accurate description of what yoga does for people, please skip ahead to the pictures. Find someone who knows what they are talking about.
The forces that the body unleashes can be very powerful. If the person is not ready for this ball of fire, you can be badly hurt. This is one reason that a qualified teacher is essential to the experience. The closest PG has come was a breathing exercise known as “rebirthing”. While laying on the ground, a leader guides you through a period of intensive breathing. When it is over, you feel as though a thousand electrified needles were stuck in every part of your body.

Bead 047 The magic notebook returns in this bead. Miss Gilbert is having dreams where snakes, and mad dogs, threaten her health and well being. She runs bawling into the loo, grabs the magic notebook, and writes
“I NEED YOUR HELP”. Before much longer, someone writes “I’m right here. It’s OK. I love you. I will never leave you.”
Back in real time, the Secret Service is having scandal problems. They have recently issued a set of guidelines for the behavior of agents.
4. Patronization of non-reputable establishments is prohibited. Some people are wondering if the White House is a non reputable establishment.
Bead 048 The morning meditation is a disaster. The only person brave enough to talk to her is Richard. He listens for a while, and tells Miss Gilbert that she has control issues. This is a dangerous thing to say, especially when it is the truth. Groceries… which is what Richard calls Miss Gilbert, stews a bit more, and tells Richard to get lost.

Matthew 13:57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country, and in his own house.
Telling the truth is dangerous business. During the McCarthy era, there was a serious expression… pre mature anti fascist. Those who saw the dangers of Germany, before it was socially acceptable, were considered communists.
Bead 049 When Liz Gilbert was ten years old, she was freaked out that her childhood was slipping away from her. Supposedly, this was where her control issues began. When PG was ten years old, he had witnessed a family crisis that forty eight years later is too sensitive to discuss. This was the summer of Beatlemania, when Lyndon Johnson and Barry Goldwater were running for President. The summer of Miss Gilbert’s control issues was 1979, when Iran was about the explode, and drive Jimmy Carter out of the White House. That spring, PG bought a bus ticket for California, spent a week in a Moonie camp, and came back home. Miss Gilbert is going to be forty three this summer. This seemed very old at one time, especially growing up in an age where nobody over thirty was to be trusted. When you are fifty eight, forty three is a youngun.
One of the pictures for this feature shows the Cameo Lounge. It was a bar, across the street from the Greyhound station. It prospered because of a deal the owner made with the taxi drivers. Whenever they got a fare, and the man wanted to go to a gay bar, he was taken to the Cameo lounge.

Bead 050 The meditation thing is going better, but the distractions are not going to give up. The one that keeps coming back is her rebound bf, the one she thought she said goodbye to in Rome. The inner dialog goes on, until a lion within Miss Gilbert roars
“YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW STRONG MY LOVE IS !!!!!!!!!” There were nine exclamation marks in the text.
It seems as though this is human nature. A friend of Miss Gilbert was a counselor, working with boat people from Cambodia. Talk about people with a troubled past. War, genocide, and a treacherous journey across the ocean in a makeshift boat is just a part of the story. So what do these people talk to the counselor about? I met this guy on the boat, fell in love, but now he is seeing my cousin and I want him back. What can I do?.

Bead 051 Later that day, Richard makes a smart comment, and the lion inside Miss Gilbert roared a bit more. Richard was impressed, and took Miss Gilbert into town to share a hallucinogenic Indian soft drink. Richard is careful not to touch the bottle with his lips. While in India, never touch anything except yourself.
When you create do a chapter by chapter breakdown, you need two bookmarks. One is the place where you are reading, like a normal bookmark. The other is for the part of the book you are writing about. The first bookmark is a gospel tract. PG got this while getting the emissions report on his vehicle. The marker for the place where PG has read is an envelope. A telephone message is written on it. PG’s cousin in New Canaan CT called at 3:30 pm, 4-22-2012, with News About Family.

Bead 052 While Miss Gilbert has established a truce with meditation, there is an obstacle to her enlightenment. It is Sri Guru Gita. A 182 verse song written in Sanskrit, “The Geet” is sung every morning, after morning meditation and before breakfast. Miss Gilbert has issues with this practice, and has little control over the situation.
A teacher at the ashram is consulted. Yes, Miss Gilbert does not have to sing the Geet. The guru who founded the ashram teaches that this practice is essential to enlightenment, but nobody has to do it. Ultimately, Miss Gilbert sticks with singing the Geet, because she has free will to stop.

Bead 053 The singing of the Geet is not getting any easier. Miss Gilbert blames the whole mess on Swamiji, the founder of the ashram. Evidently, he was somewhat of a rascal. This is not the first time Miss Gilbert has “butted heads” with the man, who has been dead twenty years when the story is told. If you google the word Swamiji you will get several results, and PG is not sure which one is here.
The first rule of learning how to write is to read, read, and read some more. You cannot read too much. The working title for a Madonna biography was too much, but the book was censored with that title. When the text is challenging, then you can use that as a bad example.

Bead 054 One morning, Miss Gilbert overslept. She missed morning meditation, and was about to miss singing Sri Guru Gita. Scrambling in her room, she discovers that she has been padlocked into her room. While this would be a valid excuse for missing the hour of singing a song that she hates, Miss Gilbert is determined to attend. She crawls out a window, and jumps out of a second floor window. When PG reads this, with his wasted knee propped on a pillow, he winces. If he were to jump out of a second floor window, he would never walk again. As it is, his hiking and dancing days may be over, a thought that brings much unhappiness. But Miss Gilbert has two good knees, and makes it to sing Sri Guru Gita. She found a way to enjoy the singing, and never thought about missing the singing of Sri Guru Gita. again.
Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library.”
Parts one and two of this cycle have been published.

Twenty Questions Minus Fifteen

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 27, 2012

So, Father Tony did this interview with Andrew Holleran. There was an email exchange, where FT asked a few questions. At the end of the last question, Mr. Holleran made this observation:
p.s. These questions (above) are all so serious, it’s refreshing to know someone else cares about them, but the joke is you’re the one who should be answering them, not me! That sounded like an idea for a post. If anyone is not interested in the answers here, you can always look at the pictures. These pictures are from The Library of Congress. This is a repost.
1) What does one live for, if one doesn’t believe in god or an afterlife the quality of which is determined by our performance on earth?

PG may be the wrong person to ask this. He suspects there is a G-d, and that the world would be a happier place without her. As for life after death, that is not a good guide for life before death. Life is to be lived. Whether you are happy or sad, you are alive, and that is not being dead. Obsession with life after death is not a good foundation for a religion, either.

2) What does one live for if one is single with no foreseeable change to that status, or, single and making no effort to change that status?

PG suggests looking at answer one for this. PG has been single most of his life, and does not see it changing soon. Sometimes, he is surprised he has made it as far as he has. Regardless of what songwriters say, some people don’t do badly by themself.

3) There seemed to be happiness in your voice. What is the source of it, or did I read your voice incorrectly?

PG has been tagged with “negative attitude” for a while. He suspects that it is a bit of hype, but you learn to deal with it. After all, it is others who have to look at the face. Mr. Holleran had a good comment on this.

AH: You know there are people at Harvard and no doubt other places studying happiness. and one theory is that people have a sort of fixed temperature to which they always return, no matter what happens to them – like a thermostat.

4) I’m almost done with the two “f” decades. (I barely remember the two “t” decades.) You are in the “s” decades. What is that like? What do you hope will happen when you get out of bed?

PG is in his “f’s”. He doesn’t hope for anything when he gets out of bed. If he can make it to the restroom without an accident, that is a plus. Not getting thumped upside the head is a good thing, as is not getting arrested or admitted to a hospital. PG prefers to remember to take food off the stove before it is burned, and to turn off the gas.

5) I see that at the Literary Festival in Fort Lauderdale you’ll be reading something from work in progress. Because I won’t be there to hear it, will you tell me anything about what you are working on, or about what you will read?

You are looking at it.

Andrew Holleran wrote Dancer from the dance. It was considered by many to be the best book about gay america in the seventies, aka the candy store. One image stuck in PG’s head … the guy so infatuated that he snuck into the train toilet to smell the feces of his beloved. PG tried to find a copy of DFTD. He went to several bookstores, prepared to pay retail price. Finally, he was helping someone move, and found a copy. PG borrowed that copy, and was halfway through reading it when he found a paperback of DFTD for twenty five cents at Booknook.

Racism Is Obsolete

Posted in Race, Religion by chamblee54 on April 26, 2012

01– The title of this feature is strictly about language. It is the R word that is obsolete. The modest proposal here is to replace it with a series of acronyms. ABR is anti black racism. AWR is anti white racism. AHR is anti hispanic racism. And so on and so forth. This will not affect the overall concept of racism, but might add a touch of clarity to discussions.

02– Talk about ABR is the national pastime. People LOVE to talk about ABR, usually in a very loud voice. The only problem is, very few are listening.

03If you don’t like me, then I don’t like you. I don’t care what your reasons are. I don’t how many protected categories are involved, be they race, religion, language spoken, sexual life history, intelligence, food preferences, musical taste, hair color, national origin, political opinions, favorite sports team, criminal background, degree of recovery, clothing choice, halitosis, or anything else.
04– Am I a AB/AW racist? It depends of who is doing the judging.
05– This feature partially a reaction to A Complete Guide to ‘Hipster Racism’. Here is a sample: “Modern racism lives in entrenched de facto inequalities, in coded language about “work ethic” and “states’ rights,” in silent negative spaces like absence and invisibility, and in Newt Gingrich’s hair.” So “work ethic” is a coded ABR insult. How interesting.

06– Many people don’t think AWR exists. This might be a function of ABR/AWR manifesting in different ways.

07– Chamblee54 has posted on The N Word before.

08– I am not a policeman. I do not drive a taxi. I do not carry a purse, and therefore cannot hold it tighter. Look somewhere else to get your revenge.

09– I never thought that having a half white man elected POTUS would end ABR/AWR. There is going to be resistance. There are going to be people looking for revenge. I thought that ABR/AWR was going to get worse.

10– There is a difference between not liking “black music” and ABR.

11– The race card = black privilege.

12– The most obnoxious form of privilege in America is christian privilege.

13- We will have ABR/AWR in America as long as people find it to their advantage to promote it.

14- A lot of the old cliches apply to ABR/AWR. What goes around comes around. To every action, there is an equal but opposite reaction. Two wrongs don’t make a right. If you can’t say anything nice about a person, don’t say anything at all. When you point a finger, three fingers point back at you. He who excuses himself accuses himself. We are all G-d’s children.

15- There is a difference between having respect for a person and not using forbidden words.

16- A visit to Google city was made for the phrase “racism is obsolete”. The first usuable result was on yahoo, Will racism ever be obsolete? This was at the bottom of the page:
Discover Questions in Other – Cultures & Groups Why do black men LOVE drinking gatorade before going to the beach? is it to be cool for us ladies? Why do people waste time worrying what black people do? Why do people take me so serious sometime,don’t you know im a blockhead?
17- A well meaning Christian website presents The Pollution of Racism: What White People Can Do About Racism. There were other people talking, in the Google results, about what white people can do about racism. You seldom hear anyone talking about what black people can do about racism.

18- There was a comment about Joseph Kony that should be repeated here.
“(It) is not about justice. It is about having a big emotional experience that validates privilege.” This applies to much of the overheated rhetoric about ABR/AWR.
19- When talking about ABR/AWR, it is very common to be a hypocrite. This feature is included.

20- Someone started Racismobsoleteweaponofwar’s Blog. This person only wrote three posts. Someone in England has a blog, Obsolete.
Dyspeptic, incredulous leftist fashion blogging from someone somewhere. || “Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means of going backwards.” — Aldous Huxley || “I take a particularly strong pride in the fact that we have never pushed our commercial interests in our newspapers.” — Rupert Murdoch
21- If you want to see a society without ABR/AWR, worry about yourself. Don’t point fingers at what other people are doing. Worry about what you are doing. It all starts with you.

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

Confederate Memorial Day

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 26, 2012

Today is Confederate Memorial Day in Georgia. It is an ancient question…how to honor the soldiers from the side that lost. They were just as valiant as the Union Soldiers. Considering the shortages of the Confederate Armies, the Rebels may have been just a bit braver.

The issue of Federalism is a defining conflict of the American experience. What powers do we give the Federal Government, and what powers do we cede to the States? The Confederacy was the product of this conflict. The Confederate States were a collection of individual states, with separate armies. This is one reason why the war turned out the way it did.

This is not a defense for slavery. The “Peculiar institution” was a moral horror. The after effects of slavery affect us today. Any remembrance of the Confederacy should know that. This does not make the men who fought any less brave.

It is tough to see the War Between the States through the modern eye. It was a different time, before many of the modern conveniences that are now considered necessities. Many say that the United States were divided from the start, and the fact the union lasted as long as it did was remarkable. When a conflict becomes us against them, the “causes” become unimportant.

The War was a horror, with no pain medicine, and little that could be done for the wounded. It took the south many, many years to recover. The healing continues in many ways today. Remembering the sacrifices made by our ancestors helps.
This is a repost from CMD 2010. Pictures are from the Library of Congress.

Eat Pray Love Chronicles Part Two

Posted in Book Reports by chamblee54 on April 25, 2012

Bead 019 It was a glorious Sunday afternoon. PG called Uzi, woke him up, and suggested they go to the 420 festival. This is a neighborhood shindig in painfully trendy Candler Park. Uzi is going to drive to PG, who will drive them downtown. In the half hour or so before the company arrives, PG is going to try and knock out a few beads of this book report.
PG and Uzi have a basic disagreement about how to go places. PG likes surface roads, and Uzi prefers interstates. When PG is going west on i285, he gets on at Glenridge Road. Uzi lives off Abernathy Road in Sandy Springs. The idea of taking the interstate to Uzi’s place strikes PG as insanity. To Uzi, surface roads provide access to the freeways. However, on this sunday, four lanes of I285 are shut down for road work. This is a good day to take surface roads. PG briefed Uzi on the way to go, and hopefully he will not get lost.
This is a good bead to warm up with. Miss Gilbert notes that she has not done yoga since arriving in Rome. The yoga mat will go unused until she arrives in India. It is noted that yoga rhymes with toga.

Bead 020 Gomer Pyle had a saying. His grandmother taught it to him.“Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver, and the other gold”. This bead is about the friends that Miss Gilbert has made in Rome. Her favorite is a tax accountant named Luca Spaghetti.
PG was writing something once, and did not know how to spell spaghetti. Spi and spe were the logical choices. The dictionary did not yield results with either prefix. Finally, PG got out the yellow pages. He found a restaurant called the Spaghetti Store. And he has known how to spell spaghetti ever since. Since then, spell check has made this skill obsolete

Bead 021 This bead is about the pursuit of pleasure. Italians are reputed to be better at this than uptight white americans. Miss Gilbert is trying. The only museum she has visited is the museum of pasta. There is the time when she gathers a few items at a market, takes them to her place, and conjures up a meal. This is what Italians call l’arte d’arraniarsi … making something out of nothing.
There are three basic devices for playing with text… bold, underline, and italic. PG has long exploited bold and underline for breaking up text into bite sized chunks, but has a long standing reluctance to italicize. Historically, italics have been used to set apart languages other than English. The paragraph above may be the first time PG has put anything in Italics. The fact that it is an Italian word, in a book report about Italy, is a coincidence.

Bead 022 Miss Gilbert has come to Italy to pursue pleasure, but is determined to be celibate. To some, this is a contradiction. To her, it makes sense. She is recovering from a traumatic divorce, and technically still dating a toxic bf. She has been continually in relationships for years, and needs a break.
This is one arena where PG and Miss Gilbert are dramatically different. At a discussion group on Saturday, someone asked PG when his last relationship was. It was in 1988, and PG still feels he was fortunate to have had that. When you are a Zorlack, it is tough to connect with earthlings. In that same group, someone asked PG what he thought when he got off. The answer was “where is the paper towel”. This got a good laugh, but is technically not true.

Bead 023 Luca Spaghetti took Liz Gilbert to a soccer match. This is a serious sport in Italy. She sits in front of a man who expands her knowledge of Italian cusswords.
It is ironic that the word used here to describe the sport is soccer. The word is an american abomination, short for association football. The rest of the world calls it football, or the local equivalent. It is odd that Miss Gilbert goes to Italy to wallow in the language, and then uses a clumsy american phrase to discuss the european obsession. According to, soccer is sometimes called calcio (pronounced “kahltsho”) in Italy. This answer was sponsored by a listing for a urologist.

Bead 024 Liz Gilbert sees learning Italiano as being locked into a candy store. Every day is a new treat, many of them unexpected. It turns out that tree and hotel are similar in Italiano. When Miss Gilbert says she grew up on a christmas tree farm, people wonder what a christmas hotel is, and why it is grown on a farm. The favorite words so far is attraversiamo, which means “Lets cross over”. The chance to use this word sometimes means diving into the most deadly traffic in Europe.
PG has always wondered why languages have a different name is other languages. We say spanish, until we go to Buford Hiway, where it is espanol. Italian is italiano, german is deutsch, portoguese is portogues. It is one more reason to try esparanto.

Bead 025This bead is about a walking tour of Rome. Miss Gilbert set out strolling, not knowing where she was going to go. In many cities, this can be dangerous. The finale was Augusteum, a grand mausoleum built for one of the Caesars. It has fallen into disrepair, and is now partially buried under the dirt of the ages.
April 25 is ANZAC day. This is a remembrance of the young men who were slaughtered at Gallipoli. This siege was ninety seven years ago, and not one person out of ten thousand can tell you why. Yesterday was Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. It is a shame when a people’s sacrifice is remembered in proportion to their skill at publicity.

Bead 026 The Italian postal service is not efficient. Miss Gilbert shipped a box of books to Rome, and is wondering when they will arrive. Some of her friends say not to worry, it is in the hands of G-d. Nothing humans can do will affect it.
The same can be said about the critters that regulate spam. PG got two invites to join an internet service today. They were from the same person, who is a nice man that PG is not in close contact with. One of the invites was addressed to Luther, and one to Cam. PG’s “real” name starts with Luther Campbell. Most of his life, he has been called Cam. In the last two years, he has started to use Luther. The name of the person connected to the invites is Ed, who calls PG Cam.

Bead 027 Miss Gilbert takes her friend Sophie on a day trip to Naples. The line in corny movies is see Naples and die. The ladies give it their best shot. They do to a place said to have the best pizza in Naples, and possibly the world.
There is a picture with this feature of a Checkers hamburger stand on Buford Hiway. In an act of mercy, this facility has been closed. When Miss Gilbert went to Italy to eat fabulous food, PG went to Buford Hiway to get gutbomb (spell check suggestion:gumbo) burgers.
In 1994, Richard Nixon died. The liberal media did not have him to kick around any more. One day PG noticed an enormous flag at half staff. It was at Checkers. PG was probably the only person who made the connection.

Bead 028 The rebound bf is David. Miss Gilbert can’t live with him, and can’t live without him. One day, she sends him an email to break up. Later in the day, she receives a reply, telling her that he agrees this is the best thing to do. Miss Gilbert then gets a phone call from Giovanni, wondering where she is. Miss Gilbert starts to cry hysterically when she tries to tell Giovanni the story. He is totally sweet and understanding, but does not kiss her.
One problem with writing on a computer is the distraction of the internet. You never know when you are going to miss something on facebook. Like this: I think the remains of the recent emotional cataclysm are gone. Got up, gave myself an amusing haircut, did some watering and transplanting on the Flats, and went for a long (by recent standards) run in the lovely morning. Clomped along, concentrating on the green, the growing, the flowering, the scented, and when I came to a particularly generous patch of sky, looked up and said, “Wow, And it’s all MINE.” I’ll share, of course. So, yeah, back to reasonably happy. Then a bird shat on me.
There is an old saying … I don’t know whether to shit or go blind. Ray Charles said to use ex lax.

Bead 029 Miss Gilbert has one sister. She is older, knows more things, and is named Catherine. For a long time the two did not get along, but finally are starting to bond. Catherine comes to Rome to visit Liz, and they go for an educational romp around the city.
In the last sentence, bond was originally typed bone. E is above d on the keyboard, and this is an easy mistake to make. Bonding and boning are similar concepts, but different in some crucial ways. If it turns out that the sisters are boning each other (is that possible without male participation), then the movie will be a lot more fun.

Bead 030 This bead is about children. Miss Gilbert thought for a while that she wanted them, and then decided that she did not. There is an attic apartment awaiting her in sister’s house, and a future as the family flake. This is not an appealing prospect. Perhaps she can write blog posts. It is good to remember that easy writing makes tough reading. Stream of consciousness is a lot more fun to write than to read.

Bead 031 Miss Gilbert drops out of Italiano (spell check suggestion:Totalitarian) class, and starts to travel with a vengeance. Meanwhile, at his group on saturday night, someone asked PG where he would go if money was no object. This threw PG for a loop, because travel fantasy has never been a part of his lifestyle. This might be a function of being perpetually single. If you don’t have anyone to go with, what is the point of going anywhere. The one dependable travel companion PG has is Uzi, and they are limited to road trips within a few hours of Atlanta. Finally, after stumbling and harrumphing, PG said he might enjoy going back to Seattle, to see where he had been in 1980.

Bead 032 The next stops on the tour are Florence and Venice. A friend from Seattle joins the show in Venice. In contrast to the rhapsodies about Venice that Erica Jong dispenses, Miss Gilbert seems to feel sorry for the place.
PG saw Erica Jong give a book tour talk once. It was in a former foreign car dealership in Buckhead, that enjoyed a second life as a bookstore. The audience was very feminist, full of women who got off on asking questions that included the f word. She did not say anything about Venice.
In March 1990, Tom Robbins made an appearance at the same Buckhead bookstore. PG got there after the reading, and saw the line of people getting books signed. At one point, Mr. Robbins stood up, and turned around, the the delight of manbutt admirers.
When PG got home from seeing the levis of Tom Robbins, there was a message on his machine. A longtime friend said he had something important to tell him. He had aids. Two years later, when PG got back from Amsterdam , there was a message from longtime friend’s mother.

Bead 033 There is a concept that you can choose one word to describe a major city. For Stockholm, conform. For New York, achieve. For Atlanta, marketing. For Rome, sex. All caps are used in this chapter, but PG is tired of shouting. When everyone is shouting, nobody is heard. People think that their wonderful opinions become more true when they express them with more volume.
The original version of this paragraph ended with the words “PG begs to differ.” When the image was saved and previewed, the word differ was on a line by itself. This is known as a widow, and looks bad. PG decided to eliminate the phrase, “PG begs to differ”. When someone begs to differ, that phrase can usually be eliminated without affecting the meaning of the paragraph.
The images for this feature were originally edited to a four to three format. They were intended to fit the monitor of PG’s computer, which was set to 1024×768. In the time since then, PG has discovered the joys of the golden rectangle. This means that pictures 720 pixels wide will be 447 pixels tall. This is the golden mean, a size which mathematicians sing the praises of. The golden mean is quite possibly an Italian discovery.

Bead 034 The nickname for Silvio Berlusconi is l’idiota. When an American talks about George Bush, Italians say they have one too. In this chapter, Luca Spaghetti has an american style thanksgiving for his birthday. It turns into a tearful, drunken feast.
The pictures for today’s post come from a variety of places. PG takes his camera wherever he goes, and then edits the results. Sometimes the folders are full of usable material. Other folders have a good picture or two. A few months ago, PG reviewed the list of folders, and put an x beside the ones that did not have a lot of good material. While picking pics for this post, PG took images from seven folders deemed not worthy of use. It is a dog’s breakfast, with shots taken in Piedmont Park, the Flying Biscuit, the Norfolk Southern tracks, and a restricted property.

Bead 035 All of this decadent eating has a cost. Miss Gilbert cannot fit into any of her clothes. She buys some jeans for the remaining time she will be in Italy. Soon, she will be an Indian ascetic, and losing weight will be relatively easy.
While assembling this feature, PG dropped by an arrogant Jesus worship blog. The blog has a device where you can check on a star, or number of stars, to “rate” the post. Since PG is banned from commenting at this facility, he clicks one star, usually without the unpleasant experience of reading the post. Nothing personal, just business. The blogger is question (or is that questionable blogger?) observed this rating. “And the first rating: 1 star! I’m looking forward to the one-star rating army to come and tell me how shameful this post is — I hope they can enumerate the shamefulness for me so I can improve myself in the future.”
PG sent a tweet in reply “@Frank_Turk Maybe if you allow one star reviewers to speak they could tell you why.” The absolute worst thing that could happen is for the ban on commenting to be lifted, and to invite PG to “enumerate the shamefulness.” If this was to happen, then PG would be required to read the post in question.

Bead 036 In the last bead about Italy, Miss Gilbert goes to Sicily and eats fabulous food. Part one of this cycle was posted a few days ago. PG is beginning to wonder if this chapter by chapter business is really a good idea.

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 24, 2012

Today is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. According to wikipedia , “The starting date of the genocide is conventionally held to be April 24, 1915, the day when Ottoman authorities arrested some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople”
A site called The Straight Dope has an overview of the affair, Was there genocide in early 20th century Armenia? Here are a few excerpts.

It tells you something about human nature and the century just past that the typical response to this question is: What Armenian genocide? Hardly anyone remembers this appalling crime, even though at a million-plus deaths it was the first modern holocaust, ranking eighth on the list of high-body-count butcherings 1900-’87 compiled by genocide historian R. J. Rummel.
Few can even tell you where Armenia is. (The traditional Armenian homeland covers the modern republic of Armenia plus some of Turkey, Iran, and Iraq, but the killings were confined to Turkey and other parts of the old Ottoman empire.) It’s not like the murders were conducted in secret or were over before anybody noticed — on the contrary, they spanned 30 years and received sustained worldwide publicity. So why the amnesia? Turkey’s adamant refusal to acknowledge the massacres is part of it, but equally important is the West’s agreement to forget…
What had the Armenians done to deserve all this? Not much — their main offense was to be a Christian minority in a crumbling Islamic empire. Like another much-persecuted Middle Eastern ethnic group whose sufferings are better known, the Armenians had an ancient language and culture plus a reputation for clannishness and a knack for finance, and they became the target of a similar type of unreasoning bigotry…
A massacre of 15,000 to 25,000 Armenians in 1909 set the table for the main event during World War I. Blaming the supposedly disloyal Christian minority for an early defeat by the Russians, the Turkish government starting in 1915 rounded up Armenians throughout the country, murdered vast numbers outright and deported the rest, with many dying on forced marches or in refugee camps. The brutal work was carried out by an elaborate bureaucracy that some historians consider a model for the extermination program of the Nazis. Add in a couple of additional massacres in the early 1920s and the Armenian death toll for 1915-1922 totals a million to a million and a half.

Another site, devoted to history, has a page, The Armenians.

The Turkish government viewed all Armenians with suspicion and instituted programs of relocation and mass murder. Beginning in June 1915, non-Muslim peoples were forced to move away from areas deemed to have military sensitivity. Hundreds of thousands of Armenians were forced to march to new homes, some to the Syrian desert, others to Mesopotamia. Little preparation had been made for this exodus and the toll from exhaustion, disease and starvation was staggering. Bands of Turks and Kurds would descend upon Armenian villages and slaughter entire populations.
The treatment of the Armenians was not unknown in the outside world. The Allied governments and even Germany issued protests, but the Turkish government was intent on cleansing their lands of all Armenian influence. Persecution continued into the early 1920s. For years afterward, parents in the West would evoke images of starving Armenians as a means to encourage their children to clean their plates.
It is impossible to assign accurate numbers to the slaughter. Reports provided by Armenian groups are usually regarded by historians as too high, but the official Turkish numbers appear too low. Mid-range figures indicate that perhaps between 600,000 and one million Armenians died during this period, out of a pre-war population estimated at 1.5 million.

The treatment of the Armenians ninety seven years ago remains a sensitive issue. Turkey staunchly denies that it happened. Since Asia Minor is a strategic piece of property, many governments are willing to go along with this denial. Even Israel , which knows a thing or two about ethnic cleansing, is sensitive to the need for allies.
Pictures today are from The Library of Congress .