Eight More Years

Posted in History, Politics by chamblee54 on November 17, 2012

BHO is the third POTUS in a row to be reelected. He is also the fourth out of the last five. If BHO serves his full second term, he will do something that has only been done once before in American history.

Between 1801 and 1825, America had three Presidents: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe. All three were elected twice, and served a full eight years. However, two of these three had different Vice Presidents during their tenure. Thomas Jefferson had Aaron Burr and George Clinton. (The decision to replace Mr. Burr came before his dispute with Alexander Hamilton had fatal results.) James Madison had George Clinton and Elbridge Gerry. (Gerrymandering is enthusiastically practiced to this day.) Only James Monroe was a one VP man, with Daniel D. Thompkins.

If the Obama-Biden team can hold on until October 28, 2014, then another milestone will have been reached. April 4,1841, William Henry Harrison was the first POTUS to die in office. This was 51 years, and 339 days, after the inauguration of George Washington. If the cigarettes don’t kill him, BHO should break this record.

Starting in 1840 with Mr. Harrison, the zero factor saw the death, in office, of every President elected in a year ending in zero. This would affect both of the records mentioned in this post. The zero factor was beaten by Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Mr. Reagan’s Vice President, George H.W. Bush, is the first Vice President elected to office, without becoming President, since Martin Van Buren, in 1836. Daddy Bush lost his effort to be reelected in 1992. HT to Andrew Sullivan.

Ten Questions For A Blogger

Posted in The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on November 16, 2012

The Daily Post at WordPress posted a feature yesterday, Blogger Profile: Go Jules Go. It was based on Julie Davidoski of Go Jules Go, and was accompanied by Bloggy Love: Who Inspires You? The feature had ten questions for bloggers. PG is going to take the optimistic step of thinking that people are interested in his answers. If you get tired of reading, you can skip ahead to the pictures. These pictures, from The Library of Congress are Union Soldiers, from the War Between the States.

1- Where does your post inspiration come from?
Maybe the best way to answer this is to look at the last few posts. The ideas for features come from everywhere. Topics include religion, politics, and race … subjects that are not acceptable for polite company.
Twitter Bumper Stickers and Why WMR Lost are about items in the news that made PG angry. Having a blog is a great outlet for those with inconvenient opinions. You can express yourself, and feel like you have contributed to the dialog. If you are later proven to be incorrect, you are just a blogger.

The Burning Of Atlanta is history. At this time 148 year ago, the union armies left on their march to the sea. Before leaving town, anything of value was destroyed. War is like that. This feature is a repost. The burning of Atlanta (there were actually two) is the hottest thing that ever happened here. It is also ignored by the media, both mainstream and shallow creek.

Turn Turn Turn is another repost. There is a list of posts from 2008-2011 that are worthy of a repeat appearance. On days with writer’s tackle, this is a good source of material. For TTT, a 1965 video of the Byrds on TV was included, complete with dancing girls behind the band. David Crosby is smiling. You should click on youtube thingies when doing a repost. Often, the video has been taken down.

Smedley Butler was a Marine who fought many battles. After his military career was over, he gave speeches about how the killing benefits business more than freedom. This was during the thirties, when America was horrified by the carnage of World War I. Smedley Butler died before World War II, when happy talk in the press was confused for patriotism. This was posted on the day after Armistice Day.

So It Goes was prompted by the 90th birthday of Kurt Vonnegut. Whenever his name is mentioned, someone is sure to say “and so it goes.” PG did a bit of research, and found that “and” was not a part of that saying. A man brings joy to millions with his stories, and the most famous thing he said is a misquote. So it goes.

2- What’s your typical process for developing and writing a post?
Lets look at the Vonnegut post. PG saw a facebook note about the birthday, and got to thinking about the trademark saying. There is a method for checking the veracity of quotes. You find the alleged speaker’s page on wikiquotes, and copy the contents into an open office text document. A search is done for a key word in the quote. In this case, “and so it goes” was the first search item, and it turned up nothing. When “goes” was used, a few examples of the famous phrase came up.
You want to open a word document, and save it as something related to your subject. (You may be searching for this someday, so don’t be too cute.) PG likes wordpad, but any text program should do. You want to compose your text, add the appropriate code, and then copy the whole nasty thing into the WordPress window.

The next step is to write an opening paragraph. This can be tricky, as the perfect phrase is seldom the first thing to come to mind. Apply the formula for writing … ass plus chair … and turn the fingers loose.

Next, you add the research material. In this case, it is fairly limited. In other stories, there is a tsunami of information. If you are using twitter, every time you look down at the trending topic there are going to be more tweets. At some point, you have to decide what is important, and what will be fun to read. This is not a dissertation, this is a blog post.

The rest of the preparation is what might be called formatting. Chamblee54 does not use black fonts, or tiny letters. Medium sized text is easier to read, and using colors is fun. For this post, alternating shades of green are used. This is done using hand coded HTML. Follow the link for more information about blogging in colored fonts.

The next step is to insert the links. You should always show where you get your information. This serves both to give credit for this data, and allows the reader to learn more about the subject. Links are one great advantage of digital media to writing on dead trees. These links are inserted into the text using HTML. For more information on how to do this, see How To Blog. If your post has a lot of links, open another document, and compose your links there. This will save a lot of scrolling.

The theme of Chamblee54 is “Pretty pictures and ugly opinions”. For the Vonnegut post, these images came from The Library of Congress. The text is just something to put between the pictures.

When you paste the text into the window, the next step is to look at the post. Click “save post”, and open the preview in a separate window. Look over the post, and see if there are any horrible mistakes. If you see one word on a line by itself at the end of a paragraph, you need to edit. See if there is anything in the line above that be left out. This will give your post a better appearance, and usually improve your writing. This one word by itself is known as a widow.

When there are no more mistakes to correct, click publish. Copy the final code for the post in the word document you used to write the text.

There is a site called I Write Like. You paste the text in the box, and it tells you what writer your style reminds them of. Today’s post is written like William Shakespeare.

3- What are your five daily reads?
There are so many places to go. Facebook, the fishwrapper , and twitter are no brainers, pun intended. Andrew Sullivan, Informed Comment, Palestinian Pundit, Peach Pundit, Pure Film Creative can be counted on to cause brain damage.
The word “reads” is misleading, since BloggingheadsTV is listened to. BHTV is the one podcast that is followed regularly, with a few thousand others available for visits. Likewise, not all content providers publish daily. Jesus and Mo only appears on Wednesday, but is cool enough to cover the other six days. As you might have noticed, the five limit is being ignored as well.

Last but probably least are the blogs that have banned PG from commenting. If you want to know the latest about racism in comic books, go by The Chronicle. If you think the Bible is the inerrant word of G-d, you might appreciate Pyromaniacs.

4- You have a vibrant and engaged community of readers and commenters. How did you create and sustain it?
This must be a question for Jules. Chamblee54 gets 100 hits on a typical day, and very few comments. The readers are terrific, and appreciated.
5- What are your top three tips for new or struggling bloggers?
Don’t spill your beverage, link to your sources, have fun.
6- Why did you choose
Chamblee54 started on blogspot. One day, a bit of code got into the machine, and google products were not accessible. PG started to look for a host. One day, a comment needed to be made at a blog where WordPress registration was required. PG looked at the opportunity, and decided to go with it.
7- What does your blogging setup look like (computer, surroundings, etc.)?
The text today is written in the back yard. There is a stone circle, with a patio table in the middle. The wifi reaches this outdoor office, kinda sorta. The post will be put online inside. The computer is on a table, and is in front of a window. There is a mirror on the wall, which allows PG to watch TV from the desk. The chair is a combination of two office chairs known as the Frankenstein chair. It is typically in need of repair.
8- Which of your posts has had the most influence on your readers, and why?
See question 4.
9- Are there topics you’ll never write about?
Anything about PG, or his family, that one billion people don’t need to know about.
10- Tell us about how a commenter or reader had an impact on you.
One sometimes reader said that he doesn’t like long posts. You can see today how much PG listens.

Twitter Bumper Stickers

Posted in Race, Religion, The Death Penalty by chamblee54 on November 15, 2012

Yesterday, Israel killed Ahmed Jabari. The IDF is boasting about the killing. As for the question, who is Ahmed Jabari … that depends on who you ask.

The IDF has put out a graphic about the killing. “Planned multiple terrorist attacks that killed Israeli civilians… Commanded the operation to kidnap Gilad Shalit … Ordered Palestinian terrorists to fire thousands of rockets into Israel” Democracy Now tells a different story.

AMY GOODMAN: Mohammed Omer, I wanted to ask you about a new report in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz. The Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin, who helped mediate between Israel and Hamas in the deal to release Gilad Shalit, told the paper that Hamas military commander Ahmed Jabari was assassinated just hours after he received the draft of a permanent truce agreement with Israel, which included mechanisms for maintaining the ceasefire. What do you know about this?

MOHAMMED OMER: Well, this is accurate. This is what some of the Hamas officials are confirming. Now, I should say that the—there is outrage among the Palestinian political parties, particularly Islamic Jihad and Hamas and even PFLP and the more secular movements. They are angry because they say that al-Jabari is known as a moderate and negotiator, just to remind our people that al-Jabari is the one behind the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. And al-Jabari was the one who’s actually the contact person during this critical time of the year; when there is bombing and F-16s firing and there is a need for truce, al-Jabari is the person to talk on behalf of the Palestinians. So far, the Egyptians will not be able to reach anybody who is able to talk to the Palestinians and to install real truce. It’s exactly like losing Yasser Arafat, who had a lot of influence on the Palestinians. And now we are losing al-Jabari, who has a lot of influence on the military wings of all the political factions, given the fact that he plays a most important role as a Palestinian leader among the Palestinian factions and in the Palestinian street.

AMY GOODMAN: Mohammed Omer, how did this latest violence get started? The Israeli government says it’s because of Hamas rocket fire out of Gaza.

MOHAMMED OMER: Well, there was a truce, actually. There was a truce. And they also made it—they also made—the Israelis made it possible for the people to believe that there was a truce. Otherwise, someone like al-Jabari would not be moving in Gaza City. That’s out of the question. Most of the Hamas leaders, when there is no truce, they won’t be moving. He was driving with his driver or with his bodyguard, Muhammad al-Hums, in the streets of Gaza City. And I happened to be next to this bomb. There was absolutely quietness. There was no need for worry for anybody in Gaza. It was about two days ago where they were installing truce, and al-Jabari was involved in this. It was just a sudden attack by the Israeli F-16 missiles, which hit al-Jabari and caused all this riot and the retaliation, which is coming from both Hamas and other factions who are firing rockets.

And now for something completely different. At twitter, a trending topic today is #HamasBumperStickers. Tweeters are getting ready for some feel good killing.

@lillivonschtupp #hamasbumperstickers i tried to get to heaven and all i got was this lousy shrapnel
‏@KevinZ418 #HamasBumperStickers – I Never Shower! I Could Die Any Hour!
@JBucknoff #HamasBumperStickers I’m so proud of my husband. He tied a bomb to our 6 yr old daughter & threw her at & killed an innocent Israeli family.
@theeAuthentic “@EDMLounge: My other car blew up your Honor Student #HamasBumperStickers” this is why twitter is amazing @theryanwalsh
@lgyandell #HamasBumperStickers “We Blow Up More Hospitals than ObamaCare”
@alexbrown17 Not a great sign that so many are more offended by #HamasBumperStickers than they are by the actions of Hamas — a TERRORIST organization.
@azola42 My son the blessed suicide bombers eyes were blue – one blew this way one blew that way. #HamasBumperStickers
‏@mrgeology #hamasbumperstickers –> I blew up my honor roll student.
‏@unbiased610 5 yr old potential bride for sale for 2 goats #HamasBumperStickers
‏@BellaPelosi #HamasBumperStickers C-4 It’s not just for Breakfast anymore.
‏@suzibasterd Is that C4 in your pants or are you just happy to see me? #HamasBumperStickers
@SCUDHunter76 #HamasBumperStickers I miss my ex. Perhaps I shouldn’t have honor killed her.
@davidjkramer #HamasBumperStickers We voted for Obama! Twice!
‏@NathanWurtzel #HamasBumperStickers Honk If You’re About to be Taken Out by an Israeli Air to Surface Missile Retweeted 1093 times
‏@joshingstern #HamasBumperStickers Dynamite $250.00 Knapsack $35.00 Ball bearings dipped in arsenic, exploding in an Israeli kindergarden….priceless
@JustCallMeFrank “What’s The Martyr With You?” #HamasBumperStickers
@Onelifetogive #HamasBumperStickers “Ask Me About My Exploding Grandchildren”
‏@michellemalkin #HamasBumperStickers is still trending. Hamas supporters are still up in arms==>
‏@CaptYonah Gaza Auto Sales: We Blow Away The Competition #HamasBumperStickers
@patrickgaley It’s easier than ever now to identify racists and advocates of child murder on twitter. Just follow #HamasBumperStickers
‏@TheFunnyRacist #HamasBumperStickers My kid can blow up your kid.
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Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

Why WMR Lost

Posted in Politics by chamblee54 on November 15, 2012

Former POTUS wannabe Willard Mitt Romney had a conference call with some of the people who gave megabucks to his campaign.
“Mitt Romney … and attributed his rival’s victory to “the gifts” the administration had given to blacks, Hispanics and young voters during Obama’s first term. Obama, Romney argued, had been “very generous” to blacks, Hispanics and young voters. He cited as motivating factors to young voters the administration’s plan for partial forgiveness of college loan interest and the extension of health coverage for students on their parents’ insurance plans well into their 20s. Free contraception coverage under Obama’s healthcare plan, he added, gave an extra incentive to college-age women to back the president.”
This is wrong on a number of levels. To begin with, why is he having this call to the people who tried to buy the election for him? This was the problem with the meeting where he made the infamous 47 percent comment. The influence of big money donors is way too great in our elections. Campaign finance reform is long overdue. BHO probably had a similar chat with his backers, but made sure not to say anything quote worthy.

The comment about free contraception is weird. If he is opposed to abortion, then this is one way to cut down on unwanted pregnancies. When it comes to women, the repubs seem to have terminal clumsiness. Of course, having more sexually active women is going to appeal to straight male voters. This can compliment the gifts BHO gave the LGBT population.

PG lives in a red state. His electoral votes were surrendered to WMR early on. Any vote PG made, in the Presidential election, was a protest. In recent years, the only time PG gets to vote on POTUS is the Georgia primary. This year, that meant making a strategic vote for a rival of WMR. It was disgusting, and ultimately WMR won the nomination.

Moving into the November race, PG felt a strong sense that WMR is a jerk. The video at the top of the text is an early indication. After a while, it seems like every time WMR opened his mouth, PG felt anger and disgust.

This has nothing to do with any opinions about BHO. The President has done a few things right, and a few things wrong. He could have done more things right if the repubs in congress had worked with him. BHO is arguably a war criminal. BHO is going to upset people in the next four years. Still, BHO is much more likable than WMR.

A lot of the so called conservative base is going to loudly agree with WMR. There is going to be badmouthing of BHO, and whining about the media. This is the crowd that WMR pandered to during the primaries. They helped him to lose.

The Burning Of Atlanta

Posted in Georgia History, History by chamblee54 on November 14, 2012


Around this time 147 years ago, Atlanta was on fire. General Sherman was preparing for his March to the sea, and wanted to destroy anything of value in the city. The fire is reported as being on 11-15 of November, depending on what source you use.

The November fire was the second great fire in Atlanta that year. On September 2, the city was conquered by the Union Army. The fleeing Confederates blew up a munitions depot, and set a large part of the city on fire. This is the fire the Scarlet O’Hara flees in “Gone With The Wind”.

After a series of bloody battles, the city was shelled by Yankee forces for forty days. There were many civilian casualties. General Sherman was tired of the war, angry at Atlanta, and ready for action. This is despite the fact that many in Atlanta were opposed to secession.

Click here to hear a lecture by Marc Wortman at the Atlanta History Center. Mr Wortman is the author of “The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta”. The hour of talk is fascinating. The pictures, with one exception, are from Shorpy. (Shorpy got them from The Library of Congress ) The 1864 map is from a collection of images at Georgia State University. This is a repost.


Turn Turn Turn

Posted in History, Music by chamblee54 on November 13, 2012

Writers tackle is real. PG had several things he could write about. He was 380 pages into A Million Little Pieces, and had multiple mouthfuls to say. Multiple mouthfuls were featured on Honey Boo Boo. And of course, the matter involving David Petraeus, another General, at least two girfriends, a secret Libyan prison, and a shirtless FBI man. People were wondering how we kept up with things before twitter was invented. None of these subjects were terribly appetizing. The archive, once again, came to the rescue.

The word Ecclesiastes has always had a poetic tingle. It’s place in the Old Testament was between the poetry of Proverbs and the enticements of the Song of Soloman. Richard Brautigan counted the punctuation marks in Ecclesiastes, and found it without error. And yes, Ecclesiastes 3 was the lyrics for a top forty hit song.

Back to the dialog about war and peace. The only Tolstoy PG had read was a short story about a man called Ivan Ilyitch. It was so long ago that about all he remembers is that he read it. Still, war and peace are two constants of man’s existence. There had been a feature about this in The Aquarian Drunkard. AD is a blog written by a former Dunwoody resident who now exists in LA. The feature focused on Pete Seeger, and the song “Turn, Turn, Turn”.

TTT is taken almost verbatim from the book of Ecclesiastes. The only change that Mr. Seeger made, when he adapted the poem, was in the last line. “There is a time for peace, I swear its not too late”. TTT is about the dualities of life, and how there is a place for all these things. When PG was collecting rocks seven years ago, he kept thinking “ there is a time to gather stones together”.

Wikipedia notes that the adaptation was made “in the fifties”, which was both a time of war…both hot and cold… and a time of peace. It became a hit for the Byrds in the fall of 1965, as the escalation of the Vietnam war was in full bloom.

Pete Seeger is still alive, at the age of 92. PG first heard of him when he was on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. It was during Vietnam, and Mr. Seeger did a song…”Waist deep in the big muddy”… about how “The big fool said to push on, push on”. The CBS censors did not allow this the first time he was on, but eventually he did perform it. Many thought he was talking about Lyndon Johnson.

Two more items about Mr. Seeger, and it is time to push on. He used the stage name “Pete Bowers” as a young man to avoid making trouble for his father. And a band he played in, the Weavers, popularized a gullah spiritual, “Kumbaya”.

We are the flow, we are the ebb. We are the weaver, we are the web. This was written like H. P. Lovecraft. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”. This is a repost.

Smedley Butler

Posted in History by chamblee54 on November 12, 2012

This is a repost from a year ago. In the past twelve months, we have gotten in one more war, that we know of. The economic turmoil in America is caused, in large part, because of these conflicts.

There was a feature the other day on the innertube called War is a racket . It was about a man with the unlikely name of Smedley Butler . Pictures for today’s adventure are from The Library of Congress. The video features an actor named Graham Frye in the role of General Butler. The video is courtesy of Smedley D. Butler Brigade Chapter 9 Veterans For Peace.

Major General Smedley Darlington Butler was a star of the U.S. Marine Corps. He lied about his age to enlist during the Spanish American War. Mr. Butler served in Philippines, China , Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and World War I. With the exception of World War I, most of these conflicts are forgotten today.

Smedley Butler received the Medal of Honor twice.
“His first Medal of Honor was presented following action at Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21-22 April 1914, where he commanded the Marines who landed and occupied the city. Maj Butler “was eminent and conspicuous in command of his Battalion. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 22nd and in the final occupation of the city…The following year, he was awarded the second Medal of Honor for bravery and forceful leadership as Commanding Officer of detachments of Marines and seamen of the USS Connecticut in repulsing Caco resistance on Fort Riviere, Haiti, 17 November 1915.”
After his retirement in 1931, Mr. Butler had a change of heart, and decided that killing for Uncle Sam was not such a great idea. He wrote a book, “War is a Racket”, and became a popular speaker. Here is a “money quote”…
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class thug for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902–1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
Smedley Butler died June 21, 1940. Eighteen months later, America was at War again. How he would have reacted to that conflict is a mystery.

So It Goes

Posted in Book Reports, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on November 11, 2012

A facebook friend announced that Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born ninety years ago today. This would be four years after the end of the war to end all wars. Many of you know the rest of that story.

When you mention Kurt Vonnegut, someone will say “and so it goes”. Lately, PG has gotten into debunking famous sayings. There is a simple test involving wikiquote. You copy a persons entry into a word document, and do a search.

When you do this search for “and so it goes”, the little window says “search key not found”. When you narrow the search to “goes”, you get several results.
“If I’d been born in Germany, I suppose I would have been a Nazi, bopping Jews and gypsies and Poles around, leaving boots sticking out of snowbanks, warming myself with my secretly virtuous insides. So it goes.”
“When a Tralfamadorian sees a corpse, all he thinks is that the dead person is in bad condition in the particular moment, but that the same person is just fine in plenty of other moments. Now, when I myself hear that somebody is dead, I simply shrug and say what the Tralfamadorians say about dead people, which is “So it goes.”

“Robert Kennedy, whose summer home is eight miles away from the home I live in all year round, was shot two nights ago. He died last night. So it goes.Martin Luther King was shot a month ago. He died, too. So it goes. And everyday my government gives me a count of corpses created by the military service in Vietnam. So it goes. My father died many years ago now–of natural causes. So it goes. He was a sweet man. He was a gun nut, too. He left me his guns. They rust.”

And is a coordinating conjunction. It joins things in a sentence, whether they want to be joined or not. Tralfamadorians do not see the need to waste and on a dead person.

I Write Like says that this text is written like Kurt Vonnegut. This is not surprising, considering that half of it is quotes from Mr. Vonnegut. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

The Last World War One Veteran

Posted in History by chamblee54 on November 11, 2012

Today is veteran’s day. It began as Armistice Day. On this day in 1918, World War I ended. On the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month, the cease fire took effect.

World War I was a ghastly bloodbath. Millions of people died. No one is quite sure what it was about. The effects of “The Great War” are with us today.

It is said that the German Kaiser was horrible, and had to be defeated. He was replaced by communism and the third reich. In the middle east, the Ottoman empire collapsed, and the British and French took over the territories. The British drew boundaries between Iran and Iraq, and administered a mandate over Palestine. The French tried to get revenge on the Germans. The Germans then had to get back at the French. World War II was the result. (This is vastly over simplified.)

Apparently, there is one United States veteran of World War I who is still alive. Frank Buckles lives in Charles Town, WV. On February 1, 2010, he celebrated his 109th birthday.

Mr. Buckles lied about his age to join the army. He was an ambulance driver in France, and after the Armistice escorted German POWs home. In 1942, he worked for an American shipping company in Manila, and was captured by the Japanese. He spent the next three years as a prisoner. Mr. Buckles was married in 1953, and bought a farm in West Virginia. “I never got in a hurry.”

Frank Buckles died February 27, 2011. This is a repost. The picture of Mr. Buckles is from Wikipedia. All other pictures are from The Library of Congress. This was written like Kurt Vonnegut. Mr. Vonnegut was born November 11, 1922.

November 11

Posted in History, Politics by chamblee54 on November 11, 2012

Veteran’s Day is a bad day for a cynic. On the one hand, I do appreciate living in The United States. With all its flaws, I have had a good life here. The role that Veterans have played is to be honored. On the other hand, those who profit from wars often exploit Veterans for political mojo. Many of these people did not serve.

Veterans are often not treated well after they are through with their service. It is estimated that a quarter of the homeless are veterans. The services offered to wounded veterans returning from War is often lacking.

When I typed the second sentence, I thought of my great grandfather. He served with the Georgia State Troops in the War Between the States. I do prefer the USA to the CSA (or whatever would have happened). Yet, the Union army had to prevail over the various Confederate Armies for this to happen. Do I dishonor my great grandfather by saying I am happy the other side won?

Veterans Day was originally Armistice Day. This was the day, 90 years ago, when the War to End All Wars ended. World War I was a ghastly bloodbath, in which Millions died. It created many of the problems that plague us today. And I would be willing to bet that not one person in ten thousand today knows what it was about. And yet, the men who fought in that conflict (I don’t think they had women soldiers then) deserve the same gratitude as those who fought in any other conflict.

The soldier…many of whom were drafted…doesn’t get to choose which war to fight in. The sacrifice of the World War II soldier was just as great as the Vietnam fighter, but the appreciation given was much greater. I grew up during Vietnam, and saw the national mood go from patriotic fight to dismayed resistance. By the time I was old enough to get drafted, the Paris accords had been signed. For better or worse, there went my chance. This is a repost.

Veterans day was originally Armistice Day. On November 11, 1918, at 11 am (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) a cease fire went into effect for “The great war”. Officials of the major armies agreed to the ceasefire at 5 am (European time). There were an estimated 11,000 casualties in the last six hours of the war.

At 11:59 am, U.S. army private Henry Gunther became the last soldier to die in World War I.
“According to the Globe and Mail this is the story of the last soldier killed in WW1: On Nov.11, 1918, U.S. army private Henry Gunther stood up during a lull in the machine gun fire and charged the enemy. “The Germans stared in disbelief,” says the Daily Express. “They had been told that morning that the fighting was about to stop; in a few minutes they would stop firing and go home. So why was this American charging at them with his bayonet drawn? They shouted at him to stp and frantically tried to wave him back but… he hadn’t heard anything of the ceasefire.” A German gunner released a five-round burst and the soldier lay dead, at 10:59 a.m. In his recently published Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour, U.S. Military Historian Joseph Persico notes that Private Gunther had previously been a sergeant but was demoted after an Army censor read his letter to a friend back home, urging him to steer clear of the war at all costs. Gunther, who was in no-man’s land when the ceasefire news arrived, had been trying to prove himself worthy of his original rank.”
Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

Paula Broadwell Tweets

Posted in Politics, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on November 10, 2012

The Petraeus Affair (pun intended) is a gold mine for conspiracy fans. He reportedly was caught because his gf, Paula Broadwell, and a gmail account. Her twitter profile reads “@paulabroadwell Author (All In: The Education of Gen David Petraeus); National Security Analyst; Army Vet; Women’s Rights Activist; Runner/Skier/Surfer; Wife; Mom!” There is a New York Times article about her high octane ways. The twitter account, @paulabroadwell, is downright fascinating. This list has been edited. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.
5 Nov ‏@paulabroadwell My take: Petraeus ldrshp maxims in Newsweek Take performance personally/if u r ok 2 b average, so 2 will be your team.
16 Oct Paula ‏@paulabroadwell Thanks for the follow, @AlexTelman! Pls do eliminate negative energies! POSITIVITY, and a good attitude, are the keys!
14 Sep ‏@paulabroadwell An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind. – Gandhi
13 Sep ‏@paulabroadwell “The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” Norman Vincent Peale
7 Aug ‏@lancearmstrong Challenging everyone to a run AND a ride in Philly Aug 18-19. Who’s with me? #LSCPhilly Retweeted by Paula Broadwell
7 Aug ‏@paulabroadwell @DRUDGE_REPORT Your speculation about @petraeus as a Romney VP pic is full of non-truths (but I guess you figured that out)! @rajivwashpost
7 Aug ‏@WomenOfHistory To be old & wise, you must first have to be young & stupid.
Retweeted by Paula Broadwell
2 Aug ‏@paulabroadwell Mentors are critical to our development. Here are some great tips on finding and keeping them! Have any tips 2 share?
2 Aug ‏@paulabroadwell Honored and humbled to be included in @claudiachan’s profiles of global “remarkable women!” Thanks, Claudia!
2 Aug ‏@paulabroadwell Networking tip for today: Pay it forward!
29 Jul ‏@paulabroadwell Thanks for the follow, @QuoteBuddy! “A philosophy of life: I’m an adventurer, looking for treasure.” Paulo Coelho (author). You?
28 Jul ‏@paulabroadwell Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. -Jim Rohn
28 Jul @paulabroadwell Txs for supporting wounded warriors and @teamrwb, @lancearmstrong! Txs for not killing me on the Aspen altitude run! All In/Keep striving!
28 Jul ‏@lancearmstrong Back 2 @AspenCO. Just ran w/ @paulabroadwell – Author of All In: The Education of Gen David Petraeus. Talkin Petraeus, @teamrwb, and @wwpinc
Retweeted by Paula Broadwell
25 Jul @paulabroadwell “In the realm of ideas, evrythng depends on enthsiasm; in the real world, all rests on perseverance.” Fired up 2 get smkd, @lancearmstrong!
18 Jul @paulabroadwell Txs 4 hilighting female Marine perspective last week, @CNNAshleigh. Wish u’d interview women w/positive views on serving in the infantry!
30 Jun Paula Broadwell Paula Broadwell ‏@paulabroadwell Thrilled to be heading to the #aspenideasfestival this weekend! (Now I just need some fresh ideas!)
13 Jun ‏@paulabroadwell Txs 4 the follow, @snowlaw! A leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what they don’t want to do and like it.” Truman
13 Jun ‏@paulabroadwell “Reason and calm judgment, the qualities specially belonging to a leader.”
14 May ‏@paulabroadwell The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change her future by merely changing her attitude. ~ Oprah Winfrey
10 May Paula Broadwell Paula Broadwell ‏@paulabroadwell “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” – Winston Churchill
7 May ‏@paulabroadwell Thanks for the follow, @duncanbrodie! Here’s a Petraeus quote for you: “My style of leadership depends on whom is being lead.” Thoughts?

Knee Jerk Jokes

Posted in Commodity Wisdom, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on November 10, 2012

Yesterday’s post was a scratch pad printout. The thoughts in progress were collected, edited, and illustrated with historic pictures. A problem arose when a comment was used, and there was no link to the article it was discussing. An effort was made to find this article. The phrase “After the knee jerk joke in the first comment” was submitted to Mr. Google. The results were a lot of fun.

wiseGEEK contributes the educational part of today’s entertainment. “A knee-jerk reaction is an emotional rather than an analytical response to something. The term is named after the response usually caused by the medical reflex test in which the leg jerks forward when the tendon below the knee is struck with a rubber mallet. This is medically known as a patellar reflex and was documented in Sir Michael Foster’s 1877 Text Book of Physiology. As early as the tenth century, the term knee-jerk reaction was used figuratively to refer to an unthinking reaction.”

Some results were subtle. tptacek: “I don’t understand why parents feel the need to be so politically correct. As ‘yummyfajitas is sure to point out shortly, every empirical study ever conducted has shown that males have a statistically significant advantage in slaying Octoroks and Peahats.”

There were other results. There were youtube comments to Sarah Silverman. There is the Christian school discussion about a wife, and submission to her husband. A third was about male politicians discussing rape. If you have too much free time you can follow those links. Then there were the jokes.

A young ventriloquist is touring the clubs and one night he’s doing a show in Arkansas.
With his dummy on his knee, he’s going through his usual dumb blonde jokes when a blonde woman in the fourth row stands on her chair and starts shouting: ”I’ve heard enough of your stupid blonde jokes. What makes you think you can stereotype women that way? What does the color of a person’s hair have to do with her worth as a human being? It’s guys like you who keep women like me from being respected at work and in the community and from reaching our full potential as a person, because you and your kind continue to perpetuate discrimination against, not only blondes, but women in general…and all in the name of humor!”
The ventriloquist is embarrassed and begins to apologize, when the blonde yells, ”You stay out of this, mister! I’m talking to that little jerk on your knee!”

A man goes into the doctor.He says, “Doc, you gotta check my leg. Something’s wrong. Just put your ear up to my thigh, you’ll hear it!”The doctor cautiously placed his ear to the man’s thigh, only to hear, “Gimme 20 bucks. I really need 20 bucks.””I’ve never seen or heard anything like this before. How long has this been going on?” The doctor asked.”That’s nothing Doc. Put your ear to my knee.”The doctor put his ear to the man’s knee and heard it say, “Man, I really need 10 dollars. Just lend me 10 bucks!!””Sir, I really don’t know what to tell you. I’ve never seen anything like this.” The doctor was dumbfounded.”Wait Doc, that’s not all. There’s more, just put your ear up to my ankle,” the man urged him.The doctor did as the man said and was blown away to hear his ankle plead, “Please, I just need 5 dollars. Lend me 5 bucks, please, if you will.””I have no idea what to tell you. There’s nothing about it in my books,” he said, as he frantically searched all his medical reference books.”I can make a well educated guess though,” he continued. “Based on life and all my previous experience, I can tell you that your leg seems to be broke in three places.”

This was written like William Shakespeare
Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.