Mohandas Gandhi Said What?

Posted in Religion by chamblee54 on April 16, 2013




About a year ago, Chamblee54 published Jesus and Mr. Gandhi. 1805 words were devoted to a reputed quote from Mohandas Gandhi. The subject is worth revisiting, but with fewer words. There is something about religion that opens the verbal floodgates. This is a problem for people who do not agree, or share your passion for the subject.

The quote is “I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” It is regarded as suspect. Mr. Gandhi gave many speeches, and spoke to the press many times. There is a massive archive of his words. If the quote about Christ and Christians, is real, then there is probably a source.

In the 1800 word piece, a bigtime Christian writer denounces the quote. Apparently, this man assumes the quote is real. The concept is that Mr. Gandhi does not “know” the “real Christ”.

The writer gets his information about Jesus from the Bible. The reputed words of Jesus were said in Aramaic. They were quoted, after his death, by scribes who never met Jesus. The New Testament was written in Greek. These texts were copied by hand, and compiled into a canon for the Catholic church. This canon was translated into contemporary languages. This version of the Jesus story is regarded as the verbatim, inerrant truth.

Christianity is a religion based on beliefs, rather than practices. The believer accepts, without questioning, an ancient text as the source of these beliefs. Evidently, this willingness to accept hearsay as truth extends to bumper stickers.

Another problem is using the word “Christ”. This was an honorific title, and not the name of Jesus. (Some say that the name was closer to Joshua. It was probably an Aramaic name that we would find difficult to pronounce.) There are many people who say that Jesus might not be the Christ.The two names are not synonymous, nor is Christ the last name of Jesus.

Who/what was the real Jesus? The light skinned Jesus of velvet paintings looks little like the real thing. Even critics of the church, who like to talk about what “Jesus really taught”, are relying on the product of a Catholic committee. The truth is, we don’t know very much about the historic Jesus. We fill in the blanks to suit whatever the current agenda is. What you think about Jesus says more about you than it does about Jesus.

PG has been forced to have an opinion about Jesus. This has often been painful, with selfish people forcing their loud, vulgar thoughts on everyone present. There were two forces known as Jesus. One was the historic figure, whose life was partially recorded in the bible.

The second Jesus was a spirit, living in the hearts of those who believe in him. The present day spirit Jesus has little in common with the historic Jesus, other than the name. The best way to know Jesus is through the words and deeds of his believers.

Getting back to the writer
This Jesus, the Jesus of the Bible, would have rebuked Gandhi as he rebuked the Jewish leaders of his day, the people who led people walking behind them on the road to hell. Like them, he was convinced of his own goodness, his own worthiness. There are two good reasons to stop using this quote: Gandhi liked only the Christ of his own making and he believed that he was worthy of the favor of this Christ. On both accounts he was wrong; dead wrong.
Pictures are courtesy of Gwinnett County.





Hawaiian Good Luck Sign

Posted in Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 15, 2013






Dear Grand-daughter, The other day I went up to our local Christian book store and saw a ‘Honk if you love Jesus’ bumper sticker . I was feeling particularly sassy that day because I had just come from a thrilling choir performance, followed by a thunderous prayer meeting.

So, I bought the sticker and put it on my bumper. Boy, am I glad I did; what an uplifting experience that followed. I was stopped at a red light at a busy intersection, just lost in thought about the Lord and how good he is, and I didn’t notice that the light had changed. It is a good thing someone else loves Jesus because if he hadn’t honked, I’d never have noticed. I found that lots of people love Jesus!

While I was sitting there, the guy behind started honking like crazy, and then he leaned out of his window and screamed, ‘For the love of God!’ ‘Go! Go! Go! Jesus Christ, GO!’ What an exuberant cheerleader he was for Jesus! Everyone started honking! I just leaned out my window and started waving and smiling at all those loving people. I even honked my horn a few times to share in the love!

There must have been a man from Florida back there because I heard him yelling something about a sunny beach. I saw another guy waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air. I asked my young teenage grandson in the back seat what that meant. He said it was probably a Hawaiian good luck sign or something. Well, I have never met anyone from Hawaii , so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign right back. My grandson burst out laughing. Why even he was enjoying this religious experience!! Praise the Lord!!!

A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and started walking towards me. I bet they wanted to pray or ask what church I attended, but this is when I noticed the light had changed. So, grinning, I waved at all my brothers and sisters, and drove on through the intersection. I noticed that I was the only car that got through the intersection before the light changed again and felt kind of sad that I had to leave them after all the love we had shared.

So I slowed the car down, leaned out the window and gave them all the Hawaiian good luck sign one last time as I drove away. Praise the Lord for such wonderful folks!! Will write again soon, Love, Grandma. This is written like J. D. Salinger. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.






Jack Of Clubs

Posted in Trifecta, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 15, 2013

Last week in this space, there was a plan for after dinner entertainment on a Saturday evening. The piece was performed Saturday the thirteenth, the opposite of Friday the thirteenth.

There were only twenty five people in the house when the after dinner circle convened. PG told the players to get in a counter clockwise circle, and made a gesture indicating that the circle should be clockwise. Sometimes showing that you can be corrected makes you a better leader.

After the small groups were formed, and the players sent out for dessert, PG drew a card. The Jack of Clubs picked him. After all the instructions to the other participants about being open to intuition, PG drew a blank. What on earth does the Jack of Clubs see in his soul?

After the main circle broke into groups of four, there was one player left over. The PG group became a group of five. The consensus was that the person with the highest card should go first. A man with an ace went first, and said something.

PG said that his card was about all the jack he used to spend in the clubs. The man on the card looked unhappy, as card royalty often does. Perhaps PG should loosen up, and start to spend more time in the clubs. If this is going to happen, it will happen later. This Saturday, PG went directly home.

Perhaps the clearest message was received by the man seated next to PG. He had the Five of Spades. There were five azalea plants in his yard, and it was past time to trim them back.

A decision was made to not pass the cards around the circle, but to talk about tv shows. PG was forced to admit that he had never seen “The Golden Girls.” The color of his face told many stories.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress. These are Union soldiers, from the War Between the States.

Justin Bieber Today

Posted in Politics, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 14, 2013








Anne Frank House is an official facebook page. (“The Anne Frank House – More than a Museum. Besides managing the museum, the Anne Frank House develops educational products and activities:”) They had a celebrity visitor recently. “Yesterday night Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank House, together with his friends and guards. Fans were waiting outside to see a glimpse of him. He stayed more than an hour in the museum. In our guestbook he wrote: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.” Tonight Bieber will give a concert in Arnhem in the Netherlands.”
AFH also has a twitter account, @annefrankhouse. Yesterday #JustinBieber visited @AnneFrankHouse In our guestbook he wrote:Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl…. 1,274 Retweets 390 Favorites 10:04 AM – 13 Apr 13. There was a reply. @ontarioglow U were able to read his hand writing?? That takes talent @annefrankhouse.
The internet is exploding with interest.
@dorseyshaw c’mon guys, at least Bieber didn’t sign that Anne Frank note with a yolo hashtag.
ItsARampageLana I feel like this qualifies as a milder form of Holocaust denial.
destor23 The ignorance that Bieber has displayed here is simply staggering. Everybody with a brain knows that Frank would have been a One Direction fan.
@SandraKon “Who is Anne Frank and why did Justin Bieber go to her house? He never comes to my house. Jealous.” – Beliebers everywhere” idiots.
@hlmurray if Anne Frank were alive today she’d be 83. how many 83 year olds are Justin Bieber fans?
@marianettle It’s not like Anne Frank and Justin Bieber didn’t have anything in common. Both are/were hiding deep in the closet.
Pictures from The Library of Congress. The spell check suggestion for hashtag is aghast. The spell check suggestions for Beliebers: Berliners, Libeler. This was written like Kurt Vonnegut.








Your Life On Text

Posted in Book Reports, Commodity Wisdom, Repost this sign, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 13, 2013


An all caps graphic washes up on the digital shores from time to time. The author, and copyright status, are not known. It was not written here. Reading it can be a chore, even though it looks cool. It is also selfish… the only opinion that matters is the individual reading it. It doesn’t have a good beat, but you can dance to it. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

This is your life.
Do what you love, and do it often.
If you don’t like something, change it.
If you don’t like your job, quit.

If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV.
If you are looking for the love of your life, stop:
They will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.

Stop over analyzing, life is simple
All emotions are beautiful.
When you eat, appreciate every last bite.

Open your mind, arms, and heart to new things and people,
We are united in our differences.
Ask the next person you see what their passion is,
And share your inspiring dream with them.

Travel often, getting lost will help you find yourself.
Some opportunities only come once, seize them.

Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them
So go out and start creating.
Life is short. Live your dream, and wear your passion.

“Do you have to be a poet? If you don’t have to be a poet, be a prose writer. You’ll get further faster. Poetry — there’s probably more poetry published today than any time in the history of the world. Nevertheless, there is this — people think they have this blindness when they see a line in the typography of poetry, and it just blocks them. So if you can say the same thing in prose, you’ll probably be better off” Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Dr. Kermit Gosnell

Posted in Politics, Religion, The Death Penalty, The Internet by chamblee54 on April 13, 2013









Like many people, PG only heard the name Kermit Gosnell yesterday. There was a link on facebook to a feature in The Atlantic, Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s Trial Should Be a Front-Page Story. The link had a blurb about the article. “The dead babies. The exploited women. The racism.”

For those just coming in, Dr. Kermit Gosnell ran a shady abortion clinic. The allegations include murdering viable babies with scissors. It is a gruesome, horrific story. The feature in the Atlantic does a much better job than this slack blogger. Dr. Gosnell is currently on trial as a result of his activities.

This was the first, of many, eyerolling moments. PG looked through the feature, and finally found the racism angle. It seems like PWOC women got to sit in better waiting rooms than POC women. Why this is mentioned in the same breath as cutting baby spinal cords is a mystery. In an ironic touch, it seems as though Dr. Gosnell is black.

PG made a facebook comment, which received a quick reply. This comment was made before knowing about Dr. Gosnell’s ethnicity. “This is a nasty story. However, the way The Atlantic is “racializing” the story does not help. Note how the eighth word of the blurb is racism. You have to dig down in the story for an explanation. Maybe the blurb writers think that racism is a magic word, that will get the story more attention.” ~ “Look up Margaret Sanger the founder of Planned Parenthood and you may see why this could be construed to be racist. Eugenics at the core of the organization.”

The arguments about Planned Parenthood have been around for years. The anti abortion crowd loves to throw mud, and has a bucket waiting at all times. There is a anti abortion twittergasm going on as we speak. And speak, and speak, and speak.

The simple truth is that criminalizing abortion would not prevent the horrors of Dr. Gosnell. His late term abortions are already illegal. Overturning Roe vs. Wade would not prevent horrors like this, and just might make them more common.

Many women do not want to have a baby. They are going to abort the pregnancy, whether you like it or not. Making political power noise about abortion is not going to stop them. All that noise does is create a toxic atmosphere, which just might help create a future Gosnell clinic.

What can be done? PG is just a slack blogger, and does not pretend to know how to stop abortion. He is horrified by the death of babies, just as is he disgusted with the toxic rhetoric of anti abortion bullies. The hysteria about abortion is one reason many people are reluctant to discuss the issue. Yelling at people will not save babies, even if it does make you feel good about yourself. It is not about saving babies, it is about having a big emotional experience to justify privilege.

Much chattering about this story regards the lack of attention in the corporate media. There are a lot of stories competing for attention, and there is not room for all. The article in The Atlantic was written by Conor Friedersdorf. If you follow the link, you see a list of things he has written lately. Three of the last nine stories are about drone warfare. This is where the United States sends unmanned aircraft into countries eight time zones away, and kills women and children. If you try, you can make that story just as disgusting as Dr. Gosnell. You can even say it is racist.

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









Week Sixty Three

Posted in forty four words, The Internet, Trifecta by chamblee54 on April 12, 2013










Yellow Rain

Posted in Book Reports, Music by chamblee54 on April 11, 2013








Thursday was the annual yellow rain. The pollen was pouring out of the trees, and a storm rolled in from Alabama to wash it away. PG stayed inside, listening to podcasts while editing pictures from The Library of Congress. (This is the source of tonight’s pictures.) This usually lasts until he hears something that distracts him, and makes him want to hear more. Tonight, it was a chat with Charlotte Chandler.

The real name of Miss Chandler is Lyn Erhard. She writes celebrity biographies, mostly pulled from interview transcripts. Most of the subjects of these books are deceased by the time of publication. Some naysayers claim that these interviews are fictitious. The linked article refers to a book Miss Chandler wrote about Marlene Dietrich, who was notoriously reclusive in her latter years.

Some say that you should never let petty concerns about truth interfere with the enjoyment of a good story. People with this attitude should enjoy this file of Miss Chandler reading from her book about Marlene Dietrich. Allegedly, the chanteuse had a private meeting in the oval office with John Kennedy.

In the early seventies, a hotel opened in Colony Square called the Fairmount. There was a supper club there, where people would pay large sums to see live entertainment. Marlene Dietrich performed there. “I have never been so disappointed in my life. She did the same songs that she had done for the last forty years. At the end of the show, somebody had to help her step down from the stage.”

Maybe PG should have stuck with stories presented as fiction. With made up stories, you don’t have to worry if it is true, or not. Tonight’s entertainment featured a story, The Suicide Witch, on the Pseudopod podcast. The witch is a young lady, who is preparing a girl for a fake funeral. The plan is for her to join her bf after the psuedo burial. Sometimes things go according to plan.








The Poems Of The Taliban

Posted in Politics, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 11, 2013

In the aftermath of 911, the United States needed to get revenge. Afghanistan was invaded. There was little discussion, and the decision was a popular one. The heroin dealers, whose supply of product was endangered by the Taliban, were especially enthusiastic.
Ten and a half years later, there is plenty of heroin. Other than that, there is little improvement. Thousands of Americans have been killed and wounded. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent, at a time when the Government is going deeper and deeper into debt. Untold thousands of people have been killed in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Dubyatiefstan. The end of the tunnel gets darker, and further away, every day.

There is a story at Informed Comment, Afghanistan’s Taliban – a differing view of drones. It seems like the people in Stan Land are used to having our flying death machines overhead.
… ‘It’s the Americans trying to view our naked wives’.”
Poetry of the Taliban is a book coming out soon. In the mad rush to demonize and destroy, it is forgotten that it is human beings we are fighting.
“But this is just really guys who write poetry and are Taliban, and then talk about issues they relate to, in sometimes very artistic fashion, in sometimes very simple language. And on a very wide range of subjects. I think also that the Taliban poetry thing had a very different quality when we moved down from Kabul to Kandahar. Because even though a lot of our friends aren’t pro-Talib at all, they would have these tapes with these songs, and would listen to it all the time and it would be on always.”
“I’ve been through the poems looking for references and it doesn’t really come up. The cultural universes of Taliban poems, the songs of the Pakistan Taliban, they’re far more tightly controlled. Interestingly this is another argument to support their being different groups, because the way they go about the songs is different operationally. In Pakistan it goes through a strict production factory, more or less, to make sure the poems properly represent the line they want to take. It’s much more a propaganda product than the stuff that the Afghans come up with. And in the 260 poems we have in our collection there’s not a single mention of drones, and these are poems taken from the south east as well as the south [of Afghanistan].
In the 260 poems we have in our collection there’s not a single mention of drones.”The only thing which comes up and does so twice is the image of Ababil, the green bird, which is a Koranic metaphor for when Abraham is fighting against Nimrud and God sent the green birds to support him. This, I know from talking to Pakistani journalist friends of mine, comes up quite a lot in the drone literature of the Pakistan side, the green birds. The two are often paired together in curious ways. But it’s not really used that way in Afghanistan… Drones don’t really feature in the cultural or aesthetic. Obviously in the videos which come out, which are coming from the east, you’ll have the drone animations and things like that. But that’s coming from the contact with the Pakistanis.”

It should be noted that the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan was drawn by the British, and is disputed today. Much of the territory in Pakistan was in Afghanistan at one time. This is some of the wildest land on earth. It has seen many would be conquerors over the centuries. It will be there when the Americans take their toys home. This is a repost. This is written like H.P. Lovecraft.

Religion By Government Choice

Posted in Politics, Religion by chamblee54 on April 10, 2013








There is a show about Israel/Palestine, starring Sarah Posner and Maysoon Zayid. As you might guess by the names, Ms. Zayid is the Muslim.

The show is amazing, and should be listened to in it’s entirety. The point that PG had never heard before concerns people living in the Palestine/Israel landmass. People must carry an ID card, with a religion stamped on it. The government decides what your religion is. Since BHO had a Muslim father, he would be classified as Muslim. Ms. Zayid is not an admirer of BHO.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress.








Repost If You Are Not Scared

Posted in Religion, Repost this sign, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 10, 2013









There is a bit of graphic wisdom on facebook. The title of the image is “Post this on your wall and see what peol llke about u:” The graphic was found on the wall of Eddie Williams (ImyChocolateily). The graphic was posted with the comment, “Repost if u ain’t scared.”

There were comments associated with the graphic. Ebonie Marie Nothing n***** cause i see u every day and we look alike January 3 at 12:18pm · Like · 18 Eddie Williams U just called yourself ugly then dumbass January 3 at 12:22pm via mobile · Like · 36 Ebonie Marie Lol i didnt call myslef shitt i said i look like u so nothuing cause i see u every day i didnt call u ugly u dumbass January 3 at 1:19pm

Mr. Google has 13 million things to say about Repost if u ain’t scared. The top result is a forum comment, Hacker I ain’t afraid of you. “take a long, hard look at yourself. Know what I see? I see a big loser with no life who has to make others small to feel special. Repost this if you’re also sick of Hackers: I. Ain’t. Scared. Of. YOU. And neither are my friends. ” PG thought you were supposed to use one period per sentence, placed at the end. urwallpost01

Retro James Hamilton reposted the graphic. Kayla Christine Schlaugat 12 I say Carissa Seguin guys james doesn’t need to inflate his ego anymore Kayla Christine Schlaugat Lol …. Awesome Carissa Retro James Hamilton Lol, thanks rissa. Buzz kill. I suppose I can try to tone down the ego a bit if I must.

The tastefully named that ***t ain’t cool gives some advice. “Just a friendly reminder: If you see any artwork/gifs in the League tag that arn’t yours and have ‘Elohell’ on the bottom, don’t repost it. Elohell is not a correct source. They are content thieves. The same goes for if somebody reposts something without the source or proper credit. Please don’t do it. Just don’t repost work that isn’t yours in the first place. If you want to post something so bad, use a source finder like SauceNAO to find it. “

Some beta facility called who’s talking, serves as a tweet distributor. Is this why Al Gore invented the internet? JBitch559 : Idc waat others saY I’m , diagnost with depression & anorexia .Repost if your suffering from any disorder; rachbuck : I have this secret fear that all those “repost if you love God” pictures that I skipped out on will come back to bite me on judgement day. janine_kitteh : I am sooo boardnothing to do but fantasize bout liam payne yumm but thats good repost if u can relate fllow 4 a fllow RubyBluOfficial : REPOST* … If you supporting my Cosmic Journey then please follow @webornlosers !!! I’m all shades…

The last result on first page is from google+, Your Daily Love Emotions. Tell a girl she is beautiful – she will believe it for a moment. Tell a girl she’s ugly – she will believe it for a lifetime. This post is written like William Shakespeare. “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.








Water Or Coca Cola

Posted in The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 10, 2013






There is some text floating around facebook about the various qualities of water and coca cola. It discusses some of the benefits of drinking water, and a few negatives about “soft” drinks. Few will argue that most people need to drink more water, just as almost nobody considers “pop” to be health food. The trouble is, this text doesn’t know when to stop.

The last line was what set the BS detector into overdrive. “3. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!” With the miracle of select-google, the answer was on the screen in less time than it takes the bubbles to stop fizzing. Snopes says to stop worrying, and have a Pepsi.

One thing the text does not mention is water contamination. We take for granted having clean water available at the turn of a spigot. This is one advance of civilization that has not traveled to much of the world. You often have a better chance of getting a clean drinking fluid from a soda that a faucet.

As we said, few doubt that drinking water is good for you. The trouble arises when you go overboard with your claims. Once you set off the BS detector, it is tough to turn it off. If you are trying to educate people, you need to gain their trust. When you tell people things that are not true, they no longer trust you. Pictures today are from Gwinnett county.