Alpha Zorlac

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on April 30, 2014









Decades Of Popularity

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 29, 2014








using the knob handle lock makes it easier to lock yourself out ~ Will you take monopoly money? ~ this will mean work for some law firms, when the inevitable challenge lawsuits are filed ~ I drive by there every afternoon. It is a great place to sit in traffic ~ “Respectability politics will always be in conflict with drag, an art form with countercultural subversion at its heart. When these parvenus create new taboos around language, they’re practically begging drag queens and kings to violate these taboos.” Many queers fancy themselves as taboo breakers. However, the various queer communities have their own taboos. Violate them at your own risk. ~ a great song for an overcast sunday ~ All we know about Jesus… or think we know … is what the council of Nicea chose to tell us. What you say about Jesus says more about you than it does Jesus. ~ that’s ok mom why don’t you try the mashed potatoes ~ Not respecting an office populated by ambitious politicians is a good start. Maybe you could extend this to not respecting the so called son of g-d. ~ the large print giveth and the small print taketh away ~ I just realized what the abbreviation for I Love Lucy was.~ In paragraph one you say “full paragraphs necessitate the formation of full thoughts, which only come to those who write because they actually have something to say.” Paragraph five was “Fine. Maybe not.” ~ There is a town in Pakistan called Mybad ~ Item Five is the truth. You might get called racist. You simply cannot believe everything that people say. With the internet, it is so easy to provide a link to the quoted item. The person making the statement is responsible for providing the supporting source information. Like I said earlier, some people call asking for backup information racist. It makes you wonder who has the problem. ~ Yes, that is insulting to a dog’s ass. ~ With the earth running out of oil, and the government bankrupt, can we afford the Blue Angels? ~ Is Jimi at monterrey the one with Otis Redding on the other side? ~”I don’t care how likable Obama is in interviews or how kind he is on an interpersonal level. He’s a war criminal.” ~ ditto bush clinton bush reagan carter ford nixon johnson kennedy eisenhower truman roosevelt hoover coolidge ~ if bho had a son he would not look like any of these children ~ few things are in more abundant supply than unique people ~ we call our group radical faeries so we can tell ourselves apart from your group of ordinary faeries ~ twitter suggests following @PeeWeeHerman, who is followed by @SharonNeedles it is better to follow him than to sit in front of him. ~ it is more than a parable it is three units of bull ~ I don’t know how, or if, this fits in, but I am going to throw it out. I read this neat quote today. “If G-d hides in the details, maybe we do as well”. ~ Q- Bette, Barbra, Kylie, Donna, Diana, Madonna. Have ANY female pop artists enjoyed decades of popularity without a wildly devoted gay fan base? A- Margaret Thatcher ~ that is an attractive graphic presentation of the thought ~ “Apparently it’s hip now to call people racist, sexist, bigoted etc. just for being ignorant.” Maybe the person applying these labels is the ignorant one. Especially when this person thinks that something worthwhile will happen as a result. ~ This post was auto abbreviated by facebook. The last sentence fragment of the shortened post: ” After class, I finished an ass… See More ” ~ The tree museum charges more than a dollar and a half these days ~ Is this about Cliven Bundy? Why is anyone paying attention to him? The spell check suggestions include cloven bunny.~ “anthropological consensus” sounds like an oxymoron. ~ Did you know that the Pythagorean Theorum (singular) can be disproven? I was told that by a geometry teacher in tenth grade. She took part in the army LSD experiments, and said a shot of whisky would do more for you. And no, a hypotenuse is not a device for hanging people at a ninety degree angle. ~ that is innoveracist ~ A meme is different from a peanut butter sandwich. There are too many words in that meme. If they had stopped after “negativity”, there would not be two words at the bottom by themselves. The result is a top heavy graphic. The words “in your life” do not add anything to the overall message. This is not negativity, this is editing. ~ if only cleaning up after a dinner was as easy ~ When the housing discrimination was going on, the Clippers were the worst team in North America. Maybe continuing to own them was the punishment. ~ why did the white trash fight for the right of their snooty neighbors to own slaves? ~ pictures from The Library of Congress. ~ selah








Atlanta Rising

Posted in Book Reports, Georgia History, GSU photo archive, History, Politics by chamblee54 on April 28, 2014








Atlanta Rising: The Invention of an International City 1946-1996 is on the shelf at the Chamblee library. This book is a history of Atlanta in the modern era, written by former fishwrapper scribe Frederick Allen. This is a repost.

The story begins in 1948. AR is weighted more to the older part of the story. The main text is 248 pages. On page 124, Ivan Allen has just built a controversial roadblock on Peyton Road, which would be in 1962. The further along in the story, the fewer details are included. The first big story is when Georgia had two governors. This is one of the best descriptions of the two Governors controversy around, and does not mention Ben Fortson’s wheelchair cushion.

The mayor at the start of the story is William B. Hartsfield. “Willie B” was a leader in creating the Atlanta Airport, and in building it into the powerhouse it is today. He was mayor until 1961, when Ivan Allen Jr. moved into the office.

AR has many moments of unintentional irony. When you read a book 18 years after it was written, and fifty years after the events in the book, you see things that could not have been imagined before. In 1960, many of the political-business elite thought it was time for Mr. Hartsfield to retire. Among his shortcomings was an indifference to sports. Mr. Hartsfield thought that a new stadium would be too great a drain on the city’s taxpayers. Fifty four years, and three stadiums, later, the power elite is going to build another stadium. Atlanta Stadium cost eighteen million dollars. The Blank bowl will cost over a billion. (In the past year, a plan to move the Braves to Smyrna was announced.)

One of the big stories here is civil rights. Atlanta came out of that struggle looking pretty good. It was a combination of image conscious businessmen, enlightened black leadership, and a huge helping of dumb luck. In 1961, the city was under federal pressure to integrate the schools. The state was firm in opposition, and the city wasn’t crazy about the idea anyway. Then, another federal court ordered the integration of the University of Georgia. Since the people would not stand for messing with their beloved University, the state laws forbidding integration were quietly repealed. The city schools were integrated with a minimum of fuss. (The book tells this story much better than a slack blogger.)

The controversy about the 1956 model state flag was going full steam when AR was written. The book has some legislative records, which for some reason never made it into the fishwrapper. There is no clear cut answer as to why the legislature changed the state flag. It was mentioned that at the national political conventions, you could not have a written sign, but you could wave a state flag. This controversy provided a diversion from gold dome crookedness, and hopefully has been laid to rest.

A man named Lester Maddox sold fried chicken, and ran for public office. AR describes Lester as looking a bit like an angry chicken. Through a series of constitutional convulsions, Lester was elected Governor in 1966. The state survived his tenure. In the seventies, when Jimmy Carter was running for President, Lester said a lot of rude things about Jimmy, helping the smiling peanut farmer get elected. In another turn of fate, Lester Maddox died June 25, 2003. This was two days after the eternal departure of Maynard Jackson, the first black Mayor of Atlanta.

The book ends with the 1996 Olympics looming over the city. Billy Payne led a smart campaign to secure the games for Atlanta. One of his moves was to keep Jimmy Carter and Ted Turner out of the action. After the 1980 boycott, and the Goodwill Games, neither person was popular with the I.O.C. The book was published before 1996. The Olympics were a blast.

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









Argument Tape

Posted in Poem, Race, yeah write by chamblee54 on April 27, 2014

The Peanut Butter Meme

Posted in Commodity Wisdom, Library of Congress, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 26, 2014









A facebook friend posted a meme this morning. There is a picture of a piece of bread, covered in peanut butter. There is forty point, sans serif, text pasted on the condiment. “If someone ever tells you that you’re putting too much peanut-butter on your bread, stop talking to them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.”

PG dabbles in graphics. When he saw the meme, the first thing he saw were the words “your life” at the bottom. Six longer lines of text were stacked on top of “your life.” This creates a top heavy look. PG made a comment: “A meme is different from a peanut butter sandwich. There are too many words in this meme. If they had stopped after “negativity”, there would not be two words at the bottom by themselves. The result is a top heavy graphic. The words “in your life” do not add anything to the overall message. This is not negativity, this is editing.”

There are more issues with the peanut butter meme. This is a sacred saturday, after a long week at work. If PG wants to write snarky commentaries about a facebook picture, that should be his right. No one is making you read this. If you want to skip the text, and look at the pictures (from The Library of Congress,) go ahead. The images are from the FSA depression era collection.

We live in a selfish society. It is all about “your life.” The concept of scarce goods is not considered. What if there is only enough peanut butter (without the dash) for two regular sandwiches, or one super duper helping? Is it negativity to ask someone to share?

“If someone ever tells you … stop talking to them.” Are two people talking at the same time? Or, is one person talking, and the other listening? Maybe the meme should say stop listening to them. But, we are a self oriented culture. Listening is seen as weakness. Talking is seen as confident action. If someone says something you don’t like, don’t talk to them.

You probably weren’t listening anyway. It is all about you, and your desire to pile on the peanut butter. Maybe that is why it was important to add the words “in your life” to the text. The fact that there was not enough room does not matter. It is all about your life. If this throws the overall picture out of balance, that is too bad.












Unusual Personality Test

Posted in Commodity Wisdom, GSU photo archive, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 26, 2014








Internet tests are not as inevitable as death and taxes. They don’t have as many deductions, yet. Jesus did not take a buzzfeed quiz for you. The latest to wash up on this shore is “Unusual Personality Test That Will Reveal Much about Your Perception of Life.” Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

This one is self graded. You write a reaction to eight statements. One through four is how you feel about something. Five through eight are what you would do.

If you want to take this quiz, do not read the rest of this post. Go ahead, take the test, and come back to compare notes.
This report will have one persons report card. The prompt question will be green. The answer will be blue. The INTERPRETATION will be in purple. If you look in the internet comments, you will see that others had the same answer to number three.

1. You are peering into the sea, what do you feel?
1. I want to go in and swim in the foaming waters. 1. Your attitude to life, emotions, sensations.
2. You are walking through the woods and look at the ground.
2. I feel the air going through my lungs, my heart beating, and energy wafting out from the trees. 2. The way you feel in your own family.
3. What do you feel when looking at flying seagulls?
3. I hope they crap somewhere other than on me. 3. Your attitude towards women.
4. What about a herd of horses?
4. I have never seen a heard of horses. 4. Your attitude to men.
5. You are in the desert, standing by the wall with a small hole, behind which you see the oasis. What are your actions?
5. I would make sure i have my credit card handy. 5. Your basic life strategy and goal. The way you solve your problems.
6. You are still in the desert, completely exhausted, and suddenly see a water jug.
6. I would be leery of that mysterious jug. I like to think that i take care of myself. That will not happen, as is the case with number five. 6. How selective you are in sexual life. Choice of a partner.
7. You are lost in the woods in the evening and see a house with lights on.
7. Stay away from the house. If it is winter, and the leaves are off, the house could be a long way away. I will turn the flashlight back on. 7. Your readiness for marriage.
8. You’re in the fog.
8. I like fog. The out of doors reminds me of the inside of my head. I would make sure I am warm, and glory in the fogginess. 8. Your attitude to death.









Confederate Memorial Day

Posted in Georgia History, History, Holidays, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on April 26, 2014

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.

Medical Waste

Posted in GSU photo archive, Politics, Religion by chamblee54 on April 25, 2014









There is a story going around, Aborted babies are being incinerated to provide electricity in the United States. Supposedly, medical waste is produced in British Columbia, shipped into Oregon, and used for fuel to generate electricity.

“‘Medical waste,’ in this brave new world of ours, includes amputated limbs, cancerous tissue, and the bodies of murdered children. I don’t have any long tirade for you. I just need you to understand what’s happening here in your one nation under God. We are incinerating slaughtered babies so that we can charge our iPhones and power our televisions.”

The local BS detector runs on batteries, Ding, ding, ding. To start, this product was shipped across an international border. Does US customs allow medical waste to come in?

The picture, on top of the blog post, shows a red plastic bag labelled biohazard. If you look in the dumpster behind the hospital, you will see a lot of plastic bags. When you burn plastic, toxic fumes are released into the atmosphere. If you are using recycled matter as fuel, it cannot be contained in plastic. Is there someone at the power plant that unties the bags, and dumps the fuel into the fire?

Power plants use a large volume of fuel. Making electricity requires a lot of heat, to boil the water, to push the turbines. The medical waste from the participating hospitals in British Columbia probably would not generate a whole lot of power. Since this matter is wet, it probably does not burn well.

You shouldn’t believe everything you hear. Of course, when you are a religious enthusiast, you enjoy believing things that others find preposterous. When you denounce abortion, no rhetoric is too extreme. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.








Anzac Day

Posted in History, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on April 25, 2014





Today is Anzac day. Tomorrow is Confederate Memorial Day. Not all soldiers win.

On this day, ninety nine years ago, the troops from the British Empire landed on Gallipoli. The Great War had started a few months ago. The British were allied with the French, and the Russians, against the Germans, the Turks, and others. The War started in West Europe. The British decided to invade Turkey as a strategic move. It was a disaster.

Ninety Nine years later, Americans know little about Gallipoli. There have many other wars since then. Some of them have been more gruesome, or more useless. Millions of men died in “The Great War.” Today, not one person in ten thousand can tell you what they died for.

There was a movie made about Gallipoli. Mel Gibson was one of the players. Someone said, of the Turks and Australians, that we should fight them there, so we won’t have to fight them here. Australia, and New Zealand, were not fighting in self defense. Ninety years later, that same phrase was used to justify the slaughter in Babylon.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress. They fought in the War Between the States.





Goober Delight

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on April 24, 2014









Date Rape Drug Warning

Posted in Commodity Wisdom, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on April 23, 2014


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



Posted in Book Reports, History, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on April 22, 2014










A few weeks ago, PG was riding his bike on a sunday afternoon, and found the remains of a yard sale. The items which had not sold were left behind. PG scored a few books. Outside of the library, and the dumpster behind a used book store, this is the best way to get reading material. The first book to go before eyes (or be read by four eyes) was 1941 — The Greatest Year In Sports: Two Baseball Legends, Two Boxing Champs, and the Unstoppable Thoroughbred Who Made History in the Shadow of War. What are publishers thinking of with these eternal titles? For purposes of this book report, the book will be known as 1941.

There are five stories in this book. The background tale is the world going over the edge with World War II. A horse, Whirlaway, won the triple crown. Two boxers, Joe Louis and Billy Conn, had a fight. Joe Joe DiMaggio hit safely in fifty six consecutive games. And Ted Williams hit .406.

This was thirteen years before PG was born. It seems like more than that. People took trains to travel. When a major event took place, you went to a neighbor who had a radio, and you listened. When you got in a war, you drafted men, and they died. (On PG’s birthday minus thirteen, Hank Greenberg went into the army. Athletes served in the military.) The internet, unmanned aircraft, and millionaire ballplayers would be considered science fiction.

PG has been an off, and on, sports fan for a while. It has been mostly off. With ball games, it is easy to pick up where you left off. You can watch a few minutes of a game, and know what is going on. 1941 was easy to follow, and a fun story. It was like being a twelve year old reading Sports Illustrated. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.