I Loafe And Invite My Soul

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 22, 2014























Posted in Library of Congress, Race, Religion, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on December 22, 2014

This is a repost, from this time last year. Phil Robertson continues to be on shameless public display. He is generous with his opinions, as with this discussion of an Iraqi fighting force: “In this case you have to convert them, which I think would be next to impossible, I’m not giving up on them, I’m just saying convert them or kill them. One or the other. … I’d much rather have a Bible study with all of them and show them the error of their ways and point them to Jesus Christ,”
PG had heard about yet another celebrity making offensive comments about queers. Since PG had never seen, nor heard of, the tv show the celebrity was in, it was questionable how much concern it deserved. After a few days of facebook firestorm, PG began to wonder just what the man said.

Mr. Google had a list of 299 million places to look. On the first page, there was a link. PG clicked on the link. After a few seconds, an auto start video started to play. It was a commercial for a Dove soap product, designed for the use of men. There was no place to turn the noise off. PG left the site.

On the second page of the google list was a link to What the Duck? This was the article, in GQ magazine, that quacked up America. It seems like a writer went to Louisiana to listen to Phil Robertson. The writer is surprised that Monroe, LA, is pronounced MUN row.

The sensational quote is presented, without any context, early on in the piece. Any casual readers will see it before the attention span runs out. There are other bizarre quotes. Supposedly, black people in Louisiana were happier under Jim Crow. (FWIW, “He and his wife, Korie, adopted a biracial child named Will and are dedicated advocates of the practice.”) “Islamists” are a “society where there is no Jesus.” And on, and on, and on. Spell check suggestion for Islamists: Misogamists, Alarmists.

The article paints the picture of a man, perhaps well meaning, who simply cannot keep his mouth shut. “While Phil proselytizes, I lean over to Willie (Phil’s son), who is playing a video game on his phone. Boy, it’s hard to get a word in with him! Willie nods knowingly, barely looking up. I get the sense he’s heard all this before, many, many times.”

The article keeps coming back to the “faith” of Mr. Robertson. He does seem to believe what he says. So did the people who flew planes into the World Trade Center. At some point a person has to ask what it says, about Jesus, to be represented by Phil Robertson. (Not to mention Pat Robertson, who has no doubt been confusd for Phil.) Maybe we should just leave it at that.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress. These are Union Soldiers, from The War Between the States. Their targets fired back.


Posted in Holidays, Poem by chamblee54 on December 21, 2014








Conservative IQ Test

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics by chamblee54 on December 20, 2014













PG felt the urge to write. Not having anything to say is not a problem. He decided to take a test, What’s Your Conservative IQ? He was going to copy the questions, for recycling and reuse. This turned out to be a good move. The makers of the test had black letters, on top of a dark background. The only way to read the text is to highlight it. Is 1998 website design conservative or liberal?

The test is ten questions. Each question has three possible answers. These can be described as liberal, moderate, and conservative, usually in that order. An example is number 10.

If you could change one thing about the conservative movement in America, what would it be? That conservatives would go away – far away. ~ That conservatives would reach across the aisle and work alongside liberals. ~ That conservatives would take whatever means necessary to restore liberty and constitutional principles to our great nation, before it is too late.

What would PG change about the conservative movement? Perhaps make it less similar to a bowel movement. Failing that, a bit less cynicism is in order. Employ fewer rhetorical cheap tricks. Don’t use liberal as an all purpose insult. Think things through before spewing out the contradictory bee ess.

There are contradictions galore here. “What do you believe about granting amnesty to some 11 million illegal immigrants while our borders remain insecure?” “How would you rate the importance of conservatives reaching out to African-American and minority communities about how free markets and liberty can empower them?” One of the largest minority communities is Hispanics. Many of them are in this country, illegally, trying to make money. So you want to reach out to people to tell them something, and then label them as criminals when they take your message to heart.

“How important is it that we respect the U.S. Constitution and follow it as written?” The constitution was written when the colonies used slave labor. There was a question about how to distribute the seats in the House of Representatives. As a compromise, the slave was determined to be worth sixty percent as much as a free person.

After answering 10 questions, PG got his score. “17 Middle of the Road. Your conservatism could use an upgrade, and the good news is, we’ll help. Get this FREE download and find out more. … Learn the real truth about government-run health care by downloading this free e-book: Shattered Lives: 100 Victims of Government Health Care.”

The download will wait for later. As a prominent conservative said “”I think those guys are brave and courageous. … They’ve got guts.” Rush Limbaugh. If there is anything that Mr. Limbaugh knows about, it is having a gut. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.












The War On Christmas

Posted in GSU photo archive, History, Holidays, Religion by chamblee54 on December 20, 2014









Merry Christmas used to be a greeting of good will. It meant, I am happy that you survived the year, have a nice holiday. It was not an in your face gesture, designed to express a religious opinion.
Christmas used to be a time of peace on earth and good will towards men. There were parties, gift giving, and holiday time from school and work. The religious part has always been there, but if you wanted to ignore it you could.
Now, the Jesus Worshipers want it all. The fact that our culture is dominated by Jesus worship is not good enough, they want it all. And they don’t care if it offends you. Peace on earth, and good will towards men, is an obsolete concept.

We don’t know when Jesus was born. Some scholars say he was born in the spring, but it was a long, long time ago. When the early Christians were trying to convert the Romans, they decided to have a birthday celebration for Jesus at the time of a pagan holiday. It is the winter solstice, the time of renewal at the end of the year. It is an ideal time for a religious feast.

Many people, PG included, have been hurt by Jesus. Christianism is an aggressive religion, and if you don’t agree, you can expect to be insulted and humiliated. As society becomes more and more secular, the Jesus worshipers get more aggressive. Many people have come to see the birth of Jesus as something to be mourned, rather than celebrated.

PG used to enjoy saying Merry Christmas. To him, it was a greeting of good will. Now, it is taking sides in a nasty fight. Maybe the proper thing to say is have a nice day.

And now for something completely different. PG found this recently, and it is not original to him. If you really need a link to the original, we will look harder.

When I was young and impressionable, I heard the Co-Adjutor Archbishop of Bombay preach on the subject of Christmas. He made the point that the adjective “merry” actually means “to be showing the influence of alcohol”, that is to be at least partially drunk. So to wish someone a Merry Christmas is really to wish them a Drunken Christmas.
And he went on to point out that as drunkenness is a sin, and moreover it is illegal to ply an infant with alcohol, a “merry Christmas” not only treats the birth of Christ as an occasion for sin, it also excludes the guest of honour Himself from the celebration.
That is a perversion of the meaning of Christmas — yet how often do we hear “true Christians” insist on saying “merry Christmas”? Why don’t they just wish the world happiness and joy?

This holiday feature is a repost. The pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.








Drug Screen

Posted in GSU photo archive, Politics, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on December 19, 2014









The work assignment required a drug screen. On one level, this is no big deal. PG has been detoxed for a while. A residual distaste for the war on drugs except alcohol does linger over the chore.

There was an email. You print the information on the email, and take it to an office. The offices are listed on the email, in fine print. PG printed the email, and wrote the address, and phone number, of the nearest office on the back. This office had moved across the street.

PG called the phone number. A lengthy recorded message started, with no menu options. 3 was the number for speaking to a person. The line went directly to voicemail.

Since the office was nearby, PG decided to just go (to the office.) Fortunately, the office was only a couple of miles away. The note said 976 Johnson Ferry Road. When you went past Northside Hospital, the next building is an MOB complex. There are 2 buildings, 960 and 980.

PG turns around to go home. He tries to call the office, and gets voice mail. He leaves a message. “This is a nightmare. Answer your phone.” He might have raised his voice.

When he got home, PG took another look at the email. After enlarging the text, he saw that the address was 975 Johnson Ferry Road, instead of 976. PG called another office of the drug testing company. The line was busy. PG then tried the first office again, and left a message.

A few minutes later, the lady from the first office called back. Yes, they were open today, and were not especially busy. To get to the parking lot, you turn onto Meridian Mark Drive, and take a right into the parking deck. This is something else the email did not tell you.

Once PG got to the office, things came out all right. The lady was very friendly. It turns out she is in the office by herself. The drug testing company is trying to squeeze all the profits they can.

The procedure was the same as before. Go in the bathroom, fill the cup past the sticker, and do not flush. You fill the cup, and put the toilet seat back down. There is a sink behind the desk, where the attendant watches you wash your hands. You need to sign three copies of the “URINE CHAIN OF CUSTODY FORM.” At this point the procedure is finished.

As if the medical extortion committee is not punishment enough, most facilities require you to pay for parking. When it was time to leave, PG had to wait behind a BMW. The AMEX card was rejected, and the lady fed dollar bills into a machine. A man in the little building talked on his phone, and pointed to the machine. PG fed enough dollar bills into the machine to satisfy the hunger. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.








Mithras Is Born

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 18, 2014

Until 2009, PG had never heard of Mithras.

Mithras is a Persian deity, from the Zoroaster tradition.(That is pronounced Zor uh THRUS ta.) Not much is known about Mithras … did he really exist, or was he a legend? There was a cult of Mithras in the first century Roman empire.

There are supposed to be similarities between Mithras and Jesus. These include the virgin birth, the birth on December 25, and rising from the dead after three days. Some spoilsports say the early christians grafted Jesus onto the legend of Mithras.

One indication that this might be true is The Catholic Encyclopedia.
“Some apparent similarities exist; but … it is quite probable that Mithraism was the borrower from Christianity.”
This is a repost. Pictures from The Library of Congress .

Leigh Anne Tuohy

Posted in Library of Congress, Race, Religion by chamblee54 on December 17, 2014








A story has been making the rounds. “The Blind Side Lady Shares A Heartwarming Racial Profiling Story” Here is how it started on facebook

We see what we want! It’s the gospel truth! These two were literally huddled over in a corner table nose to nose and the person with me said “I bet they are up to no good” well you know me… I walked over, told them to scoot over. After 10 seconds of dead silence I said so whats happening at this table? I get nothing.. I then explained it was my store and they should spill it… They showed me their phones and they were texting friends trying to scrape up $3.00 each for the high school basketball game! Well they left with smiles, money for popcorn and bus fare. We gave to STOP judging people and assuming and pigeon holing people! Don’t judge a book by its cover or however you’d like to express the sentiment! Accept others and stoping seeing what you want to see!!!#LeighAnnesSundaySermon #BelieveInOthers

PG found this story to be confusing. What kind of store was it? The Leigh Anne Tuohy website does not mention a conventional retail outlet. Dr. Tuohy has an interior design firm, Flair I Interior, and a charity, Making it Happen Foundation. Neither institution sounds like a place where teenagers would hang out. Maybe they were discussing wallpaper samples.

Part of the LAT story is the adoption of a black teenager, who went on to play in the NFL. As might be expected, Michael Oher has a book on the market. ” as he writes in the book, he’d be proud to be “the guy taking your order” at Taco Bell, one of the more than 70 fast-food franchises Sean Tuohy (husband of Leigh Anne Tuohy) owns.”

That helps to explain this facebook comment. Alex Remy This is FROM THE GUY IN THE PHOTO: ” Yeah like people don’t know what really happened because I actually had money I have a job and have had one for over a year I was gonna pay for my brother the other guy in the picture but he was insisting on waiting on his uncle but his phone was dying so we were charging it which is the reason we were in KFC in the first place and the game was only a 3 min walk up the street I don’t see why she said bus fare that kinda ticked me off a little but the way she worded it is making us seem less fortunate and that isn’t the case at all & when she came over to us she never mentioned her initial reason was because of her friends comment im just now finding that out.”

What do we make of all this? Is Dr. Tuohy a racist? Should we care? PG is behind on his anti-racism education, so he will leave those judgments to others. Maybe Dr. Tuohy is a publicity junkie, in need of a PR fix. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. These pictures were used last year. The text in that post seems to fit todays thoughts.

Leviticus 18:22 has long been used to justify hatred of men who use a tush for receiving, in addition to shipping. In the King Jimmy edition, the text reads “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.” Recently unearthed documents suggest that this verse may be more about honesty than fornication.

The story, according to the Bible University of Los Lobos (BULL,) is that the word “with” should be translated as “to”. In this revised edition, the verse would read “Thou shalt not lie to mankind, as to womankind: it is abomination.” It is well known that men lie to women whenever they feel the need. If the lips are moving, what comes out is suspect.








Posted in Poem, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on December 17, 2014







Fruit Cake

Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive, Holidays, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on December 17, 2014

A facebook friend put some fruitcake facts on the internet. PG saw a chance for some text to put between pictures. He would be nutty as a fruitcake to turn down this chance. This is a repost.

Fruitcakes were buried with the dead in Ancient Egypt. It’s true. Ancient Egyptians used to fill the tombs of the dead with all the supplies that they would need to enjoy the afterlife, including food and water. Fruitcake was often put into the tomb of a deceased person because a fruitcake soaked in a natural preservative like alcohol or fruit juice would last a long time. It was thought that the preserved fruitcake would not spoil on the journey to the afterlife. Fruitcake was a staple food of other ancient Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian and Mediterranean cultures as well

Candied fruits are used in fruitcake because using sugar was the only way to preserve the fruit long enough to get it back to Europe from the Middle East. When the Crusaders began carrying exotic fruits back to their European home the fresh fruit would spoil long before they were able to get it home. Ingenious traders began drying the fruits by candying them with sugar which made them an even more delicious treat and preserved them indefinitely. Once the candied fruits were sent to Europe and to other parts of the world they were baked into cakes so that they could be shared with family and friends on special occasions.

Fruitcakes will last for years without spoiling. It’s true. A fruitcake that is properly preserved with an alcohol soaked cheesecloth that is then wrapped in plastic wrap or foil can be kept unrefrigerated for years without spoiling. In the past, before refrigerators came along, families would make fruitcake for holidays and special occasions months in advance of the actual event and then let the covered fruitcakes sit wrapped in an alcohol soaked cloth until the event happened. As long as the cloth was remoistened with alcohol occasionally the cakes not only didn’t spoil, they actually tasted richer and sweeter because they had been soaking in brandy and rum for a couple of months.

To millions of fruitcake consumers, the town of Claxton GA is very special. This south Georgia town, just down the road from Reidsville, is home to Claxton Fruit Cake . The story of the Claxton Fruit Cake company is a sweet one. Savino Tos founded the Claxton Bakery in 1910. He hired Albert Parker in 1927, and sold him the business in 1945. Mr. Parker decided to sell Fruit Cake to America.

No story about fruitcake is complete without mentioning the “Fruitcake Lady”. Marie Rudisill , an aunt of Truman Capote, wrote a book of fruitcake recipes. She became a tv celebrity, before going to the bakery in the sky November 3, 2006.

The urban dictionary has nine listings for fruit cake. The ones for homosexuals and crazy people are there. UD gets creative with this selection: “The act of releasing green chunky diarrhea onto your partners face then, ejaculating on it, then punching him/her in the nose causing the colors to mix together to form a fruit cake like color.”

If you tire of jokes about fruitcake, you can go to The society for the protection and preservation of fruitcake . (If you click on the “new URL”, you will be invited to join in the green card lottery.) There used to be a link on the society page that enables you to buy Fruitcake Mints. “Keep your breath fruitcake fresh with these festive mints!”

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



Validate My Existence

Posted in GSU photo archive, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on December 16, 2014









@illhueminati SAY IT WITH ME: I AM A BEAUTIFUL, COMPLEX HUMAN BEING AND I DONT NEED ANYONE TO VALIDATE MY EXISTENCE ~ you don’t have to shout ~ Say it with me: I am a beautiful, complex human being and I don’t need anyone to validate my existence ~ Georgia just executed a man with a 70 IQ. The only lawyer who would take his case was a useless alcoholic. The Social Justice Warriors have been totally silent. Pointing fingers, and screaming racism, is more important than taking action on something that matters. ~ the morning after wayne holsey died nineteen years after will robinson died one could ask why the social justice clique was so quiet one could ask if any murders were prevented one could ask what drugs were used when nathan deal got a notch on his belt ~ This is true and not true. The event you describe probably happened. However, it was not the only event like that. People started to put flowers on soldier graves as the war was still going on. After a conflict as horrific as the War Between the States, some sort of remembrance was inevitable. ~ This “war on christmas” is such a pain. I like secular christmas. If you want to be religious, you can. If you want to shop till you drop, you can. If you want to drink to excess, you can. (The original meaning of merry christmas was a drunken holiday.) The trouble is that the some Jesus worshipers want the holiday to be all about them. ~ Most research is designed to provide evidence for an already decided outcome. ~ just heard episode11 #serialpodcast it is starting to wear thin next week is the final show ~ WWYDJ What Would You Do To Jesus ~ Al Pieda is an international terrorist group consisting entirely of pastry chefs. AP has claimed responsibility for several heinous crimes, including the assassination of Betty Crocker in 1996, ~ From FUCK YOU / a magazine of the ARTS, number 5, vol 6, Apr. 1964 ~ COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER: I do NOT own the copyright to this recording, nor am I claiming ownership, it is being posted here strictly for all Judy fans as a promotional and entertainment tool. Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use. ~ @mbsycamore why is dress the verb if you are wearing pants? If you wore a dress, would they like the way you pant? ~ Whereas OKCupid is mostly, “Young professional heteropatriarchic ‘centrist’ republican seeking overly manscaped MBA/accountant with a below-average sex drive for a honeymoon at Martha’s Vinyard followed by long walks on the beach with our Mastiff when we’re not ‘cutting it loose’ at Disney World’s oxygen bar.” ~ @MiguelDaCosta01 Bio: Married to God. But she’s away a lot, so feel free to sext. ~ If you think your post has disappeared, see spam or an inappropriate post, please do not hesitate to contact the mods, we’re happy to help. ~ not your soapbox, personal army, or advertising platform. Questions seeking professional advice are inappropriate and will be removed. Soliciting money, goods, services, or favours is not allowed. All users are expected to be respectful to other users at all times Comment replies consisting solely of images will be removed. ~ Clarice Starling: I graduated from UVa, Captain; it’s not exactly a charm school. ~ They should have kept Marthasville. ~ keep your mouth shut ~ I would suggest starting out with a blog on a hosted site, like WordPress. It would be free to start. If this turns into something, then you could go with a self hosted site. If you get tired of feeding the puppy, then you can ditch it with no harm done. There is a page on chamblee54 How to Blog with a few ideas about how to do this. ~ “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. ~ selah









Scintilla Party

Posted in Poem, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on December 15, 2014