Blackface Drag At Club Sheba

Posted in Georgia History, Library of Congress, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on January 31, 2015







Mary Cheney became famous in a traditional way. Her father is Dick Cheney, former VPOTUS, hunting guide, and terrorist. Apparently Ms. Cheney felt the need for attention recently. She posted the following matter on facebook.

“Why is it socially acceptable — as a form of entertainment — for men to put on dresses, make up and high heels and act out every offensive stereotype of women (bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty, etc.) — but it is not socially acceptable — as a form of entertainment — for a white person to put on blackface and act out offensive stereotypes of African Americans?”

When it comes to getting people to look at you, Mary Cheney is not in the same hemisphere as RuPaul. By remarkable coincidence, there is going to be a new season of a cable tv show, about drag queens, hosted by RuPaul. The comments by Ms. Cheney were seen by RuPaul as an opportunity to promote product. The video is embedded above.

We are not going to discuss the moral calculus of blackface vs drag in this post. That’s what facebook, twitter, and comment sections are for. This blog does not have the intellectual gravitas as youtube comment sections. Mary Cheney and RuPaul are getting the attention they require.

The pictures today are from The Library of Congress. These ladies were participating in “Inter city beauties, Atlantic City Pageant, 1925.” There is something appropriate about beauty pageant pictures illustrating a discussion of the relative political correctness of blackface and drag queens. If you want a picture of Mary Cheney, go somewhere else.

The second part of this feature is a repost. The show was performed in 1979. I recently saw “Carroll.” He lives in Pennsylvania today, and has a beard nine inches long.








Reading about Shirley Q. Liquor brought back memories of a night long ago. A young man, who I will call Carroll, grew up across the street. In his spare time, he did drag shows. What I was expecting was Carol Burnett and Lily Tomlin, using his own voice. One Sunday night, free admission and a buffet was all I needed to venture downtown and see the show.

The venue was an unpretentious bar called Club Sheba. The clientele was mostly lesbians, many of whom were African Americans.

Club Sheba was located on Forrest Avenue. The street was named for Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate General who, some say, founded the Ku Klux Klan. Forrest Avenue late became Ralph McGill Boulevard, named after the former editor of the Atlanta Constitution.

As show time approached, I saw a table that had empty seats. I pulled back a seat, and a beefy lady informed me that she did not want a man to sit at that table.

The first act was what I expected. The reputation of Carol Burnett did not suffer, and Lily Tomlin was still in the closet. After the first act, I shot a game of pool with my friend, and went to the buffet for a second plate. A lady stopped me. ”You’re not supposed to get full”

I went back to the pool table. After a while there was a crowd standing around, and it was evident that a second act was going to start soon. I saw a black lady in the crowd making faces at me, took a second look, and realized that it was Carroll.

He did not use his voice this time, but lip synced to Grace Jones and Diana Ross. He wore blackface, and an afro wig. The crowd at the Club Sheba enjoyed this part of the show. Many of the Black Lesbians went to the stage and stuffed dollar bills in his faux bosom.







Blocked From Following

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on January 31, 2015









@TheTweetOfGod Alabama’s gay marriage ban has been ruled unconstitutional in what is hopefully the first step towards Alabama being ruled unconstitutional. ~ where did he say that? i just discovered the podcast, which is a great accomplice for multi tasking. I have a que of downloaded podcasts already, with new product discovered all the time. I hope FC can keep going, but if he doesn’t then something will take its place. the blogosphere is a self composting ecosystem. ~ Devolving ~ Neil – You shouldn’t have sex with your friends Bob – Do you prefer your enemies? ~ Is a person perpetrating this product a booger? ~ @Kool_Aid_Wino Propaganda encourages the imagination of children. ~ The Grateful Dead used to have a saying, “Steal Your Face” ~ The next time they are needed in Atlanta we might have another governor. ~ Somewhere in hell, Lyndon Johnson does not know who Ann Althouse is. ~ When Georgia wants to execute someone, nothing will stop this. The state is determined to kill a man with an i.q. below room temperature. There are plenty of other men on death row that can be killed to provide a deterrent to future killers, and satisfy the blood lust of the kill a crook for Jesus crowd. It is a mystery why Warren Hill is so important. ~ Is anyone aroused by scrolling to the end of 174 comments whenever facebook tells you there is a new entry to this thread? ~ didn’t people used to say balls when they heard a lie, the way we say bullshit today? ~ Warren Hill died at 7:55 pm. Witnesses say the transition was peaceful. Apparently, the mystery drugs did the trick. The #blacklivesmatter crowd is silent. Apparently this black life does not count. ~ THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT AND NOT AN ACTUAL NEWS ARTICLE, BLOG, OR CONSUMER PROTECTION UPDATE. ~ Three of the five men on the Georgia parole board are black. This is important to some people. ~ @pourmecoffee “I saw the best bloggers of my generation destroyed by glibness, tweeting hysterical naked.” ~ I think he was talking about Andrew Sullivan, who needs to keep his clothes on. ~ Personally, I hate to have to think of any man as of a definite race, creed, or color; so few men are really worth knowing that it seems a shameful waste to let an anthropoid prejudice stand in the way of free association with one who is. H.L. Mencken ~ The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief — call it what you will — than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counterattractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course. A.A. Milne ~ @therebelgod We need to learn how to think morally ourselves. We cannot be dependent on a book or a pastor to dictate to us what is right and wrong. ~ It is difficult to say. ~ @polotek Your police wear a wristband in support of a murderer and claim first amendment rights. You ask for your right to live and you’re “radical”.@polotek @steveroggenbuck BULLSHIT Show me one policeman wearing a wristband supporting a murderer photoshopped pictures don”t count. ~ @hawkinsdotbiz Facebook Where a person can be judged not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character assassination. ~ @marcmaron @serial if adnan killed the girl then it was the only one, so he is not a cereal killer ~ @marcmaron @serial didn’t you say in today’s wtf that you are going to give up twitter? maybe you are a serial tweeter ~ @AManShouIdBe @JesusIsAJerk Is your daughter sexually active? No, she just lays there and doesn’t do anything. ~ Contributions to the Black Conservatives Fund are not tax-deductibl as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. ~ You are blocked from following @KasimReed and viewing @KasimReed’s Tweets. Learn more ~ At the end of the video, the host says “that sure is the longest answer to that question that I got in this series”. He must not have talked to many Jesus worshipers. … a religion chock full of vocal chord self admiring motormouths. ~ a hi-q haiku – print blue black or sepia – go ammonia ~ Why is all this construction going on when we don’t have a dependable source of water? ~ I found a copy of that book at a yard sale last fall. ~ pictures from The Library of Congress. ~ selah










Baudelaire Cried

Posted in Poem, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on January 30, 2015













Good Bye Andrew Sullivan

Posted in Library of Congress, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on January 29, 2015








As is often the case these days, the news came on twitter. ‏@JoeMyGod Andrew Sullivan To Stop Blogging: Citing recent health issues, his marriage, and the stresses brought on by 15… Joe had a link to his blog, where there was a link to the Sullivan facility.

Back during the Clinton administration, Mr. Sullivan had been the editor of some high faluting magazine. There was talk about having a gay, English, catholic in this conspicuous position. Eventually, he left, and started what was once called a “vanity website.” The first time I heard the word blog was in reference to Mr.Sullivan. It was short for web log.

At some point there was a piece, Why I blog. “Rudeness, in any case, isn’t the worst thing that can happen to a blogger. Being ignored is. Perhaps the nastiest thing one can do to a fellow blogger is to rip him apart and fail to provide a link.” The Dish never linked to Chamblee54.

There were links to some good stories at The Dish. There was a bit of foolishness. An obsession with the parentage of Trig Palin was given much play. It is ironic that Mrs.Palin is seen as an embarrassment to the conservative “movement,” at a time when Mr. Sullivan retiring. The similarity of the conservative movemeny to a bowel movement is more obvious than ever.

Not everyone is upset by the departure of Mr.Sullivan.
@gaywonk I’m going to honor Andrew Sullivan’s retirement by talking down to everyone I meet and trying my best to blend in with straight people.
@thejoshuablog Is it me, or was #AndrewSullivan’s deathbed confession eerily similar in tone to Norma Desmond’s speech at the end of #SunsetBoulevard?
@DostoevskyShade It is sad that the only time ever that #AndrewSullivan has trended on twitter is when he announces an end to his writings that no one reads.
Tonight’s Episode of Amazing America with Sarah Palin: Mom Hangs Out with Ted Nugent!

There are reports about the death of blogging. These are rather exaggerated. The days when any Joe Blow could set up shop in mom’s basement, and instantly get a million followers, are probably over. Twitter, and Youtube, are where a lot of the action is. 600 words has been reduced to 140 characters, or talking into your cell phone camera for mass consumption.

Blogging is like writing poetry… the supply greatly exceeds the demand. There are people who write blogs because they enjoy it. Chamblee54 is one. It is a fun game, even if Andrew Sullivan ignored Chamblee54. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. These details are from picture #06665, “Bathing Beauty Pageant, 1925, Huntington Beach CA”








Posted in Library of Congress, Politics, Religion, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on January 29, 2015











The custom of expressing your innermost thoughts on the back of your vehicle has taken a curious turn. One popular emblem says coexist. The seven letters are equipped with symbols, both religious and secular. One hopes that no one receiving this message has forgotten to stop, and hit the car with the coexist symbol on the bumper.

When PG was young, there was a miniature golf course on Cheshire Bridge Road called Putt Putt. The first bumper sticker he saw said “I play Putt Putt.” Is coexist an improvement?

When this post was first conceived, the i in coexist was perceived to be unadorned. It was as if the religion of i was receiving due recognition. Upon closer examination, it seems as though the tittle has a five pointed star. This means that the i is a sorcerers wand. The i apparently stands for paganism.

The c, x, and t of coexist are pretty obvious. They are symbols for the three Abrahamic religions. O is a peace sign, and e has the male and female symbols. The religions they represent are not apparent. The s is a yin yang, which is somehow related to Taoism.

Buddhism, Atheism, Communism, and Hinduism are not represented. They spell out Bach. The composer Johann Sebastian Bach produced glorious music for the Lutheran church. Perhaps the e in coexist represents the left out denominations. If this E is combined with BACH, you can spell out BEACH. This is a repost. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.













The GD Ad

Posted in Library of Congress, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on January 28, 2015





As you may have heard, this sunday is the stupid bowl. It is the end of the NFL season, the excuse for lavish parties, and a showcase for advertising. Every year, companies spend billions of dollars producing ads that will stand out … which is not always the same things as outstanding.

A cheesy website company called godaddy is taking a shortcut. They produced an ad. Adorable puppy is tossed out of a pickup truck. After surviving an Indiana-Jones-like journey, adorable puppy finds a way back to the farm. Danica Patrick sees adorable puppy, and says adorable puppy has just been sold. The sale was made on a godaddy produced website. In the final shot, adorable puppy is seen in an open shipping box, leaving in a delivery van.

Allegedly, there has been a facebook/twitter/talkshow outrage. This facebook exchange is what PG saw. This exchange is what alerted PG to the existence of this ad.

Anyone who works in dog rescue is totally appalled by this ad on many counts. And all the nut jobs out there just call us liberal PETA psychos for hating this ad. WTH? … Not just the puppy mills, but the selling of dogs on these sites. Some end up as bait dogs or in the hands of animal abusers. Remember Puppy Doe? Also showing the puppy getting thrown out of the truck even by accident gives teens the idea to throw them out of moving vehicles for sports even more than they already do. Especially when the ad shows that the puppy survived. Most end up mamed and killed. They die a slow death where they land. Not a good ad at all. I’ve tried to educate people, but a lot just think I’m a PETA loving crazy liberal. … ___ you are a responsible, well-informed, and compassionate person. Anyone who would label you otherwise is ignorant.

PG saw this exchange, and wondered if he was missing something. “all the nut jobs out there just call us liberal PETA psychos for hating this ad.” Where are these people? More Americans are concerned with how much air is pumped in Tom Brady’s balls.

Which got PG to thinking. Just how much outrage was there about this ad? Who made those angry tweets? Does anyone, outside of the “PETA loving crazy liberal” cabal, really pay attention?

Maybe, just maybe, this is manufactured outrage. By making a show of pulling the ad, godaddy has gotten lots of people to look at it. Instead of competing with the big money sponsors on sunday, godaddy gets lots of attention on wednesday. It is standing alone, which is also different from outstanding. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. These men were Confederate soldiers, during the War Between the States. They did not pull their advertising because of a few angry tweets.





Pageant Of Pulchritude

Posted in Library of Congress, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on January 27, 2015







The fun started when PG clicked on the link to Can You Answer 11 Basic Intelligence Questions? Like many internet trolls, PG fancies himself a fart smeller smart feller. The quiznation clickathon (spell check suggestion:quantization catholic) sort of confirms this.

As the title suggests, there were 11 questions. The first one is typical … 1- How many 10 cent stamps are there in a dozen? 120, 12, 10, 20. 9 were multiple choice, and 2 were true/false.

Number 6 was true/false, and it caught PG. Do flammable and inflammable mean the same thing? PG thought of mobile and immobile, and said that the f words have opposite meanings. In one of those delightful english language quirks, those two words mean the same thing. Question 7 … What does JFK short for? … makes you wonder if this quiz was written by an engish speaking human.

The questions were sponsored by a facility selling 75% Off Drug Tests. “75% Off Drug Tests 5 panel: $1.17 & 10 panel $2.50 w/ Free Cups, FDA 510K, Free Shipping.” In a big brother moment, Amazon drops by the advertise Joni Mitchell product.

Two words that apparently mean the same thing were responsible for missing a question on Can You Use 11 Commonly Misused Words Correctly? “Our family _______ from Ireland twenty years ago. emigrated, immigrated.” “Emigration is the act of leaving one’s native country with the intent to settle permanently or temporarily elsewhere. Conversely, immigration describes the movement of persons into one country from another.”

You may get the impression that somebody does not have much to talk about. You may be correct. The last item is an edited selection from the comments at Peach Pundit. Here is the soundtrack.

January 26, 2015 at 9:51 am More American heroes! Gotta like it! Can’t wait for the disgraceful, bed-wetting libs to bust their chops like they did Chris Kyle’s. By the way, remember when the bed-wetters criticized Chick Filet’s founder for his beliefs? The next couple of days made Chick Filet’s earning for that week the biggest in the company’s history. Their insults are doing the same for Clint’s movie, too! Way to go, weenies! LMAO

January 26, 2015 at 11:27 am Doesn’t hurt me. My point is that your insults aren’t any more palatable than anyone else’s, and that you’d be better served saving your anger to defend something more important than a public entertainment. Of course you’re free to spend your time as you wish and I don’t have to read your comments so we’ll both get by.

The pictures today are from The Library of Congress. These details are from picture #06666, documenting “First Internation[al] Pageant of Pulchritude & Seventh Annual Bathing Girl Review at Galveston, Texas.” It was taken in 1926.







What Is Dirty About Louie Louie?

Posted in History, Library of Congress, Music, Politics by chamblee54 on January 26, 2015









The sixties were a great time to be a kid. As long as you were too young for a Vietnam Vacation, there were kicks to be had.

One of the more enduring legends was the dirty lyrics to “Louie Louie”. Recorded by an obscure band called the Kingsmen, the song was a massive hit in 1963 (It never was Number One). When WQXI put out lists of the greatest songs of all time, “Louie Louie” was at the top of the list. This is despite, or because of, the raucous sound. The song was recorded in one take, when the band thought they were playing a rehearsal. The vocals are difficult to make sense of, and rumored to be obscene. No one was ever quite sure why. With the garbled sound on the record, the listener could hear almost anything they wanted to.

The Governor of Indiana, Matthew Welsh, banned radio stations from playing the song in that state. On February 7, 1964, Attorney General Robert Kennedy got a letter from an outraged parent about the lyrics to “Louie Louie”. An F.B.I. investigation followed. After thirty months of investigation, the Bureau concluded that they could not make sense of the lyrics.

PG had a neighbor named Carol. A tomboy who could whip most of the boys, she had a pet skunk named Napoleon. Carol claimed to have heard a band at Lenox Square play “Louie Louie”. “He said the words real slow so you could understand them. I can’t repeat what he said, but it was dirty”.

Louie, Louie Oh no, me gotta go.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, said, ah
Louie, Louie Oh, baby, me gotta go
A fine little girl she waits for me Me
catch a ship for cross the sea.
Me sail that ship all alone Me never think how I make it home.
Ah, Louie, Louie No, no, no, no, me gotta go.
Oh, no. Said, Louie, Louie Oh, baby, said we gotta go.
Three nights and days I sail the sea Think of girl, oh, constantly.
Ah, on that ship I dream she there
I smell the rose, ah, in her hair.
Ah, Louie, Louie Oh, no, sayin’ we gotta go.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,
but, ah, Louie, Louie Oh, baby, said, we gotta go.
[Yelled] Okay, let’s give it to ‘em right now! [instrumental]
Me see Jamaica, ah, moon above.
It won’t be long, me see me love.
Take her in my arms again, I got her; I’ll never leave again.
Ah, Louie, Louie Oh, no, sayin’ me gotta go.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
But, ah, Louie, Louie Oh, baby, said, ah, we gotta go.
I said we gotta go now, Let’s get on outta here.
[Yelled] Let’s go.

Transcribed by David Spector Sept. 2000 Public Domain. If anyone reading this can explain what was so dirty about this song, please leave a comment. Thank you Wikipedia for your help in assembling this. This is a repost. Pictures by The Library of Congress










The Great Speckled Bird

Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive, History, Politics by chamblee54 on January 25, 2015








One day in the eighth grade, PG had a sore spot in his eye. They called it a stye. One afternoon, he got out of school, walked to Lenox Square, saw a doctor, and got some eye drops.
When he left the doctor’s office, there was a man, standing in front of Rich’s on the sidewalk, selling a newspaper. He had blond hair down past his shoulders. PG asked what the newspaper was. Mostly politics, he said. PG gave him fifteen cents for a copy of “The Great Speckled Bird”.

The Bird was an underground newspaper. It was so bad, it needed to be buried. If you are under fifty, you have probably never seen one. These papers flourished for a while. The Bird was published from 1968 to 1976. The April 26, 1968 edition was volume one, number four. This was what PG bought that day.
The Georgia State University Library has a digital collection. Included in it are copies of The Great Speckled Bird. Included in this collection is edition Number Four. PG went looking for that first copy. He needed to be patient, for the GSU server took it’s time. Finally, the copy he asked for came up. It was mostly politics.

When PG saw page four, he knew it was the edition from forty four years ago. “Sergeant Pepper’s Vietnam Report” was the story of a young man sent to Nam. It had a paragraph that impressed young PG, and is reproduced here. The rest of the article is not that great, which is typical of most underground newspaper writing.

A couple of years later, PG spent the summer working at the Lenox Square Theater. The number two screen was a long skinny room. If you stood in the right place, you could hear the electric door openers of the Colonial Grocery store upstairs. The Bird salesmen were a feature at the mall that summer, which not everyone appreciated. This was the year of the second, and last, Atlanta Pop Festival. PG was not quite hip enough to make it. He was back in the city, taking tickets for “Fellini Satyricon”. The Bird was printing 26 pages an issue, with lots of ads, pictures, and the distinctive graphics of the era.

Stories about hippies, and the Bird, can be found at The Strip Project.
Pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library” .
This is a repost, written like H.P. Lovecraft.









O’Bummer Disclaimer

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on January 24, 2015








@TheHashtagGame @OGOrlandoJones To put a fine point on it… this account will soon cease to exist by choice without being Verified. #VerifyTheHashtagGame ~ @TheHashtagGame Dear @Twitter, a national discussion about online @safety is at hand. Please prepare to respond credibly. Sincerely, @TheHashtagGame ~ @dick_nixon I’m often told I shouldn’t wear a suit in public. The thing is I’m comfortable in it. ~ “It is better to think of church in the ale-house than to think of the ale-house in church.” – Martin Luther ~ The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American. ~ this was making the rounds a few months ago. As soon as I saw the clock running backward, I remembered it. ~ The last book I read in one day was “Going down with Janis”. It was written by the self reputed gf of Janis Joplin. The opening line: ” I was naked, stoned blind on heroin, and the girl with her head between my legs, giving me head, was Janis Joplin”. ~ Is what is labelled negative attitude, in fact resting bitch face? ~ Hating on rbf is a socially acceptable form of prejudice. ~ Tammy Fay Bodeen It’s hard to carry on a conversation with an Obummer made goat-woman, they’re always butting in. ~ The secret to happiness is to be the photo model for douche ads. ~ *DISCLAIMER: The information provided on, and in any reports, emails, ebooks, or other materials you might receive from, is for entertainment purposes only. Obviously, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of astrological information, and we are not responsible for how you interpret or apply it. The names and images of our astrologers have been changed to prevent instances of stalking or harassment, however the credentials mentioned are a true representation of their experience, and full bios are available upon request. If you are struggling with serious problems, including chronic illness, mental instability, or legal issues, please consult with your local registered health care or legal professional as soon as possible. Please also carefully read the full Terms of Service. ~ I want to write snarky blogposts about nonsense. ~ I have the annoying habit of not believing memes with inspiring quotes. When it comes to misquoting people, Jesus is as good as it gets. We really don’t know what he said. The religion that glorifies him is obsessed with his death, rather than his life. As for the Bible being “his scriptures”… no, I don’t buy that. ~ You’ve been blocked by this member ~ @TooMessedUp I read in the paper today about a Dad who paid his daughter for sex. I was absolutely disgusted. What kind of daughter charges her own Dad? ~ U.S. baker faces discrimination complaint for refusing to write anti-gay message on cake ~ Whoever devotes themselves to themselves will have nothing but themselves to show for themselves! ~ Two wrongs do not make a right. ~ cletus.hogan (signed in using yahoo) I ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­make ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­$86 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­hourly ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­computer. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­I ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­have ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­been ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­without ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­work for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­six ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­months ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­but ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­last ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­month ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­my ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­income was ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­$19941 ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­just ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­working ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­computer ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­for ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­a ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­fe­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­w ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ho­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­urs. fr­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­om ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­th­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­i­­­­­­­­­­­­­s ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­si­­­­­­te­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­. ~ “Eric Garner was choked to death by a cop” I have heard that Mr. Garner had a heart attack. This is not the same as being choked to death. When I google “Eric Garner Death Certificate” I do not see the document. ~ pictures today are from The Library of Congress. ~ selah









Rejecting Rejection Therapy

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on January 23, 2015










Invisibilia is a new podcast from NPR. The first episode deals with fear. The first half is about a scientific explanation about snake slithering. The second half is a sales promotion for a company called Rejection Therapy. Does NPR stand for Novice Public Relations?

Jason Comely was an IT guy, living with four cats in Ontario. He had lost a girlfriend, and was not doing too well. He decided that he was afraid of rejection.

The way to overcome this fear was to make a game of it. Every day, he would try to get rejected. Mr. Comely was asking people for strange things, in hope of being rejected. Somehow, this was supposed to build up his mojo, and make him more confident.

Soon, there was a little cottage industry. There was a website, and a twitter account. Rejection cards are available for purchase. “Rejection Therapy comes in three flavours: Classic (physical card deck is available at The Game Crafter), Entrepreneur and Blue Pill Edition. These cards are not essential to the game but handy for motivation and direction.”

PG heard this, and started to get angry. The word selfish comes to mind. Rejection therapy is all about building the confidence of the game player. Did someone say game player?

Many people do not like to say no. It is a source of stress. Many people are, with justification, afraid of what will happen when they “reject” this request. Most people have had bad experiences with saying no to people. When you hear this request, you don’t know that it is a game, designed to build the confidence of the game player. You might be dealing with a crazy person, angry that they are not getting their way. Don’t worry about it, you don’t matter.

Jason Comely “Don’t even bother trying to be cool. Just get out there and get rejected. And sometimes it’s going to get dirty, but that’s OK because you’re going to feel great after. You’re going to feel like, wow, I disobeyed my fear. You know, I disobeyed fear.”

What about the other person? This person is going to get dirty also. But, it’s all OK because you are going to feel great because you disobeyed your fear. It is all about you. The person who is dealing with your meant-to-be-rejected request is just a pawn in your game.

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.











Georgia Is Determined To Kill Warren Hill

Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive, Politics, The Death Penalty by chamblee54 on January 23, 2015








Georgia is stubborn when it smells blood. When the state wants to execute someone, they don’t care how bad it is going to look to the rest of the world. They don’t care how many times they have to appeal the case. Money is no object, when it comes to paying lawyers for death penalty appeals.

The latest man to be the target of the state’s bloodlust is Warren Hill. After numerous reprieves, the state is scheduled to poison Mr. Hill Tuesday, January 27. This is the first day of a seven day “execution window” specified by the Lee County judge who ordered the execution.

Why it is so important to kill Warren Hill? The execution is for the murder of Joseph Handspike. There is little doubt that Mr. Hill is guilty. The killing took place in prison. Mr. Hill was serving a life sentence for killing Myra Wright. Mr. Handspike was also incarcerated for murder. The family of Mr. Handspike does not want Warren Hill to be executed.

There is also the issue of “intellectual disability.” There is some debate over Mr. Hill’s i.q. Some say he is smart enough to be executed. The state disagrees.

“In Georgia, defendants must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” they are too mentally impaired to be executed. Despite doctors finding that Hill is likely mentally disabled, with an IQ of around 70, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) standard for mental disability, the state intends to put Hill to death because he cannot prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that he is indeed mentally disabled.”

Whether or not Mr. Hill is technically disabled, his execution will be bad p.r. for the state of Georgia. Numerous celebrities, including former President Jimmy Carter, are calling for clemency. Once again the state of Georgia looks bad. Is this something to be proud of?

It is not known why the state is so stubborn about this matter. Will it provide a deterrent to other prisoners not to kill each other? Will the execution of an intellectually disabled man make the streets safer? Or will it show the iron will of the state of Georgia? When Georgia wants to poison someone, nothing will stop it. Nothing.

This would not the first time the Georgia has executed an intellectually disabled man. Robert Holsey had an i.q. of 70, and came from a background of horrific childhood abuse. Brandon Rhode “was born in Mississippi to a young mother, who as a 15-year-old was not even aware she was pregnant for the first five months. During this time she consumed alcohol and drugs. Brandon Rhode … “definitely suffers from a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder” (FASD)… “

The execution of Mr. Rhode took a curious turn. ““Rhode tried to kill himself by slitting the side of his neck and both arms. By the time he was discovered, Rhode was unconscious and had lost half the blood in his body; he was revived at the hospital in nearby Griffin…Rhode had concealed the razor blade he used to cut his neck and arms while lying under a blanket, said Joe Drolet, a lawyer for the state attorney general’s office. He was being observed by guards, but they could not see what was happening under the blanket and took action when they saw blood.” There are reports that the razor was given to Mr. Rhode by a prison guard. This is denied by the officials. “There’s not a pattern of recklessly handing out razors to suicidal death row inmates.”

Mr. Rhode was taken to a hospital, and nursed back to health. He was then taken back to the prison. Brandon Rhode was executed September 27, 2010.

There is also the case of Troy Davis. There is little doubt that Mr. Davis was present when Mark MacPhail died. There is, however, doubt that Mr. Davis pulled the trigger. The case made the state of Georgia look very bad. It would have been easy, during the unending appeals before the execution. to quietly put the case aside. There were other killers to be executed, and provide a deterrent to those contemplating murder. However, the state was stubborn, and fought a long, expensive legal fight for the privilege of poisoning Troy Davis.

In 2013, an execution of Warren Hill was postponed. There were legal issues with the drugs the state was planning to use in the execution. The method of execution, antiseptically known as lethal injection, has had problems. The manufacturers of the pharmaceuticals, mostly European corporations, do not want their products used for executions. This is another p.r. problem.

Georgia has been using mystery drugs to poison prisoners. These substances are produced by a compounding pharmacy, whose identity is secret under state law. So far this proctocol has worked well. There have been no Oklahoma style disasters when executing men with lethal injections.

Is the state of Georgia smart enough to use the death penalty? There are some bad, bad men (and one woman) on death row. Arguably, the state needs to take these people off the planet. However, the ones who get the fatal needle are not always the ones who commit horrific crimes. In the case of Warren Hill, some stubborn bureaucrat seems to have decided that nothing will stop the state from killing him. Are these people smart enough to use this ultimate penalty?

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