Tim Curry

Posted in Georgia History, Library of Congress, Music by chamblee54 on April 19, 2017

Tim Curry was born seventy one years ago today. It would be quite a while before April 19 was known as got a minute day. Mr. Curry is an actor, singer, and all around phenomenon. The role that made him a star was Frank-n-Furter in ” The Rocky Horror Show”.

Mr. Curry is best known for playing a flamboyant transvestite. His wikipedia page does not discuss his personal life. If you go to google, and type “is tim curry” the top five results are gay, married, dead, alive, died. A visit to some of the sites listed gave no definite answers. One of the sites tried to slip a *trojan horse* into this machine. Some things are better left a mystery.

After Dr. Furter went back to Transylvania, Mr. Curry made rock and roll albums. In 1978, a tour was put together to promote his vinyl debut. The first show in the United States was at the Agora Ballroom in Atlanta GA. PG was in the audience.

Riding into town on the 23 Ogelthorpe bus, PG got to talk to some ladies who were in town for a conference. They were worried about the crime. PG tried to reassure them by telling a recent news story. This lady was having breakfast in a downtown hotel, when she put her purse down on the floor. A handgun her husband had given her went off when the handbag hit the ground. The ladies breakfast companion was hit and killed.

Mr. Curry walked onstage eating a banana, grabbed a stool and turned it upside down. He appeared to be a bit tipsy. This did not affect his performance. Mr. Curry did most of the songs on his album, along with “Celluoid Heroes” by the Kinks. The latter song featured a Garbo impersonation.

Whoever put the band together for this tour had a lot of money. The guitar player played with Lou Reed on “Rock and Roll Animal”. The keyboard player, and musical director, was Micheal Kamen, formerly of the New York Rock and Roll Ensemble. (A song on the Curry album, “Sloe Gin”, was a NYRRE song, “Fields of Joy”, with new lyrics.)

The only song from “Rocky Horror” that Mr. Curry did was “I’m Going Home”. A few people were upset that he did not do “Sweet Transvestite.” He played another Agora show a couple of years later, and reportedly did perform “Sweet Transvestite.”

Tom Waits was scheduled to perform at the Agora the next night. PG was wandering through the balcony between shows, and saw Mr. Waits sitting at a table. A bodyguard was standing by, who said that it was just someone who looked like Tom Waits.

After the show was over, PG went to a nearby bar, and was talking to a friend about the show. A lady who was with the friend stood in front of him and screamed “What color are your eyes? They are brown, because you are so full of shit”.

Pictures for this repost are from The Library of Congress. Photographs of Cornell Fresh. 8 and Cornell 2d Varsity, 1914 are from the George Grantham Bain Collection


Posted in Library of Congress, Poem, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 18, 2017

A day for haikus ~ A special day for poets ~ It’s snowing on Mount Fuji
A mighty voice cried ~ Get your damn hands off of me ~ You damn dirty ape
Almost stole game one ~ No shot for PG 13 ~ Series over now

An apple a day ~ two-hundred and eight dollars ~ So less than doctors
Branches rise in praise ~ Wind as music floats to heaven ~ Birds sing praises joy
cant do crack today ~ Piss test afternoon Tuesday ~ What color is blue

Climate Change is fake ~ I say as I sip a drink ~ On a Kansas beach
Creation awaits ~ Discover the world God made ~ We will be your guide
Do not woo at me ~ Do not talk during the jam ~ Please shut the fuck up

Drip drip says the rain ~ Kissing the window with soft ~ wet butterfly wings
During Good Friday ~ Learned about Satanism ~ Happy Easter Y’all
Facts are important ~ Alternative ones don’t count ~ Don’t be fooled snowflakes

Fishy sea creature ~ Made of shoes frisbees and forks ~ Earth week Washed ashore
Five syllables here ~ Seven more syllables there ~ ARE YOU HAPPY NOW
Haikus are easy ~ But sometimes they don’t make sense ~ Manufacturing

Here’s a thought for you ~ Aren’t we all time travelers? ~ We’re moving right now
I am hung over ~ I think I’m going to die ~ Never drink again
I cross two bridges ~ every day to get to you ~ and your feathered heart

I got lost somewhere ~ Between your soul and flesh ~ Ignited in flames
I really don’t see why ~ Every possible thing ~ Has a holiday
I’m a simple man ~ Mozzarella sticks keep me ~ Happy and well-fed

I’m ready to write ~ The coffee pot is empty ~ Sign or conundrum?
Khaki casket explodes ~ Fearlessly sandstorm cursing ~ Churchyard screaming eagles
Lets split the 1st bill ~ I will get the next plus drinks ~ Glass is purple pink

Life is meaningless ~ Purple monkey dishwasher ~ man Haikus are tough
little bird got sick ~ gave her nasty medicine ~ now she flies again
Lon Chaney sans legs ~ Pink tinted and grim ~ Will sing his cherished death song

My fashion stumble ~ Chip clip on cargos weakens ~ Come On laundry day
My New York #Knicks Suck ~ Don’t belong in The Garden ~ Move them to Jersey
Octopus seahorse ~ starfish Animal cookies ~ for little mermaids

“Progressives” deceive ~ The ends justify the means ~ Call out the statists
reading poetry ~ a challenging task for me ~ pass the potatoes
see purple flowers ~ shades of nature bring us joy ~ wait for more colors

She opens her eyes ~ I say good morning cutie ~ restraining order
Striped blue maroon black ~ Colors of the day that comes; ~ ends with rest and dark
Sun shining indeed ~ I hear birds chirping loudly ~ Spring is here enjoy

Swans are so graceful ~ So graceful and so carefree ~ Beautiful are they too
take this day dearest ~ take it and make it your own ~ with your light and soul
The wait is too long? ~ For pizza you’ll wait thirty ~ Cheese means more than meds

There was a burger ~ With bacon had to eat it ~ It was delicious
This is a poorly ~ written haiku from Austin ~ Texas blah blah blah
Time to get unstuck ~ Make paramount investment ~ Be the warm water

twirling round ~ dewdrops in cool grass ~ dancing barefoot in the rain
Vivid quite pensive ~ Nature’s canvas is our classroom ~ Respect all that heals
waiting all day for ~ those damned biopsy results ~ didn’t the phone ring?

Who ‘s gonna die ~ Eeny meeny miny moe ~ Kill your darlings Joe
World is caving in ~ I am under too much stress ~ Please let me relax
You like poetry? ~ Yeah me neither So I guess ~ I’ll just stop typing
yolo photgraphs ~ the library of congress ~ nineteen forty three


Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on April 17, 2017

6th Congressional District

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 17, 2017

Georgia’s 6th Congressional District is having a special election tomorrow. The previous representative, Tom Price, is taking a job in Donald Trump’s administration. The 6th District is one of the few political races going on now, and is getting national attention.

The race is a circus. Jon Ossoff is the Democratic leader, and seems assured of a place in the run off. Eleven Republicans are riding the clown car. Rosetta Stone, and the other companies who print Republican mailers, have sent PG an inch thick stack of propaganda.

Typical of the more-conservative-than-thou approach is a mailer from Keith Grawert. “Jon Ossoff: Nancy Pelosi in Disguise” “Just another vote for the Nancy Pelosi liberal elite” “…being bankrolled by Nancy Pelosi and her liberal allies” That last charge may have a bit of truth. Jon Ossoff has raised $8,320,693 for his campaign, far and away the spendingest candidate in the race. The leading Republican money dude is Dan Moody, with $2,025,263. The job pays $174,000 a year.

@realDonaldTrump “The super Liberal Democrat in the Georgia Congressioal race tomorrow wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!” 10:31 AM – 17 Apr 2017

You can’t have a modern election without robo calls. PG makes it a matter of policy to #nevervotefor such players. Justin Hill has made two such calls, with one featuring Newt Gingrich… who has gone from Speaker of the House, to the speaker on the robo call. Keith Grawert and Bruce LeVell have made robo calls. Last, but not least, is a heart string tugging, anti abortion, message for Karen Handel.

Most polls show Karen Handel going into a runoff with Jon Ossoff. This is good news, and bad news. Karen Handel has a lot of negatives, and should be beatable. The bad news it that the 6th district is heavily Republican. This is a district where 53.7% approve of Trump’s job performance. The opera is not over until Karen Handel the fat lady sings.

After the Susan B. Komen meltdown, PG posted a link to Red State, Karen Handel is an idiot. That site responded by giving PG a computer virus, 601 Database redigestation error. This is how the conservative movement does things.

If you live in the 6th district, be sure to vote tomorrow. The clown show will be mostly shutting down. The runoff will be sometime in June, by which time the political landscape may be completely different. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

Porcine Squealing

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on April 17, 2017

display of a link in this forum does not indicate approval of content ~The One Thing Parents Need To Do With Their Kids in Restaurants: ~ Why did Georgia execute more prisoners in 2016 than any other state? ~ Outdoor Recreation Isn’t Free – Why We Need to Stop Pretending It Is ~ Who Are the Lawyers Suing Ed Murray for Alleged Child Rape? ~ A pastor shares the exact moment he changed his mind about the LGBTQ community ~ Jonathan Pringle ~ Zachariah Hunnicutt ~ Pharmaceutical firms ask court to stop their drugs from being used in Arkansas executions ~ Trump Said No to Troops in Syria. His Aides Aren’t So Sure. ~ Why Do Democrats Feel Sorry for Hillary Clinton? ~ GOING DEEP in ATL with DJ Vicki Powell ~ 50 Shades of Bob Gray ~ ballotpedia ~ Jon Ossoff, Jared Kushner, And A Disgusting Anti-Semite Running For Congress ~ New #GA06 Poll Shows Expensive Bloodbath For Third Place ~ 1 killed, 5 injured after valet driver failed to put car in park ~ The Story of the Very First Easter ~ fl2012 ~ OH2016 ~ 0h2012 ~ Top Democrats Are Wrong: Trump Supporters Were More Motivated by Racism Than Economic Issues ~ mi2016 ~ mi 2012 ~ wi 2012 ~ wi 2016 ~ 2012 Pennsylvania Presidential Results ~ Overall 2016 Pennsylvania Presidential Election Results ~ CNN’s Van Jones Speaks With Obama Voters Who Switched To Trump All the Trump voters hate the Mexicans, they hate Muslims, they don’t like black people, they’re just — it was all this explosive kind of racial talk was what really got everybody going.CAMERON SEITZ, OHIO DEMOCRAT WHO VOTED FOR TRUMP: One of my jobs is helping counseling individuals recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. And I’m just going by the statistics. At my location, most of them are minorities. I would probably go as far as to say 80 to 85 percent. So, you know, if that were the case and if I was racist, then I just don’t believe that I’d be very good at my job .~ ally is another word overused misused and rendered useless by sjw ~ @ericajong when did he say that? what is the context? an out of context quote is only slightly more nourishing than hate or cyanide ~ When the bullets start to fly, the reason for the war becomes irrelevant. It is us against them. ~ @WernerTwertzog Airlines like #United rarely do anything to your body that American culture has not already done to your soul @chamblee54 american culture does not play “rhapsody in blue” in commercials for my soul ~ I just to live under the flight path for the Goodyear Blimp. ~ i think you use too many big words, that few understand, and that you are too proud of this fact ~ do you know how to pronounce ” egregiously tendentious”? can you spell it without spell check? ~ @AryehCW I can’t even spell license or privilege without spellcheck ~ people say whatever, whoever, whenever, and where ever, but never why ever ~ Instead of asking what would jesus do, we should ask what did jesus do? ~ Are Lindsey and Christine screwing? I think every other combination in that group has. ~ I wonder how many of the people who condone drone killing muslim children are “pro life” ~ “Listening to his campaign rhetoric, the last thing you would expect Donald Trump to do” If the lips are moving i don’t believe anything he says ~ @AtlasGagged Andrew Sullivan and his near-constant porcine squealing for attention are so boring. ~ We are NOT seeking actual members of the Ku Klux Klan and as with any set, we hold a zero tolerance policy against racism, sexism, etc.! We are seeking actors, not pro-white activists. ~ someone has yard signs calling for term limits…maybe we could start with zero terms for people who call for term limits ~ The only original parts on mine are the frame, seat, luggage rack, and cable housings. Everything else has been replaced, some multiple times. I even broke the original handlebars. ~ I just got a robo call from Keith Grawert #nevervotefor #sixthdistrict ~ previous robocalls from Justin Hill and Bruce LeVell ~ I just added MOE to my acronym vocabulary. While I realize that you meant margin of error, in a race like this you have to remember Moe, of the Three Stooges. ~ I just got my second robocall from Justin Hill The useful idiot speaking for him was Newt Gingrich #nevervotefor #sixthdistrict ~ I just got an abortion themed robocall on behalf of Karen Handel #nevervotefor #sixthdistrict ~ How many “racist” Trump voters voted for Barack Obama? Enough to win the electoral vote ~ @ScienceAndJokes I was going to tell a joke about sodium, but Na. ~ pictures today are from The Library of Congress. ~ selah

Hawaiian Good Luck Sign

Posted in GSU photo archive, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 16, 2017






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 repost is written like J. D. Salinger. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.






Motivation Crap

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on April 15, 2017

This Is Your Life

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on April 14, 2017


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

Slow To Wrath

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on April 13, 2017

Thomas Jefferson Said What?

Posted in History, Library of Congress, Politics, Quotes by chamblee54 on April 13, 2017

PG was wasting time with facebook when he saw a friend say “Damn I love this quote”. The passage being praised was “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Desmond Tutu. The rhetoric alert started to flash. These days, the wolf and the sheep buy their clothes at the same Walmart. To hear some oppressors talk, they are the ones under attack. It is tough to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Often you can make things worse by getting mixed up. Sometimes the best thing to do is mind your own business.
Ok, now that is out of the way. Some lines sound good, but don’t hold up to a bit of thinking. As for the veracity of the quote, Desmond Tutu may very well have said it. (or maybe one of his rivals said it, and Mr. Tutu copied it.) The quote has been attributed to Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Burke, Patrick Henry, and probably others. Almost no one has a source, for the quote, from the dead white guys.
A post called MISQUOTING THE FOUNDERS did not mince words.
“The only problem with this scene that has been repeated many times across the country is that Thomas Jefferson never said that, never wrote that, and quite possibly never thought it. Our aspiring politician had fallen victim to the perils of popular misattribution. You could fill a book with misquotes and misattributed quotes we hear repeated regularly today. Right now if I Google “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent” the entire first page of results wrongly attribute it to Thomas Jefferson. The quote and its many variants have been attributed in the past to Thomas Paine and Edmund Burke, but no record exists of the quote in any of their writings or contemporary accounts.”
On November 13, 1787, Mr. Jefferson wrote a letter to William Smith. The letter is full of zesty quotes.
“What country before ever existed a century & a half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”
A few lines above that, Mr. Jefferson said
“God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion.” Twenty years after he wrote this, Mr. Jefferson was President. He probably did not want to deal with a revolution when he was President.
Getting back to the quote about tyranny, Martin Porter wrote an entertaining essay, A study of a Web quotation. He gives credit, or blame, to Edmund Burke. First, a list of different versions is presented. This is a clue that something is awry. The conclusion:
“There is no original. The quote is bogus, and Burke never said it. It is a pseudo-quote, and corresponds to real quotes in the same way that urban legends about the ghost hitch-hiker vanishing in the back of the car and alligators in the sewers correspond to true news stories.”
Mr. Porter wrote a follow up essay, Four Principles of Quotation. These principles are:
Principle 1 (for readers) Whenever you see a quotation given with an author but no source assume that it is probably bogus. Principle 2 (for readers) Whenever you see a quotation given with a full source assume that it is probably being misused, unless you find good evidence that the quoter has read it in the source. Principle 3 (for quoters) Whenever you make a quotation, give the exact source. Principle 4 (for quoters) Only quote from works that you have read.
If these principles were to be used, then there would be a lot less hotheaded talking on the intercom. Those who are trying to influence you to the justice of their cause will not want you to read this. Pictures for this feature are from The Library of Congress. These pictures are Union soldiers, from the War Between the States. When war is discussed, all inspiring quotes are in doubt.
This is a repost. It is written like James Joyce. In the past year, doing due diligence on alleged quotes has become a hobby. Many people don’t care who said it, if they agree with the thoughts expressed. The prevailing thought is that an idea becomes more true with a famous name at the end. If the famous person is deceased, and cannot defend his/her reputation, that is not a problem. People do not like being told that Santa Claus does not exist.

If America Is So Racist

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics by chamblee54 on April 12, 2017

Lots of smart people have been writing about the 2016 election. One popular line of thought is that Donald Trump won the electoral vote because of racism. There are numerous studies that indicate this. This feature will not quote, or link to, these articles. The bottom line is that DJT was labeled racist, and enough voters either liked it to win the election.

There is a problem with this line of reasoning. In 2008 and 2012, the same population elected a dark skinned man. If America is so racist, why did Barack Obama win the Presidency twice? There is something not adding up here.

One possibility is show business. BHO was clearly a better performer than John McCain, or Mitt Romney. DJT is much more entertaining that Hillary Clinton. Some purists talk about issues, when the voting public is superficial.

Another option may be the way Democrats dealt with racial attitudes. HRC called DJT’s actions racist. If BHO did the same against his opponents, it did not get much attention. The supporters of HRC said repeatedly that anyone who votes for DJT is a racist. Again, it is unlikely that anyone said that anyone voting for Mr. Romney, or Mr. McCain, was a racist.

There is an urban-rural divide in America. Many people face tough economic times, and resent what they perceive to be a liberal elite. The reaction of the liberal elite is to label this resentment as racism. While racial attitudes may be part of the problems in rural America, it is far from the entire story.

It would have been better for HRC to win ugly, than to allow DJT to win. She handed millions of votes to DJT by labeling people as deplorables. Barack Obama won the support of many deplorables. Maybe he was just a better politician than her.

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. Nick Parrino took the pictures in 1943. The men were Army truck drivers, many stationed “somewhere in Iran.”

Drive Safely

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on April 11, 2017