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Killed By Police December 31

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on December 31, 2017

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21 people were Killed By Police in the United States last week. Here are the links: 1159 Jesse J. Champney 1160 Jesse Daniel Murillo 1161 Shelby Comer 1162 Cody Eyre 1163 Charlie Joseph Murillo 1164 Evelio Gomez 1165 Jacob Craig 1166 Adrian Escobar 1167 Joshua Spottedhorse 1168 Jesse Scarsbrook 1169 Salvador Byassee 1170 James Alan Berrones 1171 Jose Miguel Garcia 1172 Robert Miller 1173 1174 Nathaniel Fritz Macalevy 1175 Brooke Camacho 1176 Kenneth J. Perna-Rutsky 1177 Isaiah Christian Green 1178 Dennis Plowden 1179 Andrew Thomas Finch 1180 1181 Christopher Baird 1182 Corey Bailey 1183 Jarvis Lykes 1184

12 of the victims were white. (1159, 1160, 1161, 1162, 1165, 1169, 1174, 1175, 1176, 1177, 1179, 1181) 3 of the victims were black. (1168, 1178, 1182) 2 of the victims were female. (1161, 1175) 2 of the victims were latino. (1163, 1166) 1167 Joshua Spottedhorse was native. The race of 8 of the victims is unknown. (1164, 1170, 1171, 1172, 1173, 1180, 1183, 1184)

In 8 of the incidents, the victim fired at an officer. (1166, 1168, 1170, 1172, 1174, 1175, 1176, 1184) In 11 of the incidents, a weapon was displayed. (1161, 1162, 1163, 1164, 1165, 1169, 1173, 1177, 1180, 1181, 1182) 5 of the incidents involved a domestic dispute. (1170, 1172, 1173, 1174, 1176) 5 of the incidents involved a car chase (1168, 1169, 1174, 1178, 1182)

1179 Andrew Thomas Finch was the story that got the most attention this week. Chamblee54 wrote a stand alone story, Swatting.

Yakima WA had two fatal officer-involved shootings on Tuesday, December 26. “Yakima police were called to the West Pierce Street home about 7 p.m. Monday for an intoxicated man who said he shot people, according to Yakima police. Adrian Escobar put a gun to his head and threatened to kill himself when police arrived, (Yakima Police Captain Jeff) Schneider said. Escobar fired shots at officers from the house before SWAT teams from Yakima and Benton County arrived, and officers attempted to negotiate with him six times, according to police. Schneider said the Benton County SWAT team was brought in to provide relief for officers working in the cold weather during the six-hour standoff. Schneider said Escobar fired at officers again, and Ward, a Yakima SWAT team member, shot him about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. Escobar died from a single gunshot to the head.” (1166)

“Yakima police responded around 7:30 p.m. Monday evening to reports of a man (Jose Miguel Garcia) at the Cascade Apartments threatening residents with a gun, according to a Yakima Police Department news release. When officers arrived, they found a 31-year-old man barricaded in his apartment. The man was blind and had an “extensive criminal history” of assault behavior, police said. Over the next five hours, officers attempted to negotiated with the man and heard him talking as if someone else was inside the apartment, according to the release. Once they obtained a search warrant, officers eventually “breached” the door to the apartment but continued to try to negotiate with the man, officers said. “…after a few minutes the situation deteriorated and two officers fired shots at the suspect killing him,” … A firearm was found in the apartment.” (1171)

These stories were considered noteworthy. “A 26-year-old Enfield man was attempting to avoid being arrested on an outstanding warrant when he was shot by a state trooper in a field, according to his fiancee, who was a passenger in the car that police had tried to stop along Route 4 in Canaan Saturday night. In an interview on Wednesday, Saeti Tobin said she and Jesse J. Champney had set out on Saturday to go to a convenience store in Canaan and return a car they had borrowed. Before they could do so, the pair noticed they were being followed by police, so Champney turned onto Switch Road. But when he did, the car plowed into a snow-covered field, Tobin said. Champney told her to run and he himself fled toward the woods, she said. “He was never trying to advance on anyone, he was trying to get away,” said the 23-year-old Tobin, who also has had run-ins with police. “There was no high-speed chase, there were no drugs involved, there were no weapons involved, there was no stolen car and there was no serious crime committed. … The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has confirmed that Champney was shot four times, and on Wednesday identified New Hampshire State Trooper Christopher O’Toole as the officer who fired the fatal round. Authorities also said Canaan police officer Samuel Provenza was at the scene during the incident. He did not discharge his firearm, according to a news release. Tobin was more specific about the circumstances surrounding the stop than she was about the shooting itself. The incident took place around 6:30 p.m., when it was dark, and Tobin stayed with the vehicle after Champney fled, placing her some distance from where the shooting occurred. She said she believes Champney was not armed at the time. (Champney’s brother, Josh, who also was present for the interview at a home in Danbury, N.H., said Jesse Champney sometimes carried a pocketknife.) … Tobin and Josh Champney both asserted that Provenza had it out for Jesse Champney. They said they feel he was targeted. … Jesse Champney had his run-ins with the law. In May 2016, Champney was arrested in Lebanon on a felony charge of possession of heroin with intent to sell and resisting arrest. He failed to appear for a court date in that case, which prompted the warrant to be issued for his arrest. Champney also was convicted of a few other nonviolent crimes, including theft in 2012, for which he served prison time, Tobin said. Prison changed him, and although he took some college courses while there, he left addicted to opiates, Tobin said. He had, however, recently turned his life around and had been in a Suboxone program — medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction — for the last few months, she said. “He was a tough kid because he was made to be that way,” Tobin said. “But he was the biggest sweetheart.” (1159)

“Tammy Murillo said her 32-year-old son, Jesse Murillo — whom authorities say was a battery suspect armed with a metal bar — was a Navy veteran who had been deployed overseas for a time. “We called 9-1-1 to have the police come and help calm the situation; never did we anticipate the outcome,” … Around 7:10 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles Police Department officers from the Topanga Division responded to a radio call of a battery … Upon arrival, an officer was met by a victim at the house, who police said had an injured shoulder. While they were speaking to the victim, the suspect exited the home armed with what officers initially described as a possible machete. It was later determined to be a metal bar, Madison said. Officers broadcast a call for help and the suspect fled on foot, he said. “They located him in an alley to the rear of the home and there was an officer-involved shooting,” Madison said. The suspect was struck by gunfire and taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later, authorities said. Tammy Murillo said her fiancé had called 9-1-1 after her son and daughter had gotten into a verbal argument and the fiancé intervened, which unintentionally escalated the situation. Following that call, the son injured her fiancé’s arm, she said. “What set my son off was the 9-1-1 call,” Murillo said. “He didn’t want cops involved at all. He did not plan to die that day.” Murillo said her son had been wearing a gas mask, which he had acquired from his Navy days, because he had been doing some drainage work underneath her house with his uncle, she said. … Tammy Murillo said her son was “a good kid” who was planning to go Christmas shopping that night for his nieces and nephews and had just gotten a haircut. … the Navy may have changed him. “When he went into the service and came home, he was not the same kid.”” (1160)

“One woman is dead and a man is in the hospital after an officer-involved shooting in Grundy County. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, 20-year old Shelby Comer was found dead in a car following the shooting. The suspect, Jackie Wayne Bean, per the Sheriff. was taken into custody and transported to the hospital around 8:00 Sunday morning. Sheriff Shrum said it’s unclear if Comer died during the shooting, or before. The shooting happened around 10:30 Saturday night in the Coalmont area, according to the TBI. A Grundy County Sheriff’s deputy attempted a traffic stop on B Mine Road, when the driver allegedly pointed a firearm at the deputy. The deputy then fired into the vehicle several times, according to the TBI, then the vehicle drove away, hitting the police cruiser. Roughly 20 minutes later, a person saw the suspected vehicle crash off the side of the road. According to the TBI, the suspect said he was shot and asked for the citizen’s vehicle. That person drove off and called police. When officers arrived, the suspect was gone, but Comer was found dead in the back of the car. … Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum says that 32-year-old Jacky Wayne Bean, of Soddy Daisy, is being held without bond following Saturday’s incident. Bean has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, evading arrest, 3 charges of reckless endangerment, DUI, and violation of implied consent. More charges are expected later this week.” (1161)

“Multiple sources confirm to News 4 part-time Grundy County Deputy Mike Holmes fired a shot that may have struck 20-year-old Shelby Comer on Saturday evening. … When reached by phone Thursday, Deputy Holmes, who is also the fire chief of Monteagle, TN, declined to comment. Sheriff Shrum said he “will not confirm or deny at this point” whether Holmes is the deputy who fired the shots into the car. There are also questions about how much law enforcement training Deputy Holmes has received in the past. He works as a part-time deputy, meaning he is not required to be certified by the Tennessee Peace Officer Standards and Training, or P.O.S.T. commission.” (1161)

“A Progreso police officer shot and killed a man Sunday who was carrying a machete, according to a Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office news release. Deputies responded to Encino Street in Progreso where the officer shot the man at about 9:24 p.m. Initially, officers were called out to the area to investigate a disturbance involving a man who was wielding a machete. “The officer made contact with the male subject and a struggle ensured,” according to the news release. “During the struggle, the officer discharged his weapon fatally shooting the male.”” (1164)

“Monday’s events began when a neighbor called police to say the man, Jacob Craig, pointed a gun at him, (Capt. Mike) Williams said. The neighbor reported that the man has caused several disturbances in the past. When the officer arrived in the neighborhood, he was confronted by the naked man, who either ran out of a home or appeared from between two homes, carrying a gun. Williams said the man was given several commands to put the gun down, but he “continued to aggress” the officer, who fired multiple shots. The man was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The encounter lasted “a matter of seconds,” the captain said. Detectives did not yet know whether the man had a mental issue or was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.” (1165)

“Craig’s mother, Kim Flanagan, told the Tulsa World her son was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression after witnessing the death of his pregnant fiancee about 10 years ago. The woman reportedly died after their vehicle was struck by a drunken driver. She said Craig tried to revive her but couldn’t. Flanagan said her son’s issues with mental illness surfaced after the death of his father when he was 8. “That was trauma one,” she said. “With his fiancee, that just pushed him over the edge. He couldn’t recover from that.” Craig, who had an 8-year-old son, began experiencing significant paranoia and depression to the point where he rarely left his room. Before, according to his mom, he was outgoing and funny. The tragedy changed his entire personality. Medication he took for the paranoia and depression helped relieve the symptoms. Flanagan said he stopped taking it about 6 months ago because he could no longer afford insurance and the price became too high. Since then, he had struggled to overcome his emotions and made multiple attempts to kill himself, she said. He also experienced bouts of anger but nothing that was extreme, she added. “It just got worse and deteriorated,” she said. “I could tell he was getting more and more depressed.”” (1165)

“Around 5:45 a.m. Tuesday, police said a suspect, Joshua Spottedhorse, walked into the Safeway on Northwest Blvd and threatened a clerk with a gun. Police said a witness followed the suspect and then the suspect began firing a weapon. Witnesses backed off and police took over the pursuit to a neighborhood near Madison and Sharp. “During the course of developing that tactical plan, the subject did try to leave in the vehicle,” said Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl. “Officers moved to block the vehicle in and the subject then fled on foot.” At some point, an officer opened fire and shot and killed the suspect.” (1167)

“28-year-old Jesse Scarsbrook … was involved in an armed robbery at a local hobby shop. When police arrived, they say Scarsbook stole a car and led officers on a chase. He later crashed the stolen car at the intersection of 46th and Mitthoeffer and carjacked another vehicle while two people were still inside. The police pursuit continued to Pendleton Pike and Post Road, where Scarsbrook crashed. He then got out of the car and fired at officers, who returned fire. Investigators say Scarsbrook was hit and killed in the shootout.” “Witnesses say Scarsbrook got out of a vehicle Tuesday, after crashing it, like a madman. They say he started shooting with no regard for the busy intersection of Pendleton Pike and Post Road, or nearby businesses. “I’m thankful the cops, they didn’t start returning fire until us vehicles had got out,” said Craig Walker, who witnessed the shootout. … Tuesday’s shootout with officers isn’t the first time Scarsbrook has faced trouble with police. According to online records, he was found guilty of armed robbery in 2009. His projected release date was November of 2016. In September of 2008 he was found guilty of theft/receiving stolen property. And in March of 2008 Scarsbrook was convicted of carrying a handgun without a license.” (1168)

“A woman was killed and a Farmers Branch police officer was wounded in a shootout during a traffic stop late Tuesday, police say. Brooke Camacho, 38, who was a passenger in the car that was stopped, pulled a gun and fired on the officer about 11:30 p.m. … stop, police said, the officer asked the woman in the passenger seat to get out of the car. Police said she got out, pulled a handgun and shot the officer in the chest, NBC5 reported. The male driver was arrested but later released.” (1175)

“The incident started about 8:30 p.m., when two plainclothes cops stopped a 2013 Hyundai on Nedro Avenue near 16th Street after confirming it was connected to a Dec. 21 murder that happened about 5 miles away, on East Atlantic Street near Stouton in Harrowgate. But before they could talk to the driver, he ( Dennis Plowden) took off — hitting one of the officers as he sped away, (First Deputy Commissioner Myron) Patterson said. Police caught up with Plowden three blocks away, where he’d crashed into two parked cars at Nedro and Opal Street. He got out of the car, and things turned bloody. “After repeated commands by the plainclothes officer to show his hands, he makes a furtive abrupt movement, and the officer fires one shot, striking the male in the head,” Patterson said. Police said Plowden was sitting on the sidewalk and had put his hand in his jacket pocket when the officer began shooting. Plowden died at 7:18 a.m. Thursday …” (1178)

“Preliminary information from law enforcement agencies indicates the Georgia State Patrol and Columbus police were conducting a DUI checkpoint near Cusseta Road when a Kia driven by Jarvis Lykes turned around before reaching officers about 9:30 p.m. A trooper attempted to stop the driver but Lykes failed to pullover. The trooper pursued Lykes who drove into a residential neighborhood on Lumpkin Court, a dead-end street. After stopping his vehicle, Lykes exited the car and a physical altercation between Lykes and the trooper occurred as Lykes attempted to re-enter his vehicle. The trooper, during the altercation, fired one shot, striking Lykes in the upper torso., the GBI said.” “A search of the Kia Forte by GBI agents found a handgun inside a container in the driver’s area.” (1183)

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

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Swatting

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on December 30, 2017


1179 Andrew Thomas Finch was going to be the story of the week in the Killed By Police series. However, the story keeps getting bigger, and weirder. There are enough notes now to justify a stand alone story. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

Andrew Thomas Finch “is dead after being shot by a Wichita police officer who was investigating a call of a possible homicide and hostage situation at the corner of Seneca and McCormick on Thursday night. Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston said police received a called of a shooting at around 6:15 p.m. “It was a shooting call involving hostages,” he said. “The original call, we were told someone had an argument with their mother and dad was accidentally shot. And now that person was holding mother, brother and sister hostage. We learned through that call that a father was deceased, and had been shot in the head. That was the information we were working off of.” Officers went to the 1000 block of McCormick, preparing for a hostage situation, he said. “A male came to the front door, as he came to the front door, one of our officers discharged his weapon,” Livingston said. … When officers got inside the house, they didn’t find anyone with gunshot wounds, Livingston said.”

“Online gamers have said in multiple Twitter posts that the shooting of a man Thursday night by Wichita police was the result of a “swatting” prank involving two gamers. Swatting is an internet prank where someone makes a call to a police department with a false story of an ongoing crime – often with killing or hostages involved – in an attempt to draw a large number of police officers to a particular address. The prank has gained traction across the country with online gamers. Those who try to cause the swatting incident will use caller ID spoofing or other techniques to disguise their number as being local. Or they call local non-emergency numbers instead of 911 …”

@vNatsu_ “So this is what happened on this “swatting” between baperize/Baperizer or what the fuckever. And miruhcle/7alent and the swatter. If you are confused just ask me and i can clear it up.” @OMGLove “Someone tried swatting someone over an argument over a $1 wager. Swatted the wrong house and an innocent man got killed. WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR COMMUNITY? WOW :|” @Parasite “Unbelievable, two kids in the community got in a verbal dispute and thought it would be funny to swat each other which resulted in an innocent man being killed by police officers responding to the swat calling. Disgusted.” @_Cuvey “Actual thing that happened between the whole swatting and Baperizer situation* RT to spread awareness”

Lisa Finch, mother of the deceased, tells her story This is tough to listen to. After Mr. Finch was shot, the police handcuffed his mother, and forced her to step over her son’s body. She then went outside, without having a chance to put her shoes on.

Police release ‘swatting’ call, video of man being shot to death as a result of hoax “At 6:18 p.m., an officer working at City Hall received a call from an unknown man who said there was a disturbance with his father. When dispatchers spoke with the caller, he said he got into an argument with his mother and shot his father. “They were arguing and I shot him in the head, and he’s not breathing anymore,” the caller said. Asked if he had any weapons on him, the caller said, “Yeah I do.” He then said he was standing by his mother’s closet holding a black handgun. “I’m just pointing the gun at them, making sure they stay in the closet,” the caller said. When the dispatcher asked if he could put the gun down, he said no. He then made further threats. “I already poured gasoline all over the house, I might just set it on fire,” he told the dispatcher. “Do you have my address correct?” “It’s giving me anxiety, making me paranoid,” he said. When the dispatcher asked if the man was white, black, Asian or Hispanic, heavy breathing could be heard. Then the call disconnected. ” (Is it a good idea to fire on a house that is soaked in gasoline?)

As officers arrived to 1033 W. McCormick, Livingston said they were prepared for a hostage situation and were posted on the east, west and north sides of the house. However, there was no hostage situation and family members of the man shot — identified by family as Andrew “Andy” Finch — said he doesn’t play video games. His mother, Lisa Finch, said Finch saw police lights outside, and opened the door to see what happened. She heard him scream, then said she heard one shot fired. … “Officers gave him several verbal commands to put his hands up and walk towards them. The male complied for a very short time and then put his hands back down to his waist. The officers continued to give him verbal commands to put his hands up, and he lowered them again. “The male then turned towards the officers on the east side of the residence, lowered his hands to the waistband again, then suddenly pulled them back up towards those officers at the east. “The officers on the north side of the street feared the male pulled a weapon from his waistband, retrieved a gun and was in the process of pointing it at the officers to the east. Fearing for those officers’ safety, the officer on the north side fired one round.” Officers removed four people from the house and then searched it. They discovered there were no hostages or deceased people, Livingston said. Emergency medical crews were standing nearby, he said. “They can’t go in and treat somebody until the house is cleared and made safe,” he said. “An individual was shot at 6:47 and was at the hospital in about 17 minutes.”

“Los Angeles police arrested a 25-year-old man in a suspected “swatting” hoax 911 call in Kansas that ended in the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man. The LAPD took Tyler Raj Barriss of Los Angeles into custody in that city on Friday afternoon, on a fugitive warrant stemming from the Thursday evening incident in Kansas, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department said.”

Mr. Barriss “resided at a transitional recovery center in south Los Angeles. … In October 2015, Barriss was arrested in connection with making a Bomb threat​ to ABC Studios​ in Glendale, California​.” His twitter handle was @SWAuTistic. The account has been suspended.

Mr. Barriss gave a remarkable interview on youtube. The voice is similar to the one in the 911 call. In the video, Mr. Barriss admits to making the “evacuation” call, but denies responsibility for the death of Mr. Finch. Mr. Barriss was at the library when he got the message, asking him to “evacuate.”

This video might be up for very long, but it is worth watching. In an ironic touch, the video was interrupted four minutes in for a commercial. The music for the commercial was “Singing in the Rain.” This song was featured in “A Clockwork Orange.”

Milo Gets Edited

Posted in Book Reports, Commodity Wisdom, GSU photo archive, Holidays, Politics, Race by chamblee54 on December 29, 2017

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Milo Yiannopoulos is getting attention again. It seems as though the the editor’s notes for his book have been leaked to the press. Many of the comments are unkind. If you have ever wanted to see bad writing dissected and disembowled, this is the time. PuffHo, which knows a thing or two about recycling free product, has a helpful list of some of the zingers. “No need to drag the lesbians into this!” “Three unfunny jokes in a row. DELETE.” “This is definitely not the place for more of your narcissism.” “So much inappropriate humor is irritating.” “Can you really prove a causality between [Black Lives Matter] and crime rate?” “DELETE UGH.” “Too much ego.”

Two things should be noted. Milo did not actually write Dangerous. Miloproduct is produced by a crew of interns. One of these drones got in trouble: Milo Yiannopoulos Speaks Out About ‘Bonkers’ Former Intern Arrested for Murdering Dad. Nobody seems to know who gets the copyright credit, or blame, for Dangerous. It might be a good trivia question.

@DALIAMALEK “Simon & Schuster: We were ready to give Milo’s perfectly acceptable racism a voice, but it was poorly written & structured Twitter: Look at the witty editor that worked to normalize white supremacy slaaayyy” Some people think Milo’s book was cancelled for moral reasons, like being politically incorrect or badly written. Actually, the deal was trashed after Milo opened his mouth once too often, and became too controversial.

Simon & Schuster is not opposed to selling bad books to make money. In 1981, S&S published HOW TO STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS— AND WIN! This tome was written by Roy Cohn, who probably would have thought Milo was too old. The NYT review notes “Despite his reputation as a playboy bachelor, Mr. Cohn believes that a marriage should be ”kept intact” if there are children.”

Chamblee54 has written about whatshisname one two three four five six seven times. The pictures are usually better than the text. In one episode, Bill Maher said “Stop looking at the distractions and the clown show and look at what matters.” Then, without a trace of embarassment, Mr. Maher introduced Milo, who is both distraction and clown show.

The first time chamblee54 wrote about Milo had a prophetic quote. “This is the first time many have heard of Milo Yiannopoulos. Unfortunately, it probably will not be the last. He authored a piece at Breitbart, where he said “Trump’s critics have accused him of being over-the-top in his response. Surely, say his critics, insulting a rival’s wife for being too ugly is simply crass, classless, and rude. I agree. It’s all of those things. But that’s a good thing. … In the process, he’s certainly lowering the tone — but it badly needs to be lowered. Only by totally ignoring people’s feelings can we end the left’s culture of grievance, offense, and victimhood. …”

@FrankConniff “The editor’s comments on Milo Yiannopoulos’ manuscript were harsh, but if Milo had been willing to take constructive criticism, the result could have been a whimsically racist book that everybody loved.” Many of the naysayers are calling Milo, and his product, racist. This is a reflex action to many SJW, who seldom miss an opportunity to scream racism. The ironic thing is that Milo talks loudly, and often, about his fondness for black men. (Those who talk the most do the least.) On page 96, Milo says “”I love black people. Indeed, I love black people so much that my Grindr profile once said “No Whites.” I’d considered “Coloreds Only Served in Rear,” but that was a little too edgy, and Grindr once deleted my profile once for writing: “Don’t contact me if you’re under seven inches or you know who your dad is.”

Hopefully, Milo’s fifteen minutes will be over soon. There will always someone else to call racist. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

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#ReallyBadSafeWords Part Two

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 28, 2017

Bowel Games

Posted in Georgia History, Holidays, Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on December 27, 2017

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The story below is a repost from 2013. The Dawgs® had a good year, and are in the final four. The pictures are from The Library of Congress .

The Georgia Bulldogs beat somebody’s Aggies in Shreveport, Louisiana last night. The affair is something called the Independence Bowl. The Fishwrapper has an ad for a casino-hotel-spa. The link no longer works. Athens can go back to creating a school the football team can be proud of.

This is the season of bowl games. A few years ago, any town with a stadium, and a chamber of commerce, could get a bowl game. Any school with .500 season could go to a bowl, many of whom now had grafted on corporate names. There was, literally, the poulon weedeater bowl holiday classic.

What follows is a story PG read in Sports Illustrated when he was a kid. There is no source, and there is a slight possibility that it is not true.

In the sixties, NBC had a new years day triple header of bowl games. The sugar bowl was followed by the rose bowl was followed by the orange bowl. Hangovers and national championships were fixed in one day. NBC made handsome profits.

An Olympic committee had a meeting one day, to determine who would telecast the upcoming games. The man from NBC went in, with charts, and promises of money for the amateur athletes. The presentation from NBC centered on the january first triple header, the sugar bowl, the rose bowl, and the orange bowl.

Another network won the bid to telecast the games. After the meeting, an Olympics official had a private conversation with the NBC man. The committee felt that their emphasis on the bowel games was in bad taste.

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Hollywood Babylon

Posted in Book Reports, GSU photo archive, History by chamblee54 on December 26, 2017






PG recently read Hollywood Babylon: The Legendary Underground Classic of Hollywood’s Darkest and Best Kept Secrets. It was the second time read the book. A yard sale last summer had a deluxe edition on sale. The man asked PG how much he thought it should cost. “If you are going by the amount of truth in it, the price should be a nickel.” In a fit of synchronicity, PG was on his way to a party, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. This is a repost.

HB is highly entertaining, despite those troubling concerns about the facts. The cover has an NSFW picture of Jayne Mansfield, where the top of her dress serves as a display case for her boobies. HB goes all TMI about the death of Miss Mansfield, but it is a model of good taste compared to Find a death. The *bottom line* is that Jayne Mansfield was not decapitated in that auto accident.

While asking Mr. Google whose jugs adorned the cover of HB, this article came up: Satan and Mummified Psychics: A Kenneth Anger Marathon at Sweat Records Tonight. Someone with too much free time was promoting an evening of the short films of Kenneth Anger. Mr. Anger, born Kenneth Wilbur Anglemyer, has the copyright credit for HB. PG suspects that other scribes helped out. In some parts, the prose is purpler than in others. Of course, when writing about Hollywood, it is fitting that a committee produced a book filled with lies.

The Miami story disputes the notion that Kenneth Anger was a child star. “Almost exactly 83 years, 7 months, and 21 days ago, a little boy named Anger was born in Santa Monica, California. (Actually, the kid’s birth name was Kenneth Wilbur Anglemyer.) He attended a school for child stars, did dance steps with Shirley Temple, and minced about as the changeling prince in the 1935 Warner Bros. movie version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. But all that might be bullshit. There’s not much documentation of Anger’s alleged child star days. The one legit source that seems to corroborate the claim is Mickey Rooney. He played Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and he says Anger’s mommy dressed him up as the girl named “Sheila Brown” who officially played the Changeling Prince.”

A website called Vice.com managed to snag an interview with Kenneth Anger. The introduction has this story. “He went on to recount the time Kenneth showed up at fellow director and mutual friend Curtis Harrington’s funeral at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery wearing a black raincoat, eyeliner, and fingernail polish. His shirt was opened to his navel, revealing the giant lucifer tattoo emblazoned across his chest, and he was accompanied by a boyish photographer who took pictures as Kenneth kissed Curtis’s corpse before its cremation. Before he was ejected from the premises, Kenneth handed John a small plastic vampire figurine that contained mint candies inside, clarifying its original use by saying, “It’s actually a dispenser for tickle-ribbed rubbers.”

The interview had a few high moments. VICE But it did attract the attention of sexologist Alfred Kinsey, whom you befriended. Did he encourage your work?

KA Yes. Kinsey was doing interviews for his book Sexual Behavior in the Human Male, and I don’t know… What if you are not human? The title is kind of awkward, but that was what he called his research book. He was basically a biologist, an expert on wasps, of all things. When he came to LA to do interviews, I met him. He came to see Fireworks at the Coronet Theatre at a midnight showing, and he wanted to buy a print for his collection at Indiana University. I agreed, and that was the first copy I ever sold. But I remained good friends with him until the end of his life.

VICE Do you have a favorite star from this era?

KA I love the career of Rudolph Valentino, who died at 31 and had an amazing trajectory in that short time. His life continues to fascinate me.

VICE Do you continue to find new information?

KA I have plenty of information on him. There are facts, and then there is gossip. I go for the facts, but I will listen to the gossip. [smiles]

VICE Your willingness to sift through the gossip was a point of contention with some people when Hollywood Babylon was published, especially after its second printing. Some have accused you of muckraking, and others have even gone further and claim that it contains factual inaccuracies.

KA Well, I’ve never been sued…

VICE In other words, your detractors can’t prove it.

KA No one ever came up to me and said, “Well, you made the whole thing up.” Because I didn’t.

HB is a fun book, with great pictures. The stories are mostly lies, but this is Hollywood we are talking about. With its continued popularity, there will be plenty of copies at yard sales and used book stores.
Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.
This feature presentation was written like Kurt Vonnegut.





Have A Christmas

Posted in Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on December 25, 2017


display of a link here does indicate approval of content ~ a false belief is a false belief ~ ‘Is That All There Is?’: No Wave cult singer Cristina covers Peggy Lee in 1980 ~ Why Rupi Kaur and Her Peers Are the Most Popular Poets in the World ~ The ‘Grammar Vigilante’: Defender Of Truth, Justice And The Grammarian Way ~ Report: Diddy to Meet Investors over Panthers Bid; Colin Kaepernick Involved ~ Ta-Nehisi Coates deletes Twitter after spat with Cornel West ~ Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon Will Quigg Endorses Hillary Clinton for President ~ What I did to keep a deathbed promise ~ Old College Friend ~ Boston. Racism. Image. Reality. ~ Mithras is Born ~ Sarah Palin is the gateway drug that gave us Donald Trump ~ Rijksmuseum Digitizes & Makes Free Online 309,000 Works of Art, Masterpieces Included! ~ An Angry Trump Reportedly Said Haitian Immigrants “All Have AIDS,” Nigerians Live in “Huts” ~ Stoking Fears, Trump Defied Bureaucracy to Advance Immigration Agenda “Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who attended the meeting and another person who was briefed about it by a different person who was there.” ~ De’Asia Ra’meke Page ~ tetrispup ~ @michaelshermer Why am I complaining about SJWs/Regressive Left you ask? Because they’ve ceded the moral high ground to the Right. When @BretWeinstein & @tavissmiley (tonight) have to go on Fox News @TuckerCarlson to get a fair hearing of their POV, something has gone wrong with the Left. ~ @ETVPod “Why am I complaining about SJW/Regressive Left you ask? Cause I’m a scared out of touch old guy who gets lots of positive reinforcement when I cater to the alt-right.” There, I fixed it for you. F’ing quisling. ~ @chamblee54 “Why am I complaining about SJW/Regressive Left you ask?” because they are a bunch of self righteous assholes … their obnoxious rhetoric helped elect @realDonaldTrump ~ @ETVPod Lol. Whose the self righteous assholes? The ones fighting for equal rights or the ones complaining that our success pissed off some bigots? ~ @chamblee54 sjw antics are seldom about “fighting for equal rights”as much as are about self serving ego boosting and call out turf battles … the so called bigots that you pissed off elected @realDonaldTrump if that is success i will take failure any day ~ @ETVPod Enjoy your failure and lack of nuance. I’ll enjoy the irony of someone showing up on a random thread to bitch about others needing self serving ego boosts via turf battles. #VoidLovesIrony ~ @chamblee54 Why am I complaining about SJWs/Regressive Left you ask? When you ask a question like that, don’t be surprised when someone answers you ~ @ETVPod No one here asked that question. I was making fun of Shermer’s rhetorical question. Maybe read the OP before responding if your goal is to seem like a rational skeptic ™ ~ the letters e,n,o may be the most anagram friendly three letter combination in the language. neo, noe, eno, eon, one are all recognizable names, words, or prefix. oen is, per urban dictionary, russian for a potato geek. ~ “Why am I complaining about SJW/Regressive Left you ask?” Because they are a bunch of self righteous assholes, whose self serving rhetoric helped elect @realDonaldTrump ~ Sextastalistic Word not found in the Dictionary and Encyclopedia. ~ I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all. Coco Chanel ~ google does not show a source for the quote by Ms. Chanel ~ Try the Brain Pickings email newsletter ~ I know, I know. Pop-ups aren’t classy. But that’s the point: The Internet is a messy and distracting place, and Brain Pickings is contemplative reading. So why not give it proper room for reflection? Every Sunday morning, get the week’s most interesting articles in one distilled digest straight to your inbox. What do you say? ~ @HLMenckenBot One seldom discovers a true believer that is worth knowing. ~ a false belief is a false belief ~ .@dandrezner discusses how the brains behind Dan Quayle endorsed “the gateway drug that gave us Donald Trump” meanwhite .@robertwrighter silently acknowledges that . @natsecHeather is prettier than him, even if her twitter handle has cheat her embedded in it ~ @JeffTheGK of JW’s IFD, so why would I claim that Pj believes in that? ~ @chamblee54 Are you using ecumenical as in insult? It sure sounds like it. @JeffTheGK Who are you referring to? @chamblee54 1 – the whole ” a covert “ecumenical operation.” thing … i have not read all comments, so idk if you really said that … there is this reaction “I’ve been vocally opposed to ecumenism all my adult life” 2 – “Ecumenism refers to efforts by Christians of different Church traditions to develop closer relationships and better understandings” how can this possibly be a bad thing? ~ don’t believe everything you hear about that story….there are more details here here i agree the police screwed up, but the lady they were pursuing was no angel ~ blackout poetry pictures for this christmas morning are by chamblee 54 ~ selah ~ have a christmas

Killed By Police December 24

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on December 24, 2017


19 people were Killed By Police in the United States last week. Here are the links: 1140 Johnathan Melton 1141 Willie Floyd McCord 1142 Spencer Crumbley 1143 Todd A. Stone 1144 Shaquille Rogers 1145 Tommy Heath 1146 1147 Robert Edwards 1148 1149 Frankie Larry Anchondo 1150 Charles McBride 1151 Kameron Prescott 1152 Amanda Lenee Jones 1153 Jose Angel Aguero 1154 1155 Jeffrey Golnick 1156 Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty 1157 1158 Devan Rachad Stevenson

9 of the victims were white. (1140, 1142, 1145, 1147, 1150, 1151, 1152, 1155, 1156) 4 of the victims were black. (1141, 1143, 1144, 1158) 2 of the victims were female. (1152, 1154) 1149 Frankie Larry Anchondo was latino. The race of 5 of the victims is unknown. (1146, 1148, 1153, 1154, 1157)

4 of the victims fired at a police officer. (1141, 1150, 1155, 1156) 9 of the victims displayed a weapon. (1140, 1143, 1144, 1145, 1146, 1147, 1152, 1153, 1154) 1147 Robert Edwards was possibly suicidal. A taser was used, unsuccessfully, on 1140 Johnathan Melton.

The quote of the week is from a Ukiah CA hotel manager. “.Mira said the dead woman’s name was Mary and that she and her companion had checked in on Monday and had stayed inside the nonsmoking room, smoking cigarettes. She did not know anything more about them. “How can we know who is a criminal and who is not a criminal?” Mira said. “We run a motel.”” (1154)

The story of the week was told in Texas. “A Bexar County sheriff’s deputy killed a 6-year-old boy Thursday afternoon while chasing down a wanted felon at a Schertz mobile home park. The felon, 30-year-old Amanda Lenee Jones, was trying to break into the boy’s family trailer at Pecan Grove Manufactured Home Community when she was apprehended by four deputies. They fatally shot her. One of their bullets, however, pierced through the trailer wall and hit the boy, identified as Kameron Prescott. Kameron, who was home early after his Cibolo elementary school released students at noon for Christmas break, was later pronounced dead at University Hospital. According to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, Jones had no apparent connection with Kameron or his family — she was just trying to evade police. Jones’ death concluded a nearly 2-hour chase, that began when a man called the sheriff’s office to report a stolen car around 11 a.m., and directed deputies to where he thought the Jones had taken it. The ensuing chase involved deputies swimming across Cibolo Creek and through the woods to track her down. … Salazar told reporters Thursday that he didn’t know what prompted deputies to fire at Jones, who was unarmed at the time of her death. Deputies alleged that she was carrying a gun earlier in the chase.

“The incident began at 10:48 a.m. when a man reported a woman had stolen his car. The caller said he knew who the woman was and where they could find her. Deputies were informed she was armed, Salazar said. Deputies eventually found her hiding in a closet at a house in the 11200 block of FM 1518, at which point she showed a gun and threatened to shoot a deputy, Salazar said. The woman then bolted from the home and ran away, going down a ravine and crossing a creek before disappearing into a wooded area. … During a 90-minute search of the wooded area, tracking dogs picked up and lost the woman’s scent several times. The woman eventually ran to the mobile home park, where two residents who crossed her path reported that she physically threatened them, Salazar said. The pilot of a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter circling overhead also reported the woman reached for her waistband several times, indicating she may be armed, the sheriff said. The pilot watched as the woman tried breaking into several mobile homes in the area. She then made her way to the child’s home, where deputies closed in on her.”

In an exclusive interview with News 4 San Antonio, the family shared the final words they told Amanda Lenee Jones, 30, just moments before Bexar County Deputies shot and killed her. Jessica is Jones’ girlfriend. She told News 4 San Antonio Jones’ had called her from a trailer at the Pecan Grove neighborhood. “She said, I’m naked. I’m scared and I’m running in boxers and my bra. I think they are (going to) get me. I have to go, I love you,” explained Jessica. … “She didn’t deserve to die, neither did that boy,” said Renee Jones, the suspect’s mother. … Amanda Jones does have an extensive criminal history, mostly drug charges. Bexar County Deputies are still searching for a handgun they say Jones had at some point Thursday during a prolonged pursuit. Jones’ family doesn’t believe that a handgun will be found or that Jones’ had a gun during Thursday’s incident.” (story includes video of family) (1151 – 1152)

10 other stories are considered noteworthy. More details released about officer-involved shooting in Randolph County “Police say troopers responded to a residence in Valley Head at around 9:40 a.m. after receiving a report that 52-year-old Spencer Crumbley was threatening the kill some of his family members with a gun.They also received a report that Crumbley was threatening to kill all responding law enforcement. Officials say Crumbley came out of the residence but refused the troopers’ request to have a peaceful resolution. They say Crumbley demanded to see the family members he had threatened, stating there would be a shootout if his demand was not met. Police say Crumbley grabbed a shovel and went towards the residence, where the family members were. The troopers were unable to apprehend Crumbley.Officials say Crumbley attempted to strike troopers with the shovel, before throwing the shovel and making a move toward what troopers believed to be another weapon. One of the troopers then fired at Crumbley. ” (1142)

“The man called police at about 6:25 p.m. from a home in the 23000 block of Avon and told them he had a firearm and hatchet, indicating “he was going to shoot up the neighborhood,” said Steve Cooper, director at the city’s Public Safety Department. When officers arrived at the home, they talked to the caller’s mother, escorted her to the porch and went inside, Cooper said. There, the man, 48, confronted them and “advanced toward the officers wielding the hatchet in a threatening manner,” Cooper said. “One of the officers was forced to shoot the subject.” (1143)

“Police responded about 6 p.m. Tuesday to a burglary … When officers arrived, they found two suspects in the home, police said. One person fled, and the other ( Shaquille Rogers) pulled out a knife. Police said the officers feared for their lives and fired at the suspect.” (1144)

“Crews at the scene say a 33-year-old man, Robert Edwards, had a weapon and refused to follow officers’ orders to drop the gun. A responding officer shot the man three times in the doorway of a trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say the man was making suicidal posts on social media prior to officers responding. The person the victim was communicating with on social media called police, according to authorities. Police say the man was holding either a BB or pellet gun when he was shot by officers.” (1147)

“SDSO deputies from the Vista substation began a pursuit of a vehicle in Vista for unknown reasons sometime before 3:10 p.m., SDSO said. The man driving a dark blue or black sedan had a female passenger inside while leading deputies east towards Oceanside at speeds of about 50 miles per hour, Oceanside Police Department (OPD) Officer Thomas Bussey said. The driver headed towards a residential area on Roselle Avenue, off College Boulevard, where the dark sedan struck another car. That is when the driver attempted to bail out of the vehicle, Bussey said. One deputy fired on the man. It was not clear if the driver was armed at the time and the situation leading up to the shooting was not made available. The driver was declared dead at the scene.” (1148)

Officials with FPD say that around 6:20 p.m. on Thursday an officer with the department was at the intersection of McCormick School Road and Broadway “when he heard a female screaming for help” from the passenger seat of a truck being driven by Frankie Larry Anchondo. When the officer tried to stop the truck, it sped off and began to drive recklessly, police say. Eventually it stopped moments after the female “either fell or jumped out of the passenger side” of the truck, and Anchondo stepped out of the truck as well. At some point the officer fired at him, killing him. It’s unclear at this time what transpired before the gun was discharged.” (1149)

“A burglary suspect was shot and killed by a Sonoma County sheriff’s detective at a Ukiah (Mendocino County) motel Thursday night after her accomplice leveled a gun at officers, officials said Friday. The dead woman, whose name was not released, was also armed, said Sgt. Spencer Crum of the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. The woman was found inside the Sunrise Inn after the detective fired an unknown number of rounds at her companion, Crum said. ,,, deputies from Sonoma and Mendocino counties and Ukiah police went to the budget motel at about 8 p.m. after receiving information that the two Sonoma County burglary suspects were there. “One detective shot an undetermined amount of rounds and a male suspect was ultimately taken into custody. The second suspect was found deceased,” Crum said. … A woman who identified herself as the motel manager said multiple shots were fired into the motel room. The shots “were from outside, and they broke the glass in the bathroom, and the lady was in the bathroom,” said the manager, who would give only her first name, Mira. Mira said the dead woman’s name was Mary and that she and her companion had checked in on Monday and had stayed inside the nonsmoking room, smoking cigarettes. She did not know anything more about them. “How can we know who is a criminal and who is not a criminal?” Mira said. “We run a motel.”” (1154)

“The first shooting took place at about 4:10 p.m. when Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty allegedly opened fire on a Capitol Police officer in his cruiser, striking the vehicle several times, but missing the officer. The shooting took place just steps from the Pennsylvania state Capitol Building. About a half hour later, the same man is suspected to have opened fire on a female officer who was struck once, but is in good condition at a local hospital, according to (Dauphin County District Attorney Ed) Marsico. Capital Police pursued the suspect to a residential area, who then allegedly opened fire on them with two handguns, Marsico said. The officers fired back, striking and killing the suspect. None of the officers were struck. Marsico said there was “no doubt” the man was targeting police officers.” (1156)

Pocatello ID At 7:40 p.m., Pocatello Police were called to 1540 Homer Drive in Pocatello. Police called for additional support to deal with a man inside the residence with a gun. Bannock County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded. At some time during the incident, a Bannock County deputy discharged their duty weapon. One person was killed in the incident.” (1157)

Chesnee SC The Chesnee police said one person was dead and another person was hurt after a car pulled out in front of a Chesnee police officer who was driving to work Friday morning…. the initial reports were that a car pulled in front of the officer on US 221 and was struck on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Troopers said the officer was injured and transported to Spartanburg Regional. The officer was wearing a seatbelt, troopers said. … The driver and passenger were not wearing seatbelts … The deceased driver was later identified as 30-year-old Devan Rachad Stevenson.” (1158)

Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

#ReallyBadSafeWordsPartOne

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 23, 2017

Mithras Is Born

Posted in GSU photo archive, History, Holidays by chamblee54 on December 22, 2017

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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 repost has pictures from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.


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Flannery O’Connor

Posted in Book Reports, Georgia History, GSU photo archive by chamblee54 on December 21, 2017

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With one day before it was due, PG finished reading Flannery: A Life of Flannery O’Connor , by Brad Gooch. The author is a professor of English at William Patterson University in New Jersey. He spares no citations, to show where he gets his information. This is a repost.

Chamblee54 has written before about Miss O’Connor , and repeated the post a year later. There is a radio broadcast of a Flannery O’Connor lecture. (The Georgia accent of Miss O’Connor is much commented on in the book. To PG, it is just another lady speaking.)

Mary Flannery O’Connor was born March 25, 1925 in Savannah GA. The local legend is that she was conceived in the shadow of St. John the Baptist Cathedral, a massive facility on Lafayette Square. Her family did leave nearby, and her first school was just a few steps away. This is also a metaphor for the role of the Catholic Church in her life. Mary Flannery was intensely Catholic, and immersed in the scholarship of the church. This learning was a large part of her life. How she got from daily mass, to writing stories about Southern Grotesque, is one mystery at the heart of Flannery O’Connor.

Ed O’Connor doted on his daughter, but had to take a job in Atlanta to earn a living. His wife Regina and daughter Mary Flannery moved with him, to a house behind Christ The King Cathedral. Mr. O’Connor’s health was already fading, and Mother and Daughter moved in with family in Milledgeville. Ed O’Connor died, of Lupus Erythematosus, on February 1, 1941.

Mary Flannery went to college in Milledgeville, and on to the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. She dealt with cold weather, went to Mass every day, and wrote. She was invited to live at an artists colony called Yaddo, in upstate New York. She lived for a while with Robert and Sally Fitzgerald in Connecticut, all while working on her first novel, “Wise Blood”. In 1950, she was going home to Milledgeville for Christmas, and had been feeling poorly. She went to the hometown doctor, who thought at first that the problem was rheumatoid arthritis. The illness of Flannery O’Connor was Lupus Erythematosus.

Miss O’Connor spent much of that winter in hospitals, until drugs were found that could help. She moved, with her mother, to a family farm outside Milledgeville, which she renamed Andalusia. She entered a phase of her life, with the Lupus in relative remission, and the drugs firing her creative fires, where she wrote the short stories that made her famous.

Another thing happened when she was recuperating. Flannery was reading the Florida “Market Bulletin”, and saw an ad for “peafowl”, at sixty five dollars a pair. She ordered a pair, and they soon arrived via Railway Express. This was the start of the peacocks at Andalusia, a part of the legend.

During this period of farm life and writing, Flannery had several friends and correspondents. There was the “Bible Salesmen”, Erik Langkjaer, who was probably the closest thing Flannery had to a boyfriend. Another was Betty Hester, who exchanged hundreds of letters with Miss O’Connor. This took place under the stern eye of Regina O’Connor, the no nonsense mother-caregiver of Flannery. (Mr. Gooch says that Betty Hester committed suicide in 1998. That would be consistent with PG stumbling onto an estate sale of Miss Hester in that time frame.)

The book of short stories came out, and Flannery O’Connor became famous. She was also dependent on crutches, and living with a stern mother. There were lectures out of town, and a few diverse personalities who became her friends. She went to Mass every day, and collected books by Catholic scholars. Flannery was excited by the changes in the church started by Pope John XXIII, and in some ways could be considered a liberal. (She supported Civil Rights, in severe contrast to her mother.)

In 1958, Flannery O’Connor went to Europe, including a trip to the Springs at Lourdes. Her cousin Katie Semmes (the daughter of Captain John Flannery, CSA) pushed Flannery hard to go to the springs, to see if it would help the Lupus. Flannery was reluctant…” I am one of those people who could die for his religion sooner than take a bath for it“. When the day for the visit came, Flannery took a token dip in the waters. Her condition did improve, briefly. (It is worth speculating here about the nature of Flannery’s belief, which was apparently more intellectual than emotional. Could it be that, if she was more persuaded by the mystical, emotional side of the church, and taken the healing waters more seriously, that she might have been cured?)

At some point in this story, her second novel came out, and the illness blossomed. Much of 1964 was spent in hospitals, and she got worse and worse. On August 3, 1964, Mary Flannery O’Connor died,

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PG remembers the first time the name Flannery O’Connor sank in. He was visiting some friends, in a little house across from the federal prison.

Rick(?) was the buddy of a character known as Harry Bowers. PG was never sure what Harry’s real name was. One night, Rick was talking about Southern Gothic writers, and he said that Flannery O’Connor was just plain weird. ”Who else would have a bible salesman show up at a farm, take the girl up into a hayloft, unscrew her wooden leg and leave her there? Weird.”

Flannery O’Connor was recently the subject of a biography written by Brad Gooch. The book is getting a bit of publicity. Apparently, the Milledgeville resident was a piece of work.

PG read some reviews of this biography, and found a collection of short stories at the library. The book included ” Good Country People”, the tale about the bible salesman. Apparently, this story was inspired by a real life incident. (Miss O’Connor had lupus the last fifteen years of her life. She used crutches.) And yes, it is weird. Not like hollywood , but in the way of rural Georgia.

Some of the reviews try to deal with her attitudes about Black people. On a certain level, she is a racist. She uses the n word freely, and her black characters are not inspiring people. The thing is, the white characters are hardly any better, and in some cases much worse.

The stories are well crafted, with vivid descriptions of people and places. The reader floats along with the flow of the story, until he realizes that Grandma has made a mistake on a road trip. The house she got her son to look for is in Tennessee, not Georgia. She makes him drive the family car into a ditch. Some drifting killers come by. Grandma asks one if he prays, while his partner is shooting her grandchildren. Weird.

In another story, a drifter happens upon a pair of women in the country. The daughter is thirty years old, is deaf, and has never spoken a word. The drifter teaches her to say bird and sugarpie. The mother gives him fifteen dollars for a honeymoon, if he will marry her. He takes the fifteen dollars and leaves her asleep in a roadside diner.

There was a yard sale one Saturday afternoon. It was in a house off Lavista Road, between Briarcliff and Cheshire Bridge. The house had apparently not been painted in the last forty years. Thousands and thousands of paperback books were on the shelves. The lady taking the money said that the lady who lived there was the friend, and correspondent of, the “Milledgeville writer” Flannery O’Connor. This is apparently Betty Hester, who is mentioned in many of the biography reviews.

PG told the estate sale lady that she should be careful how she said that. There used to be a large mental hospital in Milledgeville, and the name is synonymous in Georgia with mental illness. The estate sale lady had never heard that.

This is a repost. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. It was written like James Joyce. An earlier edition of this post had comments.

Fr. J. December 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm I am glad you take an interest in Flannery, but to say baldly that she is a racist is to very much misunderstand her. For another view on Flannery and race, you might want to read her short story, “Everything that Rises Must Converge.”
chamblee54 December 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm “On a certain level, she is a racist.” That is not the same as “baldly” labeling her a racist. (And I have a full head of hair, thank you). As a native Georgian, I am aware of the many layers of nuance in race relations. I feel that the paragraph on race in the above feature is accurate.

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#ExplainFootballPoorly Part Two

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on December 20, 2017