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Catalog Part One

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on June 22, 2018

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As the reader(s) of this blog may have noticed, chamblee54 features poetry. Lately, I have been wondering exactly what I have, and how to access this archive. Yesterday, I started to create a numbered spreadsheet of the 674 graphic poems that have been published in the last five years. Item C001 was published 10-04-2013. A lot of these are terrible. Many of the early works were the result of a writing contest, which is no longer in operation. A prompt would be for 33 words, including a certain word, phrase, or concept. Trifecta is no longer in business. Another writing contest, Yeah Write, kicked me out for this poem. Those are the breaks. The party goes on. Today, I am going to repost a few of the early poems that have caught my eye. Pictures are by chamblee54.

g-d is in the details
g-d is the opinion of an atheist
g-d is the union with every breath
g-d is smiling in your face when you turn your back
g-d is isis astarte hecate demeter cali iana diana
g-d is the whirlwind that blows through a junkyard and creates a jet engine

standard capitalization – spelling punctuation grammar
affect oxford comma nation – tweet peep suffers in slammer
anoint honorary proofreader – metaphor mixer detect
iambic abusive meter – twin negative cringe effect
alabaster truth or dare – subordinate macho men
oligarchy their they’re there – dictionary for the win

mister holmes had respect – for only one thing
he would pause take a breath – have a moment of silence
tilt his head fifteen degrees – blink with both eyes – say the word – golf

Labelism Is Privilege
racist liberal conservative – confusing labels function – distract media happy people
use of these words as insults – says more about the talker – than the object of derision

people say i firmly believe i work to live i don’t live to work
is there a difference? – does your heart stop beating when you clock in?
do you get hungry before lunch? – live your only life don’t perform it

cracker not the paleface version of the n word
many crackers don’t care what y’all think or say
why give others the power to turn you into sputtering rage
because the wrong person said a bad word

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put top on bottle shake boil water add water to crushed ramen noodles in bowl
put lid on bowl wait five minutes eat clean up

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The Last Night Of Judy Garland

Posted in History, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on June 21, 2018






“In march of 1969, Judy married her fifth husband, Mickey Devinko, better known as Mickey Deans, a gay night-club promoter. Judy had an unfortunate habit of marrying gay men. They lived together in a tiny mews house in Chelsea, London. The evening of Saturday June 21 1969, Judy and Mickey were watching a documentary, The Royal Family, on television, when they had an argument. Judy ran out the door screaming into the street, waking the neighbors.
Several versions of what happened next exist, but the fact remains that a phone call for Judy woke him at 10:40 the next morning, and she was not sleeping in the bed. He searched for her, only to find the bathroom door locked. After no response, he climbed outside to the bathroom window and entered to find Judy, sitting on the toilet. Rigor Mortis had set in. Judy Garland, 47, was dead.
The press was already aware of the news before the body could be removed. In an effort to prevent pictures being taken of the corpse, she was apparently draped over someone’s arm like a folded coat, covered with a blanket, and removed from the house with the photographers left none the wiser.
The day Judy died there was a tornado in Kansas…. in Saline County,KS, a rather large F3 tornado (injuring 60, but causing no deaths) did hit at 10:40 pm on June 21st, that would be 4:40 am, June 22nd, London time, the morning she died. I know the time of death has never been firmly established, but since Rigor Mortis had already set in, I think this tornado may very much be in the ballpark in terms of coinciding with time of death…. Other news articles suggest the tornado struck Salina “late at night” which could certainly also mean after midnight on June 22, or roughly 6:00 am London time…

The Toledo Blade for June 24th, also in an article located right next to a picture of Garland, in a write-up on the Salina tornado noted that “Late Saturday [June 21] and early Sunday [June 22, another batch of tornadoes struck in central Kansas.” So it seems the legend seems confirmed.”

The text for this story comes from Findadeath. You can spend hours at this site. This is a repost. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.






Diabolical Scheme

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on June 20, 2018

The Kinks

Posted in GSU photo archive, History, Music by chamblee54 on June 20, 2018

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Dangerousminds brings the sad news that Pete Quaife, the original bass player for The Kinks , passed away yesterday. He was 66, and had been in dialysis for several years. Maybe it is time for Chamblee54 to do a post about The Kinks. This is a repost.

Battling brothers Ray and Dave Davies are the core of The Kinks. (The name is pronounced like the american Davis, as though the e did not exist). Ray was the vocalist, writer, and rhythm guitar player. Dave was the lead guitarist, and sparring partner for his brother. The fisticuffs were not restricted to the brothers. This led to the band being barred from performing in the United States between 1965 and 1969. The sixties happened anyway.

There were several hits in the early days, most notably “You really got me”. (This later became a signature tune for Van Halen). The band had numerous adventures, but never became the superstars that other British bands of that era did. Ray Davies developed as a songwriter, with many witty tunes, full of social commentary and britishness.(spell check suggestion:brutishness)

In the seventies The Kinks kept trooping on. They did an album called Preservation Act, which became the basis of a theatrical presentation. The next album was called Soap Opera, with a theater like production. This is where PG got to see The Kinks.

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It was sometime in the spring of 1975, at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium. Elvin Bishop was the opening act. The Kinks had started when PG arrived, buying a $4.00 balcony seat. Alex Cooley was in the box office counting money, and broke open a roll of quarters to make change for a five.

The band was playing “Celluloid Heroes” when PG walked into the auditorium. There was no one on the door checking tickets, so PG walked onto the floor and found an empty seat on the 13th row. The next number was “Lola”.

Ray Davies introduced the song by saying
” If you are a man, sing LO. If you are a woman, sing LA. If you are not sure, clap your hands”. The next number was about demon alcohol. There were lights shining on the crowd during this number, as Ray Davies asked if there were any sinners in the audience. The band did several more songs, ending the first half of the evening with “You really got me”. Dave Davies got some spotlight time with a rave up intro to this number.
The second part of the show was a theatrical presentation of “Soap Opera”. The band wore rainbow colored wigs, and stood at the back of the stage while Ray Davies told the tale. “Soap Opera” was about a rock star who traded places with Norman, who lived a boring life. The flat Norman lived in has pictures of ducks on the wall, which drove Ray/Norman to scream
“I can’t stand those f*****g ducks”. This led into a rocking ditty called, predictably, “Ducks on the Wall”.
As the show dragged on, Ray/Norman was embarrassed by the mess he was in.
“You can’t say that in front of The Kinks, they are my band, and that is my audience.” The audience lights were turned on again, and the band played a medley of hits from 1964.
Finally, the real Norman came back to reclaim his wife, put the ducks back on the wall, and kick out The Kinks. The band gave up on theater before much longer, and were popular for the rest of the concert happy seventies. Ray Davies was the babydaddy for Chrissie Hynde . Eventually, the band quit performing, and continued to cash royalty checks.

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

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35 Broad Street

Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive by chamblee54 on June 19, 2018

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PG was having a delightfully slack afternoon, The one productive activity was editing pictures from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. In box seventy two of “corporate bodies”, in the Lane Brothers archive, there was a picture commissioned by King Road Marker Company. It displayed a brand new crosswalk, over Marietta Street at the intersection of Broad Street. The picture was taken at 1:51 p.m. September 27, 1954. This is a repost.

The time caught PG’s eye. 1:51 is one of the times used to display clocks and watches in advertising. Most ads use 10:09. This arrangement of the hour and minute hands makes a welcoming gesture. This allows the logo of the watch to be visible, and is thought to encourage the viewer to purchase the timepiece. The shadows on the buildings indicate that the picture was shot in early afternoon.

The clock with the magic time advertised the C&S national bank. The building behind the clock was the headquarters of that bank. In 1954, Citizens and Southern bank was a prime player in the Atlanta market. (PG’s dad said that C&S stood for choke’m and squeez’m.) At some point, C&S merged with NCNB to become Nationsbank, which was later absorbed by Bank Of America.

C&S kept it’s headquarters at 35 Broad Street for many years after competitors built trophy buildings. Their were constant rumors about where the C&S highrise was going to go. Finally, C&S Plaza was built at Peachtree and North Avenue, a mile north of five points. The building was to become the tallest building in America outside of New York and Chicago. During the construction of this building, C&S became part of Nationsbank, and later Bank of America.

The picture is featured in Atlanta Time Machine. The building is now owned by Georgia State University, with a BOA branch on the first floor.
The banking hall is spectacular. It was designed by Philip Shutze, before the great depression. Here is more information.
Nations Bank Building (Citizens and Southern National Bank Building, Empire Building)
35 Broad Street, NW 1901: Bruce and Morgan, Architects, NR.
Remodeling of Lower Floors and Interiors 1929:
Hentz, Adler and Shutze, Architects; Philip Shutze, Designer
Fourteen stories high, the Nations Bank Building was the first steel-frame structure to be built in Atlanta. Its clear-cut silhouette, simple fenestration, and heavily decorated terra-cotta top bear the influence of the Chicago School. In 1929 the building became the headquarters of the Citizens and Southern National Bank, which asked Philip Shutze to redesign its three lower floors. Because the impression of load-bearing masonry was regarded as better suited for a banking establishment than large glass panes were, the original display windows were replaces by classical motifs apparently “carved out” of Indiana limestone.
Philip Shutze was inspired by Italian Mannerism, and especially by the city gates of Verona by Michele Sanmichelo (1484-1559) … Reached from Marietta and Walton streets through lofty arcaded entryways and a more intimate elevator lobby in the early Renaissance style on Broad Street, the banking hall is a long nave articulated by colossal Corinthian pilasters. While its walls and floors feature several kinds of Georgia, Tennessee, and European marbles in a warm gold-brown color scheme, the ceiling, from which hang gigantic chandeliers, is left bare. The Pantheon, which Shutze had measured during his internship at the American Academy in Rome, served as direct source for the pedimented niches, and for the floors with alternate square and circular patterns. Also, of Roman inspiration are the bronze desks and the eagle motif found throughout the design.

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When You Insult People

Posted in Library of Congress, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on June 18, 2018


David Bowie Memorialized in Traditional Japanese Woodblock Prints ~ twitter poem source ~ do it again ~ twitter chat @TylerMahanCoe If you talk shit on a band and someone tells you they met that band and the band was nice, tell that person that Ted Bundy was nice. @occultauralist Your band can suck and you can still be a good human being. Bundy was great till he got you in the car.‏ @chamblee54 Debbie Harry, of Blondie, turned down a ride by Ted Bundy @TheoRobertBundy Or I turned her down. Blondes are so passé. ~ @marcushjohnson I hate the “Liberal pundits criticizing Trump plays into his hands” narrative. Nobody said conservative criticism of Obama played to his hands. Their anger was treated as righteous not frivolous. Why? @chamblee54 It is not right or wrong, or equal treatment, but political strategy. Criticism of an incumbent usually plays into their hands. The more deranged the criticism, the better. I suspect somebody said that about Mr. Obama’s critics. And they would have been correct. ~ hollywood ~ model T ~ June Dobbs Butts Poetry Reading, July 17, 2016 ~ baldwin ~ Woman trying to burn flag arrested at Philly Pride, police say ~ “other two-bit rouge regimes” Typos can be so much fun. Rouge regime might be a good way to describe President Tiny Hands. In other news, up-and-coming celebrity Jordan Peterson is in town. If you want to hear his message, and don’t want to pay $60 and go downtown, here is the show he did three days ago. ~ Georgia farms at stake in water wars ~ @Kate_Biscuit SEARCH GODDAMN GOOGLE SCHOLAR FOR THE FACTS YOU IGNORANT FUCKKNUCKLE, I DIDN’T SPEND SIX YEARS DOING A FUCKING PHD TO TEACH YOU HOW TO DO DUE FUCKING DILIGENCE WHEN YOU INSULT PEOPLE. ~ dock ellis ~ more dock ellis ~ lost john coltrane record ~ tabbi duncan ~ FIFA World Cup ~ good cop good cop ~ I don’t owe white people trigger warnings. this page comes with a popup asking for money ~ Thiccness is Getting Co-Opted By The Masc, Muscular Gays ~ WE’RE GETTING TO JON STEWART ~ cartoonist fired. ~ This Guy Served His Friends Tacos Made from His Own Amputated Leg Shiny’s is the rare case where cannibalism was not only legal but ethical. ~ @chamblee54 @AryehCW After a few sjw facebook debates, CA is a slightly sensitive issue, but I will recover from this chat comments by @conniewang about how stupid CA frequently is were appreciated As a southern white male, I am a veteran of many brainless comments about *my people* ~ Chavius Hollis ~ Joseph Villanueva ~ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fires editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers ~ CENSORED: Ten Anti-Trump Cartoons The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Refuses To Publish Rise and Shine. The World is Doomed. The Nib, delivered to your inbox every AM. ~ 27-year-old left dead after gunfire erupts at vigil in Thomasville Heights ~ Man asks black woman if her daughter bathed before going in hotel pool, sparks outrage ~ a bizarre and transparently racist essay I called in January the worst editorial you’ll read in 2018 ~ Reason as racism: An immigration debate gets derailed ~ Woman brutally attacked at Brookhaven gas station ~ 39 Hilariously Useless Life Hacks ~ that’s not right of course its not right, you are Wright .@robertwrighter why are you doing a show with someone who is not on twitter? ~ Like a brown cow is a cow @robertwrighter What happened when Einstein and Gödel walked into a bar? ~ romans 13Someone help me out. Where does this tell people ” “obey the laws of the government.”? ~ There is a rumor that he has the Nike logo tattooed onto his penis. ~ Why I’m Not a Shaman, and Neither Are You ~ A Brief History of People Using Romans 13 to Justify White Supremacy ~ email chatter ~ Dangerous People Are Teaching Your Kids ~ watcher of weasels ~ JBP lawsuit threat Sign up to get your daily read on how the country is changing under Donald Trump. ~ incel is short for involuntary celebate ~ @THEWRENCHLEFT AS PER THREAT TO SUE FOR LIBEL, I HEREBY APOLOGIZE TO JORDAN PETERSON FOR REFERRING TO HIM AS AN INVOLUNTARY CELIBATE (INCEL), A MISOGYNIST, A COMMITTED WHITE NATIONALIST, AND SOMEONE WHO HAS DESCENDED INTO RANK BIGOTRY. ~ Jordan Peterson VS Christopher Hitchens – Were The Nazis Atheists? ~ Pro-Flag-Burning Prof Calls Child-Having Jordan Peterson A ‘White Nationalist’ ‘Incel’ ~ festive text ~ one difference between you and me Glenn ~ reject me as being representatively black ~ PG looks in his archive, and find a post for today. While looking for pictures, PG stumbled onto this video by alleged comedian Dylan Marron. They say “surface gestures are totally cool but they do nothing to dismantle systemic patriarchy” Could they be talking about Colin Kaepernick when they says this? When PG went to share that gem on twitter, he found this: @SheriffClarke “.@realDonaldTrump should invite JUSTIFY to the White House lawn for winning the Triple Crown. Justify is a WINNER like Trump who could care less about leftist identity politics. #MAGA” @ghostdancer2017 “Justify might poop on the lawn, but he would still be better behaved than some NFL players.” @JessicaHuseman “He knows Justify is the horse right” 444 words later, there is a post on chamblee54. It was impossible to focus on Mr. Franzen and Mr. Rose while posting this feature, which may not be a bad thing. ~ The FT incident this meme refers to was in New York . ~ If it is a witch hunt, why haven’t they found Kellyanne Conway? ~ @thibbye I clerked in an a C-store for a while before running it. I swore that it it ever caught fire I would lock the doors and make shadow puppets in front of the flames to the screams of the dying. The general public is a disgusting mass that you can only grow to hate. ~ There used to be a radio station, WPLO-FM, which was the most progressive station in town. When I was 14, I got my first radio that would pick up FM. One of the songs they liked to play was “Someday Soon,” by Miss Collins. I was shocked that she would say “damned old rodeo.” ~ @nihilist_arbys Hi. Sorry we’re late joining all the other cool, irreverent brands piling on ihop in the very interesting pancake/burger melee but it turns out the whole thing is incredibly stupid. Eat Arby’s. ~ If Kanye collaborated with Enya, they could call it EnyaKanye Now that ABBA is no more, we need a palindromic act ~ I just got a call from XXX XXXXX with the “Police Action Fund” He asked how I was. I said “Poor” He said to have a good day, and hung up. ~ Sign up for our Press Alerts which will keep you updated by email. Catholic League Press Alerts ~ Pessimist anagrams as piss is met Realist anagrams as ear list ~ The estate of former President Lyndon B. Johnson filed a suit directed at the use of LBJ to describe Mr. James ~ This site has been disabled for violations of our Terms of Service. If you feel this disabling was in error, please fill out our appeal form. ~ a man is drowning 50 yards offshore a democrat throws 100 yards of rope, and then walks away with fastening it to anything a republican throws 25 yards of rope, and says the swim will help build character ~ Rude assholes finish last. Nice guys finish next to last. ~ Is the way Israel treats the Palestinians racism? ~ Mr. Chamberlain actually said “peace for our time,” not “peace in our time.” The statement, by Mr. Chamberlain, includes the phrase “peace with honour.” This is how Richard Nixon described the efforts to get the United States out of Vietnam. The Paris accords, the treaty that resulted from those negotiations, was a severely flawed agreement. ~ @tcboyle Because I am a pessimist. (Realist?) @chamblee54 Pessimist anagrams as piss is met Realist anagrams as ear list @tcboyle I do like the tone of this. How about an anagram for spread the love? @chamblee54 according to anagram generator spread the love anagrams as: pothead revels, phase revolted, hovel pederast, head overslept, develop earths, develop Hearst, develop haters, deprave hotels ~ pictures today are from The Library of Congress. ~ selah

Prager University AKA PU

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics, Religion, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on June 17, 2018


It was a peaceful sunday morning. Being home churched has advantages. PG made the choice to listen to a video by Uncle Hotep. The video was about an article at the root, 10 Things I Already Know About You if You’re Listening to Nas’ New Album Nasir. Item 3: “You believe that interracial relationships produce a better grade of black hair.” PG had never heard of Nas’, and asked Mr. Google to direct him to a video. After 16 seconds, the artist used the n-word. Good times.

Dangerous People Are Teaching Your Kids is a video by Prager University, starring Jordan B. Peterson. The pregame video for UH promotes this product. PG called on Mr. Google to direct him to the PU site. One of the results was an article, Free speech champion Jordan Peterson threatens to sue professor over Twitter name calling. This is not satire. While the offending tweet is deleted, the apology is up. @THEWRENCHLEFT AS PER THREAT TO SUE FOR LIBEL, I HEREBY APOLOGIZE TO JORDAN PETERSON FOR REFERRING TO HIM AS AN INVOLUNTARY CELIBATE (INCEL), A MISOGYNIST, A COMMITTED WHITE NATIONALIST, AND SOMEONE WHO HAS DESCENDED INTO RANK BIGOTRY. The Daily Caller presents the other side of the story, Pro-Flag-Burning Prof Calls Child-Having Jordan Peterson A ‘White Nationalist’ ‘Incel’.

Incel (a portmanteau of “involuntary celibates”) is a word that has become popular recently. Popular is not a word frequently associated with incels. The Urban Dictionary defines incel as “A sexist sack of shit who thinks all women owe him sex.” The spell check suggestion for incel is Celine.

Whatever his other shortcomings, JBP has 2 grown children. He had sex twenty something years ago, so he is not an incel. Unfortunately, JBP made a video for PU. Since this show has a transcript, it will be easy to criticize. The lecture style of JBP involves throwing lots of big words at you in rapid fire succession, so you don’t have time to think. With a tranny transcript, you have the luxury of hitting pause, and spreading snark.

PG has been out of the classroom for a while, so there may be trends in higher education that he missed out on. However, is it really true that “It’s now possible to complete an English degree and never encounter Shakespeare—one of those dead white males whose works underlie our “society of oppression.””? JBP does not say which institution offers such a degree. A google search turns this up, Yale ‘decolonizes’ English dept. “Previous requirements for the major included two courses in “Major English Poets,” including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton and Eliot, among others. But that two-course series petitioners had deemed actively harmful due to its focus on white male poets. The series is no longer a graduation requirement for Yale’s English majors.” No longer a graduation requirement” is not the same as “never encounter.

“You’re underwriting this gang of nihilists. You’re supporting ideologues who claim that all truth is subjective …” There is a difference between not requiring a course in a subject, and saying that a graduate will “never encounter” that subject. JBP was lying when he made that statement. This is an example of truth being relative.

“Their world is instead a Hobbesian nightmare of identity groups warring for power.” You should give JBP (or his ghostwriter) credit for knowing how to turn a phrase. It should be noted that JBP is not completely wrong. “They don’t see ideas that run contrary to their ideology as simply incorrect. They see them as integral to the oppressive system they wish to supplant, and consider it a moral obligation to stifle and constrain their expression.” Social Justice Jihad does have a collateral damage problem. It is a handy target for strawman jousting jerkoffs.

“Second is rejection of the free market … Meanwhile, in once-prosperous Venezuela—until recently the poster-child of the campus radicals—the middle class lines up for toilet paper.” Holy strawman, Batman. While some “campus radicals” may be Marxist, that is far from a requirement for Social Justice Jihad. This *free market* rhetoric will play well with the conservatives who make up the bulk of PU listeners. Also, has anyone seen any posters praising the revolution in Venezuela? Maybe they are kept in the same library as the Shakespeare shredders.

“Post-modernists don’t believe in individuals. You’re an exemplar of your race, sex, or sexual preference. You’re also either a victim or an oppressor. No wrong can be done by anyone in the former group, and no good by the latter.” Here again, identity politics can be yucky, but good grief, does anyone really believe this?

The video only lasts 5:02. Staying within the attention span of your target audience is a good idea. It the last part of the message, the naughty professors are labeled as communists. The evils of this tacky ideology are fervently denounced. Does anyone notice what has happened in the Soviet Union? The former KGB dudes changed their colors. Russia is a post-Marxist kleptocracy today. Their leadership is buddy buddy with Donald J. Trump. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. .

Chavius Hollis And Joseph Villanueva

Posted in Georgia History, Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on June 17, 2018


Chavius Hollis and Joseph Villanueva were killed by police in Georgia this week. Here are the stories. While public attention is focused on a few sensational cases, incidents like these two make up the majority of officer involved shootings. Fathers day pictures are from The Library of Congress.

“On Tuesday, June 12, 2018 … an officer involved shooting that resulted in the death of Chavius Hollis, age 26. … at 11:08 AM, Walton County deputies received a 911 call from 3775 Lovers Lane, Monroe, GA, reporting a disturbance by a family member with a gun. He was also reportedly exhibiting erratic behavior. When deputies arrived, a family member and multiple deputies entered the home. The family member was present in an attempt to calm Hollis down. During the encounter, Hollis raised his gun, discharging the firearm and striking the family member. Subsequently, one deputy fired shots, striking Hollis. He died at the scene. … Hollis’ family member sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and is being treated for his injuries. He is expected to recover. “

“On Thursday, June 14, 2018 … a 911 call was made … at approximately 6:40 AM. The caller indicated a Hispanic Male was walking in the area of Ridgeway Drive armed with a handgun. Deputies responded to Ridgeway Drive where one deputy encountered a Hispanic Male subject walking between mobile homes. The subject showed the deputy his gun. The deputy attempted to make contact with the subject but he ran. The subject ran up a hill and encountered a second deputy and charged towards this deputy with his gun pointed at him. Deputies fired at the subject and hit him multiple times. The subject died at the scene. The subject was identified as Joseph Villanueva, 29, from California. Villanueva will be transported to the GBI Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy which is scheduled for Friday, June 15, 2018. Evidence indicates that Villanueva fired his gun during this incident.” Ridgeway Drive is in Hall County, Gainesville GA.

Luther C. Mckinnon

Posted in Holidays by chamblee54 on June 17, 2018





Luther Campbell McKinnon Sr. was born February 22, 1916, on a farm in Rowland, North Carolina. Europe was stuck in a war that would change the world, and not until The United States got involved. This didn’t happen for another year.
Luke was the youngest of four children. After life as a farm boy, he went to Wake Forest University, and then came back when his Daddy died. He ran a family dairy for a few years, and went to live in New Jersey. He lived near a prison, and saw the lights dim when the electric chair was used.
In the early fifties, he came to Atlanta to live. This was where his sister Sarah stayed, with her husband and two daughters. One day he went into the C&S bank on 10th street, and took notice of one of the tellers. On October 6, 1951, he married Jean Dunaway. She was with him the rest of his life.
At some point in this era he started selling shoes. He would go to warehouses, gas stations, and wherever barefoot men needed shoes. He was “The Shoe Man” .
Before long there were two boys, and he bought a house, then another. The second house is the current residence of my brother and myself, and is probably worth 15 times what he paid for it. He had the good fortune to not buy in an area that was “blockbusted,’ as many neighborhoods were.
And this was his life. He tended a garden, went to the gym, and was in the Lions Club for many years. When he met Mom, she let him know that going to church with her was part of the deal. They found a church that was good for their needs, and made many friends there. The Pastor at Briarcliff Baptist, Glen Waldrop, was his friend.
When I think of the character of this man, there is one night, which stands out. My brother was away at the time. The day before, Mom had discovered she had a detached retina, and was in the hospital awaiting surgery. Her job had arranged a “leaf tour” by train in North Georgia, and she got one of her friends at work to take me. There was some mechanical trouble on the train, and it did not get back into town until 3am Monday morning. And yet, Daddy stayed at home, did not panic, and had faith that all of us would be back soon, which we were.
Through all the struggles of his life, Dad was cheerful, laughed a lot, and was good company. He left me with a rich repertoire of country sayings, and had many stories to tell. He was surprising mellow about black people, if a bit old fashioned. (In the south when I grew up, this was highly unusual).
Dad was always in good, vigorous health, and I thought he would be with us for a long time. Well, that is not how things work. A cancer developed in his liver, and spread to his lungs (he did not smoke). After a mercifully brief illness, we lost him on February 7, 1992. This is a repost.




Rituals

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on June 16, 2018


A few years ago, somebody filed a lawsuit about pre-game prayers. The idea was to have a minister say a few inspiring words, before a high school football game. Some people enjoyed this, others did not, and the other 95% just wanted the game to start. Did anyone ever become born again because of the prayer before a football game?

The Star Spangled Banner is traditionally played before sporting events. Many people think the last two words of that song are “play ball.” Playing this song has little to do with fighting wars, paying taxes, or making the trains run on time. It is a feel good patriotic ritual, and many people feel good doing it. These people believe they are honoring a country that has been good to them.

A third empty suit ritual has been introduced. Football players are not standing for The Star Spangled Banner. They say it about racism, and police brutality. This gesture will do little to prevent people dealing with police, under circumstances that lead to violence. It is an empty gesture. This kneeling is considered by many to be a gesture of disrespect for the patriotic ritual of playing The Star Spangled Banner. Both sides in this dispute are correct.

The kneeling football players don’t care that they are offending people. They say that their intention is to protest police brutality, not to disrespect the flag. Many others don’t support racism, but want to honor a country that they love. Many, many others just want the game to start. Nothing good is going to come of this. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

45 Rules For Life

Posted in Commodity Wisdom, Georgia History, GSU photo archive by chamblee54 on June 15, 2018









This post was published on June 15, 2010. The last eight years have seen a few changes, and a few things that are the same. The post is a list of rules for life. It was inspired by a lady, Regina Brett. She is still alive, and cranking out text. That she is still alive is noteworthy, since the chain e-mail said she was 90 years old. Chain e-mail is something we don’t see much of these days.
01- Fair is when a baseball is hit between first and third base. Sometimes it is a tough call.
02- When in Georgia, just take a drink.
03- Life is too hateful to waste time on religion.

04- Family and friends might help, your job might help, insurance might pay the bills,
and the government might bail out the insurance company.
05- Interest on credit card debt is a bad investment.
06- Only argue when it is worthwhile. Don’t argue just to have fun. Better yet, don’t argue.
07- Cry because you are happy.
08- Getting angry with G-d is like getting angry with standard time.
09- You don’t have to spend all your money at once.
Save a bit now and then, and think of a reason later.

10- The sugar and chemicals in commercial chocolate covers up most of the taste.
11- Make pizza with your pasta so it wont screw up your salad.
12- It’s OK to let your children see you watch TV.
13- There once was a band called Journey. They played corporate rock, and made lots of money.
14- There was a TV game show, “I’ve Got A Secret”. It did not relate to anything.
15- If you turn your back on G-d, she will still be looking you in the eyes.
16- Take a deep mind, it calms the breath. If that fails, use mouthwash.

17- Politicians, like diapers, should be changed frequently.
18- Some sayings should be outlawed. They have been used too much, and no longer mean anything.
19- The trouble is, some people are on the third and fourth childhood.
20- Is the pleasure something gives you, worth the pain it causes your neighbor?
21- Burn the fancy lingerie and wear the candles. One size fits all.
22- A river goes with the flow without preparation. The water is still polluted.
23- If you have to ask permission, you probably don’t need to.

24- Elbows, armpits, and neck scruff disagree with claims made about the brain.
25- If you charge your happiness, pay the bill at the end of the month.
26- Your reaction to a disaster cannot wait five years. Act now, using the best judgment you have.
27- Cheerios taste better than Life cereal, and People magazine has better pictures than Life.
28- Christians: the more they talk about forgiveness the less they practice it.
29- If you don’t want someone to hear what you say, keep your voice down.

30- Time wounds all heels. This is especially true in North Carolina.
31- There was a man from Mississippi, who went to New Orleans.
He took a ten dollar bill and a white shirt. He did not change either one.
32- Mr. Roebuck did not take his partner Sears-iously.
33- The middle three letters of the word Believe is LIE.
34- G-d is a neutral. She loves and hates in equal measure.
35- Show up, Stay awake, and don’t kill anybody.

36- If youth is wasted on the young, is maturity wasted on the mature?
37- When you make a list like this, don’t worry about contradicting yourself.
38- The hokey pokey really is what it’s all about.
39- Never wrestle with an pig. You will get dirty, and the pig will enjoy it.
40- Be careful when you ask for something, you might get it.
41- A man thought he was green with envy once. It was really gangrene.

42- The pest is yet to come, but she will go away later.
43- Put your pants on one leg at a time, and put on a dress the same way.
44- Smile, and people will wonder what you are up to.
45- Use spell check, and try to use correct grammar. You will sound smarter than you are.
That is embarrassing. Some of those are worthwhile thoughts. Some are just plain stupid. The commodity wisdom racket is tougher than ever. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.









Rednecks And Commodes

Posted in Holidays, Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on June 14, 2018





You’re An EXTREME Redneck When…..
1. You let your 14-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table in front of her kids.
2. The Blue Book value of your truck goes up and down depending on how much gas is in it.
3. You’ve been married three times and still have the same in-laws.

4. You think a woman who is out of your league bowls on a different night.
5. You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean.
6. Someone in your family died right after saying, ‘Hey, guys, watch this.’

7. You think Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.
8. Your wife’s hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.
9. Your junior prom offered day care.

10. You think the last words of the Star-Spangled Banner are ‘Gentlemen, start your engines.
11. You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels.
12. The Halloween pumpkin on your porch has more teeth than your spouse.

13. You have to go outside to get something from the fridge.
14. One of your kids was born on a pool table.
15. You need one more hole punched in your card to get a freebie at the House of Tattoos.

16. You can’t get married to your sweetheart because there’s a law against it.
17. You think loading the dishwasher means getting your wife drunk.

18. An East Texas couple, both real-life rednecks, had 9 children. They went to the doctor to see about getting the husband “fixed”. The doctor asked them why, after nine children would they choose to do this. The husband replied that they had read in a recent article that one out of every ten children being born in North America was Mexican, and they didn’t want a Mexican baby because neither of them could speak Spanish.





This is a two part post. The first part is a list of 15. It is fun facts about the commode. These are borrowed from a site called Listserve. LS has lots of lists. The Chamblee 54 addendum is part two.
1. The film “Psycho” was the first movie to show a toilet flushing – the scene caused an inpouring of complaints about indecency.
2. Pomegranates studded with cloves were used as the first attempt at making toilet air-freshner.

3. Hermann Goering refused to use regulation toilet paper – instead he bought soft white handkerchiefs in bulk and used them.
4. Over $100,000 US dollars was spent on a study to determine whether most people put their toilet paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind. 3 out of 4 people have the flap in the front.
5. King George II of Great Britain died falling off a toilet on the 25th of October 1760.

6. The average person spends three whole years of their life sitting on the toilet.
7. The first toilet cubicle in a row is the least used. (and consequently cleanest)
8. An estimated 2.6 billion people worldwide do not have access to proper toilet facilities, particularly in rural areas of China and India.

9. The Roman army didn’t have toilet paper. They used a water soaked sponge on the end of a stick.
10. The toilet is flushed more times during the super bowl halftime than at any time during the year.
11. 90% of pharmaceuticals taken by people are excreted through urination. Therefore our sewer systems contain heavy doses of drugs. A recent study by the EPA has found fish containing trace amounts of estrogen, cholesterol-lowering drugs, pain relievers, antibiotics, caffeine and even anti-depressants. Modern urine is expensive.

12. Lack of suitable toilets and sanitation kills approximately 1.8 million people a year.
13. The toilet handle in a public restroom can have up to 40,000 germs per square inch.
14. While he didn’t invent the toilet, Thomas Crapper perfected the siphon flush system we use today. He was born in the village of Thorne – which is an anagram of throne.
15. In a 1992 survey, British public toilets were voted the worst in the world. Following quickly behind were Thailand, Greece, and France.

Add.1-An amusing feature of the water closet is the tendency of people to die there. Elvis comes to mind immediately. There is some debate about this, as some say he was stricken on the throne, fell off, and perished on the floor. Judy Garland is also known to have met her maker while doing number two. Add.2- It seems that this is a real problem with older people that have constipation issues. When you are in delivery mode, and you push too hard, you can cause something called Valsalva’s maneuver. To make a long story short, all that squeezing can pinch the arteries going into the heart. This is not good for you. According to a commenter here, it is .06% of all deaths. This is a double repost. Pictures are from The Library of Congress