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About That Ta-Nehisi Coates Video

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics, Quotes, Race, Religion by chamblee54 on November 30, 2019


So there is this video, Ta-Nehisi Coates on words that don’t belong to everyone It is being praised to high heaven. PG has some issues with this entertainment. The transcript is from vox, Ta-Nehisi Coates has an incredibly clear explanation for why white people shouldn’t use the n-word. This is a repost, with pictures from The Library of Congress.

TNC gave an interview once, The Playboy Interview with Ta-Nehisi Coates. (The link no longer works.) “The n$$$$$ thing? I understand if you’re black and you say, “Man, I had white people call me this shit all my life. They called me this shit when they hit me upside the head, and I don’t want to hear it.” I understand that. But that ain’t everybody’s experience. I’ve never had a white person call me a n$$$$$. I had somebody call me le négre here in France, but I was 38 years old and I couldn’t have cared less. It didn’t mean anything. So not all of us come out of that experience.”

The monolog starts off with a discussion about how some words are appropriate for some people to use, but others should not say them. “My wife, with her girl friend, will use the word bitch. I do not join in. You know what I’m saying? I don’t do that. I don’t do that. And perhaps more importantly, I don’t have a desire to do it.” The question arises: is his wife a four legged dog? Unless she is, then the b-word does not apply to her.

“Coates pointed to another example — of a white friend who used to have a cabin in upstate New York that he called “the white trash cabin.” “I would never refer to that cabin” in that way. I would never tell him, ‘I’m coming to your white trash cabin.’” Of course, a person with an upstate cabin is likely to be far removed from the trailer park. He is using *white trash* with irony, and would not be the least offended if TNC called it “the white trash cabin.”

“The question one must ask is why so many white people have difficulty extending things that are basic laws of how human beings interact to black people.” (Is TNC saying that black people are not human beings?) … “When you’re white in this country, you’re taught that everything belongs to you. You think you have a right to everything. … You’re conditioned this way. It’s not because your hair is a texture or your skin is light. It’s the fact that the laws and the culture tell you this. You have a right to go where you want to go, do what you want to do, be however — and people just got to accommodate themselves to you.”

At this point, PG turned off the video in anger. He has never been taught that everything belongs to him. Nobody that PG knows has been taught that. PG does not know anyone who teaches that message. This is a lie. It makes PG not want to believe anything else that TNC says. Maybe there is some privilege/culture mumbo-jumbo that explains this concept.

Lets go back a minute to the white trash cabin. TNC does not want to use this phrase. And yet, he feels entitled to make a sweeping generalization like “When you’re white in this country, you’re taught that everything belongs to you.” It is wrong to say white trash, but ok to slander white people.

“So here comes this word that you feel like you invented, And now somebody will tell you how to use the word that you invented. ‘Why can’t I use it? Everyone else gets to use it. You know what? That’s racism that I don’t get to use it. You know, that’s racist against me. You know, I have to inconvenience myself and hear this song and I can’t sing along. How come I can’t sing along?’”

“The experience of being a hip-hop fan and not being able to use the word ‘ni**er’ is actually very, very insightful.” To begin with, why do you assume that PG is a hip hop fan? Many white people think hip hop is garbage. And so, if you are forced to listen to music that you don’t like, how does that make you want to use a word that degrades the user? The logic of TNC is falling apart faster than the Falcons pass defense in the Super Bowl.

“It will give you just a little peek into the world of what it means to be black. Because to be black is to walk through the world and watch people doing things that you cannot do, that you can’t join in and do. So I think there’s actually a lot to be learned from refraining.”

If you are in the mood to get yelled at for a half hour, you can ask someone about “things that you cannot do, that you can’t join in and do.” There might be some. If you go along with the rhetoric so far, you will probably believe what you hear. You might even understand why not using a nasty word will give you “a little peek into the world of what it means to be black.” As for PG, he seriously doubts this. He is not someone who says that this video is “an incredibly clear explanation for why white people shouldn’t use the n-word.”


Once upon a time, cigarettes were advertised on television. One new brand was a cigarette for women, Virginia Slims. The ability to kill yourself with tobacco was presented as being a privilege. Some wondered why women would want to take up this filthy habit. Today, African Americans have the privilege of using the n-word. What a deal. A nasty word, which degrades both the speaker, and the spoken of. Why would anyone want to use that word?

If you don’t have anything good to say, you can talk about the n-word. This *trigger* word is an aphrodisiac for the american body politic. Recently Ta-Nehisi Coates performed in a video, Ta-Nehisi Coates on words that don’t belong to everyone There is much praise for this entertainment, like this: @SneakerWonk “#TaNehisiCoates has an incredibly clear #explanation for why #whitepeople shouldnt use the #nword.” PG has a few paragraphs, about this video, in the text above.

PG has written about racism, anti-racism, and racial attitudes on many occasions. People get angry, and call PG rude names. He must be doing something right. Later, there was a double feature about James Baldwin. In the first half, Mr. Baldwin expresses a few opinions about that word. In the second half, PG substituted racist for the magic word, with interesting results.

One item that keeps coming up is speculation about who invented the n-word. Negro means black in Spanish, and is derived from a latin word. The Oxford English Dictionary has some usages going back to 1577. “1577 E. Hellowes tr. A. de Guevara Familiar Epist. (new ed.) 389 The Massagetes bordering vpon the Indians, and the Nigers of Aethiop [Sp. los negros en Ethiopia], bearing witnesse. ~ 1584 R. Scot Discouerie Witchcraft vii. xv. 153 A skin like a Niger. ~ 1608 A. Marlowe Let. 22 June in E. India Co. Factory Rec. (1896) I. 10 The King and People [of ‘Serro Leona’] N$$$$$$, simple and harmless.

The TNC video is based on the concept that white people want to use the magic word, but should not. This assumes a great deal. Chamblee54 published a piece about the n-word, that spelled out why he does not like to use this noun/verb/adjective/adverb/interjection. Here are four reasons for a white person to refrain from saying america’s favorite dirty word.

1- The n-word hurts people’s feelings. PG has known many fine Black people. He does not want to say anything that will hurt these people.
2- Being heard saying the n-word can cause all sorts of problems. This can include physical retribution, loss of employment, lawsuits, and having to listen to enough loud angry words to make you wish you had never learned how to talk.
3- It is not a fair fight. There is no equivalent phrase for a Black Person to say to a White person. Why give that power to another group of people … to turn you into a mass of incoherent rage, just for hearing a six letter word. The closest thing is “Cracker”, which PG only recently found out was an insult. There used to be a minor league baseball team, the Atlanta Crackers.
4- The use of the n-word demeans the user. When you say an insulting word about another human being, you make yourself look bad. For a Black person, using the n-word degrades them as the object, as well as the speaker. Why would a person would want to do that?

The Monty Python Quiz

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on November 29, 2019


No One Expects This Spammish Inquisition – It’s a Monty Python Quiz! turned up on the internet this morning. Yes, the Pythons were funny, but “Beatles of comedy”? In the spirit of copycat posting, here is the quiz. Additional comments, when the interest is there, are by chamblee54.

1. Which one of these was NOT considered as a title for Monty Python’s Flying Circus? Owl Stretching Time, Whither Canada?, The Toad Elevating Moment, Casper & Mandrilaftalen. … PG did not have a clue, so he clicked the last answer. … That’s right! Casper & Mandrilaftalen wasn’t considered as a title for the show but was a Danish cult television sketch show inspired by the Pythons.

2. The Pythons adored dressing up as old ladies with notable, peculiar, high-pitched voices. These characters appeared in many sketches, but what were they commonly known as? Ratbags, Pepperpots, Biddies, Squawkers. … Here again, PG is not Python Trivia Fluent. He has always liked the term “Biddy,” and will guess that. … Not right! While they were certainly biddies they were known by the cast and fans as Pepperpots.

PG has a limited attention span. Twitter and facebook await. New depths in trump derangement syndrome wait behind every sponsored spam salesman. Things are a bit better on twitter. This gem is just one example. Meet Carey Leone: Northborough Mom, Former Dancer Who Lost Her Mind Over Mustard Spill At The Bruin’s Game, Says Video Was Taken Out Of Context. If you want more details, you can use the link. Now back to the full Monty.

3. In the famous Dead Parrot sketch, what creature is offered to the unimpressed customer as a replacement for his deceased avian companion? Wombat, Halibut, Bee, Slug. … PG saw the FDPS, but forgot the details. Halibut it is. … I’m afraid not. The Pythons definitely loved halibuts (and fish of all kind) but a slug was offered as a replacement.

4. The famous foot that squashes the opening credits with an audible raspberry was purloined by animator Terry Gilliam from which famous painting? Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time by Bronzino, The Wedding of the Virgin by Raphael, The Deposition from the Cross by Pontormo, The Garden of Gethsemane by Vasari. … This is getting technical. When in doubt, go with the title that does not mention the bible, which is Venus, Cupid, etc. … You got it! It was Bronzio’s masterpiece that Terry Gilliam nicked the foot from.

5. In the Nudge Nudge sketch, where is Terry Jones’s wife from, which sends Eric Idle into paroxysms of excitement? Penge, Purley, Balham, Banstead. … Banstead is the blandest of the four names. Banstead does not sound like a bell. … You’re off the mark – Terry’s wife was from Purley (squire) not from Banstead – which we may have possibly made up.

6. The famed classical composer Arthur Jackson has a rather unusual nickname, according to the show, but what is it? Liquorice, Two Sheds, Paper Round, Toffee Hammer. … Is Liquorice a foul tasting candy, or something you put in a drink? … Oh no – the composer in question was, of course, Arthur ‘Two Sheds’ Jackson (because he was thinking of buying another shed.) … Maybe the famed classical composer was looking for someone to give him shed.

7. In The Mouse Problem, the telephone number of a mouse advocate was given out during the sketch, but which actual celebrity did the number belong to (and had to be edited out of subsequent repeats)? David Frost, Barry Cryer, Ronnie Barker, Cliff Michelmore. … David Frost was the star of That was the week that was. Ten year old PG felt so cool watching tw3. Sir David Paradine Frost is the only celebrity that PG knows here. … It was! Or, in fact, it was David Frost’s production company offices that got many annoying calls from Python fans.

8. The first series of the show featured fairly elaborate episode titles (many being rejected names for the show) – but which particular animal featured in two separate series one programme titles? Owl, Sheep, Ant, Moth. … Originally, the dead parrot was going to be an owl. … Not quite – there was only a single owl (Owl Stretching Time) but there were two ants mentioned in episode titles.

9. Python characters and sketches have given their name to innumerable things: fossils, landfill sites, asteroids, rock bands – but a ubiquitous computing term is named after a famous Python scene – what is it? Gumby, Spam, Pither, Biggles. … If you miss this one, you are too stupid to be alive. Spam, hold the glory. … Correct! That delightful phenomenon known as spam, as in junk email, is named after the Python’s famous Spam sketch.

10. The documentary exploration of notorious gangsters The Piranha Brothers reveals that Dinsdale Piranha was plagued by an imaginary giant hedgehog – but what was he called? Spiny Norman, Spiky Jake, Snufflin’ Simon, Sticky Rick. … Norman was immortalized in song by Sue Thompson. … You nailed it! That giant imaginary hedgehog was called Spiny Norman. … PG foolishly clicked onto a video by “Ask a mortician.” Now YT is directing him to shows like To Die & Mummify In LA: Yvette Vickers. The sponsor is “America’s ORIGINAL BUTCHER”, Omaha Steaks.

11. Monty Python’s Big Red Book was, obviously, not red but had a blue cover. The original hardback version also has a sticker on the front – but what did it say? Do not open, Contains nuts, Free for Popes, Very urgent. … The pope gets everything else for free. … That would be a fairly Pythonian book sticker – but the one we were looking for: Very urgent.

12. Upper Class Twit of the Year competitor Simon Zinc-Trumpet-Harris was said to be married to… what? A very attractive table lamp, The winner of the Derby, A small nugget of plasticine, A rather fine bottle of port. … The lamp glows when he turns him on. … Very nice! The spouse of Mr Zinc-Trumpet-Harris was indeed rumoured to be a table lamp. … Or as the gentleman in the Nudge Nudge sketch might say, “nice, very nice, know what I mean” while making a few vaguely suggestive hand gestures. That is a score that even a Gumby would be proud of.

This is amazing. Despite having watched hours of Python product, PG only knew one answer. Through dumb luck, he got 5, of the remaining 11, correct. PG is smart enough not to click the “Share your result” button. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. Arthur Rothstein took the photos in March, 1940. Main street corner. Las Vegas, Nevada

Thanksgiving Story

Posted in Holidays, Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on November 29, 2019

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Thanksgiving was a time our family cherished. It was the only time all of us got together under one roof and mingled. Except for me. ~ I was the the family embarrassment. They were Catholic, and disliked my way of life. I played guitar, loved Heavy Metal, and worshiped Satan. ~ All this explains why my family shunned me. In their eyes, I was the flaw of a nearly perfect gem, but in mine, I was the cream of the crop.

I should’ve known they had something awful in mind when they asked me to join them somewhere. They drove me to the very corner of the ranch. ~ “What the fuck are we doing back here,” I asked. My only reply was, “Shut up you blaspheming fool.”

At last we got to the destination. My father, mother, and sister were standing around, wearing funeral clothes. ~ In the middle was a shallow grave. “What’s that hole for?” I asked dumbly. “Take a guess you satanic fucker!” Was the reply from my father.

I felt a thud on my head. I hit the ground with a loud thlap. I turned in spite of excruciating pain to see my uncle wielding a shovel. ~ I touched the back of my head to find my fingers coated in blood. I suddenly grew light headed and passed out. When I woke up I inhaled dirt. ~ Luckily, my family didn’t know how to properly bury someone so I was able to dig myself out. I sat there and puked for about fifteen minutes.

When I got back, it was Thanksgiving night. through the window I could see my family, sitting there, saying grace like the sheeple they were. ~ Seeing them praying made my hate for them and all Catholics grow. It went from a smouldering, muddled anger, to a flaming, outrageous hatred

I ran into the garage and found my uncle’s shotgun, sitting there, waiting for me, beckoning, saying, “Go ahead, make these fuckers pay.” ~ “Hi Mom!” I shouted as I pulled the trigger, I started laughing uncontrollably as I continued firing at my family until I was empty.

“WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?!” My father asked, wounded, shot in the gut. “Wrong with me?” I asked calmly. “What’s wrong with you?” ~ With that I threw the gun away and dined. Not on Turkey, but on raw human flesh. It was the best Thanksgiving ever. ~ Twitter serialization by @creepypasta_txt. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. This is a repost.

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Fidget Spinner Guy

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on November 28, 2019

Inspiration Is For Amateurs

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on November 27, 2019

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It is a T shirt treasure, and a coffee cup classic. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” This gem is blamed on Allan Stewart Konigsberg, better known as Woody Allen. The percentage goes up and down, and life is sometimes substituted for success.

The quote was recently featured at WIST, or Wish I’d Said That. This quote site is known for giving a source, unlike the sites featuring purring platitudes in front of a cultural kitten. The current top offering is “Bach almost persuades me to be a Christian.” Virginia Woolf attributes the baroque comment to Roger Fry who was not afraid of the author.

Getting back to Mr. Allen and success statistics. He accepts full responsibility for the remark. In 1989, notorious conservative columnist William Safire asked Mr. Allen about whether he said life or success. The answer was rather surprising.

“The quote you refer to is a quote of mine which occurred during an interview while we were discussing advice to young writers, and more specifically young playwrights. My observation was that once a person actually completed a play or a novel he was well on his way to getting it produced or published, as opposed to a vast majority of people who tell me their ambition is to write, but who strike out on the very first level and indeed never write the play or book.”

In other words, you don’t just show up empty handed. If you have an idea, you have to employ the writing formula, ass + chair. You have to turn the tv off, leave the beer in the refrigerator, sit down, and push buttons on the keyboard.

The second part of today’s entertainment is an encore presentation, Inspiration Is For Amateurs. Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

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PG was listening to an interview with a fiction writer. Someone said “Inspiration is for amateurs.” PG has always been more impressed by action than beliefs, and this phrase made sense. This repost is a good excuse to post some more pictures from The Library of Congress.

The phrase is from a painter named Chuck Close. His output is expensive, and widely enjoyed. A spinal injury left him paralyzed, but did not stop him from producing. Here is the full quote:

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”

A man once made pottery. It was said that the man only worked with passion, and that if he didn’t feel this passion he did not work. When PG heard that, his thought was that if PG worked that way, he would never finish anything. Most of the sticker pictures take a while to finish. PG always gets tired of the picture before it is through. The idea is to go to the studio, start to do stuff, and before long the enthusiasm will return. Any image requires a certain amount of time with the belly pressed against the work table, or the digital equivalent.

The formula for writing is ass plus chair. A teacher once said to not stare at the blank page, waiting for a bolt of lightening. Start to write something, and the ideas will start to sputter out of the pipeline.

It is not enough to have a bright idea. You have to work the problems out. Sometimes, you spend more time finding out what does not work, than what does. You have to do it wrong before you can do it right. Genius is ninety nine percent perspiration and one percent inspiration. If any cliches have been overlooked, please add them to the comments.

One thing that is helpful is to be focused. The internet can be a problem. When you should be thinking about your product, it is very tempting to see the latest on Facebook or Twitter.

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Cannibal Feast

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on November 26, 2019

Celebrated & Sometimes Disgraced

Posted in Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on November 25, 2019


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Thanksgiving

Posted in Holidays, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on November 24, 2019


PG does not want to bore you with talk about gratitude. This is a repost. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. There will be one story.
“I used to work for a company that produced annual reports. One year, I was sent on this huge cross country trip to art direct a series of shots for a food processing mega-company, and one of the stops involved a turkey farm. Okay, so you have to understand that turkeys are extremely skittish birds. The slightest thing will set them off, so the farmer kept them in a large, basically dark barn just to keep them under some semblance of control. So we go in, and the photographer sets up the lights, which he gradually turned on so the birds (and me, for that matter) could get used to it. Everything’s going fine. We have the farmer in front of his (literally) hundreds of free-range turkeys. The photographer clicks off the shot… and in doing so sets off a flash he forgot he had triggered. Immediate chaos: birds running everywhere.At least a dozen fainted and died right on the spot. Farmer was none too happy. Neither was the agency.”































Sink To Hell

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on November 23, 2019

Fifty Six Years

Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive, History, Politics by chamblee54 on November 22, 2019

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Fifty six years ago, John Kennedy went to the oval office in the sky. The bullets hit Mr.Kennedy at 12:30 pm, CST. He arrived at the hospital at 12:37. He had a faint heartbeat on arrival, but quickly succumbed to his wounds.

In Georgia, PG was nine years old. He was in Miss Mckenzie’s fourth grade class. There was going to be an assembly soon, and the class was going to perform. There was a rehearsal in the cafetorium, and some of the kids were acting up. They went back to the class, and PG thought they were going to be chewed out about the misbehavior in the cafetorium. Instead, Miss Mckenzie came into the room, and told the kids that President Kennedy had been shot during a parade in Dallas Texas. She did not say anything about his condition. One kid cheered the news.

School let out at the regular time, and PG walked home. His mother and brother were crying. He was told that the president had died. The cub scouts meeting that afternoon was canceled.

Later that night, a plane arrived in Washington. The tv cameras showed a gruesome looking man walk up to a microphone. He was introduced as President Lyndon Johnson. This may have been the worst moment of that day. Photographs for this repost today are from “Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

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Ukraine KKK

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on November 21, 2019


KKK Leader: ‘We’re a Christian Organization;’ Claims the Klan Is Not a Hate Group This article was shared on facebook. A suspicious photo was used to illustrate the article.
This photo seemed staged. A google search turned up 4,010,000,000 results.

One of the top results had this caption: “Supporters dressed as members of the Ku Klux Klan, using the occasion of Halloween to mask their faces from the police, express anti-Semitic views in Lviv, Ukraine, on October 31, 2009. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko”

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A black teacher asked her students to defend the Ku Klux Klan
Ilhan Omar ‘would be in the KKK,’ human rights activist warns
Four Stabbed ‘With Confederate Flag’ at Klu Klux Klan Rally
‘Racist’ Halloween costumes stir debate
When the KKK Infiltrates Your Church
Marc Thiessen on Fox Says White Liberals Have Made the Confederate Flag Racist
Pourquoi le Ku Klux Klan manifeste contre le retrait du drapeau confédéré ?
Ku Klux Klan convoca una marcha en defensa de la bandera confederada
Editor de jornal do Alabama quer Ku Klux Klan a ‘limpar’ Washington DC
Η Κου Κλουξ Κλαν κάνει τα πάντα για να κερδίσει ο Τραμπ τις εκλογές

The first link in this feature quotes the Late Frank Ancona. Mr. Ancona claimed to be “an imperial wizard with the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Mr. Ancona died in February, 2017. KKK leader’s wife admits to killing her husband

The Library of Congress supplied the pictures for this post.

K-Mart Part Two

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on November 20, 2019