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Killed By Police October 29

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on October 29, 2017


This is today’s chamblee54 report on police killings, aka officer involved shootings. The source used to track these incidents is Killed by Police. This past week saw 19 people killed by police. Here are the links to this week’s incidents: 964 Jason Daniel Marble, 965 Nicholas Pimentel, 966 Johnny Bonta, 967 Samantha Nicole Hennard, 968 Dexter David Anthony Baxter, 969 Darius Miller, Jr., 20 970 Matthew David Palaita, 971 Ashleigh Bertucci, 972, 973 David Campos, 974 Sean Bohinski, 975 Brandon Uzialko, 976 Timothy Earl Jackson, 977 Antonio Levison, 978 James M. Davis, 979 Sanders Surber, 980 Charles Wallace, 981, 982 Danny Sanchez, 983.

The first incident reported this week saw a police officer killed. “Girard police officer Justin Leo, 31, was shot late Saturday night and later died at the hospital. The suspect has been shot and killed by police. BCI Special Agent James Ciotti said two Girard police officers were called to the 400 block of Indiana Ave. just after 10 p.m. for what he calls a domestic-related incident. According to Ciotti, everything seemed fine when the officers arrived, but as they were standing by the front door, the suspect opened fire and shot Leo. The other officer then shot and killed the suspect in response. Officer Leo dropped to the ground almost immediately after being shot. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown for surgery, but later died at the hospital.”

Of the 19 victims, 17 were male, and 2 were female. (967, 971) 9 were white. (964, 965, 967, 968, 971, 974, 975, 979, 980) 4 were black. (969, 976, 977, 981) 2 were hispanic/mixed. (970, 982) For 4 of the victims, the race was not specified. (966, 972, 978, 983)

In 5 of the incidents, the victim fired at the police. (964, 967, 975, 976, 978) In 6 of the incidents, the victim displayed a weapon to the police. (964, 967, 975, 976, 978) In at least 2 cases, the victim fought with the police. (968, 974) 2 of the shootings involved a domestic dispute. (964, 966)

The Johnny Bonta case has a strange twist. While trying to determine his ethnicity, this came up: Johnny Bonta: Hate crime victim? The name of the victim, and the state, were the same in both incidents. However, the reputed hate crime took place in 2011. The 2017 Johnny Bonta is possibly native american, although this cannot be confirmed. According to the guardian, native americans suffered the highest per-capita rate of police killing in the United States, in 2016. (Incident 972 took place at the Standing Rock reservation, in South Dakota. The victim has not been identified.)

The video of the week shows Sanders Surber crashing a vehicle in a roundabout under construction. The police were chasing Mr. Surber, who allegedly stole a vehicle from a Walmart parking lot. It is interesting how many of these incidents involve Walmart parking lots.

3 killings are labeled suspicious. (965, 972, 973) It should be noted that this is not a comprehensive review, and that mistakes are likely. The links are public record. Readers are encouraged to do their own research, and draw their own conclusions.

Family Speaks Out After 27-Year-Old Man is Shot, Killed by Police After Chase in Stanislaus County “They could have tasered him, they could have done a number of other options, they could have chosen besides this. Now the whole family is devastated,” … She admitted to the family Pimentel was driving drunk and had bumped cars and refused stop for police. Avrek Law An investigation into the police pursuit and fatal shooting remains ongoing. But a number of questions remains. Why didn’t police officers use tasers or some other non-lethal option? The family deserves to know. The community deserves to know. No one is safe in a world filled with police officers that are quick to use lethal force. Our staff at the Avrek Law Firm were deeply saddened to learn about the car chase and police shooting that killed Nicholas Pimentel . Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they continue to mourn such an incredible loss. No person deserves to die over something like this. Unfortunately, the police often resort to lethal force even when it is not warranted.”

Man killed in officer-involved shooting on Standing Rock Reservation “The Bureau of Indian Affairs says just before 8 p.m., Monday evening, officers responded to a report of shots fired at a Fort Yates gas station. Officers spotted the suspect vehicle traveling west on Highway 24 and pulled it over. During the stop, one of the suspects exited the vehicle and walked toward officers with his hands in his pockets. He ignored officers commands to show his hands, and was shot. “

McDonald’s robbery suspect fatally shot by HPD officer in southwest Houston “Police say hours earlier, the robbery suspect used the scissors and screwdriver to threaten and rob workers at a CVS and McDonald’s. … Around 6:30 a.m. police say the suspect robbed a Southside Place CVS then rode a METRO bus to a McDonald’s on Bellaire Boulevard near the Chimney Rock Road intersection. Executive Assistant Chief Matt Slinkard said the man waited for customers to leave the restaurant, then assaulted the manager. “As the suspect exits the McDonald’s, still with the screwdriver and a pair of scissors, one Bellaire officer and two HPD homicide officers encountered that suspect,” Slinkard said. Investigators say the suspect stood in the middle of a busy Bellaire Boulevard, refusing to drop the screwdriver or scissors. Slinkard said the Bellaire officer and Houston officer both deployed their taser. The man was hit by one taser. Police say it had no effect on him and he continued to threaten the officers. At that point, the Houston officer shot him.”

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. The photographer was Dorothea Lange.

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Ben And Jerry Social Justice Warfare

Posted in Library of Congress, Race, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on October 28, 2017

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Uncle Hotep recently made a video, Ben & Jerry’s support for #BlackLivesMatter – Uncle Hotep chimes in. It seems like the fudge ice cream packers have a new flavor, Empower Mint™.

PG heard that, and remembered something he heard in church. The youth minister was preaching. America was in rebellion. Did you know that there is a car now, and one of the colors is anti establish mint? PG quit going to church soon after this.

As people familiar with AAVE (African American Vernacular English) know, white people and black people have different ways of pronouncing words. Take harassment. A white person might say huh RAS ment. A black person might say ha ras MINT. Arguably, naming a ice cream flavor Empower Mint™ is making fun of the way black people talk.

Ben and Jerry recently went on the social justice warpath. There was a tweet, and a website post, 7 Ways We Know Systemic Racism Is Real. Quotes were cited, statistics were regurgitated, and B&J boldly stated that america is not post racial. The frozen dessert consumer is encouraged to watch a video, take an implicit bias test, and talk to your kooky uncle.

The makers of Empower Mint™ are famously located in Vermont. According to the census bureau, the estimated population of Vermont is 626,042. This population is White 94.8%, Black 1.3%, Native American 0.4%, Asian 1.6%, mixed 1.9%.

Pictures for this repost are from The Library of Congress. The pictures taken in Daytona Beach, FL, were taken, in February, 1943, by Gordon Parks.

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Privilege

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics, Race, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on October 26, 2017







PG had heard the phrase “white privilege” a few times, and decided to ask Mr.Google about it. The top choice was White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack. “This article is now considered a ‘classic’ by anti-racist educators.” It is four pages long, which might not break the attention span.

A document like this is almost impossible to read with an open mind. You are a member of a group, such as a white male like PG. There are a lot of things here which PG agrees with, a few his disagrees with, and a few that are dependent on the reader’s point of view.
The sentence that PG felt obliged to copy was ” I was taught to think that racism could end if white individuals changed their attitudes”. It is as if the attitudes of black people did not matter.
There are more headshakers in this article. In a list of privileges white folks take for granted, number 18 was
” I can be pretty sure that if I ask to talk to “the person in charge,” I will be facing a person of my race.”. That might have true once, but is not today.
Getting back to White Privilege (and ignoring the White Privilege Conference results), there are lots of people thinking about this subject. The University of Dayton contributes Defining “White Privilege”. In the text, the author mentions starting a site, Whiteprivilege.com. This site is currently under construction. It does give you the opportunity to buy “Privilege Car Insurance”.

A feature, What is white privilege?, compares every person with pale skin to the Palin family.
“White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.” This runs counter to line 21 of the Invisible Knapsack list, ” I am never asked to speak for all the people of my racial group. “
PG went looking for answers, and got more questions. He does not deny that being caucasian has advantages in our society. These advantages do not mean that one should lay down quietly and let black people get their revenge. We are all G-d’s children. You should be proud of who you are, without taking advantage of your neighbor.





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After publishing a feature about white privilege , PG thought it would be fair to look into black privilege. When you visit Mr. Google, some of his suggestions are black privilege checklist, black privilege furniture, and black privilege fact or fiction. The top result is a feature in American Thinker.
“Personally, I have never had a moment of white guilt in my life. Now this is a significant statement given that I am Jewish and from New York. I feel guilty about pretty much everything!”.
NPR has an audio file called Black Male Privilege? . It is downright fascinating.

Prof. LEWIS: I think youve unfortunately identified one of the central issues of black male privilege. So often, black men are used to being under attacked that when it comes to being accountable for the actions we may have, we quickly say, well, I couldnt possibly be doing anything wrong. Look at all the ways in which Im oppressed. Look at all the ways in which Im at the bottom of the barrel. What that does is rob us of an opportunity to actually build stronger community and it robs black men of a chance to actually take hold of the actions that they have so that we can empower the community.
MARTIN: What reaction do you get when you talk to people about this?
Prof. LEWIS: Among black women, in particular, I get a lot of amens and saying, thank for actually exposing this. Among black men, one of the most common ones I get is, well, this seems ridiculous. Its an oxymoron. How could black men be privileged? Its like jumbo shrimp. It doesnt add up. … And they say, you know, what did my black male privilege get me? Im unemployed. … : Initially, my first exposure was actually around the Million Man March. I felt that I was transformed by the Million Man March, and I thought it was one of the most powerful events ever. And I was having a conversation in class with a professor, Dr. Beverly Guy Sheftall, and she said that she couldnt support the Million Man March because it was very patriarchal and it put black men at the center. And I said, well, it doesnt always have to patriarchal. You dont always have to put black men at the center. And if she said, isnt it an amazing privilege to tell someone else what they dont have to take seriously? And that paused me for a moment. And I said, wow. What is it in my past that makes me say I can define what someone else would think of as important? (Here are more thoughts on this subject by Dr. L’Heureux Dumi Lewis )

Times are tough in the US of A. To an unemployed white person it is easy to say, what good has this privilege done me? And isn’t it a form of privilege to label anything you don’t like about someone as being due to privilege? Has privilege become a catch22 for anything you don’t like about a person?

This feature is not a complete recap of the google results for black privilege. There were a couple of white racist sites that are best ignored. Two wrongs do not make a right. This is a double repost. Pictures are from The Library of Congress. This is written like H. P. Lovecraft.














There is a lot of chatter about privilege these days. Where people used to talk about racism, today the buzzword is privilege. Chamblee54 has tried to contribute to the dialog (polylog) with recent posts about black privilege and white privilege. This is a repost.
One day recently, PG was exercising his vehicular privilege. The thought occured to him about another form of privilege. This privilege is stronger than race based privilege. In fact, many of the people, who whine about white privilege, benefit from this privilege. The president of privilege in America is Christian Privilege. (CP)
If you ask Mr. Google about CP, you get 3.6 million results. The first few give us plenty of text for this feature. A report about CP from About.com Agnosticism / Atheism has the traditional list of examples. The last few paragraphs tell more about the story.

A nonconscious ideology is analogous to the water fish swim in: fish don’t think of the water as wet because this environment is all they know — it structures their experience of life itself. Water simply is. Members of privileged groups don’t have to think about their environment because, for them, that environment simply is. They don’t have to be concerned about others’ opinions because it’s safe to assume that most think like them.
Those who don’t benefit from such an environment do have to think about it all the time because they are so susceptible to being harmed by it. For members of less privileged groups, what others think matters a great deal because their opinions and actions control access to the larger benefits of society. Fish don’t have to think about the water; mammals must remain conscious of it at all times lest they drown.
In most of the examples here, we can replace Christian/religion with male/gender or white/race and come up with the same results: examples of how our social, political, and cultural environment reinforce the dominance of one group over others. Male privilege and white privilege are closely related to Christian privilege because they have all been undermined by modernity and have all become part of America’s Culture Wars.
Christians realize that many of the above privileges are in decline. They interpret this as persecution because privilege is all they have ever known. The same is true when men complain about the decline of male privilege and whites complain about the decline of white privilege. The defense of privilege is a defense of dominance and discrimination, but for those who benefit it’s a defense of their traditional way of life. They need to become conscious of their privileges and realize that in a free society, such privileges are inappropriate.

A blog called Shakesville weighs in with On “Real” Christians and Christian Privilege . It tells the story of being asked not to identify Ann Coulter as a Christian. PG totally understands being embarassed by Ms. Coulter. There was a radio show once, with Ann Coulter promoting a book and PG listening. Some famous person was mentioned, and Ms. Coulter started to make jokes about what would happen to this famous person when he died. The line was that when he gets to heaven, he is going to wish he had been a Christian. This assumption that your ideas about life after death are correct, and universally practiced, is one especially vile example of CP.
The feature at Shakesville (which is easier to pronounce than Shakespearessister) is about how many people deflect complaints about bad behavior by saying “He is not really a Christian”. This is unsatisfactory on a number of levels. Many of the “good” Christians support “bad” Christians in their evil work. This excuse is one reason why PG prefers to say Jesus Worshiper to describe the members of this tribe. Shakes addresses this issue:
“Frankly, it’s hurtful to me when Christians address what happened to me by saying, “Those aren’t real Christians,” expecting me to salve their discomfort about the baggage of privilege by not disagreeing. People who would never in a million years think to try to console a victim of a hate crime with “All [white/straight/cis/abled] people aren’t like that!” nonetheless responded that way to me when I was targeted and threatened by droves of self-identified Christians.”
Shakes is a good writer. She says things much better than this slack blogger. Maybe we should just let her explain a few things.

Christianity has a 2,000-year history that has seen countless iterations of the religion based on countless interpretation of the text and shaped to fit countless times and spaces and needs in disparate cultures all around the world. Christians have done great things, and not-so-great things—and anyone who makes the personal choice to carry the Christian mantle associates themselves with a history that includes all the good stuff and all the shitty stuff, too. One can’t say, “I only associate with the good Christianity—not the inquisitions and the genocides and the warmongering and the colonialism and the institutional misogyny … racism, anti-Semitism…”
That’s all part of Christianity’s legacy, too—and it just isn’t intellectually honest to say, “Well, those weren’t real Christians.” Yes, they were. And so are the Christians who do shitty stuff today. They might not be the same kind of Christian as you are, but they are nonetheless Christians.
Christianity, at least (and especially) in America, is a privilege—and, like any privilege, it can be uncomfortable to face the ugly reality of what other members of a privileged class can do to non-privileged folks, even if you don’t do it yourself. I’m white, I’m straight, I’m cisgender: I understand the impulse to distance oneself. But as a white person, I am obliged to acknowledge that the history of white supremacy in America is one of slavery, of lynchings, of segregation, of sundown towns, of internment camps, of genocide, and of all manner of institutionalized racism. I don’t get to say (nor do I want to) that the KKK aren’t “real” white people. They sure as hell are.
That Christianity is a chosen privilege does not mean its members can claim a lower standard of rigorous self-examination. And it doesn’t mean that less privileged Christians, i.e. progressive Christians, can claim a lower standard, either, just because the more privileged Christians marginalize them. Poor whites don’t get to disclaim their white privilege just because they are further marginalized by their lack of wealth.
In fact, chosen privileges demand, if anything, a higher standard of self-examination, because one has a choice whether to participate in the privilege. But so often, the fact that Christianity is a choice is instead used to deny the effects of that privilege altogether—”I’m not one of those Christians; I’m one of the good ones!”






Man Trap

Posted in History, Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on October 25, 2017

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John Booth was an actor, and firearm enthusiast. He was a ruthless critic of productions that did not include him. When something displeased Mr. Booth, it was necessary to let people know about it. Someone told the actor that boo was short for Booth. He believed this, and was forced to find other ways to express his displeasure. This is a repost.

A play called “Our American Cousin” gave a performance in Washington DC in 1865. In act two of OAC, a lady called another lady “you sockdologizing old man-trap.” The crowd roared with laughter. Mr. Booth thought the line insipid, and looked for a way to express his anger.

When Mr. Booth was through with his commentary, he jumped out of the balcony. The riding spur on his boot caught a drape. Mr. Booth landed with all the weight on one leg. The leg was badly broken. It would have been less painful if Mr. Booth swallowed his pride, and said boo. Pictures for today’s entertainment are from The Library of Congress.

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Who Elects The Dog Catcher?

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on October 24, 2017


@realDonaldTrump Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts…. Our ever tweetable POTUS sent this message out today. It raises an important question: what municipality elects the animal control associate? Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

What an elected dogcatcher reveals about small-town America is the result from The Economist. “You’ve reached your article limit Sign up to keep reading or subscribe now to get the complete experience.” For $12, USD, you can get twelve weeks of this publication. There is no guarantee that you will learn anything about dog catcher politics.

Is dogcatcher actually an elective office? Slate wrote an article about this, when all they had to say was no. The author: “Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.” This is a place where dog catchers are an important part of the restaurant supply chain.

A brief history of people who have actually been elected dog catcher The Washington Post tried a bit harder. They found newspaper clippings referring to elected dog catchers. Col. Tom Parker, the manager of Elvis Presley, was said to have been elected dog catcher in Tampa FL. There is also the story of Bob White. He assured voters that even though he lost both legs, he would be able to perform the duties of dog catcher.

Duxbury VT keeps coming up in this search party. They have a town meeting every year, and the dog catcher is chosen by citizen vote. In the most recent town meeting, “dog catcher Zeb Towne, who was nominated almost unanimously for re-election, despite a “no” vote from his wife that cause laughter to erupt in the room.”

Mystery Dot

Posted in Library of Congress, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on October 23, 2017


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There are problems with this account. ~ 1 Rachel Maddow 2 Labeling the opposing forces “ISIS.” While there may be a connection to the forces fighting in Syria and Iraq, this is probably not the same thing. 3 The forces were sent to Niger by Barack Obama. The conditions that lead to this tragedy were put in place by his administration. Donald Trump has not fixed this problem, but he did not create it. ~ @kfc The Spice Girls, and Eleven men named Herbs… 11 Herbs and Spices @GeriHalliwell ‏@OfficialMelB ‏@EmmaBunton ‏@MelanieCmusic ‏@victoriabeckham ‏@HerbScribner @HerbJWesson ‏@herbwaters6 ‏@HerbDeanMMA @HerbSendek ‏@HerbAlpert ‏ ~ Warning Signs Someone Is A High-Functioning Alcoholic ~ Educated liberals overuse the term ‘racist’ To hurl the N-word at someone is an attempt to shut down discussion. Today, the word “racist” serves the same function. 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We need to leave him alone and not be tweeting about his horrific loss and who said what to whom about it @PenlandKW Don’t be telling us what we need to do. Why do you have a bot/troll’s handle? @chamblee54 Jean Harlow, the original blonde bombshell, was known for her beauty This is not someone who you should call a troll Jean Harlow‏ @JodiDav84512111 Yes Luther, thanks. It’s hard being 106, especially since I died back in 1937. ~ That picture may say something. Should one of those eye spirals go in the opposite direction? Should they spiral out, or spiral in? ~ i had a boss once if he heard you say me, we would say “this isn’t a me company, this is a we company” maybe he says aniwe ~ Seriously. In a couple of weeks, we will have a different flavor of the month. The problem of sexual harassment will still be there. That is when the comments need to be made. ~ @WernerTwertzog About 2% of the trucks in the U.S. are transporting cadavers, I am told. They are moved from state to state in a semi-eternal legal limbo. ~ Oswald Dindu Nuffin would make a good stage name ~ .@RepWilson , and her hat, are getting a lot of attention now ~ One morning, I was in the cafetorium at Ashford Park Elementary School (APES) to vote. At 8:30, a scratchy record of the Star Spangled Banner was played over the PA. The ladies working at the polls stopped what they were doing, and stood up. ~ polite anagrams as pot lie ~ 1/2 Is @RepWilson working for @realDonaldTrump? Black woman with goofy hats is in car when call comes, hears it on speakerphone… 2/2 quotes it out of context & creates turmoil.. typical .@realDonaldTrump distraction psycho drama with #GeneralKelly playing starring role ~ @ChrchCurmudgeon I’ve been taking cowboy courses online. I got an 89% in corralling. Fortunately, they round up. ~ @WernerTwertzog It is important to make heroes of athletes, so there will be no disruptions to the political system. Both are owned by the same people. ~ W seems to be hitting the bottle pretty good. He might be trying to forget something. ~ @ChrchCurmudgeon If your bath sponge seems distant, maybe it’s just aloofah. ~bhaiku dementia, sex and drugs and rock and roll, walk on the wild side ~ cobb county drivers, put the honk back in honky, road rage for the win ~ excuse me please ma’am ~ pictures today are from The Library of Congress. ~ This poem was inspired by that hashtag,#WhyIWrite. I read this last night at Java Monkey ~ selah
having so much culture thrown at me ~ can’t sing or dance or draw little rabbits
novel that maybe two people will read ~ stay away from less healthy habits
conversation with the voices in my head ~ becoming socially acceptable
possession by a devil gooberhead ~ ignore a reality tv vegetable
no one listens to me when I speak ~ bringing my nightmares to everyone
im not really good at anything freak ~ go listen to idiots having fun
stun people with pretentious rhetoric ~ rant roast or a judgmental limerick

Killed By Police October 22

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on October 22, 2017


Here is the October 22 edition of chamblee54 looks at police killing of citizens. As always, the information is supplied by Killed by Police. This is a viewer supported service, and would appreciate any contributions. If everyone who talks about police killings contributed…

This report covers October 15 – October 21.There were no police killings reported on October 15. There were 16, all male, in the next 6 days. The KBP numbers are 948 – 963. Here are links to the cases: 948 949 950 951 952 953 954 955 956 957 958 959 960 961 962 963

All of the killings this week appear to be justified. This is a quick opinion, fueled by the media reports shown. Further investigation, and possible litigation, by the appropriate agencies is needed. In one case, there is a video of the robbery, that preceded the killing. Police-involved shooting 10-16-17 Harford Rd./Glenmore Ave. The man got $26 in the robbery. The video does not show why the police felt the need to fire at the suspect.

4 of the victims were white. (950, 951, 956, 961) 5 of the victims were black. (948, 953, 958, 959, 962) In 7 cases, the race was not readily apparent from reports. (949, 952, 954, 955, 957, 960, 963) 911 calls involving domestic violence were made in 3 cases. (950, 957, 960)

In 2 cases, the victim fired at the police. (954, 956) In 8 cases, the victim displayed a weapon to police. (949, 950, 952, 955, 957, 958, 960, 963) In 3 cases, the victim fought with police. (959, 961, 962) In case 961, the victim stabbed the police officer. In 4 cases, the police used tasers on the victim, and the taser did not work taser not work. (949, 957, 960, 962) Apparently, this is more of a problem than some would have you believe.

Suspect dies after struggle with deputies, 962, is our Case of the Week. “A man wanted on several warrants died Friday after a struggle with deputies at the Marksville LA WalMart. According to Chief Deputy Steve Martel, deputies spotted Armando Frank, 42, who was wanted on several warrants, sitting on a tractor outside the store. When they attempted to arrest him, Frank resisted and was tasered by the deputies. He continued to resist and was tasered again before deputies took him to the ground. At that point, they noticed Frank’s breath was becoming shallow, so they called for an ambulance. Frank then died at the hospital, Martel said. … three deputies were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries that occurred during the struggle.”

Readers are invited to look at the links, and draw their own conclusions about these incidents. If you like, please leave a comment here. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. The images were taken in Omaha, Nebraska, in November, 1938. The photographer was John Vachon.

The Church Sign

Posted in Library of Congress, Religion, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on October 19, 2017

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Religion is very personal. When you have a miserable experience with Jesus, it will not go away because of glib expressions of someone else’s beliefs. When you put a sign by the road, you don’t know who is going to see it. You don’t know how they are going to be feeling.

I was driving to dinner one night, when I drove by Briarcliff United Methodist Church. This facility is on a busy road. They have a sign in front, with a message that changes from time to time. This night, I was in a bad mood. I was thinking about people who have humiliated me for Jesus. The sign in front of BUMC said “When was the last time you prayed?”

The concept of prayer is collateral damage in my struggle with Jesus. As I became alienated from Jesus, the idea of a person talking to G-d seems selfish and self aggrandizing. There is something about having an angry bully for Jesus snarling “I’m going to pray for you brother” that makes the concept of prayer repulsive. Prayer should not be a weapon in an argument.

There is another thing to consider here. Pushy Jesus worshipers assume that they have the right to grill you about a sensitive personal issue. The idea of saying this to passing motorists is incredibly disrespectful. It is none of your business if I pray.

I looked up BUMC on the internet when I got home. They have a modern website. The top tab on the menu said “Prayer Requests.” This is probably for people who are facing a crisis, and want someone to pray for them. Maybe you can leave a prayer non-request. Ask them to respect discomfort with their religion, and don’t put offensive messages by the roadside.

Further down on the website is an email address (church@briarcliffumc.com.) While not expecting a miracle, I decided to send them an email. Here is the text of that message.

You have a message board in front of your church. The message when I went by was “When was the last time you prayed?” I was offended by this message.

I have had a tough time with religion. I have been humiliated many, many times because of Jesus. I have heard about your scheme for life after death thousands of times, and simply do not agree with it. An intrusive roadway sign is not going to change my mind.

My belief is that my opinions about G-d, the bible, Jesus, and life after death, are none of your business. If I trust you enough to discuss these matters, then we can have a discussion. Having a rude sign by the road side is not going to enable me to trust you.

Even though it is none of your business, I am going to answer your question. Even though I was talking to G-d, and not to you, I am going to repeat what I said. “G-d please help these people to have respect for their neighbor, and take that awful sign down”.

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It had been a week since PG drove past the church sign at Briarcliff United Methodist Church. The church sent a thoughtful email, in response to the complaining message. The traffic on Briarcliff Road was just as rude as ever. PG took a look when he drove past the church. The new message this week: “In what missions did U last serve?

Maybe they didn’t have a YO to spare. Maybe they are trying to appeal to the text message crowd. Maybe the comment was directed at nearby Mercer University. Maybe a Synagogue borrowed an OY.

When the Jesus worship church talks about missions, they usually mean an effort to convert people to their brand of religion. This is a part of Christianism that many find tasteless. This product promotion frequently turns into a violation of the third commandment… the injunction against improper use of a sacred name. When you create ill will, you are speaking in vain.

When PG got home, he decided to create a meme poem. He also did not feel moved to write fresh text. A decision was made to use already created material, out of the public domain. A search of the book of Psalms located a short chapter, with a number that is popular at this blog. Hence, the current presentation of Psalm 54.

While this effort was in production, PG thought about the mission he was on. The idea was to rescue this text from the improper way in which it is used. It should be a source of beauty, not a weapon to bludgeon people into agreement. Psalm 54 is a poem, written by a human being, not a message from G-d. When you make a G-d out of a book, you do no favor to either the G-d, or the book.

In the end, the effort had mixed results. The text has an air of vengeance. G-d was supposed to get even with your enemies. The idea that your enemies might be the children of G-d is forgotten.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress. These are Union soldiers from the War Between the States. They served on a tough mission. This is a double repost.





Making It Worse

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics, War by chamblee54 on October 18, 2017


Your husband has been killed in action, while serving in the United States Army. You are going to the airport, to be there when the remains arrive. It is going to get worse.

Your congressional representative is in the vehicle with you. The President of the United States calls. Mr. Trump reportedly said something inappropriate. Your representative heard this private conversation on a speaker phone, and went out and told everyone about it.

We probably will never know what the President really said. What is reported … “Well, I guess he knew what he signed up for, but I guess it still hurt”… would not be out of character for Donald Trump. On the other hand, what business did Rep. Frederica Wilson have in outing this conversation? This is a horrible, horrible moment for Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson. It could only be made worse by Rep. Wilson’s big mouth.

@realDonaldTrump Democrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad! @RepWilson @realDonaldTrump does not possess the character, empathy or grace to be president of the United States.

Rep. Frederica Wilson should not be tweeting about “character, empathy or grace.” At roughly the four minute mark of this interview, Rep. Wilson said “that’s not politicizing anything.” Maybe it isn’t politicizing, but outing a private conversation is incredibly rude. Even the White House, not known for sensitivity, said “The President’s conversations with the families of American heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice are private.” This conversation should have remained private. Rep. Frederica Wilson should have kept her mouth shut.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

Oscar Wilde

Posted in History, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on October 16, 2017

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October 16 is Oscar Wilde’s birthday. On that day in 1854, he appeared in Dublin, Ireland. He is one of the most widely quoted people in the english language. Some of those quotes are real. Since he was a published author, it should be easy to verify what he really said. This birthday celebration is a repost, with pictures from The Library of Congress.

One night in 1974, PG was talking to someone, and did not know who Oscar Wilde was. The conversational partner was horrified. PG became educated, and learned about a misunderstanding with the Marquess of Queensberry. Soon the “Avenge Oscar Wilde” signs made sense.

Mr. Wilde once made a speaking tour in the United States. One afternoon, in Washington D.C., the playwright met Walt Whitman. Thee and thou reportedly did the “Wilde thing”.

The tour then went to Georgia. A young black man had been hired as a valet for Mr. Wilde on this tour. On the train ride from Atlanta to Augusta, some people told Mr. Wilde that he could not ride in the same car as the valet. This was very confusing.

After his various legal difficulties, Oscar Wilde moved to Paris. He took ill, while staying in a tacky hotel. He looked up, and said “either that wallpaper goes, or I do”. Soon, Oscar Wilde passed away.

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Commitment To Lassitude

Posted in Library of Congress, Poem, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on October 16, 2017


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Here is the poem I read last night at Java Monkey:

#aduckwalksintoabar waddle it be ~ sends pretty lady unwanted duck pic
self medication for the mallardy ~ get a quack fix from heron dealer nick
a general keeps his army up his sleevey ~ whats red smells like blue paint red paint kiss
to hurt lady gaga poker face jubilee ~ goodbye boiling water you will be mist
a dyslexic duck walks into a bra ~ gets hammered skips out on his bill
i don’t know the tune but i’ll wing it raw ~ its donald duck not donald trump chill
watermelons marry they cant elope ~ didn’t like my beard but it grew on me
are the frogs all high they are smoking croak ~ what kind of bee makes milk? a boo bee

pictures are from The Library of Congress. ~ selah

Killed By Police Last Week

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on October 15, 2017


This is the start of a feature at chamblee54. The idea is to look at the police killings on a daily basis, and report once a week. The source used will be Killed By Police. This is a spreadsheet, with links given to media coverage. Pictures today are by The Library of Congress.

October 8 – October 14 saw fifteen citizens killed by police in the United States. Thirteen of the victims were, apparently, men, while two were women. Four of the victims were white, three were black, and in the other cases, the race could not be determined. In five cases (932 934 936 938 944) the victim showed a weapon to the police officer. In three cases (937 942 943) the victim fired at the police. Three cases might be labeled as suspicious.

Suspected DUI Driver Fatally Shot by Police in Torrance After Pursuit “A person described as a reckless driver who was suspected of being under the influence was fatally shot by police after a pursuit in Torrance early Saturday. The incident was reported about 2:10 a.m., when Torrance police officers tried to stop a suspected DUI driver along Pacific Coast Highway and Hawthorne Boulevard, authorities said in a news release. Police attempted a PIT maneuver on the driver, but eventually opened fire in the 2900 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, according to the news release.”

Yuba deputies involved in fatal shooting of person barricaded in Olivehurst attic “The incident started early Friday after Yuba County deputies responded to a call of a residential burglary … Once deputies arrived, they found signs of forced entry at the home’s garage and could hear someone in the attic … They attempted to talk the person down from the attic until about 7:30 a.m., when deputies then decided to deploy a canine to help take the suspect into custody. A minute later, they announced that shots had been fired at the home.”

Shots fired at man after he tried to hit van driven by Biloxi officer, police say “Around 7:53, we got a shoplifting call from the Home Depot and the suspect fled the store,” Biloxi Police Major Chris De Back said. He said the suspect was a 61-year-old man driving a maroon Dodge Ram pickup, and officers tried to pull him over for a traffic stop but the man fled. “He was stopped again and there was an altercation and officers attempted to use a stun gun on him and he escaped again and shots were fired. The man tried to hit an unmarked gray van driven by a police officer who happened to be in the area. The officer heard the pursuit over his radio and was trying to assist … The truck came to rest in the parking lot of Popp’s Ferry Sales and Service. It appeared to have crashed into a forklift.”

The video of the week is from a Miami Beach incident, Witnesses: Woman shot by Miami Beach police after she slammed her car into a cop. “Police Chief Daniel Oates said the incident started at about 6:15 p.m., when a woman driving a black BMW westbound on 12th Street hit a Mercedes with two men inside at Collins Avenue after running a red light. An officer who was nearby on foot because he was part of additional patrols for the weekend tried to get her to stop, but she accelerated and hit him, throwing him off his feet, Oates said. Another officer then opened fire. The driver lost control and then struck a parked white SUV on the east corner of 12th Street and Washington Avenue. Oates said “one or more rounds” hit the woman, who later died at Jackson Memorial Hospital. … The officer who was struck suffered lacerations to the body and loss of consciousness, according to Miami Beach Fire. He was in stable condition and alert late Sunday,”

Woman dies after being tased by deputies is the case of the week. The Arkansas incident was reported by the New York Post. “Regina Twist, 36, of Hot Springs, died early Sunday after attending a Saturday evening barbecue at a friend’s house near Springfield, 40 miles northwest of Little Rock. The woman visited regularly for weekend gatherings and had never shown similar behavior, according to the grandmother of the cookout’s host, who lives on the same property. “Everything was fine, then about 3 o’clock in the morning she got up and went into the bathroom,” Nancy Hannum said. “When she came out, she was like a mad woman.”

According to Conway County officials, the woman broke windows at the host’s home, prompting him to call for deputies. Once outside, she began tearing up the inside of her own car. “She was fighting everyone,” Hannum said. “She would say, ‘Call the cops,’ and we’d tell her, ‘These are the cops.’” Hannum said deputies spent 30-45 minutes trying to talk her out of her car before she pulled out some type of knife. “That’s when he tased her,” Hannum said. “That didn’t affect her at all, then they got her with the Mace.” Deputies grabbed the woman by her arms after she dropped the knife outside her car, then handcuffed her, according to Hannum. Once she fell quiet, the deputies realized something was wrong and attempted to resuscitate her, Hannum said. … Sheriff Mike Smith would not speculate on whether alcohol or some other substance made the woman act irrationally. Twist was pronounced dead at a Morrilton hospital and her body was sent to the state Crime Lab for an autopsy. State police said Monday that toxicology tests can take weeks.” Funeral arrangements for Regina Kay Twist, July 13, 1981 – October 8, 2017, were by Gross Funeral Home, Hot Springs, AR.