The Time PG Voted For Casey Cagle

Posted in Georgia History, Library of Congress, Politics by chamblee54 on February 28, 2018









@CaseyCagle “I will kill any tax legislation that benefits @Delta unless the company changes its position and fully reinstates its relationship with @NRA. Corporations cannot attack conservatives and expect us not to fight back.” Lowell S. “Casey” Cagle is running for Governor of Georgia. He recently gave a twitter performance, and got a lot of attention. The effect of this tweet is not yet known. Delta Airlines is a major force in Georgia, and knows how to play the game. It might not get this particular tax cut, but it will get another one.
Mr. Cagle has been Lieutenant Governor for twelve years. While this may seem like shameless payroll riding, it should be noted that “ZigZag” Zell Miller held this position sixteen years before being promoted to Governor. While researching this fact, PG realized that he might have actually voted for Mr. Cagle. Here is the story, from a previous edition of Chamblee54.

Ralph Reed is a professional Christian, the youthful looking head of publicity groups. At one time he was the big dog at something called the Christian Coalition. He left that to start his own consulting company…. In 2006, Mr. Reed ran for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. He lost to Casey Cagle, whose shoelaces become untied. When the Republican Primary was held that year, PG felt obliged to help put an early stop to Mr. Reed’s ambitions.

The problem lies in the primary system. In Georgia, you must choose either Democrat or Republican, and in the inevitable runoff, vote in the same party. To help Mr. Reed spend more time with his family, PG needed to vote Republican. There was a race on the Democratic side which was important. Hank Johnson was running against Cynthia McKinney. While PG used to like Miss McKinney, after a while the joke grew old. She needed to retire. While Mr. Johnson won the runoff, PG would have liked to help. The bottom line is, Ralph Reed cost PG his last chance to vote against Cynthia McKinney.

Mr. Cagle won the 2006 election. He soon began to run for Governor. This is what the Lieutenant Governor does. Unfortunately, his campaign ran into some difficulties, and he was forced to settle for two more terms as Lieutenant Governor.

“Her departure from Cagle’s staff had to do with the fact that this couple was caught in the act at the Capitol in Cagle’s office by a secretary, Laurie Sparks. Dewberry claimed she was “tying Casey’s shoes” under his desk. … Then, to everyone’s surprise, Cagle announces he is dropping out of the race in August 2009 because of a severe degenerative spinal disorder … Cagle’s spinal injury cleared up sure enough so that he could run the 2010 Peachtree Road Race and his statewide campaign. … Recently, another tryst involving female staff members occurred in the 2009 legislative session. The scuffle that ensued ended when the police broke up the fight. Apparently, one young intern who was sleeping with Cagle found out that another staff member was riding the Cagle Express too. An open records request was recently filed seeking information on the incident, which Cagle’s office has subsequently ignored. Instead of thinking about education or jobs, Cagle was engaging in sexual relations with two young female members of his office which allegedly ended in a “Cheaters” style brawl that was only broken up when the police were involved.”

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.










Peachtree Street

Posted in Georgia History, GSU photo archive, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on February 27, 2018

PG finished a book, Peachtree Street-Atlanta. The author is William Bailey Williford, and it was published by the University of Georgia Press in 1962. PG found this at the Chamblee library, and this is probably the best way to find this book today. (Reissued by UGA Press.)

How this road got the name Peachtree is a good question. Most peaches grow south of the fall line. The story goes that there was a Creek Indian village called Standing Peachtree, located where Peachtree Creek runs into the Chattahoochee. During the war of 1812 Fort Peachtree stood there.

There was a trail that ran from Buckhead to an intersection with the Sandtown Trail, at what is now Five Points. A short distance south of this intersection was a settlement known as White Hall. For many years, Peachtree Street south of Five Points was known as Whitehall Road. At some point in the last thirty years, a decision was made to change Whitehall to Peachtree. It did not help the rundown condition of Whitehall Street.

In 1835 Governor Wilson Lumpkin decided that a railroad that would be centered near the junction of Peachtree Trail and Sandtown Trail. The new town was named “Marthasville”, after the daughter of the Governor. Martha Lumpkin resides in Oakland Cemetery today.

The village was soon renamed Atlanta, which was a feminine form of Atlantic. Houses, churches, and businesses were soon built on Peachtree Road. In 1856, Richard Peters built a flour mill. To insure a steady supply of firewood, he bought four hundred acres of land, for five dollars an acre. The land was between Eighth Street, North Avenue, Argonne Avenue, and Atlantic Drive.

Another pioneer citizen with a large landholding was George Washington (Wash) Collier. Mr. Collier bought 202 acres for $150 in 1847. The land was between West Peachtree, Fourteenth Street, Piedmont Road, Montgomery Ferry Road, and the Rhodes Center. Much of the land was used for the development of Ansley Park.

In 1854, Atlanta entertained, for the first time, a man who had been President. On May 2, Millard Fillmore arrived from Augusta on a private rail car.

There was some unpleasantness in 1864, which we will not concern ourselves with.

In 1866, there was a shocking murder. John Plaster was found dead, in an area known as “tight squeeze”. This was an area of shanties, at the present location of Crescent Avenue and Tenth Street. A hundred years later, this was near “the strip”, Atlanta’s hippie district, also called “Tight Squeeze”.

As the nineteenth century rolled along, many mansions were built on Peachtree Street. The road was paved, and streetcars ran up and down. Automobiles came, and came, and came. An expressway was built in the 1950’s, and quickly became obsolete. One by one, the mansions were torn down and replaced with businesses and churches.

The book was written in 1962, when the party was just getting started. The High Museum was known then as the Atlanta Art Association. In June of 1962, a plane full of prominent Atlanta residents crashed in Paris, killing all on board. As a memorial to those people, the Memorial Arts Center on Peachtree, at Fifteenth Street, was built.

Another phenomenon which is not explained by the book is the custom of naming everything here Peachtree. There are countless streets and institutions named for a fruit tree that likes warmer climates. Atlanta has a one street skyline, that stretches from Five Points to Peachtree Dunwoody Road, almost at the city limits. PG lives a quarter mile off Peachtree, in Dekalb County, and has no idea why Peachtree is a magic word.

Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. and The Library of Congress. This is the annual repost.

Killed By Police February 25

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on February 25, 2018









20 people were Killed By Police in the United States last week. Here are the links: 163 Ryan Batchelder 164 Nathaniel Montoya 165 Arthur Joseph Gonzales 166 167 Abel L. Martinez 168 Jason Seavers 169 Ernest Manuel Montelongo 170 Thomas Vincent Alvarez 171 Lawrence Shaw 172 Jason Stevens 173 Trey Pringle 174 Glenn Tyndell 175 Lonnie Smith Jr., 176 Michael Andrew Schieffer 177 Edward Hallinan 178 Joshua D. Babb 179 Ian Frederick Sagucio 180 Jacob Uptain 181 Mario Dantoni Bass 182 Douglas Kemp Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

9 of the victims were white. (163, 164, 168, 169, 172, 176, 178, 179, 180) 4 of the victims were black. (173, 174, 175, 181) The race of 7 of the victims is unknown. (165, 166, 167, 170, 171, 177, 182)

8 of the victims fired at an officer. (166, 168, 169, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178) 7 of the victims displayed a weapon. (163, 165, 167, 170, 171, 180, 182) 7 of the victims were in a car chase (163, 164, 169, 170, 172, 174, 176) A taser was used on 4 victims (171, 173, 178, 179) 3 of the victims died without a shot being fired. (172, 173, 179) 2 of the victims were in a domestic dispute (174, 178)

“Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin was killed in Brandywine MD, Wednesday morning.” “Corporal Ramzziddin stepped in to help a neighbor who was being threatened by her estranged husband this morning outside of her home on Chadsey Lane in Brandywine. During that encounter, the suspect who was armed with a shotgun, shot Corporal Ramzziddin. Our officer tragically died on the scene. The female neighbor wasn’t hurt. After shooting our officer, the suspect, 37-year-old Glenn Tyndell … fled the scene in a black SUV. A short time later,Charles County Sheriff’s officers observed the suspects SUV on Berry Road near Bensville Road and began a pursuit. That pursuit led back into Prince George’s County where our officers joined the pursuit. Tyndell bailed from his SUV on Indian Head Highway near Old Fort Road and there was an exchange of gunfire and Tyndell was fatally wounded. No other officers were hurt. Tyndell had three open warrants for second degree assault. He was employed by Metro as a mechanic.” video (174)

“Nathaniel Montoya, 23, of Las Cruces was wanted for questioning following a murder Friday night in the 2300 block of Sambrano Avenue. Saturday, police spotted a van matching the description of Montoya’s, and made a traffic stop, according to the press release. Montoya attempted to flee, and a high-speed chase began. The purple van progressed west on Lohman Avenue and entered the parking lot of the Valero Corner Store, 1401 E. Lohman Ave., at a high rate of speed … The van, driven by Montoya, struck a parked vehicle in the convenience store parking lot, ending the chase, police said. A 33-year-old pedestrian was struck and taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Several vehicles in the parking lot were also damaged, police said. At least one LCPD officer fired several rounds and struck Montoya, police said.” video (164)

“The incident began when officers responded to a call involving a person with a gun Thursday afternoon, police said. When they arrived at a home near Gilbert and Broadway roads, they found a man waving a handgun and rifle as he made “incoherent statements,” Rasheta said. After a SWAT team arrived to help secure the area, a shooting took place in front of the house, Rasheta said. He said the man ran inside, then was seen in back of the house with a gun, “posing a threat.” A second shooting then took place, Rasheta said. Police took the man into custody following the second shooting. He was taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm, Rasheta said. Police have not said whether the man fired at officers. Officers discovered about 60 firearms inside the home.” (165)

“Seattle police say someone called 911 to report a car prowl near Bryant Elementary School. Police detective Mark Jamieson says an officer chased the suspect (Jason Seavers) – who turned and started shooting. One officer fired back, but the suspect got away. Investigators later got a call about a home break-in, several blocks away on 28th Avenue NE. When officers caught up with the suspect again, he allegedly tried to drive away and crashed. “As officers were going up to effect the arrest, that’s when the shots were fired,” Jamieson told reporters. He says a total of two officers fired at the suspect; one after the alleged car burglary, and the other after the crash.” video (168)

“Coroner Clayton Cobler identified the man Tuesday as 33-year-old Jason Stevens of Meridian. … The chase happened a little before 2 p.m. Monday when a Meridian police officer tried to make a traffic stop, and the driver took off near Old 8th Street Road. The driver lost control of his car just outside city limits on North Lakeland Drive and went into a ditch. Sgt. Dareall Thompson says multiple passengers bailed out of the car and ran away while the officer tried to arrest the driver. Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun says a Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks officer came by and tried to help the officer. There was a struggle to take the man into custody while the subject tried to get into the Wildlife and Fisheries truck. The man was finally arrested and put in the back of an MPD vehicle. Calhoun says sometime later, an officer realized the man was in distress. He was taken to the emergency room and later declared dead. “Coroner Clayton Cobler says Stevens was injured when he wrecked his car during that chase, but Cobler doesn’t believe that directly led to his death. “The description of the way he was acting and things like that make me think possible drug use,” Cobler says. ” Just viewing the body, yes there was some trauma there, but it certainly wasn’t enough to cause death. Something made his heart shut off, and I don’t believe it was trauma.” (172)

“On Feb. 17, a relative of Trey Pringle called 911 to report that Pringle was allegedly “out of control, injured, bleeding and in need of medical assistance” after breaking items inside a home on Detour Road … When deputies arrived and attempted to restrain Pringle, he punched one of the deputies in the head and injured another deputy’s ankle, the report stated. Pringle lost consciousness after being tased and physically restrained by the two deputies and the other first responders at the scene, according to the release. He was then transported to Beaufort Memorial Hospital, where he died at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the coroner’s office.” (173)

“Westmoreland County detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Greensburg man Thursday as city police arrested him for breaking into Greensburg Salem Middle School. Detectives are interviewing the four Greensburg police officers who were injured while arresting Ian Frederick Sagucio, 35, at his home, District Attorney John Peck said. “We were called to the scene (Thursday) because it appeared Ian Sagucio was in distress as a result of the arrest,” Peck said. Sagucio became unresponsive after officers handcuffed him following a violent struggle, police Chief Chad Zucco said in a news release. Officers attempted to revive him, but Sagucio was pronounced dead at 11:10 a.m. in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital. … Police were summoned to the middle school Thursday morning after Superintendent Eileen Amato noticed that an electronic keypad on a door entryway appeared to have been tampered with. Students stayed in their homerooms. … Administrators and police began examining video surveillance at 8 a.m. Thursday and noticed that a man had broken into the building and wandered the halls from about 5:41 a.m. to 6 a.m. … Police recognized the man from previous run-ins and identified him as Sagucio. Authorities said he just walked the school hallways. “Officers had dealt with Sagucio several times, including twice in the previous 24 hours, in which Sagucio was acting irrational and had erratic behavior,” … In a criminal complaint for an unrelated Sept. 30 allegation, Sagucio admitted to police that he has a history of abusing Coricidin HBP cough and cold medicine, known as Triple C, a medicine made for people with high blood pressure that can cause hallucinations and dissociative effects when taken in large doses. Sagucio fought with three city policemen attempting to arrest him then and was charged with aggravated assault and related offenses. On Thursday, officers went to his home and found that Sagucio was “extremely agitated and irate,” Zucco said in the release. Police did not say where the home is located. An “intense struggle” ensued, and Sagucio “violently resisted officers” for four to five minutes, police said. Officers attempted to use a Taser, but it did not have an effect, Zucco said. Officers eventually handcuffed Sagucio, who appeared to be having a medical emergency, Zucco said. Police unsuccessfully attempted to revive him.” (179)

“Around 9 a.m. members of the U.S. Marshal’s Capital Area Regional Task Force attempted to serve Mario Dantoni Bass 11 warrants —the most recent, for a domestic related abduction. Police say Bass, staying at the Days Inn Dumfries, jumped out his window. Bass reportedly fled on foot before getting into a physical altercation with a member of the task force, an ICE officer, who shot him. He was transported to an area hospital, where he died.” (181)









Billie Holiday Stories

Posted in History, Library of Congress, Music, Race by chamblee54 on February 24, 2018

How ‘Strange Fruit’ Killed Billie Holiday turned up in a facebook feed yesterday. The article states that Harry Jacob Anslinger “the first commissioner of the U.S. Treasury Department’s Federal Bureau of Narcotics,” ordered Billie Holiday to quit performing “Strange Fruit.” When the chanteuse declined, Mr. Anslinger had her arrested for heroin possession. Later, Mr. Anslinger was allegedly responsible for busting Miss Holiday on her deathbed.

The Hunting of Billie Holiday was the source given for the claim about Mr. Anslinger and “Strange Fruit.” The Politico article does not say that Mr. Anslinger ordered Miss Holiday to quit singing “Strange Fruit.” It does say that Louis McKay, one of the many no-good men in Miss Holiday’s life, narked her out. The bust was in 1947, after she had been performing “Strange Fruit” for several years.

Politico had one comment that set off the bs detector. “One day, Harry Anslinger was told that there were also white women, just as famous as Billie, who had drug problems—but he responded to them rather differently. He called Judy Garland, another heroin addict, in to see him.” Frances Gumm was well known for having substance abuse issues. The heroin business was news to a lot of people.

Johann Hari was the author of the politico article. At the time, he was promoting a book, Chasing the Scream, about the war on drugs. Johann Hari has a spotted reputation. “The author used to be the Independent’s star columnist, a prolific polemicist and darling of the left, until his career imploded in disgrace when it emerged in 2011 that many of his articles contained quotes apparently said to him but in fact lifted from his interviewees’ books, or from previous interviews by other journalists.”

The final bust, as Miss Holiday lay dying in the hospital, is part of the legend. A google search does not show what agency was responsible. Harry Anslinger may have been involved, and it may have been someone else. By this time, Elanora Fagan was in bad, bad shape. Years of drinking, and hard drugs, had worn her out. While the hospital bust may have hastened her demise, it is a bit of a stretch to say the Harry Anslinger killed Billie Holiday, because she sang “Strange Fruit.”

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

Why They Listen

Posted in Library of Congress, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on February 19, 2018

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Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. ~ selah

Killed By Police February 17

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on February 18, 2018

23 people were Killed By Police in the United States last week. Here are the links: 139 Sidney T. Richardson 140 Steven Tyler Reed 141 Troy Michael Jacques 142 Michael Weber 143 Mark Daniels 144 Benjamin Gregware 145 Raymond Bishop 146 Robert Young 147 Dawn Elika Center 148 149 Ronell Foster 150 Peter Le 151 152 Jimmy Terry 153 Travis Tucker 154 Preston Ray Holloway 155 Donald Fulton 156 157 Wesley Taylor 158 159 Odrey Paul Reed 160 Aaron M. Parker 161

9 of the victims were white. (141, 142, 144, 147, 151, 154, 155, 159, 160) 4 of the victims were black. (139, 143, 146, 149) The race of 10 of the victims is unknown. (140, 145, 148, 150, 152, 153, 156, 157, 158, 161) 147 Dawn Elika Center was female.

4 of the victims fired at an officer. (143, 154, 155, 156) 12 of the victims displayed a weapon. (139, 141, 142, 144, 145, 147, 148, 150, 151, 152, 153, 161) 3 of the victims were suicidal ( 140, 144, 145) 3 of the victims were in a car chase (147, 154, 156) A taser was used on 3 victims (139, 152, 160) 6 of the victims were in a domestic dispute (140, 142, 150, 151, 155, 158)

“APD says the man who was eventually shot by police was a suspect in a Friday menacing incident that happened near I-225 and E. Mississippi Avenue. In that incident, a person reported a man (Troy Michael Jacques) had pointed a gun at them while near the intersection. Police were unable to find the suspect or his vehicle that night, but on Saturday night, the same officers came across the vehicle just before 11:30 p.m. near the intersection of E. Smoky Hill Road and S. Chambers Road. Chief Nick Metz said that officers stopped the vehicle, but shortly afterward, the suspect got out of his vehicle and started walking toward the officers’ vehicle. APD said the man ignored officers’ orders, then walked back to his own car. The department said that as an officer started to “go hands on” with the suspect, he pulled out a handgun, and an officer shot the man.” “This man is my nephew and he had misdemeanors nothing serious. His van was riddled with bullets. In the news conference they said they tried to take his gun away and wrestled with him and the gun went off. Multiple gunshot wounds don’t match their story. He was not a violent person. What will be done????” (141)

“Kingman Police Department was called to the RV park around 8:15 p.m., and the officer spoke with the person who reported the possible domestic violence incident. The officer then attempted to contact the people in the RV where the alleged domestic violence happened. The male suspect” (Michael Weber) “confronted the officer and a fight ensued, at which point the man was shot. No officers or bystanders were hurt.” video (142)

“Police said the incident began when Gregware’s ex-wife, Melissa Gregware, told police she was concerned about him. She said Gregware” (Benjamin Gregware) “was slurring his words and had called to tell her that he purchased ammunition at Walmart in St. Albans. Gregware recently had been laid off from his job, his ex-wife said, was struggling with alcohol addiction, and was scheduled to visit with their children later that day, according to a statement from Maj. Glenn Hall, commander of the Vermont State Police criminal division. State Trooper Jay Riggen spoke with Gregware on the phone for about 20 minutes while Gregware was driving south on Interstate 89, Birmingham said. Gregware told the trooper he was going to drive until he ran out of gas and then “end it,” according to the statement. Trooper Brown and Officer Greenough stopped Gregware on the side of the southbound lanes near mile marker 69 in Bolton. Gregware was driving a red Honda Accord. Birmingham said the officers drew their guns and ordered Gregware out of the car, rather than approaching on foot, because the stop was high-risk. Police said Gregware stepped out of the car and pointed a gun at his own head. Birmingham said Gregware did not aim the weapon at the officers at any point during the traffic stop but refused to put the firearm down and started walking toward the officers. Maj. Hall said Gregware was struck by at least three shots, out of a total of 12 rounds fired. Brown is believed to have fired seven times, and Greenough is believed to have fired five times.” (144)

“The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner has identified the man who police say killed his 86-year-old father and was fatally shot by an officer during a standoff late Tuesday night in the University Hills neighborhood. The man, identified as 52-year-old Peter Le, had been shot multiple times, the medical examiner said. His father was identified as Quyen Le. During a news conference on Wednesday afternoon, Denver Police Major Crimes Division Commander Bob Archer said at around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, a man called 911 and said his brother was harassing his elderly father in a home in the 2200 block of South Clermont Street, near the intersection of Interstate 25 and Colorado Boulevard. When a Denver Police officer arrived, Archer said a third brother was outside the home, and said Peter Le was inside and threatening their father with a gun.That’s when Archer says the officer entered the home and took out his weapon. The officer, who is a 22-year veteran of the department, could hear a man yelling inside. Archer says Peter Le was holding a knife and gun next to his elderly father as he was lying in bed. The officer repeatedly told him to drop his weapons, Archer said, but the man refused, was visibly agitated and threatened to hurt his father. The officer continued to negotiate with Peter Le for around six minutes, Archer said. “At this time, what we know is the suspect shot the father and the officer shot the suspect,” Archer said. “The timing of these shots was nearly simultaneous.” The Quyen Le died at the scene, and his son was taken to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries. The officer was not injured.” (150)

“The Wabash County Sheriff’s and Huntington County Sheriff’s Departments responded to a burglary call shortly before 4:30 p.m. According to ISP, the tip led the deputies to Wabash CR 400 North near Wabash CR 500 East. When the deputies arrived, they found the 29-year-old male suspect in a pickup truck in a field. Officials say evidence indicated the male was armed with a shotgun. ISP says there was an incident that led three Wabash deputies and one Huntington deputy to fire gunshots at the suspect. The man died from gunshot wounds, though no officers were injured.” (153)

“Cocoa Beach Police Chief Scott Rosenfeld said officers were called to the Royal Colonial Condos on South Banana River Boulevard around 10:30 p.m. when a woman reported that her husband, who she believed may have been intoxicated, fired a gun inside their home. Officers said they encountered the man, who they believed was armed, when they arrived at the home and fired their weapons, according to the police chief. “The officers were put in a position to use deadly force,” Rosenfeld said.” (158)

“A mother is grieving after her son was shot and killed by U.S. Marshals Friday afternoon on First Creek Road near Sissonville. The U.S. Marshals Service says they were trying to arrest the suspect, who’d escaped from a halfway house. … The family tells us the man who was shot was 39-year-old Odrey Paul Reed. Reed’s mother, Connie Burdette, says she was afraid this was going to happen, and Thursday night she tried unsuccessfully to talk her son into turning himself in. “He had 82 days left in the halfway house, and he would’ve been free,” Burdette told WSAZ. Burdette says marshals came to her house in Sissonville Thursday night trying to find him. “The federal marshal looked at me and said, ‘You better get ahold of him tonight,’ ” Burdette said, “and I said ‘I will if I can,’ and she said ‘if you don’t, we’re going to hunt him down like a dog and kill him.’ Those were her very words.” … When asked if she knew why her son didn’t want to turn himself in, Burdette answered, “He said they were mean to him at the halfway house. He said they abused him and were mean to him.” Burdette says her son was shot outside his brother’s home. “My son lost his life for nothing, for 82 days,” she said. “That’s wrong.” Burdette says her son had been working at a dollar store in Charleston.” (159)

“Aaron M. Parker, 20, died Friday but stopped breathing briefly after an altercation last week with police outside of a Burger King on Tennessee Street. … on Feb. 10, At about 10:40 p.m. Parker was reportedly naked and “acting erratically” – described in a TPD recount of the incident as “excited delirium” – outside of the restaurant. He was bleeding, sweating profusely and lying in the median of West Tennessee Street. Traffic was shut down in an attempt to limit his interaction with passing vehicles. Saturday, crime scene tape remained along a fence in the median. Officers attempted to subdue him and he began to punch violently, according to TPD, and hit an officer. Sgt. David Northway used his Taser and handcuffed him. … Parker was given sedatives by emergency medical service officials to keep him from overheating, was loaded into an ambulance and stopped breathing. He was revived by CPR and hospitalized. The cause of his death is still being investigated.” (160)

” … after fatally shooting a man early Saturday morning at the Coco Loco club. Officers were responding to the nightclub at 602 Pilgrim St. in Inwood after a report came in at 2:35 a.m. of multiple altercations inside and outside the establishment, Berkeley County Prosecutor Catie Wilkes Delligatti said Saturday afternoon at a news conference. When officers arrived on the scene, they discovered a man shooting a gun in the club parking lot as patrons were exiting the building, Delligatti said. The man was then fatally shot by deputies.” (161)

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

Another Message To #Resist

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on February 16, 2018

‘Resist White Supremacy’: A sign. A farm. And the fury that followed. This story floated onto facebook. The easily amused PG took the bait. Someone put a sign in the yard, saying #resist white supremacy. Some people did not like it, and said so on facebook. We are required to have an opinion.

“Maybe we should change ‘rise and resist’ to ‘resist white supremacy’…,” Lily Cox-Richard texted her. “That way, if someone takes a picture of one of our signs to post and says they are ‘saddened’ or ‘disappointed,’ they will be explicitly revealing themselves as the racist that they are.” … The vitriol only intensified in the hours that followed, which baffled Aaron. Who, other than a white supremacist, would be offended by a message condemning white supremacy? She also understood, though, that this is America in 2018, a time of such fierce division that even voicing opposition to the ugliest beliefs could be twisted or taken out of context.”

Putting labels on people, and using that label to justify badmouthing them, is an ugly practice. In Christianity obsessed America, what you believe is more important than what you do. When a person says, “Yes, generally speaking, we are comfortable excluding white supremacists,” the next step is to identify these horrible people, so you can hate on them, and feel good about yourself for doing so.

There is another reason for not appreciating the #rws message. Cox Farms appears to be located on a busy road. People have things on their mind when they are driving through there. The idiot behind you is upset because you are not driving fast enough. Your boss is insane, your co-workers are insane, and you are starting to fit in. Can I get ten percent off my auto insurance?

And now, some social justice poser is calling you a white supremacist. Did anyone ask for their opinion? Why should you care what those self important people think? This is just one more attack on your peace of mind. It is not always appreciated. And if you object, you must be a RACIST. Remember, RACIST is the worst thing you can say about someone in today’s America. If someone does not enjoy your unsolicited opinion, you respond by calling them the worst insult possible.

The average person sees thousands of messages a day. Most, though not all, are filtered out. Everybody is shouting, and very few are heard. When they don’t get the required response, they shout louder, and insult you for not having the correct reaction. Do we really need some self described hippie lecturing you on white supremacy, when you are just trying to go to the grocery store?

In the end, it did not really matter. “On Monday, Aaron wrote a follow-up post, thanking the thousands of people who had offered support (and who vastly outnumbered the critics)” This was a waste of time. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

Jesus Gets A New Nickname

Posted in History, Holidays, Library of Congress, Music, Poem, Religion by chamblee54 on February 14, 2018







There is a video making the rounds now. The title involves Jesus, and a certain racial slur, delicately known as the N word. The video is embedded above. You can feel the magic for yourself.

Here is a story about the song, with the edgy language bleeped. “One pastor is trying to spread the word of God with an edgy rap song. The rapping pastor and his wife claim they have “Christian swag” while tossing around the n-word. … The video of the rapping pastor was recently uploaded to YouTube but it’s not clear when it was filmed. It was taken at a church in Iowa which closed in 2004.” Another helpful interneter has the lyrics.

In case you didn’t know, Pastor Jim Colerick, and Mrs Mary-Sue Colerick, are melanin deficient. They are, as Bette Midler once said about Karen Carpenter, so white they are invisible. It is not considered good manners for Caucasians to use this word, with or without salvation.

There is another angle to this equation. Many Jesus worshipers see not using cusswords as a sign of righteousness. As a result, many Jesus worshipers use the words G-d, and Jesus Christ, as tools of their anger. This violates the third commandment. Now, this use of a sacred name, as profanity, is being extended to using a sacred name as a racial slur. Someone is always ready to manipulate language to serve an agenda.

When you call a book “the word of G-d”, you give certain words too much power. When you designate the lazy way of saying black as a super duper naughty word, you give those six letters way too much power. Now, we see the convergence of these two taboos. Let the party begin.

This is a repost. Pictures of Pastor and Mrs. Colerick are taken from the video. The other images are from The Library of Congress. Jack Delano was the photographer in December 1942.







Truth Or Non-Fiction

Posted in Library of Congress, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on February 12, 2018

display of a link on this page does not indicate approval of content ~ … Men, women, and murder: gender-specific differences in rates of fatal violence and victimization. … homicides that occurred in the United States between 1976 and 1987. Only cases that involved victims aged 15 years or older were included. Persons killed during law enforcement activity and cases in which the victim’s gender was not recorded were excluded. A total of 215,273 homicides were studied, 77% of which involved male victims and 23% female victims. Although the overall risk of homicide for women was substantially lower than that of men … ~ Expanded Homicide Data Table 1 Total 15,070 male 11,821 female 3,208 ~ UNG professor Joshua Cuevas exposes online harassment ~ A New Reality? The Far Right’s Use of Cyberharassment against Academics One commenter suggested they alter a screenshot they had created to make it appear as though I had used the term nigger. ~ It was disappointing to see how easily so many people were duped. I was not surprised that visitors to the white supremacist website had fallen prey to the fabrications of one of their own, but I would have hoped that others would have had the evaluative skills to see through this transparent ruse. ~ Words You Can’t Say ~ transcript ~ @realbuntyking My position on the Alt-Right and this callout culture we’ve built. ~ Don’t fall for the star-spangled voodoo history ~ church ~ Trying to be a Nice Guy: Consent and Queer Rape Culture in the wake of Ansari-gate ~ In Conversation: Quincy Jones ~ The Confederate General Who Was Erased ~ Widow Says Yes, He Did Bang Brando … And There’s No Shame ~ Famous actress calls out Atlanta restaurant: ‘I can’t believe this!’ ~ @Lesdoggg Ok dam I wanted a nice meal and wow Atlanta Fish Market gave me the worse service I’ve EVER gotten. Then instead of the manager coming to make it better, he came and gave me the worse attitude EVER! I can’t believe this! ~ The Most Dangerous Gay Man in America Fought Violence With Violence ~ Principles of Adult Behavior ~ A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes ~ mtv decoded 1:28 There are tumblrs and twitter accounts dedicated to documenting these racist messages and when i want to feel even worse about the world i read them ~ Beyond Burkhart’s: Black folks pay price for LGBTQ Atlanta racism ~ storycorps ~ Stop Tone Policing My Outrage at this President ~ Ban These 5 Words From Your Corporate Values Statement Ethical, Teamwork, Authentic, Fun, Customer-oriented ~ Here’s what war with North Korea would look like ~ Former Burkhart’s GM speaks out on racism controversy ~ I Am Midtown movement members allege residents harassing MSR, Blake’s, TEN ~ Shakedown gone wrong! 100% avoidable (what do I know). To all those who refuse to roll over, keep it up. We need more hero’s like you. Rip Tierre Guthrie ~ @mbsycamore It’s funny when you separate your bookshelves into fiction and nonfiction, and then you think you might have lost that book, where is it, it’s not with the others by the same author, but then you realize oh, it’s in the other section. @chamblee54 Do other languages have the fiction/nonfiction binary? I was going to say truth or fiction, then I realized that truth or nonfiction was more accurate. ~ The chrome is on that hitch for a reason. It is not meant to be sucked off. ~ @GlennLoury .@JohnHMcWhorter you don’t hear excrescence very often, but spell check recognizes it, so it must be real ~ your pal Ta-Nehisi Coates was on wtf podcast recently he too is getting tired of talking about race ~ This may not solve your problem, but drink lots of water. The discs on your spine are full of fluid, and if they dry out there are problems. I am not familiar with your specific situation, and do not know if this will help. I will say that this usually helps me when my back is feeling gnarly, and probably would not hurt to try. ~ 60% of gun violence deaths are in this country are women 51:11 ~ I just got a call from a political survey. They asked five questions. Are you talking on a land line or a cell phone? Are you in a place where you can talk without endangering yourself or any others? Are you democrat, republican, independent, or something else? After answering something else, Do you lean closer to the democrats or the republicans? I answered the last question, and the lady thanked me for my time. ~ Hopefully The United States will not be invaded by Germany. Mr. Stalin, for all his shortcomings, did have some issues to deal with ~ If @QuincyDJones dated @IvankaTrump , then is @realDonaldTrump really a #racist? ~ Russ Meyer had a movie titled Vixen It played at a dirty movie house on the Peachtree Street strip, during the hippie era They had a phone number you could call, and *Vixen* would invite you to come see her I called that number about a dozen times ~ The democrats said, Dear Racist voters, your vote will never be missed You see how that turned out ~ #GeorgeWBush There is pretty clear evidence that the United States interfered in the 2005 Iraqi elections ~ Kurt Vonnegut has become somewhat of a liberal icon, a Pall Mall smoking gargoyle of grooviness. ~ pictures for this foggy lundi gras morning are from The Library of Congress. ~ selah

Gloomy Sunday

Posted in History, Library of Congress, Music by chamblee54 on February 11, 2018







Billie Holiday had a hit with Gloomy Sunday in 1941. The legend is that people would listen to the song, and kill themselves. As a result, the song was banned from the radio. Or was it?
Gloomy Sunday was written in 1933 by Rezső Seress. Additional lyrics were later written by László Jávor. It became known as the “Hungarian Suicide Song”, and was reportedly banned in Hungary. An English translation (which is said to not do justice to the original Hungarian) was rendered.

Gloomy Sunday has a melancholy sound, even as an instrumental. The story is about a person…it is not gender specific…who decides to join a loved one who has died. A third verse was added, to the english version, where the singer says it was all a dream.

Gloomy Sunday became popular in the United States. And the suicide stories started to spread, along with rumors that the song had been banned from the radio. (It was indeed banned by the BBC.) There are indications that these rumors were part of a publicity campaign.

The urban legend busters snopes. calls the story “undetermined”. Legends like this get a life of their own. A grieving person hearing this song on a dreary Sunday is not going to be uplifted. One thing is known for sure…the original composer did take his own life. Rezső Seress jumped off a tall building in Budapest in 1968. The legend is he had never had another hit song after writing “Gloomy Sunday”. This repost has pictures from The Library of Congress.







Killed By Police February 10

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on February 11, 2018

18 people were Killed By Police in the United States last week. Here are the links: 121 Alan Greenough 122 123 Billy Ray Riggs Jr 124 Anthony Weber 125 Ernie Lizana 126 Jason Richard Sienze 127 Manuel Zetina 128 James Hobbs 129 Alex Duran 130 131 Hugo Steven Selva 132 Paul Mono 133 Vaneesa L. Hopson 134 Lloyd Harris 135 Tierre Guthrie 136 137 Ricardo Enrique Colon 138

10 of the victims were white. (121, 123, 125, 126, 128, 129, 131, 133, 134, 137) 2 of the victims were black. (124, 135) 2 of the victims were latino. (127, 130) The race of 4 of the victims is unknown. (122, 132, 136, 138) 133 Vaneesa L. Hopson was female.

4 of the victims fired at an officer. (123, 125, 127, 135) Law Enforcement Officers died in incidents 127 and 135. 5 of the victims displayed a weapon. (126, 129, 132, 134, 138) 2 of the victims were suicidal (128, 137) A taser was used on 4 victims (122, 130, 131, 137)

Two Law Enforcement Officers died in reported incidents this week. “Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey also said during the press conference that the officers were responding to a motor vehicle theft, encountered a suspect, Manuel Zetina, struggled with him and then gun shots rang out around 4 p.m. local time. A civilian was injured and rushed to a local hospital. Two El Paso County Sheriff officers were struck and are hospitalized. A male suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.” “El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said Deputy Micah Flick, 34, was killed on what was his 11th anniversary at the sheriff’s office.” (127)

” Authorities identified Officer Chase Maddox, 26, as the Locust Grove police officer that was killed during the incident.” “According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, deputies Michael D. Corley and Ralph Sidwell Callaway were serving a bench warrant on a suspect, later identified as 39-year-old Tierre Guthrie for failure to appear in Locust Grove municipal court. “It became apparent that the suspect was not going to go with police, which is why a Locust Grove officer was called in to assist,” said Henry County Sheriff Kenneth McBrayer. An altercation occurred and the suspect fired shots through the door, authorities said. The suspect was shot and killed by police on the scene, which was inside a home on St. Francis Court near the Tanger Outlet.” (135)

” Police responded to a Main Street residence just before 4 p.m. for a report of an alleged assault involving the victim, who was a household member. The reported victim of the assault was no longer in the residence when the police arrived. His identity and whereabouts are not known at this time. Police located the suspect (Alan Greenough) inside the residence, which was dead-bolted from the inside. By the time officers were able to enter the residence the suspect had fled the premises, say police. Reading police searched the surrounding areas for the man until around 4:30 p.m., when a Reading police officer located and fired at the suspect.” (121)

“Sheriff’s deputies were searching for the man, who was suspected of criminal activity. They found him in his backyard in the 40,000 block of 176th Street East in Lake Los Angeles, an unincorporated community east of Palmdale. A sheriff’s spokesman said that although the man was initially cooperative, he suddenly turned and punched a deputy, sending him to the ground. The man then jumped onto the fallen deputy and continued to attack him, the spokesman said. A second deputy used a Taser on the man. But according to a spokesman, the shock had no effect. The man then turned and tackled the deputy to the ground, the spokesman said. A neighbor intervened and the man was ultimately placed in handcuffs. Soon after, deputies reportedly noticed the man’s breathing was labored and that he was unresponsive. They tried to revive him with CPR, as did officials with the fire department, but their efforts were unsuccessful, officials said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of his death remains under investigation. Neighbors told NBC4 that the man was a former Marine who may have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.” (122)

“Authorities say deputies were called to the area because a young man (Anthony Weber) was reported pointing a handgun at a motorist. Arriving deputies said the boy had a handgun tucked into his waistband before he ran, prompting the deputies to chase after him. According to sheriff’s spokeswoman Deputy Wally Bracks, when the boy turned toward the deputies, they fired at him. “The subject was struck several times in the upper body by gunfire and collapsed at the location,” she said. He was pronounced dead at the scene and no gun has been found yet. “Deputies saw a gun when the shooting occurred. Then with the 30 to 40 people that came out of the apartment complex. They were trying to maintain security of that and they believe that at some point somebody may have reached in and may have taken the gun,” said LA County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Chris Bergner.” (124)

“James Hobbs, 59, was a fugitive on the run when he was shot and killed at a St. Augustine hotel Tuesday. The U.S. Marshals Office and the FBI were tracking him since he fled from New Hampshire to Florida following a warrant for his arrest on charges of aggravated sexual assault on a child. Previously, Hobbs practiced law as an attorney in New Hampshire until he was charged with defrauding several clients out of thousands of dollars back in 2005 and the Supreme Court requested he be disbarred…. Public Information Officer Chuck Mulligan said all three law enforcement officers fired multiple shots after Hughes answered the door at the hotel. “At some point, he did not comply and made sudden movements that all three people perceived as a threat and each person fired their gun multiple times,” Mulligan said, they cannot rule out “suicide by cop” as an attempt by Hobbs since he was not armed at the door, nor did he have any weapons in his room.” (128)

“At about 9:30 a.m., authorities heard that the man shot a woman at a shopping center in the 1600 block of South Dixie Highway in Lake Worth, just north of Lantana. When Fire-Rescue workers arrived, the woman was gone; people told them she had been driven to a hospital. But she was in the car with the man (Hugo Steven Selva) who shot her. “About 15 minutes after that, we started getting calls that there was a vehicle, a black Nissan Rogue, on the northbound lane going south,” Bradshaw told reporters along the highway’s off-ramp. The sheriff’s office said late Wednesday that it believes the man entered I-95 at Southern Boulevard. A Palm Beach Post editor said he was heading to work at about 9:45 a.m. and was northbound just north of 10th Avenue North when a black SUV raced south past him in the breakdown lane, coming so close it shook his car. The chase ended with the three crashes near Lantana Road, where the motorist’s car became disabled and caught fire. Several deputies and an FHP trooper confronted the driver, whom authorities hadn’t identified as of Wednesday evening. The trooper tried to subdue him with a Taser, but it misfired, Bradshaw said. At that point, he said, a deputy standing alongside shot and killed the man.” (131)

“Mono was struck by gunfire after deputies responded to the 600 block of Avenida Sevilla, located in the retirement community of Laguna Woods Village, following a report of “shots fired” in the area on Tuesday afternoon. Contractor Dennis Metzler, who witnessed the deputy-involved shooting, told KTLA he was in the process of remodeling Mono’s home when he and one his colleagues — a realtor he identified as Jennifer — stopped by the residence to deliver floor plans to their client. Metzler said he was waiting outside while his colleague chatted with the man about the remodel when the situation abruptly escalated. “He started screaming and yelling and doing things, then he threatened me by name. Said he wanted to kill me. Then I heard Jennifer say, ‘Paul put the gun down,'” Metzler recalled. At that point, he called 911, and authorities arrived on scene around 2:10 p.m. Deputies entered the home and ordered the man to surrender and drop his weapon, according to Metzler. He said he heard his client yell for deputies to shoot him. It was unclear what transpired immediately after that, but Metzler recalled hearing five gunshots. After that, Mono was transported to a hospital in unknown condition.” (132)

“Police say a 35-year-old Olympia woman died after she was “chemically restrained.” Olympia Police Lt. Sam Costello says firefighters responded to a fire alarm at an apartment complex early Wednesday and learned that a woman (Vaneesa L. Hopson) had pulled the fire alarm while in crisis. Police say the woman apparently was “suffering from mental illness and/or acute effects of substance abuse.” Police say officers talked to the woman and determined she needed to be detained for a mental health evaluation. Police say the officers got the woman into restraints and that she began fighting them. Police say officers placed the woman on the ground and restrained her while paramedics administered medication to her. Police say shortly thereafter the woman stopped breathing and efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. Costello said he didn’t know exactly what type of medication she was given.” (133)

“A call was circulated for a memorial march this evening, drawing links between disability justice and police abolition. Approximately 50 people gathered at Percival Landing. There were a few words shared, then a moment of silence for Vaneesa, then the group took to the streets led by a banner which read “John T. Williams – Kayla Moore – Vaneesa Hopson – Disability Justice Means Abolish the State.” The group marched to city hall and back to Percival Landing chanting “Say her name! Vaneesa Hopson! and “OPD are murderers!” Protesters wrote graffiti including “ACAB” and other expressions of hatred for the police. Many bystanders were engaged in conversation and informed that OPD killed someone this morning some joined the march and the numbers grew. It’s important to not let the city sweep Vaneesa under the rug. Memory is a weapon. This whole time the police were noticeably absent. One would not typically expect them to take such a hands-off approach to a 40+ person march with a significant faction in black. The group turned around again after reaching the western end of downtown, spotted a police cruiser on Capitol, and walked toward it. Upon coming within half a block of the cruiser, it pulled a u-turn and sped away from the group, which then started up 4th again. At this point an angry driver in a silver Toyota Tundra (Washington license plate C02957G) decided he was tired of being reminded of the violence of the state and began inching forward into the crowd. Many people got in front of him to prevent him from plowing through. Unfortunately he then accelerated, hitting multiple protesters and sending several people flying. He sped off going east through downtown. At this point it got pretty chaotic. Medics got the most seriously injured person – who hit the pavement face down – off to the sidewalk and began administering first aid. Others attempted to keep other motorists back, at which point another angry driver in a small blue car pulled a gun and began threatening the crowd. Then the cops showed up in riot gear with rifles drawn, and advanced on the group from the direction of Washington Street. Of course the cops ignored people yelling “He’s got a gun!” The cops pointed their “less lethal” guns at the crowd including the medics and their patients forcing them to clear the area.” (133)

“Harris was seen driving a car on Golf Course Road and a police officer recognized him as someone who had a federal warrant for his arrest that listed him as “armed and dangerous,” according to police. Harris was also wanted in connection with a recent felony assault that occurred in a different jurisdiction in the Bay Area, and was a person of interest in a previous Antioch homicide case, authorities said. … After being contacted by police on Thursday, Harris did not respond to an officer’s commands and was shot while in his vehicle. When he was removed from the car, a realistic-looking BB gun fell to the ground from Harris’ waist.” (134)

“According to GBI spokesperson Nelly Miles, the situation began around 2:20 p.m. when Atlanta officers spotted a stolen vehicle out of Gwinnett County and requested help from the Georgia State Patrol. Miles said Atlanta officers attempted to pull over the vehicle but the driver refused. A trooper then attempted to disable the vehicle with a PIT maneuver on Doane Street but it failed. The suspect continued trying to evade the trooper but ended up hitting an Atlanta police patrol vehicle. “From that point during the collision, the trooper did fire shots striking him,” Miles said. But the driver continued his getaway attempt ultimately crashing into another car along the street. What followed is still a matter of investigation, however, Miles said. What she could confirm was that the trooper is OK while the suspect is dead. It’s still unclear if the suspect was killed by the shots, the collisions or a combination of the two.” (136)

“It happened at about 4 p.m. on Honey Lane in Grant-Valkaria. A family member said Ricardo Enrique Colon, 35, was in the process of cutting his arms. Deputies Kelly Dobson and Jose Santos responded to the 911 call and tried to stop him. “He aggressively came toward them, and again, they attempted to use (something) less lethal in the deployment of a Taser, but that was unsuccessful,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. Deputies said the man appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. It’s unclear if both deputies opened fire or how many times the man was shot. Colon died Friday at the hospital.” (137)

Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

Frank Zappa

Posted in Library of Congress, Music, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on February 10, 2018

The first time PG saw the word Zappa, it was on an item at the Poster Hut. It showed a man sitting on a commode, with the words Phi Zappa Krappa rendered above. The poser, Frank Zappa, later said “I’m probably more famous for sitting on the toilet than for anything else that I do.”

It was 1969, give or take a bit. FZ was already well known in some hip circles. His band, the Mothers of Invention, played at something called the Cosmic Carnival at Atlanta Stadium, where the music lovers were actually allowed onto the field. PG paid $1.98 for a copy of We’re Only in It for the Money at the Woolco on Buford Hiway. Years later, he would pay $16.00 for a CD of this piece of work.

The records started to come out like clockwork, with or without the Mothers. FZ started to become a star, with an appeal to druggies who fancied themselves intellectual. It should be noted that FZ was notoriously anti drug. His music made fun of the establishment and counterculture with equal glee. FZ was also a capitalist, known to be tight fisted when it came to paying hired hands. He stayed with his second wife, Gail, until his death, and produced four children… Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen.

The concerts came to town every year or so, and people liked them. A show at the Fox Theater in 1974 may have caught FZ at his peak. PG heard the raves about this show until he bought a ticket for his next show. This was in 1975, at the Municipal Auditorium. PG brought a half pint in with him, and didn’t remember a lot later, except some song about the Illinois Eneman Bandit.

Life goes on. Nine years later, FZ was in legal hell with a former manager, and could only make money by touring. One night, a friend had an extra ticket to a show. PG arrived after the band had started, and FZ was playing a fine guitar solo. This was going to be good.

Only it wasn’t. The rest of the show was social commentary. The man had opinions on everything, and was generous with them. At one point, the band started to sing “He’s so gay”, while a double headed dildo was lowered from the ceiling. PG thinks he heard FZ sing “one day you might be gay too”, but by then it really didn’t matter.

Frank Zappa was many things to many people. He had lots of opinions, which were dutifully recorded by the press. Here are a few .

Rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, in order to provide articles for people who can’t read. // I think that if a person doesn’t feel cynical then they’re out of phase with the 20th century. Being cynical is the only way to deal with modern civilization, you can’t just swallow it whole. // When God created Republicans, he gave up on everything else. // Let’s not be too rough on our own ignorance; it’s what makes America great! // The U.S. is a mere pup tent of a civilization. We’ve got two hundred years of stupidity behind us and we think we’re right up there with everyone else who’s been doing it for thousands of years. // Beauty is a pair of shoes that makes you wanna die. // After all, he wrote this book here, and in the book it says he made us all to be just like him! So if we’re dumb, then God is dumb — and maybe even a little ugly on the side. // Remember there’s a big difference between kneeling down and bending over. // Do you think you are protecting somebody by taking away seven words? // For the record, folks; I never took a shit on stage and the closest I ever came to eating shit anywhere was at a Holiday Inn buffet in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in 1973. // If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you how to do your shit, then YOU DESERVE IT. // There is no hell. There is only France. // The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced. // Children are naïve — they trust everyone. School is bad enough, but, if you put a child anywhere in the vicinity of a church, you’re asking for trouble. // People make a lot of fuss about my kids having such supposedly ‘strange names’, but the fact is that no matter what first names I might have given them, it is the last name that is going to get them in trouble. //

The reviews at Amazon sometimes have insights into the truth about an artist. Here are a few one star reviews of We’re Only in It for the Money.

I just don’t get this October 11, 2010 By Neomorphus “Neomorphus” (Superior, Colorado)
This is unlistenable. I could only get half way through before giving up. Too clever for me.

Put the kettle on June 7, 2006 By Noddy Box (New York)
This high-pitched snit fit might rouse the odd smirk if all you’ve consumed is a cup of tea and a Digestive biscuit but on no account listen to it under the influence of anything stronger because then you’re liable to prang right into a hectoring bore who comes off like some renegade member of the school debating team rehearsing his–fnarr fnarr–naughty rhyming rebuttals. Farting around in Edgar Varese’s old corduroys is all well and good but this breathtakingly condescending harangue sounds depressingly like–dear oh dear–social commentary. Jacobs Cream Crackers but is there anything more tedious than windy social commentary set to popular music? And the exhortation to read Kafka in the liner notes? Please Frank, rock stars should never mix their drinks, or at least not so the stitches show. Zappa is much more bearable when he takes his own advice, shuts his cakehole and plays guitar. Like on Hot Rats, where the only vocal is the sublime Beefy on Willie the Pimp and Frank in the kitchen the whole time cooking up a kettle of wordless aural gumbo–a movie for the ears I think he called it, something like that anyway, it’s right there on the sleeve, good description at any rate of one of the authentically crunchy Zappa records. Well he did release over sixty of them after all, I mean he was bound to get it right once or twice, wasn’t he? So toss this turkey on the fire and get yourself out onna porch of the Lido Hotel.

This is a repost. one, two, three, four posts are used. Your archive is your friend.

Former Dunwoody resident Aquarium Drunkard weighs in today with a nifty video. It is Frank Zappa, appearing on a TV show discussing censorship. FZ more than holds his own, and makes many good points about the nature of language and censorship. His contention is that censorship is about words, and that words in and of themselves are powerless. Wikipedia contributes this quote:
“What do you make of a society that is so primitive that it clings to the belief that certain words in its language are so powerful that they could corrupt you the moment you hear them?” FZ had a way with words… “Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read. ”
I was in high school when I first heard about Frank Zappa. It was in the original Poster Hut, a ramshackle building on Cheshire Bridge Road that is vacant 38 years later. There was a poster, with the words
PHI ZAPPA KRAPPA Below the saying was a picture of Frank Zappa on a commode. To compare that image of FZ on the throne to the sight of him on a TV show surrounded by windbags…he is seated both times.
I did not get that poster of PZK, but I did get a dayglo poster of Janis Joplin. I didn’t notice the exposed nipple on the drawing. When Mom saw it, she was horrified.
” I trusted you!” In my shame, I took a magic marker and covered over the fluorescent fuchsia mammary.
Back to FZ on CNN. The guitar picker made a lot of sense. One of the pundits threw the founding fathers at FZ, who replied that the FF were slave owners and that Ben Franklin was a wildman. FZ said we were heading to a fascist theocracy. Are we there yet? One whiner mentioned that his band was called the Mothers of Invention. FZ did not mention that the original name had been the mothers, and a record label made them add “of invention”.Finally, the four man part of the show was over. The two primary whiners agreed that rock music had some gnarly words, but did we really trust the government to intervene.
Frank Zappa was a parent. His four children are Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva … Al Capp, born Alfred Gerald Caplin, was a piece of work. Mr. Capp did not keep his opinions to himself. When PG was a kid, he heard Mr. Capp appearing on an NBC radio show, Monitor. This was about the time he called Joan Baez “Joanie Phonie,” and got some bad press.

At the age of nine, a trolly accident cost Mr. troll Capp his left leg. Years later, an urban legend arose. “in a televised face-off, either Capp (on the Dick Cavett Show) or (more commonly) conservative talk show host Joe Pyne (on his own show) is supposed to have taunted iconoclastic musician Frank Zappa about his long hair, asking Zappa if he thought he was a girl. Zappa is said to have replied, “You have a wooden leg; does that make you a table?” (Both Capp and Pyne had wooden legs.)









Recently, the world of flaky internet quotes has discovered Frank Zappa. The “sexually incontinent rock innovator” died December 4, 1993. (His wife Gail passed away October 7, 2025.) Recently, some alleged quotes have hit the ether. Some people need to get out more. This is a repost.

This item was recently featured in chamblee54. @SlavojTweezek “”Communism doesn’t work,” Frank Zappa said, “because people like to own stuff.” Idiot. What do people’s likes have to do with communism?” This quote is plausible. Frank Zappa was a capitalist. He liked owning stuff, especially his own music. It should be easy to find a source. However, the best google can come up with is a compilation, “Quotes of Zappa,” in W. C. Privy’s Original Bathroom Companion.”

This morning, facebook had a meme. It had a picture of FZ, with the quote “Politics is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex.” In the time that it takes to say Camarillo Brillo, Mr. Google turned up a reddit commentary.

“While the quote is frequently listed as, ““Government is the entertainment division of the military-industrial complex,” I could find no primary source. It appears to contradict the actual quote from a 1987 interview with Keyboard magazine where he is decidedly pro-government but anti-bullshit politics.” (FZ did say “art in the service of politics usually makes for boring art.” Why do people make up quotes for memes, when the real thing is better?)

Speculating what a dead man would say is a tricky business. FZ was known for strong opinions, and a finely tuned BS detector. (That is bovine excrement, not Bernie Sanders.) FZ died while the internet was just getting started, and years before some of today’s permutations and perversions. It is easy to imagine FZ making rude comments about people misquoting dead guitar heroes.

Speaking of politics and cynical guitar cadavers, the current poster boi for trendy privilege is Bernie Sanders. If you “feel the Bern,” you might want to skip over the rest of this post, and look at the pictures. (These pictures are from The Library of Congress.) While BS is arguably less evil than Hitlery, he still leaves a great deal to be desired. BS is making extravagant promises that he will be totally unable to keep. BS is taking the concept of telling people what they want to hear to new depths. Yes, this is part of what FZ meant when saying rude things about politicians.

Today, PG saw a fundraising appeal for BS. Against his better judgment, PG made the comment “Bernie $anders.” The fun started almost immediately.

This campaign is for monthly recurring contributions. And Luther, campaigning requires money. The alternative to grassroots support is a country run by wealthy interests. Which would you prefer? ~
I realize that campaigning for political office requires money. My comment was a bit of recreational $nark. B$ can take a joke. … “The alternative to grassroots support is a country run by wealthy interests.” I am not sure about that comparison. Hitlery can make more in one corporate blowjob than BS can in a month of grass roots support. BHO did not get a billion dollars for his reelection from five dollar contributions. While the concept of grassroots support is uplifting, the sordid reality is that we live in a bribe-ocracy. ~ Your cynicism is less than accurate and certainly less than appealing. ~ Luther, just don’t vote and stay out of discussions about voting. OK?

















The current WTF Podcast features Moon Zappa. At no time does she say grody, gag me with a spoon, or boofoos. Today, she is the divorced mother of an eight year old, and buys quality apple butter.

Moon is the daughter of the late Frank Zappa. FZ did not do drugs, smoked Winston cigarettes, and spent all his time working on music. The four children, Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva, called the parents Frank and Gail. Mrs. Zappa stays busy these days selling her husbands music.

Once, Moon broke a finger in school. She called Gail, and waited. Eventually, the family Rolls Royce pulled up. Gail was driving, with Frank in the passenger seat. Frank quit driving when his first drivers license expired. Before taking Moon to the ER, they stopped to get Frank a burrito.

Gail and Moon were walking to the store one day, when Moon was very little. A car stopped, and tried to pick up Gail. Moon screamed “Fuck off pervert.”

Captain Beefheart was at the Zappa house one time. He had made a hole in the side of his nose with a pencil. When a finger was put over the other nostril, the nose became a whistle.

While listening to this show, PG was editing pictures from The Library of Congress. Some of these images appear with this feature.