How To Make A YouTube Link

Posted in Library of Congress, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on March 18, 2020

“Pandemic Politics…” was a typical podcast promotion tweet. The show featured @robertwrighter and @DamonLinker. It is part of the tsunami of commentary on COVID-19. Replies to this tweet sparked this post. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

@Ty_Lookwell “Still feeling so “optimistic about the freak out” and “impressed” as when you recorded this a few days ago?” @robertwrighter “those aren’t direct quotes, right? e.g., did I ever use the word ‘optimistic’ without ‘guardedly’ in front of it? and, yes, i’m impressed with how dramatically we’re altering our lifestyles in response to this.”

01 – What exactly did Bob say? It is easy to find out. First, open the YouTube file of the conversation. The chat also appeared on

02 – There is a line of stuff under the title. It starts with the number of views, and the broadcast date. At the far right side, you will see three dots. (…) Click on those three dots. A three part menu will appear. Click on the middle option, “Open transcript.” A window will appear next to the viewer.

03 – Click anywhere in this window. Hit cntrl+A. Hit cntrl+C. Open a blank word document. Hit cntrl+V. Save the document. This is a transcript of the conversation.

04 – Hit cntrl+F. Type “optimistic” into the window for “Find what.” You will quickly find this:
we’ll see III but a big question is how
rapidly do we get the problem under
control and I have to say …

05 – With a bit of digital elbow grease, or a nifty program, you can reduce this. 06:19 “but a big question is how rapidly do we get the problem under control and I have to say I’ve gotten more optimistic as a result of the freakout we are taking dramatic measures are being taken almost none of them as a result of political guidance”

06 – The next step is to make a link to the comment. On YouTube, you make a comment. Include the time that the remark started. When the comment is published, the starting time will be in blue type. This means a link has been created. Click on that link, or right click, and choose “Open Link in New Tab.” You now have a link to the comment.

07 – If the comments are closed, you can still make a link. Copy the url into a blank tab. To the end of the url, add &t=xxxs . In place of the xxx before the s, insert the number of seconds, from the start of the video. For the clip above, the number of seconds is 379, or 06 minutes and 19 seconds (06:19.) The added code for this link is &t=379s. Once you have added this to the end of the url, hit enter. The video should start at the correct time. also allows you to make a link. These were known, at one time, as a “Dingle link.” On top of the viewer, you see a blue arrow jumping out of a square. Click on that icon. In the options, you see “or choose a specific part to share.” Enter the starting time in the “Start at” box, and the shut up time in the “Stop at” box. As if by magic, you now have a link to the comment.

The Privilege Of Joyce Carol Oates

Posted in Library of Congress, Race, The Internet by chamblee54 on March 6, 2020





Joyce Carol Oates appeared on Bookworm 03/05/2015. She was promoting The Sacrifice: A Novel. TSAN is a work of fiction, based on the Tawana Brawley rape allegations. Here is what the show says:

“In The Sacrifice (Ecco), a novel drawn from a notorious racially-steeped case of the late eighties, Joyce Carol Oates speaks of the domino-effect that started with one sacrifice and led to another and another, eventually eviscerating an entire town. By inhabiting her characters from the marginal to the central, Joyce Carol Oates asks herself “what would I do?” In this way she brings emotional clarity to the chaos of public experience.”

As you might recall, Tawana Brawly accused men of raping her. This created a firestorm of controversy. As the book sales pitch says, ” domino-effect … eventually eviscerating an entire town.” When the authorities investigated, the story by Miss Brawley was seen to be a lie.

At the 7:30 mark in the show, JCO said “The tremendous impact of Ferguson MO and the aftermath of the Eric Garner case in New York City are relatively recent and this has a snowballing or avalanche effect on the protests across the nation have been very exhilarating and very wonderful and I’m completely on the side of the protesters”

There are things you can say about the protests over Eric Garner and Michael Brown. There is a lot of turmoil. People saying hateful things about their neighbor. Relations between black people and white people have suffered. This is what JCO calls exhilarating and wonderful.

Many people feel caught in the middle. Yes, there is a problem with the way some policemen treat black people. There is also a lot of heated misinformation being distributed. If you don’t believe everything you are told, you might be called a racist. This is what JCO calls exhilarating and wonderful. JCO clearly has a certain amount of privilege.

Typical of the Ferguson rhetoric is a piece in PuffHo, The 10 Kinds of Trolls You Will Encounter When Talking About Mike Brown. Number two, after “The Full-Blown Racist Troll,” is “The “Wait for Evidence” Troll.” No matter how many times you are lied to, if you don’t believe what you hear, you are a troll and a racist.

This blog posted a poem in November, when the Missouri grand jury released a decision. This decision was recently confirmed by the Department of Justice, albeit accompanied by stories of police misconduct. The poem said that justice should not be a popularity contest. The men Tawana Brawly accused might agree. O.J. Simpson probably has a few thoughts on the subject as well.

The next day, there was an anonymous comment at chamblee54. “Thanks Luthor, your racism never disappoints.” This is what JCO calls exhilarating and wonderful. This repost has pictures from from The Library of Congress. These are Confederate soldiers from the War Between the States.






Posted in Library of Congress, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on February 28, 2020







There is a festive graphic going around on facebook. It is about bullying, which no one is going to say they like. Like gossiping, it is a custom which few will admit to, but many practice. The definition is elastic, and gets bigger every day.

PG agrees with the first part of the graphic. He has been humiliated by Jesus worshipers. The problem with the graphic is the last two sentences.
“Re-post if you are against bullying. I bet 99% of you won’t, but repost this if you’re that 1% with a heart.” Can we say passive aggressive bullying? doctored
The good news is that what can be displayed can be altered. A few minutes with an image manipulation program, and you can doctor the graphic into a more palatable message. It still goes on too long, but that is a problem for someone else. If you want to see the uncensored graphic, go here.

Teddy Roosevelt is a popular former POTUS. He reportedly was fond of saying “bully”. Only that isn’t what he really said. The rough rider used an eight letter word for bovine excrement.

It is said that if a man isn’t a liberal when he is twenty, he doesn’t have a heart, and if he is not a conservative when he is forty he doesn’t have a brain. PG is moving in on twenty plus forty. The possession of a heart, and a brain, is uncertain.

What is evident beyond doubt is the ownership of a gut. When someone tells PG to repost a message to prove he is not a terrible person, it does not agree with his gut.

Today is number two in the chamblee54 series of edited facebook graphics. Here is the original meme. The sanitized version is below. A spelling error was corrected, and the picture is now in grayscale. censor number twox

The salary that elected officials is a tiny part of their income. The real money in public service comes from other sources. The “johns” supporting BHO invested a billion dollars into his reelection. The pension noted on the sign is .022% of that. The same dynamic applies to the other officials on that graphic.

The salary of a soldier in Afghanistan is likewise a small percentage of the total cost. Having a war of choice, paid for with a tax cut, has had a devastating impact on the economy.

This is the first place a cut should be made. This soldier needs to come home. With the money that will be needed for his/her medical care, there will likely be little money saved.

Pictures are from The Library of Congress. This is a double repost.







TED Talk Google Adventure

Posted in Library of Congress, Quotes, The Internet by chamblee54 on February 11, 2020

TED sends me emails, recommending talks. This week, it was The real story of Rosa Parks — and why we need to confront myths about black history. I felt like listening, and clicked on the link.

David Ikard was the TED-talker. His son came home from school, having learned a lesson about Rosa Parks. Unfortunately, he was taught the version where Mrs. Parks is an old lady, whose feet hurt. The truth is that the protest had been planned.

Dr. Ikard was offended that his son was taught the incorrect version of the story. He wanted to have a conference with the teacher. The transcript tells what happens next. “So I’m agonizing over this, primarily because I understand, as an African-American man, that whenever you talk to whites about racism or anything that’s racially sensitive, there’s usually going to be a challenge. This is what white sociologist Robin DiAngelo calls “white fragility.” She argues that, in fact, because whites have so little experience being challenged about their white privilege that whenever even the most minute challenge is brought before them, they usually cry, get angry or run.” At this point, I decided not to listen to any more of the talk.

I got curious about how this turned out. His son taught his own lesson to the class. The teacher saw the error of her ways. That part of the talk has a happy ending. Unfortunately, the talk has eight minutes to go. Dr. Ikard tells another story. If you want to hear this story, you can listen to the talk.

After the second story, Dr. Ikard is talking about race relations in general. He repeats a quote. “Toni Morrison said, “If, in order for you to be tall, I have to be on my knees, you have a serious problem.” She says, “White America has a serious, serious problem.”

I have never read any of Ms. Morrison’s books. I have heard an interview on CBS radio, and seen a couple of videos. The “If, in order for you…” quote sounds like something she might say. However, I wanted to know the context. How did she come to say that?

I highlight the quote, right click, select google search. The only results that I saw, in English, were the TED talk. The next step is to find the Wikiquotes page for Toni Morrison. Control A, Control C, click onto a blank word document, Control V. Save the document as Morrison, to be put in a quote database later. Next, hit Control F. Write a search term in the field, and see what you find. After using tall, knees, order, and serious, as search items, the quote does not appear. It is possible that Ms. Morrison did say that sentence, but, for our purposes, it is not verified.

This is not the first time a Toni Morrison quote has caught my attention. A few years ago, a facebook friend posted a video of Ms. Morrison on the Charlie Rose show. I asked the fbf if he had a link for the video, for which he replied “Google it, sir.” It turns out that the video used creative editing, and did not accurately represent what Ms. Morrison said.

This is the problem with saying “Google it.” A search engine is going to show the searcher information that you might not want them to see. Besides that, saying “Google it” is rude. If you post something on facebook, or a TED talk, you should show where you get your information.

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress.

Non-Racist Or Anti-Racist

Posted in Library of Congress, Race, The Internet by chamblee54 on February 2, 2020







There is a tasteful bit of white guilt porn on the innertubes. The video is from the Guardian, a British enterprise. Are you racist? ‘No’ isn’t a good enough answer. The transcript has 365 words, one for each day of the year. The word for today is and. The most recent tally shows 4,714,039 views on facebook, which does not pay royalties.

The talk is an exercise in semantics. Either you are non-racist, or anti-racist. The possibilities that you are a known-racist is not considered, as is the concept that attitudes about race are nobody else’s business. The speaker, Marlon James, instructs the listener that you MUST be anti-racist. Nothing else will do. This means that you must take some type of action against racism. What exactly you are supposed to do is not specified, but you need to do something.

Mr. James lists five points that the mythical non-racist uses to justify their non-ness. “I’m not a bigot. I don’t sing that ’n’ word when my favorite rap jam comes on. I didn’t vote for that guy. I’m not burning any crosses. I’m not a skinhead.” From these five nots, a certain lifestyle emerges. “What you end up with is an entire moral stance, an entire code for living your life and dealing with all the injustice in the world by not doing a damn thing. That’s the great thing about “non-”: you can put it off by simply rolling over in your bed and going to sleep. So why are you sitting at home and watching things unfold on TV instead of doing something about it? Because you’re a non-racist, not an anti-racist.” Or maybe you are an uncle-racist, and auntie-racist won’t let you do anything.

At no point is a course of anti-racist action suggested. Should you go block traffic on the interstate? Should you vilify a member of your community who expresses incorrect opinions on facebook? Should you go to the state capitol, and talk to your representative about laws you are not familiar with? Exactly what are you supposed to do? Will this action do more harm than good? Is this action any of your business? Do you know what you are talking about? Maybe the effect of your action is not important, as long as you are doing something.

The monolog takes a strange turn now. “Now, do this for me: take the “c” out of racist and replace it with a “p”. “I’m not a rapist. I’m not friends with any rapist. I didn’t buy that rapist’s last album.” All these things that you’re not doing. Meanwhile, people are still getting raped, and black boys are being killed. It’s not enough that you don’t do these things.”

Ok, so now we need to take meaningless action against rape, and black boy murder. Again, what are you supposed to do? There is also the matter of privilege. Is it really the white person’s business that black boys are shooting other black boys? And what are we supposed to do about this? Maybe you can say rude things about police.

The video comes to a merciful end with the words “We need to stop being “non-” and start being “anti-”. Or take action against glamorous issues that have no effect on most people, but make you feel good to talk about. The Academy Award nominations have been announced, and not enough POC have been nominated. We can take action on twitter, as this tweet illustrates. #oscarssowhite that pointed hoods will be included in the swag bags this year.

The pictures today are from The Library of Congress. These details are from picture #06666, documenting “First Internation[al] Pageant of Pulchritude & Seventh Annual Bathing Girl Review at Galveston, Texas.” It was taken in 1926. This is a repost.







Bridget Phetasy

Posted in Library of Congress, The English Language, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on October 30, 2019

Joe Rogan Experience #1367 – Bridget Phetasy hit the ether last week. Miss Phetasy bills herself as Writer, Comedian, Verified Nobody. Her real name is Bridget Anna Walsh. The visit to the Rogan show was impressive. Three minutes in, Miss Phetasy made a meme worthy comment.

03:00 “I don’t blame myself for that happening but I do have to take responsibility for the fact that when you’re a woman or a girl and you’re out getting blacked out … bad things happen.” Where was this voice of reason during the Brock Turner circus? A young lady, with a history of blackout drinking, passes out behind a dumpster. This was scarcely mentioned in all the outrage about Brock Turner.

Before going further with this, we can mention a couple of youtube gadgets. If you look under the viewing window, you see three dots. If you click on those dots, you will be able to see a transcript of the show. You copy some of this text, and make a comment. If you put the time of the text in your comment, youtube will make a link to the text. That is how the link, at the start of the paragraph above, was made. The link goes directly to the “don’t blame myself” comment.

Bridget Phetasy is a cool person. She has a youtube show, Dumpster Fire. She likes to make fun of sjw goofiness … a topic that never runs out of material. At 3:48 of the latest episode, she dropped this tidbit: “moving on … clapping banned at Oxford University to stop people from being triggered” She ranted for a few minutes, leading up to this: “around this they banned clapping banned it like I’m gonna end up in the gulag someday fucking clapping I know by these people.”

PG had never heard of this, and wanted to know more. There were several tabloid articles, and this: ‘University of Oxford Clapping Ban’ Rumor. This is the danger of saying “google it.” Someone might find information that you don’t want them to find.

“The first Student Council meeting of the academic year, … passed the motion to mandate the Sabbatical Officers to encourage the use of British Sign Language (BSL) clapping, otherwise known as ‘silent jazz hands’ at Student Council meetings and other official SU events. … BSL clapping is used by the National Union of Students since loud noises, including whooping and traditional applause, are argued to present an access issue for some disabled students who have anxiety disorders, sensory sensitivity, and/or those who use hearing impairment aids.”

Clapping out loud is not banned. Nobody is going to the gulag for applauding. While some noise-weary people might appreciate the use of jazz hands, this ban is simply not going to happen. Bridget Phetasy does not always know what she is talking about. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. The spell check suggestion for Phetasy is Pheasant.


Posted in Library of Congress, The English Language, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on June 21, 2019

Transgress was the center of attention in a curious facebook meme. The ten letters were displayed in a festive font. Topside magenta fades into pink dust, inside a thin blue shell. These tasteful letters were displayed on a white-as-snow background. PG saw the T-meme, and felt moved to make a one word comment: cisgress. Using all lower case was intentional.

For those who are new here, cis is the opposite of trans. The contemporary usage generally refers to gender. Cis people live with the gender assigned at birth. Trans people make adjustments. There are a lot of options. Gender non-conformance is a sensitive, emotional issue. PG expressed concerns about the c-prefix at least twice. Once, he was told “Butch up Mary.”

Getting back to facebook, there was a bit of conversation. Someone said “Cisgreassing = privilege=oppression.” To which PG replied “actually, it was a joke. I took the word transgress. I substituted cis for trans. I came up with the nonsense word cisgress.” There was only one thing left to do: Google cisgress. There were 115 results for cisgress.

Linguistically correct “Simon Hoggart (Changing the gender agenda) asks who decides whether words like “cisgender” should enter the language. I do! English is scandalously lacking in politically and linguistically correct antonyms of this sort. The Queen can create the Duchess of Cambridge, so surely I can create the much-needed expressions “cisgress” (be a good boy), “cisvestite” (bloke wearing trousers), and “cisaction” (no deal). Anyone who doesn’t disagree is a transsy.” UPDATE: This letter was removed from a facebook thread. The note: “kindy do not use trans slurs in your posts”

CIS-GReS is the second google result. It is one s short of cisgress, but will have to do. “CIS-GReS is the official group supported by the School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne. It is also affiliated with the Graduate Student Association. … If you are a graduate research student with a supervisor from CIS, this is your group.”

Pictures for today are from The Library of Congress. Russel Lee was the photographer. Tenant farmers in Oklahoma. June-July, 1939. Living conditions of tenant farmers in Oklahoma

Thirteen Videos

Posted in The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on October 10, 2018

YouTube is often playing in the background on this computer. The fifteen minutes of fame has been transformed into 15mb. YT always has a list of suggestions, which are sometimes worthwhile. PG seldom makes it through a video in one sitting. Either he needs more coffee, or is tired of listening. Often, when you pause the presentation, the vidiot has an amusing look on their face. What would happen if PG took a series of screen shots, and made insightful comments about the performances? The images in this feature appear in the same order as the corresponding text.

‘You’re a Race Pimp!’ Hannity, Guest Clash with Activist DeRay McKesson on McKinney It is tough to sympathize with Sean Hannity. In this episode, he is interviewing Deray McKesson. The blue vest had been to Baltimore MD, Ferguson MO, and was now in McKinney TX. At 1:30 in the video, Mr. Hannity asked Mr. McKesson if this was how he made his living. “Is this a question that you are asking me because I am a person of color?”

The truth about the fight… Deray is a tough act to follow, but Lil Tay is up to the challenge. Joe Rogan, who should know better, said something about Lil Tay, and PG fell into the trap. Ron Paul Tells Truth On Syria is a similar experience, without the nine year old girl. Corporate media does not tell you the truth about wars. Duh. Why would anyone pay attention to them anyway? Or the young lady who made Love the Art, Hate the Artist. She makes the shocking discovery that many artists are terrible people. This video was made at 1:25. We do not know if this is am or pm.

The Nonsense Politics of PragerU This is a response video to Dennis Prager, who is a public nuisance. The PU jeremiad is about the unfair historical treatment of robber barons. Specifically, PU talks about John Rockefeller, who made a lot of money in the early 20th century. The response video does something curious. To illustrate the poverty in rural america, *Big Joel* uses a Walker Evans photograph, “Sharecropper Bud Fields and his family at home. Hale County, Alabama.” The little girl is naked below the waist, and her lady parts are clearly seen. (This is censored in today’s post.) The picture was taken in 1936, 25 years after the Standard Oil Company was broken up.

What is Authoritarian about Social Justice? is a doozie. A youtuber, Po the Person, gets going about trans women, Jordan Peterson, and Soviet Gulags. It is tough to determine what the point of this piece is. The last thing PG heard was this exchange. This is not a verbatim rendering. An angry young woman said you can’t compare trans activists to Soviet meanies. Jordan Peterson replied, “Why not?” This was at 3:33 of the video, meaning it was half the antichrist.

Bloggingheadstv is where the custom of making screen shots got started. All that coffee starts to build up, and needs to be distributed. You click pause on the screen, and notice the funny expression on the vlogger’s face. While these images may appear to be altered, they are not. @robertwrighter really looks like that. This is what meditation will do for you.

Joe Rogan Experience #1041- Dan Carlin Joe Rogan (not Rogaine) is a youtube superstar. He has interesting people on his show for three hour conversations. Dan Carlin, pictured here, takes the in-depth approach to history, with Hardcore History. PG once listened to Mr. Carlin discuss World War One for 24 hours. PG forgives Mr. Rogan for telling him about Lil Tay.

The Kavanaugh Circus Is Collapsing … @Styx666Official is the stage name of Tarl Warwick. He is generous with his opinions. The drooping flag in the background gives him a set of viking horns.

I lost all my friends in the culture war. This young lady was originally conservative, went liberal, now she is going back to her conservative roots. Some of the people she met along they way are not happy about this turn of developments. Over a billion people in China do not care.

Believe All Women” vs. the Presumption of Innocence is another bloggingheads episode. Bill Scher and Matt Lewis are a liberal/conservative team. They get along just a bit too well. On the original Saturday Night Live, Jane Curtin would deliver an impassioned liberal speech. Dan Aykroyd would answer with “Jane, you ignorant slut.” The temptation to shout “you ignorant slut” at some uppity social justice wanker grows stronger every day.

BHTV has a feature for making video clips. It used to be called Dingle links. This is probably named after co-founder Greg Dingle, although dingleberries have been featured on the show from time to time. In this episode, Matt says “I’ve been told I interrupt too much.” Life imitates art.

Bette Midler ‘Women, are the Nword of the world’ Uncle Hotep performs several times a day, sometimes while driving, with his daughter in the back seat. Often, he wears a MAGA hat.

Bette Midler is the topic of today’s rant. The Divine Miss M made an unfortunate tweet recently… “’Women, are the n-word of the world.’ … They are the most disrespected creatures on earth.” After the usual suspects got offended, Miss M issued an apology. @BetteMidler “The too brief investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh infuriated me. Angrily I tweeted w/o thinking my choice of words would be enraging to black women who doubly suffer, both by being women and by being black. I am an ally and stand with you; always have. And I apologize.” To Uncle Hotep, the apology was worse than the n-word tweet.

A Prayer for the Men Shay Alexi & Christina Schmitt are regulars at Java Monkey speaks. PG has enjoyed many fine performances by these ladies. PG was happy to see that they had a new video. The ladies discuss cutting PG’s tongue out, so it will grow back better. Hopefully, this is poetic license. PG’s sense of aesthetics was annoyed by the steeple on the side of the set. A facebook conversation took place, and the presence of the steeple was defended.

How To

Posted in Library of Congress, Poem, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on August 10, 2018

“Read the controversial poem and let me know what you think.” It has been a while since a poem was controversial. Somebody made a fuss about How To, a feature at The Nation. It is not sure how many people complained, or whether The Nation amplified the protests to create awareness.

‘By the time most people heard of it, the magazine had apologized. The author, @AndersWeePoet, took a sincerity pill, and pinned an apology to his twitter feed. Many observers are not amused. “Katha Pollitt, a columnist for the magazine, wrote: “I can’t believe @thenation’s poetry editors published that craven apology for a poem they thought was good enough to publish … [it] looks like a letter from re-education camp.” “In the morally illiterate idiom of the moment, a white poet’s “appropriation” of Black English serves “white supremacy,” putting it in the same category of things as lynchings, cross-burnings, and segregation. The Nation is neck-deep in that nonsense.”

@pdacosta Trying to find anything poetic in these racist scribbles — nada.
Whiteness really is one hell of a drug.

@illuminatemics yo fam. I’m trying to understand the voice in this poem. It feels offensive to me and like it’s trafficking inappropriately in Black language but is there something i’m missing? Help me understand. @illuminatemics Let me just say that folks saying “lower class Southern dialect” as a way of saying it’s not about race should consider the South is disproportionately Black and the lower class in the South is disproportionately Black because of RACISM. (@illuminatemics lives in Chicago.)

@donte_thepoet hey @thenation, you recently published a ridiculously offensive poem ‘how-to’ by anders carlson-wee that flattened & appropriated identities already rendered invisible. aave isn’t a costume. here is my response. do better

@DisDeafUprising your poem is also ableist & problematic in regards to HIV+ status & so there is more to say than just “oops, sorry I was racist.” the harm you caused is multi-faceted. & we note your use of “eye-opening,” we note ableism inherent in (your) language.

@lustycomic_ is this a parody account

PG was puzzled by this. He did not think the poem was important enough to warrant a tweetstorm of this magnitude. It is encouraging to see poetry receiving attention, even if it is from re-education camp. One response was a blackout poem, based on the politically incorrect doggerel. The next step was to re-write the poem in his own style. Should Part Two say you, or you’re?

How To Part Two
if you’ve got hiv say aids told her
go say you’re pregnant if you are a girl
if you’re young say younger old say older
hardly even there so give it a whirl
crippled don’t flaunt it don’t tell me to pray
stops’m from counting when they drop it rough
splay a knee cock your leg funny today
let them think that they’re christian enough
say you’re homeless whatever you call it
they don’t know what opens a wallet
you gonna lower yourself to spend
little shame they’re going to comprehend
people passing by listen for the kick
what you believe about sin is the trick
Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

How To Talk To R*****S

Posted in GSU photo archive, Politics, Race, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on July 30, 2018








The New York Times is continuing the slow news day tradition of publishing clickbait content about race. The piece in question is How to Talk to a Racist. If you want to read this feature without interference from the NYT paywall, go here.

The article is useless. Twitter has people sharing the link. Clever people answer the question, how to talk to a racist, with one word: don’t. PG had too much free time, and read some of the comments. A thought came through. With all of this talk about talk, does anyone say anything about listening? As it turns out, the article does. Towards the end of the piece, we see this: “They’ll listen to what you have to say if they trust you’ll listen to what they have to say back.” This is an optimistic approach.

The next paragraph is where this feature begins to wrap things up, in anticipation of the ending. There is an 83 word sentence. “When you encounter a person who believes he’s merely honoring his ancestors by driving a car with an image of the Confederate battle flag on the tag, when a Facebook friend announces that it’s disrespectful to take a knee during the national anthem, when you sit down next to someone at the church picnic who genuinely loves and respects the black people they know but who consistently votes for politicians with overtly racist policies, stop for just a moment and take a breath.” Racist or woke, that sentence is a grammar nightmare.

The first example is “a person who believes he’s merely honoring his ancestors by driving a car with an image of the Confederate battle flag on the tag.” This person paid extra money to have a status license plate with the Stars and Bars. He may be honoring his ancestors, which is not a crime, yet. He may be giving the finger to uppity liberals, like @MargaretRenkl, author of the NYT piece. He might be a genuine white supremacist, and is advertising this attitude in hope of starting trouble. It is unlikely that most people will have much contact with him, except for seeing the license plate in traffic. Maybe the state agency raising money this way should be challenged.

The second example is “when a Facebook friend announces that it’s disrespectful to take a knee during the national anthem.” Holy red herring. A washed up quarterback does not stand for the national anthem. A orange haired politician makes political hay. Millions of football fans are offended when their ritual patriotism is not performed properly. Since Colin Kaepernick, presumably, had a black bio-dad, this is now racism. This issue is a waste of our national energy. It will have no impact, whatsoever, on the police brutality it purports to protest.

The third example is “when you sit down next to someone at the church picnic who genuinely loves and respects the black people they know but who consistently votes for politicians with overtly racist policies.” (The article has a subtle Christian slant, with a reminder to “Think of the plank in your own eye.”) Why are you talking about politicians at a church picnic anyway? What are the “overtly racist policies?” Who was the opponent? Maybe both candidates had “overtly racist policies,” as well as covertly crooked campaign financing. You are going to do a lot of breathing.

This post has gone on long enough. If you want to hear snarky comments about how yukky racists are, go online 24/7. If you want to learn how to talk to racists, or better yet, how to shut up and listen, google might be of some assistance. Or maybe not. Pictures today are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.










@Chamblee54 On Twitter June 8

Posted in Library of Congress, The Internet, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on June 9, 2018

Twitter is a popular means of expression, 240 characters at a time. PG is a frequent participant in the conversation, and sometimes gets a reply. With a three digit follower count, PG is not a major player. However, he does have fun, and says things that need to be said. June 8 was just another day in the neighborhood. We can start with a few unconnected tweets. When an explanation is needed, it will be given. The delete key is for quitters, and commie fellow travellers.

@chamblee54 “this could be the turn around issue for DJT” This was in response to this: Trump says he is likely to support ending blanket federal ban on marijuana @chamblee54 “#NBAFinal is not as much fun as #WorldSeries #SuperBowl or #StanleyCup The dribblers need to get better at branding” @chamblee54 “a bunch of millionaire jocks not standing for the national anthem is not going to help the american people” @chamblee54 “”as presented in the Bible” Maybe we should say as the Council of Nicea “elevated women” We have very little idea what Jesus and Paul really said. Maybe we should talk to Mary Magdalene She is the one who would know”

@chamblee54 .@TylerMahanCoe “Ira was a religious fanatic with alcohol and anger management issues This is a very troubling subject for many of us A trigger warning might be in order _ spell check for Louvin is Loving.” PG has been binge listening to Cocaine & Rhinestones. Episode CR006 was The Louvin Brothers: Running Wild. Apparently, Ira Louvin was an incontinent preacher. Combined with alcohol abuse, this *holy spirit* fueled unholy temper tantrums. Jesus and anger is a nasty combination. The *bully pulpit* has left PG with an intolerance for Xtianity. (FWIW, at the end of every episode, CR host @TylerMahanCoe tells people to tell one person about the podcast. On the optimistic assumption that somebody reads this post … you should listen to Cocaine & Rhinestones. It is addictive, but that never stopped you before.)

Media Matters posted a tasteful item. Known Idiot @DLoesch was quoted as saying Some women “wouldn’t know what masculinity was if it hit them in the face” When you played the video, the sound was turned way, way down. ‏ @chamblee54 “Please sync the sound better on your videos I had to turn the volume up to 10 to hear this idiot” There was a block of text, to show context for this foolishness. PG took that text and made a blackout poem.

Anthony Bourdain chose to end his life. PG does not have cable, and had never heard of the gentleman, before his well publicized demise. Mr. Bourdain made some comments about Henry Kissinger, and Cambodia. PG used this text to produce a blackout poem.

One well meaning tweeter made an unfortunate mistake. @awhiskypalian “If you want to honor Tony Bordain stick up for undocumented workers, understand that someone’s grandma deserves a James Beard, and don’t be afraid of your neighbor.” @chamblee54 “If you want to honor the gentleman, spell his name correctly” @awhiskypalian “Until Twitter blesses us with an edit button, that typo will have to stand.” The spell check suggestion for awhiskypalian is Episcopalian.

Whenever a celebrity chooses to end their life, the word suicide is frequently, and conspicuously, mentioned. PG became concerned about the impact of the s-word on unhappy, impressionable people. This comment on facebook followed. “Facebook nation: A famous person made the decision to end his life. There is a word, ending in -ide, that describes this act. This s-word is in a lot of social media headlines right now. Please consider that someone who is not feeling well might see the s-word on your time line, and be reminded that this is an option.”

A facebook meme triggered the last story we will share today. “John McCain tweets in response to claim Trump can pardon himself: I like presidents who don’t need pardons.” PG’s first reaction was to leave a comment, “The only President who needed a pardon is Richard Nixon. He negotiated a treaty with North Vietnam to release the POWs.” After making this comment, PG began to wonder if the quote was legitimate. The only source Mr. Google had for the quote was a tweet. @davidfrum “Senator McCain’s cue to reply, “I like the presidents who don’t need pardons.”” ‏ @chamblee54 “Here is a meme about this quote. Is this quote a result of your overactive imagination?”

Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. Balboa Beach Bathing Beauty Parade, 1925 “Notes: J278572 U.S. Copyright Office, Copyright deposit; M. F. Weaver; September 14, 1925, Copyright claimant’s address: L[os] A[ngeles], No. 4100-2. May be a fashion parade. Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. No renewal found in Copyright Office.”

Thomas Jefferson Said What?

Posted in History, Library of Congress, Quotes, The Internet by chamblee54 on April 13, 2018

PG was wasting time with facebook when he saw a friend say “Damn I love this quote”. The passage being praised was “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Desmond Tutu. The rhetoric alert started to flash. These days, the wolf and the sheep buy their clothes at the same Walmart. To hear some oppressors talk, they are the ones under attack. It is tough to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Often you can make things worse by getting mixed up. Sometimes the best thing to do is mind your own business.
Ok, now that is out of the way. Some lines sound good, but don’t hold up to a bit of thinking. As for the veracity of the quote, Desmond Tutu may very well have said it. (or maybe one of his rivals said it, and Mr. Tutu copied it.) The quote has been attributed to Thomas Jefferson, Edmund Burke, Patrick Henry, and probably others. Almost no one has a source, for the quote, from the dead white guys.
A post called MISQUOTING THE FOUNDERS did not mince words.
“The only problem with this scene that has been repeated many times across the country is that Thomas Jefferson never said that, never wrote that, and quite possibly never thought it. Our aspiring politician had fallen victim to the perils of popular misattribution. You could fill a book with misquotes and misattributed quotes we hear repeated regularly today. Right now if I Google “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent” the entire first page of results wrongly attribute it to Thomas Jefferson. The quote and its many variants have been attributed in the past to Thomas Paine and Edmund Burke, but no record exists of the quote in any of their writings or contemporary accounts.”
On November 13, 1787, Mr. Jefferson wrote a letter to William Smith. The letter is full of zesty quotes.
“What country before ever existed a century & a half without a rebellion? & what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.”
A few lines above that, Mr. Jefferson said
“God forbid we should ever be 20 years without such a rebellion.” Twenty years after he wrote this, Mr. Jefferson was President. He probably did not want to deal with a revolution when he was President.
Getting back to the quote about tyranny, Martin Porter wrote an entertaining essay, A study of a Web quotation. He gives credit, or blame, to Edmund Burke. First, a list of different versions is presented. This is a clue that something is awry. The conclusion:
“There is no original. The quote is bogus, and Burke never said it. It is a pseudo-quote, and corresponds to real quotes in the same way that urban legends about the ghost hitch-hiker vanishing in the back of the car and alligators in the sewers correspond to true news stories.”
Mr. Porter wrote a follow up essay, Four Principles of Quotation. These principles are:
Principle 1 (for readers) Whenever you see a quotation given with an author but no source assume that it is probably bogus. Principle 2 (for readers) Whenever you see a quotation given with a full source assume that it is probably being misused, unless you find good evidence that the quoter has read it in the source. Principle 3 (for quoters) Whenever you make a quotation, give the exact source. Principle 4 (for quoters) Only quote from works that you have read.
If these principles were to be used, then there would be a lot less hotheaded talking on the intercom. Those who are trying to influence you to the justice of their cause will not want you to read this. Pictures for this feature are from The Library of Congress. These pictures are Union soldiers, from the War Between the States. When war is discussed, all inspiring quotes are in doubt.
This is a repost. It is written like James Joyce. In the past year, doing due diligence on alleged quotes has become a hobby. Many people don’t care who said it, if they agree with the thoughts expressed. The prevailing thought is that an idea becomes more true with a famous name at the end. If the famous person is deceased, and cannot defend his/her reputation, that is not a problem. People do not like being told that Santa Claus does not exist.