Arlo Guthrie

Posted in GSU photo archive, History, Holidays, Music by chamblee54 on November 7, 2017








This is a rerun post, with pictures from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. The original post was half about Arlo Guthrie, and half about Ralph Reed. Today, only the part about Arlo Guthrie will be shown. If you absolutely must read about Ralph Reed, you can follow the link above, or read Lisa Baron And Ralph Reed TMI.

The entertainment today is about Arlo Guthrie . Thanksgiving is intimately connected to Mr. Guthrie. Unlike the turkey, Mr. Guthrie has gone on to have a flourishing career. He probably will not come down with Huntington’s Disease, which killed his father Woody Guthrie.

The video that goes with this text was the first time PG saw Arlo Guthrie. This was broadcast January 21, 1970. PG was an unhip fifteen year old, who had not heard Alice’s Restaurant, seen the movie, or been to Woodstock. He did see the Johnny Cash show this night, or at least the part where Arlo Guthrie did the motorcycle song.

To quote the digital facility PG is borrowing from:
” Born Arlo Davy Guthrie on July 10, 1947, in New York, NY; son of Woody (a folksinger) and Marjorie Mazia (a dancer; maiden name, Greenblatt) Guthrie; married Jacklyn Hyde, October 9, 1969; children: Abraham, Cathyalicia, Annie Hays, Sarah Lee.” Abraham and Sarah Lee play in Arlo’s touring band.
The Alice’s Restaurant Masacree is a part of Americana now. There are two bits of knowledge, that are as true as anything told to a Persian king. When trying to dispose of some garbage, and finding the city dump closed, Arlo found some litter by the roadside, and made a value judgment…One big pile of garbage is better than two little piles.

The second is about the draft, and the business of choosing people to fight our wars. There is a regulation today that says that Gays and Lesbians are not supposed to be soldiers and sailors. In the tale of the thanksgiving dinner, it was litterbugs. (There was also a draft, and a different war. Lots of Americans were coming home in boxes.) The bottom line: Mr. Guthrie is confused about not being considered moral enough to kill people, because he was a litterbug.

A few years into his career, Arlo Guthrie had a hit record called “City of New Orleans”. It was about a train, and said “Good Morning America”. “City of New Orleans” was written by Steve Goodman, who is no longer with us. Mr. Goodman also wrote the perfect country and western song .

PG heard a story about Steve Goodman.
“The songwriter is Steve Goodman. He gave a show at the Last Resort in Athens GA, that a friend of PG attended. Mr. Goodman tells a story about performing on a train, during a series of concerts supporting Hubert Humphrey. It seems like Mr. Goodman had to use the restroom on the train. Now, in those days, the trains did not use holding tanks, but just ejected the matter by the tracks as they rode by. Mr. Goodman was told, do not flush the commode while the train is in the station. Mr. Goodman forgot the instructions. Mr. Humphrey said ”I am going to give the people of this country what they deserve”, Mr. Goodman flushed the commode, and sprayed the crowd. PG is not sure if he believes this, but it is a good story.” ( A biographer of Mr. Goodman said said that the candidate was Edmund Muskie. He also says that David Allen Coe had nothing to do with the last verse of the perfect country and western song.)
As previously noted, this is a repost from five years ago. In that time, the policy against gay people serving in the military has been dismantled. The Ralph Reeds of the world are more upset about the concept of gay marriage, than by gay people killing Muslims. Vietnam is a peaceful country, and is enjoying economic good times. The draft is something old fogies remember. The current fashion is to support war by demanding a tax cut.

Arlo Guthrie continues to make music. USA Today had a feature recently, Arlo Guthrie celebrates 50 years at ‘Alice’s Restaurant’. Arlo Davy Guthrie has a twitter account, @folkslinger, and a full head of white hair. His wife of 43 years, Jackie Guthrie, died Oct. 14, 2012. The Lenox Square theater was torn down to make way for a food court many years ago.












Pharisees And Sadducees

Posted in Library of Congress, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on November 6, 2017

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Killed By Police November 5

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on November 5, 2017

22 people were killed by police in the United States last week. This report is based on the Killed by Police database. Here are the links: 984 Lucas De Ford, 985 Eric Higgs 986 Mark Bidon 987 Tymyr Wilson 988 Dante Holden 989 Robert James Lightfeather 990 Jesus Birelas-Contreras 991 Luvelle Kennon 992 993 Vincent Hall 994 Heather Denean Bubrig 995 Jamee Almarez 996 Christopher Jacobs 997 998 Wallace Jory 999 Jerry Roach 1000 Robert A. Powell 1001 Marvin Stair 1002 Jorge Hidalgo 1003 Christopher Edward Loftis 1004 Raymond Davis 1005

21 of the victims were male. 994 Heather Denean Bubrig is the female. 5 of the victims were white, (994, 996, 998, 999, 1003) 6 were black, (985, 987, 988, 991, 993, 1004) 2 were native, (984, 989), and 2 were hispanic. (995, 1002) In 7 of the cases, the ethnicity was not indicated. (986, 990, 992, 997, 1000, 1001, 1005) The picture of the week award goes to 1003 Christopher Edward Loftis.

8 of the incidents saw the victim fire at the police. (985, 987/988, 993, 995, 997, 1000, 1001, 1005) 9 of the victims displayed a weapon. (986, 989, 990, 992, 994, 998, 999, 1002, 1003) Police used a taser on 996 Christopher Jacobs, and it did not work.

Facebook was the messenger in 2 of the incidents. Wallace Jory posted this message: “Just a thank you to my friends that helped me in my “move”; its over my stuff is garbage and tonite is my last night on earth. The wife and the son can have the apartment, good bye to one and all!!!” (998)

Jorge Hidalgo posted several memes, including “I need a cheap gun.” There were several messages. “What I’m about to do no Cai pedo real camaradas to hat have ur back don’t exist fuck it maybe i will live after this solo dios save” “To all my real camaradas need a gun to take some fool out of the way mis verdaderos camaradas no pinchis culos if you ain’t down with me don’t hit me up at all one way or the other i will get a gun” “Are you going to divorce? – Maybe – Think about it – No more thinking she got somebody i need somebody too” (1002)

Several of the incidents are noteworthy. Mark Bidon was a former law enforcement officer, who showed up at the employee entrance making trouble. “According to the department’s radio traffic from the time of the incident, a reporting party says there’s a “possible 10-96 at employee gate.” Sources tell 9Wants to Know “10-96” is code that refers to a person with possible mental health issues.” This may be a suicide by cop. (986)

Mr. Dante Holden, 19, of East Orange and Mr. Tymyr Wilson, 21, of East Orange were killed by an off-duty officer during a robbery attempt. “Information gathered so far indicates the police officer was dropping off an acquaintance and two children when they were confronted by the alleged robbers. Police said both suspects were armed. Police said one of the men apparently attempted to fire at the officer but the weapon jammed.” (987/988)

Sunnyvale police: Slain man threw knife at officers after killing Jax the police dog “About 18 minutes into the standoff, as they continued trying to coax Birelas-Contreras into surrendering, he threw a 6-inch butcher knife at the officers, Ngo said. That prompted Larkin to open fire with his service weapon, striking the suspect at least once. Birelas-Contreras was rushed to the hospital, where he died. Jax died from his wounds the same evening.” (990)

Police fatally shoot father who held 70-year-old elementary school teacher hostage for seven hours “The incident began unfolding at Castleview Elementary School around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday and lasted at least six hours as officials attempted to negotiate with the man … That man has been identified as Riverside resident Luvelle Kennon, 27. He died in the hospital after being shot by police. Kennon had a daughter in the first grade who he was coming to pick up when the violence unfolded, according to Justin Grayson, a public information officer for the Riverside Unified School District. He apparently flouted visitor protocol and forced himself onto the campus, then became upset and barricaded himself inside the classroom. Kennon’s behavior before he showed up at the school had already been raising concern among family members Tuesday morning. Upon his arrival school officials had been warned they may want to call law enforcement, Grayson said. “There’s just not much you can do when someone overpowers their way through the office staff,” he added. Kennon made his way to his daughter’s classroom, where he thought she would be; however, the students were out at lunch. It’s still not clear exactly why Kennon next chose to escalate the matter into a hostage situation. Grayson said he had not been a problem parent in the past.” (991)

Lakeland man 71, refused orders, dies after police confrontation “The incident took place at about 8:45 p.m. Lakeland police officers were dispatched to 726 W Crescent Drive after residents called about 71-year-old Jerry Roach, who they said yelled racial slurs at neighbors, fired his gun into the air once and pointed it at them from his front yard. Officers surrounded his home and evacuated neighbors. They tried to get Roach, who was inside, to come outside, but he refused. But then Roach told officers on the phone that he was going to come outside and that police would have to kill him. He said he would bring his shotgun, police said. Roach stepped out of his home with his shotgun at about 10:50 p.m and walked toward officers, who ordered him to drop it. After he refused, six officers fired at Roach. … he was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m. … Roach, a felon, has had previous incidents with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, which include three felony and two misdemeanor arrests. He was prohibited from having a firearm.” (999)

Suspect killed after standoff with police at Billings sporting goods store “Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed the suspect drove an SUV through the front entrance of the Big Bear Sports Center on King Avenue West around 3 a.m. … The suspect reportedly came from Wal-Mart where employees had kicked him out of the store for attempting to steal firearms, according to police. Q2 News spoke with a Wal-Mart employee who saw the suspect attempt to gain access to the gun case at the store early this morning. The employee, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the man appeared to be impaired. The suspect was told to leave and had to be chased out of the store. Officers who arrived on scene were shot at by the suspect. Several volleys of gunfire were exchanged. … It’s not clear if police shot and killed the suspect or if died by self-inflicted gunshot.” (1005)

2 of the incidents can be considered suspicious. State to investigate officer-involved shooting near Black River Falls “After a 27-year-old man was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Jackson County Saturday morning, friends, family and members of the community gathered outside of the courthouse looking for answers. “The family had a million questions, no one was communicating with us,” says Curtis Redbird of the Ho-Chunk Nation. “We did it in a way that was very genuine to our people, and that’s peaceful, we shared songs with them to encourage them to come out and talk with us and we shared songs with the community in hope that they would come and support us.”… “A Jackson County deputy shot and killed a man after responding to a rural area near Black River Falls early Saturday morning. Sheriff Duane Waldera tells WEAU 13 News that the man was shot following a car chase. Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, the deputy responded to what the sheriff described as “a reported disorderly conduct matter that involved a restraining order injunction between two people.” It happened in the Jackson County Town of Komensky, which is east of Black River Falls. The deputy tried to find the person involved when he arrived at the scene and ended up seeing their vehicle, which was in motion. Then, the deputy tried to pull it over. “The vehicle did not stop, and then continued to the area of the residence where the complainant lives, at the residence area, and then everything unfolded from there,” said Sheriff Waldera. “It appeared that the person was attempting to go back to the other person’s residence, but the deputy intervened.” There’s no word on how many times the deputy fired or how many times the man was hit.” (984)

24-year-old identified in deadly officer-involved shooting in Columbus Officials say 24-year-old Raymond Davis of Columbus was pronounced dead at 1:58 AM Saturday. … We’re told police responded to a disturbance call at the Premier Lounge at the corner of 22nd Street and College Street. Investigators said the lounge was closing and there was a large crowd outside. Investigators said the exact details of the shooting are still under investigation. … A second person was also injured in the shooting and is expected to recover. We’re told a gun was recovered at the scene.”(1004)

Pictures are from The Library of Congress.

Listen Vote Have Faith

Posted in Library of Congress, Politics, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on November 4, 2017

This feature was originally published November 4, 2008. PG had just returned from voting. According to Wikipedia, November 4 saw Presidential elections in 1924, 1952, 1980, and 2008. That is three Republicans, to one Democrat, in four elections on the fourth. Today’s birthdays include Will Rogers, 1879, Walter Cronkite, 1916, Art Carney, 1918, Freddy Heineken, 1923, Laura Bush, 1946, and Robert Mapplethorpe, 1946. Will Rogers never met Donald Trump. Pictures for this gratuitous waste of bandwidth are from The Library of Congress.

PG thinks about the three part advice…pray, vote, don’t worry. The second part is over. When PG walked out of the building at 7:42 am last Tuesday, the election was history. The wawuh is ovah. La Guerre Est Finie, or whatever the title was of that movie at the Film Forum thirty seven years ago. That was about the time of the first election for PG, when Tricky Dick whipped George the dummy. Tuesday was the ninth time PG has cast a presidential ballot, and, if the polls are correct, will be the third time he voted for the winning candidate.

Don’t worry is phrased with a negative, and might work better with a positive verb. The first thought is Have Faith. Or maybe Think Well, or Think Good Thoughts. Alfred E. Neuman made a good career out of the phrase “What me Worry?”, even though he was just a cartoon character. It is easy for cartoon characters not to worry. (The spell check suggestion for Neuman is Humane.)

Having faith for a living human being can be a bit tougher. PG has always tended to pessimism, and his default face look is sadness. This causes problems, especially with a certain former employer who would harp on PG’s “negative attitude”. When you tell a person often enough that he has a negative attitude, it is the lie that becomes the truth.

The truth is, the future has always looked bad, and turned out to be good. PG 63 now, in good health below the neck, and has a few things going for him. As for America and the world … the national debt is greater than ever, a war rages on eight time zones away, and we are no closer to energy independence than we were when Tricky Dick was POTUS. This was the time of the OPEC embargo, when America began to realize it’s addiction. We have done nothing since. PG remains optimistic about the future health of the planet, but wonders what it is based on. UPDATE We still have multiple wars, energy chaos, an enormous national debt, and ass backward leadership. In the 2016, the Republicans blamed Islam and Mexico. The Democrats blamed racism. Neither blame game is likely make America great, either in the past, the future, or the pasture.

Which brings us to the third leg of the stool. Prayer is an essential part of many religions, and works for many people. PG has a problem with prayer. It is connected to Jesus Worship. PG does not get along with Jesus.

Prayer is talking to G-d. Meditation is listening. Prayer is active, meditation is passive. Prayer appeals to type A americans, who tend to do what they want, and fight those who get in the way. Most of these people are Jesus Worshipers. This is what PG sees of when he thinks of prayer. Not only are they loud and selfish, but they are proud of it. They are loud and selfish for Jesus.

The first commandment says to have no other G-d before thee. This does not make an exception for books about G-d, or for the so called son of G-d. When you get away from this common sense rule, you are going to have problems. Maybe if you pray to G-d, and leave Jesus and the bible out of it, you will be ok. As long as you shut up, and listen to what she has to say.

Letters To Myself

Posted in GSU photo archive, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on November 3, 2017














Three years ago, PG saw a writers prompt. The suggestion was to write a letter to yourself when you were fourteen years old. A few days later, another one said to write a letter to yourself in twenty years. The result was Letter To Fourteen Year Old PG , and Letter To Seventy Eight Year Old PG. These two letters are reproduced here. They still read as though it were 2012, and an election is eminent. Out of a spirit of doing things the unconventional way, the letter to the seventy eight year old will come first. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

There was a suggestion at WordPress to write a letter to yourself as a fourteen year old, and another letter to yourself in twenty years. PG thought this was a cool idea. If the trackback went up on the WordPress site, then it might generate some traffic for this blog. It might even get the attention of Freshly Pressed , which has never featured Chamblee54.

It is like General Halftrack and the Pentagon. The Daily Post did not post a link to friday’s letter. The traffic went below one hundred hits on saturday. Now it is sunday, the clocks are set back an hour, and it is trying to rain. The letter to a seventy eight year old PG is a good idea, so here it goes. Once again, it is in first person.

Ok, so you are twenty years older. Or maybe you are not. The three main older people in this life were Mom, Dad, and Gran. They all died when they were seventy five, except for Mom, who made it to seventy six. Seventy eight might be pushing things a bit, considering the way things sometimes feel at fifty eight. The idea is to write this letter, and not worry about whether the destination will have an internet connection. You will change planes in Atlanta either way.

This is the sunday before the Presidential election, aka the day when a dictatorship doesn’t sound so bad. People in Georgia have their votes stolen from them by the electoral college, so we don’t have to choose between a war criminal and a liar.

There is a saying about holding your nose when you vote. The neighborhood precinct is the cafetorium of a school. Unless you are blocking the memory, you might recall going to classes in that building. Tuesday will not be the first time I have held my nose in that cafetorium.

This is the first year of the City of Brookhaven. I find myself choosing people on the basis of personalities, rather than issues. When it comes to the so called issues, the candidates seem to say the same things. This is true for the State House race, which is the other choice I will have. The repub is just plain gross. Mr. Bahhumbug has a bright future if he doesn’t get caught again.

There is no telling what the election choices will be in 2032. Assuming that the electoral college continues to facilitate the two party duopoly, you probably won’t have much of a choice. The takeover by the moneylenders should be complete by that point.

Since we are doing this in twenty year cycles, lets look back to some other elections. The first time I got to vote was 1972. Tricky Dick was a thief, and a war criminal, but George McGovern was a dummy. The problem for Tricky Dick was the second term syndrome. Most Presidents who are reelected for a second full term have horrible problems. While Mr. Nixon’s second term was not as bad as those of Abraham Lincoln or William McKinley, he did have his problems.

In 1992, it looked like Daddy Bush was sailing to victory. He won a war, and the Democratic candidate was Slick Willie Clinton. (From Tricky Dick to Slick Willie, Bebe Rebozo to Monica Lewinsky.) Ross Perot threw a monkey wrench in the electoral works by running as a third party candidate. This is a feature of the duopoly… when one party wins too many times, something strange happens.

It happened in 1912, when Theodore Roosevelt ran as a third party candidate, and Woodrow Wilson got elected. Within a year, the Federal Reserve Bank was set up. After the re-election of Mr. Wilson, we got mixed up in World War One. We can ignore the elections of 1932 and 1952.

There is one more election that should be discussed here, even though it is not part of the twenty year cycle. I was listening to a chat before the 2000 election. One person thought it was important to vote for Al Gore. This had been a dull election. George W. Bush was sort of an unknown quality, while Al Gore was not a terribly inspiring figure.

That is not how things turned out. W was allowed to serve, after Mr. Gore won the popular vote. Seven months after the inauguration, 911 kick started the twenty first century. The response of W was to start two self destructive wars. With the help of the demoze, there was a tax cut before the start of the second war. The economy may never recover.

So, it is good form to write a last paragraph to these things. It is an act of optimism to assume you will be here in twenty years. Living in the WMD age, the idea of thermonuclear catastrophe has always been present. The possibility of man making the planet unlivable is also very real. Maybe a dependable source of non destructive energy will be found in the next twenty years, to go with a dependable source of water for Atlanta. The future has always been dim, but continues to happen.













WordPress has this feature, the Daily Post. The idea is to get people to post more to their blog. PG already puts up material almost every day, but is generally open to new ideas. Today, the “daily prompt” is “Write a letter to your 14-year-old self.” It doesn’t say what part of your fifteenth year this should be, so PG is going for the weekend before the Presidential election. Yes, Forty Four years ago PG was fourteen. This will be written in first person.

Hey. It was suggested that I write a letter to myself when I was fourteen. The idea was to get people to write more. The thing is, I am already writing all the time. I post something to my “blog” every day. This can be suggestion number one… you don’t have to be part of a group effort to achieve something. Sometimes, you can do very well on your own. For a socially retarded person like me/you, that is not always an option.

December 31, 1988, was my last day as a beer drinker. Growing up in a teetotaling Baptist household, I never learned how to drink in good taste. When I did pick up the habit, I drank more than I should. After a while, I decided it was time to quit. I did it on my own, without going to AA. I never made a promise not to drink, I just did. That may be the one thing I have gotten right in my life. If I had not quit drinking when I did, there is a good chance I would not be here today.

I mentioned writing a blog. This is a one man operation, putting up stories and pictures in a magazine format. People look at it on machines that run through phone lines. There is more to it than that, but you will see this in about thirty years.

The 1968 Presidential election is on tuesday. This was between Hubert Humphrey, Richard Nixon, and George Wallace. People said it was the worst choice they could remember. You will hear that phrase every four years, and it is always the truth. It is more truth than either candidate says. Every four years, the choices get worse. This year, the incumbent President was half white, half African, and that the Republican challenger is a Mormon. Neither one is very impressive.

There was a state senator running for Governor two years ago named Jimmy Carter. You voted for him in the seventh grade straw poll. Well, smiling Jimmy was elected Governor in 1970. When his four years was over, he ran for President, and won.

You are in ninth grade now, and it is a bit better than eighth. Cross Keys is a stinky, dangerous place. They closed down Lynwood Park High before you were in the eighth grade, and the first year was wild. This is the first time you have to deal with Black people, but it will not be the last. Sometimes you get along with them, and sometimes you don’t. It is a part of life.

Puberty has not kicked in yet, and you are wondering if it ever will. Eventually, your body will grow some hair, but not nearly as much as most other men. After a while, you will learn to enjoy your body.

It is difficult to make and keep friends. It was true in 1968, and it is true forty four years later. After a while, you get used to being by yourself, but do wish you could have more close relationships. Well, it is better than having no friends at all, and there are people in that boat.

There is a war going on, and you think it is going to go on until you are old enough to fight. The good news is that the troops will come home from Vietnam in 1973. President Nixon dragged the war out as long as he could, and finally made a deal with the communists.

Advice from an old person is usually ignored by the young, so I will not even try. Even with all the disappointments, it is good to be alive in 2012. There were a few close calls. I somehow wonder how, and why, I made it this far. Some would not be happy with this life, and there are days when I am not. This is the only choice. There is speculation about other lives, but this is the only one to be certain of. Even though it might not be what some would want, this is a good life.

One more thing about living and dying before we go. You are still going to church. That lasts a couple of more years, and then you have the rest of your life. Don’t worry about the stuff they teach at church about life after death. It isn’t the truth. People will use religion as another reason to hate you. Deal with it as best you can. Just try to make yourself happier, don’t hurt anyone unless you have to, and things will be either all right, or not all right.














Smedley Butler

Posted in History, Library of Congress, War by chamblee54 on November 2, 2017

There was a feature the other day on the innertube called War is a racket . It was about a man with the unlikely name of Smedley Butler . Pictures for today’s adventure are from The Library of Congress. The video features an actor named Graham Frye in the role of General Butler. The video is courtesy of Smedley D. Butler Brigade Chapter 9 Veterans For Peace. This is a repost.

Major General Smedley Darlington Butler was a star of the U.S. Marine Corps. He lied about his age to enlist during the Spanish American War. Mr. Butler served in Philippines, China, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and World War I. With the exception of World War I, most of these conflicts are forgotten today.

Smedley Butler received the Medal of Honor twice.
“His first Medal of Honor was presented following action at Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21-22 April 1914, where he commanded the Marines who landed and occupied the city. Maj Butler “was eminent and conspicuous in command of his Battalion. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 22nd and in the final occupation of the city…The following year, he was awarded the second Medal of Honor for bravery and forceful leadership as Commanding Officer of detachments of Marines and seamen of the USS Connecticut in repulsing Caco resistance on Fort Riviere, Haiti, 17 November 1915.”
After his retirement in 1931, Mr. Butler had a change of heart, and decided that killing for Uncle Sam was not such a great idea. He wrote a book, “War is a Racket”, and became a popular speaker. Here is a “money quote”…
“I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class thug for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902–1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.”
Smedley Butler died June 21, 1940. Eighteen months later, America was at War again. How he would have reacted to that conflict is a mystery.

Caucasian Cha Cha

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on November 1, 2017


Posted in GSU photo archive, Holidays, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on October 31, 2017










@tcarmody “In the 90s, everyone was stabbing men, or chopping off their body parts. I understand now that this was wrong, but it explains the context”
@KateHarding “I’m not saying it’s good or bad, but it was the Bobbitt age.”
@MadCondiment “Listen, I grew up in a different time when this wasn’t as frowned on”
@Buffaloexpat Also, it’s our natural instinct to stab. Maybe they shouldn’t be in the workplace if they can’t handle a little good natured stabbing.

@vgreenswallow Obviously they shouldn’t be in closed-door meetings with me and my knife.
@Buffaloexpat It’s a witch hunt! Every lady in an office who stabs a man is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend herself. That’s not right either.
@melkaye29 The knife was rusty. He asked me to clean it before the stabbing but it’s sharper with a little rust. I gave him $40 for a tetanus shot tho.

@lauralake3 So why dod they get drunk, then? What did they think would happen????
@lauralake3 And wearing their Dockers so tight across the ass, ant their sleeves rolled up. Of COURSE i feel stabby
@ShantiPixie Can we not just tell them to drink more responsibly? I mean, they don’t need to get *that* drunk.. Surely they have some level of blame in the situation?
@ameseh You know, when I pointed a knife at my intern a few times and he didn’t quit, I just sort of assumed he was okay with being stabbed.

@ameseh Anyway, this one guy in my office got a promotion bc he was our CEO’s favorite person to stab. I think these men know what they’re doing.
@BloomUtopia if an infection is the result of a stabbing, look at it as a gift from god. Don’t punish an innocent infection for the crime of the stabbed
@smoricebrubaker Is stabbing the accepted term now? My stars, who can keep up anymore! In my day we called them “knifely duties” and y’know, men were happy!

@MonterioMA If you can’t take the stabbing stay out of knife drawer. It’s just that simple.
@Adjunctcrayon She’s a leader in our church too! But I never saw any knives or anything.
@metasynchronic That’s just what HR wants you to say. We know you like a little stabbing at work. Makes the day more fun.
@annanotherthng I’m checking myself in to stabbing-addiction therapy then I’ll be ready for forgiveness and the second chance we all deserve.

@DavidOfromNJ “I now understand that stabbing may have caused pain. If anyone felt pain when I was plunging knives into them, I apologize.”
@ChristyLeeH You know what? If these men don’t want to be stabbed, they shouldn’t wear short sleeved shirts. I could practically SEE THEIR VEINS. Ripe AF
@DavidRickmann Women also need to stop sending unsolicited pictures of their knives.

@only_si_chuck Why didn’t they immediately report the ‘stabbing’ to our head of HR, Lizzie Borden?
@legallybae”Sometimes I just rub my hard erect knife on them without their consent that’s ok right? No? I’m truly sorry and in counseling”
@chamblee54 pictures from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.










Turn Off PG Lock

Posted in GSU photo archive, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on October 30, 2017









Display of a link on this page is not an indication of approval ~ Reject white supremacy at Virginia Tech ~ ‘The Walking Dead’ Pays Tribute to Georgia Stuntman Who Died Working on The Show ~ Is atheism the reason for Ta-Nehisi Coates’ pessimism on race relations? ~ They think that TNC has been getting too favorable a view from the press. Glenn Loury says TNC is a good writer, but not a deep thinker. John McWhorter says that the praise heaped on TNC is “soft bigotry of low expectations”. McWhorter says that TNC is not that great, but liberal white people seem to think it is their duty to praise him. This summary does not do the conversation justice. The two men say these things much better than I could. ~ The Blood Pressure Secret You’ve Never Heard Of ~ is dogcatcher actually an elective office? ~ Q: dogcatcher elections: history ~ @realDonaldTrump Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts…. ~ A brief history of people who have actually been elected dog catcher ~ What an elected dogcatcher reveals about small-town America ~ Other Elected & Appointed Officials ~ Gay History – October 23rd: The Almost Forgotten Gay Activist Harry Hay and Quebec’s Gay Club Raid Protests ~ Confederates in color: Rare surviving images of southern soldiers left to rot on the battlefield bring the destruction of the Civil War to life ~ Luther Burger ~ KimKierkegaardashian‏ @KimKierkegaard Here’s a quick anti-aging trick: die ~ theist bs ~ We Were Never Friends. We Just Grew Up Together. ~ Anti-racism is worse than racism ~ US suspects Niger villager betrayed Army troops ~ Be Careful Who You Call a ‘White Supremacist’ ~ Bloomberg’s Megan McArdle Can’t Tell Me Shit About White Supremacy ~ The NFL Protests Are a Perfect Study of How White Supremacy Works ~ Why Is the Only Brown Corn Pop the Janitor? Kellogg’s Called Out for Racist Cereal Box ~ Kellogg’s Apologizes for Making Racist Corn Pops ~ 32 hate groups ~ hate map ~ 42 old english insults ~ tate Senate candidate’s anti-gay, misogynistic Facebook posts uncovered ~ 6th district ~ Rebecca Ranson ~ social autopsy story ~ Empathy to Equity: Race Survey ~ I love how white folks call blatant acts of racism, “racially insensitive.” ~ In Midtown, construction fences are up for block-swallowing development ~ @SadDad_420 My biological father, whom I met at 16, gave me a $100 check & said this is for the time I wasn’t there. The check bounced. ~ Georgia election server wiped days after lawsuit ~ I Don’t Care Who Killed JFK ~ Milo Yiannopoulos’ former intern stabbed his father to death for calling him a Nazi ~ We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads ~ Friday Night at the Colonnade ~ Can You Help End Police Violence? | Creators For Change ~ Is Michael Harriot of The Root a Secret KKK Collaborator? ~ Fake News Friday: Confessions From a Secret KKK Collaborator ~ Store owner dies days after robber shoots him; police search for suspect ~ Q&A with Anna Isaacson, the NFL’s VP of social responsibility ~ Why pastor Robert Jeffress’ interview with Sean Hannity was so maddening to so many ~ What is the alt-right? ~ Armistead Maupin ~ Is broken what GI Joe calls Barbie’s boyfriend? ~ The first four words of Mr. Mann’s post were “Recently, I became a man.” Part of being a man is dealing with criticism. ~ .@RepWilson should not have outed that private call expecting .@realDonaldTrump to “be the better person” is foolish ~ Why were the bricks of the Fulton National Bank building covered with beige paint? ~ Which is why we have roll models, instead of croissant models or biscuit models ~ .@WernerTwertzog If you use the phrase “you’re part of the problem,” then you’re part of the problem ~ Is there any label-group that you can discuss politics with? ~ Is that pa JAA mas or pa JAH mas? ~ Buy this domain The domain may be for sale by its owner! This webpage was generated by the domain owner using Sedo Domain Parking. Disclaimer: Sedo maintains no relationship with third party advertisers. Reference to any specific service or trade mark is not controlled by Sedo nor does it constitute or imply its association, endorsement or recommendation. ~ We removed this post because it looks like spam and doesn’t follow our Community Standards. ~ @ThomasSowell “Ethnic identity movements are ways of getting rid of minor discomforts by creating major catastrophes.”@chamblee54 Ethnic identity movements ignore major catastrophes by focusing on minor discomforts. ~ Speaking of singular they, whatstheirname just doesn’t have the same ring as whatshisname. OTOH, using non binary pronouns is a splendid way to piss off a hypermasculine show off like carrot top. ~ Twitter is different from facebook. Following on twitter is not a value judgment. ~ Guidance Contains language which some may find offensive. Age confirmation check box. Check to confirm you are sixteen or over.I am aged 16 or over Turn on Parental Guidance Lock? This programme may not be suitable for children. Turn on PG Lock and we’ll ask you to set up a PIN to control who can watch BBC content with a Guidance label on this browser.Turn on PG LockPlay without PG Lock ~ PG is my alter ego at chamblee54. I don’t know what to make of a “PG lock” ~ @50NerdsofGrey The truth the publishers don’t want you to know – the majority of Harry Potter readers are semi-literate adults, not children. ~ the poem below was read at Java Monkey last night. ~ pictures for today’s monday morning entertainment are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. ~ selah
many opinions ’bout white folks who dance ~ some look down their nose at the spectacle
we are having fun so we take the chance ~ so what if its not quite respectable
some people don’t like caucasian cha cha ~ no matter what we do or don’t wear
giggle and point and call our moves caca ~ we will have too much fun to care
jitterbug watusi macarena ~ suzy q boogie woogie mambo
pom pom jelly roll mosh pit polka ~ two step electric slide foxtrot disco
an opinion is often compared to a hole ~ lay down the beat and light up your soul










Killed By Police October 29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ben And Jerry Social Justice Warfare

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








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

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

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

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

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

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









Happy Deviance

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on October 27, 2017