Sunday, September 23, 2018


I recent commented on a blog, and suggested the person smoke pot to relieve stress.   Being a Vietnamese vet from the sixties it didn’t occur to me that there are still a lot of people that have never tried it. 

I guess the cookies and such are all-right; but as an ex-smoker I find the process of an occasional tote relaxing in itself. 

I prefer a pipe when I smoke, as there is no waste and no rolling involved.   Nothing fancy, just a small metal or glass pipe.  You take a bud and crush it to tobacco consistency and fill the bowl. 

You will need a Bic lighter, as you have to relight after every draw. 

If you are a beginner, you don’t want to smoke the whole bowl.  Just light the pipe and take a small drag to char the weed, and exhale quickly.   Next take a drag and hold it in your lungs for twenty or thirty seconds – whatever is comfortable.  Wait for a few minutes then do it once more and stop.   Two hits for a beginner is enough.  You are not looking to do a bong with Cheech and Chong.    

And you definitely don't want to smoke weed with Willie!

Have some pleasant music on – relax.   You won’t feel particularly high but you will be relaxed.    When you have some down time from work or obligations do it again.   You will learn where your comfortable limit is.

If you don’t overdo, this will be a pleasant experience and a relief from stress.   You won’t get a hangover and the worst thing that will happen is you will get the munchies. 

Pot has always had a bad rap from people that haven’t smoked.  During the early twentieth century, white men who were fine with bathtub gin and probation rum were horrified that the black community was getting high on the Devil Weed.    Every since then pot has been made out to be an addictive killer that is the stepping stone to herion or worse.     And yet, nobody ever smoked a joint and then beat his wife and kids.  

There are medical applications for pot but they are being suppressed by dinosaurs like Jeff Beauregard Sessions.   There is relief for people suffering with Cancer, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy and PTSD; and this is a natural plant, not a chemical concoction.    

With this blind irrational fear of marijuana, we have also suppressed the use of hemp as a manufacturing product and a cash crop for farmers.   Hemp grows quickly and can be turned into cloth, paper, fuel pellets, rope and hundreds of other useful items. 

Just like racism, sexism and fundamentalism, a couple of older generations will have to die off before more progressive thinking can prevail.

The Ol’Buzzard

Friday, September 21, 2018


From childhood, my image of Texas men has always been linked to the Cowboy.  Men who drove cattle through Indian territory; braved attacks from rustlers; forded dangerous rivers; road out deadly stampedes – men who lived rough, worked hard and partied hard when the drive was over.  

You wouldn’t disrespect these men.  You would never insult their wives or disparage their fathers or insult them to their face without expecting immediate payback: a fist fight or a gun fight. 

I guess Texas men have changed.   It seems they are willing to vote for a yellow, sniveling coward: A man that Donald Trump called to his face - Lying Ted; insulted his wife insinuating she was ugly; lied about his father calling him a terrorist involved in the assassination of a President.  And yet, a man who is willing to drop to his knees anytime Donald Trump reaches for his zipper. 

It seems the new Texas man standard must be:  you can spit in my face, disrespect my wife, disparage my father and I will still kiss your ass as long as you let me keep my job... and I'm just fine voting for a man like that.

What happened to the Cowboys?
the Ol’Buzzard

Friday, September 14, 2018


The book Future Shock by Alvin Toffler proposed that mankind was psychologically and emotionally unable to adjust to rapid change; that change, to be comfortable, must happen over an extended time. 

Boy was he wrong. 

Change did come slow when knowledge was acquired by trial-and-error. 

At the time of Jesus, the wheelbarrow was cutting edge technology.   The world prodded along for centuries until the invention of the printing press in the 1400’s.   The printing press allowed the mass sharing of information including the technology of the day.

By the early 1900’s the T-model Ford and primitive airplanes were cutting edge technology.   Changes were happening, but they were still slow.   

In 1976’ computers were in their infancy and the Apple-2 with 4 Kb of ram, 5 ½ inch floppy disk and a monochrome monitor that wrote in upper case only was available for home computing for around a thousand dollars. 

Now in only forty years we have gone to hand held gigabyte computer phones with hundreds of apps available.   My GPS has the address, maps and driving directions for everyone living in the United States and Canada.  NASA has probes hurling into deep space and the internet has connected almost every person on earth.

This is only the beginning.  Computers are changing our world at such a pace that it is hard to keep up with new innovations.   We are on the cusp of artificial Intelligence (AI) where computers will learn and think for themselves.   It is almost unimaginable where technology will have taken us by the turn of the 22nd  century.  

The book is outmoded 
But still a good read
If only to see 
Where we have come from.

the Ol'Buzzard

Tuesday, September 11, 2018


What could benefit Donald Trump more than a major hurricane hitting the east coast just days after the release of Bob Woodward's book?   What could have been weeks of detrimental headlines will now be buried in the storm. 

And one hell of a storm.
the Ol'Buzzard

Monday, September 10, 2018


We live in a great town: good restaurants, play houses, a University, low property taxes and reasonable real estate prices 

We have a seven theater multiplex theater here.  Tickets are $4.00 for seniors and college students can attend on Wednesday nights for $2.50.   A medium popcorn in $2.50 and a small coke is $1.50.   

My wife and I can attend a movie for $12.00 including a buttered popcorn and a drink.  

Tomorrow we are going to see Happy Time Murders.  Check it out on YouTube: 

the Ol'Buzzard

Sunday, September 9, 2018


20015 was the hottest summer ever recorded in Maine; broken a year later in 2016.  Now, 2018 is the hottest summer ever recorded in Maine. 

Maine normally has between three and seven days in the summer with humidity above 70% - this year that record was smashed by 36 days of 70%+ humidity – another record. 

This has been one of the most miserable summers here in Maine in my memory.  We have never needed an air conditioner in the Western Mountains; but I fear that if the last four years are establishing a new norm, we may have to consider purchasing one.

The good news is that Fall is dawning.  We are starting to see patches of color in the trees.  This morning the outside temperature was 54 degrees and the inside temperature was 62.  I went out and turned on the oil tank and kicked on our Monitor heater.   Except for a couple of days this week, the ten-day forecast is highs in the sixties and lows in the forties and fifties.  


The republicans and the flat earthers still deny climate change is the result of human pollution and population explosion, so the trend will continue.  Perhaps we have already reached a point where the change is not reversable; if not, that time is not far away.  

What will be the final results when ocean currents shift, ocean salinity is diluted and ocean water rises?   I won’t be around to see it; but I don’t expect a good outcome for the human race.   

In the meantime, I will revel in the approach of fall and anticipate the first snowfall of winter.

And so is the new season of Game of Thrones

the Ol’Buzzard

Monday, August 27, 2018


McCain flew an A-4 Sky Hawk on bombing mission over North Vietnam.  Flying off and on the moving and pitching deck of an aircraft carrier is, in itself, a dangerous mission, and only the best Navy pilots are assigned that duty.

On his last missions his plane was hit by a ground-to-air missile and he ejected into a lake outside of Hanoi sustaining a broken leg.   He was captured by North Vietnamese Regulars.  His shoulder was smashed by a blow from a rifle butt and he was stabbed in the abdomen and the foot.

He was brutally interrogated for a number of days and it wasn’t until the North Vietnamese realized his father was an important admiral that he was given medical treatment.  He was eventually transferred to a prison camp known as the Plantation

At the Plantation he was interrogated and brutally tortured.  With his hands tied behind him he was hoisted off the floor and beaten, dislocating his shoulders in the process.  Throughout this whole time, he kept faith with his fellow POW’s, the Navy and the United States of America.    As a political ploy the North Vietnamese offered McCain an early release but McCain refused saying he would only accept a release if every pow captured before him was also released.

Mc Cain spent five years in the Hanoi POW camp, much of that time in isolation under mental and physical duress. 

This man kept the faith and was an example to his band of brothers.

After his return and recovery McCain visited the Navy SERE (Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape) detachment where I was an instructor.  It was my privilege to meet McCain and hear first hand his experience at the hands of the North Vietnamese. 

This country owes a great debt to McCain and to all American Prisoners of War.  

McCain’s funeral will be attended by Senators and Congresspersons and former Presidents; but the current President will be missing in action.

Our five times deferments, draft dodging, cowardly President has shown contempt for McCain.   In an interview Trump said he had his own Vietnam like trauma by avoiding venereal disease from the women he had sex with.  He stated that McCain (and by extension all American POW’s) were not heroes – that he liked men who weren’t captured.  Trump ordered that the flag over the White House not be lowered to half-mass from the time of McCain’s death to his burial. 

It is beyond my understanding how any man who has done military service or anyone that supports our men and women in the military can back this unpatriotic, insecure billionaire phony, that now inhabits the oval office.

58,479 military personnel died in Vietnam.

the Ol'Buzzard