Thursday, July 19, 2018

BUDDHISM IS BULLSHIT









500 B.C in India writing was Sanskrit, and few people were capable of reading much less writing.   It is logical to conclude that all the Buddhist scriptures and texts and ceremonies were written long after the Buddha’s death.  Many were passed down by oral history and eventually written and then revised possibly hundreds of times, with each writer adding his own interpretation.   

 Steve Hagen (Buddhism Plain and Simple) –is my favorite Buddhist writer.


Buddhism is not about beliefs and practices… it is not a religion.   It is about the teachings of awakening – about examining the world clearly.
Steve Hagen

In his book How The World Can Be The Way It IS, Steve describes his time studying at a monastery in Japan where his mentor would beat him with a bamboo pole while he meditated to urge him into a deeper meditative state.   What kind of bullshit Buddhism is that?

The basic Buddhist story goes that after searching for the meaning of life and being exhausted and near death, the Buddha became enlightened when he was given a bowl of rice and a refreshing drink of water by a beautiful young girl.    To me that is the essence of Buddhism, and all the other bells and whistles and trappings and rituals are bullshit. 

John Lennon said, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” 

Close your eyes and taste that cup of tea.  Feel the texture of the chair you are sitting on.   Study the faces of the people you love.    That is Buddhism plain and simple. 




the Ol’Buzzard

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WHERE THE HELL ARE THE CHILDREN?





Before you express your ire on one outrage committed by Donald Trump another outrage has been committed.

Trump places tariffs on Canada.

Trump takes children away from parents at the Mexican border.

Trump acts an ass at the G-7

Trump insults the European allies.

Trump denigrates our NATO alliances

Trump acts treasonous at Russia meeting.

Distraction, distraction, distraction…



But wait: WHERE THE FUCK ARE THE CHILDREN. 

Let’s not forget that there are still thousands of children, including many under five years old, that have been separated from their mothers with no plan to reunite them.     

This atrocity has fallen off the news radar – we have all moved on the new and latest scandal. 



WHERE THE FUCK ARE THE CHILDREN?

Let’s keep asking




the Ol’Buzzard





I'M A VERY STABLE GENIUS





MAJOR GENERAL RANDY RAINBOW DIAGNOSES TRUMP
A VERY STABLE GENIUS








the Ol'Buzzard

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

TRUMP A TRAITOR?









AN OVERRIPE FRUIT



I have lived through some terrible times.    I was a child during the Second World War and remember the Gold Star flags displayed by families that lost sons to the slaughter of war. 




  I remember the U.S. being the only nation to ever attack a civilian population with two nuclear weapons.




   I was a teenager during the Korean War.




   I lived in the south during segregation and was a young man during the ugliness of integration. 









 I vividly remember the assassination of President Kennedy. 




  I served during the Vietnam War where American politicians cost the lives of 58,479 military young men and women while accomplishing nothing,









 and the memory of the Twin Tower is fresh.







During all this time I never doubted the strength of the United States to recover and move on.
 

 This past week has been disgusting as U.S. President Donald Trump undermined NATO, denigrated the European Union and sided with Russia against U.S. intelligence agencies.  



We have passed the point where investigations are connecting Trump with colluding with a hostile power (Russia) in order to influence the election and elect himself President of the United States.  Now it seems we have crossed the Rubicon.






The blinders are off.  Trump is Putin’s bitch.  His actions of the past two years have crossed over to treason.  


I suspicion that Trump's business empire is totally financed by Russian oligarchs with the approval of Vladimir Putin.  To cross Putin would bring down his financial empire.  With all of Trump’s bravado he acts humble and submissive in the presence of Vladimir Putin and defers to Russian interest in deference to the United States.


In 1954 Vladimir Lenin predicted:
First, we will take Eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia, then we will encircle the United States which will be the last bastion of capitalism.    We will not have to attack.  It will fall like an overripe fruit into our hands.”


Nakita Khrushchev in the 1960's bragged:
“You Americans are so gullible.  No, you won’t accept Communism outright: but we’ll keep feeding you small doses of Socialism until you finally wake up and find you already have Communism.  We won’t have to fight you; we’ll so weaken your economy, until you fall like overripe fruit into our hands.”  
 

Just think of what has happened over the past two years.  Trump has removed us from the Word Trade Organization.  He is inflicting tariffs that will drive the U.S. economy into an inflation.  He has broken ties with the European Union and has weakened our relationship with NATO partners.  He is now openly aligning himself with Vladimir Putin and siding with the Russian military and GRE over our own intelligence networks.  He, along with the Republican party, are manipulating our courts.    He and Republican legislators are aggressively attacking the FBI, CIA and NSA.   He has held secret meetings with Russian ambassadors and now the Russian Head of State. 







Lenin and Khrushchev seem to have visualized the outcome but mistaken the method.   Who would have ever thought that Russia would be able to elect their own operative to the Presidency of the United States?

It is treason
the Ol'Buzzard




LET'S GET DISTRACTED - WE NEED A BREAK




A little mind blowing rock and roll










Fuck Trump
the Ol'Buzzard

Thursday, July 12, 2018

CELEBRATING THE 79th BIRTHDAY OF MAVIS STAPLE



She is still around.  

When my generation goes a rich culture of rock and blues and gospel will have passed with us.   Mavis Staple has covered all the bases.



























Happy Birthday Mavis
You have made the world a richer place

the Ol'Buzzard


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

HE WHO TROUBLES HIS OWN HOUSE WILL INHERIT THE WIND









It is time Democrats quit pussy-footing around and call out the snow flakes that tend to throw elections to the Republicans. 


Donald Trump just nominated his second Supreme Court Judge that will skew the High Court far right for decades to come.   I am not shocked by this.  Republicans have never keep a secret of their goals: to do away with Social Security and Medicare, overturn Roe vs Wade, oppose gay marriage and gay rights, enact biblical law and give massive tax breaks to the mega-wealthy and mega-corporations.  This is who the Republicans proudly are
.

Republicans play hardball – Democrats play Scrabble
Republicans fall in line – Democrats meander
Republicans demonize Democrats – Democrats talk about their friends across the aisle.


There is only one way to stop this bullshit.


If we believe in democratic socialist principles – that the government has a responsibility to improve the lives of its citizens – then we must give up our milk toast, politically correct demeanor and our fear of offending people.   We need to call it as it is.


If you could not bring yourself to vote for Hillary Clinton because of her e-mails, or you could not vote for Republicans or Democrats because both parties are imperfect, or because of your desired to appear pure and independent to your friends and neighbors you voted Libertarian or Green Party - then I don’t want to hear your lamentations when Roe vs Wade is overruled, when the Affordable Health Care is rolled back, Gay rights are no longer constitutionally protected or children are being taken away from their mothers …


There are only two viable parties in this country and in a Presidential election - either a Democrat or a Republican will be elected.  If purity required you opt out of supporting the Democratic candidate in the past election, then by default you enabled the Republicans.
  

So, if you did not vote for the Democrat in the past presidential election, then shut the fuck up.  You own this.
 

the Ol’Buzzard