Saturday, August 22, 2020






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.


McCain 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, along with other POW's, and hear firsthand 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 was attended by Senators and Congressmen and former Presidents; but the current President was missing in action.


Our five times deferments, draft dodging, cowardly President has shown contempt for McCain.   Trump said in a Howard Stern interview that he had his own Vietnam by avoiding venereal disease from the women he had sex with during the Vietnam era – he called himself 'a brave soldier'. 

   Trump stated on television 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 after McCain’s death - but later reneged after pressure from the American Legion. 


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 that now inhabits the oval office.


The Ol'Buzzard

Friday, August 21, 2020


 Light a god damn joint, 

pour a shot of whiskey

Sit back and yell Fuck-It

Kick up the volume

And play Bluemoose

The Ol'Buzzard

Saturday, August 8, 2020


 I was introduced to wine in Alaska when we were making good money and enjoying restaurants.  I learned to enjoy good wine.

When my young wife and I moved to Kentucky in  the early 90's, money was tight.  I had decided to retire, though I was carrying a number of bills including two college loans.   I felt that spending time together was more important making money.    We lived tight. We planted a large garden and strictly budgeted ourselves in order to get buy.

I like an occasional drink of whiskey, and I like wine with my meals; but in Kentucky we lived in a dry county and had to travel 24 miles north, to another county, in order to buy liquor.    The best I could afford at the time was Carlo Rossi, and I could buy it by the gallon.   

Time has moved on and I have moved on to more quality wines - until the pandemic.   At the beginning of the Covid-19 scare people were afraid of shortages and stocked up on food.   My first thought was to stock up on wine, so at the supermarket I picked up a gallon of Carlo Rossi as a reserve.   After a few week I found that there was not a run on wine.   We had pasta one night and I cracked open the Carlo Rossi Burgundy.    I had forgotten how good this wine tasted.   

It seems I have made a big circle.  Now my Vino de Mesa (wine of the table) will be Carlo Rossi Burgundy. 

You don't have to spend a lot of money to drink a good tasting wine.

The next time you have a pasta meal, don't buy a fifteen dollar bottle of   Italian Chianti - try a bottle of Carlo Rossi Burgundy.  

the Ol'Buzzard  


Thursday, August 6, 2020


That we could do this to another group for humans
and then celebrate it
Speaks to who we are.

We can make excuses about ending a war
We can try to justify as casualties of war
But humans did this to humans

the Ol'Buzzard

Sunday, August 2, 2020



We all got a good laugh when Trump retweeted a post by Dr. Immanuel about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in the prevention of the coronavirus.    

Dr. Immanuel is known for claiming that alien DNA is used in some medications, that some illnesses are the result of astral sex with demons while asleep, and that certain TV programs and children’s toys are intended to introduce children to witchcraft. 


All of her bizarre claims, except for one, are in common and rooted in the Christian religion.  


We shouldn’t decry Dr. Immanuel’s lunacy before admitting that  Christians readily believe in a magical, all supreme being living somewhere up there; in a human who was the son of a god and could walk on water; in a virgin birth; a paranormal life after death; in crackers and wine that can turn into blood and flesh; in resurrection of the dead; and yes, in angles demons.


How far is it from a woman who was impregnated by a holy spirit, to demon sperm causing illnesses?   Demons, after all, are a Christian concept.   The Catholic church, here in the twenty-first century, still has a body of priest trained to exorcise demons.


Witches and witchcraft are also deeply embedded in the ethos of the Christian church.

So, a Christian criticizing Dr. Immanuel is like Baptists criticizing Methodists, criticizing Catholics, criticizing Jehovah’s Witnesses, criticizing Presbyterians…   It’s all in the same circus tent.  


People who believe in aliens and UFO’s are often seen as nut cases because they believe that from hundreds of billions of galaxies, containing hundreds of billions of stars that are orbited by billions of billions of planets, some of those planets could produce life forms that are more advanced than humans. 


Aliens, that’s plausible.  Alien DNA; yeah, that is nutty.  


the Ol’Buzzard


Political correctness is America’s newest form of intolerance, and it is especially pernicious because it comes disguised as tolerance.

George Carlin

When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?


Both Republican and Democrat have extreme factions in their parties: the far left – the far right.


You can usually tell the Republican far right faction, for they show up with guns and/or spout racist and conspiracy theories that verge on the ridiculous.


The Democrat extreme left wing is less identifiable, and on the surface seem less dangerous.  They support clean energy, Medicare for all, social equality, programs that make a difference to average American; but they also support reparation, defunding police and other radical positions that turn off many voters.   Their single-issue obsession and demand for political correctness sets a purity standard that is, perhaps, more dangerous during an election period, than the nut-jobs on the far right. 


In the last election, their demand for purity resulted in Bernie Bros, Hillary disaffection, and single-issue voters turning their support away from the Democrat candidate to the Green Party and Libertarian Party.  Many withheld their vote.   These purest were complicit in the election of Donald Trump. 


This purity faction still remains in our party, and perhaps to a greater extent than we realize, end up aiding the other side.     

 The real politic is, like it or not, the U.S. has a two-party system, and you either work within that system or, like the old man yelling at clouds, you get the attention that you seek, but help destroy the system you claim to support. 


If you want to see Donald Trump removed from office, you must get behind, and quit criticizing Joe Biden.   You must put aside all your single-issue concerns and keep one focus: to elect Biden for President. 


the Ol’Buzzard 



Saturday, August 1, 2020

Amongst all the noise; global warming still has consequences

Maine had its first deadly shark attack, killing a woman swimmer.   A tooth left in the body was identified as a great white.   Great white sharks are known to migrate as far north as the Bay of Fundy; seal populations off the coast of Canada have been known to draw them in to feed.   But, the cold waters off the coast of Maine have kept sightings low.  


Maine waters are now warming and lobster men are worried about the lobster populations migrating farther north.  The warmer waters are also attracting larger predators and other invasive species not common to our coastal environment.   


The environment is changing.  Global warming results are visible. 


Sensible people would like to see the world move toward a greener energy policy.  


However, the elephant in the room is always ignored: Global warming and most other environmental dangers are the results of human over population; which continues at an unsustainable rate.


the Ol’Buzzard