Thursday, December 14, 2017

RAMBLINGS OF AN OLD MAN






We all live in a yellow submarine.
No it’s not it’s green.
Yes it’s a yellow submarine.
You’re color blind you monkey shit you.



I am out of step and it is part of my chosen aging process.    

Age is a separate universe.   You can’t explain getting old to younger people, they don’t want to hear it.  Young people see themselves as the masters of the space ship Enterprise, while old people are from the plant Pathetic.   They know old people aren’t pretty, don’t walk right, are slow and always in the way, and obviously aren’t as smart as themselves.

 I am not complaining.  It is just a shame that your body breaks down  about the time you can kick back, become comfortable with yourself, and are able to enjoy yourself.     

Age doesn’t confer wisdom any more than education confers intelligence, so my take is strictly persona and an old man’s prerogative.



I see this as a crazy fucking time, and I believe we are seeing the decline of our once great nation.   When we say history repeats itself we are actually saying that we move through time, technology advances our lifestyles, but we are still doomed by our human fallibility, and so we recreate the same dilemmas over and over.

At each attempt at social governance there comes a point where the under educated and under intelligent masses rise up to support a charismatic con man and end up destroy a functioning society. 







 The ‘working man’ brought Stalin to power; the ‘working man’ brought Hitler to power.   We could go back farther but you get the point.   The white ‘working man’ has brought Trump to power.






We are seeing a repeat of the inmates organizing and taking over the asylum.  It is a shame that George Orwell didn’t live to write 2016.    

This is a dangerous time: the environment is striking back, and unstable men have control of nuclear weapons.   

Big brother is consolidating power and the masses are falling into line.   All it will take is for one more Supreme Court Justices to be replaced by the Republican Party (INGSOC) and the takeover will be complete.



But, I don’t have a future stake in this game because I am old – and I don’t have much confidence in the outcome.  




Fool, by Christopher Moore is the story of King Lear as told by his jester.




"Goneril went to her father and told his hand, ‘yes father you are old.   Very old.   Really, really, extraordinarily, mind-boggling… ‘

She turned to me for a clue.

‘Dog fuckingly’, I suggested.

‘…dog-fuckingly old,’ said the duchess. ‘You are feebly, incontinently, desiccatedly, smelling-of-boiled-cabbage old.   You are brain-rottingly, balls-draggingly…’

‘I’m fucking old,’ said Lear. 

 ‘We’ll stipulate that,’ I said."





And I’m fucking old said the Ol’Buzzard.
 We will stipulate that




The Ol’Buzzard



  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

THE ALABAMA CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALIST VOTER










The fundamentalist Christians down in Alabama are willing to vote for Roy Moore because he is anti-abortion and they claim to be concerned about the unborn child.   

But it is all bullshit because they don’t give a rat’s ass about children.  

They are willing to vote for a man who prays on children; they are willing to vote for a party that voids health care for the very young; for a party that cuts school lunch programs, for a party that kicks thirteen million people off health care – many low income single mothers; for a party that cuts funding to education; for a party that cuts funding for pre-schools; for a party that opposes family health care subsidies; for a party that opposes food stamps for low income families with children; for a party that increases the cost of student loans…

It is not about children, it is all about sex.

Their real concern is controlling young women’s sexuality: they consider women who have sex outside of marriage as immoral, and believe that if a woman of loose morals gets pregnant she should be forced to carry the pregnancy to term as punishment for her sins.





Along with opposing abortion they also oppose women’s health clinics, like Planned Parenthood, that educate and assist women with birth control.   I am surprised they haven’t tried to legislate that a woman who has had an abortion be tattooed with a scarlet letter A.  They are the Christian version of the Taliban and their goal is to eventually enact their Sharia laws.  

the Ol’Buzzard




SOME OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES FROM GEORGE CARLIN







1.     What kind of god damn disease is anorexia?  I don’t wanna eat!   How do we come up with that shit?

2.    Bulimia.  There’s another all-American disease.   This has got to be the only country in the world where some people are digging in the dumpster for peach pits while other people eat a nice meal and puke it up intentionally.

3.    Auto racing is a sport that is very big in the south; a perfect marriage of fast cars and slow minds.

4.    Most of the racing fans are soldier sniffers and patriotic halfwits.   The’d be honored to have the occasional military jet slam into the crowd and send a couple of hundred of them off to be with Jesus.

5.    White people fucked up the blues.


6.    The only good thing ever to come from religion was the music. 



































the Ol'Buzzard

Friday, December 8, 2017

KILL UM ALL AND LET GOD SORT IT OUT


 What is happening now is challenging a old social norm on the behavior of men toward women in the work place.    Because of this moment women of the future will work in a safer and less threatening environment.   

But the torches are out, and every man is guilty and every man is vulnerable for some behavior in his past. 




 Mika, on Morning Joe, was asked if she had the power to have any man on MSNBC fired with an accusation by her; and her answer was yes.  


SHOULD ONE ACCUSATION COST A MAN HIS JOB?


 It has Harold Ford Jr. 

There needs to be some perspective for accountability between shaming and (to distort the old Vietnam adage) ruin them all and let God sort it out. 

the Ol'Buzzard






Sunday, December 3, 2017

AN INTERESTING STATISTIC



The Republicans just ran up our National debt by one point four trillion dollars ( $1,400,000,000,000.00)

If you were to bang a hammer on a surface once every second, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year - it would take you forty-fore thousand years (44,000) to equal the dollar value of the Republican National debt increase.  

ONE TRILLION DOLLARS IS A FUCKING BIG NUMBER. 

the Ol'Buzzard

REPUBLICAN TAX CUTS

Just sent this as a letter to the editor of a local e-newspaper.  You are welcome to reuse all are any part for your local paper. 

The Republicans in the Senate just pulled out the credit card and charged one of the biggest tax cuts in our history. 

At a time of record unemployment, record stock market gains, and big business booming it is hard to justify the need for a tax cut. 

One point four trillion dollars ($1,400,000,000,000.00) will now be added to our already massive debt; and maybe it is worth it.   Now we can repair our road system and bridges, modernize our national power grid, construct a high-speed rail system connecting the east coast and west coast, create millions of high paying jobs, make Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security solvent into the distant future.

But that is not what is happening.

The Republican tax bill gives huge tax breaks to multi-national companies that are already raking in record profits.   It cuts taxes on multi-millionaires and billionaires (and if you don’t believe Trump stands to make hundreds of millions from this tax cut, I have some swamp land in Florida I will sell you.)  This is one of the largest giveaways to the mega-wealthy sine Reagan.  

This tax bill, also makes massive cuts to education – including student loans, cuts to health care that will leave millions uninsured, cuts to hospitals and emergency services, and cuts across the board to social programs.

In two to three years, claiming to be the party of fiscal responsibility, the Republicans will cry the that the national debt is unsustainable, and they will demand cuts in Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security to bring down the deficit.
 
Hard working middle class people that voted Republican, as well as the rest of us, now must pay the price.
 
 Republican voters have been duped by the Republican shell game and allowed to find the marble with God, guns, gays and abortion under the obvious paper cup; now the bait and switch has been accomplished and rubes must now pay the huckster.  

It is time to remove the emerald glasses and realize the man behind the curtain has just pulled the leaver on you; and vote out the Republicans in the 2018 election.

the Ol’Buzzard




Thursday, November 30, 2017

GARRISON KEILLOR OF PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION WAS FIRED FROM MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO


The past coming back to haunt you....



Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion was fired from Minnesota Public Radio on allegations of improper behavior.   MPR has severed all ties with Keillor and will rename The Prairie Home Companion, which is now hosted by a different MC.





An excerpt from Huffington Post quotes Keillor:
‘in an email to MPR’s news boss Wednesday afternoon, Keillor wrote “I think the country is in the grip of a mania – the whole Franken business is an absurdity – and I wish someone [would] resist it, but I expect MPR to look out for itself, and meanwhile I feel awfully lucky to have hung on for so long.”

There needs to be some perspective, because at some point in our lives all men are guilty; except Jesus and Gay Guys - which is probably the same category.

Setting aside the ilk of Roy Moore; there was a time when the tolerated sexual misconduct of men toward women was overlooked, and this should be brought to light.   This behavior is something that should stop and end here.    But it bothers me that a man who made advances toward a woman or made an inappropriate comment in the past should be painted with the same brush as Roy Moore, should lose his job, his reputation, traumatize his family, and place the stigma of his actions on his wife and children to carry into public and into the future. 

This is a definitive moment in time - a change in culture; but we need to move through it without a mania for revenge.   

I'm fucking old
and I am looking at this through an alpha male's eyes
Sorry
the Ol'Buzzard