Monday, October 16, 2017


Have you missed her?   They all float down there!

the Ol'Buzzard


I find it harder and harder to write post.   My everyday activities that are catalyst for a large part of blog post are over shadowed by catastrophic daily outrages committed by President Donald Trump supported by his base of the gullible.  

How can I write about the beautiful fall color that has peaked in western Maine, or the repairs of my fifteen year old snow blower in preparation for winter snows, or the bean soup recipe I made in my new slow cooker when Porto Rico has been devastated and abandoned, fires burn across northern California, the Affordable Health Care act has been defunded, the treaty with Iraq to halt production of a nuclear weapon has been withdrawn and a nuclear exchange with North Korea draws closer – all within this week. 

It all seems so……….

the Ol’Buzzard

Monday, October 9, 2017


Bangkok Tattoo published in 2005: the story of a Royal Thai policeman, Sonchai Jitpleecheep, who with his mother manages a brothel.   

Sonchai is a devout  Buddhist, able to accept the  corruption of the system, the violence in society and his own position in the Bangkok sex trade with true Buddhist mindfulness.

"You are a remarkable collection of coincidences held together by a desperate and irrational clinging, there is no center at all, everything depends on everything else, your body depends on the environment, your thoughts depend on whatever junk floats in from the media, your emotions are largely from the reptilian end of your DNA, your intellect is a chemical computer that can’t add up a zillionth as fast as a pocket calculator, and even your best side is a superficial piece of social programming that will fall apart just as soon as your spouse leaves with the kids and the money in your joint account, or the economy starts to fail and you get the sack, or you get conscripted into some idiot’s war, or they give you news about your brain tumor.   To name this amorphous morass of self-pity, vanity, and despair is not only the height of hubris, it is also proof (if any were needed) that we are above all a delusional species."  

excerpt from Bangkok Tattoo by John Burdett.

the Ol'Buzzard 

Sunday, October 8, 2017


Another storm threatens the Gulf states.   Tropical depression Nate is expected to  reach the southern coast of the U.S. this weekend.  

Even though  97 percent of climate scientist declare that the climate of the world is warming; according to Scientific America 72 percent of Republican Senators and 57 percent of Republican Congress persons still deny climate change. 

Moderate Republicans list climate change near the bottom, at 21 of the 23 most important issues and conservatives list it as last.  

"The good thing about science is that it is true, whether or not you believe in it.
Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Eighty percent of Republicans deny any connection between human pollution and climate change.   


Thursday, October 5, 2017


Donald Trump has always attached names to his adversaries in an immature attempt to degrade them.   

There has been;






Now we have a new one.   I can only hope that everyone who communicates on Twitter, Face Book, Blogs and all the other social media, from now on refer to this man only as 


Tuesday, October 3, 2017


I know this sounds tactless, but the carnage in Las Vegas is a one-up.  

If the Nation did not get incensed, and pass stricter gun control laws after the killing of elementary school children at Sandy Hook, then this mass shooting will just be another momentary outrage before going back to business as usual.  

To say that the easy availability of military type weaponry and semi-automatic pistols with large clip capacity is not the catalyst for all the killings that take place in the U.S. daily, and mass killings that now occur with some regularity, is like denying that tobacco causes cancer. 

No civilian needs to own a military assault weapon that is designed for the sole purpose of kill humans, and no civilian needs a semi-automatic pistol to protect his home.  A 44 mag. or 357 mag. six shot revolver is more than adequate home protection, and bolt action rifles and pump action shotguns with limited magazine capacity are adequate for hunting any game on the face of this earth.  

Assault rifles and semi-automatic pistols with large clip capacity make the action of mass carnage possible.

There is no justification for a civilian to own these weapons.

The bloody state of the Nation today, including this latest mass killing, is the direct culpability of Republican law makers who have been willing to whore themselves to the wing nut (Donald Trump) base of their party and the NRA.    Republicans are more concerned about their next election than what is obviously in the best interest of the Country.  Now they are proposing to allow the purchase of silencers.   

What civilian in this country needs to own a weapon with a silencer? 

This is where the Republican Party has taken the United States to today. 

the Ol’Buzzard

Friday, September 29, 2017


ly heng is spamming me with dozens of comments.   It is obviously a troll program as comments are generic.   Is there someway to report this to Blogger?
the Ol'Buzzard

Tuesday, September 26, 2017


My wife and I went up to Greenville on Moosehead lake for a couple of days and had a very pleasant stay at the Greenville Inn. 

Just past Bingham we rode through an area of wind farms: majestic windmills scattered along high ridges – quite a sight.

I was surprised, when we shopped in Greenville, that many of the stores posted signs opposing wind farms.  

One of the shop owners told me she opposed the farms because they ruin the scenic beauty of the pristine wilderness, the noise created by the windmills drive the moose from their habitat and the rotating blades kill birds
I personally think the windmills are beautiful; and as far as ascetics, nothing is as sore to the eyes and foreign to the wilderness as a cell phone tower jutting from a distant mountain - and there are no complaints about cell phone towers.

Windmills do not disturb the moose population.  Moose do not inhabit the top of tall ridges – they seek low valleys and marshy lake shores.  I suppose the windmills may occasionally kill a bird, but most migrating birds will modify their flight paths to avoid these moving structures.

One of the last complaints is that the power from these wind farms is shipped out of state ‘to Massachusetts.’  

Actually, the power from the wind farms goes into the national power grid and Maine buys its power from that grid, which is mostly produced by oil and coal fired plants down south.
I found the woman’s explanation unbelievably hypocritical.
Every hour float planes roar off the Greenville docks taking tourist on sightseeing tours. 

 These planes fly at low altitude over the lake shore spotting moose and bear for tourist entertainment.   

 Power boats charge over the lake disturbing wildlife along the shores, occasionally killing waterfowl chicks and driving loons off their nest.

Hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails converge around Greenville, and hundreds of out of state snowmobilers convoy on these trails, roaring through remote wilderness areas, driving deer from their bedding grounds and pushing moose into deep snow. 

The economy of Greenville is based on tourism; and the disturbance to wildlife habitat caused by wind farms is only a minute percentage when compared to the damage caused by the huge influx of tourist, during all seasons of the year, into the Moosehead area.

If it were economically advantageous to Greenville businesses to conduct tours through these wind farms there would be no complaints.

This reminds me of Alaska, where they kill the wolves to save the moose, so hunters can kill the moose.

the Ol’Buzzard


Tuesday, September 19, 2017


Four hurricanes of a category three our higher have been recorded since Harvey hit the coast of Texas twenty-six days ago.   This is not an all-time record, but it is among the records. 

According to Bob Henson, a meteorologist for Weather Underground, a forecasting service, “We are running about twice the pace of a typical season.”    Henson notes, “Ten of the fifteen most active hurricane seasons since antebellum America have occurred in the past two decades.”

It is not possible to trace any of these hurricanes to a particular incident of climate change; but, it is an accepted scientific conclusion that man made climate change, caused by the uncontrolled dumping of carbon into our atmosphere, will result in more frequent hurricanes and more violent hurricanes.  

'The good thing about science is that it is true, whether or not you believe in it."   Neil deGrasse Tyson

As ice caps melt sea levels will rise and the salinity of the ocean waters will change.   As seas become diluted oceans currents will shift causing a change in climatic zones.   Warmer oceans, the results of greenhouse effect, will spawn more frequent and more violent storms.

All of this is already happening. 

the Ol'Buzzard


I can remember when people use to have down time.   They would sit quietly on the porch in a rocker or inside in a comfortable chair, smoke, drink coffee or tea or liquor, and just relax and think.

One of the problems with technology is that people don’t have time to think – they are always five minutes away from their cell phone, surfing on their computer or watching TV.   There is no down time.   We are constantly plugged in. 

When I am not involved with some obligation, I don’t do the cell phone or social media (except blogging); but I do watch TV, spend time on the computer, and my time away from technology is reading.     But like everyone else, I don’t have down time to just think and reflect – except early in the mornings when I wake up and don’t feel like going back to sleep – like this morning. 

Did you ever wonder about your doctors?   What school they graduated from and what their grades were? 

Why would someone want to become a podiatrist?   Would some kid graduating from high school decide he really wanted to spend four years as an undergraduate and six years in medical school in order to trim ingrown toe nails, treat athletes foot and prescribe special shoes for deformed feet? 

Don’t get me wrong - we need Podiatrist; but it makes me wonder if he flunked out of internal medicine and surgery and the school gave him the option of podiatry?   

Why would anyone want to go into Podiatry or Dermatology if they could be a brain surgeon or heart surgeon or a General Practitioner?  

Do medical schools, with their motto of ‘Do No Harm,’ tell a student in surgery, whose hand is a little shaky and eyesight not sharp, that they don’t feel he should operate on live people, but they will gladly qualify him as a pathologist where he can do autopsies - surgery on the dead?

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?   It does me.

the Ol’Buzzard

Monday, September 18, 2017


I have had my new Cuisinart four quart, three-in-one slow cooker for about a month.   It is expensive when compared to the slow cookers available at Walmart, costing around a hundred dollars; but I expect to have it for many years – as least as many as I have left.

Yesterday I made beef stew.    I started with what Justin Wilson, the old Cajun cook, would call the Trinity: one onion chopped, and equal volume of celery chopped and four garlic cloves chopped.   The Trinity goes directly in the slow cooker set on saute.  

After about three minutes, when the trinity was cooked through, I added two pounds of steak cubed (any kind of steak -I like chuck) liberally sprinkled with Paul Prudhomme’s Meat Magic and a little salt and pepper.   

 Leaving the cooker on saute it took about five minutes to brown the steak; then I add a cup of beef stock and switch the cooking mode to slow cook – on high. 

 After six hours, I switch the cooking mode back to saute, bringing the stew to a good boil (about one minute) and add a mixture of two tablespoons of corn starch dissolved in a quarter-cup of cold water, to the pot as a thickener.  

After a few minutes, when the stew was thick to my liking, I cut the slow cooker off and added my precooked cubed potatoes and carrots: I don’t like vegetables cooked in the stew because I feel they lose their individual flavor and become mushy.

Think of the pots I saved by being able to cook everything in the slow cooker. 

I do most of the cooking at our house and for some reason my wife doesn’t complain.

the Ol’Buzzard

Sunday, September 10, 2017



Saturday on a Lester Holt TV news broadcast about expected hurricane damage, the news reporter in Florida interviewed a man walking his dog outside of one of the public shelters. The man was retired and had recently bought property in Florida; he and his wife had had time to evacuate but decided to ride out the storm at one of the shelters.  When asked if he was worried the man responded that their safety ‘was in God’s hands.’  

What the fuck?   A class four hurricane barreling down on you with death and destruction predicted in its wake…   But God is looking after you?


We must take care of stupid people along with everybody else.  I urge everyone that can, donate to the Salvation Army, because 100% of your donation will go to flood relief victims.


The Ol’Buzzard


Tuesday, September 5, 2017


The Liberal Redneck on protesters in Virginia.

the Ol'Buzzard


WARNING:  this post may not be suitable for children under twelve and fundamentalist Christians.

You constantly hear males refer to their balls when referring to machismo: He’s got a set of balls…  Why don’t you grow a set of balls…

It seems ridiculous when you realize that a small smack to the nether regions of a male can send him to his knees crying for his mother.   

Now vaginas - those organs are rugged.   They can take a pounding and come right back for more.   They can squirt out a twelve-pound package, twenty inches long and eight inches in diameter, and the woman will be back to work in a few days, and the vagina back functional within a few weeks.

So the next time you hear some guy reference his balls - correct him.  Tell him if he really wants to be tough – he should grow a vagina.

It just seems logical
The Ol’Buzzard

Friday, September 1, 2017


The high temperature today was 56 degrees.   Here in western Maine color is starting to show on the trees.  Goldenrod is in full bloom waiting for the first frost which is not far away.  Today I worked on electrical wiring installing a GFCI electrical outlet in the bathroom and my wife began decorating the house for fall. 

There is a lot I could post on today, but it all seems trivial in light of the hurricane damage in Texas and the never-ending outrages that is the daily behavior of the President of the United States.

the Ol’Buzzard

Friday, August 25, 2017


My grandmother raised me.

She was born in 1890
Her father and uncles fought for the south in the Civil War
You could say she was first generation after the War
My mother would be second generation
And I guess that would make me the third generation post-Civil War.

I was raised in the Mississippi Delta
‘Colored” water fountains
‘Colored’ waiting rooms at the bus station
We did not celebrate July 4th for that was when Vicksburg fell
We did celebrate Confederate’s day
Children dressed in Confederate uniforms
And marched in a parade in Vicksburg.

As abhorrent as they are, the feelings of pride in the Confederacy
And even the racial prejudice of those closest generations to the War
Is understandable when viewed as a time frame
When Confederate soldiers were still alive in some southern communities.

But now it has been seven generations
It’s time to take the fucking statues down
Time to admit the sin the Confederacy was built on
A time to recognize that it is no longer about pride of culture and family
But an excuse for bare and bold face racism: white supremacy.

My great-great grandfather Kelly: as a teenager fought in the Civil War for the South.

My Great-great grandfather Gilliland: fought in the Civil War for the North, died at the Battle of Shiloh.

the Ol’Buzzard