My dad’s secret mission in the Pacific in WWII

It's been 13 years since the old man died. He was typical of that generation where he never talked about WWII or any engagement. But towards the end of his life he would make these cryptic references to the secret mission. Neither my brother nor I could pry any details out of him. One time, while waiting at the deli counter in a supermarket, o…

Watkins Glen , my Woodstock

From the archives, 2009 Okay. So they had Woodstock. Whoop-de-do. That's all we're going to hear for the next week. I wasn't allowed to go. I was only 13 years old. That was the concert for older kids. Then our time came. That time was July 28, 1973, in Watkins Glen.  Summer Jam, the forgotten bastard child of Woodstock. It was a one day con…

Berniebots Behaving Badly

It was Sanders' supporters who were tipping point for me when I made the game time decision to vote for Clinton in the New York April primary. As much as many Sanders supporters tried to claim the Bernibro and Berniebot behavior was an invention by the mainstream media, it wasn't. Back in February CNN's Jake Tapper asked Sanders about it "Have …

Progessive purity, Sanders and Clinton

Sanders supporters and the progressive purity crowd have questioned Clinton's progressive bona fides. Bernie Sanders says there is no such thing as a "moderate progressive." What progressive era? The progressives of today aren't the same ones from the early 1900s. Well, if she doesn't believe in eugenics and raising the minimum wage to keep im…

Farmer Yassir, National Lampoon

Bear with me here. I loved the National Lampoon's early 1970s Lemmings record. It was a take off on Woodstock. My favorite part was "Farmer Yassir" and his line, "Long hair, short hair. What the hell's the difference once the head's blowed off." The character was played by Gary Goodrow. Fast forward to the early 2000s. I go into the Kettle of…