A yearly repost: A Thanksgiving story of secret generosity

Thanksgiving is upon us and I have been remiss in posting. So, I decided to drag out this 2010 column from the archives. It's from a previous incarnation. I figured since most of my posts are negative and how people are dumbasses and asshats, it might be nice to post something positive. It's a story that I had to write since it was a story that I t…

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…

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…

Bernie Sanders, Fifth Columnist

"A fifth column is any group of people who undermine a larger group—such as a nation or a besieged city—from within, usually in favor of an enemy group or nation. The activities of a fifth column can be overt or clandestine." In this case it's a political party. Bernie Sanders has been an independent who caucuses with the Democratic par…

Soured on Sanders

I've always liked Bernie Sanders. I first became aware of him when he became Mayor of Burlington and I followed his career. I think he's a good man with good ideas. So when he threw his atheist yarmulke in the ring for President, it was a foregone conclusion that no matter who else was running, he was the guy I was voting for. Then I started lis…

From the archives: A Thanksgiving story of secret generosity

I have to post this again because it looms large in my memory every holiday season. ---------------------- Another year, another Thanksgiving and holiday season begins. Another year of having the burden of deciding whose food and liquor I can consume without lifting a finger to make any meaningful contribution. It's that time of the year w…

A quick apology

  Boy, did I get into hot water recently with this post, The Contrarian jerks his knee and regrets it. In a protracted Twitter imbroglio I got hammered by the people involved. The post was interpreted as a slam at women and that was not my intention. Then the swell @julie_kelly2 took offense at my jocular use of the word "chicks." …

Lying, hypocritical assholes

So, I tweeted to GMWatch and GMOFreeUsa and asked them to stop being hypocritical assholes and release all their financial data. I also challenged them to go face to face in a public forum with those scientists they are libeling. My tweets were deleted. There you go folks. They are nothing but full of shit internet thugs. They don't have the …

The Belligerent Bullying of Public Scientist Dr. Kevin Folta

There's a guy, Jeff Holiday, whose videos I watch on the Youtubes. He's a member of a GMO Facebook group I belong to. He's a sciency type skeptic and one smart cookie except he has those nose things. I hate those. For some reason they creep me out, especially on women. Anyway, he did a video in which he hits the nail on head regarding the Dr.Kevin…