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…

March Against Monsanto claims victory for creating world’s largest agribusiness company

Pesticide and pharmaceutical giant Bayer announced that it would be acquiring seed giant Monsanto. Now you would think this would make MAM howling mad. You would think that. Instead, they are cheering it and counting it as a victory. Obviously, we should take a brief pause to celebrate our efforts. One has to assume Monsanto, one of the most pow…

Biotech industry files for bankruptcy

Note: This is re-write and update from a 2013 post. Days after a group of 107 Nobel Laureates published a letter telling Greenpeace to knock it off with their anti-GMO nonsense, the biotechnology industry filed for bankruptcy, citing their misguided buying everybody off, scheme . At a hastily called press conference, industry representat…

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…