A Naval Aviator, Warrior, Statesman, Congressman and Senator,

family man, patriot and hero, obstinate, fearless, a fighter for the

people,  the United States, and a man who loved his country first...

thats how I will remember him.

Whenever America was in a fight during his long lifetime, John McCain was in the thick of it.  McCain, who has died at the age of 81, was a naval bomber pilot, prisoner of war, conservative maverick, giant of the Senate, twice-defeated presidential candidate and an abrasive American hero with a twinkle in his eye.

The political world reacts to Sen. John McCain’s death, The Arizonan warrior politician, who survived plane crashes, several bouts of skin cancer and brushes with political oblivion, often seemed to be perpetually waging a race against time and his own mortality while striving to ensure that his five-and-a-half years as a Vietnam prisoner of war did not stand as the defining experience of his life.

He spent his last few months out of the public eye in his adopted home state of Arizona, reflecting on the meaning of his life and accepting visits from a stream of friends and old political combatants.  In a memoir published in May, McCain wrote that he hated to leave the world, but had no complaints.

"It's been quite a ride. I've known great passions, seen amazing wonders, fought in a war, and helped make peace," McCain wrote. "I've lived very well and I've been deprived of all comforts. I've been as lonely as a person can be and I've enjoyed the company of heroes. I've suffered the deepest despair and experienced the highest exultation.

"I made a small place for myself in the story of America and the history of my times."

McCain had not been in Washington since December, leaving a vacuum in the corridors of the Senate and the television news studios he roamed for decades.   In recent months, he was not completely quiet, however, blasting President Donald Trump in a series of tweets and statements that showed that while he was ailing he had lost none of his appetite for the political fight.

Trump breaks silence on McCain, tweeting his ‘deepest sympathies and respect’   No thanks... The Arizona Senator repeatedly made clear that he saw Trump and his America First ideology as a departure from the values and traditions of global leadership that he saw epitomized in the United States.

McCain had been planning his funeral services over the last year and his family made clear that Trump is not invited, a position that has not changed, two family friends said Saturday. 

One thought:  I keep thinking, and I can’t chase it from my mind...  

A remark by President Trump, a known fraud, misogamist, draft dodger, money launderer for the Russians, Fake news distributor, and liar... Trump said, “I like people that weren’t captured.”  

So to all of you in the GOP base and Evangelicals blinded by a false faith,  I suppose you prefer a coward, creep, draft dodger, thief, narcissistic, misogamist, liar and bigot... to a tortured vet,  I have only one message for you... 

You need some real help...serious mental help for supporting a scumbag.  The SIOUX Indians said,  
“ Which is worse the liar or those who tell the tales and support the liar” .... 

You are a supporter, guilty, your position is clear, explain that to God one day... or maybe the guy in the other place will listen. You are an embarrassment to your own faith.


Someone said on CNN, “ Anthony Bourdain admitted his own shortcomings in a way other men were afraid to”.  He didn’t want credit for it, he just wanted to be better.  Spot on. I loved and looked forward to his shows, he brought forth a unique style, through passion and love, through frank communication, an understanding and brilliant simple showcasing of what others have contributed to this world through customs, traditions and necessity using food as a medium.

His observational brilliance was as diverse as his culinary skills especially when he showcased an American City I had visited several times and he brought to life a side of that city somehow I missed.  Even the controversial shows like Lao, and Viet Nam which I am quite familiar with, as the real thing, right on the bullseye having worked with some of those people.

I remember as a child ( I just turned 75) one of the books I received as a gift and cherished the most was ‘  The Seven Wonders of the World’.  If nothing else it taught me or exposed me to the beauty and diversity of the blue green globe we share and live on with others.   His style, of storytelling brought me back to the excitement of visiting and seeing places and cultures just as I had done flipping the pages of that book.

He made the show not about himself but of those who were his friends and guests.   His culinary skills were blessed with an internal database of the one of two commonalities shared throughout the world and yet as diverse as the world can be.  Music and food are common denominators, they are the bridge builders of humanities and sharing with others.  I think the entire world was a canvas for him, and he painted places and showcased others so they may be appreciated. 

He will be truly missed as in this day and age of greed and self indulgent hypocrites, liars, uncertainty, insecurity, hate, isolation and popularism, negativism, and prejudice brought forth by people it seems with no passion or love.  He was a light on when parts of the night were darkest.  He brought forth good and the Lord was pleased...  

CNN - 07/13/2018
Anthony Bourdain and the program he hosted on CNN were honored Thursday with multiple Emmy nominations, a little more than one month after his death.  Bourdain, who died June 8, was honored with two nominations, while his show, "Parts Unknown," earned six nominations overall. The show's digital extension, "Explore Parts Unknown," also scored a nomination. 

Bourdain is nominated in the outstanding informational series or special category for his part as host and executive producer of the program. He also earned an individual nomination for outstanding writing for a nonfiction program. 

Additionally, "Parts Unknown" was nominated for its sound mixing, sound and picture editing and cinematography. 

On the series, Bourdain would travel to all corners of the Earth in search of delicious meals, enlightening conversations with the locals and a deeper understanding of wherever he happened to be visiting that week.   It was his skills for finding the latter that earned the series praise and multiple awards, including five Emmys and a Peabody Award.

Bourdain, 61, died by suicide while working in France on an episode of "Parts Unknown."  After his death, Bourdain's close friend, fellow chef and frequent "Parts Unknown" travel companion Eric Ripert remembered Bourdain as "one of the great storytellers who connected with so many.”The Emmy Awards will be given out on September 17.