Show: The humble Farmer

Episode: humble 2013 0203

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The humble Farmer show for February 3, 2013

56 minutes. This show includes 3.07 of Denny Breau playing at the Monhegan School.

Well received in Northern New England for 34 years, this is the same old fashioned music and humorous social commentary show that has delighted young and old alike every week since April 6, 1978 for radio --- and now for television.

Music by: Clark Terry, Erroll Garner, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke, Oscar Peterson and Denny Breau.

humble is joined again on camera by his young friend, Sylvia, whose smile is now generating much of humble’s fan mail.

The video over the music is of trimming palm trees and the Florida Flywheelers meeting in Fort Meade. .

All of this is tame fare, indeed, for viewers expecting someone to be shot, arrested or blown up.

The show is tightly scripted. It starts out with Bernard Davis covering his TV screen with a blanket so he doesn’t have to look at the pictures but can still enjoy the music. The show ends, as usual, with the Keystone Cops driving a car off the end of a dock.
The humorous and/or informative commentary that humble delivers between the songs is approximated below:
TV February 3, 2013
1. Can you tell how much money a Palm Beach or Hollywood man has by the way he dresses? Yes. But you have to understand how it works. In Maine, the wealthier the natives, the shabbier the dress. If you see an old Maine man with ragged clothes and broken cant dog cane, limping through a magnificent forest of 100-year-old pine, he probably owns it.
2. My wife Marsha is a top drawer housekeeper. She snatches clothes from my trembling body before they even start to get comfortable and throws them in the wash. She can’t find enough floors of her own to scrub on her hands and knees so she scrubs for friends and neighbors like her elderly friend Helen. Which is why I couldn’t believe my nose last night when I entered the tiny trailer we call our winter home. Some people have senses that far surpass those of their friends. The super sight and hearing I enjoyed as a child are gone, but I still have a smeller that I’ll put up against anyone. And when I opened the door I could smell a 300-pound man who had lived in a dumpster in 90 degree heat for weeks. Yes, I smelled this in our immaculate home. I said, “What is…”, and Marsha very quickly said, “Helen took me out to dinner today. I couldn’t eat all of it so I brought home this cup of chili.”
3. Did you know that there is a Mencken Society? I found it the other day while I was reading some things on Uncle Jack’s web page. Here’s an interesting quote by Mencken. “The worst government is the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.” Here’s another quote by Mencken, and although most of us already know this because we see it every day, you tell me if you don’t think Mencken said it very well: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
4. Let me tell you a little bit about Florida and the people who live here alongside of us in blissful retirement. This morning Marsha drove 17 miles to the park where we used to work winters and helped her elderly friend, Helen, get ready to move to Arizona. When Marsha finished with Helen around 2 p. m., she had a first-time cleaning job nearby for another elderly woman. Yes, first time job --- she’d never met this woman before. But when she got there, there was an ambulance at the door and medical people were running in and out. Marsha went back to Helen’s, tried to call the woman, got no answer, and drove the 17 miles home. No sooner got here than the woman called and wanted to know why Marsha hadn’t showed up. Ambulance? So what. She was still breathing and wanted her kitchen cleaned. Marsha hightailed it back into town. In Florida tomorrow might be too late.
5. From time to time we all make bad decisions and I might be doing that by talking about this right now. If you were to try to help a veteran who was recovering from post traumatic stress syndrome, do you think that taking him out to a firing range to shoot would help him? I don’t know, which is why I’m asking you. We are, of course, talking about the U. S. sniper credited with 150 or so kills who even wrote a book about it, who was shot and killed on a Texas firing range. Too bad. Did you read that this military sniper hero was in favor of arming teachers in the classroom? Some folks say that he'd be alive today had a second grade teacher been there at that Texas firing range with one more gun.
6. My friend Uncle Jack is a National Treasure. You can find Uncle Jack’s writing on his blog if you Google. Here’s an example of Uncle Jack’s writing: "Mrs. Greb Fillet and Mrs. Nettie Clayford drove to Norfolk on Wednesday in Mrs. Clayford's new Ford Siesta with optional overdrive. They got 43.6 miles to the gallon according to Mrs. Clayford's daughter Lula who is home on vacation from Central Junior Bible College in Charlotte where she is majoring in long division."
7. The father of a student in Bangor wrote this letter to the editor: “Typical, don't let your children make up their own minds, indoctrinate them to the socialist beliefs that schools push. Next time a teacher makes a political statement in class they should be fired. Present the facts and let the kids determine for themselves what they believe.” Well, is he right about only giving kids the facts? Let the facts speak for themselves? My high school civics teacher said over and over that "Roosevelt should have been impeached." I think that facts speak for themselves which is why I encourage every U. S. high school student to spend a summer backpacking in Northern Europe. They should hang out with their peers in Holland, Sweden and Denmark. I lived over there for half a year and have been back perhaps 20 times. I speak the tongue and read their books and newspapers. Nothing like facts for helping a kid make up his/her mind. You should know that the first month in Sweden is the hardest for Maine kids because they miss all the falling down barns and boarded up store windows. Let the facts speak for themselves.
8. The newspaper headline says, "Tar sands cause heated environmental, economic debate in Maine". What is there to debate? Some of us rural Maine folk are already heating our hot water and generating electricity with solar energy. I’m even heating my cellar floor with solar radiant heat and have moved my office into a 75 degree cellar. You know that I don’t have a beard and long hair. I don’t eat yogurt or granola. I didn’t build solar hot water heaters to help the environment. I built solar collectors because I’m a very greedy person and didn’t want to share my social security check with the electric and oil companies. Please listen to what I’m about to say very carefully. It’s something that American gas and oil companies do not want you to even think about. Your buddy humble has been heating his hot water with solar power for years and the sun has never sent him a bill. It’s a very simple concept but only a handful of us know it. But now I’m passing it along to you at no charge. The sun will make your electricity and heat your water and never send you a bill. You remember that Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud of Saudi Arabia said, “I would like to see Saudi Arabia using 100 percent renewable energy within my lifetime.” In the same article you read, “While the oil rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia announces to the world it’s embracing the goal of 100 percent green energy, most politicians in America are afraid to make such a bold statement out of fear of losing shocking sums of money that the fossil fuel industry and individuals ‘donate’ to sway elections and manipulate legislation, a force strangling our attempt to wean ourselves from dirty energy and embrace a clean energy future.” Is an old Maine man betraying his country when he goes out in his barn and fumbles around until he has 8 solar hot water heaters that slash his oil and electric bills? Why aren’t you doing it? If you hide them in a sunny spot out back your neighbors and oil dealer will never need to know. The oil man will think you got Evergreen to insulate for you. Saudi Arabia plans to use solar energy and sell their oil at sky-high prices to the last sucker standing. Let’s see if we can figure out who that will be.
9. Who would believe it, but at 0823 George called from the Bangor Daily News to ask if I wrote him a letter. I admitted that I did, and George says he'll move it along, whatever that means. I sent that rant I wrote about turning 77 on January 18th, to every newspaper in Maine. George did not ask me if I’d sent it to any other newspapers. Usually I only send a letter to one paper because that’s the way we do it. But I felt that this one about The humble Farmer turning 77 deserved to be broadcast. The Portland Paper wrote back and said that if I'd remove 15 words they could run it as a letter or if I'd add 300 more words it could be run as an op-ed piece. I simply replied with a polite, "Thank you." Isn't it interesting that you can no longer say what you have to say in an essay and let it go at that, but what you either have to pad it or cut it back to confirm with an editor's perception of what is or what is not possible to print. In this day and age can you doubt but what size matters?
10. I wish I knew more about economics and matters dealing with finance than I do. Back when I was a kid I heard about a thing called The Marshall Plan. The way I understood it at the time, when an economy was in ruins you could help restore it by pumping in government money. Now a certain group of people in this country seem to believe that now that they’ve sucked our economy dry they can help restore it by reducing taxes and sucking out even more money. Why have the ways of restoring an economy changed over the past 60 years?
11. We read in the newspaper that “the second Amendment is the check and balance to keep us safe from a wandering government a government gone awry” Are you surprised to read that there are Americans who intend to shoot any and all who disagree with them? We presently have a government that was put in place by elections. Because it can cost as much as 80 million dollars to elect only one U. S. Senator, Americans should never have to worry about a government going “awry” --- as long as they belong to or agree with that segment of society that put up the necessary number of 80 millions.

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