Show: The humble Farmer

Episode: humble 2014 0119

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The humble Farmer TV show for January 19, 2014

Thank you for looking at: “The humble Farmer buys some tools.”

56 minutes. This show includes a 6.20 minute clip of Denny Breau playing his guitar and singing in the Monhegan schoolhouse.

Well received in Northern New England for 35 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.

Most of the video over the music is of humble sorting out a huge box of tools he bought at a lawnsale.

Music is by: Clark Terry, Paul Desmond, Tommy Flannigan, Ukulele Ike, Cannonball Adderly, Spike Jones, Lee Morse, Oscar Peterson and our good friend, the talented guitarist from Lewiston, Maine, Denny Breau.

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 humble feeding the dog. The dog walks away in disgust, refusing to eat hamburger helper. 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:
1. Having old age catch up to you is a terrible thing. I was a hypochondriac all my life until I was 75, and then, bang, all of a sudden my entire body got sick and fell apart.
2. The number of shootings in this country would certainly decrease if everybody cared enough about their own personal safety to continually pack heat. We must be ever vigilant. You probably heard about the Alabama guy who went to a party with a gun to protect himself. It was a good thing that he did because he ended up killing three people and wounding three others before he felt safe enough to leave.
3. Do you watch TV with one eye in the morning as you rush through your chores? You might remember seeing the man who made national news by hitting a boy with a belt --- I think it was because the boy dropped a baseball that was thrown to him. You might have read in a recently translated Bible that “He who withholds his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him diligently.” Did you ever read that every time Ted Williams swung and missed, his loving father disciplined him with a belt? Would this not in itself evince the efficacy of a literal reading of proverbs? Is there not something to be learned here: If you want to pound a kid with a belt, take him into the sanctuary where there are not likely to be any cameras.
4. From time to time you hear on the news that “Convicted murderer so and so, is going to get a new trial because DNA evidence will prove his innocence.” Don’t you find that interesting? Suppose that you were lying around passed-out drunk in a field where they found someone murdered. Or suppose a dingo dog ate up your baby after dragging it out of a tent. And that you were tried and convicted of the murder. And years later they might have found baby clothing out among the dingo dogs or tested the DNA under the victim’s fingernails, if they hadn’t conveniently thrown it away, and discovered that it belonged to a funny uncle of the victim’s best friend. And so, although the state would hate to admit that there was a terrible miscarriage of justice, after thinking about it for 10 or so years they would have to let you go and put the guilty party in your recently vacated cell. But the point I’d like to make here is that even though you were later found innocent, for the rest of your life you could be referred to as, “Convicted murderer so and so.” If I may get a bit didactic here: It’s probably not a good idea to spend too many of your nights passed out drunk in some deserted field. Or to let your baby sleep outside in a tent.
5. Ted Williams
6. Have you ever noticed that names of bills passed by state legislators or Congress often have a name that is just the opposite of what they are intended to do? You will recall that Hitler's Enabling Act was officially called the 'Law for Removing the Distress of the People and the Reich.' When it passed, instead of removing any distress, it effectively meant the end of democracy in Germany and established the legal dictatorship of Adolf Hitler. And you know very well what effect GWB’s “Patriot Act” has had on freedom in America. And now I have here a communication from my perceptive friend David, who says, “in New Hampshire we have the "Right to Work Act", which includes the provision that employees have no rights, and can be fired at any time for anything.” David says: "It's one of those NewSpeak Orwellian constructions.” If you can think of any law that does just the opposite of what its name says it will do please send it along. I’m the humble farmer at gmail dot com
7. The other night I chanced to read that when England’s Henry I discovered that his minters --- the money people --- were cheating the public, he had them castrated and cut off their right hands. How things have changed in 900 years. Nowadays a man is admired in proportion to how much money he can obtain by ruining others and safely stashing it in a Swiss bank.
8. Here is an email I got from a friend who lives in Norway. I met her through her husband when he and I showed up at the same meeting of some Maine bee keepers. She says, “it is sad that it is so difficult to make most Americans understand how a good society can be organized. They are so afraid of 'the state', as if it is some evil monster, only out to steal peoples freedom. Another special thing with America is that you have a law that ensures everyone 'the right to pursue happiness'. It sounds like a great right, and it can be, but only if one understands that no person can be happy if his neighbour is suffering. By helping each other to happiness our own happiness and wellbeing increases. This is what the state really is for: helping each other to good lives in a common society.” If you live in Finland or Norway or Holland or Denmark or any of those countries where people vote to help each other I’d like to hear from you, too. I’m the humble farmer at gmail dot com

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