Scandal anyone?

The president whose name was once Barry
Just does what he wants and that’s scary
The nation can’t handle
New Barry O scandals
Soon his only support will be Harry

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Cutting costs

Saving money is or should be an important part of everyone’s personal and family finances. It should be but it’s getting harder and harder to save money as fuel and food prices increase (at the same time the size of the food items decrease) so every time you get a real money saving tip try to use it.

Grocery coupons can help you save money along with planning the week’s meals so you know exactly what you need to buy and keep from buying those impulse items. Wait a minute. You’ve already heard all of these money saving tips: lower the thermostat, drive more slowly, cut down on restaurant meals, etc. The same old tips that save you what, maybe $19.27?

How about a real money saver? How about saving on your car and life insurance? Wouldn’t that be great and I’m not talking about saving 15% in less than 15 minutes.

You know about the changes that are affecting American society. How would you like it if you could make those changes work for you? Stay with me on this. What if you made a simple change to your insurance policies that would save you money without affecting your coverage?

Here’s what you do, first, but wait let’s have, we’ll call him Mike, walk us through it.

“State Farm, how can I help you?”

“Hi, let me speak to Jim, please.”

“Just a moment.”

“This is Jim, how can I help you?”

“Hi, Jim, this is Mike Feldish.”

“Hi, Mike, what can I do for you?”

“Jim, I want to let you know that I will be making some changes to my auto and life insurance policies because I want to reduce our family expenditures each month.”

“No problem, we can look at increasing the deductible on the auto policy and changing the amount of the life insurance policy…”

“No, that’s not what I had in mind. I just watched the news and they had a segment about a man who can now use the ladies room because he said he’s a woman or questioning and the courts said he can be the gender he chooses.”

“I don’t understand.”

“I want to change my policies from male to female or questioning and take advantage of the lower female rates.”

“I don’t think you can do that.”

“Why not?”

Changes

Nothing ever changes. It just seems to get worse and worse as the nation and the world divide and divide again arguing over subjects without answers. Arguments and fights and battles and wars forever.

Oh, sure, we see the best and the brightest come up with answers to the questions that divide us but it seems that more often than not those answers are based only on some suspect computer model and last about a month or so until a new model or estimate or guess or guesstimate is made about global warming or the war on terror or the economy or evolution or a hundred other subjects and then it’s back to arguing and name calling and fighting and war.

The best and the brightest? Says who?

A few weeks ago I was watching the Indians and Twins on TV and something struck me so I hit record on the DVR in the fourth inning of the game. Then thinking a little more about it I flipped over to some music channel and recorded a young gentleman singing a tune about killing the police. Here was the evidence about where we are now but I thought, how do I compare this current information with the past in order to verify the changes that would at last put one argument to rest?

I guess I could have sat down and written a computer modeling program but I wanted to watch the rest of the game and besides the battery on my laptop is about shot so I decided to look for evidence already available. While I had the recording of the fourth inning paused I opened You Tube on the laptop and looked up the 1927 New York Yankees. Then I looked up singers of roughly the same time period and found a recording of an opera singer named Enrico Caruso (Italian?) singing “O Sole Mio” (for comparison purposes I had wanted to find the same song but after doing some research I found no evidence that Mr. Caruso had ever performed a song about killing the police so I settled for “O Sole Mio”).

Now with the DVR and my 2002 32” Toshiba ready to go I hit play at the same time I hit play on my laptop showing the You Tube video of the 1927 Yankees. The difference was striking. Today’s players, whether pitching, running, batting, catching or throwing, move with such fluid motion and grace while the players in the 1927 video had herky-jerky, jumpy, almost crude movements. Even the great Babe Ruth ran the bases with a jittery and stuttering stride. Is it only today’s athletes who are so much better? No, I also looked at the fans in the stands and compared the smooth movements of today’s fans at Target Field in Minneapolis with the jumpy and shaky and jerky motions of the 1927 fans at Yankee Stadium. There was a real difference in the populations of the two eras.

While this comparison was fresh in my head I flipped the DVR over to the recording of the police song and played it along with the opera singer, singing “O Sole Mio” on my laptop. Again, the difference was startling. The voice of the young gentleman singing the police song was strong and full and vibrant, every word came through crystal clear, even the profanities. Caruso? Well, he seemed like he could carry a tune okay but his voice was flat and tinny and one dimensional and had a scratchy quality to it that distracted from the song he was singing. He also had a rhythmic snap, crackle and/or pop in this voice which was very annoying. I understand, from reading Wikipedia, that Caruso was very popular so it appears that the audiences of the day must have been used to this type of primitive vocal sound. I guess you can get used to anything.

So there it was. A guy sitting on his couch on a Saturday night watching a baseball game using a twelve year old TV, a DVR and a laptop had done what none of our best and brightest had been able to do, prove beyond a doubt and once and for all that evolution is a fact and that man has indeed evolved and gotten better.

Maybe putting this one argument, the evolution argument, to rest can start us down the path of ending other disagreements and conflicts which have plagued mankind throughout history. Maybe as we use common sense to end these arguments we will see our way to a more peaceful and happier world. If, in their wisdom, the committee believes that I deserve to be nominated and then win the Nobel Peace Prize I pledge that I will take part of the prize money to buy myself a new UHD TV and a new battery for my laptop so I can continue my work to make that dream come true.

Peace and love.

My fish

So far I would give 2014 a C+ for the fishing season but then catching fish isn’t the only reason that I spend so many evenings on the pier. It’s usually very pleasant over the water with the boats sailing by and the gulls and the sunsets and the company of the other fishermen sitting there feeding nightcrawlers to the fish.

The sun sets before seven now so there isn’t as much time to fish but then as the weather cools the fishing does get better. Friday night as I was thinking about heading home I hooked and landed a beautiful 27 inch walleye. A very nice fish which brought all sorts of oohs and aahs when I landed it since everyone else was settling for 8-9 inch white bass.

The same familiar comments and jokes from the guys looking on with envy.

“That’s a keeper.”

“Take that big boy to dinner.’’

As I said goodnight to everyone I was thinking that it was a good thing that Jeannie had gone to the movies with her girlfriend since that would give me the chance to clean the fish in the kitchen now that it’s too dark to clean fish outside. With her out of the house there would be none of the “you’re not cleaning that fish in my kitchen” comments but I’d have to make sure that I really cleaned up everything with no evidence left behind.

After we walked into the kitchen one of us went into the sink. What a beautiful fish: shiny, clean and powerful.

I stood there and admired my catch as it sloshed around in the cold water and I started to think. I started to think about some guy who just opened a new vegan restaurant in town and who wrote an article for the local paper about eating only fruits and nuts and vegetables (only organic fruits and nuts and vegetables) and only wearing rubber shoes and not harming any form of domesticated or wild animal life. He seems like he must be a very good person.

There I was standing there sharpening my filet knife on the sharpening steel and thinking about what I had read. There I was standing there ready to clean my fish and thinking. I looked at my beautiful catch and then put down that sharpening steel and put down that filet knife. I knew I just couldn’t clean that fish with that knife. I just couldn’t. That filet knife was too small so I picked up the 9” knife and went to work.

I got about 3 pounds of filets. Delicious.

Goods to goodies

We used to see factory parking lots full of cars and crowded buses emptying workers ready to enter plants to produce American goods for the nation and the world– automobiles, appliances, bicycles, tires, shoes, clothing, toys, furniture and radios and televisions. The sale of those products paid worker wages which supported families and built a strong nation.

What do we see today? A growing number of people who depend on government benefits. And what do these growing numbers of Americans make today? What do they produce that gives them the money to put food on the table and a roof over their head?

They produce votes for politicians who promise more government benefits.