Biggest money-saver for us: Shop at Aldi

   Gramps and I usually save about 50 percent on our groceries by shopping at our local Aldi store rather than a supermarket or a members-only store like Walmart or Costco.

It’s also a great place to splurge at little for special treats. Over the past couple of years, Aldi has slowly begun transforming into a poor man’s Trader Joe’s.

For a full run-down of why Gramps and I are sold on Aldi, follow the link to Poverty Management.

TV’s Judge Judy is guilty of bullying, disrespect

Objection, your Dishonor, Judge Judith Sheindlin (aka Judge Judy): Your constant bullying and disrespect of both the plaintiffs and defendants who stand before you set a terrible example of adult behavior for our impressionable youth. Heed the verdict handed down on you recently by the first TV judge: the Honorable Judge Joseph Wapner, presiding magistrate of  the 1980s People’s Court.

Quote from Judge Wapner: “She’s discourteous, and she’s abrasive. She’s not slightly insulting. She’s insulting in capital letters!”

Her Dishonor, Judge Judy, called Wapner’s statement “mudslinging” and insulted his parents by saying they never taught him that if you can’t say something nice about somebody say nothing at all.

Let’s hold her to the same standard. Her Dishonor can be heard almost daily labeling a plaintiff or defemdant an “idiot” and “not being as smart on your best day as I am on my worst day.”

Verdict:  Your Dishonor Judge Judy is  Guilty on all counts of bullying and disrespect . . . of being discourteous, abrasive and insulting!

Sentence: Recuse yourself from all future cases in response to a Twitter campaign calling on all stations carrying your show to #FireJudgeJudy.

Isn’t torture better than a firing squad?

The Missouri legislature is facing a bill that would impose the death penalty by firing squad rather than lethal injection. Firing-squad advocates say the firing squad is a more humane form of  punishment than the chemicals currently used to kill criminals convicted of capital crimes.

This old geezer has a question: Isn’t torturing a person for a crime more humane than putting them to death. Torture, I think, would be a much better deterrent to crime than a death penalty that takes 20 years to carry out.

Wouldn’t someone about to commit murder think twice if they knew, if caught, they might have to suffer several days of water-boarding—or, better yet, of being shocked with electrodes attached to some very sensitive parts of their anatomy?

Wouldn’t a man about to commit rape tend to reconsider acting on his impulse if he pictured the kind of torture he could face if he were caught after his crime?

Torture should also prove a deterrent to lesser crimes. We could put minor criminals on display in a public stockade like they did in the good old days rather than sentencing them to several months of incarceration watching TV all day long. Repeat criminals could also be branded (no anesthetic, of course) to let everyone know they were dangerous folks to be around.

I rest my case.

Gramps Gripes: Don’t take down your Christmas tree yet

Seeing Christmas trees put out for the trash man the day after Christmas is my number-one gripe during the holiday season. Ever hear of the 12 Days of Christmas? To paraphrase an old axiom: “Christmas ain’t over till you see the Three Kings.”

When I was a kid, Christians celebrated the Feast of the Three Kings 12 days after Christmas on January 6, the feast of the Epiphany. My Irish mother called it Little Christmas. People used to leave their trees and mangers up until then. My Czech father began a family tradition of putting figurines of the three kings a few feet from the manger when we put the figure of the Baby Jesus in the crib on Christmas eve. Then family members took turns moving the kings a little closer to the manger until January 6.

January 6 and the 12 Days of Christmas lost their meaning when the Catholics made all the changes in the church with their Vatican Councils. The feast of the Epiphany gave way to a nearby Sunday celebration of the Baptism of Christ. The Protestants followed suit.

In the early Christian Church, Epiphany was a feast celebrating events that revealed Christ as the Son of God. It lasted for 12 days, beginning with the birth of Jesus on Christmas, continuing with the arrival of the Magi, and ending with the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan by John the Baptist on January 6.

Wouldn’t it be great to start that tradition all over again?

Gram Dollar-stretcher: Buy-out Hearty Breakfast for 2, under $3

A holiday splurge for gramps and me is a big buyout breakfast for two that costs less than three dollars. We watch for Hardee’s coupons offering two sausage and egg biscuits for $2.29–then go home and break into two plates, each with scrambled eggs, a large sausage patty, and two halves of biscuit. We top the biscuits with delicious peppered country gravy (Southeastern Mills Old Fashioned Peppered Gravy — better than most restaurants and tastier than you can make yourself–Cost: 99 cents a package in most grocery stores.) We use only a half package, so that comes to 49 cents.

So , , , we’re able to treat ourselves to a very inexpensive, tasty and filling breakfast cheaper than if we made it from scratch: sausage,eggs, biscuits and gravy for just $2.78 before taxes.

Gram Dollar-stretcher: Honey is an effective Cure/Antibiotic . . . Not an Old-wives Tale

Honey can cure much of what’s wrong with you. And that’s no old wives tale. Numerous scientific studies have proven it.

The curing power of honey has been used for hundreds of years to effectively treat cuts, wounds, skin trouble, and digestive problems. What’s more, it’s been recognized as an effective antibiotic since 1982. Don’t believe me? Follow the link to see a Mayo Clinic article on honey.

And remember grandma’s cough syrup with honey? In another article, the Mayo clinic says honey works as well as virtually all the well known over-the-counter cough medicines. You’ll find the full list here.