Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 463

Tuesday, December 29, 2009---641 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 20 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave:
Kay Kyser
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Reading:
“Stardust” by Joseph Kanon.
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On the Hi Fi: “The
Harry Nilsson Anthology.”
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Under rated:
Ish Kabibble
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Rave:
Dana Perino is one tough cookie.
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Truism: Books are easy to operate and to maintain. No special instructions or tools are required.
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Rave:
VistaVision
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Quote: “No one has ever bet enough on a winning horse.” -- Richard Sasuly
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Didjaknow: Duke and North Carolina have made a combined 32 Final Four appearances. They have gotten there at the same time only once—in 1991.
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Quote: “I am not a role model. I am not paid to be a role model. I am paid the wreak havoc on the basketball court. Parents should be role models. Just because I can dunk a basketball, doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” —
Charles Barkley.
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Truism: Hell cannot be much worse than a mall parking lot a few days before Christmas.
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Hmmm: Shaq is better in commercials these days than he is on the court.
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Hmmm: And, politicians are better when on vacation.
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Truism: Al Gore is the Bernie Madoff of the science community.
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Must See TV: Saturday, 1/2/10 at 3 PM on CBS it’s Louisville at Kentucky.
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Quote: “It would have been unprecedented had the president not described the outcome of the Copenhagen climate change summit as ‘unprecedented,’ that being the most overworked word in his hardworking vocabulary of self-celebration.” —George Will.
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Stats: UConn’s men’s basketball team has the second lowest percentage of bench minutes in Division I.
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More Stats: Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators are the SEC’s 11th ranked team in 3-point percentage---yet they have taken 14 more shots from behind the arc than free throws.
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Counter-intuitive Stat: The Kentucky Wildcats are ranked 147th in the nation in tempo, according
kenpom.com. Playing at that average pace, it makes their 15.9 turnovers per game (highest in the SEC) even more troubling. No matter---John Wall is the most exciting college to watch since J.J. Redick graduated.
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Didjaknow: Los Angeles has been without an NFL team since 1994---that truly defies belief, if you think about it. However, some think Pete Carroll’s USC is really a professional team, so what’s the difference.
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Rant: Only one of the college bowl games is anything other than a glorified exhibition.
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Random stats: Purdue is ranked 114th in tempo. #2 ranked Texas is ranked 11th in the Big 12 in three-point shooting {35.8%} and 303rd in foul shooting (62.5%).
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Quote: I wonder if anyone else has noticed that whenever a black conservative voices an opinion, the liberal claque insists that he’s not an authentic black, and when a white conservative voices an opinion, obama’s sycophants insist he’s not an authentic American.” —Burt Prelutsky.
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Didjaknow: Big flops on the field, the Washington Redskins bring in more revenue than do the Yankees. After Manchester United and the Dallas Cowboys, the Skins are third-most valuable sports franchise.
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Rant: When big-sis Janet Napolitano assured U.S. citizens that “the system worked,” I thought a field sobriety test was in order. This, of course, is the same Napolitano in charge of protecting our borders, who doesn’t think crossing the border illegally is a crime.
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Quote: “Family and traditional values of personal behavior—once the moral glue holding us together—are now mere life style options.” —
Star Parker.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 462

Sunday, December 20, 2009---668 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 2 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave:
John Stossel.
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Reading: “
Stardust” by Joseph Kanon.
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On the Hi Fi: “Lady in Satin”—
Billie Holiday.
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Under rated:
Mary Astor.
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Rave: Chris DeCarlo is one tough cookie.
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Rave: The older I get, the more I like Christmas music…
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Rave:…and the more I enjoy the tastes of Christmas---egg-nog, marzipan,
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Rave:…and the more intoxicating the smell of gingerbread, fresh pine wreaths and live Christmas trees…
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Rant:…and the weaker I think the refrain, “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”
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Speaking of Christmas: Permit me to say what the obama’s card does not: Merry Christmas.
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Didjaknow: Rick Pitino called his players imposters after they lost to at home to Western Carolina.
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TV Timeout: If you think the NFL season is starting to drag now---imagine what an 18 game schedule would feel like. An expanded season guarantees a lot more meaningless games. Sorta like major league baseball.
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TV Timeout II: 34 bowl games is ridiculous. There are a handful of 6-6 teams involved. They should name at least one game “The Mediocre Bowl.” Imagine the school cheering, “We’re # 64!” Adding 32 teams to the NCAA March Madness Tournament would bring forth the same weaknesses to a strong event.
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Truism: Too much fame and too much money does no one any good.
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Quote: “
I try to avoid hyperbole, but I think obama is possibly the most dangerous and destructive president we have ever had.” Nat Hentoff
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Rant: Let someone else go to the movies with computer-generated imagery---not me.
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Didjaknow: It may be counter-intuitive, but every move the Big East has made in last 25 years has been for football, not basketball.
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Hmmm: Word is that A-Rod and Kate Hudson won’t be standing underneath the mistletoe this Christmas.
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Quote: “Nobody believes a weather prediction twelve hours ahead. Now we’re asked to believe a prediction that goes 100 years into the future? And make financial investments based on that prediction? Has everyone lost their minds?” —Michael Crichton.
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This just in: That paragon of virtue, Ron Artest, recently referred to Tiger Woods as the perfect role model. My question to Artest---what’s a bad role model?
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Rave: When The History Channel is not running nonsense like “Ice Road Truckers,” “Pawn Stars,” “Ax Men,” “MonsterQuest,” “Predator X” and “Gangland;” it’s a wonderful way to enjoy the telling of history. They make history fun…when they stay on subject.
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Quote: “Speaking of pelosi, considering that it’s been a very long time since the speaker was able to blink her eyes or to look anything but startled, do you think her plastic surgeon ever tells potential clients that he’s the schlemiel who did the job.” —
Burt Prelutsky.
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Rant: I still think the NCAA is off base in making member schools eliminate mascots and nicknames of Indians. The universities use mascots for motivation and inspiration…not to demean something. Another case of the tyranny of political correctness.
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Rave: Among TV’s best opening credits are “
The Wild, Wild West” (maybe the best) and “I Spy.”
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Quote: “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” —George Orwell.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 461

Tuesday, December 15, 2009---709 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 26 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave: Alan Ladd
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Reading: “Pirate Latitudes”--- Michael Crichton
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On the Hi Fi: Phil Woods Live
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Under rated: Veronica Lake
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Rave: Liz Cheney is one tough cookie.
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Rave: When entering a revolving door, timing is everything.
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Didjaknow: Cincinnati was unranked at the start of college football season.
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TV Timeout: The least watched BCS attraction to date...last season’s Orange Bowl between Cincinnati and Virginia Tech. This year, the Fiesta Bowl between Boise State and TCU may claim that dubious prize.
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Truism: Former Notre Dame Coach Charlie Weis went from the Golden Dome to the Golden Parachute.
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Quote: “Whenever things sound easy, it turns out there is one part you didn’t hear.” —Donald Westlake.
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Rant: In a moment of blatant hubris (a place he often inhabits), presbo gave himself a B+ on the dubious achievements of his initial eleven months in office. Meanwhile, back on planet Earth, 46% of the US citizenry give him a favorable or somewhat favorable job-approval rating. Even at Harvard, that is failing grade. Oh, I get it---he was grading himself on the narcissistic curve.
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Meaningless Stats: I think “bench points” is among the most over-rated stats in college basketball. They are on the bench because they are not as good at scoring as the starting five. If you want to excel in that stat, start a couple of the subs and replace them with the front players early in the game.
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Hmmm: If Tiger Woods did not kill the text-messaging craze, nothing will.
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Rant: Congress should come with a warning label reading, “Hazardous to America’s health.”
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Quote: “If you are one of those dunderheads who actually believes that the UN---with such prominent members as Russia, China, Iran, Egypt, North Korea, Yemen, Syria, Somalia, Cuba, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan---is a force for good, you really should seek professional help.” —Burt Prelutsky.
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Rant: I can think of nothing worse than expanding the NCAA Basketball Tournament to 96 teams. Why add 32 additional mediocre teams?
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Truism: Since the increase in the minimum wage {pushed thru by the liberal Democrats} began in July, there have been a loss of about 330,000 low wage jobs. Entry-level teenagers have been the hardest hit. I guess this is George Bush’s fault.
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Good advice: Pretend to be smart…even when you are clueless.
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Looking ahead: Having a vision does not necessarily help with you are supposed to do next week.
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Squeeze play: Outstanding baseball analyst Peter Gammons leaving ESPN after 20 years for the MLB Network is a huge loss for viewers who value coherent commentary. Now we can be subjected to observations that are moronic from such astute people as John Kruk, Chris Singleton and Eric Young.
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Truism: No news is not good news in sales, consulting or interviewing.
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Factoid: The AP assigned 11 reporters to fact-check Sarah Palin’s new book. This is the same AP that assigned exactly 2 (two) reporters to read through the more than four thousand pages of the obama healthcare bills.
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Didjaknow: No word in the English language rhymes with bulb.
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Truism: In some memos, the only thing that matters is the CCs.
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Rant: Filling out a bracket would never be the same with a field of 96 teams.
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Truism: The ups and downs in temperature are what rational people call “the weather.”
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Hmmm: Tiger’s squeaky-clean image attempted to portray him as Ward Cleaver with a better golf game. Turns out the Woods family is not Ozzie and Harriet.
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Quote: “Why can’t liberals understand that the economic power of America is in Americans, not in government? Is it because this president and much of his administration have never punched a time clock or run a business?” —Cal Thomas.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 460

Saturday, December 05, 2009---752 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 28 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave:
Keyser Soze.
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Reading: “Pirate Latitudes”--- Michael Crichton
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On the Hi Fi: Lionel Hampton--"Tempo and Swing."
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Under rated:
Verbal Kint.
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Rave:
Liz Wiehl is one tough cookie.
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Didjaknow: Los Angeles has more medical marijuana dispensaries than it has Starbucks locations.
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Quote: “When government sets simple rules that everyone understands and then gets out of the way, free people create jobs.” —
John Stossel.
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Good advice: Always buy property when playing Monopoly.
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Truism: Mississippi State makes more television dough than does the legendary Notre Dame.
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Didjaknow: The University of Alabama has never had a Heisman Trophy winner…
Joe Namath never finished in the Top 10 while playing for the Tide.
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Rant: During a CBS broadcast of College basketball, the only thing that drives me crazier than the inane Clark Kellogg, is that CBS fails to have a shot clock countdown graphic.
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Rave: Say what you might about FSU’s Bobby Bowden staying too long at the party---he was always a class act in both victory and defeat.
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Truism: If you do not have a lifetime supply of return-address stickers courtesy of various charities seeking your support…you probably lack a fixed address. Same with calendars.
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Rant: Would you have thought Tiger Woods’s life would become a country song? There is no doubt in my mind that the media magpies and talking heads will be fawning over him in no time…and fans cheering things like “you’re the man.” In this day and age, celebrity trumps shame.
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Hmmm: What do you call it when 74-year-old Dick Enberg pairs up with Jerry Coleman (85) next season for the Padres broadcast team? A youth movement.
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Rant: This J.P. Morgan chart points out that less than 10% of the o-bow-ma cabinet has private sector experience…the least of any cabinet in over a century. From the stimulus, to the health insurance reform fiasco, to cap and tax, etc. the o-bow-ma team thinks they can run anything…when in reality they can barely run anything. And you wonder why the jobs picture continues to get worse!



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Bumper Sticker of the Week: “Beware of liberals posing as Americans.”
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Truism: Joining such disingenuous sayings as “the check’s in the mail,” we should add, “leaving to spend more time with my family.”
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Rave: John Wall (University of Kentucky freshman point guard) and Florida’s freshman point guard Kenny Boynton are the real deal. Both their teams will go deep into the March Madness competition.
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$tat$: Since last spring, the number of bank credit cards has dropped 100 million (about 25%). Banks are tightening credit standards---good move---while consumers are canceling cards.--Mark Zandi of Moody’s Economy.
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Rant: While using the brave West Point cadets as a prop for his Afghanistan speech, presbo continued his personal narrative by using the word “I” 43 (forty-three) times---not one time did he utter the word victory. He is sure in love with the man in the mirror.
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Faux man: If o-bow-ma were still a Senator and a Republican president proposed a troop buildup in Afghanistan…he’d probably vote against it.
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Truism: Some people are so busy being clever that they don’t have time to be wise.
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Quote: “Since this is the era when many people are concerned about ‘fairness’ and ‘social justice,’ what is your ‘fair share’ of what someone else has worked for?”--Thomas Sowell.
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Didjaknow: Since 1914 there have been at least 50 versions of “A Christmas carol” produced for either TV or the movies. Among those who have given voice to “Bah humbug” are George C. Scott, Jack Palance, Michael Caine, Albert Finney, Frederic March and Walter Matthau.
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Hmmm: Do you think for even a second that pelosi would vote for a health insurance plan that rationed botox or plastic surgery?
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Business 101: Never put anyone on hold for more than one minute, unless the customer enjoys being left on hold.
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Business 101 corollary: If you wish to hear the voice of the customer, try answering the telephone.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 459

Saturday, November 28, 2009---568 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 29 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave:
John Scheyer.
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Reading: “
Pirate Latitudes”--- Michael Crichton
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On the Hi Fi:
Johnny Hodges and Wild Bill Davis---“In a Mellotone.”
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Under rated:
Brad Dexter.
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Rave:
Phyllis Schlafly is one tough cookie.
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Quote: “About himself, the president speaks loudly. For America, he carries a small twig.” —
Mark Styne.
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Truism: Every generation thinks it invented both sex and Christmas excess.
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Quote: “There are worlds of money waster, at this time of year, in getting things that nobody wants, and nobody cares for after are got.” —
Harriet Beecher Stowe.
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Rant: Why can’t television reporters to deliver a news story without using the word actually?
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Quote: “When it comes to winning in college basketball, I think good recruiting is probably more important than prayer.” —
Will Blythe.
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Rant: If I ever see Adam Lambert again, it will be too soon.
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One to ponder: The NY Mets have introduced a
“new retro” uniform that will be in home game rotation for 2010---just in time for Christmas shopping. Now, if they only had some better players to put in those uniforms.
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Idle thought: “New retro” sure seems like an oxymoron to me.
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Factoid: There is no such thing as a toll free number…somebody is paying for it.
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Pop quiz: Name the team that won the Major League Soccer title game.
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Who knew: It was the Real Salt Lake…a team with a regular season record of 11-12-7. And, they wonder why soccer is such a losing proposition.
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Quote: “There’s nothing wrong, for instance, with The Associated Press assigning a crack team of investigative journalists to sift through every word of Palin’s book, “Going Rogue” for inaccuracies. You only wish similarly methodical muckraking was applied to President Barack Obama’s two self-aggrandizing tomes—or even the health care or cap and trade bills, for that matter.”
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David Harsanyi—Denver Post.
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Hmmm: Outside the box? We’ve got an entire culture outside the box.
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Stats: The Cleveland Browns would have trouble qualifying for the BCS.
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Rant: I am certain there are worse movies than “The Men Who Stare at Goats,” but it is impossible to think of one at the moment.
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Truism: The world will never run out of vampire movies.
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Rant: Still cannot figure out why blabbermouth Keefe Overbite is a panelist on NBC’s Sunday night NFL show. If any cable news magpie should be talking football, it’s Wolf Blitzer---he’s got the name for it.
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Truism: Dogs have owners; cats have staff.
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Quote: “Loyalty is no small thing, as I learn in my declining years.” —Ben Stein.
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Rant: The world will end before I stand in a parking lot waiting for store doors to open on Black Friday.
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Hmmm: Someone once said that the problem with the future is that it’s not what it used to be. Sounds like something that ought to be attributed
to
Yogi Berra.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 458

Thursday, November 19, 2009---601 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minutes, 49 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave:
Phil Silvers (we share the same barber).
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Reading: “Ford County Stories”—
John Grisham.
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On the Hi Fi:
Frank Morgan’s “Mood Indigo.”
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Under rated:
Priscilla Lane.
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Rave: The
History Channel’s “World War II in HD” series is outstanding. Mostly, never-before seen color footage of WWII in the Pacific, North Africa, England and the ETO. Narrated by Gary Sinise.
These men and women were truly the Greatest Generation. Their resolve, resourcefulness, valor and humility are astonishing. Their sacrifice brought us another 64 years (to date) of security, freedom and unlimited opportunity. There are many lump-in-your-throat and watery-eye scenes---and unlimited moments where all you can do is say thank you and God Bless You.
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Quote: “Profile away!” —Sarah Palin. Couldn’t have expressed it any better myself.
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Truism:
Star Parker is one tough cookie. “How can it be above your pay grade to consider when life begins, but not above your pay grade to define one-size-fits-all health care for several hundred million Americans and force each one to submit to your social engineering?”
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Hmmm: How many of the 535 members of the House and Senate do you suppose are members of
Mensa?
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Rant: The delivery person will always arrive when you are gone for five minutes.
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Review: I tried with “The Prisoner.” About ¾ of the way thru episode one, I gave up. Much too tedious for me. No matter, the original is still available. Some classics lose everything when remakes are attempted.
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My two cents: Maureen Dowd seems to be a bitter, aging spinster.
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Hmmm: If the Fort Hood shootings weren’t a terrorist act, what is? Political correctness is not simply an abomination---it is a clear and present danger.
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Just asking: What’s worse---having to live in Buffalo or having to watch the Bills? Same could be said about Detroit and the Lions.
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Quote: “Credit you give yourself isn't worth having. --
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Didjaknow:
It is harder to get a job at the Apple Store than to get into Harvard.
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Truism: Whenever you wake up a little early and cannot get back to sleep, the newspaper will not be in the driveway.
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Rant: All 535 members of Congress should be required to take the SATs every year---and post their scores on their web sites.
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Rant: The hot water will always run out just when it is time to rinse the shampoo out of your hair.
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Rave: Answering the phone (with a human) can be a competitive advantage.
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Duh: If you take the final cup of coffee, at least take the pot off the burner.
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Truism: Stealing stuff from hotels makes your luggage heavier and hotels more expensive.
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Rave: Register at Lowe’s for your wedding gifts. Those gifts will be used sooner and much more often.
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No denying: “At the end of the day…” school gets out, nothing more, nothing less.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.








Friday, November 13, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 457

Friday, November 13, 2009---634 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 9 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave:
Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters.
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Reading: “Ford County Stories”—
John Grisham.
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On the Hi Fi:
Dean Martin’s “Forever Cool.”
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Under rated:
George Hamilton IV.
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Rave: College Basketball is back.
Go Duke!
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Rant: More and more games seem to be migrating to ESPNU…and we all know that the “U” in ESPNU stands for unavailable.
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Rave: Looking forward to debut of 2009 version of “The Prisoner” on AMC, Sunday at 8 PM. It has big shoes to fill…
the 1960’s version was surreal, Orwellian and enthralling. The Orwellian theme is especially applicable today.
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Quote: “Hideki Matsui is baseball’s first Mr. November.” —David Wilkner.
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Rant: There should be a special place in Hell for the pinheads who text while driving.
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Truism: Access to health insurance is not the same thing as access to health care. Ask the Canadians and Europeans flocking to U.S. clinics what the promise of “access” is worth over there.
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Hmmm: Ever wonder why the U.S.A. has so many of India and Europe’s best doctors?
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Good advice: Friends don't let friends change their own oil.
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Truism:
Marsha Blackburn is one tough cookie.
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Rave: TCM’s
Johnny Mercer special, “The Dream’s on Me” was just spectacular. As usual, Clint Eastwood produces a quality film…having a brilliant subject did not hurt. If you missed it…catch it Wednesday, November 18th at 6 PM or Saturday, December 19th at 2 PM.
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Hmmm: They used to call it the single wing….now it’s the Wildcat.
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Quote: “If politicians stopped meddling with things they don’t understand, there would be a more drastic reduction in the size of government than anyone in either party advocate.” —
Thomas Sowell.
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Truism: Self-directed work teams require lots of direction.
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Time out: The smell of popcorn in the office will produce an instant group following the aroma.
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Rant: Given the hopey-changey feelings of the current administration, I doubt whether the man responsible for the massacre at Ft. Hood will pay with his life for the lives that he took. PC has made “better screwed than rude” the way to react to suspected terrorists.
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Hmmm: Any truth to the rumor that if someone writes a book about this World Series, it will be titled, “The Boys of Winter?”
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Rave: Each Wednesday during December, TCM will feature all
Humphrey Bogart, all day. Starting with his 1932 film “Love Affair,” almost all the flicks are shown in chronological order.
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Rant: Not since FDR have we had a president so in love with the sound of his own voice as we have now. Does anything he says remain operative beyond the fading of the audience applause?
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Rave: There is no reason good enough not to wear comfortable shoes to work.
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Quote: “Talk about ego---the man (obama) can’t get enough of himself.” —
Linda Chavez.
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Rant: A lot of folks are going to feel idiotic going to rap oldies shows twenty years from now.
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Business maxim: The more time you spend decorating your office, the more often you will be moved.
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Rant: The dims are attempting to turn health insurance into a product that no rational person would buy and then forcing everyone to buy it.
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Truism: Smelling something burning is never a good sign.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 456

Saturday, October 31, 2009---616 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 9 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave:
Ben Stein
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Reading: “Total Immunity” by
Robert Ward.
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On the Hi Fi: “
The George and Ira Gershwin Songbook”—Various Artists such as Eartha Kitt, Dinah Shore, Della Reese, June Valli, Gogi Grant and Frankie Carle.
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Under rated:
Roy Thinnes.
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Quote: “Political correctness remains the handmaiden of terrorism.” —
Michelle Malkin.
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Rant: I cannot remember a World Series I had less interest in than this Yankee-Phillies match up. I would much rather see the black and white films of the
1950 Yankees vs the Philadelphia Whiz Kids.
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Good advice: Don’t rub your eyes after reading the newspaper.
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Truism:
Michele Bachmann is one tough cookie. I wish she was my congressional representative.
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This just in: PMSNBC’s Chris Mathews beat the Sham-Wow guy in the coveted 18-54 demo.
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Sapphire Anniversary: 45 years ago this past Tuesday,
Ronald Reagan’s “Rendezvous with Destiny” speech for Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater was broadcast.
While I could not repeat it word for word, I can remember precisely how powerful the speech was. Had it been made three months before the election instead of a week before…who knows what history would have been made.
As it was, sixteen years later Ronald Reagan became the finest President of my lifetime.
That speech was inspirational, prescient beyond words, timeless in its wisdom, and a stern warning about the government's infringement upon our freedoms.
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Beware: Look out for those who drive by steering with their elbows.
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Didjaknow: The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
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Doppelganger alert: White Press Buffoon, Robert Gibbs reminds me of Sgt. Schultz of “Hogan’s Heroes” fame.
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Rave:
“The Invaders” was a big favorite for me. A Quinn Martin Production…under rated cast, nifty special effects (especially for 1967) and intriguing plots. Among the high profile guest stars were Roddy McDowell, Ed Asner, a young Gene Hackman, Barbara Hershey, Suzanne Pleshette, Diana Muldaur, Will Geer, Sally Kellerman and Burgess Meredith. Raise your hand if you know how to identify those aliens.
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Truism: With each passing day, I find there are fewer things worth waiting in line for.
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Idle thought: Looks like your swine flu shot will be put in your Christmas stocking. Just a precursor to health care rationing the obamapelosireidcare bill will feature.
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Rave: Speaking of
Joe Namath, you can make the case that athlete-as-celebrity started with him.
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Rant: Lindsay Lohan has become the perfect celebrity: in the news all the time for not doing much of anything.
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Truism: Those who think there is good in everybody, haven't met everybody.
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Free advice: Assume no one can or will keep a secret.
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Hmmm: Written visions, missions, and goals are not as important as knowing what you are supposed to do when you show up for work each morning.
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Rant: In the NBA, the New Jersey Nets are offering four courtside seats for ten games along with the opportunity to have a player come to your kid’s birthday party---all for the princely sum of $25,000. My take: For $25,000, the Nets should lets you play in the game
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 455

Sunday, October 25, 2009---653 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 15 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave: “
Terry and the Pirates.”
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Reading:
“The Night Monster”—James Swain.
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On the Hi Fi: The Best of the
Ink Spots.
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Under rated: “
Steve Canyon.”
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Quote: “Many people want government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.” —Economist
Milton Friedman.
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Always remember: Turn your computer on when you are in the office…even if all it shows are flying toasters.
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Good bromide: Be wary of those whose hair is never mussed up.
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Truism: Ann Coulter is one tough cookie. “Liberals never, ever drop a heinous idea; they just change the name. ‘Abortion’ becomes ‘choice,’ ‘communist’ becomes ‘progressive,’ ‘communist dictatorship’ becomes ‘people’s democratic republic,’ and ‘Nikita Khrushchev’ becomes ‘barack obama.’”
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Pop Quiz: What U.S. President’s portrait is on the two-dollar bill?
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Hmmm: The hopelessly incompetent are absolutely certain of their abilities.
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Rave: I enjoy the “
Mike Hammer” series shown on Retro-TV each Sunday night. The series lasted two seasons from 1958 to 1960 and starred Darren McGavin. Admittedly, it was filmed on the cheap and the sets were cheesy…but McGavin’s roguish charm and mischievously whimsical acting keep me entertained.
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Truism: Overnight packages sent for Saturday delivery are usually read on Monday.
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Another truism: Expect faxes and printouts to be missing if they are not picked up within fifteen minutes.
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Beware: When someone tells you, “something good is about to happen to you,” get ready to buy something.
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Rave: The USA Network has another winner with “
White Collar” as long as the series can live up to the crackling electricity of the pilot. Wonderful casting, snappy dialog, energetic performances and just plain big fun. It’s in the sophisticated heist/caper genre---with “It Takes a Thief” and “Catch Me if You Can” in its family tree…and homage to the Rat Pack.
It joins the other superb “characters welcome” USA line-up: “
Burn Notice,” Psych,” Royal Pains,” “In Plain Sight” and the departing “Monk.”
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Count on it: Rock bottom is always deeper than you think.
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This true: Learning how not to lose things is a good way to avoid insanity.
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Changing times: The proposed limit on medical expense deductions and the desire to cut Medicare and Medicaid by $500 billion, make obama and Baucus unlike Democrats from the past. Those dims defended the elderly and the sick, rather than cut the former and tax the latter.
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Hmmm: Sometimes it is easier and cheaper to try something and see what happens than to study and analyze it.
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This Just In: Bjorn Halvard, a 19-year-old Norwegian won the
Monopoly World Championship in Las Vegas with the iron token. The prize money was $20, 580, the total amount in the bank of a standard Monopoly game.
Parker Brothers bought the patent for “Monopoly” from Charles Darrow in 1935…that year it was the biggest selling game in the USA.
In Cuba, the game had a strong following until Fidel Castro took power and ordered all known sets destroyed.
The three most-landed-on properties are Illinois Avenue, "GO" and the B&O Railroad.
There are 32 houses and 12 hotels, so you can create a housing shortage.
Most likely, a “Chance” card will send you to another place, while a “Community Chest” card will, in all likelihood, reward you.
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Quiz answer: Thomas Jefferson.
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ASAP: Cash bonus checks as soon as you get them!
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 454

Thursday, October 15, 2009---667 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 8 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave:
Patti Austin.
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Reading: “Pursuit of Honor” by
Vince Flynn.
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On the Hi Fi:
Fletcher Henderson’s “Christopher Columbus.”
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Under rated:
Marie Windsor.
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Quote: “The true burden of government is not the tax level, but the spending level.” —
Milton Friedman.
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Truism:
Condi Rice is one tough cookie.
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Hmmm: What does a dog do on its day off?
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Rave:
Michael Connelly’s “9 Dragons” is the finest novel I have read this year. His writing continues to evolve and just gets better with each book.
LAPD Homicide Detective Harry Bosch is lead investigator on a liquor store robbery and the murder of its Asian owner. The investigation points to the Asian gang, The Triad, who were collecting protection money from the victim.
Bosch’s inquiries upset some heavy hitters…resulting in the abduction of Harry’s 13 year old daughter unless he kicks the suspect free.
His daughter lives in Hong Kong with Harry’s estranged wife. Bosch is on the next plane to Hong Kong.
The detective has about 24 hours to locate his daughter, before the murder suspect will be released.
The attention to detail on the police procedurals in both the LA murder and Hong Kong abduction is tightly woven; the pacing is relentless; the diverse array of characters possess a muscular elegance; the plot ingenious and full of
dark corners, hazy shadows, neon lights and dead ends.
“9 Dragons” employs perhaps the finest red herring in recent memory---leading the reader in one direction while preparing a most unexpected denouement.
Michael Connelly is more than a crime writer…if you read only one book this year; this uncompromising novel is the one.
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Know this: “Agree in concept” is a long way from “I agree.”
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Quote: “400,000 foreign patients come here every year for medical care. Not too many people get on a plane to fly to Cuba or to France to see a doctor.” —Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, Associate Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
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Truism: The support staff remains the backbone of almost all organizations.
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Didjaknow: Since MLB introduced the wild card, the team with best record in baseball has won only one World Series…the 1998 Yankees.
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Stats: The team with worst record in the playoffs has won two World Series…2000 Yankees and 2006 Cardinals.
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Didjaknow: The last time the AL and NL teams with the best regular season records met in the World Series was 1999---Yankees and Braves.
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Micro-stats: Just three times have the best eight teams gone on to the playoffs…1996, 2002 and 2004.
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Quote: “In short, I don't root against President obama because I hate America. I root against President obama because I hate his vision for America.” —
Ben Shapiro.
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Hmmm: Is there any truth to the rumor that obama won the Nobel Prize because he was the 10th caller?
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Hmmm: Golf returns to the 2016 Olympics for the first time in more than a hundred years…there are only two 18-hole courses in Rio.
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Truism: Nancy Pelosi was so thrilled that obama won the Nobel Appeasement Prize that her expression almost changed.
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Rant: “The system will be down” is one of the few constants in business.
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Rave: Never forgetting who your friends are is a good thing to be known for.
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Remember: Presentations need not be fancy to be effective…it is the message, not the technology.
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Quote: “For every system you create, we’ll create an equal and opposite system.” —The employees.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

"9 Dragons" by Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly’s “9 Dragons” is the finest novel I have read this year. His writing continues to evolve and just gets better with each book.

LAPD Homicide Detective Harry Bosch is lead investigator on a liquor store robbery and the murder of its Asian owner. The investigation points to the Asian gang, The Triad, who were collecting protection money from the victim.

Bosch’s inquiries upset some heavy hitters…resulting in the abduction of Harry’s 13 year old daughter unless he kicks the suspect free.

His daughter lives in Hong Kong with Harry’s estranged wife. Bosch is on the next plane to Hong Kong.

The detective has about 24 hours to locate his daughter, before the murder suspect will be released.

The attention to detail on the police procedurals in both the LA murder and Hong Kong abduction is tightly woven; the pacing is relentless; the diverse array of characters possess a muscular elegance; the plot ingenious and full of dark corners, hazy shadows, neon lights and dead ends.

“9 Dragons” employs perhaps the finest red herring in recent memory---leading the reader in one direction while preparing a most unexpected denouement.

Michael Connelly is more than a crime writer…if you read only one book this year; this uncompromising novel is the one.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 453

Saturday, October 10, 2009---757 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 18 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave: Mason Williams.
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Reading: “Parallel Lies” by Ridley Pearson.
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On the Hi Fi: Jimmy Dorsey’s “Perfidia.”
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Under rated: Wil Andersen.
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Quote: “Dilbert has done more to tell the truth about work than all the latest business books combined.” —Richard Moran.
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Truism: Megyn Kelly is one tough cookie.
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Know this: “Agree in concept” is a long way from “I agree.”
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Quote: “A joke is a very serious thing.” —Sir Winston Churchill.
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Quote: For something to be funny, the audience has to be in a position to sense the truth of it.” Gary Trudeau. And, SNL’s lampoon of obama was funny!
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Quote: “You don’t have to be on TV every day. You’re the president, not a rerun of ‘Law and Order.’”—Bill Maher—“You’re skinny and in a hurry and in love with a nice lady, but so is Lindsay Lohan. And just like Lindsay, we see your name in the paper a lot, but we are kind of wondering when you’re actually going to do something.”
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Rave & Rant: The MLB post season is all great theater, and it’s about time, for the past month or so has been a baseball version of waiting for Godot. Most September baseball games have as much meaning as those March Spring Training clashes.
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Factoid: The 1990 Cincinnati Reds won only 91 games; did not have a pitcher who won 16 games; did not have a hitter who drove in 90 runs. However, they swept the A’s in the World Series.
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Didjaknow: Babe Ruth had a lower lifetime earned run average than Cy Young, Whitey Ford or Sandy Koufax. During his early years with the Red Sox, the Babe pitched nine shutouts in a season---still the American League record for a left-handed pitcher. He could have made the Hall of fame without ever hitting a home run.
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Post game wrap-up: Olympic Committee 1, obama 0---if you’re scoring at home.
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Stats: Regular season MLB attendance was down 7% this season.
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Rant: A 9:37 PM start time for AL Division Red Sox/Angeles is simply unconscionable.
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Didjaknow: Those of us living in the USA watch an average of 151 hours of television a month.
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Next step: If your checkbook never balances, change banks.
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Hmmm: There is no truth to the rumor that obama was going to declare war on Denmark after Chicago lost the Olympic bid…instead he blamed George W. Bush. It was on W’s watch that Chicago went from the initial three-dozen-plus sites to the Final Four. presbo earned both the blown save and the loss.
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Murphy’s Law: The sun will always shine on your computer screen when you don’t want it to.
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Truism: Always keep the ball in their court.
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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: I was certain the Nobel committee meant the Nobel Appeasement Prize.
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Rave: So happy to see Michael Moore’s movie flopping at the box office. Too bad, so sad.
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Truism: Looks like this year’s scariest Halloween masks are Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.
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Fashion Police: Ignore any new fashion trend with its roots in the 1960s or 1970s.
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Rant: If you wear six-inch heels, don’t complain about them.
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Rant: “Civil Service mentality” is never used to describe a highly effective and efficient work group.
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Pop Quiz: This one is a multiple choice. If you were the Commander In Chief, whose advice would you think would be the most worthwhile concerning the best course of action in Afghanistan?
A) General Pelosi
B) General Biden
C) General Reid
D) General McChrystal
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Truism: Jabbing the elevator button incessantly will not make it appear faster.
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Good Advice: Use the phrase “value added” no more than once a week.
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Even Better Advice: Go to any meeting where food is served. If something productive also gets done in the meeting, it’s a bonus.
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Extremely good advice: If you are going to project a computer onto a large screen, be certain one of your icons is not labeled “porn.”
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Curmudgeon In The Political Wry-3 --2016 Olympics

Tuesday, October 06, 2009---274 Words, Average reading time 0 Minutes, 54 Seconds.
A Life in the Slow Lane Production.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Created because there is so much not to like about obama, his staff and regime.
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Credit where credit is due: The leftist whining about George W. Bush being the cause of Chicago’s loss of the 2016 Olympics would be funny, were it not so pathetic and absurd.
Who do these liberal brainiacs think got Chicago on the ballot and into the Final Four?
Obama lost this one on his own. Mr. Bush got Chicago to the starting line. Not W’s fault that Chicago neither won, placed nor showed.
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Math 101: In case you were not scoring at home during the obamas’ Billy Mays pitch for the Olympics, George Will was kind enough to do the calculations.
This from his latest column: “Both Obamas gave heartfelt speeches about … themselves. Although the working of the committee's mind is murky, it could reasonably have rejected Chicago's bid for the 2016 games on aesthetic grounds — unless narcissism has suddenly become an Olympic sport.
In the 41 sentences of her remarks, Michelle Obama used some form of the personal pronouns “I” or “me” 44 times. Her husband was, comparatively, a shrinking violet, using those pronouns only 26 times in 48 sentences.
Still, 70 times in 89 sentences was sufficient to convey the message that somehow their fascinating selves were what made, or should have made, Chicago's case compelling.”
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you can’t read, thank the teacher’s union. If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 452

Friday, October 02, 2009---737 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 25 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave:
Orson Bean
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Reading: “Ties That Bind” by
Phillip Margolin.
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On the Hi Fi: “Anita Sings the Most”—
Anita O’Day.
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Under rated:
Richard Jaeckel
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Quote: “There are no ordinary cats.” —Colette.
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Truism:
Tammy Bruce is one tough cookie.
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Quote: “Political correctness remains the handmaiden of terrorism.” —
Michelle Malkin.
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Hmmm: What are shadows made of?
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Conventional wisdom: If you see your name on a yellow stickie on a conference room wall, something very good or very bad is about to happen to you.
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Factoid: The Boston Red Sox are the American League Wild Card team for the seventh time…a major league record.
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Identity theft alert: The 2010 Census Workers are allowed to contact you by phone, mail or in person…but not via email. So---be on the lookout for email scams impersonating the US Census Bureau. Play it safe and never click on a link or open any attachments in an email that purports to be from the US Census Bureau.
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More Census info: Ask to see their badge and ID before giving them any info. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card numbers or banking info to anyone…no matter what they tell you. Make certain not to tip them.
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Rave: With the Bosox in the post-season, I have a rooting interest…for as far as they go.
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Stats: Sarah Palin’s book, “
Going Rogue” is number one on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble Online bestseller lists---and release date is mid-November.
Glenn Beck has the #1 Hardcover Non Fiction (“
Arguing with Idiots”) and the #1 Non Fiction Paperback (“Common Sense”) on the liberal NY Times lists. The irony is that the NYT has yet to review any of the #1 best sellers written by conservatives…leading me to conclude that you can’t fool all the people…just the easily fooled.


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Truism: Political correctness and truth are not the same.
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Stats: In international comparisons, American 12th graders rank in the 14th percentile in math and the 29th percentile in science. That’s how great a job our government schools are doing.
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Truism II: I could have had a career in major league baseball had I not lacked size, speed, hand-eye coordination and talent.
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Quote: "Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But, the Marines don't have that problem." --
Ronald Reagan
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Truism III: Not matter how much I practice, it still takes me 45 minutes to swim a half hour.
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Blame it on Rio: Well, I guess hubris, smugness and serial narcissism were not enough to enchant the IOC voters for the 2016 games. Perhaps, had presbo not spent his first eight months apologizing and putting down the USA; and proffered speeches of
American Exceptionalism, the voters might have thought awarding the games to our great country a good thing. obama reaped what he sowed. Sometimes those self-congratulatory trips just don’t pan out. Too bad, so sad.
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Rio Redux: I myself will prefer the cut away shots of the beaches of Rio where we can see the
tanned girls from Ipanema in their string bikinis to those shots of the shores of Lake Michigan filled with obese, fish-belly white, beered up White Sox fans.
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Factoid: One size fits all is never true…especially in hats.
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Hmmm: The best thing about creating a “to-do” list is the ability to cross things off.
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Follow up: Should you accomplish something significant not on the list, write it down so you can cross it off.
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English 101: “Okay” is not a punctuation mark. It should not be substituted for a comma, a question mark, or the question “Are you with me?’
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Rant: Business buzzwords are like Top40 songs. At first, they bring a smile or capture a thought, but you are soon sick of them…think “value added paradigms.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 451

Tuesday, September 29, 2009---653 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 2 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave: Gary Sinise.
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Reading: “Ties That Bind” by Phillip Margolin.
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On the Hi Fi: Dinah Shore’s “Along the Navajo Trail.”
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Under rated: Sonny Tufts.
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Quote: “The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it.” —H.L. Menken.
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Truism: Laura Ingraham is one tough cookie.
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Quote: “There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” —Sherlock Holmes.
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Happy Birthday: “The Wizard of Oz” was released 70 years ago today.
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Didjaknow: The NFL’s Atlanta Falcons have been around for 44 years now, and have never had back-to-back winning seasons.
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Rant: Companies that use automated telemarketing, that calls and tells you to wait for the next available agent must be crazy. Why would anyone stay on the line?
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Hmmm: Who has the worse hair dye job---Tom Delay or Qadaffi?
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Rave: This morning was the first one in a long, long time where the temperature was less than 70 degrees…can fall be far behind.
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Rave: Nature is almost in full bloom in my yard. The plumbagos are a vivid sky blue, the pentas a vibrant scarlet, the flame vines alive in bright orange, the wedelia are showing off their yellow flowers, the Mexican petunias continue to act like morning glories and open each day with a riotous display of bright violet, the crepe myrtles are a shower of magenta…even the bottle brush trees are in the game flying their crimson colors.
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Rant: For the 2012 Olympics, I hope the athletes are all “Flying Down to Rio” where they can dance the Carioca.
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Truism: Witty is better than funny.
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Rant: What’s with the pillbox hat that Qadaffi wears? Is he trying to be “so Jackie?” I expect to see him break out in a “call for Phillip Morris” moment in that hat.
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Rave: To this day, I step outside and look east every time there is a launch at the Cape. Still a magnificent sight…part of the greatness that is the USA.
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Rant: What is the worst lawyer ad on TV?
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Flying off to Denmark: In shilling for Chicago’s mayor Daley, presbo is off on yet another extravagant excursion into self-worship never before seen in an American leader.

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I admit: I don’t get the fascination with gourmet cupcakes.
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Stats: An Investor’s Business daily survey indicates that 45 percent of all doctors would “consider retiring or closing their practices” if obamacare passes.
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Truism: Four-hour baseball games have become a form of abuse.
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R.I.P.: Bill Safire was a wordsmith’s wordsmith. For decades, he wrote the “On Language” column for the liberal New York Times. He was the libertarian conservative columnist on politics for the same
paper. He was never shy about skewering pols from both sides of the aisle…and never split an infinitive.
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Rant: College basketball’s increasing “one-and-done” phenomenon is a disaster.
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Quote: “When I first heard that he (obama) was Mirandizing al-Qaida on the battlefield, I thought it was political satire.” —David Limbaugh.
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Rant: With all the TV appearances, presbo is doing more TV pitching than the late Billy Mays at his peak.
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Free Advice: One word to Lamar Odom: Pre-nup.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 450

Saturday, September 19, 2009---796 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 59 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave: The Garners---
James and Erroll.
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Reading: “
The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown.
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On the Hi Fi: “Memory Lane” by
Johnny Mercer.
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Under rated:
Ace Hannah
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Quote: “I do not recall anyone suggesting that the Left’s often visceral anger at Condoleezza Rice revealed its own racism.” —
Victor Davis Hanson
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Truism:
Michelle Malkin is one tough cookie.
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Didjaknow:
Jane Wyatt and Robert Young who became Jim and Margaret Anderson in “Father Knows Best,” each costarred in a railroad themed western with Randolph Scott. In 1941, Young and Scott were rivals for Virginia Gilmore’s affections in “Western Union.” Jane Wyatt was a frontier doctor vying with Nancy Olson for Scott’s hand in 1949’s “Canadian Pacific.”
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Hmmm: I suspect that if you see the new movie “Sorority Row,” you shouldn’t expect Shakespeare.
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Hmmm: When was the last time Jimmy Carter was a net positive for the democrat party? Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot!
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R.I.P.: I always got a kick out of
Henry Gibson. His bit on “Laugh In” were a hoot…his role as Judge Clark Brown on “Boston Legal” was understated, droll and witty. He was under-rated and no relation to Hoot Gibson.
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Hmmm: If you ever wondered what a western written by
Rod Serling would look like, check out 1958’s “Saddle the Wind” starring Robert Taylor. Mr. Serling wrote the screenplay.
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Rave: I agree with
Dennis Miller---Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe deserve a Pulitzer.
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Rave: Governors Jindal, Pawlenty, Perdue and Schwarzenegger showing profiles in courage with either investigations of, or cutting off all state funding to ACORN. I wish Florida’s wimpy Charlie Crist would grow a pair and do the same thing here.
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Hmmm: How should we expect kids to keep sports in perspective when we live in a society that doesn’t?
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R.I.P.:
Army Archerd was a legend…a living legend until the day he died. For 53 years, he wrote a daily column for Daily Variety. Think about it…that’s about 10,000 nine-hundred-word pieces. He was the pencil, paper, typewriter type of guy. His death is the end of a Hollywood era. He was a gentleman in every way.
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Rave: Getting you flu shot at Walgreens could not be easier. They don’t miss a trick---they give you a 15% off coupon good that day only…enticing you to spend dough you otherwise would not have spent.
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Truism: Most every time you buy something reversible, you wind up using only one side.
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Hmmm: How does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work?
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This just in: From Friday’s Wall Street Journal—“The European switcheroo continues Mr. Obama's trend of courting adversaries while smacking allies. His Administration has sought warmer ties with Iran, Burma, North Korea, Russia and even Venezuela. But it has picked trade fights with Canada and Mexico, sat on trade treaties with Colombia and South Korea, battled Israel over West Bank settlements, ignored Japan in deciding to talk with North Korea, and sanctioned Honduras for its sin of resisting the encroachments of Venezuela's Hugo Ch├ívez.”
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Hmmm: Many packages say, “open here.” What is the protocol if the package says, “open somewhere else?”
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Be a sport: There are around 1,500 sports commentators and analysts on the tube. That’s about 1,480 more than necessary.
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R.I.P.:
Jack Kramer was a giant figure in the history of tennis. He participated in every aspect of his sport from playing to promoting. The Wilson Jack Kramer Autograph model was the most popular racket ever sold until wooden rackets went out of style. Like many athletes of his generation, he lost a number of years during WWII when he served in the Pacific theater. He pretty much pioneered the big “serve and volley” game, that John McEnroe and Jimmy Conners brought to the fore. As Frank Deford points out---with his death, “the only other significant athlete from the pre-war era who is still living is Bob Feller.”
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Truism: If you cannot get into a parallel parking place after two attempts, you should just move on.
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Hmmm: How long is a piece of string?
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Initialize these: Edgar Lawrence Doctorow, edward estlin cummings, Thomas Stearns Eliot, William Claude Fields, Jerome David Salinger, Alan Alexander Milne,
Henry Louis Mencken, Joanne Kathleen Rowling, Jonathan Kimble Simmons, James Cash Penney, Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa, Yelberton Abraham Tittle.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Letter to my congressmen

Common sense tells me you cannot give better coverage to those who have insurance, put millions more people into the system, pay for it by ending waste and fraud, claim you will lower health care costs, create a government-run exchange, include health care coverage and not spend a dime---all at the same time.

A government-run insurance program will not spur competition. In reality, it is next to impossible for private insurance companies (already heavily regulated) to compete with a government run entity.

How do you expect anyone to believe government reforms of health insurance will not increase costs? It is impossible to insure an additional 50 million (or whatever number is currently in fashion) without increasing costs or reducing benefits for the other 250 million of us who are basically satisfied with out health care insurance.

Why did the democrat party vote down amendments that would prohibit coverage for illegals and abortions? It is impossible to believe they will not be covered unless specifically excluded in writing. Specific language through amendments that would explicitly bar these coverages must be a part of any reform bill.

Please do not insult us by claiming that waste, fraud and abuse will pay for whatever plan is adopted. The CBO report on the cost of H.R. 3200, Schedule F estimates that between 2010 and 2019 a whopping $0.1 billion in overpayments would be recouped.

Moreover, since when do we need a bill passed to eliminate waste, fraud and abuse? That should be standard operating procedure every hour of you life as a public servant. Just sic the Justice Department or the Inspector General at Health and Human Services on Medicare providers who are cheating the government.

Additionally, just what excessive profits insurance companies take under the current system is the president talking about? According to the Wall Street Journal and ratings firm Morningstar, for profit health care companies had an average 3.4% profit margin over the last year. That places them 87th out of 215 industries. This shows a lack of understanding about the concepts of overhead and profit.

Tort reform, with unambiguous language, needs to be included via an amendment to any bill under consideration. Malpractice insurance premiums are what the medical profession currently considers a part of overhead.

These are just a few of the concerns that need to be addressed and repaired.

Please---stop trying to sell the population a fairy tale.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 449

Tuesday, September 15, 2009---598 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minutes, 41 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave:
Andrew Breitbart
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Reading: “
The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown.
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On the Hi Fi: “
Errol Garner’s Finest Hour”
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Under rated:
Robert Hutton.
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Quote: “He is most free from danger, who, even when safe, is on his guard.” —Publilius Syrus, 46 BC.
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Didjaknow: Beirut is older than Rome.
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Hmmm: While typing away on the computer keyboard, I often miss the sound of the keys, the clang of the return, and the sound of crisp paper rolling through the carriage.
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R.I.P.: I had the pleasure of working with
Patrick Swayze in 1987 when he was doing a promo tour for the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack…and the music wasn’t even his day job. He was being a team player to help all the artists on the soundtrack. It was a big boost to the label. He could not have been more cooperative. He charmed all the radio and retail folks with his quick wit, self-deprecating sense of humor and infectious energy. He was a class act, taken much too soon.
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Stats: “QUARTZY,” when placed across a triple-word score, with the “z” on a double letter score is worth 164 points in Scrabble.
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Rave: With
Roger Federer losing in five sets in the U.S. Open finals to someone not named Nadal, Murray or Djokovic and a women’s final with nary a Williams sister, I felt like I was in an alternate universe.
The fresh faces and return of women’s champion
Kim Clijsters, the stage is set for next season’s Grand Slam events. Melanie Oudin, Caroline Wozniacki and Juan Martin del Potro will add excitement for years to come.
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Hmmm: Why is it that when you’re driving and looking for an address, you turn down the volume on the radio?
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Official’s time out: I cannot honestly say I would have behaved any differently than Serena Williams after the
atrocious foot fault call by the linesman in the final set of the Women’s Finals, nor would I have been any more contrite.
Not only was the call inaccurate, it should never have been made at that point in a championship match. Let the players play…or as they say in college basketball, “good no call” should have been the operative words, or Modus operandi if you will.
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Useless Stat: On average, plan on spending seven years of your life in the bathroom---more if you are a men’s room attendant.
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Hmmm: Do cat burglars steal cats?
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Rave: It’s pretty much impossible to walk past an
Apple Store without going in…does not matter if you need anything or if you are a Mac or a PC.
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Didjaknow:
“The Long Hot Summer” (1958) was the first time Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were cast in the same movie.
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Time warp: I seldom check my watch or clock on the wall when using the computer. I get my time check from the time machine in the computer’s lower right hand corner. Don’t know if that is good or bad---it just is.
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Didjaknow: The directions on a box of Minute Rice say to cook it for five minutes.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.