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.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 448

Saturday, September 12, 2009---844 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 51 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 Rich.
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Reading:
Steve Hamilton’s “Night Work.”
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On the Hi Fi: “
The Best of Sam Cooke.”
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Under rated:
Jean Arthur.
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Quote: “Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent.” – Economist
Adam Smith.
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Math 101: Millions claim to have been among the 400,000 at Woodstock 40 years ago.
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Must see TV: Saturday mornings during September, Turner Classic Movies will run the
1937 Dick Tracy serial (15 episodes). Ralph Byrd stars as Tracy. 9 AM in the East.
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Hmmm: Now that Memphis' 2008 Final Four finish has been vacated, shouldn't every bracket sheet from that year's NCAA tournament be re-evaluated? You might want to reconsider who actually won your office pool.
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Quote: From
Frank Deford on the ranking process in college football and basketball, “Nobody can even see many of them play. It’s like being in congress and voting on bills you know nothing about. So, it’s very American.”
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Truism: The AARP has morphed from a group that spoke for seniors to one that tries to make money from them.
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Rave: It is still difficult for me realize that “
Shane” was Brandon de Wilde’s movie debut. Not a bad way for a ten year old to start…with a Best Supporting Actor nomination. He died much too young at 30.
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Quote: “Freedom not only allows you to make your own rationing choices, but also produces vastly more products and services at cheap prices, so less rationing is necessary.” —Ann Coulter.
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Rant: MLB fining Red Sox closer
Jonathan Papelbon for slow play is the bozo move of the season. If MLB wants to speed up the games, it can start by prohibiting batters from stepping out of the box after every pitch. It wouldn't hurt, either, for umpires to start calling the high strike.
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Rant: Members of congress spend even less time on the job than tenured college professors.
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Just asking: Are the Orioles no longer a major-league franchise and somebody just forgot to tell us?
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Rant: Count me out for any movie that’s made out of either a cartoon or a video game.
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Slogan update: In the current administration, nothing is certain but death panels and taxes.
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Another Truism: The world will never run out of bimbos, global conflicts over oil, or vampire movies.
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Rant: Democrats have frantically voted down amendments that would prohibit coverage of illegal aliens and abortion. When presbo claimed, in his sales pitch, that the dims do not offer such coverage, the only thing he was being economical with, was the truth.
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Hmmm: Some call it profiling---I say it’s Statistics 101.
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Rant: The value of NFL exhibition games is dubious at best. The Detroit Lions were 4-0 in the 2008 preseason before going 0-16 during the real season. It is never a good idea to peak in August.
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Quote:
“To be a liberal in good standing, it is necessary to express (but never feel!) intense guilt for the misdeeds of other people, and none at all for your own.” ---Mike Kriskey.
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Yet another truism: Three men in the TV booth is one too many…in certain cases, it’s two too many.
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Rant: The bottom-of-the-screen scroll that espn2 uses for the US Open drives me crazy.
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Rave: It was great to see
Maria Sharapova back from shoulder surgery at the Open. In fact, it’s just great to see Maria Sharapova…her appearance at a tennis tournament increases the babe factor exponentially.
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Rave: The
McEnroe brothers provide great tennis commentary.
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Rave:
Melanie Oudin’s great run in the U.S. Open is the reason we love sports. At age seventeen, making it to the quarterfinals {beating three Russians along the way} gives the USA a potential star for the future. She has almost perfect footwork…as she gains strength, she could become dominant. The sisters Williams cannot play forever…perhaps Melanie will be the one to pick up the torch. Now, if the USA could just get a couple of men to challenge Murray, Federer and Nadal.
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Truism: Men’s doubles is so fast you can almost go blind watching it.
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Rave:
Roger Federer sets a high standard…as if he was from another world…a spectacular athlete.
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Quote: “In a thousand pages the democrats weren’t able to squeeze in one paragraph about tort reform. Perhaps they were trying to save paper.” —Ann Coulter.
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Final Truism: The shadows have crept across the
Rays’ moment in the sun, another team that can’t afford to pay all of its top young players…what a drag.
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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.