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
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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