Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 468

Tuesday, February 16, 2010---536 Words---Average Reading Time: Minute, 56 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:
Peter Gunn.
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Reading:
“The First Rule” by Robert Crais.
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On the Hi Fi:
“Soldier of Love”—Sade.
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Under rated:
Jack Carson.
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Rave: Sunday services at
Duke Chapel, with their 100+-voice choir.
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Rave: Martha MacCallum is one tough cookie.
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Rant: Ah, just what the world needs, another “Wolfman” movie.
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Rave:
Stephen Hunter’s “I, Sniper” exceeds the high expectations I expect of Mr. Hunter’s novels, especially those in the Bob Lee Swagger series.
It is suspenseful, informative, entertaining, fast-paced and contains just the right touch of dry humor.
“I, Sniper” is a first-class, complex thriller featuring Vietnam sniper Bob Lee (“Bob the Nailer”) Swagger.
After four 60’s activists are murdered by sniper fire in three separate incidents, the authorities are convinced the culprit is the Vietnam sniper with the most confirmed kills. The evidence does not pass Bob Lee Swagger’s smell test…and the game’s afoot.
The sniper culture is depicted accurately and compellingly with precise, vivid characters and firearms info.
It grabs your attention immediately and never lets you go with a creative and inspired setup. Took me just two sessions to complete.
This is not a PC book…any novel that portrays the New York Times in a callous manner gets high marks from me.
Just spectacular.
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Didjaknow: Only two colleges have produced three Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks. Purdue: Len Dawson, Bob Griese and Drew Brees. Alabama: Ken Stabler, Joe Namath and Bart Starr.
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Quote: “Finally, can I respectfully ask that barack obama shut up and not deliver a speech for, say, the next half hour?” ---
Burt Prelutsky.
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More Burt: “So far as I’m concerned, anyone who can give conniption fits to Jon Stewart, Chris Matthews, Ellis Hennican, Keith Olbermann and David Letterman, the way that Alaska’s favorite daughter can is aces in my book.”
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Truism: The next guy who plays defense in the NBA All Star game will be the first.
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Didjaknow: No Big Ten school owns a winning record versus Purdue Men’s Basketball.
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On my “to don’t” list: Watching the Winter Olympics.
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Rave: I make a point of watching
“White Collar” (USA Network, 10 PM, Tuesdays) and “Burn Notice” (same network, same time on Thursdays). “In Plain Sight” returns in the spring. USA has a stellar lineup of original shows---characters welcome.
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Rave:
USA’s promo for “Psych” using the takeoff on “Private Eyes” by Hall and Oates is a keeper.
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Stats: Duke Basketball Coach
Mike Krzyzewski has coached more games with Duke ranked number one (190) than unranked (144). A most extraordinary display of excellence.
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But, who’s counting: There were 48 minutes of commercials during the Super Bowl if you had lost count.
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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.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 466

Wednesday, January 27, 2010---603 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minute, 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: Myrna Loy.
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Reading: “Hollywood Moon”—Joseph Wambaugh.
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On the Hi Fi: “I’ll Be Seeing You”—Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra.
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Under rated: Lloyd Corrigan.
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Rant: The NFL Pro Bowl should be put out of its misery.
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Rave: Martha MacCallum is one tough cookie.
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Quote: “Liberalism's bullying tendencies are never more on display than when its denizens are at war with the speech rights of its opponents.” —Wall Street Journal Editorial, 1/22/10.
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Rave: Ceiling fans.
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Gone but not Forgotten: Author Robert B. Parker provided many, many hours of pleasant reading for the past four decades. Known most for the Spenser series, his dialog crackled and leapt off the page, his sentences were silky smooth---like an expensive dessert, his books did not last long, but they were an immense pleasure. A most prolific writer, there are still three novels due for release this year…a Spenser, a Jesse Stone and a Virgil Cole/Everett Sloan western.
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Didjaknow: John Havlicek is the leading all-time scorer for the Boston Celtics.
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Headline of the week: From the NY Post---“I’m the Pop, says the Weasel.”
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Department of Redundancy Department: Previously recorded.
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TV Alert: The Winter Olympics are less than a month away…here’s hoping Bob Costas has picked out some nifty sweaters to wear on air.
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Quote: Seth Davis on College Basketball—“Experience is a luxury, but talent is a necessity.”
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Didjaknow: All but one of the major banks has paid back the bailout money with interest. Somehow, presbo fails to articulate that fact.
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Quote: “The aloof obama already personalizes things more than a host on ‘The View.’ Every address is so laden with ‘me,’ ‘myself’ and ‘I,’ you’d think he was trying to fix the economy with a massive stimulus of personal pronouns.” —Jonah Goldberg.
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Rant: Isn’t the “air-ball” chant something whose time has past?
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Didjaknow: USA Today has never won a Pulitzer Prize.
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Quote: “Here’s something older players tend to know that younger players don’t---there’s a difference between intensity and emotion.” —Seth Davis.
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Factoid: UConn’s men’s basketball team is on a pace to lead the nation in blocks for the ninth straight year.
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Quote: “Coach does such a great job of emphasizing it’s not about who is right; it’s about getting it right.” —All-American Maya Moore on UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma.
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Didjaknow: A higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
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Quote: Uber-liberal Bob Woodward said that calling obama a socialist is “not even in the ballpark.” Bob apparently being unaware that obama’s ballpark only has a left field.” —Larry Thornberry.
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Cheers: When I have no allegiance a/o rooting interest in a college basketball game, I always cheer for the team with fewest amount of tattoos.
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Quote: “The Democrats just went from having the largest congressional majority in a generation to the second largest. But this was ‘Teddy Kennedy’s seat.’ And it was Massachusetts. Now, no Democrat is safe. But the country just got a lot safer.” —Ann Coulter.
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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.

"I, Sniper" by Stephen Hunter

Stephen Hunter’s “I, Sniper” exceeds the high expectations I expect of Mr. Hunter’s novels, especially those in the Bob Lee Swagger series.

It is suspenseful, informative, entertaining, fast-paced and contains just the right touch of dry humor.

“I, Sniper” is a first-class, complex thriller featuring Vietnam sniper Bob Lee (“Bob the Nailer”) Swagger.

After four 60’s activists are murdered by sniper fire in three separate incidents, the authorities are convinced the culprit is the Vietnam sniper with the most confirmed kills. The evidence does not pass Bob Lee Swagger’s smell test…and the game’s afoot.

The sniper culture is depicted accurately and compellingly with precise, vivid characters and firearms info.

It grabs your attention immediately and never lets you go with a creative and inspired setup.

Took me just two sessions to complete.

This is not a PC book…any novel that portrays the New York Times in a callous manner gets high marks from me.

Just spectacular.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 467

Saturday, February 06, 2010---559 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minute, 42 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: Roy Eldridge.
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Reading: “Silencer" by James W. Hall.
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On the Hi Fi: “The Huckleberry Verser”—Johnny Mercer.
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Under rated: Dean Jagger. (no relation to Mick)
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Overrated: Ivy League education, the family vacation, valet parking.
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Rave: “Pray for You” by Jaron. Great song and video…love the ending.
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Rant: My knees have aged in dog years.
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Truism: It’s beginning to seem like a group of imposters have stolen North Carolina’s uniforms.
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Rant: My friend Jay Phillips surfs all the cable news channels and encapsulates some of the highlights and low-lights on his site. He reports that PMSDNC has markedly increased the promos for Hardball with Chris Matthews—(a show watched by tens of dozens nightly). If they wanted anyone to see the promos, that would run them on Fox News Channel.
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Rave: Lis Wiehl is one tough cookie.
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Just asking: Is it true that CBS started the Super Bowl Pregame Show at about noon yesterday?
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Quote: “First of all, Tweeting is a good fit for athletes because it doesn’t require an ability to spell correctly or employ grammar, neither of which most of our erstwhile student-athletes are reel gude at. Secondly, Tweeting is specifically meant for those who have signed up for the Twitter universe, so those of us who do not wish to be bombarded by aimless, misspelled chatter are a protected species.” —Frank Deford.
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Rant: Here’s one vote not to expand the NCAA basketball tournament. Less is more.
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Quote: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained -- but if everything is ventured, and still nothing gained, give up and venture elsewhere.” – Peter Wastholm.
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Gone but not forgotten: Perhaps “classic” is the most over-worked word used to describe some aspect of pop culture. However, “The Catcher in the Rye” is a true classic. Written by J.D. Salinger, the Greta Garbo of the literary world. It is a book I still read once a year. Obviously, it made a large impression on me in my misspent youth. I cannot recall what grade I was in when we read it---but it mesmerized me. In fact, Holden Caulfield has always been a role model for me. While I wish the droll J.D. Salinger had written more novels…we'll always have “The Catcher in the Rye.” Holden’s line when he is leaving his prep school {“Sleep tight, you morons”} remains etched in my brain.
Via con Dios J.D. Salinger.
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Hmmm: The new college basketball cliché is “trap game.”
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Boring: Kids storming the court after a big win has become a college basketball cliché.
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Hmmm: You have to love the “dribble drive” offense, the new rave in basketball. However, the Zen question of the week is how would you drive to the basket without dribbling?
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Truism: It's the Veteran, not the community organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate.
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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.