Friday, July 30, 2010

Curmudgeon In The Wry 481



Friday, July 30, 2010---925 Words---Average Reading Time: 3 Minutes, 11 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: Nikki Yanofsky.
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Reading: “The Blue Religion”---edited by Michael Connelly.
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On the Hi Fi: “When We Were Young”---a Chuck Thagard compilation.
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Under rated: Frank Lovejoy.
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TV Timeout: Original dramas on various cable networks are exceptionally good this summer. “Rizzoli & Isles” on TNT (Monday at 10 PM) is a winner. It’s based on the best selling novels of Tess Gerritsen…so the scripts have a head start. Boston PD Detective Rizzoli and ME Isles make the show a buddy flick of the female variety. Very well done.
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Quote: “It’s better to wake up to sports than to fall asleep in front of them.”—Bob Molinaro.
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Stats: As usual, Fox news channel held a commanding lead over its cable news competition in July. The network had more total viewers than CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined in primetime, averaging 1.85M (CNN+HLN+MSNBC= 1.66M).
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TV Timeout: “The Glades” on A&E (Sundays at 10 PM) is off to a good start. Great Florida settings, an attractive cast and believable action. Most entertaining.
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Quote: “Freedom is about humility, not hubris. Our nation’s current problems reflect the latter. Our only hope for renewed bounty and prosperity is to restore the former.”—Star Parker.
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Didjaknow: On July 31, 1954, Joe Adcock borrowed a teammate’s bat and proceeded to hit four homers off four different Brooklyn Dodger pitchers. He also had a double, giving Adcock an MLB record 18 total bases in the Braves’ 15-7 victory at Ebbets Field. One year later, on July 31, 1955, Adcock had his arm broken by a pitch and was out for the season.
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Rave: For the first time in my life, I agree with Maureen Dowd. Her column on super-narcissist LeBron James is a keeper.
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Rave: The best moniker I’ve seen for the Miami Heat trio of James, Wade and Bosh is “The Three My-Egos.”
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Hmmm: In fact, James has overtaken obama in the race for biggest narcissist of 2010…obama is going to have to start referring to himself in the third person in order to catch up. That will be difficult, given his love for the words I and me.
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Quote: From David Israel on the James melodrama, “Never has so much time, effort and money been expended by an individual to diminish himself.”
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Hmmm: Three things I wish I could do---play the piano, jump rope and whistle.
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Rave: The “Sunday Funnies” commemorative stamp the USPS just issued.
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Rave: Lefty Warren Spahn missed three full baseball seasons while serving in the US Army in the ETO and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Still, he won 363 games. A true All-Star.
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Didjaknow: obama is skipping the president's traditional speech to the national Boy Scouts of America gathering so he can tape his appearance on "The View." How callow.
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I miss: Johnny Unitas, Steve McQueen and Ricky Nelson.
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TV Timeout: On Tuesdays at 10 PM, USA Networks’ new entry this summer, “Covert Affairs,” maintains the standards of the network’s other “characters welcome” originals. Great spy action without the James Bond gizmos. Explosions and car wrecks do not happen every eight minutes…the emphasis is on the plot and the characters in a strong ensemble cast.
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Quote: “Even though obama apparently has no intention of closing down Guantanamo Bay as he promised—or ending tribunals, renditions, Predator targeted assassinations, wiretaps and intercepts—he continues to fault former President Bush’s war on terror and promises the world that he will reset America’s foreign policy.”—Victor Hansen Davis.
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TV Timeout: The second season of USA’s “White Collar” (Tuesdays at 10 PM) is even better than season one. A buddy flick with some Hitchcockian touches, including a music box as the McGuffin. Contagious fun.
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Rave: I love Tucker Carlson’s pithy description of obama---“profoundly phony.”
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Didjaknow: “Shane” was the first and only western directed by George Stevens.
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Quote: “The camera is not the instrument. People are always the instrument.”—George Stevens.
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TV Timeout: Thursday nights USA rolls out “Burn Notice” at 9 PM and “Royal Pains” at 10 PM. “Burn Notice” has not slowed down and Miami has never looked better. Another solid cast and resilient series with an overall season arc and a new “client” each week. “Royal Pains” combines comedy and drama in a most compelling way. Fast paced, witty and irreverent.
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Hmmm: Why is it that all estimates are always a lot lower than the actual final bill.
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Quote: “All that separates the good economist from the bad is the ability to appreciate the possibility of the unforeseen.” —Frederic Bastiat, 19th Century Economist.
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TV Timeout: The veteran cable original is USA’s “Psych” on Wednesday at 10 PM. There is always a mystery to solve in an entertaining way. The highlight is watching the two leads make the ridiculous sublime.
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TV Timeout: What I think sets the aforementioned cable originals apart from the pack is the injection of humor. It is not the goofy or slapstick variety---rather it is wry, ironic, paradoxical type employed in “Maverick.”
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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, July 11, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 480

Sunday, July 11, 2010---651 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:
Michael Tomlinson.
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Reading: “Secret Honor”—W.E.B. Griffin.
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On the Hi Fi: “Coral Gables High, Class of 1956, Happy 50’s Memories”---a Chuck Thagard compilation.
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Under rated:
Trevor Howard
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Rave:
Dagwood and Blondie.
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Rant: Vuvuzelas make thunder sticks seem almost genteel.
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Quote: “Early to bed, early to rise and your girl goes out with other guys.” —
Bob Collins on “Love That Bob”
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Truism: Bureaucrats are the epoxy that lubricate the wheels of government.
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Rave: The best thing about the NBA Finals being over is that we no longer have to see Chris Rock, David Spade and Adam Sandler anymore.
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Quote: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” -- George Orwell.
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Rave: I’ll watch any movie that features
Van Johnson.
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Rant: I have no sympathy for the KIA or injured who participate in the “running of the bulls.” Stupid is, as stupid does.
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Truism: The obama doctrine: Running the bull.
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Rave: The U.S. took home the gold medal in the FIBA Americas Under-18 Basketball Championship in San Antonio. USA, USA, USA!
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Boring: The MLB All-Star Game Home Run-Hitting Contest.
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Very Boring: The NBA All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest.
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Very, Very Boring: The entire LeBron James free agency saga---who cares!
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Rant: James could play on the moon next year for all I care.
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Quote: “It’s fine to recognize the achievements of others and be non-chauvinistic about one’s country. But obama’s modesty is curiously selective. When it comes to himself, modesty is in short supply. Obama’s modesty about America would be more understandable if he treated himself with the same reserve. But it is odd to have a president so convinced of his own magnificence---yet not of his own country’s.” —
Charles Krauthammer.
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Rave: The initial episodes of this season’s
“Burn Notice” and “Royal Pains” live up to high standards of their earlier seasons. This week, the USA Network debuts a new season of “White Collar” [Tuesday at nine] and “Psych” [Wednesday at 10]. On Tuesday at 10, the first show in their newest series, “Covert Affairs” debuts. Characters Welcome!
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Hmmm: How long can the community-agitator-in-chief, obama go without making a speech?
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Stats: 85% of the residents currently living in the United States were born here. This would make us a nation of descendants of immigrants, rather than a nation of immigrants.
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Didjaknow: 27 publishers rejected Dr. Seuss’ first book.
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Quote: “Some vice presidential wisdom: most might now think it to be safer to go hunting with Dick Cheney than to be in a hotel room with Al Gore.” —
Victor Davis Hanson.
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Irony alert: “Grown Ups”---a movie devoid of grown ups.
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Truism: If you lose one button on a button-down collar shirt, buy a new shirt.
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Didjaknow: Before the 18th Amendment (Prohibition), the 16th Amendment had to make the income tax legal. It was needed because by 1910 alcohol taxes were 30% of federal revenue.
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Hmmm: Rotating bald tires is a huge activity that changes nothing.
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Quote: “When the obama administration said that it could provide health insurance to millions of additional people without increasing the national debt, shouldn’t common sense have told you that somebody was just insulting your intelligence?” —
Thomas Sowell.
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Truism: Being in the right place at the right time is never an accident.
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Rave: The best thing about training is the people you meet in your class.
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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.