Thursday, May 17, 2012

Curmudgeon in the Wry 524


Thursday, May 17, 2012---757 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.
Continuing to call them as I see them.
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.         
If you want this in a different language…move to a country that speaks it!
Gluten Free.
Why waste your time anywhere else.
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Rave: 50th High School Reunions.












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Under rated: Stuart Varney.
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I miss: Johnny Unitas, Joel McCrea, Sarah Vaughn, Alfred Hitchcock.
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Rave: I believe baseball looks better on Radio. Even better on the car radio.
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Hmmm: obama’s “all of the above” energy policy means everything except coal, oil and nuclear power.
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Quote: “If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost.”—Sir Winston Churchill.
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Didjaknow: Twas Ben Franklin who named the Gulf Stream.
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Truism: “No tears for the writer, no tears for the reader.”—Robert Frost.
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Hmmm: I was completely shocked and blindsided by Seth Greenberg's comment that he was "completely shocked and blindsided" by his dismissal as coach of men’s basketball at Virginia Tech.
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Quote: “Putting your phone away and paying attention to those talking to you? There's an App for that. It's called ‘RESPECT.’”—Jim Maloy.
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Pop quiz: Giving to charity is a great American tradition. Since the Clinton Presidency, of the men who held the office of POTUS and VP, who do you think was the most generous? It was that meany Dick Cheney, who in 2005 donated 77% of his income to charity. In contrast, Al Gore (1997) ponied up all of $353.
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Truism: Whenever you fail, you usually know the exact reason you did. When you succeed you can never quite figure out what it was that went right.
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Another truism: Remember when “My Generation” was a song about young people. Now it’s just an oldie to a bunch of us who didn’t die before we got old.
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Fact: In the first 11 quarters since the recession officially ended in mid-2009, quarterly growth has averaged 2.4%. The first 11 quarters of the Reagan expansion in the 1980s, by notable contrast, grew an average of 6.1%.
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Fact: obama’s Keynesians pushed government spending…they're the ones who said we needed the "temporary, targeted" demand-side spending blitz. We were promised a roaring recovery, even though the Keynesian theory of economics had batted 0.000 in the past.
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Hmmm: Gee, maybe there is something to Reaganomics. You remember: supply-side economics, trickle-down, lower taxes, fewer regulations and the Laffer Curve.
obama has never explained why the Reagan recovery that followed policies obama rejected was so robust while the current recovery is so anemic.
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Rave: “The Glades,” “Suits,” “Royal Pains, “Burn Notice,” “White Collar,” “Necessary Roughness” and “Covert Affairs” are returning this summer…starting with “The Glades” on 6/3 at 9 PM (A&E).
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Rant: The geniuses at CBS cancelling “Unforgettable” and “NYC 22.”
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Didjaknow: Frank Morrison was Mickey Spillane’s given name.
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Rant: So, Nabisco has dropped the fig from Fig Newton. What a crock. They will always be Fig Newtons to me.
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Stats: A recent Google survey shows that conservatives give twice the amount to charity, as do libs.
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Rave: I will truly miss “In Plain Sight” on the USA Network. Their ensemble cast was top drawer on every level…great chemistry, interesting weekly plot lines, a captivating story arc…nice setting and good writing. They quit when they were ahead. The program never jumped the shark.
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Even another truism: The only time a politician is referred to as a statesman is in his obituary.
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Who Knew: Florida places three cities in Amazon’s Top 20 Most Well-Read Cities list. Miami #6, Gainesville #8 and Orlando at # 14.
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Quote: “America rarely retreats from a new frontier. Yet today we can’t even do what John Glenn did in 1962, let alone fly a circa-1980 shuttle.”—Charles Krauthammer.
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The truisms just keep on coming: If you feed a stray cat, you have a pet for life.
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One last thing: Women you love age like fine wine. Not true about the others though.
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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.