Saturday, June 03, 2006

Curmudgeon in the Wry 322

Saturday, June 03, 2006---669 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 4 seconds (time well spent)
Offending readers one issue at a time since 2001.
Almost completely free of original ideas
Rave: “Little Star” by The Elegants.
Rant: You know we are living in the Twilight Zone when Johnny Damon is on Martha Stewart’s hideous TV show. What’s next---creating souffl├ęs with Emeril?
This just in: Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison has entered the NBA draft, giving up his final year of college eligibility---however, his mustache retains two years of high school eligibility.
For the record: I am about as interested in your mock NBA draft as I am in your Rotisserie team!
Rant: Marion Barry was re-elected in Washington, D.C. Bill Campbell was re-elected in Atlanta. Now Ray Nagin has been re-elected in New Orleans. Forget voter ID. We need voter IQ
If only: All the TV shows are ending the season with someone getting shot, killed or kidnapped. Any chance of that happening with Chris Berman, Martha Stewart, Dr. Phil, Regis or Kelly?
Taxes at work: While alarming, the biggest shock in the missing Veterans Administration data mess is that a government employee actually took work home.
Truism: I saw the Dixie Chicks on “60 Minutes.” You can love ‘em or hate ‘em for their politics or their music. But one thing is certain: they do really bad interviews.
Rant: People in public greatly overestimate my interest in their cell phone conversations.
Get over it: The Da Vinci Code is a work of fiction, nothing more. So spare me the controversy.
Rave: Jonathon King’s fifth novel (first stand-alone), “Eye of Vengeance” is a riveting read and ought to be an Edgar nominee…it is that good. Mr. King maintains his high standards.
Employing an economical cast of characters and utilizing lean prose, this hard-boiled narrative is compelling reading from cover to cover.
Nick Mullins is a veteran reporter who covers the South Florida crime beat.
Nick is searching for clues to what he suspects are connections between a serial sniper and some of his in depth profile stories.
About halfway thru the book Nick and the readers learn who the sniper is---“Eye of Vengeance” is more about the why, rather than the usual whodunit.
Nick has ghosts from his past that haunt him as he attempts to connect all the dots.
Throughout the book, bad things happen to bad men---and you find yourself cheering for the lesser of the evil doers. There is no shortage of action and no dull moments.
A very absorbing novel.
Rant: The people in New Orleans ask for help and then re-elect Ray Nagin? What is wrong with this picture? (Better to live below sea level and have people think you’re stupid than to re-elect Ray Nagin and remove all doubt.)
Hmmm: Congress is upset that one of its own members’ offices was searched. But none of them seem upset by the fact the guy is accused of taking a $100,000 bribe.
Rant: It in unconscionable to me that companies allow employees to have smoke breaks to pursue their repulsive habit….but staff members who want to spend an hour in healthy activities at the gym must do so on their own time.
Hmmmm: If bankers can count, how come they have eight windows and only four tellers?
Rant: When former Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson was making those 233 calls to recruits that violated NCAA rules, he was president of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Indiana, his new employer, must be proud.
You can look it up: Al Gore and his entourage took five cars to travel the 500 yards from the hotel to the screening of his global warming movie in Cannes. Do as I say, not as I do.
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.