Thursday, July 05, 2007

Curmudgeon in the Wry 353

Thursday, July 05, 2007---759 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 19 seconds (time frittered away)
Offending readers one issue at a time since 2001.
Almost completely free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
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Rave: Lou Dobbs
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On the Victrola: Ratatouille Soundtrack
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Reading: “Garden of Viper” by Jack Kerley.
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Hmmmm: I find it rather ironic that the same people who are willing to commute, pardon, or grant amnesty to 12 million illegal aliens who broke federal laws are now screaming about an American citizen being legally commuted.
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Rave: High on the suspense meter are “A Thousand Bones” by P.J. Parrish and “Power Play” by Joseph Finder.
Finder’s is perhaps the most intense of his business thrillers to date. A nonstop ride. At a corporate retreat in an isolated resort where cell phones and PDAs do not operate, twelve company officers are kidnapped for a half billion-dollar ransom.
Who is the insider betraying them…and how to escape? Impossible to put down until you know.
“A Thousand Bones” gives the back-story to Louis Kincaid’s girl friend.
Now a Miami cop, Jo Frye had a rough introduction to police work in her rookie year in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It continues to haunt her and she spools the tale out to Louis.
The case involved a venal serial killer…but was uncovered by a chance finding of human bones in a secluded forest. It is 1975 and Jo fights the good old boy network…but picks up a mentor and believer in a Michigan State Police Investigator.
As the clues are unearthed and more bones are found, Jo becomes both predator and prey.
Unable to resist “just one more chapter” I finished this exhilarating novel in two sittings.
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Rant: If the amazingly vacuous Paris Hilton did not exist, our astonishingly bankrupt celebrity culture would have had to invent her.
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Just asking: Do the Cincinnati Bengals need a parole officer more than a coach?
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Hmmm: What did pro athletes do before there were strip clubs?
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Inquiring minds: Does the NY on the Yankee ball caps stand for Next Year?
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Rave: The salute to King Vidor by Molly Haskell on Turner Classic Movies.
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Factoid: Didjaknow that Orlando’s University of Central Florida in the seventh largest university in the USA with over 47,000 students.
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Truism: There are two types of people in this world. Those who buy the latest high-tech gadgets, and those who wait for all the kinks to be ironed out and the price to drop and then, when they're finally ready to buy, the thing is obsolete and replaced by an even more expensive gadget.
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Rumor mill: Paris Hilton is the new Madonna minus the talent.
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Hmmmm: Did it seem like there was more interest in the NBA draft than in the NBA Finals?
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Rave: Bob Schieffer’s “Final Word” on his Sunday “Face the Nation” show is always a treat…informative, witty and often sardonic.

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Rave: The “Boston Blackie” movies from the 1940’s are among my guilty pleasures. Chester Morris was perfect in as Blackie in all fourteen flicks. There was also a radio show and a television series that ran for two seasons (1951 and 1952). Almost half the episodes were filmed in “living color.”
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Rant: With the lack of sales people to help customers, the name of the store should be changed to Nobody’s Home Depot
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Rave: Oliver Platt as George Steinbrenner and John Turturro as Billy Martin in the upcoming ESPN movie, “The Bronx Is Burning” is inspired casting. I hope the story line and screenplay is worthy of these actors.
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Rant: If you have a question at Home Depot you will need to have your track shoes on to catch any of the floor people
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Rave: Shortly Time-Life will release all 105 episodes of “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” The series ran from 1964-1968 and was, along with “The Fugitive,” must see TV during my college career. A pop culture touchstone!
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Rave: I just love it when I can complete a midweek USA Today Sudoku Puzzle in ink.
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Rant: After staging the phony death of its chairman, WWE is concerned about “sensationalistic reporting” of the death of Benoit? Give me a break!
It deserves zero coverage.
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Hmmmm: If GM would make and sell an exact replica of the 1957 Chevrolet body, it would be debt-free in six months. That car was mucho roomy…great big back seat.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

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