Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Curmudgeon in the Wry 355

Tuesday, July 24, 2007---589 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 17 seconds (time frittered away)(a pointless waste of time)
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: Errol Flynn
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On the Victrola: “Night Hawk” by Coleman Hawkins (1960)
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Reading: “The Guards” by Ken Bruen.
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Guess what?: David Beckham is not going peg the needle on viewer ship of Major League Soccer. No matter how much ESPN is going to prostitute itself to attract an audience, it is not in the American DNA to watch soccer on the tube.
I mean---really---how often do the soccer moms sit around the table at Starbucks and discuss last night’s thrilling one all MLS tie game.
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Rant: Baseball's fuddy-duddy power structure will never allow Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to buy the Chicago Cubs. Whatever else you think of him, Cuban is a 21st-century thinker trying to break into a sport that, in some ways, still embraces the '90s - the 1890 s
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Rave: If you like a good conspiracy theory novel and can suspend your disbelief, then “Vertical run” by Joseph Garber will knock your argyles off.
A very fast-paced cat and mouse yarn…and when the prey becomes the predator, the action becomes nonstop.
Dave Elliott, a highly successful exec at Senterex, arrives at the office…next thing he knows his boss enters his office, pistol in hand and ready to end Elliott’s life.
Subsequently, extraordinary professionals with unlimited manpower and resources pursue him.
Twenty-five years ago Elliott was a Green Beret in covert ops in Viet Nam and knows all the dirty little secrets and tricks his government has taught him. It will take all his training and cunning to evade his hunters and discover why all these people want him dead.
Compacted into a 36-hour period, “Vertical Run” is ingeniously plotted and the tension never lets up.
It is easy to buy into the conspiracy theory and no problem to enjoy Elliott’s quest for why it is happening to him.
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Hmmmm: What were the odds back in the early 1960’s that Smokey Robinson and Johnny Mathis would still be touring in the summer of 2007?
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Quote” “Hain’t we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain’t that a big enough majority in any town?”---Huck Finn
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Truism: The reason some expressions become clich├ęs is that they are so true there is no need to find new ways to say them.
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Hmmm: Is it true that when Mexicans apply for welfare in Mexico, they give them a map of the United States?
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Rave: If Fred Thompson decides to run, we won’t have to worry about him spending $400 on a haircut.
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Truism: With the possible exception of Dennis Kucinich, every Democratic presidential candidate lives like the top 1 percent of the people they are denigrating
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Rave: I eagerly await the upcoming Ken Burns PBS Special “The War.”
It debuts on September 23rd and is a seven part series on WWII.
http://www.pbs.org/thewar/
Original Music Composed and Arranged by Wynton Marsalis.
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Hmmmm: If you buy two bottles of Half-and-Half, do you have a bottle of Whole?
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Rimshot: How long until fantasy hot dog eating leagues begin appearing around the country? Not that I relish the thought. Wiener take all.
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Rant: Speaking of faddish programming, isn't it about time poker on TV folded its hand.
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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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