Thursday, August 23, 2007

Curmudgeon in the Wry 358

Thursday, August 23, 2007---568 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 57 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: Mary Astor
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On the Victrola: “The Very Best of Cleo Laine”
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Reading: “Last to Die” by James Grippando
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Rave: The TV spots for the US Open featuring a/o invoking the spirit of John McEnroe are a hoot. http://www.usanetwork.com/sports/usopen/
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Quote: “Al Sharpton frequently appears on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ as the voice of reason, saying people should be regarded as innocent until proven guilty, evidently forgetting his own leap to judgment in the Tawana Brawley case---for which this blowhard has still never apologized.”—Otto Penzler.
In addition, I might add, he has yet to apologize to the Duke Lacrosse players.
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Rave: “Burn Notice” (USA Network, Thursdays at 10 PM) is easily my favorite weekly TV show. Really displays every positive about Miami. It just sparkles.
Great cast, nifty story arc, snappy dialogue and wonderful camera work.
Very cool in the Karen Sisco mode.
Check it out. USA is good about repeats of each show.
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Stats: Everyone knows the airlines are FUBAR. According to the Wall Street Journal ridership on the Amtrak passenger rail system is up 6% so far this year, the biggest jump since the late 1970s. On the Acela Express, trains that run at higher speeds between Washington, New York and Boston, the number of riders has surged 20% over the past 10 months. That is enough new passengers to fill 2,000 Boeing 757 jets.
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Rant: Courting trouble! Did you hear about the Rutgers women's basketball player who is suing Don Imus for libel, slander and defamation? The lawyer for Kia Vaughn says his client just wants to live a normal life. Really? This is not the way to do it.
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Rave: “Broken Trail” starring Robert Duvall received seven well-deserved Emmy nominations. It is a terrific flick.
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TV timeout: I cannot help but think Dan Patrick is leaving ESPN, in part, because of the network's growing emphasis on junior-high shtick and assorted other nonsense aimed at the young male demographic living in their parents' basements.
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TV timeout II: Clint Eastwood produced the “Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends” coming to PBS on September 12th as part of their American Masters series. Clint will interview Tony and jam with him. DVD available on September 25th exclusively at Target.
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Reality check: Things sure have changed since I went to college 45 years ago. Books cost as much for one semester as what I paid for a whole year’s tuition.
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The King: I can remember exactly where I was when Elvis died and how I heard the news. And you?
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Rant: Every time “Bullitt” turns up on the tube, I find myself watching, and perpetually enthralled by the car chase. That car chase makes all the “Die Hards” and their ilk look like amateur hour cartoons.
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Didjaknow: When Sparky Lyle came in to pitch for the Yankees, Munson would just put down one finger for the slider which was Lyle’s bread & butter pitch. For everybody else, one finger was asking for the fastball…
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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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