Saturday, October 27, 2007

Curmudgeon in the Wry 369

Saturday, October 27, 2007---571 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 52 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: Coleman Hawkins
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On the Hi Fi: Riverside Jazz, yet another terrific Starbucks collection including Coltane, Byrd, Monk and Milt Jackson.
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Reading: “Down River” by John Hart (2007).
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Didjaknow: The New England Patriots are the only NFL team to have beaten the point spread every week this season. Pretty amazing with the enormous number of points they give each game.
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Rave: Chuck Thagard reminded me that part of magic of those Ricky Nelson hits was the guitar playing of James Burton.
Burton and Ricky were both teens at the start---so they were truly singing to their generation.
Burton was house guitarist for the Louisiana Hayride at sixteen, led Elvis Presley’s band in the ‘70s and played lead guitar on Gram Parsons’ pair of solo LPs
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Factoid: An Associated Press survey learned that 34% of Americans believe in ghosts.
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Rave: When it comes to the funny papers, I guess I am a traditionalist. My reads include Blondie, Mallard Fillmore, Garfield, Shoe, Dilbert, Sally Forth, Funky Winkerbean, Luanne, Non Sequitur, Dennis the Menace, BC, Wizard of Id, Hi and Lois and Beetle Bailey.
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Hmmmm: Remember when Halloween was strictly for kids?
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Truism: You do not have to be the author of “Moneyball” to recognize that the Red Sox are not going to have to wait an additional 86 years to win another World Series.
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Factoid II: The NY Yankees lead the free world in World Series titles with 26. Who is second?
The St. Louis Cardinals with ten.
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Rave: Seldom do I sing the praises of “Things University of North Carolina”, but kudos to Professor C.A. Tuggle.
He is the faculty advisor to grad student Carla Babb, whose video project got John Edwards all upset.
Edwards wanted the video removed from You Tube since was not kind to his make believe populist beliefs.
The professor told them to take a hike. He noted that before the Edwards camp made a mountain out of a molehill, the video project would probably have an audience of 2,000. Now millions will see it…and more people will learn that his behavior is still in $400 haircut category.
The only thing worse than a socialist, is a whining socialist----come on down John Edwards.
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Speaking of politicians: When you watch elected officials at the national, state and local levels it seems like Groundhog Day.
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Rant: So Hank Steinbrenner huffs and puffs and asks the question, “Where was Joe Torre’s career in 1995 when my dad hired him?”
This begs the question, where was Hank’s career before Papa George brought him into the family business?
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Quote: “The World Series crowd is peppered with high rolling, front running ‘event’ people.”---Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe.
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Remember when: Journalism was actually about the news. Murrow and the “Murrow boys” taught and understood that “everyone is entitled to his own opinions, but not his own facts.” They and those they influenced found out who, where, what, when and why.
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Hmmmm: Isn’t “young Republican” a contradiction in terms?
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Rimshot: Why does cargo move by ship, but shipments go by trucks?
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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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