Thursday, November 01, 2007

Curmudgeon in the Wry 370

Thursday, November 01, 2007---602 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 5 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: Miles Davis.
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On the Hi Fi: John Fogerty’s “Revival.”
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Reading: Vince Flynn’s excellent new one, “Protect and Defend.”
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Rave: John Fogerty’s “Revival” sounds like music Sun Records would be making today if Sam Phillips was still cutting tracks.
There is a lot to like on this CD.
“Gunslinger” is just about the best song I have heard this year.
Some astute Nashville country singer could have a huge hit covering “Broken Down Cowboy”---an exceptional song that speaks volumes.
As a sixties rocker, he has the obligatory song bashing President Bush. However, the wordsmithing of “Long Dark Night” is so quick and witty, that it offends me (a Goldwater Republican) not a whit. It is easy to appreciate.
His paean to all things Britney, Lindsay, Paris and the like (“It Ain’t Right”) is a lively satire that gives you ear-to-ear grins.
“I Can’t Take It No More” is the mandatory antiwar song---a 21st century update of “Fortunate Son” from the Viet Nam War. Since he was making music in San Francisco during the war, one could say he was just as fortunate as those of us ensconced in institutions of higher learning during that war. Therefore, I will give him a push on it.
There is not a clunker on the disc. The musicianship is first rate. The vocals are strong and the lyrics are not to be faulted.
Perhaps the best part is how quickly you find yourself singing along with the songs.
Only a pair of tunes exceed four minutes---so this is not some artist indulgence.
It is just a big pleasure. Welcome back, Mr. Fogerty.
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Hmmmm: I driving on the hiways and byways---tooling along at 5-10 mph over the speed limit in the “slow lane” and still get the tail-gaters and my doors blown off.
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Rave: The Dalai Lama impressed me as the most honest preacher I have seen. When someone asked him a question, he actually answered, “I don’t know.”
Most unlike the world famous Hillary double speak.
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Rant: Churches holding “fall festivals” in their parking lot on or about October 31st are still celebrating Halloween. It just more bogus PC crapola.
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Factoid:
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Most disturbing: Braille instructions on a diaper-changing table located in the men’s room of a restaurant.
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Rant: It would be a true public service if there was a “none of the above” lever to pull in the upcoming primaries and general elections.
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Rave: After age 55, happy hour is a good nap.
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Hmmmm: What do you suppose the “Thirty Years War” and the “Hundred Years War” were called while they were still going on?
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Truism: If you do not know where you are going, any road will take you there.
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Rant: The Democrats in their majority in both houses are absolutely terrific at passing a bunch of non-binding resolution---as opposed to real legislation. Sorta like kissing your sister.
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Hmmmm: The problem with bucket seats is that not everyone has the same size bucket.
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Truism: You have been using your computer excessively much when you expect spell-check to appear on handwritten notes.
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Rant: Companies that provide return envelopes that are about 1/8 of an inch too small to hold their very own bill stub that has “do not fold” stamped on it.
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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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