Friday, December 28, 2007

Curmudgeon in the Wry 377

Friday, December 28, 2007---566 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 57 seconds (time frittered away) (a pointless waste of time)
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Almost completely free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
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Rave: Dick Powell.
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On the Hi Fi: Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie in London, 1974.
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Reading: “Where the Truth Lies” by Rupert Holmes.
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Quote: “Santa Claus is real. We’re not!”—Dennis Miller.
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Rave: There are countless hilarious laugh-til-you-hurt moments on the Dennis Miller Radio Show. In addition, it is chock full of witty, acerbic, and intelligent political and pop culture discourse.
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Rant: Tattoos are hideous.
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Didjaknow: The funny bone is neither. It is the ulna nerve, made famous in song and story by Jim Palmer, number 22 in your program and #1 in my mind.
Spanish moss is neither.
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Rave: Starting on January 13th CBS will broadcast the six-hour miniseries “Comanche Moon.”
It is based on Larry McMurtry’s prequel to “Lonesome Dove” with a wonderful cast featuring Val Kilmer.
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Bumper Sticker of the Week: To err is human, to forgive divine. Neither is Marine Corps policy.
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Rave: The year-end feature “TCM Remembers” is wonderful (as usual). The clips are terrific and the choreography with the music is astounding.
When you watch the clip, it is easy to see why Harold Robbins referred to Hollywood as “The Dream Merchants.”
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Truism: Hard as I try, it still takes me 45 minutes to swim a half hour.
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Just asking: Don’t you wish you had invented the refrigerator magnet?
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Quote: “Political Correctness…the art of camouflaging truth to protect the psyches of the silly.”
-Kathleen Parker
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Good travel tips: “In the airport security line, a dozen businessmen will move thru security much faster than two families with kids or a group of senior citizens. One baby carriage equals four typical passengers.”---Frank Luntz in Business Week.
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From the Mark Steyn archive: Viagraccino is the latest Starbucks flavor of the day. One cup and you will be up all night. The US has more women with breast implants than any other country. Also more women happy to tell you they have implants. Mark’s conclusion---a society where artificially aroused men pursue artificially enhanced women.
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A No Charge Tip: It is far easier to back into a parking place, than to back out of one. That is why cops always back in. Barney Fife was the only cop who failed to back in.
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Another Truism: A man’s dog should never be smaller than his briefcase.
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Rave: The 1992 series, “The Real West” currently shown on The History Channel is top drawer…made even better by the voice over work by Kenny Rogers. His voice is absolutely perfect and adds a lot to the series.
The clips, old photos and artwork are a real treat. This one hits on all cylinders.
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Rant: Most women who wear Capri pants shouldn’t…same thing for men in bicycle pants.
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Yet another truism: There is no such thing as a single call to a government agency.
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Quote: “I’m just like everybody else. I want to be a nonconformist too.”---Lenny Bruce.
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Factoid: Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner are the only two American authors to win both the Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes.
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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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