Saturday, February 23, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 382

Saturday, February 02, 2008---563 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 59 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: Glenn Ford
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On the Hi Fi: “The West Coast Jazz Box”—Volume 2.
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Reading: John Grisham’s “The Appeal.”
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Rave: Novelist William Kent Krueger. I just completed “Thunder Bay.” It is the fourth one in his Cork O’Conner series I have read.
O’Conner, a former sheriff in Northern Minnesota, is from a law enforcement family. He does some PI work. After he stops actively pursuing clients, problems that need solving continue to get his attention.
Mr. Krueger’s sense of place is wonderful as he puts you in the Minnesota wilds in a realistic fashion.
Another hook is the connections O’Conner has to the people of the Ojibwe tribe. He makes them an integral part of his novels by capturing their spirit, courage and integrity.
Mr. Krueger has won many a well-deserved awards including three Anthonys---Best First Novel for “Iron Lake” and two for Best Novel (“Blood Hollow” and “Mercy Falls.”)
He will not disappoint you.
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Decision 2008: Murphy or Corky?
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Department of Redundancy Department: Mentally insane, same exact, frozen solid, pizza pie, ATM Machine.
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Hmmm: Remember when the Super Bowl was just a game? Who can forget 1969 when Joe Nameth gave his press conference poolside in Miami…still an iconic picture.
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Rant: There are few things more tedious than mayors making foolish bets on Super Bowls and World Series.
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Rave: The Raleigh News & Observer devotes two full pages to the comic section.
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Pop culture?: What does it say about a society when too many of its celebrities seem to self-destruct in front of our eyes?
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Just asking: Is there any truth to the rumor that the theme song of the Super Bowl is “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers?
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Truism: Politicians running for national office are a little like college recruits, they always look better before they actually get into the game.
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Rant: The term “vertical leap” used by so many basketball announcers drives me crazy. I mean---what else could it be…a “horizontal leap?” “Vertical leap” is either a redundancy, a misnomer or one of those made up words the sports community is so fond of…like physicality, another word I am certain drives William Safire crazy.
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Rave: There are not too many movies any better than “Chinatown.”
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Didjaknow: 60% of the Dutch population lives below sea level.
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Rant: The Social Security Administration is so pathetic to deal with; they make the Postal Service look good.
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The Sixties Revisited: When they warned us the Vietnamese were part of domino effect that could take over the USA, they neglected to tell they would do it one nail salon at a time.
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Smooth move: Wal-Mart partnering with Hannah Montana.
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Time flies: “Tootsie” starring Dustin Hoffman is 25 years old.
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Say it ain’t so: Bob Schieffer stepping down from Sunday morning’s “Face the Nation” when the next POTUS is inaugurated. He has always been a class act…never had an agenda…and is an incredible newsman. They don’t make them like Bob Schieffer anymore.
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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.
We return you to your regular programming

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