Sunday, June 29, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 394

Sunday, June 29, 2008---756 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 32 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.
Cynicism is my beat.
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Rave: Gene Tierney
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On the Hi Fi: Once again, “Return to Forever, the Anthology”---Chick Corea. It is a wonderful treat.
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Reading: “Kiss Me Deadly” by Mickey Spillane. TCM will air the exquisite 1955 film version twice in July. On Wednesday the 15th at 8:15 AM and Thursday the 24th at 2 PM.
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Must see TV: “Burn Notice” returns on the USA Network at 10 PM on July 10 (Thursday). It is a tightly written comedy-drama about a fired (“burned”) spy who ends up in Miami Beach. Great cast and second banana Bruce Campbell steals lotsa scenes. Better than anything on network TV.
The DVD for Season 1 coming out on June 17th.
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Must see TV, part II: AMC’s polished original program, the 1960’s-era drama “Mad Men,” returns for season two on July 27th. The DVD for the first season arrives July first.
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Rave: I love Wimbledon. Tennis on grass is great viewing. I could watch the Williams sisters all day. They are superb athletes who carry the USA banner most graciously. Between them, they have the best pair of smiles in sports. Their parents are an embarrassment, but the girls trump them. Early upset victim, Maria Sharapova is the 2-1 favorite, and she too is amazing to watch.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (upset early) are spectacular competitors in the men’s bracket. They bring a fire and passion that rivals the McEnroe, Conners, Borg days.
Speaking of Johnny Mac---the last time both contestants in a major pro tennis tournament used wooden rackets was when he and Pat Cash met in 1984 US Open semi-finals.
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Wimbledon redux: Took me a few days to figure out the worldwide leader’s new scoring graphic running at the top of the screen during matches. The NBC scoring graphics make sense.
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Rant: When will Spike Lee say that the Federal Government blew up the levees that failed in Des Moines?
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Hmmm: Those Kobe Bryant/Michael Jordan comparisons sure look a little premature now, don’t they?
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Hmmm: The NBA draft was so young it should have been carded.
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Rave: Jay Bilas was excellent as an NBA Draft analyst.
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Rant: Will Ferrell is a one trick pony.
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Hmmm: It’s summer. Can yet another Cher farewell tour be far behind?
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Rant: Don’t you just love those people who get tattoos so that "every time they look at it, they'll be reminded" of (something). Those with better money management call that a long-term memory
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Rave: Vietnam War hero, Senator John McCain’s “Dr. No” ad depicting Hussein Obama as the Dr. No of energy security is just terrific. Were Obama any softer on energy security he’d be wrapped in Kleenex.
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Rant: Obama is one of the Harvard law grads who thinks lawsuits are a substitute for production. In reality, he continues to be the candidate of presto-chango
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Get a room: Before the spin-doctors get done with this, it will seem like Hussein Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton are dating.
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The hand of fate: We lost two good ones recently. George Carlin was a lot of things, but more than anything this guy was funny as Hell. He brought laughter and I can of no higher praise.
Cyd Charisse had the greatest legs…and my-oh-my how she could dance. When you can hold your own with both Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire your are playing in the major leagues. It was wonderful for TCM to break format and salute her last night. Any time you can catch “Singing in the Rain” and “The Band Wagon” back to back is a good evening.
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Geez: I will never understand, more than a month after colleges let out, the College World Series was grinding on. It ran almost as long as the Democrat Party primary season.
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Rant: My rule is I do not want to see any movie based on a comic book, graphic or otherwise.
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Rave: The St. Louis Cardinals’ logo with the two cardinals on the baseball bat remains a classic, timeless, stylish masterpiece of traditional elegance.
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Rant: Neither screaming children nor cell phones belong in a restaurant.
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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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