Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 399

Tuesday, July 29, 2008---684 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 42 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: John Garfield
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On the Hi Fi: "Martinis with Mancini.”
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Reading: Brad Thor’s “The Last Patriot.”
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Must see TV: Season two of AMC’s “Mad Men” started off strongly. Just great entertainment. Sundays at 10 PM EDT on AMC.
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Rave: Was there ever an actor better at playing the duplicitous villain than Claude Raines?
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Tedious: Putting your Blackberry on the table when you sit down at a restaurant.
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Hmmm: Looks like Castro is new ombudsman at the New York Time, where the new motto is “All the news that fits, we print.”
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Just wondering: Is Greta Van Susteren still interviewing Brett Favre?
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Rave: The Orange-Mango-Banana Vivano at Starbucks.
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Rave: Rita Hayworth slinking her way through “Put the Blame on Mame” in the exceptional film noir, “Gilda” (1946) is one of the sexiest, sultriest numbers in Hollywood history. All this without the graphic scenes of today where nothing is left to the imagination. Director, Charles Vidor was a genius.
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Quote: “Short is the joy that guilty pleasure brings”---Euripides.
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Rant: The dims and all the libs, who were screaming for the “fairness doctrine” in their last ditch attempt to subvert conservative talk radio, were mutes when it came to asking for “fairness” while covering obama’s summer vacation trip.
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Truism: Referring to yourself in the third person is a sign that you are a legend in your own mind.
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Didjaknow: In 1953, Hollywood released 90 Westerns---by 1963, the number was down to 11.
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The Happy Couple: Newlyweds Greg Norman and Chris Evert have 20 major titles between them…18 belong to Chris.
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Rave: Good for Katie Couric for breaking ranks with the fawning media disciples and asking obama a tough question. Actually, she asked it three times as the community organizer did his best Fred Astaire routine in triplicate. I still am unable to tell if he failed to answer it or failed to answer it forthrightly.
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Rave: Daniel Silva knocks it out of the park once again with “Moscow Rules.”
This time elegiac and continuing protagonist, Gabriel Allon (master restorer of classical paintings and assassin for the Israeli government) ventures into today’s Russia.
Mr. Silva does incredible research on his timely novels and has consistently narrated most prescient works of fiction. So, do not, think the Russian are good guys.
In “Moscow Rules” a formidable Russian arms dealer is covertly selling missiles to Middle Eastern terrorists---and eliminating anyone who could betray him.
Today’s Russian is run by former KGB officials…80% of Putin’s circle come from the KGB.
To halt the sales and destroy the credibility of the arms dealer a complex organization from the CIA, Britain's MI5 and the French security network join with the Israelis to accomplish the mission. Gabriel is at the center and his odyssey takes him St. Tropez, London, Moscow and Umbria, Italy.
The book will entertain, educate and captivate you. It is crisply plotted, populated with credible characters and wonderfully suspenseful. Daniel Silva is a master.
An undercurrent of the book is that Russia is not a normal country…”Moscow Rules” is chillingly realistic.
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Stats: On average, Fox and Friends beats Morning Joe by a two or three to one ratio.
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Even more tedious: People who say “my bad.”
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Should have seen this coming: NBA-bound teen guard, Brandon Jennings, decided to pass on college and play the “one and done” season in Italy. Guess college did not interest him as his Oak Hill Academy bio listed his favorite class as “lunch.”
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Another truism: All-Star games of all types are anachronisms.
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Hmmm: How can we declare Yankee Stadium to be the world’s most famous sports venue, and then pretend it is easily replaceable?
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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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