Saturday, August 02, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 400

Saturday, August 02, 2008---660 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: William Powell
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On the Hi Fi: Blue Note Blend 2---A Starbucks collection featuring Art Blakey, Bud Powell, Dizzy, Cannonball, Chet Baker and other greats of jazz. Blue was an exceptional record label.
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Reading: Brad Thor’s “The Last Patriot.”
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FYI: It's safe to read on. This is a Favre-free Zone
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Must see TV: Episode two of Mad Men’s second season tomorrow night at 10PM on AMC.
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Rave: Heard a number of tracks from the Willie & Wynton album while browsing Borders the other day. Very tasty stuff…the Wynton part is better than the Willie part.
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Rave: Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band.
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Hmmm: How well do you think that vile cretin ludacris would have done at the Hanoi Hilton? Another wonderful associate for the community agitator.
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Rave: John Ford’s 1939 masterpiece, “Stagecoach,” is spectacular on too many levels to count. No telling how many times I have seen it…and each time it just gets better. It quite easy to see why Thomas Mitchell as doc Boone got an Oscar. There were lotsa award deserving performance in “Stagecoach.”
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Rant: The made-for-TV version of “Stagecoach” with Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash is too terrible to imagine. It is painful to watch.
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To do list: Attend any meeting where food is served. If something productive is accomplished during the meeting, it’s a bonus.
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Rave: Good for John Rich to write and record “Raisin’ McCain.”
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Ratings game: July Cable Prime Time shows USA as #1, Fox News at #6, The ClintonNewsNetwork #22 and msDNC as last at #30. All day it is NICK at #1, Fox News #9, The ClintonNewsNetwork at #26 and msDNC again brings up the rear at #30.

July Cable News Shows: The O’Reilly Factor #1, the O’Reilly repeat is #6…in fact Fox News has the first eight shows. CNBC does poorly…but in a bull market, their ratings would go up substantially.
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Plan accordingly: Most meetings last around 50% longer than you anticipated.
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Rave: There are two rules for success: 1.) Don't tell all you know.
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Generally speaking: The Olympics are intended to entertain people who aren't really sports fans. Anticipating drug-related controversies at the Summer Games doesn't make you a cynic, just a student of history.
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Good advice: Plan to attend your high school reunion.
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Truism: Employee Activity Committees never have enough money and make employees neither more active nor more satisfied.
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Rant: ESPN ought to refrain from televising 32 Little League World Series games and just let the kids be kids.
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Factoid: The sons of Joe Montana and Wayne Gretzky are battling for the starting quarterback job at the same California high school.
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Hmmm: Pro tennis player Ashley Harkleroad posed for the August edition of Playboy magazine. That's amazing. I mean, who knew that there was a tennis player named Ashley Harkleroad?
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Rave: Couple of wonderful bumper stickers recently seen: “Look out for the idiot in back of me” and “Jesus is coming, look busy.”
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Good idea: Play hooky at least once a year.
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Three little words: Simplify, don’t complicate.
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Truism II: Life is comprised of ambiguous victories and nebulous losses---claim them all as victories.
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Rave: Of all the Wyatt Earp OK Corral movies, Walter Brennen, in John Ford’s “My Darling Clementine” played the best Ike Clanton.
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Originality: The art of concealing your sources.
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Rim shot: Is Marx's tomb a communist plot?
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Truism III: It's not who you know, it's whom you know.
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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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