Thursday, August 07, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 401

Thursday, August 07, 2008---575 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 3 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: Fred McMurray
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On the Hi Fi: “Jazz Signatures”---a Starbucks collection featuring Jobim, Wes Montgomery, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz and a host of other jazz masters.
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Reading: “South of Hell” by P.J. Parrish.
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Real treat: Check out the new CD “Prayer of a Desperate Man” by Thom Schuyler. To preview and order please visit www.thomschuyler.com.
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Must see TV: Richard Widmark is the feature actor on TCM’s “Summer Under the Stars” on Monday (8/11). Included are a couple of seldom seen gems---“A Prize of Gold” (1955), “The Law and Jake Wade” (1958) and the wonderful “Pickup on South Street” (1953).
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Rave: “Resolution” by Elmore Leonard is a great read. It is the second installment of the Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch old west saga. Mr. Leonard is as good at writing Westerns as he is writing about grifters, cops, loan sharks, hustlers and dames.
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Quote: "Poor people have been voting for Democrats for the last fifty years...and they are still poor.” --- Charles Barkley.
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Hell-o messiah: Inflating tires is a PSA announcement, not an energy policy. Here is the fool’s quote (word for word): "Making sure your tires are properly inflated, simple thing, but we could save all the oil that they're talking about getting off drilling, if everybody was just inflating their tires and getting regular tune-ups. You could actually save just as much."
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Rant: NBC will offer over 200 hours of Beijing Olympics coverage---each day. That adds up to more hours of competition and studio blather than in all the past Olympics combined. They’ll be using NBC, USA, msDNC, CNBC, Oxygen, Telemundo, Universal HD and NBCOlympics.com. Best of luck trying to figure out where to watch what.
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Didjaknow: “The Maltese Falcon” was John Huston’s directorial debut as well as Sydney Greenstreet’s first talkie.
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Quote: “In summer’s dog days, does anyone really sit through an entire baseball game on TV? Who has the time or inclination? Baseball broadcasts are so ubiquitous, no one is any more special than another.” ---Bob Molinaro.
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Rant: The odd couple, pelosi and reid, had their “let them eat cake” moment in their arrogant moves in shutting down the congress and the senate without even a vote on drilling for oil. Absolutely gutless!
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Fair is fair: The failure of President Bush to call a special session of congress is equally gutless and unconscionable.
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Belated Rave: On ABC News This Week two Sundays ago, George Will called obama’s Berlin speech “narcissism elevated to a metaphysic" and concluded that it was the "no metaphor left behind" speech. He is quite the wordsmith and deadly accurate with this evaluation
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Manny being Manny: There may be no joy in Mudville, but there is great joy in Gotham City as Manny was a true Yankee killer. His stats against the Yankees are off the charts. I am betting the Yankees sign him as a free agent after the season.
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Rave: Ward Bond was terrific as Buffalo in 1953’s “Hondo.” The stunt work in that movie was incredible.
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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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