Thursday, August 14, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 403

Thursday, August 14, 2008---700 Words---Average reading time: 2-minutes, 33 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: Leo Gorcey
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On the Hi Fi: “Hooray for Hollywood,” an RCA two disc collection that includes Bing Crosby, Hank Mancini, Dorothy Lamour, Max Steiner, Gogi Grant, Lena Horne, Ella and cast of dozens.
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Reading: "South of Hell" by P.J. Parrish.
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Real treat: USA’s James Blake defeating Roger Federer today. Federer, down one set and 0-3 in the second, and I thought Federer had Blake right where he wanted him. Blake was not to be denied.
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Must see TV: Fred Astaire day this Saturday on TCM including “Easter Parade” with Judy Garland and nine with Ginger Rogers. Lest we forget, Ginger made every dance move with Fred, only backwards and in high heels.
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Didjaknow: The Muppets are left-handed.
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Rant: POTUS Bush looked into the eyes of Putin and saw his good soul.
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Rave: American war hero, Senator John McCain looked into Putin’s eyes and saw three letters---KGB. Who was prescient one?
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Rave: Some books are ballyhooed by a “ripped from today’s headlines” blurb. Daniel Silva’s “Moscow Rules” was ahead of the news. If you read only one novel this year, make it “Moscow Rules”---his account of today’s Russia is what we are reading in today’s Wall Street Journal. It is amazing that this best selling novelist “got it” way ahead of the administration.
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Irony: The one time W does not listen to the Veep (on Putin and the Russian thugs), Dick Cheney had it correct.
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Truism: Miami is a place where 1,000 different nationalities get together and give one another the finger on Interstate 95.
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Rant: It is easy to identify people whose math skills are retarded and cannot count to ten. They are in front of you in the supermarket express lane.
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Rave: Just about any version of “Satin Doll.”
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Rant: Anyone who did not know that John Edwards was a huge phony (at best) four years ago was either not paying attention or not watching Don Imus or both.
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Quote: “In order to cement your status in the cultural elite, you want to be already sick of everything no one else has even heard of.” ---David Brooks, New York Times.
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Hmmm: Where do all the missing pens go?
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Rimshot: The difference between a lawn mower and a banjo is that you can tune the lawn mower.
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Irony: The Dims plan to relocate the Denver homeless population where TV cameras cannot show them…this is the very same Denver that the Dims have led for the past 25 years and the homeless problem rages on.
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Didjaknow: Actors Dana Andrews and Steve Forrest were brothers.
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Rave: Was there any actor better than Peter Lorre at portraying the furtive villain.
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Hmmm: Rumor has it that Manny Ramirez has told friends he wants to sign with the Yankees so he can get revenge on the red Sox 19 times a season. If true, that is just Manny being Kobe…I mean Manny.
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Truism: Nothing in life is “fun for the whole family.”
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A defeat for the PC crowd: The NCAA announced it would not prohibit alcohol ads on NCAA sports telecasts. College presidents, ADs and some high profile coaches wanted to eliminate beer ads and take a stand against underage drinking. It would have been a merely a symbolic gesture, costing members schools millions of dollars---and would have had absolutely zero effect on the drinking habits of underage students.
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Hmmm: I heard that University of Georgia football team has to go to the no huddle offense this year because conditions of parole won't let half the players be seen with each other
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Didjaknow: “Mannix” starring Mike Conners ran for eight seasons. In today’s network TV landscape that would be tenure…or “Law and Order.”
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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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