Friday, October 24, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 409

Friday, October 24, 2008---641 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 52 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: Aaron Tippin
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On the Hi Fi: “The Golden Age of Song”---another delightful Starbucks compilation that includes Tex Ritter, Artie Shaw, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, The Ink Spots and a dozen more.
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Reading: Vince Flynn’s “Extreme Measures.”
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Under rated: Bradford Dillman
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Must see TV: Final season two episode this Sunday of “Mad Men” on AMC…10 PM.
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Didjaknow: “Rum and Coca Cola” by the Andrews Sisters was the best selling record of 1945 and held the #1 spot for ten weeks, despite being banned from radio due to its mention of alcohol. The Andrews Sisters placed 113 records on the charts during their recording career.
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Rant: The World Series viewers deserve far better than Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. They are atrocious. This is baseball’s biggest stage, and Fox gives us two complete bozos.
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Rave: “Appaloosa” is terrific western…just a great movie…wonderful entertainment. Like those westerns of an earlier time (the great John Ford Monument Valley films, “The Big Country,” etc.) it features spectacular establishing shots that emphasize the starkness and vastness of the West.
Sam Elliot could have played any of the good guys, while the villains are modeled on the best Jack Elam roles…a magnificent job of casting. The details of the period costumes are another highlight.
There was nothing I did not admire about this Ed Harris production. In addition, he did it with a slender budget.
Mr. Harris was very true to the Robert B. Parker novel…I hope he wants to film the follow-up, “Resolution”---it features the same protagonists and is another enjoyable read.
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Quote: “Like most people, I have no wish to live in a community organized by community organizers.” ---Mark Styne. Neither do I!
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Go figure: Just when you want to believe in the enduring power of love, Madonna and Guy Richie announce they are calling it quits.
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Rant: If you could stay up past midnight in the east, there was a most exciting Red Sox-Rays game on Thursday, the 16th of October. Wonderful sports theater. One of the greatest comebacks in all sports occurred while a huge portion of the country was asleep. Baseball sure knows how to promote itself.
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On the side of the coin: It is impossible to imagine going to sleep without knowing the outcome of an NFL playoff game. Betcha even Selig cannot envision that.
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Rave: The “Fast Draw Team” on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.
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Rant: Here’s my idea of the Fairness Doctrine that the libs want to reinstate: “switch the station if you don’t like what you hear.” That is a pretty basic act of hand-eye coordination…even a caveman could do it.
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Rave: Michael Connelly does it again with his pairing of Mickey Haller (“The Lincoln Lawyer”) and LAPD Detective Harry Bosche in “The Brass Verdict.”
I am not alone in my praise as it debuted at #1 in the Wall Street Journal book chart.
Harry is on the case to solve the murder of a lawyer who left his practice…while Mickey defends an accused murderer whose case was one of those he inherited.
They two plots intertwine, and an uneasy alliance is formed between the dual protagonists.
As usual, Mr. Connelly hides the clues in plain sight in such a way that they elude you on first reading.
The story arc is so intriguing and captivating, that giving away anything would be unfair.
Do not miss this one!
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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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