Saturday, November 29, 2008

Curmudgeon in the Wry 412

Saturday, November 29, 2008---501 Words---Average reading time: 1-minute, 59 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: Alice Faye
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On the Hi Fi: Diana Krall’s “From This Moment On.”
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Reading: “The Colts’ Baltimore (A City and Its Love Affair In the 1950’s)” by Michael Olesker
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Under rated: Phil Harris.
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Must see TV: The Old Spice Classic featuring four ranked colleges (Georgetown, Gonzaga, Michigan State and Tennessee). Eight games on ESPN and espn2 Thursday, Friday and Sunday---with four on ESPNUnavailable.
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Quote: “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” ---Abe Lincoln.
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Rant: Let the automakers unions bail out the automakers.
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Truism: The world will run out of oil before it runs out of vampire movies.
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American History lesson: On January 1, 1933, “The Lone Ranger” debuted on Detroit radio station WXYZ.
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Practical Math Lesson: The Atlantic 10 Conference has 14 teams for basketball.
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Economics Lesson: I would feel a whole lot better if Barney Fife, rather than Barney Frank headed the House Finance Committee.
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Another Practical Math Lesson: The three US automakers want a $25 billion dollar bailout. You could buy all the outstanding shares of Ford and GM for somewhere between seven and ten billion dollars. You do the math!
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TV Timeout: How many more years must America tolerate the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving afternoon? One turkey is enough for any household.
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Rant: With 68 college football bowl game slots to fill, mediocrity will become a valued commodity…again!
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If you’re scoring at home: Seventy-one percent of Americans failed the American Civic Liberty test conducted by the
Intercollegiate Studies Institute, with an overall average score of 49%. You can test your knowledge at: http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/resources/quiz.aspx
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Hmmm: If the top half of your body has four layers of clothing, why does the bottom half require only shorts?
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Didjaknow: James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, wrote the children’s book “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,”
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Rant: How can Steve Miller not be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
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Stats: When Paul Hornung won the Heisman in 1956, Notre Dame was 2-8. He was the lone Heisman winner from a team with a losing record.
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Rant: Even with the cost of gas on the decline, a share of stock in Ford sells for about the same as a gallon of gas.
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Time’s up: The TV series Monk will go off the air
at the end of its eighth season. That means this coming summer.
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Quote: From Sir Winston Churchill, “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy, its inherent value is the equal sharing of misery.”
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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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