Monday, March 09, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 426

3/9/09---622 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 19 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
A Life in the Slow Lane Production.
Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.
Virtually free of original ideas.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
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Rave: Megyn Kelly—Fox News.
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Reading: “Night and Day”—Robert B. Parker.
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On the Hi Fi: “This Is Duke Ellington.”
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Under rated: Richard Basehart.
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Must See TV: “Taking Chance” starring Kevin Bacon on HBO. Extremely powerful movie. Runs at various times and days this month.
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TV: “Burn Notice” started filming on March 1st…16 episodes to run this summer.
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Rave: Tabasco Hot Mustard---available in Spicy Brown and Coarse Ground---both excellent.
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Truism: We are all day-to-day.
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Didjaknow: The highest-rated college or pro basketball game was 30 years ago when Larry Bird’s Indiana State team met up with Magic Johnson’s Michigan State team in 1979 NCAA Finals. The game garnered a 24.1 Neilsen rating.
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Irony or coincidence: ESPN was created later that year.
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Rave: The Jesse Stone movie series on CBS. They are based rather loosely on the Robert B. Parker novels. I never pictured Tom Selleck as Jesse Stone while reading the books---but he is perfect for the role.
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Bumper sticker of the week: “No Taxation Without Deliberation.”
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Didjaknow: Cinderella’s last name in Tremaine.
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Quote: “Never have so few spent so much so quickly to do so little.” ---Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma.
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Truism: College basketball is, more and more, a game of matchups. Kinda like relationships, now that you think about it.
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Pop quiz: What was the name of the sorcerer in the 1940 Walt Disney animated feature, “Fantasia?” Answer below.
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Who Knew: Do you think that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown thought he was making a trans-Atlantic visit with presbo for a dinner and a movie? By the way, US format DVDs do not work in UK DVD players.
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Spelling Bee: I guess Hillary, the self-confessed smartest woman on earth, failed to grasp the rudiments of spell-check prior to presenting the
“reset button” to the Russians.
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Rave: The 1958-1960 reruns of
Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer,” starring Darren McGavin shown weekends on the Retro TV Network.
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Truism: obama offers no reason to be an investor at this point.
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In summation: There is only one phrase that describes what Terrell Owens’ absence means for the Cowboys---addition by subtraction.
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Quote: “One brilliant plumber, gifted carpenter or adept auto mechanic does more for the American economy (and our collective values) than a dozen 20-something sociology majors in progress.” —Victor Davis Hanson.
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Rimshot: Do kleptomaniacs take anything for granted?
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American History: As economic policy, the New Deal was a dismal failure. As a political strategy, it proved most effective.
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Definition: Stimulus legislation = No Social Worker Left Behind.
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Food alert: March is National Nutrition Month.
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Rant: obama‘s plan is to confiscate money that taxpayers otherwise would have given to the charities of their choice and give it to the charities of his choice. As far as he is concerned, the fruits of your labor are yours only by the grace of government.
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Quiz answer: Yen Sid. Disney backwards.
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Rant: It is unclear to me why anyone would support the socialization of health care. It has yet to work in Canada or the UK. Why import it?
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Didjaknow: One of the few bright spots in the stock market plunge is the stock of Smith & Wesson. Makes perfect sense to me.
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Hmmm: We are living in dangerous times and the folks know it. Fighting with a radio talk show host may be entertaining, but certainly not presidential.
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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.

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