Saturday, May 02, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 431

Wednesday, April 29, 2009---665 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 20 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.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
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Rave:
Lana Turner.
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Reading: Michael Koryta’s “Envy the Night.”
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On the Hi Fi: “Bigger Hands” by John Anderson. Quite excellent.
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Under rated:
Billie Burke.
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Must See TV: The Kentucky Derby, Saturday, NBC, 4 PM (Eastern) ---The most exciting two minutes in sports.
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Quote: “I regularly remind my students that you know are living in a good, strong and healthy democracy when you are offended on a daily basis.” —Lara Brown, political scientist at Villanova University.
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Rave: It doesn’t seem like it was seven years ago that “The Rookie” starring Dennis Quaid was released. AMC debuted it last Saturday night. For my money, it is a far better baseball movie than “Bull Durham” or “The Natural.” The soundtrack is just wonderful.
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Rant: Naturally, AMC will put “The Rookie” in super high rotation and burn it to crisp before the week is out. Their library must be miniscule as their repetition and commercials make them difficult to watch.
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Speaking of rookies: “The Postman Always Rings Twice” was James M. Cain’s first novel. Not a bad start.
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Pop Quiz: Name the seven deadly sins. Answers below.
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Timeless: Duke Vs Carolina, Red Sox vs Yankees, The Kentucky Derby.
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MLB Stat: In a single inning, the winning team scores as many or more runs than does the losing team for the entire game. Check the line score for the next couple of days.
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Misnomer: World Baseball Classic. The major leaguers were not really playing for a country---more to the point they were playing for MLB commissioner Bozo Bud, and thug-union-leader Fehr.
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Idle thought: The bejeweled black bird in “The Maltese Falcon” is almost certainly the most famous McGuffin in film history.
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More Falcon: “The Maltese Falcon” was nominated for three Academy Awards---Picture, Supporting Actor (Sydney Greenstreet in his first talkie) and Adapted Screenplay.
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Now that presbo is super-CEO of Government Motors, wouldn’t it be far more comforting if he had, say, as much business experience as a Burger King assistant manager?
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Falcon Irony: “The Maltese Falcon’s” femme fatale, Mary Astor, won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “The Great Lie” that year---“The Maltese Falcon” won none of its three nominations.
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Falcon Footnote: It was refilmed 34 years later as “Black Bird” starring George Segal as Sam Spade, Jr. That was a record for an interval between an original and sequel.
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Quote: "I made a mistake. I got a mortgage that didn't overextend me and probably bought the right piece of property so it's not going upside down. As a reward, I get to pay for TARP I, TARP II, the stimulus plan, mortgage nationalizations, bank nationalizations, and the AIG nationalization. What all else obama will think up to punish me?
” -- Dorothy Myers, in response to a Wall Street Journal Editorial
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Department of redundancy department: Unpaid debt, combine together, round in shape, exact same.
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Factoid: From 2000 to 2004, before his run for POTUS, presbo and wife donated the magnanimous amount of 1 (one) percent of their income to charity. The high-minded, generous gasbag Biden continued his decade long habit of less than 1%. In 2008, Biden did include $550 for clothing to goodwill. I don’t even factor in Goodwill or books to the local library. These people are both shameful and shameless.
It just shows that liberals love to be generous with other people’s dough. Since they eschew charitable donations themselves, it is no wonder presbo wants to decrease the charitable deduction for the generous portion of the population.
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Quiz answer: Envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth, wrath. How many did you get?
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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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