Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 439

Wednesday, July 01, 2009---734 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 29 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.
Warning: Contains unsound bites from the apple of life.
Often wrong…never in doubt.
Being wrong is the risk you run by thinking and acting.
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Rave:
Frank Lovejoy
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Reading: “The Water’s Edge” by Daniel Judson.
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On the Hi Fi: “The Best of
Harry James
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Under rated:
Brian Donlevy.
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Rave: Looks like we will have a
Venus and Serena final in singles at Wimbledon this weekend. That will be both great tennis and great theater.
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Hmmm: Trying to fold a fitted sheet is just that----trying, very trying!
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Rant: In “
The Usual Suspects,” it was Kevin Spacey as Verbal Kint who said the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn’t exist. I think of that line every time I hear liberals claim the press isn’t biased.
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Quote: “Politics is show-business for ugly people.” ---
Christopher Hitchens.
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Stats: A Freddie Mac study found that only 10% of the people who ended up with subprime loans could have qualified for prime ones.
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Didjaknow: For the smoothest airline ride, pick a seat over the wing.
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Rant: I have not read the entire Waxman-Markey knee-cap our trade bill, so I should not comment on it at length. Then again, neither has any congressman read the 1200 page plus atrocity. Therefore, they should not have passed it.
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Truism: Airlines routinely add a half hour or more to the flying time so it will appear they are more on time.
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Rant: Most ex-jocks add little or nothing to the radio or TV broadcast.
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Rave: The ex-jocks that contribute to the education, information and entertainment are very, very good. Those who float my boat:
John McEnroe in tennis, Doris Burke in Women’s Basketball, Jay Bilas in Men’s College Basketball. I thought Harold Reynolds did a great job on MLB for ESPN. In his brief stint as a baseball analyst, Jim Palmer, set the curve for intelligent commentary.
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Truism: When an airport shuttle says it will be by every ten minutes and you believe it, you’re dumber than the guy who didn’t know he has to take off his shoes in the security line.
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Hmmm: Have you ever been in a taxi that didn’t have at least one warning light on the dashboard?
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Quote: “obama apparently speaks no foreign language, yet he deplores the lack of foreign language fluency on the part of less sophisticated Americans. He is unable to quit smoking, but emphasizes the role of preventative medicine and healthy lifestyles in his radical health-care reform initiatives.” ---Victor Davis Hansen.
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Advice: Cut your state tax bill…don’t buy a lottery ticket.
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Advice you can rent: Book the smallest rental car you need and hope for a free upgrade.
Never buy gas from a station close to an airport. They jack up prices knowing people with rental cars need to get them refueled.Not all rental car companies start you off with a full tank of gas anymore. Check before you leave.
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George Will quote of the week: “’In the beginning,’ says a character in a Peter De Vries novel, ‘the earth was without form and void. Why didn’t they leave well enough alone?’ When Washington is finished improving health care, Americans may be asking the same thing.
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Truism: Isn’t it amazing how many folks offer to help right after you finish the project.
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Another truism: The surest way to lose something is to put it in a safe place.
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More Stats: From renowned economist
Thomas Sowell---In Canada, 27% of the people who have surgery wait four months or more. In Britain, 38% wait that long. But only 5% of Americans wait that long.
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Yet another truism: The flight only leaves on time when you are late to the airport.
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Final truism: No conversation that begins with “this will only take a moment” does.
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Rant: obamacare will usher in the age of the ten-month wait for the maternity ward.
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Hmmm: The grass that springs up in your driveway is healthier than the grass in your yard.
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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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