Saturday, September 19, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 450

Saturday, September 19, 2009---796 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 59 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)
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.
A Grumpy Old Man Production.
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Rave: The Garners---
James and Erroll.
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Reading: “
The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown.
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On the Hi Fi: “Memory Lane” by
Johnny Mercer.
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Under rated:
Ace Hannah
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Quote: “I do not recall anyone suggesting that the Left’s often visceral anger at Condoleezza Rice revealed its own racism.” —
Victor Davis Hanson
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Truism:
Michelle Malkin is one tough cookie.
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Didjaknow:
Jane Wyatt and Robert Young who became Jim and Margaret Anderson in “Father Knows Best,” each costarred in a railroad themed western with Randolph Scott. In 1941, Young and Scott were rivals for Virginia Gilmore’s affections in “Western Union.” Jane Wyatt was a frontier doctor vying with Nancy Olson for Scott’s hand in 1949’s “Canadian Pacific.”
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Hmmm: I suspect that if you see the new movie “Sorority Row,” you shouldn’t expect Shakespeare.
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Hmmm: When was the last time Jimmy Carter was a net positive for the democrat party? Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot!
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R.I.P.: I always got a kick out of
Henry Gibson. His bit on “Laugh In” were a hoot…his role as Judge Clark Brown on “Boston Legal” was understated, droll and witty. He was under-rated and no relation to Hoot Gibson.
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Hmmm: If you ever wondered what a western written by
Rod Serling would look like, check out 1958’s “Saddle the Wind” starring Robert Taylor. Mr. Serling wrote the screenplay.
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Rave: I agree with
Dennis Miller---Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe deserve a Pulitzer.
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Rave: Governors Jindal, Pawlenty, Perdue and Schwarzenegger showing profiles in courage with either investigations of, or cutting off all state funding to ACORN. I wish Florida’s wimpy Charlie Crist would grow a pair and do the same thing here.
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Hmmm: How should we expect kids to keep sports in perspective when we live in a society that doesn’t?
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R.I.P.:
Army Archerd was a legend…a living legend until the day he died. For 53 years, he wrote a daily column for Daily Variety. Think about it…that’s about 10,000 nine-hundred-word pieces. He was the pencil, paper, typewriter type of guy. His death is the end of a Hollywood era. He was a gentleman in every way.
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Rave: Getting you flu shot at Walgreens could not be easier. They don’t miss a trick---they give you a 15% off coupon good that day only…enticing you to spend dough you otherwise would not have spent.
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Truism: Most every time you buy something reversible, you wind up using only one side.
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Hmmm: How does the guy who drives the snowplow get to work?
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This just in: From Friday’s Wall Street Journal—“The European switcheroo continues Mr. Obama's trend of courting adversaries while smacking allies. His Administration has sought warmer ties with Iran, Burma, North Korea, Russia and even Venezuela. But it has picked trade fights with Canada and Mexico, sat on trade treaties with Colombia and South Korea, battled Israel over West Bank settlements, ignored Japan in deciding to talk with North Korea, and sanctioned Honduras for its sin of resisting the encroachments of Venezuela's Hugo Ch├ívez.”
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Hmmm: Many packages say, “open here.” What is the protocol if the package says, “open somewhere else?”
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Be a sport: There are around 1,500 sports commentators and analysts on the tube. That’s about 1,480 more than necessary.
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R.I.P.:
Jack Kramer was a giant figure in the history of tennis. He participated in every aspect of his sport from playing to promoting. The Wilson Jack Kramer Autograph model was the most popular racket ever sold until wooden rackets went out of style. Like many athletes of his generation, he lost a number of years during WWII when he served in the Pacific theater. He pretty much pioneered the big “serve and volley” game, that John McEnroe and Jimmy Conners brought to the fore. As Frank Deford points out---with his death, “the only other significant athlete from the pre-war era who is still living is Bob Feller.”
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Truism: If you cannot get into a parallel parking place after two attempts, you should just move on.
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Hmmm: How long is a piece of string?
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Initialize these: Edgar Lawrence Doctorow, edward estlin cummings, Thomas Stearns Eliot, William Claude Fields, Jerome David Salinger, Alan Alexander Milne,
Henry Louis Mencken, Joanne Kathleen Rowling, Jonathan Kimble Simmons, James Cash Penney, Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa, Yelberton Abraham Tittle.
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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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