Thursday, October 15, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 454

Thursday, October 15, 2009---667 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 8 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:
Patti Austin.
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Reading: “Pursuit of Honor” by
Vince Flynn.
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On the Hi Fi:
Fletcher Henderson’s “Christopher Columbus.”
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Under rated:
Marie Windsor.
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Quote: “The true burden of government is not the tax level, but the spending level.” —
Milton Friedman.
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Truism:
Condi Rice is one tough cookie.
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Hmmm: What does a dog do on its day off?
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Rave:
Michael Connelly’s “9 Dragons” is the finest novel I have read this year. His writing continues to evolve and just gets better with each book.
LAPD Homicide Detective Harry Bosch is lead investigator on a liquor store robbery and the murder of its Asian owner. The investigation points to the Asian gang, The Triad, who were collecting protection money from the victim.
Bosch’s inquiries upset some heavy hitters…resulting in the abduction of Harry’s 13 year old daughter unless he kicks the suspect free.
His daughter lives in Hong Kong with Harry’s estranged wife. Bosch is on the next plane to Hong Kong.
The detective has about 24 hours to locate his daughter, before the murder suspect will be released.
The attention to detail on the police procedurals in both the LA murder and Hong Kong abduction is tightly woven; the pacing is relentless; the diverse array of characters possess a muscular elegance; the plot ingenious and full of
dark corners, hazy shadows, neon lights and dead ends.
“9 Dragons” employs perhaps the finest red herring in recent memory---leading the reader in one direction while preparing a most unexpected denouement.
Michael Connelly is more than a crime writer…if you read only one book this year; this uncompromising novel is the one.
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Know this: “Agree in concept” is a long way from “I agree.”
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Quote: “400,000 foreign patients come here every year for medical care. Not too many people get on a plane to fly to Cuba or to France to see a doctor.” —Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, Associate Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
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Truism: The support staff remains the backbone of almost all organizations.
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Didjaknow: Since MLB introduced the wild card, the team with best record in baseball has won only one World Series…the 1998 Yankees.
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Stats: The team with worst record in the playoffs has won two World Series…2000 Yankees and 2006 Cardinals.
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Didjaknow: The last time the AL and NL teams with the best regular season records met in the World Series was 1999---Yankees and Braves.
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Micro-stats: Just three times have the best eight teams gone on to the playoffs…1996, 2002 and 2004.
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Quote: “In short, I don't root against President obama because I hate America. I root against President obama because I hate his vision for America.” —
Ben Shapiro.
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Hmmm: Is there any truth to the rumor that obama won the Nobel Prize because he was the 10th caller?
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Hmmm: Golf returns to the 2016 Olympics for the first time in more than a hundred years…there are only two 18-hole courses in Rio.
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Truism: Nancy Pelosi was so thrilled that obama won the Nobel Appeasement Prize that her expression almost changed.
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Rant: “The system will be down” is one of the few constants in business.
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Rave: Never forgetting who your friends are is a good thing to be known for.
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Remember: Presentations need not be fancy to be effective…it is the message, not the technology.
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Quote: “For every system you create, we’ll create an equal and opposite system.” —The employees.
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If you can read this, thank a teacher.
If you can’t, thank the teacher’s union.
If you are reading it in English, thank a Veteran.
That is all.
As you were.

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