Sunday, October 25, 2009

Curmudgeon in the Wry 455

Sunday, October 25, 2009---653 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 15 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: “
Terry and the Pirates.”
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Reading:
“The Night Monster”—James Swain.
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On the Hi Fi: The Best of the
Ink Spots.
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Under rated: “
Steve Canyon.”
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Quote: “Many people want government to protect the consumer. A much more urgent problem is to protect the consumer from the government.” —Economist
Milton Friedman.
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Always remember: Turn your computer on when you are in the office…even if all it shows are flying toasters.
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Good bromide: Be wary of those whose hair is never mussed up.
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Truism: Ann Coulter is one tough cookie. “Liberals never, ever drop a heinous idea; they just change the name. ‘Abortion’ becomes ‘choice,’ ‘communist’ becomes ‘progressive,’ ‘communist dictatorship’ becomes ‘people’s democratic republic,’ and ‘Nikita Khrushchev’ becomes ‘barack obama.’”
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Pop Quiz: What U.S. President’s portrait is on the two-dollar bill?
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Hmmm: The hopelessly incompetent are absolutely certain of their abilities.
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Rave: I enjoy the “
Mike Hammer” series shown on Retro-TV each Sunday night. The series lasted two seasons from 1958 to 1960 and starred Darren McGavin. Admittedly, it was filmed on the cheap and the sets were cheesy…but McGavin’s roguish charm and mischievously whimsical acting keep me entertained.
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Truism: Overnight packages sent for Saturday delivery are usually read on Monday.
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Another truism: Expect faxes and printouts to be missing if they are not picked up within fifteen minutes.
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Beware: When someone tells you, “something good is about to happen to you,” get ready to buy something.
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Rave: The USA Network has another winner with “
White Collar” as long as the series can live up to the crackling electricity of the pilot. Wonderful casting, snappy dialog, energetic performances and just plain big fun. It’s in the sophisticated heist/caper genre---with “It Takes a Thief” and “Catch Me if You Can” in its family tree…and homage to the Rat Pack.
It joins the other superb “characters welcome” USA line-up: “
Burn Notice,” Psych,” Royal Pains,” “In Plain Sight” and the departing “Monk.”
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Count on it: Rock bottom is always deeper than you think.
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This true: Learning how not to lose things is a good way to avoid insanity.
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Changing times: The proposed limit on medical expense deductions and the desire to cut Medicare and Medicaid by $500 billion, make obama and Baucus unlike Democrats from the past. Those dims defended the elderly and the sick, rather than cut the former and tax the latter.
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Hmmm: Sometimes it is easier and cheaper to try something and see what happens than to study and analyze it.
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This Just In: Bjorn Halvard, a 19-year-old Norwegian won the
Monopoly World Championship in Las Vegas with the iron token. The prize money was $20, 580, the total amount in the bank of a standard Monopoly game.
Parker Brothers bought the patent for “Monopoly” from Charles Darrow in 1935…that year it was the biggest selling game in the USA.
In Cuba, the game had a strong following until Fidel Castro took power and ordered all known sets destroyed.
The three most-landed-on properties are Illinois Avenue, "GO" and the B&O Railroad.
There are 32 houses and 12 hotels, so you can create a housing shortage.
Most likely, a “Chance” card will send you to another place, while a “Community Chest” card will, in all likelihood, reward you.
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Quiz answer: Thomas Jefferson.
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ASAP: Cash bonus checks as soon as you get them!
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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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