Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 471

Wednesday, March 31, 2010---636 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minute, 58 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:
Myrna Loy.
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Reading: “Death Was In the Picture” by Linda L. Richards.
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On the Hi Fi: “Polka Dots and Moonbeams”—
Paul Desmond.
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Under rated:
Nigel Bruce.
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Truism: Here it is only March, and the Kansas City Royals are already out of the playoff race.
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Didjaknow: When presbo filled out his NCAA bracket, he thought Murray State was the state university from one
of the 57 states he visited while campaigning.
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Rant: Sandra Bullock’s husband gets my vote as one of the world’s greatest overachievers.
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Rave:
“In Plain Sight” returns tonight...USA Network at 10PM in the East. Must see TV.
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Rave:
Julie Banderas is one tough cookie.
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Rave: Loved the way
Laura Ingraham cleaned the puerile Matt Lauer’s clock on Monday’s Today Show.
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Rave: In the latest cable ratings, The Cartoon Channel has a larger audience (total and in “the demo”) than CNN, CNN Headline, PMSNBC and CNBC combined. Sidebar: Almost no one is watching that blowhard Chris Mathews.
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Quote: “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” -- Philip K. Dick
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R.I.P.: Robert Culp was a real favorite of mine. Both “
Trackdown” and “I Spy” were pop culture touchstones during my misspent youth. He added a touch of class to all his projects. He had style, panache and sophistication…qualities in short supply in today’s Hollywood.
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R.I.P.:
Fess Parker was Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. Another touchstone of pop culture from my distant past…certainly a good role model for kids of the 50’s. I still think the fact that I could never promote a coonskin cap from the parents warped my mind.
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Truism: Many NBA and NHL arenas have lotsa empty seats.
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R.I.P.:
Chet Simmons, first president of ESPN when it launched in 1979. This prescient quote from him in 1979 is not a bad legacy, “There’s no question that cable television sports is at the same stage right now that network sports was 15 or 20 years ago.”
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Rant: Is it safe to say that the Fashion Police have been disbanded and no one told us?
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Hmmm: Did anyone ever really believe that Tiger Woods might not play in the Masters?
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Belated Happy Birthday: March 15, as it happened, was the 25th birthday of the revolutionary dot.com.
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Quote: “He (obama) is the most transparent president we have ever had, and by now even a blind man can see through him.” —
Burt Prelutsky.
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Rave: I want one of those tee-shirts that political pollster,
Pat Caddell sometimes wears that says, “I’m Grumpy because you’re Dopey.”
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Hmmm: Once people considered desirable were called cool. Now they’re called hot. We’ve come a long way.
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Didjaknow:
Edward G. Robinson didn’t really enjoy playing a gangster and hated the sound of gunfire. That posed problems for director Mervyn LeRoy during the filming of Little Caesar (1931).
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Truism: Michael Jordan has yet to prove he can succeed as an NBA executive, never mind an owner.
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Rant: Just when you thought, the culture had gone as rogue as it could, along comes the news that MTV is taking “Jersey shore” international.
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Quote: “It's better to be quotable than to be honest.” -- Tom Stoppard. Sounds like the current White House as they try to win the press conference on a daily basis.
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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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