Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Curmuegeon in the Wry 369

Sunday, February 28, 2010---687 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 24 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: Maverick.
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Reading: “Heaven’s Keep” by William Kent Krueger.
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On the Hi Fi: “Shorty Rogers Swings”.
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Under rated: Skeeter Davis.
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Rave: Judging by the ratings, not many people are familiar with Keith Olbermann of MSNBC.
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Rant: The controversy about the sudsy celebration by the Canadian Women’s Hockey Team is much ado about nothing.
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Rave: Martha MacCallum is one tough cookie.
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Rant: Florida governor Charlie Crist is simply Arlen Spector with a George Hamilton tan.
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Rave: John Hart is the first writer of crime fiction to have his initial three books nominated for the Edgar Award (the Oscars of crime fiction---named after Edgar Allen Poe). His debut novel, “The King of Lies” was nominated---his second, “Down River” won. His latest, “The Last Child” is in this year’s Final Five.
“The Last Child” is as good a book as I have read in the past year (including the two by Michael Connelly). It moves at an amazing velocity…accelerating with every page. Readers are kept in the dark to the very end, and will be talking about it long after closing the book.
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Truism: There is no crying in curling.
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Didjaknow: Both North Carolina and UCLA stand a fair chance of finishing this college basketball season with losing records. The last time that happened? 1939.
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For my money: There is no better mob movie than “Goodfellas.”
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Stats: Only four teams have been in Top 10 all season---Duke, Kansas, Villanova and Kentucky.
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Hmmm: Baseball’s new flavor of the season this year is “run prevention.” Sounds as dubious as “jobs created or saved” to me.
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Rant: Just when you think reality TV can’t get any worse, along comes “Celebrity Rehab.”
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Hmmm: Lady Gaga? Where is Cher when we really need her?
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Stupid is as stupid does: Syracuse University basketball “student athlete” Wesley Johnson tweeted this brilliant thought, “Why does it SNOW so much?” Answer---perhaps because you’re in Syracuse.
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Rant: The world was a better place before everything was known as a “brand.”
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Pop Quiz: Only one MLB player has hit at least 20 singles, 20 doubles, 20 triples and 20 home runs in the same season. Who is he? Hint: not Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Barry Bonds or Hank Aaron.
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Rant: Mark McGwire is already the definition old (and tedious) news.
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Quote: After the Hartford Courant revealed that 30% of respondents thought Geno Auriemma’s UConn Women’s Basketball team could beat the men’s team, Geno gave this priceless reply, “They’re out of their mind. If they’re serious, they shouldn’t be allowed to watch another basketball game, ever.”
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Didjaknow: The national average number of possessions in a Division One College Basketball game is 67.
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Bumper Sticker of the Week: “Fight Crime—Shoot Back.”
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Rave: Jay Bilas and Coach Bob Knight are my favorites calling college basketball games on TV. It’s hard not to enjoy Hubert Davis as well, even if he did play for North Carolina. With each passing week, Clark Kellogg is harder and harder to take…I miss Billy Packer,
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Quote: “The last time more people have encountered the likes of three women such as California’s Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi, was when the curtain went up on ‘Macbeth.’” —Burt Prelutsky
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Pop quiz Answer: Willie Mays---and he did it twice.
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More Stats: Over the past four seasons, Butler has spent 63 weeks in the ESPN/USA Today coach’s poll. Only three other colleges have more appearances---Duke, Kansas and North Carolina.
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Spy games: Was there ever better casting in spy genre than Alec Guinness as Smiley in the BBC spectacular adaptation of John LeCarre?
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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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