Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 475

Wednesday, May 12, 2010---834 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 42 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:
Robert Osborne
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Reading:
“Innocent” by Scott Turow.
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On the Hi Fi:
Dave Brubeck’s “Quiet As the Moon.”
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Under rated:
Andy Clyde.
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Factoid: According to The Wall Street Journal, it costs the federal government up to nine cents to mint a nickel and almost two cents to make a penny.
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Rave: The
Jesse Stone TV-movies continue to be highly entertaining. The sixth entry, “No Remorse,” ran Sunday. The series is base loosely on Robert B. Parker’s novels. The cast of characters on the tube is considerably smaller than in the books…many are composites. Tom Selleck is perfectly cast as Jesse Stone.
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Quote: “There are no one hundred percent heroes.” ---
Travis McGee in John D. MacDonald’s “Cinnamon Skin.”

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In passing: The first major league announcer I listened to was
Ernie Harwell. That’s starting at the top. In 1954, when the St. Louis Browns became the Baltimore Orioles, Ernie was behind the mike. If memory serves, he was joined by Bailey Goss and Joe Croghan...sponsored by Gunther Beer. Ernie Harwell had the most pleasing voice, and the perfect cadence for baseball. How many nights I fell asleep listening to his agreeable voice, I cannot estimate. It was impossible to listen to him and not become a baseball fan.
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Rave: “
Friday Night Lights” is outstanding, once again. Many of the familiar faces have moved on…but the returnees and talented scriptwriters carry the day. Quality network TV, for a change. Fridays on NBC at eight.
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Truism: If the Orioles were a player, they would be sent down to Triple-A.
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Rave: “
Justified” (FX, Tuesdays at 10 PM) is uncommonly good TV. It is based on an Elmore Leonard novella, “Fire in the Hole”---an excellent reason to watch on its own merit. Timothy Olyphant is the star and a few other “Deadwood” veterans are behind the camera. Big fun!
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Rant: Baltimore used to be a great baseball town and Camden Yards is a showplace---but due to the ineptness of the Orioles’ owner, they cannot give away tickets.
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Hmmm: Does the news that Lindsay Lohan has signed on to play Linda Lovelace in a remake of “Deep Throat” mean that she is now unofficially out of the “America’s Sweetheart” category?
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Factoid: According to the National Enquirer, the list of Tiger’s sex partners is now up 121, if you’re keeping a tally sheet at home.
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Didjaknow: No Boston Celtic has ever led the NBA in scoring, but five who played for the Celtics did while playing for another team. Bob McAdoo. Tiny Archibald. Pete Maravich. Dominique Wilkins. Dave Bing.
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In passing:
Lena Horne was a sensational songstress, a multi-talented performer…and excelled at each aspect of show business she tried. Her beauty was breathtaking, with the fieriest eyes and whitest teeth I have ever seen. For my money, she was the female Sinatra. She inhabited a song and embodied it…every song she sang became her own. When asked what it was like to follow Lena on stage, Tony Bennett said, “Absolutely frightening." Her like will not pass this way again.
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Rave: Turner Classic Movies is revising its scheduling on Friday, May 21st in remembrance of Lena Horne. 8:00 PM ET The Duke is Tops9:30 PM ET Cabin in the Sky11:15 PM ET Panama Hattie
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Hmmm: Ever wonder what happens to all those notes those people take who never say anything at meetings?
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Truism: There are no rewards or punishment in life, only consequences.
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Rave: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is one tough cookie.
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Rant: The NFL Draft went on so long it seemed like a mini-series.
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Didjaknow: May is "Get Caught Reading Month." Personally, I think every month should be "Get Caught Reading Month."
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Quote: “A major theme in all my books is that the CIA is not only the first line of defense, but they should also be the first line of offense. Our government’s first priority is the national security of its citizenry, not whether or not we are liked by a group of intolerant religious zealots.” —
Vince Flynn.
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Hmmm: Raise your hand if you are shocked about the news that Kentucky’s basketball team had the lowest grade-point-average in the SEC.
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Stats: The biggest selling NFL jersey in April was Tim Tebow’s.
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Truism: Shaq belongs in an over 50 league---if he was any slower, he would be going backwards.
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Quote: “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed.” —Mark Twain. Truer today than ever.
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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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