Thursday, June 03, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 476

Thursday, June 03, 2010---909 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 59 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:
Van Johnson.
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Reading: “Deliver Us from Evil” by
David Baldacci.
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On the Hi Fi:
Les Brown, “Session #55.”
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Under rated:
Andy Devine.
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Hmmm: Let’s see---get to the Super Bowl and you get to spend a week in the Meadowlands. What’s second place?
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Bumper Sticker of the Week: I support 2 teams—the Red Sox, and whoever beats the Yankees.
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Quote: “The NCAA is so mad at Kentucky, it’s going to give Cleveland State two more years’ probation.” —Jerry Tarkanian, over 20 years ago.
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Hmmm: If the opposite of pro-life is pro-death, why do those in favor of abortion identify themselves as pro-choice?
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Didjaknow: At the end of the 20th century, more Americans were connected to the Internet than were connected to a water pipe at the beginning of the century.
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Rave: Duke’s National Championships in Men’s Basketball and Men’s Lacrosse this season mark the first time Duke has attained two National Championships in the same year.
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Hmmm: When you think about it, “American Idol” is this generation’s “
Queen for a Day.”
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Quote: “Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.” --
Oscar Wilde.
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Rave: Good news---FX renewed “
Justified” for a second season. Protagonist US Marshall Raylan Givens, a Dirty Harry type, continually in hot water with his superiors metes out justice with a strong hand. Intelligent scripts that reflect sound values and realistically depict the consequences of bad choices. Must see TV.
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Rave:
Lee Child’s “61 Hours” may be his best Reacher novel to date…spectacular read.
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Hmmm: You always hear the smart guys say that, come playoff time, a team "can't just throw a switch." However, that's what the Boston Celtics have done.
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Didjaknow: From 2000 to 2008, sales of
“Atlas Shrugged,” (published in 1957), averaged a remarkable 160,000 a year. Since the obama regime landed in Washington, more than 600,000 have been sold.
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Hmmm: Should wins against the Orioles count in the standings?
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Quote: “Wouldn’t it be grand if the obama administration cared more about policing our borders than about policing our refrigerators? How about fixing our deportation system instead of fixing our junk-food diets?” —
Michelle Malkin.
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Rant: Earth to Bud Selig---No one wants to watch four hours of anything, never mind a baseball game.
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Didjaknow: Norman Lear flew more than 50 missions over Nazi-occupied Europe during WWII.
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Stats: On average, those evil casinos take 1.4% of each bet at the crap table, while those benevolent state lotteries take 50% of every bet. I still believe state lotteries are a tax on people who are poor at math. It’s a tax I don’t pay.
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Old Times: Notre Dame and Miami are renewing their football rivalry of the 1980’s---
Catholics vs. Convicts---starting in 2012. It won’t be the same unless both programs get major upgrades.
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Truism: If you didn't get any of the blame, you can’t get any of the credit.
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Hmmm: If physical fitness is
such a pressing issue for the obama regime, why hasn't presbo nominated anyone to lead the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports?
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Stats: A poll of 100 major league players taken by ESPN, The Magazine says the three most overrated players are A-Rod, Joba Chamberlain and Nick Swisher.
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Rant: You can start “Iron Man 2” without me…same for the Russell Crowe “Robin Hood.”
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Rimshot: One of the Roman’s greatest achievements was learning to speak Latin.
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Quote: “The cynics are right nine times out of ten.” -- Henry Louis Mencken.
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Rave:
C.J. Box is among the most underrated thriller writers extant. His novels (the Joe Pickett series and the stand-alones) read as swiftly as Michael Connelly’s books. While Connelly’s take place in urban settings, Box’s are set in the vastness of Wyoming. The pacing is remarkable and the characters (both good and evil) are well conceived and believable. I devoured “Below Zero” in two sittings---it’s that compelling.
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Hmmm: Let’s see now---the problem is Tiger’s swing coach?
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Rant: ESPN's buffoon Chris Berman will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This leaves me speechless - a condition, unfortunately, never experienced by Berman on the air.
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Rave: Didn’t sports seem much better when no one knew what athletes made?
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Truism: Twitter, Facebook, constant texting---when did life become like junior high?
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Rant: Most high school girls shoot foul shots better than Shaq.
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Stats: If Brian Cushing is the only NFL player using performance enhancing drugs, I’m Snow White.
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Truism: Sadly, the world will never run out of vampire movies.
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Rant: Here in the USA, if you drive illegally, they take your driver's license. If you're here illegally, they want to give you one.
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Truism: Shipping and handling is where the money is. Soon it will be in tattoo removal.
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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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