Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 478

Tuesday, June 15, 2010---529 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minutes, 39 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:
Jonathon Winters
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Reading: “
Special Ops” by W.E.B Griffith.
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On the Hi Fi:
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers--"Paris 1958."
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Under rated:
The Great Gildersleeve.
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Rant: When I saw the news, that obama promised a $400 million aid package to Palestine, I was certain I was reading an Onion headline.
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Rave: I’ll watch any movie featuring
Robert Montgomery.
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Rave:
Dennis Miller had the best line on Helen Thomas, “At least we know that she didn’t sleep her way to the top.”
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Happy Birthday: It was 80 years ago this year that intrepid girl detective
Nancy Drew first appeared.
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Rave: Crimestoppers Textbook.
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Rave: Some of
Ridley Pearson’s Lou Boldt/Daphne Matthews novels set in Seattle are better than others. “The Pied Piper” is among the former. It’s a wonderful ride. It has a complicated plot with a myriad of twists. A terrific whodunit.
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Hmmm: Any truth to the rumor that now that Al and Tipper have split up, she gets half the Internet?
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Rave: Breezes.
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Rant: The culture is surely tired when updates of “The Karate Kid” and “The A Team” are the big opening movies on the same weekend.
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Rave: If the first two episodes of this season’s “
Burn Notice” and “Royal Pains” are any indication, both will have stellar seasons.
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Hmmm: What are the odds that Stephen Strasburg stays with the Washington Nationals forever?
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Justified: While I was aware that FX’s great series, “
Justified” was based on an Elmore Leonard short story (“Fire In the Hole”)---I had forgotten that protagonist Raylan Givens appeared in two of Leonard’s novels, “Pronto” and “Riding the Rap.” Both were super entertaining reads…I will have to dust them off and reread this summer.
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Rave: I certainly wish more MLB pitchers worked as fast as Stephen Strasburg.
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Quote: “Why are liberals so convinced that poor people are stupid? Is it because poor people vote for liberals? That is a fair point.” ---
P.J. O’Rourke.
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Rave: I love toast.
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Didjaknow: The Celtics and Lakers series have gone to seven games four times.
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Hmmm: Remember when BP meant batting practice?
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World Cup: Yawn!
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Rave:
Nelson DeMille has another major winner with “The Lion.” Ex-NYPD Detective, current member of the Anti-Terrorism-Task-Force, John Corey returns and goes up against the terrorist who nearly killed him in “The Lion’s Game.” Corey is, perhaps the most sarcastic and anti-authority good guy in current fiction. Since I majored in sarcasm (with a minor in cynicism), I find Corey a perfect role model. There are elements of the plot that eerily mirror those of the recent Times Square bomber. A very prescient novel.
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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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