Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 479

Wednesday, June 30, 2010---590 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 2 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: The Mamas and the Papas.
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Reading: “The Overton Window” by Glenn Beck.
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On the Hi Fi: “Hot Java Jazz,” a Starbucks collection.
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Under rated: Marshall Crenshaw.
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Rant: MLB’s interleague play bores me stiff.
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Rave: I love Wimbledon. I just wish the USA was more competitive in the men’s division…and that we had some women in the wings for when Venus and Serena hang it up.
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Truism: Many of the standard features on a 2010 Honda Accord were considered luxury items ten years ago----almost unimaginable 20 years ago.
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Economics: Common sense made difficult.
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Rave: The obama regime continues to govern by press release and by trying to win the press conference---but does not appear to have the ability to win the living room.
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Stats: Astonishingly, despite the witching-hour time slot, Fox News Channel’s Red Eye has more viewers than any show on CNN, including its primetime lineup.
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Good advice: Everyone needs to work on their second serve.
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Truism: Ronald Reagan wanted to cut taxes dramatically in order to starve the government. obama wants to raise taxes dramatically to starve his political opposition.
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Irony alert: The Big 12 now has ten teams---the Big Ten has twelve teams.
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Rave: As for renaming the ten teams in the Big 12, the suggestion I like best is Pure Prairie League.
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Truism: Overnight successes do not exist.
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Pop quiz: You have one match. You enter a room that contains a wood burning stove, a kerosene lamp and a fireplace. Which should you light first?
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Hmmm: A whistle and a clipboard will often put you in charge.
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Didjaknow: A higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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Truism: Do not worry if you are making it up as you go along… most others are as well.
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Quote: “Head to the local big-box electronics store and buy yourself: a Panasonic home theater system ($500), an Insignia 50-inch plasma HDTV ($700), an Apple 8GB iPod Touch ($175), a Sony 3-D Blu-ray disc player ($219), a Sony 300-CD changer ($209), a Garmin portable GPS ($139), a Sony 14.1-megapixel digital camera ($200), a Dell Inspiron laptop computer ($450), and a TiVo high-definition digital video recorder ($300).
This is not an endorsement of any of these products. I do not own any of them (though if the manufacturers are keen to find out my opinion, they can send me some non-returnable demos). However, you can fill your shopping cart with these items for less than $3,000. The average American worker needs to work 152 hours to earn that much money.
In 1964, however, the average American worker could buy one pricey stereo from Radio Shack after working 152 hours.” —Jonah Goldberg.
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Rave: Fox News continued its domination of the cable news landscape in the second quarter of 2010, with the top 13 programs on cable news all on the channel.
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Truism: If you ask for feedback, don’t expect to hear what you want.
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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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