Sunday, July 11, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 480

Sunday, July 11, 2010---651 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 9 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:
Michael Tomlinson.
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Reading: “Secret Honor”—W.E.B. Griffin.
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On the Hi Fi: “Coral Gables High, Class of 1956, Happy 50’s Memories”---a Chuck Thagard compilation.
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Under rated:
Trevor Howard
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Rave:
Dagwood and Blondie.
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Rant: Vuvuzelas make thunder sticks seem almost genteel.
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Quote: “Early to bed, early to rise and your girl goes out with other guys.” —
Bob Collins on “Love That Bob”
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Truism: Bureaucrats are the epoxy that lubricate the wheels of government.
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Rave: The best thing about the NBA Finals being over is that we no longer have to see Chris Rock, David Spade and Adam Sandler anymore.
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Quote: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” -- George Orwell.
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Rave: I’ll watch any movie that features
Van Johnson.
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Rant: I have no sympathy for the KIA or injured who participate in the “running of the bulls.” Stupid is, as stupid does.
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Truism: The obama doctrine: Running the bull.
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Rave: The U.S. took home the gold medal in the FIBA Americas Under-18 Basketball Championship in San Antonio. USA, USA, USA!
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Boring: The MLB All-Star Game Home Run-Hitting Contest.
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Very Boring: The NBA All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest.
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Very, Very Boring: The entire LeBron James free agency saga---who cares!
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Rant: James could play on the moon next year for all I care.
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Quote: “It’s fine to recognize the achievements of others and be non-chauvinistic about one’s country. But obama’s modesty is curiously selective. When it comes to himself, modesty is in short supply. Obama’s modesty about America would be more understandable if he treated himself with the same reserve. But it is odd to have a president so convinced of his own magnificence---yet not of his own country’s.” —
Charles Krauthammer.
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Rave: The initial episodes of this season’s
“Burn Notice” and “Royal Pains” live up to high standards of their earlier seasons. This week, the USA Network debuts a new season of “White Collar” [Tuesday at nine] and “Psych” [Wednesday at 10]. On Tuesday at 10, the first show in their newest series, “Covert Affairs” debuts. Characters Welcome!
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Hmmm: How long can the community-agitator-in-chief, obama go without making a speech?
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Stats: 85% of the residents currently living in the United States were born here. This would make us a nation of descendants of immigrants, rather than a nation of immigrants.
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Didjaknow: 27 publishers rejected Dr. Seuss’ first book.
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Quote: “Some vice presidential wisdom: most might now think it to be safer to go hunting with Dick Cheney than to be in a hotel room with Al Gore.” —
Victor Davis Hanson.
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Irony alert: “Grown Ups”---a movie devoid of grown ups.
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Truism: If you lose one button on a button-down collar shirt, buy a new shirt.
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Didjaknow: Before the 18th Amendment (Prohibition), the 16th Amendment had to make the income tax legal. It was needed because by 1910 alcohol taxes were 30% of federal revenue.
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Hmmm: Rotating bald tires is a huge activity that changes nothing.
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Quote: “When the obama administration said that it could provide health insurance to millions of additional people without increasing the national debt, shouldn’t common sense have told you that somebody was just insulting your intelligence?” —
Thomas Sowell.
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Truism: Being in the right place at the right time is never an accident.
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Rave: The best thing about training is the people you meet in your class.
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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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