Saturday, August 07, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 482

Saturday, August 07, 2010---838 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 37 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: Dan Duryea

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Reading: “Miami Noir” edited by Les Standiford

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On the Hi Fi: “The Best of Benny Carter.”

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Under rated: Zachary Scott.

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I miss: Ella Fitzgerald, Nellie Fox and William Powell.

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Rave: Ceiling fans.

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Rave: USA Network has renewed “In Plain Sight” for two more seasons.

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Hmmm: Lost in the shuffle of A-Rod’s 600th homer is the fact that he was hitting .264 at the time.

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TV Timeout: After the first two episodes of “Rubicon” on AMC at 9 PM Sundays, I’m a fan. The show does not suffer fools---you must pay attention---it’s cerebral, deliberately paced without an explosion every ten minutes and damn few car chases, unlike most spy movies. If you enjoy complex set-ups and plenty of intrigue, with smart TV characters attempting to figure them out, “Rubicon” is just the ticket. It is thought-provoking stuff for a serious audience. I especially like the Cold War aspects of newspaper clippings, references to actual books, typewriters, globes, clues frenetically arrayed on a cork-board and even a Graham Greene novel. As the cryptic series points out, every code has a key---I just hope I am bright enough to decipher them. One thing I do know…the conspiracies will no doubt lead to other even more elaborate conspiracies. Must see TV.

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Truism: The end of the world won’t be covered as extensively as ESPN covered the rumor that Brett Favre was going to retire the other day. This whole Favre thing is most wearisome. Who really cares?

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Didjaknow: The Rays’ payroll is roughly $120 million less than the Yankees’.

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Hmmm: If a room smells musty, does that mean it is full of must?

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Didjaknow: Even though he was one of the main stars, James Coburn had just eleven lines in “The Magnificent Seven.” http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,108758,00.html

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TV Timeout: Season four of “Mad Men” gets my vote. Superb casting and wonderful character development as usual. Must see TV.

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English 101: It's really not all that difficult to use "between/among" correctly. Use "between" when referring to two things, "among" for three or more. Examples: I'm between a rock and a hard place. There's no honor among thieves.

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Bumper Sticker of the week: “No Matter Where I Stand, I Stand With Israel.”

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Hmmm: Ever notice that Asian people don't whine about their circumstances in America?

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Quote: “A government that can’t even pay its own bills and must borrow against the future earnings of people not yet born seems a bad choice to oversee the financial well-being of the nation.” —Linda Chavez.

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Ooops: Don't you just hate that moment when you are in the middle of a very intense argument and you suddenly discover your wrong!

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Rant: Wearing a sweater tied and draped over one's shoulders or wearing one's glasses on top of one's head (or on a chain).

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Truism: Artists of any kind (including pop stars) are almost never as interesting as their art.

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Quote: “It is east to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.”—British economist Josiah Charles Stamp.

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In passing: As a Floridian, one hears things from a person who knows somebody who knows first hand of a kindness quietly performed by George Steinbrenner…things done for good with no reward or mention wanted. High school bands and cheerleader squads getting expenses paid to competitions, ballparks for Little League Divisions, uniforms for a high school, on and on. He may have come off as Phinias T. Bluster in many cases, but at his core he did far more good that most will never know. To quote newspaperman Maxwell Scott (Carleton Young) when he said to Ransom Stoddard (Jimmy Stewart) in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Long live the legend of George Steinbrenner.

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Hmmm: If you find a clue, send it to John Kerry.

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Pop Quiz: Pop question: How many churches, synagogues and temples were built in all of Saudi Arabia last year? Answer: Zero.

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Truism: T.O. and the Bengals deserve each other.

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Quotes: A trio from Burt Prelutsky. “Everyone who is in favor of abortion has already been born.” “God knows I can be as self-righteous as the next guy, assuming the next guy isn’t a liberal.” “Nobody who has ever demonstrated against capital punishment has ever been a murder victim.”

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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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