Thursday, November 04, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 489

Thursday, November 04, 2010---706 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 5 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: Randolph Scott.

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Reading: “Moonlight Mile” by Dennis Lehane.

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On the Hi Fi: “Ricky Nelson’s Great Hits”

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Under rated: Billie Burke.

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I miss: Joel McCrea, Count Basie and Jungle Jim Rivera.

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Rant: Joyless Behar has the makings of every man’s ex-wife.

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Truism: If government employees had to live off of tips they would all starve to death.

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Quote: “The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that you've got it made.” -- Daniel Schorr.

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Rave: I enjoyed the great majority of this season’s “Mad Men.” Just a great cast of characters and many an interesting plot twist. I can hardly wait for next season…there is much to look forward to. Will Don follow through with his marriage plans to Megan…or reconcile with Faye? The future of the firm, its people and advertisements? Stay tuned.

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Hmmm: Juan Williams 1, NPR 0, if you’re scoring at home.

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Hmmm: The supposedly intolerant Fox News apparently had no problem with the liberal Williams working for National Pathetic Radio.

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Rant: CAIR, the Islamic advocacy group that pressured NPR to fire William for stating the obvious, gave a lifetime achievement award to the anti-Semite Helen Thomas, who called for the destruction of Israel by having the Jews “get the Hell out of Palestine."

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Pop quiz: Do you think Williams would have incurred NPR’s wrath had he moonlighted at PMSNBC or PBS?

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Didjaknow: obama accepted $71,000 from BP for his 2008 campaign. Nowadays he’d rather talk tough to them than to an actual enemy of this country. Those are the only bucks that stop with him.

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R.I.P.: Spenser, the famed Boston PI in the late Robert B. Parker’s powerhouse series. The final Spenser adventure was the recently released, “Painted Ladies,” a most enjoyable read.

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Truism: You know France is really in trouble when a Lady Gaga concert is called off.

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Quote: “Now even rich fans are balking at buying seats that have Tiffany prices. How often do you see games on TV where the best seats are the ones that are empty.” Frank Deford.

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Rant: All we have to know is that in 50 years we’ve gone from “Father Knows Best” to “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

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Truism: No matter how bad your past couple of weeks have been, you had a better go of it than Charlie Sheen.

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Quote: “In Germany, as in other countries in Europe, welcoming millions of foreign workers who insist on remaining foreign has created problems so obvious that only the intelligentsia could fail to see them. It takes a high IQ to evade the obvious.”—Thomas Sowell.

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Rant: Enough of this clich├ęd “working families” nonsense. If they are not unemployed, aren’t all families working?

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Hmmm: How does one find a good Halloween costume in a culture where every day seems like Halloween?

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Truism: There is always something worse than the “worst case scenario.”

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Rave: I love the “quick look” feature to look at E*Mail attachments on my MacBook Pro.

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Rant: Remember when the History Channel was must-see-TV? That was back when their programming was devoted to…well…history.

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Quote: “The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.”—Anon.

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Rave: I still enjoy Dagwood and Blondie.

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Truism: If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably a wise investment.

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Rant: College football players should spend a little more time practicing tackling than on the touchdown dance.

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Irony Alert: As the iPod celebrates its ninth birthday, Sony is retiring the Walkman.

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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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