Thursday, December 23, 2010

Curmudgeon in the Wry 493

Thursday, December 23, 2010---556 Words---Average Reading Time: 1 Minute, 42 Seconds. (A pointless waste of time---time frittered away)

Offending readers and hindering productivity one issue at a time since 2001.

Continuing to call them as I see them.

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: David Niven.

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Reading: “The Confession” by John Grisham.

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On the Hi Fi: “Live” from Phil Woods.

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Under rated: Hugh Beaumont.

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I miss: Chet Baker, Ava Gardner and Sherm Lollar.

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Rave: Hearts is the finest card game ever invented.

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My-oh-my: To date, there are over 25 million Snuggies in circulation…a sign of the demise of civilization, as we know it.

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Truism: Just because something is not politically correct doesn't change whether it's true or not.

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Didjaknow: Neither the Bible, the Torah nor the Koran mentions Christmas trees. Yet some secular zealots try to ban Christmas trees on government property, based on the doctrine of "separation of church and state"-- a doctrine found nowhere in the Constitution.

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Hmmm: I suspect we’ll survive without Larry King on TV every night, but maybe that’s just me.

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Truism: Just because a person has a degree in education doesn't mean they can teach.

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Rave: Three products (“As Seen on Television”) that have far exceeded my expectations---the YoshiBlade Kitchen Knife, The George Foreman Grill and The Oreck Vacuum Cleaner.

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Rant: If you can name all 35 bowl games, you’ve got too much time on your hands

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Quote: “Much of the social history of the western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.”—Thomas Sowell. That’s certainly true of the Carter and obama regimes.

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Hmmm: George Soros looks like Helen Thomas.

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Truism: The longer the unemployment benefits are available, the longer people will stay unemployed.

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Rave: FX's "Justified," the Kentucky-set drama starring Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins, returns in February.

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Didjaknow: Combined Letterman and Jay Leno have less than half the nightly audience than Carson averaged in the 1970's.

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Music, Maestro: My favorite Christmas songs---“Jingle Bell Rock” (I still remember where I was when I heard it for the first time); “Let It Snow”; “Blue Christmas”; “White Christmas”; “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”; Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby"; "Do You Hear What I Hear?" If Dean Martin has a version---that’s my choice of artist.

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Didjaknow: There is a verse to "White Christmas" that most singers don't include, but as Irving Berlin wrote it, it goes like this (and puts the rest of the song into context):

"The sun is shining, the grass is green,

The orange and palm trees sway.

There's never been such a day

In Beverly Hills, L.A.

But it's December the twenty-fourth

And I am longing to be up north."

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In Passing: Not only did we lose baseball pitching great, Bob Feller, last week---but two guys with Top-Ten baseball names, Walt Dropo and Phil Cavarretta (both first basemen). Walt Dropo hit his first home run off Bob Feller.

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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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