Monday, August 01, 2011

Curmudgeon in the Wry 507

Monday, August 01, 2011---786 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 16 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: Hedy Lamarr.

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Reading: “Full Black” by Brad Thor.

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On the Hi Fi: “Forever” by Clarke, Corea & White.

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Under rated: Marie Windsor.

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I miss: Sal Maglie, Jo Stafford, Veronica Lake, John D. MacDonald.

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Rant: Hasn’t the expiration date on the expression “kick the can down the road” come and gone---a long time ago?

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Quotes: “Dean Martin, the Renaissance Man of cool.”—“Al Sharpton, Race card croupier.”---Dennis Miller.

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Rave: The dance scene between William Holden and Kim Novak in “Picnic” is one of the sexiest movie segments ever filmed. Certain more enticing than the crap they throw at you in today’s Hollywood. Didn’t hurt that Holden and Novak were two of the most attractive people in Hollywood…and the music (“Moonglow”) is nothing short of spectacular.

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Truism: This year LeBron James finally proved once and for all that Michael Jordan is the greatest Basketball player of all time.

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Quote: “The national debt ceiling law should be judged by what it actually does, not by how good an idea it seems to be. The one thing that the national debt ceiling has never done is to put a ceiling on the rising national debt. Time and time again, for years on end, the national debt ceiling has been raised whenever the national debt gets near whatever the current ceiling may be.”—Renown Economist, Thomas Sowell.

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Rave: John Hart’s “Iron House” is a character-driven thriller of the first order. The lead characters are flawed, capable, meaningful and difficult to forget. It contains all the volatility and capriciousness of family dynamics found in the Southern Novel tradition.

Secrets, lies, a legacy of violence, family bonds set in a lyrical prose pull you through the pages at a rapid pace.

John Hart is an inspired storyteller who creates such vibrant images, you are reading in Technicolor.

“Iron House” is a terrifying, emotional, powerful and suspense filled story delivered with stunning velocity.

This should earn John Hart yet another Edgar nomination.

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Quote: “I’ve always said my greatest inspiration to write is a severe dislike of having a real job.”—“A lot of writers think they’re only as good as their last book---I say you’re only as good as your next book.”--Two time Edgar Award winning author, John Hart.

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Rant: You can start “Cowboys and Aliens” without me.

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Didjaknow: The USA and Denmark are the only democratic countries with a debt ceiling.

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Rant: It took CNBC a trio to replace Mark Haines for Squawk On the Street---and it is now unwatchable. Jim Cramer (who jumped the shark years ago) is seen doing his best Jim Cramer imitation. Carl Quintanilla, a pure obama sycophant in the PMSNBC tradition. Melissa Lee is the best of the bunch, but even she is not the brightest bulb in the GE curly-cue light bulb collection. I really miss Mark Haines.

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Equal time rant: Fox News has been placing weekend morning anchor Alisyn Camerota as a substitute during prime time whilst Megyn Kelly is on maternity leave. Alisyn is awful…so shrill…Fox has many more most capable anchors they could use. Come back soon Megyn!

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Quote: “obama’s political genius is his ability to say things that will sound good to people who have not followed the issues in any detail---regardless of how obviously fraudulent what he says may be to those who have. Shameless effrontery can be a huge political asset, especially if uninformed voters outnumber those who are informed.”—Noted Economist Thomas Sowell.

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Stats: The entire nation of Japan has 25,000 girls registered to play soccer. California alone has 200,000.

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Quote: “I’m a writer who likes to catch history in the act, and it was an enormous challenge to write about this and not get dated or overtaken by events.”—Daniel Silva on his #1 novel, “Portrait of a Spy.

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Hmmm: The NFL strike was settled just in time for the owners to take full advantage of fans who are willing to pay full price for tickets to half-worthless exhibition games.

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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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