Thursday, October 10, 2013

Curmudgeon in the Wry 552



Thursday, October 10, 2013---851 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 49 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.
If you want this in a different language…move to a country that speaks it!
Gluten Free.
Completely biased.
Don’t forget to floss.
Low carb.
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Reading: “The Quest” by Nelson DeMille.
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On the Hi Fi: “Frenesi” by Artie Shaw  {My hero for being married to both Ava Gardner and Lana Turner…though not at the same time.}
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Under rated: Beulah Bondi.
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You Know You’re Old: If you bought recapped tires.
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Rave: If Gloria Grahame is in it…I’m watching it.
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TV Time Out: “Blue Bloods” keeps raising the bar. Each episode is well scripted, entertaining and moving. Doubt anyone expected the ending with the Lieutenant’s ill wife.
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Didjaknow: During her 13 years as a judge on D.C.’s Court of Appeals, Ruth Bader Ginsberg hired 57 clerks, interns and/or secretaries…not one was black---in D.C. I guess liberals never feel they have to put their convictions where their mouths are.
0-57…even the Houston Astros have a better average than that.
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Rave: If you have any doubt that anyone was better than Jean Harlow at playing brassy comic leads…all you need do is watch “Libeled Lady” or “Dinner at Eight.”
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Thought For The Day: We're always hearing about how Social Security is going to run out of money.
How come we never hear about Welfare running out of money?
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TV Time Out: Three shows in, “The Blacklist” has become must see TV. Ray Reddington, played by James Spader, has the potential to become one of network TV’s more memorable characters.
What do you figure the six digits (042983) on Wujing’s payment to Reddington mean…date, locker combination, password?
Secrets, lies and mysteries surround the main players. With each answer, new questions arise.
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Shut down: With the government shut down, I felt emboldened enough to rip the “do not remove” tag from my mattress.
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Didjaknow: In the past eight seasons just three MLB teams have won 100 regular season games.
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Rave: Jake Brigance, the hero from John Grisham’s debut novel {“A Time to Kill”} returns in Grisham’s upcoming “Sycamore Row.”
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Rant: What’s with all these idiots who still have yet to figure out that a baseball cap has a brim to shade their eyes, not the back of their heads. 
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TV Time Out III: The two-hour finale of “Low Winter Sun” was certainly bleak, dreary and full of despair. Who knows if it gets renewed? If cancelled, I cannot think of one member of the dour cast that I will miss.
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Didjaknow: There are 17 former Red Sox playing for either the Dodgers, Pirates, Rays, Athletics or Tigers in the post season.
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Rave: Dennis Eckersley is easily the highlight of the various broadcast teams that TBS has assembled. I wish he, Buck Martinez and Don Orsillo were the lead team throughout the post season.
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Let’s face it: If you don’t have a rooting interest in a team playing in the MLB playoffs…it is damn near impossible to sit through the games. Baseball is probably the most regional of the pro sports.
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TV Time Out IV: “Person of Interest” continues to surprise me with twists, feints and gambits I never see coming. POI makes excellent use of bringing characters back for cameos that make sense and tighten the overall story arc.
Sarah Shahi’s Sam Shaw is rapidly closing in on Rachel Zane of “Suits” as my favorite TV character.
Amy Acker is brilliant as the somewhat-unhinged Root. The scene when she put her finger to her lips to make certain her shrink, Dr. Carmichael, said not a word…as she shot Hersh without looking was diabolically exceptional.
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Way Back Machine: Thursday, October 3rd marked the anniversary of Bobby Thompson’s homer that defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1951 playoff. It was poetically called, “The shot heard ‘round the world.” If it happened today it would most likely be called, “The walk-off homer heard ‘round the world.” Doesn’t have the same ring…does it?
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Rant: Every time the fool at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue gives a speech, I feel like a James Bond martini---shaken, but never stirred.
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Rave: Cheerleaders are never out of season.
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Quote: “So,” he asked, “you’re not trendy?”
“I’m a carnivore among vegans, a brew and burger guy in a Chardonnay and pate world”
“In other words, a throwback?”
“If that’s what you call someone with old friends, old habits and old values.”
Protagonist, Jake Lassiter in Paul Levine’s latest novel, “State vs. Lassiter.
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Final Thought: When a president keeps his college applications and grades under lock and key, how can anyone believe he is being forthright on anything?
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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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