Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Curmudgeon in the Wry 554


Wednesday, October 23, 2013---1037 Words---Average Reading Time: 3 Minutes, 37 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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Rave: Brit Hume.
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Reading: Scott Turow’s “Identical.”
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On the Hi Fi: “Sweetheart of the Rodeo”---The Byrds.
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Under rated: Yvonne De Carlo.
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By Jove: The Washington Redskins are going to change their name because of all the hatred, violence, and hostility associated with it. From now on they will be known simply as the Redskins.
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TV Time Out: “Revenge” is getting less and less compelling for me. It’s a show about terrible people doing worse things to other terrible people. “Revenge” has done almost nothing to make any of these people likable. Thus far, I've been happy to see all written-out-cast-members disappear.
Must say that Nolan’s mug-shot t-shirt was a winner.
I prefer the Hamptons of “Royal Pains.”
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Thought for the day: Good intel is important; good luck is critical.
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Quote: “Democrats sold Barack Obama to the American public, which is an even more amazing feat, considering his complete lack of relevant experience and questionable (at best) loyalty to the values and institutions of this country.”—Renowned economist Thomas Sowell.
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Didjaknow: According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s iPhone is by far the most profitable product in the world.
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TV Time Out II: The second half of season four for “Covert Affairs” opened up numerous possibilities. Six episodes for Annie Walker to take down Henry Wilcox. Annie has evolved as a spy and being off the grid opens up her playbook. She’ll need a lot of trick plays, as Henry is a master chess player.
The first episode moved at lightning speed…the next five should be one helluva ride.
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Rant: Now that the shut down is over all the government employees who were doing nothing can go back to work and do nothing again.
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Hmmm: Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
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Didjaknow: Sammy Cahn won four Oscars and was nominated for 26, the most of any songwriter.
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TV Time Out III: It was a long wait for the start of season five of “White Collar”---but worth it. It’s a wonderful caper-oriented, con man show with that magnificent “Ocean’s 11” (the original) feel.
This season Neal and Mozzie (the man with the plan) will have to pull off various criminal activities for the Dutchman under the noses of Peter Burke, Neal’s new handler and the FBI. It’s going to be big fun.
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Quote: “But if you think for half a second, that the liberals will ever send the National Guard into the hood to separate the black and Latino gangbangers from their artillery, you’re clearly non compos mentis.”—Burt Prelutsky.
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Didjaknow: In 35 states welfare payments exceed minimum wage. In Hawaii a thug collect the equivalent of a $60,000-a-year salary just for breathing. Breeding pays extra.
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Truism: If your punter is having a career day, chances are the team isn’t.
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TV Time Out IV: “Blue Bloods” maintains its high standard. Bebe Neurwirth should be perfect as Frank’s adversary in her role as an inspector general. She can do bitchy with charm and a smile as well as anyone.
Last Friday’s show did a spectacular job showing the stress that cops are tasked with on a daily basis. Cops deserve an enormous amount of respect. They run to danger…we run from danger.
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Pop Quiz: What is the difference between a Congress on vacation and one hard at work?
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Quote: “Facts do not speak for themselves.”—Economist Alfred Marshall. Attention congressional Republicans.
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Didjaknow: “The Kiss,” starring a 19-year-old Lew Ayers and 22-year-old Greta Garbo was the final silent film made by MGM. 
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Quote: “Republicans believe every day is the Fourth of July, but democrats believe every day in April 15.”—Ronald Reagan.
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TV Time Out V: “The Blacklist” is stellar drama filled with misdirection…intense and suspenseful. Even when you are expecting the unexpected, you are shocked anyway. The villains are exceptional. It is truly a solid hour of network TV entertainment.
Red’s use of and concern for Agent Keene is just one of the worthy long story arcs.
Monday’s car chase scene was as good as they get on the tube.
Who does the apple eater work for? Whose passport was in the box?
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Quiz answer: Trick question…there is no such thing as a Congress hard at work.
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Rant: Imagine a nine-inning 1-0 baseball game taking 3 hours, 56 minutes. That’s what happened in game one of the ALCS.
Thirty years ago, when the Orioles clinched the World Series over the Phillies, the game was completed in a nifty 2 hours and 21 minutes.
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Quote: “There are no hundred percent heroes.”— Travis McGee, “Cinnamon Skin”, 1982, by John D. MacDonald.
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TV Time Out OT: Any time “Person of Interest” gives us a lot of Shaw, I’m thrilled. She’s a terrific character.
“Pa3roBop” was a helluva an episode---deepening Shaw’s story and the HR menace. Except for Fusco, all the players converged and had lots to do.
Jen was wonderful and stole a lot of scene.
Reese’s fight with HR’s Simmons was spectacular…Carter turned the tables on her weaselly partner…Finch got to do mucho techno feats and display his knowledge of chemistry.
Shaw waking up to Root with a Taser---did not see that coming.
This show is in high gear.  
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Final Thought: Bob Costas is a useful idiot and girly man. Stick to sports Bob. If you want to talk politically correct politics…get a slot on PMSDNC.
Oh…and Bob, quit dying your hair…you are fooling no one.
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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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