Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Curmudgeon in the Wry 556

Wednesday, December 11, 2013---853 Words---Average Reading Time: 2 Minutes, 54 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: Chet Baker.
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Reading: Michael Connelly’s latest Mickey Haller novel, "The Gods of Guilt."
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On the Hi Fi: “Bix Lives” by Bix Beiderbecke.
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Under rated: Harry Guardino.
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Thought for the day: Time is precious, waste it wisely.
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Truism: I can barely imagine a world in which Jay Carney would not be considered superfluous. He certainly seems like a non-essential government worker to me.
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Rant: American TV has done a demonstrably poor job of resurrecting classic series---Ironsides, Charlie’s Angels, Knight Rider, The Night Stalker, Bionic Woman are just a handful that come to mind.
Thank goodness The Rockford Files remake died early.
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Truism: Most successful people became that way by doing just slightly more than others.
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Numbers Game: Statistics show that at the age of seventy, there are five women to every man.  Isn't that an ironic time for a guy to get those odds? 
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Paraphrasing: “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to keep electing liberals.”—Santayana.
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TV Timeout: With Lydia Davis returning from the dead, Revenge has officially jumped the shark.
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Pop Quiz: What is the difference between a Congress on vacation and one hard at work?
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Quiz Answer: Trick question. There is no such thing as a congress hard at work.
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Never forget: It is what people think that you are saying is all that really matters.
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Rave: Among those things I love most about Christmas--- Pfeffernüsse, marzipan, Bobby Helm’s Jingle Bell Rock on the radio, other people’s Christmas decorations, sending Christmas cards. Almost forgot---Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt!
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Won’t hold my breath: Waiting for truly precocious three-year-ago who asks while God gave left-wingers brains if they are never going to use them.
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TV Timeout II: The flashbacks in the final episode of the first half of this season’s Person of Interest were astounding. Really loved discovering why Shaw “dropped out” of med school. Flashbacks can be great for giving deeper context to the present day story line. Amy Acker’s certainly went total badass firing two guns.
Finch’s team is growing…and they all wear white hats, just in different shades.
Root’s closing remarks to Finch, “We have a larger fight ahead of us. I think we should be together when that begins. Don’t you?” opens great possibilities for the second half of the season. Is it against Control and the mystery woman in the government? Is it against the hacker collective? Or something else?
This is just about as good as TV can be.
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Rim Shot: When chemists die…they barium.
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Irony alert: Thanks to all the smart electronic gizmos and gadgets available, never have so many dunderheads had the opportunity to let the entire world know just how stupid they really are…140 characters at a time.
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You Know You’re Old: When you have a choice of two temptations and you choose the one that will get you home earlier. 
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Business 101: If you have to solve the same problems repeatedly…it should be obvious {even to an MSNBC viewer} you have not found the proper solution.
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Rant: Compared to disastrous rollout of obamacare, the introductions of New Coke and Ford’s Edsel were resounding success stories. I am just surprised obama is yet to blame the poor rollout on George Bush.
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Truism: Deniability is the Red Queen of American intelligence.
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Quote: “One of the reasons it has taken so long for some people to finally see through barack obama is that people do not like to admit, even to themselves, that they have been played for a fool by a slick talking politician.”---World acclaimed economist Thomas Sowell.
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Hmmm: I may know a little about a lot of things…but I sure don’t get Pajamagrams.
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TV Timeout III: Spectacular two-part episode to end first half of season one for The Blacklist. Both Red and Agent Donald Ressler have the same rare blood type---where will that connection lead?
Nothing is ever as it seems in The Blacklist.  
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Hmmm: Is it against the law to use a poetic license if one is not a poet?
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TV Time Out IV: Mob City is a big bloody, flashy, violent and pulpy exercise that builds slowly into some solid entertainment…it’s a fine, identity-bending effort.
Jon Bernthal as Detective Joe Teague, Neal McDonough as Chief Parker, Ed Burns as Bugsy Siegel, Ned Stax as the mob lawyer and Robert Knepper as hitman Sid Rothman are especially captivating in their roles.
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Final Thought: Conventions of society are also known as civilization.
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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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