Monthly Archives: May 2006

The Greatest Voice Of The Twentieth Century

Enrico Caruso? Marian Anderson? John McCormack? Not in my book. (Trick question alert.) To me, the greatest set of pipes ever heard belonged to Mel Blanc. Mel was the first great cartoon voice actor and, in many ways, the best. … Continue reading

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The Most Counter-Productive Ad I’ve Ever Heard

Driving down the road the other day, I heard a radio commercial for a local water park. Was not listening particularly closely, but my ears did perk up when the announcer closed out the list of amenities with, Complimentary swim … Continue reading

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You Think Our National Parks Have Problems?

Sri Lanka park landmine kills 8 CNN, May 28, 2006: Eight people were killed in a Sri Lankan park on Saturday when a landmine exploded, Sri Lankan military authorities said Sunday. Seven Sri Lankan tourists and a guide were traveling … Continue reading

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We Are Doomed

This is what it’s come to: Outsourcing your life Newsday, May 28, 2006: Local businesses are taking on the tasks we can’t get done Picking up dog poop is not a complicated procedure. But, as Linda Samuels Campiglia can attest, … Continue reading

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An Eleven-Letter Word Beginning With “Cluster”

Isn’t this Congress-vs-Justice flap the craziest thing ever? A Defiant Stance In Jefferson Probe Washington Post, May 27, 2006 The Justice Department signaled to the White House this week that the nation’s top three law enforcement officials would resign or … Continue reading

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I Don’t Want To End Up Like Bonnie And Clyde

Desmond Dekker is dead. Desmond who? Don’t you remember, “The Israelites?” That weird reggae number that achieved novelty-hit status before most people in the U.S. had even heard of Bob Marley? “Wake up in the morning, slaving for bread, sir,So … Continue reading

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I Read It’s In The New York Times

Lenovo Reports 85 Pct. Drop in Net Profit New York Times, May 25, 2006: Lenovo’s executive headquarters are in Purchase, New York. It’s principal operations are in Beijing and Raleigh, North Carolina. Two weeks ago, I couldn’t spell proofreader. Now … Continue reading

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Punch, Brothers, Punch With Care

And punch in the presence of the pass-en-jair! Is there any work of classical music catchier than Bizet’s L’Arlésienne Suite? Kodaly’s Viennese Clock Chimes, you say? Nah, only two minutes and change. Not in the same league. What about Scheherezade? … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Bob Dylan

The boy from Hibbing is 65 today! And how many of you know that Hibbing also gave the world Roger Maris, Kevin McHale, Gary Puckett, and the Greyhound Bus Company? What a town! PS: Don’t criticize what you can’t understand.

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Gotta Love Those Washington Desk Jockeys

Annual Ammunition Survey Memo Transmitted NPS Digest, May 24, 2006: Executive Order (EO) 13148, “Greening the Government through Leadership in Environmental Management,” created new requirements for Federal agencies that routinely use toxic chemicals. In part, this EO requires Federal agencies … Continue reading

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Danish Newspaper To Print Caricatures Of Gifford Pinchot

Naw, only kidding. Even the Danes aren’t that crazy. You can stand down, Forest Service guys. Had you going there for a minute, didn’t I?

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