Thursday, February 11, 2010

THURSDAY--Another Edition of........

The weekly flip of the fedora to Jimmy Cannon

Nobody Asked Me But:

1) Why is everyone so upset about Toyota when the U S automakers managed to manufacture exploding and defective clunkers for years and tried to avoid any publicity about them and Toyota has admitted a problem and the corporate execs actually take responsibility?

2) Speaking of cars—why don’t manufacturer’s follow the good old rule---“..if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”---or improve it until it is so sophisticated electronically the user does not have any control. Which goes for many other items as well.

3) Do you think that violent criminals have a criminal version of Miranda Rights they read to their victims?

4) I liked it better when the only Miranda was the one with the fruit garden on her head.

5) I wonder if Sarah Palin has a script writer to write crib notes on her hands—and how do you squeeze “my fee is $100,000—you betcha” in such a small area?

6) Whatever happened since Harry Truman famously declared he would not accept fees because the Presidency is not for sale?

7) With all the talk of Ticketmaster and Live Nation merging it might be nice for people to realize that some of the finest entertainment costs a fraction that their venues charge---local coffeehouses (and, yes, they actually do serve coffee), local theater companies, and the like. People running to grab up the overpriced tickets for the sake of being in the proximity of the latest fad in entertainers really needed to have a Shelty dog nearby---he controls the sheep herds.

8) I surely hope that when the Hudson River cleanup continues after all the foot dragging by GE people will remember who started everyone thinking about the river and its pollution. You fill in the name---you should know it.

9) Most songwriters write one song that becomes their trade-mark—their logo, if you will. Rick Nestler has done many memorable songs but one he will never top---his classic---You fill in the name—you should know it.

10) It certainly is nice to see a Vice President acting Vice Presidential as opposed to an imitation of Iago.

11) Sometimes the most interesting companies to invest in are the least dramatic---Darling International has little competition because it is a nationwide company that picks up the grease in grease traps and re-cycles it into other products. The places the grease comes from are more dramatic investments but the clever investor will single this one out.

12) Summer is a ways off still but this summer portends to be a very special one in NYC with the appearance of the Royal Shakespeare Company in a number of plays in a totally redesigned Armory that will be a replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. I am pressing my pantaloons at this very moment.

13) Do you remember when Valentines Day was just a nice day to give someone a card (the greeting card companies were delighted), some flowers or candy (the florists and candy folks delighted) and the recipients were equally delighted and not a day that turned totally commercial so that restaurants (in many places) take reservations weeks in advance for overpriced dining specials, the alleged Valentines were disappointed if they were not properly wined & dined and recognized by this commercialism. By the way—who the hell was St. Valentine and should we care? He was celibate---right?

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