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Cranky Cuss

Cranky Cuss
Location
Ossining, New York, United States
Birthday
February 28
Bio
I am the author of "Send In the Clown Car: The Road to the White House 2012," currently available on Amazon and CreateSpace. I'm currently semi-retired after 23 years in a corporate environment. My motto: The conventional wisdom has too much convention, not enough wisdom. Corollary: Even Einstein was wrong sometimes, and you're not Einstein.

MY RECENT POSTS

JUNE 24, 2014 6:17PM

The OC: Ten Things I'd Like to Say

     

1. “If winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony is called an EGOT, what do you call it when I’ve also won Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes?”

2. “No, seriously, I don’t think there is room on Mount Rushmore for my face.”

3. “That’s a fi… Read full post »

MAY 28, 2014 12:49PM

Writer's Block

A writer not writing is practically a maniac within himself.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald

Since Christmas, I have published just two new blog posts. I wish I could say it was because I was slaving away on the Great American Novel. I wasn’t. Something depressing happened: I lost the joy of… Read full post »

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(This was my first Editor's Pick, back in February 2009. ReasonRead full post »

MARCH 17, 2014 12:18PM

Kiss Me, I'm Irish. I Think.

                        Cranky O'Cuss 

(First posted on St. Patrick’s Day 2010.)

Today, as on every Saint Patrick’s Day, I’ll don the only green shirt I own (a New York Jets… Read full post »

MARCH 13, 2014 10:18AM

Kitty Genovese, 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago today, a horrific and infamous crime occurred in Queens. When Kitty Genovese was murdered while returning home from work in the early morning hours of March 13, 1964, it was merely a blip on the local media radar, one of 636 homicides recorded in New York City that… Read full post »

JANUARY 31, 2014 12:08PM

Talkin' Pete Seeger Blues

(Pete Seeger’s death Monday night at age 94 reminded me that five years ago, I had started writing something about Seeger but never finished it. In finishing it, sadly, I had to change the verbs from the present tense to the past.)

I'll be all around in the dark. I'll beRead full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2013 9:59AM

Christmas: The Top Stories

BETHLEHEM – A couple identified only as Joseph and the “Virgin” Mary were arrested last night by Bethlehem police and charged with child endangerment. According to the arrest warrant, they had left their newborn son Jesus outside in a manger at night, exposed to the elements and sur… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2013 12:37PM

25 Pleasures From 2013

December is the time for endless ten-best lists. Unfortunately, I don’t read enough current books, or watch enough current TV and movies, to make many useful recommendations. So here are 25 random pleasures I experienced in 2013:

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1. George Packer’s The Unwinding follows several Am… Read full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2013 10:55AM

The 2013 Year-End News Quiz

Have you kept up with the news in 2013? If so: they let you access the Internet from your mental institution? Test your knowledge below.

1. What plummeted suddenly from the Russian sky on February 15?
a. Edward Snowden
b. The members of Pussy Riot
c. The legal rights… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2013 12:37PM

Tin Foil Hat Sold Separately

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[Transcription of a tape I received anonymously in the mail today with no return address.]

I can’t believe it’s been 50 years and you still haven’t figured it out yet.

S… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 14, 2013 12:28PM

Twelve Random Things About Me

Last night, I got roped into this – God, I hate the word – meme on Facebook where you list things others may not know about you. I decided to expand it and turn it into a blog post. Some of these are copied from old posts, but I’m… Read full post »

OCTOBER 30, 2013 12:59PM

Halloween 2013

The spider web covered the bushes, the carved pumpkin sat on the front steps, the skeleton hung from the porch light, "Monster Mash" blared on the stereo, and the bowl of candy sat just inside the front door. I was ready for Halloween. With my wife chaperoning the town’s Halloween party,… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2013 12:21PM

My Pointless Baseball Trivia Quiz

In honor of tonight’s first game of the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals (also known as Con Chapman’s fantasy – he grew up in Missouri as a Cardinals fan and now lives in Boston), I have concocted a bunch of pointless baseball

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2013 2:43PM

My Stupid Little 9/11 Story

(This is a repost of something I wrote in September 2010.) 

I’ve been reluctant to write about 9/11. After all, I did not lose a loved one that day. I know two people who worked in the Twin Towers, and they both survived, one by evacuation and the other… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 3:48PM

Am I Losing Interest in Football?

It’s the first weekend of the NFL season and the league will be asking the same question it’s been asking for decades: “Are you ready for some football?” For the first time, part of me wants to answer, “No.”

I’ve loved sports since I was a young boy. Every se… Read full post »

AUGUST 30, 2013 2:31PM

My Weekly List #1

I’ve been writing pieces that are long and personal, not blog material. Sometimes creating the content feels like pulling teeth and I find myself wishing I would just write something mindless, where I wouldn’t be agonizing over the placement of every word like I was solving a Rubik’… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 22, 2013 12:57PM

Washington's Offensive Line

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Washington, D.C. is simultaneously the home of our nation’s first minority Presid… Read full post »

[Author George Saunders recently gave a commencement address at my old school, Syracuse University. His theme was that his only regret in life is insufficient kindness. It reminded me of something I wrote three years ago about an incident during my time in Syracuse. I have reposted it here.]

I wish… Read full post »

In response to Jaime Franchi’s recent post, here are ten things I absolutely do not give a crap about. We may agree to disagree about some of them.

1. Google Glass. Though I’m willing to assist Morgan Freeman in testing Google eyelids.

2. Jodi Arias. My brain is already stuffed with… Read full post »

APRIL 19, 2013 3:27PM

The Latest "News"

Here is what’s known so far:

On Monday, shortly before 3:00 pm, two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Another bomb was detonated shortly after at the JFK Library.

Twelve people were killed.

Three people were killed and more than a hundred injured.

Shortly beforeRead full post »

APRIL 15, 2013 11:41AM

By the Book

(The New York Times Sunday Book Review prints a weekly column, “By the Book,” in which an author answers generic questions about his or her reading habits. I decided to take a crack at some of the most common questions. Since everyone loves to talk about books, feel free toRead full post »

I met Sandra at a Ron Paul rally and it was love at first sight. When she and I finally took the plunge, we knew exactly where we wanted to go on our honeymoon: Ayn Rand World, the new libertarian theme park.

The day after our nuptials, we landed at Milton… Read full post »

APRIL 4, 2013 12:38PM

A Grim Fairy Tale

Once upon a time, in the Greatest Kingdom on Earth, a boy was born. He was not a king, nor was he a prince. In fact, he was just an ordinary Joe. But he grew up to be a smart, kind, hard-working man.

Around the same time, a girl… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 24, 2013 1:47PM

Another Nauseating Puke Story

 

 

Fourth or fifth grade.  It’s between classes and I’m racing down the hall to the nurse’s office because my tummy is rumbling like Mount St. Helens and I’m about to blow chunks.

  

Didn’t make it.  Nature does/Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2013 11:15AM

Wayne LaPierre Reviews the Oscar Nominees

For the last few years, I’ve attended an annual movie marathon in which they presented all of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture. Since I couldn’t make it this year, I asked my good friend Wayne LaPierre to attend in my stead. I know you have heard Wayne’s harsh… Read full post »