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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

OCTOBER 19, 2011 11:30PM

In Case Anyone Wonders....

In case anyone was wondering, my parody post from earlier today, "OS Being Sued For Lack of Diversity On Its Front Page," was accidentally deleted by one of the bloggers with spam fighting power.  That person apologized to me, so I hold no animosity about it.   I could repost it but&nb… Read full post »

 

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OCTOBER 16, 2011 11:48AM

Cranky's Record Reviews #3

    

I haven’t done one of these in months, so it's longer than usual.  And I haven’t yet written about some of my favorite records of the year: Paul Simon, Todd Snider, Wild Flag, the Buddy Holly tribute record and (probably) the Jay-Z/Kanye one.  Read full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2011 9:19AM

A Tale of Two College Students

     

Alexander Grant was a 19-year-old student at Boston College. Lauren Speirer was a 20-year-old college student at Indiana University.  Both of them grew up within 15 minutes of where I live.

    

Unfortunately, that’s not the only thing they have in c… Read full post »

OCTOBER 10, 2011 10:10AM

Random Thoughts, 10/10/11

     

Occasionally, I’d like a do-over.  Last week I wrote a parody of the Occupy Wall Street rally (though a couple of readers didn’t get that it was parody).  Later, I realized a funnier idea would have been having Wall Street fat cats occupy an economicall/… Read full post »

OCTOBER 6, 2011 7:51PM

I Have - Gasp! - Joined Facebook

     

I am not a Luddite, but I have been offered membership in their club many times. 

    

I’m always slow to embrace change.  Even now, I only use my cell phone for calls and the occasional text message.  Although I have been a mainframe compu/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2011 8:52AM

Interpreting a News Story About Salon

     

(With apologies to Stephen E.F. Brown for stealing his article this week in the San Francisco Business Times. My comments are in parentheses.)

  

Salon.com, the erstwhile darling of Internet news sites (like Newt Gingrich, the Internet abandoned itsRead full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 10:10AM

Moneyball: The Book

               

I haven’t seen the movie Moneyball yet, though I’m anxious to (I hear there is a talented, good-looking guy playing David Justice).  As a serious baseball fan (whose mind is still boggled by th/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 12:43PM

Prosecuting a Murder? Or Defending Abuse?

      

Many people have a visceral dislike for defense attorneys.  Mention the attorneys for O.J. Simpson or Casey Anthony, and these people will spit.  They wonder how these lawyers can sleep at night after a day spent defending a scumbag.

    

But so… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 10:42AM

The Other Side of the Story

     

We are gullible, every one of us.  Especially including myself.

    

The Internet is a treasure trove of information: facts, documents, opinions of all stripes.  Except for the limitations of time, there really is no reason for us to be ill-informed a/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2011 11:15AM

My M.C. Escher Dream

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I had that dream again last night.  I have variations of that dream frequently.  The details of the dream change each t/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 11:48AM

I Need a Beer!

 

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“Hey, hon, I’m all out of beer, grab me a six-pack. Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 11:52AM

Ten Years Ago? I Remember It Like It Was Yesterday

    

Ten years ago?  I remember it like it was yesterday.

    

I remember that it was a beautiful morning: deep blue sky, pleasant temperature, low humidity, the kind of perfect September day when you want to call in sick and have an end-of-summer picnic.

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2011 6:21PM

An OSer for President!

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Mary Ann Sorrentino has a "20 Questions" post up this afternoon. Her last qu… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 12:20PM

The First Annual OS Labor Day Cookout

 

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There’s quite a crowd here for the first annual Open Salon Labor Day Weekend Cookout.  And why wou/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 31, 2011 11:36AM

Some Trivial Trivia Questions

While avoiding the drenching downpour of Irene, I mindlessly surfed the Net – well, I do everything mindlessly - and learned a few things that I didn’t know – and there’s a lot I don’t know - so I’ve turned them into trivia questions.  I don’t have any v… Read full post »

AUGUST 27, 2011 12:37AM

My "Rock You Like a Hurricane" Playlist

    

This is perfect weather for me since “I was born in a crossfire hurricane,” so tonight and tomorrow, it will just be “you and me and rain on the roof.”  I don’t care if the “surf’s up, mmm-hmm, aboard a tidal wave,” stay away fr/… Read full post »

AUGUST 21, 2011 10:36AM

My Small Joy (Open Call)

 

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AUGUST 20, 2011 10:02AM

Random Thoughts, 8/20/2011

       

I don’t wish to make light of tragedy, but: “Brain-Eating Amoeba?”  Didn’t I see that movie on Chiller Theater when I was 14?  If the world is becoming a 1950s horror film, we’re doomed. 

  

   

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AUGUST 18, 2011 11:09AM

Create Your Own Captions

 

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                               "Hubby sure prayed my gay away!"

 

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AUGUST 15, 2011 9:37AM

O ..... S ..... Is ..... Like .....

    

There are so many wonderful things posted every day in Open Salon.  Hardly a day goes by that I don't read something here that makes me laugh out loud or go, "Wow!"

   

    

But ….. sometimes ….. it ……. gets &helli… Read full post »

AUGUST 12, 2011 9:25AM

Dum and Dummerer

     

For years, I’ve collected the appalling, the inane and the ridiculous from newspapers and online news sources.  Here are a few of my favorites:

   

    

Criminal Genius:  Non-golfer Kayti Dryer tried smuggling cocaine from the Car/… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2011 3:29PM

Dearly Beloved ...

     

Yesterday, I got a phone call from my mail-order pharmacy.  One of my medications had no refills left and the pharmacy was going to call my general practitioner to renew the prescription.

    

“I’m sorry, Mr. Cuss, we are unable to renew your p… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 9, 2011 7:36PM

Measuring How Far We've Fallen

    

I think it’s no coincidence that, within days of the most disgusting, disgraceful and damaging partisan fiasco in my lifetime, both Mark Hatfield and Hugh Carey passed away.  They were everything that most politicians today are not – reasonable and open to comprom/… Read full post »