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Cranky Cuss

Cranky Cuss
Ossining, New York, United States
February 28
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.


NOVEMBER 17, 2011 11:11AM

Cranky's Record Reviews #4


All raves this time, eight of them, or to quote a Jerry Lee Lewis compilation: “all killer, no filler.” The difference between four Crankys and 3 ½ may be negligible.


FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: Sky Full of Holes: Since FoW is a hook machine – check o/… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 9, 2011 10:32AM

Returning to the Rat Race For One Day


I hadn’t showered that early in ages.


After 35 years in the rat race, I was no longer in the habit of being shocked awake by a stream of warm water hitting my bleary eyes at the crack of dawn. Since retiring, I was able to ease my… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 8, 2011 9:30AM

Random Thoughts, 11/8/11


The worst protester of all time: Yesterday morning, Michael Davitt jumped from the Tappan Zee Bridge.  A 3-mile cantilever bridge over the Hudson River, the Tappan Zee’s height makes it an attractive location for suicides, of which there are several each yea/… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 3, 2011 10:43AM

A Pro Athlete I Can Admire



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OCTOBER 28, 2011 10:04AM

I've Retired From Halloween



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OCTOBER 26, 2011 2:01PM

Happy Birthday, Joanie!

Happy birthday to one of the best writers and sweetest people I know:

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(This is the post that got deleted yesterday.)


A landmark suit was filed in federal court today against Open Salon, charging that the website has become solely for bloggers writing about the Occupy America movement, and actively discriminates against anyone who wishe… Read full post »

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

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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.


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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



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!




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

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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




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

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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 »