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A *Dedicated* Imitation!

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As Charles Caleb Colton once famously said:  “Imitation is the sincerest [form] of flattery”.  So, I guess I should be flattered that someone has created a blog, powered by WordPress no less, with the web address of:  JumbleAnswers .com.  

It’s a little hard to determine how long it has been around, but the posts do bear a striking resemblance to my Jumble Spoilers.  Maybe, it is written by someone who once frequented unclerave.wordpress.com, but objected to my politics, or sense of humor, or something.  The commentary portion, especially, reads very much like mine.  She – because it looks like it might be written by someone named Angela – even makes references to Hoyt and Knurek.  I’m not sure if they endorse the blog, or not.  In the few posts that I read I did not see them commenting . . . but who knows.

The – quasi-official looking – blog states that it has 800 something “Followers”, but each one of its posts has either zero, or 1 or 2 – at most, that I could see – “Likes”.  I can understand this, as a good number of the “Followers” may not be on WordPress themselves, but each post seems to have a surprising number of comments.  After reading a number of the comments though, I got the strange feeling that the blog’s creator is just having a conversation with them self!  It looks a little too much like a controlled call and response, to me.  Maybe it’s just me.  Maybe I’m just jealous???  LOL!

Anyway, it is out there, friends.  So, give it a look, and give me your impression of it.  If nothing else, let it be noted that Yer Uncle doesn’t mind a little competition!  Although, I’m a little surprised that they are getting away with the name!  Hmm.

Be well and do good, friends.  Have a safe and happy 4th of July!


  YUR

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My Favorite Dingbat Died!

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NYC – Chelsea Market: Carroll O’Connor and Jean Stapleton as Archie and Edith Bunker (Photo credit: wallyg)

My dear friends,

I’m very sorry to inform you of the passing of a great lady, Ms. Jean Stapleton.  She was a marvelous character actress, who started in Broadway, but was best known for her role as the lovable “dingbat”, Edith Bunker, on “All in the Family“.  She passed away at her home, in New York City, on Friday, at the age of 90.

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Photo of the Cast of the television program All in the Family. Standing are Sally Struthers (Gloria) and Rob Reiner (Michael); seated are Archie (Carroll O’Connor) and Edith (Jean Stapleton), who is holding the child who played the Bunker’s grandson, Joey. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

She was the loyal, loving wife of Archie Bunker, who usually let him have his way, despite not always seeing eye to eye with the incorrigible ignoramus that he was.  She usually played meek and submissive, but Edith was a lot tougher than Archie ever imagined.  She had a voice like a rusty hinge, but she didn’t shy from belting out her lyrics on the show’s theme song, “Those Were the Days”.  Ms. Stapleton was the queen of the befuddled look.  And, when she finally got what people were talking about, you could actually see the light going on in her head.  And, if it was something a little risqué, you’d see this shy little smile come to her face, and she’d giggle one of the most lady-like little giggles you could imagine.  Her portrayal of Edith was precious.  She won 3 Emmy Awards playing the character.

After “All in the Family” you’d see her in the frequent TV movie and other television shows, and she also had some small parts in the big screen movies, like “Michael” with John Travolta and “You’ve Got Mail” with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.

She will long be remembered, and she will be missed.

   YUR

It’s Gotta BE Candice as American Idol!

  

English: Mariah Carey performing live in Las Vegas

English: Mariah Carey performing live in Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OK.  So I threw this out there two minutes before Ryan Seacrest read the results of the votes.  Why?  I don’t know.  I’m not really a fan of American Idol.  I never really cared for the concept, from the get go.  Too much Pop, too much of what they – laughingly – call “R & B”, too much Country, and not enough Rock,  for my tastes.  I rarely miss the show though, because it’s one of those spousal participation deals.  My wife loves the show.  She needs to have someone as a kind of a sounding board.  That’s me.

Don’t get me wrong though.  I have to give the producers a lot of credit, for the set up of the show.  The huge cattle-call auditions in various cities around the country, showing  a decent mix of young people with legitimate potential, and those quirky, deluded oddballs who have no business opening their mouths – let alone sing – makes for compelling television.  Those first few weeks is their hook.  (Even my son will watch – parts of the first few weeks – for the people who either totally suck, or are there for their 60 seconds of fame/infamy.  And he call the show the musical holocaust!)    They throw in some heart warming stories to endear certain contestants to the viewers.  They play up some early favorites and point out the difficult divas, all to build up the notion of:  We gotta vote for our guy/girl! . . . and hope that the other guys don’t get enough votes.  I know they’ve generated tons of revenue for AT&T, Ford and Coca Cola!

The other thing they DID well was the judging system.  I say did because this year the judging was unwatchable.  Initially, they had the three judges, and it was largely a good cop/bad cop set up between Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul.  Paula went out of her way to be nice to anyone who was even borderline talented, and Simon was brutally honest, to the point where he he’d infuriate a large portion of the live audience.  I always found his honesty to be refreshing.  Randy Jackson usually played the joker.  After a number of seasons Paula left, then came back, then left again, and Simon eventually grew tired of the show and left.  There were some decent replacement judges over the last few years, but it’s never really been quite the same since Simon left.  J-Lo and Steven Tyler were entertaining as judges, and Randy even attempted to play the heavy at times, but I thought the show lacked legitimate criticism.  Now, I long for those days.

This year they went with four judges, and the show lost its focus.  I don’t know if it was all honest, or at least partially contrived, but the “feud” between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj was not even remotely entertaining to me.  Not in the least.  And, four judges is just too many.  It seemed like two thirds of the show was the judges, and only one third was performance.  That might have been okay had the critiquing actually been honest criticism, but it was generally over the top fawning over mostly mediocre singing.  I thought all the guys basically stunk, and only a few of the girls could sing.  Not surprising that the two I liked best – from day one – made it to the finals.  There were a few times where Nicki would buck the nice-nice trend, and tell people their performances were weak, but that seemed to be more early on.  Keith Urban was too much the pretty boy, loving the limelight, and telling everybody how special they were.  Randy went back and forth from his usual Yo Dogs and She’s innit to winnit! to the occasional I wasn’t feelin’ it and It wasn’t your strongest performance.  And for me, Mariah Carey was pretty much unwatchable, as a judge.  She’s beautiful and a talented singer, and all, though not my style.  But as a judge, there was way too much faint praise, the occasional gutter-sniping . . . retribution(?), and she just seemed to go on forever . . . and ever.  Later on you realized that the main reason Mariah and Keith were there was to promote their latest CD/tour.  Maybe Steven and J-Lo did the same thing, but they were a little more subtle about it  . . . and they were just better judges.

Bottom line, there really were only two strong contenders, pretty much from day one.  I liked them both, but grew a little cool to Kree when I thought she disrespected Harry Connick Jr.  I thought Randy disrespected him too, but I think Randy was kind of trying to defend Mariah by arguing with Harry over his comments on just singing simply and not always doing runs.  Then, you had a handful of  pretenders, who showed occasional flashes of talent.  The rest of them likely wouldn’t have made it through auditions . . . had Simon still been on the show.

Congrats to Candice Glover, though!  She is a true talent, and deserved to win!

—   YUR

A 9/11 – 11 Year and 1 Week Anniversary Bonus!

Library sign designed by Jessamyn West

Library sign designed by Jessamyn West (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the Thought for Today:

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions.  When they don’t fit it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.”   —   Jessamyn West

(A little ironic that she died in 1984.  Not ironic that she was an American Quaker.  I wonder what she would make of the world today???  Be well, do good, and keep asking questions, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  Perhaps this quote has been mis-attributed.  There is also a living Jessamyn West, who designed the above sign!  Hmm!      YUR

Lifting the veil

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English: A map of Arab Spring countries updated and reframed to reflect the independence of South Sudan on 9 July 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From an excellent article:

How the Corporate Media is Snookering You on Syria

“For those versed in the black arts of propaganda, the hijacking of Arab Spring must be a beauteous thing to behold.”  . . .

“As with Libya, Western countries were covertly overthrowing a Middle East regime, just as they have done over the decades. And, as before, the media said not a word about what was really going on. So the public did not really understand, and there was practically no debate at all.”  . . .

“When almost no media anymore question these barely disguised coups against uncooperative standing governments, we are in very deep trouble. Because if we can’t count on the media to tell us what is going on in far-off places, what may we expect of them closer to home?  We are witnessing a crisis for journalism that is nothing less than a crisis for democracy itself.”

For the complete article go to: 

http://www.alternet.org/story/156089/how_the_corporate_media_is_snookering_you_on_syria_?akid=9007.308895.GSko6z&rd=1&t=21

Farewell Dick Clark!

RIP Dick Clark, 1929 - April 18, 2012

RIP Dick Clark, 1929 - April 18, 2012 (Photo credit: clotho98)

Long time American icon, Dick Clark, passed away today, of an apparent heart attack.  He was 82.

Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand

Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Baby Boomers will forever remember him as the host, and face, of American Bandstand.  He looked like one of the teenage dancers on the show – in the earlier days – and for the longest time it seemed like he positively refused to age.  He was dubbed ‘America’s Oldest Teenager’!  As with all good things though, that finally caught up with him when he suffered a pretty severe stroke eight years ago.  The stroke took a lot out of him, but he was able to teach himself how to walk and talk again.

He was also well known for hosting “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve“, on ABC, from 1972 until his stroke in 2004.  He made a comeback, of sorts, in 2006, but his spirit was much stronger than his physical being.  He was like a mentor to his eventual successor, Ryan Seacrest.

Dick Clark was also a successful producer of such television shows as “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” and the game show “$25,000 Pyramid”, both of which he hosted, for a time.  His very illustrious professional life spanned more than 55 years!

God bless Dick Clark!  He’ll be remembered, and he will be missed.  Rest in peace, sir.  We salute you.

   YUR

Spam Message of the Year!

. . . Well, so far, at least!

SPAM! [don't buy]

Every single day I receive varying amounts of spam, which WordPress is very good about filtering out, from the legitimate comments.  Usually, the spam is full of complimentary praise, designed to get you to accept it.  But, it’s always so non-specific to the post that it’s allegedly commenting on, and the English is generally very suspect..  Other times the spam is just a mish-mosh of letters, numbers and symbols, mixed in with the occasional words and phrases.  However, every so often you get a spam message that doesn’t fit the mold.  I received this one the other day, and for some reason, I feel compelled to share it with all of you!

“if the buffalo in my head could speak german i would not know a god damm thing. What i do know is that the language of art is out of this world. 977229”   —   Wollin@aol.com

How wonderfully quirky!  It’s both strangely cryptic, and semi-poetic.  Again, the English – and the spelling – is very suspect, in parts, but it has a whimsical quality to it.  I have no idea whose email address this is, and very likely it has been cloned/hacked, but if someone wants to write to this person . . . feel free!  No, I’m just kidding!  You’d either be just adding to this person’s misery, or you might even open yourself up to being hacked/cloned.  Just enjoy this for the random nonsense that it is.  Be well, do good . . . and search for hidden beauty, friends.   —   YUR

2012 Oscar Baffler

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This morning they announced all the nominees for the 2012 Academy Awards.  All the expected actor, actress (both supporting and leading), director, and picture names came up, as one might expect.  With all the other awards shows, that precede the Oscars, there usually are no noticeable surprises when they read off the list of nominees.  Occasionally, there might be a glaring omission.  A well reviewed movie, with an A-list director and/or cast, that somehow doesn’t make the cut.  But this time, in the Best Picture category, there was a glaring addition.

Somehow, the movie Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close received a Best Picture nod!  From what I’ve heard and read, there were no outright pans or slams of this movie, but merely tepid reviews.  Roger Ebert gave it a 2 and ½ out of 4 stars, and used the word “contrivance” in describing it.  Leonard Maltin also said the story was “contrived”.  Rex Reed called it “labored and muddled” and even used adjectives like preposterous and manipulation in describing the story.  Tim Lammers – I’ve never heard of this reviewer before – gave it a 2 and ½ out of 4 stars, and even the website Rotten Tomatoes gave it only a 5.8 out of a possible 10.  By all accounts, this is the most wishy-washy reviewed movie ever, to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.  So, why put it up for consideration?

It does have an extremely likeable cast, in Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock (arguably America’s Cinematic Sweethearts), John Goodman, Zoe Caldwell and Max von Sydow.  And, apparently a strong performance by newcomer Thomas Horn, as the young son searching for some meaning in his father’s (Tom Hanks) death, at the World Trade Center, on 9/11/2001.  But, only Max von Sydow is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category.  From what I’ve seen, it received no other nominations.  So, what gives?

The movie doesn’t seem to have any kind of political message.  There’s no controversy, or anything.  And 9/11 is still a very controversial subject, both here and especially abroad, despite the Story Closed attitude, that both the US government and the dutiful corporate media show it.  Could it be that the movie’s blandness fits in with the Let’s get on with it attitude that so many want for the issue?  I don’t know.  I haven’t seen it.  And, based upon the true reviews, the ones that came out prior to this unexpected nomination, it’s unlikely that I will watch it.  Nothing personal.  I’m a fan of all the major actors in it.  It just seems to be a very non-compelling movie.

The movie’s nomination is the surprise of the awards season.  At best, it’s just a puzzling little oddity.  At worst, the “contrivance” and “manipulation” of the situation make it more than a little suspicious.

Keep thinking, friends.

YUR

The S & P Downgrade “Game”

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AKA:  JUST MORE WALL STREET SHENANIGANS!

Hopefully, you haven’t been running around with your hair on fire, screaming THE SKY IS FALLING, THE SKY IS FALLING!!!  Because, guess what?  It ain’t!  Standard and Poors is just another Wall Street “institution” that says, and does, what it wants to, in order to suit their own – and certain benefactors’ – needs. 

A great article on AlterNet explains:

“Most people believe that the ratings agencies base their analyses on some set of cold, objective criteria, but that’s not the case.  A group of Wall Street analysts . . . get together and discuss various factors, including, in this case, the political scene, and come to a consensus.”

And, that:  “According to a Senate investigation concluded earlier this year — a probe that was greeted with a collective “ho-hum” by the corporate media — S&P and Moody’s, another leading agency, “issued the AAA ratings that made … mortgage backed securities … seem like safe investments, helped build an active market for those securities, and then, beginning in July 2007, downgraded the vast majority of those AAA ratings to junk status.” And when they did, it “precipitated the collapse of the [mortgage-backed securities] markets and, perhaps more than any other single event, triggered the financial crisis.”

So, some of the same guys who told all of us that everything was A-Okay with those (questionably) mortgage backed “securities” – because it benefited their golf buddies – are now telling us that The U.S. might not be able to meet it’s future obligations???  They have already proven to be un-objective, untrustworthy charlatans, but most of us were unaware of the Senate investigation’s findings.  And, our collective memories are so short these days, that even those of us who were in the know have either forgiven or forgotten.

This is all politically motivated by the big HAVES, at the expense of the rest of us, the have NOTS.  But, I think that all of you are better off getting the full benefit of the article by . . . reading the article. 

So, here it is: 

http://www.alternet.org/story/151935/standard_and_poor%27s%3A_just_more_corrupt_wall_street_insiders_waging_class_war_on_america?page=1

Don’t knee jerk.  You’ll only regret it, while someone – who was already much better off than you – laughs all the way to the bank!

   YUR

Big Jumble News!

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For some of you – who CAN be bothered reading the Comments section – this may already be *old* news.  But, for the rest of you, dig what one of the Jumble creators, and current Uncle Rave visitor/fan, Jeff Knurek, has imparted upon us:

Dear Uncle Rave and Jumblers…
We have some BIG news for all of you. We are sad to announce that long time Jumble co-creator, Mike Argirion, will be retiring. His last Daily Jumble will be February 26th. We wish Mike LAL HET SEBT!
With that announcement, we welcome Master Puzzle creator, David L. Hoyt, who will take the torch and along with puzzle partner, Jeff Knurek (me),and will be creating the Jumble puzzles that you all play and love. David and Jeff’s first Daily puzzle will run Feb. 28th. Please take a good look at it, for it stars Jeff, David and some other puzzle guy that some of you may recognize.
David and I have been puzzle partners for 8 years now and together are the two most syndicated puzzle creators in the world. (Sounds impressive!) The Jumble will only change for the better. We hope to remove archaic words from the word list. We also hope to challenge and entertain you with fresh new puns and fun cartoons filled with clues, special guests (David, myself and more) and things that make David and I giggle. We promise to try to use quotation marks when and where they are necessary, but will still look here to see when we goofed. I certainly have appreciated Uncle Rave’s descriptions and discussions on the Jumble (for the past three years of lurking) and look forward to the future. Keep up the great work and thank you so much for Jumbling. It’s going to get real fun!
LAL ET SEBT,
LUJBEM FEJF

Soave!

YUR

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