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  • mistermuse 2:57 am on December 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    POLITICAL POETRY & MUSICAL MOOLAH 

    Most Dems want taxpayer dollars
    To be spent on me and you,
    But if you have a Manchin*,
    That’s not what you do —

    At least, not without making
    Spending cuts here and there….
    And before you can say Sinema*,
    Show’s over, with cuts everywhere.

    *Dem Senators from WV and AZ (Joe Manchin & Krysten Sinema)

    HAIKU ON THE HUSTINGS

    politician beams
    warms to crowd of strange faces
    (s)he’s been here before

    Money talks — and what does money say?
    It says, quote: “If you’re not with me,
    Things probably won’t go your way….
    But power’s ours if you just love me like the GOP


    In closing, remember YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU — so you might as well leave it with me,
    not to Trump-toadies and far right cretins, whose vast riches of ignorance are left for all to see.

     
    • magickmermaid 5:04 pm on December 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      ๐Ÿ˜€ You’re on the money!

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      • mistermuse 6:01 pm on December 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I think I’ll keep the money, but IOU thanks for your comment, mm. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • obbverse 5:07 pm on December 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      You’re preaching to the choir here, Brother Muse.

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      • mistermuse 5:54 pm on December 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Don’t I know it —
        But I’m a poet
        And my feet show it
        Because they’re ‘Longfellows.’

        P.S. That old joke is what you get when I can’t think of a better reply — sorry about that!

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 5:59 pm on December 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      What a delightful performance by Minnelli and Grey!

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    • josephurban 8:47 pm on December 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      A poem from the Middle Ages begins like this

      Sir Penny

      On earth there is a little thing
      That reigns as does the richest king,
      In this and every land;
      Sir Penny is his name, weโ€™re told,
      He compels both young and old
      To bow unto his hand.

      https://elfinspell.com/LegendandSatiresSirPenny.html

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      • mistermuse 10:14 pm on December 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Sir Penny seems to be the epitome of everything but a scholar….
        But just think how much more he could be if he were Sir DOLLAR.

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    • mlrover 9:04 am on December 5, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      As much as I disliked the vulgar tone of that film, I loved the dancing and acting. Liza and Joel were superb.

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      • mistermuse 9:37 am on December 5, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I agree that the vulgar tone of the film was distasteful to the point of being something of a turn-off, but between stylizing the very real decadence of pre-war Berlin or sugarcoating it, it seems (ironically) the “lesser of two evils.”

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  • mistermuse 6:53 pm on November 29, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    IN WHICH ALL HALLELUJAH BREAKS LOOSE 

    Mirover, a reader of this blog, recently requested another musical post, I presume of the antique type (meaning even older than I am) which I’ve favored in the past,….and to which I am happy to return. Moreover, I have a theme in mind, thanks to a comment to my Nov. 22 post by another reader who said simply, “Say Hallelujah” — to which I say, let us play and sing Hallelujah!

    The next clip may shock the cassocks off traditional conservative priests of the kind I recall from days of yore before I became an ex-Catholic — especially since it comes from a Catholic country as historically ultra-orthodox as Ireland. Nun-theless, I have faith that my faithful sisters and brothers (aka my followers) will dig it, matrimony-ly speaking. Believe me, I do.

    Let us close on an optimistic note with a song from the days of The Great Depression, because heaven knows there’s more than enough to be depressed about in these Trumped-up days of Degraded Expression.

     
    • magickmermaid 8:01 pm on November 29, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      1-Thank you for introducing me to Sam Wooding!
      2- Rock on, Priest! Somewhere Leonard Cohen is smiling. ๐Ÿ™‚
      3-Every Fats Waller tune is great!

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    • boblorentson 8:04 pm on November 29, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      That was one.poweful Hallelujah.

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      • mistermuse 12:14 am on November 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        If you’re referring to the Irish priest’s rendering of Hallelujah, I’d say it was a cross between powerful and ineffable — not to mention a begorrah of a good performance.

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 3:32 am on November 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Hallelujah! Especially the priestโ€™s version of the Leonard Cohen song.

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    • Ashley 9:05 am on November 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Hallelujah! ๐Ÿ™

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    • mlrover 10:33 am on November 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Never thought to hear a priest sing the contemporary version. The Catholic church is very strict about what is sung during service. Uncle Burnel wanted Old Brown Jug at his funeral, an absolute no-no, so the organist, who was very close to Burnell, snuck it into the last stanzas of a hymn. And…depression era jazz is the very best for picking up one’s spirits. Wooding & Waller are prime examples. Thanks for this fun post. ML

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      • mistermuse 1:25 pm on November 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        My thoughts exactly re the priest and the Catholic church, in which I was raised and long-stayed until I became a wise man. As for depression-era jazz, it still hasn’t been surpassed after all these years, and it’s a shame recent generations have grown up unexposed to it and therefore ignorant and/or dismissive of it.

        Thanks for your part in “inspiring” this post, the putting-together of which was fun for me too.

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    • masercot 10:37 am on November 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      How ’bout the same song title but from a creepy clown?

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      • mistermuse 1:41 pm on November 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I dig it. For some reason (possibly the ongoing abomination of Trump), it leads me to paraphrase a great folk song I’m sure you know:

        Where have all the hallelujahs gone?
        Long time passing.
        Gone to graveyards everyone.
        When will we ever learn?.

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    • Rivergirl 10:55 am on November 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I think we can safely say the spirit moved that priest.
      ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      • mistermuse 1:04 pm on November 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I might still be a practicing Catholic if we would’ve had a priest like that in our parish (well, not really, but it would’ve made leaving more regrettable).

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  • mistermuse 2:04 am on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    OLD MacDONALD TRUMP HAS A FUNNY FARM* 

    *Funny farm, slang: a hospital for people who are mentally ill –MacMillan Dictionary

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    One of my readers, who shall remain nameless, has a blog titled Bob Lorentson – An Optimist in Dreamland….and on this blog, he has a frog — or, at least, a photo of what looks like a statue of what may be a frog, which appears stumped in deep constipation. Judge for yourself: https://boblorentson.wordpress.com/ .

    Anyway, this nameless blogger’s blog is subtitled Humor for a Doomed Planet, of which I am all in favor — humor, that is — not the “Doomed Planet” part, which seems inevitable, whether I’m in favor of it or not. So, if the nameless blogger (and you) will humor me, let us trio the three o’ us in an E-I-E-I-O sing-a-long song about a loose screw who is based loosely on this familiar nursery rhyme character:

    Old MacDonald Trump has a funny farm
    E-I-E-I-O
    And on this funny farm he has many turkeys but paltry humor
    E-I-E-I-O
    Here a turkey, there a turkey, everywhere a turkey, turkey
    Old MacDonald Trump has a funny farm
    E-I-E-I-O

    Old MacDonald Trump has a funny farm
    E-I-E-I-O
    And on this funny farm he has vultures galore
    E-I-E-I-O
    Here a vulture, there a vulture, everywhere a vulture, vulture
    Old MacDonald Trump has a funny farm
    E-I-E-I-O

    Old MacDonald Trump has a funny farm
    E-I-E-I-O
    And on this funny farm he has rats by the corps
    E-I-E-I-O
    Here a rat, there a rat, everywhere a rat, rat
    Old MacDonald Trump has a funny farm
    E-I-E-I-O

    ….and on that note, I wish you a Happy Turkey Day (the kind that doesn’t leave a bad taste in your mouth, or the short end of the wish bone in your meat hooks).

     
    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 2:10 am on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Hahaha, Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • Yernasia Quorelios 2:52 am on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      ๐Ÿ’Ž – Diamond Hard – ๐Ÿ’Ž

      ๐Ÿ’Ž “Funny Farms” ARE a Method of Sheeple Control EveryOne; don’t get Me Wrong, There ARE Deadly Psychopaths, Both Psychological and Physical Killers, who WILL!!! Hurt!!! YOU!!! for Their Own Personal Gain EveryBody…it’s Crystal Clear Clarity that They ARE The Ones Who Escape from “Funny Farms” when The Intellectually Idiotic Mental Health ‘Experts’ Realise They Got It WRONG!!! and Experience ๐Ÿข Trauma when They SEE (Soulful Emotional Energy) It; if YOU!!! Don’t Believe Me, Watch The Terminator Franchise to Understand what Happens To a Closed Mind and Open YOUR!!! Mind

      ๐Ÿ’Ž – Diamond Hard – ๐Ÿ’Ž

      …๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž…

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      • SoundEagle ๐Ÿฆ…เณ‹แƒฆเฎœเฎ‡ 12:22 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Yernasia and mistermuse,

        It’s time for a ditty from SoundEagle:

        Oh Trump Donald had a Wall
        E-I-E-I-O
        Here a Wall, there a Wall, everywhere a Wall Wall

        He defies all Care and Strife
        With his Snare and Knife
        Here a Snare, there a Knife, everywhere a Snare Knife

        Will Trump get his wall
        Or will he get us all

        Yours sincerely,
        SoundEagle

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        • mistermuse 12:48 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink

          Thanks for the ditty, SE.I’m all for a wall — a prison wall around Trump for life.

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        • SoundEagle ๐Ÿฆ…เณ‹แƒฆเฎœเฎ‡ 12:50 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink

          After all, he was not so much a “Law and Order” President as a “Flaw and Border” President.

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        • SoundEagle ๐Ÿฆ…เณ‹แƒฆเฎœเฎ‡ 5:35 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink

          Dear mistermuse,

          Perhaps a wall is also needed around the GOP. We can also agree that the ongoing chaos inflicted by the Trump presidency finally culminated in the infamous riot at the Capitol. You and I can be justified for being cynical, snide, snarky and facetious in characterizing Trump as the symbolic messiah who is going to lead his misguided supporters to glory on Earth and the promised land! It is often futile to reason with such misguided folks. Perhaps only when the country truly becomes autocratic or fascist will they wake up, but then it will be too late.

          Needless to say, due to misinformation and disinformation, the last two years have been very difficult to endure, not to mention having to deal with the pandemic. It was all quite surreal, perhaps in some ways more bizarre than ghosts and the paranormal (not that I believe in such things). One could indeed say that we live in interesting times, but often for the wrong reasons.

          2021 is nearly gone and the GOP is still on trial and has fared no better and seems to be getting (much) worse. In any case, the two most recent court cases with very contrasting verdicts have got my creative juice flowing to such an extent that I have revamped and expanded on the final section of my extensive and analytical post entitled “๐Ÿ’ฌ Misquotation Pandemic and Disinformation Polemic: ๐Ÿง  Mind Pollution by Viral Falsity ๐Ÿฆ “. The said final section, a grand finale, is named “Denouement: Democracy, Education, Legislation & Sustainability“, which also discusses some pressing issues and looming existential crises confronting humanity.

          Thank you for your reply. Happy Thanksgiving!


          Swirls of Gypsy Delight
          Usurp my Gothic Knight
          Reign not SoundEagle๐Ÿฆ…โ€™s Flight
          For I seek thy Crested Might

          Yours sincerely,
          SoundEagle

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        • Yernasia Quorelios 4:52 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink

          ๐Ÿ’œ Perfect ๐Ÿฅฐ SoundEagle; a Reminder to us ( US ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿค” ? ) ALL to Constantly Self Examine, To Strive To Be Our Best Selves, To Be Our True Selves…ergo, I AM Sure, Deep Down, Donald is a Nice Guy ๐Ÿ‘ฆ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜„ โค ๐Ÿ‘ฆ ; but it doesn’t take much to Create a Monster via Parental Conditioning whether UnIntentional and THOUGHTLESS!!! or Intentionally Abusive, http://www.ericberne.com

          …๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™…

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        • SoundEagle ๐Ÿฆ…เณ‹แƒฆเฎœเฎ‡ 6:45 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink

          Dear Yernasia,

          Thank you for your reply. I concur with you. Please also read my other two replies addressed to mistermuse.

          Happy Thanksgiving! Take Care and Prosper!

          Yours sincerely,
          SoundEagle

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        • mistermuse 6:51 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink

          Thanks for your second comment, SE. Well said. I’ll check out your “revamped and extended post (final section) when I have time in the next day or two. Meanwhile, Happy (rest of your) Thanksgiving..

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    • obbverse 4:31 am on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Cutting satire, sir. For the first time in five years, something to be truly thankful for.

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      • mistermuse 9:47 am on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. Trump may be low-hanging fruit, but if you don’t pick it off, sooner or later it falls to the ground, attracting all manner of lowlife vermin — a clear case of “hanging’s too good for him” (as they used to say in old, low-budget westerns).

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    • rawgod 5:14 am on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Versรฉ 3 could read:
      Old MacDonald Trump has a funny farm
      E I E I ร”
      Andon this funny farm he has AL-47s
      E I E I ร”
      With a rat attack here and a rat attack there
      Everywhere a rat attack
      Oops, Everyone’s dead!
      No more old Macdonald Trump
      Whoray!

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    • rawgod 5:14 am on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Oops, I can’t type today, but you get the gist.

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      • mistermuse 9:58 am on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I can’t type right any day, but that’s what happens when you get old (speaking just for myself — I’m sure you have your own excuse). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • rawgod 7:21 am on November 26, 2021 Permalink

          Same as yours, along with the fact I taught myself to type on an old machine that I cannot remember the name of. Because I learned to type with one finger, using my other thumb on the space bar and Cap key, I was never able to learn to type two-handed, though I tried many times.

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        • mistermuse 9:36 am on November 26, 2021 Permalink

          I too taught myself to type….with both hands, which came in handy when I was drafted into the army ages ago, because to qualify for company clerk, you had to type 50 words a minute with few (I forget the exact number) typos, a test which I somehow managed to pass. Thus I was able to avoid becoming an infantryman — which may be a noble calling, but I was selfishly more interested in saving my hide.

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    • boblorentson 10:11 am on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, that’s the Peace Frog you’re talking about. Carved in wood at least as dense as Trump’s brain. He’s about as clueless too, but at least he hasn’t yet incited an attack on our house
      Happy Thanksgiving.

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      • mistermuse 12:24 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        H.T. to U2, Bob….and thanks for the info about the Peace Frog, which beats a war(t) hog hands down….speaking of which, thumbs up to you or whoever did the carving!

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    • ladysighs 10:23 am on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Cute rewrite! The funny farm seems to get bigger and bigger. Needs to be ground up and plowed under.

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      • mistermuse 12:36 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        It seems that only the voters could plow it under, but at this point, they appear more likely to overturn the last election in the next election and turn most of the country into a funny farm.

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        • ladysighs 12:44 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink

          Most likely I will be plowed 6 feet under by then. And count it as a blessing.

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    • magickmermaid 2:22 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      LOL! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 3:33 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Hahaha. ๐Ÿ˜€ And everything has an unhealthy orange glow. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 4:14 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        That reminds me I should give up orange juice as long as Trump is on the loose. I’d already have done so if he’d pushed o.j. as a cure for Covid, which would have made me avoid it like the plague.

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    • Yernasia Quorelios 10:36 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      ๐Ÿ’Ž – Diamond Hard – ๐Ÿ’Ž

      ๐Ÿ’Ž Ultimately We ARE ALL False ShitHeads EveryOne; if YOU!!! ARE Brave Enough, List YOUR!!! Exes, Here ARE Mine that I THINK!!! I Remember:

      โค Belinda
      โค Sarah
      โค Jacqueline
      โค Josephine
      โค Helen
      โค Felsie
      โค Tanya/Janine (Twins)
      โค Diana
      โค Jeannine
      โค Joanne
      โค Lynne
      โค Lynette
      โค Melanie
      โค Rachael
      โค Yolanda

      …the NEVER ENDING!!! List Goes on Girls and EveryBody; just NOT!!! Yet to Meet My Wendy, Lois or Diane or WhatEver SHE!!! Chooses to Name HERSELF!!!…

      ๐Ÿ’Ž – Diamond Hard – ๐Ÿ’Ž

      …๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž…

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    • selizabryangmailcom 3:57 am on November 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I think I missed something (from the above. Right above). There’s a big question mark over my head and no light bulb forthcoming. But…the song variations were all charming, and happy belated Turkey Day to you too!

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      • mistermuse 10:01 am on November 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I assume you’re referring to the comment right before yours, which left me clueless as well — and I didn’t ask for an explanation because….well, the question mark over my head wasn’t big enough not to let it go. In any case, thanks for the hbTD wishes.

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    • selizabryangmailcom 3:29 pm on November 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Lol, yes, same here.
      Had a few days off work. Back to the grind. Ah, well… ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a nice week.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 4:09 pm on November 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I was hoping the video played your version of the song. Mr. M. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like your lyrics. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • mistermuse 7:15 pm on December 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Diana. I actually fancied myself, as a boy, growing up to be (among other fantasies) a lyric writer, but the music I grew up with became passรฉ when rock became the rage. Apparently I was having a second childhood moment when I ‘re-visited’ Old MacDonald.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 1:37 pm on December 2, 2021 Permalink

          Even rock and roll has lyrics, Mr. M, but I know what you mean. And political satire never grows old. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • mistermuse 9:54 am on November 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    RHYME AND PUN-ISHMENT 

    Unaccustomed as I am to public preaching,
    I can’t but bemoan that ye’ve been breeching
    And defying decrees of decency and decorum.
    Derefore I be demanding by dis forum
    Dat ye deign forthwith to decease and desist
    At peril of decap of head, not slap on wrist….
    Or ye can miss the mess of being among the has-beens
    By the less distressing means of confessing your sins:


     
    • JosieHolford 11:55 am on November 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Cheers to you mistermuse
      Even though language you abuse.
      Well – my words shouldn’t make you sad
      After all, I am just as bad.

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    • obbverse 6:44 pm on November 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I would beg for your forgiveness, Reverend
      But I know my earthly sinning won’t ever end,
      Truly It might well upset Mother Superior
      But the sinless life could not sound drearier,
      And its bound to rather
      Upset the good Father,
      But you may as well pray for this ne’er-do-well
      Because the pious life sounds like pure Hell.

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    • mistermuse 8:19 pm on November 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      A cat might say it depends on your purr-spective….
      But, having nine lives, a cat is not very objective.
      ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 10:46 pm on November 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      What sins?? No confessional with Hail Marys for me, just the blunt and straight path you see. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • equipsblog 6:43 pm on November 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      You try to mangle our native tongue which was taught correctly when we were. I’d really like to ask you why but might not believe your alibi.

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      • mistermuse 7:20 pm on November 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        “mangle our native tongue which was taught correctly when we were”…. what? Whatever we were, my alibi is that my English butler did it. How could you not believe that? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • equipsblog 7:25 pm on November 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      That I could believe
      The butler always does it.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:26 pm on November 28, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      This clip is fabulous, despite its age and everything else. It made my evening โ€“ thanks for sharing it.

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      • mistermuse 2:44 am on November 29, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        The clip is from the 1930 film HONEY starring Lillian Roth. Considering that “talkies” were still pretty primitive in that early year of sound movies, the song was elaborately staged and filmed for its time period. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 12:34 am on November 29, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Say Hallelujah
      ;;
      ;;
      ;;
      Laugh and Give Thanks

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  • mistermuse 9:38 am on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    THE PLOT SICKENS 

    As you may or may not have noticed, would-be dictator Donald Trump and his cadre of co-conspirators and servile enablers are bent on re-making America in their own morally bankrupt image, while the largely lethargic American public seemingly couldn’t care less. What plot, you ask?

    Yes, my fellow countrymen, let’s put out the lights and go to sleep. In any case, ours wouldn’t be the first democratic country men have allowed to become a dictatorship. So long as the country survives, what’s the big deal?

    https://rdi.org/democracy-examined/how-do-democracies-turn-into-dictatorships/

    Anyway, you say, I doth protest too much. Are not most Americans God-fearing people who wouldn’t dream of allowing dictatorship-determined-devil’s-disciples (or, more likely, “socialist” liberals) to defeat us? We know that God, the NRA, and such patriots as the Proud Boys are on our side. With evangelicals leading the chorus, any forces who aren’t for us will surely feel the steel of our righteous wrath:

    Yes, friends, you may rest assured that VICTORY IS OURS!

     
    • willedare 9:50 am on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I agree. The situation right now is dire. And not just for the state of democracy (or semi-democracy — we’ve been a more of a plutocracy for at least a couple of decades…) Climate change is creating all sorts of predicted AND unpredicted challenges for people and countries โ€” as forest fires overlap with torrential storms which overlap with a global pandemic which overlap with the oceans becoming warmer and more acidic, etc. etc. etc. Then add an earthquake to the mix – or a volcanic eruption – or ….? I have written a bunch of songs about what is going on right now and will be sharing them in future blog posts. And I keep riding my bike and giving very small amounts of money to many different candidates and causes. And I remain grateful for each day that I have food, shelter, electricity, internet access, and toilet paper. Please keep sounding the alarm! We have a LOT of denial and fear and lethargy to overcome!

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      • mistermuse 10:25 am on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Satire is my ‘business,’ but Trump is giving us ‘the business’ in spades, while I have but a tiny teaspoon. But it’s OK by me, if those who wish to multiply the teaspoon, re-blog this post.

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    • masercot 9:55 am on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      So, the goes from shooting his own men to shooting the ambassador to Sylvania? Me likee!

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    • Rivergirl 11:38 am on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      This country is fracturing and the threat to democracy as we know it is real. We ignore it at our perilโ€ฆ

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      • mistermuse 12:46 pm on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Biden voters who have become disillusioned with him and are now turning to Trump need to realize that the lesser of two evils is still better than the worst of both world visions.

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    • Ashley 12:03 pm on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Definitely food for thought here! I really hope triTrumphalism isn’t on the return. Is that really how Americans see their future? GHA!

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    • magickmermaid 1:41 pm on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Recently I was thinking the exact same thing. Disillusionment and apathy allow for the worst to come into power. (Nazi Germany comes to mind.)

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      • mistermuse 2:03 pm on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Those who think it can’t happen to US(A) either disregard history and/or are naively apathetic. It appears highly likely, at this point, that the GOP will win Congress and perhaps the Senate (and control of more states) in the 2022 elections, after which Trump will have clear sailing to running again (and probably winning) in 2024. GHU (see my previous reply to Ashley).

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 4:57 pm on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      If people believe in religious mythology, they will believe in anything, including the lies that are peddled in order to override democracy.

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      • mistermuse 7:41 pm on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        You said it, Lynette….and often the believer in man-invented religions and in power at any price is the same person.

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    • obbverse 5:26 pm on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      First, lie about losing, denying democratic process. Second, deny people their democratic vote by gerrymandering. Third, win ‘your’ election. Fourth, ban the opposition. Chapters one to four ‘The Dictators Handbook,’ published by Adolf/Benito Press 1930.

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      • mistermuse 7:54 pm on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Fifth, “primary” any state GOP office holder in a position to effect elections (such as Georgia Sec of State Brad Raffensberger, who had the audacity to uphold Biden’s win in the face of pressure from Trump) to try to elect a right wing extremist/Trump loyalist who would see to it that Trump ‘wins’ the next election.

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    • The Coastal Crone 7:14 pm on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      And we think it can’t happen here!

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      • mistermuse 7:59 pm on November 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        It can, and very well may, unless the Dems* get their act together and (among other things) get much better at the game of ‘messaging,’ which the GOP does so shamelessly, but effectively.

        *interchangeable with “socialists,” if you listen to Republicans (I’ve added the term to my updated post)

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:13 pm on November 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I would never have thought the US would turn into a dictatorship… until 2016. Trump was a criminal and the fact that people didn’t care made the whole thing terrifying.

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      • mistermuse 12:57 am on November 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I never thought I’d see the day when tens of millions of Americans would embrace a lying, bullying, amoral, narcissistic con man as their leader, but here we are.

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    • selizabryangmailcom 6:17 pm on November 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      It seems completely insane to me that Biden voters would be losing faith already and even THINKING of turning back to that orange maniac. What do people think, exactly, that that silver-spooned, entitled xenophobic loser is going to do for them? Build the wall? Kick Muslims out? Fire everyone in the FBI who doesn’t agree with him? Let them keep their coal jobs, regardless of the earth going down the toilet? If only there was a fly on the wall wherever he was, I think his masses of fans would be stunned to find out that he doesn’t give a damn about them and actually looks down on them. As for “Biden” voters already turning back his way….I have no words. They seem like corks bobbing in the sea, at the whim of mercurial moods and thoughts, no strong moral center. Seems like they’re just voting for who they think can “let me keep my life the way it is” and nothing beyond that….

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      • mistermuse 11:51 pm on November 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        When appealing to “our better angels” can’t beat the voters bargain with the devil, the country’s “moral center” goes to hell. Beyond that, I too have no words.

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    • selizabryangmailcom 3:10 pm on November 25, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    • Silver Screenings 11:32 pm on November 28, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I know this misses the point of your post, but I was so glad to see the Marx Brothers on here today. They’re a good antidote to some of the craziness we see in the world.

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 1:22 am on November 29, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Duck soup Great movie
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      Laugh and Give Thanks

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    • mistermuse 3:21 am on November 29, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      DUCK SOUP and NIGHT AT THE OPERA were the Marx Brothers two best movies. They’re both classics. You can’t go wrong choosing either one as their greatest.

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  • mistermuse 12:16 am on November 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    RETURN OF where THE DEAD LIE 

    Yes, friends, they’re back — and even better, they’re DEADER than ever! I refer, of course, to that deathless prose known as EPITAPHS. Although the bye-in to my November 4th post (soul-iciting readers to “GET YOUR EPITAPHS HERE!”) has been a bit underwhelming, two commenters who wish to be remembered have acted on my offer to come up with epitaphs which beseech bewailing beholders to….

    ….and not to comply might just make them want to die. So, here we go:

    Thus it is on that high note that I send the poor departed volunteers to their eternal reward with the epitaphs they so richly deserve:

    HERE LIES A BLOGGER WHOSE USER NAME
    WAS SO LONG IT WOULDN’T, WITHIN THE FRAME
    OF THIS DRAB SLAB, FIT….
    SO, DANG & DAB-NAB IT,
    TO FIT IN THIS SPACEY, SHE PASSES AS STACEY

    WHOSE BONES IN ILL-FIT COSTLY CLOTHES HERE REPOSE?
    REST ASSURED, THOSE NEW CLOTHES ARE MR. OHH’S.
    POST-BURIAL, HIS UNPAID UNFIT TAILOR ALMOST HAD A CALF….
    OHH HAD NO FUNDS, BUT OHH, DID HE HAVE THE LAST LAUGH

     
    • obbverse 3:19 am on November 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry, Mr Muse, was buried with work, my apologies.
      Alas, poor tardy Obbverse,
      He failed to participate,
      His timing couldn’t be worse
      Unless he was literally The Late…

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    • Yernasia Quorelios 5:37 am on November 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      ๐Ÿ’Ž – Diamond Hard – ๐Ÿ’Ž

      ๐Ÿ’Ž My “Epitaph” is ‘I AM Immortal, I CHOSE!!! My Bodily Expiry Date ๐Ÿ“… ‘ EveryOne; it’s Fucking Funny Really ๐Ÿคฃ how EveryBody Focusses on Death, ergo, Being a Living Dead ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐ŸงŸ ZOMBIE!!! Eating Their Own Brains ๐Ÿง 

      ๐Ÿ’Ž – Diamond Hard – ๐Ÿ’Ž

      …๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž๐Ÿ’Ž…

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      • mistermuse 9:25 am on November 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        LIVE AND LET LIVE is the deathless motto which suits me fine…..
        In short, let them eat their own brains so long as they don’t eat mine.

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        • Yernasia Quorelios 12:14 pm on November 17, 2021 Permalink

          ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿฅฐ

          …๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™…

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    • Ashley 6:14 am on November 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Haha! Great music too!
      Who would have thought that yodelling would make a big hit?

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      • mistermuse 9:30 am on November 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ashley. I’m not a big country music fan, but as far as I know, yodeling is now all but dead.

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    • Rivergirl 8:32 am on November 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Ha! I had a laugh at the last as well.

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      • mistermuse 9:39 am on November 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Getting laughs is what I strive for.
        Otherwise, what am I alive for?

        P.S. Don’t attempt to answer that. I’ll think of something. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • restlessjo 1:53 pm on November 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      No! Please don’t force me to listen to Frank Ifield. I promise to be good….

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      • mistermuse 3:57 pm on November 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I doubt that Johnny Mercer, when he wrote I REMEMBER YOU in 1941, ever envisioned it being sung by someone like Frank Ifield, whom I never heard of until I came across that clip. In any case, since you put your promise in writing, I’ll keep my end of the bargain. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • magickmermaid 5:49 pm on November 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I never heard the first song before but I like it. Strangely enough, I do know the second song, including the words. My mother used to play old records. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • mistermuse 6:50 pm on November 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        “REMEMBER ME?” is just one of so many great songs written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin that even I don’t remember them all!

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 4:54 pm on December 5, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Mr. Ohh!’s life was cut in half
      As recorded in this Epitaph
      He shook in his shoes
      As He Read Mr Muse
      And yes He died in a laugh.

      Thank you my friend
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      Saturday laughter is the best (even when it comes on Sunday)

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    • mistermuse 8:20 pm on December 5, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      On the one hand, I’m sorry I made you nervous….
      On the other, I’m glad to have been of service!
      ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • mistermuse 7:15 pm on November 13, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    THIS IS CRAZY TALK 

    “We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.” –Goethe

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Speaking of toadal insanity, I’ve been of the opinion that “our planet is the mental institution of the universe” since one of my best boyhood friends made me sit on a toad’s stool in my new dung-arees. Needless to say, I was not surprised when said friend grew up to be a Trump toady, given that Trump is the world’s most toadally unscrupulous con guy since Ponzi (yes, I know “con guy” doesn’t rhyme with “Ponzi”– but in a sane world, it would).

    So much for low down crazy talk. It’s time for some high class crazy music.

    But why stop at Crazy when you can go Insane Crazy?

    I close, as I opened, with a quote:

    “When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” –Mark Twain

     
    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 8:07 pm on November 13, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, the tangerine-tinted twerp is an excellent example of Twainโ€™s words. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 9:48 pm on November 13, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        We may all be mad, but Trump is DANGEROUSLY mad….and his madness has infected millions who either don’t know or don’t care what they are doing to this country. Seriously.

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        • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 10:27 pm on November 13, 2021 Permalink

          Oh yes, I agree completely. Extremely dangerous. And yes, he commands millions, which makes him even more dangerous. I know a bit about your political system, but I donโ€™t understand why he wasnโ€™t charged with treason for inciting that attempt at government overthrow in January. Or is this something thatโ€™s being worked on?

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        • mistermuse 12:58 am on November 14, 2021 Permalink

          There are ongoing investigations into possible charges against Trump at both the federal and state (New York) levels, but the wheels of justice turn slowly in America, especially when the ‘suspect’ (like Trump) has the power and money to stonewall and delay proceedings ad infinitum. I have my doubts that he will be charged with treason, but (long) time will tell.

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 12:23 am on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Anytime you can mix the Boswell sisters with a jug band you have my attention add crazy people to the mix and I love it Thanks for this
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      Laugh becauseโ€ฆ Why not??

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      • mistermuse 1:05 am on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I toadally agree — the Boswells were the best, and the Memphis Jug Band was a real treat (as were the two toads!).

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    • Ashley 9:13 am on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Great music! It’s just a shame that the Toad is on the road again. I read that he is on the campaign trail again, already! It doesn’t help that Joe seems to be ailing! ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

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      • mistermuse 1:40 pm on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Joe better get his act together quick, because his “job” approval ratings have been falling even faster than Trump’s triumphant election claims. Biden has been acting more like a typical politician than a statesman, much to the disappointment of many….including me.

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    • Rivergirl 9:13 am on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I think I could happily sit and watch those toads all day. But the crazy people video? Pure gold!
      ๐Ÿคฃ

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      • mistermuse 1:57 pm on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        As much as I enjoyed the toads, I think the clip went on about two minutes longer than necessary. It would have been just as funny, if not funnier — but it’s still a LOL-er, and I don’t often LOL at animal videos.

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    • boblorentson 11:48 am on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes by Goethe and Twain. My favorite Twain: Never argue with crazy people – they’ll drag you down and beat you with experience. (And what great music clips!)

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      • mistermuse 2:01 pm on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I’d never heard your fav Twain quote before — thanks for mentioning it. I’m also glad you dig the music clips!

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    • magickmermaid 12:31 pm on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Toadally hilarious and one of your best posts! Toadally enjoyed the crazy music!

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      • mistermuse 2:03 pm on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. I didn’t spend as much time on this post as I normally do — maybe I should put less work into all my posts! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • D. Wallace Peach 1:55 pm on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      We are living in a crazy institution, aren’t we? Toadily, Mr. M. And thanks for the crazy music. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • mistermuse 3:16 pm on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I’m reminded of the old joke “Marriage is a great institution — but who wants to live in an institution?” — which begs the question , Who wants to live in “the mental institution of the universe (our planet)?” My answer (such as it is) is that we have a choice whether or not to marry, but no one has ever had a choice whether or not to be born.
        Such is life.

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    • The Coastal Crone 5:56 pm on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Mark Twain often gets it right! Only madness can explain the US right now.

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      • mistermuse 6:59 pm on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        If one word can explain it, “madness” is that word that says it all.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 6:16 pm on November 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I just listened to Insane Crazy Blues. Maybe Iโ€™m crazy, but I like it.

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    • josephurban 11:33 am on November 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      The democracy party is over.

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      • mistermuse 1:41 pm on November 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        ….and the Democratic Party is on the brink if they don’t get their act TOGETHER (not to mention Biden, who has been a big disappointment — not only to me, but judging by his disapproval ratings, to many).

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    • selizabryangmailcom 3:58 pm on November 16, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      In the vein of crazy and madness and all that is Einstein saying insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. I REALLY thought that after the last four years, the Dems would not broker ANY foolishness, not let anything get by, not waste time…but I was oh so wrong. Why do we have expressions like if we don’t learn from the past we’re doomed to repeat it if we’re not going to listen to them?!
      Anyway, on a lighter note, the toads really were hilarious. So much confrontational anger and resentment each time the other one got a worm, lol !!!
      The toads should be more like these cats. Who are probably acting against their nature. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • mistermuse 5:37 pm on November 16, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I couldn’t agree more with the first paragraph of your comment, so I have nothing to add!

        As for that video, it’s the cat’s meow, if you’ll pardon the pun. Not only the toads, but (more) people should emulate those cats if we want a kinder, gentler world

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  • mistermuse 1:06 am on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    GET YOUR EPITAPHS HERE! 

    Because my last post celebrating Day of the Dead, All Souls Day, and Plan Your Own Epitaph Day was such a tour de farce, I got to thinking about how to show my appreciation to my faithful followers….so I’ve come up with an idea to save you the trouble of planning your own epitaph. How? By my doing it for you, of course. Naturally, this will entail some grave cogitating and heavy (en)crypting on my part, but departing is such sweet sorrow that, for this post only, I’ve decided to forego my usual ghostwriting fee.

    The beneficiaries of this one-time free service will be several select souls who have already suffered enough by being long-time (in blog time) followers. If you don’t find yourself among the following suffragettes and suffergents, don’t feel slighted. Rest assured, it’s not due to undue favoritism or that you haven’t suffered enough, but simply that you had the good fortune to luck out. Speaking of which, if you’re willing to part with some of that fortune, I will put you on my waiting list for future such post-perpetuity.

    IN MEMORY OF SHE WHO, IN VITA,
    WAS KNOWN MAINELY AS RIVERGIRL.
    HER DRINKING BUDS WERE MARG And RITA,
    BUT HER BEST BUD WAS MS RED SQUIRREL.

    BENEATH THIS MARBLE SLAB
    LIES ONE NOT TO BE FORGOT….
    ON THE OUTSIDE, MISTER GIFT OF GAB
    (BUT HIS PEN NAME WAS MASERCOT).

    ASLEEP IN THE DEEP, RESTS MAGICMERMAID.
    ALAS, WE KNOW NOT JUST WHERE SHE LIES.
    v WE ASSUME THAT DAVY JONES
    v HAS A LOCKER FOR HER BONES
    BUT IN OUR HEARTS, HER SPIRIT NEVER DIES.

    HERE LIES THE BODY OF OBBVERSE;
    FOR HIS WORDS, WE’RE NONE THE WORSE.
    HE MAY EVEN HAVE OBSERVED WE’RE BETTER
    WHEN, OF THE LAW, WE’RE ABOVE THE LETTER.

    WE MOURN THE GREAT LOSS
    OF LYNETTE d’ARTY-CROSS.
    WE COULD SAY MUCH MORE
    BUT WHAT ON EARTH FOR?

    Just remember — if you see the above as low humor, them’s graveyard words:

    What’s that you say? Where’s my own epitaph? Very well….it’s a dead end job, but if you insist:

    HERE LIES ONE WHO WROTE VERSE
    WISELY BUT NOT WELL….
    OR WAS THE DISORDER IN REVERSE?
    SOME SAY ONE COULD NEVER TELL.

     
    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 2:11 am on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. I agree. I donโ€™t think you should say much more. After all, itโ€™s often hard to describe perfection. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • blindzanygirl 2:37 am on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on and commented:
      This is absolutely hilarious, and mistermuse, if you see this, I cannot reply to your posts, though I can โ€œLikeโ€ them. Anyway, I am re-blogging this because it is so brilliant. Folks, if you like this, please put your Likes on misrermuseโ€™s blig โ˜บ๏ธ

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    • Geoff Stamper 5:16 am on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Wildly entertaining idea and execution.

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    • blindzanygirl 5:25 am on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, mistermuse, I think I have just found the place to click to send my Reply! I have been trying to reply to a few of your posts but could not see where to click! I found this post so brilliant thattI have reblogged it. It made me laugh! Thankyou mistermuse

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    • masercot 7:07 am on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      A premature epitaph??? Well, there is no bad publicity, I guess…

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    • Rivergirl 7:23 am on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      While Iโ€™m quite honored to lead the graveyard listโ€ฆ please, for the love of all thatโ€™s holy donโ€™t make me spend all eternity with Momma Red!

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I hope Momma Red doesn’t see your comment, because it might hurt her feelings….but I will use my influence with the Almighty to see if He’ll send you two to two different places. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • rawgod 12:05 pm on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Since most of us are being cremated these days, though I have been told cremation creates pollution, there will be no slabs on which to write epitaphs to tell others we were here. In honour of that, I wrote an epitaph for my birth, entitled, aptly enough,

      Epitaph at Birth

      Please
      Allow no person to be my teacher
      For they cannot live
      Mine life for me

      Therefore
      Allow me not to be their teacher
      For I cannot live
      Their life for them

      But
      Let them help me where they can
      For I shall help them
      Where’er I can

      Because
      We are siblings
      Please
      Let us remain that way

      Actually, this is an updated version of this poem. When it was first written it used the noun “man,” and related male nouns and pronouns, not because I was ignoring my sister humans, but because “man” was then used to represent all humans. That was a long time ago. Times have changed, I think, for the better.

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      • mistermuse 12:08 pm on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Words to live by.

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        • rawgod 12:59 pm on November 4, 2021 Permalink

          Which is why I wrote them…

          I also re-wrote the Golden Rule to try to give it more self-responsibility. My version goes like this:
          Do willingly unto others only those things which you would willingly allow others to do unto you.

          I think this makes it more personal, and puts more obligation on the individual. But maybe no one wants those obligations…

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        • mistermuse 3:33 pm on November 4, 2021 Permalink

          It seems few are even willing and/or able to think about those obligations. Self-questioning has never been a pandemic, so the subject is academic (but I like the way you think).

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    • magickmermaid 5:55 pm on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      LOL-Thank you so much for the poem! ๐Ÿ˜€ Bessie Smith was my first introduction to 1920s blues.

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    • mistermuse 6:17 pm on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      You’re very welcome, mm. Bessie Smith was known as “Empress of the Blues.” It’s time you had a title too — how about “Queenshape of the Seascape?” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • magickmermaid 6:22 pm on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds good! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • annieasksyou 7:01 pm on November 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Here lie the remains of mister muse
      Who knew quite well to make good use
      Of all his pun(n)y epitaphs
      That slew his followers with lotsa laughs.

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      • mistermuse 4:13 pm on November 5, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I would kick myself in the fanny
        If my epitaphs had done in Annie.
        I doubt that I could be so mean….
        Though maybe that “remains” to be seen.

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    • JosieHolford 9:26 am on November 6, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Here lie the bones of mister muse
      A punster I freely accuse
      Of deadly rhyming and – whatโ€™s worse –
      Grave abuse of doggerel verse.
      Give this mister his final due
      Yโ€™all say this: – โ€œAdieu, adieu!โ€

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    • JosieHolford 11:16 am on November 6, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Oh gosh I was mistaken
      Mistermuse has not yet taken
      That step beyond this mortal coil
      Thank heavens! His continued toil
      Keeps us amused and always glad
      Music and puns however bad
      Are really joyful – I canโ€™t stay schtum –
      May they continue for years to come.

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    • selizabryangmailcom 2:56 pm on November 11, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Epitaphs plus musical accompaniment–what more is there in life? Nothing!
      Hilarious!
      And yes, yes, in the future if you get to know me more, do me next! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • mistermuse 4:49 pm on November 11, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I think that can be arranged, but f could use some bare-bones info for inspirational purposes, such as your first name. Meanwhile, if you want musical accompaniment to your epitaph, I dug up this little ditty to remember your LAUGHTER OVER TEARS blog by:

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    • selizabryangmailcom 2:56 pm on November 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, haha, thanks for that musical clip! My name’s Stacey, btw, and look forward in months to come for my special message to accompany my death, lol !!

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      • mistermuse 7:01 pm on November 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Hopefully it won’t take months — especially if a few more readers volunteer for epitaphs….which ‘remains’ to be seen. Otherwise, I may have to draft some volunteers (hey, it works for the military), as I did for this post.

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    • selizabryangmailcom 2:32 pm on November 13, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 4:10 pm on November 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      A purverer of old song
      Such beauty shone can’t be wrong
      Gets me singing and tappin’ shoes
      Crooners, jazz and Mistermuse

      This was fun so I did my own. But if you want to do mine I’d love to know what others think

      There’s a blogger that we know
      Leve’s em laughing when he go
      Now he lies neeth grass and snow
      Here forever Mr, Ohh!
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      Sometimes You just gotta laugh

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  • mistermuse 1:06 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    A CELEBRATION OF DAY OF THE DEAD (IN Famous Last Words) 

    Tomorrow, November 2, is (among other holidays) DAY OF THE DEAD.

    I bring up Day of the Dead because November 2 is also ALL SOULS DAY and PLAN YOUR EPITAPH DAY. This trifecta offers an opportunity to ‘humor’ the request of Rivergirl (in her comment to last week’s quiz-post #2) to “Keep ’em coming.” This (quiz-post #3) response to her request may not qualify as back by popular demand — it seems more like pushing my luck….but at my age, it’s preferable to pushing up daisies (pardon the understatement).

    Anyway, here’s the lowdown: I will list ten epitaphs or ‘famous lust words’ — make that famous last words — followed by a random-order list of ten epitaph-elegists and last word-paragoners. Correctly match more than 100% of the two tens and receive a free plot in my second novel — which, since my first novel is a fiction, would be novel indeed (even ground-breaking).

    Assuming you’ve had enough of my pun-ditry, let’s move on to the lists:

    1. Bury me beside Wild Bill–the only man I ever loved.
    2. I was buried near this dyke / That my friends may weep as much as they like.
    3. Excuse my dust.
    4. Goodbye, kid. Hurry back..
    5. A woman who can fart is not dead.
    6. Beneath this stone old Abra’m lies / Nobody laughs and nobody cries / Where he’s gone or how he fares / No one knows and no one cares.
    7. I must go in, the fog is rising.
    8. Either this wallpaper goes, or I do.
    9. When I am dead / I hope it may be said / His sins were scarlet / But his books were read.
    10. Homer is dead, Dante is dead, Shakespeare is dead, and I’m not feeling so well myself.

    a. Artemus Ward
    b. Martha Jane Cannary
    c. William Blake
    d. Hilaire Belloc
    e. Dorothy Parker
    f. Louise-Marie-Therese
    g. Oscar Wilde
    h. Abraham Newland
    i. Emily Dickinson
    j. Humphrey Bogart

    Are you ready to see how unwell you did? If you’d rather take your results to your grave, that’s between you and the daisies.

    1. b (better known as Calamity Jane)
    2. c (English poet)
    3. e*
    4. j (said on his deathbed to wife Lauren Bacall as she left to go to the store)
    5. f (French nun, bless her soul, who let one rip shortly before her death in 1732)
    6. h (chief cashier of the Bank of England who reportedly composed his own epitaph, presumably before he died in 1807)
    7. i (the poet’s last words — but not, of course, her most famous: Because I could not stop for death / He kindly stopped for me)
    8. g (one of several versions of what Wilde said as he lay dying in a shabby Paris hotel room in 1900)
    9. d (writer, poet, and historian)
    10. a (pen name of Charles Farrar Browne, 19th century American humorist)

     
    • obbverse 2:17 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Oh dear, 4/10. Not just poor, deadfully bad.

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      • mistermuse 6:49 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Argh, that was a deadfully bad pun. matey (welcome to the club….er, crew). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 2:17 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I only knew two, Calamity Jane and Oscar Wilde, and since I wonโ€™t be doing any groundbreaking, novel or otherwise, Iโ€™ll be celebrating topside with the solids. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 7:04 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Solid! (“Solid” was a popular slang word back in the late 1930s-early 40s — just for the record, it meant “groovy”).

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    • rawgod 4:51 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Scored two out of 5, because I only recognised 5 names, though maybe I should have known Calamity Jane …. I think I knew her name as a child. I had her bubblegum card.

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      • mistermuse 7:09 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Calamity Jane had a bubblegum card? I’ll have to chew on that for a while (my candidate for worst pun of the century).

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        • rawgod 11:41 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink

          You are probably correct. The cards were Wild West cards, no idea what brand they were. Good guys and bad guys alike. I never did get the full set, but I bet they would be worth a fortune these days.

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    • blindzanygirl 5:40 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant post

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      • mistermuse 7:16 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        You are too kind, Lorraine (modesty kept me from saying “You’re dead right”). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • blindzanygirl 7:50 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink

          Lol mistermuse. I have been coming and reading your posts but not been able to respond when I wanted to. Wasnโ€™t sure if it was a WP glitch or me not being able to see the buttons etc. Anyway, I got hubby to look this morning and BINGO! We got a Reply to you. Not sure how he did it yet but heโ€™ll have to show me now. But I wanted to say that those quotes are BRILLIANT and many of them inspire me to write a story orca poem. So watch my space lol. Thankyou for keeping visiting my blog mistermuse. It is appreciated.

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        • mistermuse 8:44 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink

          I keep visiting your blog because you yourself are an inspiration (notwithstanding that your sometimes corny “flea” poems make me want to flee!}. Just kidding — even the “corny” ones are fun ones!

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    • equipsblog 8:59 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Clever blog post , Mistermuse. I enjoyed it.

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    • equipsblog 8:59 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on e-Quips and commented:
      Very timely for today and tomorrow from MisterMuse.

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    • Ashley 9:19 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I think I’ll just send you the flowers this time before giving you my score ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’ Share them, please! (Just the Oscar Wilde).

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      • mistermuse 11:01 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        You got the Oscar? That calls for a celebration (after you make your speech thanking everyone (me?) who made it possible). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Rivergirl 9:33 am on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Most excellent. I only answered 3 correctly, but feel better for having learned something.
      ๐Ÿ‘

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    • literaryeyes 5:05 pm on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Just 3 of them, and I must say I found the Blake one weirdly egocentric, or perhaps overly practical. In any case, this was fun.

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      • mistermuse 6:47 pm on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        My impression is that the Blake one was sardonic — perhaps even cynical. From what I read, his views and works were much rejected, but whether this caused him to be a bitter man by the time of his death, I’ll leave to more learned interpreters.

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    • selizabryangmailcom 5:08 am on November 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, those were so gooooood !!
      I did not know any of them except a “guess” at Emily Dickinson (which was accidentally right) and I did know Bogie said the “Goodbye kid, hurry back,” but forgot it was last words for a moment and thought it was from a movie, then remembered where he said it, and if that’s true, she went to the store and he passed away while she was out….oh, boy. I don’t even know them, but it’s so sad and poignant.

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      • mistermuse 8:35 am on November 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Until Lauren Bacall set the record straight, Bogie’s last words were falsely said to be “I never should have switched from Scotch to Martinis.” I own her autobiography titled “By Myself” which includes a candid and loving account of her relationship with the very human (as opposed to screen image) Humphrey Bogart.

        P.S. I took the liberty of changing one word which you ‘double-typed’ (near the end of your comment) to the word I think you meant. If I didn’t I get it right, let me know.

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    • selizabryangmailcom 3:34 pm on November 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Yeah, haha. That’s what people WANT to think Bogie said on his deathbed, right? As if anyone could actually be that blase and/or sarcastic on the very verge of shedding the mortal coil, lol. Well…MAYBE Oscar Wilde was, which, going by his last comment, he was, lol.

      And yes, it all looks good, mistermuse. Thanks for correcting. I often see typos I’ve left behind in blogs and inwardly cringe, immediately thinking about work, of course, and if sloppy typing is translating to slovenliness and inaccuracy at my job. Eeeeee.

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    • mistermuse 9:46 pm on November 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the thanks.
      Wait until you reach my age — you’ll be making sew many typos, mourners will think RIP on your future tombstone stands for Repaired In Patches. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • selizabryangmailcom 11:36 pm on November 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Hahahaha
      Good one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • masercot 10:00 am on November 6, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Well… I failed that test… But, at least I got the Calamity Jane one right… And, Oscar Wilde…

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      • mistermuse 10:44 am on November 6, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Although the test, you did fail….
        I’m glad you survived to tell the tale.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 3:39 pm on November 7, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t get any of those! I think there might be something wrong with me. Lol.

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    • boblorentson 2:00 pm on November 13, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      My all time favorite epitaph: Once I wasn’t, then I was, now I’m not again.

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      • mistermuse 3:51 pm on November 13, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Reminds me a bit of this bitter epitaph:

        Man comes into this world naked and bare,
        He travels through life with trouble and care,
        His exit from the world takes him who knows where,
        For, just as with life, death isn’t fair.

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  • mistermuse 1:16 am on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    TIME-LAPSED PHRASEOLOGY 

    I recently came across an unfamiliar old expression, and being rather ancient myself, I was bummed that I’d never heard of it. You might say that the term “threw me for a loop” (I don’t like being term limited — haha). So….What to do about it?

    But, before you put out the lights and go to sleep, I am going to reward the readers of my previous post with another test (you certainly wouldn’t be able to sleep anyway, not knowing what the above-noted “unfamiliar old expression” is). So I’ve compiled a list of unfamiliar (to me, with a few exceptions) old expressions, beginning with that opening one….followed by a random list of their meanings. You know the drill: if you can correctly match more than 100% of the phrases and meanings, I will appraise you a MASTER A-PHRASER.

    1. Dining with Duke Humphrey
    2. Bucket shop
    3. Word from the bird
    4. The goose hangs high
    5. Lally-cooler
    6. Feather in the cap
    7. Curtain lecture
    8. Shinplaster
    9. Pig in a poke
    10. A Joe Miller

    a. A reproof given by a wife to her husband in bed
    b. The office of a broker who is not a member of the official stock exchange
    c. To go without one’s dinner
    d. Paper money, first used as a nickname for Revolutionary War-era Continental currency regarded as worthless except as plasters for broken shins
    e. Something bought without examination or knowing its worth
    f. It’s the truth
    g. A well deserved honor
    h. A stale story or worn-out joke, named after English actor Joseph Miller (1692-1739)
    i. A real success
    j. Prospects are good

    Answers: 1.c 2.b 3.f 4.j 5.i 6.g 7.a 8.d 9.e 10.h

     
    • rawgod 1:51 am on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      7 out of 10, though a few were too obvious for words. I missed 2, 3, and 4 because I screwed up the first one, thus making it impossible to get the next two right. Oh well, not bad for a 49er. I think all of these sayings preceded my birth. I loved “Dinner with Duke Humphrey,” as in Bogie I presume. We ate together many times over the years.

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      • mistermuse 8:39 am on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Good presumption on Bogie / Duke (as in Bogie as Duke Mantee in PETRIFIED FOREST (1936), but the expression is much older, going back to Humphrey Plantagenet, Duke of Gloucester, who died in prison in 1447.

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        • rawgod 5:11 pm on October 26, 2021 Permalink

          Ah, never heard of him, lol. Why was he eating food less meals?

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        • mistermuse 7:38 pm on October 26, 2021 Permalink

          According to an old book I own, there are several stories surrounding the derivation of the phrase, the most likely(?) of which is that the area (called Duke Humphrey’s Walk) where he was believed to be buried was much frequented by tramps and beggars, hence “to dine with Duke Humphrey” was applied to those who loitered there dinnerless.

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    • obbverse 2:04 am on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      A testing examination. Sorry, only got the best of six- please Sir, don’t gimme six of the best!

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 2:57 am on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I only knew one of these (feather in oneโ€™s cap – I didnโ€™t earn one this time ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) but I was able figure four others from the definitions. Fun quiz – thanks!

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    • Ashley 5:57 am on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I did better than last time, I got 2 right and I suppose they’re connected (2 & 9) ๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ˜’ Of course, I live in the ‘old’ world so does that get me ‘brownie’ points or will I be marked down? Perhaps a bribe might work: here are some flowers ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’ ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™‚๏ธ

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      • mistermuse 9:02 am on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Because I love brownies (not to mention spinach0, I will give you both brownie AND spinach points, Ashley. ๐Ÿ˜‰
        P.S. Thanks for the flowers!

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    • David Scott Moyer 7:01 am on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      a-7 b-2 c-1 d-8 e-9 f-3 g-6 h-10 i-5 j-4 The last two, I guessed.

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      • mistermuse 8:54 am on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Excellent! I am tempted to name you a MASTER A-PHRASER even though you got less than more than 100%! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • masercot 7:10 am on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Well… eight out of ten isn’t too bad…

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    • Rivergirl 8:11 am on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I knew #6, 8 and 9 beforehand and guessed a few more correctly. Love these. Keep em coming!

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    • magickmermaid 11:57 am on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      The only ones ever I’ve heard are “feather in the cap” and “pig in a poke”.

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      • mistermuse 12:52 pm on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        The poet in me probably would’ve called them “feather in the leather” and “hog in a bog”….but I must admit that mine are not as fine.

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    • magickmermaid 1:15 pm on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      You might start a new trend! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:28 pm on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not familiar with any of the expressions. Perhaps, it’s because I did not grow up in the USA.

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    • mistermuse 2:51 pm on October 26, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      A few of them are of English origin, but according to your blog, you didn’t grow up in England either, so you are forgiven, Rosaliene. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Mr. Ohh's Sideways View 8:35 am on October 27, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      these were fun I didn’t do so well except for the obvious ones
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      Laughter helps you fly

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    • peNdantry 12:28 pm on October 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Dammit! I’m a lame duck: I made a complete dog’s dinner of your challenge here. I only got ten correct ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    • Elizabeth 6:23 pm on October 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I only got a couple but I have adopted curtain lecture. It is certainly appropriate for such almost asleep tirades directed at one another.

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      • mistermuse 9:33 pm on October 30, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I thought beds with curtains were long out of fashion, but I can see where a curtain right down the middle of the bed might be just the ticket in many (pillow)cases today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • Elizabeth 4:10 pm on October 31, 2021 Permalink

          I like the definition. Maybe it would end the fight over the covers. (“You took them. Only because you took them first.” not in my bedroom of course, just a theoretical discussion.)

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    • D. Wallace Peach 4:34 pm on October 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I knew the “feather in the cap” and the “pig in a poke.” The others were a mystery. I’ve love to know the origins of them. Language is fascinating, isn’t it? Thanks for the fun.

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      • mistermuse 6:07 pm on October 31, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        The one which aroused my curiosity the most was “The goose hangs high,” so I looked it UP. It first appeared in the 1800s in The Farmer’s Almanac, based on a superstition that if the goose flew low, evil spirits were present. Conversely, if the goose flew high, all was well. It doesn’t say what resulted if the goose landed, but I’m guessing that meant that your goose was cooked! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Becky Ross Michael 11:13 pm on November 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I had heard of #6 before…

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    • mistermuse 12:27 am on November 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a feather in your cap, Becky. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Susi Bocks 9:18 pm on November 6, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the schooling! ๐Ÿ™‚

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