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  • mistermuse 1:03 am on October 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    ONE THING LEADS TO A NOTHER 

    In case you were wondering how I came up with the title of my previous post (THE WILDE MAN OF BORN-TO-GO), I blame having sunk to a whole nother level of wordplay, inspired by a century-plus old sideshow act called THE WILD MAN OF BORNEO — which in turn was turned into a 1941 film:

    https://travsd.wordpress.com/2019/12/15/on-the-lost-opportunity-of-the-wild-man-of-borneo/

    I haven’t seen the film before, and (based on the above review) I’m not wild about seeing it now….but for what it’s worth, here is the film’s trailer:

    https://www.tcm.com/video/95649/wild-man-of-borneo-the-original-trailer/

    So let’s move on. Just as there are times when one thing leads to a nother, there are times when one thing leads to an otter:

    Now that’s what I call otterly charming.

    In otter news, eight otters were arrested for stealing cars in Otterwa, the capitol of Canada. Convicted of grand theft otter, they escaped as they were being sent up the river. Personally, I couldn’t give a dam, and my readers probably couldn’t either, but no doubt it played well with otters.

    I assume you’ve suffered enough, so I’ll stop here (unless you let me know otterwise).

     
    • obbverse 1:54 am on October 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nope . Got not er thing.

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    • calmkate 2:12 am on October 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol love it, you took the otter way out 🙂

      I wanna try that ride!

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    • masercot 5:00 am on October 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You otter stop doing this…

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    • Rivergirl 9:06 am on October 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My significant otter and I love these critters. They’re otterly adorable.

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    • magickmermaid 11:20 am on October 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You otter write more posts like this! Otterly laugh-worthy! 😀

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    • mistermuse 12:24 pm on October 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you all for all your comments, otterwise I might have thought my post was nothing but an otter joke. It’s rewarding to know that a post of mine can inspire otters to equal heights of punditry. I would ask for your ottergraphs, but no doubt you have otter (and better) things to do.

      P.S. 😉

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    • JosieHolford 9:36 pm on October 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This reminds me of how a bun dance of caution did not lead the tRump to do anything sensible.

      Damn those bun dances.

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      • mistermuse 11:26 pm on October 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’ve got me there, Josie. I know nothing about bun dancers other than they’re ballerinas, but if you’ll enlighten me as to the connection with tRump, hopefully it will keep me on my toes about it in the future..

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    • annieasksyou 7:31 pm on October 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If it’s not one blog, it’s an otter; one of my posts, from January, 2019, included a video of river otters; it is read almost daily to date. So prepare: your wild man may not be a draw, but those happy kids playing in the snow will go into reslides.
      I actually wandered into the BBC sea otter research video first; to those who are not otterwise engaged, it’s also worth a visit. These cuties are important to the sea’s ecosystem. And they’re just too adorable; heaven kelp them!

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    • mistermuse 9:34 pm on October 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t see a menu of previous posts on either of your two blog sites, Annie, so I was unable to view the January 2019 video you referred.to. If you’ll send me a link to it, I’d like to see it.

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  • mistermuse 1:03 am on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    THE WILDE MAN OF BORN-TO-GO…TOO YOUNG 

    The world is a stage, but the play is badly cast.” –Oscar Wilde (Dublin-born playwright of the wickedly witty THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (1895)

    “Wilde’s nature was too complex to allow him to be popular with the masses, and the audiences who applauded his plays were even more vociferous in condemning his conduct. Even at the height of his success, Wilde was an object of derision.” –Alvin Redman, author

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    The importance of being Oscar Wilde (who was born on a mid-October day in 1854) is taken for granted in the modern world….but the Victorian world of his day was of little mind to humor him (much less countenance his importance) in the years leading up to his death Nov. 30, 1900 at age 46.

    It’s almost as if Wilde’s life and demise were a play ‘written in the stars,’ complete with ‘bad actors’ in the cast. Here’s a brief synopsis:

    https://www.bl.uk/people/oscar-wilde

    Two of my favorite films were made from the works of Wilde. The first is that deliciously delightful comedy of manners based on his 1895 play….

    The second is the haunting story of a man whose portrait ages while he retains his youthful appearance, based on Wilde’s one and only novel THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. Here is the ending (SPOILER ALERT: if you’ve never seen the film but plan to, don’t watch this).

    No “picture” of Oscar Wilde would be complete without a sampling of his quotes. He may have died shunned and destitute, but his words left a wealth of wit and wisdom:

    “I sometimes think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated His ability.”

    “Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”

    “I hate people who talk about themselves, as you do, when one wants to talk about oneself, as I do.”

    “To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the alert is to live.”

    “It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has never been able to find its way.”

    “The English mind is always in a rage. The intellect of the race is wasted on the sordid and stupid quarrels of second-rate politicians and third-rate theologians… We are dominated by the fanatic, whose worst vice is his sincerity.”

    “Modern journalism, by giving us the opinions of the uneducated, keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.”

    “[A poet he admired] was always trying to do the most impossible thing of all — to know himself.”

    “The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.”

    [Wilde] was once asked by a fond mother, whose daughter was playing the piano, whether he liked music. Oscar said: “No, but I like that!”
    Sounds like Oscar the Grouch to me. Be that as it may, I dedicate to him this piano piece which I expect he’d like no less (in his honor, imagine it re-titled, I’M JUST WILDE ABOUT OSCAR):

     
    • obbverse 3:17 am on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He had more quotes attributed to him than most; Must be up there with Shakespeare and Twain.

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      • mistermuse 7:27 am on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        As with Shakespeare and Twain, his quotes endure because they’re timeless. There’s not one of the above quotes that don’t resonate (at least, with me) today.

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    • calmkate 3:57 am on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      those quotes are indeed priceless, thanks for the share!

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      • mistermuse 7:37 am on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Too bad he died so young. His wit is of the kind which would have fit in perfectly with Dorothy Parker et al at the Algonquin Round Table in the 1920s.

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    • Rivergirl 7:14 am on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Wouldn’t you have loved to invite Oscar to cocktails? Life of the party for sure.

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      • mistermuse 8:39 am on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Given his talent for barbs, he qualifies as the 19th century Oscar the Groucho (Marx). Wilde-authority Alvin Redman called him THE SUPREME CONVERSATIONALIST. Life of the party, indeed.

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    • magickmermaid 1:03 pm on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always loved Oscar Wilde. He was a genius born to soon and died too young. In today’s world I think he would have been wildly popular. (no pun intended)

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      • mistermuse 3:05 pm on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not sure about that, mm. Trump is wildly popular (at least, among his millions of followers), and he doesn’t have the wit of a golf ball….which is about par for the course in Trump country.

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        • magickmermaid 5:44 pm on October 14, 2020 Permalink

          I like that analogy! There’s no accounting for taste and there’s always an exception to everything. 😀

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    • Don Ostertag 1:16 pm on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So witty. So overlooked.

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    • masercot 1:26 pm on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have nothing to declare.

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      • mistermuse 3:18 pm on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That seems to be the custom(s) around here. Just kidding — my readers are among the biggest declarers you’ll find Anywhere (which borders on Exaggeration, which borders on Nowhere, which is where this has been headed all along).

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    • Ricardo 1:57 pm on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Wilde lived in an age of innocence compared to ours, Sr. Muse. Nowadays, we do not need journalism to keep abreast of the opinions of the ignorant–they post them themselves on social media.”What a world, what a world.” In this year of 2020, I think we can all agree, and the ghost of Wilde as well, with the dying words of the Wicked Witch of the West.

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      • mistermuse 3:43 pm on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You got that right, Ricardo — though the “age of innocence” was undoubtedly so only in a technological sense. The ignorant and the ‘bad guys’ then were just as cruel as now — they simply couldn’t destroy lives and trample truth with as much expediency and efficiency as they do now.

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    • restlessjo 6:41 pm on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So astute! And he was never boring 🙂 🙂

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    • annieasksyou 12:43 am on October 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      How nice of you to assemble this tribute to a man who managed to leave us so much even though his own life was too brief and marred by the scandals perpetrated by the small-minded who found Wilde too, well, wild.

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      • mistermuse 1:58 am on October 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Though I didn’t particularly have being “nice” in mind when I wrote this post, all compliments are gratefully accepted, Annie. I appreciate you and your thoughts.

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  • mistermuse 4:10 pm on October 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    FIGURATIVELY BLEEPING 

    Speaking of bleeping: I’m a writer who delights in wordplay; far be it from me to fart around with gratuitous profanity. You may say I’m passé, but the writers I count among my favs are witty, not vulgar…. which isn’t to say that innuendo goes out the window when it floats my boat, so to speak. I’m simply more on board riding with a dry wit than with a vulgar boatman.

    But right now, I’m about to cuss up a storm because WordPress is still messing with me (and many others, no doubt), as I find myself back in block editor (from classic) every time I go to start a new post, or resume writing a post (such as this one) which I’d started the day before. So pardon me for tripping out while I have a bleeping fit: *#@*#*%*#@*@!!!!!!! Aaaaargh!

    I don’t know what more I can say along these lines….so I’ll turn to a few of those witty writers to put in their true sense worth:

    “In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer.” –Mark Twain

    “The average man has a vocabulary of 10,000 words — until he misses the nail and hammers his thumb.” –Evan Esar

    “Swearing was invented as a compromise between running away and fighting.” —Finley Peter Dunne

    “American professional athletes are bilingual: they speak English and profanity.” –Gordie Howe

    “Sacrilege or not, I want to crap.” –Aristophanes

    Now there’s a man after my own….heart. I’ve had about enough of this crap for a while, so I’m going to take a posting break for a week or two….or until I find a way to block “block” from screwing with me at every turn.

     
    • Rivergirl 4:14 pm on October 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve had the same problem, it’s beyond annoying. I blog from my phone now, one click and it’s back to classic. Easy peasy. With all the people complaining you’d think the WordPress gods would relent..

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      • mistermuse 5:53 pm on October 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rg. It’s almost enough to make me want to break out of my 20th century cell (phone) and get a 21st century smart phone. Luckily, my horse and buggy are in quarantine, so I don’t have to make any such rash decision until the 1918 flu pandemic has run its course.

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        • Rivergirl 6:14 pm on October 7, 2020 Permalink

          Then I guess I’ll wait to tell you about this marvelous new invention that reheats your food quickly….

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    • magickmermaid 4:43 pm on October 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      hehe I’ve hummed that tune when housecleaning. Curse and eat chocolate! The cure-all for annoying technology! 🙂

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    • Catherine Haustein 5:39 pm on October 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not sure why they fixed something that wasn’t broken but for what it’s worth, I gave in and accepted the dreaded block

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      • mistermuse 6:31 pm on October 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        NEVER! Thank goodness I’m too old of a dog to learn new tricks, because when I was younger, I didn’t have that excuse.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 5:57 pm on October 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      WP just switched me over too. The quotes are great. You’ve encouraged me to partake in a little foul language. 😀

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    • JosieHolford 7:45 pm on October 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Agreed. It’s an effing nightmare. And allegedly you can continue with classic with the plug-in. Not so fast. You can use Classic but you can’t do your usual Private. You can’t add tags or images in a user friendly way and the whole thing is royally messed up. One wonders whether WordPress has been taken over by tRumpists it’s so bad.

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      • mistermuse 8:25 pm on October 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I never thought of that, Josie, but you may be right. Who else but King tRrump and his tRumpists could take something that had been in working order and screw it up so royally?

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    • obbverse 9:54 pm on October 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Easy to manage, say WP. The blockity blocking block has done a better job of stopping me getting back into the fray than writers block. Enjoy the time out and when you’re ready to return let nothing block your path (Sorry. Too early?)

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      • mistermuse 12:14 am on October 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        At this point, I want to let some time pass before I even think about when I’ll post again. When frustrated, one can make decisions which the passage of time teaches were premature, so I’m….

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    • obbverse 12:38 am on October 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yep, bide it. I’m about ready to toss more tosh out into the cruel cold blogosphere. Ain’t we suckers for punishment? But do we really need the travails of blocks, WP? Enough already!

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    • Garfield Hug 2:40 am on October 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You made me laugh so hard! Sorry I do not mean to laugh at how WordPress is annoying you with blocks. But you make it sound funny and yes, you are classy!

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    • masercot 8:37 am on October 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      When I hear the word “sh*t”, I see a hammer in my imagination. I blame my father…

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      • mistermuse 12:20 pm on October 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        My vision isn’t as good as it used to was, so when I first read “hammer,” I thought it said “hangover”….but I don’t know that it makes much difference. 😉

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    • Garfield Hug 9:42 am on October 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love it! Love it! Thank you MisterMuse.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:09 pm on October 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Know the way you feel. Can’t blame you. As Gordie Howe observed among American professional athletes, my father was also bilingual. The day I had the courage to ask him why he used so much profane language, he told me that it was the only language the dock workers understood. At the time, he was the person in the firm where he worked tasked with clearing imported goods at the Georgetown Port in Guyana.

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      • mistermuse 6:09 pm on October 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Very interesting. I hope the dock workers didn’t get their pay docked for using bad language. Luckily, I can’t get my pay docked for using bad puns, because I do them for nothing.(even so, I’m probably overpaid). 😉

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    • josephurban 9:25 pm on October 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ah yes, modern times. Whenever I almost master some new technology, it is “improved” by a 23 year old. Then I can learn new things all over again. I still cling to my flip phone as modern enough. Every new Windows makes me want to throw my computer out the window. Sometimes the “block” come on, sometimes it doesn’t. And sometimes after single finger typing for half an hour my pinky accidentally grazes some key and my blog disappears. Ah, yes, modern times.

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      • mistermuse 11:20 pm on October 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Joseph, those are my sentiments exactly. I’m glad WP didn’t take away the option to stay with Classic, but they might as well have, for all the complications that come up when you try to use it….and even then, the next time you go to write a new post, it has reverted back to block and you have to deal with it all over again. It’s like Classic is a sham option, otherwise it would be a straightforward, no-problems choice. AAAAAARGH!

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    • Elizabeth 12:48 pm on October 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope you got to watch the Garfield video above if only for the priceless quip from the scale “you are either 20 pounds overweight or 9 inches too short.” Works for me. I am able to use the new editor and finally realized that for what I need it is working fine.

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      • mistermuse 2:37 pm on October 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Love the overweight quip. Speaking of which, I went on a diet once, but I got fed up with it. And then there’s the one about the restaurant on the moon: great food, but no atmosphere. 😉

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    • Paulie 1:34 am on October 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The general consensus seems to be that nobody likes the new editor. The only thing that keeps me from bailing on WP is that I can’t imagine starting from scratch with another platform.
      My gut tells me that the block is the brainchild of a consultant. Consultants are the only people I know of who can take the lame ideas that got them fired from a previous job and pawn them off on another company at an exorbitant price.

      • mistermuse 8:11 am on October 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I agree. As much as I am frustrated with WP, putting up with it seems the lesser of two evils. When a tech-challenged person like me thinks about “starting from scratch” — well, I don’t even want to think about it. As for block editor, I don’t know if it’s the brainchild of a consultant or some recently-employed ‘whiz kid(s)’ who came to WP with bright ideas but no regard for how their bright ideas will play in the world of people like us. Either way…..Aaaaaargh!

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    • Ricardo 2:27 pm on October 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Weebly often sucks too, Sr. Muse, as Aristophanes once noted as well.

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    • mistermuse 5:55 pm on October 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m pretty wobbly as far as knowing much about Aristophanes, but if he lived now, I doubt he’d be one of Trump’s many suckers.

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    • annieasksyou 11:02 am on October 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Aristophanes probably would have tweeted that all this technical crap is for The Birds.

      I don’t know how long I’ll get away with this, but when I open a new post, I press the plus sign, click on classic, and a block bar appears. I ignore it and go on as usual, and all has been ok. But I know I gotta learn blockblog. First, I have to finish my work defeating trump. Handwriting wordy persuasive postcards to voters every week cramps my hand and my style, so it must be doing some good!

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    • mistermuse 1:24 am on October 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been doing a little experimenting, and I’ve found that clicking “My Site” (top left) and then “Posts” on the drop down menu below “My Site” gets me to either “Add new post” or “Drafts” (of already-started new posts) with the least amount of hassle. I’m not sure if I’m in Classic or Block, but whichever it is, it seems to be something I can handle (barring complications which will probably arise just when I think all is well).

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    • Rachel McAlpine 4:14 pm on October 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Your blog is a secret cafe where I eavesdrop on your crowded table and try to stifle my guffaws. Meanwhile I find Classic is one choice among many inside the block ed. and we are cautiously getting to understand each other this way. Rock on.

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      • mistermuse 7:24 pm on October 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        My cafe is secret because I mistakenly got a clicker license instead of a liquor license, so I can only offer links instead of drinks. Here’s one on the house, courtesy of…..

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        • Rachel McAlpine 7:40 pm on October 12, 2020 Permalink

          darned if I can get the link to work but I assume you sent me a margharita or anice cop of tea

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        • mistermuse 8:32 pm on October 12, 2020 Permalink

          Sorry about that, Rachel. The link is to my SECRET AGENT MAN (theme song of one of my fav TV shows in the early 1960s). Here’s another clip of the same song — hope this one works for you.

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    • Gibberish 3:35 pm on October 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed the blog…but the comments section is even better I’d say😛👍

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      • mistermuse 10:17 pm on October 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll take that as a compliment and a half because about half the comments are mine. 😉

        P.S. I would’ve said I’d take the comments as my better half, but my wife already claims that honor.

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    • Gibberish 2:08 am on October 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Haha…well said😛😛

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    • Carol A. Hand 10:24 pm on October 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not sure how long it will last, but so far I have been able to get around being forced to use the block editor. I click on WP Admin and copy my WORD document into Quick Draft, then go the the menu, choose all post and pick the one I want to edit. I have the option to use classic editor. I can keep choosing it if I want to make changes after I preview and post. I’m not sure if you have tired this… I hope this makes sense and works for you. It makes me sad to think your wit will be blocked forever!

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    • mistermuse 12:44 am on October 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Carol. In my reply to annieasksyou several comments ago, I mentioned that I’ve found a way around the issues I was having, and so far, so good..I’ve published one post since then, and am about to publish another, with no problems. Hooray!

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on October 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    THAT WAS NOW, THIS IS THEN 

    “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself.” –Walt Whitman, American poet
    “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” –Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr, French writer

    The above quotes came to mind as I’m reading a 2006 biography of Upton Sinclair (1878-1968) by Kevin Mattson titled UPTON SINCLAIR AND THE OTHER AMERICAN CENTURY. Sinclair, for those unfamiliar with him, was an American muckraker famous for his 1906 novel THE JUNGLE:

    Although muckraker tends to have a negative connotation, Theodore Roosevelt, who coined the term, had a different view: “The men with the muckrakes are often indispensable to the well-being of society.”

    Getting back to Mattson’s 2006 biography, it includes these words:

    “Recently, history has become more politically charged and polarized. This is a sad reflection of our times. Yes, Sinclair exposed the uglier side of American life and politics. But he also believed that this tale had to be placed squarely at the center of the American story. Sinclair’s goal was not simply to document all the sins of our country but to use them as a means of understanding our society’s possibilities in spite of our reluctance to confront problems of our own making [emphasis mine].”

    My point here, should you find it in need of clarification, is that 2006 is now (only more so), and now is then (whether “then” be 1906, 2006, or Nov. 2016): America as both “shining light on the hill” and dark swamp of corruption….not to mention willful ignorance, ignorant will, and violence. As 19th century English poet and wit Charles Calverley said some 150 years ago, ’twas ever thus.

    Self-contradiction “Very well?” Well, Walt, as a gathering reality, if that’s not a loaded proposition….

    Two days ago, I intended to write a humorous post (if you saw my AUTO DRAFT post of Oct. 2, you know how that turned out)….and after that not-of-my-own-making muddle, humor is the lost thing on my mind. But only for now.

     

     

     

     

     
    • Rivergirl 7:32 am on October 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ‘May you live in interesting times’ is a traditional Chinese curse. We do, and they’re right. It is a curse…

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    • mistermuse 8:03 am on October 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting indeed.

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    • magickmermaid 11:00 am on October 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Instead of draining the swamp, the swamp grew larger, deeper and more dangerous by the day.

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      • mistermuse 1:05 pm on October 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Trump has made a shambles of all the norms of civilized behavior. But at least he made it easy for me to come up with a twisted title for this post.

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    • tubularsock 1:00 pm on October 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      IF it was any different …….. then what would we do with our time?

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      • mistermuse 5:43 pm on October 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I suppose we could ask a similar question of believers who anticipate a heaven of sweetness and light: What would we do with our eternity?

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    • Elizabeth 5:02 pm on October 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      America was built on some major contradictions, and the payment was bound to come due sooner or later.

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      • mistermuse 5:51 pm on October 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        A very wise observation, Elizabeth. I’d say the first payment has already been made: the Civil War. Let’s hope Trump doesn’t cause another one.

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    • Rawclyde! 11:30 pm on October 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I wouldn’t worry too much. Big O got eight years. And that left goons in the dust. They might get an equal turn now. You never know until the fat lady farts. Just vote for Sleepy Joe & pray for the post office.

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    • masercot 7:34 am on October 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You put a bunch of rats in a cage and electrify the floor, they start attacking each other. We are all those rats…

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      • mistermuse 9:02 am on October 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I suppose so….although some of us sanction the cage, some of us wake up wondering how we got there, and others are thrown in.
        The mention of “thrown” reminds me of another throne:

        It seems that even rats need a king….and we all know who holds that throne at the moment:

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    • Rawclyde! 2:57 pm on October 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You can think of yourself as a rat, and everyone around you, if you want. But don’t forget to vote…
      And don’t forget when the floor gets too hot ~ keep dancing…

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      • mistermuse 3:19 pm on October 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        If I’m a rat, I’m one of the “never-Trump” rats who got thrown in involuntarily. The balance of power probably lies with those who woke up wandering how we got where we are….and now that their eyes have finally been opened by recent events, King Rat seems about to be de-throned…..and I can think of no better ending. Let’s hope we never see this movie again.

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    • calmkate 3:19 pm on October 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ouch I pray you guys find a solution ….

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      • mistermuse 3:29 pm on October 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        King Rat has brought the solution upon himself, as his corruption, incompetence, and megalomania have caught up with him at last. I foresee a landslide defeat — which doesn’t mean that Trump will go quietly, but one way or the other, it’s all over but the shouting.

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        • calmkate 3:32 pm on October 5, 2020 Permalink

          oooh wish I felt as confident as you … we are hearing that his diagnosis is winning him empathy, coz he sure couldn’t get it any other way!

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        • mistermuse 5:38 pm on October 5, 2020 Permalink

          I’m not aware of any polls which reflect a Trump empathy outpouring, Kate –actually, the latest polls show Biden with his largest lead yet (though, of course, that could change). I don’t know why a man who has never shown empathy for others should receive empathy. I don’t doubt that some people feel differently, but if that’s enough to sway their votes, that’s a poor reason to think that makes him worthy of the Presidency.

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  • mistermuse 5:03 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    TESTING 

    TESTING

     
  • mistermuse 3:11 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Auto Draft 

     
    • mistermuse 3:08 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I wanted to compose a new post today, but have suddenly been confronted with a WordPress setup which is completely unfamiliar to me and which I have no clue how to navigate. It appears to be the new block format, but I am an absolute technological blockhead and can’t even begin to understand how to proceed. Thus, I regret to say there will be no more OBSERVATION POST posts pending in-person assistance. Until (and if) this happens, I appreciate all my readers and hope to reconnect with you somewhere down the line.

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      • calmkate 10:12 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        welcome to my nightmare … this is my new blog, it’s super easy!
        https://kbwrites4u.wixsite.com/arete

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      • Garfield Hug 11:08 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Click on + to add paragraph and type. I hope this helps. Meanwhile Titled Posts also tells us a lot.

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        • mistermuse 11:28 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks, G H. Your tip is similar to Rivergirl’s and appears to do the trick….fingers crossed. Thanks again.

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        • Garfield Hug 11:35 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink

          Great! The + also allows you to click on image for you to upload either from your laptop or phone or wordpress media. It is easy once you get the hang of it. It is tailored like an app i.e. easy click and go to use. I hope it works for you Mistermuse as I would love to read your fun posts again!

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        • mistermuse 11:54 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink

          I’m not that tech-savvy, G H, but Rivergirl’s tip enabled me to get off block editor back to classic mode on my TEST post, so I’m hopeful that will continue to work with my next “fun post.”

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        • Garfield Hug 12:53 am on October 3, 2020 Permalink

          Yaay! Good luck! I am happy to hear that!

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    • masercot 3:15 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m still using “classic” so I cannot help, dude.

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      • mistermuse 3:27 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I am probably going to need hands-on help, as I doubt I have the tech knowledge and skills to understand written instructions.

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      • calmkate 10:13 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I dont get why some are left in peace … good luck with that!

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        • mistermuse 11:44 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink

          I don’t get it either, Kate. To be switched involuntarily to block editor after all this time is more than irritating, but when you’re at the mercy of the WordPress gods, I guess it’s TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT.

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        • calmkate 7:12 am on October 3, 2020 Permalink

          I feel fine I’m moving on 🙂

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    • magickmermaid 3:37 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I rarely read the instructions for anything. I use the trial and error method. I just keep clicking on things until something works. No doubt the new set-up was invented by people who enjoy video games because there is a lot of clicking. An overabundance of clicking seems to be the trend. If I can help, let me know. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 3:59 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, mm. Trial and error is how I managed to post this “post.” I’m not sure I could even repeat whatever I did to get here. I’ll probably need to wait until my out-of-town techie daughter visits for Thanksgiving before learning an easily repeatable way to publish new posts. Meanwhile, it appears as if my ability to “Like” and/or comment on your (and others’) posts is unaffected, so I’m not completely ‘outside the loop.’ so to speak.

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        • Rachel McAlpine 4:04 pm on October 4, 2020 Permalink

          Trial and error is exactly what gets us there, so Yay for you! I had exactly the same experience but a couple of weeks later all is well. BTW if you search for Classic when prompted to select a block, Classic will appear as first choice in future. (Yes, weird. Classic is one of many blocks within the block editor.) More quirks: for posting podcasts I go to WP Admin and use that very old editor. We need you so don’t give up!

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        • mistermuse 7:09 pm on October 4, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you, Rachel. I’m always leery of trying trial and error on the computer because I might make matters even worse and not know enough to get out of a bigger problem. In any case, I seem to be back on track putting my English to work writing posts instead of wasting time trying to deal with technology issues that are “Greek” to me..

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    • Rivergirl 3:43 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You can switch back to classic easily. Do you blog from a pc or your cell phone?

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      • mistermuse 4:05 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        pc.

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        • Rivergirl 4:08 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink

          Okay, when you want to write a post find the little add button. +
          That will drop down a list of things and one of them is “classic”. This will bring up the old editor’s features when you start typing.

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        • calmkate 10:16 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink

          hmm just tried it but it still seems to revert to block … thanks!

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        • Rivergirl 7:53 am on October 3, 2020 Permalink

          It can, very easily. The first time I tried I had to keep clicking add to bring it back. I’m finding it much easier to post from my phone.

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        • calmkate 8:06 am on October 3, 2020 Permalink

          yes another friend said that also … I have a simple phone for calls 🙂

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        • mistermuse 5:14 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink

          Success! Thanks, Rg. I’ll need to do it another time or two to really get the hang of it, but so far, so good. You’re even better than a main man — you’re my Maine girl!

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        • Rivergirl 7:55 am on October 3, 2020 Permalink

          Happy to help. I’m not super tech savvy, but I’m extremely stubborn when thwarted and usually find a work around.
          👍

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    • equipsblog 4:10 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hate the new format and have begrudgingly used it because I refuse to pay WordPress money to go to the business level which is the minimum level to be able to download that Classic editor widget. I’ve tried to used the classic option within the Block editor but if it works, it’s still not obvious enough for me.

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      • mistermuse 5:27 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I did what Rivergirl suggested, and was able to easily post a simple Test post in the Classic mode.. Hopefully, it will go as well when I try to do normal posts. Time will tell.

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    • Elizabeth 6:27 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I did figure out the very very basics and am now able to post. Hope you can do the same.

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    • scifihammy 5:24 am on October 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      When I saw your Title and Blank post, I instantly knew – New WP Editor strikes again! haha 😀
      I’ve managed to get back to the Classic Editor. At least I know what I’m doing there. 🙂
      Good Luck. 😀

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      • mistermuse 7:39 am on October 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, scifi. I can’t believe how many comments I’m getting on this post and the TESTING post which follows. It seems that the less i say, the more popular my posts. I wonder if my readers are trying to tell me something? 😉

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  • mistermuse 4:19 pm on September 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , hair styling, , , tax wrtie-offs   

    STYLING FOR DOLLARS 

    Have you heard about The Donald’s $70,000 hair-styling tax write-off, as reported in Trump’s tax return data published by The New York Times on Sept. 27? In case you missed it:

    https://www.thecut.com/2020/09/trump-taxes-trump-wrote-off-usd70-000-in-hairstyling-expenses.html

    Now, “everyone knows” (as King Donald is fond of saying about things nobody knows) that his Highness is vain, but $70,000 for hair styling? Even my Vanity Fair-reading wife would consider $70,000 a rather extravagant sum to pay for getting her hair ‘done’ (would that women were ever ‘done’ getting their hair done). Just kidding, ladies — I keep forgetting I might do the same in your place if I had hair on my head, but my head is done with hair).

    The moral of my story is that a hair in the head is worth two in the brush.

    In any case, since all is fair in love and vanity, be warned there is a caterpillar that looks like Donald Trump’s hair — and, just like Donald’s hair, contact should be avoided under pain of….well, see for yourself:

    That’s all I have to say off the top of my head. This post was brought to you as a public service announcement by the makers of Baldy’s Hair Tonic.

     
    • arekhill1 4:24 pm on September 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I spend about thirty bucks a year on razor blades to shave my head, Sr. Muse. Didn’t realize until now they were deductible.

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      • mistermuse 5:14 pm on September 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        With Trump, anything he claims is deductible, is deductible. Let’s hope he doesn’t deduct the cost of his lies — that alone would give him a multi-billion dollar write-off

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    • Rivergirl 4:34 pm on September 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have to say I think the Donald wasted his money. $70,000 for THAT?
      🤣

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      • mistermuse 5:29 pm on September 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Some people think he wears a wig, so at least this proves it’s really his hair….but to complete
        The Look, he should wear a vanity license plate on his forehead.

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    • Hannah Gandhi 4:40 pm on September 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      $70,000 for his hair?! What a selfish thing to do, that money could be used for so much more 💖

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    • magickmermaid 4:46 pm on September 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He paid so much money and his hair still looks so horrible?!?!?

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      • mistermuse 7:06 pm on September 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Horrible as the hair on his head may be, it’s not half as horrible as the megalomania inside his head.

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    • calmkate 5:48 pm on September 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      geeze I must be highly allergic then … I get all those symptoms just hearing the dreaded name or seeing that corrupt mane!

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 7:56 pm on September 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What vanity!!!

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    • JosieHolford 9:15 pm on September 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He is a bad parody. And soon we will be done with him. All power to the SDNY.

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      • mistermuse 10:50 pm on September 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        All power to the SDNY….AND to the election watchdogs who must fight with all diligence to make sure Trump doesn’t steal the election by any means he can employ. There’s no doubt in my mind than Biden will win IF it’s a fair election.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:47 pm on September 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ugh. And I’m not surprised at all.

      • mistermuse 12:44 am on September 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise. I’m not even surprised that Trump’s base continues to support him no matter how much evidence of his corruption, lying, and disregard for the law and for the welfare of others is revealed.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 11:02 am on September 29, 2020 Permalink

          It says something about how far apart our realities are. I think they know he’s horrible, but for some reason they think Dems are worse. I saw a sign by the road yesterday that said, “I’d rather get the virus and die than vote for a Democrat.” It’s twisted.

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        • mistermuse 11:44 am on September 29, 2020 Permalink

          Cults aren’t about reason (or right or wrong) — they’re only about unquestioning loyalty to their leader. The cult of Trump is no exception (no matter that he would turn on any of them in a millisecond who began to think for him-or-herself).

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    • Eliza 1:32 am on September 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This made me laugh. Can I have the money for a down payment?

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    • masercot 6:00 am on September 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Seventy thousand for THAT hair? He was overcharged.

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    • Rawclyde! 4:04 am on September 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always thought Nancy Pelosi’s hair was nicer than Trumps and now I know for sure…

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    • calmkate 3:56 am on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ouch could this be karma …

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      • mistermuse 9:46 am on October 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Trump has now tested positive for Covid 19 and has been quarantined. If that’s not KARMA, I don’t know what is.

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        • calmkate 7:05 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink

          exactly … I wish him no harm but could be best political move he’s ever made!
          eg the less he says the better + sympathy vote 😦

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        • mistermuse 10:47 pm on October 2, 2020 Permalink

          I agree that the less he says the better, but I question why he should get any more symphony than he’s shown for the millions of other covid 19 victims (especially the 200.000+ of his fellow Americans who have died).

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    • annieasksyou 10:11 am on October 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting that that caterpillar is also venomous.

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    • mistermuse 11:59 am on October 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The problem is that hundreds of millions more people are exposed to Trump than to the caterpillar.

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    • Ashley 7:56 am on October 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t resist reading this post, even without the video! You have such a way with words. Were you ever on the stage?

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      • mistermuse 9:05 am on October 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Only for a poetry reading, Ashley…..and that was decades ago. I’m not suited to be a stand-up comic (I don’t even like to wear suits at funerals).

        It’s the writer’s life for me….
        And that’s the way it has to be.

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  • mistermuse 1:04 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , David Bowie, Elton John, Goldfinger, , Leslie Bricusse, , Nothing Can Stop Me Now, , What Kind Of Fool Am I   

    STOP THE WORLD – I WANT TO GET OFF 

    Although every worsening day of the virulent Trump reign has served to make me wish the above urge was an option in 2020, today’s a day to look back and “Stop the WorldI Want to Get Off” in the 1960s…..a decade when British singer, actor and songwriter ANTHONY NEWLEY (born Sept. 24, 1931) was as well known (especially in England) as David Bowie and Elton John were in the 1970s.

    And yet, Newley is now all but forgotten  — so on his birthday, I want to devote a post to remembering this Songwriters Hall of Fame member whose talents I like so much that I still have 11 of his LPs in my collection – including the original Broadway cast album of the title show (co-written with Leslie Bricusse), featuring this song:

    That was the #1 (but not the only) hit song from STOP THE WORLD. If you’re up for seconds, let’s give it a go:

    Three years after they Stopped the World, Newly and Bricusse co-wrote THE ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT – THE SMELL OF THE CROWD with more show-stopping songs, including this one which fits a certain braggart President who loves the smell of the crowd (and apparently the sight of their adoring, maskless faces, as well):

    In closing, a bit of trivia: do you know who wrote the lyrics to the title song of this James Bond film (the answer is in the credits near the end of this trailer):

     

     

     

     

     
    • calmkate 1:48 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That first clip is so eccentric, I love it! Great voice so I see why you keep his LPs 🙂

      Your title is something I used to chant frequently as a child – never heard their album – then I’d giggle coz no body took me seriously but I sure meant it!

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      • mistermuse 8:43 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You must have been a very precocious child, Kate, seeing the absurdity of much of life at such an early age (or maybe Santa Claus didn’t bring you what you wanted for Christmas one year)! 😉

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        • calmkate 3:34 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink

          No I was a super compliant goody two shoes child, totally shy and overwhelmed by my big brothers … guess I’d just been here before 🙂

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    • obbverse 3:06 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You’re right, he fell off the planet as far as the public memory went. However I recall seeing his, ummm masterpiess ‘Can Heirnonymous Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness?’ and was left puzzled, and befuddled,..wondering if he was doing his best to destroy his rather middle of the road career? If so, he succeeded. Big time.

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      • mistermuse 8:38 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think Newley carried a rather conceited image, which probably contributed to his lack of staying power. On the other hand, he’s far from the only conceited ‘entertainer,’ and these days, that seems to be in their favor (The Donald, for prime example).

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    • Rivergirl 8:06 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I remember him, vaguely. Though your post title sums up how I feel these days.

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      • mistermuse 8:54 am on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Feeling like stopping the world and getting off now is nothing compared to how we’re going to feel if Trump is reelected. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of us leave the country, if not the world.

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    • magickmermaid 12:51 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I agree! Stop the world from all the madness!

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      • mistermuse 10:18 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        There is madness because Trump is a madman, and the inevitable result of each of these realities (if he is not stopped) will be a country no ‘head on straight’ person of good conscience should tolerate. VOTE as if your life depends on it, because in a very real way, IT DOES.

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    • JosieHolford 9:42 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I remember Anthony Newley as a bigly important pop and music person.

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      • mistermuse 10:24 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You remember well, Josie. He wasn’t a person for every taste, but for those of us who could appreciate his talent, he was “bigly” indeed.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 10:03 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not familiar with the music of Anthony Newley. Looks like I’ve missed out on a lot of great talent.

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      • mistermuse 10:43 pm on September 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Indeed you have, Rosaliene. Here’s another sample of what you’ve missed (from the same ROAR OF THE GREASEPAINT musical shown in my post):

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    • Garfield Hug 4:59 am on September 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Mistermuse! “Virulent Trump Reign” sounds right!

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    • masercot 7:14 am on September 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love Shirley Bassey…

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      • mistermuse 9:02 am on September 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Then I’m sure you’ll dig DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER and GOLDFINGER Bassey vocals in this video, including an aside that made me laugh, 42 seconds into the clip:

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    • Elizabeth 5:29 pm on September 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t realize he had been forgotten. Not by me, that’s for sure. As for Goldfinger–when I was in college I went to see the film with a date. The only open seats were in the front row of a very large very old theater. You can imagine the traumatic experience of that gold body filling the screen and surrounding us on the sides as the movie opened!

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      • mistermuse 6:29 pm on September 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I remember the cinerama process (surround-screen) coming out, as I recall, in the late 1950s in theaters especially built or designed for the purpose. GOLDFINGER was made in 1964, so you must have seen it in cinerama.

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    • greatmartin 6:50 pm on October 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was fortunate enough to see Newley in all of his shows and nightclub review and even meet him and become a ‘known acquaintance’ of his.
      While he could be difficult to work with he was a warm friendly guy–someday I will have to tell you a few ‘private’ stories. :O)

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      • mistermuse 7:10 pm on October 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        How interesting! Judging by his personality, I can imagine him being difficult to work with, but I’m glad to know he was also a warm, friendly guy.

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  • mistermuse 8:47 am on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , election, evangelicals, , , Kamala Harris, , , , ,   

    HYPE-OH-WHAT-A-MESS 

    The following meaning comes courtesy of the ghostwriter of THE DEVIL OF A DICTIONARY, a book of definitions and proverbs by the late Ambrosius Beericus, who died adages ago but is still with us in spiritus:
    HYPE-OH-WHAT-A-MESS (not to be confused with HIPPOPOTAMUS, a thick-skinned, fat-bodied, hairless member of the genus mammalis): a cross between a hype-ochrondriac and a hypocrite, as exemplified by Donaldo Trumpotomus, a thin-skinned, fat-headed, hairbrained member of the genus ignoramus politicus.

    In other news, The President of THE NATIONAL TRIFLE ASSOCIATION, Wayne La Peeinthehair, has announced that a contribution in the trifling amount of 99 bizillion dollars and two cents has been made to the re-election campaign of Donaldo Trumpotomus because the nation cannot afford four years of sanity, competence, and integrity under Josephus Bidenopus and Camelus Would Harassus. This news was immediately applauded by the nations evangelical leaders, who believe in the separation of church and state of government led by people who don’t have faith in Jesus Televangelicus Miraculous.

    Mean-while, back at the White House, Donaldo Trumpotomus has granted an interview to that Randymous guy. Let’s listen in….

    And there you have it. Sorry, no refunds.

     
    • calmkate 9:09 am on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol you are the master of word play … he is a better singer than he is a comedian, pink tie not hairy hippo!

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      • mistermuse 10:44 am on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That isn’t one of Randy Rainbow’s better parodies, but then Trump isn’t one of our better Presidents (actually, i can’t think of a worse one, but the poor guy has had a hard life, so I feel as sorry for him as he does for those he views as losers).

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    • magickmermaid 12:49 pm on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hilarious! 😀

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:54 pm on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      After yet another tough week under smoke-filled skies here in Los Angeles and “ignoramus politicus,” I thank you for making me laugh out loud with your masterful word play. Randy Rainbow’s song parodies are also a delight to watch 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • obbverse 5:20 pm on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Redolent of Great wordplay again, MM. Sadly todays parody becomes tomorrows all too real tragedy. So if you can, vote!
      Line up, line up despite the sleet, snow or hail,
      Bypass Lousy DeJoys dysfunctional USless mail,
      Vote bright and early and let’s cast no doubt
      Lest the Postmaster General try bailing Don out.

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      • mistermuse 6:09 pm on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I can and will vote, probably by mail because my state has online vote tracking so I can make sure my vote has been received. With one or two exceptions, I haven’t noticed longer-than-usual mail delivery here.

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    • Elizabeth 3:56 pm on September 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Bloated Cheeto. Exactly.

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    • mistermuse 6:21 pm on September 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I call him THE CHEETO CHEATER.

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    • masercot 8:53 am on September 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Say what you like about the interviewer, you’ve got to love those specs!

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    • literaryeyes 10:17 pm on September 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I laughed at the mailbox thing in the video (I will build a hundred more).

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      • mistermuse 12:25 am on September 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I fear that Trump’s Postmaster General Louis DeJoy would remove the mailboxes as fast as Randy Rainbow can build them. Unfortunately, Louis is trying to take all De Joy out of voting by mail, and it’s up to us thwart him by removing Trump from office.

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    • Carol A. Hand 9:29 pm on September 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t think it was possible after days of such ongoing disheartening news, but you made me laugh, Mister Muse. Thank you!

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      • mistermuse 11:58 pm on September 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Much appreciated, Carol, but the joke will be on us if Trump is re-elected. He is by far the most devious person ever to become President, and I believe it will only be by devious means (on many fronts) that he can beat Biden…..and we know he will stop at nothing to do so.

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        • Carol A. Hand 12:07 am on September 23, 2020 Permalink

          I agree, Mister Muse. I also fear he will stop at nothing. I saw one of the vile lie-filled fliers being mailed out to registered republican voters. The USPS mail carrier delivered it to my address by mistake (not a hopeful sign of things to come) – or maybe it was delivered here on purpose because of the Biden sign in my front yard… 😎

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  • mistermuse 1:02 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Charles Schulz, Erma Bombeck, , , , , John Lewis, , , , Saint Augustine   

    DON’T ASK 

    You Asked For It (according to my previous post) — but this post is a different story, so….

     

    By a weird coincidence, ASK ME NO QUESTIONS AND I’LL TELL YOU NO LIES (a quote attributed to 18th century Irish novelist, playwright and poet Oliver Goldsmith) is my springboard for this post of “Don’t Ask” quotes — thus sparing you the fate of my last post, which subjected you to some questionable poems.

    Let’s plunge right in with perhaps the most famous DON’T ASK quote (at least in America):

    “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” –John F. Kennedy

    Here’s another famous one (in jazz circles), leveled at squares:

    “If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.” –Louis Armstrong

    If you have a humorous bone in your body, the next three should bring a smile to your face:

    “Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask, Why me? Then a voice answers, Nothing personal, your name just happened to come up.” –Charles M. Schulz

    “Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people see things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.” –George Carlin

    “When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?’, it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” –Erma Bombeck

    Now for some serious stuff:

    “What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” –Saint Augustine

    “If you ask me whether the election of Barack Obama is the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream, I say, ‘No, it’s just a down payment.” –John Lewis

    To close, here’s a quote I like which is a stretch to fit the category, but since it’s the birthday of the author, don’t ask me to re-think its inclusion here:

    “Thinkers think and doers do. But until the thinkers do and the doers think, progress will be just another word in the already overburdened vocabulary.” –Francois de La Rochefoucauld (9/15/1613–3/17/1680)

    I think that does it for now. How’s that for progress?

     

     

     
    • rawgod 2:39 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If you don’t want to know the answer, please, don’t ask the question.

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      • mistermuse 6:51 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That would seem to be the badge of honor for Trump followers: you don’t want to know the answers because he already has them all.

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        • rawgod 7:58 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink

          Pretty much.
          I just completed a musical rewrite of an old song. I’m not publishing it yet, but if you send me an email I will let you be the first to tell me what you think of it. g-e-w-c-o-l-o-@-g-m-a-i-l-.-c-o-m. I think they call them parodies.

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    • calmkate 2:45 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol left me scratching my head, good one … love the song with the accordion!

      Now what is jazz? and what is time?
      must be the cue for a new rhyme …

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      • mistermuse 7:21 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Lawrence Welk must be turning over in his grave at such accordion blasphemy!

        This DON’T ASK post means mistermuse needn’t address such questions….
        However & nonetheless, Kate, if in distress, I’m open to readers’ suggestions.

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        • calmkate 7:36 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink

          Well not being one to miss opportunities … the best female jazz artists? thank Mr M

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        • mistermuse 6:56 pm on September 16, 2020 Permalink

          Kate, when it comes to “best female jazz artists,” I’ll start with a name almost all jazz lovers agree on: ELLA FITZGERALD. The rest of my (personal opinion) list will be names you’ve probably never heard of, belonging as they do to the long-past Golden Age of Popular Music: Mildred Bailey, The Boswell Sisters, Bea Wain, Midge Williams, Helen Forrest, Ethel Waters, Martha Tilton and of course, Billie Holiday (who you probably have heard of). A bit later (but still ancient history to those under 60), Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington were probably my post-WWII favorites.

          I sure I’ve left out a few names I should include, but the above will have to do for now..

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    • JosieHolford 7:18 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice haunting bit of accordion there.

      And then there’s this from Alice. B.Toklas on the last words of Gertrude Stein:
      In a letter she wrote about those last words

      “She said upon waking from a sleep—What is the question. And I didn’t answer thinking she was not completely awakened. Then she said again—What is the question and before I could speak she went on—If there is no question then there is no answer.”

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      • mistermuse 7:47 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for that thought-provoking comment, Josie. I’m thinking there is no answer, question or no question. Perhaps that’s why my favorite quote in the post is that of Charles M. Schulz (of PEANUTS fame).

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    • Rivergirl 7:56 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent selection. The down payment Lewis quote is sadly relevant again.

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    • masercot 8:47 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I see you’ve mastered the new interface…

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    • arekhill1 10:36 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The answer to Kennedy has been rendered simple by recent history–what you can do for your country is vote Trump and all his enablers out of office.

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      • mistermuse 3:15 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        If there’s any justice left in this world, nothing less than “out of office” and into prison will suffice (but I’ll settle for just “out of office”).

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    • magickmermaid 10:55 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love the video! And the quotes!

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      • mistermuse 3:23 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. I wasn’t looking for that video — I stumbled across it while looking for something else, so it was a ‘happy accident.’

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    • Don Ostertag 1:39 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes Another answer to Charlie Brown: Because there’s just something about you that pisses me off.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:33 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed your post 🙂

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    • mistermuse 9:12 am on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, my friend. 😉

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    • Elizabeth 7:05 pm on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you,” attributed to Jared Kushner(probably apocryphal)

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      • mistermuse 10:57 pm on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know if Jared Kushner was quoted correctly, but we know that JFK was:

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        • Elizabeth 12:09 pm on September 18, 2020 Permalink

          Yup. I remember that speech. I am that old.

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        • mistermuse 3:48 pm on September 18, 2020 Permalink

          Likewise, Elizabeth. At our age, it’s like humorist Fred Allen (remember him?) once said: “I always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names, and — I can’t remember what the third thing is.”

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    • annieasksyou 5:00 pm on September 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I think the Jared Kushner quote was “Ask not what your country can do for you because it’s not your country; it belongs to us.”

      I found the video chilling but enjoyable.

      The John Lewis quote made me teary.

      A very thought-provoking post, mistermuse! And a VERY belated happy birthday to your friend Francois (I’m too lazy to type his full name, but I’m pondering his thought).

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      • mistermuse 7:21 pm on September 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think the John Lewis quote is even more chilling (than the video) in the context of the Trump presidency, because Trump is doing his best to take back the “down payment.”

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