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  • mistermuse 1:48 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    small TALK (with NOTES) 

    If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

    I saw the above quote in (seriously) the comics section of this morning’s newspaper; hence, the idea of composing a post composed of songs composed by great composers of “small” songs”….but first (to help get you thinking small), a bit of small talk in the form of a few more “small” quotes:

    Life is too short to be small.’ –Benjamin Disraeli
    It’s the small things that annoy us: we can sit on a mountain, but not on a tack.” –Evan Esar
    “In a small town, a rich man is respected, a great man suspected.” –George Bernard Shaw

    And now for the (musical) notes, starting with a song sung by a big lady with a ‘small’ voice and a great feel for the lyrics:


    Next, we have a seemingly ‘tipsy’ Jack Teagarden singing a song about a little man (no, not the little man too long in the White House) who wasn’t there in the wee small hours of the morning:

    We leave you with a song about a (‘too-big-for-its-britches’?) world in need of a shrink:

     
    • Ashley 2:47 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Wee-ked! 😎

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    • Rivergirl 2:56 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      How have I never heard of Mildred Bailey!

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      • mistermuse 3:48 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        You’re forgiven because she was a “little” before your time, Rg…..but I bet your parents heard of her, because she was “big” in the Swing era.

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    • smbabbitt 5:18 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I am so old that “Small Fry” reminds me of “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane.” Thanks for the selections!

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      • mistermuse 7:14 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        As I recall, “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” was only nine days old, so she was more like an itsy-bitsy, teensy-weensy fry. (which may remind you of another song). 😉

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    • magickmermaid 5:38 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I was not familiar with Mildred Bailey or Jack Teagarden. Really great tunes!

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      • mistermuse 7:27 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Jack Teagarden (nicknamed “Big T”) has been dead for decades, but is still remembered by classic jazz fans as an all-time great on trombone, as well as for his blues-influenced vocals. He made some records with Louis Armstrong, who I’m sure you’re familiar with!

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    • Carmen 7:55 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Americans are all singing a new tune this week, eh mistermuse? Good stuff! 🙂

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    • calmkate 8:03 pm on January 22, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for giving my morning a musical serenade!
      Big things from small minds … or is that vice versa?

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    • Carmen 9:26 am on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Oh and mistermuse – I accidently dropped you from my blog (I was trying to get rid of someone else!) so please re-subscribe! I don’t want you to miss my once-yearly blog posts. :). (Well, maybe twice-yearly)

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    • mistermuse 10:23 am on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Dumb….I mean DONE! Carmen, you know I’d never accuse you of a dumb mistake (although I wouldn’t put you above a subliminal one)! 😉

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    • Henry Lewis 4:35 pm on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Love Streisand’s heart-felt version of this old favorite.

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      • mistermuse 10:39 pm on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        As you probably know, Streisand sings it at a much slower tempo than other vocalists and bands had performed it since it was composed in 1930. For example:

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    • Elizabeth 5:09 pm on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I went over and read a long article about Bailey. I was fascinated particularly by confusion over her ethnicity. Apparently some thought she was partly black, a problem because she had married a white man which would have been illegal. She had to constantly refute that conclusion. As for “Small World,” it haunts me to this day. My daughter and I were trapped in the Small World ride at DisneyWorld for about 15 minutes until they got it working again. All the while that danged song played over and over.

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      • mistermuse 11:17 pm on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds like you got more than you bargained for on that ride, Elizabeth.

        As for Mildred Bailey, who was married to band leader Red Norvo and was the band’s vocalist, jazz authority George Simon wrote this about her:
        “A warm, witty, and often charming extrovert, she provided the band with a musical excitement it had never known before.. Her great singing and showmanly finesse were responsible for the band’s commercial success. But Mildred, an extremely overweight woman, was not always easy to get along with. Tremendously talented, with a fantastic musical ear, she was nevertheless unhappily insecure, often asserting herself too emphatically, creating tensions which affected Red, one of the most pleasant, unselfish and unphony men I have ever known.”

        But they made beautiful music together, which has long outlived them both.

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  • mistermuse 2:16 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    SEE YOU LATER, ALLIGATOR (AFTER WHILE, AT YOUR TRIAL) 

    Dear President Trump (in Spanish-speaking countries, aka Presidente Demente),

    As a lover of high-class music and a connoisseur of down-in-the-sewer presidents, I offer for your approbation a selection of appropriate songs for your subjects to remember you by after tomorrow’s adios from the offal office. In plain English, we begin with….

    Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall cry hosanna come noon manana — while your base is battling the….

    So come on, world! Let’s CELEBRATE!

     
    • obbverse 2:32 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      A lifetime mute on the trump- now THAT’S music to my ears.

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    • Sheree 3:29 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Very appropriate

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    • calmkate 6:38 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      hold ya horses, he hasn’t actually left yet! I hear he has another 24 hours in office and I’m sure he’ll make maximum impact of that time … 😦

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    • ladysighs 6:57 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Trial! Yea!
      Punishment: Feed him to the ‘gators.

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      • mistermuse 9:53 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Some Repubs are saying we can’t unite the country if we have a trial. I’ve got new for them — the country CAN’T be united, because Trump’s base won’t let it be. You can’t appease Trump any more than you could appease Hitler because the power-hungry take appeasement for weakness.

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    • Rivergirl 9:21 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never looked forward to anything in Washington more. Seeing the tail end of this man isn’t usually a beautiful sight… but it will be tomorrow!
      👍

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    • masercot 10:02 am on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

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    • Ashley 12:11 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I know, I know! This post is all about Dt’s last days but the really really great thing here was watching and listening to all those kids! Oh, how I wish I had some of their energy! Loved it and have saved it to listen to again when I’m feeling low! Here’s hoping for a good day on Wednesday. We’ll be watching on TV 4pm our time!

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    • magickmermaid 12:47 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Great tunes! Goodbye at last!

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      • mistermuse 1:21 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        You said it, mm. I hear that the “It’s all about me” President has arranged a 21 gun salute and ‘red carpet goodbye’ to send him on his way tomorrow morning. I hope the TV networks have enough good taste not to televise it.

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        • magickmermaid 1:31 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink

          A 21-gun salute for Mr Bonespur? In which branch of the military did he serve?

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        • mistermuse 1:47 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink

          It wasn’t the Air Force, because he bailed out, and he chickened out of the other military branches…..but he has been of service to the Proud Boys. Does that count? 😉

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    • Don Ostertag 12:54 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I hope we do not see that crocked crocodile later with the sole exceptions of seeing him in courts and cells.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:28 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed the kids’ remake of “Celebration.” Just loved the dance moves in the “See You Later Alligator” video clip. Thanks for lifting my spirits 🙂

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    • D. Wallace Peach 4:28 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I’m going to whooping it up. It will be such a huge relief! Enjoy!

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      • mistermuse 1:03 am on January 20, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Speaking of “whooping it up,” I hear that Trump is thinking of starting a new political party called the PATRIOT PARTY. I could definitely whoop it up for that party.because it would split the GOP into two camps and almost guarantee that the Dems stay in control for years.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 9:51 am on January 20, 2021 Permalink

          I heard that too. Wouldn’t that be wonderful. Go Trump! Yesterday was so emotional. I know I’m going to be weepy today too. We made it.

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    • mistermuse 5:02 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Rosaliene. I was struck by how little different the dancing in Bill Haley’s 1950s rock ‘n roll video was compared to jitterbug dancing in the 1930s-40s swing era. Here’s a sample of the latter:

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    • annieasksyou 5:41 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      If “subjects” includes folks like me,
      Your first selection craters
      ‘Cause there’s no one in this wide world
      I’d less like to see later!!

      And one addition I suggest
      Would really take the prize:
      Select it from the many songs
      Whose titles say “Don’t lie!”

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      • mistermuse 8:32 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Don faniies himself a king,
        Which, like it or not, would
        Make all of us his subjects,
        Though he treats us like objects.
        But after noon tomorrow, we’ll sing
        A song of Don is ‘gone for (no) good’
        And first in line among the usual suspects.

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    • Ricardo 7:48 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I want to kick Trump while he’s down, so I’m hoping for a guilty verdict from the Senate so I can do it after they take away his Secret Service protection.

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      • mistermuse 10:36 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        The Senate trial will be just as much a trial of Senate Republicans as it is of Trump. We don’t need a trial to know who Trump is — we need it to know, once and for all, who each GOP Senator is. My guess is that there will NOT be at least 17 of them who put country and democracy ahead of personal ambition. I hope I’m wrong.

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    • JosieHolford 9:13 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Trials. There will be many.

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    • Elizabeth 6:31 pm on January 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      His departure and Biden’s arrival seems to have had us all looking for the right song. I used “Hello, Goodbye” and enjoyed all the other offerings, both yours and in the comments.

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    • mistermuse 7:11 pm on January 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      On the lighter side, “Hello, Goodbye” reminds me of this from 90 years ago:

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    • Henry Lewis 4:37 pm on January 23, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      The kids rendition of “Celebrate!” is truly inspirational!

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    • Kally 12:36 am on January 24, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Greetings and have a wonderful weekend.

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  • mistermuse 7:46 pm on January 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT 

    Dear Pathetic President Trump,
    On your way out the door,
    Don’t let it hit you in the rump
    ’cause you’re already a sore

    Loser….to say the very least.
    What’s more, to ignore what we’re seeing
    Is to deny to God by Judas Priest….
    That you’re also a Pathetic human being.

    Five years ago, when Donald Trump was running for President, everyone knew (or should have known, even if they refused to face it) what kind of person he was. Now, time has confirmed the obvious and revealed the depths to which a devil can descend, taking his believers with him — while the rest of us can only throw up our hands, shake our heads, and intone….

    I was going to title this post GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD RUBBISH, but GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT seems marginally less vituperative (not that the Trash Man deserves any more consideration than he gives). So I’ll just let it go at that….with this:

     
    • D. Wallace Peach 8:27 pm on January 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      It’s amazing how one man can wreck an entire nation. It’s going to take a decade or more to recover. I agree that it was perfectly clear 5 years ago what was coming. Love you clever posts. 🙂

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    • calmkate 9:04 pm on January 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      the joyous farewell I get … but ‘good to know you’, you should be ashamed of yourself!

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    • Catherine Haustein 10:39 pm on January 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I have to wonder why people are so attached to him. I imagine they had abuse in their lives.

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      • mistermuse 11:07 pm on January 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        For many of them, it’s probably just the way they were raised, a prime example being the Trumps: Don Jr. takes after his father, who takes after HIS father.

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    • obbverse 4:27 am on January 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I shiver when I say this, but once he has gone, there will be less targets for our vitriol. Hey, I’m gonna have a go at smiling through!
      Take a hike,
      On yer bike,
      Take backpedaling Mike.
      Now God-fearin’ Pence
      Lately’s talking sense.
      Shoulda spoke pre-tense.

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    • Ashley 9:15 am on January 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      It’s still a bit early to celebrate! It’s not over yet! However, you can play Ella again and again; wonderful!

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      • mistermuse 9:52 am on January 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Ella’s rendition of “Get Thee Behind Me Satan” is superb — I’ve already listened to it several times.
        As for “a bit early to celebrate,” I agree. My 7:39 am comment was in reply to obbverse, but probably addresses your point as well.

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    • mistermuse 9:39 am on January 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      The more I think of it,
      Trump ain’t gonna retire.
      He’ll still have his base
      To try to ‘inspire.’
      Let’s hope that, after Jan. 20,
      He stays banned from Twitter,
      So at least we’ll be spared
      The tweets of the bullshitter.
      We can’t ban his rallies,
      But if all goes well,
      How big of an audience
      Can he envision in a prison cell?

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    • masercot 10:29 am on January 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Over half the voters knew last time. The electoral college had the lapse in judgment…

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      • mistermuse 1:20 pm on January 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        No wonder — it may be the only college in the country which still has its course set in the early 19th century. It’s well past time to elect a President by direct vote of the people.

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        • masercot 1:09 pm on January 20, 2021 Permalink

          Considering its original purpose was to nullify black votes, I have to agree…

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      • rawgod 2:11 pm on January 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        A lapse that Trump paid for, or at least promised to pay for. He seldom pays his bills…

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        • mistermuse 4:01 pm on January 15, 2021 Permalink

          There’s one person (Rudy Giuliani) he’d better pay because Rudy knows too much (though Rudy may refuse to testify against Trump because he’d implicate himself in Trump’s corruption).

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    • ladysighs 10:39 am on January 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      You tell him. I am sure he will listen to you and pardon you for your life time of wicked rhymes. (Please don’t accept that pardon.)

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    • magickmermaid 2:29 pm on January 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      What’s even more pathetic is that he is going back to his millionaire life without a care in the world. If an ordinary citizen committed the same crimes they would be thrown in jail for quite some time.

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      • mistermuse 4:09 pm on January 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        It seems that NO MAN IS ABOVE THE LAW applies to everyone but Trump. Nevertheless, he’s not out of the woods yet because, if he tries to pardon himself, the Supreme Court will end up deciding if he can, and my guess is that the Supremes will decide he can’t.

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    • Elizabeth 6:12 pm on January 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      My late mother-in-law always said “get thee behind me Satan” but I never knew that it was made into a racy song like this rendition. Thanks for sharing. And I have been singing the Weavers since you reminded me of this apt tune.

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      • mistermuse 6:54 pm on January 15, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I hate to disagree with you, Elizabeth, but I wouldn’t call “Get Thee Behind Me Satan” a racy song. It’s one of a number of songs in the Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers film FOLLOW THE FLEET (1936), with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. In those days, movies were heavily censored, and I doubt that a racy song would have gotten past the censors.

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      • mistermuse 10:04 pm on January 16, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve seen the movie several times, and the song doesn’t come across as suggestive within the context of the film….but I suppose it could seem so outside of that context.

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    • Ankur Mithal 2:52 pm on January 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      It was a surprise to me how a person with zero experience of a public office could directly become President. I suppose that is America. From many conversations and comments I hear and read, it seems he has a fanatical set of followers who believe he has been wronged.

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    • Ricardo 4:01 pm on January 17, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Just saw a meme on FB today that Jesus is going to return in a flying saucer and make Trump King of America for life. Hope springs eternal and all that.

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    • obbverse 4:58 pm on January 19, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe I could believe someone from Hades bundling Don into a handcart, but a hand-up by Jesus? Jesus no.

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  • mistermuse 11:03 am on January 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    LOAD ON A GRECIAN URN 

    Beauty is truth, truth beauty.” –John Keats

    On the john, just the other day,
    I was reflecting on what John say….
    And, in the end, what I came to find
    Became a big load off my mind.

    For, sacrilege though it be to say,
    John’s words work better the other way:
    Truth is beauty, beauty truth” —
    To believe ’tis untrue would be uncouth.

    But be wary, if others feign claim
    My aim is to put John Keats to shame.
    Far be it from me to disparage the master —
    His ode, you see, is hardly a disaster.

    But if I can improve its beauty, where’s the disgrace?
    Would you not do the same, were you in my place?
    To muse that I’m above Keats is ode-ious to me —
    I am merely his equal, as any Greek geek can see.

     
    • magickmermaid 12:46 pm on January 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Μπράβο! 🙂

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    • Ricardo 3:16 pm on January 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps Keats would have been more contented
      If indoor plumbing had been already invented.

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      • mistermuse 4:54 pm on January 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Ricardo, you’re a poet after my own heart….
        Instead of my rear, which might cause me to fart.

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    • obbverse 4:56 pm on January 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Finely styled, slyly wordplayed Mr Muse. Indeed words to ponder on. But in light of Johns seeing truth as a shining light…
      Keats is butt of mild interest,
      I truly strain to be impressed,
      In these days of roiling uncivil unrest-
      Don’s ugly truths, too tough to digest.

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    • Rivergirl 6:01 pm on January 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Do you do a lot of reflecting on the John? Or do you just reflect on the doo?

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      • mistermuse 7:26 pm on January 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I should have said IN (not “On”) the john, though it ‘can’ mean the same as loo.
        The dis-stink-ion is, I don’t reflect doing number one, only during number two.

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    • obbverse 7:52 pm on January 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I’m oft constrained to linger there,
      But to swiftly rise with a dismissive air.

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    • calmkate 9:08 pm on January 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      lol I have no doubt you are his equal, and more!

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      • mistermuse 9:24 pm on January 12, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        A sequel to being Keats’ equal, I waive….
        I don’t want him turning over in his grave.

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        • calmkate 11:47 pm on January 12, 2021 Permalink

          from there he can do no harm
          claim the crown with calm!

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        • mistermuse 12:27 am on January 13, 2021 Permalink

          As it happens, I take Calm every day (it’s a magnesium supplement in powder form, so you could also say I ‘take a powder’ every day).

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    • annieasksyou 1:00 am on January 13, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I trust Truth’s beauty’s on your mind
      As we prepare to leave Trump behind
      But your skat-a-logical verse, I offer,
      Seems less like Keats and more like Chaucer…
      and that ain’t bad!

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      • mistermuse 1:49 am on January 13, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        As a lover of light verse, it struck me in a flash:
        Your quite right verse seems more like Ogden Nash.
        Just one more thought before I “skat”:
        To your heads-up, I tip my hat!

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    • rawgod 2:29 am on January 13, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Though I be a poet myself, I will not add to this farce. Instead I am going to be an arese-
      hole. The Greek in yoru last line was terribly jarring. I hope you did not put it on your specimen wall.

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      • mistermuse 11:04 am on January 13, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I was anticipating that you would end with a “jarring” rhyme,
        But I suppose that would’ve required you to work overtime.
        Nonetheless I must confess that I like your reply….
        Though the hope you express is between my wall and I.

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        • rawgod 2:50 pm on January 13, 2021 Permalink

          Jarring would be easy to rhyme, there are many. But the picture of shitting into a jar of formaldehyde, that was priceless.

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    • masercot 10:46 am on January 13, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I had a similar conversation with a traveler from an antique land.

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    • Ana Daksina 11:42 pm on January 20, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Gosh — I really did have some erudite advice from a fellow (well, using the term generically) poet, but then I read that you already ARE taking a powder.

      So I don’ know what to say now. Not that that’ll stop me from saying it, of course, that much is understood! 🤣

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    • mistermuse 1:34 am on January 21, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      This post seems like ancient history now that we’re finally in a post-Trump world, so I will say no more.

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  • mistermuse 1:55 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    HOLY SMOKE AND HIGH HOPES 

    January 9 is PLAY GOD DAY and, coincidentally, the birthday of Richard Nixon (who, until Donald Trump came along, was the God-playingest President in American history). But I’ll leave playing God to God (and to his White House imposters), because I bring up said holy day solely as a pretex: a lead-in to what I really want to play, which is music. It may not be the most heavenly music in the world, but Holy Smoke, can’t you take a…

    Speaking (or singing) of taking a joke — come on now. Admit it. Isn’t it….

    OK, it may be fun to be fooled in fun things — but it’s another thing when millions of people are fooled by a fool who plays God with people’s lives, democratic principles, and truth itself. Trump must, and will, go January 20 by vote of the people (sooner by impeachment, if there’s any justice in this country), but will TRUMPISM go with him? You’ve got to be kidding — but God forbid it should ever be allowed to force itself upon us again. In this regard, I have….

     
    • Ashley 2:36 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      MARVELLOUS! Great music as usual and what a way to finish with Frank and the kids…whoops! 😊

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      • mistermuse 4:06 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Ashley. Frank sang that song in the film A HOLE IN THE HEAD (1959) and it (the song) won an Academy Award. The composers, Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, have written better songs, but they didn’t refuse the Oscar!

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        • Ashley 9:25 am on January 9, 2021 Permalink

          I’m afraid I didn’t watch the video, just listened to it as I wrote a letter! It’s the music that hooks me!

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    • obbverse 2:45 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Gawd, that Sinatra clip… a time piece of TV of that era- all those peachy keen scrubbed Aryan faces, nary a trace of anything other than sweetness and light. Now that cringeworthily embarrassing nowadays.

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      • mistermuse 4:10 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I had the same reaction, but I did see an Asian girl’s face among the children. Maybe she slipped in there unnoticed.

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    • Ricardo 4:18 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I am a god to my Chihuahua. Close as I’m going to get, I’m afraid.

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      • mistermuse 5:53 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sure you make sure your dog is better fed than many humans are fed, Ricardo (you probably even reward good behavior with beer in its water bowl on occasion). 😉

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    • magickmermaid 5:34 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      🙂 Holy Smokes! Let’s hope the world doesn’t get fooled again!

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    • D. Wallace Peach 6:25 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I have high hopes. The conspiracy theories continue and are even more bizarre than they were last week. But at least we’ll have sane people in charge.

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    • calmkate 6:51 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      couldn’t agree more with your words and music choices!

      I’m in love with Bobby 🙂 Isn’t that you in the front row singing along with Frank?

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      • mistermuse 7:29 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        By that time, I was too busy drinking adult beverages to get in on that scene, Kate. By the way, is that you directly in front of Frank, or weren’t you even born yet? 😉

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    • ladysighs 9:24 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I listened to the first two….at the same time. Try that sometime.
      I’ve invited god to a lot of my private parties. Never shows up.

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      • mistermuse 10:42 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        If you had invited play-god Trump to your privates party, he might have shown up. 😉

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    • ladysighs 10:46 pm on January 8, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Shown up to see my private party panties.

      Don’t think so!!

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    • JosieHolford 6:16 am on January 9, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      “Trump must, and will, go January 20 by vote of the people (sooner by impeachment, if there’s any justice in this country)” – from your turntable to the ears of the goddesses.

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    • annieasksyou 6:10 pm on January 9, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I just finished my second post on the dreadful Wednesday events—and then I lifted my spirits by dancing to the music you provided.

      I hope, mm, that you read my fourplet response to your last comment to me. It was an apologia for my word choice.

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      • mistermuse 7:41 pm on January 9, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry, I didn’t see your response until you called my attention to it (I’ve probably missed several comments lately for reasons I won’t bore you with). Apologies, and if Annie-one asks me about you, I’ll say you’re OK in my book (not that anyone reads it). 😉

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    • Rivergirl 6:11 pm on January 9, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Ahh, Bobby Short. That takes me back.
      😊

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      • mistermuse 8:14 pm on January 9, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Bobby Short was best known as a high-class cabaret singer, but he had a good jazz feel as well (as shown in the above clip).

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    • Elizabeth 6:32 pm on January 9, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      I loved the movie that featured this song. I was at the theater with the crush of my sixth grade self with our parents further back in the place. Thanks for taking me back to a much simpler time.

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      • mistermuse 9:36 pm on January 9, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t remember the movie, but I certainly remember the song. In any case, I thank you for your thanks and your comment!

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        • Elizabeth 5:56 pm on January 10, 2021 Permalink

          Movie was funny because it had cartoons in with live action, a new thing when I was 12.

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    • josephurban 2:39 pm on January 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      • mistermuse 4:22 pm on January 14, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Trump is his base’s MY GUY without a doubt. Coincidentally, I’ve started working on a new post of Trump farewell songs which I hope to publish tonight or tomorrow.

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  • mistermuse 8:04 am on January 3, 2021 Permalink | Reply  

    LONGING JUST FOR YOU 

    I suspect this post is going to be a long one, but since I average just short of a post a week, I beg your indulgence. I will go to great lengths to take up no more of your time than the time it takes to take no more of your time than the time it takes to take no longer than necessary — or unnecessary, depending on how long of a time it takes, which may be….

    ….or it may be only….

    Either way,
    I hope you’ll say
    I’m….

    So long for now.

     
    • Ashley 8:12 am on January 3, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant! I love that last video. I think I spotted Blackpool Tower (NW England). Look at all those folks having fun….and not a face-mask in sight.
      Have a happy healthy and safe new year!

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      • mistermuse 8:45 am on January 3, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Ashley. Harry Roy and his Mayfair Hotel Orchestra was one of the great British dance bands of the 1930s. Glad you enjoyed it, and a happy, healthy and safe new year to you too.

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    • ladysighs 9:06 am on January 3, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Top Tapping with the last one. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 10:27 am on January 3, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        But no tapping with the first two?
        You and Ashley have the same view
        ….speaking of which, “not a face-mask in sight” —
        just like Trump’s parties & rallies, and that ain’t right!

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    • magickmermaid 12:56 pm on January 3, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Fun, happy tunes! Dancing and imagining myself on the beach! 🙂

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    • D. Wallace Peach 2:05 pm on January 3, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Great fun, Mistermuse. A great way to start my day. 🙂

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    • rkrontheroad 2:10 pm on January 3, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Great collection, a fun surprise! Couldn’t help but cringe at those beach crowd – a sign of the times. Have a good year.

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    • mistermuse 6:48 pm on January 3, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. It’ll be a good year once Trump is “on the road” out of the White House, even if they have to drag him out!

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    • Elizabeth 12:10 pm on January 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      The pandemic has certainly given us a taste of longing. Longing for ordinary life, crowded on the beach, rolling in the surf. Thanks.

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      • mistermuse 1:18 pm on January 4, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not a ‘beach person,’ but I can definitely appreciate the longing to return to any lifestyle which was normal b.C. and b.T. (before Covid and before Trump).

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        • Elizabeth 5:32 pm on January 4, 2021 Permalink

          I can hardly wait for A.T. I may even amend that to “Trump disappears from my mental landscape–TDFMML.

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        • mistermuse 7:10 pm on January 4, 2021 Permalink

          Good luck with TDFMML. It won’t be easy — even A.T., we’re still going to have PTSD (Post-Trump Stress Disorder) to deal with.

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  • mistermuse 7:32 pm on December 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    SING A SONG OF TWENTY FOUR MORE 

    Sing a song of sick Pence,
    And other Trump allies;
    Four and twenty black days
    More of their half-baked lies.

    When the election was over,
    The result was a rigged thing:
    Wasn’t that a dirty trick
    To play upon the King?

    Now King Donald’s mad as a hatter,
    Growing more desperate by the day:
    All the King’s horses’ asses and all the King’s men
    Can’t keep Biden from taking Don’s throne away.

    So hang in there, fellow peasants,
    Until the fat lady sings….
    In three and twenty days
    We’ll rejoice for what tomorrow brings.


     
    • equipsblog 7:48 pm on December 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Very clever. Love the Pence pun.

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      • mistermuse 10:17 pm on December 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Pence and his currency are currently in decline,
        Now worth about a half pence, toward a worthless bottom line.

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    • magickmermaid 8:04 pm on December 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great poem, MM! 😀

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    • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ 5:11 am on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for your poem in ushering King Trump away . . . . .

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      • mistermuse 9:36 am on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Your comment reminds me of this Vote Trump Away video from one of my pre-election posts. I like it so much that It’s worth repeating here:

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    • josephurban 9:02 am on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Funny stuff.

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      • mistermuse 9:41 am on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. After all the “funny stuff” Trump has pulled the past four years, I thought I’d return the flavor.

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    • Rivergirl 9:16 am on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I await with bated breath, this Administration’s pending death.

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    • mistermuse 9:49 am on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Well rhymed and said….but its ghost still LIES ahead.

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    • Don Ostertag 12:50 pm on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yes!!!Nice parody.

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    • mistermuse 1:23 pm on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’d like to see the folks who did the VOTE HIM AWAY parody, follow up with a parody PUT HIM AWAY (like into a padded cell).

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    • masercot 1:40 pm on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Tell me the truth… did you wait until the twenty-seventh so your poem would be accurate?

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    • mistermuse 4:39 pm on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The idea for the post came to me on the evening of the 26th, but because there were other things I had to do, I didn’t start writing it until the afternoon of the 27th. It usually takes me hours (often spread over a day or two) to put a post together, but this one (being basically just one poem) was just a matter of working out the rhymes. Thus, meeting he ‘deadline’ turned out to be a piece of….pie.

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    • Elizabeth 7:56 pm on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love it. Can’t believe the clever use of Pence. Only 24 more days for him to wreak havoc. Of course he can do a heck of a lot of damage in 24 days. So I am not sleeping easy for a few more weeks.

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    • mistermuse 8:10 pm on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Pence isn’t as “sick” as Trump, but “Sing a song of sick Trump” would have made the poem DOA!
      As for “not sleeping easy for a few more weeks,” what can i say but Welcome to the club — Jan, 20 can’t get here soon enough.

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    • literaryeyes 9:48 pm on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Punnily funny, a masterpiece, and soon I hope an epitaph to this debacle of a “presidency.”

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      • mistermuse 11:57 pm on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Mary — you make me seem like the Picasso of puns (I would have settled for the Warhol of wordplay). In any case, Trump is the Satan of my satirical sustenance, and I may have to look for inspiration elsewhere after Jan. 20.

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    • Ricardo 9:48 pm on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nicely rhymed, Sr. Muse.

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    • annieasksyou 11:08 pm on December 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The Wiggles gave me giggles
      Where DO you find such things?

      With sick Pence and those blackbirds, you banished the Mad King.

      So I for one am happy to join you as we sing:

      Come 20th of January,
      Democracy’s bells will ring.

      Happy New Year, mm!

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      • mistermuse 12:09 am on December 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        There are lots of SING A SONG OF SIX PENCE video clips — I clicked on more than a half dozen before settling on The Wiggles one.. Glad you enjoyed it….let’s hope we can enjoy the new year as well by the time it’s over.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:34 pm on December 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Whoa! It’s been ages since I listened to (1) The Wiggles and (2) Sing a Song of Sixpence – and why is that? I think I’ll be humming this tune for the rest of the evening, which is a pleasant way to end a Tuesday.

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    • mistermuse 12:15 am on December 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This was a fun poem to write, based on the nursery rhyme. The Wiggles clip was an “extra added attraction” which I’m glad struck a chord with you.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 8:21 pm on December 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So funny (and not funny). These 3 weeks can’t pass by quick enough. Here’s to a sane new year!

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    • 924COLLECTIVE 10:22 am on December 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Seasons greetings! Wishing you all the best in 2021 and beyond!

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 3:07 pm on December 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That is very clever!

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  • mistermuse 3:05 am on December 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    A PLACE AND A TIME CALLED CHRISTMAS 

    I bring Christmas greetings from Santa, wherever in the world you are.
    I’d sing you a yuletide carol, but that would be a musical bridge too far.
    So I give you a pass. He’s coming to town ‘high’ class – be good for goodness sake.
    He has toys up the chassis for each lad and lassie….so you’ve got a lot at stake.

    The above notwithstanding, I confess that many, if not most, Christmas songs leave me cold; but here’s one that warms the cockleshells of my heartstrings. How’d you like to spend Christmas on the beach at….

    Can’t get into the Christmas spirit in a tropical clime?
    Or maybe you’re thinking, this isn’t the time?
    No problem — I know a cool place even more sublime:
    A ‘hot spot’ for a song that was once Christmas prime….

    Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.


     
    • Carmen 7:54 am on December 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s too early in the morning for me to listen to the selections (hubby’s still in bed) but I will be doing it later. You have a lovely Christmas mistermuse and do take care! For our daughter and two granddaughters in Australia, the cookies and milk have already been left out (or did I see a vodka cooler in that array?) ;). Cheers!

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      • mistermuse 10:40 am on December 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Dear Carmen, you’re so charmin’ (and I don’t mean tp),
        I can’t wipe the smile off my face when I hear from thee.
        😉
        P.S. I almost forgot
        This sobering thought:
        May you prosper a lot
        For all the joy you’ve brought.

        HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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    • GP Cox 9:26 am on December 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

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    • Ashley 12:03 pm on December 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Warm wishes from Northern Ireland, Keep well, stay safe and I look forward to more fun laughter and music from you in the new year. 🎄🎄🎄

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      • mistermuse 1:36 pm on December 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Ashley. I have ancestral roots in Ireland, so the very word stirs my heart! All the best to you and yours in 2021.

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    • magickmermaid 12:26 pm on December 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Christmas Island looks like a really nice place to visit. I like how they close the road for crab-crossing. 🙂
      Love the toe-tapping music! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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      • mistermuse 1:45 pm on December 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The road closing for crab-crossing caught my eye too. That’s one road closing that wouldn’t make me crabby if I came upon it! Glad you enjoyed the music. Happy holidays, mm. Stay safe.

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    • masercot 12:36 pm on December 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, I DO love me some Leon Redbone… and, yes… I DO have his Christmas album…

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      • mistermuse 1:50 pm on December 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The more I hear Leon Redbone, the more I like his distinctive voice. You have excellent taste! Season’s greetings, and take care.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:49 pm on December 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Christmas to you, too 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:06 pm on December 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise, Rosaliene. I hope Santa brings you everything you deserve….make that, everything you WANT. 😉

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    • obbverse 4:50 am on December 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Mr Muse, seasonal wishes
      Enjoy those jolly good wishes,
      And a happy new year
      Once trumps outta here.

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    • mistermuse 10:10 am on December 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I appreciate you, obbverse,
      And your odd verse as well’…
      And as for Donald Trump,
      He can jolly well go to hell..

      Have a happy, and stay well.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:32 pm on December 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The music choices are so good, I can’t decide which I’d like more – Christmas Island or Harlem.

      Belated holiday wishes, by the way!

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      • mistermuse 12:08 am on December 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Christmas Island was originally recorded by the Andrews Sisters in 1946, but I prefer the Leon Redbone version. Christmas Night In Harlem is an even older (Swing era) song with a more limited appeal, but I dig it and am glad you do too.

        Happy Holidays !

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  • mistermuse 4:27 am on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    HAVE A HAPPY NOEL 

    “I can only assume that the compulsion to make rhymes was born in me. It cannot have been hereditary for neither my mother nor father nor any of my forbears displayed the faintest aptitude for writing poetry or verse. There is no time I can remember when I was not fascinated by words ‘going together’: Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Beatrix Potter, all fed my childish passion.” –Noel Coward, English playwright, composer, director, author

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

    I can well relate to the above, for I, too, cannot remember when I wasn’t fascinated by words — which is why writers fascinated by words fascinate me. Witty song writers such as Noel Coward, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, and Gilbert and Sullivan were especially appealing to my young imagination, and remain so to this day.

    And so it is that on this day, I am lyrical about wishing Happy Birthday (Dec. 16, 1899) to the late Noel Coward who, along with the others named above, inspired in me an appreciation for the music which set the standard by which I tend to measure subsequent music. It’s a high bar….and, to my mind, a timeless one, because they wrote songs which are (even when light as fluff) more or less timeless — outdated though they may sound to modern ears. More’s the pity, because that which cannot stand the test of time is, by definition, only good while it lasts — not unlike chewing gum (which, btw, I indulged in for years….forcing me to concede that there’s a time for everything).

    But enough of my babble to chew on. Time to cut to the chase:

    So much for fluff. Let’s turn to more serious stuff:

    Here is one of my favorite Noel Coward songs

    To end: A “Z” song (the “A” be for my APPLAUSE…and, I hope, yourz).

     
    • calmkate 7:14 am on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      happy birthday Noel … you are a master of both words and music MrM … that Blues is my fav!

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    • Ashley 9:29 am on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He was memorable, still is!

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      • mistermuse 12:29 pm on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think the bittersweet, wistful quality of many of his songs is what makes them memorable, though his humorous songs are memorable as well.

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    • obbverse 10:02 am on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Noel- waxes lyrical.

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    • JosieHolford 10:25 am on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Mad dogs and mistermuse amuse as per usual. (The Gertrude Lawrence is disabled by some miserly misery.)

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    • masercot 11:05 am on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t know that Noel Coward wrote music. I thought he just wrote funny plays…

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      • mistermuse 11:57 am on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        A number of his shows were, if not full-fledged musicals, plays integrating songs he wrote, including such plays as BITTERSWEET, CAVALCADE, and the aptly-titled WORDS AND MUSIC. Also, he wrote many serious plays, including one (STILL LIFE) which was made into one of my favorite films, titled BRIEF ENCOUNTER (1945), which shows up on TCM from time to time.

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    • Susan Babbitt 11:43 am on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What a range of talents! Even an addition to the cat concert repertoire. Few Charlies could resist.

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      • mistermuse 12:17 pm on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        CHASE ME CHARLIE is a relatively obscure Noel Coward song from his 1950 play ACE OF CLUBS. Unfortunately for Charlie, it never caught up to MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN in popularity.

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    • rkrontheroad 3:18 pm on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely collection of songs… We should update to Twenty-first Century Blues!

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      • mistermuse 4:20 pm on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        After the Orange Man is kicked out of office January 20, there will be a lot less to be blue about. Even so, his presidency feels like a century of blues compressed into four years.

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    • magickmermaid 6:59 pm on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      A very fun post! 🙂

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    • Elizabeth 6:11 pm on December 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite was definitely the Mad Dogs and Englishmen. I still hum that every time I leave the house in the heat of July. As for my love of words, it has been there from the beginning. I even named two cats Gilbert and Sulliven!

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    • Elizabeth 5:20 pm on December 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Not exactly to the post, but this morning I heard a pun and couldn’t resist passing it on to you. What kind of pizza did Good King Wenceslas like? “Deep, crisp and even.”

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    • mistermuse 8:13 pm on December 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Good King Wenceslas went out
      On the feast of St. Stephen….
      The same name as the high school where
      Where my wife went in the city of Cleveland —
      A fact that’s also “not to the post,”
      So I guess that makes us even. 😉

      P.S. Thanks for the pun It was fun.

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    • equipsblog 1:30 pm on December 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Good tunes, Mr. Muse–Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Hopeful New Year. Hope the Cheetoh gets crunched on his way out.

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      • mistermuse 6:44 pm on December 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I don’t see much reason to be hopeful until the new year is 20 days in. There was a report on TV today that the Cheat-o is baffled as to why VP Mile Pence can’t simply declare Trump President when Congress counts electoral votes on Jan 6, Apparently he believes that an election is only valid if he wins it. He needs to go from the White House into a padded cell.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:25 pm on December 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Honestly, was there anything he couldn’t do?

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    • mistermuse 11:58 pm on December 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He was the personification of a creative genius, and brilliant as a performer as well. Even Cole Porter wasn’t as multi-talented.

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  • mistermuse 7:43 pm on December 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    TRUTH AND DEMOCRACY 

    Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.” –Aldous Huxley

    If Huxley were alive in these Trumpian times, he would likely amplify — after observing Trump (not to mention his supporters) — “the truth shall make you stark raving mad.” And if Huxley knew Jack about Don, he would no doubt direct his dialectic even more directly:

    What else could account for Trump’s (and his lunatic fringe’s) interminably fallacious/hellacious reaction to Joe Biden’s decisive victory in the Presidential election? Truly, this is….

    We have long known that, for The Donald, truth is whatever serves his purpose. What we didn’t fully realize, truth be told, is how easily he would hypnotize many voters into being blind believers in, and swallowers of, anything and everything Trump asserts. It doesn’t matter that Trump’s reality is illusion. When millions of people are that gullible and shallow-thinking — well, let’s just say we’ve seen this movie before:

    “The liberty granted by democracy gives tyrants the power of illusion over the masses. Plato and Joseph Goebbels, the Reich minister of propaganda, were both enemies of democracy, Plato because he thought it was too likely to be exploited by people such as Goebbels. There are differences between Plato’s conception of democracy and the Weimar Republic. It is nevertheless plausible to take Plato as drawing our attention to Goebbels point. The risk is too great that someone who is in fact a towering despot will represent himself as a protector of the people and seize power. Freedom of speech, especially public political speech, cannot be restricted in a democracy. But the unrestricted use of propaganda is a serious threat to democracy.” –Jason Stanley, Professor of Philosophy

    It appears that the would-be despot has been foiled this time, thanks to those who have called out Trump for what he is, and to the courts of the land (including the conservative-majority Supreme Court) which have dismissed his bogus claims for what they are. But we are playing with fire. We must NEVER elect another Trump to lead this nation.

     
    • obbverse 8:08 pm on December 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Preaching to the choir, brother. On that note the ‘Vangalosts have yet to prise the scabrous scales from their damned eyes. Unbelievable.

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      • mistermuse 10:19 pm on December 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I’m preaching to the choir
        But someone’s got to do it….
        Because if we don’t confront the liar
        Someday the choir may come to rue it.

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        • obbverse 10:44 pm on December 12, 2020 Permalink

          I’ve a feeling
          Despite the kneeling
          And High appealing,
          The pastors look to the ceiling
          The bastards done dealing.

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    • Paulie 9:26 pm on December 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s my fear: Trump wrote the playbook but was too hapless and ignorant about how government works. The next guy might be savvy enough to execute the game plan.

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      • mistermuse 10:43 pm on December 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Good point – not all right wing extremists are as immature and megalomaniacal as Trump.
        “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”

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    • calmkate 10:45 pm on December 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      First and foremost The Don is a famous and much adored oz cricketer and I take strong offense to his name being linked with Your Monster!
      https://www.cricket.com.au/players/donald-bradman/priJe6GEUEWb4l_L5fBPig

      next your syntax is incorrect … they were already “stark raving mad”!

      sadly all our countries are falling foul of “the unrestricted use of propaganda is a serious threat to democracy.”

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      • mistermuse 2:55 am on December 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry, I never heard of your “much adored oz cricketer,” but since Donald the Trump never ‘plays cricket’ (actually he plays ‘dirty pool’), I doubt anyone would confuse him with the other Don. And while Donald the Trump and his supporters may have already been stark raving mad, not many others knew (or cared)….until he became Pres. Lesson learned? Questionable, but we’ll see.

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    • ladysighs 9:37 am on December 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It has been festering beneath the surface for years. We just kept it there until it finally broke through.
      The same thing happens with household problems. Ignore it and hope it goes away. Then very expensive to fix.

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    • mistermuse 10:33 am on December 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      True. The racism which spawned the Civil War (for example) has never gone away. Such attitudes have always simmered below the surface among the ignorant (by whom I mean not those who know no better due to a lack of a formal education, but those who do not WANT – or care – to know any better).

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    • Rivergirl 12:55 pm on December 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Every time I hear “Make America Great Again” I cringe because what it really means is a return to segregation and inequality. The conservative Supreme Court upholding the law gives me hope, but the cultural divide is wide and that’s never good.

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      • mistermuse 1:54 pm on December 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The problem is, how do you change ingrained beliefs passed down from generation to generation, which are seized upon by the likes of Trump in pursuit of their own power and glory? I hope Biden/Harris have answers, based on both example and what they’re able to accomplish — but they’re going to meet powerful resistance every step of the way.

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        • Rivergirl 2:51 pm on December 13, 2020 Permalink

          I actually feel sorry for them…. inheriting this mess will take fortitude. Joe wasn’t my first choice, I sure hope he’s up to the challenge.

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    • magickmermaid 2:36 pm on December 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m still amazed he was elected to begin with.

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    • Silver Screenings 3:19 pm on December 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You Americans have really been up against it this year, with the pandemic, the election, etc… I hope 2021 will be a better year for your great nation.

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    • mistermuse 4:29 pm on December 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Much of what America has been up against could have been avoided or at least mitigated with the right leadership. Now we’ll have new leadership, but it’s faced with much larger problems than should have been the case.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 5:33 pm on December 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      In my humble opinion, we’ve opened Pandora’s box and it’s not going to be easy to undo the chaos we’ve released on our country.

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      • mistermuse 12:01 am on December 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I can only agree.

        Unless the Dems win the two Georgia Senate seats and thus control of the Senate, I fear undoing the chaos will be next to impossible.

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    • Elizabeth 5:36 pm on December 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite premise of the last few days has been that the fraud was done so well it was undetectable but should still overturn the election.

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      • mistermuse 7:56 pm on December 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I would call such a premise TRUMP-THINK….except that combining the words TRUMP and THINK is a farce as regards to TRUMP and an insult to the word THINK.

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        • Elizabeth 5:32 pm on December 17, 2020 Permalink

          I guess you could call it Trink which has the advantage of sounding quite close to tinkle!

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    • josephurban 10:25 pm on December 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Unlike Hitler or Mussolini,Trump did not create a movement.He did no work, he simply tapped into the millions of racists who live as our neighbors.We had no idea so many of our fellow citizens had no belief in democracy and had such black hearts. Now we know. Now we need to find a way to deal with them.

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      • mistermuse 2:31 am on December 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Until Trump came along, I never realized how profoundly backwards many Americans still are. At this stage, i see no way to deal with them other than to outvote them in as many states as possible, knowing full well it will remain impossible in many states for the foreseeable future.

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    • masercot 8:50 am on December 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I wonder in which work did Huxley say that? I’m guessing After Many a Summer Dies the Swan…

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      • mistermuse 1:10 pm on December 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Your guess is as good as mine (probably better). I got the quote from a book of quotations which doesn’t identify the source of the quote other than who said it.

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      • JosieHolford 8:19 am on January 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Looks like Huxley was not the first to use that line.

        “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” is from John 8:32 of the King James Bible. “Thou shalt know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad” is from Herman Melville, Mariner and Mystic (1921) by Raymond Melbourne Weaver. “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad as the dickens” was cited in a 1922 Texas newspaper.

        English writer and philosopher Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) was credited, in 1928, with “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.”
        https://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/ye_shall_know_the_truth_and_the_truth_shall_make_you_mad

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    • annieasksyou 12:51 am on December 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      One good thing is that tonight, after the Electoral College vote, Biden was uncharacteristically direct that though he’ll continue his commitment to work for all Americans, including those who didn’t vote for him, he sees those 126 R House people who defied reality and signed that ludicrous brief. In other words, as someone else said, he showed the iron fist beneath the velvet glove.

      We have learned that we must guard our democracy and not take it for granted. One political party clearly doesn’t believe in it.

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      • mistermuse 2:40 am on December 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I too noticed and applaud Biden’s NO MORE MR. NICE GUY to go along with MR. NICE GUY. He needed to call those seditionists out for what they are, and he did. To not stand up to them only lets them get away with it.

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    • Richard Cahill 2:11 pm on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What, Sr. Muse? You’re officially NOT jumping on the “Ivanka, 2024” bandwagon?

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      • mistermuse 4:03 pm on December 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I hear that Ivanka will be moving from New York to “Billionaire Bunker” on an island near Miami Beach after The Donald leaves office….but, I suspect, not before he pardons her for being his daughter — which is a Capitol offense in itself, and as close to the Presidency as she’ll ever get.

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    • Susi Bocks 10:25 pm on December 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      NEVER again!

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    • JosieHolford 8:43 pm on January 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      It all makes for dangerous times. Biden clearly won bigly but the struggle is not over. Let’s hope he will deliver some of that bigly good structural change so people can see what democracy can mean in their lives when there is a little more economic equality and justice.

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      • mistermuse 11:39 pm on January 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, because unless the two Senate seats up for grabs in the Georgia runoff election Jan. 5 are won by the Democratic candidates (to give them control of the Senate), Mitch McConnell and the GOP will make it almost impossible for Biden to get “bigly” legislation passed. Keep your fingers crossed for Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock victories Jan. 5.

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    • Susan W Goldstein 9:01 pm on January 1, 2021 Permalink | Reply

      What worries me is his lasting impact. The tweets that keep his followers all riled up.
      Why won’t he just go away?

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      • mistermuse 10:11 am on January 2, 2021 Permalink | Reply

        Hopefully, the longer Trump is out of office, the less ‘play’ the media will give him and his tweets. If nothing else, failure to get the attention he craves may drive him bonkers (or even more bonkers than he already is), and he’ll become such a babbling idiot that no one but his most fanatical followers will believe him.

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