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  • mistermuse 6:17 pm on December 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    SONG OF THE FOOL 

    As an amateur authority on OLD songs, I got to thinking about posting some golden oldies appropriate for showing appreciation for a beleaguered President as he rides (or is carried) off into the sunset on January 20….leaving behind a legacy of lunacy we’ll not soon forget (try as we might).

    They say one never gets a second chance to make a first impression, but with America’s Trumpeter Swamie, his last impression will likely be first among his lasting ones. I refer, of course, to his less-than-graceful refusal to concede defeat as he carries on about how the election was stolen from him. Poor baby!

    And then there’s the old saying that you can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time….but Trump proves you can be all of a fool all of the time:

    His Highness may be able to con 74,000,000+ voters, but 80,000,000+ voters said:

    And so we leave The Fool with some cool advice, which he never takes (and now it’s too late):

     
    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 8:40 pm on December 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Beautifully done!

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    • Don Ostertag 10:56 pm on December 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Mr. T always told us to ‘pity the fool’. In this case I refuse…and that goes for all the fools that follow him!

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    • Rivergirl 8:45 am on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love ole Fats…
      Good collection of farewells there.
      πŸ‘

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      • mistermuse 9:45 am on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Who says Fats ain’t good for you? I’ve been partaking of Fats for over 60 years and still Ain’t Misbehavin’ (well, except for a few other things I indulge in).

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    • Ashley 10:07 am on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love the Ink Spots! I’m laughing again, something unheard of in this house, recently!

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      • mistermuse 10:52 am on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise regarding the Ink Spots. Back in the the late 1030s-early 40s, they vied with the Mills Bros.for #1 male quartet — both great, but I dug the Ink Spots the mostest!

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    • Ashley 11:59 am on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You must be ancient, looking at those dates! πŸ‘¨β€πŸ¦―πŸ€£πŸ€£

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      • mistermuse 1:48 pm on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s just say I’ve been around a long time, Ashley…..but I’ll admit that most of my ‘music appreciation’ comes from collecting records after the period in question — like, for at least the last 60 years.

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        • Ashley 2:54 pm on December 4, 2020 Permalink

          Come on Mm! The 1030s? Did you mean the 1930s? Or were you thinking after 10.30 in the evening? 😊 πŸ˜‰

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        • mistermuse 3:27 pm on December 4, 2020 Permalink

          That proves my point, Ashley — I’ve been around so long, my eyesight is failing me (I hadn’t even noticed that I typed 1030s instead of 1930s)! Thanks for catching that. πŸ˜‰

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    • Susan Babbitt 1:24 pm on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Most appropriate selection, once again!

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    • masercot 3:23 pm on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I do love me some Ink Spots… not as much as The Mills Brothers but they have some great tunes…

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      • mistermuse 4:33 pm on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The Mills Brothers pre-date the Ink Spots by almost a decade. By the late 1930s, their style had become less vocally adventurous (for want of a better word). I still liked them, but not as much as the Ink Spots.

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    • mistermuse 3:50 pm on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Susan. I only have the SECOND best blog Ben Franklin has ever seen….but then you have the advantage on me, because I’m not from Philadelphia. πŸ˜‰

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    • magickmermaid 5:14 pm on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The bigly uncool foolish orange crybaby tried his jive way too many times. Humpty-Trumpty has fallen. πŸ™‚
      Love the cool tunes!

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      • mistermuse 11:04 pm on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, mm. Humpty Dumpty may have fallen, but all the king’s horses’ asses and all the king’s men keep trying to put Humpty together again….and if the two Georgia GOP senators win re-election on Jan. 5, he may live to fight another day (like in 2024), because continued GOP control of the Senate will make it extremely hard for Biden to succeed.

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    • calmkate 7:35 pm on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      perfect selection for the geezer who made his name and much muller off a show called “You’re Fired!” … seems he can’t take his own advice 😦

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      • mistermuse 11:11 pm on December 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The Trump four year reign should be called IT’S ALL ABOUT ME. Actually, his entire life should be called IT’S ALL ABOUT ME. It’s as simple (minded) as that.

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        • calmkate 11:18 pm on December 4, 2020 Permalink

          it’s only about him … fancy raising $200m to fight his defeat … sore loser!

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    • Garfield Hug 9:52 am on December 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great post! The fool is on his way out and hopefully without dramas πŸ˜ƒ

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      • mistermuse 1:18 pm on December 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, GH. The fool is on his way out, but it’s too much to hope it will be without dramas. Trump can’t stand not being the center of the universe, which is why he can’t stand losing. There will be no end of drama until January 20, and (I expect) even after that.

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

    THESE ARE A SLEW OF MY FAVORITE WORDS 

    A few of my favorite things are words
    Such as these (seen following the song):
    Some are down to earth; others soar like birds….
    But none (to the right eyes) are bound to sound wrong.

    In a comment to my last post, what to my wondering eyes should appear….but one of my favorite words (rapscallion) said by a master of the bon mot, Masercot, whose blog is worth following to the ends of the mirth. “Rapscallion” isn’t a word you hear every day, so lo and behold my surprise last night when it came up again in a movie I was watching on TCM (7 FACES OF DR. LAO).

    Thus (thanks to Masercot and Dr. Lao) was born the idea for this post of some of my favorite words, complete with daffynitions. Degust!

    degust enjoy
    rapscallion scamp, rascal
    snickersnee a short sword or heavy knife
    gorda an obese woman or heavy wife
    sockdolager a lollapalooza
    lollapalooza a lollipop that’s licked before it starts
    hominoid a human with hemohrroids
    trumpery the tangled web a debased President doth leave when he doth practice to deceive
    tittynope crumbs left on a plate (not to be confused with keep your hands to yourself)

    And now, the word you’ve all been waiting for….

    ….which leaves me at a loss for more.

     
    • magickmermaid 6:44 pm on November 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love the word “rapscallion”!

      Chocolate on croissants
      And ice cream all summer
      Dinosaurs on mouse pads
      And birds that are hummers
      Gnomes and pink piggies that know how to sing
      These are few of my favourite things!

      MM, you inspire me! πŸ˜€

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    • mistermuse 6:58 pm on November 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ….and you are one of my favorite followers, mm. If only I had 75.000.000 more, I could give T-rump a run for his (ill-gotten) money!

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    • magickmermaid 7:33 pm on November 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He would say the number of followers was rigged and refuse to concede. πŸ˜‰

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    • Elizabeth 4:18 pm on November 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My favorite word, no surprise there, is curmudgeon.

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    • annieasksyou 5:11 pm on November 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What? No flibertygibbet? It happens to be onomatopoeic, therefore surely worthy of mention.

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      • mistermuse 7:13 pm on November 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry about that, Annie, but now that you’ve mentioned them, consider them mentioned. Perhaps, like supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, if someone would write songs about them, they’d become superflibbertygibbet and superonomatopoeic hits!

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    • masercot 11:08 am on November 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Good lord, I had forgotten about “snickersnee”…

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      • mistermuse 6:17 pm on November 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Since you inspired this post, I forgive your forgetfulness.

        Besides, it would be terribly untoward
        Not to forgive he who calls me “Good lord.”

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    • Smithasbakelove 5:17 pm on December 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Funny post….bur interesting to see the new words and spellings

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      • mistermuse 6:51 pm on December 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        One of the words on my list, “trumpery” (meaning deceitful) is one of the oldest, dating back to the 15th century. It only seems new because it readily captures the character of Donald Trump (which would be funny, if it weren’t so on-the-money).

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  • mistermuse 1:21 pm on November 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    THE FUN AND MENTAL THINGS APPLY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AS RHYME GOES BY 

    It’s fun to publish a post I take no responsibility for if you dislike poems (even if being a poetry-pooper is all in your head), because one of my most aroused readers, CALMKATE, requested them….as you can see in the Nov. 25 comments on her Nov. 24 blog post titled “human”:

    human

    It’s even more fun because these are all previously published, thus I didn’t have to strain my brain composing new ones — although the post’s title did require a bit of work wordplay-wise (the song with the lyric on which my title is based, in case you can’t place it, is in CASABLANCA — see/hear clip at post’s end). So….here’s looking at you, Kate.

    COME AS YOU ART

    What can poor Ms
    Light Verse wear to
    Queen Poetry’s
    Grand Ball?

    She has no gown,
    No slippers, glass….
    A smile, perhaps —
    That’s all.

    CONCEIVABLY, THE COMPLEAT HISTORY OF HUMAN SEX

    Adam and Eve,
    I believe,
    Were the start of it.

    Everyone since,
    I’m convinced,
    Played a part in it.

    INNOCENCE A BROAD

    Madame’s cleavage so fair,
    He pretends not to see;
    Yet, he knows it’s there….
    As, he knows, well does she.

    She might think, if he stares,
    He’s just looking for thrills….
    But can he help if there’s
    Ogle in them thar hills?

    DEVIL-MAY-CARE

    “Say, have you been, sir, to Kathmandu?”
    “Nay, but I have sinned, sir, in Timbuktu.”
    “A tale of sin, sir? What did you do?”
    “Sailors would grin, sir, if I told you.”
    “They’ll not get wind, sir — let slip a clue.”
    “Maidens of sin, sir, were none too few.”
    “May God rescind, sir, the sins you knew.”
    “I do not pray, sir, those sins to rue!”
    “Then may you pay, sir, the devil’s due!”
    “Satan may say, sir, c’est entre nous.”

     
    • magickmermaid 2:01 pm on November 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “Devil-May-Care” is hilarious! “As Time Goes By” never gets old. Casablanca was one of the best films ever made.

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      • mistermuse 9:19 pm on November 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, mm. I’ve probably watched that movie more than a dozen times over the years — or, “As Times Goes By” (to put it musically). “It’s still the same old story” — yet never grows old.

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    • obbverse 4:29 pm on November 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Wordplayed- very nicely, if naughtily done. Fair brought red spots to my cheeks.

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      • mistermuse 6:34 pm on November 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Fare well, my friend, when maidens fair you see….
        And may fair maidens always play fair with thee. πŸ˜‰

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    • calmkate 5:02 pm on November 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      oh they all made me smile but your history of ‘sex’ made me roar with laughter … you are a master of words and a gifted poet!

      Plus an old favourite sensuous music clip … made my day, thanks MrM πŸ™‚

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      • mistermuse 6:52 pm on November 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Kate. It was a pleasure to do a post without a thought of using the “T” word. Come to think of it, it would make me ecstatic if I never had to hear his name again.

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    • Rivergirl 10:18 pm on November 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Casablanca is my all time favorite movie. Every time I watch it I choke up at the same spot… not when she leaves on the plane, but when Victor leads the club in La Marseillaise and drowns our the Nazis. Good over evil… simple yet so poignant.
      ❀️

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      • mistermuse 11:44 pm on November 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Film critic Leonard Maltin wrote “Everything is right in this WW2 classic of war-torn Casablanca,” and he is right. Scene after scene is on the money — none more so than the scene you describe, so emotionally powerful that it ‘gets me’ every time, though I’ve seen the film many times. In short, I agree with you 100%.

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    • masercot 7:31 am on November 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Such ribald verse, you rapscallion!

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      • mistermuse 9:53 am on November 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “Rapscallion” is one of my all-time favorite words. You’re a sweetheart to think of me — I mean, think of IT. πŸ˜‰

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    • The Coastal Crone 3:14 pm on November 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What fun!

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      • mistermuse 4:52 pm on November 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. What fun it is to write this thing before we hear and sing JINGLE BELLS for the next month!

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    • Elizabeth 7:09 pm on November 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I think that the turn of things promised by the recent election may have unleashed your more jovial self. Nice to see.

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    • JoAnna 10:55 pm on November 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Your clever title and poems made me smile. πŸ™‚

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  • mistermuse 11:06 am on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    GRANT US GRANT’S WISDOM 

    I think that if there ever is another war in this country, it will be one of ignorance and superstition combined against education and intelligence.”
    –U.S. Grant, Civil War General and 18th President of the United States

    “Life after all is a conflict — in peace as in war. Grant was not only a great General, but an honest man, a somewhat rare combination in the history of war, which should teach us not only how to conquer our enemies, but how to master ourselves.”
    –J.F.C. Fuller, military historian and author of THE GENERALSHIP OF ULYSSES S. GRANT

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    How prescient the words of U.S. Grant seem now, in the waning days of the Presidency of Donald J. Trump, when over 70,000,000 Americans voted to re-elect a man they knew deep-down was not only utterly beneath the office, but a man incapable of moral honesty and caring about anything or anyone but himself….or, if they didn’t know, it was because of their ignorance, either willful or ill-informed.

    It boggles the mind how we got to a point in this country where tens of millions of our citizens came out of our education system sorely lacking both a grasp of history and critical thinking skills. Why is it beyond us to teach our children how to think, as opposed to what to think?

    I don’t know the answer — but I know we would be wise to take to heart the words of Edward R. Murrow at the end of his McCarthy-era broadcast during the height of a relevant period of fear mongering:

     
    • equipsblog 11:11 am on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This is powerful. I plan to reblog it. Thanks.

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    • equipsblog 11:13 am on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on e-Quips and commented:
      We have 6 years to our 250th birthday as a nation. I hope we can make it that long. Enablers of the President’s ongoing war against the election results make that a much less hopeful thought than it should be.

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      • mistermuse 12:57 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        A hopeful person once said “There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.” It is doubtful the inhabitants of hell (if there is a hell) would agree, but hope springs eternal on earth….and I’m still here (barely).

        P.S. Thanks for the reblog.

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    • magickmermaid 11:59 am on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Mind-boggling, indeed.

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    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 12:16 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Exactly! So the first line of attack should really be education! There is still some hope if future generation can be intercepted before they are swallowed into the beast’s guts.

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      • mistermuse 1:14 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely….and not just education, but the right kind of education. For one thing, the teaching of history must involve more than names, dates and places, but also putting events in historical context — the why as well as the where and when. Facts, without understanding, amount to little more than trivia.

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    • mlrover 12:19 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The first 13 years of my life were spent in Galena, IL where Grant lived prior to and intermittently after the war. There has been a great deal of inaccurate information written about him in the negative, but fortunately, there is his own writing and written accounts that prove his worth, honor, and intellect, a man small of stature and great in resolve. The Washburne House still stands in Galena, the only one in town with a ticker tape, where Grant heard that he had become president. In a time when First Nations people were being obliterated, and some of his policies were not the kindest, he had a Seneca in his cabinet.

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      • mistermuse 1:26 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for that interesting comment, mirover. I was born and live near Point Pleasant and Georgetown, Ohio, where Grant was born and lived as a boy. Both are historical sites which I’ve visited. Apropos of what you say of Grant, I highly recommend the book mentioned in my post: THE GENERALSHIP OF ULYSSES S. GRANT It’s long out of print, but if you search the internet, perhaps you can find a copy for sale.

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    • masercot 12:30 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thinking takes effort… every time you have to examine an idea or a “fact”. Some people just don’t have the endurance to live their lives like that… so they get someone else to do their thinking for them.

      It even gives you plausible deniability…

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      • mistermuse 1:49 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Well said, indeed. I know several Trump voters who are good people, but simply lack intellectual curiosity and the temperament to challenge what has been inculcated in them. We can only hope their children learn to think for themselves.

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    • Ashley 12:36 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      From across the ‘pond’, it is shocking to see the behaviour of the president AND the party he belongs to. Why do they still support him?

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      • mistermuse 1:52 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I have no better answer than my reply to masercot (above); ’twas ever thus (and probably ever will be).

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    • Rivergirl 1:41 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Grant’s quote and Murrow’s words make you realize how little things ever truly change. Human nature is always our own worst enemy.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:34 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great post, MisterMuse. Powerful opening quotes. Wise words from Edward Murrow. As a nation, we appear to have come full circle. How quickly we forget the lessons learned from our lived experiences.

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      • mistermuse 4:14 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rosaliene. I hadn’t planned on posting again so soon after my previous post, but after just finishing J.F.C. Fuller’s book on Grant, I felt the need to put my thoughts into words: “Strike while the iron is hot!” (as the ancient proverb exhorts us).

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    • obbverse 4:23 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It is difficult for an angry mob to self-reflect when they’re pointing fingers and blaming everyone but themselves. Maybe- maybe- in time, in the quietude that comes after venting their spleens they might accept that they may have been blind to faults of their tin god and his cheap flaky gilt glamour. Maybe.
      Surely some good can come out of seventy million mistakes? Call me cynical…

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      • mistermuse 6:37 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m cynical too, but at least the glass is more than half full: Biden got 5,000,000+ more votes than Trump, and Trump won’t remain President for another four years. “Things could always be worse” may be a clichΓ©, but in this case, one solitary clichΓ© trumps seventy million mistakes.

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    • calmkate 4:32 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      great wisdom here MrM … this question resonated deepest as it’s troubled me for many years … “Why is it beyond us to teach our children how to think, as opposed to what to think?”

      I pray he leaves soon …

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    • Elizabeth 5:57 pm on November 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Can you even imagine a present day newscaster being able to write and then speak such coherent sentences. We lost a lot when the link between print journalism and television broadcasting was forever severed in favor of “attractive” news “reporters” reading off teleprompters.

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      • mistermuse 12:02 am on November 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Oh, how America in these times could use a broadcaster of Edward R. Murrow’s integrity and authority. Even all these years after his broadcast of March 9, 1954 (shown in my post), I am still almost spellbound by the absolute rightness, power and conviction of his words. He spoke to our consciences without dissembling….and we KNEW he was right.

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    • josephurban 9:51 am on November 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I recently read Grant’s memoirs. Fascinating. He correctly analyzes the issue of the south. He points out that the entire south is an armed camp, with no real rights for anyone, white or slave. Dominated by a wealthy elite. Some things change very slowly.

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      • mistermuse 12:57 pm on November 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Grant was not only a great General, but a humble man and an underrated President. Like everyone, he made mistakes, but unlike everyone, he learned from them. He sought not glory, but to do the right and honorable thing….the complete and absolute antithesis of Donald Trump.

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    • Ricardo 2:58 pm on November 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I recently wrote that the polls revealed 41% of the American public to be bottom-feeding boneheads. Another polling error, I guess, as the election revealed that the true number was 47%. I take the opportunity to publicly correct myself here, Sr. Muse.

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    • mistermuse 4:25 pm on November 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      We can only hope that no more than 49% of Georgia voters vote for the two GOP senators in that state’s Jan. 5 election, otherwise Dems won’t gain control of the Senate and Mitch McConnell will trump practically every legislative move Biden/Harris make for the next four years.

      P.S. Happy Thanksgiving and all that stuff(ing), Ricardo.

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  • mistermuse 2:01 am on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    KING OF THE COMIC OPERA 

    Tomorrow (November 18) being the 184th birthday of librettist W.S. GILBERT, it gives me the opportunity to pay full tribute to his half of the foremost comic opera writing team in history, GILBERT & SULLIVAN. What musically literate person doesn’t delight in such glorious operettas as H.M.S PINAFORE and THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE! But I begin with this title-of-post appropriate song from THE GONDOLIERS:

    I have long owned a book published in 1941 titled A TREASURY OF GILBERT & SULLIVAN by Deems Taylor. In the introduction, Taylor tells of the first G & S collaboration, “a highly unsuccessful operetta, produced in 1871, for which Gilbert had written the libretto and Sullivan composed the music. The piece was not even published, but it turned out to be the first of a series of fourteen, of which eleven, at least, have served to make the trademark “Gilbert and Sullivan” as nearly immortal as any two names in the history of operetta can hope to be.”

    “The “and” in Gilbert and Sullivan is important; for it is what made the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Gilbert, as a playwright, without Sullivan, was a prolific writer of farces and pompous Victorian dramas, none of which was particularly successful even in its day. Sullivan, without Gilbert, was the creator of a mass of “serious” music which was, at its best, highly watered Mendelssohn. But the two as a team –ah, that is a different matter. Gilbert was fatally handicapped as a serious dramatist by the heavy veil of Victorian moralism. As a librettist, he need not be concerned with the moralities, since the creatures of the operettas were never real people. He had a chance to give free rein to the mordant wit that was one of his greatest gifts.”

    And with that, let us turn to selections from the first two of the above-named operettas, inasmuch as like an evergreen dream, that is what I am pining for (or, punning for — to be aboveboard about it):

    And now, me hearties, we wander on to THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE….

    I trust you found this posting most enjoyable;
    If not, your antipathy is most egregible.
    I expect such attitude is the very epitome of ephemeral,
    Otherwise you are the very model of a modern Minor Execrable.

     
    • calmkate 3:56 am on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I had no idea they were that old, not into opera or musicals but then I don’t cook but I do comment on cooking blogs πŸ™‚ Nice to learn their history!

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      • mistermuse 6:42 am on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I knew an accountant who claimed he didn’t cook, but was caught cooking the books, and he ended up stewing in prison. It figures.

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        • calmkate 8:26 am on November 17, 2020 Permalink

          geeze MrM that’s not very nice … you wishing the same happens to me! Frankly I think anyone who likes opera should go straight to goal 😦

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        • mistermuse 10:12 am on November 17, 2020 Permalink

          Simmer down, Kate! I would never want you to go to jail unless we were playing Monopoly. And seriously, I don’t like opera — I like COMIC opera. I don’t even like opera when the fat lady sings, because even though it’s supposed to be over when she does, it seldom is. πŸ˜‰

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    • obbverse 4:59 am on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      There’s a Tom Lehrer memory of G and S lampoonery awakening somewhere in the depths of my memory…

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      • mistermuse 6:48 am on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think Spike Jones (before your time) did the same. His birthday is coming up next month — maybe I’ll do a post on him and see what I can find.

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    • masercot 6:20 am on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Always makes me think of the Simpsons where Bart is asked by Sideshow Bob if he has any last requests; and, he asks for the entire score of the H.M.S. Pinafore.

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    • Rivergirl 8:52 am on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Would it surprise you to know I can sing every song from Pinafore completely from memory? It shouldn’t, I can do Guys and Dolls and West Side Story as well.
      πŸ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 10:30 am on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        No wonder your husband spends so much time out in the barn!

        Just kidding, Rg — I’m really impressed!. You should do a post featuring a selection from each of those shows. Being a glutton for punishment, I promise I wouldn’t make any snide remarks. I might even say something nice (even if I don’t mean it). πŸ˜‰

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    • mistermuse 10:42 am on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      No, I haven’t, Josie. I’ll have to go to Google and see if it’s available. Thanks for the info.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:10 am on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My mom had a Rogers and Hammerstein song book. But when I was a teenager, I was part of a G&S community theater. It was a blast and instilled in me a love of the stage. Great songs here that bring back lots of fun memories. Thanks!

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      • mistermuse 1:07 pm on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        My pleasure, Diana. G&S are a treasure. It’s good to see that their operettas continue to be performed at many colleges and community theaters.

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    • magickmermaid 5:45 pm on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This blog post was indeed most pleasurable
      A joyful, happy posting most incredible
      MM you are a blogger most venerable
      And surely one that is always memorable!

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    • magickmermaid 5:47 pm on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This blog post was indeed most pleasurable
      A joyful, happy posting most incredible
      MM you are a blogger most venerable
      And surely one that is always memorable!

      Gilbert & Sullivan are so much fun! Wonderful post!

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    • Elizabeth 6:48 pm on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was raised on Gilbert and Sullivan and know many too many songs which I will commence singing whether asked or not(usually not.) My daughter’s school always did an operetta of theirs in the eighth grade. Her year was “Ruddigore,” one I didn’t know. She had a full leg cast from breaking her leg and played Mad Margaret. She thumped onto stage to the audience’s great delight. She and two boys totally nailed a three part “It Really Doesn’t Matter,” much to my astonishment.

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      • mistermuse 7:40 pm on November 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for that interesting comment. Re “Ruddigore,” I checked the book I mentioned in my post and found it listed as “RUDDIGORE or The Witch’s Curse.” It debuted on Jan. 22, 1887 and (to quote from the book) “got off to a bad start. There was applause at the fall of the curtain, but there was also some faint but unmistakable booing from the gallery — the first that had ever greeted a Gilbert and Sullivan opera.” To make a long story short, various problems and controversies were eventually dealt with (including one of the songs being called an insult to the French Navy, almost causing an international incident), and the show ran for 288 performances.

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        • Elizabeth 5:30 pm on November 19, 2020 Permalink

          It is a very strange operetta an I don’t think it is performed here nearly as often as Pinafore and Pirates.

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    • Ashley 9:26 am on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      A great post Mm! I’m no expert on Gilbert & Sullivan or light opera for that matter but this post has shown me just how many tunes and songs I actually know! Thank you!

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      • mistermuse 12:32 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Ashley. Few of us need to be experts — most of us just need to know a good thing when we see (or hear) it. πŸ˜‰

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    • mlrover 12:03 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What a delightful post! I love G&S and have sung in the chorus for too many to count. My favorite is the Mikado. I listened to Spike Jones as a girl and adore him to this day. They were such brilliant musicians! Any performer will tell you that comedy is the most difficult to pull off and his Wacky Wakakians did it better than anyone else.

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      • mistermuse 12:41 pm on November 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a bit too high-brow for me, mirover.
        Just kidding. One can’t help but laugh at least a few times during that clip. Thanks for sending it.

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    • Garfield Hug 3:12 am on November 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oooh big words today! I love the costumes.

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      • mistermuse 8:54 am on November 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Too bad we’re into November — you could have gotten Garfield one of those costumes for Halloween. He could’ve been King for a day!

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        • Garfield Hug 9:07 am on November 20, 2020 Permalink

          Haha! An ex coleague of mine promised to sew a kingly robe for Garfield but she is too busy. I might post that photo she loaned Garfield for a day for the photo shootπŸ˜ƒ

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        • mistermuse 1:45 pm on November 20, 2020 Permalink

          Long live King Garfield (as opposed to King Trump, whose reign can’t be over soon enough)!

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  • mistermuse 12:05 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    THE MEAN-ING OF KINDNESS 

    Friday, November 13, is WORLD KINDNESS DAY, which happens to fall this year on Friday the 13th. I’m not superstitious, so I don’t consider it bad luck — or even kind of bad luck — to be kind to others on such a day. On the other hand — for the head of the misanthropes, World Kindness Day might as well be what it is every day: World Meanness Day.

    But enough about the head of that circle — who hasn’t had enough of Donald Trump-et man and his band of out(right)liars? Let’s not give in to the outliers. With your kind indulgence, I’d like to offer food for thought: let’s talk about the sweet milk of human kindness and (just for the hell of it) the curdled milk of human meanness….

    The milk of human kindness is sometimes skimmed, sometimes condensed, but most often evaporated. –Evan Esar

    Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. –Philo

    I have found men more kind than I expected….and less just. –Samuel Johnson

    With some people, the means justify the end; with others, the end justifies the meanness. –Evan Esar

    One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing. –Oscar Wilde

    How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time. –Morgan Freeman

    Keep in mind that the world need not be this MEAN. It was mean before Trump, and it will be mean after Trump — but it needn’t be The New Normal. So I leave you with this WORLD KINDNESS DAY take-away:

     
    • JosieHolford 12:34 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Be kind. Yes, but what kind?
      Love the Mildred Bailey. (Is that a Xylophone?)

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      • mistermuse 1:07 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Extend the hand of kindness to your fellow humans. That frees you to give Trump the finger.

        Mildred was the vocalist for husband Red Norvo’s band. (they were known as “Mr. & Mrs. Swing” back in the day). The xylophone you heard was played by Red, who (along with Lionel Hampton) were considered tops on that instrument (I think Red was the one with the most feeling, while Lionel was the more exuberant).

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    • obbverse 12:51 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll try to kind; but some kind of people are kind of mean. Know who I mean?

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      • mistermuse 2:06 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think Donald was brought up to believe that children should be mean and not heard. Seventy years later, he’s still a child and he’s mean AND heard.

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    • tref 12:58 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Always loved Mildred.

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      • mistermuse 2:13 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Mildred was one of my very favorite female vocalists of the big band era, equaled by few and surpassed by none, in my opinion.

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    • calmkate 1:53 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      kindness can be about setting boundaries to limit harmful behaviour … maybe the military will have to evict him πŸ™‚
      love the song!

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      • mistermuse 2:28 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The Jan. 20 inauguration date for the incoming President is an anachronism from horse-and-buggy days. There is no good reason to wait that long in this day and age. Trump can do the country a lot of harm in the next 69 days.

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    • rawgod 6:15 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If we need a day to celebrate kindness, we have already lost the capacity to empathize with our fellow living beings. — rawgod

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      • mistermuse 9:27 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re right, but by the same token, do we need a Thanksgiving Day to give thanks? There’s something to be said for the tradition of Thanksgiving, but I think the principle is the same.

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        • rawgod 12:48 pm on November 12, 2020 Permalink

          No, we don’t need Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or Easter, or any special day, which is why my spouse and I celebrate none of them. Valentine’s Day? No way! We do give out bottled water on Oct. 31 at our Hallowe’en Hydration Station, but we don’t do candies or shit. Everything is so commercialized it’s spend spend spend not share share share.
          What lessons are we teaching our children?
          Thanks, but no thanks. Every day is a day for sharing, it just depends on when opportunities arise, and when we have something to share, besides ourselves.

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        • mistermuse 1:49 pm on November 12, 2020 Permalink

          If it were up to me, I wouldn’t celebrate them either, but my wife still does (though with much less “pomp and circumstance” in our old age), so I’m not going to play Scrooge even if I were inclined to feel strongly about it. Sometimes, peace and harmony outweigh dogmatism (for want of a better word)!

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    • Eliza 7:56 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Kindness is what makes the wheels turn

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      • mistermuse 9:35 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Sadly, the wheels have been stuck in the mud for the past four years, and it’s going to take a Herculean effort to free them, but if anyone can do it, I think Biden (with his experience, empathy, and temperament) is the right man at the right time for the job.

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    • Rivergirl 8:30 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Kindness has been in short supply over the last 4 years. I look forward to it’s return..

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      • mistermuse 9:42 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        We all do (except for the 70,000,000+ who voted for Trump), Rg. Thank God (or rather, thank the 75,000,000+ who voted for Biden), change is coming. He da man!

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    • Carmen 9:43 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This post brings to mind that lovely song by Glen Campbell – β€œTry a Little Kindness”. This Canadian is still convinced there are more kind – and sensible – people in the USA than the other kind. πŸ™‚

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      • JosieHolford 11:56 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think the election has a broad break down. About one-third of the electorate are OK with encroaching fascism, autocracy, and institutionalized cruelty. About a third are opposed. And about a third did not vote for whatever sets of reasons. Apparently, that was more or less the same breakdown in Germany in the 1930s.

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        • mistermuse 11:16 pm on November 12, 2020 Permalink

          Perhaps equally as important as the overall percentages, Josie, is the percentage of the one third (or however many) “OK with encroaching fascism, autocracy, and institutionalized cruelty” who are doctrinaire ‘true believers’ as opposed to ignorant go-along-with-their-culture followers. It may be possible to ‘reach’ some of the latter through education or just plain appeal to reason and reality. The former are unreachable and therefore dangerous.

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    • mistermuse 9:57 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      At least 5,000,000 more kind and sensible people, Carmen (see my reply to Rivergirl). Your mention of “Try a Little Kindness” reminds me of another beautiful oldie, TRY A LITTLE TENDERNESS. In case you don’t remember it, here it is:

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    • masercot 10:04 am on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “Kind” is one of the adjectives most used to describe me. I was pushing more for “formidable” or “hot” but there ya go…

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      • mistermuse 1:12 pm on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll give it to you straight: I’m not about to call you “hot” (“kind of hot” is about as far as I’d go….on a foggy day). But now that Trump has lost, that opens up the “formidable” field, so I’m with you on that score.

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    • Ashley 12:17 pm on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What could be kinder than presenting us with Mildred Bailey and Peggy Lee! Thank you, MM! Have the kinda day you wish for!

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      • mistermuse 1:15 pm on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Ashley….and may you have the kinda LIFE you wish for. πŸ˜‰

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    • magickmermaid 12:28 pm on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love the tune! It’s going to take a lot of kindness to overcome the past four years; especially 2020. I believe we are all up to the task. The important thing is not to forget lest these events happen again.

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      • mistermuse 1:28 pm on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. That tune (Please Be Kind”) was written by Saul Chaplin (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics), two of the best in the business in the 1930s & 40s. As for the past four years, they certainly represent one of the ugliest periods in American history since the Civil War….and, as they say, those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 12:45 pm on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      One day a year to be kind? Seems like a sad commentary on our society. Some lovely uplifting quotes there though. I like Freeman’s empowering words about one random act of kindness at a time. We can all make a difference. ❀

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      • mistermuse 1:54 pm on November 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        No argument here, Diana. We can only hope that hope will gradually overcome meanness after Jan 20.

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    • Rosella Malotte 1:09 am on November 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The first female US President…. Is just Biden her time.

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    • josephurban 4:51 pm on November 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I guess Americans can afford to kind for one day. As long as they can be mean, nasty, disgusting, lying, cheating, moronic, putrid sons of a bitches the other 364 days (Plus one more in leap year!). But honestly, for some, even one day is one day too many.

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      • mistermuse 6:30 pm on November 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        There is (so they say) an exception to every rule, and if ever an exception were warranted, it is to be kind to Donald Trump and his “mean, nasty, disgusting,” etc. enablers for even one day. They would only take kindness toward them as weakness in any case.

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    • rkrontheroad 3:46 pm on November 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Loved these songs! I had never heard the Peggy Lee version before, so smooth… Here’s another quote for you: Be kind whenever possible, it is always possible. – Dalai Lama

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      • mistermuse 8:09 pm on November 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. Love the quote. Unfortunately, the President doesn’t practice it, but I expect the incoming President to be a much better role model (he could hardly be worse).

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    • Ana Daksina 10:20 pm on November 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      And sometimes meanness justifies treatment to a HIND end… 🀣

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    • mistermuse 11:46 pm on November 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hindsight is almost always on target in the end. πŸ˜‰

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  • mistermuse 9:32 am on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    FREE AT LAST? 

    Free at last?
    Not so fast.
    Just as in 1963 when Martin Luther King Jr. uttered those glorious words, true freedom is but a dream so long as false dogma is a reality. Donald Trump’s narcissistic* reign of error may be about to end, but he will not go gentle into that good night….and even if he would, the stench of the divisiveness he has stoked is going to be with us until the problematic day we come to our senses.

    Probable continuing GOP control of the U.S. Senate, not to mention a majority of far-right justices on the Supreme Court for the foreseeable future, all but guarantee that Joe Biden will meet resistance at almost every turn in his attempts to make America think straight again.

    * https://psychcentral.com/lib/4-types-of-narcissism-share-this-trait/

     
    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 9:38 am on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      There is a lot of work ahead, but it’s better than four more years with this vile person actually in power.

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    • mistermuse 9:42 am on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Without a doubt.

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    • masercot 9:46 am on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think Trump has ever gone gentle into anything…

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      • mistermuse 10:31 am on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        He needs to go to prison in 2021, because he’s going to continue to lead his cult following as long as he’s free, and nothing good can come of that.

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    • Rivergirl 9:59 am on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Narcissistic reign of error sums up the last 4 years perfectly!

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    • obbverse 10:28 am on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      And with ‘Extreme Narcissism’ I believe we, ahem, have a winner! (Talk about that sounding an oxymoron.)
      But whatever happens in the long and twisted path to some resolution the Grand Canyon sized gap between sanity and lunacy just keeps getting deeper. And wider. He is going down but it’s like the Hindenburg- a rain of inflammatory rhetoric, bright blinding explosions of aimlessly dropped blockbusters of bullshit. No, he won’t go easily into the night. At the end of the day, as enlightenment gives way to dark thoughts and the smoke and toxicity hangs in the star-mangled air he’ll say’ Not my fault. THEY started it.’ All without the burden proof, of course. A continental divide is Trumps legacy, be it four or Gawd forbid, eight years of Hell-shock.

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      • mistermuse 10:42 am on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Well said. “Fasten Your Seatbelts” — it’s going to be a bumpy 2 1/2 month-long night (until Jan.20).

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    • JosieHolford 11:11 am on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      In terms of the senate – Take heart in a democrat in the DOJ. And if the Senate won’t confirm Biden’s pick then an acting will still do the work.

      Take heart is what can be done with Executive Orders – including student loan debt relief. Let’s hope Biden follows through on that and asap.

      And hold on for the double header in Georgia.

      And YES – this is a day of Celebration. A huge sigh of relief. And let’s get cracking on the mid-terms starting now.

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      • mistermuse 1:31 pm on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Right on all counts, Josie. The doubleheader in Georgia is going to be a donnybrook. Stacey Abrams did a helluva job mobilizing the Dem electorate to turn out in droves for this election, and she’ll need to do it again in the doubleheader Senate runoff in Jan. As for the DOJ, Attila the Hun would be an improvement over Wm. Barr, but how about Stacey for Attorney General?

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    • Paulie 11:33 am on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      There are a few administrative details that should be looked to. Lock up the White House silverware, inventory the paintings and take away the passports of the family Trump.

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      • mistermuse 1:37 pm on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely. I especially like the idea of taking away their passports before The Donald seeks sanctuary in Putin’s Russia.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 2:32 pm on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was feeling depressed about McConnel and the Senate this morning, but my husband said let’s take on step at a time and get rid of the monster in chief first. Deep breath. My hope is that Joe will use executive orders and all the other tactics that the monster made mainstream. The hypocrites will scream in indignation, of course. Sigh. Deep breath.

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      • mistermuse 3:44 pm on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Also, I hope that Biden won’t take a “let bygones be bygones” attitude toward Trump, because if he does,”no man is above the law” is just an empty platitude. Trump forgives no one except those who remain loyal to him, and he should reap what he sows..

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        • D. Wallace Peach 4:10 pm on November 6, 2020 Permalink

          I’d rather the states go after Trump. Biden needs to be presidential. (That’s rational-me talking, not the angry maniac inside). Something you might enjoy: https://www.facebook.com/177486166274/posts/10157984886341275/?vh=e&d=n

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        • mistermuse 4:53 pm on November 6, 2020 Permalink

          I’m sure the State of New York will prosecute him for tax evasion and whatever related violations they’ve been able to dredge up, but Trump has committed much more serious crimes (including the inhumane separation of children from their parents at the southern border, not to mention the Mueller report (misrepresented by Wm. Barr) leading to Trump’s impeachment, only to be ‘acquitted’ by GOP Senators).
          But I suppose it would be best (for several reasons) to hold those charges in abeyance until New York is done with him.

          Thanks for the link. I don’t find it to be much of an exaggeration, but even so, my reaction falls far short of Trump’s actions in the “real world.”

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        • JosieHolford 5:36 pm on November 6, 2020 Permalink

          There can be no healing with accountability, no reconciliation without the truth, and no peace without justice.

          As they did with Obama – the GOP is already signaling they will do whatever it takes to obstruct Biden and the Democrats.

          Hold them accountable. Expose the truth. This is not persecution it is justice. And it is necessary. Indeed it is essential if we are ever to prevent another attempted fascist takeover of America.

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

      I completely agree, Josie, but I think Biden should allow the New York case against Trump to play out first (hopefully resulting in a conviction and multi-year sentence). Biden is going to inherit so many problems and so much treachery to undo from the Trump administration that his full-time attention will be required to tackle them. After restoring some semblance of sanity to Washington DC, the Biden administration can ‘make a federal case’ against Trump as soon as New York is done with him.

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    • JosieHolford 7:50 pm on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      How about an audit of all government agencies to gather the facts, assess the damage, and suggest remedies including prosecution (if warranted)? And then install fail-safe procedures, safeguards and etc.

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      • mistermuse 11:48 pm on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely. The Biden administration can’t wait until New York prosecutes Trump, before beginning to building its case. Biden’s DOJ should start laying the groundwork early on, to be ready to act BEFORE Trump’s New York trial is over, in case Trump doesn’t go to prison (even if convicted). He would be a definite flight risk to leave the country, in my opinion.

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    • calmkate 8:14 pm on November 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      even if Biden had full support at every angle he is still left with volatile fragile heaps of shite by the monster … to clean up the fear hatred and divisiveness he created as his own personal brand is a huge task … you will be a long time recovering from the fall out!

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      • mistermuse 12:07 am on November 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        ….and you can bet Trump’s cult isn’t going away when he leaves office. ‘True believers’ aren’t interested in trying to unite the country — they will continue to believe everything Trump said, no matter how ignorant, untrue, self-contradictory, and self-serving. Biden would have to be a miracle worker to win over such mindsets.

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        • calmkate 12:11 am on November 7, 2020 Permalink

          but I really don’t get how they can’t ‘see’ he is full of bs … why are they so dumb?

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        • mistermuse 9:25 am on November 7, 2020 Permalink

          Kate, they can’t (and don’t want to) see it because they’re ‘all in,’ just like any cult is ‘all in.’ Remember, for example, the Jonestown Massacre (mass suicide of the followers of Jim Jones)? Irrational people do things that rational people simply can’t understand.

          https://www.history.com/topics/crime/jonestown

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    • Silver Screenings 5:49 pm on November 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have to admit I’m not a fan of either candidate, but it is nice to see Americans excited and hopeful again. It seems your country has been really beaten down, and I hope the future is truly spectacular.

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      • mistermuse 9:23 pm on November 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Spectacular would be nice, SS, but I’ll settle for civil (after four years of Trump’s deliberate devicivness and disgusting stoking of discord).

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  • mistermuse 3:47 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    KILLING TWO BIRDS WITH ONE POEM 

    Today, one of the bloggers I follow (Pam Lazos, Green Life Blue Water) published a timely post titled “Actually Vote!!” which included this clip….

    ….to which I commented with the poem which follows. Not having anything else in mind for my next (this) post, I thought I’d double down and save my brain the strain of winging it with something above and beyond what’s below (I filled out and mailed in my ballot days ago, so that’s enough exertion to last me until after the election). Thanks, Pam, for the inspiration.

    “Let’s make it trendy” is all well and good —
    But why not vote BECAUSE WE SHOULD?
    ‘Following the crowd’ is no more than Trump voters do;
    Doing what’s RIGHT trumps the thoughtless “me too.”
    There’s nothing wrong with being birds of a feather —
    But let’s join the flock ’cause we’re all in this together.

     
    • Don Ostertag 3:54 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      By ‘flock’ I don’t think you meant the sheep that trump left out in the cold for hours down in Omaha.

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    • magickmermaid 4:05 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great video and poem!

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      • mistermuse 6:00 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. Even I like the video, despite it being aimed at a generation much younger than I can remember ever belonging to.

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    • obbverse 4:06 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Send Him On His Way!
      From coast to coast
      Stop in and drop in your vote,
      In person or by post
      And, hopefully, that’s all she wrote.

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      • mistermuse 6:04 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Trump keeps saying the pandemic is all but gone.
        Makes me wonder what planet he’s living on?

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        • obbverse 7:22 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink

          Like a shooting star, blazing crazy bright
          Lets hope Don can flame off into the night.

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    • Rivergirl 4:54 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s getting so I can’t go anywhere with the husband that he doesn’t get into some heated discussion of politics. To be honest, it’s getting quite tiresome. I hope everyone votes! Because if you don’t, I won’t listen to you complain.
      πŸ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 6:15 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Anyone (like your husband) who stands up against Trump deserves an outstanding wife like you (how’s that for flattering two lovebirds with one compliment, Rg?). πŸ˜‰

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        • Rivergirl 7:02 am on October 31, 2020 Permalink

          I’m not sure he’d agreed. More often than not I’m saying enough already and dragging him away.
          πŸ˜‰

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    • calmkate 6:24 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      great video and poem … hope you guys do us proud!
      We are all holding our breaths as we wait ….

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      • mistermuse 6:39 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Biden needs to win by a landslide, otherwise Trump will fight the results with every dirty trick he has up his sleeve. In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

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        • obbverse 7:23 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink

          And his bag is decades of dirt deep.

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        • calmkate 8:07 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink

          oh we overseas are fully aware of that and expect much violence if he doesn’t win, coz that’s what he incites!

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 7:11 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Especially loved the last line of your poem: “But let’s join the flock ’cause we’re all in this together.”

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      • mistermuse 8:18 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “We must all hang together, or most assuredly, we shall all hang separately/” –Benjamin Franklin

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    • D. Wallace Peach 8:51 pm on October 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent! Happy Voting!

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    • Elizabeth 6:16 pm on November 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful video. Thanks so much.

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      • mistermuse 7:26 pm on November 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Don’t let Trump and his bullies get your goat –
        Get off your rump and “Actually Vote”!
        Ballots are mightier than the guns they tote —
        Get off your rump and “Actually Vote”!

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    • Pam Lazos 10:45 am on November 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, mistermuse!

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    • Scarlet 2:48 am on November 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Perfect!
      Good luck – rooting for you from the UK!
      Sx

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    • mistermuse 1:09 pm on November 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. I just read your “Until…” post (on your blog) that ended with “There is a God.” Here in the USA on election day, there will only be a God if Trump is defeated!

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    • Eliza 9:22 pm on November 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      πŸ’•

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    • Silver Screenings 5:38 pm on November 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      She has an amazing voice. *whispers, looks around* Am a bit embarrassed to say I haven’t heard of her before.

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    • mistermuse 9:09 pm on November 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hadn’t heard of her either (which is understandable, given that I’m at least 50 years older), but I agree about her voice

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  • mistermuse 1:53 am on October 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    WTH? 

    Yesterday I got to thinking about what I might WHAT (Write Humorously About Today), and — in a word — it’s ACRONYMS. Without acronyms, who knows how long LOL (Life On Learth — pardon my French) could survive? Of course, Americans could raise similar questions about life in TC, because without TRUMP, how could life in Trump Country go on? Perhaps, by listening to ROT (Rainbow On Tap) and electing to think positive, in eight days we will find out if the inhabitants of TC can survive DOOM (Disaster Of Own Making):

    Meanwhile, BATS (Back At The Sesspool), if you can Trump these acronyms, feel free to DIANA (Dive In Anytime, No Admission):

    MAGA (Morons Are Governing America)
    POLITICS (Purely Outright Lies Intended To Infest Common Sense)
    POTUS (President Of The Unsavory Scruples)
    TRUMP (Twisted Racist Unqualified Malicious Prick)
    WTH? (Where’s The Humanity?)

     
  • mistermuse 1:03 am on October 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    IS NUT THING SACRED? 

    As I’m sure you know, tomorrow (Oct. 22) is NATIONAL NUT DAY. I could make acorny joke about it, but the point is that NUTS are not only good, but good for you (with the nutable exception of our Make America Gross Again President). I suppose one could choke to death on a nut, which probablyΒ isn’t good for you — but that’s not the nut’s fault (is anything ever his fault?). In any case, with sincerest wishes for the good health of my readers — living or deceased — I’m here to say NUTS TO YOU. By George, just because I Got Plenty Of Nut Thing doesn’t mean I got no nuts, and so should you.Β  And so to you, I deadicate this post.

    It is my honor to bring to you a selection of appropriately nutty songs, starting with a stomp which I’m certain will buoy yo spirits (not to mention yo mama’s). NOTE: Any resemblance between the NUT HOUSE STOMP song which is before us, and the WHITE HOUSE STUMP spin which is beneath us, is purely contemptible.

    Next, I offer you a lovely bunch of coconuts. Any resemblance to supporters of Trump is purely considerable:

    No National Nut Day celebration would be complete without the most beloved ballet in all of nutland. Let’s take a crack at it, shall we?

    Oh, well — nut thing ventured, nut thing gained..

    Β 

     
    • calmkate 1:37 am on October 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Well Hazel went to Brazil where she paid good Cash-ew to increase her Chest.

      ah you must be a real nut to make a post like this … I’m off to Macas for a Damia!

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    • obbverse 1:43 am on October 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope to be celebrating National Crushed Nut day late November 3.

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    • Sheree 2:37 am on October 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      😊

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    • masercot 5:14 am on October 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      National Nut Day has gotten too commercial. It used to just be about the nuts.

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    • Ashley 8:17 am on October 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sayin’ nutin! (Grammerly tells me I’ve spelt the last word wrong! It’s suggestion? Putin!) Hahaha πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

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      • mistermuse 11:47 am on October 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t care what Grammerly says, Ashley. If (I’ve Got Plenty Of) Nuthin’ was good enough for George Gershwin, it’s good enough for me.

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    • Rivergirl 9:50 am on October 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I despise nuts of all kinds and will not enjoy this abomination of a holiday. But I walnut stand in your way to celebrate accordingly.

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      • mistermuse 12:16 pm on October 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rg. I appreciate that so much that I hereby take back all the nastachio things I’ve ever said about you….including my bad puns, for which I hope this makes almonds (speaking of bad puns).

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        • Rivergirl 1:53 pm on October 21, 2020 Permalink

          Flattery walnut get you anywhere. And now I fear I shall have to burn the midnut oil to cashew you in this pun race.

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        • mistermuse 3:35 pm on October 21, 2020 Permalink

          I did nut see that coming, Rg. Far be it from me to keep you up til midnut, so I’ll drop out of the pun race in favor of a few jokes that relate to your state (of mind?):

          What’s more expensive: deer nuts or beer nuts?
          Beer nuts. Deer nuts are almost always under a buck.

          What did the worker at the Maine Walmart say when a customer asked where she could find the nuts?
          “They’re all in the toilet paper aisle right now.”

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    • D. Wallace Peach 1:11 pm on October 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Lol. A nutty post.

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    • Eliza 4:20 pm on October 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      πŸ₯œπŸŒ°πŸ₯œ

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    • Marietta Rodgers 2:36 pm on October 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You crack me up! Sorry, that’s my best nut pun.

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      • mistermuse 5:26 pm on October 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        As far as I’m concerned, Marietta, if it compliments me, it can’t possibly not be good. πŸ˜‰

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    • restlessjo 5:39 pm on October 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Bonkers, but I can see how you’re driven to it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      • mistermuse 8:30 pm on October 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Anyone who isn’t being driven bonkers by Trump must be a Trumper. It’s up to voters to save our future by ditching the dictator.

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    • Elizabeth 4:43 pm on October 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “Saw a peanut saw a peanut, saw a peanut just now
      Just now I saw a peanut, saw a peanut just now.” Sing all the verses over and over and drive your grandmother crazy!!

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      • mistermuse 5:52 pm on October 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’d think it’s pretty hard to saw a peanut. You might want to try a hatchet next time, Elizabeth. πŸ˜‰

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        • Elizabeth 6:38 pm on October 25, 2020 Permalink

          Perfect. I am going to yell that at them the next time they start in. It is their alternative to 100 bottles of beer on the wall.

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    • magickmermaid 5:07 pm on November 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Forgot to mention, the Stomp is super! Once again, it’s good there is no camera attached to my computer as you would have seen me stomping around the living room πŸ˜€

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      • mistermuse 7:17 pm on November 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        NUT HOUSE STOMP and the Thumpers of King Mutt
        Are so hot, you’re bound to get up off your butt
        And stomp around the living room like a nut….
        I wouldn’t doubt they could even wake up King Tut.

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    • Silver Screenings 5:47 pm on November 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Fabulous music, all of it. Perfect on this snowy day…

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      • mistermuse 9:29 pm on November 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It was 75 degrees this afternoon where I am, SS, but the first song was even hotter, the second was cool, and the third was crazy!

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