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  • mistermuse 1:52 pm on November 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    THE WAY IT IS 

    When, like me, you’ve lived to be older than the average life span of a rock, you’ve probably learned to roll with most of what life throws at you — so you can hope, when it’s time to throw in the towel, that you’re able to say: I Did It….

    But you and I both know there are millions born into, and/or living, lives not of their own choosing and wars not of their own making — human beings whose soulless leaders and self-serving politicians don’t give a damn about them, and who do it “My Way” because that’s the only way they know to stay in power.So, on this Thanksgiving day, we can be thankful that you and I aren’t chopped liver for the likes of leaders like Putin and Trump.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

     
    • Geo. Raymond 2:04 pm on November 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Thanksgiving, MM!

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    • The Coastal Crone 2:09 pm on November 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Old as dirt here! Yes, I am thankful too not to live under those two.

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    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 3:06 pm on November 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      HAppy Thanksgiving and hopefully he doesn’t come back!

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    • Ashley 3:47 pm on November 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Humpity Trumpity and Raspukin will go down in history in the same way as that character in “The Emperor’s New Clothes”.

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    • Ashley 6:03 pm on November 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I think I misquoted, that should have Humpity Dumpity.

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    • rawgod 7:13 pm on November 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Not sure what the connection is, mm, but your song took me to this song…

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 9:23 pm on November 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Thanksgiving, Mistermuse! Yes, there is a lot which to give thanks.

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    • JosieHolford 9:31 pm on November 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Cheers to you too mistermuse. Too bad we all have to settle for it not being much worse!
      Perhaps it was forever thus.

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      • mistermuse 10:02 pm on November 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Sometimes it makes you wonder what is the point of all the ignorance, evil and suffering in the world (if there is really a just and all-loving God). Exactly WHERE IS THE LOVE? (as the title of the old song asks).

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    • walkingoffthechessboard 9:48 pm on November 24, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, MM!

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    • jilldennison 5:46 am on November 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. Just wow. That is such a powerful song … I had forgotten just how much so. This Thanksgiving, more than any before, I have been very introspective, realizing just how many people in this world don’t have what we have, are struggling just to survive, and … I find myself feeling guilty. It is likely a product of my advanced age and health problems, of realizing that the end is near an … asking myself just what have I done to leave the world a little better than I found it. Thank you, mm … I hope you had a wonderful holiday with friends & family.

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      • mistermuse 9:34 am on November 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I was hoping someone would connect (again) with that song, which is all the more powerful because Sinatra renders it so perfectly. As for the rest of your comment, what can I say but BEAUTIFULLY SAID. Jill, if I may say so, you are a beautiful human being.

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        • jilldennison 7:53 pm on November 25, 2022 Permalink

          Thank you so much, my friend! I don’t feel like much of a beautiful human being, but hearing that somebody does just makes my day special and brings a smile to my face. Yes, Sinatra’s rendition does make the song even more powerful. It’s one that will, I think, survive through the ages for its beauty and its message.

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    • masercot 8:40 am on November 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • snakesinthegrass2014 3:46 pm on November 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Indeed! Of course, now I’m also wondering why haven’t introduced chopped liver to the Thanksgiving table. Perhaps as a stuffing addition? Hope you had a nice holiday! – Marty

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      • mistermuse 8:17 pm on November 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        My wife did include chopped liver in the stuffing before she ‘retired’ from cooking Thanksgiving dinner in her mid-eighties. Now we just spend Thanksgivings at home with no company and fond memories of Thanksgivings past…..but at least we’re still alive and kicking (or kissing, on a good day). πŸ˜€

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    • annieasksyou 6:56 pm on November 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      It’s such a stirring song that I’m realizing for the first time the non-lyrical nature of some of the lyrics, ie, biting off and spitting out…No matter. There’s no one like Ol’ Blue Eyes, and I’m glad you used this song and him to begin your reverie. It’s a tough world out there, and I don’t think one needs to be noblesse to feel obliged to try to make it better.

      As for the evil incarnate soulless one who disgraced the Oval Office, I believe we will see him in deep trouble within the next couple of months. I still find it impossible to comprehend his deification, his lasting hold on people, and the once-pro-national security Republicans’ almost uniformly currying favor with him and Vlad the Bad.

      Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving, mm. Take good care.

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      • mistermuse 8:26 pm on November 25, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise., and thank you. I join you in believing Trump will be in big trouble in the coming months, but Congress is going to be a joke after Republicans take control in January. Hopefully, Warnock wins in Georgia next month in order to solidify Democrat’s control the Senate.

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  • mistermuse 8:47 am on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    THE MORALS OF THE STORY 

    Moral injury comes from having a set of values and being put in a situation where you might have to compromise those values.” –Kaitlynne Yancy, associate director of government affairs, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

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    Until I read the above quote in a newspaper article a few days ago, I hadn’t heard the term “moral injury.” According to the article, combat veterans’ moral injury experiences have been reported for hundreds of years, but the naming of it is newer, and has been widely used only since 2009. Similar to PTSD, it’s defined as psychological distress resulting from traumatic or stressful situations in which people witness, fail to prevent, or even carry out events that contradict their values and beliefs. Of course, psychological distress is not limited to the military. All of us face moral choices in our lives. Some of us seem to have a deliberate and/or selective obtuseness re moral choices. A perfect(?) example is TRUMPISM. Clearly, few are more blind to the moral dimensions of their words and actions than Donald Trump and his acolytes. When he pretends to have a moral position on, for example, abortion (an issue he has been on both sides of in his ‘career’), it is obviously born of personal opportunism, not moral conviction.

    Without MORAL INTEGRITY, can we even begin to maturely discuss the issues (and their causes) which divide us, much less solve them? In the end, either a person has moral integrity or doesn’t. Yes, the person who has it may struggle with it, but the problem is that the person lacking it doesn’t see that this lack IS the problem (or, at least, part of it),. No moral qualms, no problem, How conveniently simple.

    So much for a taste of my thoughts on the subject. Here are some ‘others’ thoughts to chew on:

    Force always attracts men of low morality.” –Albert Einstein

    All of us would gladly accept the advice of our moral superiors– the difficulty is to find any.” –Evan Esar

    Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.” –Henry David Thoreau

    Human morality is unthinkable without empathy.” –Fran de Waal

    In politics, shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.” –Alexis de Tocqueville

    Respect for the truth comes close to being the basis for all morality.” –Frank Herbert

    All religions have based morality on obedience, that is to say, on voluntary slavery. That is why they have always been more pernicious than any political organization. For the latter makes use of violence, the former of corruption of the will.” –Alexander Herzen

    The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice.” –Martin Luther King Jr

    We are finally driven to monogamy not by morality, but by exhaustion.” Erica Jong.

    It has always been a peculiarity of the human race that it keep two sets of morals in stock: the private and the real, and the public and the artificial.” –Mark Twain

    Hold on—-what’s in a name? The name of the last quote’s author calls to mind that East is east and west is west, and ne’er the TWAIN shall meet, The same principle, it seems, applies to those who have and don’t have moral integrity….in which case,

     
    • masercot 8:52 am on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Everyone Trump takes into his fold incurs moral injury because that is how he manipulates his subordinates.

      There is an RPG game called Fallout… You can be morally pure, killing only bad guys, up to a point. But, eventually, you will have to make a decision where you do something horrible to someone who doesn’t deserve it, depending upon which groups you ally with. And, I don’t mean “killing horrible”… I mean “genocide horrible”…

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    • mistermuse 9:38 am on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I doubt that Trump’s enablers had far to fall to suffer moral injury as a result of his manipulation (as distinct from those simply conned by him)….but both groups put democracy very much in danger.

      Your second paragraph is absolutely on point. As my wife and I often sardonically say to each other, “It’s a great life,”

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    • ladysighs 10:08 am on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Without MORAL INTEGRITY, can we even begin to maturely discuss the issues (and their causes) which divide us, much less solve them?
      Is this a Yes/No/or/Maybe question?

      We’ve made a few steps forward in the last few weeks but it always seems we take a step forward and then two backward. 😦

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      • mistermuse 1:21 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I’d say it’s an “It all depends” question….depending on who it’s addressed to. I’m sure you and i could maturely discuss issues. Trump and I, not so much. πŸ˜‰

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    • Almost Iowa 10:50 am on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Great quote!

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    • walkingoffthechessboard 12:46 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Like the quotes here, especially the Frank Herbert one. I also like the song selection at the end, because if we can’t at least agree on what is real and what isn’t, talking isn’t going to be productive and meaningful at all.

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      • mistermuse 1:05 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        The Frank Herbert one is my favorite of the ‘serious’ quotes. For humor, I like the Evan Esar quote. As for the song, I’m glad you like it, because even though I knew the song, it took me a while to choose it and use it.

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    • Rivergirl 2:00 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      At this point… with Trump’s rats deserting his sinking ship… I think half of his followers just don’t want to admit they were conned.

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      • mistermuse 2:30 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I think many of them are still “Trumpists” even if they desert him. Most of them will likely simply switch their allegiance to a less crude version of Trump, like Ron Desantis.

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    • Yernasia Quorelios 2:41 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      πŸ’œ It’s Interesting How We all Find Excuses, Blame Others and Find Fault; yet Most of Us NEVER!!! Turn InSide because We ARE Scared of what We Might Find InSide of Us

      …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:57 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for raising the issues of moral injury and moral integrity. I found the quote by Alexander Herzen of special interest.

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      • mistermuse 5:19 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        The Herzen quote is indeed interesting. My wife and I were practicing Catholics for many years until we came to our senses, however I’m not sure that at least one “political organization” isn’t just as pernicious as religions in the Trump era. It’s like comparing bad apples and ‘orange’ men, if you’ll pardon the pun.

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    • rawgod 3:13 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Is it my tablet, or is it Word Press? I was in the process of writing a short essay on why I do not have set morals when the page flashed, and when it came back my words had disappeared, and your reply to Rivergirl showed up. This has happened to me before, but never so clearly as to action and reaction. I lost a lot of good work just now, work I will never be able to rewrite the same way. I am at a loss for words.

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      • mistermuse 5:44 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve had and seen other problems with WordPress, but I’ve never heard of one exactly like yours. What I do when composing a draft of a new post is click “Save” after every few sentences. That way, I don’t lose the draft of what I’ve written, just in case something goes wrong..

        I can’t tell you how sorry I am that this happened to you. I’ve lost drafts before because I accidentally hit the wrong key (which is why I began to SAVE everything as I proceed), so I can definitely empathize with your experience. .

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        • Yernasia Quorelios 9:20 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink

          πŸ’œ I draft on a digital notepad EveryOne; then I post when happy with the final draft EveryBody

          …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

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        • rawgod 1:17 am on November 19, 2022 Permalink

          This was in the comment section, where there is no SAVE button. But if I get the time I will work on making my comment into a post. I’ll let you know.

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        • snakesinthegrass2014 4:10 pm on November 19, 2022 Permalink

          Agreed! I am constantly SAVING my drafts while writing on this platform. I’ve been burned in the past by not doing so.

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 5:13 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I am a combat veteran, and yes, the moral injury can be intense. As an outsider, it does look like Trump is sinking, but I agree with your comment above that his followers are just switching sides. Not surprising, given where they have been! Great quotes – I enjoyed reading through them.

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      • mistermuse 5:53 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I was drafted into the Army but never saw combat because it was ‘between wars’ (the Korean and Vietnam wars). I was just lucky that the timing was on my side. Fate could just as easily have dictated otherwise.

        Glad you enjoyed the quotes..

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    • obbverse 5:24 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Trump + morality? There’s an oxymoron for us all to sadly laugh about.

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    • magickmermaid 5:40 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I could not agree more with these quotes! I like the tune as well.

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      • mistermuse 6:00 pm on November 18, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, mm. That tune has lyrics (by Lorenz Hart), but I couldn’t find a clip where they are sung. Nonetheless, I too like the tune as played by the composer.

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    • jilldennison 12:53 am on November 19, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Good post, mm. One that brings to my mind a few questions, starting with … what, exactly, are morals? Are ‘morals’ different than ‘values’, and if so, how? Do morals come in grades or degrees, such as that which somebody thinks isn’t right, but it’s not a deal-breaker vs that which crosses the proverbial ‘line in the sand’? Are some people completely immune to morality such that no matter how heinous their words or actions, they still sleep soundly at night?

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      • mistermuse 2:32 am on November 19, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        The Fran de Waal and Frank Herbert quotes pretty much define morals for me. The “Golden Rule” also works, but as a general rule, morals based on what religions claim God decreed have no more authority than the men who claimed the decrees came from God. There must be a basis for morality beyond a religious one, otherwise atheists, agnostics and deists have no reason not to act as they damn well please.

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        • jilldennison 8:26 pm on November 19, 2022 Permalink

          Agreed. As a non-believer, I still have a set of values that include empathy, kindness, compassion, frugality, and helping others, so I don’t think religion is or can be the defining factor. Sadly, too many do.

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    • tubularsock 5:17 pm on November 19, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Well mistermuse, Tubularsock is not a big fan of Dumps but there is NO difference between his lack of values and that of Buydone, Bummer, Killery, or Shrub.

      The difference is that Dump is β€œhonest” about it and acts like it’s an attribute where Buydone, Bummer, Killery, or Shrub just lie about it.

      They all are scoundrels and the American public still elect them ……. now who are the pathetic ones?

      Cheers …………

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      • mistermuse 10:01 pm on November 19, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I’m glad to hear that Dump is “honest” about SOMETHING!

        I agree it’s pathetic whom voters elect in many cases. But, IMHO, many of those voters are pathetic because they’re easily conned due to being ignorant and/or too intellectually lazy to think for themselves Even more pathetic are the corrupt scoundrels they elect.

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        • tubularsock 10:30 pm on November 19, 2022 Permalink

          mistermuse, agreed! But add to that mix a controlled media with a censorship mentality for anyone “out of the box” and you have the makings of a perfect fascistic utopia!

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    • selizabryangmailcom 6:11 pm on November 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Ignorance does seem to be a big part of it, though. I’m amazed that even though people are screaming and yelling: Look at this, this has happened before, this is the way fascism begins, this is where we’re headed… nobody seems to understand what that means, or worse… they don’t care. It does seem like to millions that “the right type of fascist”–in other words, their kind of good old boy–is preferable to the influx and mixing and having to live side by side with “others” that freedom brings.

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    • mistermuse 6:50 pm on November 21, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      You got that right. It amazes me the things people prioritize. For instance, my neighbor (a politically conservative but very nice guy) told me that he and no one he knows like Trump, but vote for him anyway because of Trump’s positions on the issues that matter to them. Integrity and moral character are not a factor. As you indicate, he may be a scumbag, but he’s THEIR KIND OF SCUMBAG….and that’s that!

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    • selizabryangmailcom 12:37 am on November 22, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Uggggh. What positions?! Keeping ethnic immigrants out, promising people they can have their coal mining jobs, and poo-pooing climate change? What positions??! LOL Arrrggghhh !!!

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  • mistermuse 12:49 pm on November 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    GROWING PAINS 

    Some problems can never be solved, only outgrown.” –Carl Jung (1875-1961), Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst

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    As a fellow octogenarian (albeit a still living one) who is Jung enough to appreciate the above quote, I would only add that some problems can never be outgrown (by people who never grow up, and remain a pain in the butt their whole lives). I, on the other hand, have growing pains the older I get….so you’d think I’d be groan up enough by now to solve all of the world’s problems. Alas, it seems only politicians can claim that mastery — which is….

    Speaking of which, there’s an election upcoming on November 8 in which a heap of Biden election-denying Republicans are seeking office to carry on the dirty work of denying their (and future) opponents victory, even if those opponents get the most votes. If it’s not asking too much, how about exercising your right to vote (if you haven’t already) for democracy-loving candidates in an election where your vote still matters. Next time, it may not.

     
    • thehuntress915 12:57 pm on November 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve taken up my early voting rights. In Texas our governor is (as a fellow blogger buddy put it) a douche-canoe and we need someone who has, at the most, has a human conscience.

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      • mistermuse 1:25 pm on November 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Too bad he and fellow douche-canoe Ron DeSantis don’t live in the same state. That way, only one of them could be Governor.

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    • equipsblog 12:57 pm on November 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Two groans up for grownups that act like children and don’t know facts from slt facts.

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    • Yernasia Quorelios 3:53 pm on November 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      πŸ’œ Obviously; it’s clear that YOU DON’T LIKE CHILDREN, ONLY GROAN UPS

      …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

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      • mistermuse 4:48 pm on November 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, I do like children (my own) — I just don’t like other people’s Children. πŸ˜€

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        • Yernasia Quorelios 6:51 pm on November 5, 2022 Permalink

          πŸ’œ That’s because YOU!!! can only Mould “([your] own)” Kids in YOUR!!! Image; then YOU!!! Run the Risk of Them TURNING ON YOU!!! when They are Adults, Beware The Aged Peoples Homes or Be Incarcerated by YOUR!!! Kids

          …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

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        • mistermuse 8:46 pm on November 5, 2022 Permalink

          If it makes any difference, I agree with W. C. Fields, who said “I do like children — if they’re properly cooked.” πŸ˜‰

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    • Yernasia Quorelios 3:59 pm on November 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      πŸ’Ž – Diamond Hard – πŸ’Ž

      πŸ’Ž The Best Politicians ARE Children EveryOne; because Kids actually THINK!!! while Groan Up Politicians just Repeat Parrot 🦜 Fashion EveryBody

      πŸ’Ž – Diamond Hard – πŸ’Ž

      …πŸ’ŽπŸ’ŽπŸ’Ž…

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    • jilldennison 11:39 pm on November 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      My daughter, granddaughter and I all voted by mail two weeks ago, and I’ve confirmed that our ballots have been received! And yes, we all voted for those who would preserve our democratic foundations, who put people over profit, and who are not owned by the fossil fuel and other industries!

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      • mistermuse 12:42 am on November 6, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        According to the polls, many of the races could go either way , but the recent trend has been toward the Republicans. Some of their candidates (like Herschel Walker) are such ignoramuses that they’re completely unfit for ANY public office regardless of their political positions on the issues….and yet there’s a 50-50 chance he could become a senator. What this says about millions of American voters is beyond sad.

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        • jilldennison 3:56 am on November 6, 2022 Permalink

          I am trying hard not to pay much attention to the polls, knowing how badly they were off in 2016. As for Herschel Walker … he’s a ‘dumb jock’ … and I usually don’t like that term at all, but he fits the definition to a ‘T’. So … how can he win a Senate seat? He’s a puppet. He’s being told what to say and his handlers practically have heart failure when he goes off script, such as when he flashed his badge from a box of Cracker Jacks! But here’s the thing … if he should win (I don’t think he will … I think it will go to a runoff and at that point, Warnock will carry the day) he will be told every step of the way by his Republican Party handlers how he is to vote, what he is to say. They will try to keep him away from the press as much as possible, for fear he will go off script. He’s a tool … a puppet. His ONLY value to the GOP is the fact that among football fans in Georgia, he is a “hero”, thereby maybe electable. After that, he is pliable. Sigh. Fingers crossed, mm

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    • obbverse 11:55 pm on November 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Good luck with the elections. I can’t deny I’m concerned though.

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      • mistermuse 12:47 am on November 6, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. Trump has brought out the worst in millions of Americans, so there is good reason to be concerned.

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    • masercot 11:34 am on November 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Hey… I’m thinking of doing a piece on Jerry Colona. If any of my readers know him, it would be you.

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      • mistermuse 3:49 pm on November 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Indeed. He was Bob Hope’s zany sidekick on Hope’s radio show in the 1940s. As I recall, he also appeared in several movies. I have a huge book titled THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF OLD-TIME RADIO — I checked the index , and he’s listed on several pages. Let me know if you I can look anything up about him for you.

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        • masercot 5:01 pm on November 7, 2022 Permalink

          Any unusual facts would be appreciated. I know about his time in the Navy, though… and his fake audition…

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        • mistermuse 7:28 pm on November 7, 2022 Permalink

          There are a lot of facts about Colonna on Wikipedia (including a list of all the movies he was in), but here are a few facts which you won’t find there:

          He was very popular with GIs during WW II when Bob Hope took his cast to many army camps and naval bases, including the South Pacific, which prompted Colonna to write a book about his experiences titled WHO THREW THAT COCONUT (1946).

          As a singer, he recorded two songs which sold very well: SWEET ADELINE and this one:

          Hope (pun intended) this helps.

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    • Elizabeth 5:16 pm on November 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      You get some “interesting” comments. I am reading this after the election and am relieved that I didn’t get caught up in the catastrophic warnings in the news. Of course I live in a totally blue state and never worried anyway.

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      • mistermuse 6:59 pm on November 9, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        It looks like the GOP will win congress by a slim margin, and control of the Senate may come down to the winner of a runoff election in Georgia next month. It could’ve been a lot worse!

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  • mistermuse 1:01 am on November 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    BIZARRE, BIZARRE 

    The greatest contribution that science can make to the humanities is to demonstrate how bizarre we are as a species, and why.” –Edward O. Wilson (1929-2021), Pulitzer Prize winning biologist and naturalist

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    Far be it from me to discourage science, but isn’t “how bizarre we are as a species” self-evident? As for “why,” well, why bother seeking to learn why if it’s a fool’s errand. Even knowing why, does anyone seriously think a bizarre species such as ours could….

    Personally, I think that the least or most bizarre thing (take your pick) we can do about being a bizarre species is to own it and display it in a specious way — a sort of bizarre bazaar, if you will, in which (as Cole Porter wrote) Anything Goes.

    Pardon the French double-talk, but the French knew how to do bizarre decades before Donald Trump became the Baron of Bizarre.

    The above scene is from the 1937 French film DRΓ”LE DE DRAME (English title BIZARRE, BIZARRE), which film critic Leonard Maltin calls a Rapier-witted satire about a botanist who pens successful, controversial crime novels under a pseudonym and is thought to have murdered his wife (who is very much alive). [It] lampoons upper-class elitism, hypocritical religious leaders, inept journalists, overzealous cops, and the ever-fickle masses. Some things never change.

    If you found this post too
    Bizarre by two,
    Merci beaucoup.
    I thank you.

     
    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 1:11 am on November 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      A great movie!

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      • mistermuse 1:49 am on November 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the thumbs up! I haven’t seen it, but I’d like to, if available dubbed or subtitled in English. .

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    • rawgod 2:09 am on November 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Playing music from the 60s. A rock and roll band at that. Well, I guess at last — on your log, Anyth8ng Goes! πŸ˜ƒ

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    • obbverse 3:43 am on November 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Yep, it’s beyond odd how bizarre we are.

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      • mistermuse 8:29 am on November 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        It’s going to get even more bizarre if Republicans gain control of the Senate, Congress, and positions of power in most states in the elections next week.

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    • Rivergirl 7:16 am on November 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Anything Goes could be our national anthem these days.

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      • mistermuse 8:35 am on November 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        In my previous post, I replied (to your comment) that Murrow must be turning over in his grave. Now we can add Cole Porter to the underground movement.

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    • masercot 7:49 am on November 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I love the Andrews Sisters’ version of Straighten Up and Fly Right. Oddly enough, I also love Linda Ronstadt’s version of the same song.

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      • mistermuse 9:01 am on November 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I would’ve used Nat King Cole’s version (he wrote the song), but I couldn’t find a film clip, so I opted for the Andrews Sisters. The clip is from the film HER LUCKY NIGHT (1945).

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        • masercot 11:05 am on November 3, 2022 Permalink

          I fell in love with them watching Abbott and Costello in Buck Privates… Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (of Company B)…

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    • obbverse 10:50 am on November 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      There’s straight-up bizarre and there’s downRight deranged. Lets hope the mid-terms don’t go out of control flipping crazy.

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    • magickmermaid 5:42 pm on November 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Apparently, these days the more bizarre the better! πŸ™‚

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  • mistermuse 1:03 am on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    THE LIVING, (BARELY) BREATHING PAST 

    The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” –William Faulkner (from his novel REQUIEM FOR A NUN)

    The Faulkner quote is a particular favorite of mine because it bridges, in a span of few words, the path(o)s of life and history. Simply but sagely, it links where we’ve been to who we are — both as a society and as individuals. Even people not given to giving the past the “time of day” didn’t just clock in today, as it were. Though the past may not be dead, it constantly haunts us because many of us never learn from it.

    Some consider it a good thing to never change — to be the same person today as years or decades ago. That’s all well and good….if, as young men and women, we were as clear sighted and head-on-straight then as now. I have known such people. I wasn’t one of them. Among other things, when I was young, I didn’t know my ass from my behind the ‘seens,’ so to speak. In other words, I was as worldly wise as a sheltered nun (and I know my sheltered nuns, because I’ve been married to an ex-one for 54 years).

    I am thus well qualified, for better or for worse, to attest that time has a habit of marching on — so that now, a much more skeptical and cynical, if sadder but wiser, man am I. Hey, nobody’s perfect (except maybe you πŸ˜€ ).

    Enough said (by me about my past)….let’s move on to what others have said (and sung) about the past, starting most famously with….

    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” — George Santayana

    No man is rich enough to buy back his past.” –Oscar Wilde

    History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake.” –James Joyce

    Your past is always your past. Even if you forget it, it remembers you.” –Sarah Dessen

    The future is the past come home to roost.” –Evan Esar

    Turning to the musical portion of our presentation, I offer you a ‘present’ of the past and future….

    And with that and this, perhaps it’s time to call it a day:

    P.S. But wait — will the passing of time ever bring intractably — even viciously — polarized people together for the greater good?

    P.P.S. You’ve got to be kidding. As famed journalist and broadcaster Edward R. Murrow said in the 1950s….

    NOTE: With this post, I’ve ended my break from blogging a few days ahead of schedule. That’s what happens when a brainstorm begins to form and won’t mark time because….time waits for no one.

     
    • Yernasia Quorelios 2:47 am on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      πŸ’œ Our Infinite Futures Present (pun definitely intended) Cryptic Clues and Cryptic Content to Our “Past” EveryOne; thereby Explaining Our CHOICES!!! and DECISIONS!!! EveryBody hence Our Confusion and InDecision and Indecisiveness

      …πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™…

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      • mistermuse 8:12 am on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Our future looks ‘grave’ to me
        As far as the eye can see
        And what good is “Infinite” past the grave
        If we poor souls NEVER learn to behave?

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    • rawgod 5:23 am on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Somewhere in the present
      Lies a vision of the future
      Understood from the past
      Lost in the eternity
      Of now.
      — rawgod (Playing With Time)

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    • obbverse 5:28 am on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Yesterday there was no time like the present. I miss those days.

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    • Rivergirl 6:53 am on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Good Night and Good Luck was a marvelous movie, as well as a sad commentary on how the news has changed today.

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    • Ashley 9:49 am on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Over here we have it sussed; tonight we put our clocks back one hour! Seems like I’ve been living in the future all summer! πŸ„πŸ€”

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      • mistermuse 10:56 am on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        We have eight more nights before we “fall’ back
        At which time I’ll change my clocks and crawl back
        into bed
        and play dead.
        πŸ˜€

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    • masercot 9:55 am on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      “The past is the foundation upon which we build all of our insecurities and phobias” – Thomas More

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    • Don Ostertag 10:09 am on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for posting your brainstorm, Mr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 11:20 am on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome, Don. That’s what you get when I listen to RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD too many times.

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    • equipsblog 10:55 am on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome back.

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    • mistermuse 11:51 am on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. It’s good to be back (to blogging, if not to all the craziness going on in the world).

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    • Janet McKee 3:22 pm on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Janet's Thread 2.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:48 pm on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      We seem to be stuck in a re-imagined past.

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    • magickmermaid 5:22 pm on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you are back, MM! πŸ™‚

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      • mistermuse 8:21 pm on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, MM. There will be a lot of M & Ms given out on Halloween, so you and I had better stay out of sight! πŸ˜€

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    • Ricardo 9:19 pm on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      We grow too soon old, and too late wise, said Ben Franklin, Sr. Muse. Unfortunately, every time I hear this phrase I am reminded of a friend of mine, who said it too me once and then became a complete conspiracy theorist. When I think of him, I am reminded of the many people who ignore the wisdom option entirely.

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      • mistermuse 10:42 pm on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Many people who ignore the wisdom option probably don’t so much ignore it as are clueless there is a wisdom option.

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    • jilldennison 10:21 pm on October 29, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The Chinese believe that history is cyclic, so does that mean we will eventually catch back up with our past?

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 12:46 am on October 30, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know if you like The Moody Blues, but their album The Days of Future Passed might appeal to you.

      Welcome back. πŸ™‚

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      • mistermuse 9:05 am on October 30, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Gave The Moody Blues a listen this morning and was pleasantly surprised, as (although I’d heard OF them) I hadn’t ACTUALLY heard them before. I wasn’t a big fan of rock and roll (especially its loudness) in its early days, so after I came home from the army in 1962, I stopped listening to it altogether. That’s why I say “i was pleasantly surprised,” because The Moody Blues’ album is ‘thinking man’s (and woman’s) music.” — it doesn’t assault the ears, and such words as “but we decide which is right and which is an illusion” and “a fear of solitude” appeal to the mind and soul.

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    • mistermuse 1:10 am on October 30, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Lynette. I’m just about to hit the sack, but I’ll give it a listen in the morning.

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    • selizabryangmailcom 2:56 pm on November 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      So we’re doomed to repeat it, then, evidently.
      I agree with your above statements concerning Morrow. My husband and I were just talking about the news yesterday, how we missed the dry deliver sans emotion or opinion.
      Now it’s just entertainment.

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      • mistermuse 3:13 pm on November 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        ….except that it’s far from entertaining, which fits right in with today’s penchant for labeling things the opposite of what they are (like Trump calling facts he doesn’t like “fake news”).

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    • selizabryangmailcom 4:20 pm on November 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Network called it, too. The future of what was regarded as “entertainment.” I guess the writing was on the wall even back in the ’70s…

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  • mistermuse 10:45 am on October 19, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    BREAK TIME 

    For personal reasons, I will be taking a complete break from blogging for the rest of the month (starting tomorrow). See you in November.

    Take care.

     
  • mistermuse 1:03 am on October 15, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THREE 

    My birthday is three days from today….but I won’t be hosting a toasting of HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME. Instead, today I’m posting HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THREE: a trio of once well known actors and music makers who share my birth date. I do this, knowing that unless you’re an old film or jazz buff, you may not recognize their names….but in their day, their faces and voices were as familiar as your favorites are today:

    MIRIAM HOPKINS, Academy Award-nominated actress, born October 18, 1902
    BOBBY TROUP, songwriter, actor, and jazz musician, born October 18, 1918
    ANITA O’DAY, jazz vocalist, born October 18, 1919

    MIRIAM HOPKINS first gained acclaim for her roles in such pre-code films as DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE (1931) in which she played a prostitute, and TROUBLE IN PARADISE (1932), directed by famed filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch. My favorite Hopkins film is the lamentably forgotten love story THE STRANGER’S RETURN (1933). She also sang well, as in the last 2 1/2 minutes of this clip from DANCERS IN THE DARK (1932):

    BOBBY TROUP is no doubt best known for his hit song ROUTE 66 (1946), among his many compositions. He later was an actor in films and TV, including roles with his wife, singer Julie London, in the 1970s series EMERGENCY! Here, Rosemary Clooney, Dorothy Malone and he form a trio to perform ROUTE 66 in 1956:

    Of ANITA O’DAY, what can I say? She was a free spirit and did her own thing, but how she could sing! She first achieved prominence in the early 1940s as the ‘girl singer’ with the big band of Gene Krupa, whose trumpeter was jazz great Roy Eldridge (see video below). She left Krupa in 1943 and went on to become the ‘hip’ song stylist of her legacy.

    Do you share a birth date with someone you believe would be of interest to the rest of us? If so, you are cordially invited to join in the celebration (comment-wise) and help make it The more, the merrier. If not, like the man says at the end of the last film clip: “That’s all there is. There isn’t any more.

     
  • mistermuse 1:00 am on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    LIFE OF THE PARTY POOPER 

    To begin with, this post isn’t the story of my life, which has never been that of a party goer, let alone a party pooper. At my age, I no longer even want to celebrate my birthdays. What’s to celebrate, having lived so long that being party to a party is a pain in the butt (as is pooping a pain in the butt, for that matter).

    And I’m even more tired of political parties than of birthday parties — particularly the Republican Party, which Donald Trump has turned into his own personal possession. Talk about a party pooper! Until enough American voters have had it with him, party politics is a GOP joke….but he and it ain’t funny.

    So, what’s upcoming? Oct. 11 is IT’S MY PARTY DAY and Oct. 18 is my birthday, and I’m heading up the creek without a party, in a manner of speaking….but I’m still up for some good old party music:

    ….including a party just for the record:

    To end with (and make a song story short), I have an announcement:

     
    • Rivergirl 7:21 am on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Happy pre birthday you old poop.
      🎈🎁🎈

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    • Ricardo 9:11 am on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Happy forthcoming, Sr. Muse

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    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 10:41 am on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday tomorrow from a fellow libra πŸ™‚

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      • mistermuse 12:55 pm on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. We can thank our lucky stars that we were both born at the most beautiful time of the year.

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    • rawgod 11:51 am on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Do I hear a hint of being “Tired of Waiting” to die?

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      • rawgod 11:58 am on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Here’s something that might be meaningful.

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      • mistermuse 12:42 pm on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, I need to stick around for as long as I can, because I have an even older wife and a lives-with-us daughter with myalgic encephalomyelitis who depend on me (not to mention another daughter with multiple physical disorders who still lives on her own). But even if this were not so, I love life too much to be “Tired of Waiting to die.”

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        • rawgod 4:12 pm on October 10, 2022 Permalink

          That’s good, that you are not ready to go yet. The rest, not so good, but where would we be without troubles in our lives. I certainly have enoigh for a few lifetimes, but they helped make me into who I am today.

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    • magickmermaid 12:30 pm on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, MM! You should definitely play the second tune at your party! πŸ™‚

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      • mistermuse 4:04 pm on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        There ain’t gonna be no party (unless it’s a ‘surprise’ party), but I’ll probably play that song anyway, because IT’S MY BIRTHDAY AND I’LL PLAY IT IF I WANT TO! πŸ˜€

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    • literaryeyes 2:21 pm on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, the song The Party’s Over, is heavy! In any case, your party is still going strong! Thank you for your fun posts and music videos.

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      • mistermuse 3:53 pm on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        That song is from the play BELLS ARE RINGING and the film of the same title (both of which starred the late, great Judy Holiday). The song is very poignant, but in the contest of the play/film (which is a delightful musical with a “happily ever after” ending), I wouldn’t call it “heavy.” In any case, I highly recommend the film (if you like musicals).

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        • literaryeyes 4:49 pm on October 10, 2022 Permalink

          I meant heavy not as depressing but as meaningful. “Time to end the masquerade, remember the piper’s to be paid,” that sort of thing. Bells Are Ringing is a wonderful old film. I used to watch the 11 o’clock (am) movies on my neighbor’s TV in the 1950s.

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        • mistermuse 5:17 pm on October 10, 2022 Permalink

          Thanks for the clarification, Mary.. Sadly, that was Judy Holliday’s last film before her premature death.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:15 pm on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday, Mister Muse! Enjoy your escape “up the creek” from the crazies πŸ˜€

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      • mistermuse 4:12 pm on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rosaliene, It seems like the crazies are everywhere these days. There’s even a CRAZY WOMAN CREEK in Wyoming, so that’s one creek I’ll definitely avoid! πŸ˜€

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    • The Coastal Crone 5:54 pm on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Happy birthday! Party any way that suits you! Cheers for the years!

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    • mistermuse 6:34 pm on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. If there’s a birthday party for me, someone else would have to host it. It won’t be at my house, because so many candles would be on the cake, I’d need to get a permit from the fire dept. πŸ˜‰

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    • thehuntress915 12:57 pm on October 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Well, well great minds do think alike! Happy Birthday to you Mistermuse!! My birthday was on Oct 6th, so again Libras think very much alike indeed!!!

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    • snakesinthegrass2014 2:25 pm on October 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Happy pre-birthday!

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    • selizabryangmailcom 2:58 pm on October 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I sing this version to my father every year: Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, you smell like a monkey, and you look like one too!
      I don’t know. We laugh every time like idiots, lol.
      Have a good/invisible/mythological b-day when it comes!

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    • mistermuse 7:34 pm on October 11, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you! I’m looking forward to my b(ig)-day, but hopefully, without the monkeyshines!

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 11:08 pm on October 12, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday. I promise I won’t tell anyone. πŸ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 5:36 pm on October 13, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Lynette. When you consider that the moment a person is born, he or she is done for, It’s a wonder I’ve lived this long! πŸ˜€

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    • judyrutrider 11:00 pm on November 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I always loved the sequel to “I’ll Cry if I Want to” (“It’s Judy’s Turn to Cry”)

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      • mistermuse 12:34 am on November 5, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I never heard the sequel, so I checked it out:

        I can see/hear why you loved it!

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  • mistermuse 4:53 pm on October 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    A FOOL AND HIS PARADISE ARE SOONER — OR LATER — PARTED 

    Today isn’t FOOL’S PARADISE DAY, though there is such a day (July 13). However, I just became aware of it today, so (being the impatient soul that I am), rather than wait until July 13 (by which time I and the world may be de-parted), I’ve decided to do a post along those lines now.

    The title is a combined play on words of two axioms: A fool and his money are soon parted, and Living in a fool’s paradise — but let’s save de part about fool’s play money for another day; this leaves us Living in a fool’s paradise….which, of course, is where Trump lovers have been living since the day he duped his first fool. How on earth does he do so? Could it be because (as in the lyrics to this love song) “He takes me to paradise”?

    Not romantic enough to convince you? How about the same song in French?

    But enough words about HIM. Suppose we go from ‘orthodox’ paradise to where paradise is a paradox:

    A fool’s paradise is a wise man’s hell.” –Thomas Fuller

    “I would prefer an intelligent hell to a stupid paradise.” –Blaise Pascal

    There is a paradise of rising to the occasion that points out how the rest of the time most of us fall down from the heights of possibility, down into diminished selves and dismal societies. Many now do not even hope for a better society.” –Rebecca Solnit

    We’ll tell him his mother waits for him in heaven, I suppose. It’s what we tell fools and children. Postulating a heaven gives man an out for having been unable to retain the paradise he was given here on earth.” –Sheri S. Tepper (from A PLAGUE OF ANGELS)

    …and then there’s the happy campers who wouldn’t want to go to heaven if they couldn’t send back picture postcards. To that, I’d add “Wish you were here” — but you already are, right? πŸ˜€

     
    • annieasksyou 7:02 pm on October 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I keep wondering when trump’s adorers will realize he’s emptied their bank accounts on the way to paradise. Certainly a growing list of his attorneys doβ€”the ones who’ve led to MAGA being reacronymized to stand for β€œMake Attorneys Get Attorneys.”

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    • mistermuse 7:30 pm on October 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      No wonder he needs so many attorneys. They keep leaving because he never pays them (so I hear) and must be replaced.

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    • Rivergirl 7:46 pm on October 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      At this point paradise would be a Trump free world.

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      • mistermuse 9:39 pm on October 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        As much as I would like to agree, I think that’s no longer enough — we’ve gotten to a point where nothing short of a TRUMPISM free world would be paradise.

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    • Lynette d'Arty-Cross 9:51 pm on October 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Well, since the fool got parted from his money, an hallucinatory paradise was the only option. And, since I’m French (Canadian), I’ll opt for the French version every time. πŸ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 10:00 pm on October 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        I agree even though I’m not French. The first clip was French but is now the English version — somehow there was a mixup when I first published this post.

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    • Doug Jacquier 10:57 pm on October 7, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      You missed ‘They paved paradise and put up a parkin’ lot, with a pink hotel, a boutique, and a swingin’ hot spot.’ Perhaps one day a big yellow taxi will pick up He Who Must Be Destroyed and convey him that very spot. πŸ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 1:36 am on October 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds more like Las Vegas to me, but then, I’ve never been there, so what do I know. But I hear they have a lot of bars there, which is what He belongs behind (the steel kind, that is).

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    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 9:39 am on October 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      I still can’t wrap my head around how this was all possible and how there are still people who believe in him. It’s deeper in their psyche than just being foolish, so much deeper and scarier than that! Is there a saying/song about wise people living in a nightmare created by fools and their paradise?

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      • mistermuse 11:34 am on October 8, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Even though there are millions of such people, IMHO Trumpism is a cult because they believe IN a charismatic leader no matter how diabolical he and his self-serving schemes are (whether or not they actually believe everything he says, seems almost irrelevant).

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    • Geoff Stamper 12:38 am on October 10, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Applications for heaven have been down ever since the rumor spread that no social media is available..

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  • mistermuse 6:58 pm on October 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply  

    STUFF AND NONSENSE AND THE LIKE…. 

    Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.” –Robert Frost

    Easy for Frost to say, as he never had to listen to Trump talk. But I forgive him anyway, because his quote makes for a useful starting point for this post, which is all about stuff….

    ….and nonsense

    ….and the like, such as horse feathers

    ….and balderdash and bosh and bunk and claptrap and codswallop and drivel and malarkey and tommyrot and twaddle and poppycockamamie (OK, I made that one up by combining poppycock (which is Dutch for soft dung) and cockamamie (which is American slang for every word that comes out of Trump’s mouth).

    My work here is dumb….make that, DONE.

     
    • equipsblog 7:03 pm on October 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Lots of good synonyms.

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      • mistermuse 9:45 pm on October 2, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, but I’m not worried about my good ones. It’s my bad synonyms that need forgiveness so I can go to heaven (or paradise — whichever synonym the good Lord prefers!). πŸ˜€

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    • Rivergirl 7:35 am on October 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Dumb, done. These days it’s hard to distinguish.

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    • masercot 8:51 am on October 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The nonsense of yesteryear was the surrealism of the twentieth century…

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    • selizabryangmailcom 4:29 pm on October 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Arrrghhhh. I jus don’t know anymore.
      (But thanks for the music) πŸ™‚

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      • mistermuse 6:50 pm on October 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Admitting to not knowing is an admiral thing, in my opinion….and we’re in good company, judging by this quote: “Doubt is not a pleasant state, but CERTAINTY is a ridiculous one.” –Voltaire (emphasis mine)

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    • magickmermaid 4:59 pm on October 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      The perfect background music for today’s world. πŸ˜‰

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      • mistermuse 7:08 pm on October 3, 2022 Permalink | Reply

        Today’s world is even more nonsensical than when this movie came out in 1963:

        As for the music, I was especially pleased with “Nonesense” because, for country music, it’s much jazzier than I expected.

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    • magickmermaid 5:23 pm on October 4, 2022 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, I agree.The world is madder than ever! I was also surprised by the jazzy country music.

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