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  • mistermuse 9:11 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gaffes, , , , Mt. Rainier National Park, Prsidential Joke Day, , , Yosemite National Park   

    PRESIDENTIAL J. DAY 

    Tomorrow, August 11, is PRESIDENTIAL JOKE DAY. I suppose you think I’ll use this occasion to pile jokes on top of a joke of a President — a megalomaniacal ignoramus who (in political ads) kvells* that he, President Donald J. Trump, “approved this message” – emphasizing his very impressive middle initial (although I personally favor Presidential J. Day — at least, that’s my initial reaction).

    *kvell, a Yiddish word meaning to exult

    But why should I bother, when hardly a day goes by when His Highness doesn’t make a laughing stock of himself:

    Speaking of “kvells,” who but this cognitive genius of a nature-loving leader of the free world knew that Yo Semites have their own National Park? No doubt he is also the only national park authority who knows that majestic Mount Rain-in-ear National Park in Washington state was named after a brave Native American brave who climbed that mountain in a downpour without an umbrella, causing his head to turn into an ice cube when he reached the summit where the temperature was lower than a cold-blooded President’s IQ.

    Now, we must admit (as The Donald does not hesitoot to point out) that his Presidential rival Joe Biden makes his share of gaffes, so who are we to dare air/bare rare, Trumped-up verbal farts such as these:

    So, as you can see, hear, and smell. far be it from me to take advantage of PRESIDENTIAL JOKE DAY here. The Fake News speaks for itself. I don’t need to show you any stinkin’ jokes.

     

     
    • equipsblog 9:22 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He makes Bush’s 43 Strategery mispronounce sound almost eruditely. He has lowered the bar so far on expected presidential behavior that almost anyone would seem like a civilized genius (and not self-pronounced.)

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      • mistermuse 10:43 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Absotootly. Who’d have thought that Bush 43’s reign would come to be thought of as “the good old days” (by comparison).

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    • Rivergirl 9:31 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I saw that clip the other day. Laughed until I cried… that this moron might be reelected.

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      • mistermuse 10:58 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You can’t make this stuff up. If an author wrote the story of Trump’s egotistical ineptitude, it would be so unbelievable that it wouldn’t get published even as fiction.

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    • calmkate 11:29 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      well I am surprised at you giving rump so much free airplay!

      You must be warming up to him … 😦

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    • magickmermaid 11:43 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m speechless! Which is what King Orange should be at all times unless there is a covfefe.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 12:58 pm on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

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    • bensbitterblog 3:17 pm on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for this. I can’t believe how gud he is at werds.

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      • mistermuse 4:01 pm on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Webster is probably terminating over in his grieve.

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        • bensbitterblog 12:01 pm on August 12, 2020 Permalink

          I honestly think he can’t read, meaning he just has to make up things as he goes. He probably doesn’t even know when he makes errors in speech.

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    • Elizabeth 4:43 pm on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I thought the country of Thighland took the cake the other day. And then there is the threat that Biden is going to hurt God. I guess Joe is a lot more powerful than I knew.

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      • mistermuse 5:12 pm on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “Biden is going to hurt God” is Trump at his most pathetic — I can’t imagine any other President in history saying such a thing.

        The “Thighland ” comment was funny, but it’s minutely possible it could’ve just been a slip of the tongue. On the other hand, “Yo Semite” showed without a doubt that he never heard of Yosemite National Park and didn’t have a clue how to pronounce it. How millions of Americans could vote for such an ignorant, arrogant, morally bankrupt person is beyond me.

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        • Elizabeth 4:17 pm on August 11, 2020 Permalink

          I think he reads phonetically with no clue that the words correspond to reality.

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    • arekhill1 10:25 am on August 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My Jewish Significant other means I know what “kvell” means, Sr. Muse. She ordered me a “Yo Semite” T-shirt, which I proudly look forward to wearing at the low beer joints I enjoy patronizing. Happy J Day!

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      • mistermuse 9:18 pm on August 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Happy J Day to you as well, Ricardo (sorry I couldn’t reply earlier, but my internet was out most of the day).

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    • josephurban 11:05 am on August 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Last time I was in Europe the folks I talked to thought the entire US had fallen for a bad joke.

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    • masercot 1:57 pm on August 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I saw it as Rocky Balboa calling out to a Jewish guy, “Yo, Semite!”

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      • mistermuse 3:23 pm on August 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Trump might have said that about his flub if he had a bit of wit about him, but he wouldn’t know wit if it hit/bit him….no to mention (and that’s the rub), he didn’t even know he’d made a flub.

        Well, I guess I got roped into that reply, but I won’t hold it against you if you don’t hold it against me.

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    • rawgod 8:50 am on August 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The second video won’t open in Canada, but I’ll look for it later on You Tube. Finally gotbaround to checking your website. I had asked you a question about howvyou prefer to have pepple approach your blog, but you never got back to me. I gave up waiting. On now to another.

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      • mistermuse 10:10 am on August 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry about neglecting the question — probably because it was part of one of your longer comments, and by the time I responded to other parts in my reply, i forgot the question. Or maybe it’s just old age — sometimes I don’t even remember where I am. Now, where was I? Oh, yes — how do I prefer to have people approach my blog?

        It’s not a question I’ve given much, if any, thought to, because I can’t control how people approach my blog. I can only control what I write, and I write for an audience of ‘two’ — myself, and anyone who can relate to what I write. I enjoy witty repartee with commenters, as well as with other bloggers on their posts — which I don’t always have time to engage in as much as I’d like because I follow a lot of blogs (they say brevity is the soul of wit, but it can take time to be both brief and witty).

        Enough (for now). Thanks for commenting..

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        • rawgod 11:14 am on August 22, 2020 Permalink

          And you successfully avoided anseering the question yet again, by saying you don’t think about it. As I said somewhere, at least once, I overthink evrrything. My own spiritual atheist blog I baically wrote it to beca progression, although that is not strictly true. I think it helps to know what has come before, THIS COMING FROM A GUY WHO SERIOUSLY BELIEVES IN CHAOS. Order is a hard-won battle, and at best is only temporary. Having said that, I shall approach your blog chaotically. Till later, keep in touch when you have time.
          And so it goes.

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    • mistermuse 12:56 pm on August 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Because you overthink everything, must you over-react to everything? At least, that’s how your first sentence strikes me….though perhaps I’m over-reacting myself. In any case, I addressed your question, and whatever more you’re looking for, you can spell out if you wish. If you did spell it out before, please refresh my memory because I don’t have time to review previous comments to try to find it.

      As for believing in chaos, I believe in accepting uncertainly in the sense that there are things humans will never know. I’m uncertain how that aligns or fits in with your sense of chaos (if at all). I doubt that it’s a distinction without a difference, otherwise you wouldn’t be an atheist and I wouldn’t be a ‘near-agnostic.’

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  • mistermuse 1:01 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Angela Lansbury, , Be A Clown, Bozo the Clown, clown history, , Danny Kaye, , , , , National Clown Day, , ,   

    CLOWNING AROUND 

    Tomorrow is NATIONAL CLOWN DAY and also marks the start of INTERNATIONAL CLOWN WEEK (August 1-7).  Clowns have a long and interesting history, as chronicled in this scholarly(?) introduction to the subject:

    No doubt you noticed in the above video (unless you were clowning around while it was playing) that the first clowns were court jesters.  In the Middle Ages — as can be seen in this scene from the middle of a bygone century — THE COURT JESTER* typically played the fool and looked uncannily like Danny Kaye:

    Who knew film — technicolor, no less — existed way back then to record such scenes? But nowadays, clowns have a farcical role model who is an amalgamation of Court Jester, Bozo the Clown, and Tyrant-osaurus Rex:

    https://imgflip.com/memegenerator/77899773/Donald-Trump-Clown

    The moral of the amoral story is that, if you asspire to the highest office in the land, you could hardly do worse than pattern yourself a-Round-Old Mc-Donald Trump. All Hail to the Cheat  er, Chief!

    ….so BE A CLOWN!

    *THE COURT JESTER is a 1956 feature film starring Danny Kaye as a fatuous faux court jester (co-starring Angela Lansbury, Basil Rathbone, and Glynis Johns, among others).

     

     
    • blindzanygirl 2:02 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This cheered up my morning. I love being a clown. You should see me lol

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    • obbverse 2:05 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The orange one gives the poorest clown a bad name. Yes, he might be laughable but worryingly so.

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      • mistermuse 8:00 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “Worrying” is putting it mildly. He is capable of trying almost ANYTHING to avoid defeat in the election.

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    • calmkate 4:04 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol I’ve never been a huge fan of DK but I do like him in the knight number … what length will tRump go to to save himself … we watch with bated breath!

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      • mistermuse 8:07 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m with you regarding DK (a little of him goes a long way), but The Court Jester is the one film in which he makes me laugh throughout. It’s his best role by far, in my opinion.

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        • calmkate 3:58 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink

          I certainly enjoyed your clip 🙂 No idea how they did that tongue twister so rapidly 🙂

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    • Rivergirl 7:30 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always disliked clowns and find them creepy beyond measure. But that picture of a Trump clown? The stuff of nightmares.

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    • masercot 9:18 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t forget Emmett Kelly…

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    • Don Ostertag 12:29 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The Kaye bit is a masterpiece as is the great Emmett Kelly.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:10 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing the fun facts about clowns. The Danny Kaye video clip was hilarious 🙂

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      • mistermuse 4:10 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve seen that film several times over the years and I still laugh at the Danny Kaye clip….and don’t forget: THE PELLET WITH THE POISON’S IN THE VESSEL WITH THE PESTLE! 😉

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    • Catherine Haustein 4:58 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Or as Radioheadsays, Hail to the Thief”. I think they meant W. Remember that clown?

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      • mistermuse 6:01 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Looking back, I would rank W. as an amateur compared to Trump. And, though he may have been something of a clown, I give him credit for attending the funeral of civil rights leader John Lewis yesterday — something Trump couldn’t be bothered with.

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    • annieasksyou 12:44 pm on August 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, that Danny Kaye line ranks high up on the all-time list of greats—just a tad below “To be or not to be…” and well above “Peter Piper Picked a Peck of…”

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      • mistermuse 6:02 pm on August 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        For me, the greatest all-time line in terms of making me laugh is Trump’s “I’m a very stable genius.”

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    • arekhill1 9:01 am on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was fantasizing about headlines I could write if Trump loses big, Sr. Muse, and “Ass-Clown Goes Down” was one of them.

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      • mistermuse 12:21 pm on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        …..”and on Jan.20 gets dragged kicking and screaming out of D.C. town.”

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    • Kally 11:46 am on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love that Danny Kaye video clip! Hahaha.

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    • annieasksyou 12:22 pm on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      How about “Biden Tromps Trump in Landslide Romp”?

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    • Dolly Vas 2:51 am on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love to being a clown. In india there was a film joker of shami Kapoor that was super dooper hit blockbuster. Nice blog and nice post.

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    • waywardsparkles 3:56 pm on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      MM, Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. I love Danny Kaye but have never seen The Court Jester. After seeing your “pestle vessel clip” above, I knew we had to watch this. My son who has autism loves slapstick and this movie did not disappoint. Some things are just classic! We all enjoyed this movie! Get it? Got it. Good! Mona

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      • mistermuse 4:58 pm on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re very welcome, Mona. I’m particularly pleased that you (and especially your son) enjoyed THE COURT JESTER.

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    • Silver Screenings 10:06 pm on August 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing the video re: clown history. I had no idea clowns appeared so early in history.

      Also: That Danny Kaye bit with the pestle/poison gets me every time. How on earth did they make it through that scene?

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      • mistermuse 8:33 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Practice, practice, practice! Kaye was a master of that type of comedy, but the other actors were equally impressive. Great fun!

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , H.G. Wells, , I Could Have Danced All Night, , , , , , , socialism   

    I COULD HAVE ROMANCED ALL NIGHT…. 

    I could have….that is, if I were fifty years younger. But why bemoan it if Mother Nature no longer shores up the animal in me? Still, she’s no spring chicken herself, so you’d think she’d cut old geezers like me some slack.

    Moving on from my love life of fond memory: Wouldn’t it be loverly if I instead celebrated the 164th birthday of my near-contemporary George Bernard Shaw with a selection of songs from MY FAIR LADY (based on his play PYGMALION), followed by a bit of biography, a serving of Shaw quotes, and a nightcap of Shavian brew-haha.

    From “Wouldn’t It Be” to “I Could Have”….

    In this scene, Stanley Holloway is seen lifting his spirits on his last night of ‘freedom’:

    Next in line, the bit of bio:

    https://www.biography.com/writer/george-bernard-shaw

    Now sink your teeth into the quotes:

    I was a freethinker before I knew how to think.

    Lack of money is the root of all evil.

    Beware of the man whose god is in the skies.

    The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that’s the essence of inhumanity.

    You’ll never have a quiet world till you knock the patriotism out of the human race.

    There is only one sort of genuine Socialism, the democratic sort, by which I mean the organization of society for the benefit of the whole people.

    We should have had socialism already, but for the socialists.

    ….which leads us to the brew-haha / brouhaha between Shaw and fellow socialist H.G. Wells (click on the title below the cartoon caricature):

    ….which takes us at a social difference to

    THE END

     
    • calmkate 3:43 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      those quotes have incredible insight, thanks for the share!

      Could play those songs as they ring in my head just hearing the name MFL … was traumatised by my parents torturing us with constant replays until we finally left home!

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    • Rivergirl 7:47 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      We just watched My Fair Lady the other day. I believe it rained in Spain…

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    • magickmermaid 10:29 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My parents also played the My Fair Lady LP frequently so I knew many of the songs before I saw the film.
      I wonder what Shaw and Wells would think of the current world situations.

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      • mistermuse 11:19 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think both Shaw and Wells would be even more appalled than they were in their lifetimes. If socialism was a dirty word to conservatives then, it’s no less so now. As the old saying goes: The more things change, the more they remain the same.

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    • magickmermaid 11:50 am on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So true!

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    • arekhill1 1:20 pm on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m down with the socialist hellhole, Sr. Muse. Sign me up.

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    • masercot 9:04 am on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m more of a George Orwell socialist…

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      • mistermuse 2:47 pm on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m probably a ‘practical socialist,’ in that I want what Bernie Sanders wants, but not in a “my way or the highway” sense. I believe in take what you can get now and live to fight another day, rather than all or nothing at all. When the other side has the power and the votes, half a loaf is better than none (if that doesn’t work, then screw everything I just said).

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    • waywardsparkles 3:53 pm on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      MM,
      I love all of the references to movies and their quotes. I’m making a list of movies I’ve never seen that you’ve showcased on your site so that when I have the time, I can look them up on Netflix and catch up. My Fair Lady is one. Finnigan’s Rainbow, another. 🙂 Mona

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      • mistermuse 11:05 pm on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Mona. I expect that I’ll be adding more movies (especially musicals) to your list in upcoming posts. Enjoy!

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 7:37 pm on July 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My Fair Lady is one of my favorite musicals. Amazing the way the capitalists have demonized the word ‘socialism.’

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    • thewanderingempath 10:10 pm on July 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This was so much fun to read. It was like a meander through someone’s brain. Loved it. Thanks!

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      • mistermuse 11:24 pm on July 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I hope your comment which appreciates someone’s brainpower doesn’t go to my head….if, by “someone’s,” you mean mine. In any case, I thank you very much! 😉

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    • Kally 1:10 pm on July 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh this is so fun for me to read. Cheer me up tremendously !

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    • Silver Screenings 10:02 pm on August 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Bahaha! Your “near contemporary” George Bernard Shaw!

      I’m not a huge fan of My Fair Lady, but I do love the music, and it was lovely to listen to these pieces again.

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      • mistermuse 8:24 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I especially enjoyed the rendition of I COULD HAVE DANCED ALL NIGHT from Lincoln Center, which I’d not heard before. The vocalist has a lovely voice and put a lot of emotion into her performance without overdoing it.

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  • mistermuse 1:25 am on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Jules Feiffer, , ,   

    PIED FEIFFER 

    pied, adj.  of two or more colors in blotches — Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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    Another post, another autobiography (or memoir, going by the book) to review — this one titled BACKING INTO FORWARD, by Jules Feiffer. But I am not so much going to review this 2010 book as pass along some thoughts from it, which, I think, are worth thinking about — relevant, at least in part, to current backward, black and white, regressive times.

    First, a brief introduction: FEIFFER (born Jan. 26, 1929), is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and writer who was born and grew up ‘between a blotch (of angsts) and a hard place’ in the Bronx. Having a controlling mother, little interest in school and no athletic ability whatsoever, “Fear was the principal emotion of my childhood. I hid in my sleep. I hid in my dreams. I revealed myself only in comics, which were the embodiment of my dreams.”

    In his teens, he was influenced by his older sister, whose “crowd was fast-talking, fast-quipping, mischievous, left, meaning far left in their politics, their taste in books, art, movies, and just about everything else.” Marry this influence with his passion for cartoons, and you have the seeds of the man and cartoonist he was to become (the engrossing details of which you will have to read in the book).

    Now for some of those thoughts I previously mentioned and now quote:

    Over the years I have been asked how I came to make certain choices. How did I know? This choice as opposed to that, this direction or that? Much of my life as a young man was spent ignoring or delaying choices. The choices I made were due to running out of time. Backed into a corner, a choice was made because I no longer had a choice not to. Having nowhere to go, I spot the one open window and jump through. Choice to me is much like Butch Cassidy and Sundance escaping a posse by jumping off a cliff. They jumped. And survived. It was the right choice. But when it’s not, you’re dead.

    Up until I was drafted, I had found that I could survive under any circumstance, no matter how unnerving, degrading, humiliating, or demoralizing, if I could understand the unwritten rules, i.e., the culture that was beating up on me. Whether it was family, school, sports, work, sex, I was accustomed to getting knocked down, picking myself up, and starting all over again. But in the army I was on unknown ground. After five months something went terribly wrong. They transferred me to train me to operate and repair radios on the [Korean] front line–in other words, to be killed. Radio repair was indecipherable to me. I saw no good reason [for] this assignment. As Vice President Dick Cheney explained when asked by the press why he hadn’t fought in the Vietnam War, “I had other priorities.” Yes! Yes! Me too!

    It was heartbreaking to watch [Jerome] Robbins go into his HUAC dance. The acting chair of the House Un-American Activites Committee, a somber, ministerial-looking fake, asked Robbins at the start of his sworn testimony what he did for a living. Robbins stated that he was a choreographer. The chair did not understand the unfamiliar word. “A chori–chori–chori–what exactly is that, Mr. Robbins.?” Robbins explained that it was something like a dance director and named shows he had choreographed, from On The Town, his first musical, to The King And I. The members of the committee seemed delighted to have this fancy new word to play with. As each one took his turn questioning Robbins, he took a crack at pronouncing “choreographer.” The point, made to the cameras for the heartland, was that loyal American don’t need highfalutinn words. No! Loyal Americans needed but one thing, fealty to God and country. Loyal Americans wrapped themselves in the flag.

    Called soft on Communism, liberals quieted down about witch hunts and loyalty oaths. Called eggheads, they dumbed themselves down. Displays of wit were repressed as too highbrow. Accused of cowardice in the Cold War, liberals began appraising countries to invade. Vietnam was a liberal war. The Republican Dwight Eisenhower refused to be sucked in. But Eisenhower was a general, a war hero, he didn’t have to prove his manhood. John F. Kennedy, although a war hero, was a liberal Democrat. He had to prove his manhood. Kennedy couldn’t afford to let the Russians think he was incompetent and inconsequential, which they might well have concluded after the Bay of Pigs. The Soviets might move on Berlin because of Kennedy’s perceived weakness. Before they could make such a move, Kennedy moved on Vietnam. As much of a disaster as the war proved itself to be, Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, after him, could not get out. To cut and run was not an option for Democrats because it would make them open to attacks from Republicans.

    Enough. Or was/is it? Politics being politics and the American electorate being the American electorate, we now have the grotesquely cartoonish Donald Trump….so let us close with this (for what it’s worth):

     
    • masercot 4:45 am on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He had a monthly multi-panel cartoon in Playboy. It was almost worth buying the magazine just for that…

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    • calmkate 5:21 am on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol I can see why you’d be attracted to this character, thanks for sharing him!

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    • magickmermaid 1:31 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m tired of being a grown-up! I could use one of those. 😀

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:08 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I loved your post! Thanks for the introduction to Jules Feiffer. The cartoon video clip about “the grown-up” is priceless 🙂

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      • mistermuse 4:05 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rosaliene. That same set of “grown-up” cartoons is in his book (page 319). I would like to have included more in this post from the book (a chapter titled CLOSET AMERICA is worth a post in itself), but I don’t want to try my readers’ patience, so I try to keep to a reasonable length (an arbitrary judgment, I admit).

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    • Elizabeth 5:50 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      And at the moment the culture police are starting to remind me of the HUAC hearings. No one can be pure enough for some of them. I am not talking about confederate statues, but rather trying to find any earlier American who didn’t have failings. Good luck folks.

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      • mistermuse 7:11 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I am not a fan of extremists of either the far left or (especially) the far right. I cut ideologues of the far left some slack because they may have their hearts in the right place, but far right ideologues have nothing in the right place, as far I can see. Unfortunately, with both, it’s “My way or the highway” — that’s simply not going to work in a pluralistic, multi-cultural democracy.

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    • JosieHolford 9:37 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      • mistermuse 10:54 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Josie, for sharing that interesting memory and link, which I notice is from 2008 (two years before the publication of his book BACKING INTO FORWARD). I enjoyed your post and gave it a like because….well, I liked it!

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    • waywardsparkles 11:37 am on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Life often does feel like I’m backing into forward…with a lot of resistance. Ha! Enjoyed this. What an engaging artist! BTW, my grownup eventually shows up when all else fails. She leaves as quickly as possible so I can enjoy life without dealing with too many rules and fuss. Mona

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      • mistermuse 12:44 pm on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I sometimes feel the same, Mona — but, at least, “backing into forward” beats backing into backward, which it appears the whole country is doing under our retrograde President Trump.

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    • arekhill1 12:44 pm on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for reminding us the Trumpsters have always been with us, Sr. Muse. They just weren’t always called that.

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      • mistermuse 1:59 pm on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        To paraphrase what Jesus said 2,000 years ago, “The Trumpsters [by whatever name] we will always have with us.”

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    • Don Ostertag 9:55 pm on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have always liked Fieffer, but he’s totally wrong about Eisenhower and Nam. I was in the 82nd when Ike the prez asked for volunteers to go to Nam as advisors. Our involvement started with Ike and would have ended with JFK who was going to end our involvement as soon s he got back from Dallas.

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      • mistermuse 11:57 pm on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. One of the things I like (and respect) about Feiffer is his objectivity despite being very liberal — as shown by the quoted paragraph in which he castigates JFK, Johnson, and the Democrats for how he views their handling of the Vietnam War. By contrast, few, if any, very conservative Republicans have had the courage and/or character to call out Donald Trump for his handling of the war against the Corona virus (or any other of his myriad failings and corrupt acts, for that matter).

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  • mistermuse 9:20 pm on July 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Age before beauty, , , , ,   

    PRIME RHYME, NO FIB (AND THAT’S THE RIB) 

    How about something I’ve not done for some time:
    Post a post so sublime, it don’t do nothing but rhyme.
    If I chose prose that’s verbose — longer than a rose is not a nose —
    What woes ‘twould expose, such that who knows how big it grows?

    Thus I propose, pun in hand, to avoid overflows
    And sink to new lows, to the confusion of my foes.
    So, friends, meat my poems that may stop on a dime;
    Just remember this tickler: not all ribs are prime.

    I WILL ONLY STOOP SO LOW

    I don’t do windows;
    I don’t do lawns —
    But when I doo-doo,
    I do do johns.

    AGE BE FOR BEAUTY

    Bald is beautiful —
    Or, so they say —
    But my head is only
    Bald half-way.

    Thus, I look forward,
    The more I age,
    To looking better
    At every stage.

    POST MORT ‘EM

    The world, it go to pot;
    Life literate is shot.
    O, woe is my bon mot….
    Bon mort, and thanks a lot!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
  • mistermuse 1:42 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Follow The Rainbow, ,   

    THE RAINBOW MAN 

    A few weeks ago, I saw a post (on a blog I don’t recall) with a photo of a rare double rainbow. Today, out of the blue, that image came to mind as I was perusing a biography of lyricist E. Y. Harburg of OVER THE RAINBOW fame, who also wrote the score for the 1968 film FINIAN’S RAINBOW….and I thought, now that’s a double rainbow if I ever heard one.

    Everyone knows OVER THE RAINBOW (from The Wizard Of Oz), but how many of you remember FINIAN’S RAINBOW starring Fred Astaire in his last musical at the age of 69? Here is the “Rainbow” song from that film:

    And here he is singing and dancing to one of the film’s definitive songs, WHEN THE IDLE POOR BECOME THE IDLE RICH:

    I say “definitive” because it’s a reflection of E. Y. Harburg’s very liberal leanings, as exemplified in these lyrics from the song:

    When a rich man doesn’t want to work,
    He’s a bon vivant
    Yes, he’s a bon vivant
    But when a poor man doesn’t want to work.
    He’s a loafer, he’s a lounger,
    He’s a lazy good for nothing,
    He’s a jerk.

    If Harburg were alive today, I have no doubt that he would appreciate the ‘music’ of another Rainbow man, name of Randy:

    Yes, friends, let us look to November 3 and the rainbow following the dark storm of the Trump presidency.

     

     
    • obbverse 3:39 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Julie Andrews will never sound the same thanks to that son of the bleach.

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      • mistermuse 7:49 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        😉

        The whole country will never be the same if that son of a bleach is reelected. We’ll be lucky if we recover even if he’s defeated.

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    • calmkate 5:10 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      my photo, my blog MrM … glad I inspired such a cheery colourful post 🙂

      Those conflicting terms are strong for the male/female divide too … a man is assertive but a woman bossy, etc etc ..

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    • calmkate 5:14 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      that last one is priceless, thanks for the share!

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    • Rivergirl 7:20 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Me! It was me! I had a double rainbow in the backyard and will happily accept credit for this post.

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      • mistermuse 8:06 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Judging by calmkate’s first comment above, Rg, you may have to share the honors with her (although I do now remember your double rainbow post as being my ‘inspiration’ — thanks for the reminder). 😉

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    • masercot 7:59 am on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      With a little bit of luck, they’ll go out and start supPORTING YOUUUUUUUU!

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    • tubularsock 12:57 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Let us not forget whose policies helped elect the Dump!

      Obummer and Killery!

      Now it is a race between an empty box and an orange turd!

      Either way we’re dead meat! A race to the bottom.

      At least Randy Rainbow makes Tubularsock laugh on the ride down!

      Cheers.

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      • mistermuse 3:35 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Drawing an equivalence between “the Dump” and “Obummer” strikes me as a bit of a stretch, but I guess that’s what tubular socks do. In any case, we agree on Randy Rainbow, and alliances have been forged on matters of far less understanding in common.

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    • magickmermaid 1:40 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      With a little bit of luck the dubious Dr will drink his own cure. 😀

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:01 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Randy Rainbow gets right to the issue in his most delightful way 🙂

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    • annieasksyou 6:31 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This was such a romp. My sister played in a local production of Finian’s Rainbow when we were young, so I was forced to learn every word. I love the words and music, and Fred Astaire could elevate any scene.
      I liked your pointing out Harburg’s message—also that the cast wasn’t lily white.
      I think we should all declare the evil one irrelevant and just ignore him while we work like hell to overcome all the shenanigans designed to disrupt our reclaiming our democracy.

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      • mistermuse 10:42 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Annie. In addition to being a superb wordsmith, E.Y. (Yip) Harburg was undoubtedly the most liberal lyricist of the Golden Age of Popular music. If interested in reading his biography (the one I mentioned in my post), the title is WHO PUT THE RAINBOW IN THE WIZARD OF OZ? by Harold Meyerson and Ernie Harburg (Yip’s son).

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      • mistermuse 11:17 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        NOTE: Because of what I consider a vulgar rant (since deleted) by a commenter to this post, I have chosen to change my settings to require approval by me of all future comments. This means that comments will no longer appear immediately. However, be assured that this is no reflection on my regular valued followers. It means only that life is too short to take part in diatribes which bring heat but no light to the matter at hand. This is MY blog, after all, and my standards apply. I hardly need add that that commenter is free to run his blog as he sees fit.

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      • Catherine Haustein 1:14 am on July 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I saw a production when I was in grade school and adored the show. Great music and message.

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        • mistermuse 7:32 am on July 2, 2020 Permalink

          I agree, Catherine. You seldom, if ever, see FINIAN’S RAINBOW included among the best movie musicals of all time, but I think it rates at least in the top 40 or 50.

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    • annieasksyou 10:57 pm on July 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks.
      Speaking of liberals, I wrote a tweet to Rob Reiner, who had written that he was heartbroken over his father’s death. Someone put up a photo of Carl, his daughter (Annie, it so happens), and Mel Brooks wearing Black Lives Matter t-shirts just last week. There was also a video Carl had made urging everyone to vote in 2018, very fiery, and concluding that he just hopes he’ll be around in 2020 to vote the unmentionable one out. So I plan to dedicate my vote to Carl Reiner in November.

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    • mistermuse 12:59 pm on July 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great comment, Annie. My memory of Carl goes back to Sid Caesar’s YOUR SHOW OF SHOWS in the early 50s. Those were the days, my friend!

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    • Silver Screenings 3:36 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never even heard of Finian’s Rainbow before, and I call myself a Fred Astaire fan – sheesh! I need to see this one, just because.

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

        Yip Harburg conceived and cowrote the book (as well as wrote the lyrics) for FINIAN’S RAINBOW, which opened on Broadway in 1947 and ran for 725 performances before being made into a movie in 1968. His son, Ernie Harburg, calls it “Yip’s most complex and fully realized achievement.”

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    • arekhill1 1:22 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I often wonder whether I’ll be able to write harmless humor again when Trump is gone, Sr. Muse, but I fear Randy Rainbow will be clean out of a job.

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    • mistermuse 3:03 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have faith in you to keep after the cowering inferno of Trump as a loser, Ricardo. Megalomaniacs do not go softly into that good night, so until he ends up in a padded cell where he belongs, I’m sure he’ll provide continuing fodder for skewering by you and Randy.

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: actors, , , book rview, , , , , , ,   

    THE FIX IS OFF (for now) 

    Something has come up to postpone my out-of-town daughter’s Father’s Day visit until the following weekend ….so my browser problem will remain on hold, and without resolution, until the (offspring’s) fix is in. Meanwhile, back at the rant, I’ve finished reading the outspoken CARROLL O’CONNOR’s autobiography wherein he vents about many things. So, to fill in, let’s take up where my last post left off. After all, it’s All In The Family.

    O’Connor had a very varied pre-Archie Bunker life. Like many in their early adult years, he couldn’t find his niche. “I could not shake off a feeling of foolishnessa man of 26 plodding through the days and months with no plan, no answer for anyone who might ask “What are you going to do with yourself?” The eventual answer, after many dead-end turns, turned out to be acting….and, finally, stardom (which came with an Archie Bunker mentality).

    I — no doubt like most who read autobiographies — do so primarily to learn more about the author, his/her life and times. But I’ll also admit to the guilty pleasure of learning what the author thought of well-known contemporaries — in fact, such opinions may offer insights into other personalities and professions, which broaden (for better or worse) what I thought I knew about them. So, what were O’Connor’s impressions of….

    JOHN WAYNE: “He perceived America as the preeminent hero-nation, virtually a land of heroes in which he himself felt heroic (and actually was, as I knew him) and infused that perception into all his roles as naturally as if it were one of the primary  emotions.”

    JEAN STAPLETON: “Jean’s idea of Edith Bunker was not only original and perfectly suited to the American audience, but very comical and emotionally moving. If ever anything on television changed the country, not radically, not even obviously, it was the performance of Jean and the example of Edith. Did our series effectively attack bigotry and racism? We thought so at the time –”

    HARRY TRUMAN: “Nobody expected Truman to take part in a Korean civil war, if one should begin. His military chiefs had no battle plan; on the contrary, they had a plan for getting out of the way — withdrawing to Japan. I thought Truman was totally wrong — his political vision faulty, his practical leadership unintelligent, his moral justification false. For me, the issue of morality in war– whether or not it is a “just war” — turns on the question of choice. When you wage war because you have no choice you are acting justly. But when you have a reasonable choice and choose to wage war, you can’t call your war just.”

    MOVIE WRITERS, “though marvelously reliable in inventing space creatures — shriveled humanoids and hugely swollen insects — are unreliable in depicting intelligent life on earth.”

    AGENTS “are generally shrewd, knowing, clever people; good company, good friends. They have made my career; they make all careers; they are the most important people in the business.”

    ACTORS: “I shall never forget my first professional play rehearsal at The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, in the spring of 1951 — the immediate cordiality of my new friends the actors: they greeted me like an intimate. Now after all these years I am still unfailingly comforted, encouraged and elated in the company of actors. There is something about the work these dear neurotics do, investigating every kind of human character, that  develops in them an extraordinary tolerance, forgiveness and good humor. I commend their company even to normal folk.”

    ….and I commend this book of Carroll’s to you.

     
    • waywardsparkles 1:50 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Those were the days watching All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and Maude! Ya know, I can’t remember a single episode of any of them; but I loved how Archie continued to open up as the show went on. Wait a minute, do you remember the episode when Archie had to get a transfusion? I do remember that episode. That was genius! Thanks for sharing about Carroll O’Connor’s autobiography, MM. Mona

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      • mistermuse 7:42 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I vaguely remember that episode, Mona, but like you, I mainly remember the series in general, as a whole, not for individual programs. The same, I think, applies to MASH, although re-runs appear regularly on local TV and refresh memories of specific episodes much more readily.

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    • blindzanygirl 2:42 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Aww. Sad your fix is off. But this is a very interesting post

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    • calmkate 2:56 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sorry your daughter is delayed, but she will get there!

      So JW was just being himself, explains why he was monotonously the same in everything he appeared in … Carroll’s shares some good insights, particularly about war! Thanks for the review 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:56 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Kate. I have several dozen biographies/autobiographies on my bookshelves, and O’Connor’s is one of the best.

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    • obbverse 4:03 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t panic! Help sounds like its on the way. Autobiographies seem to become more interesting the older we get. Something to do with the human condition, or trying to understand it.

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      • mistermuse 8:08 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, o.v. The ‘search’ for understanding is never-ending (until the end), but to paraphrase an old saying, “’tis better to have searched and come up short than never to have searched at all.”

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    • Carmen 6:44 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That book sound very interesting — what a character! Hope you get your fix soon, mister muse! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:57 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I hope so too, Carmen. The problems are getting worse (for example, my computer is increasingly ‘freezing’ on me — usually in the middle of writing a post or comment — requiring that I shut down and re-start). I wonder if it would help if I put my computer outside in the hot weather? 😉

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    • Rivergirl 7:15 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      People always think of Archie when they think of O’Connor, but he really was so much more.

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      • mistermuse 9:19 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely, Rg. If he were still alive today, it’s not hard to imagine Archie supporting King Trump and O’Connor railing against him as the emperor who has no clothes.

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    • Don Ostertag 10:44 pm on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I spent a week at Leonard Nimoy’s house which was across the street from O’Connor’s. That entire week, Carroll O’Connor cut his grass. He would finish with the lawn and start over again. I wanted to go and meet him, I heard he was a kind and intelligent person, but I never had the time. The Nimoys said he was a great neighbor.

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      • mistermuse 12:42 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Very interesting. The Nimoys must have had the fast growing grass in town. I mow my lawn once a year whether it needs it or not. 😉

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        • Don Ostertag 1:17 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink

          Not the Nimoy’s lawn.., It was Carroll O’Connor cutting the O’Connor lawn.

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        • mistermuse 7:47 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for the clarification — I took “cut his grass” to mean that, because he was “a great neighbor,” O’Connor cut Nimoy’s lawn while Nimoy was away for a week. Out of even lesser misunderstandings, yards have been known to turn into battlefields!

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    • annieasksyou 12:01 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting, mistermuse—especially O’Connor’s takes on Truman and John Wayne. Did he say why he felt Wayne was heroic?

      I don’t think computers like hot weather one whit, but I’m perhaps a tad more tech-adept than you, based on your description, so don’t byte a single bit of info I provide.
      Enjoy Father’s Day. Is this an actual —as opposed to virtual—visit?

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      • mistermuse 8:16 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        When he knew Wayne, O’Connor wasn’t as liberal as he later became, so I assume that was how he felt then, before he ‘matured.’

        My daughter’s visit will be “actual” in order to install a new browser, as I am virtually blogging “up a creek without a paddle” on my outdated browser (at least, I assume that’s the cause of the problems I’m having — if not, I’m thinking of drowning my sorrow, and I don’t mean in the creek).

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    • annieasksyou 9:21 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope your daughter rescues you forthwith. If not, I assume you mean drowning your sorrow in a “spirited” manner, to which I say “bottoms up.”
      I switched from Safari to Firefox at WP’s suggestion, only to learn that Firefox, for reasons I can’t comprehend, will not let me grab images the way Safari does. So I do my image search with Safari and my writing with Firefox. I am way beyond creek depth now with no daughter available to paddle me to safe land. Best of luck!

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      • mistermuse 2:18 pm on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It so happens that my daughter plans to switch me to Firefox. Before she does, I’ll bring your experience to her attention. She’s the head computer technician at the university where she works, but she doesn’t blog, so she may not be familiar with the idiosyncrasies of the various browsers when it comes to blogging. Thanks for the ‘heads-up.’

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    • annieasksyou 2:35 pm on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You’re welcome. It happened to me with Google Advanced Image Search, which I use a lot, and with YouTube. But maybe your daughter the pro will be able to show you how to overcome my problem. And then maybe you can tell me!

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    • magickmermaid 5:20 pm on June 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope you are having a nice Father’s Day!
      There was a Microsoft update this past week in which the new version of the Edge browser was installed. Much to my surprise it’s super-fast!
      I forgot to mention something regarding the “like” problem. If you have your Enhanced Tracker Setting for your browser set for “custom” or “strict”, that prevents “liking” on certain blogs. Just click on the shield icon in the address bar and you can uncheck the tracking. You will then be able to “like”. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 6:08 pm on June 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I AM having a nice Father’s Day — made all the nicer by my neighbor mowing my lawn this weekend (he is the father of the (no longer) little girl my wife and I took care of years ago while he and his wife worked). Now that’s what I call a good neighbor!

        P.S. I will pass your tip on to my daughter next weekend when she installs a new browser, as I will not be publishing any more posts until then.

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    • josephurban 3:57 pm on June 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice article. If you like autobiographies I suggest the Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. I am currently reading it after watching a History Channel 3 part series on Grant. Fascinating.

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    • Silver Screenings 3:23 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This looks like a truly interesting, well-written book with lots of insight. I think I need to find a copy.

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    • mistermuse 5:42 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, SS. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book.

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  • mistermuse 12:53 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , Like Someone In Love,   

    LIKE, WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE? 

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I haven’t liked your posts since about this time yesterday. I haven’t liked them, not because I haven’t liked them, but because I haven’t been able to Like them. All I get where one normally clicks “Like” is “Loading” — and as much as I’d like it to stop Loading, it doesn’t. I can still comment, but if I commented on all the posts I like but can’t Like, I’d spend my whole day writing comments….which isn’t likely, because I also like to eat, sleep, and be merry. So, since I can’t Like you on your posts, I’ll LIKE you musically here.

    Speaking of being merry, today is the birthday (May 21, 1904) of Thomas “Fats” Waller, who was about the merry-makingest singer/songwriter/pianist I know. Here he at the piano with such fellow jazz greats as Jack Teagarden and Gene Krupa playing his own composition I NEED SOMEONE LIKE YOU:

    There’s more “Like” songs where that came from. Here is the First Lady of Song/Queen of Jazz singing a ballad like only she can:

    I’d like to close with something high class, like this:

     

     
    • pendantry 12:56 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I get that ‘interminable loading’ problem with the ‘like’ thingy myself, sometimes. It usually goes away when I reload the page.

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      • mistermuse 6:03 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I can’t solve the problem come hell or high water, but then I’m in the same boat re most things technological. Hopefully, I can enlist one of my two tech-savvy daughters to help.

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      • Joseph Nebus 2:51 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I have that problem too, though not on every page. If I use the Reader page then usually I can hit the ‘like’ and that works.

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        • mistermuse 8:42 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you. I was hoping to get help from my two daughters, but at this time, neither can give me ‘hands-on’ assistance for reasons beyond their control (illness in one case, lives out of town in the other). One tells me that the Reader page (which I never heard of) is too complicated for someone of my all-but-non-existent tech skills….which is undoubtedly true. Such is life in the big city, as they say.

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      • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ 9:05 am on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Dear mistermuse and Colin,

        Since this is probably due to caching issue (a cache is a temporary memory), close the tab or window and reload the post in a new tab or window.

        If this does not solve the issue, then quit and restart your web browser.

        By the way, mistermuse, thank you for submitting your one-word comment “Like” at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2020/04/12/the-last-rag/

        Therefore, I would like to encourage you to submit another comment there with proper sentences so that I have something much more substantial to reply to.

        Please make sure that you are viewing my blog posts on a desktop or laptop computer because you will see and experience much more of the sophisticated features. Happy reading and happy listening there!

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        • mistermuse 5:42 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink

          The short answer to your suggestion that I submit a longer comment to your post is that I’m simply unable to submit time-consuming replies to anywhere near the number of posts of the many blogs I follow as I would like to….nor do I expect such comments from any of my followers who don’t have time (which is not to say that I don’t appreciate thoughtful comments when possible). Hence, I use “Like” as a better-than-nothing substitute.

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      • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ 9:24 am on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Dear mistermuse and Colin,

        If you still have the issue after restarting your web browser, then restart your computer.

        If the issue persists after restarting your computer, then you will need to (partially) delete the cache history stored in your web browser.

        Alternatively, use a different web browser.

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    • Carmen 1:09 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ‘Like’ – the most over-used word in the dictionary. I am a CBC junkie and nothing makes me sprint for the ‘off’ button any quicker than a person who’s being interviewed using that word at least three times in a sentence. You’ve probably heard them. . “Like, I used to be more introverted, but like I’m older now and like I just feel like talking to, like, more people. . ., you know what I mean?”
      But go ahead, ‘Like’ away! 😉 (at least, you can try!)

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      • mistermuse 6:18 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Carmen, I don’t know what to say, except…. WHATEVER.

        P.S. That’s probably second only to Like as an over-used word. 😉

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 2:39 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not a techie. But I’ve noticed that WordPress sometimes behaves differently depending upon what device I am using (laptop, iPhone, desktop). If you have more than one device, see if the problem exists on all of them.

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    • Rivergirl 4:01 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t like that you can’t like what you like on my page. I don’t like that at all.
      I do like good ole Fats though.
      😉

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      • mistermuse 6:31 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You have excellent taste, Rg — Fats is one of my all-time favs, and that is one of my fav (and least-known) Waller songs.

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    • magickmermaid 4:23 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I really like this post! I especially like the Fats Waller tune!

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    • obbverse 5:15 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Had the ‘like’ issue… sigh… If I can’t press Like now I just comment one word Like and hope there’s the understanding. WordPress can be willful and temperamental.

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    • cagedunn 6:02 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The like thingy? That’s why I click the like button before I open the page, otherwise, it just doesn’t happen. Been a thing for a while …

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      • mistermuse 6:48 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the tip, cd, but I’m not sure what you mean, because there’s no Like button (immediately following a post) to click — even on this post, I see only “Loading” where the Like button used to appear on all my posts in the past.

        P.S. I just checked a few of my previous posts, and “Loading” now appears in place of Like on all of them. Something is definitely screwed up.

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        • cagedunn 9:09 pm on May 21, 2020 Permalink

          Sorry, the like button I press is on the reader, not after I click on the post. I haven’t been able to click on like in a post for so long, I don’t even think about it now, and do it before I open to read the contents.

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        • mistermuse 3:35 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks again, cd. I’ve now discovered that, although I get “Loading” on my computer, when I bring up my blog on my wife’s computer, the “Likes” on my posts are there (and she doesn’t even use WordPress). This suggests to me that the problem is either with WordPress or that Windows on my computer needs to be upgraded.

          I see that a new WordPress Editor is going to replace the old one on June 1. If that doesn’t correct the problem, I’ll ask my tech-savvy oldest daughter about upgrading Windows the next time she visits from out of town.

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    • calmkate 4:53 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sorry you’re having difficulty ‘liking’ anyone, a counsellor might help?

      Ella sure is the queen! And totally enjoyed [not liked] the other two, thanks 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Kate, even a tech counselor couldn’t help me, because the ability to understand technology is simply not in my DNA (not unlike a regular counselor being able to help Trump, because empathy isn’t in his DNA).

        Glad you enjoyed the music!

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    • Garfield Hug 6:01 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I missed your voice and now I know why! I hope they sort it out for you Mistermuse. I thrive on your “LIKES” as it means you enjoyed it LOL!

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      • mistermuse 8:57 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that, GH. Even though I can’t “Like” your posts, I’ll try to comment on at least one of them every day or two, just so you and Garfield know I’m thinking of you!

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        • Garfield Hug 9:16 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          Awww this is really sweet 🥰

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        • mistermuse 11:17 am on May 22, 2020 Permalink

          At least “Like” is now working on comments, even though I still get nothing but “Loading” immediately below my (and others’) posts. Hopefully that problem will resolve itself when WordPress replaces its old Editor with the new WordPress editor on June 1 (don’t ask me to explain it — all I know is that it’s coming).

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    • annieasksyou 10:38 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “ I like you as you are,” said another mister, last name Rogers. Like it or not, I’m gonna tell you about my techie afternoon. Wanted to add a very important update to my latest look at the Tara Reade accusation against Joe Biden, added it to post, pressed update. Nothing. Six tries, as many happy WP folks, three hours, changed browser. Nada. Must be your computer, they said. I think not. Finally added update to comments, thanking two bloggers who brought it to my attention. Ok. I’m done. I mean like, did that help you feel better about your like dilemma? Your music helped me!

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    • mistermuse 11:13 pm on May 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Glad to be of musical assistance, Annie. As for “I like you as you are,” could there ever be a greater difference in modeling what should “make America great” than Mister Rogers and Donald Trump?

      And now I’m off to check out your Tara Reade/Joe Biden update.

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    • Elizabeth 12:54 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Your last band brought back a memory of a jug band formed by a group of neer-do-wells of my acquaintance! As for “like” all I could think of was Seuss “I do not like green eggs and ham, I do not like them Sam I am.”

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      • mistermuse 2:35 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Elizabeth, your comment brought back a memory of this song:

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        • Elizabeth 5:14 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink

          I couldn’t get the link to work. Is there a title for it?

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        • mistermuse 7:53 pm on May 23, 2020 Permalink

          It’s a very old song called LITTLE BROWN JUG, Elizabeth. Sorry you couldn’t get it, but there quite a few versions on YouTube, so I’m sure you can find one that works, if interested.

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    • arekhill1 7:24 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I liked it. Worked right away. The Internet obeys me.

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      • mistermuse 8:34 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll gladly take your word for it, Ricardo, because I’m still seeing “Loading” below the post where “Likes” should be. There could be millions of “Likes” there, for all I know (OK, maybe only thousands — I’m not greedy).

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    • restlessjo 3:53 am on May 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice bit of Ella 🙂 🙂 Don’t worry about the likes or not likes, so long as you’re still around.

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    • Strait,NoChaser 7:23 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks very, very much! It’s great to meet a fellow jazz lover!

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      • mistermuse 9:46 am on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re very welcome….though I must admit to not being a fan of all types of jazz (bebop, for example). Glad you enjoyed the post..

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    PHILOSPHER STONED 

    If there’s one thing I think we can all agree on about Donald Trump, it’s that he isn’t a philosopher. If, however, he can be said to have one guiding precept remotely resembling a philosophy, it has to be IT’S ALL ABOUT ME….or, secondarily, DON’T BLAME ME (which happens to be the title of a song I was going to link here until — faster than you can say Niccollo Machiavelli — Google removed share, embed & copy from their music clips, leaving technologically-challenged mistermuse at a loss as to how to post them).

    Be that as it may, I got to thinking that if THE DONALD were a lit-wit (rather than a nitwit) who wished to appear philosophical, there must be any number of wise philosophical quotes he might plagiarize to his greater glory (or, if he were stoned, learn from). Here are some I drug up which could fill the (Duck’s) bill:

    There is nothing so absurd that it cannot be believed if repeated often enough. — William James, American philosopher

    Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others. –Oscar Wilde, Irish wit, poet and playwright

    Any man can be a philosopher if he only thinks enough about his own foolishness. –Edgar Watson Howe, American novelist and editor

    Philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change it. –Karl Marx, German philosopher, political theorist and socialist revolutionary

    If I killed everyone who was stupid, I wouldn’t have time to sleep. –Tamora Pierce, American fantasy fiction writer

    Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. –Plato, Greek philosopher

    Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end. — Immanuel Kant, German philosopher

    Philosophers before Kant had a tremendous advantage over philosophers after Kant, in that they didn’t have to spend years studying Kant.  –Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, writer and social critic

    Only one philosopher in history had a perfect alibi for doing nothing, and his name was I. Kant. –Evan Esar, American humorist

     
  • mistermuse 12:04 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , stable genius,   

    THE INDISPENSABLE (OLD) MAN 

    “It’s possible there will be some [deaths as a result of reopening the country now].” –President Donald Trump in response to ABC’s David Muir on May 5, 2020.

    • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    In 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May as Senior Citizens Month (changed in 1965 to OLDER AMERICANS MONTH). Judging by Trump’s desperation to get the economy humming again before the election — and before the Covid-19 danger (especially to our most vulnerable citizens) is well under control — May seems destined to become Expendable Older Americans Month.

    I dare say that, although Trump may consider his fellow senior Americans like Joe Biden, mistermuse, and (perhaps) you expendable, he doesn’t see himself in that category. After all, the country can ill afford to lose a stable genius at a time like this — or at any other time (such as November 3, 2020, for example).

    Now, I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings to The Indispensable Man, but it’s just minutely possible that he may lose the upcoming election despite his stable pomposity — er, geniosity. However, in the unlikely event that that happens, His Stable Highness can take consolation in the fact that, like the rest of us put-out-to-pasture patriarchs, he can still be King (Emeritus) of his castle:

     
    • blindzanygirl 12:13 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yep. Same here. Our lot want to get rid of us.

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    • Rebecca Wallick 12:31 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, I needed that laugh, old man. You the man!

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    • calmkate 1:10 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      brilliant clip … you the man, coz he sure ain’t!

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      • mistermuse 7:46 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I may be de man, but de wife demands to wear de pants in de family….which I let her do, because when I want to be de boss, I put on de dress.

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        • calmkate 8:07 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink

          lol ah what an unattractive visual, thank heavens I’ve eaten or it may have been regurgitated! What colour do you prefer? Lace or buttons?

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        • mistermuse 11:34 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink

          I prefer see-through on my wife, so I see myself in the same fashion, Kate. As for lace or buttons, I’m a zipper man because it’s easier to open on the fly.

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        • annieasksyou 10:29 pm on May 7, 2020 Permalink

          I didn’t expect to be laughing at the end of the grim truism you started with. This was just right!—and your comment above is de-lightful!

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    • obbverse 1:57 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Here it is,in a nutshell. Wealth over health, every damned time. ‘Its possible there may more deaths thanks to opening up the ‘conomy.’ Fatuous shrugged.

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      • mistermuse 7:50 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The GOP has been the party of wealth over health since Warren Harding was President….and to think, it was once the party of Lincoln.

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    • Rivergirl 9:13 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      His lack of empathy shouldn’t surprise us. He was playing Live and Let Die at the Arizona I love me trip yesterday.
      🤨

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    • magickmermaid 11:30 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love the video! 😀 The poor and the elderly are merely collateral damage in the orange one’s war.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 11:30 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I never get tired of saying this: Donnie’s the worst.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:43 pm on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for lifting my spirits with those two video clips.

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      • mistermuse 5:45 pm on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re very welcome, Rosaliene….but did you have to say there could be worse presidents yet to come? God forbid! You just ruined my day. 😉

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    • Elizabeth 6:15 pm on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That is the perfect video to go along with the Trumpster.

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      • mistermuse 10:06 pm on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s hope voters throw the Trumpster in the dumpster on November 3.

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        • Elizabeth 5:03 pm on May 7, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you for appropriately linking Trumpster and dumpster for me. I think on a subconscious lever they were linked, but it took your comment to make it explicit.

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    • arekhill1 1:58 pm on May 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You can’t bullshit a virus, Sr. Muse. Even a Bullshit Terminator (a thin layer of human skin covering a mound of bullshit) like Trump can’t. Stay safe.

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      • mistermuse 7:16 pm on May 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You do the same, Ricardo.

        P.S. I hear that Trump’s personal valet has just been diagnosed with Covid-19. Wouldn’t it be fitting if the thin-skinned bullshitter, who won’t social-distance or wear a mask because it would detract from his appearance, caught the virus from his valet? In any case, I’ve got news for the Pres — a mask is about the only thing that might IMPROVE his appearance.

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    • rawgod 9:42 am on August 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Touchy touchy touchy
      Muchy muchy muchy
      Mushy mushy mushy
      Tushie tushie tushie
      Bushy bushy bushy
      Busty busty busty
      Rusty rusty rusty
      Ratsy ratsy ratsy
      Batsy batsy batsy
      Gnatsy gnatsy Gnatsy
      Nutsy nutsy nusty
      Naughty naughty naughty
      Haughty haughty haughty
      Bawdy bawdy bawdy
      Baddie baddie baddie
      Bocci bocci bocci
      Gnocci gnocci gnocci
      Gnomey gnomey gnomey
      homey homey homey
      Honey honey honey
      Funny funny funny
      Fanny fanny fanny
      Nanny nanny nanny
      Nunny nunny nunny
      Tunny tunny tunny
      Touchy touchy touchy!

      In remembrance of an old friend, husky busty Rusty Rose Giletzky, may she rest in peace.

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      • mistermuse 2:24 pm on August 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Requiescat in pace
        Requiescat in pace
        Requiescat in pace

        (If your old friend was Catholic, as I was, I trust she’d appreciate this Trinitarian remembrance)

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