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

    STYLING FOR DOLLARS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      I have to say I think the Donald wasted his money. $70,000 for THAT?
      ๐Ÿคฃ

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

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

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

      $70,000 for his hair?! What a selfish thing to do, that money could be used for so much more ๐Ÿ’–

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      What vanity!!!

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

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

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

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

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

      Ugh. And I’m not surprised at all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Seventy thousand for THAT hair? He was overcharged.

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

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

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

      ouch could this be karma …

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

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

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

          exactly … I wish him no harm but could be best political move he’s ever made!
          eg the less he says the better + sympathy vote ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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

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

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

      Interesting that that caterpillar is also venomous.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    HYPE-OH-WHAT-A-MESS 

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

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

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

    And there you have it. Sorry, no refunds.

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

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

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

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

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

      Hilarious! ๐Ÿ˜€

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

      After yet another tough week under smoke-filled skies here in Los Angeles and “ignoramus politicus,” I thank you for making me laugh out loud with your masterful word play. Randy Rainbow’s song parodies are also a delight to watch ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

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

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

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

      Bloated Cheeto. Exactly.

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

      I call him THE CHEETO CHEATER.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          I agree, Mister Muse. I also fear he will stop at nothing. I saw one of the vile lie-filled fliers being mailed out to registered republican voters. The USPS mail carrier delivered it to my address by mistake (not a hopeful sign of things to come) – or maybe it was delivered here on purpose because of the Biden sign in my front yard… ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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  • mistermuse 1:01 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , epithets, , , , , name calling, nicknames, , ,   

    DON THE DISAGREEABLE (A tRump Roast for the Ages) 

    Today is the birthday of IVAN THE TERRIBLE (Aug. 25, 1530-March 28, 1584). For those of you who weren’t around back then and may not remember how terrible he was, here’s a refresher:

    Which brings us to DON THE DISAGREEABLE, aka Donald Trump. For those who believe DISAGREEABLE doesn’t begin to do justice to Don’s place in posteriority, I would’ve titled this post DON THE DOUCHEBAG or DON THE DUCK-BILLED FATTYPUSS….but then I might be accused of gratuitous name-calling, which would be odiously unbecoming of an obviously objective observer of the Pres — a worthy calling indeed, coming, as it does, from he who any follower of this blog can vouch for; (s)he who disagrees is obviously a fatuous fart-face.

    So the only fair way to do justice to Don’s legacy is to limit ignominious epithets to those names he has called others — particularly in view of the penchant he has for labeling many of them what he is himself. Examples of such may be found among this compilation of takes-one-to-know-one insults (object of insult(s) in parenthesis):

    JEFF BOZO (Jeff Bezos)
    CHEATIN’ OBAMA (Barack Obama)
    PUNCHY (Robert De Niro)
    MORNING PSYCHO (Joe Scarborough)
    SLIMEBALL (James Comey)
    WACKY AND DERANGED OMAROSA (Omarosa Manigault Newman)

    FAT JERRY (Jerry Nadler)
    LITTLE MARCO (Marco Rubio)
    POCAHONTAS/THE INDIAN (Elizabeth Warren)
    DUMMY BETO (Beto O’Rourke)
    SHIFTY SCHIFF/ADAM SCHITT (Adam Schiff)
    CUTIE PIE (Jonathan Karl)

    CRAZY/CROOKED HILLARY (Hillary Clinton)
    CRAZY/NERVOUS NANCY (Nancy Pelosi)
    CRAZY/SLEEPY JOE (Joe Biden)
    CRAZY BERNIE/BASICALLY BRAINDEAD BERNIE (Bernie Sanders)
    CRAZY ARNOLD (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
    CRAZY MEGYN (Megyn Kelly)

    As you can see, you don’t have to be CRAZY to make Trump’s wanton list….but it helps.

     

     

     

     

     

     
    • Rivergirl 8:12 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I canโ€™t even. We tried to watch some of the Republican convention last night, just to be fair. We tried.

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      • mistermuse 9:16 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Trump takes advantage of those who try to be fair, because that’s what bullies do. Biden and Harris mustn’t take any guff from Trump, but they also need to not let Trump’s insults become a distraction because that would be playing into his hands. Talk about a balancing act!

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        • Rivergirl 12:34 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink

          The bodyguard of western civilization.
          Can you see my head exploding?
          ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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    • masercot 8:45 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Those were some crazy people.

      Oh me, oh MY!

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      • mistermuse 9:27 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        They ain’t got nothin’ on Trump, but at least their craziness didn’t hurt anyone but themselves (though the little dancing gal didn’t hurt herself, and she was a riot!).

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    • mlrover 9:13 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Where do you find this stuff? So fascinating! And that’s some fine singing. The craziness is a distraction from their excellence.

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      • mistermuse 9:33 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The Boswell Sisters were the finest girl singing group of their era….or, arguably, any era, in my opinion. I’m glad you appreciate them!

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    • Don Ostertag 12:08 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That person really acts like a 6 year od with his stupid name calling. He must have really been a bully back in school.

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      • mistermuse 12:48 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        From what I’ve read, Trump is”‘his father’s son” — or, as another old saying has it, “Like father, like son.” All I can say is that millions of American voters must like bullies.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 1:12 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ugh. I tried to watch the Republican “convention” last night and just couldn’t take all the fear-mongering. I guess I’m going to join a mob and wipe out a suburban neighborhood this winter. Or I’m going to turn my neighbor’s kids into drug-using communists. I turned it off after ten minutes. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Here’s to peace, kindness, and truth – may it ultimately prevail.

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      • mistermuse 4:31 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Diana, if you do plan to join a mob or turn your neighbor’s kids into drub-using communists, I suggest you make a big fat donation to Trump’s re-election campaign and publicly kiss his butt. That will surely get you a Presidential pardon if you’re arrested (unless he’s not re-elected, in which case I never heard of you and you’re on your own). ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • JosieHolford 3:59 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don the Dotard works well too. (Best thing to ever come out of North Korea.)

      Or Don the Demented, Deranged, Disturbed, Dangerous, Disturbed, Depraved, Disgusting, Dirty and yes Deplorable.

      So many dire choices.

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      • mistermuse 4:46 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        All delicious choices, Josie. Or, how about a non-D name to go along with IVAN THE TERRIBLE: DONALD THE UNBEARABLE

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    • magickmermaid 4:56 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hilarious videos! ๐Ÿ˜€ A so-called adult who behaves like a petulant child bully should be sitting in the corner wearing a dunce cap; not occupying the corner office.

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      • mistermuse 5:42 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Actually he belongs in prison….but I’ll settle for the corner wearing a dunce cap, if the corner is in a cave on another planet.

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    • magickmermaid 6:10 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Al Capone went to prison for tax evasion. So maybe all is not lost if his tax returns are investigated.

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      • mistermuse 7:12 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thankfully, (as i understand it) possible tax evasion is being investigated by the State of New York. If it were a federal case, Trump’s Attorney General, Wm. Barr, would see to it that Trump gets away with it.

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    • Elizabeth 4:16 pm on August 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I think “nasty” is in competition for his favorite attack word. At least for women. As for that newsreel–those weight loss machines look x-rated!

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      • mistermuse 5:15 pm on August 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Trump called Kamala Harris “nasty” almost as soon as Biden named her his VP choice, and it has indeed become one of his favorite attack words (most, if not all, of the epithets listed in my post are not as recent). As for that “x-rated” weight loss segment: please spread the word, Elizabeth, so that more people may be enticed to check out this post and my blog. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • annieasksyou 3:28 pm on August 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don the Despicable works for me. Glad you brought some fun to this ugliness.

      I so wish Biden would listen to Tom Friedman, who suggested Biden should agree to debate ONLY if trump releases his tax returns first AND thereโ€™s an on-site fact-checker.

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      • mistermuse 10:55 pm on August 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’d especially like to see the debates contingent upon an on-site fact checker. Although Biden wouldn’t have a problem with it, but I’m sure Trump would refuse and probably call the idea part of a socialist conspiracy against him. That’s what despots like Trump do when they’re afraid of the truth.

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    • Marietta Rodgers 5:42 pm on August 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I tried to watch a little of the RNC but I kept having to hurl in a bucket.

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  • mistermuse 1:02 am on August 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Leon Redbone, Relax, Relaxation Day, Take It Easy,   

    RELAX 

    Today being RELAXATION DAY, I’m of a mind to put as little effort into this post as possible. Now that I think of it, I should probably stop right here….but then, how could I relax, knowing I’d short-changed my countless faithful followers. After all, our President never ceases to model being a ‘word’-class genius, so who am I to act less nobly than he — am I not duty-bound to follow his lead, even if I have to hold my nose? Of course snot.

    In any case, let us proceed….to RELAX:

    Well, that looked more like an example of do as they sing, not as they do. Here’s something a bit more in the spirit of the day:

    Now that we’ve boned up on how to properly relax, we can truly….

    But just in case you’re still not at ease with taking it easy today, I suggest that this demonstration of the lotus position warts — I mean, warrants — serious consideration (if you’re so inclined):

    https://quotesgram.com/img/funny-quotes-about-relaxing/2098415/

    Now that’s what I call a croaker who knows how to croak — I mean, ย  ย  ย  relax ย ย ย  .

     
  • 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 … ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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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 isย NATIONAL CLOWN DAY and also marks the start of INTERNATIONAL CLOWN WEEK (August 1-7).ย  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.ย  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 Cheatย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ No idea how they did that tongue twister so rapidly ๐Ÿ™‚

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

      Iโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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 greatsโ€”just a tad below โ€œTo be or not to be…โ€ and well above โ€œPeter Piper Picked a Peck of…โ€

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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 โ€œBiden Tromps Trump in Landslide Rompโ€?

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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 May 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Machiavelli, , , , , , ,   

    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. ย –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.

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    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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      • mistermuse 12:58 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        They say you’re only as old as you feel, so I’m only as old as the man in the clip looks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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 didnโ€™t expect to be laughing at the end of the grim truism you started with. This was just right!โ€”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 shouldnโ€™t surprise us. He was playing Live and Let Die at the Arizona I love me trip yesterday.
      ๐Ÿคจ

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

      Love the video! ๐Ÿ˜€ 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: Donnieโ€™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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blogosphere, food for thought, , , irrationality, , power, rationality, reason, , SNAFU, The Enlightenment,   

    A HELLUVA WAY TO RUN A WORLD 

    “This is a helluva way to run a railroad.” –from a 1906 speech by Leonor F. Loree, railroad executive, to a committee of creditors who asked him to take charge of the Kansas City Southern Railroad, which was described as two streaks of rust; its engines lost steam; the men were disheartened; and the stations were shacks.

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    Since first said in 1906, the above quote has famously become a catchphrase for the high-and-mighty mentality of any commercial, governmental, military, or other top-down entity operating in a fashion oblivious to SNAFU (Situation Normal, All Fucked Up). I (and maybe you too) have had occasion to view SNAFU close-up and personal, having served as a draftee in the military and as a 30-year “soldier” in the corporate milieu before retiring to savor domestic life anew (and rue honey-do). But at least I’m the boss of my own blog (though still at the mercy of invisible forces somewhere out there in the blogosphere).

    Anyway, being of a philosophical bent, this got me to thinking about helluva railroads and SNAFU, writ LARGE –as in, dude: how did this whole woebegone world come to be so SNAFUed? Do we have a clue? Perhaps a few of us do.

    It’s a story we can’t stop telling ourselves. Once, humans were benighted by superstition and irrationality, but then the Greeks invented reason. Later, the Enlightenment enshrined rationality as the supreme value. Discovering that reason is the defining feature of out species, we named ourselves the “rational animal.” But is this flattering story rational? From sex and music to religion and war, irrationality makes up the greater part of human life and history. –from a reference to IRRATIONALITY (subtitled A HISTORY OF THE DARK SIDE OF REASON), a book by Justin E. H. Smith, a professor of history and the philosophy of science.

    Well, if that isn’t food for thought, I don’t know what is. The problem, of course, is what it has always been: those most in need of reflecting on and applying such appraisal to oneself wouldn’t be caught dead doing so. It’s Greek to them. The Trumps of the world live in their own little world where big money talks….and it speaks power.

    Oh well. So much for funny money.

     

     
    • obbverse 12:28 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The world is mad. I tell ya- mad, its mad mad mad. Powerful mad.

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    • calmkate 12:47 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      we spell SNAFU differently here down under, it’s spelt STUFFED …

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    • masercot 5:18 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s post-modernism in its grossest form…

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      • mistermuse 8:40 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        My post makes no apologies (except for subjecting readers to the inclusion of His Grossness near the end).

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        • masercot 9:13 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink

          Remember when the right-wing accused their opponents of trying to make reality flexible? Little did we know that they’d actually be the ones doing that…

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        • mistermuse 9:28 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink

          “Flexible” is a very charitable word for the right-wing’s appropriation of reality.

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    • Rivergirl 8:14 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      SNAFU times 2!

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        ….as in Doublemint gum on one’s shoes (sorry about that — I searched my sole, but was stuck for a better reply).

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        • Rivergirl 8:54 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink

          Iโ€™d insult your reply, but that would make me a heel. A sticky situation at best…

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    • mistermuse 9:30 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • magickmermaid 11:03 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hell in a hand basket to be sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • arekhill1 5:50 pm on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

    • mistermuse 6:16 pm on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I see that I commented on that January post, Ricardo, but unfortunately no space alien has subsequently come to take Trump back to his home planet for experiments, as I hoped (probably scared off by the coronavirus outbreak, which Trump was ignoring at the time).

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    • Elizabeth 4:49 pm on April 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I suppose those are the stimulus checks floating down to appease us and distract from the insanity.

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      • mistermuse 6:39 pm on April 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Everything Trump says or “floats” is either about him, or is something he does to turn things to his advantage. I have no doubt he will tout the stimulus checks accordingly.

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        • Elizabeth 4:49 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink

          He will probably sign them himself.

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        • mistermuse 5:33 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink

          ….and the checks will probably have his face imprinted on them (giving BAD checks a whole new meaning!).

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    • GP Cox 6:58 am on April 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      People keep saying they admire the Greatest Generation, in this world-wide predicament, they can try to emulate them, rather than sit back and find things to complain about.
      They can’t make movies like ‘It’s a Mad, mad, Mad World’ – the actors would want too much money, plus a percentage of the profits.

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      • mistermuse 9:51 am on April 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It seems to be mostly young people (teens & 20s) and evangelicals who are disregarding the “rules” and doing their own thing. Young people have always thought they’re invincible, but evangelicals should know better….actually, deep down they probably do, but under the spell of the Falwells and Rick Warrens of the world, they suspend belief in everything but what they’re misled to believe.

        As for “Mad World,” no doubt you’re right. It probably had more stars than any other film in movie history (most of them in cameo appearances), including Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Ethel Merman, Sid Caesar, etc. — many of them all but forgotten today.

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    • moorezart 12:10 pm on April 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • Silver Screenings 5:04 pm on April 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I always forget how many big stars were in this film. It was a truly ambitious undertaking in so many ways.

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      • mistermuse 12:23 am on April 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It’s a pretty good film, but I think it should’ve been better. It was director Stanley Kramer’s first attempt at comedy, and despite some good scenes, the unevenness shows. I’d rate it about a 7 out of 10.

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    • blindzanygirl 3:28 am on April 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      And the world gets madder and madder each day!

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      • mistermuse 2:35 pm on April 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I couldn’t agree more, Lorraine….especially when you think how much better it could be if more countries had better leaders. Trump has been an absolute disaster for the US, and no doubt your country is hurting for lack of competent, humane leadership, as well….while the rest of us pay the price for their arrogance and bungling.

        Sorry this reply is such a downer. Hopefully we’ll survive this epidemic and live to elect leaders worthy of their calling.

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        • blindzanygirl 3:05 pm on April 13, 2020 Permalink

          Donโ€™t worry about it being a downer Mistermuse. We have to say it as it is. Iโ€™m all for that. I donโ€™t know how any of us are going to get out of this mess but I bet once we have, there will be another one waiting around the corner. How are all our Leaders going to deal with the Recession that we are going to get? Hmmm.

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

      Good attitude, Lorraine. As for handling the recession-to-come, I don’t know about your country, but I have no confidence whatsoever in Trump. It would be hard enough for a competent, caring President, much less an incompetent, self-serving narcissist like Trump.

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    • Carol A. Hand 6:21 pm on April 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s a mad world, indeed, Mister Muse. Thought you might appreciate a bit of musical humor about these times, created by Don Caron from the Parody Project:

      Battle Hymn of the Republic โ€“ Revised for Relevance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eR0ckpJ3bk);

      The Ballad of New Orleans (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB11scadABg)

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Hindustan, , , ,   

    GO TO HELLISTAN 

    Yesterday, I commented on Rivergirl’s March 25 post titled “THINGS THAT FALL INTO THE WTH? CATEGORY”, which told of (among other things) a place known as the Door to Hell in Derweze, Turkmenistan. As I mentioned in that comment, I’ve actually gone to Hell (by car, by the way; not in a handbasket) — the town of Hell in Michiganistan, which may not be as hot as Hell in Turkmenistan, but is more convenient. I figure this is more than enough to qualify me as an authority on anystan’s Hell, hence this post.

    When I say “more convenient,” I of course mean convenient to my followers here in the good old United Statesistan. If you live in Asiastan, you will undoubtedly be able to go to Hell more conveniently in Turkmenistan. On the other stan, if you live in Hindustan (aka The Republic of India), you’re stuckistan in Hindustan because India is in total lockdown due to the coronavirus (I would’ve said coronavirustan, but I understan that’s sickistan).

    Anyway, the Hell I’ve been through in Michiganistan has an official website; rather than me give you the scoopistan, here’s the official poopistan straight from the horse’s mouth:

    https://www.gotohellmi.com/

    Now, if that doesn’t make you want to go to Hell, I don’t know what willistan. I happen to know a guy (his name is Stan) whose wife is a real clothes horse and looks hot in green, gray or white; he often takes her through Hell no matter what she’s wearing, even though….

    I close with this thought: Where do people in Hell tell each other to go?

     

     
    • blindzanygirl 12:09 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh god mistermuse. You had me in stitches there. One very brilliant post. How about stitchistan?

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      • mistermuse 12:54 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry I had you in stitches, Lorraine. I hope they dissolve without having to be removed by handistan. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • renxkyoko 3:56 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Is there really such a place in Michigan called Hell ? ? ? O-O

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    • obbverse 4:21 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      We do have a Styx near to us- too near perhaps?

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      • mistermuse 10:21 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The only Styx I know of is the River Styx in Greece. I’m guessing the Styx near you is a creek out in the sticks, so you’re probably safe barring a flood of mythical proportions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • obbverse 5:19 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink

          Yep, it is a river, not too wide, but the journey over is quite soul destroying.

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    • calmkate 7:51 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol hilarious!

      After many years in isolation I was crossing a city by public transport and needed a loo quickly. Couldn’t spot any so asked a couple … the guy said “go to hell”, I said “I just asked for a loo” and he repeated “go to hell” … well I thought that was a bit rude when they both burst into loud belly laughs. Seems a new pizza joint had opened called “Hell’s Kitchen” and they had good clean loos just two doors up from where I asked.

      They patiently waited until I emerged, it was quite dark and a bit spooky, and apologised. Said he’d been waiting for years to say that to someone …

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    • Eliza 8:06 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love the last thought. Still giggling… maybe they send each other to heaven.

      Love, light, and glitter

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    • Rivergirl 8:30 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Go to Hell. Best tourist ad line ever!!

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      • mistermuse 11:53 am on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        If they have some rusty old tools in Hell, you’d better not tell hubby, or he’ll probably want to go there ASAP (and maybe take you with him, just for the Hell of it). ๐Ÿ˜‰

        P.S. That’s an “inside” joke — non-followers of Rivergirl’s blog will have to go there (rather than Hell) to get it.

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    • arekhill1 12:15 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Never been to Hell, Sr. Muse, but my critics assure me I will inevitably end up there. I’ll try and get a postcard out to you.

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      • mistermuse 2:46 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You don’t want to go to Hell, Ricardo. Just the thought of spending eternity there with Trump should be more than enough to motivate you to aim higher (even if you have to make a pit-stop in Purgatory on your way up).

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    • magickmermaid 1:07 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      A postistan of immense laughistan! Great tune as well! I’m putting Hell, Michiganistan on my places to visit list. People in Hell probably tell others to go to Trumpistan. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • mistermuse 3:03 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        After Trump kicks the bucket, I expect he will try to make Hell great again by merging it with Trumpistan and naming it Hellistan. Thanks to the very prescient title of this post, you heard the name here first, mm.
        P.S. On second thought, Trump loves the sound of his name too much not to call it Trumpistan….but it will definitely become more hellish after he gets there.

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    • annieasksyou 6:07 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Re: your last comment: trump canโ€™t make hell any more hellish than heโ€™s made things here.

      This post was funistan, mistermuse, though I canโ€™t quite figure out how the temperature in Hell, Michiganistan, could be 53 degrees. Deceptive PR to draw in more unsuspecting travelers on one-way trips?

      Your post reminded me that when our older daughter was a Russian studies major in college, she spent a semester in Leningrad just before the coup. One of her cheery jaunts was to fly in a WWII turboprop plane to a mountain in Tajikistan (I may be misstanning which Stan), where she was the only woman watching a group of men play a traditional โ€œpoloโ€ game on camels, armed with swords (the men, not the camels), with a goat as the winnerโ€™s prize.
      Fortunately, she told us about this adventure well after returning home because I found it scary as hellistan.

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      • mistermuse 7:09 pm on March 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for that interesting comment, Annie.

        As for the 53 degree temp in Hell, I’d blame it on global warming, but that sounds pretty frigid for Hell. In any case, Hell has frozen over in the past, as you can see among the pix in the link which follows the post’s 3rd paragraph….istan.

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    • Elizabeth 3:59 pm on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      After you have visited Hell you can come to Satan’s Kingdom in Connecticut. It is located quite near to Devil’s Hopyard!

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      • mistermuse 6:21 pm on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The name Devil’s Hopyard sounds vaguely familiar — I think I may have been there on one of my vacations trips East decades ago. In any case, we’re going through enough hell since Trump’s election to the Presidency, and with the corona virus right now….so I regret that I can’t accept your invitation, Elizabeth.

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    • eswini 5:50 pm on March 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      These days, the two hellish companions would probably just send each other to Coronastan ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Bitter laugh.

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    • masercot 10:07 am on March 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      People in Hell tell each other to go to Amarillo. Way worse than Hell…

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    • barkinginthedark 3:42 pm on April 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Go to D.C.? continue…

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      • mistermuse 6:41 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Since Trump went to D.C., the whole country has gone to Hellistan. If we can survive 7 more months, we will realize as never before the meaning of Martin Luther King’s FREE AT LAST! FREE AT LAST! THANK GOD ALMIGHTY, WE’RE FREE AT LAST!

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    • JosieHolford 6:02 am on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      People in hell say: “Go to tRump’s America.”

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      • mistermuse 9:23 am on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        ….and no doubt they’re also praying that tRump goes to heaven when he dies, as hell is unbearable enough without him making it more so.

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    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera 11:05 am on April 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      To New Jersey! Great sounds, love that New Orleans music…one of my favourite cities in the US…great post!
      Cheers!

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      • mistermuse 12:37 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Francisco. There’s nothing like New Orleans music to lift the spirit in dispirited times! New Orleans is one of my favorite cities as well (and BRAVO for San FRANCISCO too)! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        • Francisco Bravo Cabrera 12:39 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink

          Yes, you are absolutely right abut that! Music is a special remedy for the spirit that always works! Love New Orleans and been to San Francisco only once and I loved it, the architecture, the layout of the city and the gorgeous bay! Great city!
          Greetings from my city,
          Valencia, Spain,
          Francisco

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    • mistermuse 12:44 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

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    • Silver Screenings 4:59 pm on April 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This song is another fab piece you’ve introduced me to. I listened to it twice in a row. Thanks!

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