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  • mistermuse 11:56 am on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , leadership, letters to the editor,   

    LETTER PERFECT 

    I am one of those increasingly rare and slowly-becoming-extinct creatures who still gets the local newspaper delivered to his home each morning, usually reading it spread out on the kitchen table (the newspaper, not me) while eating breakfast. I read some parts of the paper more thoroughly than others, but usually give LETTERS TO THE EDITOR just a cursory glance….unless a letter’s heading arouses my interest and incites a reading. Today, one such heading did just that, and the letter (in response to another writer’s letter) so perfectly expressed what I feel that I want to share it with my readers:

    Yes, Trump is our leader, but we don’t follow him blindly

    Regarding the letter, “We’re all on one team with one captain and one objective” (March 28): [that writer] wrote we need to “put aside our political hatred” and follow our “captain” (President Donald Trump) in this coronavirus crisis, as [that writer] did when he played football.
    But what if your captain had never even played before and said, “I don’t believe you all need helmets. The other team is a hoax. The scorekeepers are the enemies of the people. This game will be two quarters, then we’ll get back to work. Don’t listen to my coaches. I’m a football genius.”
    Would you still follow him blindly?

    I will close here, since the letter speaks for itself. I only hope it speaks to you.

     

     

     

     
    • magickmermaid 1:58 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Loud and clear! 🙂

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

      Sometimes we get the right leader at the right time. Lincoln during the Civil War. Roosevelt in WWII. Kennedy fir the Cuban Missile Crisis.
      And then there’s Trump.
      Need I say more?
      😳

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:44 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent analogy.

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    • arekhill1 2:49 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Unspeakably self-centered yapping yam…sorry, just thinking out loud, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 4:26 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The poor yapping yam obviously can’t help himself, Ricardo (except try to help himself get re-elected, which is at the bottom of everything he says and does — and I do mean “bottom”).

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    • josephurban 3:37 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The answer to the last question. YES, many stooges will follow him blindly.

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    • obbverse 4:04 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      C’mon Muse, doncha remember Donny? He played- little league stuff- mostly on the bench due to bone spurs or something?- that big headed tight end with the tiny hands and short attention span? latest events prove he MUST have played some- there’s lots of evidence of severe concussions.

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      • mistermuse 4:34 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m just the messenger (not the letter-writer), but I do happen to know a bit of his boy-background because a former follower of this blog knew him then and supports him now (which is why, after I satirized Trump a few times, he is no longer a follower).

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    • annieasksyou 4:19 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Sure does (speak to me). And I wish the clever respondent had pointed out that our “captain” is certainly not acting as though we all have one objective. Therein lies part of this rolling disaster.

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      • mistermuse 4:44 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The saddest part is that some victims of the virus have died because of Trump’s gross unfitness for office. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that Obama would’ve dealt with this a lot sooner and more effectively than Trump.

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        • annieasksyou 8:06 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink

          Not only sad—despicable and inhumane! And still fighting Schumer about the need for nationwide coordination to end FEMA bidding against the governors while profiteers jack up the prices of lifesaving equipment. Breathe in, breathe out!

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        • mistermuse 9:24 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink

          Trump’s presidency is, and has been since day one, all about HIM. The truly saddest part is that almost half of Americans either can’t see him for who he is, or don’t think what they see matters more than what they hold dear (such as anti-immigrant policies, unlimited gun rights, appointment of conservative judges, and other right-wing and evangelical priorities).

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    • restlessjo 5:56 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He is a dangerous man. I don’t know where you found him, but I wish you’d put him back! And I am the most unpolitical of people. Stay safe over there! 🙂 🙂

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 6:18 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Trump stinks.

      Be well. Stay safe.

      Neil S.

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      • mistermuse 7:09 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I used to think skunks stink, until Trump came along. Now I realize that skunks are mere amateurs.

        Take care, Neil.

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    • calmkate 7:24 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sorry for the destruction he has wrecked upon your country and now so many will die … always said he stuffed you up more than enemy could and this proves it!

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    • Elizabeth 7:48 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Well he learned from Hoover I think. “Prosperity is just around the corner.” I read the paper every morning too.

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      • mistermuse 9:51 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I would agree, except that Trump is undoubtedly one of the least well-read Presidents in history and probably doesn’t know Hoover said that (or much of anything else about Hoover, for that matter). But I’m glad to hear that you’re a newspaper reader — a hundred years from now, newspapers will probably be an all-but-forgotten curiosity, like the silent movies of a hundred years ago are today.

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    • masercot 5:07 am on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t have said it better myself…

      … but, that won’t keep me from trying…

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    • mistermuse 2:48 pm on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The writer of said letter will be glad to hear that. As for me, I didn’t realize how perfectly comments echo across Blog Valley, even over some distance and after some time. I hope Trump doesn’t start using this venue and sticks to Twitter (which I’m not on), as I can’t stand his comments the first time.

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    • Shruti pandey 2:10 am on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The football game example? Excellent 👏

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    • Catherine Haustein 12:21 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll follow science during a pandemic, thank you, letter writer. And please stay inside.

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    • barkinginthedark 6:43 pm on April 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      what a perfectly apt analogy. God, i hate this ghoul! continue…

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      • mistermuse 10:34 pm on April 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know whether hating such a sick and pathetic creature as Trump is worth giving him more fodder as a target/victim of so-called “never Trumpers”….but who can blame Trump haters for why they hate him? I think Trump must be stood up to in no uncertain terms, but tempered by a cool head which doesn’t stoop to Trump’s level to the point of losing the high ground.

        Anyway, who am I to talk after all the potshots I’ve taken at him (but without using the “h” word).

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    • barkinginthedark 6:43 pm on April 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      P.S.And be well. continue…

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    • SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻‍♀️ 3:47 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice blog 💚

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    • Garfield Hug 10:25 am on April 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      👏👏👍👍

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  • mistermuse 12:04 am on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: autocracy, , character, , , megalomaniac, , , political grandstanding, shame, standards   

    AMERICA’S STOLEN AGE: A BAD ACTOR WITH NO CHARACTER 

    We interrupt our HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE series (featuring class character actors) for this broken news:
    America’s misbegotten President, in the person of His Majesty Donald ‘Putin T. Barnum’ Trump — a bad actor with no class and even less character — has been assaulting the Constitution and committing autocracy before our very eyes, to the wild applause of his adoring audience, while the rest of us have been mostly played for patsies and suckered into passive, if not paralyzed, acquiescence.

    Did we really believe this megalomaniac’s promises, lies and outlandish exaggerations? Did we really think “make America great again” was ever anything more than bald-faced political grandstanding? No person of character treats his fellow men, women and children as this man does — did we really not see and/or care that his bullying, bragging, dehumanizing rhetoric and self-serving behavior were leading the country into a downward spiral of moral pointlessness?  News Flash: we have gotten the President, role model, and “new normal” that we deserve, and have been complicit by our failure to turn back his theft of America’s promise. Shame on us who have no shame.

    We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming (as of our next post).

     

     
    • leggypeggy 1:21 am on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Many people watched on in horror. Clinton got more votes. The Electoral College is part of the problem. Electoral reform is so badly needed.

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    • obbverse 2:48 am on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This is one bad actor in a third rate production you’d wish would just wrap up, and soon.

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    • calmkate 7:51 am on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      a true horror show that can’t end well 😦 😦 😦

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      • mistermuse 9:23 am on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Not ending well still beats not ending at all, where Trump’s reign is concerned….granted that the end won’t be pretty and the aftermath will be like recovering from a devastating natural disaster.

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        • calmkate 4:07 pm on October 27, 2019 Permalink

          from outside it looks like it’s permanent damage, that recovery is near impossible 😦

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    • Rivergirl 10:13 am on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Someone needs to tell the Emperor he’s not wearing any clothes. Although the mere thought of that mental image makes me cringe.

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    • Elizabeth 5:33 pm on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I have thought of Barnum from the beginning. I love the way you merged his name with the Donald’s.

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    • Infidel753 11:50 am on October 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I don’t think those of us who voted for Hillary deserve it. And there’s not much the average person can do until next November — all we could do was vote last November for a Congress that would try to restrain him, and we did.

      The Electoral College should have been dealt with decades ago before the country got so polarized. But now, the Republicans know they essentially have no chance at the presidency without it (since 1988 a Republican candidate has won the popular vote only once, in 2004, and that was an incumbent running for re-election in wartime), and there’s really no hope of getting two-thirds of each House plus 38 state legislatures to pass an amendment abolishing it. Making DC and Puerto Rico states (with electoral votes) would help, but that’s about it.

      Everyone but the hard-core Trumpanzees now knows Trump is a con man and a vicious character. And more people are wise to Tin-of-Pu’s propaganda tricks. We should be able to get this done next year.

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      • mistermuse 12:55 pm on October 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Point well taken, but I think even some “who voted for Hillary” have failed to fully come to grips with the extent of the disaster Trump is wreaking on this country morally, politically, culturally, legally (no man is above the law) and in just about every way possible. We can only hope that the “new normal” will become nothing more than a bad dream sooner rather than later.

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    • mlrover 12:08 pm on October 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Loved it when the play-off crowd lifted up a banner with Veterans for Impeachment and started to chant Lock him up. Karma can be a wonderful bitch.

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    • mistermuse 12:38 pm on October 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You said it, mirover! If I had been there, it would have been worth the price of admission alone to join in that chant. As Jackie Gleason (remember him?) used to say at the end of his TV shows, HOW SWEET IT IS!

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    • Marietta Rodgers 4:28 pm on October 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Well, the House just passed an Impeachment Inquiry Resolution, so I guess we will follow this winding road from hell and see where it leads.

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      • mistermuse 6:46 pm on October 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Probably back to the hell of a continuing Trump presidency until Jan. 2021, when he leaves the White House kicking and screaming after losing the Nov. 2020 election. Not a single House Republican voted for the Resolution, and I’ll be very surprised if Senate Republicans aren’t almost as unanimous in giving Trump a GET OUT OF JAIL FREE when it’s their turn.

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    • The Coastal Crone 4:29 pm on October 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, he is not a real actor – only a bad reality tv personality. Good post!

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      • mistermuse 6:56 pm on October 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        More like a bad reality tv poisonality (sponsored by the GOP) in his effect on the country.

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  • mistermuse 11:30 am on September 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply  

    BREAK TIME 

    I am taking a rest break from blogging for an indefinite period, including a complete break from posting. I hope to check in on your posts from time to time, but if I don’t comment, it won’t be because I’ve lost interest in what you have to say. Thank you for your interest in what I’ve had to say, and I will look forward to ‘next time.’

     
    • scifihammy 11:58 am on September 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Aw Though I have ‘Liked’ your post to show I have read it, I will miss your posts.
      I hope that all is well and we will be here for when you return. 🙂
      Have a good rest.

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    • Garfield Hug 12:21 pm on September 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I will miss your posts. I “liked” this post not because I will like your absence. Take care and I hope all is good☺

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    • Invisibly Me 1:00 pm on September 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’m sad to read this, but I can understand the need for a blogging break. I do hope you make a return at some point in the future (never say never..!) It will be a shame to not see you on here posting, but you need to do what’s right for you. I do hope everything is okay… Take good care of yourself, and ‘don’t be a stranger’! xx

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:04 pm on September 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      May your break be all you hope it would be 🙂

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    • GP Cox 4:06 pm on September 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t worry about us, we’ll be here waiting for you. Everyone needs time off at some point!!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 4:36 pm on September 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Will await your return.
      Take care.
      Good luck.

      Neil S.

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    • nicknicklambert 8:43 pm on September 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoy the break!

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    • Paul Sunstone 12:46 am on September 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoy your break! But I sure am going to miss your witty posts.

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    • calmkate 6:25 am on September 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I will miss you, hope all is well, take care lovely man 🙂

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 8:27 am on September 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Peace, mistermuse… May you find health, happiness and joy wherever you go, and know that you truly will be missed while you are gone from our site… ;D

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    • inesephoto 4:51 pm on September 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hope all is well. Take your time.

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    • masercot 9:43 am on September 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t click “Like” because I don’t want you to go away; but, recharge, refresh and come back…

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    • Silver Screenings 5:54 pm on September 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I hope your break will be rejuvenating and will be what you need it to be.

      As others have said, I didn’t click “Like” because you’re taking a break, I’m just showing support. Take good care!

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:08 pm on November 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I had to pop back and make sure you were okay. Breaks are often necessary and good for us. I hope you are well and look forward to your return.

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    • mistermuse 12:16 am on November 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Diana. Among other things, I had a persistent ‘bug’ which has finally had enough of me. Hope to catch up with your blog posts shortly.

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    • America On Coffee 3:13 am on January 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      And you are back… Happy New Year if AOC has not imparted already. Hope all is going well. Best wishes and cheers!

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  • mistermuse 2:24 pm on April 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    POST-PONED 

     

    They say everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. Well, I’m doing something about it — due to having to deal with problems arising from torrential rains here last Sunday, I’m postponing my next scheduled post from April 20 to April 25 because I’ve not had time to even think about what I want to write about. I can’t promise “double the pleasure” on April 25 to make up for going AWOL on April 20, but hopefully Mother Nature will provide a flood of inspiration to make up for causing a flood of aggravation the past four days. 😦

     
    • arekhill1 4:03 pm on April 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to hear you’re suffering from a washout there in Ohio, Sr. Muse. Comfort yourself that it probably won’t be followed by seven years of drought, because that’s a California thing.

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      • mistermuse 6:04 pm on April 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ricardo. The washout may be over, but I’m still suffering from aches in muscles I didn’t even know I had (from patching leaky basement walls with hydraulic cement, airing out soaked basement carpet caused by a failed sump pump, etc.).

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    • Don Frankel 4:28 pm on April 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Too bad you couldn’t call on this guy Muse.

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    • Margarita 5:19 pm on April 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hope to read you’re warm and dry by then! 😉 xoM

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    • calmkate 8:24 pm on April 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Bad floods over here also, we have several areas designated ‘disaster’ areas. Good luck with your battles.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 5:09 pm on April 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      What a wet year. Stay dry and I hope it stops soon for both of us.

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    • Lavinia Ross 7:45 pm on April 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I am sorry to hear about your flooded basement. That is a lot of work and no fun. Rest up and stay dry!

      We’ve had a wetter, and cooler, than normal spring out here this year.

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    • mistermuse 11:09 pm on April 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks to all for your comments and good wishes. Fortunately the overflow from the failed sump pump was caught in time to prevent anything more than soaked carpet, and hydraulic cement does an excellent job of plugging leaks in basement walls, so it could’ve been a lot worse. Now if only the grass would stop growing like crazy from all the rain, I could look forward to a restful weekend!

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    • scifihammy 8:24 am on April 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to hear of your deluge and wish you could send some of that rain our way, as we have a severe drought.
      Also – good to know you are doing something about the weather 🙂

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      • mistermuse 9:02 am on April 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I confess I engaged in a bit of poetic license when I said I’m doing something about the weather. Actually, I’m doing something as a RESULT of the weather. So Mother Nature gets the last laugh after all ( just like most females — haha). 🙂

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    • BroadBlogs 4:39 pm on April 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Ha, ha! Good idea to do something about it. 🙂

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    • Mark Scheel 3:58 pm on April 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      Sorry to learn of your basement/water problems. Have issues there myself; the sump pump won’t shut itself off, so I have to keep it unplugged and when it rains I rush to the basement and periodically plug and unplug the thing. Someday I’m sure I’ll short out and shock myself to death, but there’re worse ways to go. Also, I’ve been offline for a while with health issues for myself and wife both. Ah me. It’s always something. Now trying to catch up.

      May your carpet dry and grass get cut.

      Mark

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    • Bespoke Traveler 4:19 pm on April 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I hope you are recovering from the torrential rains and their aftermath.

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    • mistermuse 5:24 pm on April 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Carpet has dried, grass got cut, and sump pump has been replaced, so I’m ready for another monster storm (though I’d just as soon not have Mother Nature rain so copiously on my parade next time). Mark, it sounds like you should get your sump pump replaced also — I’d hate to see you get a bigger charge out of life than you can handle.

      Good health to you and yours in the future.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: birthday card shopping, grandchildren, grandparenting, , , , , , sweet sixteen,   

    MISS MOLLY SPECIAL 

    Today is the birthday of a VERY SPECIAL MISS in the lives of mister & missus muse ….and, a very SPECIAL BIRTHDAY as well, for it’s Molly’s sixteenth. Yes, by golly, Miss Molly turns sweet sixteen today, and if I do say so, no sweeter girl has ever turned sixteen — and I do say so, because she has been part of our lives each and every one of those years. But little did we know this would be the case on June 5, 2000, when our next-door neighbor brought her into the world.

    We had just moved into the neighborhood nine months before Miss Molly arrived. Not long thereafter, during a get-together at our house, Molly’s parents asked us a question. Our answer would turn out to lead to enriching the rest of our lives: they asked us if we would take care of Molly on weekdays while they were at work. Although retired, we had plenty to keep us busy….but we said yes, and the rest is her story. Before we knew it, she became the ‘grandchild’ we didn’t have, just as close and dear to us as if she were our own.

    Those first pre-school years remain particularly cherishable (if that’s a new word, there’s no extra charge) as she grew from babyhood and toddlerhood into the little girl I played games (and yes, dolls) with for hours. What an old softy she made of me! On 3/17/04 we began keeping track of her height (3’5″ tall) on a basement wall; the last of many such lines on that wall is dated 3/16/15 (5’4″) — a mark, you might symbolically infer, of how she continued to grow on us as the years slipped by.

    After she started school, she and her older brother were with us for only a few hours after school each day during the school year, but in summer, it was back to full-time grandparenting, including outings to parks, miniature golf, and other venues. Now, all of a sudden, her brother is on active duty in the military, she is taking driving lessons, and I’m a veteran of sizing up Happy 16th Birthday cards, seeking just the right one. Time flies when you’re having fun. 🙂

    I would show pix of Miss Molly but, considering I haven’t told her I was writing this post, that’s not in the cards without her OK. So I hope that instead of a picture being worth a thousand words, in this instance only 421 words will be worth a picture….or perhaps (with love) just four words:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MISS MOLLY!

     
    • leggypeggy 12:17 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful post and what a wonderful experience you’ve had being ‘grandparents’ to Molly.

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    • Carmen 5:50 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Those lucky children! :). Beneficial relationship all the way ’round! They do grow up, eh?

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    • scifihammy 6:21 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful story! 🙂 And how marvellous to be adoptive grandparents all this time.
      Happy Birthday to Miss Molly 🙂

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 6:28 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is a heart touching experience with Miss Molly. Read the title and my first thought was the song Good golly MISS MOLLY performed by James Brown and other rock n roll stars. I liked your story very much. It showed us the paternal side if you.

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      • mistermuse 7:26 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I also was reminded of GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY. As for my paternal side, Miss Molly brought (and still brings) it out naturally — all I had to do was let it happen. How could I resist? 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 7:31 am on June 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Funny I thought immediately of Good Golly Miss Molly but then I sort of remembered and looked up the lyrics. Not right for the occasion. Just little too suggestive. But Happy Birthday Molly and God Bless.

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    • Joseph Nebus 12:51 am on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Aw, congratulations to her!

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      • mistermuse 9:54 am on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I thank you for her! As for me, I got my congratulations yesterday in the form of a big hug from Molly after she read this post.

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    • Richard Cahill 10:09 am on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Best birthday wishes to your grandchild, Sr. Muse. May she grow up to be beautiful and wise.

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    • mistermuse 10:17 am on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, my friend. If I may expand upon your good wishes: May she grow up to be what she already is.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:48 am on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This is really sweet. I’m sure you’ve meant as much to her as she has to you. Being surrounded by loving and supportive adults is a gift to any child 😀 Happy b-day to Molly!

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 12:04 pm on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I was lucky to have four daughters, And now a granddaughter and a great granddaughter. I know how important reliable good men are to a girl. So Happy Birthday Molly and Congratulations to her and you and your wife.

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      • mistermuse 12:56 pm on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate your comment, Diana. There is more background to this story than I posted, but suffice it to say it turned out to be the best win-win result I could have imagined.

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    • mistermuse 1:04 pm on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you again, Michaeline. May your daughters, granddaughter and great granddaughter continue to bring you joy….as well as your great great granddaughters to come! 🙂

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    • Little Monster Girl 11:01 pm on June 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That’s awesome! Happy birthday to Molly! 🍰🎂🍧🍦🍡

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    • mistermuse 7:03 am on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the comment….and the awesome emoticons!

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    • painkills2 7:57 am on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s the year 2019, and President Trump has decreed that anyone creating new words must pay for the privilege. Since cherishable has 11 letters, that will be $11 million dollars, payable to Donald Trump Incorporated. (Did you hear that President Trump just purchased South America? It was a cash sale, so according to Decree #69, no taxes were incurred.) 🙂

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    • mistermuse 8:47 am on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Just seeing the words “President” and “Trump” combined is enough to ruin my day….but, for Molly’s sake, I forgive you. 🙂

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      • painkills2 9:36 am on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        C’mon, admit it: Seeing those two words together scared the bejesus out of you. I know I’m feeling a little nauseated just from typing them. 🙂

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    • RMW 1:52 pm on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      At first I thought this was going to be a dog or a cat but when you said 5’4″ I thought maybe a giraffe? What a wonderful experience for you and your “grandchild.” Not everybody would want to take on that responsibility but seems like it worked out all around!

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    • mistermuse 3:21 pm on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Molly may not be a dog or cat, but she certainly is a ‘dear’ – and I’m just a (not so) big teddy bear where she’s concerned! 🙂

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    • BroadBlogs 6:41 pm on June 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy sweet 16th to Miss Molly!

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    • eths 12:50 am on June 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Lovely story and what a wonderful way to exchange love.

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    • mistermuse 6:34 am on June 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. Like the old song says,
      What the world needs now
      is love, sweet love….

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    • Garfield Hug 5:52 am on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So lovely of mister and missus muse to take on “grand parenting” – you are like her host grand parents! Happy birthday to miss Molly and blessings on you both for the love and friendship you give her😊

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      • mistermuse 7:41 am on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks so much. Every child needs to grow up feeling loved and appreciated for who he or she is. I don’t know of anything more important.

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    • restlessjo 3:01 pm on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What a lovely tribute to her. Long may you enjoy your ‘grandchildren’. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:31 pm on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. I hope to enjoy them for at least another 16 years, by which time I’ll probably be too old to enjoy anything else. 🙂

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    • inesephoto 6:05 pm on June 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What a wonderful story! You and Miss Molly enriched each other’s life. It wasn’t a coincidence that you met sixteen year ago 🙂

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    • heidi ruckriegel 8:01 am on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      A real village to raise a child! Lucky Miss Molly. I have two grown-up kids and have just become a grandmother. It’s a whole new experience.

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      • mistermuse 9:25 am on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        It does indeed take a village to raise a child. If only more politicians would become part of that village by looking out for the interests of children as much as they look out for their own interests.
        P.S. Congrats on becoming a new grandmother!

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  • mistermuse 10:21 am on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: combat veterans, Thank you for your service, veterans   

    NO PROBLEM? 

    What is your reaction (if any) when you see someone say to a military man, “Thank you for your service.” You probably don’t think of it in terms of how “fashionable” it is, but I don’t recall it being said with such ubiquity (if at all) a decade ago. Certainly no one ever thanked me for my service in the early 1960s and, if they had, it would’ve made me feel awkward….not so much because I was drafted and served during a period “between wars” (a stranger seeing me in uniform wouldn’t know that), but because even if I had been in combat, why should I be thanked for surviving a situation which I had no choice being put in?

    These thoughts were brought to the forefront for me by a New York Times article last week by Matt Richtel in which he related being told “No problem” after thanking a veteran for his service….but the vet’s expression/reaction said there was a problem. It seems that not all vets appreciate what one on them calls the “thank you for your service phenomenon.” For them, “the thanks come across as shallow, disconnected, a reflective offering from people who, while meaning well, have no clue what soldiers did over there….and who never would have gone themselves or sent their own sons and daughters.”

    “To these vets, thanking soldiers for their service symbolizes the ease of sending a volunteer army to wage war at great distance — physically, spiritually, economically. It raises questions of the meaning of patriotism, shared purpose and, pointedly, what you’re supposed to say to those who put their lives on the line and are uncomfortable about being thanked for it.”

    I suppose that’s why I can’t help being a bit cynical when I see politicians saying “Thank you for your service” to a man or woman in uniform. Unless you’ve walked the walk (like, for example, former Vietnamese POW, Senator John McCain), what authority does one have to talk the talk? Wouldn’t it seem less smarmy if a political office holder (who humbly wants to thank a vet) said something like, “If I may speak on behalf of the people of my state/district, I want to thank you for your service.”

    Perhaps that kind of “meaning well” would help make it less of a problem….if not “No problem.”

     

     

     

     
    • arekhill1 11:06 am on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Here in San Diego, it’s the land of “Thank you for your service.” The PA guy says it at baseball games. Like all public platitudes and pieties, I ignore it, because I’m an anti-social jerk. But, hey, everybody’s got to be something.

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    • mistermuse 1:48 pm on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That’s exactly how I see it, Ricardo – as a public piety. I suppose the argument could be made that such pieties are the best we can come up with (not unlike saying “Sorry for your loss” at a funeral), and doesn’t mean they’re insincere….to which I say sincerity is important but not sufficient. Some of the biggest demagogues in history have been sincere.

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    • Don Frankel 3:25 pm on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Gratuitous would be the best way to describe. “Thank you for your service.” But that would be too kind. I think we live in an age of unbridled narcissism and the speaker in these situations thinks their sentiments are so profound that the person receiving them will be thrilled.

      As I’ve mentioned I got a high number in the draft lottery and that was 1969, so that is my Viet Nam War story. So maybe if I said thank you for letting me sit home and be safe all my life, while you almost got yourself killed on my behalf would be more sincere. Or at least it would be more accurate.

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      • Joseph Nebus 7:59 pm on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        As I’ve mentioned I got a high number in the draft lottery and that was 1969, so that is my Viet Nam War story. So maybe if I said thank you for letting me sit home and be safe all my life, while you almost got yourself killed on my behalf would be more sincere. Or at least it would be more accurate.

        That puts me in mind of a great scene in an early episode of Taxi, where Reverend Jim talks about how he was the living embodiment of The Sixties and went with everything, “even if I didn’t know what it was”. And then Tony chews him out, saying, Jim was only able to do all that nonsense because he was over in Vietnam doing his fighting for him, and what do you say to that?

        Jim brightly says, “Thanks!” and Tony nods a little, all anger dissipated, and says, “You’re welcome.”

        Anyway, on the “thank you for your service” matter, well, I’m suspicious of all mass-market emotions, this one not excepted, and I do suspect that the effort to market “say thank you to veterans! They’re better people than you!” is an effort to get all the benefits of a large and ever-more-active military without acknowledging or even paying the costs that inflicts on the people and the Republic.

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    • mistermuse 5:34 pm on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t agree more that we live in an age of unbridled narcissism, Don. I’d try to make a joke of it now, but it’s not funny….well, maybe it is funny, if one is a fatalist, so I’ll take a rain check and hope to live long enough to write another day.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 8:36 pm on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I have a similar but stranger story. When I lived in Fairfield Ohio, I was a volunteer squadron leader with four cadets and involved with the Civil Air Patrol. I also was a cadet myself in high school since I liked aviation. Knowing how cold the Ohio winters are, I ordered a double knit cap with the Air Force logo on the front. Thought nothing wrong with wearing it since I was a bit proud of my service to the community.
        One evening I was shopping with my husband at a Meijer superstore. Riding in the store cart since my replacements were stiff, I picked up a copy of a DVD I saw at the checkout. Clumsy me, it slipped out of my hand and I tried to retrieve it. Suddenly a very nice gentlemen in his 40’s or 50’s stooped to pick it up and put the errant DVD in my hand.
        Looking at my cap with the Air force logo while I was seated there all dressed in my favorite color of blue, he must have assumed I had been in the military. He then said meekly, “Thank you for your service.” I was taken aback and said the first thing that came to my mind which was, “Just doing my job, Sir.”
        True story. I am not ashamed for accepting his thanks. After all, one of my cadets joined the Air Force and became an excellent pilot who served his country well.

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    • mistermuse 10:07 pm on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve long questioned the wisdom of the old saying “What you don’t know can’t hurt you,” but in the case of the “very nice gentleman,” it fits perfectly. He didn’t need to know the truth about what he assumed, and it didn’t hurt him a bit for you not to tell him. Nice story, Michaeline.

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    • Mélanie 3:31 am on February 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I read NYT almost every day… see what you mean… btw, I love Maureen Dowd’s articles and guess what: she’s a Cappy gal, like me! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:55 am on February 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Maureen Dowd? I would’ve thought you were more the George Will/Charles Krauthammer type! 🙂

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on August 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: August 8, incurable disease, , Severe ME Awareness Day   

    THIS IS ALL ABOUT ME 

    Actually, this post is not about ME (as in “me, myself and I”) — it’s about ME, as in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

    Why this post, and why today? The reason is simple: August 8 is SEVERE ME AWARENESS DAY; my adult youngest daughter has severe ME, and she has asked that I use the occasion to call attention to the subject for her. Purpose? To spread knowledge of this affliction, because most people aren’t familiar with ME.

    That’s not a pun — it’s a debilitating and (thus far) incurable disease which has left her unable to support herself or live unassisted for over 20 years. As if that’s not ill-fated enough….well, I’ll let these links do the explaining:

    http://www.25megroup.org/campaigning_Severe_ME_Day.html

    ME vs. CFS – They’re Not The Same!

    They say it’s the thought that counts. If so, think of someone you love, with this disease. Then think of your loved one’s condition not being taken seriously by the medical establishment because “it’s all in your head” — as if any normal human being would choose to see his or her life’s desires and talents laid waste, in order to get out of working for a living and having a full, rewarding life.

    What are they thinking?

     

     

     
    • Michaeline Montezinos 12:38 am on August 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      mistermuse, I was profoundly affected by your ME post. I did read all the information that I could about this horrible disease. I was once involved, as you may recall, with Cancer Research as part of a grant while I attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.. I am now informed about the difference between ME and CFS. I do think some who called themselves “doctors” should not be practicing medicine. I had a liver condition that was misdiagnosed as melanoma, a type of cancer. I saw another doctor and was told I needed a hip puncture test if my platelets dropped too low.I said NO! Found out she was milking Medicare and other insurance companies by running extra tests on her patients. I complained about both of these quacks. One was not paid a thousand dollars for my last appointment.and the other was asked to quietly resign. Can I help in some way to make this tragic disease get more research done as soon as possible?. Research takes years and the sooner we begin, perhaps we can find a cure or at least a way to deal with ME.

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      • rielyn 9:56 am on August 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Michaeline, I’m mistermuse’s daughter, thank you for reading and thanks Dad for such a great post! I’m so sorry for what you went through with your medical mistreatment and hope things are better for you now. And yes, sadly there are corrupt doctors and administrators who bilk Medicare/Medicaid and there are those who would sweep illnesses under the rug to avoid the high costs of research and paying out disability benefits, but I believe those are the few and that these problems come from the top down. Most doctors are not corrupt but working with bad information and the best thing people can do to help is to get the correct information out to as many people as possible. Renaming ME to CFS in the 80s was done to trivialize the illness so no one would be concerned about the lack of research and patient support.

        There are a few doctors who specialize in ME – although even they often still refer to it as CFS as that was the only name used in this country for so many years. Over two dozen of them, using data from 50,000 patients, created new criteria to define and diagnose ME. The International Consensus Criteria were published in the Journal of Internal Medicine in 2011 (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2796.2011.02428.x/full), however instead of adopting these criteria the US dept. of Health and Human Services is now appointing a committee to create its own. The only other time this has been done was with the Gulf War Illness, and it didn’t go well.

        Good research can’t be done without accurate criteria to correctly identify and study people who actually have the illness being studied. The biggest problem we have right now is that the conflation of ME and CFS – two separate categories with separate criteria and definitions – has caused much confusion with research being done on mixed patient groups.

        Another thing to help right now would be to support the effort to stop this new HHS committee redefinition and adopt criteria agreed upon by an international group of ME specialists. There is a petition that can be signed here. https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_the_HHSIOM_contract_and_accept_the_CCC_definition_of_ME/

        Thank you so much for your interest and your help!

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        • Michaeline Montezinos 12:53 pm on August 8, 2014 Permalink

          I signed the petition although I have not been officially diagnosed as having ME. However, I think some doctors may have considered that I could have CFS. I know most doctors are trying to do the best they can with the enormous amount of material they need to study in order to keep up with the latest research, However, I agree with you, dear daughter of the muse, that the two conditions should be separated while doing research on each medical problem.
          Thank you for your response to my reply. There is so much we can learn by having an open mind. I hope your condition does not keep you from fighting for this cause. I am keeping you in my prayers, if you don’t mind. I am fine by the way and I appreciate your concern.
          Sincerely,
          Michaeline Montezinos

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    • rielyn 10:08 am on August 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Michaeline. I’m glad you’re ok and I appreciate your comments and your prayers. 🙂

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  • mistermuse 12:08 am on May 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CEO compensation, corporate payouts, health benefits, pensions, retirement planning   

    PROMISES, PROMISES 

    The following is from a recent letter to the editor of the local newspaper. It appears as published, except for the omission of one short paragraph which is relatively extraneous, and of the name of the old established, large company which employed the retiree :

    I am a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, and I retired from [company name] in 1994 for a small pension plus health benefits.
    We fought for those benefits for years. [Company] took away my health benefits in January, saying they could not afford it anymore.
    The retired CEO of 10 years received $9 million plus a million shares of stock. The new CEO starts at $747,000 per year and 1.1 million shares of stock, in addition to a big bonus.
    As a veteran and devoted employee of the company for 40 years, I deserve my promised benefits.

    The moral (if that’s the right word) of the story? Any loyal employee who thinks this kind of stuff only happens on Wall Street had better think again, not put too much stock in corporate promises, and sock away a few million spare dollars just in case you don’t work your way up to CEO before you retire.

     

     

      

     
    • arekhill1 10:26 am on May 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What kind of un-American nonsense is this? We live in the land of equality, and the CEO who takes away your pension deserves to make every bit as much as the banker who made your IRA evaporate.

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    • mistermuse 12:45 pm on May 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve re-read the letter to the editor with fresh eyes, and it appears that the company took away “only” the retiree’s health benefits, not also his small pension (which is probably more legally binding on the company than health benefits, but I have little doubt the company wouldn’t try to rescind his income as well, if it comes down to a choice between that and the executives getting theirs).

      That said, how can anyone justify taking away promised health care benefits of an elderly retiree who faithfully served his company and his country longer (probably a lot longer) than that multi-millionaire CEO?

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    • Don Frankel 7:55 am on May 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      You’ll have a pension and health care for the rest of your life. We can add that to check’s in the mail, you can’t get pregnant in this position and I won’t… we’ll stop that right here as this is a family channel. Funny though they told us the same thing when we got hired by NYC. I mean the pension and health care thing.

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      • mistermuse 12:17 pm on May 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Don, in the government/corporate world, it seems that all such things are filed under CIRCUMSTANCES ALTER CASES, rather than under BINDING PROMISES – MAKE THEM HAPPEN.

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  • mistermuse 7:48 am on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , January 14th, ,   

    TO MY HOUSE-BOUND YOUNGEST DAUGHTER ON HER BIRTHDAY 

    Happy Birthday, Little-Little —

    I love you without acquittal.

    Though you might

    Not be quite

    Fit as a fittle,

    It sure beats seeing

    Little One being

    In the hos-pital.

    Love,

    Dad

     
    • rielyn 4:44 pm on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Dad!
      xoxo 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 5:10 am on January 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Read twice a day and feel better.

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    • mistermuse 6:49 am on January 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      As my mother used to say, listen to the doctor. Thanks, Dr. Don!

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  • mistermuse 11:37 am on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bartenders, , booze, courts, frivilous lawsuits, lawsuits, wine   

    LAWYERS, LAWSUITS AND BEER 

    Many an alcoholic would go on the wagon if he could only find one with a bar.  –Evan Esar

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    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce recently came out with its list of the Top Ten Most Ridiculous Lawsuits of 2013:

    http://www.facesoflawsuitabuse.org/

    Of these, my favorite is the beer lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Boise, in which five inmates at the Idaho State Correctional Institution sued a number of brewers and wine makers for $1 billion in damages, claiming that alcohol led to their crimes and they weren’t warned that beer and wine can be addictive. In addition to monetary damages, the inmates demanded that Miller Brewing Company, Anheuser-Busch, E. and J. Gallo Winery and the other defendants put warning labels on their products informing consumers that they (presumably the products, not the consumers) are habit forming and addictive.

    Naturally, this has stirred up a vat full of righteous reaction from indignant guardians of the sacrosanct, who feel that there is no place in our judicial system for so-called frivilous lawsuits such as this. From where I shit — er, sit — I beg to dishagree…disagree. I shay let ’em sue, and furthermore, bartender, I hereby appoint you judge to make chertain the defendants get a fair trial before you find ’em guilty and shentence them to shupply free beer and wine for life to all lifers, as well as temporary inmates.

    Now, I can already hear objections that if you think prisons are overcrowded now, just think of all the law-abiding booze swillers out there who will want to be in there, swilling free beer to their heart’s alcoholic content.  Admittedly, this will result in a major increase in the crime rate with continuous repeat offenders, but prisons will be much less costly to maintain, with few or no guards, and the only bars will be of the non-steel variety….and with self-serve, even bartenders could be dispensed with.

    Oops — that last part was a schlip of the tongue. Bartenders are indispenshable. Forget everything I shaid. I already have.

     
    • arekhill1Ricardo 11:50 am on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Some sobering thoughts, Sr. Muse, and I was already feeling guilty for working instead of drinking.

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    • mistermuse 1:56 pm on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I just had a sobering thought myself, Ricardo – I originally intended to include lawyer humor in this post, but it didn’t fit in as the post developed, and now I realize I should’ve removed the word LAWYERS from the title….but rather than change the title, here’s a postscript: A lawyer is someone who keeps someone else from getting your money.

      Funny how it doesn’t seem so funny now that I’m sober

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    • Don Frankel 2:29 pm on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, anyone can curse the darkness but how many can light a candle? You not only have shined a light on a real problem, the addictive nature of alcohol but you’ve supplied the answer. And, I for one will drink to that.

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    • mistermuse 5:39 pm on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Now that you bring it up, Don, maybe you can get Dr. Don to do a post on what’s actually addictive and what (if anything) isn’t. It seems so many things are now considered addictive that weren’t in days of yore, that I don’t know whether the addiction explosion is due to advanced scientific diagnosis or to an addiction to calling practically anything that moves us an addiction. It’s all very confusing (especially after I drink to it).

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    • carmen 5:07 am on December 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      OK, just spewed my coffee on that one. . good thing it wasn’t later in the day; it would have been a waste of wine! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:44 am on December 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      The only danger with reading my posts first thing in the morning is that they might spoil the rest of the reader’s day. But I suppose that’s better than reading them late at night and causing nightmares. 🙂

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