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  • mistermuse 1:02 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Barack Obama, Charles Schulz, Erma Bombeck, , , , , John Lewis, , , , Saint Augustine   

    DON’T ASK 

    You Asked For It (according to my previous post) — but this post is a different story, so….


    By a weird coincidence, ASK ME NO QUESTIONS AND I’LL TELL YOU NO LIES (a quote attributed to 18th century Irish novelist, playwright and poet Oliver Goldsmith) is my springboard for this post of “Don’t Ask” quotes — thus sparing you the fate of my last post, which subjected you to some questionable poems.

    Let’s plunge right in with perhaps the most famous DON’T ASK quote (at least in America):

    “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” –John F. Kennedy

    Here’s another famous one (in jazz circles), leveled at squares:

    “If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.” –Louis Armstrong

    If you have a humorous bone in your body, the next three should bring a smile to your face:

    “Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask, Why me? Then a voice answers, Nothing personal, your name just happened to come up.” –Charles M. Schulz

    “Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people see things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.” –George Carlin

    “When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?’, it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” –Erma Bombeck

    Now for some serious stuff:

    “What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” –Saint Augustine

    “If you ask me whether the election of Barack Obama is the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream, I say, ‘No, it’s just a down payment.” –John Lewis

    To close, here’s a quote I like which is a stretch to fit the category, but since it’s the birthday of the author, don’t ask me to re-think its inclusion here:

    “Thinkers think and doers do. But until the thinkers do and the doers think, progress will be just another word in the already overburdened vocabulary.” –Francois de La Rochefoucauld (9/15/1613–3/17/1680)

    I think that does it for now. How’s that for progress?



    • rawgod 2:39 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If you don’t want to know the answer, please, don’t ask the question.

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      • mistermuse 6:51 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That would seem to be the badge of honor for Trump followers: you don’t want to know the answers because he already has them all.

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        • rawgod 7:58 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink

          Pretty much.
          I just completed a musical rewrite of an old song. I’m not publishing it yet, but if you send me an email I will let you be the first to tell me what you think of it. g-e-w-c-o-l-o-@-g-m-a-i-l-.-c-o-m. I think they call them parodies.

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    • calmkate 2:45 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol left me scratching my head, good one … love the song with the accordion!

      Now what is jazz? and what is time?
      must be the cue for a new rhyme …

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      • mistermuse 7:21 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Lawrence Welk must be turning over in his grave at such accordion blasphemy!

        This DON’T ASK post means mistermuse needn’t address such questions….
        However & nonetheless, Kate, if in distress, I’m open to readers’ suggestions.

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        • calmkate 7:36 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink

          Well not being one to miss opportunities … the best female jazz artists? thank Mr M

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        • mistermuse 6:56 pm on September 16, 2020 Permalink

          Kate, when it comes to “best female jazz artists,” I’ll start with a name almost all jazz lovers agree on: ELLA FITZGERALD. The rest of my (personal opinion) list will be names you’ve probably never heard of, belonging as they do to the long-past Golden Age of Popular Music: Mildred Bailey, The Boswell Sisters, Bea Wain, Midge Williams, Helen Forrest, Ethel Waters, Martha Tilton and of course, Billie Holiday (who you probably have heard of). A bit later (but still ancient history to those under 60), Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington were probably my post-WWII favorites.

          I sure I’ve left out a few names I should include, but the above will have to do for now..

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    • JosieHolford 7:18 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice haunting bit of accordion there.

      And then there’s this from Alice. B.Toklas on the last words of Gertrude Stein:
      In a letter she wrote about those last words

      “She said upon waking from a sleep—What is the question. And I didn’t answer thinking she was not completely awakened. Then she said again—What is the question and before I could speak she went on—If there is no question then there is no answer.”

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      • mistermuse 7:47 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for that thought-provoking comment, Josie. I’m thinking there is no answer, question or no question. Perhaps that’s why my favorite quote in the post is that of Charles M. Schulz (of PEANUTS fame).

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    • Rivergirl 7:56 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent selection. The down payment Lewis quote is sadly relevant again.

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    • masercot 8:47 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I see you’ve mastered the new interface…

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    • arekhill1 10:36 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The answer to Kennedy has been rendered simple by recent history–what you can do for your country is vote Trump and all his enablers out of office.

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      • mistermuse 3:15 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        If there’s any justice left in this world, nothing less than “out of office” and into prison will suffice (but I’ll settle for just “out of office”).

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    • magickmermaid 10:55 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love the video! And the quotes!

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      • mistermuse 3:23 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. I wasn’t looking for that video — I stumbled across it while looking for something else, so it was a ‘happy accident.’

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    • Don Ostertag 1:39 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes Another answer to Charlie Brown: Because there’s just something about you that pisses me off.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:33 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed your post 🙂

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    • mistermuse 9:12 am on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, my friend. 😉


    • Elizabeth 7:05 pm on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you,” attributed to Jared Kushner(probably apocryphal)

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      • mistermuse 10:57 pm on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know if Jared Kushner was quoted correctly, but we know that JFK was:

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        • Elizabeth 12:09 pm on September 18, 2020 Permalink

          Yup. I remember that speech. I am that old.

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        • mistermuse 3:48 pm on September 18, 2020 Permalink

          Likewise, Elizabeth. At our age, it’s like humorist Fred Allen (remember him?) once said: “I always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names, and — I can’t remember what the third thing is.”


    • annieasksyou 5:00 pm on September 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I think the Jared Kushner quote was “Ask not what your country can do for you because it’s not your country; it belongs to us.”

      I found the video chilling but enjoyable.

      The John Lewis quote made me teary.

      A very thought-provoking post, mistermuse! And a VERY belated happy birthday to your friend Francois (I’m too lazy to type his full name, but I’m pondering his thought).

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      • mistermuse 7:21 pm on September 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think the John Lewis quote is even more chilling (than the video) in the context of the Trump presidency, because Trump is doing his best to take back the “down payment.”


  • mistermuse 12:02 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aesop's Fables, Barack Obama, Betty Boop, , compromise, , drunk with power, Hitler, , , megalomania, , , , ,   

    THE FLOCKS AND THE CROW, a play on Aesop’s fable THE FOX AND THE CROW 

    crow, v. To exult, esp. over another’s misfortune; to boast exultantly. –Webster’s New College Dictionary

    You have no doubt heard many devotees of Donald Trump defend their support for America’s Crowmmander-In-Chief because “he says what he thinks” — as if such a character trait trumps all else as a Presidential prerequisite. Trust me: by that standard, a few of my in-laws are characters of sufficient grandiosity and shortness of breadth to be Prez. I declare, even Adolph Hitler (had he been born/raised here) might have ridden megalomania and bombastic B.S. to the White House. If drunk with power, no less a windbag than yours truly might rise to the occasion — Lord nose it’snot unthinkable.

    My problem, however, is that I’m apt to think and think again before I crow what I think to my flock (otherwise, the by-line on my posts may as well be “by misterspews” instead of “by mistermuse“). Some might call this tendency over-thinking. Some might assert that was President Obama’s hangup. If so, then this guy certainly couldn’t cut it as President:

    The Thinker by Rodin

    The Thinker by Rodin

    Well, then, shouldn’t we be seeking the fabled middle ground between extremes: under-thinking and over-thinking? But that smacks of compromise, and we certainly can’t have that.

    What to do, what to do. Surely there must be a way to get ALL of what we want, if we’re foxy enough:

    Any questions?

    Any doubts?

    Any rags?

    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 1:04 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well, we can’t exactly call the Trumpet a flatterer – but he certainly intends on grabbing as much “cheese” by other means as possible, rags and riches both. Your point, no doubt.
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    • Mél@nie 8:47 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      ah, le penseur de Rodin… I did touch it in Paris where we lived for several years… MERCI, Monsieur Muse! 🙂

      • * *

      pleasant coincidence: I’ve seen your comment about Prévert, born on Feb 4th, like ‘mon cher et tendre'(beloved hubby…), just after I edited his famous poem “les enfants qui s’aiment” @ my facebook page: Mélanie Bedos-Nicolas… 🙂

      Les enfants qui s’aiment… – Jacques Prévert

      Les enfants qui s’aiment s’embrassent debout
      Contre les portes de la nuit
      Et les passants qui passent les désignent du doigt
      Mais les enfants qui s’aiment
      Ne sont là pour personne
      Et c’est seulement leur ombre
      Qui tremble dans la nuit
      Excitant la rage des passants
      Leur rage leur mépris leurs rires et leur envie
      Les enfants qui s’aiment ne sont là pour personne
      Ils sont ailleurs bien plus loin que la nuit
      Bien plus haut que le jour
      Dans l’éblouissante clarté de leur premier amour…

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    • mistermuse 11:54 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      To me, the poem “Children who love each other” reflects in the last line (“In the dazzling clarity of their first love…”) what time inevitably does to young idealism, and we see the world with the sobering clarity of maturity. Until we achieve some semblance of a combination of the best of both worlds, “the substance of things hoped for” will remain more hope than substance, it seems to me.

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    • arekhill1 2:18 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      From what I read, Trump only trusts flatterers, Sr. Muse. Anyone with a history of criticizing him is ineligible to serve him. It’s why there are jobs going begging in DC, but I doubt they’ll be offered to you or me.

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    • mistermuse 5:35 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      In that regard, The Donald has much in common with North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un, except that Trump doesn’t ‘eliminate’ those who don’t flatter him — he only insults and bullies them (thus bringing new meaning to the term BULLY PULPIT).


    • D. Wallace Peach 9:09 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Over-thinking seemed to have served us well. And things actually got done despite the intense obstructionism. Thanks for the humor, as always. 🙂 Makes the painful crowing a little more tolerable.

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    • BroadBlogs 9:41 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      He says what he thinks. But what he thinks is whack-o.

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    • mistermuse 10:12 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      When the Presidency does a complete 360, from CLASS act (Obama) to ASS act (Trump), humor sometimes seems to be about the only light left in the darkness. Unfortunately, the blind remain blind in even the strongest light, and even if humorists were Miracle Workers, Trump is no Helen Keller.


  • mistermuse 12:02 am on May 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Barack Obama, , , hypocrisy, , promises, , ,   


    If you’re like me, you’ve about had your fill of Donald Trump, so I promise this will be my last post to mention his name (until next time)….and this post will do so only to bring us to the title subject. For as much as Pied Piper Trump has lured his infatuated followers with the siren song of an outsider/non-politician, he has one thing in common with typical politicians: they promise what they (should) well know they can’t deliver….but The Donald does it as shamelessly as, and more brazenly than, “real” politicians.

    Idealistic politicians like 2008 Obama made unkeepable promises, but I think more out of näiveté than hubris or delusions of self-grandeur; he overestimated his powers of persuasion and underestimated the GOP’s resolve to repel him at every turn. Would the 2016 Obama make the same promises, knowing what he knows now, if he could do 2008 over again? Who knows? This post doesn’t promise answers, it promises promises.

    One hardly knows where to begin when it comes to wading through the swamp of unbelievable promises made by politicians over the past millendium, so here’s someone else’s compendium, which I recommendium by extending ’em here:


    For the geographically-challenged, if you didn’t “get” promise #12, Libya is IN Africa. As for me, having more or less winged my way to getting to this point in my post, I at least know how I’m going to bring it to a merciful end: with these promisory quotes….

    Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing. –Edmund Burke

    It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and broken promises. –Chief Joseph

    They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but they never kept but one; they promised to take our land, and they took it. –Red Cloud

    What’s important is promising something to the people, not actually keeping those promises. The people have always lived on hope alone. –Hermann Broch

    It’s easy enough to get into power. You can make promises and try to be all things to all people. But the moment you have to make decisions, you’re going to annoy at least half of them. Whatever you do, in the end you’re almost certain to be brought down by your own character traits. –Robert Harris 

    Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing. –Bernard Baruch

    Or you can heed this bumper sticker: DON’T THINK – VOTE TRUMP



    • Cynthia Jobin 12:19 am on May 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry I cant co-operate, here; I promised myself not to rant about politics while in the blogosphere…

      ‘The woods are lovely, dark and deep
      But I have promises to keep
      And miles to go before I sleep…’

      …so goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.

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    • mistermuse 5:22 am on May 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t think of a better poetically-correct way to “can’t co-operate” than to invoke Robert Frost….and Jimmy Durante, no less. Everybody wants to get into da act! 🙂

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    • Jackie 9:53 pm on May 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply


      That says it all! What a sorry state of affairs! 😦

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    • mistermuse 9:59 pm on May 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You said it! 😦


    • eths 11:45 pm on May 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What I couldn’t believe is when I saw Trump on footage where he was asked what attributes he thought his 1 year old daughter had gotten from him and his wife. He replied something about his wife’s legs and then referred to his wife’s breasts. The man is really sick.

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      • mistermuse 7:56 am on May 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Either he’s sick, or his head is ego-wide and a millionth of a millimeter in depth….or he’s the latter, AND he’s sick.

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    • Don Frankel 6:02 am on May 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “A chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.” But enough of politics. I’m with Cynthia so “Goodnight and God Bless.”


      • mistermuse 8:28 am on May 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Like Yogi Berra, who said “I never said everything I said,” Herbert Hoover’s “A chicken in every pot” is another of those famous quotes never actually said by who said it (as Yogi might say):


    • arekhill1 12:20 pm on May 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I promise that the morning after the general election, we will know whether brain-dead droolers constitute a majority of the American voting public. And that’s all I’m going to promise.

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    • mistermuse 2:04 pm on May 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      And I promise that the majority of supposed Republican mugwumps who said they couldn’t support Trump will swallow their integrity and vote for him….although, to their credit, some of them will hold their noses as they do so.


    • Mél@nie 9:15 am on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      @”DON’T THINK – VOTE TRUMP!” – Canadian friends from Vancouver, BC have just visited here for a week… they work with Americans who said to them:”if trump wins, we’ll move to Canada, but… we wonder: is it far enough?!…” 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:22 am on May 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        If Trump wins, I don’t know if anyplace is far enough — maybe Outer Mongolia? 🙂


    • Garfield Hug 5:56 am on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      As one living in lil red dot right smack in Asia, we are worried too on the state of affairs if Trump “accidentally” gets in – I wish all Americans well and that they vote for the best person for the job or the better person.

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    • mistermuse 7:33 am on June 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I doubt there has ever been a more flawed (to put it politely) major party candidate for President than Donald Trump, and yet he has a FrIGHTenING chance of getting in. Time will tell.


  • mistermuse 12:01 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Barack Obama, Better late than never, Geoffrey Chaucer, , , Michael Bloomberg, , , rocks, , , squirrels, The Canterbury Tales, trivia   


    What with one thing or another, almost the entire month of January has gone by, and I haven’t written a single post honoring any of the many august January holidays, such as:

    Jan. 4  –  Trivia Day
    Jan. 7  –  Old Rock Day
    Jan. 9  –  Play God Day
    Jan. 10 – Peculiar People Day
    Jan. 16 – National Nothing Day
    Jan. 21 – Squirrel Appreciation Day

    So, in the spirit of BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, I will now try to make up for my oversight – at least in part – by assuring each holiday that being a part of one post beats being the whole of no posts. I’ll start with a trivia question in honor of Trivia Day:

    Who originated the phrase, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER? (Hint: it wasn’t a, c, or d)

    a. Barack Obama, in defending his late response to the spread of ISIL/ISIS
    b. Geoffrey Chaucer, in The Canterbury Tales
    c. Rip Van Winkle, in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    d. Michael Bloomberg, in planning a possible run for President as an independent

    Old Rock Day – I’m no geologist, but isn’t all rock old? For example, it’s possible there’s big rock in Little Rock, but new rock? Though everything may be relative, no matter how you roll it, any rock worth its salt has to be eons older than Einstein….at least, that’s my theory. In any case, a rolling stone gathers no muse, but a Rolling Rock definitely does:


    Play God Day, in my judgment, is redundant, because many ideologues and religious Grand Poobahs play God every day. So let us move on to the next day, which includes ideologues and Grand Poobahs, but is more broad.

    Peculiar People Day – Spotlight broad, Sarah Palin. All others pale-in comparison.

    National Nothing Day

    Squirrel Appreciation Day – Here’s a squirrel I can not only appreciate, but appreciate even more the place where it makes its ending exit:

    That does it for January make-up days, but the month isn’t over yet. We still have tomorrow to look forward to (or do we?):

    Jan. 31 – YAD DRAWKCAB



    • Joseph Nebus 1:27 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My Squirrel Appreciation Day started with seeing a squirrel plummet from its tree and faceplant in the snow. The squirrel seemed to recover but it surely helped that it didn’t know anybody was laughing at it.

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      • mistermuse 6:38 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve never seen a squirrel fall from a tree, but if the branches were icy, snow wonder!


    • scifihammy 5:38 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      All these days passed me by – and I never knew! 🙂

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    • hooklineandinkwell 10:52 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I had a squirrel watch me work for five days straight and each time i sat next to the camp fire, it would sit atop a branch a few feet away and i swear i could see him roasting his nuts. This is brilliant!, your post I mean, not the squirrel roasting nuts, although that was impressive, too 🙂

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    • mistermuse 12:00 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant? Well, they say it takes one to know one (sounds like a mutual admiration society to me – between you and the squirrel, too.) 🙂


    • arekhill1 2:50 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Isn’t Old Rock Day the day you get drunk and listen to Bob Seger albums? In either case, Rolling Rock would work.


      • mistermuse 4:55 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I guess that depends upon your taste (in music, not beer). I’d prefer to listen to Django Reinhardt albums, myself.


    • RMW 4:13 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So happy you posted about Squirrel Appreciation Day as squirrels in general are SO underappreciated… I went looking for a Squirrel Appreciation Day card at the Hallmark card store in the mall and there was nary a one… and not one squirrel has ever been nominated for any kind of award… this situation must be remedied.

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      • mistermuse 5:19 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You’re right – squirrels get little attention (unless you count Sarah Palin). Even in the cartoon world, there’s Rocky (of Rocky & Bullwinkle), but he doesn’t come close to the fame of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Porky Pig, etc. That’s just plain nuts (and not a very good pun, either).

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    • Don Frankel 11:22 am on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t know where these squirrel people come from but there’s got to be a whole lot of nothing to do around there. How do you think of something like this?

      But I do like the idea of august days in January. We could use a few.


    • mistermuse 2:00 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know how the squirrel people came up with it, but at least it’s harmless — unlike the nutty ideas some of our political candidates (like The Donald) come up with. But the squirrel and The Donald do have one thing in common — neither should be taken seriously (although, unfortunately, The Donald IS taken seriously by too many).


    • Don Frankel 3:00 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There were two Donalds playing ball in Vleigh Place Park. I was the one who could hit and run and field and throw.

      While no one has voted yet, the reason he’s being taken seriously is, look at everyone else who is running. It’s a motley crew.

      I’m waiting for Lucy Lou, as she wouldn’t be the only Mutt in the race, just the real thing.


    • mistermuse 7:30 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Unlike the old rock group Motley Crew, which called it quits after 34 years, motley crews of politicians never go away — only the faces change over time. They still pander to the crowd and promise their version of the moon (usually on the cheap), and we still fall for it every time.

      Because the current crew of politicians is even more motley than usual, it is good that Lucy Lou is running, because if the country is going to go to the dogs, she is obviously the most – indeed, the only – qualified candidate:


    • Don Frankel 6:51 pm on February 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, I’m looking into Lucy Lou’s eyes, especially in this clip and damn, if there’s not something Lincolnesque there.


    • mistermuse 9:40 pm on February 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I believe you’re right, Don. Also, like Honest Abe, Lucy Lou doesn’t tell lies and was born in Kentucky. Sounds pretty Presidential to me.


    • The Hopeful Wanderer 10:13 am on February 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Peculiar People Day was pretty awesome hahah … Thanks for the laughs 😊

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    • mistermuse 10:38 am on February 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. Your “theme song” is pretty awesome too:


  • mistermuse 4:01 pm on May 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Barack Obama, , ,   


    Conspiracy, n. An agreement between two or more persons to commit a crime or accomplish a legal purpose through illegal action. –Webster’s New College Dictionary

    Last week at my house, a contractor friend was doing a few odd jobs, at the conclusion of which his helper and I were making small talk. I don’t even remember what we were talking about, when out of the blue, he asked me what I thought about “Jade Helm 15.” I, of course, being a man of no small knowledge of many things, promptly responded, “Huh?”

    To make a long explanation short, it turns out that there’s a certitude among certain conspiracy believers on the far right that an upcoming U.S. military warfare training exercise is prelude to a federal takeover of the state of Texas. Moreover, this will be a pretext for Obama to declare martial law, provide the authority to cancel next year’s election, and serve a third term as President. At least, that’s how Billy Jim Bob (or whatever the helper’s name was) ‘splained it. Evidently he weren’t a 100% bona fide true believer, however, as he didn’t take me up on my offer of a $100 bet that it ain’t gonna happen.

    Anyway, I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised by Jade Helm 15, because conspiracy theories are nothing new. It seems like they have been around since the beginning of creation, which may itself have been a conspiracy theory. Just in my lifetime, there have been such examples as the claim in the 1940s & 50s that fluoridation of drinking water was a communist conspiracy, up to recent claims that Obama is trying to bankrupt, corrupt, disrupt, erupt or inter-rupt America.

    Now, far be it from me to deny that some conspiracy theories actually prove true. How do you separate the wheat from the laugh? And who has time to look into this stuff, even if you wanted to? Luckily, my good friend and fearless investigative reporter, Ricardo Cahill, has excessive amounts of time on his hands and the sources and resources to do the job. All you need do is go to his blog, where you will find any number of fearless revelations, many of which expose boobs (of the mentally-suspect or political  type, of course).

    To close, I have conspired with myself to put forth the following:

    • arekhill1 8:07 am on May 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am humbled yet proud of your shameless plug for me, Sr. Muse. I personally am in favor of the US taking over Texas. We’ve done it at least twice before. This time, let’s make it stick.


    • mistermuse 10:07 am on May 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      De nada, Ricardo. If my shameless plug doesn’t increase the number of visits to your blog by at least one or less, you may rest assured that I will attribute such failure to a conspiracy, which I trust you will investigate with your usual sangfroid (which I believe is French for “cold beer”).

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      • Mél@nie 7:53 am on May 29, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        you mean Republic of Tejas… 😀

        • * *

        “sang froid” = cold blood; bière froide = cold beer… cheers! santé! 😉

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    • Don Frankel 4:05 pm on May 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, YOU have obviously never been abducted by the Tectoneze and received the anal probe. I haven’t either but then thousands, maybe hundreds of thousands or even millions of earthlings have. They also have free medical care on Tecton, as no one ever gets a bill.


    • mistermuse 9:38 pm on May 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I must admit I’ve never heard of the Tectoneze, but I’m sure they’re just as real as little green Martians or the pods from the Invasion of the Body Snatchers, whom I suspect may be the progenitors of the Jade Helm 15 conspirators.


    • Don Frankel 8:48 am on May 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ooops Muse I spelled it wrong. It is Tencton. So I apologize to anyone who might have been offended. But here they are.

      Or should I say, they’re heeerrreeeee!


    • mistermuse 1:30 pm on May 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Don. I think I’m glad the Tenctoneze are here (there) and not there (here),because if they’re there, I wouldn’t want to be here….or vice versa.


    • wholeproduction 3:01 am on May 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well, as a person who happens to have my own personal beliefs on conspiracy theories, I found this rather amusing. just make sure to watch out for aliens 😉

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