THINKING OUTSIDE THE BUCKS

Money is the root of all evil.

Some people–especially the biblically grounded–say the above admonition dates back to the apostle Paul’s first letter to the Kardashians….specifically, Timothy (Kardashian). But said name (“Tim” for short) was changed to “Kim” early on because Tim wasn’t Tiny for long (plus, “Tim” was obviously an inappropriate name for someone of her gender). Or maybe “Kimothy” was misspelled “Timothy” on the birth certificate, and the error went unnoticed until the day they had to furnish proof she wasn’t an illegal alien. Whatever.

But if we can’t believe the bible, what then? For the record, my sources have uncovered this more likely origin for MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL, first recorded by The Andrews Sisters and sung on the 1940s Blue (radio) Network (other researchers put their money on the Green Network, but that’s a source of a different color):

I must admit the song isn’t nitpickingly accurate. The correct admonition is The love of money is the root of all evil. This does put a whole different spin on the sin, the point being that you can screw who you will for wealth, and, so long as you don’t love it–so long as you can say, “Up yours!”, your affairs are strictly money business.

And so we come to the point in the proceedings where, having run out of my own pearls of profundity to pad the post, I turn to what others have to say (and sing) on the subject:

Business is the art of extracting money from another man’s pocket without resorting to violence. –Max Amsterdam

It’s money. I remember it from when I was single. –Billy Crystal

A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money. –Everett Dirksen, former U.S. Senator

It may be hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, but it’s easy for him to get on the church board of trustees. –Evan Esar

Women prefer men who have something tender about them — especially the legal kind. –Kay Ingram

A fool and his money are soon elected. –Will Rogers

Cocaine is God’s way of saying you’re making too much money. –Robin Williams

And with that, the buck stops here.

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SLOW MUSE DAY

In the journalism business, a slow news day is (as defined by Wiktionary.com) “a time when media organizations publish trivial stories due to lack of more substantial topics.” I know that Tabloids have no such problem, but your local paper probably has had to resort to the likes of these on occasion:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/babymantis/15-reasons-it-must-have-been-a-slow-news-day (if it comes up Page Not Found, click where it says  “Search” – then click the blue “15 Reasons Why It Must Have Been A Slow News Day”)

Not to be outdone by the Tabs or the locals, your trusty Muse has gone to untold investigative lengths, spared no expense and left no stone unturned to bring you the following June 4th happenings:

Today is Old Maids Day.

Giacomo Casanova died on this day in 1798.

Roquefort Cheese was created in cave near Roquefort, France, in 1070.

The weather forecast for today is what it is.

Ruth Westheimer (Dr. Ruth), SEX therapist, was born on this day in 1928.

Today is Hug Your Cat Day.

Monkees awarded Emmy for outstanding comedy series on this day in 1967.

PETA protests Emmy award for outstanding comedy series on this night in 1967.

Billy Crystal and Janice Goldfinger wed June 4, 1970, celebrate Silver Anniversary June 4, 1995. 

June 4 hedging-your-bets Horoscope: There are few times that you can recall being lost for words. Your sociability and warmth make you a valued friend.

I had a few more, but I forget what I was going to say.

Your Valued Friend,

mistermuse