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

    DON THE DISAGREEABLE (A tRump Roast for the Ages) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

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

      I can’t even. We tried to watch some of the Republican convention last night, just to be fair. We tried.

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

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

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

          The bodyguard of western civilization.
          Can you see my head exploding?
          ūüė≥

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

      Those were some crazy people.

      Oh me, oh MY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      So many dire choices.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boswell Sisters, , Francis Bacon, , , , self-knowledge   

    DO YOU KNOW YOU? 

    I think self-knowledge is the rarest trait in a human being. –Elizabeth Edwards

    Do you know you? Hard though it be to imagine, that is the¬†one question I wish I could force Donald Trump to answer from deep¬†within, even though I¬†doubt he’s capable of giving it¬†a second thought¬†(much less, capable of¬†understanding why anyone would¬†want to). Seriously.¬†Self-knowledge may¬†well be “the rarest trait in a human being,” but I think most people¬†his age¬†might at least pay it lip service, even¬†if it’s never been¬†‘their thing.’

    Well, far be it from me to¬†disturb The Donald’s absence of self-knowledge, so I’ll settle for posing¬†some quotes on the subject to Trump’s better angels, who haven’t been seen since they were¬†fired….but who, being better angels, haven’t given up hope of getting to him:

    It is a sad fate for a man to die well known to everybody else, and still unknown to himself. –Francis Bacon

    Some people really ought to know themselves; they never think about anything else. –Evan Esar

    It’s not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient. –Josh Billings

    I was a typical specimen: the mental contortionist, able to rise to almost every challenge placed before him, except the challenge of real self-knowledge. –Walter Kirn

    What are you afraid of? Your fears are a treasure house of self-knowledge if you explore them. –Marilyn Ferguson

    I’m afraid I’ve run out of good quotes. I’d explore for more, but a guy can only take so much self-knowledge before falling asleep.

     

     

     

     

     

     
    • pendantry 6:15 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.

      Sun Tzu

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    • Edmark M. Law 10:03 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasure of illusion.” ‚ÄĒ Aldous Huxley

      Also, there’s an anecdote about Thales (I’m not sure if it’s true and I can’t remember wherein I read it) where someone asked him what is the most difficult thing to learn about. He replied, “To know oneself.”

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      • Edmark M. Law 10:04 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I switched where and wherein…

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        • mistermuse 10:27 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink

          Correction noted. Regarding the Huxley quote, it pretty much seems of a piece with the Billings and Kirn quotes, though each of course is truth well expressed and stands on its own. Thanks for the comment(s).

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      • dunelight 8:14 pm on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Self knowledge is painful. No one wants to do the work…or accept the revelations.

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    • arekhill1 11:39 am on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Francis Bacon, pronouncing Trump’s inevitable fate 400 years ago. Nostradamus, eat your heart out.

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      • mistermuse 12:35 pm on May 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        You got that right, Ricardo. A sad case, Trump….and even sadder that his many sycophants apparently suffer from the same self-knowledge deficiency.

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    • calmkate 9:39 am on May 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes which aptly express my life quest ūüôā

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    • Silver Screenings 9:42 am on May 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the introduction to the Boswell Sisters ‚Äď they’re fab!

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 9:31 am on May 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Love the Evan Esar quote. It seems particularly fitting. Lol!

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    • dunelight 8:17 pm on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Some of us know him too well. That was a brilliant insight, yours. I’d never thought on it in that manner. I came close once when in my mind I named him the Slap Emperor of Dunning-Kruger, but it’s not the same thing really.

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      • mistermuse 9:50 pm on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        “The unexamined life is not worth living” (attributed to Socrates) may go a bit further than ‘absolutely’ warranted, but it goes a long way toward explaining why many Trump voters still support him. “Unexamined” = lack of self-knowledge = shallow thinking = accepting or excusing Trump’s repugnant MEANs as secondary to the single-minded ends they espouse.

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  • mistermuse 1:09 am on November 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boswell Sisters, Connee Boswell, , Irish folk song, , Madeline, Martha, , , ,   

    FOR MADAME M, IS BLISS AMISS? 

    Ain’t it a shame about¬†M¬† — as with Lady¬†L,¬†Madam M¬†is musically profligate. So abundant are her charms that I am¬†again tempted to¬†break up¬†such a surfeit of delights into two parts….but two¬†M posts¬†would¬†undo the symmetry achieved¬†by my¬†having ‘two-timed’ Lady L, which¬†re-matched the # of the post with¬†the corresponding¬†letter of the alphabet. Now,¬†at the series’ halfway point, a quick¬†repeat performance¬†would make the previous one seem pointless —¬†even (pardon my off-color French) downright¬†d√©class√©e. Discretion therefore being the better part of pallor,¬†my¬†past limit of¬†three song clips is pass√©.¬†What’s par for the course now? Play on and see!

    FORE!

    Our first¬†M drove other gals green with envy, but in a ‘fair’ way (see note on vocalist*):

    *Connee Boswell (of¬†classic jazz’s¬†fondly remembered Boswell Sisters)¬†was unable to sing standing,¬†due to¬†suffering from¬†polio since infancy.

    #2 is dedicated to my #1 M girl (long-time followers of this blog may remember the Molly of whom I speak):

    Third of four, May I introduce you to:

    For¬†my fourth and final offering,¬†‘canoe’ believe I’m¬†paddlin’ Madeline home? Naughty girl!

     
    • Garfield Hug 5:48 am on November 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks – I have not heard of these musicians before till now. Interesting!

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    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 6:12 am on November 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      The last one wouldn’t play for me, which is just as well. I’ve heard that song so many times throughout my life I could probably sing it backwards – lol. Loved all the others – especially the first, which was a new vocalist for me.
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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      • mistermuse 6:37 am on November 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Madelyn, I can well believe you’ve heard your namesake song many times because it was wildly popular when it first came out in 1925 (not that you were around then!) and has never completely died out. BTW, there’s another namesake song (not quite as old) titled MADELINE, WHEN WILL WE MEET AGAIN, but much less popular — so much so that I can’t even find it on YouTube.

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    • Don Frankel 6:03 pm on November 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      M is definitely a big one and you can’t go wrong with Molly Malone or the others here. But this one came to mind immediately.

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      • mistermuse 7:48 pm on November 7, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        I remember it well, Don. But why settle for just one Mona:

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        • Christie 2:12 pm on November 16, 2017 Permalink

          MrMuse.. I wonder sometimes how do you find so many hidden gems. Thank you for enchanting our sensesūüôā

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        • mistermuse 2:35 pm on November 16, 2017 Permalink

          Christie, it comes from ‘knowing the territory.’ I have thousands of old records in my collection, so I already know almost all of the songs I post. It’s simply a matter of finding good clips of them….or even clips at all, in some cases. That’s the part that isn’t always simple.

          Thanks for your comment.

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    • arekhill1 11:23 am on November 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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    • barkinginthedark 11:19 pm on November 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      great stuff. continue…

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