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

    STYLING FOR DOLLARS 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      What vanity!!!

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

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

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

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

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

      Ugh. And I’m not surprised at all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Seventy thousand for THAT hair? He was overcharged.

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

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

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

      ouch could this be karma …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Interesting that that caterpillar is also venomous.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    HYPE-OH-WHAT-A-MESS 

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

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

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

    And there you have it. Sorry, no refunds.

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

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

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

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

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

      Hilarious! ๐Ÿ˜€

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Bloated Cheeto. Exactly.

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

      I call him THE CHEETO CHEATER.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    DON THE DISAGREEABLE (A tRump Roast for the Ages) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

     

     

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Those were some crazy people.

      Oh me, oh MY!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      So many dire choices.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • mistermuse 1:01 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Angela Lansbury, , Be A Clown, Bozo the Clown, clown history, , Danny Kaye, Donald Trump, , , , National Clown Day, , ,   

    CLOWNING AROUND 

    Tomorrow isย NATIONAL CLOWN DAY and also marks the start of INTERNATIONAL CLOWN WEEK (August 1-7).ย  Clowns have a long and interesting history, as chronicled in this scholarly(?) introduction to the subject:

    No doubt you noticed in the above video (unless you were clowning around while it was playing) that the first clowns were court jesters.ย  In the Middle Ages — as can be seen in this scene from the middle of a bygone century — THE COURT JESTER* typically played the fool and looked uncannily like Danny Kaye:

    Who knew film — technicolor, no less — existed way back then to record such scenes? But nowadays, clowns have a farcical role model who is an amalgamation of Court Jester, Bozo the Clown, and Tyrant-osaurus Rex:

    https://imgflip.com/memegenerator/77899773/Donald-Trump-Clown

    The moral of the amoral story is that, if you asspire to the highest office in the land, you could hardly do worse than pattern yourself a-Round-Old Mc-Donald Trump. All Hail to the Cheatย  er, Chief!

    ….so BE A CLOWN!

    *THE COURT JESTER is a 1956 feature film starring Danny Kaye as a fatuous faux court jester (co-starring Angela Lansbury, Basil Rathbone, and Glynis Johns, among others).

     

     
    • blindzanygirl 2:02 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This cheered up my morning. I love being a clown. You should see me lol

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    • obbverse 2:05 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The orange one gives the poorest clown a bad name. Yes, he might be laughable but worryingly so.

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      • mistermuse 8:00 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “Worrying” is putting it mildly. He is capable of trying almost ANYTHING to avoid defeat in the election.

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    • calmkate 4:04 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol I’ve never been a huge fan of DK but I do like him in the knight number … what length will tRump go to to save himself … we watch with bated breath!

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      • mistermuse 8:07 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m with you regarding DK (a little of him goes a long way), but The Court Jester is the one film in which he makes me laugh throughout. It’s his best role by far, in my opinion.

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        • calmkate 3:58 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink

          I certainly enjoyed your clip ๐Ÿ™‚ No idea how they did that tongue twister so rapidly ๐Ÿ™‚

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

      Iโ€™ve always disliked clowns and find them creepy beyond measure. But that picture of a Trump clown? The stuff of nightmares.

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    • masercot 9:18 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t forget Emmett Kelly…

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    • Don Ostertag 12:29 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The Kaye bit is a masterpiece as is the great Emmett Kelly.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:10 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing the fun facts about clowns. The Danny Kaye video clip was hilarious ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • mistermuse 4:10 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve seen that film several times over the years and I still laugh at the Danny Kaye clip….and don’t forget: THE PELLET WITH THE POISON’S IN THE VESSEL WITH THE PESTLE! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Catherine Haustein 4:58 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Or as Radioheadsays, Hail to the Thief”. I think they meant W. Remember that clown?

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      • mistermuse 6:01 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Looking back, I would rank W. as an amateur compared to Trump. And, though he may have been something of a clown, I give him credit for attending the funeral of civil rights leader John Lewis yesterday — something Trump couldn’t be bothered with.

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    • annieasksyou 12:44 pm on August 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, that Danny Kaye line ranks high up on the all-time list of greatsโ€”just a tad below โ€œTo be or not to be…โ€ and well above โ€œPeter Piper Picked a Peck of…โ€

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      • mistermuse 6:02 pm on August 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        For me, the greatest all-time line in terms of making me laugh is Trump’s “I’m a very stable genius.”

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    • arekhill1 9:01 am on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was fantasizing about headlines I could write if Trump loses big, Sr. Muse, and “Ass-Clown Goes Down” was one of them.

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      • mistermuse 12:21 pm on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        …..”and on Jan.20 gets dragged kicking and screaming out of D.C. town.”

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    • Kally 11:46 am on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love that Danny Kaye video clip! Hahaha.

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    • annieasksyou 12:22 pm on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      How about โ€œBiden Tromps Trump in Landslide Rompโ€?

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    • Dolly Vas 2:51 am on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love to being a clown. In india there was a film joker of shami Kapoor that was super dooper hit blockbuster. Nice blog and nice post.

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    • waywardsparkles 3:56 pm on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      MM, Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. I love Danny Kaye but have never seen The Court Jester. After seeing your “pestle vessel clip” above, I knew we had to watch this. My son who has autism loves slapstick and this movie did not disappoint. Some things are just classic! We all enjoyed this movie! Get it? Got it. Good! Mona

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      • mistermuse 4:58 pm on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re very welcome, Mona. I’m particularly pleased that you (and especially your son) enjoyed THE COURT JESTER.

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    • Silver Screenings 10:06 pm on August 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing the video re: clown history. I had no idea clowns appeared so early in history.

      Also: That Danny Kaye bit with the pestle/poison gets me every time. How on earth did they make it through that scene?

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      • mistermuse 8:33 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Practice, practice, practice! Kaye was a master of that type of comedy, but the other actors were equally impressive. Great fun!

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  • mistermuse 8:43 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beacon of hope, , , David Niven, Donald Trump, , , ,   

    WAR GAMES 

    “War is nothing more than a catalogue of mistakes and misfortunes.” –Winston Churchill

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    It’s funny– well, not literally funny — how one thing can lead unexpectedly to another. I’m half-way through another biography….but, unlike the others I’ve been reading recently, this one has led to the sort of post I didn’t anticipate writing when I began reading it.

    Its title is THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON (A BIOGRAPHY OF DAVID NIVEN) by Sheridan Morley. NIVEN (1910-83), as you may know, was an American actor who was born/raised in England and came to the U.S. in 1932. When WW II broke out in Europe, he returned to England to serve in the military. In 1941 he wrote a letter to a fellow British-born actor friend back in Hollywood, part of which I quote here from the book:

    Thank God we have now got a real government and in Churchill a real leader at last, but there is going to be a little scalp-hunting when the smoke has cleared off the battlefields. I am unimportant, but besides cousins and relations, I have now lost practically all my old friends, and all in the past few weeks….they need never have been sacrificedย if the people then at the top had been doing their jobs as well as they said they were doing them [emphasis mine].

    Sound familiar? Today, with the corona virus, we have a different kind of world war, but the same (and even more lame) kind of sophistry, gas-baggery, and incompetence resulting in unnecessary casualties:

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=trump+coronavirus+down+to+zero&docid=607986001098770809&mid=730D607688499A94FB45730D607688499A94FB45&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

    And so I ask you: How on earth does the most morally corrupt President in U.S. history not belong behind bars or in a mental institution rather than in the White House? How is it, after 3 1/2 years of reigning the swamp, that roughly 40% of the American people either cannot, or will not, see through this pathetic con man of a President — a President who thinks he is not only above the law, but thinks he IS the law, who tries to subvert the law to his own ends? Are his supporters deaf, dumb and blind….or simply incapable/too much in denial to look behind the curtain and see that the mighty Oz is the very hoax he labels all that exposes him?

    Come November 3, we must turn from the dark side to the other side of the moon, or America will have surrendered all claim to being the “beacon of hope” for the world.

     

     
    • Rivergirl 8:51 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have no answers. His appeal to the right, and their unwavering support of him is mystifying.

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    • equipsblog 9:00 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Amen. I agree with what Rivergril said.

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    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 10:12 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s mind boggling how this can go on for so long. I hope November will bring change!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 11:51 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hi. Many times on your blog Iโ€™ve slammed Trump. I once said this, and it remains true: Trump is an enemy of democracy. Ditto for anybody who supports him.

      Neil Scheinin

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      • mistermuse 5:18 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It is to the Senate Republicans’ shame that it took this pandemic — and thousands of lives — to bring Trump down (assuming he is defeated Nov. 3). If they had voted to impeach him when they had the chance, Pence would probably have become President and, as a former governor, would likely have been more inclined to listen to the states pleas for federal help. Or not.

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        • Yeah, Another Blogger 6:06 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink

          Hereโ€™s the thing: Trump is evil. This was obvious to me way before he took office. If he wins in November, he will do far more damage in his second term than he already has.

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        • mistermuse 10:53 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink

          I agree. It was obvious when he was just one of many Republicans running for the nomination that he was evil. More recently, it has become obvious that he is a mental case: a bad man and a mad man rolled into one. God (or fate) help us.

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    • pendantry 12:15 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      One thing I find mighty peculiar is that every post about Trump that I read on WordPress has much the same to say about this obnoxious, egotistical, narcissistic windbag, yet he clearly has many supporters. I guess that there are very few, if any, of his followers on this platform… but that would seem odd.

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      • mistermuse 5:53 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe Trump’s followers have too limited a vocabulary for WordPress. They’re more accustomed to the grade school bombast of Trump on Twitter.

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        • pendantry 5:59 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink

          … I nearly said something like that (but more acerbic)… but restrained myself.

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    • Paulie 1:25 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Trump certainly BELONGS behind bars but the system failed. I guess that the framers never saw it coming; a Senate that would, in a brazen act of partisan politics, essentially abdicate itโ€™s responsibility when it came to an impeachment trial. As for the 25th amendment, the reverend Mike Pence would no more move to declare Trump incapable than he would covet his neighborโ€™s wife.

      As it stands now, the system is too cumbersome and too dependent on politics and will never, ever be changed. I would be shocked to see a new amendment during my lifetime but there has to be some mechanism introduced that can address the crisis of an incompetent president.

      As for the 40%, Iโ€™ve stopped trying to figure it out. In 2017 I read three books to try and gain some understanding as to why people voted for Trump and I suppose that I did gain some small insight. Why Trump still has any support beyond 10% (because weโ€™ll never rid ourselves of the tinfoil hat faction) is completely beyond me. I guess Iโ€™ll never know because Iโ€™ve cut ties with anyone who supports Trump. Thatโ€™s with the exception of some cousins and I simply donโ€™t discuss it with them.

      In any other occupation, Trump would be fired for failing to do his job and/or creating a hostile work environment.

      Right now we are limping towards January and god knows what Trump will do between November and January as a lame brain (er duck) president.

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      • mistermuse 6:03 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I see that Trump’s approval rating is now down to 37% in one poll (Gallup, if I recall correctly). Some of that 40% is apparently starting to erode, but I’m not counting my trends before they’re matched (by other polls)..

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:59 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      As I see it, our minds are very malleable, making us easy prey for those who seek to manipulate and control our beliefs and behavior. We are all susceptible. We are all under mind control of some form or the other, for example, think of our consumption habits. Our 45th president has successfully managed to capture and hold a particular mindset among us.

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      • mistermuse 6:43 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think that is true in one sense, Rosaliene, but only to the point (for many of us) where minds become made up and set in concrete for the rest of our lives (like Trump). Meaningful malleability requires an openness to (and weighing of) challenges to what we have been indoctrinated or conditioned to believe….which, I suppose, is just a fancy way of describing GROWTH or MATURITY. All I know is I’m not the same person I was in my 20s and 30s — but that’s another story for another day.

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    • obbverse 4:33 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      His followers are deaf dumb and blind. Even worse, wilfully pig-headedly so.

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      • mistermuse 5:31 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I like your your word “pig-headedly” — between that and “gas-baggery” in my post, we may be starting a whole new lexicon-ery.

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    • Elizabeth 5:11 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Gov. Cuomo today appropriately called him out for enabling the pandemic. That sadly is too true.

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      • mistermuse 5:35 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Gov. Cuomo is almost as good at ‘telling it like it is’ as Trump is at telling it like it isn’t.

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        • Elizabeth 5:36 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink

          He just flat out said “Trump lies.” Very refreshing compared to the toadies around Trump.

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    • calmkate 6:53 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If British incompetency lost a few of Nivens family … we wont try to count the number of Aussies they slaughtered! Landing them in the wrong place eg Gallipoli, etc … we were sent in first sheep to the slaughter …

      He says what they want to hear and fear renders them deaf dumb and blind …

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      • mistermuse 11:29 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        When I was growing up, American (and I assume British) history books were written as if our political and military leaders were almost uniformly great and noble figures and our countries acted in good faith in almost all cases. Hopefully we’ve learned our lesson and Trump will go down in history as the worst of the worst.

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        • calmkate 3:41 am on July 7, 2020 Permalink

          lol all our history books need rewriting, massive correction … let’s see how your election goes …

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    • masercot 12:43 pm on July 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Niven wrote a book called “The Moon’s a Balloon”. What is it with him and the Moon and Balloons?

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      • mistermuse 7:03 pm on July 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Niven’s 1971 memoir THE MOON’S A BALLOON was originally to be titled THREE SIDES OF A SQUARE, but was changed due to a title conflict….and the biography THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON was written after Niven’s death. The only other “moon” connection with Niven I’m aware of is his role in the 1953 film THE MOON IS BLUE, which was considered so risquรฉ at the time that it was refused the seal of approval by the Motion Picture Production Code. I haven’t finished reading the biography, so perhaps there is more ‘moonshine still’ to be uncovered.

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    • mlrover 6:30 am on July 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Haven’t heard about the “Moon” book but read Niven’s Bring on the Empty Horses years ago. I respected him for going home to fight for his country, unlike John Wayne, who wriggled out of the war and later showed his disloyalty to his colleagues by promoting McCarthy. It’s one of those ironic instances when a coward and a gasbag was made into an American hero. A friend of mine made a movie with him and had his heart broken when he discovered the “true” Wayne.
      On another note, I LOVE gasbaggery!

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    • mistermuse 8:51 am on July 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      One of the reasons I like biographies and autobiographies is that that they often reveal another side of famous contemporaries the writer knew. Of course, it’s prudent to be aware that opinions of others are only as good as the character and judgment of the writer (who, for example, would believe anything Trump says, good or bad, about anyone?).

      I appreciate that you love “gasbaggery.” That helps me feel better about the dreadful “moonshine still” that I pun-ished masercot with in my reply to his comment. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • FOTOROTO 1:10 pm on October 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “It is most important to attract neutral shipping to our shores, in the hopes especially of embroiling the United States with Germany.”
      โ€” Winston Churchill

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      • mistermuse 9:31 pm on October 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Churchill was fighting for the very survival of his country. If that be a sin, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” –Jesus Christ

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        • FOTOROTO 9:45 pm on October 19, 2020 Permalink

          Defence is more than justified, but attacks are considered war crimes. Don’t you think it’s time to accept that he was a war criminal and racist?
          “The Aryan stock is bound to triumph.”
          โ€” Winston Churchill

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        • mistermuse 10:34 pm on October 19, 2020 Permalink

          I accept that I’m not a Churchill scholar or expert. Having never heard that quote before, it would seem, on the face of it, that he was indeed a racist (though perhaps no more so than most of our ancestors, which does not excuse him). As for being a war criminal, I don’t know your basis for that charge, but if you’re putting him in Hitler’s class (which I’m not saying you are), I’d wonder where you’re coming from (ideologically).

          In any case, I’m American, not English, and we have our own history to contend with.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Donald Trump, , , Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Machiavelli, , , , , , ,   

    PHILOSPHER STONED 

    If there’s one thing I think we can all agree on about Donald Trump, it’s that he isn’t a philosopher. If, however, he can be said to have one guiding precept remotely resembling a philosophy, it has to be IT’S ALL ABOUT ME….or, secondarily, DON’T BLAME ME (which happens to be the title of a song I was going to link here until — faster than you can say Niccollo Machiavelli — Google removed share, embed & copy from their music clips, leaving technologically-challenged mistermuse at a loss as to how to post them).

    Be that as it may, I got to thinking that if THE DONALD were a lit-wit (rather than a nitwit) who wished to appear philosophical, there must be any number of wise philosophical quotes he might plagiarize to his greater glory (or, if he were stoned, learn from). Here are some I drug up which could fill the (Duck’s) bill:

    There is nothing so absurd that it cannot be believed if repeated often enough. — William James, American philosopher

    Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others. –Oscar Wilde, Irish wit, poet and playwright

    Any man can be a philosopher if he only thinks enough about his own foolishness. –Edgar Watson Howe, American novelist and editor

    Philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change it. –Karl Marx, German philosopher, political theorist and socialist revolutionary

    If I killed everyone who was stupid, I wouldn’t have time to sleep. –Tamora Pierce, American fantasy fiction writer

    Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. –Plato, Greek philosopher

    Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end. — Immanuel Kant, German philosopher

    Philosophers before Kant had a tremendous advantage over philosophers after Kant, in that they didn’t have to spend years studying Kant. ย –Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, writer and social critic

    Only one philosopher in history had a perfect alibi for doing nothing, and his name was I. Kant. –Evan Esar, American humorist

     
  • mistermuse 11:56 am on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Donald Trump, 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 thereโ€™s Trump.
      Need I say more?
      ๐Ÿ˜ณ

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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 sadโ€”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! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ‘

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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 ๐Ÿงš๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ 3:47 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice blog ๐Ÿ’š

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

      ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Donald Trump, FDR, , Happy Days Are Here Again, , , Presidential campaign,   

    MISTERMUSE FOR PRESIDENT! 

    So, ladies and gentlemen, I am officially running for President of the United States, and we are going to make our country great again.” –Donald Trump, June 16, 2015

    • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    That was then; this is now.

    Fringe, Morons, Countrymen, lend me your rears. I am officiously running for President of the Disunited States, because I feel like it….and who isn’t in favor of doing what they feel like? Now, we know that The Donald feels likewise, but let’s face it — he’s an asshole.

    I can hear some of you Trumplodytes saying, “He may be an asshole, but at least he’s my asshole.” Sir — or ma’am, as the base may be — I admit that you’re entitled to your own asshole, but if you don’t mind my saying so, your asshole is full of shit….and after three-plus years of the shit fitting the man, enough of him is too much (and vice versa).

    Friends, you and I both realize that, though the Dems’ heart may be in the right place, they’ve been letting the bullying GOP kick their cajones from here to South America for too long. That is why, in addition to slumming for Pres, I am announcing the formation of a new political party called The Fair And Respectful Treatment Party (or FART for short), because that’s what the American people deserve — and whenย I become President, they will get the FART they’re entitled to.

    It’s not going to be easy, friends. I’m getting a late start, and the dollar three twenty five I have in the bank is just enough to cover my ass until my unemployment compensation kicks in. So I’ll be counting on your support and the support of my billions of blog followers to finance my campaign. If you can’t afford to send money, other assets will be gratefully accepted so long as they pass the smell test.

    And although the Democratic party may no longer be the party of kick-ass Presidents like FDR, his campaign theme song is still just the ticket for me:

    P.S. Highest donor gets to head my campaign and handle the money (just keep it under your hat).

     
    • Notes To Ponder 12:23 am on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Outstanding! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • mistermuse 1:14 am on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        My first endorsement! Can more be far behind!

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        • Notes To Ponder 1:17 am on January 11, 2020 Permalink

          Well you’re going to need 65,000 people to donate to the campaign and favourable ranking in national polls to score a chair in the next televised Democrat debate. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • mistermuse 1:39 am on January 11, 2020 Permalink

          Details, details! The Donald doesn’t sweat the details, and he got elected. Of course, he was born with a silver spoon in one of his holes and had Putin’s help, but I have billions of followers, so “We’ll see what happens” (to borrow one of Trump’s fav pearls of faux wisdom).

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    • obbverse 1:34 am on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      At last! A breath of fresh air on the political front. So to speak. After the ‘great job’ -HUGE- Trump’s done, the window of opportunity has been left wide open. As it should be.

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    • calmkate 2:05 am on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’d vote for you!

      trying to start WWIII was a great distraction … what happened to the impeachment???

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      • mistermuse 12:22 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Kate, obviously Trump thinks A DISTRACTION A DAY KEEPS IMPEACHMENT (and every other accountability) AWAY. And he may be right, considering that his base and GOP sycophants support him, no matter what.

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        • calmkate 6:47 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink

          I think you’ll find Murdoch and Packer will do everything possible to keep him there too!

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    • The Whitechapel Whelk 4:08 am on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Just like Mr Trump’s administration, I hope your campaign runs like ‘a finely-tooned machine’

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      • mistermuse 12:30 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Calling Trump “Mr” is like calling a baboon “Sir” — except that a baboon has more integrity. Nontheless, I thank you for your good wishes, because I know your fart (like mine) is in the right place.

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    • blindzanygirl 7:04 am on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Lol. Love the assholes. This is really funny! But Iโ€™ll vote for you!

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      • mistermuse 12:33 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, my friend. Vote early and often (or at least, often).

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        • blindzanygirl 12:52 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink

          Lol. I will have to throw my vote across the pond ๐Ÿ˜€

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        • mistermuse 9:38 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink

          I’d like to throw Trump across the pond to your country, Lorraine, but your country has enough problems without the orange dis-ass-ter landing in your midst.

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    • Rivergirl 9:09 am on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Youโ€™ve got my vote.
      And besides thereโ€™s so much foul air in Washington these days they wonโ€™t even notice the difference.

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      • mistermuse 12:41 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rg. That reminds me to be sure to call in the fumigators before I enter the White House (the rest of Washington probably won’t bother, they’re so used to the stench).

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    • masercot 9:13 am on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You’ve got all three of the votes I normally cast… I’m even writing you in for a member of the Fairfax County school board…

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      • mistermuse 12:58 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The more (votes), the merrier, I always say (beginning now).
        As for the school board, I won’t be eligible because one of my first acts as Pres will be to decree that all school boards be comprised only of students. Thus, any adult who want to run for school board will first have to go back to school. Hopefully, that will greatly reduce the number of ignoramuses running our schools.

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    • Ashley 11:12 am on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You’ve got my vote! Do you still allow postal votes? The Fair and Respectful Treatment Party is something we could do with over here! Can you send me a copy of the manifesto?

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      • mistermuse 1:28 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ashley. I will allow votes by any method except tweet, a means of transmission which Trump has irreparably despoiled for all eternity.

        Manifesto-wise, I have yet to put one in writing and hesitate to do so, because it could be evidence my enemies might use against me. On the other hand, it may be unavoidable — like manifesto destiny.

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    • tubularsock 1:07 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Check’s in the mail!

      And remember some POT for EVERY CHICKEN!

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    • arekhill1 1:13 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope you do better than I did, Sr. Muse. https://www.richardcahill.net/home/-gop-for-me-i-will-run-in-2016

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      • mistermuse 1:58 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sure you would’ve won the nomination if Donald Turd hadn’t entered the race the following month, Ricardo. When I am Pres, I will appoint you to the Supreme Court so you will have the chance to confirm his guilt for this and every other dastardly deed he will be convicted of, so help me God (sorry about that, Ricardo, but I’m not an atheist….yet).

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    • Elizabeth 6:32 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Can you pick Steven Colbert as your running mate? If so, you have my vote.

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      • mistermuse 9:24 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Will CLAUDETTE COLBERT do? As you can see (40 seconds into this clip), she starred in a film called THE PHANTOM PRESIDENT, which is what I am at this point. She may be dead, but at least that will keep her from misspeaking or making any wrong moves.

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        • Elizabeth 6:50 pm on January 12, 2020 Permalink

          Good substitution. And maybe his fans will be confused enough to vote for you with her on the ticket.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 9:22 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’d vote for you over Trump. I’d vote for a fart over Trump. At least farts don’t try to take away healthcare, they don’t try to wreck the planet, and they don’t try to start wars. We’d all be a lot happier and safer with a fart in the Whitehouse. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • mistermuse 9:48 pm on January 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Diana. What more can I say? Anyone who would vote for a fart over Trump obviously has her priorities in the right place.

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    • jilldennison 4:23 am on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Alright, sir … you have my vote, and I will even volunteer as your campaign speech writer, if you don’t already have one! I cannot send money, but as you said other assets would suffice, I am sending you 2 of our 5 kitties! One is mean as Attila the Hun and should be good for guarding you during campaign rallies. The other will warm your heart in times of trouble. I also love the name of your new party … now get out there and win some votes!

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      • mistermuse 9:52 am on January 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I plan to write my own speeches, Jill, but I thank you for the kitties because I need the support of independents, and no one is more independent-minded than cats (well, except for my wife and daughters). I think I’ll call them (the kitties, not my wife and daughters) “EX-DEMOCRATS NOW COOL DEMOCATS FOR MISTERMUSE” to inspire other Dems to join the growing FART party. I can feel a surge in the making!

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        • jilldennison 4:53 pm on January 12, 2020 Permalink

          You’re on the right track, my friend! You need to come up with a logo for your FART Party!

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        • mistermuse 7:11 pm on January 12, 2020 Permalink

          I’d use Trump’s face, but that would be promoting him and the GOP instead of FART. Besides, I’m already so sick of seeing his face, I could PUKE.

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    • mlrover 10:00 am on January 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Go for MM!!! You’ll know you’ve made it when Randy Rainbow does your parody.

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      • mistermuse 1:53 pm on January 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I say with all sincerity that such a rarity would be a model of hilarity if there’s no disparity between my parody and the temerity of R.R.’s G & S parody:

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    • barkinginthedark 6:34 pm on January 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      FDR one of my heroes flaws and all. continue…

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    • barkinginthedark 6:35 pm on January 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      P.S. i can’t wrap my head around the fact that i’ve gone from FDR to this.

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      • mistermuse 4:19 pm on January 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        If it’s any consolation, we won’t go from FDR to Trump to Mike Pence, because there’s no chance the GOP will terminate Trump’s term, with Pence taking over as Pres.

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    • barkinginthedark 4:16 am on January 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      too sadly true – in many many ways too numerous to list. continue…

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    • Henry Lewis 10:12 pm on February 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You can count on my FART!

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  • mistermuse 12:04 am on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: autocracy, , character, Donald Trump, , 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?ย  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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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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 ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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

      Someone needs to tell the Emperor heโ€™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 12:04 am on October 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Bald Is Beautiful, , clip joint, corruption, Donald Trump, hair loss, haircut, , , Lost Horizon, , quid pro quo, , Rudy Giuliani, ,   

    BALD AND FREE — HOW CAN THAT BE? (subtitle: The Bald And The Beautiful) 

    Nothing makes a woman feel as old as watching the bald spot increase on the top of her husband’s head. –Helen Rowland

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    Oct. 7 is BALD AND FREE DAY, but personally, I’m not sure what one has to do with the other. I’m mostly bald, all right, but how free is a married man like me? Of course, I’m just kidding — my wife lets me out of my cage for an hour a week, even though I keep getting balder….and making her feel older. Maybe I shouldn’t be using that hour to get a haircut.

    HEADLONG RETREAT

    As the years go by, my barber
    Takes less and less time with my hair
    Which only serves to remind me
    That there’s less and less of it there.

    To be sure, I’m not the only one whose predicament may become a hair-raising experience:

    That gave me a headache just watching it. If only I could trust the dubious ads that involve spending my moo-lah to get to the root of the problem, I might risk springing for mo-hair….but snake oil aside, there must be a less painful way to restore a Lost Hairy zone:

    Hmm. I wonder whether that great humanit-hairian, Donald Trump, would mind parting with some of his spare hair if I could dig up some skullduggery by his political opponents? For example, much corruption has been reported in the Caribbean nation of Hairti — and it’s surely a lock that all of the Democratic Presidential contenders are involved. All I’d have to do is send my nosey friend, Fruity Giuliani, there on behalf of our Pres with a quid pro-boscis that the Pres of Hairti can’t ignore.

    On second thought, if Agent Orange went to my head, my wife might think I’m losing it along with my hair. I might as well keep to my cage, skip my weekly trip to the clip joint, and try to console myself that, after all is said and done….

    Now, if I can only convince my wife.

     
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