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  • mistermuse 2:59 pm on April 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baccarat, blackjack, cards, , casinos, gambling, Gloria Steinem, , , , poker, , Steve Allen, ,   


    Do you know what day it is today? Of course you do — April 5 is GO FOR BROKE DAY. “Going for broke,” I suppose, could be spun several ways, but as the subject of this post, it’s a day for the (w)ages. I’m putting my hard-earned money on gambling, and I’m betting that you”ll treasure these quotes on the subject. If not, they come with a funny-back guarantee, so what have you got to lose?

    There is an easy way to return from a casino with a small fortune: go there with a large one. -Jack Yelton

    I like to play blackjack. I’m not addicted to gambling, I’m addicted to sitting in a semi-circle. -Mitch Hedberg

    Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math. -Unknown

    Last night I stayed up late playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died. -Steven Wright

    I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That’s how I lost my mind. -Steve Allen

    I bet on a horse at ten-to-one. It didn’t come in until half-past five. -Henny Youngman

    I don’t gamble, because winning $100 doesn’t give me great pleasure. But losing $100 pisses me off. -Alex Trebeck

    Nobody has ever bet enough on a winning horse. -Richard Sasuly

    You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people. -Will Rogers

    Someone once asked me why women don’t gamble as much as men and I gave the commonsensical reply that we don’t have as much money. That was a true but incomplete answer. In fact, women’s total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage. -Gloria Steinem

    Money can be lost in more ways than won. -Evan Esar

    Baccarat is a game whereby the croupier gathers in money with a flexible sculling oar, then rakes it home. If I could have borrowed his oar, I would have stayed. -Mark Twain

    Of course, no discourse on gambling would be complete without this:

    • Don Frankel 5:23 pm on April 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “Oh Monsieur Rick, Monsieur Rick.” The girl from Bulgaria.
      “He’s just a lucky guy.”


      • mistermuse 8:14 pm on April 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Love that scene, Don….and the previous one, and the next one, and every one..


    • arekhill1 7:33 pm on April 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Duly noted, Sr. Muse. Do you happen to know when it will be “Go for Baroque Day?”


    • mistermuse 8:24 pm on April 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      If you’re referring to Barack’s older brother, Baroque Obama, I think his day is long past. Come to think of it, Barack’s days are dwindling down to a precious few too. Maybe Hillary will return the favor when she’s elected President and appoint him Secretary of State.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 9:06 am on April 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      The one thing I learned in Las Vegas was how to roll quarters into the slot machines. This skill helped me when vending machines used to take small change. Now the soda pop and snack vendors only collect the green stuff. No fun trying to roll dollar bills into the slots and those darn macines won’t give you your change anyway.
      I am also waiting for a Baroque Day. I nominate April 20. Which is also the birthday of Adolph Hitler, who absolutely went Baroque trying to conquer Russia.


    • mistermuse 10:58 am on April 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Now that you mention Hitler, I can’t think of one time in CASABLANCA that his name was mentioned. I wonder if that was a deliberate decision by the writers, not to pay him that “honor.”


    • Michaeline Montezinos 6:38 pm on April 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      If I remember correctly mistermuse, I think that the mention of Hitler or any referemce to Nazism was deliberately omitted from the film CASABLANCA. One of my favorites also.

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    • mistermuse 12:42 pm on April 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Michaeline, I’ve just watched CASABLANCA again, and I was mistaken about Hitler’s name not being mentioned. Near the beginning of the film, when Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca and is greeted by Captain Louis Renault, they exchange “Heil Hitler”s. But that is the only time, so I was close but no cigar.


    • Michaeline Montezinos 5:48 pm on April 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      That was a long reach since the heil to Hitler was just a greeting. The film was finally released to theaters after many delays. It seems the beginning of World War II coincided with the making of CASABLANCA. I think Hollywood did not want to make create a movie that relied on the timeline of that war. which now makes the film fit in with any generation. It is timeless. Good attempt to correct your misgivings but no still cigar for you, mistermuse. ūüôā


    • mistermuse 6:17 pm on April 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I already said “close but no cigar” – so I’m not sure what you meant by that, Michaeline. In any case, the story of the making of CASABLANCA is interesting in itself, and no matter how many times I see the film, I never tire of watching it


    • Michaeline Montezinos 7:20 pm on April 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I meant no harm and no foul, mistermuse. However, I did feel a bit overlooked when I wrote about “Hitler going for Baroque in trying to conquer Russia.” So, now I guess we are even and you were very close in deed by mentioning “Heil Hitler.” Most of us probably missed that greeting but you did catch it, so kudos to you! By the way I must admit that my birthday is also on April 20th. Hopefully I turned out better than aforementioned dictator.

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      • mistermuse 3:59 pm on April 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Michaeline, I often don’t congratulate readers like Ricardo & others on their witticisms (and vice versa) because I think there’s an understood appreciation of each other’s writing ability, and explicit praise seems unnecessary…even embarrassing or awkward. So take it as a compliment that I think your writing has reached a point where your “gems” no longer need (ap)praising. ūüôā


    • M√©lanie 10:55 am on April 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Bogie and Claude Rains… “o tempora, o mores!” I still watch “Casablanca” called in French “film-culte”, each time it’s on a TV channel…

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    • mistermuse 1:39 pm on April 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      In America, a cult film is generally regarded as a film with an extremely enthusiastic, but relatively limited, following. By that definition, CASABLANCA is too broadly popular to be considered “film-culte.” Personally, I like the term and think it suits almost any truly classic film, regardless of its mass appeal.

      Speaking of classic films, “o tempora, o mores” is spoken by the reporter (according to Wikipedia) in INHERIT THE WIND, the Spencer Tracy/Fredric March-starring drama based on the Scopes MonkeyTrial. I’ve seen that movie a few times but don’t recall hearing that classic phrase, so I’ll have to watch/listen for it the next time it’s on TV.


  • mistermuse 1:10 pm on March 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ancient history, Gloria Steinem, History of the World, , Madeline Kahn, , Neanderthal, Peking man, Piltdown man, prehistoric man, primitive man,   


    It is good, now and then, to take a refresher course in where we come from, even though our common human roots have been well chronicled in such documentary films as

    You may say that’s ancient history, but, as such famous ill-fated philosophers as Jimmy Hoffa have said, “You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” Awareness of past missteps (both personal and ancestry-wise) may help you avoid future pitfalls; pretending you’re a self-made man or woman is like living in a house without a foundation.¬† With that in mind, here’s a little quiz to test your knowledge of your prehistoric forebears. Five of the following actually existed and five are fakers:

    1.  Neanderthal man
    2.  Heidelberg man
    3.  Cuppa Java man
    4.  Swanscombe man
    5.  Peking dude
    6.  Gloria Steinheim man
    7.  Rhodesian man
    8.  Solo mon
    9.  Cro-Magnon man
    10. Piltdown man

    Did you find the five pretenders? Ladies, I hope you don’t take this lightly, because if you’re in search of your dream Neanderthal, it’s important that you be able to tell the difference:

    OK, I will test your patience no longer — the imposters are #3, 5, 6, 8 and 10. Some, like Solo mon masquerading as Solo man, are close but no cigaret. Piltdown man was a hoax.

    My name is mistermuse, and though I am ancient, I am not a hoax. Really.

    • Don Frankel 4:05 am on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great clips. They left the piss boy out of the French Revolution scene but it’s still good to be the King. Well up to a point.

      Muse I had my DNA mapping done. It is very interesting as people think or are told this that and the other thing about their ancestry and it might not be necessarily so. Long story short 2% of my DNA is Neanderthal. So if you ever call me a Neanderthal I’ll just have to say, yes.


    • mistermuse 7:30 am on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, you’re right – how could they have left PISS BOY out of a “best scenes” compilation? Therefore, I will take matters into my own hands:



    • arekhill1 10:46 am on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Where are Adam, Eve and Fred Flintstone?


      • M√©lanie 1:41 am on March 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        … and Wilma Flintstone… ūüėČ the Flintstones were world wide popular and watched, even in Romania, my native country! ūüôā


    • mistermuse 2:07 pm on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ricardo, I think I “covered” Adam & Eve enough in my previous post. As for Fred Flintstone, I’ve never understood the popularity of The Flintones. As far as I’m concerned, he’s no rock star, and about as engrossing as yabba dabba doo-doo.


    • M√©lanie 1:38 am on March 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      n¬į 5+6… LOL of the total LOL… ūüėÄ merci-thanx, you’ve made my mornin’… ūüôā wish u tons of inspiration and good-nite(sic!) in the US… ūüôā


    • mistermuse 6:41 am on March 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Mel Brooks said it’s good to be the King (though I noticed he didn’t say the same about the Piss Boy), and I say it’s good to have readers like you. ūüôā


  • mistermuse 11:57 am on March 8, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Coco Chanel, Erich Fromm, General George Patton, , Gloria Steinem, , , , Panic Day, quotations on courage, , writer's block   


    According to holidayinsights.com, March 9th is PANIC¬†DAY! I’m not quite sure why we’re supposed to panic tomorrow — for many poor souls,¬†it would be¬†nothing¬†more than business as usual — and for the rest of us, isn’t¬†such a day just¬†looking for trouble? Or should we¬†view it as an opportunity¬†to squeeze all our panic into one day¬†so we can live the rest of the year¬†as carefree¬†as a carbuncle¬†(which may not live carefree, but it¬†sounds funny).

    Frankly, I’m not buying it — I¬†think a¬†DON’T PANIC DAY would not only¬†be more productive, but would¬†encourage more¬†courage in the face of discourage(ment).¬†¬†Allow me to demonstrate:¬†I refuse to panic¬†at the thought¬†of writer’s block or over-working my brain,¬†by bravely¬†turning the rest of this post over to the¬†thoughts of others on¬†such matters.

    The most courageous act is still to think for yourself.¬† –Coco Chanel

    It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and¬†moral courage so rare.¬† –Mark Twain

    Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.¬† –Erich Fromm

    History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.¬† —Maya Angelou

    I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.
    –Maya Angelou

    We’ve begun to raise our daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.¬† —Gloria Steinem

    A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
    –Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Everyone admires the courage of the lion tamer in a cage with half-a-dozen lions — everyone but a school bus driver.¬† –Evan Esar

    I never thought much of the courage of the lion tamer. Inside the cage he is at least safe from people.¬† –George Bernard Shaw

    Untutored courage is useless in the face of educated bullets.
    General George Patton

    • Don Frankel 7:17 am on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Muse I refuse to panic. Am I brave? Not really I’m just too old and too tired. Panic like youth or uthe is wasted on the young.


    • mistermuse 7:44 am on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m with you, Don (my carbuncle ain’t sayin’, but who cares – it’s a pain in the butt).


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