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


    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

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    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 when¬†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! ūüôā

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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. ūüôā


        • 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).


    • 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.


    • 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!


    • 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 I’ll vote for you!


      • 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 ūüėÄ


        • 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

      You’ve got my vote.
      And besides there’s so much foul air in Washington these days they won’t even notice the difference.


      • 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…


      • 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.


    • 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?


      • 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.


    • 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


      • 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).


    • 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.


      • 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.


        • 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.


    • 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. ūüôā

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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.


    • 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!


      • 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!


        • 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.


    • 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.


      • 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 12:02 am on January 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , GOP, , , , Orrin Hatch, ,   


    Last month, a red-winged whitebird from Utah, Senator Orrin Hatch, laid a big GOP egg when asked about allegations against President Donald Trump:


    Hatch later apologized for his¬†fowl apathy, but he needn’t have. After all,¬†a number of other¬†non-peons down through the eons haven’t given a hoot about one thing or another, including these warblers:

    No doubt¬†the Nuthatch in the White House thinks Orrin Hatch is a sage Grouse. Not to crow,¬†but I don’t give a tweet….and from heron, never let it be said that I¬†never write posts¬†that are for the birds.




  • mistermuse 12:57 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: awards, draining the swamp, Dumbo, , , GOP, , keister, Mike Pence, , , , , Sarah Huckabee Sanders, , , WASP   


    Friends, I am proud,¬†humbled¬†and honored to tell you that I (will) be nominated for the Kiester Award¬†for blogging (over, above and beyond the call of duty, no less). Yes, friends, I foresee that you will see fit, after reading this, not¬†only¬†to get off (or on)¬†your kiester, as the case-ster may be,¬†to nominate me….but¬†also to¬†kick yourself in the kiester for not doing¬†so before.¬†So, though your awakening may be in arrears, it¬†is appreciated.

    But I’m conflicted, friends.¬†It’s not that I’m¬†ungrateful for the¬†Kiester that you¬†are aching¬†to bestow upon me; however, there are others much more deserving. I would therefore caution you to control yourselves, because¬†worthy as I may be,¬†it’s only right (wing) that¬†you should nominate¬†someone with¬†far superior qualities, such as:

    THE¬†DONALD¬†— aka The Orange (T)error. America’s bully boy¬†and wall nut¬†who¬†is able to¬†leap (t)all Republicans in a single bound and make them kiss his ass in a single tweet. Drains swamps by filling them in with b.s. Loves everyone (who loves him), but¬†retains Godfather complex¬†(for those who don’t).

    THE MIKESTER — aka¬†Straightarrow Mike. Joined to The Donald at the hip while being the least hip VP in American hipstery.¬†Even a¬†dog couldn’t be more loyal.¬†Leading contender for the Cardboard Poodle award.

    THE MITCH-ELAINE MAN — aka Monotone Mitch.¬†The Blue Grass State’s gift horse¬†to the U.S. Senate. Was once caught smiling, and vowed never to smile again.¬†Doesn’t parrot The Donald as much¬†as¬†The Mikester, but¬†is nonetheless for the birds. Married to Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation in the horse’s ass administration.

    THE HUCKABEE WASP — aka Sarah the married¬†Spinstirrer. White House Press Secretary and daughter of¬†White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Christian Minister and¬†former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee. Read her lips. She may not be a dummy, but¬†The Donald’s got her back (or¬†is it the other way around?).

    DUMBO THE UGLY¬†ELEPHANT — aka The GOP. It’s¬†the body¬†the Republican Party has become since The Donald took¬†power,¬†as¬†Ronald Reagan turned over in his grave. Who knew Ronnie’s reign as President¬†would¬†one day¬†turn out to be, not only¬†The Good Old Days of fond memory, but the elephant in the room, the ghost of civility past?

    In closing, friends, a few of you may think I misspelled Keister, but in my dictionary, Kiester is also acceptable. Spelling can be like pronunciation:

    • Carmen 1:25 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      All this time I thought it was Christer ‚ÄĒ as in, Holy Christer. . . I‚Äôve got a few of them around here today. . And it‚Äôs raining. . . ūüė¶

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      • mistermuse 3:25 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        According to the Urban Dictionary, Christer is a popular name among religious fanatics, TV ministers and do-gooders, so I’m guessing you’ve had a drought and you invited them to pray for rain. Saints be praised, you had a conversion, and this is your reward! Now all you have to worry about is the coming flood! ūüė¶

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        • Carmen 6:25 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink

          I was referring to my grandchildren. . . big grin. ..

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    • arekhill1 2:39 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Assholes all, Sr Muse. A spot-on analysis.

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      • mistermuse 3:40 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ricardo. There’s lots more where they came from, but I can only fit so many a-holes on one po(s)t.

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    • BroadBlogs 3:34 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply


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    • mlrover 3:38 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “The Orange (T)error. America‚Äôs bully boy and wall nut who is able to leap (t)all Republicans in a single bound” is a hoot. The Stump is so disgusting that some ask who we’d have to laugh at when he’s gone. He’s become so revolting he’s just sad (and dangerous) while making our country a laughingstock in the eyes of the rest of the world. The majority of the Republican Party isn’t much better. Clever posting and loved the Astair/Rogers clip, one that was done in more than one take. Rare for them. Astair usually insisted on single, seamless takes.

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      • mistermuse 3:52 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I think the reason Astaire/Rogers seldom needed multiple takes was that he was such a stickler for rehearsing over and over again until they achieved perfection (or as close to it as humanly possible) that by the time it came to shoot a scene, one take was all that was necessary.

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        • mlrover 4:43 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink

          I thought I heard Rogers talking about the one take thing, but it was long ago so I could have it mixed up.

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    • calmkate 6:36 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Fortunately I don’t know most of these nominees but I sincerely appreciate your wordsmith skills in aptly describing them … so I feel compelled to give my vote to the queen

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      • mistermuse 12:29 am on August 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Just for the record, the other nominees (besides Trump) are Mike Pence, President in charge of Vice; Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader in charge of blocking Supreme Court nominees of Democrat Presidents and confirming Supreme Court nominees of Republican Presidents; Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary in charge of explaining what Trump means by what he says and tweets; and the GOP, the political party in charge of sitting on their assumptions while their President runs the country like a raving egomaniac.

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        • calmkate 2:37 am on August 10, 2018 Permalink

          oh he is a ridiculous dictator .. does what he wishes and still has support … from over here it looks like your whole country has gone insane ūüė¶

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: animals with big noses, big noses, , , , GOP, , , ,   


    When I remarked, in a comment to my last post, that some mugwump Republicans would “hold their noses” while voting for you-know-who, it brought to mind (who nose why?)¬†the old college football exhortation, HOLD THAT LINE!….which, in turn, suggests a¬†catchy campaign slogan for¬†the GOP’s¬†Offensive Lines Man: HOLD THAT NOSE! VOTE FOR TRUMP!

    The nose, it seems, has long been a useful appendage when it comes to exhortations:


    I don’t nose about you, but I find people with¬†noses fascinating — especially thoses with long noses….especially thoses whose noses made them famous.

    On the other hand,¬†I don’t think it’s fair that animals with big noses are often seen as having faces only a mother could love:

    Animals with Big Noses

    Did you notice that¬†several humans managed to¬†horn their way¬†into that mix of¬†pix, one of whom seems bent on cutting off his nose to spite his face?As Jimmy “Schnozzola” Durante used to say, “Everybody wants to get into the act,” but that guy is apparently trying to¬†take a short cut. Oh, well, it’s no skin off of my nose.

    Of course, not everyone is blessed with a big nose, otherwise mistermuse might be known as misternose. HAHAHA!¬† The point is that you don’t have to have a natural¬†big nose to clown around and¬†be a big hit with the young at heart:

    • eths 12:34 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the Judy Garland video!

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    • mistermuse 6:17 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That video is a clip from the 1948 movie THE PIRATE, one of Judy’s lesser-known & under-appreciated films. Well worth watching, in my view.


    • ladysighs 6:45 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Always so clever you are!! One never knows what you will be posting next.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 7:12 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        People now are trying thru plastic surgery and botox injections to have a pretty face and body. Jimmy Durante used his most prominent feature to attract attention.to his comical actions. The tragedy of plastic surgery becomes evident in the news. A 29 year old, young women went under the knife trying to have some bodily changes. It doesn’t happen often but the poor lady died from complications. Good posting mistermuse. We should be aware of this problem and learn to like ourselves as we are, big nose and other physical imperfections..

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      • mistermuse 7:32 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I usually don’t know what I’ll be posting next myself, ladysighs. I just play it by ear (or, in this case, by nose).

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    • mistermuse 7:40 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Michaeline, I think where human beings are concerned, there’s always room for improvement – the problem is that too often we want to improve superficial things instead of what really counts. Of course, I’m already perfect, so I needn’t worry about such things (believe that, and I’ll tell you another one!). ūüôā


    • Cynthia Jobin 10:43 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I find noses–all noses—comical. Have you ever sat musing in a pubic place, say, a coffee shop, and really looked at noses? They crack me up! The most colorful nose idioms I nose about are ones I have been accused of: “Get your nose out of that book!” and ones I have slung at others: “Brown nose!” Then there’s always that south end of the roast chicken referred to as “the parson’s nose” ……or “the pope’s nose”, depending on your religious persuasion. The family dog usually gets to enjoy that.

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      • mistermuse 11:58 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I know very little about cooking, For example, I’ve heard of rump roast, but was never curious enough to check it out — get to the bottom of it, as a bad punner (not I, of course) might say. So, irreverent soul that I am, and trusting that the south end of the chicken doesn’t mind sharing the bird-en(d), I’ll lump “parson’s nose” and “pope’s nose” with rump, because a roast by any other name would…. whatever.

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    • arekhill1 11:40 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.”–Nosetradamus

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    • mistermuse 12:16 pm on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Nosetradamus must have had a nose for pithy sayings, and you were picky enough to pick one of his pithiest. Good nose job (but bad pun by me).


    • Carmen 2:52 pm on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My father didn’t like my mother’s cousin. He used to say, “She knows all because she’s all nose!” (I hadn’t thought of her for years. . . )

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    • mistermuse 4:56 pm on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love it, Carmen! Your father certainly had a nose for saying it all in a few words.


    • Don Frankel 6:07 am on May 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Least we forget Danny Thomas here when it comes to noses. And, of course the Seinfeld episode where he tried to explain that it was not a pick. But most importantly we have to remember that “the nose knows.”


    • mistermuse 7:03 am on May 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t particularly care for Danny Thomas as a comedian, but like Durante, he did joke about his big nose. I can only guess that the compiler of the clip of thoses with famous noses didn’t include him because his fame pretty much passed on when he did.


  • mistermuse 12:02 am on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Columnist Kathleen Parker, divided America, , GOP, , , , , Mitt Romney, , , , ,   


    Political elections are a good deal like marriages–there’s no accounting for anyone’s taste.¬†–Will Rogers

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    In a March 2 Cincinnati¬†newspaper¬†article (titled ROAD TRIPPIN’ TO COLUMBUS FOR TRUMP), a reporter writes of accompanying four Trump backers on a drive to Columbus (Ohio)¬†for a DONALD TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT¬†rally: “They’re serious about their support for Trump. They shrug off his bombastic speech.”

    Alas, what¬†they also¬†“shrug off”¬†is any suggestion¬†that Trump is a big-talking combination of¬†P.T. Barnum, bully,¬†and¬†simplistic-solutions¬†artist¬†who¬†can order away the causes of¬†Americans’ discontent¬†as easily as he fires ‘losers’. Shrug–the¬†perfect word to describe the casualness with which Trump supporters dismiss his “bombastic speech.” Bombastic? More like conveniently ignorant¬†(Trump: “I don’t know anything about [white supremacist] David Duke”), or¬†demeaning (“Would anyone vote for that [Carly Fiorina’s] face?”), or¬†pathetic¬†(“He¬†[John McCain] is not¬†a war hero”), or¬†despicable (mocking a reporter, named Serge Kovaleski,¬†who has¬†a disability). Etc. Etc. Etc.¬†But what do¬†his followers¬†care,¬†because they think he “tells it like it is.”

    Here’s how columnist Kathleen Parker¬†saw it¬†in a recent piece titled “The GOP may get what it deserves”: “The challenge for those of us in the observation business [lest you forget, this blog is called¬†THE OBSERVATION POST] is to illuminate what’s plainly obvious without offending those who prefer not to see. But there’s no winning once passions are engaged, and hating the messenger [aka blaming the media]¬†is a time-honored tradition.” Such a¬†business.

    One would¬†expect¬†sensible people¬†to realize¬†that¬†Trump is no cure for the uncompromising dogmatism that plagues our politics. So, how to account for the gullibility (or “taste,” as Will Rogers put it) of those who’ve been seduced by their beloved’s dubious charms. Perhaps some see that rivals like Ted Cruz would only deepen the dogmatic ditch that divides us. But that gives them credit for more sophistication than is their due, in my estimation.¬†Most of them simply don’t see¬†Trump for the humbug he is, and dogmatism is a fancy word that doesn’t pay their bills or kick butt.

    But Mitt Romney knows better:

    Just between us, I¬†find myself¬†hoping that¬†Trump wins the¬†GOP nomination, in the¬†belief¬†(promulgated by Romney and other¬†Republican leaders) that he would¬†lose big to Hillary….and take down with him¬†enough right wing candidates¬†to lose control of the Senate (and hopefully¬†loosen political and¬†tribalistic¬†gridlock in the process). Not that I’m a huge fan of Hillary, but¬†at worst,¬†she is the¬†lesser of two evils, and in any case, more mature, warts and all. Or I may¬†vote for Rabbit Hash Mayor/Presidential candidate¬†Lucy Lou, who may be a dog, but not¬†a¬†dog who tears people apart. Nor, oddly enough, is she the least bit(e) dogmatic.

    What is so hard about understanding that working together is the most reasonable and timely way to get things done in a democracy? Hillary’s¬†jingoistic rejoinder¬†to¬†Trump’s jingoistic¬†‘Make America great again’ campaign slogan is, at least, a starting point: “America never stopped being great. We have to make America whole.” Or at least as whole as is relatively possible in a country¬†divided against itself.


    • carmen 5:57 am on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      We shake our heads in disbelief every time we see another tRumpinanigan on the news – but then again, we’ve been incredulous for awhile now.
      Great post, mistermuse! It’s cold here in the frozen north but the sap is running!

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    • mistermuse 8:23 am on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There has been so much said and written of Trump that I was concerned this post would seem like overkill, but Trump is far from dead in the GOP horse race, so, as long as “the sap is running,” I decided to throw in my two cents worth.


    • linnetmoss 9:39 am on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think it will be Donald vs. Hillary. I just hope she actually wins. The alternative is terrifying.

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    • mistermuse 10:28 am on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If Ohio governor John Kasich can win his home state on March 15, that could end up denying Trump the number of delegates he needs to eventually cinch the GOP nomination, leading to a brokered convention in Cleveland with Kasich having a chance to come out on top. I do think he is the most broadly acceptable of the remaining GOP contenders, but he probably lost some respect among independents because of this:


    • arekhill1 1:26 pm on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Republicans have carefully massaged the egos of America’s idiots for the last fifty years, Sr. Muse, because that was the only way they could win elections. Now that the OFB has gotten out in front of them, they are merely reaping what they sowed.


      • mistermuse 5:22 pm on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Kathleen Parker, the moderate conservative whose column I quoted in my post, said in the same column that John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his VP running mate in 2008 “foretold a dumbing down of the GOP that eight years later may prove irreversible.” Whether it’s been eight or fifty years, Republicans are indeed reaping what they’ve sowed.

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        • M√©l@nie 1:49 am on March 9, 2016 Permalink

          holy, Molly!!! THE Sarah Palin choice… she used to wave to Putin from her patio and to hunt in helicopter!!! long story, short: she hasn’t invented hot water or the butter slicing thread!!!(French expression translated mot-√†-mot…) ūüôā

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    • Don Frankel 3:32 pm on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I see after your article there is an advertisement for some heart medication. Is this a subliminal message that we’ll need it?

      I don’t get too excited over Presidential candidates or Presidents. It doesn’t end well for any of them. But that doesn’t discourage a new batch every four years. Kind of amazing if you stop to think about it.

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    • mistermuse 5:48 pm on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know about heart medication, Don, but after Lucy Lou wins the election, the White House is going to need a four to eight year supply of dog food.

      As for getting too excited, these every-four-year spectacles make great theatre (if nothing else), but this latest re-staging combines drama, comedy and farce like never before (and could turn into a tragedy if Trump is actually elected).


    • BroadBlogs 7:49 pm on March 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great title! And I love Colbert’s video.

      Must admit that I’m kind of hoping Trump will get the nomination for the same reason you are — although I’m a bit scared since in 1980 the Democrats thought no one would vote for Ronald Reagan.

      If Mitt Romney’s plan were to go into effect, and they chose someone other than Donald Trump, that could alienate a lot of voters. (Yay, Hillary!)

      Their best hope is convincing Republicans that the Donald is a con artist. Still, where would Trump voters go? They’re starting to smarten up — see that the establishment isn’t for their interests.

      Could be a good year for Hillary.

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    • mistermuse 10:31 pm on March 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This could play out in a number of different ways. If Trump doesn’t win Ohio and Florida, it will probably go to a brokered convention in which most of the Republican “establishment” will go all out to convince delegates to nominate someone other than Trump. As for the Dems, Hillary’s nomination seems assured, barring a bombshell revelation emerging from the investigation of her emails. Time will tell.


    • RMW 2:07 pm on March 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Bring back the monarchy!

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    • mistermuse 3:42 pm on March 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Like they say, be careful what you wish for. If Trump (or even Cruz) becomes Pres, a monarchy is likely to be very close to what you’ll get.

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    • M√©l@nie 1:54 am on March 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Monsieur Colbert is sooo smart, cultured, intelligent, wise… oh, yeah, I do recall the mm=moron mormon… ūüôā btw, I also visited Salt Lake City a few years ago: you have to see it, to believe it…

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    • mistermuse 7:12 am on March 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I knew some of what you wrote about Mormonism, but not all – thanks for the link to your post.
      As for Sarah Palin (mentioned in your earlier comment), John McCain will never admit it, but I’m sure he realizes that he made the stupidest mistake of his life when he chose her as his VP running mate eight years ago.

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    • literaryeyes 12:26 pm on March 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It looks to me like Trump will win Ohio and Florida. Hillary’s losses in Colorado and Michigan are a wake-up call for those of us who don’t want Trump to win. Right now, I think he would. Unfortunately, a lot of people still like the “strong man” (think of Russia and Israel). This is also a setback for the Conservatives who’ve been pushing an ideology all these years. They let the vitriol flow, hoping it would sweep them into power, and now they’re being swept away by the same vitriol!

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    • mistermuse 1:52 pm on March 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think you’re right about Florida, but there’s still hope for Kasich in Ohio, where he has been a pretty popular governor. He’s close behind Trump in Ohio polls and seems to be gaining ground, but if Trump wins, his path to the nomination gets a lot easier.
      Frankly, between Trump and Cruz, the fundamentalist Conservative, I see little to choose (in terms of who would be worse for the good of this country).


    • JosieHolford 8:23 pm on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Wondering how you feel about this post now a few years on. Don’t know about you but my views have “evolved” – meaning new horrors about tRump emerge making things even more crystal clear. The fact that we now have two unacceptable extremes – Sanders and Bloomberg – vying to be the Democratic nominee when so many terrific candidates are/ have been shoved aside – Booker, Castro, Harris Warren – is borderline tragic.

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      • mistermuse 9:26 pm on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I was certainly wrong (as were many others) in believing that Trump “would lose big to Hillary.” But I wasn’t wrong about Trump — if anything, I underestimated what a sick human being he is.

        As for Sanders and Bloomberg: Bernie is too much of a demagogue for my taste, but — “taste” aside — there’s no way a self-proclaimed socialist will carry the swing states the Dems need to beat Trump. I have mixed feelings about Bloomberg. I don’t fault him for spending billions of his own money on his campaign. Does anyone truly believe that if any other candidates had his money, they wouldn’t spend it in the same manner? I know I would! Beyond that, I need to believe he’s sincere in regretting his “stop and frisk” policy as NYC mayor and past statements he has made which appear racist, so I’ll be watching him in tomorrow night’s debate to get a better feel for the man.


  • mistermuse 11:42 am on September 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: candidates, , , general stores, GOP, , , , jackass, , , ,   


    Over the river and through the woods, not far downstream¬†from where I live,¬†to the¬†Ohio River¬†metropolis of¬†Rabbit Hash, Kentucky,¬†we go.¬†As¬†its 315¬†hutch dwellers¬†know, Rabbit Hash’s¬†administration¬†has¬†been going to the¬†dogs¬†since 1998, when a¬†mutt named Goofy Bourneman¬†was elected mayor. Sadly,¬†His Honor the mayor¬†was euthanized in¬†2004, which for some reason¬†failed to¬†start¬†a national trend in political justice. Goofy was¬†¬†succeeded¬†by¬†another dog,¬† Junior, who¬†died¬†in 2008,¬†following which¬†the current mayor,¬†a border collie¬†named Lucy Lou, was elected. For you skeptics out there, or those¬†who have been asleep for the past 17 years, these events have been well documented:

    All of which brings us, litter-ly, to September 5, 2015, because on this day,¬†the Mayor of Rabbit Hash, KY,¬†Lucy Lou, announced that¬†SHE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT¬†of these United States(?) of America. What with the faltering campaign of Hillary Clinton threatening to neuter her chances of becoming the first female President, the candidacy of Lucy Lou should be welcome news to all who feel it’s time to elect a¬†real bitch (as opposed to the sons o’ bitches running for the¬†GOP). After all, Lucy Lou ran circles around her 2008 mayoral competitors: nine other dogs, a cat, an opossum, a jackass and a human (presumably the latter two weren’t one and the same), so she’s a proven winner.

    Meanwhile, for those whose interests run more along less political lines, I close with this:

    • arekhill1 12:41 pm on September 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “which for some reason failed to start a national trend in political justice.” Nice line.


    • mistermuse 4:20 pm on September 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks — I couldn’t have said it better myself. Oh, wait — I did say it myself. Oh, well, accidents do happen.


    • BroadBlogs 12:43 am on September 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Go Lucy Lou!

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      • mistermuse 7:05 am on September 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        ….or, to put it in the vernacular, “You go girl.”


    • Don Frankel 6:14 am on September 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This is a town I think I could move to. I wouldn’t have to worry if the place was going to the Dogs.

      I would have voted for Lucy Lou too.


      • mistermuse 7:13 am on September 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        The country could do a lot worse than the way Rabbit Hash holds its elections. The only slight adjustment I’d make for the presidential election would be to disqualify all votes that aren’t for Lucy Lou.


    • Sharron 2:39 pm on October 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’d say Lucy Lou is a better candidate than most. Funny lines! Thanks for visiting my blog. I love company.

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    • mistermuse 5:01 pm on October 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      In this case, Lucy Lou’s company, but three’s not a crowd….so Lucy Lou and I thank you.


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