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  • mistermuse 12:02 am on April 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Family Feud, , honesty, , , , Porky Pig, , SPEED BUMP, surveys   

    MISTER-MUSE AND SUR-VEYS 

    We thought of ourselves as the lion….king of all he surveys. –Wordreference Forums

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    April 30 is NATIONAL HONESTY DAY, which I was considering making the subject of this post….but, to be honest, I already been there/done that (April 30, 2014) before most of you truth seekers had the misfortune to discover and become addicticated to my blog. But never you fear / be of good cheer / that post is as near / as if it were here:

    IT’S NATIONAL HONESTY DAY — HONEST!

    Back to the present, I ain’t lion: needing something else to write about posthaste, I got an idea from (click) this cartoon which appeared a few days ago in the local paper.

    What with all the surveys and pseudo-surveys we’re bombarded with these days (even some news links on my Internet Explorer home page require answering a survey before proceeding), why shouldn’t I get in on the act with my own survey? Then I came across the following and, truth being stranger than fishin’, I’m thinkin’ perhaps I should be careful what I fish for:

    10 Most Bizarre Survey Finds

    So, Mister Muse will limit Sir Vey to one question: if what you don’t know can’t hurt you, why is clueless humanity so screwed up? If nothing else, those “Survey Finds” only confirm my faith in H. L. Mencken’s opinion of the American public (and, by extension,  the rest of the world).

    So there you have it, human-family feuders. Survey says:

    P.S. Honestly, I wonder if Noah ever answered God’s survey?

     
    • Midwestern Plant Girl 8:31 am on April 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m in the 40% that would save my dog over a tourist…. I’d save my dog over a citizen also 😲

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      • mistermuse 10:22 am on April 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        As long as you’re not in the 40% of those who would vote for Donald Trump, I’ll give you a pass on that one, M.P.G. 🙂

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        • Midwestern Plant Girl 11:11 am on April 30, 2016 Permalink

          Errrr. Hmmm. I don’t want to vote for either of the frontrunners…

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    • mistermuse 11:53 am on April 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Not to worry. Lucy Lou, the border collie mayor of Rabbit Hash, KY, of whom I’ve written before, is running indognito as a bite-in candidate for Pres. She may be laying low, but thinks you should vote for her because the other candidates are even bigger dogs than she is.

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    • Richard Cahill 11:01 pm on April 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      In the larger sense we’re all tourists here, Sr. Muse, and, also in the larger sense, (speaking of males at least) we’re all dogs. So I don’t think the question a fair one.

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    • mistermuse 11:38 pm on April 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If I were a cynic, I’d ask Since when is life fair? Wait — I AM a cynic. Oh well, as Popeye would say, I yam what I yam.

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    • linnetmoss 8:02 am on May 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Mencken got it in one.

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    • mistermuse 8:11 am on May 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      SIR VEY SAYS you’re right!

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    • Don Frankel 12:01 pm on May 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The problem of those surveys is we have to believe the people giving them are honest. I think they’re the same people taking the polls.

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    • mistermuse 1:30 pm on May 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think some of the internet surveys are marketing feelers in the guise of surveys. But even “legitimate” surveys can be skewed toward whatever result is advocated, depending upon how the questions and/or choices are worded. No doubt the most honest (if not always accurate) polls are those undertaken or partnered by major news organizations and long established pollsters such as Gallup and the NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:35 am on May 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my, I don’t know, when reading those survey results, if I should laugh or cry. Unbelievable. Ignorance is not bliss, it’s just ignorance. Very entertaining post, if not a bit depressing LOL.

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    • mistermuse 12:03 pm on May 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. I agree about ignorance, but I’d allow that not all ignorance is created equal. The worst is WILLFUL ignorance, which is the kind many politicians, tyrants and tycoons specialize in. More forgivable is uneducated ignorance, especially the uneducated ignorance of those who don’t know any better through no fault of their own (usually the easily-led young). But I’m sure you’re not ignorant of this, so please forgive my ‘preaching.’ 🙂

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    • D. Wallace Peach 2:43 pm on May 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I agree completely. There’s a huge difference. I count myself among the ignorant in more ways than not. There’s just too much to know. It’s the willful and purposely deceitful ignorance that is so unsettling 🙂

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  • mistermuse 12:09 am on April 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , April 30, , Honest Abe, honesty, , , , National Honesty Day, Oliver Wendell Holmes, , , ,   

    IT’S NATIONAL HONESTY DAY — HONEST! 

    April 30 is National Honesty Day, and in all honesty, few are better qualified to wax veracious on this subject than I, or my name isn’t mistermuse. I have even composed a little poem (which I dedicate to my fellow man) to celebrate the occasion:

    Always be honest with yourself
    To make the most of life —
    It will save you untold trouble
    Unless you tell your wife.

    Of course, no homage to honesty would be complete without a contribution from the most honest man (recusing myself from consideration) who ever lived, “Honest Abe,” whose real name was Abraham Lincoln. Fortunately, “Honest Abe” acquired that reputation well before becoming a politician, so we can be reasonably confident that he was indeed honest, and so accustomed to truth-telling that not even politics could break him of the habit. He therefore gets the honor of leading off this compilation of quotations on honesty:

    If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?  –Abraham Lincoln

    Honesty is the best policy.  —Benjamin Franklin

    I have not observed men’s honesty to increase with their riches.  –Thomas Jefferson

    Honesty is the best policy – for poor people.  —Evan Esar

    It is better to be quotable than to be honest.  –Tom Stoppard (who managed to be both for the price of one?)

    Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.  —Mark Twain

    Pretty much all the honest truth-telling in the world is done by children.  –Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

    Today I bent the truth to be kind, and I have no regret, for I am far surer of what is kind than I am of what is true.  –Robert Brault

    Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.  –Ludwig Wittgenstein

    We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find is an honest friend.  –Robert Louis Stevenson

     

     
    • Don Frankel 5:32 am on May 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Great advice here, especially your marital advice. If you leave out telling your wife it is very easy to be honest. Honesty is a relative thing as it does depend on what someone’s definition of is, is.

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    • mistermuse 6:43 am on May 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, your mention of Bill Clinton’s theory of relativity causes me to question my marital advice. I wonder if he would’ve saved himself untold trouble if he had told Hillary about Monica?

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    • Don Frankel 5:41 pm on May 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It seems she knew all about it. But I loved his answer. Besides no one ever proved he had sex with that woman. All that dress proved was he almost had sex with her.

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 5:29 pm on July 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoyed the Honesty post and the I Forgot Day. The latter seems right for me since I had my concussion 3 weeks ago. I am getting my memory back. Reading mistermuse’s posts and the comments is helping. Three more weeks to go and I should be all well. Hope you all have a Happy Fourth!

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    • mistermuse 7:30 pm on July 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Michaeline, I’m going to reply to your comment before I forget. Have a safe and happy Fourth, and remember to keep wearing your football helmet for another 3 weeks. Better safe than sorry! 🙂

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