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  • mistermuse 1:17 pm on March 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: At The Circus, Barnum & Bailey, , , , humor, , Ringling Bros., The Big Top, the Circus, ,   

    THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH 

    Does this melody ring a bell?

    Does the name Ringling Bros. ring a bell?

    If it does, the connection between the two should be clear as a bell, because that melody was used for decades on Hollywood soundtracks to accompany circus footage. The most famous circus of them all was Ringling Bros., which was founded on April 10, 1871, merged with Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth in 1919, and closed on May 22 2017.

    I recall seeing a circus as a young boy (regrettably, I don’t recall if it was Ringling Bros.)…. but this post’s focus is on circus movies, two of which I’ve seen several times since I was a teenage boy: Charlie Chaplin’s THE CIRCUS, and {The Marx Brothers) AT THE CIRCUS.

    THE CIRCUS (1928) is not as well known as such Chaplin masterpieces as THE GOLD RUSH, CITY LIGHTS, and MODERN TIMES, but it is still a great show. Here is the trailer, followed by the closing scene when the circus leaves town with the circus girl he loves:

    AT THE CIRCUS (1939) isn’t one of the Marx Brothers’ best films, but it has one of Groucho’s most famous scenes:

    How this song came to be written is a story in itself, but the history of Lydia actually pre-dates the song. In Germany in the 1920s, an entertainer named Wilhelm Bendow had a stand-up act as Lydia Smith, the tattooed lady, in which he wore a body cast and performed a satirical sketch. It is no stretch to assume that American lyricist Yip Harburg had heard of that act when he and composer Harold Arlen wrote the song in 1939 (yes, it’s the same Harburg and Arlen who earlier in 1939 wrote OVER THE RAINBOW and the other great songs in WIZARD OF OZ).

    As for the song’s lyrics, Harburg was a friend of Groucho, and both were fans of Gilbert and Sullivan. One evening (as AT THE CIRCUS was being developed) at a gathering at Groucho’s house, they were playing G & S records and singing along. Harburg was inspired to show his G & S-like inventiveness with rhyme scheme and verbal dexterity by writing a song for Groucho for the film, and the result was Lydia, The Tattooed Lady.

    But the song ran into trouble with the Breen office censors. Quoting Harburg: “That song was thought to be risqué, and we had a hell of a lot of trouble with it. This was 1939 and censorship was at its full height. We were told we would have to cut it out of the picture. Harold and I were mad. Finally, we got an idea of how to save the song. We put in a final verse to legitimize [it]”:

    She once swept an admiral off of his feet
    The ships on her hips made his heart skip a beat
    And now the old boy is in charge of the fleet
    For he went and married Lydia.

    There have been other circus movies (including the 1952 opus with the same title as this post, starring Jimmy Stewart as a circus clown), but that would make a three-ring circus of this post, and two is enough for this old boy.

    The Big Top stops here.

     

     

     

     

     
    • D. Wallace Peach 6:16 pm on March 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      How fun to listen to that song. I went to the circus a couple of times as a kid and took my daughter decades ago. Now, with greater awareness of the impact on the animals, the circus has lost its luster, but sad too that it’s gone.

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      • mistermuse 6:33 pm on March 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You ain’t lion, Diana. We still have zoos, but some people would like to do away with them too. I don’t agree, because I suspect that zoos are the last best hope of saving some on-the-verge-of-extinction animals (and zoo animals are no doubt, on the whole, better treated than circus animals were).

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        • D. Wallace Peach 7:46 pm on March 8, 2020 Permalink

          Yes, I agree about the zoos, especially since humans seem committed to destroying their natural habitats or just killing them for fun. Like the Trump boys.

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    • calmkate 6:49 pm on March 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      oh that first tune brought back many fond memories … second video was not available.

      Would love cc’s Circus, think I’ll look for it 🙂
      Lydia packs a punch, the song and it’s fascinating history, thanks!

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      • mistermuse 9:34 pm on March 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You should be able to find viewable clips of Charlie Chaplin’s THE CIRCUS fairly easily, Kate. When I Googled it, I saw various scenes, and even the whole movie, available on Youtube.

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    • magickmermaid 7:52 pm on March 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Of course I know that melody! It’s one of the background songs of the circus that is my life 🙂 La la la la!

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      • mistermuse 9:41 pm on March 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Now you’re talking my La la la la language, mm! It’s one of those songs that, once you hear it, you won’t forget it.

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    • masercot 6:46 am on March 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I learned a lot from Lydia…

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      • mistermuse 2:59 pm on March 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I wonder if Trump learned anything from Lydia? Even if he did, he wouldn’t give her credit, so kudos to you. 😉

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    • Rivergirl 8:40 am on March 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I spent my childhood at Madison Square Garden with Ringling Brothers Greatest Show on Earth. As a kid? It was 3 rings of pure magic…

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    • Elizabeth 5:08 pm on March 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Barnum came from Bridgeport Connecticut, so he is well known around here. My grandfather introduced us to “Lydia” in 1957, much to the consternation of my grandmother! He always liked innuendo.

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      • mistermuse 6:11 pm on March 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds like Lydia meant SINnuendo to your grandmother, Elizabeth. Bless her heart, I shudder to think how she would feel about today’s culture.

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    • The Diary of a Country Bumpkin 5:18 pm on March 11, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love the Marx brothers, brilliant!

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    • kutukamus 2:01 am on March 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I never knew the title of that song before. Thanks! 🙂

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    • Silver Screenings 3:49 pm on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m another one who didn’t know the title of that famous circus song.

      As for Charlie Chaplin, I have not yet seen his film, The Circus, and the trailer you posted makes me want to see it immediately. Thanks for putting it on my radar. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 5:43 pm on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I must confess that I didn’t know the title either….or rather, I knew it at one time but had forgotten it (courtesy of old age having crept up on me). As for The Circus, you shouldn’t have any trouble finding it on Youtube.

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  • mistermuse 9:36 pm on February 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Blueberry Hill, Fats Domino, Fulsom Prison Blues, humor, , , , Old Folks At Home   

    The Man in BLACK and BLUEberry Hill 

    Today being the birthday of two bygone giants of popular music, I thought I’d do a bit of a musical remembrance, because one of them is one of my favorites, and the other may be one of yours (if you’re into the early days of rock ‘n’ roll).

    I’ll start with the former: The Man in Black, JOHNNY CASH (2/26/1932–9/12/2003). I seem to recall doing a post on Johnny several years ago, so I won’t spend many words on him here. If interested in bio details, here a link you can check out:

    https://www.biography.com/musician/johnny-cash

    So let’s get to the music, beginning with a song which tells you something about where you’ll usually find me and my partner in time:

    Speaking of doing time:

    Here’s Johnny….cashing out this segment with wife June Carter Cash, in one of their hottest numbers:

    We close with “Mr. Blueberry Hill” himself, FATS DOMINO (2/26/1928–10/24/2017):

    Bio:  https://www.biography.com/musician/fats-domino

     

     

     

     
    • myplace3187 11:07 pm on February 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love your choice of the songs today. Fats Domino has a great voice for this song. They are all great singers in their own right !

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      • mistermuse 11:30 pm on February 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        June could certainly hold her own with Johnny, and Fats was one of the first musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Great singers indeed!

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    • calmkate 11:36 pm on February 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      love blueberry hill, wins hands down … didn’t know JCs wife was a singer too!

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    • Don Ostertag 11:40 pm on February 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Two of the all time greats. I was fortunate to have worked Cash many times. Sometimes with June, sometimes with The Highwaymen. I saw the Fat Man in Vegas but never got to work him. He was the second singer to have a hit with Blueberry. The first was – Gene
      Autry.

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      • mistermuse 12:03 am on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your interesting comment. I’m familiar with Gene Autry’s version of Blueberry Hill — I had it on an old 78 in my record collection. It dates back to 1940, but of course it’s not the oldest song on this post –OLD FOLKS AT HOME (by Stephen Foster) was composed in 1851.

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    • Garfield Hug 12:24 am on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Both are legends and are still played on radio here. So regardless of age, we all learn of great song legends that lived. Their songs continues in our heart!

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    • masercot 6:22 am on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That was quite a thrill!

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    • Rivergirl 8:59 am on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love JC…. and still have his original Folsom Prison album!

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      • mistermuse 12:25 pm on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise, Rg. As I look over the songs on the album, I notice that “Jackson” (the 3rd song on my post, with June Carter) is also on the Folsum Prison album.

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    • Ashley 9:08 am on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I think that the older Johnny Cash was the better he became and there is just NOTHING like Fats Domino on “Blueberry Hill” and he’s in the pink!

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      • mistermuse 12:40 pm on February 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think certain singers (like Cash) get better as they get older because they know better how to sing (Frank Sinatra perhaps being the prime example). A good voice (at least in the “old days”) would only take you so far if you didn’t know how to interpret a song and have a “feel” for it.

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    • Elizabeth 1:20 pm on February 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The last Cash recordings give me the chills in a good way. I loved him throughout my life and also still have the LP from Folsom Prison.

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      • mistermuse 4:58 pm on February 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It’s a great LP. I also have 7 other Johnny Cash LPs in my collection, which shows how much I like him, because I’m not a big fan of country music in general.

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        • Elizabeth 5:30 pm on February 29, 2020 Permalink

          I never thought of him as country since I had decided I didn’t like country.

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    • JosieHolford 4:47 pm on February 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “Cold empty bed, springs hard as lead
      Pains in my head, feel like old Ned
      What did I do to be so black and blue?
      No joys for me, no company….”

      Louis Armstrong, “Black and Blue”

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      • mistermuse 8:12 pm on February 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Josie, I was wondering if someone would pick up on that Louis Armstrong classic, because I had it in mind when I thought of this post’s title. Congrats!

        This song was co-composed in 1929 by another great black musician, Fats Waller, and Harry Brooks, with lyrics by Andy Razaf, who collaborated with Waller on a number of fine songs. Oddly enough, Waller never recorded the song….but Armstrong did, and the rest is black history.

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    • Silver Screenings 3:41 pm on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for this. I haven’t listened to Johnny Cash much in recent years, and it was lovely to hear some of this music again.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Blaise Pascal, Erica Jong, humor, Lenin, , , opera, , , ,   

    TRUTH BE TOLD….so it is said 

    When I come across a quote I love, and which is so true that it hits home (home being where the heart is), I often tell Cupid to get lost while I grab a pen, because in my heart….

    Yes, I want to be alone so I can write down said truth on whatever scrap of paper is handy before I get distracted and forget it….even then, I often don’t recall where I left that lovely quote, and Cupid will call me stupid (but then, aren’t we all when Cupid is involved?).

    Anyway, I haven’t written a post since I got home from the (soap) opera six days of our lives ago, so today I thought I’d seek out and gather up some of the bold and beautiful quotations I misplaced, for you alone (you ARE alone, aren’t you?):

    I don’t want to be alone, I want to be left alone.” –Audrey Hepburn, actress

    “In Genesis, it says that it is not good for a man to be alone, but sometimes it is a great relief. –John Barrymore, actor

    “Solitude is un-American.” –Erica Jong, novelist and poet

    All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.” –Blaise Pascal, writer, inventor, and theologian

    “The trouble with opera in the United States is that it is trying to sell caviar to a hamburger-eating country.” –Helen Traubel, opera singer

    “Opera: a play about life in another world whose inhabitants have no speech but song, no motions but gestures, and no postures but attitudes.” –Ambrose Bierce

    Opera: where anything that is too stupid to be spoken, is sung.” –Voltaire

    Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.” –Aldous Huxley

    It’s no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense.” –Mark Twain

    There is a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” –Maya Angelou

    I will close with a timely quote in which the words alone, opera, and truth do not appear….but I would say that truer words were never spoken (despite who said them):
    “Democracy counts heads without regard to what’s in them.” –Lenin

     

     

     
    • Garfield Hug 12:38 am on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I loved your quotes herein Mistermuse! Good share and always nice to read your posts. Looks like you must watch more soap (operas) to encourage you to pen more, on whatever scraps of paper – Hmm even gum wrappers perhaps? 😉

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    • mistermuse 1:43 am on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t watch soap operas, GH, but my wife and daughters did years ago, and I got a whiff of a few of them in passing. These days, just following the intrigues of Trump and his cast of sycophants is like watching a soap opera — a VERY BAD soap opera.

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    • blindzanygirl 2:02 am on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes. Some of them made me giggle. And anything that makes me giggle at 4 o’ clock in the morning MUST be good!

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      • mistermuse 10:14 am on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m never up at 4 o’clock in the morning unless nature calls — which doesn’t make me giggle (though I may end up with a jiggle).

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        • blindzanygirl 10:20 am on February 22, 2020 Permalink

          Lol mistermuse. I usually wake up at 4 a.m. for a wee, then can’t get back to sleep again! So I rebd to come in here!

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    • calmkate 3:06 am on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol great collection of misplaced quotes! I also had a giggle all alone 😎
      but then my neighbour came knocking to ask what was the matter … lol
      sadly I loathe opera with a passion so some of these were written for me!

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    • obbverse 3:55 am on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Mr Twain nails it again And should life give you Lenin, make a Collective.

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      • mistermuse 10:28 am on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Life has given the country a “Lenin” with Trump, and needs a collective of enough voters to make the November election his last stand.

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    • Rivergirl 9:03 am on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoy being alone. Why wouldn’t I? I’m marvelous company…
      😉

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      • mistermuse 10:33 am on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely, Rg — you and the rocks (non-followers of Rivergirl’s blog will have to go there to get that). 😉

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 9:24 am on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes. Voltaire’s is hilarious.

      Neil S.

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    • mistermuse 10:40 am on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I agree. “Boogie! Boogie! Boogie!” (to quote Groucho Marx in A NIGHT AT THE OPERA).

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    • magickmermaid 12:18 pm on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Although I have to disagree with Voltaire, I like all the other quotes. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 12:50 pm on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m not an opera lover, but if I had to choose, I’d take opera over soap opera because who needs soap when he only takes a bath/shower once a year, whether he needs it or not?

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    • Elizabeth 6:04 pm on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I find Angelou’s quote confusing. What sense do you make of it?

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      • mistermuse 7:14 pm on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Perhaps the most common use of “Facts [to] obscure the truth” is political spin. See below:

        https://www.britannica.com/topic/political-spin

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        • Elizabeth 6:10 pm on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you. That makes sense. I really couldn’t understand her quote. Now I do.

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        • mistermuse 7:23 pm on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          You’re very welcome, Elizabeth. If Trump & Company were as good at telling the truth as they are at spinning and/or twisting it, his followers wouldn’t know what to believe….and it might even give them second thoughts (not that they do any profound thinking in the first place).

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    • mlrover 8:17 pm on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Helen Traubel was on to something,especially when one keeps in mind that most TV watchers consider the singers on “Idol” talented. They may be but they’re certainly not trained and wouldn’t know a well-structured measure from a mordent.

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      • mistermuse 11:00 am on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I remember Helen Traubel well. Though a big (in more ways than one) opera star, she was no stuffed shirt — well, maybe physically, but not culturally — and made many guest appearances on TV back in the day, often on comedy shows like Jimmy Durante’s.

        As for today’s singers (and I mordently and mordantly use the term loosely), I can’t stand to listen to most of them, but as a product of today’s culture, what else would we expect? I suspect that some of them would’ve been good singers if they had grown up several generations ago….but not knowing any better, are they really to blame?

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    • Ashley 8:25 am on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes here! Some made me frown but mostly they made me smile. Can’t be bad and now the sun has come out! Hoooray!

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    • Silver Screenings 7:09 pm on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Voltaire’s comment on the opera made me laugh out loud. It sounds so irreverent!

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    • mistermuse 12:36 pm on February 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Every time I watch DUCK SOUP and A NIGHT AT THE OPERA, it’s amazing how funny Groucho’s lines still are today.

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    • arekhill1 1:45 pm on February 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Being alone is ok for some…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E9ydw_aDMg

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    • literaryeyes 11:46 pm on February 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I vote (ready to vote already) Mark Twain followed close by Huxley.

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      • mistermuse 10:16 am on February 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I can’t argue with those votes, Mary. Another one I really like is the Lenin quote, because it goes a long way toward explaining why Trump got millions of votes.

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    • barkinginthedark 10:52 pm on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      here’s my original quote; “question is the answer.” continue…

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      • mistermuse 12:14 am on March 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment, Tony, but would you kindly answer a question that has puzzled me for some time: your comments always end with the word “continue…” but continue where? At first I thought that if I clicked “continue,” it was a link which led to something….but nothing happens. What do you intend by “continue”?

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    • barkinginthedark 5:16 am on March 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      i mean keep on going MM…keep on doing…just keep on. continue…

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    • kutukamus 2:08 am on March 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Especially love those ones by Traubel and Lenin. 🍸

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    • mistermuse 11:52 am on March 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Truth Be Told, the Lenin quote is my fav….but I like them all.

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    • annieasksyou 11:44 pm on March 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, Mistermuse. I just stopped by to welcome you to annieasksyou; I’m delighted to have you join me. And since I love bad puns, dislike opera, and have written my share of tirades about a certain White House occupant, I am now following you as well. So cheers!

      Annie

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      • mistermuse 12:10 am on March 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment, about which I have just one quibble: I would call Trump the White House disaster, rather than White House occupant. 😉

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        • annieasksyou 9:25 am on March 17, 2020 Permalink

          I would agree—and even “disaster” doesn’t capture what his egomaniacal ineptitude has wrought on us now…

          But since we all need to keep our immune systems strong because of this plague he’s dramatically worsened, I’m putting a moratorium on myself to try to think of him as little as possible, focusing instead on things that cheer me—such as our budding new crocuses and the bird serenade outside my window.

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    • skullGhost 8:03 pm on April 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Simply amazing. And to add further, it seems this Lenin has captured the practical utilitarian essence of democracy well in those few words.

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    • mistermuse 8:13 pm on April 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ironic, but true.

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  • mistermuse 12:08 am on February 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Night at the Opera. Duck Soup, , humor, , , ,   

    A NIGHT AT THE (SOAP) OPERA – Act IV 

    As the curtain rises on Act IV, we pick up where we left off in Act III:

    We’ve come at long last to the denouement (aka the point in the presentation where it’s time to wrap up the plot before the popcorn runs out): Fiorello and Tomasso abduct and gag lead tenor Alasprairie during the onstage uproar and take him to a site out of sight, where he’s fit to be tied. Gottliebchen is in a bind: a replacement tenor is needed to quiet the affronted audience, as well as those seated in the rear. Ricardo Macaroni happens to be handy. Gottliebchen gives in. Ricardo and the lovely Rosa Grossa sing an aria. The audience is enthralled. Miraculously, everything has worked out in….

    THE END?

    But as we all know, it’s not the end until the fat lady sings — a requisite which is unaccountably missing in this opera. Fortunately for our fannies, the fat lady who doesn’t sing in this opera did sing to end this earlier opera, which will serve our purpose here:

    Now that’s what I call leaving on borrowed time.

     

     
    • mlrover 8:58 am on February 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love that they aimed the fruit over her head. My favorite was always when Harpo played.

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      • mistermuse 10:56 am on February 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Harpo’s playing always provided just the right balance of “catch-our-breath” between what would otherwise have been non-stop zaniness — not to mention that his playing was excellent in itself.

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      • tubularsock 1:50 pm on February 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Tubularsock loved that as well and found it interesting how she showed such confidence they’d miss. Wonder how many times they had to run through that without a mistake hit.

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        • mistermuse 9:23 pm on February 16, 2020 Permalink

          They did hit their initial target (Trentino) several times without noticeable effect before turning their attention to her, so I suspect that the “fruit” was made of something relatively soft (I was going to say foam rubber, but I checked and found that foam rubber wasn’t invented until 1937 — 3 years after DUCK SOUP was filmed). In any case, it does look like they missed her on purpose.

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    • magickmermaid 6:17 pm on February 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The Marx Brothers were unequaled! Still just as funny today. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 9:43 pm on February 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely! And A NIGHT AT THE OPERA lends itself perfectly to being satirized like a soap opera. I can’t think of another film which could as easily “inspire” the writing of these posts.

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    • masercot 8:22 am on February 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Just leave out the sanity clause next time…

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    • JosieHolford 8:45 pm on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Not for nothing they were known as comic genius.

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    • barkinginthedark 10:26 pm on February 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      love the Marx bros…the first Beatles. continue…

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    • mistermuse 12:58 am on February 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I guess you could make that comparison, though I’ve never thought of the Beatles’ films in that way before.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on February 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , humor, ,   

    A NIGHT AT THE (SOAP) OPERA – Act III 

    When last we met, leaving our three stowaways on the good ship Lollipoop, Tomasso had cut the beards off of three Russian aviators, and he, Fiorello and Ricardo had assumed their identities….or so you were left to assume. But you don’t have to take my word for it….

    Having escaped from the speakers’ platform outside City Hall with plainclothes detective Henderson in pursuit, the stowaways and Driftwort take refuge in a nearby hotel, where they have a flat and retire. In the a.m., they have room service send up their breakfast.

    Just when you thought the opening night of the opera season would never arrive, it does….and so does Driftwort, only to learn that he has been fired by Missis Playpool for associating with riffraff (how riffraff got into the act, I’ll never know). Not to be denied, Driftwort (together with Tomasso and Fiorello) goes to Gottliebchen’s office, locks him in a closet, replaces Gottliebchen as Missis Playpool’s escort, and delivers the opening night address, which is the same as the day address, but not as easy to see:

    Is there no end to this madness? For the answer to that question, you will have to return for Act IV. Until then….

     
    • calmkate 5:34 am on February 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      thanks for finally revealing why my father would Never let us watch the Marx Bros … but I enjoyed a good giggle. They are obviously cousins to Abbott and Costello 😎

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      • mistermuse 7:39 am on February 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome, Kate. A & C’s heyday started when the Marx Brothers’ best years ended in the 1940s. A & C may have been the ‘successors’ to the Marxes, though in my opinion, their films didn’t reach the level of madcap originality and wit of the Marx Brothers. But all due credit to A & C for one of the classic routines of all time, WHO’S ON FIRST?

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    • masercot 9:23 am on February 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve repeated Chico’s story of crossing the Atlantic to people just for the blank stares I get.

      “We getta close… a maybe a three feet… and what dya think, we run outta gas and we gotta go back…”

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    • Ashley 9:39 am on February 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Crazy, crazy, crazy! Only the Marx Brothers could get away with such idiocy! It’s good to laugh just for the hell of it!

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    • barkinginthedark 3:00 am on March 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ‘O for the lyrics and lyricists of yore.
      They don’t make too many like them anymore
      Since ol’ Yip and Porter and Brecht
      Said adieu
      The clever and worldly are far ‘tween and few.

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      • mistermuse 11:50 am on March 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re not a bad “lyricist” yourself — though setting your lyrics to music might stand no more than a “Ghost Of A Chance” (a 1933 hit composed by Victor Young, lyrics by Ned Washington)! 😉

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    • barkinginthedark 9:54 pm on March 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      i almost forgot what a terrific crooner Der Bingle was. thanks MM. continue…

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      • mistermuse 10:29 pm on March 24, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I love the early Crosby’s voice. After about 1935, he gradually changed from being the emotional crooner of that 1933 clip to being, in my opinion, a less appealing and more commercially oriented (for lack of a better term) singer — still good, but not “terrific.” I own many recordings from both stages of his career, and the difference is obvious.

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  • mistermuse 7:39 pm on February 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Allan Jones, humor, Kitty Carlisle, ,   

    A NIGHT AT THE (SOAP) OPERA – Act II 

    SCENE: A ship sailing from Wherever to New Yurt
    TIME:   A day or two after Whenever
    CAST:   The usual suspects (same characters as Act I)

    As the curtain opens on Act II, we find Opus E. Driftwort, Missis Playpool, Hermano Gottliebchen, renowned tenor Rodolpho Alasprairie, and beautiful soprano Rosa Grossa, who has been selected as the leading lady, onboard the good ship Lollipoop (which was pirated from an earlier opera set in the deep South titled BRAT EYES, starring Surly Temper as the leading child). The ship is about to depart for New Yurt, where the famous New Yurt Opera House is believed to be located.

    Sadly, tenor Ricardo Macaroni (Allan Jonesboro), who is in love with Rosa (and her with he), is being left behind on the dock, leading to this heart-breaking parting of the ways:

    Shortly thereafter, Driftwort enters his cabin and proceeds with the tusk of opening his trunk, only to find it packed with hungry stowaways Fiorello and Tomasso Marxista and Macaroni.

    Later, following much more merrymaking, music, and muddled madness, the stowaways are caught and confined to quarters for a change. Fiorello subsequently tires of listening to Tomasso’s kazoo and tosses it out the porthole. Tomasso leaps after it into the ocean, from which a lifeline lifts him into the stateroom of three bearded Russian aviators taking a nap. Tomasso then takes to his scissors, leaving three Russian aviators beardless and three stowaways becoming bearded Russian aviators Chicoski, Harpotski and Baronoff.

    Bear with us — we’re off until Act III.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
    • Yeah, Another Blogger 11:43 pm on February 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This is complicated!

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      • mistermuse 12:24 am on February 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        If you’ve never seen the movie A NIGHT AT THE OPERA (1935), I don’t blame you for finding this hard to follow. I’ve seen it probably half a dozen times over the years, and it hardly makes sense to me — but then, it’s the Marx Brothers, so it’s not supposed to make sense. Chaos reigns in all their films, especially in their two best films, A NIGHT AT THE OPERA and DUCK SOUP.

        BTW, for the benefit of those who aren’t old time movie buffs, the reference (in the first paragraph) to BRAT EYES starring Surly Temper, is wordplay on the 1934 film BRIGHT EYES starring Shirley Temple. If any of my readers made that connection, I salute you (but don’t call me Shirley).

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    • masercot 8:10 am on February 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “Would you like your nails long or short?”

      “Better make it short, it’s getting pretty crowded in here”

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    • magickmermaid 12:32 pm on February 14, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      HAHAHA! I’m enjoying this new Night at the Opera! 😀

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    • Silver Screenings 7:15 pm on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Haha – I love that scene in the crowded cabin. It never gets old.

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      • mistermuse 7:47 pm on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That scene and the “sanity clause” scene are my favorites in A NIGHT AT THE OPERA — two classic scenes in a classic film!

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  • mistermuse 12:03 am on February 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , humor, , ,   

    A NIGHT AT THE (SOAP) OPERA 

    SCENE: Wherever
    TIME: Whenever

    CAST:

    Groucho Marxisto        OPUS E. DRIFTWORT
    Chico Marxisto             FIORELLO BLOWHARDO
    Harpo Marxisto           TOMASSO PASTO
    Margaret Dontmont    MISSIS PLAYPOOL
    Sig Rumanboardo       HERMANO GOTLIEBCHEN
    Kitty Carlisimo            ROSA GROSSA
    Allan Jonesboro          RICARDO MACARONI
    Walter Wolf Kink        RODOLPHO ALASPRAIRIE
    Roberto O’Connor      POLICE DETECTIVE BANDITO MUSOLINI HENDERSON

    ACT 1

    Missis Playpool , millionaire dowager and high-society wannabe, has been stood up for dinner at a fancy restaurant by Opus E. Driftwort, gold-digging entrepreneur. After being discovered dining with a gorgeous blond at the next table, Driftwort worms his way out of the situation and sits down with Missis Playpool for a second dinner, during which he professes his undying love for her. Repulsed, he then proposes a plan to get her into society by investing $200,000 (in round figures) in the New Yurt Opera Company.

    Hermano Gotliebchen, impresario of the opera, happily accepts Missis Playpool’s money with intent to hire celebrated Italian tenor Rodolpho Alasprairie, who beats his valet, Tomasso Pasto, for trying on one of Rodolpho’s costumes before the opera which Missis Playpool attends, after which she and Gotliebchen agree to sign the tenor to a contract. Got that?

    Enter Fiorello Blowhardo, who claims to represent the “greatest tenor in the world” (Ricardo Macaroni, a little-known singer in the chorus). Driftwort, thinking Blowhardo represents Alasprairie, tries to get Blowhardo to sign a contract in which Driftwort gets $990 of the $1,000-a-week contract for the “greatest tenor’s” services….but the contract has too many disagreeable clauses, which they agree to rip out until they’re down to the last clause, which happens to be the sanity clause. Of course, Blowhardo claims there ain’t no Sanity Claus, and that’s the end of Act One.

    There will now be a short intermission, during which you are free to check out the commercials, or go to the fridge for a beer, before we resume with Act Two.

     

     

     
    • tref 2:06 am on February 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      … patiently waiting in my seat for act two.

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    • masercot 6:42 am on February 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “I’ll hold your seat ’til you get there. After you get there, you’re on your own”

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      • mistermuse 3:35 pm on February 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know how that Rufus T. Firefly quote got into this soap opera, but it’s just ducky with me — in fact, it’s Ducky Soupy.

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    • calmkate 7:10 am on February 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ooh powerful play writer too …

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      • mistermuse 3:44 pm on February 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know about “powerful,” Kate, but I do have to play right, or my wife will spank me

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    • magickmermaid 5:03 pm on February 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The party of the first part (i.e. me) thinks the party of the second part (i.e. you) should throw party for all parties of the third part 😉

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      • mistermuse 6:39 pm on February 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Chico (Fiorello) didn’t like the first part — especially the first part of the party of the first part — and I have a feeling I may not like the the second or third part, so I’m thinking about skipping to the fourth part. If I don’t like that, I’ll take the fifth amendment and go home. Wait — I’m already home. Well, that certainly was a long way to go to be back where I started.

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    • David Redpath 8:38 pm on February 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Harpo’s performance left me speechless🙊
      But Groucho gets my vote, being a marxist😎

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      • mistermuse 11:54 pm on February 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Sounds like you’re saying that Groucho took the “Red path” (sorry if I took the low road with that pun).

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    • barkinginthedark 4:57 pm on February 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      the original Beatles. continue…

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  • mistermuse 7:21 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: humor, robocallers, ,   

    ROBOCALLERS FOR TRUMP 

    Your phone rings for the umpteenth time today. You pick it up.

    YOU: “Trump re-election campaign headquarters. How much would you like to donate today?”

    ROBOCALLER: Hangs up. Dials again.

    YOU: “Trump re-election campaign headquarters. How much would you like to donate today?”

    ROBOCALLER: “Are you sure this is Trump re-election campaign headquarters?”

    YOU: “No, THIS is Trump re-election campaign headquarters. Man, are you mixed up. But that’s OK — we love people like you. Now, how much would you like to donate today?”

    ROBOCALLER: “Blankety-blank-blank-blank-blank!!!!”

    YOU: “Maybe you’re right. Maybe you’re Trump re-election campaign headquarters — who else could be so clueless? But if you think I’d help re-elect a President who hires ignoramuses like you, you’ve got another think coming. And you can tell your boss I said so.”

    You hang up. Two minutes later, your phone rings again. Another robocaller?

    YOU: “Trump re-election campaign headquarters. How much would you like to donate today?”

    CALLER: “YOU’RE FIRED!

     
    • Carmen 7:34 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Who woulda thought Mitt Romney was thinking just that, eh? . 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:16 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        As a Mormon in a Mormon state, Mitt was probably the only GOP senator who could safely buck Trump (but he did vote with the Repubs on the second charge).

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    • magickmermaid 8:01 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hilarious! 😀

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    • obbverse 9:37 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Think back three less-than-great years ago The joke won, and that is a sad verified fact. Four more years would be hysterical, but in a bad bad way. To quote Franknfurter ‘my face hurts to smile.’

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    • Brian Lageose 10:18 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Good on ya!

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    • mistermuse 10:26 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      To quote Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Trump still faces continuing investigation from the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives and New York State, pending court cases, and (hopefully) defeat by the voters in November.

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    • calmkate 2:38 am on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      such a shame he didn’t hear those two last words!
      He’s sacked his fair share … come on karma!

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      • mistermuse 3:09 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “You’re fired” isn’t good enough for Trump. Not even adding “and sentenced to prison for the rest of your life” would be adequate justice.

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        • calmkate 6:20 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink

          I wouldn’t wish that on the prison staff … can you imagine the riots he’d start with his hatred and violence … I shudder!

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    • masercot 6:49 am on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      And, his followers are okay with giving their hard-earned money to a billionaire…

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      • mistermuse 3:16 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Like P.T.Barnum said, “There’s a sucker born every minute”….as well as an enabler and a partner in crime.

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    • Ashley 6:55 am on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I watched some of the speech on the “news” here. Some of the pictures reminded me of the conventions seen in North Korea or in China, where there is no opposition, all clapping until they have blisters on their hands, all afraid of being “fired”.

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    • GP Cox 8:32 am on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Cute. Funny thing, last election, Trump was the only one I did NOT get calls from.

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    • Rivergirl 8:47 am on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m still reeling from Rush Limbaugh getting the Congressional Medal of Freedom. WTF????
      😳

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      • mistermuse 3:41 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I can hardly wait for the next one: Sean Hannity? William Barr? Rudy Giuliani? Donald Trump Jr.? I wouldn’t be surprised if The Donald even awards one to himself.

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        • Rivergirl 4:10 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink

          I thought he wanted the Nobel Peace Prize….?

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        • mistermuse 4:21 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink

          Unfortunately for Trump, he didn’t (and ain’t gonna) get the Nobel Peace Prize….but that won’t stop him from seeking other medals. Personally, I think he should get the Congressional Medal of Dishonor.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:54 am on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so glad I don’t get these calls.
      There were some Trumpies campaigning at my husband’s workplace yesterday. My husband is a union electrician, and he said (in a very calm voice, I might add) that he can’t support Republicans because they want to dismantle unions. The Trumpy sighed and said, “Your right.”
      He told the TRUTH. We were shocked. 😀

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      • mistermuse 3:56 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        A union electrician was shocked? I hope he didn’t have to turn in his union card! 😉

        Seriously though, I would’ve been shocked too — and I’d be even more shocked if your husband’s response caused the Trumpy to stop supporting Trump.

        Thanks for relating that very “current” episode, Diana.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 4:15 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink

          Ha ha ha. You always “get me good.”
          No, the Trumpie likes some nebulous Trump News fantasy about America being great again.

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        • mistermuse 4:31 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink

          That’s what you get for being such a good sport, Diana. But seriously (again), I very much appreciate your comments and promise that if I ever cross the line, it won’t be a union picket line.

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    • Elizabeth 12:40 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great one. I like the innovative way you answered the phone. I like to pretend I am deaf and keep going what, what, what.

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    • arekhill1 4:12 pm on February 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I always answer, “I’ve already canceled my Social Security number,” Sr. Muse. That way I don’t have to use the T-word.

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      • mistermuse 5:12 pm on February 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’d like to cancel Mr. Tweet’s twitter account, but I’ll settle for his defeat in November and a long imprisonment shortly thereafter.

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    • barkinginthedark 4:08 am on February 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The House must continue to hold televised hearings…about emoluments, about Trump retaining his ownership interests in his family business while he is in office, about the multiple foreign officials who have stayed at his properties while lobbying his administration, about.China approving multiple trademarks for his family’s brands while negotiating trade policies, about how every time he goes to golf at a Trump property he funnels taxpayer money into his family business—violating the Domestic Emoluments Clause – and about the fact that to date, Trump has spent over $100 million taxpayer dollars to golf and vacation at his own properties. And the Dem candidates must hold up Trump’s proposed “budget” to show the working class what he is all about for real – as opposed to what he says he’s about. .
      He belongs behind bars. Sorry to bend your ear MM. continue…

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      • mistermuse 10:06 am on February 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        No problem. Trump is the problem. Your comment just touches the surface of all the unlawful and inhumane things he has done since taking office..

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    • Catherine Haustein 11:08 am on February 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So obnoxious. You probably heard about them clogging the phone lines and perhaps other things during the Iowa caucus. Don’t ever rush to declare anything with these guys around.

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      • mistermuse 12:25 pm on February 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That’s why extreme vigilance and action are needed to prepare for and defend against every underhanded means Trump and Company will surely use to subvert the upcoming Presidential, Senate, and Congressional elections in November. If we’ve learned anything about the Trump (formerly the Republican) Party, it’s that there are NO lengths to which they won’t go to retain and gain power.

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    • Carol A. Hand 8:19 pm on February 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      A deep and hearty laugh, indeed!

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    • atheistmilitantsrising 5:55 pm on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I get those calls and I tell them all the time the only money I will donate? Is to Traitor Trump and the Russian Repugnants is the cost of the bullets to pay to have them executed for High Treason against the United States. And they do not like that.

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      • mistermuse 7:26 pm on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I agree that Traitor Trump is guilty of high treason, but execution is too good for him. I think he should be sent on a one-way rocket to another planet where he can rule a domain where no one will be disloyal to him.

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        • atheistmilitantsrising 9:34 am on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          I tell them that to piss them off. My mode of executing this pos would not involve bullets let me tell ya. I got other ways I would love to put this pos to a righteous, deserving death.

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        • Carmen 9:37 am on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          The problem with that idea is that it would make him a martyr to his supporters; there’d be armed uprisings galore. . . nope, he needs to get his arse kicked at the ballot box.

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        • atheistmilitantsrising 10:52 am on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          Yeah the King just said he will do at least 12 more years. Talk about a Fascist. But we are supposed to lay down for this right? Allow this psychotic Dicktater wanna be to just take over and be scared of his psychotic Trumpanzees huh? Screw that shit. They want a martyr? Let’s give them one. They want a Civil War over Traitor Trump and the Russian Republicans? I say let them drop their micronuts and start one. Cause many of us? Are sick and tired of these scumbags. And while we will NOT start it? We sure the hell will finish it. And teach these scumbags another history lesson.

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        • Carmen 12:04 pm on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          I admire your passion but I think it ought to be directed at convincing Americans to vote Bernie in. 🙂

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        • atheistmilitantsrising 1:01 pm on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          I know Bernie from when I lived in Burlington VT and he was mayor. I voted for him the last time. This time I voted for Mayor Pete in the primaries. But if Bernie is the chosen nomination for the Dems? I will vote for him. I like him, I saw him do something one day for a homeless man who had no boots in the middle of winter that blew my mind. But no one really knows the story or talks about it.

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        • Carmen 1:10 pm on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          I’m a Nova Scotian and there was a story in the newspaper several years ago about Bernie and his wife, who were visiting here. Bernie apparently struck up a long conversation with a local about our Health Care system; he came across as a genuinely nice man and was intrigued with universal health care. Of course, most of us here are socialists as heart so it warms us to Bernie. 🙂 (To many Americans, it seems, the word ‘socialist’ is synonymous with ‘communist’, however.)

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    • atheistmilitantsrising 5:55 pm on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Atheist Militants Rising and commented:
      I get those calls and I tell them all the time the only money I will donate? Is to Traitor Trump and the Russian Repugnants is the cost of the bullets to pay to have them executed for High Treason against the United States. And they do not like that.

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    • mistermuse 12:57 pm on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think that “middle America” is yet ready to vote for a self-proclaimed socialist as President (though I would vote for Bernie if he ends up as the Dem candidate). Far left Democratic voters should take a hard, DISPASSIONATE view of the only thing that matters here (defeating Trump) and not be blinded by emotion. Do they HONESTLY believe that a socialist can carry such states as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin that Trump won in 2016? I live in one of those states, and I don’t see Bernie as having a chance here.

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      • mistermuse 10:29 am on February 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the “Like”, Kee C. I’d Like to add a P.S. to my previous comment: While I don’t see Bernie as winning those four states (especially my state of Ohio) at this time, things can change in a hurry in politics, and anything can happen that could effect how voters vote. For example, if yesterday’s 1,000+ drop in the Dow continues and/or is repeated shortly before the election, portending a possible downward spiral in the economy, Trump could be in big trouble and be voted out, no matter who the Democratic nominee is.

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    • equipsblog 4:42 pm on February 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This is way too delicious.

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  • mistermuse 9:15 pm on February 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , humor, ,   

    TRUMP AIN’T NOTHING BUT A GROUNDHOG 

    I wasn’t going to do a Groundhog Day post, but then I came across this Feb. 1, 2017 clip and, though I had second thoughts, decided (on third thought) to pass it on. Who said I ain’t nothing but a gentleman?

    Hey, nothing said (or sung) about Trump could be more vulgar (not to mention obnoxious and disgusting) than Trump himself, right?

     
    • JosieHolford 10:49 pm on February 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He’s some kind of “pig” for sure.
      But then I think of the groundhogs who live under my deck and I think nice thoughts.
      And I have to say all the actual pigs I have met in my life have been intelligent, friendly animals.
      So tRump – you ain’t nothing like a real groundhog or pig. You are the worst of the human species.

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      • mistermuse 1:27 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I agree completely, Josie — tRump likes nothing better than to play dirty.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:22 pm on February 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been depressed about the traitors to the Constitution who anointed King Trump this week. This song gave me a much-needed smile. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 1:41 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I ALMOST feel sorry for the two GOP senators (Romney and Collins) who voted to allow witnesses. You can bet that Trump will turn on them just as he has on every one else who has crossed him. Trump demands loyalty but has none for even close former underlings who no longer grovel at his feet.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 5:08 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink

          Collins was just saving her job. Romney actually sort-of has balls (pardon the French). I hope the whole lot of them get dumped in November. No one’s going to forget this, especially since Trump is going to continue to ruin the country and gloat.

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        • mistermuse 11:03 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink

          Trump is not only going to continue to ruin the country, he now has the GOP’s blessing to actively invite Russia, Saudi Arabia, and others to help him rig the next election. No one should doubt for a moment that Trump will do ANYTHING to avoid defeat in Nov. 2020.

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    • calmkate 12:07 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Bill Murray would be impressed … great use of talent!
      Grateful to know that you do have some over there 🙂

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      • mistermuse 1:53 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I hope so, Kate. GROUINDHOG DAY is one of my fav movies of all time, and when I wake up each morning and see and hear the same old Trump repeating the same old hogwash, I almost feel like Bill Murray caught up in the same cycle (but with no happy ending).

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        • calmkate 5:26 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink

          I get you … I can’t believe it’s dragging on so long and only because Packer and Murdoch are his mates … I think they are taking the pi.. out of you mob!

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    • obbverse 12:42 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Groundhogs are great- its Foxes that go rabid.

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      • mistermuse 2:04 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know if humans can go rabid….but then, I don’t know if Trump is human. He certainly has no humanity (though he pretends to at times).

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    • obbverse 2:09 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Well, that manicured mane does have a touch of mange to it.He seems to unleash a lot of uncontrolled…errrr… twitterings.

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    • Garfield Hug 8:56 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I am glad Trump is not my ruler. Thank goodness for good government in lil red dot and I do worry for Americans as where is USA heading in these turbulent times

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      • mistermuse 1:52 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You are indeed fortunate, G H — I’m sure even Garfield is happy he doesn’t have to put up with Trump.

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    • Rivergirl 9:25 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Did you see the Groundhog Day Super Bowl commercial? So cute!
      As for Hound Dog, I’m afraid I’ll never hear it again without inserting those chorus lyrics…. damn you!
      🤣

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    • tubularsock 1:03 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you mistermuse. Tubularsock will be tapping his foot all day!

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      • mistermuse 2:08 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome, ts. Now if we could only get Woody Woodpecker to go tapping on Trump’s skull and let some of the sap ooze out.

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    • Rivergirl 2:28 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, wait…. now I see it.
      Yes! Love that one!!

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      • mistermuse 4:47 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rg. I assume that the Groundhog Day/Bill Murray clip is the Super Bowl commercial I missed. If I’d have known it was going to be on at halftime, I probably wouldn’t have left the living room until the start of the second half like I usually do every Super Bowl. Thanks again.

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    • Elizabeth 5:02 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so very much. We need all the levity we can find these days. I guess we won’t find this clip preserved in the National Archives, though!

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      • mistermuse 7:27 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sure it won’t be, Elizabeth, but where I’d really like to see it shown is in the Congressional House Chamber during Trump’s State of the Union address tomorrow night. Now that’s a happening that would really bring the house down!

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        • Elizabeth 6:17 pm on February 4, 2020 Permalink

          All the women in the House could stand together and belt it out as a flash mob!

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    • arekhill1 4:17 pm on February 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      An insult to groundhogs everywhere, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 5:00 pm on February 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Every day since Inauguration Day (Jan. 20, 2018) seems like Groundhog Day, Ricardo — except it’s Trump instead of Punxsutawney Phil who keeps coming out of his hole to show his fat face .

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Badkward Day, , humor, January, , palindromes, , ,   

    TODAY IS BACKWARD DAY (aka YAD DRAWKCAB) 

    31 January >> ?know you don’t >> DAY BACKWARD is >> say sources so

    Not so fast! If you backward the numbers, today is only 13 January….which means that we’re not even halfway though the month yet. Who wants that many more winter days on top of the 29 — make that 92 — days of February (this being leap year) and 81 days of March (winter officially ends 18 March). So screw backwards!

    Of course, if you live below the equator, there’s the added downside of being upside down on top of being backward (no offense intended). But at least it’s summer down below, so you’re not freezing your backside off. Where I live, it’s so cold, I have to leave my refrigerator door open to warm up my igloo.

    Speaking of cold, have you heard the one about the mama who got the blues she can’t lose due to her feet being colder than frozen meat ‘neath an ice-cold sheet in a bed missing papa’s heat?

    Back to YAD DRAWCAB: DO GEESE SEE GOD? Whether they do or don’t, the question reads the same spelled forward and backward. This is known as a PALINDROME (which isn’t a palindrome because it’s EMORDNILAP spelled backward). However, in Alaska, they call it a SARAHPALINDROME (which is EMPTYHEADED spelled in any direction).

    Assuming you can stand more (if not, remain seated):

    Looking back on Backward Day, it dawns on me not to leave this day behind without a backward song to turn backward to when it would be a drawback not to turn backward:

    In closing, I hope today isn’t your birthday, because I wouldn’t like to think you’re a backward baby — but just in case you are, in addition to wishing you a Happy Birthday, I wish you a….

    !YAD DRAWKCAB YPPAH

     

     

     
    • The Whitechapel Whelk 1:17 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I can see you’ve heard about Brexit.

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    • masercot 5:29 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoyed you post from end to beginning…

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      • mistermuse 9:12 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

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        • masercot 9:22 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          That’s funny. I was listening to the Andrews Sisters and you had to pull the modern music out on me…

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        • mistermuse 12:38 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          Sinatra recorded that song as vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in March 1940, when the Andrews Sisters were at the peak of their popularity and Frank was just becoming the idol of the bobbysoxers. Not exactly the “modern” Frank most people remember today, which is just as well, because I think his mature voice and style beat the way he sang this (and other early-in-his-career songs) any day.

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        • masercot 2:58 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          Ouch! That’ll leave a mark…

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        • mistermuse 3:15 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          No “mark” on you intended. The Swing era (mid 1930s-mid 1940s) just happens to be the musical era I was born in and am most familiar with.

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        • masercot 4:21 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          The music and movies from the forties are great. I’m a big Myrna Loy fan… and, Ella of course…

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    • calmkate 5:45 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol great one, that Palindrome one really made me laugh loudly … and hey don’t rubbish us for standing on our heads! The skirt creates a breeze that way 🙂
      oooh for impeachment, what is the hold up …

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      • mistermuse 9:22 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Far be it from me to knock a lady’s breezeway, Kate, but standing on one’s head would rub me the wrong way ’cause I don’t have any hair on top for a cushion. 😉

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        • calmkate 4:44 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          I think your head might be large enough to withstand the trauma 🙂

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        • mistermuse 5:14 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          That reminds me of a song (written by a guy from the same city as I) which describes my head perfectly:

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    • Ashley 8:09 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      According to the Celtic calendar today is the last day of winter! Tomorrow is the beginning of spring. You’re a bit behind things aren’t you?

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      • mistermuse 11:42 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Looking out the window as I write this comment, I see it’s snowing outside, so I hope the Celtic calendar is right, Ashley.

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    • Rivergirl 9:22 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Do geese see God?
      The more important question… is God a goose?

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      • mistermuse 11:48 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Could be, R g. I’m pretty sure God’s not a chick or a duckling, because I’ve never heard a peep out of Her.

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    • magickmermaid 2:48 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Tsop Nuf !

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    • Elizabeth 4:02 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Especially fond of “not now won ton.” Thanks for the laugh.

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