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  • mistermuse 6:11 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Clarence Darrow, , , half-truths, , lies, , , , , ,   

    WHERE THE TRUTH LIES 

    lie, n. a false statement known to be false by the person who makes it.
    liev. to be in a horizontal or flat position; to exist; have its place.  –World Book Dictionary

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    So, where does the truth lie? Attempts to address that question, it seems to me, lie in the assumption that we know objectively what truth is. Should we settle for the negative defining of truth as being the opposite of “lie, n“? I don’t know that most of us want to — or need to — go deeper into the jungle of truth than that, but if you’re of a mind to take the path of beast resistance, you can start here:

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/201808/what-is-truth

    In our dystopian sub-culture of “fake news,” half-truths, whole-cloth fabrications and false narratives in which truth is what President Trump says it is and science is fiction, it isn’t always simple to disentangle truth from the deluge of prevarication and misrepresentations which is Trump’s stock in trade  — and he knows it. Who can fact check it all fast enough? The old saying remains relevant: “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”

    And speaking of quotes which remain relevant, try these on for wise:

    Carlyle said, “A lie cannot live.” It shows he did not know how to tell them. –Mark Twain

    If at first you’re not believed, lie, lie again.–Evan Esar (not Trump, believe it or not)

    The pursuit of truth shall set you free, even if you never catch up with it. –Clarence Darrow

    It is twice as hard to crush a half-truth as a whole lie. –Austin O’Malley

    Truth is more important than facts. –Frank Lloyd Wright

    All men are born truthful and die liars. –Marquis de Vauvenargues

    And so it goes. Would I lie to you?

     

     
    • calmkate 6:24 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      well I was hoping for a glimmer of truth but am sadly disappointed .. 😦

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      • mistermuse 6:37 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Well, you can always fall back on Trump — there may be “a glimmer of truth” somewhere in his deep, dark past.

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        • calmkate 6:38 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink

          somehow doubt that … hope his parents have passed, how humiliating to have given birth to that …

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        • mistermuse 6:49 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink

          His late father would be proud, not humiliated. ‘Like father, like son,’ by all accounts (including the new book by The Donald’s niece, Mary Trump).

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    • obbverse 7:02 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The Trump Hound- mouth of a Rottweiler, brain of a Shi Tzu. Temperament? Whiney, disloyal lazy, comfortable to simply lay around the House and lie, lie lie and lie. Barking? Mad.

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    • magickmermaid 7:07 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If someone proves to be a liar in one instance, then I find it extremely difficult to believe anything else they may say. Resist the beast! 🙂

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    • obbverse 8:34 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Since he sticks in my craw can I spit out another?
      Bad mad dogs of his kind
      Growlingly protect their address,
      When evicted they sure do leave behind
      Nothing but a nasty mess.

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      • mistermuse 10:40 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        There’s no guarantee he’ll leave —
        He has many tricks up his sleeve.
        Who knows what deviltry he’ll try?
        We only know it’ll be a monstrous lie.

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    • Rebecca Wallick 10:16 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thirty-plus years in the legal profession taught me this truth: almost everyone lies, with a straight face, even after swearing an oath to tell the truth.

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      • mistermuse 12:25 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        According to Mark Twain (and others), there are three kinds of lies: LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND STATISTICS. I don’t know about the legal profession, but I think it’s safe to say the political profession encompasses all three. Oddly enough, no one mentioned the fourth (and saddest) kind of lie:

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    • jilldennison 1:11 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Politically, there is a very simple way to separate fact from fiction, truth from lie. If Donald Trump or ANY of his hand-picked sycophants say it, it is a lie. I think that for tonight I shall have to pass on the path of beast resistance, for my mental acuity is about fried. Perhaps tomorrow!

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      • mistermuse 3:42 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You ain’t lyin’, Jill.
        And I don’t blame you for passing on the path of beast resistance if you’re mental acuity is fried, because it’s a lot to digest. 😉

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    • masercot 4:54 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The only acceptable lies are on the golf course.

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    • Rivergirl 7:33 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Though I constantly call him a moron, his one clever move was to undermine faith in the media, journalism and the news in general. Alternative truth has served him well.
      😡

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      • mistermuse 8:24 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        No doubt he has a certain amount of ‘street smarts,’ but no doubt the road to hell is jammed with big talkers.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 2:39 pm on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What a fun post. This one needs a late night and a few bottles of wine. Almost everything is subjective, right? So we each will have our own versions of truth even when we are committed to the concept. It seems to me, that humans are best served by getting as close to the truth as we can and peeling away the lies whenever possible. Just ask the poor souls who believed Trump’s lies about the virus.

      I’m not sure that Trump actually believes he’s lying. His narcissistic personality borders on psychosis and it’s impossible for him to not be perfect. The mere idea that he might have a flaw feels like annihilation, which is why he reacts so viciously or ridiculously lies. He’s learned over the years to manipulate others so he never has to be imperfect. I can’t wait until he’s gone.

      Great quotes too!

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      • mistermuse 3:19 pm on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana. I think you’ve ‘psychoanalyzed’ Trump perfectly. From what I hear of TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH, the new book about Trump by his niece Mary Trump (a professional psychologist), her diagnosis is much the same. The election can’t come soon enough.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 4:06 pm on July 23, 2020 Permalink

          No, it can’t. What he’s doing in Portland is outrageous. What I want to know is where are all the 2nd Amendment rights militias who are supposed to be saving us from our government’s oversteps??? (Not really, but isn’t this why they say they need their guns?)
          Gah! You can get me ranting for hours. Lol

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    • arekhill1 1:23 pm on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      A liar will be the first to accuse you of lying. My contribution to the literature of mendaciousness, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 3:27 pm on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’d recommend that Trump reflect on your comment, Ricardo, but the guy (who claims he knows more than anyone) wouldn’t know the meaning of mendaciousness

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  • mistermuse 1:55 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , lies, , , United Nations, whistleblower   

    PREACHING TO THE LIAR 

    Mr. President:

    Why did you lie when you said….

    in September 2018 (addressing the United Nations), “My administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country”….adding, “So true” as laughter broke out among the foreign dignitaries.

    in October 2018 (when there were still about 1,000 troops in Syria) , “Look, we have no soldiers in Syria. We’ve won.”

    in February 2019, “And when I look at what’s happened in California with the votes — as you know, there was just a case where they found a million fraudulent votes.”

    in April 2019, “If you  have a windmill near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75% in value. And they say the noise causes cancer.”

    in May 2019 (about Veteran’s Choice, a bill co-authored by John McCain which President Obama signed into law in 2014), “I disagree with John McCain on the way he handled the vets, because I said you got to get Choice. He was never able to get Choice. I got Choice.”

    in October 2019, “They heard a whistleblower who came out with a false story. What the whistleblower said bore no relationship to what the call was.” (The whistleblower’s primary allegations were proven correct, including by the rough transcript Trump himself released.)

    Etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., ad infinitum….

    Why, Mr. President — WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY?

     

     
    • pendantry 1:59 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      And they say the noise causes cancer.

      p a u s e …

      BWAHAHAHAhahahaha

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    • Rivergirl 3:06 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t keep up with his lies. I just assume every time he opens his mouth it will be a whopper.

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    • obbverse 3:26 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Well, he does suffer from a congenital disease; BlindWillfull TrumpRightism. Symptoms are obvious- no conscience, no basic core of truth, an inability to see beyond the bounds of ones own ego. No treatment,no cure.

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      • mistermuse 3:59 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        And sad to say, the disease has spread to 40% or more of the population….but the cure will become available November 3, 2020.

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    • Paulie 4:04 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe more to the point is why do people swallow these lies?

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      • mistermuse 4:36 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.” –attributed to Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels….and who repeats lies more than Donald Trump?

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:22 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Why? Those among us who accept him as their Messiah are comforted by his alternate reality.

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      • mistermuse 4:41 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thinking of Trump’s presidency as a kind of cult goes a long way toward answering that question.

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      • Ashley 4:49 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Yeh! Just like there’s an alternative to baldness or old age!

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        • mistermuse 5:12 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink

          Well, we once had the Whig Party, but you’ve got me on the “old age” part. Anyway, thankfully, there’s an alternative to Trump….but we must wait until Nov 3 to choose it.

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    • equipsblog 5:38 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Come NOvember will our choices be a Socialist vs. Narciscist ?

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    • calmkate 6:47 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      psychopaths have no conscious, pathological liars, grandiose self view, etc … read the 20 traits and tell me he aint!

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    • mistermuse 8:59 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You’ll get no argument from me, Kate!

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    • masercot 11:30 am on March 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I blame post-modernism…

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      • mistermuse 11:47 am on March 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’d agree, but the term “post-modernism” strikes me as akin to “tomorrow” — it never comes. In any case, I ain’t there yet.

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    • Elizabeth 6:28 pm on March 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Because he is a liar. Plain and simple. Liars lie.

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      • mistermuse 10:38 pm on March 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m no scientist, but I believe liars who lie because “that’s what they do” are called pathological liars. In other words, the man is sick.

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    • JosieHolford 10:44 am on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The lying liar lies lyingly.

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    • arekhill1 9:12 pm on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Best title of the year, Sr. Muse

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      • mistermuse 11:58 pm on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Gracias, Ricardo. but the year is still young, and Trump is such an inspiration that the honor may be short-lived.

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    • Carol A. Hand 1:23 pm on March 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What can what say? In his own language, he’s just “nasty!”

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    • barkinginthedark 6:34 pm on March 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      MM, my next post is on “Trumpspeak.” Enjoy, continue…

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      • mistermuse 7:06 pm on March 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Read your March 13 post earlier today and thought you were too hard on Trump (just kidding — if anyone deserves it, he does). Will look forward to your next one.

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    • Eliza 10:32 am on March 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t know… but maybe coz power is more than honesty to some. Though I know you weren’t asking for an answer.

      Love, light, and glitter

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      • mistermuse 11:34 am on March 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That reminds me of a scene in a Mae West (“queen” of sexual innuendo) movie in which she replied “Goodness had nothing to do with it, honey” to a gal who remarked “Goodness!”
        When it comes to gaining and retaining power, it’s usually the case that HONESTY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.

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        • Eliza 12:15 pm on March 23, 2020 Permalink

          That makes me sad. I still like to believe in the goodness and beauty of everyone…
          Love, light, and glitter

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        • mistermuse 3:30 pm on March 23, 2020 Permalink

          Sorry, Eliza — I didn’t mean to rain on your parade. There’s a lot of goodness and beauty in the world, but badness and ugliness stand out like sore thumbs because they are aberrations (though the aberrations are numerous). And it doesn’t help that the power-driven (as opposed to the “better angels”-driven) are often the ones who gain power.

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    • equipsblog 5:37 pm on March 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      At this point in March l agree and feel more hopeful.

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  • mistermuse 6:04 pm on December 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bully pulpit, , Christmas wish list, , lie detector, lies, , Presidential pardon, , , , , Sean Hannity, , the Golden Rule, Tom Steyer, ,   

    WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STEYER 

     

    December 4 is SANTA’S LIST DAY. Yours truly having been a good boy this year, what better time than now to make out my Christmas wish list and tell Santa that I deserve everything on it? That gives me three weeks to be naughty while the old fart is busy browbeating and driving his elves to peak toy production before D-Day (Delivery Day) — or should I say, before Delivery Night. The way I see it, it’s not my fault that Santa won’t have time to check up on me — he should be a more adept despot.

    Just kidding,of course. I don’t really plan on being a bad boy from now until Christmas…. and to prove it, my list will consist entirely of wishes for someone much more in need than I — a child so spoiled and naughty, he may soon be locked out of his WHITE HOUSE (depending on who holds the key to the outcome). The name of that over-privileged child is Don-Don (known as THE DONALD by those in awe of him — and who isn’t?).

    But why leave to chance the chances that my wishes for Don-Don come true?

    If not upon a star, maybe I could wish upon a STEYER: Tom-Tom STEYER, the billionaire liberal activist, philanthropist, and Trump ingrate, for help in suggesting gifts that Santa (perhaps with coaxing from Mrs. Claus, who could probably use a Steyer-donated fur coat) might deliver to the needy Don-Don. But it seems Tom-Tom is too-too busy donating  to causes instead of Clauses, so I’m stuck doing the dirty work all by myself. Fortunately, I have a pretty good idea of the toys it will take to get little Don-Don to straighten up and fly right, see himself for who he really is, and mend his lying ways:

    Here, then, is my Don-Don wish list to Santa (additional suggestions welcomed):

    1. A self-administered lie detector kit which gives $ for every truth and an electrical shock for every lie.

    2. Smelling salts and a first aid kit to recover from daily attempts (which Don-Don can never resist) to sneak lies past #1.

    3. A game of Trump Monopoly, which is just like regular Monopoly except: only Don-Don and family can play, there are numerous GO-TO-JAIL spaces, and there are no GET-OUT-OF-JAIL-FREE cards. 

    4. A bully pulpit, complete with a bully who calls Don-Don a “loser” whenever something doesn’t go Don-Don’s way.

    5. Don-Don finds Jesus on Fox News, has a revelation that he’s supposed to do unto others as he would have them do unto him, takes the Golden Rule to heart, astounds the world, and gives Sean Hannity a heart attack.

    6. A new law permitting any President named Trump to be above the law (but only with the approval of any Special Counsel named Mueller).

    7. A Presidential pardon for himself, enough enablers to keep him in office two more years, and a country gone to moral indifference and re-electing him in 2020. Hey, how did that wish slip in here? Could it be written in the stars?

     

     
  • mistermuse 12:36 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brigitte Bardot, , , , Jack Lemmon, lies, , ,   

    WHO KNEW? 

    Who knew that….

    JACK LEMMON COULD SING?

    BRIGITTE BARDOT COULD DANCE?

    RONALD REAGAN COULD ACT? Really.

    DONALD TRUMP COULD LIE? Well, only whenever he talks or tweets. And, in his defense (as the aforementioned Jack Lemmon discovered),

     

     
    • thelonelyauthorblog 12:42 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Here I go sticking my foot in my mouth. I had to check out Bardot dancing. I had no idea.
      Oh, she was gorgeous.

      Have a great week. THANKS fior sharing.

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    • mistermuse 1:47 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t worry about sticking your foot in your mouth — nobody’s perfect. 🙂

      You have a great week too.

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    • scifihammy 3:45 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Well who knew? Now me! 😀
      Good to see you. 🙂

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    • calmkate 6:52 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      lol you haven’t lost your flare 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 9:09 pm on November 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      We’re always surprised to find that some male actor can sing. Maybe we just assume all women can. But here’s a gem I found a while back. I never heard her sing. She’s pretty good too.

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      • mistermuse 12:49 am on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, Don. As you probably know, she was also a very good dancer, having been trained in ballet and starting her career as a chorus girl. Not a bad actress either (to understate the obvious).

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    • Richard A Cahill 2:24 am on November 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A priest, a rabbi and a minister walk into a bar. I don’t remember the rest of it, but Donald Trump is a fucking asshole.

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    • Rachel McAlpine 5:52 pm on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Yay, I feel so superior. I was ahead of you on two of these revelations, and one was that the glorious Brigitte Bardot could dance. Welcome back, by the way!

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      • mistermuse 8:15 pm on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I bet Ronald Reagan was the other one (I don’t count Trump, because everyone knows he lies).

        And thanks for the welcome back! 🙂

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    • Silver Screenings 11:07 pm on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I did not know Jack Lemmon could sing. Knowing that has made my day all the better.

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    • mistermuse 11:44 pm on November 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t know either, SS, until I recently chanced upon a review of the film MY SISTER EILEEN and found the clip which leads off this post.

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    • barkinginthedark 3:59 pm on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      RONALD REAGAN COULD ACT? Really. Really?? continue…

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      • mistermuse 7:45 pm on November 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        At least Reagan could act like a President, which is more than can be said of Trump!

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    • tref 2:17 am on November 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I have a recording of Jack Lemmon singing and playing, ‘Let’s Fall in Love’ from the This Is Art Deco record series. I’d recommend searching it out.

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      • mistermuse 9:10 am on November 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that interesting info, tref. I will Google it and give it a listen (if it’s there).

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    • mistermuse 9:18 am on November 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      It IS there, and I love Lemmon’s interpretation — so much so, that I’m posting it here for others to savor:

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    • barkinginthedark 11:34 pm on December 11, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      my very first scene in a movie was with Jack Lemmon. i was a cabdriver and he was my passenger in the 1980 film “Tribute.” https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081656/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast continue…

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      • mistermuse 1:36 am on December 12, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        That must have been an exciting experience. Lemmon was one of my favorite actors. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone over 17 years.

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  • mistermuse 1:04 pm on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cowards, deal with the devil, , Hamlet, , lies, , , , slings and arrows,   

    TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE, THAT IS THE QUESTION* 

    To see or not to see, that is the question:
    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to look past
    The slings and arrows of outrageous tweets
    And excuse the lies and insults of our imperial Don,
    So long as such doth advance our noble cause
    And lead us back to the glory of righteous times,
    Devoutly to be wish’d. Ay, there’s the rub:
    For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
    Th’opressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,
    The pangs of dispriz’d love, the law’s delay,
    The insolence of office, and the unworthy spurns,
    And makes us rather bear those ills we have
    Than fly to others that we know not of?
    Thus devil-deals doth make cowards of us all
    And enterprises of great pitch and moment
    Lie paraded, bare and exposed for all but us to see.

    *with appreciation, but no apologies, to Shakespeare

     

     

     

     
    • masercot 1:14 pm on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You spoke that trippingly on the tongue…

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    • Carmen 1:48 pm on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Agreed, mistermuse. His lies doth offend the nose. (If not the GOP’s)

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    • The Coastal Crone 5:19 pm on August 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I think he “doth protest too much!” Well done & no tweet needed.

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      • mistermuse 11:31 am on August 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I thank one and all for your comments, as we look forward to the day when “that’s all he (me) wrote” re a deposed Lyin’ King.

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    • Richard A Cahill 4:34 pm on August 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      May he receive all the slings and arrows of misfortune he merits, Sr. Muse.

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    • restlessjo 5:49 pm on August 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I think the Bard would approve. He made a living from being forthright, while staying on the ‘right side’. 🙂 🙂

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    • Paul Sunstone 10:40 pm on August 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Not my favorite subject, the Don, these days. But well done. A very clever idea well executed.

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      • mistermuse 9:14 am on August 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Paul. I hope I have applied Shakespeare to more learned purpose than this:

        “To know the force of human genius we should read Shakespeare; to see the insignificance of human learning we may study his commentators.” –William Hazlitt

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  • mistermuse 3:00 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: collusion, debate, , , lies, logic, , , trails, , witch hunt,   

    IT ISN’T BECAUSE IT ISN’T (VARIATIONS ON A THEME) 

    I don’t see it as a safety issue because it isn’t.” –Bill Kaeppner, president of Ohio Motorized Trails Assn., speaking in favor of the State Division of Forestry’s proposal to allow all-purpose vehicle trails to cross hiking trails in Ohio State Parks

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    Reading the foregoing quote in a local newspaper article a few weeks ago, the possible applications of its incontrovertible logic struck me like the twaddle in a Trump tweet. Think of the implications for settling all manner of opposing positions. Think of all the cross-purposes which could be brought to a screeching stop, like trail traffic in a forest, by a simple red light at a crossing intersection. Friends, Romans, Fishermen, the solution is as obvious as the nose on your face: IT ISN’T BECAUSE IT ISN’T. End of de bait.

    Let us take a look at a few of of Trump’s favorite declarations as examples of settling matters by simple fiat (it is or isn’t, because he says it is or isn’t):

    WITCH HUNT — which is to say, do I look like a witch? (well, he’s got us there–no self-respecting witch would look like him)

    THERE’S NO COLLUSION — and even if there was, it ain’t illegal. (just ask Putin–your Russian to judgment)

    FAKE NEWS — any news not viewed through the fair and balanced lens of Fox News. (not to crow, but the allegory here is a piece of cake):

    CHOKED LIKE A DOG —in other words, a loser. (spoken like a man who’s the only President never to have owned a dog since McKinley)

    BELIEVE ME — would I lie? (like a sleeping dog, Donald–like a sleeping dog)

     
    • masercot 4:45 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t mind liars so much; but, liars who lie when everyone KNOWS they are lying are just being pricks…

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    • Richard Cahill 5:17 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      He called Omarosa a dog, but it looks like he doesn’t own her.

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      • mistermuse 6:03 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I had to go back a ways for “CHOCKED LIKE A DOG”–he said that about Mitt Romney.

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    • Carmen 7:12 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      As my mother used to say, “You might as well laugh as cry!” One thing about the Cheeto-In-Chief — there’s an endless supply of ‘alternative facts’. You might be at this for awhile, Mistermuse.

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    • mistermuse 10:03 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately, Carmen, I doubt that I could keep up with all his lies, insults, put-downs, and “alternative facts” if I kept at it every day (I have another life to live, even if he doesn’t). For another thing, he has no standards of civility or moral sense to restrain him, whereas I’d like to think that my Trump ‘insults’ aren’t gratuitous and indiscriminate, but pointedly satirical and on the money.

      Some might call my self-defense a rationalization, but that isn’t true because it isn’t (speaking of variations on a theme).

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  • mistermuse 4:29 pm on May 27, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: deceit, , , , , lies, , Mildred Bailey, , , , ,   

    LIAR, LIAR, RANTS ON FIRE 

    One of my readers, who is obviously a glutton for punishment, recently expressed disappointment that I haven’t posted more of my poems lately. At the risk of triggering that old axiom BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, I thank her for having inspired me to address the deficiency thusly:

    DECEIT DON’T STAND

    As the twig is bent,
    so grows the tree.
    As the die is cast,
    so shall it be.

    If these be true,
    why is it wise:
    The Donald gets a pass
    when he tells those lies?

    Of course, I should also thank the President, without whose daily rants my inspiration for this poem would doubtless lie dormant. And now for a word from the truly wise about lies:

    Carlyle said, “A lie cannot live”; it shows he did not know how to tell them. –Mark Twain

    A man comes to believe in the end the lies he tells about himself to himself. –George Bernard Shaw

    I admire liars, but surely not liars so clumsy they cannot fool even themselves. –H. L. Mencken

    Pretending that you believe a lie is also a lie. –Arthur Schnitzler

    If at first you’re not believed, lie, lie again. –Evan Esar

    Not sure why the video is black. Maybe because the lies it laments aren’t white ones. But the sound is clear, and the voice shines through the darkness.

     

     

     

     
    • calmkate 4:31 am on May 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      ah a poem a post will suit me fine thanks … great quotes! GBSs describes some I know … lets speak the truth! Altho I doubt your president would know it if it bit him on the nose 😦

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      • mistermuse 8:27 am on May 28, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Kate, for being the one who “inspired me” to write the poem. I should also mention (for those who don’t know) that the title of the post is based on LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE, a children’s taunt that goes back to the 1930s (some versions add NOSE AS LONG AS A TELEPHONE WIRE). There is also this song:

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    • dunelight 8:06 pm on May 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Goodnexx, look at Mrs. Howell boogie!

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    • Tidbits 6:01 am on June 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The risk was worth it … nice poem ! 🙂

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    • Invisibly Me 12:56 am on June 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting quotes, I particularly like the George Bernard Shaw one. And a nice shout out of thanks to Trump, he’s certainly a source of inspiration for many a rant! 🙂
      Caz x

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    • moorezart 4:21 pm on June 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 5:34 pm on June 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you truly, moorezart. I’m always glad to get more exposure (within limits, of course).

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        • moorezart 7:16 pm on June 8, 2018 Permalink

          You’re welcome though know I try avoid the hottest hours between noon and say 2. ! Cheers!

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  • mistermuse 7:06 pm on September 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: lies,   

    LIAR, LIAR, RANTS ON FIRE 

    All sin is a kind of lying.
    — St. Augustine

    Would that some of those ranters who have been casting “liar” charges all over the political landscape lately pause to consider the real meaning of the word. My dictionary defines “liar” simply as someone who tells a lie, which is in turn defined as a false statement purposefully put forward as truth. The key word here is “purposefully.” When either left or right wing purists put forward false statements as truth, do they do it purposefully, or do they believe that their “lies” are the truth?

    I see idealogues as true believers who truly believe what they’ve been led to believe. If so, the average “amateur” true believers aren’t liars when they say what they say (as opposed to “professional” true believers who not only believe, but have no qualms about, shall we charitably say, stretching the truth for their cause).

    If we reflect on the literal meaning of “liar”, we may be more careful about putting that label on those who say things we find obnoxious. Chances are they not only believe those things, but they have been pathetically misled by their “professional” soulmates.

    As journalist and writer Walter Lippman pointed out over 80 years ago (and which is still true today), public opinion is easily manipulated and “the mass of the reading public is not interested in learning….the results of accurate investigation.” Thus, once an ideologue is manipulated by half truths and untruths, (s)he is usually manipulated for good (or should I say, for bad).

    Have a good (or should I say, bad) day.

     
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