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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: all or nothing, , , , , , liar, mad, , narcissism, , , , William Barr,   

    THINK NOTHING OF IT 

    Seeing as how July 26 is ALL OR NOTHING DAY, I realized ALL OR NOTHING is as good a subject as any to post about today. A good thing too, as the only thing that had come to mind was nothing, otherwise this post might be about something, which at this point is something I want nothing to do with, as a post about something would be worth nothing unless nothing is the something I want to post something about nothing about.

    Speaking of ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL, I subsequently came upon a dissertation by one Farouk Radwan, MSc, about all-or-nothing thinking, which may explain one way why The King of Self-Trumpeting Liars, Donald Trump, is the way he is. Unless you’re a glutton for punishment, this may be more than you want to know (and certainly more than Trump knows, or would admit if he DID know), but I can stand it if you can:

    “Narcissism is one of the causes of the all or nothing way of thinking. Being a narcissist either devalues people and considers them worthless, or thinks highly of them” [like how The Donald devalues Robert Mueller but thinks highly of his no-bargain Attorney General, William Barr?].

    Anyway — after much ado about nothing — I close with the Trump badministration’s theme song*:

    *composed in the year 1934 B.T. (Before Trump) by Cole Porter, including these oh-so-apt-today lyrics:

    The world has gone mad today
    And good’s bad today
    And black’s white today
    And day’s night today

    So ANYTHING GOES, but TRUMP STAYS? That can’t be good, or my name is Cole Porter.

     

     

     
    • calmkate 5:01 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      nailed it … reminds me of the Abbot and Costello argument about Who’s on third base …

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      • mistermuse 10:04 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Kate. For the benefit of those Who Do not know What You are referring to:

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        • Ashley 7:44 am on August 21, 2019 Permalink

          Brilliant! The Who , What and Why of Life! My day is complete!

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    • Rivergirl 7:48 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      And now England has their own Donald. What the hell is happening ?

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      • mistermuse 10:09 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        “THE WORLD HAS GONE MAD TODAY” indeed (MAD because a lot of people are mad, but not for the right reason).

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      • Ashley 7:48 am on August 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I hope you’re not refering to B.J. He’s nothing like D.T.

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        • mistermuse 12:50 pm on August 21, 2019 Permalink

          I assume you’re responding to Rivergirl’s comment. I don’t know enough about Boris Johnson to compare him to Donald Trump.

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    • scifihammy 9:14 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      hahaha You are very amusing! 😀

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      • mistermuse 10:14 am on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        That reminds me of this lyric (from the Noel Coward song IF LOVE WERE ALL):

        But I believe that since my life began
        The most I’ve had is just
        A talent to amuse.

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    • arekhill1 12:46 pm on July 26, 2019 Permalink | Reply

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    • America On Coffee 6:09 am on July 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Songs were so humble in lyrics and expressions. Sinatra looks good. He will always be a classic. I wonder why I would often confuse the Sinatras as Fondas and the Fondas as Sinatras? Hmmm..

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      • mistermuse 11:59 am on July 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I assume you’re referring to Frank Sinatra and Henry Fonda and their daughters Nancy and Jane. Regarding the first two. I’m ‘admirer’ of Sinatra as a singer, but fonder of Fonda as an actor. As to their daughters, I fancy Frank’s Nancy, but Jane was a pain to Henry (though they reconciled late in Henry’s life).
        Speaking of Nancy….

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    • Elizabeth 4:42 pm on July 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The post where the man parodies Trump ala H.M.S, Pinafore was the best comeback to Trump madness I have ever seen.

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      • mistermuse 5:40 pm on July 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely agree, Elizabeth. As I replied to arekhill1 (Ricardo), who posted the comment containing that clip, it made my day. One of my readers (mirover) commented in a previous post that she is a big fan of “the man who parodies Trump” (Randy Rainbow), so I hope she ‘tunes in’ and sees the clip.

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      • literaryeyes 12:28 am on July 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I hadn’t heard of him either. His videos are spot on!

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    • moorezart 8:44 pm on July 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 10:14 pm on July 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        mistermuse: “Thank you.”
        moorezart: “THINK NOTHING OF IT”
        mistermuse: “Hey, that’s my line!”

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    • mlrover 10:56 am on July 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This is one of Randy’s that I hadn’t seen yet. I first heard of him from a NPR interview. Randy does his own tech work, (yikes) and is nominated for an Emmy! He also tours but not close to where I live or I’d stand in line, as I did for the late Leon Redbone.

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    • mlrover 11:19 am on July 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Gilbert had such a way with lyrics and Randy makes one of the most difficult to sing into a clever version of his own. He has a wonderfully snarky way with words, like Cole Porter. One of my favor versions of What a Swell Party:

      https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=kevin+kline+well+did+you+evah&view=detail&mid=275211AB5D878698FB5F275211AB5D878698FB5F&FORM=VIRE

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      • mistermuse 2:50 pm on July 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Great clip! As a lover of language and witty words, it doesn’t get any better than Wm. S. Gilbert and Cole Porter (and let’s not forget Lorenz Hart).

        As for ANYTHING GOES (the play), my book of THE COMPLETE LYRICS OF COLE PORTER includes no less than six songs that became standards or semi-standards: I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU, ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT, THERE’LL ALWAYS BE A LADY FAIR, YOU’RE THE TOP, BLOW GABRIEL BLOW, and, of course, ANYTHING GOES (the song).

        In the book’s introduction, it says “Porter wrote over eight hundred songs. More than half of his songs, however, have never been published.” It makes one wonder how many hidden gems repose among them.

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    • barkinginthedark 5:37 pm on August 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      i think a “song” must have the word “bitch” in it today. it’s a rule. continue…

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on July 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , con man, , , , gullible, , , Keep Cool Fool, , narcissism, , , , , the economy, truism   

    FOOL PROOF 

    fool’s paradise, a state of contentment based on delusive or false hopes. –WEBSTER’S NEW COLLEGE DICTIONARY

    A fool’s paradise is a wise man’s hell! –Thomas Fuller, English churchman/historian

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    July 13 is FOOL’S PARADISE DAY. If ever there was a day to get a handle on the “state” Donald Trump adherents live in, this is that day. Other than living in a “Fool’s Paradise,” how else to account for them being oblivious to what is patently obvious: The Donald is a sick excuse for a human being (much less a President) whose lies, corrupt morality, bullying, ethical poverty, and colossal narcissism do not matter because the economy happens to be booming (“booming” to whose benefit is apparently beside the point).

    Fortunately for America, I know a few eye-opening songs to bring a “fool proof” Trump adherent to his/her senses if he/she will only give the songs’ words an ear and take them to heart….which shouldn’t be asking too much because, as we all know, Trumpies would give an arm and a leg to do the ‘right thing for their country. Left with this admonition….

    ….how can the devoted Don fan of November 2016 (having now been exposed to cool cats, and hopefully less gullible) not begin to think in terms of Don the Con Man and ask….

    Cool cat or cool fool, still believe The Donald hasn’t played you for a total sucker? Pause and consider this Trumpian truism come election day, November 3, 2020:

    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me.

     

     
    • calmkate 3:54 am on July 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’m very glad someone is onto him … it is truly scary and only goes from bad to worse 😦

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      • mistermuse 9:57 am on July 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Unfortunately, I don’t have anywhere near the “bully” pulpit Trump has. I only wish the media would stop giving him so much of a pulpit. Why must they televise his every staged appearance and give his every inane utterance TV time? We can only hope that such over-exposure will make more and more people sick of him and result in voter backlash.

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        • calmkate 7:49 pm on July 13, 2019 Permalink

          yes considering the media feigns disgust they give him more free publicity than Princess Di ever had … and that’s saying something!
          I sincerely believe they should stonewall him eg report nothing, let him vanish in his own bile!

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    • Rivergirl 8:02 am on July 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      He’s their horse and they’ll ride him into the dirt. Switching now would force them to admit they were wrong about him.. and that’s something they just won’t do. Except Paul Ryan. Now the weasel writes a book and says how uninformed and awful Trump is. Now. When it means nothing. So brave.

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      • mistermuse 10:13 am on July 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I absolutely agree….with one caveat. Paul Ryan’s Wisconsin, which Trump narrowly won in 2016, will be a critical state in the next election. If Ryan suddenly and belatedly seeing the light convinces several thousand Wisconsin fence-sitters and independent ex-Obama voters (who turned to Trump) to do the same, it could make a difference.

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    • arekhill1 1:32 pm on July 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      If the economy burps even a little, Sr Muse, he’s toast. So default on something–it’s your patriotic duty.

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      • mistermuse 3:27 pm on July 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I’d like to default on my part of taxes that go toward paying the White House electric bill, but then Trump would probably move the Oval Office to Trump Tower or Mara Lago. Maybe I’ll just take a nap until the next election. Wake me when it’s over (or before, if Ohio looks close).

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    • Elizabeth 6:35 pm on July 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I hope the Democrats can get their act together and find a moderate alternative to Trump. Sadly I remember 1968 when McCarthy drew support away from Humphrey and we(young adults) thought Humphrey was no different from Nixon. Hate to see that repeated in 2020.

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      • mistermuse 7:17 pm on July 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        If you’re hoping for “a moderate alternative to Trump,” you’re probably pleased that Joe Biden is still the Democratic frontrunner, though not by as large a margin as before the debates. Personally, I think he is the safest bet to beat Trump because the Dems need to win back states (like Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin) that Trump narrowly won in 2016, and Biden is big in Pennsylvania and stronger in the Midwest than more liberal democrats. Nonetheless, I like a lot of the Dem candidates, and while I think all of them would make a better Pres than Trump, I don’t think all of them could beat Trump — not even Bernie, because middle America isn’t ready to elect a socialist Pres, in my opinion. If you believe in the dictum “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” Biden and a few others have a leg up at this point.

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        • Elizabeth 3:49 pm on July 16, 2019 Permalink

          I am with you. But I am 72, so I am not in the majority I don’t think.

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        • mistermuse 5:00 pm on July 16, 2019 Permalink

          In the end, I think (or at least hope) that even the most liberal Dems will accept that beating Trump trumps everything else, and unite behind the Democratic nominee, even if it’s Biden. I don’t even want to think about four more years of Trump.

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    • masercot 6:07 am on July 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I hate Trump but I LOVE the Ink Spots… not as much as the Mills Brothers, but a lot…

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      • mistermuse 10:07 am on July 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I love both groups too, but since they had different styles, I hesitate to say I love one over the other….though I will say that the 1930s Mills Brothers were ‘jazzier’ than they later became, so I have a slight preference for the early Mills Bros. compared to, say, the 1950s & later Mills Bros.

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        • masercot 9:05 am on July 16, 2019 Permalink

          I think, after hearing “How’m I doin’?”, from the Mills Brothers, I was hooked… Or, maybe Tiger Rag sold it. The Ink Spots ended up in the soundtrack of a popular video game…

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    • Eliza 7:16 pm on July 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Fools paradise actually sounds like a fun place to live

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    • mlrover 8:50 am on July 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I used to be proud to have been born in WI, a Cheesehead through and through, but on that fateful night of the presidential election debacle of eternity, I sat with my best friend in Madison watching the returns. We stared at each other in disbelief, our state voting for a man who had no respect for, hadn’t even read the Constitution? In the end, a lot had to do with redistricting and agri big business. I have no sympathy for those immense farms now losing their shirts for backing a fool playing with world economy. Reminds me of the C. Chaplin movie with Hitler bouncing the world. The shame is that our country is tolerating and looking away from Trump’s version of Kristallnacht.

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      • mistermuse 2:28 pm on July 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I think the majority of the country stared at the election results in disbelief (remember, Trump lost the nationwide count by almost 3,000,000 votes). That’s why it will be crucial for the Dems to reclaim Wisconsin, Michigan and PA in 2020. As much as I like Elizabeth Warren, Kamela Harris and Mayor Pete, they need to show me they can win those 3 states (without losing any of the states the Dems won in 2016) to convince me that Biden isn’t the best choice to beat Trump (though, of course, it goes without saying that I would vote for any one of them over Trump in any case).

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    • Silver Screenings 2:15 pm on July 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t know there was such a thing as Fool’s Paradise Day, so I looked it up. Thanks as always for the fab music!

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      • mistermuse 2:45 pm on July 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You’re more than welcome, SS. I collected 78 rpm records from the early years of the 20th Century to the early 1950s for over sixty years, which is why I am familiar with that “fab music” and have a good idea of what songs to look for on YouTube.

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    • moorezart 1:46 pm on July 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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  • mistermuse 4:16 pm on September 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Meghan McCain, narcissism, , , Susan Page, vote   

    A LITTLE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE 

    Last night I saw upon the stair
    A little man who wasn’t there.
    He wasn’t there again today;
    Oh, how I wish he’d go away…
    –Wm. Hughes Mearns

    I was reminded of the above (from the 1899 poem ANTIGONISH) by this opening paragraph of a column by Susan Page in USA TODAY:

    “At the [9/1/18] memorial service he had carefully planned, John McCain managed to deliver a final and defiant rebuke to the man who wasn’t there, whose name was never uttered.” In that spirit, I too will honor John McCain by not mentioning the name of the man who wasn’t there. We all (who follow the news) know the name of the man who wasn’t there, and we all know why he wasn’t there.

    Susan Page goes on to quote the following words spoken so eloquently at the service by Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Arizona Senator:

    “We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.”

    The little man who wasn’t there once said that John McCain was no hero. The little man who wasn’t there isn’t fit to say ANYONE is no hero, because a narcissistic, bullying, amoral coward has no standing to judge the worth of anything, much less heroism.

    “Oh, how I wish he’d go away”….but it will take more than wishes. It will take our votes. Nothing less than a resounding vote against political enablers of the President will convince Republicans that it’s in their self-interest to ‘flip.’ And make no mistake — to them, political self-interest (and living to fight another day) is everything.

     

     
    • Carmen 5:07 pm on September 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I might have told you this before, mister muse, but when I was in Australia during the summer of 2016, the news reporters on ABC routinely referred to him as ‘whats-his-name’, usually with a smirk. No one could quite believe he was actually even in the running . . . the joke didn’t last. 😦

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      • mistermuse 7:05 pm on September 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Carmen, the joke didn’t last, but The Donald is still a joke. 😦

        Btw, the poem ANTIGONISH was based on a ghost story from your neck of the woods, Antigonish, Nova Scotia…but you probably knew that.

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    • Paul Sunstone 12:55 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      There is so much wrong with that man I am ashamed he’s even a citizen, let alone a president.

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      • mistermuse 8:44 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        You got that right, Paul. I can’t stand the sight of the man.

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      • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ 10:48 pm on September 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Indeed, Paul! And that man should take the following two quotes from Lao Tzu to heart:

        A leader is best
        When people barely know he exists
        Of a good leader, who talks little,
        When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
        They will say, “We did this ourselves.”

        ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

        All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.

        ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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    • mlrover 4:35 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I rarely agreed with McCain but always respected his dedication to service and the Constitution. There are very few left in the Republican party with his integrity. Those who rule in Congress have none. I’ve never expected politicians to be honest, but prior to this, they attempted to disguise their greed and lack of compassion for others.

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    • calmkate 7:45 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Conspicuous by his absence … but what a relief for everyone!

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        The little man who wasn’t there wasn’t invited, but he probably wouldn’t have come anyway. He even had to be talked (by his staff) into honoring McCain by lowering the White House flag to half-staff, according to reports.

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    • masercot 8:36 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never seen a purple cow
      I never hope to see one
      But, I can tell you anyhow
      I’d rather see than be one…

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    • Richard A Cahill 11:29 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      McCain’s biggest regret, I’m sure, was that he didn’t live to see the end of Trump’s Presidency. May we all be more fortunate.

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    • Resa 6:23 pm on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent musing!!!!!

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      • mistermuse 6:43 pm on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Resa. I wanted to write an anti-Trump post for which I didn’t have to give most of the credit to Shakespeare (TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE on Aug. 28). 🙂

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    • rivergirl1211 2:21 pm on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      To this day… I have not called him President, I just can’t force myself to say it! I do however have a large collection of alternate titles for him, none of which I shall mention here. And yes, your title says it all. He truly is a little man, in every sense of the word.

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      • mistermuse 2:39 pm on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Unfortunately, we can’t vote him out of office on Nov. 6, but at least we can vote to wrest control of Congress from the GOP and make life as miserable for the little man as he is making it for us.

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        • rivergirl1211 2:41 pm on September 10, 2018 Permalink

          And I will continue to rail at every lazy American who refuses to get up off the couch and exercise their right to do so. I’m so sick of hearing “My vote doesn’t count” ! Bush beat Gore by 537 votes… wake up people!

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    • mistermuse 5:22 pm on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      In my state (and I assume in most, if not all, states), you hardly even have to get off your couch — you can vote by absentee ballot. So, you can go right back to sleep after you get off the couch, vote, and put it in your mailbox….five minutes of one’s time to make the GOP pay for selling their soul to the devil.

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