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  • mistermuse 6:04 pm on December 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bully pulpit, , Christmas wish list, , lie detector, , Nat King Cole, Presidential pardon, , , , , Sean Hannity, , the Golden Rule, Tom 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 12:00 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , lemonade out of lemons, , Nat King Cole, rain, , Where is the Sun?   


    He picked up the lemons that Fate had sent him and started a lemonade stand. –Elbert Hubbard, American author and philosopher, 1915

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    Man can indeed make lemonade out of lemons, but is just as prone to do the reverse — for example, when a relationship turns sour. Such is life, my son. Wait a minute….I don’t have a son. Anyway — whoever you are, nowhere is love-gone-wrong more poignantly expressed than in rainy regrets captured in song, as rendered here by three of the most expressive singers in popular music history:

    In my previous post last week, I might have asked Mother Nature this question:

    Finally, it is right as the rain that the last of our three songs be sung by the one and only Ella Fitzgerald, who was born on this day (April 25, 1918):

    NOTE: Stormy Weather was composed by Harold Arlen, who also composed the 1944 show tune Right as the Rain and many other all-time standards.

    • calmkate 1:54 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wow three of my favourite performers, well selected!

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      • mistermuse 7:51 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Three great songs sung by three great vocalists, backed by three great bands — it doesn’t get any better, if you’re a lover (of Golden Age music and classic jazz). 🙂

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    • linnetmoss 7:31 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, the great Harold Arlen–how about “Come Rain or Come Shine”?

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      • mistermuse 8:05 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Right on! Speaking of Harold Arlen, he also wrote a little-known song titled SPEAKING OF THE WEATHER (not to mention the very well known OVER THE RAINBOW).

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    • D. Wallace Peach 8:47 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful songs. But I could do without the rain!

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    • Don Frankel 9:05 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse you’re three for three today. I didn’t have that particular recording of Billie Holiday but I do now. Thank you.

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    • arekhill1 9:35 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Where’s “Rainy Night in Georgia?” Oh, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFatAWbKow4

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      • mistermuse 10:25 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for this Ray Charles classic, Ricardo. Here’s another outstanding rendition of the song by Brook Benton, one of my favorite singers of the sixties (it was his last major hit):


    • Garfield Hug 10:15 am on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Mistermuse…thank you! So apt and descriptive of my lemony life thus far😉

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    • BroadBlogs 6:58 pm on April 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      In California rain is looking more like lemonade than lemons after five years of drought.

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      • mistermuse 8:04 am on April 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        The funny thing about California’s weather is that there are enough different climates for half-a-dozen states, due to its length (770 miles from Mexican border to Oregon border) and topography (from 14,500 ft. above sea level at Mt. Whitney to -279 ft. below sea level at Badwater Basin in Death Valley). Thus. there can be a drought in one area at the same time it’s pouring in another.

        But generalizing about California’s weather apparently didn’t bother Lorenz Hart when he wrote this lyric: “hates California — it’s cold and it’s damp; that’s why The Lady Is A Tramp.” He obviously had San Francisco in mind, to the exclusion of LA LA LAND!


  • mistermuse 12:19 pm on July 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Midsummer Night's Dream, , , , Nat King Cole, National Nude Day, Pandemonium Day, paradise, ,   


    Scurvy knave! Pray you, sir, a word: and as I told you, a young lady bade me inquire you out; what she bade me say, I will keep to myself: but first let me tell ye, if ye should lead her into a  fool’s paradise….
    –William Shakespeare, ROMEO AND JULIET

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    Pray you, my readers, a word: I question whether even one of ye is a fool (a scurvy knave might maintain that all of you are — or you wouldn’t be my readers), but, for any who perchance may qualify, this is your day….July 13 is Fool’s Paradise Day.

    As if that’s not cause enough for celebration, tomorrow is Pandemonium Day and National Nude Day. Personally, I think ‘twould be more fitting if all three were observed on the same day, but apparently the holiday gods don’t see the symbiotic connection. More’s the pity, but ye can’t fight deity hall, so on this day, Paradise must hold sway.

    And where, you ask, might a fool go to celebrate this day in Midsummer Night’s Dream fashion? No problem — the Bard of Stratford and I know of just the place:


    As for those who want a handier destination, there are towns named Paradise all across the U.S.A., including California, Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Wyoming….all you need furnish is the fool. Sorry, I don’t do distant countries, but I’m sure love’s labor will not be lost if you seek heavenly accommodations assiduously enough.

    And to insure All’s Well That Ends Well, I end with appropriate mood music:

    • arekhill1 12:22 pm on July 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      National Nude Day and Pandemonium Day are the same? The calendar gods must be smiling.


    • mistermuse 6:59 pm on July 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Me too 🙂


    • Don Frankel 12:30 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      All did end well there Muse. And, I’m definitely a Knave and a fool and proud of it too. And why not? Because…

      “Lord, what fools these mortals be.”

      Might as well enjoy it.


    • mistermuse 3:17 pm on July 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      All did indeed end well with Nat King Cole singing a romantic old ballad as only he could.
      As for being a knave and a fool, all I can say is if you are, the world could use a lot more. At least, it beats being a demagogue and a politician, which, come to think of it, often amounts to the same thing.


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