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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bottom feeders, despots, , New Year's resolutions, , , The Drinking Song, Top Ten lists, tyrants   

    TOP TEN BOTTOM FEEDERS 

    In the time-honored tradition of year-end Top Ten lists, for this year-end post I was considering making a list (and checking it twice) of 2016’s top despots: bottom-of-the-barrel leaders who excel at such admirable attributes as indiscriminate bombing of combatants and innocents alike, massive corruption, repression, and just being all-around model role models. We’re talking strong(man) leaders like North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, or even The Donald’s favorite ruffian, Russian Vladimir Putin.

    But I saw there are already a number of such lists on the Internet, naming the same usual suspects….so, knowing of no under-the-radar tyrants to set my compendium apart from existing lists, I realized I’d better take a different tack and come up with something better.

    Instead of “Top Ten Bottom Feeders,” how about a BOTTOM TEN TOP FEEDERS list? On second thought, I’m not even sure that makes sense, but in any case, it’s highly ten-uous, and definitely for the birds. Perhaps a TOP TEN FRANZ  Liszt? His Hungarian Rhapsodies were a hit; unfortunately, they’re strictly from Hungary, and did any of his other works make it into the Top 10? I seriously doubt it.

    I suppose I could go back to a variation of my original plan with a list of literal TOP TEN BOTTOM FEEDERS, such as catfish and crabs, but who wants to read about meowing fish and grumpy crustaceans? How low can you get?

    My fellow Americans, there comes a TIME in every man’s life. The least I can do on the brink of the New Year is save you the trouble of making resolutions you can’t keep, so I yield to my own list-untenability and offer TIME MAGAZINE’s list of “Top 10 Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions”:

    Lose Weight and Get Fit

    Quit Smoking

    Learn Something New

    Eat Healthier and Diet

    Get Out of Debt and Save Money

    Spend More Time with Family

    Travel to New Places

    Be Less Stressed

    Volunteer

    Drink Less

    I’LL DRINK TO THAT!

     
    • painkills2 12:07 am on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Learn something new. How silly is that? Our brains learn new things everyday. Get out of debt OR travel to new places? Can’t have both. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I don’t think it’s good for me. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 12:11 am on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll drink to that too! 🙂

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    • arekhill1 12:39 am on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Done all of those things. Just not all of them in the same year.

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      • mistermuse 8:26 am on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Pretty much the same here, Ricardo, except for “Quit Smoking” (I never started).

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        • Carmen 8:27 am on December 30, 2016 Permalink

          It’s the only bad habit I DON’T have. 😉

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    • scifihammy 2:51 am on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      haha Cheers! 🙂

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    • Carmen 7:24 am on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Cheers to you, mistermuse! We’re attending a New Year’s Eve party which begins at 5:30 and midnight is at 9:00. That way, no one will be asleep! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:38 am on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Cheers to you as well, Carmen, and stay warm up there in the frozen north. 🙂

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        • Carmen 8:40 am on December 30, 2016 Permalink

          Believe it or not, it’s above zero today! Yaaaayyy – but wind like you wouldn’t believe. . . good thing my hair already looks like Phyllis Diller’s! 😉

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    • linnetmoss 8:11 am on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Haha! My list includes Spending Less Time With Family, Drinking More, Traveling to Places I’ve Already Been and Liked, and Learning Something Old. Have a wonderful 2017!

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      • mistermuse 8:44 am on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        A worthy list indeed….although I’m not sure what you can learn from me. Anyway, you have a wonderful 2017 too! 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 5:43 pm on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great list Muse and I’ll drink to it myself. If anyone is interested in doing any of the things on this list there are the DVDs to help you along. Normally they are $29.99 but today I’ve got two and both for only $19.99. Hell for friends of the Muse, I have two for $9.99.

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      • painkills2 6:22 pm on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Do you have a DVD that addresses the issue of Dr. Pepper addiction? As in, how can I drink less? 🙂

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    • mistermuse 6:10 pm on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I would hesitate to say that any of my friends need help, Don (though I suspect that some do, if for no other reason than they like my blog). Nonetheless, knowing you, I can assure them that your offer would be a bargain at half the price, or even at one-quarter the price, or even at one quarter. 🙂

      Happy New Year!

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    • mistermuse 9:00 pm on December 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hmmm….now I’M wondering if I should preface my comments with a disclaimer, like those drug commercials with their pantheons of possible side effects that sound worse than the disease you take the drug for. Meanwhile, I recommend that you keep telling yourself it’s all in your head — that’s how I roll, and I soon discover there’s nothing to it.

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    • Mark Scheel 5:03 pm on December 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Muse,

      I concur with Richard–I’ve accomplished many on the list, but not in the same year. Ha. One of them, however, was to stop drinking, but I enjoyed the music anyway. (I do now, for health reasons, have two fingers of wine with the evening meal now.) And, again, you’ve demonstrated you’re the pun-master.

      My last post on Grant was, yeah, political–I was goaded into it by the damn Star editorials. And they aren’t getting any better. But the adoration chapel is open once again at St. Agnes church where Dee and I go once a week to pray and meditate and send healing vibes to the sick and needy. Mainly, just to shut out the insane world for an hour and claim peace. May you find the same in 2017.

      You have a happy New Year.

      Mark

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    • mistermuse 9:32 pm on December 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Glad you enjoyed the music, Mark — The Drinking Song is from a 1924 long-running Broadway show titled The Student Prince, which was made into a movie in 1954 (from which the clip in my post was taken). The song is sung by Mario Lanza.

      As for your last post on Grant, yes, it was political, which is why,as you know, I didn’t comment (as I’d previously said I wouldn’t). Nonetheless, I can understand why you were “goaded into it.”

      Peace and Happy New Year to you as well.

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    • BroadBlogs 8:34 pm on January 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I like the fun ones: learn something new and travel to new places!

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  • mistermuse 5:03 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    ACT NOW! 

    Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. –Philip Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield

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    I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. I mean, what is there about a resolution on New Year’s day that couldn’t just as well, if not better, be undertaken any day — like today? For example, if you’re a couch potato with overlapping buns, why wait until January 1 to start dieting and exercising?

    Or, if you’re a nine months pregnant woman, why would you wait until a January 1st due date, when you could get to work now on producing a tax deduction for this year? Time is money! Really — which do you believe is more likely to deliver the goods: the title of this post, or the title of this song:

    Still not convinced? Consider these pearls of wisdom; they won’t make you more resolute, but this article is too short for me to stop now (or it would be, if I were getting paid by the word):

    New Year’s Day is now the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. –Mark Twain

    Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account. –Oscar Wilde

    A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. –Anonymous

    New Year’s resolutions should be taken with a grain of salt — and two aspirins. –Evan Esar

    A man and his resolution are soon parted. –Evan Esar

     
    • Michaeline Montezinos 7:45 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I could not have said this any better, mistermuse. Great post and it makes good sense. I did make three “New Year” resolutions in February of 2014. And I did keep two of them; still working on turning the jelly buns into buns of steel. Did I ever tell you that you are one of my favorite guys? No need to worry…I have several favorite guys., including my better half. He is not the jealous type, either.

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    • arekhill1 7:56 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll drink to that.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 8:06 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Have one for me, arekill 1, since I am trying to stay away from adult beverages. Happy New Year to you and your loved ones, my partner in rhyme and one of my favorite guys.:-)

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    • mistermuse 8:49 pm on December 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Cheers and good resolutions to you both. As a reward for your faithful patronage, you are each hereby granted free admission to my blog for the next 100 years (I’d make it longer, but my lease expires in 2114).

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    • ladysighs 8:14 am on December 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I always make them and wish that I could keep them.

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    • mistermuse 9:15 am on December 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I never break them (because I never make them).

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 3:25 pm on December 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t usually make those resolutions because it can cause brain confusions.
        Yet this year my brain got creased; so I resolved not be deceased.

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 3:28 pm on December 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      OOPS! this should read:
      I don’t usually make resolutions because it can cause brain confusions,
      Yet, this year my brain got creased; so I resolved to be not deceased.

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      • mistermuse 4:33 pm on December 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I hope that your crease gets ironed out, Michaeline, and that you wear 2015 well.

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    • Don Frankel 3:40 pm on December 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      My New Year’s Resolution is to never make New Year’s Resolutions. I haven’t broken it yet.

      That’s a great I never heard it before recording from Sinatra. Way to go Muse.

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    • mistermuse 4:24 pm on December 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Don, that Sinatra song is from a 1939 Charles Boyer/Irene Dunn film titled LOVE AFFAIR, which was remade in 1957 as AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, and remade again in 1994. Nowadays, it would be classified as a “chick flick,” but the original was well done (six Academy Award nominations) and still holds up fairly well. I haven’t seen the remakes.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 10:37 pm on December 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Muse, I don’t recall seeing the original LOVE AFFAIR with Mr. Boyer and Ms Dunn but I may have. I am a big fan of TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES. I did enjoy Frank Sinatra’s songs you posted awhile ago. I think I am giving away my birth certificate age. However I still like Michele is 39. I think the one song Sinatra sangYOU MAKE ME FEEL SO YOUNG plus the way he stylized it is just an incredible sign of how very talented he was.
        I am glad you have these recordings; please keep them until you are 100, Capisz?

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    • mistermuse 6:16 am on December 31, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I heard on the news yesterday that LPs are making a comeback. If that continues, all my Sinatra LPs may actually be worth some money (not that I plan on getting rid of them).

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