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  • mistermuse 12:04 am on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: autocracy, , character, , , megalomaniac, , P. T. Barnum, political grandstanding, shame, standards   


    We interrupt our HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE series (featuring class character actors) for this broken news:
    America’s misbegotten President, in the person of His Majesty Donald ‘Putin T. Barnum’ Trump — a bad actor with no class and even less character — has been assaulting the Constitution and committing autocracy before our very eyes, to the wild applause of his adoring audience, while the rest of us have been mostly played for patsies and suckered into passive, if not paralyzed, acquiescence.

    Did we really believe this megalomaniac’s promises, lies and outlandish exaggerations? Did we really think “make America great again” was ever anything more than bald-faced political grandstanding? No person of character treats his fellow men, women and children as this man does — did we really not see and/or care that his bullying, bragging, dehumanizing rhetoric and self-serving behavior were leading the country into a downward spiral of moral pointlessness?  News Flash: we have gotten the President, role model, and “new normal” that we deserve, and have been complicit by our failure to turn back his theft of America’s promise. Shame on us who have no shame.

    We now return you to our regularly scheduled programming (as of our next post).


    • leggypeggy 1:21 am on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Many people watched on in horror. Clinton got more votes. The Electoral College is part of the problem. Electoral reform is so badly needed.

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    • obbverse 2:48 am on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This is one bad actor in a third rate production you’d wish would just wrap up, and soon.

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    • calmkate 7:51 am on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      a true horror show that can’t end well 😩 😩 😩

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      • mistermuse 9:23 am on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Not ending well still beats not ending at all, where Trump’s reign is concerned….granted that the end won’t be pretty and the aftermath will be like recovering from a devastating natural disaster.

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        • calmkate 4:07 pm on October 27, 2019 Permalink

          from outside it looks like it’s permanent damage, that recovery is near impossible 😩

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    • Rivergirl 10:13 am on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Someone needs to tell the Emperor he’s not wearing any clothes. Although the mere thought of that mental image makes me cringe.

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    • Elizabeth 5:33 pm on October 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I have thought of Barnum from the beginning. I love the way you merged his name with the Donald’s.

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    • Infidel753 11:50 am on October 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Well, I don’t think those of us who voted for Hillary deserve it. And there’s not much the average person can do until next November — all we could do was vote last November for a Congress that would try to restrain him, and we did.

      The Electoral College should have been dealt with decades ago before the country got so polarized. But now, the Republicans know they essentially have no chance at the presidency without it (since 1988 a Republican candidate has won the popular vote only once, in 2004, and that was an incumbent running for re-election in wartime), and there’s really no hope of getting two-thirds of each House plus 38 state legislatures to pass an amendment abolishing it. Making DC and Puerto Rico states (with electoral votes) would help, but that’s about it.

      Everyone but the hard-core Trumpanzees now knows Trump is a con man and a vicious character. And more people are wise to Tin-of-Pu’s propaganda tricks. We should be able to get this done next year.

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      • mistermuse 12:55 pm on October 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Point well taken, but I think even some “who voted for Hillary” have failed to fully come to grips with the extent of the disaster Trump is wreaking on this country morally, politically, culturally, legally (no man is above the law) and in just about every way possible. We can only hope that the “new normal” will become nothing more than a bad dream sooner rather than later.

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    • mlrover 12:08 pm on October 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Loved it when the play-off crowd lifted up a banner with Veterans for Impeachment and started to chant Lock him up. Karma can be a wonderful bitch.


    • mistermuse 12:38 pm on October 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You said it, mirover! If I had been there, it would have been worth the price of admission alone to join in that chant. As Jackie Gleason (remember him?) used to say at the end of his TV shows, HOW SWEET IT IS!


    • Marietta Rodgers 4:28 pm on October 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Well, the House just passed an Impeachment Inquiry Resolution, so I guess we will follow this winding road from hell and see where it leads.

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      • mistermuse 6:46 pm on October 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Probably back to the hell of a continuing Trump presidency until Jan. 2021, when he leaves the White House kicking and screaming after losing the Nov. 2020 election. Not a single House Republican voted for the Resolution, and I’ll be very surprised if Senate Republicans aren’t almost as unanimous in giving Trump a GET OUT OF JAIL FREE when it’s their turn.

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    • The Coastal Crone 4:29 pm on October 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, he is not a real actor – only a bad reality tv personality. Good post!

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      • mistermuse 6:56 pm on October 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        More like a bad reality tv poisonality (sponsored by the GOP) in his effect on the country.


  • mistermuse 12:01 am on July 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alex Trebeck, answers, , , know-it-alls, P. T. Barnum, , , quiz shows, , Vladimir Putin   


    As a big fan of JEOPARDY! (or JEP-R-DO!, as I like to call it), it caught my attention a few days ago that July 22 will be Alex Trebeck’s birthday (July 22, 1940). His upcoming birthday got me to thinking about doing a post relating to the program and/or its host, but I was doing little more than piddling around with the idea….until I saw this clip:

    My immediate reaction was I had no clue that any member of the Trump clan had the intellectual chops to watch a program which invites seeing if your pool of knowledge is deeper than a piddle. After getting past that shock, I realized that if a Trump can be more than a bump on a log where watching JEOPARDY! is concerned, surely I can count on my followers being more players than naysayers where JEP-R-DO! (my version) is concerned.

    Therefore, I have spared no expense to consult the world’s greatest know-it-alls (with the lamentable exception of the President) to put together a list of ten answers guaranteed to challenge even the amazing, incredible, great, terrific, tremendous, yuge reservoir of knowledge collectively held by you, my faithful readers. You will then have thirty seconds to come up with the correct questions. Since your time is limited, it is only fair that I use a matching format, listing the questions from 1 to 10 so all you need do is match the numbered questions in the second list with the lettered answers in the first list. Ready? Go!!!

    a. The greatest businessman, politician and showman/spin meister/hoax promoter in American history (famous initials P.T.)
    b. Playboy of the Western World
    c. Master of the Universe
    d. Disaster of the Universe
    e. Demander in Chief
    f. Liar, liar, rants on fire
    g. Pathological Narcissist
    h. Super Dupe-r
    i. Bully Boy
    j. Putin Patsy

    1. Who is President Trump?
    2. Who is President Trump?
    3. Who is President Trump?
    4. Who is President Trump?
    5. Who is President Trump?
    6. Who is President Trump?
    7. Who is President Trump?
    8. Who is President Trump?
    9. Who is President Trump?
    10. Who is President Trump?

    That wasn’t too hard now, was it?


    • Lisa R. Palmer 8:00 am on July 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Oh my gosh, this is awesome!! What a glorious way to wake up in the morning – with a belly full of laughter. Thank you, mistermuse!!

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      • mistermuse 11:14 am on July 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        This is what happens when normally mild-mannered mistermuse has had a belly full of our vainglorious King. 😩

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    • Garfield Hug 9:07 am on July 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hahaha! You, Mistermuse can vie for Alex’s post as new show host..haha

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      • mistermuse 11:21 am on July 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Unfortunately, GH, I’m even older than Alex, but if I’m still around when Alex retires, I’ll be glad to take the money and run (or, more likely, slow-walk) with it.


    • Paul Sunstone 10:42 am on July 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoyed that. Thanks!

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    • arekhill1 3:44 pm on July 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Orange shit-gibbon is my current favorite

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    • mistermuse 4:08 pm on July 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A bit crude, Ricardo, but it pales in comparison with some of the shit the Orange man heaps on those who don’t genuflect before him.


    • renxkyoko 4:15 pm on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I answered trump in 2 seconds.LOL

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      • mistermuse 6:55 pm on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I couldn’t get you to ‘bite’ on “a.” being P.T. Barnum? I have failed miserably! (Now if only Trump would have a ‘come to Jesus’ moment and admit his failings.) 😩

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        • renxkyoko 9:20 pm on July 22, 2018 Permalink

          Although I did hesitate on master of the universe…. I used to watch the cartoon Thor when I was a kid, and Thor, master of the universe, ^_^

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    • D. Wallace Peach 8:58 pm on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      That was way too easy. 😀 Lol

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      • mistermuse 9:46 pm on July 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        If it were only half that easy to get Trump diehards to see him as the morally bankrupt braggart and “wise guy from Queens [who] apparently hasn’t yet managed to overcome childhood insecurities,” Republicans might yet do the right thing for the country and impeach him (quote courtesy of columnist Kathleen Parker).

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        • D. Wallace Peach 12:57 pm on July 23, 2018 Permalink

          I have to admit that Trump’s behavior is less frightening to me than that of the Republicans. As a group, they are acting like cowards and traitors, willing to sacrifice the country for power, and that’s far more dangerous than one out of control man.

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    • masercot 6:09 am on July 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      My son dated a girl who almost won Jeopardy’s Teen Tournament. It was painful to watch her lose: She gambled that she wouldn’t know the final jeopardy answer and, instead, she did… but didn’t bet enough…

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      • mistermuse 9:01 am on July 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I can feel the girl’s pain as well….make that, I can feel the girl’s pain TOO, masercot. The guys and gals who make it on to Jeopardy! are invariably interesting people–people you’d enjoy knowing personally–and so when one of them loses the way that girl did, you feel for them.

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        • masercot 9:06 am on July 23, 2018 Permalink

          She couldn’t tell me how it ended but she hinted at it. I said, “You lost?” and she replied, “Yes”… so I said, “You couldn’t answer the last question?”… and then she got cagey.

          And, call me “Charlie”…

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        • mistermuse 9:28 am on July 24, 2018 Permalink

          Charlie, I just remembered an old song about you (spelled a little different, but no doubt it ‘captures’ you perfectly). 🙂


    • mlrover 9:26 am on July 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      This is so funny! Thanks.

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    • chattykerry 8:23 pm on July 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      That was so clever and snarky. I raise my hat to you, sir!

      Liked by 1 person

      • mistermuse 12:42 am on July 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you! I never thought of myself as snarky, but I consider it a compliment in this instance. One can never be too snarky when writing about Donald Trump. 🙂

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    • Marietta Rodgers 1:49 pm on July 26, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I much prefer JEP-R-DO to Jeopardy, because I knew all the answers (questions).

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    • mistermuse 7:58 pm on August 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry about my late noticing of your comments, Kerry and Marietta. For some reason, I didn’t receive emails from WordPress letting me know that you had made comments awaiting approval.


  • mistermuse 1:00 am on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 9/11, , , , , , Obama, P. T. Barnum, , , , robocalls, , Twin Towers, voters, World Trade Center   


    If you’ve ever experienced watching something happen that you found hard to believe was happening — like the shock of seeing the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers burn and collapse as one plane, then another, exploded into them on 9/11 — you get the idea of what many felt watching voting results unfold on election night into the wee hours of 11/9.

    True — heavily-favored Hillary was a flawed candidate whose baggage was picked apart and mega-magnified by Trumped-up claims….and we who aren’t blind Clinton partisans realized that (for all her political experience) she was not a ‘natural’ as a campaigner, nor was she judicious enough to avoid making “deplorable” mistakes that left us wondering how someone so seasoned could make them. But we thought those shortcomings and errors paled in comparison to the narcissistic, knowledge-challenged, scorched-earth shamelessness of P.T. Barnum the Second, aka Donald Trump. Wrong. Disaffected voters sought a savior, and voted their anger, emotions and perceptions…. and now we face four years of BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, beginning January 20, Inauguration Day. It should be interesting.

    Meanwhile, back at the rant, I remember Republicans after the 2008 election vowing to do everything they could to make Obama a failed President. Contrast that with Obama at the White House yesterday saying he hopes Trump (who until recently claimed Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. & shouldn’t even be President) will be a success because “we’re Americans first,” not Republicans or Democrats. But enough about the election and wishful thinking. It’s over, and I’m looking at the bright side:
    No more political robocalls ad infinitum.
    No more political commercials on TV ad absurdum.
    No more mailbox stuffed with political spin ad nauseam.
    No more political campaign speeches which seem to go on ad vitam.
    Need I ad etcetera?

    • Garfield Hug 10:33 am on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You summed it well! 👏👏In my lil red dot we have to get to know Trump. Hopefully he puts his billionaire acumen to work and make America rich again. Good luck America.

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      • mistermuse 12:23 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        If Dems give Trump more of a chance than Repubs gave Obama, it may help the country heal. “Good luck” is right!

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    • Cynthia Jobin 11:11 am on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed the Fats Waller video…

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    • Don Frankel 12:26 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It seems kind of silly to me for people to get all personally invested in whoever the President is. Maybe it’s having lived this long but as I’ve explained to two of my friends who were all shook up. You’re not going to get a check in the mail or go to jail.

      People used to like the President whoever he was. You can look up the approval ratings of both Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. Both had approval ratings in the 60’s on a regular basis and you never saw people getting all choked up or screaming or cursing at them. Perhaps those days are gone. But try to remember if you find yourself getting blue in the face as a lot of people have done over Presidents W. Bush and Obama, they don’t care. You can call them names till the cows come home and they don’t care. And, this guy who has been a New York City landlord all his life, trust me, there’s not a damn thing you could ever say to him or about him that would ever make a dent.

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      • mistermuse 12:56 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Don, now that Trump’s the President-elect, you’re probably right that there’s nothing “you could ever say to or about him that would even make a dent” — however that certainly wasn’t the case during the campaign, when he erupted against practically everyone that rubbed him the wrong way. But maybe that was by design — a tactic to rile up his base and stir up the passions of those who could be pulled in by what others believed was thin-skinned narcissism and bullying.

        As for “you’re not going to go to jail” — that may be true for you and me, but not for Hillary if The Donald makes good on what he said at his campaign rallies. But that might just have been talk, too. We shall see.

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    • Don Frankel 5:00 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Muse I’m not sure how Real Estate works out there in Cincinnati but in New York, yelling, cursing and being how shall we say passionate? is sort of a way of life. I worked in private Real Estate and got yelled at by the tenants. Then I worked in a Housing Agency for the City where I got yelled at by tenants, landlords contractors and anyone else associated with the business. It is not a PC environment.

      It wasn’t uncommon for a landlord to storm into my office, yell, threaten to sue and go all the way to The Supreme Court not because they owed the City money but because of the principle of the thing. I had my ways of dealing with it and it was also not uncommon that ten minutes later the guy was writing out a check for the money owed and then thanking me. Like I said they weren’t putting on an act. They were actually angry but they were also there to negotiate. It’s the way it goes. I’m surprised his routine went over all over the country but it did. But he’s no Ogre.

      Whether people like him or not you have to agree he went from never doing this before to getting elected President in 17 months. He obviously knew something the other 17 republicans and the 4 or 5 democrats that also ran, didn’t. And, most of those people have been running for President all their lives. He is easily the most successful man ever elected President and has to be one of the smartest. We’ll see what happens. But I wouldn’t worry if I were you.

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    • mistermuse 6:29 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don, you’ve certainly educated me regarding how people interact with each other in NYC. That’s certainly not how it’s done here in Ohio or anywhere else I’ve been in the so-called Rust Belt — which makes me wonder all the more about Trump’s appeal here where people generally treat each other in a respectful manner (or what New Yorkers would call a PC environment — which to me is nothing more than their way of justifying their inability to relate without being rude). I believe Trump is a bully anywhere, whether he’s given a pass for it or not.

      As for ‘not to worry,’ I don’t worry for myself, but for the tone and example he set for the rest of the country during his campaign. That was about as ugly as it gets, and I’m just glad my daughters are old enough to see his conduct for what it was.

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    • arekhill1 8:07 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Idiocracy looms, Sr. Muse. If you haven’t seen the movie, make sure you do. The producers meant it to be a guide to the distant future, but we’ve made the leap already.

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    • mistermuse 9:38 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t seen it, but I see what you mean, judging from the reviews and description (the idea being that stupid people procreate at a much greater rate than smart people — definitely (speaking of PC) not a PC premise for a movie). Apparently it can be viewed in its entirety (84 min.) online — short enough to squeeze it into my day, one of these days.


    • Barney 2:05 pm on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe, at this point, Benghazi did matter? Perhaps it was the emails, the lying or the influence peddling?

      I have to admit though, that I did expect Hillary to win. I guess it wasn’t ‘fixed’ afterall?

      Hope Trump does a good job; either way we will bear the results just as we have the last 40+ Presidents.


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    • mistermuse 7:16 pm on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, if it isn’t my old pal, Barney Google Ben Ghazi Crumling — long time, no here. For the love of Mike, what have you been up to since your last visit? I miss your tales, both tall and short, of your ramblings deep in the heart of Texas, where the stars at night are big and bright.

      Thanks for dropping in.


    • MĂ©l@nie 12:46 pm on November 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      speakin’ of Prez-Obama & the other one ‘elect’, here’s a joke, translated from Romanian:

      Bush, Obama and Trump meet God who asks each of them the same question:
      – Bush, what do you believe in? – he answers slowly: progress and economic development! God shows him to sit at his right, and goes on with Obama who states clearly: democracy and action against global warming. God invites him to sit at his left, and eventually asks Trump – who ‘casts’ his reply right away: hey dude, I do believe you’re sittin’ on my seat!!! 😀

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    • mistermuse 12:47 am on November 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I believe that joke is on the money! 🙂


  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Greatest Show on Earth, , , P. T. Barnum, Pearls Before Swine, , , , ,   


    Well, we know what they [politicians] want. I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.
    They want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. They want your fuckin’ retirement money, and you know something? They’ll get it from you sooner or later cause they own this fuckin’ place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it.
    –George Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008)

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    Remember George (“THE SEVEN WORDS YOU CAN’T SAY ON TELEVISION”) Carlin? I was reminded of him by this May 11 comic strip in the local paper:


    ….while on the very next day (Carlin’s birthday), my erstwhile friend Richard “Ricardo” Cahill posted this piece on his blog:


    Those two items combined to make me wonder what Carlin, who died before Barack Obama was elected President, would say about today’s politics in general/Donald Trump in particular. Judging by the opening quote, I don’t think we have to wonder long.

    So, using the comb I no longer need to part the hair which parted ways with my skull years ago, I combed through the Carlin legacy to come up with these ever-apt ‘by George’ quotes:

    When you’re born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat (from which I gather that a Trump by any other name would spiel as P. T. Barnum).

    In America, anyone can become President. That’s the problem. (George, I doubt that even you appreciated how true that may prove to be.)

    By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth. [I talk, therefore I lie.]

    Have you ever wondered why Republicans are so interested in encouraging people to volunteer in their communities? It’s because volunteers work for no pay [yes, but it’s for a great cause]. Republicans have been trying to get people to work for no pay for a long time.

    Now, there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about: politicians. [Really?] Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They come from American parents and American families, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders.

    Good honest hard-working people continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about you. [Lucky for George, this isn’t TV.]  They don’t care about you at all. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.

    So, it seems the title question has been answered. George would say today what he said then –  he’d just have even more clowns to laugh at. The Donald alone is an absurdist’s dream, not to mention such other relative newcomers to the national stage (aka The Theater of the Absurd) as Sarah Palin. But that’s show business….and, in the immortal words of P. T. Barnum, it’s still THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.

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    P.S. Memo to Hillary: This post contains classified information. Please handle appropriately.






    • Cynthia Jobin 12:28 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I loved George Carlin as a humorist and a philosopher and just plain original thinker. Once he got into commenting on politics, however, I didn’t find him funny anymore, just bitter, and boring.
      Now I’m thinking of his “Weather Forecast for tonight: Dark. Continued dark overnight with widely scattered light by morning….” and his “no one knows what’s next, but everybody does it.” I always thought his monologue comparing baseball and football was brilliant!

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    • mistermuse 4:17 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There’s no denying he was bitter about politics….but the older I get, the more I don’t disagree with his bitterness, though how he expressed it could be off-putting to some.
      Among his many memorable quotes are the two you cited and, I think, this one: “I put a dollar in a change machine. Nothing changed.” 🙂

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    • ladysighs 6:21 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I suppose you either like him or love him. I still laugh when I replay his videos. Like I’ve never heard them before. I am sure he would provide a fresh view of what’s going on today. Just when we think we’ve heard it all, he could come up with something new.

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      • mistermuse 8:20 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Perhaps the comic closest to Carlin today (wit-wise, not style-wise) is Steven (the) Wright(stuff). Here’s an example (speaking of “stuff”): “You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”

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        • ladysighs 9:09 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink

          You would be amazed at what gets stuffed under the bed at my house. 🙂

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        • mistermuse 1:51 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink

          Ladysighs, I think I’d only be amazed at what gets stuffed under your bed if it included your hubby….in which case, I’d wonder why you don’t just put him in the doghouse like most wives do! 🙂


    • Carmen 7:04 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Not only was the acerbic George Carlin funny; he was almost always right. 🙂

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    • Midwestern Plant Girl 8:26 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I bet George is rolling in his grave about now!

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      • mistermuse 1:29 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        No doubt he would be rolling if he had a grave, but George was cremated and had his ashes strewn in front of various nightclubs he’d played (I guess that’s what you might call ‘giving back’ to those who supported you). 🙂

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    • arekhill1 11:07 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Whaddaya mean, “erstwhile?”


      • mistermuse 1:38 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        As far back as I can remember, I thought “erstwhile” was akin to “estimable.” Now that I look it up after all these years, I find that it actually means “past” or “former.” That’s what I get for living in the past. Sorry about that, my estimable friend.


    • arekhill1 2:30 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      No problem, Sr. Muse. I thought maybe I had offended you unintentionally, as I sometimes display that gift with people. It was only when my first novel was being proofed that I discovered that the term “hoi polloi” meant the exact opposite of what I usually used it for.

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    • Don Frankel 4:36 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      When I first saw the headline I was thinking of George Steinbrenner as things have not been going so well for my Yankees. And, I’ve been thinking that if he were still around he would have fired and rehired and fired the manager. Fired at least 3 or 4 pitching coaches and 2 or 3 hitting coaches.

      But we’re talking about George Carlin and I actually saw him live in Vegas. He was hysterical. He was a great comedian. I think there are only three or four words still on that list. I know you can say tits and piss. I think you can say cunt. But the rest are still no no’s, although they’ve been blurted out on live TV from time to time.


      • Carmen 4:58 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        NOt to mention that they get blurted out on blogs, too… 🙂


      • mistermuse 11:24 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m tempted to say that obscenity may always be vulgar, but vulgarity isn’t always obscene. Many more things are obscene than the most vulgar of words, although in many cases, that’s faint praise for vulgar words (depending on the way they’re used). I’d say more, but I don’t want to sound like a #*%*#*ing preacher.

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    • Don Frankel 8:48 am on May 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Carmen you’re right but certainly not mistermuse your’s truly. We’d never do such a thing.

      Muse, words are just sounds or symbols. They mean what we think they mean. We could say the vulgarity lies not in the words but in ourselves.


    • mistermuse 10:15 am on May 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps the best measuring stick of such words is whether or not they’re used gratuitously, which to me is a pretty sure sign that the writer or speaker resorts to their use out of a lack of educated vocabulary, sophistication of language, and/or wit. It’s not for me to judge crudity of expression in a moral sense (unless, of course, I think the writer or speaker is an a-hole — ha ha).


    • D. Wallace Peach 10:45 am on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I remember sitting in the living room, playing board games with my brothers and listening to Carlin “albums.” He was a funny man with a wit based on the absurdity of our modern culture. Would George be laughing today or rolling over in his grave? I don’t know how to respond to the insanity in the US. Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cringe, but deep down I have to cry.

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    • mistermuse 11:16 am on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The thing about people like Trump is that they are so full of themselves, they don’t know when to stop. Even if he tries to paper over the lies, insults, ignorance and grandiosity that he got away with in the Republican primaries, it’s too late — it’s all on the record, and the Democrats will not only give him a taste of his own medicine, they’ll pound him with it non-stop. His act simply won’t cut it with the country as a whole. At least, that’s my prediction, and if I’m wrong, you won’t be the only one to cry.

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    • BroadBlogs 4:47 pm on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “In America, anyone can become President. That’s the problem.”

      The Donald is bringing out a lot of new voters. Unfortunately, these folks are low information voters — explaining why they aren’t typically politically involved. So they don’t understand what’s going on, or the issues. Scary stuff!

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    • mistermuse 8:50 pm on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Scary indeed. If Hillary were a less flawed candidate, Trump wouldn’t have the proverbial snowball’s chance in hell of being elected. Hopefully she will soon start displaying more of her human side and less of the political animal that she can’t seem to help being.


  • mistermuse 12:01 am on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , , Goerge Orwell, , Lewis Carroll, , nom de plume, , P. T. Barnum, pen names, pseudonyms, , , , Tom Thumb, Voltaine   


    Mistermuse, having come up just a tad short of becoming a world-famous author himself, thought his real self and I would write a post about pen names of other reputed writers, including a quiz about how many real names of pseudonymous authors you can identify, such as the one everyone knows: Mark Twain / Samuel Clemens.

    But in the course of doing a little research, we came across the Nom de Pun of a legendary wee person of English folklore, Tom Thumb, who (though not an author) is the subject of many an author’s works, starting with The History of Tom Thumb, first published in 1621. Two-plus centuries later, showman P. T. Barnum took advantage of that famous character’s name by featuring “General Tom Thumb” (dwarf Charles Sherwood Stratton) as his star attraction …. which led us further down the sidetrack of character names of famous dwarfs, such as “Tattoo” (Herve Villechaize) of Fantasy Island fame and “Mini-Me” (Verne Troyer) in The Spy Who Shagged Me.” But enough about Mini-Me (and Tattoo and Tom Thumb), and back to the business at hand: pen names of renowned writers.

    Following the famous nom de plume of each author (in caps below) is the real name of another author on the list. How many of these mismatched names can you re-match correctly?

    ARTEMUS WARD / Eric Blair
    GEORGE SAND / Charles Dodgson
    GEORGE ELIOT / Aurore Dupin
    LEWIS CARROLL / Victoria Lucas
    SYLVIA PLATH / Karen Blixen

    GEORGE ORWELL / Cecil Smith
    ISAK DINESEN / Mary Anne Evans
    ANATOLE FRANCE / Francois Marie Arouet
    SIDNEY SHELDON / Daniel Foe
    O. HENRY / Charles Farrar Browne

    ANNE RICE / Sidney Schechtel
    AYN RAND / Howard Allen Frances O’Brien
    C. S. FORESTER / William Sydney Porter
    VOLTAIRE/ Jacque Anatole Thibault
    DANIEL DEFOE / Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum

    But what about the real name of mistermuse, you ask. Are you ready for the big announcement?


    Sorry for the typo — I meant “pig announcement.”

    • Don Frankel 9:12 am on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      We can see why people born Howard might want to change their name. Especially when they are are a girl. Of course back int he day of George Elliot and Sand women couldn’t publish. Also if you’ve been in prison, I guess you’d rather be O’Henry then your real name. But then so much of writing is an ability to assume other identities even if you use your real name.


    • mistermuse 10:34 am on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      For those who couldn’t match the real name Don referred to (Howard Allen Francis O’Brien) with the right pen name, it’s Anne Rice (I confess I didn’t know it myself, as I’m not a Gothic fiction fan and haven’t read any of her books). It certainly makes one wonder why her parents would name their baby girl “Howard” – it sounds like they were hoping for a boy and refused to change the name they’d pre-chosen. In any case, if she lived back in the day of female authors George Eliot and George Sand, she wouldn’t have needed a pen name – Howard Allen O’Brien would’ve worked just fine.

      As for O. Henry (William Sydney Porter), Don, many readers know about his imprisonment, but there are also interesting stories about how he came upon his pen name. One has it that he called his girlfriend’s cat “Oh, Henry” because the cat would respond to no other greeting, but Porter spun a number of such tales, so who knows?

      Th-th-th-th-that’s all, folks!


    • Ricardo 1:32 pm on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I always thought O. Henry was the way that author’s sex partners addressed him. Are we to take it that your given name is Leon Schlesinger, Sr. Muse?


      • mistermuse 2:37 pm on January 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Re O. Henry, a very penetrating deduction. Taking it up a logical notch, Ricard-O, God must have the spiritual equivalent of sex partners (just sayin’). It might help explain a lot of stuff that goes on in the universe (starting with the Big Bang Theory).

        As for my given name, it so happens that “Leon” is part of it, but unlike Looney Tunes producer Schlesinger, I’m still living….or should I say, animated.


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