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  • mistermuse 8:47 am on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , election, evangelicals, , , Kamala Harris, , politics, , ,   

    HYPE-OH-WHAT-A-MESS 

    The following meaning comes courtesy of the ghostwriter of THE DEVIL OF A DICTIONARY, a book of definitions and proverbs by the late Ambrosius Beericus, who died adages ago but is still with us in spiritus:
    HYPE-OH-WHAT-A-MESS (not to be confused with HIPPOPOTAMUS, a thick-skinned, fat-bodied, hairless member of the genus mammalis): a cross between a hype-ochrondriac and a hypocrite, as exemplified by Donaldo Trumpotomus, a thin-skinned, fat-headed, hairbrained member of the genus ignoramus politicus.

    In other news, The President of THE NATIONAL TRIFLE ASSOCIATION, Wayne La Peeinthehair, has announced that a contribution in the trifling amount of 99 bizillion dollars and two cents has been made to the re-election campaign of Donaldo Trumpotomus because the nation cannot afford four years of sanity, competence, and integrity under Josephus Bidenopus and Camelus Would Harassus. This news was immediately applauded by the nations evangelical leaders, who believe in the separation of church and state of government led by people who don’t have faith in Jesus Televangelicus Miraculous.

    Mean-while, back at the White House, Donaldo Trumpotomus has granted an interview to that Randymous guy. Let’s listen in….

    And there you have it. Sorry, no refunds.

     
    • calmkate 9:09 am on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol you are the master of word play … he is a better singer than he is a comedian, pink tie not hairy hippo!

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      • mistermuse 10:44 am on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That isn’t one of Randy Rainbow’s better parodies, but then Trump isn’t one of our better Presidents (actually, i can’t think of a worse one, but the poor guy has had a hard life, so I feel as sorry for him as he does for those he views as losers).

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    • magickmermaid 12:49 pm on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hilarious! 😀

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:54 pm on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      After yet another tough week under smoke-filled skies here in Los Angeles and “ignoramus politicus,” I thank you for making me laugh out loud with your masterful word play. Randy Rainbow’s song parodies are also a delight to watch 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • obbverse 5:20 pm on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Redolent of Great wordplay again, MM. Sadly todays parody becomes tomorrows all too real tragedy. So if you can, vote!
      Line up, line up despite the sleet, snow or hail,
      Bypass Lousy DeJoys dysfunctional USless mail,
      Vote bright and early and let’s cast no doubt
      Lest the Postmaster General try bailing Don out.

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      • mistermuse 6:09 pm on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I can and will vote, probably by mail because my state has online vote tracking so I can make sure my vote has been received. With one or two exceptions, I haven’t noticed longer-than-usual mail delivery here.

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  • mistermuse 1:25 am on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Jules Feiffer, , politics,   

    PIED FEIFFER 

    pied, adj.  of two or more colors in blotches — Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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    Another post, another autobiography (or memoir, going by the book) to review — this one titled BACKING INTO FORWARD, by Jules Feiffer. But I am not so much going to review this 2010 book as pass along some thoughts from it, which, I think, are worth thinking about — relevant, at least in part, to current backward, black and white, regressive times.

    First, a brief introduction: FEIFFER (born Jan. 26, 1929), is a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and writer who was born and grew up ‘between a blotch (of angsts) and a hard place’ in the Bronx. Having a controlling mother, little interest in school and no athletic ability whatsoever, “Fear was the principal emotion of my childhood. I hid in my sleep. I hid in my dreams. I revealed myself only in comics, which were the embodiment of my dreams.”

    In his teens, he was influenced by his older sister, whose “crowd was fast-talking, fast-quipping, mischievous, left, meaning far left in their politics, their taste in books, art, movies, and just about everything else.” Marry this influence with his passion for cartoons, and you have the seeds of the man and cartoonist he was to become (the engrossing details of which you will have to read in the book).

    Now for some of those thoughts I previously mentioned and now quote:

    Over the years I have been asked how I came to make certain choices. How did I know? This choice as opposed to that, this direction or that? Much of my life as a young man was spent ignoring or delaying choices. The choices I made were due to running out of time. Backed into a corner, a choice was made because I no longer had a choice not to. Having nowhere to go, I spot the one open window and jump through. Choice to me is much like Butch Cassidy and Sundance escaping a posse by jumping off a cliff. They jumped. And survived. It was the right choice. But when it’s not, you’re dead.

    Up until I was drafted, I had found that I could survive under any circumstance, no matter how unnerving, degrading, humiliating, or demoralizing, if I could understand the unwritten rules, i.e., the culture that was beating up on me. Whether it was family, school, sports, work, sex, I was accustomed to getting knocked down, picking myself up, and starting all over again. But in the army I was on unknown ground. After five months something went terribly wrong. They transferred me to train me to operate and repair radios on the [Korean] front line–in other words, to be killed. Radio repair was indecipherable to me. I saw no good reason [for] this assignment. As Vice President Dick Cheney explained when asked by the press why he hadn’t fought in the Vietnam War, “I had other priorities.” Yes! Yes! Me too!

    It was heartbreaking to watch [Jerome] Robbins go into his HUAC dance. The acting chair of the House Un-American Activites Committee, a somber, ministerial-looking fake, asked Robbins at the start of his sworn testimony what he did for a living. Robbins stated that he was a choreographer. The chair did not understand the unfamiliar word. “A chori–chori–chori–what exactly is that, Mr. Robbins.?” Robbins explained that it was something like a dance director and named shows he had choreographed, from On The Town, his first musical, to The King And I. The members of the committee seemed delighted to have this fancy new word to play with. As each one took his turn questioning Robbins, he took a crack at pronouncing “choreographer.” The point, made to the cameras for the heartland, was that loyal American don’t need highfalutinn words. No! Loyal Americans needed but one thing, fealty to God and country. Loyal Americans wrapped themselves in the flag.

    Called soft on Communism, liberals quieted down about witch hunts and loyalty oaths. Called eggheads, they dumbed themselves down. Displays of wit were repressed as too highbrow. Accused of cowardice in the Cold War, liberals began appraising countries to invade. Vietnam was a liberal war. The Republican Dwight Eisenhower refused to be sucked in. But Eisenhower was a general, a war hero, he didn’t have to prove his manhood. John F. Kennedy, although a war hero, was a liberal Democrat. He had to prove his manhood. Kennedy couldn’t afford to let the Russians think he was incompetent and inconsequential, which they might well have concluded after the Bay of Pigs. The Soviets might move on Berlin because of Kennedy’s perceived weakness. Before they could make such a move, Kennedy moved on Vietnam. As much of a disaster as the war proved itself to be, Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, after him, could not get out. To cut and run was not an option for Democrats because it would make them open to attacks from Republicans.

    Enough. Or was/is it? Politics being politics and the American electorate being the American electorate, we now have the grotesquely cartoonish Donald Trump….so let us close with this (for what it’s worth):

     
    • masercot 4:45 am on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He had a monthly multi-panel cartoon in Playboy. It was almost worth buying the magazine just for that…

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    • calmkate 5:21 am on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol I can see why you’d be attracted to this character, thanks for sharing him!

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    • magickmermaid 1:31 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m tired of being a grown-up! I could use one of those. 😀

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:08 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I loved your post! Thanks for the introduction to Jules Feiffer. The cartoon video clip about “the grown-up” is priceless 🙂

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      • mistermuse 4:05 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rosaliene. That same set of “grown-up” cartoons is in his book (page 319). I would like to have included more in this post from the book (a chapter titled CLOSET AMERICA is worth a post in itself), but I don’t want to try my readers’ patience, so I try to keep to a reasonable length (an arbitrary judgment, I admit).

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    • Elizabeth 5:50 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      And at the moment the culture police are starting to remind me of the HUAC hearings. No one can be pure enough for some of them. I am not talking about confederate statues, but rather trying to find any earlier American who didn’t have failings. Good luck folks.

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      • mistermuse 7:11 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I am not a fan of extremists of either the far left or (especially) the far right. I cut ideologues of the far left some slack because they may have their hearts in the right place, but far right ideologues have nothing in the right place, as far I can see. Unfortunately, with both, it’s “My way or the highway” — that’s simply not going to work in a pluralistic, multi-cultural democracy.

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    • JosieHolford 9:37 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      • mistermuse 10:54 pm on July 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Josie, for sharing that interesting memory and link, which I notice is from 2008 (two years before the publication of his book BACKING INTO FORWARD). I enjoyed your post and gave it a like because….well, I liked it!

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    • waywardsparkles 11:37 am on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Life often does feel like I’m backing into forward…with a lot of resistance. Ha! Enjoyed this. What an engaging artist! BTW, my grownup eventually shows up when all else fails. She leaves as quickly as possible so I can enjoy life without dealing with too many rules and fuss. Mona

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      • mistermuse 12:44 pm on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I sometimes feel the same, Mona — but, at least, “backing into forward” beats backing into backward, which it appears the whole country is doing under our retrograde President Trump.

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    • arekhill1 12:44 pm on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for reminding us the Trumpsters have always been with us, Sr. Muse. They just weren’t always called that.

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      • mistermuse 1:59 pm on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        To paraphrase what Jesus said 2,000 years ago, “The Trumpsters [by whatever name] we will always have with us.”

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    • Don Ostertag 9:55 pm on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have always liked Fieffer, but he’s totally wrong about Eisenhower and Nam. I was in the 82nd when Ike the prez asked for volunteers to go to Nam as advisors. Our involvement started with Ike and would have ended with JFK who was going to end our involvement as soon s he got back from Dallas.

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      • mistermuse 11:57 pm on July 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. One of the things I like (and respect) about Feiffer is his objectivity despite being very liberal — as shown by the quoted paragraph in which he castigates JFK, Johnson, and the Democrats for how he views their handling of the Vietnam War. By contrast, few, if any, very conservative Republicans have had the courage and/or character to call out Donald Trump for his handling of the war against the Corona virus (or any other of his myriad failings and corrupt acts, for that matter).

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on July 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , con man, , , , gullible, , , Keep Cool Fool, , , , politics, , , 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 12:57 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: awards, draining the swamp, Dumbo, , , , , keister, Mike Pence, , politics, , , Sarah Huckabee Sanders, , , WASP   

    I BE NOMINATED FOR THE KIESTER AWARD! 

    Friends, I am proud, humbled and honored to tell you that I (will) be nominated for the Kiester Award for blogging (over, above and beyond the call of duty, no less). Yes, friends, I foresee that you will see fit, after reading this, not only to get off (or on) your kiester, as the case-ster may be, to nominate me….but also to kick yourself in the kiester for not doing so before. So, though your awakening may be in arrears, it is appreciated.

    But I’m conflicted, friends. It’s not that I’m ungrateful for the Kiester that you are aching to bestow upon me; however, there are others much more deserving. I would therefore caution you to control yourselves, because worthy as I may be, it’s only right (wing) that you should nominate someone with far superior qualities, such as:

    THE DONALD — aka The Orange (T)error. America’s bully boy and wall nut who is able to leap (t)all Republicans in a single bound and make them kiss his ass in a single tweet. Drains swamps by filling them in with b.s. Loves everyone (who loves him), but retains Godfather complex (for those who don’t).

    THE MIKESTER — aka Straightarrow Mike. Joined to The Donald at the hip while being the least hip VP in American hipstery. Even a dog couldn’t be more loyal. Leading contender for the Cardboard Poodle award.

    THE MITCH-ELAINE MAN — aka Monotone Mitch. The Blue Grass State’s gift horse to the U.S. Senate. Was once caught smiling, and vowed never to smile again. Doesn’t parrot The Donald as much as The Mikester, but is nonetheless for the birds. Married to Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation in the horse’s ass administration.

    THE HUCKABEE WASP — aka Sarah the married Spinstirrer. White House Press Secretary and daughter of White Anglo-Saxon Protestant Christian Minister and former Arkansas governor, Mike Huckabee. Read her lips. She may not be a dummy, but The Donald’s got her back (or is it the other way around?).

    DUMBO THE UGLY ELEPHANT — aka The GOP. It’s the body the Republican Party has become since The Donald took power, as Ronald Reagan turned over in his grave. Who knew Ronnie’s reign as President would one day turn out to be, not only The Good Old Days of fond memory, but the elephant in the room, the ghost of civility past?

    In closing, friends, a few of you may think I misspelled Keister, but in my dictionary, Kiester is also acceptable. Spelling can be like pronunciation:

     
    • Carmen 1:25 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      All this time I thought it was Christer — as in, Holy Christer. . . I’ve got a few of them around here today. . And it’s raining. . . 😦

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      • mistermuse 3:25 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        According to the Urban Dictionary, Christer is a popular name among religious fanatics, TV ministers and do-gooders, so I’m guessing you’ve had a drought and you invited them to pray for rain. Saints be praised, you had a conversion, and this is your reward! Now all you have to worry about is the coming flood! 😦

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        • Carmen 6:25 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink

          I was referring to my grandchildren. . . big grin. ..

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    • arekhill1 2:39 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Assholes all, Sr Muse. A spot-on analysis.

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      • mistermuse 3:40 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Ricardo. There’s lots more where they came from, but I can only fit so many a-holes on one po(s)t.

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    • BroadBlogs 3:34 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats!

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    • mlrover 3:38 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “The Orange (T)error. America’s bully boy and wall nut who is able to leap (t)all Republicans in a single bound” is a hoot. The Stump is so disgusting that some ask who we’d have to laugh at when he’s gone. He’s become so revolting he’s just sad (and dangerous) while making our country a laughingstock in the eyes of the rest of the world. The majority of the Republican Party isn’t much better. Clever posting and loved the Astair/Rogers clip, one that was done in more than one take. Rare for them. Astair usually insisted on single, seamless takes.

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      • mistermuse 3:52 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. I think the reason Astaire/Rogers seldom needed multiple takes was that he was such a stickler for rehearsing over and over again until they achieved perfection (or as close to it as humanly possible) that by the time it came to shoot a scene, one take was all that was necessary.

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        • mlrover 4:43 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink

          I thought I heard Rogers talking about the one take thing, but it was long ago so I could have it mixed up.

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    • calmkate 6:36 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Fortunately I don’t know most of these nominees but I sincerely appreciate your wordsmith skills in aptly describing them … so I feel compelled to give my vote to the queen

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      • mistermuse 12:29 am on August 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Just for the record, the other nominees (besides Trump) are Mike Pence, President in charge of Vice; Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader in charge of blocking Supreme Court nominees of Democrat Presidents and confirming Supreme Court nominees of Republican Presidents; Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House Press Secretary in charge of explaining what Trump means by what he says and tweets; and the GOP, the political party in charge of sitting on their assumptions while their President runs the country like a raving egomaniac.

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        • calmkate 2:37 am on August 10, 2018 Permalink

          oh he is a ridiculous dictator .. does what he wishes and still has support … from over here it looks like your whole country has gone insane 😦

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , politics   

    MARK TWAIN ON DONALD TRUMP 

    I recently came across the Mark Twain quote, “When in doubt, tell the truth.” It gave me pause, because it timelessly suggests why Donald Trump has no scruples when it comes to telling the truth: he is never in doubt about anything he thinks (or wants to think).

    That recalls another Twain quote in response to news of his death in 1897 — “the report of my death is an exaggeration”– of which exaggeration he removed all doubt by living until 1910. He could still be living today, judging by these quotes indicating it’s no exaggeration to propose that Twain had more than a passing insight into the likes of Donald Trump:

    When the doctrine of allegiance to party can utterly upend a man’s moral constitution and make a fool of him besides, what excuse are you going to offer for preaching it, teaching it, extending it, perpetuating it? Shall you say, the best good of the country demands allegiance to party? Shall you also say it demands that a man kick his truth and his conscience into the gutter, and become a mouthing lunatic, besides?

    It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

    A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.

    All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.

    A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

    Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.

    Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.

    Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.

    I hear you loud and clear, Mark Twain. News of your death is indeed an exaggeration.

     

     

     

     
    • The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap 9:14 am on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      So much great wisdom & humor. Tku.

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      • mistermuse 10:43 am on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        When it comes to Trump, Twain would probably be rolling over in his grave if he were alive today. 😦

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    • arekhill1 12:57 pm on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Twain lived through the Gilded Age, Sr. Muse. No doubt it was as bizarre and crooked as this one.

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      • mistermuse 1:30 pm on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Ricardo, you supply the time machine, and I’ll happily transport Trump back to the Gilded Age. 🙂

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    • D. Wallace Peach 4:34 pm on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Wow. Amazing how applicable Twain’s words are today. I guess we survived the liars and fools of his day – maybe we’ll survive the ones of today.

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      • mistermuse 6:24 pm on April 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        It’s little short of astounding to me that no matter how ‘advanced’ a nation becomes over time, there’s still a sizable segment of the population which blindly falls for, and ‘pledges undying allegiance’ to, a self-serving demagogue as morally bankrupt as Trump. It seems that “the liars and fools” of one era are interchangeable with the liars and fools of any era. Only the trappings are different.

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    • moorezart 1:26 am on April 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • literaryeyes 12:39 am on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I think we have an imbecile who means what he says, for a moment, then what he says the next moment, and smart people who are enabling him, and using him, and trying to fool us. Fortunately a sizeable portion of the population is not fooled. If only we could open more eyes…

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      • mistermuse 9:25 am on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, although “using him” works both ways (no one beats Trump at using others). Others use Trump because he furthers their ideology/beliefs, while Trump uses others to further HIM. And, while a sizable portion of the population is not fooled, if they don’t vote in overwhelming numbers (at least in certain states and districts), it’s not going to matter because of gerrymandering. Comes November, “We’ll see what happens” (as The Donald is fond of saying).

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    • eths 5:20 pm on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Couldn’t resist posting this on Facebook.

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    • mistermuse 7:33 pm on April 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. I’m not sure Mark Twain would want to be on Facebook, so let’s just keep your posting between us. Hopefully, that other Mark (Zuckerberg) will keep his ‘trap’ shut too. 🙂

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    • oldpoet56 2:32 pm on May 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Very nice read, I enjoyed it so I am going to reblog this article for you.

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      • mistermuse 6:05 pm on May 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. Coincidentally, I am writing another post in the same vein, with Shakespeare doing the honors in place of Mark Twain. As You Like It (Twain’s), I hope you also like Shakespeare’s.

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    • oldpoet56 2:32 pm on May 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Truth Troubles.

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  • mistermuse 12:02 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aesop's Fables, , Betty Boop, , compromise, , drunk with power, Hitler, , , megalomania, politics, , , ,   

    THE FLOCKS AND THE CROW, a play on Aesop’s fable THE FOX AND THE CROW 

    crow, v. To exult, esp. over another’s misfortune; to boast exultantly. –Webster’s New College Dictionary

    You have no doubt heard many devotees of Donald Trump defend their support for America’s Crowmmander-In-Chief because “he says what he thinks” — as if such a character trait trumps all else as a Presidential prerequisite. Trust me: by that standard, a few of my in-laws are characters of sufficient grandiosity and shortness of breadth to be Prez. I declare, even Adolph Hitler (had he been born/raised here) might have ridden megalomania and bombastic B.S. to the White House. If drunk with power, no less a windbag than yours truly might rise to the occasion — Lord nose it’snot unthinkable.

    My problem, however, is that I’m apt to think and think again before I crow what I think to my flock (otherwise, the by-line on my posts may as well be “by misterspews” instead of “by mistermuse“). Some might call this tendency over-thinking. Some might assert that was President Obama’s hangup. If so, then this guy certainly couldn’t cut it as President:

    The Thinker by Rodin

    The Thinker by Rodin

    Well, then, shouldn’t we be seeking the fabled middle ground between extremes: under-thinking and over-thinking? But that smacks of compromise, and we certainly can’t have that.

    What to do, what to do. Surely there must be a way to get ALL of what we want, if we’re foxy enough:

    Any questions?

    Any doubts?

    Any rags?

     
    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 1:04 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well, we can’t exactly call the Trumpet a flatterer – but he certainly intends on grabbing as much “cheese” by other means as possible, rags and riches both. Your point, no doubt.
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    • Mél@nie 8:47 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      ah, le penseur de Rodin… I did touch it in Paris where we lived for several years… MERCI, Monsieur Muse! 🙂

      • * *

      pleasant coincidence: I’ve seen your comment about Prévert, born on Feb 4th, like ‘mon cher et tendre'(beloved hubby…), just after I edited his famous poem “les enfants qui s’aiment” @ my facebook page: Mélanie Bedos-Nicolas… 🙂

      Les enfants qui s’aiment… – Jacques Prévert

      Les enfants qui s’aiment s’embrassent debout
      Contre les portes de la nuit
      Et les passants qui passent les désignent du doigt
      Mais les enfants qui s’aiment
      Ne sont là pour personne
      Et c’est seulement leur ombre
      Qui tremble dans la nuit
      Excitant la rage des passants
      Leur rage leur mépris leurs rires et leur envie
      Les enfants qui s’aiment ne sont là pour personne
      Ils sont ailleurs bien plus loin que la nuit
      Bien plus haut que le jour
      Dans l’éblouissante clarté de leur premier amour…

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    • mistermuse 11:54 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      To me, the poem “Children who love each other” reflects in the last line (“In the dazzling clarity of their first love…”) what time inevitably does to young idealism, and we see the world with the sobering clarity of maturity. Until we achieve some semblance of a combination of the best of both worlds, “the substance of things hoped for” will remain more hope than substance, it seems to me.

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    • arekhill1 2:18 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      From what I read, Trump only trusts flatterers, Sr. Muse. Anyone with a history of criticizing him is ineligible to serve him. It’s why there are jobs going begging in DC, but I doubt they’ll be offered to you or me.

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    • mistermuse 5:35 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      In that regard, The Donald has much in common with North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un, except that Trump doesn’t ‘eliminate’ those who don’t flatter him — he only insults and bullies them (thus bringing new meaning to the term BULLY PULPIT).

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    • D. Wallace Peach 9:09 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Over-thinking seemed to have served us well. And things actually got done despite the intense obstructionism. Thanks for the humor, as always. 🙂 Makes the painful crowing a little more tolerable.

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    • BroadBlogs 9:41 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      He says what he thinks. But what he thinks is whack-o.

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    • mistermuse 10:12 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      When the Presidency does a complete 360, from CLASS act (Obama) to ASS act (Trump), humor sometimes seems to be about the only light left in the darkness. Unfortunately, the blind remain blind in even the strongest light, and even if humorists were Miracle Workers, Trump is no Helen Keller.

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

    BELIEVE IT, BELOVED 

    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.

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    • 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.

      PAX

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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.

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    • Mél@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! 🙂

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on September 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Gustave Flaubert, Hillary, , Jerry Seinfeld, John Oliver, , , politics, , ,   

    IN NO MOOD TO KNOW NEWS 

    Tomorrow, Sept. 11, is NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS DAY, which celebrates a truism that isn’t necessarily true….but, if we apply it to covering this Presidential campaign season in America, no news would be good news every day until election day: No more being subjected to The Donald’s incessant Barnum-esque babblings, or to Hillary trying to overcome being Hillary. No more spin from their political shills on cable TV. No more polls. No more any of it. Let’s just vote and get it over with. I’m ready. I’ve been ready.

    Now that that’s settled, I am going to start the celebration a day early by not mentioning either candidate for the remainder of this post. Furthermore, I’m not going to subject you to my babblings for the rest of this post; instead, while I’m off celebrating, I’ll let what others have said on the subject of news take it from here. Is that good news, or what?

    But first, the news: The House of Commons was sealed off today [while in session] after police chased an escaped lunatic through the front door. A spokesman at Scotland Yard said it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. –Ronnie Barker

    It’s not a 24 hour news cycle, it’s a 60 second news cycle now, it’s instantaneous. It has never been easier to get away with telling lies. It has never been easier to get away with the glib one-liner. –Malcolm Turnbull

    We all want to get the news objectively, impartially, and from our own point of view. –Bill Vaughan

    Public opinion is the God of democracy, and the journalist is his prophet. –Evan Esar

    We are in the same tent as the clowns and the freaks — that’s show business. –Edward R. Murrow (broadcast journalist)

    It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper. –Jerry Seinfeld

    The American news media has lowered the bar for all of humanity. British news media is definitely trying to stoop down to that level. Everyone is stooping to the lowest common denominator. –John Oliver

    I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true. –Katherine Hepburn

    Some people commit a crime for no other reason than to see their name in print. –Gustave Flaubert

    Live long enough and nothing is news. ‘The News’ is ‘the new thing.’  That’s fine, until a hundred years go by and you realize there are no new things, only deep structures and cycles that repeat themselves through different period details. –Glen Duncan

     

     

     

     
    • Carmen 6:18 am on September 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Speaking of such things, when I was visiting in Australia this past summer, ABC usually referred to him as, “The Other Fella”. 🙂

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    • mistermuse 8:12 am on September 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Would that “The Other Fella” were half as benign in his choice of names for others. 😦

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    • Cynthia Jobin 9:34 am on September 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’m with Jerry Seinfeld.

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      • mistermuse 11:53 am on September 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Likewise — but then, I’m with all of them — maybe the last one most of all, because I’ve gotten old enough to realize how true it is.

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        • Cynthia Jobin 12:24 pm on September 10, 2016 Permalink

          Having already passed my biblical “three-score and ten” years of life, I know what you mean.

          Probably one of the oldest expressions of that belief is from the only bible book I really know (and the one I think got in there purely on poetic merit):

          “The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
          —Ecclesiastes 1:9

          Shakespeare had a funny take on that in one of his sonnets where he says we still run around like someone giving birth to a baby that’s already been born before:

          “If there be nothing new, but that which is,
          Hath been before, how are our brains beguil’d,
          Which, labouring for invention, bear amiss
          The second burden of a former child….”
          —Shakespeare, Sonnet 59

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    • arekhill1 10:17 am on September 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Insert the glib one-liner of your choice here, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 11:50 am on September 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        That would be work, which would take time away from my celebration (which, come to think of it, this has done anyway — but, for you, Ricardo, it’s worth the sacrifice).

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    • Don Frankel 3:40 pm on September 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      No news for me today, just Jets, Giants and Yankees. Besides I think they just make it up as they go.

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    • mistermuse 7:54 pm on September 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don, if you had included the Mets, you would have batted .500, because they won (along with the Giants) while the Jets and Yankees lost. But if it makes you any happier, I won’t rub it in about the Bengals beating the Jets by one point, because the game could’ve gone either way. 🙂

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    • BroadBlogs 4:17 pm on September 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The American news media has lowered the bar for all of humanity. British news media is definitely trying to stoop down to that level. Everyone is stooping to the lowest common denominator. –John Oliver

      Pretty sad when a comedian has a better take on the news than the news media.

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    • mistermuse 4:48 pm on September 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Unlike Hillary, The Donald has played the media like a drum for months. If he wins, it will be because she seems never to get the hang of it or learn from what has caused her problems in the past. What a pity that someone so experienced keeps being her own worst enemy.

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    • eths 11:13 pm on September 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Loved the video!

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    • mistermuse 6:50 am on September 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks — the video is a clip from the 1947 movie musical based on the 1927 stage production “Good News” which included such hits as “Lucky In Love,” “The Best Things In Life Are Free” and the title song.

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , politics, , ,   

    DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD 

    What would you do without your head? Well, you might become a candidate for President of the United Horsemen of Sleepy Hollow….or President of the United States of America. Just the thought of the latter naturally points to the strange case of one Donald Trump, a septuagenarian who appears to have a head — but every word emanating from said head makes it apparent that it isn’t a real head, but a cartoon head, with real drawing power.

    And here all the Time

    Now, it’s possible that Sir Donald, of House of Orange fame, was born with an ordinary human head (hard to picture, but possible). If so, it seems obvious that at some point he irretrievably lost it (perhaps in a naval exercise, or maybe it was told “You’re fired!” when he was an ANT (Apprentice Narcissistic Tycoon). Of course, it would never do for someone of his stature to appear headless (not great for the image), so no doubt he struck a great deal with a great cartoonist to draw a big replacement head on his shoulders that would not only be the envy of every bird seeking a nesting site, but would look great and inspire many tweets in the bargain.

    Needless to say, the cartoonist succeeded in creating an artistic wonder, notwithstanding the fact that every time the head said something, it made its bear-er look like an ass. Of course, that’s not the cartoonist’s fault, but Sir Donald blamed him anyway, because that’s what winners do to losers (of everything but heads). Naturally, Sir Donald’s followers drank it up, because everything he says goes down like Dr. Trump’s Original Snake Oil, ‘still-made’ right here in the good old U.S. of A. by Mexican aliens, and guaranteed great for the constitution, for soothing fear, and curing everything that aliens you.

    And so, my fellow Americans, the choice is queer (heterosexually speaking). The time is now. Or is it the choice is now and the times are queer? Anyway, if your mind (assuming you haven’t lost your head reading this post) was undecided as to who or whom to vote for at the start of this treatise, I trust that is no longer a problem.

    This has been a public service announcement brought to you as a public service. I thank you.

    P.S. Thanks also to Wayne Hogan for providing the cartoon which provided the idea for this post. If his name sounds vaguely familiar, another great Wayne’s world classic appears on the cover of my book SEX SCELLS, which I seem to recall a few of you buying under duress way back when (and of which I just happen to have some leftover copies, in case anyone’s interested).

     
    • arekhill1 2:25 pm on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s too bad Trump already has a biographer that detests him, Sr. Muse, because it was a lucrative position you could have easily filled.

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    • mistermuse 6:19 pm on July 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I’d heard that The Donald has a biographer, but I wasn’t aware that the biographer detests him. I wouldn’t be surprised if his barber — er, hair stylist — detests him too, having to clean all the bird poop from The Donald’s scalp before starling — er, starting — on his hair.

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    • inesephoto 7:51 am on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Whatever you get, guys, you will have to keep living. Politicians come and go, but you have only one life.

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    • mistermuse 12:02 pm on July 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      True, but at my age, my one life is already approaching an American man’s average life span, and I’d like to live it out under a President who isn’t full of himself and who thinks of none other than himself . 😦

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    • Don Frankel 2:17 pm on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think you’re being too kind to The Donald Himself. First he is not a Sir. You have to get knighted by the Queen to be a Sir anything. But we’ve tried to make the connection to Hitler once before and it seems the message did not get out. However tune in tomorrow where we try again.

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    • mistermuse 5:49 pm on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I will indeed tune in tomorrow, Don, and any reader here can do the same by going to the Blogroll near the bottom of the column to the right and clicking “Speak Without Interruption” to view your post on Aug. 2.

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    • eths 6:20 pm on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, he is really outdoing himself this week with spewing even more hatred!

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    • mistermuse 9:02 pm on August 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Nothing Trump says surprises me any more. Some might call him an ignoramus on steroids, but that would be an insult to typical ignoramuses.

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    • Mél@nie 9:45 am on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      @”What would you do without your head?” – the Romanians use to reply: well, it would rain or snow in your throat… 🙂

      • * *

      just like you, nothing surprises us about the wigged ignorant racist “dude”… he used to be an entertainer, he’s turned into an embarrassing and shameless character for lots of Americans, both in the US and abroad… brrr!!!

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    • mistermuse 2:57 pm on August 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If I ever travel to Romania, I must remember to keep my head in bad weather! 🙂

      Words are completely inadequate to describe this travesty of a potential President named Donald Trump. We can only hope that our votes against him are adequate to defeat him

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    • BroadBlogs 1:53 am on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “the choice is queer (heterosexually speaking). The time is now. Or is it the choice is now and the times are queer?”

      Both, I’d say.

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    • mistermuse 7:15 am on August 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s clear you’re right.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Glenn Beck, , , , Pat Robertson, political dysfunction, politics, , ,   

    YOU ARE WHO YOU ELECT 

    You are what you eat. –Dr. Victor Lindlahr, nutritionist (1897-1969)

    Pun aside, a lot of whater has passed under the bridge since Dr. Lindlahr coined the above phrase 75+ years ago, and the older I get, the more I’ve taken his caution to heart….with resulting good health to show for it (if I should drop dead tomorrow, I shall reluctantly admit I came to that conclusion a bit prematurely).

    But I have also come to see a parallel to this axiom in the public sector: it’s no accident that we have political dysfunction. We are who we elect. Our elected (and wanna-be elected) officials aren’t anomalies who have somehow passed under voters’ attention spans, leaving us to wonder how such coarse incivility found its way into the political mainstream. Well, wonder no more:

    http://www.gocomics.com/wumo/2016/03/28

    Obviously, then, eatin’ and politickin’ have a lot in common. As with our intellectual standards, if our table manners go down the drain, we regress into uncivilized louts. To combat this uncouth scourge, we must remember our etiquette. Politicians need to model their behavior after the culinary refinement of the epicure:

    Therefore, let us get back to the good old days when politicians may have been idiots, but at least they weren’t tasteless idiots with little sense of propriety. Take these examples:

    It’s time to put our blood or our urine where our mouth is. — Rep. Pat Murphy (D-IA) on drug testing, Feb. 1997

    We have brave men and women who are willing to step forward because they know what’s at stake. They’re willing to sacrifice their lives for this great country. What I’m asking all of you tonight is not to put on a uniform. Put on a [Rick Santorum] bumper sticker. Is it that much to ask? Is it that much to ask to step up and serve your country? –Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Jan. 2006

    My problem was, I was too honest with you the first time. –Rep. Tillie Fowler (R-FL), explaining to her constituents why she changed positions.

    The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, antifamily political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, , kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians. –Pat Robertson, 1992 fund raising letter

    They intend to vote on the Sabbath, during Lent, to take away the liberty that we have right from God. This is an affront to God. –Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

    Please burn before reading. –1972 Nixon White House illegal campaign tactics memo

    My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will never, never surrender to what is right. –Dan Quayle, Vice President under George H.W. Bush

    I don’t think we came from monkeys. I think that’s ridiculous. I haven’t seen a half-monkey, half-person yet. –Glenn Beck (who apparently hadn’t looked in the mirror lately)

    OK, Pat Robertson and Glenn Beck aren’t politicians. Hey, nobody’s perfect. Well, maybe Sarah Palin is, but we don’t have time to do her justice, so I’ll close with this reminder:

     

     

     

     

     
    • Midwestern Plant Girl 5:24 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love this quote by Alexander Tyler (or whomever, as I’ve seen speculation he said it. However, it is an awesome quote! )
      The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

      From bondage to spiritual faith;
      From spiritual faith to great courage;
      From courage to liberty;
      From liberty to abundance;
      From abundance to complacency;
      From complacency to apathy;
      From apathy to dependence;
      From dependence back into bondage

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      • mistermuse 7:41 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        The patriotic concept of “American Exceptionalism” may have its appeal, but when it’s an OVER-patriotic concept, I fear it’s leading America down the path of the sequence you outline.

        P.S. To those who read this post prior to a half hour ago, I apologize for the confusing link which followed the first two paragraphs (due to my technological incompetence). The wumo cartoon which appears there now is the correct link.

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    • ladysighs 6:01 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My only thought is “This too shall pass.”

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    • mistermuse 7:54 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Let us hope it passes before blindness makes America unable to see what we’re eating, election-wise!

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    • Cynthia Jobin 8:32 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I got very side-tracked here—enjoyably so—with more videos of the Hoosier Hot Shots….”From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies,”…etc. Thanks for the introduction!

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    • arekhill1 9:45 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Leave it to Pat Robertson to hit the nail right on the head–it’s the girls that are going to do all the heavy lifting, as usual.

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    • mistermuse 9:46 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Cynthia, I must confess a weakness for the Hoosier Hot Shots (I own dozens of their old 78s), which I guess proves that appreciation of wit and “cornball humor” can co-exist in one package. Now if only conservatives and progressives could learn to co-exist cooperatively in one country! 😦

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    • mistermuse 9:58 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Ricardo, it’s not too late to send Pat Robertson (born March 22, 1930) a belated Happy Birthday card to show your appreciation for all he’s done to keep this country from going to the dogs (so it can go to the troglodytes instead).

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    • Mél@nie 2:49 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I do hope the blond wigged ignorant, racist, barking character will lose…

      • * *

      @”Pat Robertson and Glenn Beck aren’t politicians.” – yeah, I do recall those “bright minds” who have invented hot water(LOL!), and another one “flush limbo”(Rush Limbaugh!)… brrr!!!

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      • mistermuse 3:29 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Some say that’s Trump’s real hair, but in any case, I’m far more concerned about what’s in his head, not on top of it. Speaking of questioning what’s real, Robertson, Beck and Limbaugh (not to mention Sarah Palin) must be cartoon characters — it’s hard to believe real people could be such buffoons (on second thought, maybe not so hard to believe).

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    • tomorrowdefinitely 2:55 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes, my favourite is of course Pat Robertson’s prognosis of what feminism entails, he he he!

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    • mistermuse 3:48 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Note that Robertson’s “prognosis” was stated in a fund raising letter. As a man of God, he not only knows and proclaims God’s will, but knows how to reach into his followers’ pockets while doing it.

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    • Don Frankel 4:14 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There is one candidate and only one candidate who can explain to America that it is rough. And, if they don’t get it, she can explain that it is ruff, ruff. And, if they don’t get it, or don’t like it or her, she can always pee on their leg.

      http://www.rabbithashhistsoc.org/the-mayor/current-mayor-lucy-lou/

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    • mistermuse 10:59 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately, I haven’t heard a peep – or should I say, a ruff – out of Lucy Lou lately, Don (ever since fire destroyed the Rabbit Hash General Store). Apparently fearing a vast right paw conspiracy, the Secret Service is still insisting that she live indognito. I hear The Donald was asked to have “his people” look into it, but The Donald wasn’t biting, as he’d rather face Hillary in the election because he doesn’t think she would pee on his leg….plus, she’s very vulnerable as long as her pee-mails remain under investigation.

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    • Don Frankel 6:57 pm on March 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Pee-mails? I love it. I might steal it.

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    • mistermuse 7:26 pm on March 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hillary probably loves it too. If she can keep her pee-mails in the mainstream, investigators will find it hard to build a cut-and-dry case against her.

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    • barkinginthedark 12:30 pm on July 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      of course agree that morons abound in GOP…and, interesting to me u show “Etiquette Blues” – on one of my CD’s “Who Could Imagine” is my anti GOP song “Etiquette.” nice. continue…

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    • mistermuse 1:15 pm on July 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I see that Trump just bounced ahead of Hillary in the post-GOP convention poll, which suggests to me that moron-ism is spreading outside of GOP circles. If Hillary doesn’t get a similar bounce after the Dem convention, she (and the country) could be in big trouble.

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