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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 ūüė¶

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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 ‚ÄĒ as in, Holy Christer. . . I‚Äôve got a few of them around here today. . And it‚Äôs raining. . . ūüė¶

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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! ūüė¶

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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‚Äôs 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 ūüė¶

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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. ūüė¶

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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. ūüôā

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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. ūüôā

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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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    • M√©l@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! ūüôā

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      pleasant coincidence: I’ve seen your comment about Pr√©vert, 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: M√©lanie Bedos-Nicolas… ūüôā

      Les enfants qui s‚Äôaiment… – Jacques Pr√©vert

      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‚Äô√©blouissante clart√© 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. ūüôā 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! ūüĎŹūüĎŹIn 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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    • M√©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!!! ūüėÄ

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

      I believe that joke is on the money! ūüôā

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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”. ūüôā

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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. ūüė¶

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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.”
          ‚ÄĒEcclesiastes 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….”
          ‚ÄĒShakespeare, 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. ūüôā

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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. ‚ÄďJohn 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 . ūüė¶

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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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    • M√©l@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… ūüôā

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      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! ūüôā

      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! ūüė¶

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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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    • M√©l@nie 2:49 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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

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      @”Pat Robertson and Glenn Beck aren‚Äôt 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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  • mistermuse 12:02 am on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Columnist Kathleen Parker, divided America, , , , , , , Mitt Romney, politics, , , ,   

    ALAS, SHRUGGED 

    Political elections are a good deal like marriages–there’s no accounting for anyone’s taste.¬†–Will Rogers

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    In a March 2 Cincinnati¬†newspaper¬†article (titled ROAD TRIPPIN’ TO COLUMBUS FOR TRUMP), a reporter writes of accompanying four Trump backers on a drive to Columbus (Ohio)¬†for a DONALD TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT¬†rally: “They’re serious about their support for Trump. They shrug off his bombastic speech.”

    Alas, what¬†they also¬†“shrug off”¬†is any suggestion¬†that Trump is a big-talking combination of¬†P.T. Barnum, bully,¬†and¬†simplistic-solutions¬†artist¬†who¬†can order away the causes of¬†Americans’ discontent¬†as easily as he fires ‘losers’. Shrug–the¬†perfect word to describe the casualness with which Trump supporters dismiss his “bombastic speech.” Bombastic? More like conveniently ignorant¬†(Trump: “I don’t know anything about [white supremacist] David Duke”), or¬†demeaning (“Would anyone vote for that [Carly Fiorina’s] face?”), or¬†pathetic¬†(“He¬†[John McCain] is not¬†a war hero”), or¬†despicable (mocking a reporter, named Serge Kovaleski,¬†who has¬†a disability). Etc. Etc. Etc.¬†But what do¬†his followers¬†care,¬†because they think he “tells it like it is.”

    Here’s how columnist Kathleen Parker¬†saw it¬†in a recent piece titled “The GOP may get what it deserves”: “The challenge for those of us in the observation business [lest you forget, this blog is called¬†THE OBSERVATION POST] is to illuminate what’s plainly obvious without offending those who prefer not to see. But there’s no winning once passions are engaged, and hating the messenger [aka blaming the media]¬†is a time-honored tradition.” Such a¬†business.

    One would¬†expect¬†sensible people¬†to realize¬†that¬†Trump is no cure for the uncompromising dogmatism that plagues our politics. So, how to account for the gullibility (or “taste,” as Will Rogers put it) of those who’ve been seduced by their beloved’s dubious charms. Perhaps some see that rivals like Ted Cruz would only deepen the dogmatic ditch that divides us. But that gives them credit for more sophistication than is their due, in my estimation.¬†Most of them simply don’t see¬†Trump for the humbug he is, and dogmatism is a fancy word that doesn’t pay their bills or kick butt.

    But Mitt Romney knows better:

    Just between us, I¬†find myself¬†hoping that¬†Trump wins the¬†GOP nomination, in the¬†belief¬†(promulgated by Romney and other¬†Republican leaders) that he would¬†lose big to Hillary….and take down with him¬†enough right wing candidates¬†to lose control of the Senate (and hopefully¬†loosen political and¬†tribalistic¬†gridlock in the process). Not that I’m a huge fan of Hillary, but¬†at worst,¬†she is the¬†lesser of two evils, and in any case, more mature, warts and all. Or I may¬†vote for Rabbit Hash Mayor/Presidential candidate¬†Lucy Lou, who may be a dog, but not¬†a¬†dog who tears people apart. Nor, oddly enough, is she the least bit(e) dogmatic.

    What is so hard about understanding that working together is the most reasonable and timely way to get things done in a democracy? Hillary’s¬†jingoistic rejoinder¬†to¬†Trump’s jingoistic¬†‘Make America great again’ campaign slogan is, at least, a starting point: “America never stopped being great. We have to make America whole.” Or at least as whole as is relatively possible in a country¬†divided against itself.

     

     
    • carmen 5:57 am on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      We shake our heads in disbelief every time we see another tRumpinanigan on the news – but then again, we’ve been incredulous for awhile now.
      Great post, mistermuse! It’s cold here in the frozen north but the sap is running!

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    • mistermuse 8:23 am on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There has been so much said and written of Trump that I was concerned this post would seem like overkill, but Trump is far from dead in the GOP horse race, so, as long as “the sap is running,” I decided to throw in my two cents worth.

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    • linnetmoss 9:39 am on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think it will be Donald vs. Hillary. I just hope she actually wins. The alternative is terrifying.

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    • mistermuse 10:28 am on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If Ohio governor John Kasich can win his home state on March 15, that could end up denying Trump the number of delegates he needs to eventually cinch the GOP nomination, leading to a brokered convention in Cleveland with Kasich having a chance to come out on top. I do think he is the most broadly acceptable of the remaining GOP contenders, but he probably lost some respect among independents because of this:
      http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/the-40-seconds-john-kasich-will-think-about-for-the-rest-of-his-life/472341/

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    • arekhill1 1:26 pm on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Republicans have carefully massaged the egos of America’s idiots for the last fifty years, Sr. Muse, because that was the only way they could win elections. Now that the OFB has gotten out in front of them, they are merely reaping what they sowed.

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      • mistermuse 5:22 pm on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Kathleen Parker, the moderate conservative whose column I quoted in my post, said in the same column that John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as his VP running mate in 2008 “foretold a dumbing down of the GOP that eight years later may prove irreversible.” Whether it’s been eight or fifty years, Republicans are indeed reaping what they’ve sowed.

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        • M√©l@nie 1:49 am on March 9, 2016 Permalink

          holy, Molly!!! THE Sarah Palin choice… she used to wave to Putin from her patio and to hunt in helicopter!!! long story, short: she hasn’t invented hot water or the butter slicing thread!!!(French expression translated mot-√†-mot…) ūüôā

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    • Don Frankel 3:32 pm on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I see after your article there is an advertisement for some heart medication. Is this a subliminal message that we’ll need it?

      I don’t get too excited over Presidential candidates or Presidents. It doesn’t end well for any of them. But that doesn’t discourage a new batch every four years. Kind of amazing if you stop to think about it.

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    • mistermuse 5:48 pm on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know about heart medication, Don, but after Lucy Lou wins the election, the White House is going to need a four to eight year supply of dog food.

      As for getting too excited, these every-four-year spectacles make great theatre (if nothing else), but this latest re-staging combines drama, comedy and farce like never before (and could turn into a tragedy if Trump is actually elected).

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    • BroadBlogs 7:49 pm on March 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great title! And I love Colbert’s video.

      Must admit that I’m kind of hoping Trump will get the nomination for the same reason you are — although I’m a bit scared since in 1980 the Democrats thought no one would vote for Ronald Reagan.

      If Mitt Romney’s plan were to go into effect, and they chose someone other than Donald Trump, that could alienate a lot of voters. (Yay, Hillary!)

      Their best hope is convincing Republicans that the Donald is a con artist. Still, where would Trump voters go? They’re starting to smarten up — see that the establishment isn’t for their interests.

      Could be a good year for Hillary.

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    • mistermuse 10:31 pm on March 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This could play out in a number of different ways. If Trump doesn’t win Ohio and Florida, it will probably go to a brokered convention in which most of the Republican “establishment” will go all out to convince delegates to nominate someone other than Trump. As for the Dems, Hillary’s nomination seems assured, barring a bombshell revelation emerging from the investigation of her emails. Time will tell.

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    • RMW 2:07 pm on March 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Bring back the monarchy!

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    • mistermuse 3:42 pm on March 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Like they say, be careful what you wish for. If Trump (or even Cruz) becomes Pres, a monarchy is likely to be very close to what you’ll get.

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    • M√©l@nie 1:54 am on March 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Monsieur Colbert is sooo smart, cultured, intelligent, wise… oh, yeah, I do recall the mm=moron mormon… ūüôā btw, I also visited Salt Lake City a few years ago: you have to see it, to believe it…
      https://myvirtualplayground.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/salt-lake-city-utah-mormon-vatican/

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    • mistermuse 7:12 am on March 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I knew some of what you wrote about Mormonism, but not all – thanks for the link to your post.
      As for Sarah Palin (mentioned in your earlier comment), John McCain will never admit it, but I’m sure he realizes that he made the stupidest mistake of his life when he chose her as his VP running mate eight years ago.

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    • literaryeyes 12:26 pm on March 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It looks to me like Trump will win Ohio and Florida. Hillary’s losses in Colorado and Michigan are a wake-up call for those of us who don’t want Trump to win. Right now, I think he would. Unfortunately, a lot of people still like the “strong man” (think of Russia and Israel). This is also a setback for the Conservatives who’ve been pushing an ideology all these years. They let the vitriol flow, hoping it would sweep them into power, and now they’re being swept away by the same vitriol!

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    • mistermuse 1:52 pm on March 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think you’re right about Florida, but there’s still hope for Kasich in Ohio, where he has been a pretty popular governor. He’s close behind Trump in Ohio polls and seems to be gaining ground, but if Trump wins, his path to the nomination gets a lot easier.
      Frankly, between Trump and Cruz, the fundamentalist Conservative, I see little to choose (in terms of who would be worse for the good of this country).

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    • JosieHolford 8:23 pm on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Wondering how you feel about this post now a few years on. Don’t know about you but my views have “evolved” – meaning new horrors about tRump emerge making things even more crystal clear. The fact that we now have two unacceptable extremes – Sanders and Bloomberg – vying to be the Democratic nominee when so many terrific candidates are/ have been shoved aside – Booker, Castro, Harris Warren – is borderline tragic.

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      • mistermuse 9:26 pm on February 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I was certainly wrong (as were many others) in believing that Trump “would lose big to Hillary.” But I wasn’t wrong about Trump — if anything, I underestimated what a sick human being he is.

        As for Sanders and Bloomberg: Bernie is too much of a demagogue for my taste, but — “taste” aside — there’s no way a self-proclaimed socialist will carry the swing states the Dems need to beat Trump. I have mixed feelings about Bloomberg. I don’t fault him for spending billions of his own money on his campaign. Does anyone truly believe that if any other candidates had his money, they wouldn’t spend it in the same manner? I know I would! Beyond that, I need to believe he’s sincere in regretting his “stop and frisk” policy as NYC mayor and past statements he has made which appear racist, so I’ll be watching him in tomorrow night’s debate to get a better feel for the man.

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  • mistermuse 12:45 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Being wrong, , denial, , growing, , , politics, , right and wrong, , To err is human   

    ME(ET) MR. RIGHT 

    To err is human, but it feels divine. –Mae West

    To err is human – to blame it on a computer is even more so. –Robert Orben

    To err is human; to blame someone else is politics. –Hubert Humphrey

    To err is human, but when the eraser wears out before the pencil, you’re overdoing it. –-Josh Jenkins

    I recently chanced upon a book titled¬†BEING WRONG¬†— which, of course, is a¬†concept completely foreign to¬†where I’m coming from¬†(and I’m not even a politician) —¬†but I decided to read the book anyway¬†in the hope of¬†learning why¬†other people are so¬†prone to being wrong.

    It turns out that¬†people are¬†often wrong because they’re human….an attribute I was¬†fairly¬†certain that¬†I¬†possess¬†(naturally, I can’t speak for¬†some of¬†the elephants and jackasses¬†in Congress), so to be sure,¬†I checked my birth certificate. Sure enough, “human” was written¬†in the space after¬†where it says “Genus” (or maybe it¬†says “Genius” — the small print is hard to read). In any case, birth certificates don’t lie (I don’t care¬†what Tea Party¬†Republicans say). Make no mistake:¬†mistermuse IS¬†human — and possibly a genius as well, which could account for my never being wrong.

    Now that that’s settled, let us turn to BEING WRONG, the book. Written by Kathryn Schulz, journalist, writer and “wrongologist,” this book should be required reading for anyone who thinks they’re always right, because (says Schulz) “the need to be always right simply keeps us from growing.” I can take that to heart¬†(though my stomach¬†may not be so easily¬†deterred), and so can anyone¬†at the point of¬†“realizing halfway through an argument that you are mistaken, or halfway through a lifetime that you were wrong about your faith, your politics, yourself, your loved one, or your life’s work.”

    But. of course, many people never (says I)¬†“get” to¬†that halfway¬†point….and even if they do, refuse to¬†admit — even to themselves —¬†that they¬†could be mistaken about anything¬†(think Donald Trump, the poster child for this type, who, unlike yours truly, doesn’t have the excuse of being born a genius).¬†You don’t really want to be like Donald Trump, do you?¬†You¬†do want much food for thought, don’t you?¬†Then read this book….or at least, for starters, give¬†its author a listen:

    THE END
    (but will it be the end, for long,
    of my denying BEING RONG?)

     
    • Midwestern Plant Girl 2:26 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I may have an out here.. I’m blood type O- ūüĎĹ

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    • mistermuse 5:14 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I understand that hospitals love the “universal” blood type O Negative — or, as I call it, O minus. Unfortunately, I am cursed with blood type G enius — nobody loves or understands me. ūüė¶

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    • arekhill1 9:45 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Whenever my SO realizes she is wrong in the middle of an argument, she says “You’re stupid for even arguing about this,” which nicely changes the subject to our relative intelligence. This is an admirable technique, but I can’t use it because I am not allowed to question her intelligence. I usually have to start a grease fire in the kitchen or spill a drink on her Kindle to escape the dispute.

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      • mistermuse 12:51 pm on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        I haven’t yet finished reading Kathryn Schulz’s BEING WRONG, so it will be interesting to see if, by the end, she addresses such battles of the sexes. Like you, Ricardo, I’ve always found them to be no-win disputes, despite the fact that I’m always right. Seeing as how the book was written by a woman, I’m not getting my hopes up….but these things never last, so I’m prepared to keep the big picture in mind.

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    • Don Frankel 10:22 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, I listened to her very attentively and I realized something… she’s wrong.

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      • mistermuse 1:04 pm on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        You mean like the title of her book? But who knew Being Wrong could be so interesting!

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    • M√©l@nie 11:15 am on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “Errare humanum est, perseverare diabolicum est…” = to err is human; to persist [in committing such errors] is diabolical…(Seneca the Younger) btw, dunno anyone who would like to be like wigged(wiggy) Donny… ūüėČ last but not least: his wife’s name is Melania!!! ūüôā

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    • mistermuse 1:19 pm on September 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      And their child’s name is Barron, which, as they say, certainly goes with the territory.

      I too once thought The Donald is wigged, but reader (& Trump’s fellow New Yorker) Don Frankel previously advised that that’s his real hair. So it’s really true that you can’t judge a look by it’s cover. ūüôā

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    • BroadBlogs 1:57 am on October 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes! I’ll have to remember some of them.

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    • mistermuse 6:26 am on October 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s another quote I considered but didn’t use, because it doesn’t start with “To err is human”:

      “Things are seldom what they seem: that’s why people mistake education for intelligence, wealth for happiness, and sex for love.” –Evan Esar

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    • restlessjo 12:54 pm on October 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I think I’ll stick with Mae ūüôā

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    • mistermuse 6:46 pm on October 4, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the comment, and Mae the spirit be with you. ūüôā

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    • moorezart 4:29 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent post….AND blog!

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    • mistermuse 6:22 pm on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I checked your blog and like your photography….not to mention your self-description, THE ARTFUL BLOGGER, which gives it a nice little “Twist.” ūüôā

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