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  • mistermuse 3:22 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , President Trump,   

    DYING FOR DOLLARS 

    Some of you may remember a long-running (1950s to early 1990s) TV program called DIALING FOR DOLLARS in which the host (after announcing the password(s) at the start of the show) randomly picked a phone number to call. If the person being called gave the password, he or she would win prize money; an incorrect answer would increase the prize money for the next call, and so on. Here’s SCTV’s take on the program:

    Nowadays, it seems there’s a new game on TV:  a daily game in which the host is President/Scientific Genius Donald Trump, the password is nominally COVID-19, and the payoff is whatever he says it is in order to re-start the economy at any price — ranging from billions of dollars for big business and big banks, to ingesting disease-killing disinfectants. Regarding the latter, you may be tempted to say, “You first, Mr. President.” Too late! The next day, he said he was just kidding and didn’t mean it. Hahahahahahaha.

    It’s Not Fake News: Trump Did Actually Suggest That Injecting Bleach Could Be a Cure for COVID-19

    Sorry, Mr. Desperate President, the joke is on you, because you’re sicker than the sickest Covid-19 patient, and there’s no cure for your virulent virus except the resounding defeat you must suffer on Nov. 3.

     
    • linnetmoss 3:38 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, he can’t leave soon enough. Every time I think he can’t get any more idiotic, he proves me wrong.

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      • mistermuse 5:14 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        These next six months until the election are going to seem like six years. I shudder to think of the additional harm he could do to this country in six weeks, much less six months. .

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        • linnetmoss 7:27 am on April 27, 2020 Permalink

          Yes, I would rather have the dumbest of my four cats in the White House. At least she would stay off Twitter and take lots of naps.

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        • mistermuse 8:22 am on April 27, 2020 Permalink

          Trump probably thinks catnaps are what cats take when they’re so full of themselves, they can’t think of anything else — like him.

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    • pendantry 3:54 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      there’s no cure for your virulent virus except the resounding defeat you must suffer on Nov. 3

      Oh, I wish. That guy needs to leave the White House to someone who isn’t a total idiot….

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    • Roadtirement 4:23 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Too bad narcissism and idiocy is not grounds for removal from office.

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      • mistermuse 5:27 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        They would be, if the GOP didn’t control the Senate. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s going to be harder (but not beyond the realm of possibility) for the Dems to win the Senate than to win the Presidency.

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    • annieasksyou 4:38 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yep. “Dying for Dollars” sums things up quite well. So scary and sick it completely shut down my pun and rhyme neural pathways.

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    • obbverse 6:01 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He would look so professional in a Haz/mat suit, full gas mask and communication device shorted out. That’s your president right there, ladies and germs! The personification of a dumbed-down bad joke.

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    • arekhill1 6:03 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What’s it like never to have cleaned anything in your life? Because that’s what Agent Orange just revealed about himself.

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      • mistermuse 6:18 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That’s not hard to believe….but it will be a lot harder (if not almost impossible) for the next President to clean up the mess he leaves behind.

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    • Rivergirl 6:32 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was watching that briefing live and he most certainly was not joking. It angers me beyond words that the doctors wouldn’t stand up to him that day. Birx went on Fox the next day and defended him. WTH!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 6:58 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Trump’s the worst. He’s a dangerous jerk.

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    • calmkate 7:27 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      if you guys don’t do the right thing on Nov 3rd we may ask one of his mates to nuke you!

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      • mistermuse 10:06 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The very thought of four more years of Trump is almost enough to make me think we’d deserve it, Kate.

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        • calmkate 11:03 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink

          sadly allowing such a moron to ruin your country we should have done it a while ago … saved you the humiliation!

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    • masercot 6:47 am on April 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My worry is, through his mismanagement, Trump will end up declaring a national emergency and cancelling elections.

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    • Elizabeth 4:32 pm on April 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      No words for him today. How anyone could believe him pains me, but people do and are drinking bleach.

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    • America On Coffee 5:09 pm on April 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Dying for dollars is the reality show today and at any cost.🤕

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      • mistermuse 8:08 pm on April 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I heard on the news this evening that VP Mike Pence visited the Mayo Clinic and was the only one there not wearing a mask. He excused himself by saying he’s been tested multiple times for the Coronavirus, and all tests were negative. In other words, privileged people like Pence can get tested whenever they want, while most ordinary people can’t even get tested once. So, if they die, apparently that’s the cost of not being rich and powerful.

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  • mistermuse 11:56 am on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , leadership, letters to the editor, President Trump   

    LETTER PERFECT 

    I am one of those increasingly rare and slowly-becoming-extinct creatures who still gets the local newspaper delivered to his home each morning, usually reading it spread out on the kitchen table (the newspaper, not me) while eating breakfast. I read some parts of the paper more thoroughly than others, but usually give LETTERS TO THE EDITOR just a cursory glance….unless a letter’s heading arouses my interest and incites a reading. Today, one such heading did just that, and the letter (in response to another writer’s letter) so perfectly expressed what I feel that I want to share it with my readers:

    Yes, Trump is our leader, but we don’t follow him blindly

    Regarding the letter, “We’re all on one team with one captain and one objective” (March 28): [that writer] wrote we need to “put aside our political hatred” and follow our “captain” (President Donald Trump) in this coronavirus crisis, as [that writer] did when he played football.
    But what if your captain had never even played before and said, “I don’t believe you all need helmets. The other team is a hoax. The scorekeepers are the enemies of the people. This game will be two quarters, then we’ll get back to work. Don’t listen to my coaches. I’m a football genius.”
    Would you still follow him blindly?

    I will close here, since the letter speaks for itself. I only hope it speaks to you.

     

     

     

     
    • magickmermaid 1:58 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Loud and clear! 🙂

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    • Rivergirl 2:13 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Sometimes we get the right leader at the right time. Lincoln during the Civil War. Roosevelt in WWII. Kennedy fir the Cuban Missile Crisis.
      And then there’s Trump.
      Need I say more?
      😳

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:44 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent analogy.

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    • arekhill1 2:49 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Unspeakably self-centered yapping yam…sorry, just thinking out loud, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 4:26 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The poor yapping yam obviously can’t help himself, Ricardo (except try to help himself get re-elected, which is at the bottom of everything he says and does — and I do mean “bottom”).

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    • josephurban 3:37 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The answer to the last question. YES, many stooges will follow him blindly.

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    • obbverse 4:04 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      C’mon Muse, doncha remember Donny? He played- little league stuff- mostly on the bench due to bone spurs or something?- that big headed tight end with the tiny hands and short attention span? latest events prove he MUST have played some- there’s lots of evidence of severe concussions.

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      • mistermuse 4:34 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m just the messenger (not the letter-writer), but I do happen to know a bit of his boy-background because a former follower of this blog knew him then and supports him now (which is why, after I satirized Trump a few times, he is no longer a follower).

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    • annieasksyou 4:19 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Sure does (speak to me). And I wish the clever respondent had pointed out that our “captain” is certainly not acting as though we all have one objective. Therein lies part of this rolling disaster.

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      • mistermuse 4:44 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The saddest part is that some victims of the virus have died because of Trump’s gross unfitness for office. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that Obama would’ve dealt with this a lot sooner and more effectively than Trump.

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        • annieasksyou 8:06 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink

          Not only sad—despicable and inhumane! And still fighting Schumer about the need for nationwide coordination to end FEMA bidding against the governors while profiteers jack up the prices of lifesaving equipment. Breathe in, breathe out!

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        • mistermuse 9:24 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink

          Trump’s presidency is, and has been since day one, all about HIM. The truly saddest part is that almost half of Americans either can’t see him for who he is, or don’t think what they see matters more than what they hold dear (such as anti-immigrant policies, unlimited gun rights, appointment of conservative judges, and other right-wing and evangelical priorities).

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    • restlessjo 5:56 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He is a dangerous man. I don’t know where you found him, but I wish you’d put him back! And I am the most unpolitical of people. Stay safe over there! 🙂 🙂

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 6:18 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Trump stinks.

      Be well. Stay safe.

      Neil S.

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      • mistermuse 7:09 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I used to think skunks stink, until Trump came along. Now I realize that skunks are mere amateurs.

        Take care, Neil.

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    • calmkate 7:24 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sorry for the destruction he has wrecked upon your country and now so many will die … always said he stuffed you up more than enemy could and this proves it!

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    • Elizabeth 7:48 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Well he learned from Hoover I think. “Prosperity is just around the corner.” I read the paper every morning too.

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      • mistermuse 9:51 pm on April 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I would agree, except that Trump is undoubtedly one of the least well-read Presidents in history and probably doesn’t know Hoover said that (or much of anything else about Hoover, for that matter). But I’m glad to hear that you’re a newspaper reader — a hundred years from now, newspapers will probably be an all-but-forgotten curiosity, like the silent movies of a hundred years ago are today.

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    • masercot 5:07 am on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t have said it better myself…

      … but, that won’t keep me from trying…

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    • mistermuse 2:48 pm on April 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The writer of said letter will be glad to hear that. As for me, I didn’t realize how perfectly comments echo across Blog Valley, even over some distance and after some time. I hope Trump doesn’t start using this venue and sticks to Twitter (which I’m not on), as I can’t stand his comments the first time.

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    • Shruti pandey 2:10 am on April 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The football game example? Excellent 👏

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    • Catherine Haustein 12:21 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll follow science during a pandemic, thank you, letter writer. And please stay inside.

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    • barkinginthedark 6:43 pm on April 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      what a perfectly apt analogy. God, i hate this ghoul! continue…

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      • mistermuse 10:34 pm on April 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know whether hating such a sick and pathetic creature as Trump is worth giving him more fodder as a target/victim of so-called “never Trumpers”….but who can blame Trump haters for why they hate him? I think Trump must be stood up to in no uncertain terms, but tempered by a cool head which doesn’t stoop to Trump’s level to the point of losing the high ground.

        Anyway, who am I to talk after all the potshots I’ve taken at him (but without using the “h” word).

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    • barkinginthedark 6:43 pm on April 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      P.S.And be well. continue…

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    • SaaniaSparkle 🧚🏻‍♀️ 3:47 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice blog 💚

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    • Garfield Hug 10:25 am on April 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      👏👏👍👍

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  • mistermuse 3:40 pm on May 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ego, , impeachment, , President Trump, , water off a duck's back,   

    DONALD DUCKS FOR COVER — MICKEY MUSE GOES UNDERCOVER 

    No doubt you’ve noticed that America’s quack President, Donald Trump, ducks any probing questions he doesn’t want to answer — particularly about his many phony claims, disingenuous spins, grandiose con jobs, and cheap-shot insults. For example, on May 23 he tweeted agreement with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s claim that former U.S. Vice President Biden has a low IQ. Taking on one of my undercover-reporter gigs, I asked The Donald if a low IQ is worse than a MONUMENTAL EGO. Obviously, he didn’t like the question. Ergo, he didn’t answer. Or maybe he was too busy correcting his tweeted misspelling (“Bidan”) of Biden’s name. But I’ll give him a pass on that one; after all, even I make a spelling misteak on rare — or medium rare (but not well done) — occasions.

    Pause.

    My fellow Americans, I began this post intending to satirize more (out of countless) examples of Trump perfidy, but what’s the point? We all know what Trump is. Blowing his bilge back at him sticks like water off a duck’s back. It’s time to get quackin’ and get serious:

     

     

     

     
    • Elizabeth 5:06 pm on May 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      What is with the nose thing anyway? Drives me nuts.

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    • calmkate 6:37 pm on May 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      well the headlines are clearly saying that had he not been a sitting president he would have been charged, so Mueller has pinned crimes to him hence he has halted release of the full report … molasses is clearer and less sticky than him!

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      • mistermuse 8:14 pm on May 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Love the line in the clip where it’s admitted that Trump is transparent because we can see right through him (unless, like most Republicans, you choose to keep blinders on).

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    • Rivergirl 6:55 pm on May 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      My husband hates when I say the F word.
      Every time I see the Donald I want to scream the F word.
      Ergo I cannot watch the news with my husband anymore.
      Which isn’t such a bad thing these days..

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      • mistermuse 8:29 pm on May 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe you can get out of the F word habit by substituting the I word whenever you see The Donald. Or you can just scream “Impeach” and add “the F…er” under your breath.

        P.S. Even my wife, a former nun, has taken to cussing when she sees Trump. I love it.

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        • Rivergirl 8:40 pm on May 29, 2019 Permalink

          I really can’t help it. And if a former nun can’t either? That says it all…
          🙄

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 11:27 pm on May 29, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed the Randy Rainbow song parody 🙂

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    • mlrover 8:02 am on May 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Randy Rainbow is so much fun and clever. First heard about him on a NPR interview. On the other hand, and in comparison, that Pelosi trash piece with her slurring words is so typical of the childish and vicious antics of Dem haters. The saddest aspect for me that as an Independent, I sometimes voted for a moderate Rep. I now write in every survey that I will never vote for them again. The far right Republican party’s utter lack of compassion for the unfortunate and hurting and their blatant disrespect for the constitution and everything its founders hoped to achieve is sickening. And the Republicans strut around calling themselves patriots.

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      • mistermuse 8:42 am on May 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for your comment, mirover. There is ONE Republican Congressman who has the integrity and guts to call out Donald Trump:

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      • mlrover 12:33 pm on May 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Yes, I know about the moderates, but I am so put off by Republican and Evangelical hypocrisy, utter lack of sympathy, and gross lack of respect for the Constitution that I can’t envision ever giving them another vote.

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    • jilldennison 1:41 am on May 31, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Great post! I loved the Randy Rainbow video … I had never heard of him, but will be looking for more. And Amash is currently the only republican in Congress that I have even an ounce of respect for. It took courage to do what he did … we need more in Congress willing to stand up to the bully in the Oval Office.

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    • angelamcclintock 4:11 pm on June 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      He truly makes me crazy. Thanks for the smile.

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    • barkinginthedark 3:23 am on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      LUV Randy Rainbow…and now Trump is running his grift about Coronavirus…amazing. continue…

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  • mistermuse 12:13 am on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: glow worm, , , National Postal Museum, North Pole, President Trump, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, , , , toys   

    POST PROPOSES PARCEL-POSTING PRES TO POLE 

    This post is honored to note the 105th anniversary tomorrow of a notable day in U.S. Postal history. Let’s begin with a ‘little’ background, which you can take as gospel because it was written by a Pope:

    https://postalmuseumblog.si.edu/2013/02/very-special-deliveries.html

    Yes, friends, for just 53 cents worth of stamps attached to a little girl’s coat, the precious cargo wearing that coat was shipped by rail in a train’s mail compartment, thereby saving the cargo’s parents a pretty penny in passenger fare. This got me to thinking about the possibility of saving money by restoring the mailing of humans via the U.S. Postal Service. Think, for example, of all the “border wall” money alone that could be saved by shipping President Trump to the North Pole to chill in Santa’s workshop, helping Santa make toys that insure children are happy instead of policies that traumatize them….or Santa could toy with the bright idea of replacing Rudolph’s red nose with Donald and his orange glow.

    Now, I’m not saying The Donald is a worm, but if it acts like a worm, leaves a trail of slime like a worm, and glows like a worm, that may account for why so many have taken the bait.

     

     
    • calmkate 2:55 am on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      great idea, do hope you act on it!

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      • mistermuse 9:29 am on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        It would probably take an Act of Congress, which (unlike Parcel Post) has a history of delivering responsibly about as often as Trump tells the truth.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 9:08 am on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      👍👍

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    • rivergirl1211 9:53 am on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Marvelous ideas all..

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    • mlrover 10:21 am on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Fascinating post and article. Love bits of history like this and am over the moon with the Spike Jones album cover. I actually have it. Last night re-watched “Laura” for the umpteenth time with a mystery writer friend who’d never seen it. (How is that possible!?) All through it I could hear Spike’s parody of the theme song. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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      • mistermuse 12:59 pm on February 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        The trip was my pleasure, mirover. How well I remember LAURA, as well as such other Spike Jones classics as CHLOE, COCKTAILS FOR TWO, and HAWAIAN WAR CHANT. In my opinion, GLOW WORM isn’t one of his best, but it’s still fun. 🙂

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    • Susi Bocks 1:41 pm on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, he’s a worm and so much more than that!

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      • mistermuse 3:58 pm on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        In some respects, he’s a monster. What else do you call an egomaniac whose every lie, exaggeration, and maneuver are done in furtherance of seeing himself deemed King Trump.

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    • Richard Cahill 9:15 pm on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Completely unfair to worms, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 11:36 pm on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Agreed, Ricardo. No self-respecting worm would want to be seen in the company of The Donald.

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    • America On Coffee 9:45 am on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Video not available

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    • Silver Screenings 8:29 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      That was a fascinating link re: mailing children. I had no idea – and what a good price, too! 😉

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      • mistermuse 11:27 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I had the same reaction when I happened upon that link, SS. History is endlessly interesting to those of us who find human nature fascinating (as opposed to those of us for whom the world revolves entirely around him or her self).

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    • The Coastal Crone 7:22 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Great idea!

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    • JosieHolford 8:35 am on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I like the question: “If you could post trump somewhere where would that somewhere be?” And I like your North Pole occupation location. Very benign. But works as well as any more violent or punitive revenge fantasy would. I think a nice sheltered workshop – a long way away from the means of communication – doing something of value for other people’s children would be a worthy and just punishment. He could even have hamberders and covfefe shipped in if it helped him concentrate on doing things to make other people’s lives better.

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      • mistermuse 1:36 pm on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Yours is certainly a compassionate take on my proposal to send Trump to the North Pole, and more compassionate than he deserves. considering the places he sends children he has separated from their asylum-seeking parents. What he deserves is prison, but that’s probably about as likely as sending him to the North Pole (pending Mueller’s findings and further developments).

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  • mistermuse 2:06 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: asylum seekers, border separation, , empathy, migrant parents, President Trump,   

    SOMEONE CALL A DOCTOR – OUR PRESIDENT IS SICK 

    empathy, n. Identification with and understanding of another’s feelings, situation, and motives. –Webster’s New College Dictionary

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    Unless you’ve been separated from the news since 2017, you’ve no doubt heard of our U.S. President’s “zero tolerance” (zero humanity?) immigration policy, whereby children (including infants and toddlers) are taken from their asylum-seeking mother and/or father at the southern border, resulting in what the New York Times reported as “thousands of migrant parents spending months in agonized uncertainty, unable to communicate with their children and in many cases not even knowing where their children are.”

    Let’s call this unconscionable practice what it is:

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/huppke/ct-met-family-separation-border-children-trump-huppke-20190211-story.html

    In June 2018, a federal judge in San Diego directed the federal government to halt the separations and reunite children with their parents, but federal inspectors found that separations continued to occur. Furthermore, according to the N.Y. Times, the total number of separated children is unknown “because of the lack of a coordinated formal tracking system between the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the arm of Health and Human Services that takes in the children, and the Dept. of Homeland Security, which separated them from their parents.”

    What is wrong with this morally sick President that renders him incapable of empathy, that blinds him to the needs of others, particularly the ‘least’ of us?

    “All children old enough to recognize that they exist as separate (albeit weak and dependent) beings have a strong need to believe that their parents are ultimately good and kind. Parents appear to the child to be omnipotent figures who have everything: food, warmth, love, mobility and so forth. The child desperately needs to feel that these God-like parents are devoted to his or her particular needs and well-being: the consequences of the reverse, for the weak and utterly dependent child, are simply too terrible to contemplate.” — Scott Mann, author, HEART OF A HEARTLESS WORLD

    Someone call a doctor — preferably a heart specialist — for our President.

     

     
    • calmkate 2:35 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      psychopaths have NO empathy, he is certifiable … I assure you!

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    • The Whitechapel Whelk 3:58 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You raised my hopes with that title

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    • carmen 7:55 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I cannot imagine him being anyone’s Valentine. 😦
      Now you, on the other hand, mistermuse. . . 🙂

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      • mistermuse 10:08 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I can’t imagine him as anyone’s Valentine either….but I can clearly see him as the MAD Hater on Halloween.
        Happy Valentine’s Day a day early, Carmen!

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    • mlrover 8:52 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      He is not my president. I have too much respect for the office to give that man the title. He is on a par with the murderous A. Jackson who killed thousands of Native Americans in one of our country’s most horrific land grabs.

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      • mistermuse 10:14 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Right on, mirover! The other day on TV (I forget which program), Trump was reported to have said that Andrew Jackson is one of his favorite presidents. It figures.

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 11:12 am on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Grr… this makes me so mad! How is it still happenening? How is it he still has supporters? I cannot even fathom the sadistic depths of those who so freakishly and fanatically encourage him…

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      • mistermuse 12:54 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Good question, Lisa. In my opinion, most of his supporters are either willfully ignorant, gullible, or (like many right-wing ideologues and power players) have a stronger ‘financial compass’ than a ‘moral compass.’

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    • Richard Cahill 1:04 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Doctor? In my opinion his heart needs a blood clot the size of a cheeseburger.

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      • mistermuse 6:16 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        In a more charitable vein, how about a heart transplant with a real heart?

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    • Paulie 1:05 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Two years into this mess and nothing shocks me (much) anymore. The mind is more boggled by his supporters and enablers, particularly those in Congress who’ve decided to hitch their careers and legacies to this miserable jackass. What drives them? Power? Financial skin in the game? Racism? A little bit of each? Clearly there’s a complete lack of morality and empathy.

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      • mistermuse 6:22 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        That about sums it up, Paulie. If those who voted for him don’t have buyer’s remorse by now, they never will.

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    • Elizabeth 2:34 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      His parents didn’t earn parents of the year awards themselves. I don’t think he ever received any love. He certainly acts as if he didn’t.

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      • mistermuse 6:44 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Not to ‘disagree,’ Elizabeth, but I think he rec’d love all right — love of power, of domineering wealth, and of being the center of acclaim. A real triple threat, all in one pathetic package.

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        • Elizabeth 8:36 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink

          That is right on the money. He didn’t get the real thing but its counterfeits.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 5:32 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      He has a narcissistic personality disorder and is incapable of feeling empathy. It’s a real sickness that can turn people into monsters.

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      • mistermuse 6:47 pm on February 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        On the money, Diana….monsters who are incapable of seeing themselves as they really are.

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      • A. Rinum 10:54 pm on February 19, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Forget about differences in political opinion…
        I don’t even think we’re on the same page regarding morality…
        Children shouldn’t have to suffer because grownups are can’t get along…

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        • mistermuse 1:21 am on February 20, 2019 Permalink

          …or because grownups have forgotten how vulnerable they were as children to circumstances beyond their control or ability to cope (or were so privileged as children that they didn’t have to experience such circumstances).

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        • D. Wallace Peach 11:31 am on February 20, 2019 Permalink

          I used to work as an early childhood mental health counselor, and the trauma these kids are experiencing is outrageous. I wrote a post about the mental health impact on immigrant children, if you’re interested. https://mythsofthemirror.com/2018/06/25/trump-sanctioned-child-abuse/
          (Thanks Mr. Muse for letting me share 🙂 )

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      • mistermuse 11:48 am on February 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Diana, for the link to your 6/25/18 TRUMP SANCTIONED CHILD ABUSE post, which I read at the time and liked very much. I appreciate the share, and hope readers of this comment will read it too.

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    • chattykerry 8:07 pm on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      It is cruel and unusual punishment – why isn’t that cause for impeachment?

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      • mistermuse 8:15 pm on February 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        It is, but unfortunately, Republicans still control the Senate. Hopefully that will change in November 2020, but until then, Robert Mueller is our only hope (and even when his report is completed, it may be kept from the public by the Republican Attorney General).

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    • barkinginthedark 7:33 pm on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      this is a vile thing. continue…

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      • mistermuse 11:06 pm on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        What can I say? Vile men do vile things, and it doesn’t get much more vile than taking small children from their parents and traumatizing them.

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    • Marysa Writes 4:16 pm on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’m honestly surprised to find a website of people who are not trump supporters. It feels almost unreal.

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      • mistermuse 4:56 pm on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t see many Trump-supporter websites, Marysa — for one thing, I don’t seek them, and if I do run into one, I don’t follow it because I’ve found from past experience that we don’t occupy the same universe or speak the same language, thus we talk past each other, and meaningful dialogue is impossible.

        In “real life,” however, engagement is possible. My next-door neighbor is a mild Trump supporter (if you can imagine such a thing), and we get along fine.

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        • Marysa Writes 5:00 pm on March 7, 2019 Permalink

          I’m from Florida, so pretty much everyone I run into is a Trump supporter, and it’s a bit awkward.

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    • bigskybuckeye 4:01 pm on March 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The comments to this post say it all.

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on January 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: black history, Charlottesville, Confederate statues, editorial, , President Trump, , Southern heritage, violence, white supremacists   

    SEE NO EVIL (REVISITING CHARLOTTESVILLE AS METAPHOR) 

    The statues you’re defending are of men who erased my history. –Kevin S. Aldridge, opinion editor, Cincinnati Enquirer

    • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Rick Borden said of his son, Daniel Borden, who (along with others) beat up an unarmed black man, “I absolutely don’t think my son did anything wrong.” Daniel’s mother called reports of her son’s actions “fake news” (sound familiar?). The beating victim was left with a concussion, eight staples in his head, a broken wrist, and other injuries. And we wonder why the son of such a father and mother grows up with moral blinders.

    That beating wasn’t the only violent act committed in Charlottesville, Virginia, during that white supremacist rally in August 2017. An avowed neo-Nazi deliberately drove his car into rally-protesters, injuring dozens and killing 32-year old protester Heather Heyer. Her offense: actively opposing the alt-right’s racism. In her last Facebook post before her death, she had said of her activism: If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.

    Last month, Heyer’s killer was sentenced to life in prison. As for Daniel Borden, he was sentenced last week. The particulars? In the words of the old idiom, “Read ’em and weep”:

    Parental influence: Borden gets nearly four years for garage attack

    Around the time of the Charlottesville madness, the opinion editor (a black man) who was quoted at the beginning of this post, wrote an editorial titled YOUR HERITAGE BEING ERASED? WELCOME TO THE CLUB. It included these words:

    “There’s been a lot of consternation among some folks about this growing movement to take down Confederate statues and monuments across the United States. Even President Trump has joined the chorus of laments that removing these monuments is an attempt to erase or rewrite history and rob certain people of their Southern culture and heritage.”
    “But here’s the thing that some people don’t seem to get or want to acknowledge: These monuments pay tribute to individuals who took away and erased the history of Africans through slavery, through the killing and slaughtering of innocents, through the destruction of black families by way of rape and separation  – all in the name of cruelty, white supremacy, exploitation and greed.”
    “How would I like my history taken away?”
    “Been there and done that, sir.”
    “Most African-Americans in this country will never know the true history of our ancestors. Much of our heritage was lost when our forefathers were densely packed into slave ships and transported across the Atlantic to be sold like common goods. Many of them died and their individual histories along with them. And those who survived….had their native, ancestral names stripped from them and replaced with the ones slave masters wanted them to have.”
    “Much of our African heritage has been irretrievably lost to the ravages and ruthlessness of callous individuals and traitors to this nation, such as General Lee, who fought to maintain the deplorable and murderous system of slavery. Now there are some who want to romanticize, revere and commemorate them as heroes.”
    “Well, excuse me if I’m not willing to buy that brand. Forgive me if I don’t shed a tear for your loss. Sorry if it ruins some quaint childhood memory.”
    “All I can say is, welcome to the club.”

    Are YOU paying attention?

     

     
    • calmkate 6:50 am on January 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      powerful words and so true … we must honour those who were killed and raped, not the perps!

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    • masercot 7:18 am on January 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Same thing happened to my family as they were marched from their tribal lands across the country. We lost eighty percent of our family on that march. AND, if that wasn’t bad enough, they settled us in Oklahoma…

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      • mistermuse 9:35 am on January 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for reminding us that many European migrants to America centuries ago weren’t satisfied with what they did to African slaves — they grossly mistreated native Americans as well.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 4:19 pm on January 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for this post. The racism espoused and encouraged by our “president” has exposed an ugly underside of American culture, and we all should be concerned. My husband is African American and records of his family only go back to 1865 (I wonder why? Hmm). We recently had our DNA ancestry done, and he discovered that he is 56% European! But he knows of no mixed marriages since the Civil War. To me, his discovery speaks to the despicable prevalence of rape and rape and rape, generations of rape. I can’t even contemplate the accompanying rape of children. Take down those statues, and while we’re at it, take down the statues of anyone who participated in the genocide of Native Americans, another travesty that white Americans have refused to acknowledge. You hit a hot button for me. Thank you.

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      • mistermuse 6:07 pm on January 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana. I wrote this yesterday (& posted it overnight) because no one else (that I knew of) said it, and I strongly felt it needed to be said. Imagine my surprise this morning when I read today’s Cincinnati Enquirer and saw a similar article about the Bordens titled HIS KID IS GUILTY, YET ‘HE DID NOTHING WRONG’ by Enquirer columnist Byron McCauley, a black man and fellow member (with Kevin Aldridge) of the editorial board.

        As a white man, I am proud to associate myself with Mr. McCauley, yourself and other commenters in calling attention to this “ugly underside of American culture.”

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:47 pm on January 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I would recommend for reading, BARRACOON: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston, published in 2018.

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      • mistermuse 6:28 pm on January 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the recommendation, Rosaliene. This led me to check out two ‘excellent reviews’ of the book online, one of which praised everything about the book except the title. Perhaps that reviewer didn’t know the meaning of BARRACOON, which I learned from the other reviewer is “a word for the barracks built near the coast [of Africa], where the enslaved were kept until they boarded the ships.”

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    • Richard Cahill 1:36 pm on January 14, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Trump–worst President since Jefferson Davis.

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    • Resa 4:37 pm on January 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      A sad commentary about rights and freedoms.
      Your supreme leader is wracking havoc everywhere, even up here in Canada.

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      • mistermuse 10:22 am on January 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        ….and a sad commentary about Americans voters who elected him and right-wing sycophants who empower him.

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        • Resa 6:03 pm on January 16, 2019 Permalink

          It seems to spreading around the world. I suppose trumpo didn’t start it, but he has sure empowered the right.

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    • Eliza 12:37 pm on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This post just made me sad. And reinforced why I don’t read the news. I know it’s important to know what goes on, but mostly it’s just so full of sad stuff. Stuff like this. The innocent being hurt. The good being bullied. And there is so much good out there too! But is it written about??? It’s actually why I love WATWB – posting something good from the news once a month (I wonder if it’s still happening or not)
      Lotsa love and light…
      Keep paying attention!

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    • mistermuse 2:18 pm on January 18, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t say that I blame you for not reading the news. It’s not easy for a person who has their heart and head on straight to make sense of those who don’t. I suppose the only way to deal with it is to accept that the world is full of altruists, scumbags, and a wide range of in-between….and do our best to fight off the scumbags and encourage the better angels of the in-between. The battle is never-ending and often discouraging, but must be fought. Giving up/in is unthinkable, or all is lost.

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    • America On Coffee 8:38 pm on May 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Awful!

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Michael Avenatti, , President Trump, , Stormy Daniels, , The White House,   

    WE’RE ALL HUMAN (EVEN REPUBLICANS) 

    For those who pay little attention to American politics, the name of attorney Michael Avenatti may be unfamiliar, but most of you have no doubt heard of his famous client, the porn star and ex-Trump hookup, Stormy Daniels. I bring Avenatti up because I have often wondered why Democrats don’t more vehemently challenge GOP complicity when President Bully Boy acts as if the country were his own personal fiefdom to ru(i)n as he damn well pleases. On August 10, Avenatti addressed that very question:

    Now, I fully recognize that the Republican faithful (at least, a fair number of them) are human and, as such, susceptible to being sold a bill of goods and/or being evangelized by a vainglorious pied piper. As an ex-Catholic, I know what it’s like to be vulnerable to vested interests in positions of authority. They seem to have all the answers at a time answers are hard to come by, but you haven’t yet grown to realize that, to those who claim to have the answers, you are part of their agenda, another recruit to their cause/beliefs. Easy pickings.

    So, while I can empathize with being gullible (because I’ve been there, done that), there is a bigger issue at stake here, and that is what kind of country are we becoming? When will it prove too late to undo the divisiveness, to blue pencil the Orange Man who debases the dark place that was once The White House? What in the name of civility and integrity has become of our standards of leadership?

    America has never been “a perfect union”–far from it–but in a world where almost everything is relative, we are at a new low in my lifetime. For all the faults and failings of past Presidents, has there ever been one so self-obsessed, so megalomaniacal, so utterly incapable of reflection and putting himself in the place of those who come from a different place (both literally and figuratively)?

    I started this post intending to intersperse some humor into a sober matter, but despite all the Trump satire and jokes that serve as a sort of laugh-to-keep-from-crying palliative (I plead guilty to occasionally getting in on the relief act), there’s really nothing funny about this President in the long run. At the end of the day, the joke is on us….and we brought it on ourselves. Now it’s up to us–we, the voters–to get serious about an act of contrition.

    November 6, 2018 would be a good time to start.

     
    • leggypeggy 12:53 am on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent post. Bring on November.

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    • Paul Sunstone 3:16 am on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “we are at a new low in my lifetime”. I agree, MM — worse one in my lifetime. Trump’s election has done in my faith in the American system. I will not be content until we eliminate the electoral college and have at last directly elected presidents.

      There are so many ways in which he is wrong for this country that it’s overwhelming just to think about all the ways.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the cheeto in chief.

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      • mistermuse 9:04 am on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        “overwhelming just to think about all the ways” — you nailed it, Paul. Trump is such a nonstop narcissist, flimflam man, dissembler, panderer to his base, outright liar, white collar thug, unseeing hypocrite, braggart, bully, and amoral prevaricator (what am I missing?) that one is hard-pressed to know how to cope with it all. No wonder the Republicans want Robert Mueller to wrap up his investigation ‘yesterday’ because the longer it goes, the more endless the trail of deceit Trump leaves behind.

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        • Paul Sunstone 11:26 am on August 13, 2018 Permalink

          I worry something is going to happen to get him reelected. A terrorist attack, maybe. Everyone rallying around him.

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    • Lisa R. Palmer 10:11 am on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You are both going to hate me (mistermuse and Paul), when I tell you I’m starting to go “soft” on Trump. But let me explain why…

      I realized recently that for all his faults, lies, scams, etc., Trump showed his true colors PRIOR to being elected. What he’s done while in office was sadly predictable, which is why I was struck with such mind-numbing shock when he was elected. I didn’t vote for him, but neither could I vote for Clinton – also corrupt, shady, elitist, etc… I voted for Jill Stein. And while I realize people blame people like me for handing the election to Trump, I disagree. I voted my conscience, and I feel no regret. If more would do that, perhaps a less corrupt government could be created, instead of playing strategy games between two opposing evils…

      But, here’s the thing. I’ve known for most of my life (being a Watergate kid) that the government was corrupt. And, like most Americans, I’ve been willing to turn away from such corruption, to ignore it, so long as it isn’t “in my face,” or interfering with my ability to “get by” on a daily basis. Same with social corruption and injustice. Yes, I rail against it, do my best to be inclusive, fair-minded, and compassionate. But I have not OWNED the “crimes” against others as my personal responsibility. So long as I was “living right,” I was doing my part, right?

      What Trump has shown me, personally, is that this “blind eye” approach IS the problem. That allowing such corruption to exist, and flourish, is MY responsibility. To allow such social injustice to continue “behind the scenes,” so long as I didn’t contribute and it didn’t touch me, was MY irresponsibility and selfishness at play…

      The Trump era has thrown all of that into the spotlight, and made me realize that I AM partly responsible for the mess we find ourselves in. As one of my “others” recently drove home to me: “it may not be YOUR fault, but it is definitely YOUR problem. Deal with it…”

      Besides, I’m absolutely terrified of Pence and his threatened Theocracy…

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      • Paul Sunstone 11:30 am on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll take Trump over Pence any day.

        I agree — regardless of blame, it’s our problem. We suffer for it.

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      • mistermuse 12:06 pm on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Lisa, 2016 was definitely a ‘lesser of two evils’ Presidential election (the worst choice of major party candidates in memory) — I believe that Hillary was the lesser of two evils and that the country would be in a better place right now if she had been elected. So, I respect your thinking (as evidenced by the last 3 sentences of my post); but just as we “can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” (because there’s no such thing as perfect in politics), we shouldn’t (have) let ‘the lesser evil (Clinton) be the enemy of the worse evil (Trump).’ The choices were what they were.

        BTW, I share your concern about Pence, but again I raise the point, who is the lesser evil: Pence or Trump? Perhaps a much closer call than Hillary or Trump, but I think a “threatened Theocracy” is a much less muddled battle than what we have to deal with in Trump’s case.

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        • Lisa R. Palmer 2:06 am on August 14, 2018 Permalink

          I understand what you’re saying, and the me I was two years ago would have agreed unhesitatingly. But I’ve changed my stance since then. Certainly, had Hillary won, things would likely have seemed better, if for no other reason than most of the corruption would still be hidden behind closed doors, and much of the social injustice would be buried beneath the mantle of political correctness. All of that is gone now, in part because of Trump’s outrageous, outlandish and unforgivable behavior. We, as a nation, are being exposed on a daily basis for the villians we always were, but could pretend we weren’t.

          I find Trump to be the lesser evil, though, when compared to Pence, and the rest of the GOP. If nothing else, the whole world can see that he’s insane, whereas Pence and his buddies would prefer a quieter approach to taking apart our country. And with deeply embedded memories of how the Catholic Church once ruled Europe, I have no desire whatsoever to face such a theocracy here. In fact, it frightens me deeply. The exposure of the “Christian jihadists” (the extremist right) under Trump has shown me just how radicalized they are, and how far they’re willing to go to advance their agenda. Against that, I truly would feel powerless…

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        • mistermuse 6:35 am on August 14, 2018 Permalink

          I really can’t disagree with much of what you say, Lisa–especially about this “nation” being duplicitous ever since before it was a nation, ruthlessly deceiving, exploiting and displacing/killing any Native Americans who ‘dared’ to be in their way. Much of the social injustice is, and has been, hidden in plain sight–it’s just that too many Americans throughout history put blinders on and refuse to see it.

          As for Pence, this ex-Catholic (me) thinks (as I said in my reply to Richard Cahill’s comment) that any threatened theocracy will be kept at bay IF Democrats win control of Congress in November. Therefore, I believe it’s more important (for our children’s sake, if nothing else) to rid the country of “Trump’s outrageous, outlandish and unforgivable behavior,” because if people can’t relate to each other in a civil (if not understanding) manner, we’re left with Trump’s behavior as the new normal.

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        • mlrover 5:19 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink

          Pence tried to push through his religious agenda in Indiana, a die-hard Republican and Bible belt bastion, and lost. His forcing his belief system did not go over well, even though many in the state agree with his opinions. I never voted for him, and as a Christian, am not a fan of Tea Party style evangelical hypocrisy. (Scripturally speaking, neither was Christ.) That said, as much as he gives others the creeps, as President, Pence could do damage because he has motivation. As least Trump is so self-involved and lazy he hasn’t blown us up. Yet. He’s also a coward. My sisters and I agree that the White House will have to be fumigated after he’s gone.

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    • Richard Cahill 11:41 am on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Trump loses big in 2020, resigns the day after the election, tweeting about how fabulous his Presidency has been and blaming his loss on CNN. Pence is grateful to hold an office he’ll never be elected to for two months and pardons Trump, but doesn’t have the juice to install a temporary theocracy. My prediction.

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      • mistermuse 12:18 pm on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but if Democrats take control of Congress (as predicted) in the November election, there’s no way anything resembling a theocracy is going to go through, no matter how much a President Pence might push it. That’s just one more reason why the Nov. 6 election is a “must vote.”

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        • mistermuse 5:55 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink

          I appreciate your comment, mirover. Though I live in Ohio (next door to Indiana), I didn’t know (or forgot) that Pence “tried to push through his religious agenda” there. But it doesn’t surprise me.

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    • thelonelyauthorblog 12:20 pm on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great post. I would like to add, some of us are more human than others.

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    • jonolan 1:12 pm on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      All you are doing is proving that the American people – we voted for President Trump – were right in our choice and in thoughts about what your kind actually are.

      We going to make America great again. It’s up to you all to either get on board with that or accept whatever consequences American patriots subject you too.

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      • mistermuse 2:42 pm on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Did you say that with a straight face, or are you just trying to get a rise out of me?

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        • jonolan 2:46 pm on August 13, 2018 Permalink

          Oh, it was in all sincerity. We’re sick of your hate being aimed at us, our nation, our culture, and the POTUS we elected. We’re not going to let you get in our way any more and we’re sure as Hell not going care about how we hurt your feelings or prospects in life in the course of making America great again.

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        • mistermuse 2:48 pm on August 13, 2018 Permalink

          As if you ever did care.

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      • rawgod 12:54 am on May 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Dear jo, so what are mistermuse’s kind? And what are their thoughts? If you are going to accuse someone of something, spell it out!

        And who is the “we” who are going to make a never-great country great “again”? I take it you think it was great of the Europeans to nearly commit genocide on the people of the Americas who were here before them. Smallpox blankets, rotten meat, alcohol, bullets vs arrows, unarable land for reservations, water so dirty it is undrinkable! You are proud of that? I’m not surprised, but neither will I be surprised when the Russians or Chinese decide to walk over your nation when it is so divided it cannot defend itself. That’s when you will be begging the Democrats and Social Justice Warriors for their help to save you from the bad guys.

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    • restlessjo 2:25 pm on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Just a holy mess all round, the political situation. Not sure who I feel sorrier for- you, us or the planet 😦 😦

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    • barkinginthedark 6:59 pm on August 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      you are far more generous than i re Republicans. as far as i can see they are the source of all that is bad in our country. they voted against social security, the new deal, fair deal, healthcare, busted unions, they gerrymander and deny people their right to vote…and now stand in lock step behind a monster.

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    • mistermuse 11:19 pm on August 31, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Couldn’t agree more re almost all Republican politicians. I am a bit more generous re the ‘laity,’ as I don’t think most of them are deliberately perverse — they’re just not sophisticated thinkers (for lack of a better term) and are too easily taken in (“susceptible to being sold a bill of goods,” as I put it in my post).

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    • barkinginthedark 10:29 pm on September 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “November 6, 2018 would be a good time to start” indeed…everything is at stake. VOTE! continue… .

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    • barkinginthedark 11:04 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      In light of this sham impeachment “trial” now we can be all but certain: Republicans are purely self-righteous hypocrites concerned only with power, and greed…aside from being traitorous cowardly toadies.. continue…

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

    THIS IS JEP-R-DO! 

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

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

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

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

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

    That wasn’t too hard now, was it?

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      I enjoyed that. Thanks!

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

      Orange shit-gibbon is my current favorite

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

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

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

      I answered trump in 2 seconds.LOL

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

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

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

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

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

      That was way too easy. 😀 Lol

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          And, call me “Charlie”…

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

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

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

      This is so funny! Thanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • mistermuse 1:01 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Donald O'Connor, Easy come easy go, , Fit as a fiddle, , , , If it looks like a duck, , , , President Trump, , , , Tweety Bird,   

    DUBIOUS PROPOSITIONS 

    I’m a big fan of old sayings, but even I concede that some sayings could no more pass the proverbial smell test than a rodent could pass a spell(ing) test. They may seem innoscent enough, but smellegant isn’t the same as elegant, and you must admit that a proverb like A turd in the hand is worth two in the tush is less than elegant. Really, close encounters of the turd kind could leave you holding your nose….if not checking your rear-view mirror.

    That said, are such askew old sayings any less farcical than the twisted tweets America’s Tweeter-in-Chief oft twitters? “Fake news!”…”fake news!”…”fake news!” And if ANYONE can smell (like) a rat when it comes to fake news, it is obviously President Tweety Turd.

    Leaving the President’s behind for a moment, here are some classic old sayings. Can you make out the fakeout — aka smell the rat — in these venerable gems?

    If it looks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and mocks like a mocking bird, duck — it’s The Donald.

    A watched pot never boils….but it may get a bit peeved.

    A rolling stone gathers no animosity.

    A fool and his honey are soon parted.

    Faint heart ne’er won bare lady.

    Oil and water don’t mix — got that, Slick?

    You can’t get blood out of a turnip, but you can get honey out of two-lips.

    Monkey pee pee, monkey do do (easy come, easy go).

    Dead men tell no tales, but some may leave a will which does.

    Friends and would-be heirs, some of the above were almost enough to make me gag, but I can assure your butt that not every old phrase strays in dubious ways. For example:

    ….and this:

    ….and this:

    Oh….and I almost forgot this old saying: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

     

     

     

     
    • Garfield Hug 6:30 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Happy New Year Mistermuse! Love your “old” sayings🤗

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      • mistermuse 9:27 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you. Here’s an “old” saying that’s so bad, it goes without saying: A GARFIELD HUG AROUND THE TUSH IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH. Sorry about that — especially if you mind Garfield hugging you around the tush. 🙂

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    • Carmen 7:41 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      As hubby’s grandmother used to say (referring to the first video), “Those fellas are SOUP-le”. 🙂
      Great videos as usual, mistermuse! (Although the second one wasn’t available -in my country, I assume)
      Meanwhile, here in the Maritimes, we are bringing in the brass monkey at night. Brrrrr. . Happy New Year, eh? 😉

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      • mistermuse 9:44 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        “SOUP-le” sounds like French for “supple.” I’d supple-ment that with something witty, but it’s not supple-meant to be.

        The second video is a 1939 song titled SNUG AS A BUG IN A RUG, which I hope you and your hubby are staying in this “Brrrrr” weather.

        Warmest wishes for the New Year.

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        • Carmen 9:57 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink

          That was the joke. She meant to say ‘supple’, as in ‘can bend easily’ but it came out mispronounced. It was one of those endearing things she said which no one ever corrected – she was a character! 🙂
          We’ve got fires in both the furnace and the kitchen wood range. . . we’re managing! Even took the kids on a not-exactly-sleigh-ride yesterday (it was a balmy minus 8 C) — a trailer hooked to an old tractor, complete with straw bales and blankets. Seventeen children, eight on down to eight months, thought it was a great time!

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    • mistermuse 11:01 am on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      That “sleigh ride” sounds like a blast (of cold air), but who cares about the cold when you’re “eight on down.” It’s a different story when you’re eighty on up….but it beats the alternative of being six feet under. 😦

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    • manoloprofe 1:16 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Happy New Year & thanks a lot for being in the observation post…! 🙂 🙂

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      • mistermuse 5:33 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        It has been my pleasure. Hopefully 2018 will be another good year of observation and posting for both of us.

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    • RMW 2:27 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Still in love with Gene Kelly after all these years…

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      • mistermuse 5:37 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        And well you should….after all, Gene Kelly danced almost as well as I (in my dreams). 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 7:52 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Happy New Year Muse!

      Remember ‘Actions Speak Louder Than Words’.

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      • mistermuse 8:25 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        B.B. King must’ve thought he was indeed a king, singing “You don’t do as I tell you, baby” in that song — apparently her INaction spoke louder than words, as far as he was concerned. The nerve of the woman, not doing as he told her!

        Don, if you’re heading for Times Square tomorrow night to ring in the New Year, stay warm and sober (or at least warm). 🙂

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        • Don Frankel 9:28 am on December 31, 2017 Permalink

          Muse I’m just going to post last year’s picture from last year. I’m not going out of the house today.

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    • Superduque777 8:05 pm on December 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

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    • inesephoto 4:47 pm on January 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Happy New Year! Love your blog ❤

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    • lexborgia 11:32 pm on January 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      You can’t get blood out of a turnip…..leave a will which does.

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