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  • mistermuse 12:02 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: breaking news, , Heartaches, , , Let's Put Out The Lights, , Presidents, , Ted Weems Orchestra, The Curse of an Aching Heart, TV news, Walter Cronkite,   

    ACHING NEWS 

    Due to the fact that a growing portion of the news on TV in recent years is blown up as BREAKING NEWS, it’s a wonder there’s any news left in one piece. It strikes me that TV ‘journalism’ has fallen into such a decrepit condition, even Humpty Dumpty wouldn’t want to trade places with what remains of it. To those of us who fondly remember the class of Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and the like, cable news overkill is a heart-breaking state of affairs — and heart-breaking affairs, of course, can only leave….

    Yes, friends, I’m afraid this world has come to a pretty pass. My heart aches for the return of the good old days when men were men, women were women, news was news, and Presidents were a cut above a pain in the dis-ass-ter. Pardon my language, but that’s the….

    What’s to do about it?

     
    • Don Ostertag 12:06 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      AMEN!!!

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    • obbverse 12:16 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I elect we spurn Don, tune out and switch off. If only it was that easy though.

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    • calmkate 12:19 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      lol very clever post … oh my achy breaky heart 😎

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    • lexborgia 6:05 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Roger that. Back then the news was a ‘serious affair’ (only our parents and proper adults watched it). Now it’s just a show…with plot points.

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      • mistermuse 8:00 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        When we have a fake President calling everything that displeases him “fake news,” even the real news suffers because many people don’t (want to) know enough to tell the difference.

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    • Carmen 6:54 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      News as entertainment – who’d a thunk it? 😩

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      • mistermuse 8:12 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Carmen, it’s like seeing a bad movie over and over again, and that same movie is on every channel (and the ‘commercials’ on the Fox News Channel are delivered by integrity-impaired Trumpites)

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    • Rivergirl 7:54 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I wish that news would go back to being just that… news. This happened on this day, period. No hour long diatribe filled pundit’s opinion. Report the facts, I’ll make up my own mind.

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      • mistermuse 8:22 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        It’s probably wishful thinking, but maybe the news will return to some semblance of normalcy after Trump is voted out of office in 2020 (except Fox News will undoubtedly continue to rant and rave and cry foul ad nauseam).

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        • Carmen 8:30 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink

          Faux News is manna to the Republichristians . . . mind-boggling, really.

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        • mistermuse 11:03 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink

          “Faux News” is the perfect name for the Republichristian channel. Congrats on putting your Carmen Miranda rights to good creative use (forgive me, Carmen, for I have punned).

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        • Carmen 11:46 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink

          Blessed be the hoot. 😉

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    • Garfield Hug 10:07 am on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Very good post!!👏👍

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    • arekhill1 1:54 pm on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know, Sr. Muse. If Trump broke all of his Twitter fingers in a golfing mishap, I’d want to hear about that right away.

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      • mistermuse 2:27 pm on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I doubt we’d even notice a change, Ricardo. Trump is so obsessed with tweeting, he’d probably switch to using his toes….and though his tweets would likely appear as gibberish, how would that be any different than now?

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    • Elizabeth 2:13 pm on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing my disgust with “breaking news.” I will adopt your phrase “aching news.” Or maybe “braking news” as in I am putting the brakes on hearing any more news.

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      • mistermuse 2:42 pm on June 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I’m so sick of seeing Trump’s face on the news, “braking news” is probably the way to go, if only for that reason alone.

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    • mlrover 5:35 am on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      My mom used to talk about Ted Weems. Fun photo. Have you seen the wonderful Good Night and Good Luck film? I watch every few months just to marvel that we had journalists of that caliber, courage and integrity.

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      • mistermuse 4:13 pm on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I haven’t seen the movie (about CBS coverage of the McCarthy hearings), however I was a teenager at the time of the hearings and remember watching some of it because, even at my tender age, it was a compelling spectacle. The film, as you know, was directed by George Clooney, and the actor who played Edward R. Morrow played the part perfectly, according to film critic Leonard Maltin. Incidentally George’s father, Nick Clooney, was a long-time TV news anchor on the local CBS affiliate.

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        • mlrover 10:15 am on June 26, 2019 Permalink

          Take the time to see the film. It’s worth it just to hear the words of Murrow and the rest of the cast is splendid. You’ll also love the music!

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    • D. Wallace Peach 5:36 pm on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Nice. I could use some news that isn’t about the presidential dis-ass-ter. Usually it makes me cry, so thanks for the laugh.

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      • mistermuse 8:12 pm on June 25, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I guess news reporting (except for Fox News) can’t be all that bad if our laughable fake President calls it “fake news” and calls the news media “the enemy of the people.”

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    • J.S - WEW 1:59 pm on June 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      With the passage of time so many things changed. We watch so many BREAKING NEWS every day, but actually people and society need MAKING NEWS now. Media has totally changed and it needs improvement also.

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      • mistermuse 6:05 pm on June 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Here in the U.S., BREAKING NEWS is overused (in my opinion) by cable news and local news, not by network news (ABC, NBC and CBS). Apparently it’s meant to keep viewers tuned in, but when overdone, it comes across as hype and a gimmick more than anything else.

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    • Alison 8:29 pm on June 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Yessss! I so agree with you on the news. Also, I can’t stand the media bias. Even if I have the same bias I just want the facts. Let me use my own brain to decide what I believe. Ugh. Thank you for saying what most of us are feeling.

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      • mistermuse 10:29 pm on June 30, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You said it, Alison. In-depth news and commentary seem to be taking more and more of a backseat to ideologically-slanted news and commentary with each passing season. This would be called playing to the base if politicians did it. When “base” news channels such as Fox do it, how they can claim to be “fair and balanced” is beyond me.

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    • America On Coffee 3:26 pm on July 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This is definitely our current state of affairs.

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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, , Presidents, , ,   

    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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    • MĂ©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! 🙂

      • * *

      pleasant coincidence: I’ve seen your comment about PrĂ©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: MĂ©lanie Bedos-Nicolas… 🙂

      Les enfants qui s’aiment… – Jacques PrĂ©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 lĂ  pour personne
      Et c’est seulement leur ombre
      Qui tremble dans la nuit
      Excitant la rage des passants
      Leur rage leur mépris leurs rires et leur envie
      Les enfants qui s’aiment ne sont là pour personne
      Ils sont ailleurs bien plus loin que la nuit
      Bien plus haut que le jour
      Dans l’éblouissante clartĂ© de leur premier amour…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Al Gore, , , , , , Presidents, , , , ,   

    HALFWIT HUNT 

    My last post ventured forth in search of the brilliant wit of certain Presidents/would-be Presidents (past and present). Now I think it only fair to give equal time to the dim-witted musings of those of such sapience as to merit their own re-visiting. By so doing, I intend to demonstrate that a politician need not be Ronald Obama, Barack Reagan, or even Lucy Lou* to prove his/her comedic bone fides (or fidos, as the case may be) for high office.

    *canine Mayor of Rabbit Hash, KY, whose dogged bid for the Presidency regrettably went up in smoke when her campaign headquarters went down in flames:

    So, without further adog, let us turn our attention to the business at hand (or paw):

    When a great many people are unable to find work, unemployment results. –Calvin Coolidge

    Rarely is the question asked, “Is our children learning?” –George W. Bush

    The voters have spoken — the bastards! –Morris Udall (after his loss in the 1976 Democratic Presidential primary)

    It isn’t pollution that’s harming our environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it. –Dan Quayle (V.P. under George H. W. Bush and later a Presidential candidate for a short time)

    Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country, and neither do we. –George W. Bush

    My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will never, never surrender to what is right. –Dan Quayle

    Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB-GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across this country. –George W. Bush

    I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future. –Dan Quayle

    Hattie, I’m horny. –Bruce Babbitt to Mrs. Babbitt (not realizing his microphone was on) during his 1988 Democratic Presidential campaign

    A zebra cannot change his spots. –Al Gore (not true; zebras change their spots every time they move — ha ha)

    I want to be sure [the choice for new IRS commissioner] is a ruthless son of a bitch, that he will do what he’s told, that every income tax return I want to see, I see, [and] that he will go after our enemies and not our friends. If he isn’t, he doesn’t get the job. –Richard Nixon (May 1971 tapes)

    There’s a place in Hell reserved for women who don’t support other women. –Sarah Palin on 10/4/08, when she was John McCain’s running mate

    Well, Sarah, I may not be a woman, but I’ll be damned — who knew that you could be counted on to support Hillary Clinton for President in 2016? And now I can bring this post to a close, mercifully finding no need to inflict on my readers proof, in so many words, of The Donald’s endlessly witless qualifications.

     
    • Cynthia Jobin 12:28 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for some good laughs, mistermuse. In my own twisted way,I think I like half-wit even more than wit. It’s often a whole lot funnier.

      In the interest of fair play, however, I should point out that just this past February of 2016, Madeleine Albright, Democrat, former Secretary of State and FOH (Friend of Hillary) said, at a Clinton rally in New Hampshire: “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.” Did she steal that from Sarah P. or vice versa? As a person of the female persuasion, I say a pox on both their houses.

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      • mistermuse 7:36 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Funnier indeed, because most of those statements came out the opposite of what the speaker meant. Dan Quayle, of course, was notorious for his malapropisms, and George W. Bush was no slouch either.
        Thanks for the point about Madeleine Albright, which made me so curious about the origin of the quote that I turned to Google, but Barney wasn’t exactly definitive. I did see that when asked if she agreed, Hillary replied that Madeleine’s “been saying that for as long as I’ve known her, which is about 25 years.” So, if you believe Hillary (and who doesn’t?), Madeleine said it first and Sarah was being a tiny bit fey — and no one can tell Tina Fey and Sarah apart ever since.

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    • Carmen 6:16 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It’s 3:13 a.m and I am stuck at San Francisco airport for 24 hours. .. I laughed out loud at these, mistermuse! Thanks for the humour injection. Oh, and I’m with Cynthia re: the pox. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:50 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Carmen — I’ve got a feeling you’re not going to leave your heart in San Francisco, but if it’s any consolation, it could happen at any airport. 🙂
        P.S. I look forward to your resuming posting when you get home. It’s been a while!

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    • Midwestern Plant Girl 6:52 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      These were funny! I found a few recent dooseys from Hillary…
      “No. We just can’t trust the American people to make those types of choices…. Government has to make those choices for people.” –Hillary, on whether Americans should be able to make their own health care decisions.
      “We are going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.”
      “The American people are tired of liars and people who pretend to be something they’re not.”

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      • mistermuse 8:07 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Her biggest doozy was on March 13 in the coal mining state of West Virginia when she said “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business.” She meant it in the context of replacing those jobs with clean energy jobs, but it was a tone-deaf thing to say and (although she later apologized) it will no doubt cost her the state of West Virginia in the election.

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        • Midwestern Plant Girl 9:45 pm on June 30, 2016 Permalink

          Oops. Always remember what state you’re in!

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    • Don Frankel 7:11 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “If nominated I will not run. If elected I will not serve.” William Tecumseh Sherman. No half wit he.

      Yes others have said this but I think he was the first.

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    • mistermuse 8:09 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If only The Donald were so noble (Trump, not Frankel).

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    • linnetmoss 8:32 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “Rabbit Hash” is very funny in and of itself. I don’t think anyone will ever wrest the King of the Morons title from Dan Quayle. With George W., one felt that he had a wire loose that kept discombobulating him. With Quayle, one could only conclude that he was wireless.

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      • mistermuse 10:56 am on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        It certainly makes one wonder why in the world George H. W. Bush would pick someone like the “King of the Morons” as his VP (not to mention John McCain choosing Sarah Palin as his running mate). But, not content with wacko VP candidates, Republicans have now come up with The Donald to run for Pres. All I can say is that Hillary must be living right to find herself pitted against the only office seeker in the country more disliked than she is.

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        • linnetmoss 2:22 pm on June 30, 2016 Permalink

          Haha! Well, as a Hillary supporter I don’t understand the intense dislike. But I realize that she doesn’t excite people–she is too wonkish for that. She’s got to find a way to communicate that has more intuitive appeal, and I’m hoping she will do it through humor 🙂

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    • Richard Cahill 12:05 pm on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There are certainly a lot of places that have been reserved in Hell to this date, and I think that’s all to the good–when I get there, I’m hoping to be turned away for lack of a reservation.

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      • mistermuse 2:30 pm on June 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Here’s hoping that the old saying “There’s always room for one more” doesn’t hold true for either of us, Ricardo.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 9:13 pm on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Ha ha. Oh my. GWB was full of them. Quayle’s are pretty hysterical too. And Trump is going to need a whole post to himself!

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    • mistermuse 11:16 pm on July 2, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Re GWB and Quayle, I think linnetmoss got it exactly right with the first of her two comments (above). As for Trump, I need a long vacation from anything he says (or has said)!

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    • RMW 5:23 pm on July 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “The voters have spoken — the bastards!” Overheard in London very recently…

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    • mistermuse 6:23 pm on July 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Although most losing politicians may not say it, I suspect they think it. In London, probably even most non-politicians (who voted to remain in the EU) think it!

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    • eths 12:16 am on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful, wonderful quotes!

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    • heidi ruckriegel 8:06 am on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Oh dear. I fear our politicians are not much better. No Donald trump, though, at least. That’s something to be grateful for, I guess.

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    • mistermuse 9:46 am on July 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I just read your ANTHONY GREEN post on your Australian blog and wonder if he would be just as accurate at predicting the outcome of the American Presidential election. If he would come to America and predict with certainty Trump will win, he can stay here and I’ll move to Australia!

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , John Adams, , Presidents, , , , ,   

    WIT HUNT 

    Eight years ago, I said it was time to change the tone of politics; in hindsight, I should have been more specific. — Barack Obama (2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner)

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    I am going to miss President Obama when he’s ‘gone’….if for no other virtue than his laid-back wit — a quality sadly lacking in the two major candidates to succeed him, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump  (not to mention his wit-less former GOP rivals):

    One View: 2016 candidates lack wit of predecessors

    At least Hillary managed a treasonable (to Trump apologists) facsimile of wit in a June 21 speech: “Trump has written a lot of books about business – they all seem to end at chapter 11” (a reference to his four corporate bankruptcies). Granted, that line was probably conceived by a speech writer, but she delivered it as if it were her baby, and to hold it against her is extraneous to witticisms delivered by past actual or would-be Presidents. Wit the help of assiduous research, here are a dozen of yore favorites (and I quote):

    I do declare, if this be true, General Pinckney has kept them all for himself and cheated me out of my two. –John Adams (in response to rumors that he had dispatched the General to England to bring back four mistresses: two for Pinckney and two for Adams)

    If I had two faces, would I be wearing this one? –Abraham Lincoln (when accused by Stephen Douglas of being two-faced)

    Accuracy to a newspaper is what virtue is to a lady; but a newspaper can always print a retraction. –Adlai Stevenson

    Politics is supposed to be the second-oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. –Ronald Reagan

    Being President is like running a cemetery: you’ve got a lot of people under you and nobody’s listening. –Bill Clinton

    If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. –Adlai Stevenson

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. –Abraham Lincoln (Are you listening, Donald Trump?)

    I hope you’re all Republicans. —Ronald Reagan (to surgeons upon entering the operating room following 1981 assassination attempt)

    I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. –John F. Kennedy (at a White House dinner honoring Nobel Prize winners)

    I have left orders to be awakened at any time in case of national emergency — even if I’m in a cabinet meeting. –Ronald Reagan

    A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation. –Adlai Stevenson

    When they call the role in the Senate, the Senators don’t know whether to answer “present” or “not guilty.” –Teddy Roosevelt

    And with that exhaustive compendium, I’m at wit’s end.

     

     
    • Michele 12:57 am on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Yes the living here in Florida is easy but also challenging at times. I liked your Wits End poem and enjoyed the commentary from several of our nation’s wittiest politicians. Oh my! I had not realized how life of John Adams’ was so stressful that he chose to have a duel Thank you mistermuse for writing about this topic.

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      • mistermuse 2:18 am on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Michele, I’m guessing that you meant “duo” (not “duel”) — although, if the rumors had been true, Adams might have chosen to duel the General for having “kept them all for himself!”

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    • Michele 1:10 am on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      A funny and entertaining poem and commentary. Your quotes are notable. The elected officials are not always the smartest but they are certainly easy to talk with on more than one question:

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    • charlypriest 6:36 am on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I wonÂŽt get into politics because we disagree and I will make you such a great argument to vote for Trump and that you would be so dazed that I will have to buy you a weel chair…..so I got the so I got the real solution, IÂŽm going to get into the race so you can vote for me. These are my 3 primary things to change in America
      1- Manddatory to go to MacDonalds once a day
      2- Mandatory to have sex at least 3 times a week( that would bring the calories of the burger down, see? Balance)
      3- Mandatory to party twice a week ( taking off the stress will make you go back to work on Monday with renewed energy therefore the workforce will be more productive)

      My slogan: CHARLY WILL MAKE AMERICA GREATER THAN GREAT

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      • mistermuse 7:08 am on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I suspect a multi-million dollar donation from MacDonalds to your campaign is in the mail as we speak (as well as similar donations from Wendy’s, Burger King, Arby’s, etc. to your opponents’ campaigns).

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    • linnetmoss 8:07 am on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hillary has an unexpected talent for delivering funny lines. If only she would loosen up a little and learn to love a joke 🙂 Lord knows we need something to laugh about these days.

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      • mistermuse 10:26 am on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’d like to see Hillary use more lines like the “chapter 11” zinger I cited in my post. As I said, I doubt that she came up with it herself, but her delivery was spot-on, which is a talent in itself. Obama probably doesn’t write most of his funny lines, though I believe he is more than capable of doing so (Hillary, not so much).
        Looking over the list of 12 quotes, it would be interesting to know which ones were original to those who spoke them. My money would be on Lincoln, Adams and Stevenson for sure, and Reagan for at least the “I hope you’re all Republicans” quip.

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        • linnetmoss 12:47 pm on June 25, 2016 Permalink

          Hillary might be funny in private. That’s what her aides say, any way. It’s riskier for women to use humor in public. But I agree that she should develop that talent for delivery. And get some good writers. Humor can be a powerful weapon in the coming election!

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        • mistermuse 4:23 pm on June 25, 2016 Permalink

          I agree that “Humor can be a powerful weapon in the coming election” — but with the emphasis on “can be”….as in POWERFUL BUT NOT SUFFICIENT (a variant of ‘necessary but not sufficient’). There has probably never been a wittier Presidential candidate than Adlai Stevenson, but the relatively humorless Dwight Eisenhower beat him in a landslide in the 1952 election. Fortunately for Hillary, The Donald is no Eisenhower, and I think more wit of the “chapter 11” type would serve her well.

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    • Don Frankel 10:10 am on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I like TR’s the best there as it seems the most apropos in New York right now. But what will all this Brexit mean? Tune in Monday and find out. Also an update on Dumbgate.

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      • mistermuse 10:36 am on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Speaking of TR, what this country needs right now is one more Teddy Roosevelt and one less TRump running for President.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 4:57 pm on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      These are great. Who knew Reagan was such a wit? Sad that some of the old ones still apply today 🙂

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    • mistermuse 6:05 pm on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Reagan proved that one doesn’t have to be an intellectual to be witty. On the other hand, Adlai Stevenson (who is little remembered today) proved that an intellectual can be extremely witty (but not necessarily a successful Presidential candidate).

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    • Cynthia Jobin 7:16 pm on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What is “an intellectual”? Who is “smart?” Shouldn’t the humor of wit appeal in a universal way, to regular human beings in general, and not as an adolescent “in joke” appealing to the cafeteria table where all the popular kids hang out? (for example, “chapter eleven” would be meaningless to a great number of ordinary people, and is it actually true about the number of chapters in the book?) I say this because I find nothing to enjoy or find witty about Barach Obama or Hillary Clinton. I take a risk weighing-in here, since the smoke of lopsided partisan politics is so thick it forms the letters: “MEMBERS ONLY.”

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      • mistermuse 9:05 pm on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I suppose one could put “an intellectual” in the same class as Potter Stewart’s being unable to define pornography, but knowing it when he sees it. So I don’t find it hard to see Adlai Stevenson as an intellectual and Donald Trump as other-wise, though it goes without saying (?) that not every juxtaposition is so black and white….speaking of which, I half agree with you regarding Barack Obama, and completely agree re Hillary Clinton (as I indicate in my post). I think Obama is pretty darn funny at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinners (though I’m sure most, if not all, his witty remarks come from his speech writers). Outside of such occasions, he is indeed almost entirely serious….and I probably would be too, in his position.

        BTW, if I may say so, I definitely do not agree that the humor of wit must NECESSARILY appeal only to “regular human beings in general,” although perhaps in an ideal world, it should. Take, for example, the John F. Kennedy quote (or the Hillary quote, for that matter). Should those quotes be disqualified as witty just because “a great number of regular human beings” may not ‘get’ them? That seems to me to make a virtue of insufficient education (which I don’t mean in a way that faults anyone for something that may well not be their fault). I don’t think humor needs to fit in one box. Jokes no doubt should appeal in a universal way; wit: not so much.

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        • Cynthia Jobin 9:45 pm on June 25, 2016 Permalink

          I like what you say here. I still think the chapter eleven joke was a joke and not wit, as you’ve nicely differentiated those things. Now for another expression…which, as a life long teacher, and denizen of schools, I would be interested to explore, if I weren’t too weary at the moment: “insufficient” education…I have known persons with a PhD.. whom I would deem insufficiently educated.

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        • mistermuse 10:35 pm on June 25, 2016 Permalink

          I think we can probably agree that there are a number of things that can’t be completely separated in all instances, and that, though I drew a distinction between jokes and wit, there can be crossover. I will therefore meet you halfway on “chapter eleven” and call it a witty joke. And you will get no argument from me regarding some with a PhD being insufficiently educated!

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    • Richard 1:30 pm on June 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Should we lower the level of humor to a universally understandable one for reasons of political correctness. (Still on vacation, and can`t find the rightside up question mark on this Spanish keyboard). Wouldn`t that leave us with nada but knock-knock jokes? (Found it!) But I will also regret the changing of Adminstrations no matter who wins. When will we have a President as chill as Obama again? You and I may well not live long enough to see it, Sr. Muse.

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    • mistermuse 2:57 pm on June 27, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My guess is that the average person (who isn’t well-versed in history and current events) probably finds much of my wordplay over their heads, but if one must lower his/her “level of humor” to a universally understandable one, what’s the point — that anyone who doesn’t ‘dumb down’ their wit is guilty of being an ELITIST (pardon my language) and should be ostracized? In short, I agree with you, Ricardo.

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    • eths 12:22 am on June 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful! I think Hillary has a great sense of humor. Watch: http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/hillary-clinton-bar-talk/2916002

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    • mistermuse 9:15 am on June 28, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the clip, in which Hillary does very well. I agree that Hillary has a good, & perhaps even great, sense of humor, but there are lots of people who have a good sense of humor who aren’t witty, and I would put Hillary in that category. I don’t mean that in a derogatory sense, because I think wit is in a person’s DNA, and to not have it is not that person’s fault.

      What I really like about that clip is that she’s not afraid to be self-deprecating, and that’s a type of humor that is completely foreign to the likes of Donald Trump, who has probably never said a self-deprecating thing in his life.

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    • Richard Cahill 11:08 am on June 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The dumbing down of humor would be a bad idea indeed, Sr. Muse–all we would have left would be knock-knock jokes.

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    • mistermuse 3:07 pm on June 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Knock-knock,
      Who’s there?
      June.
      June who?
      June 29th.
      So what?
      So tune in tomorrow for the follow-up to this post.

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    • barkinginthedark 12:07 am on July 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “If the Republicans will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.” –Adlai Stevenson one of the all-time wittiest quotes….just like W. – or Trump eh? continue….

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    • mistermuse 8:09 am on July 21, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If only Adlai were alive today, I would love to see him running for Pres against The Donald (aka the battle of The Wit against The Witless).

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