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  • mistermuse 1:02 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Charles Schulz, Erma Bombeck, , , , , John Lewis, , questions, , Saint Augustine   

    DON’T ASK 

    You Asked For It (according to my previous post) — but this post is a different story, so….

     

    By a weird coincidence, ASK ME NO QUESTIONS AND I’LL TELL YOU NO LIES (a quote attributed to 18th century Irish novelist, playwright and poet Oliver Goldsmith) is my springboard for this post of “Don’t Ask” quotes — thus sparing you the fate of my last post, which subjected you to some questionable poems.

    Let’s plunge right in with perhaps the most famous DON’T ASK quote (at least in America):

    “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” –John F. Kennedy

    Here’s another famous one (in jazz circles), leveled at squares:

    “If you have to ask what jazz is, you’ll never know.” –Louis Armstrong

    If you have a humorous bone in your body, the next three should bring a smile to your face:

    “Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask, Why me? Then a voice answers, Nothing personal, your name just happened to come up.” –Charles M. Schulz

    “Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people see things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that.” –George Carlin

    “When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?’, it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” –Erma Bombeck

    Now for some serious stuff:

    “What then is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know.” –Saint Augustine

    “If you ask me whether the election of Barack Obama is the fulfillment of Dr. King’s dream, I say, ‘No, it’s just a down payment.” –John Lewis

    To close, here’s a quote I like which is a stretch to fit the category, but since it’s the birthday of the author, don’t ask me to re-think its inclusion here:

    “Thinkers think and doers do. But until the thinkers do and the doers think, progress will be just another word in the already overburdened vocabulary.” –Francois de La Rochefoucauld (9/15/1613–3/17/1680)

    I think that does it for now. How’s that for progress?

     

     

     
    • rawgod 2:39 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If you don’t want to know the answer, please, don’t ask the question.

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      • mistermuse 6:51 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That would seem to be the badge of honor for Trump followers: you don’t want to know the answers because he already has them all.

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        • rawgod 7:58 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink

          Pretty much.
          I just completed a musical rewrite of an old song. I’m not publishing it yet, but if you send me an email I will let you be the first to tell me what you think of it. g-e-w-c-o-l-o-@-g-m-a-i-l-.-c-o-m. I think they call them parodies.

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    • calmkate 2:45 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol left me scratching my head, good one … love the song with the accordion!

      Now what is jazz? and what is time?
      must be the cue for a new rhyme …

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      • mistermuse 7:21 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Lawrence Welk must be turning over in his grave at such accordion blasphemy!

        This DON’T ASK post means mistermuse needn’t address such questions….
        However & nonetheless, Kate, if in distress, I’m open to readers’ suggestions.

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        • calmkate 7:36 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink

          Well not being one to miss opportunities … the best female jazz artists? thank Mr M

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        • mistermuse 6:56 pm on September 16, 2020 Permalink

          Kate, when it comes to “best female jazz artists,” I’ll start with a name almost all jazz lovers agree on: ELLA FITZGERALD. The rest of my (personal opinion) list will be names you’ve probably never heard of, belonging as they do to the long-past Golden Age of Popular Music: Mildred Bailey, The Boswell Sisters, Bea Wain, Midge Williams, Helen Forrest, Ethel Waters, Martha Tilton and of course, Billie Holiday (who you probably have heard of). A bit later (but still ancient history to those under 60), Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington were probably my post-WWII favorites.

          I sure I’ve left out a few names I should include, but the above will have to do for now..

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    • JosieHolford 7:18 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice haunting bit of accordion there.

      And then there’s this from Alice. B.Toklas on the last words of Gertrude Stein:
      In a letter she wrote about those last words

      “She said upon waking from a sleep—What is the question. And I didn’t answer thinking she was not completely awakened. Then she said again—What is the question and before I could speak she went on—If there is no question then there is no answer.”

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      • mistermuse 7:47 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for that thought-provoking comment, Josie. I’m thinking there is no answer, question or no question. Perhaps that’s why my favorite quote in the post is that of Charles M. Schulz (of PEANUTS fame).

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    • Rivergirl 7:56 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent selection. The down payment Lewis quote is sadly relevant again.

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    • masercot 8:47 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I see you’ve mastered the new interface…

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    • arekhill1 10:36 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The answer to Kennedy has been rendered simple by recent history–what you can do for your country is vote Trump and all his enablers out of office.

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      • mistermuse 3:15 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        If there’s any justice left in this world, nothing less than “out of office” and into prison will suffice (but I’ll settle for just “out of office”).

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    • magickmermaid 10:55 am on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love the video! And the quotes!

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      • mistermuse 3:23 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. I wasn’t looking for that video — I stumbled across it while looking for something else, so it was a ‘happy accident.’

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    • Don Ostertag 1:39 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes Another answer to Charlie Brown: Because there’s just something about you that pisses me off.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:33 pm on September 15, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed your post 🙂

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    • mistermuse 9:12 am on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, my friend. 😉

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    • Elizabeth 7:05 pm on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country can do for you,” attributed to Jared Kushner(probably apocryphal)

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      • mistermuse 10:57 pm on September 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know if Jared Kushner was quoted correctly, but we know that JFK was:

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        • Elizabeth 12:09 pm on September 18, 2020 Permalink

          Yup. I remember that speech. I am that old.

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        • mistermuse 3:48 pm on September 18, 2020 Permalink

          Likewise, Elizabeth. At our age, it’s like humorist Fred Allen (remember him?) once said: “I always have trouble remembering three things: faces, names, and — I can’t remember what the third thing is.”

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    • annieasksyou 5:00 pm on September 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I think the Jared Kushner quote was “Ask not what your country can do for you because it’s not your country; it belongs to us.”

      I found the video chilling but enjoyable.

      The John Lewis quote made me teary.

      A very thought-provoking post, mistermuse! And a VERY belated happy birthday to your friend Francois (I’m too lazy to type his full name, but I’m pondering his thought).

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      • mistermuse 7:21 pm on September 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think the John Lewis quote is even more chilling (than the video) in the context of the Trump presidency, because Trump is doing his best to take back the “down payment.”

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on July 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alex Trebeck, answers, , , know-it-alls, , , questions, 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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