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  • mistermuse 4:16 pm on September 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Meghan McCain, , , Republicans, Susan Page, vote   

    A LITTLE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE 

    Last night I saw upon the stair
    A little man who wasn’t there.
    He wasn’t there again today;
    Oh, how I wish he’d go away…
    –Wm. Hughes Mearns

    I was reminded of the above (from the 1899 poem ANTIGONISH) by this opening paragraph of a column by Susan Page in USA TODAY:

    “At the [9/1/18] memorial service he had carefully planned, John McCain managed to deliver a final and defiant rebuke to the man who wasn’t there, whose name was never uttered.” In that spirit, I too will honor John McCain by not mentioning the name of the man who wasn’t there. We all (who follow the news) know the name of the man who wasn’t there, and we all know why he wasn’t there.

    Susan Page goes on to quote the following words spoken so eloquently at the service by Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Arizona Senator:

    “We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who lived lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served.”

    The little man who wasn’t there once said that John McCain was no hero. The little man who wasn’t there isn’t fit to say ANYONE is no hero, because a narcissistic, bullying, amoral coward has no standing to judge the worth of anything, much less heroism.

    “Oh, how I wish he’d go away”….but it will take more than wishes. It will take our votes. Nothing less than a resounding vote against political enablers of the President will convince Republicans that it’s in their self-interest to ‘flip.’ And make no mistake — to them, political self-interest (and living to fight another day) is everything.

     

     
    • Carmen 5:07 pm on September 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I might have told you this before, mister muse, but when I was in Australia during the summer of 2016, the news reporters on ABC routinely referred to him as ‘whats-his-name’, usually with a smirk. No one could quite believe he was actually even in the running . . . the joke didn’t last. 😦

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      • mistermuse 7:05 pm on September 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Carmen, the joke didn’t last, but The Donald is still a joke. 😦

        Btw, the poem ANTIGONISH was based on a ghost story from your neck of the woods, Antigonish, Nova Scotia…but you probably knew that.

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    • Paul Sunstone 12:55 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      There is so much wrong with that man I am ashamed he’s even a citizen, let alone a president.

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      • mistermuse 8:44 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        You got that right, Paul. I can’t stand the sight of the man.

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      • SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ 10:48 pm on September 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Indeed, Paul! And that man should take the following two quotes from Lao Tzu to heart:

        A leader is best
        When people barely know he exists
        Of a good leader, who talks little,
        When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
        They will say, “We did this ourselves.”

        ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

        All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.

        ― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

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    • mlrover 4:35 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I rarely agreed with McCain but always respected his dedication to service and the Constitution. There are very few left in the Republican party with his integrity. Those who rule in Congress have none. I’ve never expected politicians to be honest, but prior to this, they attempted to disguise their greed and lack of compassion for others.

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    • calmkate 7:45 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Conspicuous by his absence … but what a relief for everyone!

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        The little man who wasn’t there wasn’t invited, but he probably wouldn’t have come anyway. He even had to be talked (by his staff) into honoring McCain by lowering the White House flag to half-staff, according to reports.

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    • masercot 8:36 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never seen a purple cow
      I never hope to see one
      But, I can tell you anyhow
      I’d rather see than be one…

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    • Richard A Cahill 11:29 am on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      McCain’s biggest regret, I’m sure, was that he didn’t live to see the end of Trump’s Presidency. May we all be more fortunate.

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    • Resa 6:23 pm on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent musing!!!!!

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      • mistermuse 6:43 pm on September 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Resa. I wanted to write an anti-Trump post for which I didn’t have to give most of the credit to Shakespeare (TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE on Aug. 28). 🙂

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    • rivergirl1211 2:21 pm on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      To this day… I have not called him President, I just can’t force myself to say it! I do however have a large collection of alternate titles for him, none of which I shall mention here. And yes, your title says it all. He truly is a little man, in every sense of the word.

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      • mistermuse 2:39 pm on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Unfortunately, we can’t vote him out of office on Nov. 6, but at least we can vote to wrest control of Congress from the GOP and make life as miserable for the little man as he is making it for us.

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        • rivergirl1211 2:41 pm on September 10, 2018 Permalink

          And I will continue to rail at every lazy American who refuses to get up off the couch and exercise their right to do so. I’m so sick of hearing “My vote doesn’t count” ! Bush beat Gore by 537 votes… wake up people!

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    • mistermuse 5:22 pm on September 10, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      In my state (and I assume in most, if not all, states), you hardly even have to get off your couch — you can vote by absentee ballot. So, you can go right back to sleep after you get off the couch, vote, and put it in your mailbox….five minutes of one’s time to make the GOP pay for selling their soul to the devil.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on August 13, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Michael Avenatti, , , Republicans, 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 12:57 pm on August 9, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: awards, draining the swamp, Dumbo, , , , , keister, Mike Pence, , , Republicans, , Sarah Huckabee Sanders, , , WASP   

    I BE NOMINATED FOR THE KIESTER AWARD! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Congrats!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    BELIEVE IT, BELOVED 

    If you’ve ever experienced watching something happen that you found hard to believe was happening — like the shock of seeing the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers burn and collapse as one plane, then another, exploded into them on 9/11 — you get the idea of what many felt watching voting results unfold on election night into the wee hours of 11/9.

    True — heavily-favored Hillary was a flawed candidate whose baggage was picked apart and mega-magnified by Trumped-up claims….and we who aren’t blind Clinton partisans realized that (for all her political experience) she was not a ‘natural’ as a campaigner, nor was she judicious enough to avoid making “deplorable” mistakes that left us wondering how someone so seasoned could make them. But we thought those shortcomings and errors paled in comparison to the narcissistic, knowledge-challenged, scorched-earth shamelessness of P.T. Barnum the Second, aka Donald Trump. Wrong. Disaffected voters sought a savior, and voted their anger, emotions and perceptions…. and now we face four years of BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR, beginning January 20, Inauguration Day. It should be interesting.

    Meanwhile, back at the rant, I remember Republicans after the 2008 election vowing to do everything they could to make Obama a failed President. Contrast that with Obama at the White House yesterday saying he hopes Trump (who until recently claimed Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. & shouldn’t even be President) will be a success because “we’re Americans first,” not Republicans or Democrats. But enough about the election and wishful thinking. It’s over, and I’m looking at the bright side:
    No more political robocalls ad infinitum.
    No more political commercials on TV ad absurdum.
    No more mailbox stuffed with political spin ad nauseam.
    No more political campaign speeches which seem to go on ad vitam.
    Need I ad etcetera?

     
    • Garfield Hug 10:33 am on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You summed it well! 👏👏In my lil red dot we have to get to know Trump. Hopefully he puts his billionaire acumen to work and make America rich again. Good luck America.

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      • mistermuse 12:23 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        If Dems give Trump more of a chance than Repubs gave Obama, it may help the country heal. “Good luck” is right!

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    • Cynthia Jobin 11:11 am on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed the Fats Waller video…

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    • Don Frankel 12:26 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      It seems kind of silly to me for people to get all personally invested in whoever the President is. Maybe it’s having lived this long but as I’ve explained to two of my friends who were all shook up. You’re not going to get a check in the mail or go to jail.

      People used to like the President whoever he was. You can look up the approval ratings of both Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy. Both had approval ratings in the 60’s on a regular basis and you never saw people getting all choked up or screaming or cursing at them. Perhaps those days are gone. But try to remember if you find yourself getting blue in the face as a lot of people have done over Presidents W. Bush and Obama, they don’t care. You can call them names till the cows come home and they don’t care. And, this guy who has been a New York City landlord all his life, trust me, there’s not a damn thing you could ever say to him or about him that would ever make a dent.

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      • mistermuse 12:56 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Don, now that Trump’s the President-elect, you’re probably right that there’s nothing “you could ever say to or about him that would even make a dent” — however that certainly wasn’t the case during the campaign, when he erupted against practically everyone that rubbed him the wrong way. But maybe that was by design — a tactic to rile up his base and stir up the passions of those who could be pulled in by what others believed was thin-skinned narcissism and bullying.

        As for “you’re not going to go to jail” — that may be true for you and me, but not for Hillary if The Donald makes good on what he said at his campaign rallies. But that might just have been talk, too. We shall see.

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    • Don Frankel 5:00 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Muse I’m not sure how Real Estate works out there in Cincinnati but in New York, yelling, cursing and being how shall we say passionate? is sort of a way of life. I worked in private Real Estate and got yelled at by the tenants. Then I worked in a Housing Agency for the City where I got yelled at by tenants, landlords contractors and anyone else associated with the business. It is not a PC environment.

      It wasn’t uncommon for a landlord to storm into my office, yell, threaten to sue and go all the way to The Supreme Court not because they owed the City money but because of the principle of the thing. I had my ways of dealing with it and it was also not uncommon that ten minutes later the guy was writing out a check for the money owed and then thanking me. Like I said they weren’t putting on an act. They were actually angry but they were also there to negotiate. It’s the way it goes. I’m surprised his routine went over all over the country but it did. But he’s no Ogre.

      Whether people like him or not you have to agree he went from never doing this before to getting elected President in 17 months. He obviously knew something the other 17 republicans and the 4 or 5 democrats that also ran, didn’t. And, most of those people have been running for President all their lives. He is easily the most successful man ever elected President and has to be one of the smartest. We’ll see what happens. But I wouldn’t worry if I were you.

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    • mistermuse 6:29 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don, you’ve certainly educated me regarding how people interact with each other in NYC. That’s certainly not how it’s done here in Ohio or anywhere else I’ve been in the so-called Rust Belt — which makes me wonder all the more about Trump’s appeal here where people generally treat each other in a respectful manner (or what New Yorkers would call a PC environment — which to me is nothing more than their way of justifying their inability to relate without being rude). I believe Trump is a bully anywhere, whether he’s given a pass for it or not.

      As for ‘not to worry,’ I don’t worry for myself, but for the tone and example he set for the rest of the country during his campaign. That was about as ugly as it gets, and I’m just glad my daughters are old enough to see his conduct for what it was.

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    • arekhill1 8:07 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Idiocracy looms, Sr. Muse. If you haven’t seen the movie, make sure you do. The producers meant it to be a guide to the distant future, but we’ve made the leap already.

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    • mistermuse 9:38 pm on November 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t seen it, but I see what you mean, judging from the reviews and description (the idea being that stupid people procreate at a much greater rate than smart people — definitely (speaking of PC) not a PC premise for a movie). Apparently it can be viewed in its entirety (84 min.) online — short enough to squeeze it into my day, one of these days.

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    • Barney 2:05 pm on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe, at this point, Benghazi did matter? Perhaps it was the emails, the lying or the influence peddling?

      I have to admit though, that I did expect Hillary to win. I guess it wasn’t ‘fixed’ afterall?

      Hope Trump does a good job; either way we will bear the results just as we have the last 40+ Presidents.

      PAX

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    • mistermuse 7:16 pm on November 11, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, if it isn’t my old pal, Barney Google Ben Ghazi Crumling — long time, no here. For the love of Mike, what have you been up to since your last visit? I miss your tales, both tall and short, of your ramblings deep in the heart of Texas, where the stars at night are big and bright.

      Thanks for dropping in.

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    • Mél@nie 12:46 pm on November 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      speakin’ of Prez-Obama & the other one ‘elect’, here’s a joke, translated from Romanian:

      Bush, Obama and Trump meet God who asks each of them the same question:
      – Bush, what do you believe in? – he answers slowly: progress and economic development! God shows him to sit at his right, and goes on with Obama who states clearly: democracy and action against global warming. God invites him to sit at his left, and eventually asks Trump – who ‘casts’ his reply right away: hey dude, I do believe you’re sittin’ on my seat!!! 😀

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

      I believe that joke is on the money! 🙂

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on October 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Boo!, Clinton Foundation, cobwebs, , , , , , monsters, Republicans, , , trick or treat   

    BOOS IN THE NIGHT 

    To protect ourselves from hordes of trick-threatening little monsters demanding treats at mister & missus muse’s doorway tomorrow night, I’m considering leaving the lights off as darkness descends on our humble abode….sort of the ‘discretion-is-the-better-part-of-valor’ equivalent of playing dead if real life (threatening) monsters were to besiege us.

    But I fear that the more worldly-wise of those juvenile mendicants will see through my hoary Halloween subterfuge — especially if they shine a flashlight through our garage window, see cobwebs stretching from my wife’s 1929 Duesenberg Model J Sports Sedan to my 1919 Locomobile Model 48 Town Car, and (putting two and to together) realize we senior citizens haven’t gone out in ages. We are home.

    So I put my thinking cap-tion on to come up with the title of this post and a plan that, while it may not fool the little devils into passing us by, should absolutely scare the bejesus out of them when they approach: a bigger than life-size cutout (revealed by motion-activated overhead light) of — who else — DONALD TRUMP on the stump and rigged with appropriate sound effects (such as “Get ’em outta here!“). If that doesn’t do the trick, I don’t know what wood. Here’s a sneak preview — BOO!

    waynes-pic

    Now, you might think: Surely some of those pre-pubescent scavengers are little Republicans who adore The Donald and will think his visage is such a treat that they will knock on my door just to thank me, and not even ask for goodies. To you I say airily:

    As for those Donald-adorers and their thanks, I will say: You’re NOT welcome. Next Halloween, the specter of that mean-spirited blowhard will be replaced by a cutout of President (if she doesn’t blow it) Hillary warning you bad little beggars to get the GOP-hell outta here and never darken my door again. But as long as you’re here now, you might as well leave a donation to The Clinton Foundation — if you know what’s good for you.

     
    • scifihammy 7:09 am on October 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      haha Love this clip! 🙂 Leslie Neilsen was hilarious as a comic actor in his later career.
      Good Luck avoiding all the little monsters! 🙂

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    • GP Cox 7:30 am on October 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You can’t avoid all the ghosts and goblins of this weekend…. I’m always lurking around somewhere….

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    • linnetmoss 7:38 am on October 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Haha! Much-needed humor. I am so ready for this campaign to be over. I want my Witch-In-Chief!!

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

        You should send Hillary an e-mail telling her that, Linnet (on second thought, better wait until after the election). 🙂

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    • Carmen 8:06 am on October 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, hopefully you won’t be witless after Nov. 8th! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 8:22 am on October 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Carmen, it will be hard to keep my wits about me if The Donald wins, but I’ll do my best (while he does his boast). 😦

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    • arekhill1 1:27 pm on October 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Again, Sr. Muse, you should move out here, specifically to my neighborhood. Not only are there no active Trumpies, but your years would put you at about the median age around here. Nobody has so much as a pumpkin on their doorstep to advertise their willingness to give out treats, since even their grandchildren are old enough to have jobs and mortgages.

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      • mistermuse 2:08 pm on October 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Unfortunately, I’ve sworn off flying, and our 1929 Duesenberg and 1919 Locomobile have seen better days….or ( should I say) decades. I suppose we could aFord a new car, Ricardo, but today’s cars have so much new-fangled technology that I’d be lucky to move down the road without driving into a ditch, much less to San Diego.

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

      I like your cars. Here no one comes to the door. It’s a doorman building and they can’t get in. But I liked the title here and in case no one got it here it is.

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      • mistermuse 8:08 pm on October 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I knew if anyone “got it,” it would be you, Don. BLUES IN THE NIGHT, btw, was composed by the great songwriting team of Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer (but I bet you knew that, too).

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    • Mark Scheel 2:31 pm on November 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Boy, am I ever in hostile territory here–well, at least I do appreciate good puns. And Don explained the title to me (thanks, Don). We turned the porch light on because my wife is superstitious, but no one came. There are no Trump signs in our neighborhood either, Ricardo; however, no Hillary signs either and this is the first election I can remember where there were none for either team. I fear the next administration, whoever heads it, will be one endless “Halloween.” That’s my bottom line this season. Now to get ready to head over to Mass for All Saints’ Day. Yep, my wife again.

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      • mistermuse 4:46 pm on November 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        As an ex-Catholic, I remember All Saints’ Day as a Holy Day of obligation — meaning get your butt to Mass under pain of mortal sin if you miss Mass….in which (non-)event, you had to get your butt to Confession, or risk going to hell (like the whole country is doing right now, according to Saint Donald, who may spark a Mass Exodus if he wins the election). Well, maybe not a Mass Exodus, but at least a Hillary exodus, if she wants to avoid Trump locking her up.

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    • Cynthia Jobin 2:38 pm on November 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Fun memories on “Blues in the Night”….My mama done taught me this song when I was very little—the reverse version of course, i.e. “..a man is a two-face…”—- Then, as I remember, my parents would have me sing it at gatherings of their friends, and they would all laugh uproariously…. I didn’t know what they were laughing at, but enjoyed the praise and attention.

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    • mistermuse 4:25 pm on November 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “a man is a two-face” reminds me of the great Abraham Lincoln quote: “If I had two faces, would I be wearing this one?” I can relate to that! 😦 🙂

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    • D. Wallace Peach 7:44 pm on November 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love the humor. It’s almost over. Oh, I can’t wait. Hopefully, Hilary has it sewed up. Just in case she doesn’t, my husband is already checking out real estate in Canada.

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    • mistermuse 9:24 pm on November 3, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Better check out real estate in Mexico too, because after The Donald builds his wall, getting back in the U.S. may be difficult should you be tempted to return for any reason (such as Trump making America great again).

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on June 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , John Adams, John F. Kennedy, , , Republicans, , ,   

    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 won´t 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, I´m 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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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: animals with big noses, big noses, , , , , , , , Republicans   

    HOLD THAT NOSE! 

    When I remarked, in a comment to my last post, that some mugwump Republicans would “hold their noses” while voting for you-know-who, it brought to mind (who nose why?) the old college football exhortation, HOLD THAT LINE!….which, in turn, suggests a catchy campaign slogan for the GOP’s Offensive Lines Man: HOLD THAT NOSE! VOTE FOR TRUMP!

    The nose, it seems, has long been a useful appendage when it comes to exhortations:

    KEEP YOUR NOSE OUT OF MY BUSINESS
    DON’T BE A HARD NOSE
    KEEP YOUR NOSE CLEAN
    DON’T CUT OFF YOUR NOSE TO SPITE YOUR FACE
    KEEP YOUR NOSE TO THE GRINDSTONE
    DON’T GET YOUR NOSE OUT OF JOINT
    Etc.

    I don’t nose about you, but I find people with noses fascinating — especially thoses with long noses….especially thoses whose noses made them famous.

    On the other hand, I don’t think it’s fair that animals with big noses are often seen as having faces only a mother could love:

    Animals with Big Noses

    Did you notice that several humans managed to horn their way into that mix of pix, one of whom seems bent on cutting off his nose to spite his face?As Jimmy “Schnozzola” Durante used to say, “Everybody wants to get into the act,” but that guy is apparently trying to take a short cut. Oh, well, it’s no skin off of my nose.

    Of course, not everyone is blessed with a big nose, otherwise mistermuse might be known as misternose. HAHAHA!  The point is that you don’t have to have a natural big nose to clown around and be a big hit with the young at heart:

     
    • eths 12:34 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the Judy Garland video!

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    • mistermuse 6:17 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      That video is a clip from the 1948 movie THE PIRATE, one of Judy’s lesser-known & under-appreciated films. Well worth watching, in my view.

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    • ladysighs 6:45 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Always so clever you are!! One never knows what you will be posting next.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 7:12 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        People now are trying thru plastic surgery and botox injections to have a pretty face and body. Jimmy Durante used his most prominent feature to attract attention.to his comical actions. The tragedy of plastic surgery becomes evident in the news. A 29 year old, young women went under the knife trying to have some bodily changes. It doesn’t happen often but the poor lady died from complications. Good posting mistermuse. We should be aware of this problem and learn to like ourselves as we are, big nose and other physical imperfections..

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      • mistermuse 7:32 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I usually don’t know what I’ll be posting next myself, ladysighs. I just play it by ear (or, in this case, by nose).

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    • mistermuse 7:40 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Michaeline, I think where human beings are concerned, there’s always room for improvement – the problem is that too often we want to improve superficial things instead of what really counts. Of course, I’m already perfect, so I needn’t worry about such things (believe that, and I’ll tell you another one!). 🙂

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    • Cynthia Jobin 10:43 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I find noses–all noses—comical. Have you ever sat musing in a pubic place, say, a coffee shop, and really looked at noses? They crack me up! The most colorful nose idioms I nose about are ones I have been accused of: “Get your nose out of that book!” and ones I have slung at others: “Brown nose!” Then there’s always that south end of the roast chicken referred to as “the parson’s nose” ……or “the pope’s nose”, depending on your religious persuasion. The family dog usually gets to enjoy that.

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      • mistermuse 11:58 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I know very little about cooking, For example, I’ve heard of rump roast, but was never curious enough to check it out — get to the bottom of it, as a bad punner (not I, of course) might say. So, irreverent soul that I am, and trusting that the south end of the chicken doesn’t mind sharing the bird-en(d), I’ll lump “parson’s nose” and “pope’s nose” with rump, because a roast by any other name would…. whatever.

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    • arekhill1 11:40 am on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.”–Nosetradamus

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    • mistermuse 12:16 pm on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Nosetradamus must have had a nose for pithy sayings, and you were picky enough to pick one of his pithiest. Good nose job (but bad pun by me).

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    • Carmen 2:52 pm on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My father didn’t like my mother’s cousin. He used to say, “She knows all because she’s all nose!” (I hadn’t thought of her for years. . . )

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    • mistermuse 4:56 pm on May 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love it, Carmen! Your father certainly had a nose for saying it all in a few words.

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    • Don Frankel 6:07 am on May 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Least we forget Danny Thomas here when it comes to noses. And, of course the Seinfeld episode where he tried to explain that it was not a pick. But most importantly we have to remember that “the nose knows.”

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    • mistermuse 7:03 am on May 26, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t particularly care for Danny Thomas as a comedian, but like Durante, he did joke about his big nose. I can only guess that the compiler of the clip of thoses with famous noses didn’t include him because his fame pretty much passed on when he did.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Greatest Show on Earth, , , , Pearls Before Swine, , , , Republicans,   

    WHAT WOULD GEORGE SAY? 

    Well, we know what they [politicians] want. I’ll tell you what they don’t want. They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that. That doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests.
    They want obedient workers, people just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it. They want your fuckin’ retirement money, and you know something? They’ll get it from you sooner or later cause they own this fuckin’ place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it.
    –George Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008)

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    Remember George (“THE SEVEN WORDS YOU CAN’T SAY ON TELEVISION”) Carlin? I was reminded of him by this May 11 comic strip in the local paper:

    http://www.gocomics.com/pearlsbeforeswine/2016/05/11

    ….while on the very next day (Carlin’s birthday), my erstwhile friend Richard “Ricardo” Cahill posted this piece on his blog:

    http://www.richardcahill.net/home/donald-trump-appreciation-day

    Those two items combined to make me wonder what Carlin, who died before Barack Obama was elected President, would say about today’s politics in general/Donald Trump in particular. Judging by the opening quote, I don’t think we have to wonder long.

    So, using the comb I no longer need to part the hair which parted ways with my skull years ago, I combed through the Carlin legacy to come up with these ever-apt ‘by George’ quotes:

    When you’re born, you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat (from which I gather that a Trump by any other name would spiel as P. T. Barnum).

    In America, anyone can become President. That’s the problem. (George, I doubt that even you appreciated how true that may prove to be.)

    By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth. [I talk, therefore I lie.]

    Have you ever wondered why Republicans are so interested in encouraging people to volunteer in their communities? It’s because volunteers work for no pay [yes, but it’s for a great cause]. Republicans have been trying to get people to work for no pay for a long time.

    Now, there’s one thing you might have noticed I don’t complain about: politicians. [Really?] Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don’t fall out of the sky. They come from American parents and American families, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you’re going to get selfish, ignorant leaders.

    Good honest hard-working people continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about you. [Lucky for George, this isn’t TV.]  They don’t care about you at all. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. It’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.

    So, it seems the title question has been answered. George would say today what he said then –  he’d just have even more clowns to laugh at. The Donald alone is an absurdist’s dream, not to mention such other relative newcomers to the national stage (aka The Theater of the Absurd) as Sarah Palin. But that’s show business….and, in the immortal words of P. T. Barnum, it’s still THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.

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    P.S. Memo to Hillary: This post contains classified information. Please handle appropriately.

     

     

     

     

     

     
    • Cynthia Jobin 12:28 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I loved George Carlin as a humorist and a philosopher and just plain original thinker. Once he got into commenting on politics, however, I didn’t find him funny anymore, just bitter, and boring.
      Now I’m thinking of his “Weather Forecast for tonight: Dark. Continued dark overnight with widely scattered light by morning….” and his “no one knows what’s next, but everybody does it.” I always thought his monologue comparing baseball and football was brilliant!

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    • mistermuse 4:17 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There’s no denying he was bitter about politics….but the older I get, the more I don’t disagree with his bitterness, though how he expressed it could be off-putting to some.
      Among his many memorable quotes are the two you cited and, I think, this one: “I put a dollar in a change machine. Nothing changed.” 🙂

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    • ladysighs 6:21 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I suppose you either like him or love him. I still laugh when I replay his videos. Like I’ve never heard them before. I am sure he would provide a fresh view of what’s going on today. Just when we think we’ve heard it all, he could come up with something new.

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      • mistermuse 8:20 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Perhaps the comic closest to Carlin today (wit-wise, not style-wise) is Steven (the) Wright(stuff). Here’s an example (speaking of “stuff”): “You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”

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        • ladysighs 9:09 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink

          You would be amazed at what gets stuffed under the bed at my house. 🙂

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        • mistermuse 1:51 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink

          Ladysighs, I think I’d only be amazed at what gets stuffed under your bed if it included your hubby….in which case, I’d wonder why you don’t just put him in the doghouse like most wives do! 🙂

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    • Carmen 7:04 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Not only was the acerbic George Carlin funny; he was almost always right. 🙂

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    • Midwestern Plant Girl 8:26 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I bet George is rolling in his grave about now!

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      • mistermuse 1:29 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        No doubt he would be rolling if he had a grave, but George was cremated and had his ashes strewn in front of various nightclubs he’d played (I guess that’s what you might call ‘giving back’ to those who supported you). 🙂

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    • arekhill1 11:07 am on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Whaddaya mean, “erstwhile?”

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      • mistermuse 1:38 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        As far back as I can remember, I thought “erstwhile” was akin to “estimable.” Now that I look it up after all these years, I find that it actually means “past” or “former.” That’s what I get for living in the past. Sorry about that, my estimable friend.

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    • arekhill1 2:30 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      No problem, Sr. Muse. I thought maybe I had offended you unintentionally, as I sometimes display that gift with people. It was only when my first novel was being proofed that I discovered that the term “hoi polloi” meant the exact opposite of what I usually used it for.

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    • Don Frankel 4:36 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      When I first saw the headline I was thinking of George Steinbrenner as things have not been going so well for my Yankees. And, I’ve been thinking that if he were still around he would have fired and rehired and fired the manager. Fired at least 3 or 4 pitching coaches and 2 or 3 hitting coaches.

      But we’re talking about George Carlin and I actually saw him live in Vegas. He was hysterical. He was a great comedian. I think there are only three or four words still on that list. I know you can say tits and piss. I think you can say cunt. But the rest are still no no’s, although they’ve been blurted out on live TV from time to time.

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      • Carmen 4:58 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        NOt to mention that they get blurted out on blogs, too… 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:24 pm on May 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’m tempted to say that obscenity may always be vulgar, but vulgarity isn’t always obscene. Many more things are obscene than the most vulgar of words, although in many cases, that’s faint praise for vulgar words (depending on the way they’re used). I’d say more, but I don’t want to sound like a #*%*#*ing preacher.

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    • Don Frankel 8:48 am on May 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Carmen you’re right but certainly not mistermuse your’s truly. We’d never do such a thing.

      Muse, words are just sounds or symbols. They mean what we think they mean. We could say the vulgarity lies not in the words but in ourselves.

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    • mistermuse 10:15 am on May 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps the best measuring stick of such words is whether or not they’re used gratuitously, which to me is a pretty sure sign that the writer or speaker resorts to their use out of a lack of educated vocabulary, sophistication of language, and/or wit. It’s not for me to judge crudity of expression in a moral sense (unless, of course, I think the writer or speaker is an a-hole — ha ha).

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    • D. Wallace Peach 10:45 am on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I remember sitting in the living room, playing board games with my brothers and listening to Carlin “albums.” He was a funny man with a wit based on the absurdity of our modern culture. Would George be laughing today or rolling over in his grave? I don’t know how to respond to the insanity in the US. Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cringe, but deep down I have to cry.

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    • mistermuse 11:16 am on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The thing about people like Trump is that they are so full of themselves, they don’t know when to stop. Even if he tries to paper over the lies, insults, ignorance and grandiosity that he got away with in the Republican primaries, it’s too late — it’s all on the record, and the Democrats will not only give him a taste of his own medicine, they’ll pound him with it non-stop. His act simply won’t cut it with the country as a whole. At least, that’s my prediction, and if I’m wrong, you won’t be the only one to cry.

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    • BroadBlogs 4:47 pm on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “In America, anyone can become President. That’s the problem.”

      The Donald is bringing out a lot of new voters. Unfortunately, these folks are low information voters — explaining why they aren’t typically politically involved. So they don’t understand what’s going on, or the issues. Scary stuff!

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    • mistermuse 8:50 pm on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Scary indeed. If Hillary were a less flawed candidate, Trump wouldn’t have the proverbial snowball’s chance in hell of being elected. Hopefully she will soon start displaying more of her human side and less of the political animal that she can’t seem to help being.

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  • mistermuse 12:02 am on March 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Columnist Kathleen Parker, divided America, , , , , , , Mitt Romney, , , Republicans, ,   

    ALAS, SHRUGGED 

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

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

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

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

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

    But Mitt Romney knows better:

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

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

     

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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        • Mél@nie 1:49 am on March 9, 2016 Permalink

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Great title! And I love Colbert’s video.

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

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

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

      Could be a good year for Hillary.

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

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

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

      Bring back the monarchy!

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

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

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    • Mél@nie 1:54 am on March 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • mistermuse 12:02 am on October 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , grammar, , , literacy test, , , Republicans, ,   

    GOP AIN’T GOT NO USE FOR PROPER GRAMMAR NOHOW 

    In a recent study by those grammar-checking nerds at http://www.grammarly.com/ (which is literally the literacy liturgist of all things literate and literary), it was found that supporters of current Republican candidates are more than twice as grammatically challenged as their Democratic counterparts.

    Yes, friends, that which I have long suspected….has now been proven true: many right-wing Republicans don’t know their asterisks from a hole in the ground. According to the study, ass-kissers of GOP candidates on Facebook made an average of 8.7 grammatical mistakes (misspellings, punctuation, etc.) per 100 words, compared to 4.2 mistakes for supporters of Dems. Furthermore, Dem ass-kissers demonstrated a larger vocabulary, using on average 300 unique words per 1,000 words, while Repubs used butt 245.

    But I’m almost at a loss for words at the news that the biggest loser was DONALD TRUMP, whose partisans made an average of 12.6 mistakes per 100 words. In fact, not a single GOP candidate’s backers scored better than the backers of any of the five Democratic candidates, whose scores ranged from 3.1 mistakes (Lincoln Chafee) to 3.7 (Bernie Sanders) to 6.3 (Hillary Clinton).

    I hate to say it, but let us face facts. As much as we may revel in the boastful bloviating of The Donald, not to mention Rick Sanitarium (11.5  supporter mistakes per 100) and the rest of the GOP Presidential-wannabes, their constituents are a bunch of semi-literate, half-witted cretins (not to put too fine a point on it). And, sad to say, because of their limited vocabulary, these language-challenged dunces often resort to mean-spirited name calling as their only means of expressing their idiotic opinions — something which this writer, of course, would never stoop to.

    This is indeed a sorry state of affairs. America can ill afford to have elections decided by those who don’t know the difference between a diphthong and a dipstick (not to mention elections decided by those whose opinions differ from mine). Perhaps it’s time to bring back the old voter literacy tests — but instead of tests meant to keep Southern State blacks from voting, we need tests designed to keep ignorant right-wing Republicans from voting.

    This need not be complicated. Disqualification could be as expedient as this:

    If you plan to vote for a candidate whose first name is Donald, Rick, TedBenBobby, Carly, or Mike, sign on this line with an “X” ______.  God bless you for exorcising your right to vote.

    P.S. As my faithful readers know, I posted my choice a month ago. I’m voting for Lucy Lou.

     

     

     
    • scifihammy 12:57 am on October 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      haha I really enjoyed this 🙂

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    • mistermuse 6:25 am on October 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      ….but probably not half as much as I enjoyed writing it!!! 🙂

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    • Rita 7:39 am on October 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Wow, I’m for Lucy as well. This is great.

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    • mistermuse 10:03 am on October 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you for joining the I LOVE LUCY crowd – I’m sure you will have a Ball. 🙂

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    • arekhill1 1:28 pm on October 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Republicans have sought to corner the idiot vote for years. Who can argue with this? As a wise illiterate once said, it am what it be.

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    • mistermuse 4:42 pm on October 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      “Against stupidity, the gods themselves contend in vain.” –Friedrich Schiller

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    • charlypriest 6:27 am on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      So half of the country are gramatically challenged to say the least then……
      Anyways, what I found amusing here is that there are guys that will come up with this idea. Got to love the U.S of A. It certainly makes politics interesting

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    • mistermuse 7:13 am on October 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Not just politics, but the whole of human nature. Now that I think about it, that must be why I titled this blog THE OBSERVATION POST.

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    • TOKEN 8:09 pm on October 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Adoxography and witzelsucht!

      It is simply because the intelligent Republicans are at work and don’t have the time to respond to such sophistry, as opposed to many inaniloquent lefties who have nothing better to do with their time than attend to the concilliabule.

      Did they actually count how many nasty names were called along the way? I’ll bet the abderian Dems won that contest too.

      Just my observations if semi-literate, half-witted, mean-spirited, hate-mongering, racist cretins and vocabulary-challenged dunces are still permitted to comment…

      Bring on the exsibilation… Peace 😉

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    • mistermuse 10:55 pm on October 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Just a thought, but if you have time, you may want to consider the possibility that if the “intelligent Republicans don’t have time to respond to such sophistry,” it’s because they’re too busy engaging in their own sophistry.

      And, as you can tell by my approving your comment, “semi-literate, half-witted, mean-spirited, hate-mongering [your addition to the list], racist cretins and vocabulary-challenged dunces” are indeed permitted to comment.

      Peace is good. Seriously. Peace.

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    • TOKEN 11:22 pm on October 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I expect that is probably true. That is what is wrong with it all, isn’t it?

      LOL And as you can tell, I wouldn’t waste time and do so enjoy the abuse, therefore I expected nothing less from you in the first place!

      However, judging from the candidates we have on all sides, I’m seriously considering a vote for the Resident of Rabbit Hash or a Californian of some description…

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    • mistermuse 11:45 pm on October 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I was just about to add to my previous reply that it should be seen in the same spirit as this post, which was categorized and tagged as “humor and “satire,” but your second comment beat me to the punch. In any case, I repeat “Peace is good,” and I’m glad I lived up to your expectations. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 4:11 am on October 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        It dawned on me this morning, what with my first name being Ken, that if “TOKEN” is taken as a contraction of “TO KEN,” the instigator of last night’s back-and-forth may be someone who knows me from palmier days at SWI. If so, the tenor of TOKEN’s comments leads me to suspect that his first name is Michael, and perhaps I should revisit his (what first struck me as) something approaching affectation….as, rather, something approaching affection?

        If I’ve left my imagination run away with me, I trust TOKEN will pardon my jumping to conclusions. Otherwise, it’s always good to hear from you, Michael, though you might have waited until Halloween to come disguised as a TOKEN of yourself. Clever masquerade, though. 🙂

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    • To Ken 6:14 am on October 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Alas you crafty devil; you have figured out my chicanery! I did enjoy getting away with it, even for just a short time. Just a token of my affection… Have a great day 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:40 am on October 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      From now on, when I hear the old saying, “Don’t take any wooden nickels,” it will inevitably translate in my mind to DON’T TAKE ANY WOODEN TOKENS. At any rate, I miss our old “meeting (of the minds) place” – that is, your reflections on nature – and hope you enjoyed my Sept. 25 post THE NATURAL LIST.

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    • BroadBlogs 12:22 pm on October 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Their thoughts are so jumbled, how could their words not be?

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    • mistermuse 3:58 pm on October 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Perhaps that’s why the elephant is the symbol of the GOP – you know, Jumble the elephant…..oh, wait, I confused Jumble with Jumbo. I’d better get my act together before people start to think I’m a Republican. Or even a jackass, but I’m not a Democrat either.

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    • Don Frankel 6:47 pm on October 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Lucy Lou’s supporters make no mistakes.

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    • mistermuse 9:00 pm on October 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      To the best of my knowledge, Lucy Lou has never denied being a dog (which is more than you can say for most politicians), so how can we make a mistake supporting such an honest candidate?

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    • Mél@nie 1:32 am on October 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      your witty, common sense and realistic article has reminded me that we lived in Houston, TX(NASA area) for 5 years, but we did visit other states…. as a language teacher, I was beyond surprised to come across English native speakers who used to ask me spelling, grammar, or syntax questions… btw, English is my 3rd language, so long story, short: you’re sooo right, Sir! 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:18 am on October 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Because English is your 3rd language, I can’t help but admire (even though you’re a language teacher) your ability to “get” my frequent use of wordplay, much of which I suspect is more than many Americans get. So, when you were in Texas and other states, I’m not all that surprised that you were asked such questions. In my opinion, Americans (in general) are very good at technology, but sadly lacking in sophistication language arts-wise.

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