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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Celine Dion, , , , , , Kathryn Grayson, , Luciano Pavarotti, , , Samuel Butler, ,   


    It does not matter much what a man hates provided he hates something. –Samuel Butler

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    Eight days from today, much of the civilized world will celebrate Valentine’s Day. Between now and then, the candy kiss and chocolate industry will make nothing short of a mint, selling sweet somethings to buyers to treat lovers….what some might call a vast capitalist conspiracy to take advantage of the lovesick. I* call it, “Bah! Humbug! A poor excuse for picking a man’s pocket every 14th of February!”

    Therefore and mean-while, I’m proposing to you the need for a date — a day to counterbalance that upcoming day of over-commercialized romance and mushy love with a date which celebrates its opposite: hot-blooded, hard-boiled HATE. And what better way to inspire a hateful frame of mind than appropriate mood music:

    *and Ebenezer Scrooge

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    Still not feeling the hate? All right, ladies, repeat after me: I Hate You, Darling….

    However, being the sensitive soul that I am, I’d rather you not hate me personally. So let’s broad-en the scope and close on this e-gal-itarian note:

    Hold on. We can’t close without a name for this hate date. Down With Love Day? Cupid Sucks Day? Miss Ogamist Day? Better Hate Than Never Day? Wait a sec — now we’re back where we started.

    This is the end.


    • Rakkelle 12:08 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      😂😂😂 You said “picking men’s pockets”. I’ll have you know that women purchase Valentine’s card, candy and even flowers for their men too.

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    • Catherine Haustein 12:28 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I usually don’t like it but I want to send out cards this year if I can find appropriate or maybe inappropriate ones.

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    • calmkate 7:27 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      lol can’t endorse a hate day as it’s too strong a negative emotion … how about a friendship day like the Indian’s celebrate … and agree it’s purely a commercial exercise but that’s an idiot tax :mrgreen:

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      • mistermuse 10:01 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        My ‘excuse’ for this post is that, like all my satirical posts (well, except for those dealing with Trump), it’s written in good fun. As for a Friendship day, my good friend, you’ll be happy to know there already is one — it’s the first Sunday in August in the US and a number of other countries. 🙂

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        • calmkate 6:21 pm on February 6, 2019 Permalink

          aha then we must campaign for it in oz … makes more sense to me until they commercialise that too …

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    • rivergirl1211 9:16 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Tamp down your inner Grinch and enjoy the holiday! Stuff yourself with chocolate and roll naked in the roses… Cupid would approve.

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      • mistermuse 10:16 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I, for one, don’t need Valentine’s Day to stuff myself with chocolate — I need a Willpower Day (at least six days a week) to keep from stuffing myself with chocolate. As for rolling naked in the roses (ouch!), one look at me and Cupid would definitely NOT approve (though I’m sure, in your case, his reaction would be highly favorable). 🙂

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    • scifihammy 9:44 am on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think it’s called Anti-Valentine’s Day! 😀
      Nice post. 😀

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    • Elizabeth 12:46 pm on February 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t forget Tina Turner’s wonderful “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” What’s love but a second hand emotion? Not explicitly hate, but the next best thing.

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    • Richard A Cahill 10:02 am on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

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      • mistermuse 1:11 pm on February 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Love stinks? Not to skunks (speaking of which, I wonder how The Donald is making out?).


    • Silver Screenings 6:55 pm on February 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never been a fan of Valentine’s Day, even when I was a kid, so I was glad to read your thoughts on it. 😉 Plus, beautiful music besides. You think of everything!

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

        Thank you for thinking I think of everything — now if I could only get my wife to come to the same opinion, I’d consider getting her something for Valentine’s Day (like my favorite candy, for instance).

        As for the music — the first song in particular — I was struck by the contrasting styles of Luciano Pavarotti and Celine Dion. He sang to the audience, hardly looked at her, and was ‘all business,’ while she never took her eyes off of him and emoted like ‘nobody’s business.’ Nonetheless, they both sang beautifully and I think the overall effect was quite captivating (but there I go, thinking again).

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    • etiliyle 5:52 am on February 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply


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    • pjlazos 9:34 am on February 12, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Ah, but love (and not necessarily romantic love) is the strongest force in the universe so why would I fight that?

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    • America On Coffee 9:46 am on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Another non available


      • mistermuse 1:57 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You didn’t indicate which of the post’s 3 clips is non-available. If you’ll be specific, I’ll try to find a substitute for the song. Thanks.


    • America On Coffee 2:19 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      My mistake. Luciano pavarotti does not show.

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      • mistermuse 6:15 pm on February 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        AOC, there are a number of clips of this performance, so if this one doesn’t take, you can Google Luciano Pavarotti Celine Dion I Love You Then I Hate You for others to choose from. It would be worth the effort because it’s a powerful emotional performance which gave me a new appreciation of Dion’s voice (of course, Pavarotti’s voice ‘speaks for itself’):


    • America On Coffee 12:32 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Got it. Thanks. Love Pavarotti, he is so opera I love Celine too, she is so modern classic. Unique combo.

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    • moorezart 10:54 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 11:49 am on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I hate to tell you, but I love you when you reblog my posts (strictly platonically, you understand).


    • America On Coffee 7:10 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Listening to Jane Walsh and Kathryn Grayson’s version, i cannot imagine how the song has remained a classic. My guess, it has to be because of the lyrics.

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      • mistermuse 10:21 pm on February 23, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, they are three different songs. The first is a 1997 adaptation by Celine Dion of an earlier song titled NEVER, NEVER, NEVER by Shirley Bassey. The other two were composed (both music and lyrics) by the great Cole Porter: I HATE YOU DARLING (1941) is from his musical “Let’s Face It” and I HATE MEN (1948) is from one of my favorite musicals, “Kiss Me Kate,” which was made in 1953 into a film starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. Pardon me if I disagree, but I like both the music and lyrics of his songs — it doesn’t get much better than Cole Porter!


    • America On Coffee 9:16 pm on February 24, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Mistermuse you’ve really hit on some memories here. Kiss Me Kate… I love it. Mistermuse, you are classic!

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  • mistermuse 12:02 am on February 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , bully, , , Don't Explain, , , , , , pity, , Samuel Butler, suffering   


    It does not matter much what a man hates provided he hates something. –Samuel Butler

    Some time ago, after I’d written a number of posts lampooning America’s vainglorious leader, I was asked by a reader why I “hate” Donald Trump. I replied that I didn’t hate him, I pitied him — pitied him for being the kind of human being he is. In hindsight, I should have asked the reader, Does Trump hate those he insults? — i.e. “Pocahontas” Elizabeth Warren, “Little Marco” Rubio, “Lightweight” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (I suppose the Senator should be grateful Trump didn’t call her heavyweight), etc., etc., etc. My answer (and, I assume, that reader’s) is no — hate is something deeply felt, not a juvenile slur. Trump’s mocking is strictly gratuitous, like a bully who must put down anyone who, in his world, is a “loser” — someone in his way; an inconvenient object to be diminished or pushed aside. It’s not even personal (a “loser” is but an abstraction).

    So, in deference to Samuel Butler, should I apologize for not hating Trump — or anyone, for that matter? Truth be known, the closest I come to hating anyone is God….that is, if I believed in God — the biblical God, the invented God of wrath, innocent suffering and mystifying absence. But I am a ‘default’ deist, left with a creator God, an impersonal God, a God with nothing to explain — at least, not until the next life (if there is one). The creator God never said a word or promised us anything — not on earth or after. Perhaps I should be jealous, for, unlike the creator God, there are times (like now) when this only-human creator feels the need to explain what I create. And yet, I get not deigning to explain — explaining ain’t easy. If I were God or Trump, I might not explain myself either.





    • Lisa R. Palmer 9:22 am on February 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Yes!! I get this. And I feel this. And I am sincerely moved by the “truth” of it. I have spent much of my adult life attempting to define and explain the “God” of my understanding, and how it works, and here you put the matter so simply and so rationally, it blows my mind. Lol! Thank you for the glimpse behind the curtain, both universally and personally, for this is yet another side of you showing through…

      On another note, hatred seems like such a huge investment to make in someone; it’s very much like love in that regard. Most of these hate-able people, like insecure bullies, are not worth such investment from me. But perhaps my willingness to dismiss them so eagerly is part of the “problem,” in that my experience teaches that the more you ignore the ego-driven, the more they cry out to be acknowledged…

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    • mistermuse 11:13 am on February 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I very much appreciate your comment, Lisa. It’s rewarding to have dialogues with fellow ‘searchers’ (as opposed to ‘dialogues’ with ideologues).

      I think your second paragraph is right on the money, especially “the more you ignore the ego-driven, the more they cry out to be acknowledged.” That describes Trump to a T, and is the reason he is more to be pitied than hated. In a certain sense, one can’t help but pity a man who seemingly can’t help being what he is and is incapable of even reflecting on the matter. Multiply him by millions like him, and you see the world through the eyes of an objective visitor from another planet.

      P.S. I’ll return to my space ship shortly and get back to my usual blogging routine of disgustingly humorous posts.

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    • arekhill1 1:55 pm on February 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      According to conventional theology, Sr. Muse, it’s God’s will that we have Trump, which bolsters one of my theological observations–this God character does some shady shit.

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      • mistermuse 2:44 pm on February 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Ricardo, that’s only the will of the religious/biblical God — not of the creator/deistic God, who has left man to his own devices since emerging from the primordial soup (which apparently wasn’t that long ago for some of us, if The Donald and his crackers are any indication).

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    • Carmen 9:37 pm on February 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Your reply to Ricardo reminds me of the question, “What’s the difference between an invisible god and a non-existent one?” 😉

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      • mistermuse 10:30 pm on February 18, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        No difference whatsoever in this life, Carmen….except that with a non-existent one, there’s absolutely no possibility of a next life, and with an invisible one, who knows? Of course, we can hope for the invisible one and an afterlife, but even if both of those things turn out, one has to wonder (assuming we’ll ‘see’ our invisible maker, ourselves and each other as we really are) how in the hell we’ll be able to live with ourselves, each other, and an oblivious God. 😦

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        • Carmen 6:57 am on February 19, 2018 Permalink

          The only thing we DO know for certainty is we get this life. Thankfully, there are those people who try to brighten someone else’s day by being pleasant, doing whatever they can to make others’ lives better, and filling the airwaves with wonderful music and sharp wit. 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 8:15 am on February 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Assuming I’m that reader since I asked you that let me explain. It seems a waste of time and energy to get all bent out of shape over something or someone, you will have nothing to do with and can do nothing about. Doesn’t matter who it is, they can’t hear you and they don’t much care. You’re the one who is upset.

      There was this guy in the local Diner and it’s Jan 10, 2017 and he explains to me that President Obama was born in Kenya and isn’t an American citizen. Now the reason I remember the date is because President Obama was not going to be President in 10 days, so what was the guy on the stool’s point? He hates President Obama like really bad. So he spent 8 years of his life hating some guy who didn’t even know he was alive. And, it doesn’t seem to have effected or affected President Obama too much either. Maybe it did something for the guy sitting on that stool but I don’t get it.

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      • mistermuse 8:44 am on February 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Don, if I were the only one who is upset, I’d agree with you. But this goes beyond politics. I’m just one of millions who see the unfettered narcissism and uncivil tone (to put it generously) set by Trump inexorably becoming the ‘new normal’ in this country unless enough of us stand up to him. If you think this doesn’t matter, what more is there to say?.

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    • Don Frankel 10:01 am on February 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Okay I get it and good luck.

      Now you might imagine by living in New York I run into this with some of my very close friends so my new routine is to sing a little ditty from the movie The Producers. The original one and it’s the scene where Dick Shawn comes out on stage as Hitler for the first time and he is sitting at the piano and singing. “I’m gonna crush Poland and then take France. Then I’ll cross the English Channel and kick that guy in the pants.” Only I sing “that gal” because Theresa May is the current Prime Minister. There is no clip of this on youtube so consider it sung and imagine we’re both laughing.


    • mistermuse 11:57 am on February 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Well, at least with Theresa May, we may laugh. Even Hitler, that personification of evil, begged to be caricatured. But there’s no longer anything remotely funny to be found about Trump….though God knows I’ve tried.

      As local standup comedian Mark Chalifoux put it in Jan. 2017, “There’s too much to focus on. Our attention span rarely allows us to move past his tweets to anything of substance. His presidency….is going to be exhausting. Trump is simply too easy to make fun of, [what with] years of hearing the same jokes about hair, orange skin, small hands and where you can grab women. Anyone with a keyboard will be beating a dead horse until long after it becomes a bag of bones.”

      As I said before, we’ve reached a point where this goes beyond politics. This is about how we treat others and that old-fashioned notion of role model. I hope such values haven’t become associated with ‘losers.’ I think, or at least hope, these things still matter in New York; they still matter where I come from.

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    • The Coastal Crone 9:30 pm on February 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I pity our vainglorious leader also. He has thrown the presidency away with both hands.

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    • markscheel1 9:37 pm on February 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply


      Well, I read an article awhile ago that pointed out the Democrats said similar things of ridicule about Reagan, sonny Bush and now Trump. Also I heard a radio commentator assert recently that Trump is stupid—-“like a fox.” And went on to enumerate ways he’s outplayed the opposition and the media. Remember, if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got. And concede this–Trump is in no way an ordinary politician! And we’re certainly getting something different! Ha.
      Speaking of religion and “God concepts,” have you tried “panentheism”? (Not pantheism.) From that point of view, Trump might actually be divine! The thought! But no, not the Second Coming. Let’s not get carried away. LOL
      I’d never heard Lady sing “Don’t Explain.” Thanks for that treat!


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      • Carmen 9:44 pm on February 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        The ‘something different’ that your country is getting is in no way funny. 😦

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        • markscheel1 2:21 am on February 20, 2018 Permalink

          Hi Carmen,

          The “laugh” wasn’t meant to refer to what the country is getting, but rather the irony of the whole situation and the differing opinions regarding it. A booming economy, stock market up, red-tape regs cut so business can produce, vital SCOTUS appointment, real tax relief–those are things I’m not “laughing” about.



    • mistermuse 10:59 pm on February 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, when it comes to religion, I haven’t “tried” any of them in the sense of shopping around for one. I was born into Catholicism, but after years — decades, really — of growing increasingly unable to believe what the church believed, fell into deism (which is why I called myself a “default deist” in my post). I wasn’t looking for another religion, it was simply that I found that ‘where I was now at’ aligned with what deists like Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, and (some say) Thomas Jefferson believed….at least, in meeting-of-the-minds terms (deism isn’t even a religion in the doctrinal sense).

      You referred to Trump, but I’ve had my fill for now, so I’ll pass. As for the Lady Day (Billie Holiday) clip, she was well past her prime in 1958. There are recordings of her singing the song when she was much younger, but I opted for the clip I showed. Why? I defer to the title of this post.

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      • mistermuse 10:13 am on February 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        But at what cost, Mark? (re your reply to Carmen.) At what cost?

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        • markscheel1 4:38 pm on February 20, 2018 Permalink

          Well, muse, with the currency I employ, I’d say it’s a bargain. Hmmmmm. Now, figure that one out. 😉



    • mistermuse 12:20 am on February 21, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Mark, I’m guessing that you deferred to the title of this post too.


      • markscheel1 3:39 pm on February 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply


        That would be an appropriate assumption! 🙂 I’ve resolved to do memoir, not politics, as you know. Now, as an aside, Dee and I are back from the hospital. The heart procedure yesterday went well. (Ablation.) Great doctor. Wonderful nurses. Just wanted to let you know–“the beat goes on,” now normally! And I feel nothing but gratitude.


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    • mistermuse 7:14 pm on February 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Glad to hear it, Mark. Great doctors aren’t always easy to come by. 🙂

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    • barkinginthedark 4:13 pm on August 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Never apologize for hating Donald J. Trump. he is only worthy of hate – and nothing else. continue…

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  • mistermuse 11:06 pm on March 2, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Bernard Berenson, , Friedrich Nietzsche, , , Jerome K. Jerome, Lillian Hellman, Mahatma Gandhi., Pontius Pilate, , , Samuel Butler, ,   


    That is the question: “What is truth?”, as Pontius Pilate asked. In what sense did he ask it? It seems that Pilate did not wait for Jesus to answer, so a good guess is that he asked it rhetorically….and why not? Better men than Pilate have concluded that the truth of a thing is nothing more than what each of us believes it to be — religious beliefs being the supreme example, and killing/persecuting over religious differences being the supreme irony….as if it is necessarily so that belief equals truth to demand surrender to. Like Ira Gershwin, “I takes dat gospel whenever it’s pos’ple– but wid a grain of salt!”

    Many wise things have been said concerning the concept of truth, but I believe we must look outside of religion for most of the wise men and women who have said those wise things, just as we look beyond politicians for the deeper concepts that govern us. Here are some of these “outsiders” and their sayings that ring true to me:

    Between truth and the search for truth, I choose the second. -Bernard Berenson

    Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods. -Albert Einstein

    Truth exists; only lies are invented. -Georges Braque

    There is no such source of error as the pursuit of absolute truth. – Samuel Butler

    Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. -Aldous Huxley

    Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth. -Lillian Hellman

    The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven’t got it. -George Bernard Shaw

    It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar. -Jerome K. Jerome

    We occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. -Winston Churchill

    All things are subject to interpretation; whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth. -Friedrich Nietzsche

    An error does not become truth by means of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it. -Mahatma Gandhi

    Would you believe that this treatise was brought to you by the same libertine who brought you yesterday’s less high-minded, but perhaps more uplifting, post MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RAUNCH…. what can I say?

    • Don Frankel 8:44 am on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      “Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on earth and all ye need to know.” If you follow this rule you won’t Fucks Funny.


    • mistermuse 10:30 am on March 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Mel Blanc, of Bugs Bunny and “That’s all folks” fame, once needed “truth” to put one over on the Calif. Dept. of Motor Vehicles, which asked him if his license plate KMIT stood for a radio station (illegal in California). Blanc replied, “No, that’s actually an old Jewish expression, ‘know me in truth’.” What it really stood for was “kish mir im tuchis,” a Yiddish phrase meaning “Kiss my ass.”


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