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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Badkward Day, , , January, , palindromes, Sarah Palin, ,   

    TODAY IS BACKWARD DAY (aka YAD DRAWKCAB) 

    31 January >> ?know you don’t >> DAY BACKWARD is >> say sources so

    Not so fast! If you backward the numbers, today is only 13 January….which means that we’re not even halfway though the month yet. Who wants that many more winter days on top of the 29 — make that 92 — days of February (this being leap year) and 81 days of March (winter officially ends 18 March). So screw backwards!

    Of course, if you live below the equator, there’s the added downside of being upside down on top of being backward (no offense intended). But at least it’s summer down below, so you’re not freezing your backside off. Where I live, it’s so cold, I have to leave my refrigerator door open to warm up my igloo.

    Speaking of cold, have you heard the one about the mama who got the blues she can’t lose due to her feet being colder than frozen meat ‘neath an ice-cold sheet in a bed missing papa’s heat?

    Back to YAD DRAWCAB: DO GEESE SEE GOD? Whether they do or don’t, the question reads the same spelled forward and backward. This is known as a PALINDROME (which isn’t a palindrome because it’s EMORDNILAP spelled backward). However, in Alaska, they call it a SARAHPALINDROME (which is EMPTYHEADED spelled in any direction).

    Assuming you can stand more (if not, remain seated):

    Looking back on Backward Day, it dawns on me not to leave this day behind without a backward song to turn backward to when it would be a drawback not to turn backward:

    In closing, I hope today isn’t your birthday, because I wouldn’t like to think you’re a backward baby — but just in case you are, in addition to wishing you a Happy Birthday, I wish you a….

    !YAD DRAWKCAB YPPAH

     

     

     
    • The Whitechapel Whelk 1:17 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I can see you’ve heard about Brexit.

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    • masercot 5:29 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I enjoyed you post from end to beginning…

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      • mistermuse 9:12 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

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        • masercot 9:22 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          That’s funny. I was listening to the Andrews Sisters and you had to pull the modern music out on me…

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        • mistermuse 12:38 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          Sinatra recorded that song as vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in March 1940, when the Andrews Sisters were at the peak of their popularity and Frank was just becoming the idol of the bobbysoxers. Not exactly the “modern” Frank most people remember today, which is just as well, because I think his mature voice and style beat the way he sang this (and other early-in-his-career songs) any day.

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        • masercot 2:58 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          Ouch! That’ll leave a mark…

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        • mistermuse 3:15 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          No “mark” on you intended. The Swing era (mid 1930s-mid 1940s) just happens to be the musical era I was born in and am most familiar with.

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        • masercot 4:21 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          The music and movies from the forties are great. I’m a big Myrna Loy fan… and, Ella of course…

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    • calmkate 5:45 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol great one, that Palindrome one really made me laugh loudly … and hey don’t rubbish us for standing on our heads! The skirt creates a breeze that way ūüôā
      oooh for impeachment, what is the hold up …

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      • mistermuse 9:22 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Far be it from me to knock a lady’s breezeway, Kate, but standing on one’s head would rub me the wrong way ’cause I don’t have any hair on top for a cushion. ūüėČ

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        • calmkate 4:44 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          I think your head might be large enough to withstand the trauma ūüôā

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        • mistermuse 5:14 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink

          That reminds me of a song (written by a guy from the same city as I) which describes my head perfectly:

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    • Ashley 8:09 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      According to the Celtic calendar today is the last day of winter! Tomorrow is the beginning of spring. You’re a bit behind things aren’t you?

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      • mistermuse 11:42 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Looking out the window as I write this comment, I see it’s snowing outside, so I hope the Celtic calendar is right, Ashley.

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    • Rivergirl 9:22 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Do geese see God?
      The more important question… is God a goose?

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      • mistermuse 11:48 am on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Could be, R g. I’m pretty sure God’s not a chick or a duckling, because I’ve never heard a peep out of Her.

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    • magickmermaid 2:48 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Tsop Nuf !

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    • Elizabeth 4:02 pm on January 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Especially fond of “not now won ton.” Thanks for the laugh.

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

    HALFWIT HUNT 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Oops. Always remember what state you’re in!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Wonderful, wonderful quotes!

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

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

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

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

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

    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.” ūüôā

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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. ūüôā

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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! ūüôā

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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. ūüôā

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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). ūüôā

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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… ūüôā

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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‚Äôs 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 12:00 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Glenn Beck, , , , Pat Robertson, political dysfunction, , , Sarah Palin,   

    YOU ARE WHO YOU ELECT 

    You are what you eat. –Dr. Victor Lindlahr, nutritionist (1897-1969)

    Pun aside, a¬†lot of whater has passed under the bridge since Dr.¬†Lindlahr coined the above¬†phrase 75+ years ago, and the older I get, the more I’ve taken his caution¬†to heart….with¬†resulting good¬†health to show for it (if I should drop dead tomorrow, I shall reluctantly admit I¬†came to that conclusion a bit¬†prematurely).

    But¬†I have also come to see¬†a parallel to this axiom¬†in the public sector: it’s¬†no accident that we have political¬†dysfunction. We are who we elect.¬†Our elected (and wanna-be elected) officials¬†aren’t anomalies¬†who have¬†somehow passed under voters’¬†attention spans, leaving us¬†to wonder how¬†such¬†coarse¬†incivility found¬†its way into the political mainstream. Well, wonder no more:

    http://www.gocomics.com/wumo/2016/03/28

    Obviously, then, eatin’ and politickin’ have a lot in common. As with our¬†intellectual standards, if our table manners go down the drain, we¬†regress into¬†uncivilized louts. To combat this uncouth¬†scourge, we¬†must remember our etiquette. Politicians need to¬†model¬†their behavior after the culinary¬†refinement of the epicure:

    Therefore,¬†let us get back to the good old days¬†when politicians may have been idiots, but at least they weren’t¬†tasteless idiots¬†with¬†little sense of propriety.¬†Take these¬†examples:

    It’s time to put our blood or our urine where our mouth is. — Rep. Pat Murphy (D-IA) on drug testing, Feb. 1997

    We have brave men and women who are willing to step forward because they know what’s at stake. They’re willing to sacrifice their lives for this great country. What I’m asking all of you tonight is not to put on a uniform. Put on a [Rick Santorum] bumper sticker. Is it that much to ask? Is it that much to ask to step up and serve your country? –Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Jan. 2006

    My problem was, I was too honest with you the first time. –Rep. Tillie Fowler (R-FL), explaining to her constituents why she changed positions.

    The feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a socialist, antifamily political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, , kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians. –Pat Robertson, 1992 fund raising letter

    They intend to vote on the Sabbath, during Lent, to take away the liberty that we have right from God. This is an affront to God. –Rep. Steve King (R-IA)

    Please burn before reading. –1972 Nixon White House illegal¬†campaign tactics memo

    My friends, no matter how rough the road may be, we can and we will never, never surrender to what is right. –Dan Quayle, Vice President under George H.W. Bush

    I don’t think we came from monkeys. I think that’s ridiculous. I haven’t seen a half-monkey, half-person yet. –Glenn Beck (who apparently hadn’t looked in the mirror lately)

    OK,¬†Pat Robertson and Glenn¬†Beck aren’t politicians. Hey, nobody’s perfect.¬†Well, maybe Sarah Palin is, but we don’t have time to do her justice, so I’ll close with this reminder:

     

     

     

     

     
    • Midwestern Plant Girl 5:24 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I love this quote by Alexander Tyler (or whomever, as I’ve seen speculation he said it. However, it is an awesome quote! )
      The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

      From bondage to spiritual faith;
      From spiritual faith to great courage;
      From courage to liberty;
      From liberty to abundance;
      From abundance to complacency;
      From complacency to apathy;
      From apathy to dependence;
      From dependence back into bondage

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      • mistermuse 7:41 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        The patriotic concept of “American Exceptionalism” may have its appeal, but when it’s an OVER-patriotic concept, I fear it’s leading America down the path of the sequence you outline.

        P.S. To those who read this post prior to a half hour ago, I apologize for the confusing link which followed the first two paragraphs (due to my technological incompetence). The wumo cartoon which appears there now is the correct link.

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    • ladysighs 6:01 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My only thought is “This too shall pass.”

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    • mistermuse 7:54 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Let us hope it passes before blindness makes America unable to see what we’re eating, election-wise!

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    • Cynthia Jobin 8:32 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I got very side-tracked here—enjoyably so—with more videos of the Hoosier Hot Shots….”From the Indies to the Andes in His Undies,”…etc. Thanks for the introduction!

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    • arekhill1 9:45 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Leave it to Pat Robertson to hit the nail right on the head–it’s the girls that are going to do all the heavy lifting, as usual.

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    • mistermuse 9:46 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Cynthia, I must confess a weakness for the Hoosier Hot Shots (I own dozens of their old 78s), which I guess proves that appreciation of wit and “cornball humor” can co-exist in one package. Now if only conservatives and progressives could learn to co-exist cooperatively in one country! ūüė¶

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    • mistermuse 9:58 am on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Ricardo, it’s not too late to send Pat Robertson (born March 22, 1930) a belated Happy Birthday card to show your appreciation for all he’s done to keep this country from going to the dogs (so it can go to the troglodytes instead).

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    • M√©l@nie 2:49 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I do hope the blond wigged ignorant, racist, barking character will lose…

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      @”Pat Robertson and Glenn Beck aren‚Äôt politicians.” – yeah, I do recall those “bright minds” who have invented hot water(LOL!), and another one “flush limbo”(Rush Limbaugh!)… brrr!!!

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      • mistermuse 3:29 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Some say that’s Trump’s real hair, but in any case, I’m far more concerned about what’s in his head, not on top of it. Speaking of questioning what’s real, Robertson, Beck and Limbaugh (not to mention Sarah Palin) must be cartoon characters — it’s hard to believe real people could be such buffoons (on second thought, maybe not so hard to believe).

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    • tomorrowdefinitely 2:55 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes, my favourite is of course Pat Robertson’s prognosis of what feminism entails, he he he!

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    • mistermuse 3:48 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Note that Robertson’s “prognosis” was stated in a fund raising letter. As a man of God, he not only knows and proclaims God’s will, but knows how to reach into his followers’ pockets while doing it.

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    • Don Frankel 4:14 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There is one candidate and only one candidate who can explain to America that it is rough. And, if they don’t get it, she can explain that it is ruff, ruff. And, if they don’t get it, or don’t like it or her, she can always pee on their leg.

      http://www.rabbithashhistsoc.org/the-mayor/current-mayor-lucy-lou/

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    • mistermuse 10:59 pm on March 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately, I haven’t heard a peep – or should I say, a ruff – out of Lucy Lou lately, Don (ever since fire destroyed the Rabbit Hash General Store). Apparently fearing a vast right paw conspiracy, the Secret Service is still insisting that she live indognito. I hear The Donald was asked to have “his people” look into it, but The Donald wasn’t biting, as he’d rather face Hillary in the election because he doesn’t think she would pee on his leg….plus, she’s very vulnerable as long as her pee-mails remain under investigation.

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

      Pee-mails? I love it. I might steal it.

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    • mistermuse 7:26 pm on March 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hillary probably loves it too. If she can keep her pee-mails in the mainstream, investigators will find it hard to build a cut-and-dry case against her.

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    • barkinginthedark 12:30 pm on July 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      of course agree that morons abound in GOP…and, interesting to me u show “Etiquette Blues” – on one of my CD’s “Who Could Imagine” is my anti GOP song “Etiquette.” nice. continue…

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    • mistermuse 1:15 pm on July 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I see that Trump just bounced ahead of Hillary in the post-GOP convention poll, which suggests to me that moron-ism is spreading outside of GOP circles. If Hillary doesn’t get a similar bounce after the Dem convention, she (and the country) could be in big trouble.

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Better late than never, Geoffrey Chaucer, , , Michael Bloomberg, , , rocks, Sarah Palin, , squirrels, The Canterbury Tales, trivia   

    BETTER LATE THAN NEVER 

    What with one thing or another, almost the entire month of January¬†has¬†gone by, and I haven’t written a single post¬†honoring any of the many august January holidays, such as:

    Jan. 4¬†¬†–¬†¬†Trivia Day
    Jan.¬†7¬† –¬†¬†Old Rock Day
    Jan. 9¬† –¬†¬†Play God Day
    Jan. 10 –¬†Peculiar People Day
    Jan.¬†16 –¬†National Nothing Day
    Jan. 21 – Squirrel Appreciation Day

    So, in the spirit of BETTER LATE THAN NEVER,¬†I will now¬†try to¬†make¬†up for my¬†oversight¬†– at least in part –¬†by assuring each¬†holiday that being¬†a part of¬†one¬†post beats being¬†the whole of¬†no posts.¬†I’ll¬†start¬†with a trivia question in¬†honor of Trivia Day:

    Who originated the phrase, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER? (Hint: it wasn’t a, c, or d)

    a. Barack Obama, in defending his late response to the spread of ISIL/ISIS
    b. Geoffrey Chaucer, in The Canterbury Tales
    c. Rip Van Winkle, in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    d. Michael Bloomberg, in planning a possible run for President as an independent

    Old Rock Day –¬†I’m no geologist, but¬†isn’t¬†all rock old? For example, it’s possible¬†there’s big rock in Little Rock, but¬†new rock? Though everything¬†may be¬†relative,¬†no matter how you roll it, any¬†rock¬†worth its salt has to be¬†eons¬†older than Einstein….at least, that’s my theory. In any case, a rolling stone gathers no muse, but a Rolling Rock¬†definitely¬†does:

    rolling-rock-beer

    Play God Day, in my judgment, is redundant, because many ideologues and religious Grand Poobahs play God every day. So let us move on to the next day, which includes ideologues and Grand Poobahs, but is more broad.

    Peculiar People Day –¬†Spotlight broad, Sarah Palin. All others pale-in comparison.

    National Nothing Day

    Squirrel Appreciation Day¬†–¬†Here’s a squirrel I can¬†not only appreciate, but appreciate even more the place¬†where it makes its ending¬†exit:

    That does it for January make-up days, but the month isn’t over yet. We still have tomorrow to look forward to (or do we?):

    Jan. 31 – YAD DRAWKCAB

     

     

     
    • Joseph Nebus 1:27 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My Squirrel Appreciation Day started with seeing a squirrel plummet from its tree and faceplant in the snow. The squirrel seemed to recover but it surely helped that it didn’t know anybody was laughing at it.

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      • mistermuse 6:38 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve never seen a squirrel fall from a tree, but if the branches were icy, snow wonder!

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    • scifihammy 5:38 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      All these days passed me by – and I never knew! ūüôā

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    • hooklineandinkwell 10:52 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I had a squirrel watch me work for five days straight and each time i sat next to the camp fire, it would sit atop a branch a few feet away and i swear i could see him roasting his nuts. This is brilliant!, your post I mean, not the squirrel roasting nuts, although that was impressive, too ūüôā

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    • mistermuse 12:00 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant? Well, they say it takes one to know one (sounds like a mutual admiration society to me – between you and the squirrel, too.) ūüôā

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    • arekhill1 2:50 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Isn’t Old Rock Day the day you get drunk and listen to Bob Seger albums? In either case, Rolling Rock would work.

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      • mistermuse 4:55 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I guess that depends upon your taste (in music, not beer). I’d prefer to listen to Django Reinhardt albums, myself.

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    • RMW 4:13 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So happy you posted about Squirrel Appreciation Day as squirrels in general are SO underappreciated… I went looking for a Squirrel Appreciation Day card at the Hallmark card store in the mall and there was nary a one… and not one squirrel has ever been nominated for any kind of award… this situation must be remedied.

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      • mistermuse 5:19 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You’re right – squirrels get little attention (unless you count Sarah Palin). Even in the cartoon world, there’s Rocky (of Rocky & Bullwinkle), but he doesn’t come close to the fame of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Porky Pig, etc. That’s just plain nuts (and not a very good pun, either).

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    • Don Frankel 11:22 am on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t know where these squirrel people come from but there’s got to be a whole lot of nothing to do around there. How do you think of something like this?

      But I do like the idea of august days in January. We could use a few.

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    • mistermuse 2:00 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know how the squirrel people came up with it, but at least it’s harmless — unlike the nutty ideas some of our political candidates (like The Donald) come up with. But the squirrel and The Donald do have one thing in common — neither should be taken seriously (although, unfortunately, The Donald IS taken seriously by too many).

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    • Don Frankel 3:00 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There were two Donalds playing ball in Vleigh Place Park. I was the one who could hit and run and field and throw.

      While no one has voted yet, the reason he’s being taken seriously is, look at everyone else who is running. It’s a motley crew.

      I’m waiting for Lucy Lou, as she wouldn’t be the only Mutt in the race, just the real thing.

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    • mistermuse 7:30 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Unlike the old rock group Motley Crew, which called it quits after 34 years, motley crews of politicians never go away — only the faces change over time. They still pander to the crowd and promise their version of the moon (usually on the cheap), and we still fall for it every time.

      Because the current crew of politicians is even more motley than usual, it is good that Lucy Lou is running, because if the country is going to go to the dogs, she is obviously the most – indeed, the only – qualified candidate:

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    • Don Frankel 6:51 pm on February 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, I’m looking into Lucy Lou’s eyes, especially in this clip and damn, if there’s not something Lincolnesque there.

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    • mistermuse 9:40 pm on February 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I believe you’re right, Don. Also, like Honest Abe, Lucy Lou doesn’t tell lies and was born in Kentucky. Sounds pretty Presidential to me.

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    • The Hopeful Wanderer 10:13 am on February 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Peculiar People Day was pretty awesome hahah … Thanks for the laughs ūüėä

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    • mistermuse 10:38 am on February 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. Your “theme song” is pretty awesome too:

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