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  • mistermuse 1:55 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Syria, , United Nations, whistleblower   


    Mr. President:

    Why did you lie when you said….

    in September 2018 (addressing the United Nations), “My administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country”….adding, “So true” as laughter broke out among the foreign dignitaries.

    in October 2018 (when there were still about 1,000 troops in Syria) , “Look, we have no soldiers in Syria. We’ve won.”

    in February 2019, “And when I look at what’s happened in California with the votes — as you know, there was just a case where they found a million fraudulent votes.”

    in April 2019, “If you¬† have a windmill near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75% in value. And they say the noise causes cancer.”

    in May 2019 (about Veteran’s Choice, a bill co-authored by John McCain which President Obama signed into law in 2014), “I disagree with John McCain on the way he handled the vets, because I said you got to get Choice. He was never able to get Choice. I got Choice.”

    in October 2019, “They heard a whistleblower who came out with a false story. What the whistleblower said bore no relationship to what the call was.” (The whistleblower’s primary allegations were proven correct, including by the rough transcript Trump himself released.)

    Etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., ad infinitum….

    Why, Mr. President — WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY?


    • pendantry 1:59 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      And they say the noise causes cancer.

      p a u s e …


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    • Rivergirl 3:06 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t keep up with his lies. I just assume every time he opens his mouth it will be a whopper.

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    • obbverse 3:26 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Well, he does suffer from a congenital disease; BlindWillfull TrumpRightism. Symptoms are obvious- no conscience, no basic core of truth, an inability to see beyond the bounds of ones own ego. No treatment,no cure.

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      • mistermuse 3:59 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        And sad to say, the disease has spread to 40% or more of the population….but the cure will become available November 3, 2020.

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    • Paulie 4:04 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Maybe more to the point is why do people swallow these lies?

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      • mistermuse 4:36 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.” –attributed to Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels….and who repeats lies more than Donald Trump?

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 4:22 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Why? Those among us who accept him as their Messiah are comforted by his alternate reality.

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      • mistermuse 4:41 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thinking of Trump’s presidency as a kind of cult goes a long way toward answering that question.

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      • Ashley 4:49 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Yeh! Just like there’s an alternative to baldness or old age!

        Liked by 1 person

        • mistermuse 5:12 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink

          Well, we once had the Whig Party, but you’ve got me on the “old age” part. Anyway, thankfully, there’s an alternative to Trump….but we must wait until Nov 3 to choose it.

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    • equipsblog 5:38 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Come NOvember will our choices be a Socialist vs. Narciscist ?

      Liked by 3 people

    • calmkate 6:47 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      psychopaths have no conscious, pathological liars, grandiose self view, etc … read the 20 traits and tell me he aint!

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    • mistermuse 8:59 pm on March 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You’ll get no argument from me, Kate!

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    • masercot 11:30 am on March 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I blame post-modernism…

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      • mistermuse 11:47 am on March 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’d agree, but the term “post-modernism” strikes me as akin to “tomorrow” — it never comes. In any case, I ain’t there yet.

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    • Elizabeth 6:28 pm on March 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Because he is a liar. Plain and simple. Liars lie.

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      • mistermuse 10:38 pm on March 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m no scientist, but I believe liars who lie because “that’s what they do” are called pathological liars. In other words, the man is sick.

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    • JosieHolford 10:44 am on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The lying liar lies lyingly.

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    • arekhill1 9:12 pm on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Best title of the year, Sr. Muse

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      • mistermuse 11:58 pm on March 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Gracias, Ricardo. but the year is still young, and Trump is such an inspiration that the honor may be short-lived.


    • Carol A. Hand 1:23 pm on March 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What can what say? In his own language, he’s just “nasty!”

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    • barkinginthedark 6:34 pm on March 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      MM, my next post is on “Trumpspeak.” Enjoy, continue…

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      • mistermuse 7:06 pm on March 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Read your March 13 post earlier today and thought you were too hard on Trump (just kidding — if anyone deserves it, he does). Will look forward to your next one.

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    • Eliza 10:32 am on March 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t know… but maybe coz power is more than honesty to some. Though I know you weren’t asking for an answer.

      Love, light, and glitter

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      • mistermuse 11:34 am on March 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That reminds me of a scene in a Mae West (“queen” of sexual innuendo) movie in which she replied “Goodness had nothing to do with it, honey” to a gal who remarked “Goodness!”
        When it comes to gaining and retaining power, it’s usually the case that HONESTY HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.


        • Eliza 12:15 pm on March 23, 2020 Permalink

          That makes me sad. I still like to believe in the goodness and beauty of everyone…
          Love, light, and glitter

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        • mistermuse 3:30 pm on March 23, 2020 Permalink

          Sorry, Eliza — I didn’t mean to rain on your parade. There’s a lot of goodness and beauty in the world, but badness and ugliness stand out like sore thumbs because they are aberrations (though the aberrations are numerous). And it doesn’t help that the power-driven (as opposed to the “better angels”-driven) are often the ones who gain power.


    • equipsblog 5:37 pm on March 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      At this point in March l agree and feel more hopeful.


  • mistermuse 3:06 pm on October 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: borders, , , Greece, Hungary, illegals, migrants, refugee crisis, Strictly from hunger, Syria, ,   


    You must¬†remember this — the¬†opening scene (after¬†opening credits)¬†in CASABLANCA:

    I am reminded of that scene’s¬†“tortuous, roundabout refugee trail”¬†when seeing reports¬† of tens¬†of¬†thousands fleeing from¬†war-torn Syria, west¬†across the Mediterranean in¬†small boats to Greece, and thence overland hundreds of miles through¬†passageway countries to Germany and other destinations.¬†Some die in the attempt (recall¬†the picture-worth-a-thousand-words¬†of the lifeless¬†body of¬†a¬†3 year old boy washed up on a Turkish beach in early¬†September). Many “wait….and wait….and wait….and wait” in refugee camps. Many more¬†have been¬†kept from continuing on, stopped¬†on their way by¬†the far right government¬†of¬†Hungary, which has been particularly¬†strict in this regard.¬†If you thought “exit visas/letters of transit” were hard to come by in CASABLANCA….

    Perhaps you’ve¬†read some of the recent¬†series of articles in USA TODAY called TREK WITH MIGRANTS¬†in which journalist Kim Hjelmgaard follows “migrants on¬†their arduous 1,500 mile journey from Greece to Berlin” to witness¬†their challenges. Particularly illuminating was¬†Day 7 (CHECKING OUT WALL CURLING ACROSS HUNGARY)¬†of that series, from which I quote:

    I sat next to Robert [Kim’s guide] for most of Thursday as his car zigzagged around small-town Hungary in search of new additions to Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s controversial barrier. The Hungarian leader has already erected a 15-foot-high rampart along the entire 110-mile border with Serbia. Now, he was starting work on a fence to close the 25-mile [border] with Croatia.
    On my way up here this week from Greece, I had been told by several people not to mess with Hungarian police. They are prone to violence, they said. Last week, several journalists said they were beaten and detained for speaking to refugees.¬†So it was Robert (and Naomi), or go straight to the Austrian border, and I didn’t want to do that. Naomi, his girlfriend, wasn’t in the car in the usual sense, but they were in frequent contact by phone, Facebook and text message.
    He told me that the “very beautiful” Naomi — she is 19; he is 23 — was studying to be a physical therapist, and she wanted to one day own a “big, big” house in Sweden and possess extremely expensive things.
    This wall in Hungary had been a flashpoint in the migrant crisis;
    I asked if he thought it was good for Hungary to be trying to seal its borders when so many people were intent on getting through anyway.
    Robert said he didn’t have an opinion either way. And so I asked about Naomi, what does she think, this policeman’s daughter? And of course Naomi had an opinion. I could hear that by the way her voice was spilling out over the edges of Robert’s cellphone. “She said she thinks the wall is a good¬†idea, and that she also understands why the people are leaving their countries,” Robert said.
    “And Sweden?” I asked. “Was there any contradiction in her wanting to go there for the ‘big, big’ house, and people wanting to come to Europe for a house?”
    He didn’t know. I didn’t either.

    There is, of course, more to the refugee crisis¬†than the one scene here. Still, one wonders, why¬†can’t Hungary¬†abide¬†terrorized¬†people passing through? Is Hungary worried that they’ll see how wonderful Hungary is and¬†change their minds about continuing on? Is Hungary concerned that¬†they’ll devour all¬†available food and leave the country¬†so Hungary that it will starve? Is Hungary afraid they’ll leave a¬†trail¬†of¬†drugs, crime,¬†and raped women in their wake?¬†If so, why doesn’t Hungary¬†say so?¬†When¬†it comes to¬†demonizing¬†illegals crossing borders, Hungary’s right wing counterparts in America have¬†no¬†such qualms¬†(and, unlike America,¬†Hungary’s “illegals” don’t¬†come to stay).

    This is¬†a¬†post¬†without a¬†happy ending….but before I close, you younger-than-I trivia buffs may be interested in¬†the origin/meaning of the¬†idiom on which the post’s¬†title is based:

    Strictly From Hunger: Explanations, investigations

    • arekhill1 12:25 am on October 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Lucky we live here, Sr. Muse, and have birth certificates that mean we can’t get kicked out. If I were a refugee, though, I’d dream about a big house in a warmer climate than Sweden’s.


      • mistermuse 7:43 am on October 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Well, if I were a refugee running for my (and my family’s) life, any war-ravaged country is too “hot” to either stay in or go to. But, given the luxury of a choice, I’m with you – I too would prefer the climate of, let’s say, Hawaii (not that Sweden wouldn’t be a nice place to visit but not live, as they say).


    • Don Frankel 6:17 am on October 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I find this incredibly ironic because my family fled Hungary in 1919. Actually that part had become Czechoslovakia. Then I remember back in the 1950’s after the Hungarian uprising against the U.S.S.R. some distant relative made her way to the U.S. We all went out to the airport to pick her up. I remember it so vividly, as my father spoke to her in Hungarian which seemed so strange. Hearing my Father speak a foreign language.

      I guess it’s.


    • M√©l@nie 8:13 am on October 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I must have watched “Casablanca”… 10 times, and I’ve never been tired of it!!! ūüôā

      • * *

      a human tragedy has been going on in “old Europe” these past months… and no country(government) has any steady or solid solutions!!! I was born in Romania and Hungary’s attitude hasn’t surprised me… history often repeats itself… btw, Hungarians have NO European origin, they’ve been the descendants of the Asian Huns(migratory people!), just like the Finnish people: their native languages sound almost alike, being reckoned as Finno-Ugric language family…


    • mistermuse 8:30 am on October 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, the story of your family fleeing Hungary in 1919 is very interesting. WWI was over by then, so I assume the country was so devastated that living conditions were terrible. An excellent movie could probably be made of every refugee’s story.

      There’s another scene in CASABLANCA which reminds me of the “price” refugees pay to escape, such as what Syrian refugees pay smugglers to take them to Greece in overcrowded small boats which may capsize in rough Mediterranean waters:



    • mistermuse 8:38 am on October 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, Mel@nie, for the info about the Hungarian people – I didn’t know they aren’t of European origin. History often repeats itself, indeed.
      I too have watched Casablanca many times – in my opinion (and that of many others), it’s the greatest movie ever made.

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    • michele39 10:26 am on October 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      History repeats itself.


    • mistermuse 6:23 pm on October 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, as George Santayana said (or words to that effect)…and, unfortunately, sometimes it seems even those who do learn from history repeat it.


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