Tagged: The Fox And The Crow Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • mistermuse 3:00 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: collusion, debate, , , , logic, , The Fox And The Crow, trails, , witch hunt,   

    IT ISN’T BECAUSE IT ISN’T (VARIATIONS ON A THEME) 

    I don’t see it as a safety issue because it isn’t.” –Bill Kaeppner, president of Ohio Motorized Trails Assn., speaking in favor of the State Division of Forestry’s proposal to allow all-purpose vehicle trails to cross hiking trails in Ohio State Parks

    • * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Reading the foregoing quote in a local newspaper article a few weeks ago, the possible applications of its incontrovertible logic struck me like the twaddle in a Trump tweet. Think of the implications for settling all manner of opposing positions. Think of all the cross-purposes which could be brought to a screeching stop, like trail traffic in a forest, by a simple red light at a crossing intersection. Friends, Romans, Fishermen, the solution is as obvious as the nose on your face: IT ISN’T BECAUSE IT ISN’T. End of de bait.

    Let us take a look at a few of of Trump’s favorite declarations as examples of settling matters by simple fiat (it is or isn’t, because he says it is or isn’t):

    WITCH HUNT — which is to say, do I look like a witch? (well, he’s got us there–no self-respecting witch would look like him)

    THERE’S NO COLLUSION — and even if there was, it ain’t illegal. (just ask Putin–your Russian to judgment)

    FAKE NEWS — any news not viewed through the fair and balanced lens of Fox News. (not to crow, but the allegory here is a piece of cake):

    CHOKED LIKE A DOG —in other words, a loser. (spoken like a man who’s the only President never to have owned a dog since McKinley)

    BELIEVE ME — would I lie? (like a sleeping dog, Donald–like a sleeping dog)

     
    • masercot 4:45 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t mind liars so much; but, liars who lie when everyone KNOWS they are lying are just being pricks…

      Liked by 2 people

    • Richard Cahill 5:17 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      He called Omarosa a dog, but it looks like he doesn’t own her.

      Liked by 2 people

      • mistermuse 6:03 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I had to go back a ways for “CHOCKED LIKE A DOG”–he said that about Mitt Romney.

        Like

    • Carmen 7:12 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      As my mother used to say, “You might as well laugh as cry!” One thing about the Cheeto-In-Chief — there’s an endless supply of ‘alternative facts’. You might be at this for awhile, Mistermuse.

      Liked by 3 people

    • mistermuse 10:03 pm on August 15, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Unfortunately, Carmen, I doubt that I could keep up with all his lies, insults, put-downs, and “alternative facts” if I kept at it every day (I have another life to live, even if he doesn’t). For another thing, he has no standards of civility or moral sense to restrain him, whereas I’d like to think that my Trump ‘insults’ aren’t gratuitous and indiscriminate, but pointedly satirical and on the money.

      Some might call my self-defense a rationalization, but that isn’t true because it isn’t (speaking of variations on a theme).

      Liked by 2 people

  • mistermuse 12:02 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Aesop's Fables, , Betty Boop, , compromise, , drunk with power, Hitler, , , megalomania, , , , The Fox And The Crow,   

    THE FLOCKS AND THE CROW, a play on Aesop’s fable THE FOX AND THE CROW 

    crow, v. To exult, esp. over another’s misfortune; to boast exultantly. –Webster’s New College Dictionary

    You have no doubt heard many devotees of Donald Trump defend their support for America’s Crowmmander-In-Chief because “he says what he thinks” — as if such a character trait trumps all else as a Presidential prerequisite. Trust me: by that standard, a few of my in-laws are characters of sufficient grandiosity and shortness of breadth to be Prez. I declare, even Adolph Hitler (had he been born/raised here) might have ridden megalomania and bombastic B.S. to the White House. If drunk with power, no less a windbag than yours truly might rise to the occasion — Lord nose it’snot unthinkable.

    My problem, however, is that I’m apt to think and think again before I crow what I think to my flock (otherwise, the by-line on my posts may as well be “by misterspews” instead of “by mistermuse“). Some might call this tendency over-thinking. Some might assert that was President Obama’s hangup. If so, then this guy certainly couldn’t cut it as President:

    The Thinker by Rodin

    The Thinker by Rodin

    Well, then, shouldn’t we be seeking the fabled middle ground between extremes: under-thinking and over-thinking? But that smacks of compromise, and we certainly can’t have that.

    What to do, what to do. Surely there must be a way to get ALL of what we want, if we’re foxy enough:

    Any questions?

    Any doubts?

    Any rags?

     
    • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 1:04 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Well, we can’t exactly call the Trumpet a flatterer – but he certainly intends on grabbing as much “cheese” by other means as possible, rags and riches both. Your point, no doubt.
      xx,
      mgh
      (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
      ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
      “It takes a village to transform a world!”

      Liked by 1 person

    • Mél@nie 8:47 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      ah, le penseur de Rodin… I did touch it in Paris where we lived for several years… MERCI, Monsieur Muse! 🙂

      • * *

      pleasant coincidence: I’ve seen your comment about Prévert, born on Feb 4th, like ‘mon cher et tendre'(beloved hubby…), just after I edited his famous poem “les enfants qui s’aiment” @ my facebook page: Mélanie Bedos-Nicolas… 🙂

      Les enfants qui s’aiment… – Jacques Prévert

      Les enfants qui s’aiment s’embrassent debout
      Contre les portes de la nuit
      Et les passants qui passent les désignent du doigt
      Mais les enfants qui s’aiment
      Ne sont là pour personne
      Et c’est seulement leur ombre
      Qui tremble dans la nuit
      Excitant la rage des passants
      Leur rage leur mépris leurs rires et leur envie
      Les enfants qui s’aiment ne sont là pour personne
      Ils sont ailleurs bien plus loin que la nuit
      Bien plus haut que le jour
      Dans l’éblouissante clarté de leur premier amour…

      Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse 11:54 am on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      To me, the poem “Children who love each other” reflects in the last line (“In the dazzling clarity of their first love…”) what time inevitably does to young idealism, and we see the world with the sobering clarity of maturity. Until we achieve some semblance of a combination of the best of both worlds, “the substance of things hoped for” will remain more hope than substance, it seems to me.

      Liked by 1 person

    • arekhill1 2:18 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      From what I read, Trump only trusts flatterers, Sr. Muse. Anyone with a history of criticizing him is ineligible to serve him. It’s why there are jobs going begging in DC, but I doubt they’ll be offered to you or me.

      Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse 5:35 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      In that regard, The Donald has much in common with North Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-Un, except that Trump doesn’t ‘eliminate’ those who don’t flatter him — he only insults and bullies them (thus bringing new meaning to the term BULLY PULPIT).

      Like

    • D. Wallace Peach 9:09 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Over-thinking seemed to have served us well. And things actually got done despite the intense obstructionism. Thanks for the humor, as always. 🙂 Makes the painful crowing a little more tolerable.

      Liked by 1 person

    • BroadBlogs 9:41 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      He says what he thinks. But what he thinks is whack-o.

      Liked by 1 person

    • mistermuse 10:12 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      When the Presidency does a complete 360, from CLASS act (Obama) to ASS act (Trump), humor sometimes seems to be about the only light left in the darkness. Unfortunately, the blind remain blind in even the strongest light, and even if humorists were Miracle Workers, Trump is no Helen Keller.

      Like

c
Compose new post
j
Next post/Next comment
k
Previous post/Previous comment
r
Reply
e
Edit
o
Show/Hide comments
t
Go to top
l
Go to login
h
Show/Hide help
shift + esc
Cancel