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  • mistermuse 12:04 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , stable genius, Trump   

    THE INDISPENSABLE (OLD) MAN 

    “It’s possible there will be some [deaths as a result of reopening the country now].” –President Donald Trump in response to ABC’s David Muir on May 5, 2020.

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    In 1963, President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May as Senior Citizens Month (changed in 1965 to OLDER AMERICANS MONTH). Judging by Trump’s desperation to get the economy humming again before the election — and before the Covid-19 danger (especially to our most vulnerable citizens) is well under control — May seems destined to become Expendable Older Americans Month.

    I dare say that, although Trump may consider his fellow senior Americans like Joe Biden, mistermuse, and (perhaps) you expendable, he doesn’t see himself in that category. After all, the country can ill afford to lose a stable genius at a time like this — or at any other time (such as November 3, 2020, for example).

    Now, I hate to be the bearer of bad tidings to The Indispensable Man, but it’s just minutely possible that he may lose the upcoming election despite his stable pomposity — er, geniosity. However, in the unlikely event that that happens, His Stable Highness can take consolation in the fact that, like the rest of us put-out-to-pasture patriarchs, he can still be King (Emeritus) of his castle:

     
    • blindzanygirl 12:13 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yep. Same here. Our lot want to get rid of us.

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    • Rebecca Wallick 12:31 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you, I needed that laugh, old man. You the man!

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    • calmkate 1:10 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      brilliant clip … you the man, coz he sure ain’t!

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      • mistermuse 7:46 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I may be de man, but de wife demands to wear de pants in de family….which I let her do, because when I want to be de boss, I put on de dress.

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        • calmkate 8:07 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink

          lol ah what an unattractive visual, thank heavens I’ve eaten or it may have been regurgitated! What colour do you prefer? Lace or buttons?

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        • mistermuse 11:34 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink

          I prefer see-through on my wife, so I see myself in the same fashion, Kate. As for lace or buttons, I’m a zipper man because it’s easier to open on the fly.

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        • annieasksyou 10:29 pm on May 7, 2020 Permalink

          I didn’t expect to be laughing at the end of the grim truism you started with. This was just right!—and your comment above is de-lightful!

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    • obbverse 1:57 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Here it is,in a nutshell. Wealth over health, every damned time. ‘Its possible there may more deaths thanks to opening up the ‘conomy.’ Fatuous shrugged.

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      • mistermuse 7:50 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The GOP has been the party of wealth over health since Warren Harding was President….and to think, it was once the party of Lincoln.

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    • Rivergirl 9:13 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      His lack of empathy shouldn’t surprise us. He was playing Live and Let Die at the Arizona I love me trip yesterday.
      🤨

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    • magickmermaid 11:30 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love the video! 😀 The poor and the elderly are merely collateral damage in the orange one’s war.

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 11:30 am on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I never get tired of saying this: Donnie’s the worst.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:43 pm on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for lifting my spirits with those two video clips.

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      • mistermuse 5:45 pm on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re very welcome, Rosaliene….but did you have to say there could be worse presidents yet to come? God forbid! You just ruined my day. 😉

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    • Elizabeth 6:15 pm on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That is the perfect video to go along with the Trumpster.

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      • mistermuse 10:06 pm on May 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Let’s hope voters throw the Trumpster in the dumpster on November 3.

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        • Elizabeth 5:03 pm on May 7, 2020 Permalink

          Thank you for appropriately linking Trumpster and dumpster for me. I think on a subconscious lever they were linked, but it took your comment to make it explicit.

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    • arekhill1 1:58 pm on May 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You can’t bullshit a virus, Sr. Muse. Even a Bullshit Terminator (a thin layer of human skin covering a mound of bullshit) like Trump can’t. Stay safe.

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      • mistermuse 7:16 pm on May 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You do the same, Ricardo.

        P.S. I hear that Trump’s personal valet has just been diagnosed with Covid-19. Wouldn’t it be fitting if the thin-skinned bullshitter, who won’t social-distance or wear a mask because it would detract from his appearance, caught the virus from his valet? In any case, I’ve got news for the Pres — a mask is about the only thing that might IMPROVE his appearance.

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  • mistermuse 3:22 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    DYING FOR DOLLARS 

    Some of you may remember a long-running (1950s to early 1990s) TV program called DIALING FOR DOLLARS in which the host (after announcing the password(s) at the start of the show) randomly picked a phone number to call. If the person being called gave the password, he or she would win prize money; an incorrect answer would increase the prize money for the next call, and so on. Here’s SCTV’s take on the program:

    Nowadays, it seems there’s a new game on TV:  a daily game in which the host is President/Scientific Genius Donald Trump, the password is nominally COVID-19, and the payoff is whatever he says it is in order to re-start the economy at any price — ranging from billions of dollars for big business and big banks, to ingesting disease-killing disinfectants. Regarding the latter, you may be tempted to say, “You first, Mr. President.” Too late! The next day, he said he was just kidding and didn’t mean it. Hahahahahahaha.

    It’s Not Fake News: Trump Did Actually Suggest That Injecting Bleach Could Be a Cure for COVID-19

    Sorry, Mr. Desperate President, the joke is on you, because you’re sicker than the sickest Covid-19 patient, and there’s no cure for your virulent virus except the resounding defeat you must suffer on Nov. 3.

     
    • linnetmoss 3:38 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, he can’t leave soon enough. Every time I think he can’t get any more idiotic, he proves me wrong.

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      • mistermuse 5:14 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        These next six months until the election are going to seem like six years. I shudder to think of the additional harm he could do to this country in six weeks, much less six months. .

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        • linnetmoss 7:27 am on April 27, 2020 Permalink

          Yes, I would rather have the dumbest of my four cats in the White House. At least she would stay off Twitter and take lots of naps.

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        • mistermuse 8:22 am on April 27, 2020 Permalink

          Trump probably thinks catnaps are what cats take when they’re so full of themselves, they can’t think of anything else — like him.

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    • pendantry 3:54 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      there’s no cure for your virulent virus except the resounding defeat you must suffer on Nov. 3

      Oh, I wish. That guy needs to leave the White House to someone who isn’t a total idiot….

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    • Roadtirement 4:23 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Too bad narcissism and idiocy is not grounds for removal from office.

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      • mistermuse 5:27 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        They would be, if the GOP didn’t control the Senate. Unfortunately, it looks like it’s going to be harder (but not beyond the realm of possibility) for the Dems to win the Senate than to win the Presidency.

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    • annieasksyou 4:38 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yep. “Dying for Dollars” sums things up quite well. So scary and sick it completely shut down my pun and rhyme neural pathways.

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    • obbverse 6:01 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He would look so professional in a Haz/mat suit, full gas mask and communication device shorted out. That’s your president right there, ladies and germs! The personification of a dumbed-down bad joke.

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    • arekhill1 6:03 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What’s it like never to have cleaned anything in your life? Because that’s what Agent Orange just revealed about himself.

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      • mistermuse 6:18 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That’s not hard to believe….but it will be a lot harder (if not almost impossible) for the next President to clean up the mess he leaves behind.

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    • Rivergirl 6:32 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was watching that briefing live and he most certainly was not joking. It angers me beyond words that the doctors wouldn’t stand up to him that day. Birx went on Fox the next day and defended him. WTH!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 6:58 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Trump’s the worst. He’s a dangerous jerk.

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    • calmkate 7:27 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      if you guys don’t do the right thing on Nov 3rd we may ask one of his mates to nuke you!

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      • mistermuse 10:06 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The very thought of four more years of Trump is almost enough to make me think we’d deserve it, Kate.

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        • calmkate 11:03 pm on April 26, 2020 Permalink

          sadly allowing such a moron to ruin your country we should have done it a while ago … saved you the humiliation!

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    • masercot 6:47 am on April 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      My worry is, through his mismanagement, Trump will end up declaring a national emergency and cancelling elections.

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    • Elizabeth 4:32 pm on April 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      No words for him today. How anyone could believe him pains me, but people do and are drinking bleach.

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    • America On Coffee 5:09 pm on April 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Dying for dollars is the reality show today and at any cost.🤕

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      • mistermuse 8:08 pm on April 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I heard on the news this evening that VP Mike Pence visited the Mayo Clinic and was the only one there not wearing a mask. He excused himself by saying he’s been tested multiple times for the Coronavirus, and all tests were negative. In other words, privileged people like Pence can get tested whenever they want, while most ordinary people can’t even get tested once. So, if they die, apparently that’s the cost of not being rich and powerful.

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  • mistermuse 12:08 am on April 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
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    HAIKU!….GESUNDHEIT! 

    Pardon me while I celebrate INTERNATIONAL HAIKU POETRY DAY. Haiku, as you know, is a three-line poem of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, which happens to total 17, which happens to be this day of the month, which happens to be INTERNATIONAL I-Already-Told-You-What DAY. So, here are a few lowbrow examples of haiku, guaranteed to ruin your appetite for haiku for the for-eatable future. If you have trouble swallowing any of these, feel free to wash it down with a swig of your favorite beverage, followed by a quart of milk of magnesia. If that doesn’t relieve your groan, you’re on your own.

    ONE TOO MANY (syllables)

    Excuses may be
    easy to make…but they don’t
    make up for your mistake.

    A NEAR MYTH

    Once upon a time
    I tried to make a haiku
    rhyme. Maybe next time.

    HAIKU ON THE HUSTINGS

    Politician beams,
    waves to crowd of strange faces…
    he’s been here before.

    Had enough? Believe it or not, it could always be worse:

     

     

     

     
  • mistermuse 12:00 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blogosphere, food for thought, , , irrationality, , power, rationality, reason, , SNAFU, The Enlightenment, Trump   

    A HELLUVA WAY TO RUN A WORLD 

    “This is a helluva way to run a railroad.” –from a 1906 speech by Leonor F. Loree, railroad executive, to a committee of creditors who asked him to take charge of the Kansas City Southern Railroad, which was described as two streaks of rust; its engines lost steam; the men were disheartened; and the stations were shacks.

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    Since first said in 1906, the above quote has famously become a catchphrase for the high-and-mighty mentality of any commercial, governmental, military, or other top-down entity operating in a fashion oblivious to SNAFU (Situation Normal, All Fucked Up). I (and maybe you too) have had occasion to view SNAFU close-up and personal, having served as a draftee in the military and as a 30-year “soldier” in the corporate milieu before retiring to savor domestic life anew (and rue honey-do). But at least I’m the boss of my own blog (though still at the mercy of invisible forces somewhere out there in the blogosphere).

    Anyway, being of a philosophical bent, this got me to thinking about helluva railroads and SNAFU, writ LARGE –as in, dude: how did this whole woebegone world come to be so SNAFUed? Do we have a clue? Perhaps a few of us do.

    It’s a story we can’t stop telling ourselves. Once, humans were benighted by superstition and irrationality, but then the Greeks invented reason. Later, the Enlightenment enshrined rationality as the supreme value. Discovering that reason is the defining feature of out species, we named ourselves the “rational animal.” But is this flattering story rational? From sex and music to religion and war, irrationality makes up the greater part of human life and history. –from a reference to IRRATIONALITY (subtitled A HISTORY OF THE DARK SIDE OF REASON), a book by Justin E. H. Smith, a professor of history and the philosophy of science.

    Well, if that isn’t food for thought, I don’t know what is. The problem, of course, is what it has always been: those most in need of reflecting on and applying such appraisal to oneself wouldn’t be caught dead doing so. It’s Greek to them. The Trumps of the world live in their own little world where big money talks….and it speaks power.

    Oh well. So much for funny money.

     

     
    • obbverse 12:28 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The world is mad. I tell ya- mad, its mad mad mad. Powerful mad.

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    • calmkate 12:47 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      we spell SNAFU differently here down under, it’s spelt STUFFED …

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    • masercot 5:18 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s post-modernism in its grossest form…

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      • mistermuse 8:40 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        My post makes no apologies (except for subjecting readers to the inclusion of His Grossness near the end).

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        • masercot 9:13 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink

          Remember when the right-wing accused their opponents of trying to make reality flexible? Little did we know that they’d actually be the ones doing that…

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        • mistermuse 9:28 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink

          “Flexible” is a very charitable word for the right-wing’s appropriation of reality.

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    • Rivergirl 8:14 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      SNAFU times 2!

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      • mistermuse 8:52 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        ….as in Doublemint gum on one’s shoes (sorry about that — I searched my sole, but was stuck for a better reply).

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        • Rivergirl 8:54 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink

          I’d insult your reply, but that would make me a heel. A sticky situation at best…

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    • mistermuse 9:30 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      😉

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    • magickmermaid 11:03 am on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hell in a hand basket to be sure! 🙂

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    • arekhill1 5:50 pm on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

    • mistermuse 6:16 pm on April 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I see that I commented on that January post, Ricardo, but unfortunately no space alien has subsequently come to take Trump back to his home planet for experiments, as I hoped (probably scared off by the coronavirus outbreak, which Trump was ignoring at the time).

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    • Elizabeth 4:49 pm on April 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I suppose those are the stimulus checks floating down to appease us and distract from the insanity.

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      • mistermuse 6:39 pm on April 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Everything Trump says or “floats” is either about him, or is something he does to turn things to his advantage. I have no doubt he will tout the stimulus checks accordingly.

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        • Elizabeth 4:49 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink

          He will probably sign them himself.

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        • mistermuse 5:33 pm on April 9, 2020 Permalink

          ….and the checks will probably have his face imprinted on them (giving BAD checks a whole new meaning!).

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    • GP Cox 6:58 am on April 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      People keep saying they admire the Greatest Generation, in this world-wide predicament, they can try to emulate them, rather than sit back and find things to complain about.
      They can’t make movies like ‘It’s a Mad, mad, Mad World’ – the actors would want too much money, plus a percentage of the profits.

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      • mistermuse 9:51 am on April 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It seems to be mostly young people (teens & 20s) and evangelicals who are disregarding the “rules” and doing their own thing. Young people have always thought they’re invincible, but evangelicals should know better….actually, deep down they probably do, but under the spell of the Falwells and Rick Warrens of the world, they suspend belief in everything but what they’re misled to believe.

        As for “Mad World,” no doubt you’re right. It probably had more stars than any other film in movie history (most of them in cameo appearances), including Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, Ethel Merman, Sid Caesar, etc. — many of them all but forgotten today.

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    • moorezart 12:10 pm on April 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • Silver Screenings 5:04 pm on April 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I always forget how many big stars were in this film. It was a truly ambitious undertaking in so many ways.

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      • mistermuse 12:23 am on April 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It’s a pretty good film, but I think it should’ve been better. It was director Stanley Kramer’s first attempt at comedy, and despite some good scenes, the unevenness shows. I’d rate it about a 7 out of 10.

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    • blindzanygirl 3:28 am on April 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      And the world gets madder and madder each day!

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      • mistermuse 2:35 pm on April 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I couldn’t agree more, Lorraine….especially when you think how much better it could be if more countries had better leaders. Trump has been an absolute disaster for the US, and no doubt your country is hurting for lack of competent, humane leadership, as well….while the rest of us pay the price for their arrogance and bungling.

        Sorry this reply is such a downer. Hopefully we’ll survive this epidemic and live to elect leaders worthy of their calling.

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        • blindzanygirl 3:05 pm on April 13, 2020 Permalink

          Don’t worry about it being a downer Mistermuse. We have to say it as it is. I’m all for that. I don’t know how any of us are going to get out of this mess but I bet once we have, there will be another one waiting around the corner. How are all our Leaders going to deal with the Recession that we are going to get? Hmmm.

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    • mistermuse 8:20 pm on April 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Good attitude, Lorraine. As for handling the recession-to-come, I don’t know about your country, but I have no confidence whatsoever in Trump. It would be hard enough for a competent, caring President, much less an incompetent, self-serving narcissist like Trump.

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    • Carol A. Hand 6:21 pm on April 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s a mad world, indeed, Mister Muse. Thought you might appreciate a bit of musical humor about these times, created by Don Caron from the Parody Project:

      Battle Hymn of the Republic – Revised for Relevance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eR0ckpJ3bk);

      The Ballad of New Orleans (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB11scadABg)

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

    PREACHING TO THE LIAR 

    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 …

      BWAHAHAHAhahahaha

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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!

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        • 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 ?

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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        • 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.

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

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

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  • mistermuse 7:21 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , robocallers, , Trump   

    ROBOCALLERS FOR TRUMP 

    Your phone rings for the umpteenth time today. You pick it up.

    YOU: “Trump re-election campaign headquarters. How much would you like to donate today?”

    ROBOCALLER: Hangs up. Dials again.

    YOU: “Trump re-election campaign headquarters. How much would you like to donate today?”

    ROBOCALLER: “Are you sure this is Trump re-election campaign headquarters?”

    YOU: “No, THIS is Trump re-election campaign headquarters. Man, are you mixed up. But that’s OK — we love people like you. Now, how much would you like to donate today?”

    ROBOCALLER: “Blankety-blank-blank-blank-blank!!!!”

    YOU: “Maybe you’re right. Maybe you’re Trump re-election campaign headquarters — who else could be so clueless? But if you think I’d help re-elect a President who hires ignoramuses like you, you’ve got another think coming. And you can tell your boss I said so.”

    You hang up. Two minutes later, your phone rings again. Another robocaller?

    YOU: “Trump re-election campaign headquarters. How much would you like to donate today?”

    CALLER: “YOU’RE FIRED!

     
    • Carmen 7:34 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Who woulda thought Mitt Romney was thinking just that, eh? . 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:16 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        As a Mormon in a Mormon state, Mitt was probably the only GOP senator who could safely buck Trump (but he did vote with the Repubs on the second charge).

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    • magickmermaid 8:01 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hilarious! 😀

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    • obbverse 9:37 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Think back three less-than-great years ago The joke won, and that is a sad verified fact. Four more years would be hysterical, but in a bad bad way. To quote Franknfurter ‘my face hurts to smile.’

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    • Brian Lageose 10:18 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Good on ya!

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    • mistermuse 10:26 pm on February 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      To quote Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Trump still faces continuing investigation from the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives and New York State, pending court cases, and (hopefully) defeat by the voters in November.

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    • calmkate 2:38 am on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      such a shame he didn’t hear those two last words!
      He’s sacked his fair share … come on karma!

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      • mistermuse 3:09 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “You’re fired” isn’t good enough for Trump. Not even adding “and sentenced to prison for the rest of your life” would be adequate justice.

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        • calmkate 6:20 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink

          I wouldn’t wish that on the prison staff … can you imagine the riots he’d start with his hatred and violence … I shudder!

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    • masercot 6:49 am on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      And, his followers are okay with giving their hard-earned money to a billionaire…

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      • mistermuse 3:16 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Like P.T.Barnum said, “There’s a sucker born every minute”….as well as an enabler and a partner in crime.

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    • Ashley 6:55 am on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I watched some of the speech on the “news” here. Some of the pictures reminded me of the conventions seen in North Korea or in China, where there is no opposition, all clapping until they have blisters on their hands, all afraid of being “fired”.

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    • GP Cox 8:32 am on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Cute. Funny thing, last election, Trump was the only one I did NOT get calls from.

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    • Rivergirl 8:47 am on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m still reeling from Rush Limbaugh getting the Congressional Medal of Freedom. WTF????
      😳

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      • mistermuse 3:41 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I can hardly wait for the next one: Sean Hannity? William Barr? Rudy Giuliani? Donald Trump Jr.? I wouldn’t be surprised if The Donald even awards one to himself.

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        • Rivergirl 4:10 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink

          I thought he wanted the Nobel Peace Prize….?

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        • mistermuse 4:21 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink

          Unfortunately for Trump, he didn’t (and ain’t gonna) get the Nobel Peace Prize….but that won’t stop him from seeking other medals. Personally, I think he should get the Congressional Medal of Dishonor.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:54 am on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’m so glad I don’t get these calls.
      There were some Trumpies campaigning at my husband’s workplace yesterday. My husband is a union electrician, and he said (in a very calm voice, I might add) that he can’t support Republicans because they want to dismantle unions. The Trumpy sighed and said, “Your right.”
      He told the TRUTH. We were shocked. 😀

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      • mistermuse 3:56 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        A union electrician was shocked? I hope he didn’t have to turn in his union card! 😉

        Seriously though, I would’ve been shocked too — and I’d be even more shocked if your husband’s response caused the Trumpy to stop supporting Trump.

        Thanks for relating that very “current” episode, Diana.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 4:15 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink

          Ha ha ha. You always “get me good.”
          No, the Trumpie likes some nebulous Trump News fantasy about America being great again.

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        • mistermuse 4:31 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink

          That’s what you get for being such a good sport, Diana. But seriously (again), I very much appreciate your comments and promise that if I ever cross the line, it won’t be a union picket line.

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    • Elizabeth 12:40 pm on February 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great one. I like the innovative way you answered the phone. I like to pretend I am deaf and keep going what, what, what.

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    • arekhill1 4:12 pm on February 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I always answer, “I’ve already canceled my Social Security number,” Sr. Muse. That way I don’t have to use the T-word.

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      • mistermuse 5:12 pm on February 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’d like to cancel Mr. Tweet’s twitter account, but I’ll settle for his defeat in November and a long imprisonment shortly thereafter.

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    • barkinginthedark 4:08 am on February 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The House must continue to hold televised hearings…about emoluments, about Trump retaining his ownership interests in his family business while he is in office, about the multiple foreign officials who have stayed at his properties while lobbying his administration, about.China approving multiple trademarks for his family’s brands while negotiating trade policies, about how every time he goes to golf at a Trump property he funnels taxpayer money into his family business—violating the Domestic Emoluments Clause – and about the fact that to date, Trump has spent over $100 million taxpayer dollars to golf and vacation at his own properties. And the Dem candidates must hold up Trump’s proposed “budget” to show the working class what he is all about for real – as opposed to what he says he’s about. .
      He belongs behind bars. Sorry to bend your ear MM. continue…

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      • mistermuse 10:06 am on February 13, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        No problem. Trump is the problem. Your comment just touches the surface of all the unlawful and inhumane things he has done since taking office..

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    • Catherine Haustein 11:08 am on February 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So obnoxious. You probably heard about them clogging the phone lines and perhaps other things during the Iowa caucus. Don’t ever rush to declare anything with these guys around.

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      • mistermuse 12:25 pm on February 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That’s why extreme vigilance and action are needed to prepare for and defend against every underhanded means Trump and Company will surely use to subvert the upcoming Presidential, Senate, and Congressional elections in November. If we’ve learned anything about the Trump (formerly the Republican) Party, it’s that there are NO lengths to which they won’t go to retain and gain power.

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    • Carol A. Hand 8:19 pm on February 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      A deep and hearty laugh, indeed!

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    • atheistmilitantsrising 5:55 pm on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I get those calls and I tell them all the time the only money I will donate? Is to Traitor Trump and the Russian Repugnants is the cost of the bullets to pay to have them executed for High Treason against the United States. And they do not like that.

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      • mistermuse 7:26 pm on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I agree that Traitor Trump is guilty of high treason, but execution is too good for him. I think he should be sent on a one-way rocket to another planet where he can rule a domain where no one will be disloyal to him.

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        • atheistmilitantsrising 9:34 am on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          I tell them that to piss them off. My mode of executing this pos would not involve bullets let me tell ya. I got other ways I would love to put this pos to a righteous, deserving death.

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        • Carmen 9:37 am on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          The problem with that idea is that it would make him a martyr to his supporters; there’d be armed uprisings galore. . . nope, he needs to get his arse kicked at the ballot box.

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        • atheistmilitantsrising 10:52 am on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          Yeah the King just said he will do at least 12 more years. Talk about a Fascist. But we are supposed to lay down for this right? Allow this psychotic Dicktater wanna be to just take over and be scared of his psychotic Trumpanzees huh? Screw that shit. They want a martyr? Let’s give them one. They want a Civil War over Traitor Trump and the Russian Republicans? I say let them drop their micronuts and start one. Cause many of us? Are sick and tired of these scumbags. And while we will NOT start it? We sure the hell will finish it. And teach these scumbags another history lesson.

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        • Carmen 12:04 pm on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          I admire your passion but I think it ought to be directed at convincing Americans to vote Bernie in. 🙂

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        • atheistmilitantsrising 1:01 pm on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          I know Bernie from when I lived in Burlington VT and he was mayor. I voted for him the last time. This time I voted for Mayor Pete in the primaries. But if Bernie is the chosen nomination for the Dems? I will vote for him. I like him, I saw him do something one day for a homeless man who had no boots in the middle of winter that blew my mind. But no one really knows the story or talks about it.

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        • Carmen 1:10 pm on February 23, 2020 Permalink

          I’m a Nova Scotian and there was a story in the newspaper several years ago about Bernie and his wife, who were visiting here. Bernie apparently struck up a long conversation with a local about our Health Care system; he came across as a genuinely nice man and was intrigued with universal health care. Of course, most of us here are socialists as heart so it warms us to Bernie. 🙂 (To many Americans, it seems, the word ‘socialist’ is synonymous with ‘communist’, however.)

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    • atheistmilitantsrising 5:55 pm on February 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Atheist Militants Rising and commented:
      I get those calls and I tell them all the time the only money I will donate? Is to Traitor Trump and the Russian Repugnants is the cost of the bullets to pay to have them executed for High Treason against the United States. And they do not like that.

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    • mistermuse 12:57 pm on February 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think that “middle America” is yet ready to vote for a self-proclaimed socialist as President (though I would vote for Bernie if he ends up as the Dem candidate). Far left Democratic voters should take a hard, DISPASSIONATE view of the only thing that matters here (defeating Trump) and not be blinded by emotion. Do they HONESTLY believe that a socialist can carry such states as Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin that Trump won in 2016? I live in one of those states, and I don’t see Bernie as having a chance here.

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      • mistermuse 10:29 am on February 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the “Like”, Kee C. I’d Like to add a P.S. to my previous comment: While I don’t see Bernie as winning those four states (especially my state of Ohio) at this time, things can change in a hurry in politics, and anything can happen that could effect how voters vote. For example, if yesterday’s 1,000+ drop in the Dow continues and/or is repeated shortly before the election, portending a possible downward spiral in the economy, Trump could be in big trouble and be voted out, no matter who the Democratic nominee is.

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    • equipsblog 4:42 pm on February 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This is way too delicious.

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  • mistermuse 9:15 pm on February 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Trump   

    TRUMP AIN’T NOTHING BUT A GROUNDHOG 

    I wasn’t going to do a Groundhog Day post, but then I came across this Feb. 1, 2017 clip and, though I had second thoughts, decided (on third thought) to pass it on. Who said I ain’t nothing but a gentleman?

    Hey, nothing said (or sung) about Trump could be more vulgar (not to mention obnoxious and disgusting) than Trump himself, right?

     
    • JosieHolford 10:49 pm on February 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      He’s some kind of “pig” for sure.
      But then I think of the groundhogs who live under my deck and I think nice thoughts.
      And I have to say all the actual pigs I have met in my life have been intelligent, friendly animals.
      So tRump – you ain’t nothing like a real groundhog or pig. You are the worst of the human species.

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      • mistermuse 1:27 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I agree completely, Josie — tRump likes nothing better than to play dirty.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:22 pm on February 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve been depressed about the traitors to the Constitution who anointed King Trump this week. This song gave me a much-needed smile. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 1:41 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I ALMOST feel sorry for the two GOP senators (Romney and Collins) who voted to allow witnesses. You can bet that Trump will turn on them just as he has on every one else who has crossed him. Trump demands loyalty but has none for even close former underlings who no longer grovel at his feet.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 5:08 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink

          Collins was just saving her job. Romney actually sort-of has balls (pardon the French). I hope the whole lot of them get dumped in November. No one’s going to forget this, especially since Trump is going to continue to ruin the country and gloat.

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        • mistermuse 11:03 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink

          Trump is not only going to continue to ruin the country, he now has the GOP’s blessing to actively invite Russia, Saudi Arabia, and others to help him rig the next election. No one should doubt for a moment that Trump will do ANYTHING to avoid defeat in Nov. 2020.

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    • calmkate 12:07 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Bill Murray would be impressed … great use of talent!
      Grateful to know that you do have some over there 🙂

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      • mistermuse 1:53 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I hope so, Kate. GROUINDHOG DAY is one of my fav movies of all time, and when I wake up each morning and see and hear the same old Trump repeating the same old hogwash, I almost feel like Bill Murray caught up in the same cycle (but with no happy ending).

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        • calmkate 5:26 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink

          I get you … I can’t believe it’s dragging on so long and only because Packer and Murdoch are his mates … I think they are taking the pi.. out of you mob!

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    • obbverse 12:42 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Groundhogs are great- its Foxes that go rabid.

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      • mistermuse 2:04 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t know if humans can go rabid….but then, I don’t know if Trump is human. He certainly has no humanity (though he pretends to at times).

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    • obbverse 2:09 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Well, that manicured mane does have a touch of mange to it.He seems to unleash a lot of uncontrolled…errrr… twitterings.

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    • Garfield Hug 8:56 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I am glad Trump is not my ruler. Thank goodness for good government in lil red dot and I do worry for Americans as where is USA heading in these turbulent times

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      • mistermuse 1:52 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You are indeed fortunate, G H — I’m sure even Garfield is happy he doesn’t have to put up with Trump.

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    • Rivergirl 9:25 am on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Did you see the Groundhog Day Super Bowl commercial? So cute!
      As for Hound Dog, I’m afraid I’ll never hear it again without inserting those chorus lyrics…. damn you!
      🤣

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    • tubularsock 1:03 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you mistermuse. Tubularsock will be tapping his foot all day!

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      • mistermuse 2:08 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re welcome, ts. Now if we could only get Woody Woodpecker to go tapping on Trump’s skull and let some of the sap ooze out.

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    • Rivergirl 2:28 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, wait…. now I see it.
      Yes! Love that one!!

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      • mistermuse 4:47 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rg. I assume that the Groundhog Day/Bill Murray clip is the Super Bowl commercial I missed. If I’d have known it was going to be on at halftime, I probably wouldn’t have left the living room until the start of the second half like I usually do every Super Bowl. Thanks again.

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    • Elizabeth 5:02 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you so very much. We need all the levity we can find these days. I guess we won’t find this clip preserved in the National Archives, though!

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      • mistermuse 7:27 pm on February 3, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m sure it won’t be, Elizabeth, but where I’d really like to see it shown is in the Congressional House Chamber during Trump’s State of the Union address tomorrow night. Now that’s a happening that would really bring the house down!

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        • Elizabeth 6:17 pm on February 4, 2020 Permalink

          All the women in the House could stand together and belt it out as a flash mob!

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    • arekhill1 4:17 pm on February 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      An insult to groundhogs everywhere, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 5:00 pm on February 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Every day since Inauguration Day (Jan. 20, 2018) seems like Groundhog Day, Ricardo — except it’s Trump instead of Punxsutawney Phil who keeps coming out of his hole to show his fat face .

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on November 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Star Is Born, , , , , , , , musicals, , Trump   

    HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE: END OF THE TRAIL 

    Just as all good things must come to an end, so too must all bad things (even Trump’s evil rule will run out of recourse eventually — e.g., the fat lady’s last aria at the opera seems to go on forever; will it end short of becoming a hoarse opera?). What it all a-mounts to is….

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch , we bid happy trails to “bad” actors not named Trump, and end our HOLLYWOOD’S GOLDEN AGE series with a roundup of some of the era’s great song & dance stars, starting with this incomparable pair whose magic outlasted their time:

    When it comes to high-energy dancing, no one outshined Gene Kelly. Here he is in THE PIRATE (1948), clowning around with the fabulous Nicholas Brothers:

    I do have one regret about this retrospective: so many musical stars, so little time and wherewithal for them all. Perhaps, as time goes by, I will use a favorite star’s birthday as an occasion to do an occasional post.

    In closing (speaking of when A STAR IS BORN), if ever someone was born to be one, it’s this star-crossed girl/woman with whom we bring down the curtain on this series:

     
    • calmkate 4:07 am on November 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      what a joyful collection of viewing, thanks Mr M!

      But Ginger and Fred are just sheer magic … no couple have ever created the ease and charm that they exuded on screen! My forever heros 🙂

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      • mistermuse 10:54 am on November 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        It didn’t hurt (quoting from A SMITHSONIAN SALUTE TO THE AMERICAN MUSICAL) that “Astaire and Rogers worked with the finest composers of their day. Of their ten films together, one featured music by Cole Porter, two by Jerome Kern, one by George and Ira Gershwin, and three by Irvine Berlin.” Throw in great directors and supporting casts, and it’s no wonder there was movie magic!

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        • calmkate 6:15 pm on November 13, 2019 Permalink

          that would certainly help and their stage settings add to the majesty but they had class and talent by the ton!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 9:27 am on November 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Have you seen the new movie Judy? I liked it very much. It focuses on the final months of her life.

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      • mistermuse 11:01 am on November 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Haven’t seen it, but saw snippets and an interview with the star on TV. Thanks for your comment.

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    • Ashley 1:51 pm on November 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      This has been a great series and you should be congratulated for putting it all together.

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      • mistermuse 3:28 pm on November 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Many thanks, Ashley….and I even managed to cast a few aspersions at Trump in the bargain.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:39 pm on November 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I could watch Fred & Ginger and Gene Kelly dance all day long! They brought joy to my tumultous young life.

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      • mistermuse 6:34 pm on November 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        To bring joy to a “tumultuous young life” — as Ira Gershwin wrote and Gene Kelly sang (in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS), “Who could ask for anything more?”

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    • Rivergirl 8:52 pm on November 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      The Nicholas Brothers! That goes back…
      😊

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      • mistermuse 11:31 pm on November 13, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        They go way back, but they lived long — especially the older brother, who died in 2006 at age 91.

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    • mlrover 8:53 am on November 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Ginger spoke in an interview about that particular dance. Fred insisted on perfection, and as usual, doing it in one take. She said that by the time this scene was done as he liked it there was blood in her shoes. She also said, as she had before and would again, that she got paid less and did everything he did in heels and backward.

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      • mistermuse 1:28 pm on November 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Fred was indeed a perfectionist. Quoting from the book I mentioned in my earlier reply to calmkate, “the roller skating sequence in SHALL WE DANCE, for example, was shot 30 times, and the Never Gonna Dance number from SWING TIME was done in forty-eight takes.” As for Ginger, “I had plenty of input in our routines and got to be known as the ‘button finder’….the one who puts the last word or finishing touch on a scene.” So I don’t blame her for complaining “that she got paid less.”

        Although Ginger “did everything he did in heels and backward,” the one thing she didn’t do as well was sing. Irving Berlin said, “I’d rather have Fred Astaire introduce one of my songs than any other singer I know — not because he has a great voice, but because his delivery and diction are so good that he can put over a song like nobody else.”

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        • David Thompson 9:00 pm on December 6, 2019 Permalink

          I grew up, will h my mother’s influence ..with this era. I am richer for the experience.

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    • Elizabeth 1:40 pm on November 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I loved this series. Thanks for all the time and thoughtfulness you put into it.

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    • Silver Screenings 12:22 am on November 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing tributes, all, but the one for Judy Garland is amazing. To see all those films in one clip is a little mind-blowing. She was certainly prolific!

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    • mistermuse 1:50 am on November 17, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’m glad you singled out the Garland clip for special mention — it was an unexpected find, and probably my favorite in this series.

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      • mistermuse 10:12 pm on December 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for the Like, David Thompson. I tried to check out your blog, but when I click the link, I get a blank screen. Before I approve your comment, kindly advise if your blog is not operational for some reason.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , THE FIRST LADY OF SONG, Trump,   

    SCREENINGS FOR ELLA 

    “….any day with Ella Fitzgerald is a grand day. ….that song [is] another one I hadn’t heard before.” –from a June 13 comment to my last (June 6th) post by Silver Screenings (a blog published by ‘Ruth’)

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    In my reply to Ruth, I noted that with June 15 nearing (the 23rd anniversary of Ella’s death), I’d use the occasion to post a remembrance, including clips of other songs she may not have heard Ella sing. Over the years, I’ve probably done over a dozen Ella clips, including a half dozen in my April 25th post titled THE FIRST LADY OF SONG. After screening a few previous Ella posts to try to avoid repetition, hopefully the songs that follow will fall fresh on Ruth’s ‘Ella-fan-true’ ears (as opposed to mistermuse’s Elephant ears).

    Let’s start with an early Ella (as ‘girl’ vocalist with Chick Webb’s Orchestra in April 1936):

    Next, we turn from the swinging Ella to a more dreamy Ella:

    Before you tune out, I know some of you guys aren’t fans of my kind of music (or the songbirds who warble it), so next time I’ll consider a return to posting about your (and Mexico’s) favorite tweeter of note, Donaldo el Trumpo — mean-o-while, I bid you a fond….

     
    • blindzanygirl 1:26 am on June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      SUCH a Lady!

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    • calmkate 3:18 am on June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      What a Woman, What a Voice … love your choice of song!

      Assassination is the only option … and I don’t mean Ella, she’s moved on

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      • mistermuse 7:52 am on June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        As much as I’d like to sing “That’s All, Brother” to Donaldo El Trumpo, assassinating a human being is against the law — not that Donaldo is human, or that he has a problem with breaking the law whenever it’s in the way of what he wants.

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    • Rivergirl 7:26 am on June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Ella was before my time… but it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate the talent.

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    • Elizabeth 4:36 pm on June 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Funny how often Ella is an answer in a crossword puzzle. Thanks for sharing some music.

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    • masercot 1:10 pm on June 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Band leaders back then wanted eye-candy. Ella was NOT that. But, talent will come out in the end.

      She sang a number in an Abbott and Costello movie (Tisket a Tasket, I think). It was fun seeing her so young.

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      • mistermuse 4:30 pm on June 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, Chick Webb’s was one of the better jazz bands of the Swing era, and while it didn’t hurt to be good-looking, I don’t think Chick or most of the top jazz leaders hired mediocre vocalists (though I grant you that wasn’t the case with some of the ‘sweet’ bands back then).

        At any rate, I’m glad you enjoyed the clips, and you’re right about Ella singing that song in an Abbott and Costello movie (it was RIDE ‘EM COWBOY, 1942).

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    • Don Ostertag 1:26 pm on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      She was so great, both as a singer and a person. I had the good luck to have worked her many times. When she was on stage I never left the wings. I listen to her darn near every day. Doesn’t seem like it has been 23 years since she died.

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      • mistermuse 4:15 pm on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your comment, Don.

        I only saw her once in person (at a hotel in San Francisco almost 40 years ago). She of course sang great, but my most vivid memory of that night was when she paused in the middle of a song and asked a smoker (who was seated right in front of the stage) to put out his cigarette because the smoke was drifting up into her face and throat. You probably have some ‘unscripted’ moments of Ella as well — if you’d care to share one of them, I invite you to do so.

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        • Don Ostertag 5:06 pm on June 20, 2019 Permalink

          No stories actually because she was so easy to work and so polite to every one. The first time I ever saw her was at a jazz club shortly after I got out of the service. I was sitting next to a ‘cat’ and we got to talking, waiting for her to come on. She came on, smiled at my new friend and after her first song introduced him. He had told me his name was Joe, but not that he was Philly Joe Jones, the drummer with the Miles Davis Quintet. Then later he introduced me to Ella and told her that I was in love with her. I didn’t deny it.

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    • mistermuse 6:55 pm on June 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a great story in itself, Don. I wouldn’t have denied I was in love with her either.

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    • Silver Screenings 5:06 pm on June 21, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for this treat. I listened to all these songs as I’m catching up on my blog reading, and I’m about to listen to them all again. These are wonderful.

      And thanks for the shout-out too! 🙂

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    • Ética Hoje 6:00 pm on July 20, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Olá
      Muito bom ler sobre música
      Tudo de bom
      Um abraço

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Auguste Rodin, Bessie Smith, , , NO BRAINER DAY, poet, President, , Rene Descarte, , , , , thought, Trump,   

    NO BRAINER DAY 

    I think, therefore I am. –René Descartes 
    I overthink, therefore I post.
    –mistermuse

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

    Lately, I’ve been burning too much mental energy cooking up posts to roast Trump (e.g., I almost said toast rump); the heat is turning my face red and giving me the thinking blues:

    Frankly, friends, I think I need to cool it before the strain becomes a drain on my brain and gives me a pain. Fortunately, Feb. 27 is NO BRAINER DAY — a perfect day to post a post which requires little or no thinking. But before you Trump reprobates snidely ask how that would make this post any different from my previous posts, answer me this: how much thought do you think The Donald gives his tweets? Even a smart-ask Trumpite should allow that mistermuse be entitled to one day of devoting the same paucity of gray matter to his post that your Orange Oligarch devotes to his tweets every day.

    With that in mind, I’m giving the rest of this tome over to posting what others thought when they thought about thinking/not thinking. Do I think their thinking will make you think you’re thinking what I’m thinking about thinking/not thinking? Just a thought.

    So, let’s get quoting before I change my mind and start thinking again:

    I think that I think; therefore, I think I am. –Ambrose Bierce

    [I think that I think, therefore] I yam what I yam. –Popeye the Sailor Man

    There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking. –Thomas Edison

    Ours is an age which is proud of machines that think, and suspicious of men who try to. –Howard Mumford Jones

    The best way [for a woman] to win a man is to make him think you think as much of him as he does. –Evan Esar

    In America, we say what we think, and even if we can’t think, we say it anyhow. –Charles F. Kettering

    In closing, did you know Rodin’s THE THINKER was originally called THE POET:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thinker

    I happen to know that THE POET didn’t appreciate the name change, thus this reaction:

    Mused The Poet to a passing skunk,
    “What good is being called The Thinker?
    To some day convey the aura of a President,
    It should Don the wrap, like you, of The Stinker.”

     

     

     
    • calmkate 12:20 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Kettering says it best … take deep breaths, calm down … your blood pressure is thru the roof young man ❤

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    • mistermuse 1:39 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think what Kettering said applies more to Trump and his supporters, Kate. How does one calm down so long as such a dangerously immoral man remains in power? Call me overly concerned, but Like Popeye (and Trump), “I yam what I yam.”

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      • Yeah, Another Blogger 9:06 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I’m with you on Trump. He stinks up the joint.

        Neil Scheinin

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        • mistermuse 9:51 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink

          You got that right, Neil. The most worrying thing is that the joint he stinks up is The White House.

          Correction: he stinks up the country, if not the whole world.

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    • scifihammy 8:13 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I like Your quote. 😀

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    • rivergirl1211 9:18 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You’ve given me a lot to think about there…

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      • mistermuse 9:43 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You go, rivergirl!

        On second thought, stay — I need all my brilliant, witty, adorable followers (and you too)! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • mlrover 9:32 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think, therefore I am. –René Descartes or I overthink, therefore I post. –mistermuse
      I like yours better.

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    • mistermuse 12:40 pm on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Manoloprofe, thank you for the like. I read your latest post about William Tell, but there appears to be no way to leave responses on your blog, so I’ll leave my response here:

      Like

    • Eliza 2:54 pm on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the smiles
      Happy Wednesday
      Love, light and glitter

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      • mistermuse 6:39 pm on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment. I’ll take the love and the light, but leave the glitter to pop artists and Hollywood celebs who (apparently) can never have enough!

        Take care, and remember what Abe Lincoln said: “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” 🙂

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    • Richard A Cahill 10:46 pm on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think you failed to write a trump-free post, Sr. Muse. As far as wishing not to abuse Trump in prose, been there, tried to do that, failed miserably myself. I feel your pain.

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    • magickmermaid 7:41 pm on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      A very well-thought out post! 😀

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    • mistermuse 7:50 pm on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think so too, therefore I thank you! 🙂

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    • masercot 7:38 am on March 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I do love me some Bessie Smith…

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      • mistermuse 12:48 pm on March 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Hopefully, there’s something here to please every reader (except Trump supporters, some of whom may know how to read, and happen upon this post).

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    • Resa 8:34 pm on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Nice post! I like the Popeye “Yam am”
      Don’t hear much about Popeye, anymore. He’s too, anchored in the past. 😀
      My cat is named Jeep, after Eugene the Magical Jeep! True!

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    • mistermuse 10:57 pm on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to say, I’ve never heard of Eugene the Magical Jeep. However, I have heard of Puff the Magic Dragon, so I hope that counts for something! 🙂

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    • Paul Sunstone 2:03 am on March 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve come to believe that for most of us, “thinking” is not much different than exploring the insides of our boxes. The boxes our parents, teachers, peers, culture, etc. give us to play around inside of. Now and then, we make an important discovery. “The walls are brown!”

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    • Susi Bocks 12:27 am on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think I need to think about all this carefully. 😉 BTW, “I overthink, therefore I post.” Spot on, Mister Writer! I thoroughly enjoyed your mini-rant. May you be able to de-stress a bit.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:08 am on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, I didn’t know The Thinker was originally called The Poet. I always learn something when I come here.

      Also: I love the quote about our society being proud of machines that think, but distrustful of people who try to. Very well said.

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      • mistermuse 7:14 am on March 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment, SS — I thought I had replied before, but apparently I forgot. Apparently I need a machine that thinks for me, or at least remembers for me! 🙂

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    • kutukamus 2:20 am on March 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Now this ‘no-brainy’ is something to think over, really 🙂

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