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  • mistermuse 8:43 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beacon of hope, , , David Niven, , , , Winston Churchill,   

    WAR GAMES 

    “War is nothing more than a catalogue of mistakes and misfortunes.” –Winston Churchill

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    It’s funny– well, not literally funny — how one thing can lead unexpectedly to another. I’m half-way through another biography….but, unlike the others I’ve been reading recently, this one has led to the sort of post I didn’t anticipate writing when I began reading it.

    Its title is THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON (A BIOGRAPHY OF DAVID NIVEN) by Sheridan Morley. NIVEN (1910-83), as you may know, was an American actor who was born/raised in England and came to the U.S. in 1932. When WW II broke out in Europe, he returned to England to serve in the military. In 1941 he wrote a letter to a fellow British-born actor friend back in Hollywood, part of which I quote here from the book:

    Thank God we have now got a real government and in Churchill a real leader at last, but there is going to be a little scalp-hunting when the smoke has cleared off the battlefields. I am unimportant, but besides cousins and relations, I have now lost practically all my old friends, and all in the past few weeks….they need never have been sacrificed if the people then at the top had been doing their jobs as well as they said they were doing them [emphasis mine].

    Sound familiar? Today, with the corona virus, we have a different kind of world war, but the same (and even more lame) kind of sophistry, gas-baggery, and incompetence resulting in unnecessary casualties:

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=trump+coronavirus+down+to+zero&docid=607986001098770809&mid=730D607688499A94FB45730D607688499A94FB45&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

    And so I ask you: How on earth does the most morally corrupt President in U.S. history not belong behind bars or in a mental institution rather than in the White House? How is it, after 3 1/2 years of reigning the swamp, that roughly 40% of the American people either cannot, or will not, see through this pathetic con man of a President — a President who thinks he is not only above the law, but thinks he IS the law, who tries to subvert the law to his own ends? Are his supporters deaf, dumb and blind….or simply incapable/too much in denial to look behind the curtain and see that the mighty Oz is the very hoax he labels all that exposes him?

    Come November 3, we must turn from the dark side to the other side of the moon, or America will have surrendered all claim to being the “beacon of hope” for the world.

     

     
    • Rivergirl 8:51 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I have no answers. His appeal to the right, and their unwavering support of him is mystifying.

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    • equipsblog 9:00 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Amen. I agree with what Rivergril said.

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    • BACK ROADS AND OTHER STORIES 10:12 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It’s mind boggling how this can go on for so long. I hope November will bring change!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 11:51 am on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hi. Many times on your blog I’ve slammed Trump. I once said this, and it remains true: Trump is an enemy of democracy. Ditto for anybody who supports him.

      Neil Scheinin

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      • mistermuse 5:18 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It is to the Senate Republicans’ shame that it took this pandemic — and thousands of lives — to bring Trump down (assuming he is defeated Nov. 3). If they had voted to impeach him when they had the chance, Pence would probably have become President and, as a former governor, would likely have been more inclined to listen to the states pleas for federal help. Or not.

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        • Yeah, Another Blogger 6:06 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink

          Here’s the thing: Trump is evil. This was obvious to me way before he took office. If he wins in November, he will do far more damage in his second term than he already has.

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        • mistermuse 10:53 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink

          I agree. It was obvious when he was just one of many Republicans running for the nomination that he was evil. More recently, it has become obvious that he is a mental case: a bad man and a mad man rolled into one. God (or fate) help us.

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    • pendantry 12:15 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      One thing I find mighty peculiar is that every post about Trump that I read on WordPress has much the same to say about this obnoxious, egotistical, narcissistic windbag, yet he clearly has many supporters. I guess that there are very few, if any, of his followers on this platform… but that would seem odd.

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      • mistermuse 5:53 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe Trump’s followers have too limited a vocabulary for WordPress. They’re more accustomed to the grade school bombast of Trump on Twitter.

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        • pendantry 5:59 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink

          … I nearly said something like that (but more acerbic)… but restrained myself.

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    • Paulie 1:25 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Trump certainly BELONGS behind bars but the system failed. I guess that the framers never saw it coming; a Senate that would, in a brazen act of partisan politics, essentially abdicate it’s responsibility when it came to an impeachment trial. As for the 25th amendment, the reverend Mike Pence would no more move to declare Trump incapable than he would covet his neighbor’s wife.

      As it stands now, the system is too cumbersome and too dependent on politics and will never, ever be changed. I would be shocked to see a new amendment during my lifetime but there has to be some mechanism introduced that can address the crisis of an incompetent president.

      As for the 40%, I’ve stopped trying to figure it out. In 2017 I read three books to try and gain some understanding as to why people voted for Trump and I suppose that I did gain some small insight. Why Trump still has any support beyond 10% (because we’ll never rid ourselves of the tinfoil hat faction) is completely beyond me. I guess I’ll never know because I’ve cut ties with anyone who supports Trump. That’s with the exception of some cousins and I simply don’t discuss it with them.

      In any other occupation, Trump would be fired for failing to do his job and/or creating a hostile work environment.

      Right now we are limping towards January and god knows what Trump will do between November and January as a lame brain (er duck) president.

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      • mistermuse 6:03 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I see that Trump’s approval rating is now down to 37% in one poll (Gallup, if I recall correctly). Some of that 40% is apparently starting to erode, but I’m not counting my trends before they’re matched (by other polls)..

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 3:59 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      As I see it, our minds are very malleable, making us easy prey for those who seek to manipulate and control our beliefs and behavior. We are all susceptible. We are all under mind control of some form or the other, for example, think of our consumption habits. Our 45th president has successfully managed to capture and hold a particular mindset among us.

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      • mistermuse 6:43 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I think that is true in one sense, Rosaliene, but only to the point (for many of us) where minds become made up and set in concrete for the rest of our lives (like Trump). Meaningful malleability requires an openness to (and weighing of) challenges to what we have been indoctrinated or conditioned to believe….which, I suppose, is just a fancy way of describing GROWTH or MATURITY. All I know is I’m not the same person I was in my 20s and 30s — but that’s another story for another day.

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    • obbverse 4:33 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      His followers are deaf dumb and blind. Even worse, wilfully pig-headedly so.

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      • mistermuse 5:31 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I like your your word “pig-headedly” — between that and “gas-baggery” in my post, we may be starting a whole new lexicon-ery.

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    • Elizabeth 5:11 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Gov. Cuomo today appropriately called him out for enabling the pandemic. That sadly is too true.

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      • mistermuse 5:35 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Gov. Cuomo is almost as good at ‘telling it like it is’ as Trump is at telling it like it isn’t.

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        • Elizabeth 5:36 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink

          He just flat out said “Trump lies.” Very refreshing compared to the toadies around Trump.

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    • calmkate 6:53 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If British incompetency lost a few of Nivens family … we wont try to count the number of Aussies they slaughtered! Landing them in the wrong place eg Gallipoli, etc … we were sent in first sheep to the slaughter …

      He says what they want to hear and fear renders them deaf dumb and blind …

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      • mistermuse 11:29 pm on July 6, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        When I was growing up, American (and I assume British) history books were written as if our political and military leaders were almost uniformly great and noble figures and our countries acted in good faith in almost all cases. Hopefully we’ve learned our lesson and Trump will go down in history as the worst of the worst.

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        • calmkate 3:41 am on July 7, 2020 Permalink

          lol all our history books need rewriting, massive correction … let’s see how your election goes …

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    • masercot 12:43 pm on July 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Niven wrote a book called “The Moon’s a Balloon”. What is it with him and the Moon and Balloons?

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      • mistermuse 7:03 pm on July 7, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Niven’s 1971 memoir THE MOON’S A BALLOON was originally to be titled THREE SIDES OF A SQUARE, but was changed due to a title conflict….and the biography THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON was written after Niven’s death. The only other “moon” connection with Niven I’m aware of is his role in the 1953 film THE MOON IS BLUE, which was considered so risqué at the time that it was refused the seal of approval by the Motion Picture Production Code. I haven’t finished reading the biography, so perhaps there is more ‘moonshine still’ to be uncovered.

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    • mlrover 6:30 am on July 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Haven’t heard about the “Moon” book but read Niven’s Bring on the Empty Horses years ago. I respected him for going home to fight for his country, unlike John Wayne, who wriggled out of the war and later showed his disloyalty to his colleagues by promoting McCarthy. It’s one of those ironic instances when a coward and a gasbag was made into an American hero. A friend of mine made a movie with him and had his heart broken when he discovered the “true” Wayne.
      On another note, I LOVE gasbaggery!

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    • mistermuse 8:51 am on July 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      One of the reasons I like biographies and autobiographies is that that they often reveal another side of famous contemporaries the writer knew. Of course, it’s prudent to be aware that opinions of others are only as good as the character and judgment of the writer (who, for example, would believe anything Trump says, good or bad, about anyone?).

      I appreciate that you love “gasbaggery.” That helps me feel better about the dreadful “moonshine still” that I pun-ished masercot with in my reply to his comment. 😉

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    • FOTOROTO 1:10 pm on October 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “It is most important to attract neutral shipping to our shores, in the hopes especially of embroiling the United States with Germany.”
      — Winston Churchill

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      • mistermuse 9:31 pm on October 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Churchill was fighting for the very survival of his country. If that be a sin, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.” –Jesus Christ

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        • FOTOROTO 9:45 pm on October 19, 2020 Permalink

          Defence is more than justified, but attacks are considered war crimes. Don’t you think it’s time to accept that he was a war criminal and racist?
          “The Aryan stock is bound to triumph.”
          — Winston Churchill

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        • mistermuse 10:34 pm on October 19, 2020 Permalink

          I accept that I’m not a Churchill scholar or expert. Having never heard that quote before, it would seem, on the face of it, that he was indeed a racist (though perhaps no more so than most of our ancestors, which does not excuse him). As for being a war criminal, I don’t know your basis for that charge, but if you’re putting him in Hitler’s class (which I’m not saying you are), I’d wonder where you’re coming from (ideologically).

          In any case, I’m American, not English, and we have our own history to contend with.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Arnold Schwarzenegger, , Gottfried Leibniz, , Paris Hilton, , , , Winston Churchill,   

    HOW TO MAKE A WORLD OF (NON)SENSE 

    If you cannot read these directions and warnings, do not use this product. –WARNING ON DRAIN CLEANER LABEL

    What’s Walmart? Do like they sell wall stuff? –Paris Hilton

    I believe I’ve been reincarnated because every time I eat chicken, I eat with my hands….like they did in the olden days. –Lee Ryan, English singer/actor

    I think that gay marriage is something that should be between a man and a woman. –Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Just remember the words of Patrick Henry: “Kill me or let me live.” –Bill Peterson, football coach

    I don’t think anybody should write his autobiography until after he’s dead. –Samuel Goldwyn

    It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it. –George W. Bush

    [Who was President during the Civil War?] Ummm…. Winston Churchill? I wasn’t around then, so who cares? –Tommy Lee, rocker

    Predictions are difficult, especially about the future. –Yogi Berra

    I guess I’m gonna fade into Bolivian. –Mike Tyson, boxer (after losing his last big fight)

    I make Jessica Simpson look like a rock scientist. –Tara Reid, actress (suggesting Jessica was stoned?)

    [This world is] the best of all possible worlds. –Gottfried Leibniz, German philosopher

    REALLY? That makes a world of sense to me….if our soul competition is the worst of all possible worlds. –mistermuse

     
    • Garfield Hug 2:09 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great collection of (NON)SENSE😂👍

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      • mistermuse 7:32 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        The first one (WARNING ON DRAIN CLEANER LABEL) sounds like one I might have ‘unwittingly’ stolen from your blog. If not, you’re welcome to add it to your ‘collection.’ 🙂

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    • Edmark M. Law 5:39 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It’s deja vu all over again. I just read some of these earlier 🙂

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    • mistermuse 7:39 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      To paraphrase an old proverb, you can never get too much of a laughable thing (until it’s no longer laughable). 😦

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    • Richard A Cahill 10:24 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I love warning labels, Sr. Muse. My favorite was on the manual for a cultivator I rented. It quite clearly stated YOU WILL BE KILLED if the directions weren’t followed.

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      • mistermuse 11:15 am on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        That sounds a bit harsh, Ricardo. I would choose a cultivator that promises no worse than a lost arm or leg.

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    • MC Clark 4:32 pm on August 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the laughs. 😁

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    • Don Frankel 7:27 pm on August 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I’m late to the game here. I’m on a Jury. Of course I can’t tell anyone about the case but everyone is free to use their imagination and their common sense.

      But back to this article could we say that if it wasn’t for nonsense some people would have no sense at all?

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      • mistermuse 9:18 pm on August 23, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Don, when it comes to the kind of nonsense that isn’t funny, I don’t have a prayer of being as magnanimous as Robert Frost: “Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.”

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    • Mark Scheel 10:39 pm on August 27, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Muse–don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Reminds me of Leno’s Jay-Walking episodes. Heaven help us–that’s all the hope left.

      Mark

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      • mistermuse 4:27 pm on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Maybe I should’ve subtitled this post ABANDON ALL HOPE YE WHO ENTER HERE (compliments of Dante’s DIVINE COMEDY).

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    • Mél@nie 3:40 pm on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      EXCELLENT post, comme d’habitude… 🙂

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      @”It’s clearly a budget. It’s got a lot of numbers in it.”(George W. Bush) – oh, yeah, I do recall his “high” intelligence… we used to say about him – free translation:”he hasn’t invented hot water or the butter knife!” 😀

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      • mistermuse 4:40 pm on August 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        Mél@nie, I don’t know about your country, but most Americans who had a low opinion of President Bush think he looks pretty good now, compared to The Donald. Many of us with a nostalgic bent even look back on that time as “the good old days.” 😦

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    • loshame 12:56 pm on August 31, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I like it 😊

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , humility, James M. Barrie, Muhammad Ali, Oscar Levant, Phyllis Diller, , Ted Turner, Winston Churchill   

    HUMILITY IS MY GREATEST VIRTUE 

    It really matters that great poems get written, and it doesn’t matter a damn who writes them. –Ezra Pound

    I was going to write a great poem today, but Feb. 22 is BE HUMBLE DAY….so, since “it doesn’t matter a damn who writes them,” I’ll let someone else have the honor. It undoubtedly won’t be as great as the one I would’ve written, but don’t quote me on that — I wouldn’t want anyone to think I don’t take Be Humble Day seriously.

    Nonetheless, my faithful followers, all is not lost. Instead of a great poem, I will post some great HUMBLE DAY quotes for your enjoyment. They may not be my quotes, but think of them the same way as poems — if they’re great, it doesn’t matter a damn who said them. Besides, I’m sure that I would’ve said them if I had thought of them first, so let’s not quibble over technicalities.

    I feel coming on me a strange disease — humility. –Frank Lloyd Wright

    I feel very humble, but I think I have the strength of character to fight it. –Bob Hope

    When you’re as great as I am, it’s hard to be humble. –Muhammad Ali

    You know what keeps me humble? Mirrors! –Phyllis Diller

    What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left. -Oscar Levant

    A modest man is usually admired, if people ever hear of him. –Edgar Watson Howe

    In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet. -Winston Churchill

    Life is a long lesson in humility. – James M. Barrie

    If only I had a little humility, I would be perfect. -Ted Turner

    Without humility there can be no humanity. – John Buchan

     

     
    • arekhill1 12:47 pm on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m proud to say that I have a great deal to be humble about myself, Sr. Muse

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    • mistermuse 1:56 pm on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ted Turner must have had the likes of us in mind, Ricardo, when he said he would be perfect if he only had a little humility. It’s humbling to know we have at least one thing he doesn’t have.

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    • Don Frankel 6:04 pm on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, anyone seeking humility should just try Civil Service for a while.

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    • mistermuse 7:36 pm on February 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Don, I’m sure that’s good experience-based advice, but my experience is that those who could use some humility are the least likely to be seeking it. A solution might be to draft narcissists and egotists into Civil Service the way they used to draft young men into military service, but that would severely deplete the ranks of the entertainment and “big shot” industries, among others.

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    • Don Frankel 3:28 pm on February 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Muse you’ve got a great point here but I’m sure these people would insist on hearing “Thank you for your service.” about five times a day. It might defeat the purpose. Or as we say in New York purrrpus.

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  • mistermuse 8:51 am on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Clare Booth Luce, , , , , , , phrase inversion, Samuel Johnson, , Winston Churchill   

    IT IS BETTER TO AMUSE A FOOL THAN FOOL A MUSE 

    I’ll bet you don’t know what the above title is an example of….I mean, besides an example of a title.  And far be it from me to intend it as an example of an insult, or an insult of an example. It’s called chiasmus, which is defined as a rhetorical inversion of two parallel phrases. Friends, is this blog an education, or is this education a blog, or what?

    Truth be told, I likewise had never heard of the word until I bought a book with the fascinating title NEVER LET A FOOL KISS YOU OR A KISS FOOL YOU, by Dr. Mardi Gras (my “made-in” name for Dr. Mardy Grothe — sorry about that). Of course, I’d read chiasmus for years not knowing what they’re called. As Dr. Grothe points out, profound thinkers and great wits have long been masters of the form: Shakespeare, Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Ben Franklin, Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker and Anonymous, to name more than a few.

    No doubt you too are familiar with some of the following chiasmus, but with the likes of these, if familiarity breeds contempt, you may have contempt for the familiar….or, more likely, I’m guilty of stretching a chiasmus / making much ado about nothing. Or something.

    I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. -Shakespeare (King Richard II)

    The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man. –Germaine de Stael

    I find Peale appalling and Paul appealing. –Democratic Governor/Presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson (comparing conservative Minister/author Norman Vincent Peale and the Apostle Paul)

    In the bluegrass region / A paradox was born: / The corn was full of kernels / And the colonels were full of corn. -John Marshall

    I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. -Randy Hanzlick

    When you have nothing to say, say nothing. -Charles Caleb Colton

    Don’t worry that other people don’t know you; worry that you don’t know other people. -Confucius

    A fool often fails because he thinks what is difficult is easy, and a wise man because he thinks what is easy is difficult. -John Churton Collins

    Friendship is love minus sex plus reason. Love is friendship plus sex minus reason. -Mason Cooley

    No woman has ever so comforted the distressed — or so distressed the comfortable. -Clare Booth Luce, on Eleanor Roosevelt

    Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. -Dr. Samuel Johnson, to an aspiring writer

    Boy meets girl; girl gets boy into pickle; boy gets pickle into girl. -Jack Woodford, on typical plot of Hollywood movies 

    That’s all for the present. I thank all present, and recommend the book as a present to all.

     

     
    • Joseph Nebus 8:55 pm on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t know the name for that kind of sentence structure but am glad to know it.

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    • mistermuse 10:33 pm on October 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’d be surprised if anyone but a few knew. Who knew? Maybe the new gnu in the zoo knew, as gnus travels fast there (they’re a kind of antelope, you know).

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    • arekhill1 10:04 am on October 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      It sounds vaguely like a disease name, so no wonder only the truly erudite such as yourself are bold enough to use it.

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    • mistermuse 10:30 am on October 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Ricardo. A muse has to do what a muse has to do.

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  • mistermuse 10:37 am on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Winston Churchill   

    HELL ON WHEELS 

    If you’re going through hell, keep going. –Winston Churchill

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    After my last post (BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT) generated quite a bit of interest, I could hardly wait to see what I would write about next. Whatever benefit doubt may have, I don’t want to overdo it — yet there is something to be said for doubling down while the iron is hot and the pot is empty, ideas-wise.

    So last night, in the hope that some fresh CO would blow away the fog in my brain, I’m out flying down the highway on my air-conditioned motorcycle, happy as a good old boy on a bad new toy, when I come upon this big-ass truck hoggin’ the road like he owns it. I don’t know exactly how slow he was going, but let’s just say it waren’t fast enough to suit me. So I get stuck behind this yahoo for longer than any reasonable man should suffer, because there’s too much traffic to pass.

    Finally, I decide to Winston with this crap, and I start to roar past him on the right shoulder like a bat out of hell, because you never know how long a shoulder is going to last before you run into something….and wouldn’t you know, there’s a cop just ahead motioning me to pull over — like I’m not already over, trying to get past this big ass truck.

    Anyway, to make a long story, I suddenly realize that I’ve never owned a motorcycle in my life — much less flown one — so I must be dreaming. Well, if you’ve ever awakened in the middle of a dream, you know there’s nothing worse than not knowing how the dream would’ve turned out. So before I wake up, I bring my bad boy two-wheeler to a stop and, when the cop comes up to me, I tell him to go where bats fly out of when their cave’s on fire (like in a volcanic eruption, which sounds far-fetched, but what the hell — it’s a dream, for heaven’s sake).

    I may not have gotten past my doubts about this post, but I never woke up feeling better in my life.

     
    • arekhill1 3:52 pm on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Motorcycles are noisy death machines. Just ride them in your dreams.

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    • mistermuse 4:30 pm on August 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Here in Ohio, only novice motorcyclists & those under 18 must wear helmets, so I see more cyclists without helmets than with….which just goes to show that the young aren’t the only airheads who think they’re invincible.

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    • Michaeline Montezinos 1:10 pm on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I agree that many older cyclists do not wear their helmets in Ohio. My daughter, the RN, used to live around the bend in Colerain Twnshp. Many times riders of all kinds would speed around the 25MPH limit and hit the brick mailbox. You can’t fault the land lord for making it solid since I think many more ordinary mailboxes met their end by getting obliterated. After awhile she got very tired after nursing a 12 hour shift and then having to jump up with her first aid kit to administer what help she could. The last time a guy on a motocycle left his cracked skull at the mailbox, she just let the police and the paramedics handle it. Obviously his brain was the size of a walnut. Didn’t dinosaurs of tremendous length and girth own those tiny brains? I think we sould give some humans the benefit of a doubt when it comes to the size of pink matter between their ears.

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    • mistermuse 5:46 pm on August 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I guess you could say those motorcyclists “mailed it in” when it came to paying attention to what they were doing/where they were going.

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    • Don Frankel 5:55 am on August 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    • mistermuse 6:29 am on August 30, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      A good reminder that it’s not “cool” to wear a helmet, Don (but if it ever becomes cool, almost every cyclist will wear one).

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

    TRUE BE OR NOT TRUE BE…. 

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

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

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

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

    Truth exists; only lies are invented. -Georges Braque

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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