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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on May 12, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Immanuel Kant, Karl Marx, Machiavelli, , , , , , , word play   


    If there’s one thing I think we can all agree on about Donald Trump, it’s that he isn’t a philosopher. If, however, he can be said to have one guiding precept remotely resembling a philosophy, it has to be IT’S ALL ABOUT ME….or, secondarily, DON’T BLAME ME (which happens to be the title of a song I was going to link here until — faster than you can say Niccollo Machiavelli — Google removed share, embed & copy from their music clips, leaving technologically-challenged mistermuse at a loss as to how to post them).

    Be that as it may, I got to thinking that if THE DONALD were a lit-wit (rather than a nitwit) who wished to appear philosophical, there must be any number of wise philosophical quotes he might plagiarize to his greater glory (or, if he were stoned, learn from). Here are some I drug up which could fill the (Duck’s) bill:

    There is nothing so absurd that it cannot be believed if repeated often enough. — William James, American philosopher

    Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others. –Oscar Wilde, Irish wit, poet and playwright

    Any man can be a philosopher if he only thinks enough about his own foolishness. –Edgar Watson Howe, American novelist and editor

    Philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change it. –Karl Marx, German philosopher, political theorist and socialist revolutionary

    If I killed everyone who was stupid, I wouldn’t have time to sleep. –Tamora Pierce, American fantasy fiction writer

    Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. –Plato, Greek philosopher

    Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end. — Immanuel Kant, German philosopher

    Philosophers before Kant had a tremendous advantage over philosophers after Kant, in that they didn’t have to spend years studying Kant.  –Bertrand Russell, British philosopher, writer and social critic

    Only one philosopher in history had a perfect alibi for doing nothing, and his name was I. Kant. –Evan Esar, American humorist

  • mistermuse 12:43 am on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Kirk Douglas, , , , word play   


    Yesterday (March 5) was MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DAY, but I didn’t write a post because my multiple personalities couldn’t agree on which of them should write it. Now comes March 6 and they still can’t make up my mind, so to bring this matter to a head, you will have to settle for a tale — a whale of a tale, no less — and not much more.

    Actually, there is more — if you’d like to know more about whales — but it’s on film, so you will be spared whatever might have written by me if we weren’t fighting among myself for post time.

    Next time, you may not be so lucky. We shall sea.

    • Paul Sunstone 5:44 am on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I had a friend named Paula. She would sleep on my couch when she visited town. I also had a book about whales. Paula would all but impolitely demand that I read her to sleep each night from the book about whales. She was endearing like that, and it was fun.

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    • masercot 6:46 am on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Kirk Douglas was okay… but Peter Lorre!

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      • mistermuse 10:07 am on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        To me, Peter Lorre was one of the most fascinating actors in movie history. Though he was primarily ‘just’ a character actor, it’s hard to picture such films as THE MALTESE FALCON and ARSENIC AND OLD LACE being as magical with anyone but him in those roles.

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    • Eliza 4:24 pm on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Shame that the multiples didn’t just write a play together.

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    • Elizabeth 5:59 pm on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hope you watched “Me, Myself and Irene” yesterday in celebration.

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      • mistermuse 7:21 pm on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry, I haven’t seen it (though I notice movie critic Leonard Maltin doesn’t think much of it). But, since the film title is a play on ME, MYSELF AND I, here’s a multiple personality song that fits the bill:

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    • calmkate 7:46 pm on March 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      ahoy there sailor, you need to learn to play nice together … had a whale of a good time!

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    • Silver Screenings 10:57 am on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I love Kirk Douglas in this movie and in this scene. So glad you posted it – a terrific way to start the day.

      Also, thanks for sharing the video about whales. I realized that I know very little about whales. They are truly remarkable creatures.

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      • mistermuse 2:57 pm on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Sometimes things just fall into place, SS. I was looking for a way to finish this post, and just happened upon that interesting and informative whales video….so it was a treat for me too.

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    • Resa 9:47 pm on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Kirk is a riot!

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      • mistermuse 11:26 pm on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve published a post or two in the past featuring actors singing who few knew could sing (such as Errol Flynn and Jimmy Stewart). With this post, Kirk Douglas (in a clip from the film 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA) can be added to the list.

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    • moorezart 4:26 pm on March 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 1:08 am on March 10, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        We can’t thank you enough, Moorezart. (Well, maybe I could, but can I help it if my other personalities are ungrateful killjoys?) 😦

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    • Lara/Trace 7:31 pm on March 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Yesterday (March 5) was MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DAY, but I didn’t write a post because my multiple personalities couldn’t agree on which of them should write it. – YOU ARE KILLING ME!

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    • America On Coffee 2:18 am on April 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Video is not avail. I like Kirk Douglas. He is well over 100 years of age.

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      • mistermuse 11:32 am on April 2, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Way to go, Kirk Douglas! Though he was in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” he’s still not ready to be six feet under the ground.


        • America On Coffee 11:39 am on April 2, 2019 Permalink

          Good morning. That is very true! He is “all of the men” of his starred roles. I suppose that’s what keeps him…

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  • mistermuse 12:06 am on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alexander the Great, , , , , , , , pied piper, , word play   


    Great” is a great multi-purpose word which can be used in many ways: from prosaically (“Have a great day”), to pompously (Alexander the Great), to — if you follow me — pied piper-ly (“Make America great again!”).*

    *pied piper: 1. One who entices others with delusive promises. 2. An appealing but irresponsible leader. –Webster’s New College Dictionary

    In my previous post (GREAT EXPECTORATIONS), I used it playfully. I hope the great writer Charles Dickens would have approved (I hold no Great Expectations that he would have). In any case, in this post, I will play it musically. It’s gonna be a Great Day!

    If a Great Day isn’t enough, how about a Great Life?

    Or, put another way, It’s Great To Be Alive.

    Of course, it’s hard to have a great life without great leaders — men like Napoleon, Disraeli, Alexander the Great, The Pied Piper….contenders, all. But who’s the greatest?

    Sorry about that, Pied Piper. You promised pie in the sky, but Wintergreen said Let ’em Eat Cake. Looks like Pied will be paying the Piper and eating crow before all is said and done….speaking of which, I am.


    • Don Frankel 9:02 am on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Another great one Muse.

      Now this one doesn’t belong here musically but goodness, gracious…

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      • mistermuse 10:56 am on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I didn’t realize this song became the title of a 1989 movie about the life of Jerry Lee Lewis. Obviously I didn’t see it, but I have seen BALL OF FIRE (1941) starring Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck, which was a great BALL OF FIRE.

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    • arekhill1 12:22 pm on January 19, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Great post.

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    • markscheel1 1:24 pm on January 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hope you meant you’re at the end of the piece, and not that you’re eating crow. But, you never know, don’t be too hard on the old piper–he’s actually got the economy roaring and the market blowing the roof off. Ha. As for the previous post, I didn’t get past the title as it precipitated a coughing fit (yeah, got some kind of bug in the pipes now, but the nurse pract. tested me and said it ain’t the killer flu). Anyway, I’d sing along with some of those “great” songs, if I didn’t fear another coughing fit.


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      • mistermuse 8:43 pm on January 20, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        If I’m not mistaken, Mark, the economy was already on the upswing when Obama turned the reins over to The Donald. But all Presidents take credit when the economy is going good and blame their predecessor (or other factors) when the economy is bad, so what else is new? If any President deserves some credit for rescuing the economy, think back to the financial crisis that Obama inherited when he was first elected in 2008.

        Sorry about your coughing fit, but don’t blame me — blame Charles Dickens for the title that I merely tinkered with. The Republicans probably had something to do with it too. 😦

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        • markscheel1 1:40 pm on January 23, 2018 Permalink

          Hi muse,

          Well, my sources (such as John Mauldin, the financial guru) would indicate just the opposite. Bush had begun remedial efforts in the last months of his term when he saw the normal and natural downswing in the economic cycle and when Obama got in he instituted policies that were focused on “social justice,” not economic prosperity, and we thus fell into a full recession and continued to lag behind throughout his two terms. When Trump got in, economic optimism began to prevail and as he removed hamstringing regulations and got the tax cut, things began to really take off. So, pick your poison. Where do we go for actual facts today? The major media has surrendered all credibility. I made friends recently with a distinguished Jewish journalist who is an avid Trump supporter. She has written in detail of the accomplishments of his administration in the first year (in spite of everybody working against him) that are never discussed by the big media outlets. And it’s amazing and most encouraging. We have to distinguish between the man and the agenda. While one may dislike the man, the agenda has many positives, if properly understood (and most liberals refuse to properly understand anything, opting instead to run completely on emotion–IMHO). Of course, if one supports a communist philosophy, one will hate the agenda too. But note where that leads–to wit, the breakdown of the socialized medical system in the UK right now with the flu epidemic.

          Yes, the “establishment” Republicans do precipitate fits on my part at times, why not coughing spasms too? LOL Now, do you see why I’m opting to quit writing about politics today on my blog and go back to times and places that make sense? Thanks for sticking with me.



    • Madame Vintage 3:00 pm on January 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I would protest as i am sure many will, that Donald Trump can make anything ‘good’ in America let alone great so let me put that in the shadows of pretence. Moving along this is indeed a great post with a great set of tunes.

      Sincerely Sonea

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    • mistermuse 4:09 pm on January 22, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Well, Trump is certainly great at turning aside questions about his behavior and trying to divert attention elsewhere. America once suffered through the Great Depression; now we’re going through the Great Diversion.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:08 am on January 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      A wonderful selection of music! A perfect way to start the day. Thanks!

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