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  • mistermuse 8:47 am on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , election, evangelicals, , , Kamala Harris, , , , , wordplay   

    HYPE-OH-WHAT-A-MESS 

    The following meaning comes courtesy of the ghostwriter of THE DEVIL OF A DICTIONARY, a book of definitions and proverbs by the late Ambrosius Beericus, who died adages ago but is still with us in spiritus:
    HYPE-OH-WHAT-A-MESS (not to be confused with HIPPOPOTAMUS, a thick-skinned, fat-bodied, hairless member of the genus mammalis): a cross between a hype-ochrondriac and a hypocrite, as exemplified by Donaldo Trumpotomus, a thin-skinned, fat-headed, hairbrained member of the genus ignoramus politicus.

    In other news, The President of THE NATIONAL TRIFLE ASSOCIATION, Wayne La Peeinthehair, has announced that a contribution in the trifling amount of 99 bizillion dollars and two cents has been made to the re-election campaign of Donaldo Trumpotomus because the nation cannot afford four years of sanity, competence, and integrity under Josephus Bidenopus and Camelus Would Harassus. This news was immediately applauded by the nations evangelical leaders, who believe in the separation of church and state of government led by people who don’t have faith in Jesus Televangelicus Miraculous.

    Mean-while, back at the White House, Donaldo Trumpotomus has granted an interview to that Randymous guy. Let’s listen in….

    And there you have it. Sorry, no refunds.

     
    • calmkate 9:09 am on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol you are the master of word play … he is a better singer than he is a comedian, pink tie not hairy hippo!

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      • mistermuse 10:44 am on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That isn’t one of Randy Rainbow’s better parodies, but then Trump isn’t one of our better Presidents (actually, i can’t think of a worse one, but the poor guy has had a hard life, so I feel as sorry for him as he does for those he views as losers).

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    • magickmermaid 12:49 pm on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hilarious! 😀

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:54 pm on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      After yet another tough week under smoke-filled skies here in Los Angeles and “ignoramus politicus,” I thank you for making me laugh out loud with your masterful word play. Randy Rainbow’s song parodies are also a delight to watch 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • obbverse 5:20 pm on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Redolent of Great wordplay again, MM. Sadly todays parody becomes tomorrows all too real tragedy. So if you can, vote!
      Line up, line up despite the sleet, snow or hail,
      Bypass Lousy DeJoys dysfunctional USless mail,
      Vote bright and early and let’s cast no doubt
      Lest the Postmaster General try bailing Don out.

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      • mistermuse 6:09 pm on September 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I can and will vote, probably by mail because my state has online vote tracking so I can make sure my vote has been received. With one or two exceptions, I haven’t noticed longer-than-usual mail delivery here.

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    • Elizabeth 3:56 pm on September 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Bloated Cheeto. Exactly.

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    • mistermuse 6:21 pm on September 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I call him THE CHEETO CHEATER.

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    • masercot 8:53 am on September 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Say what you like about the interviewer, you’ve got to love those specs!

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    • literaryeyes 10:17 pm on September 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I laughed at the mailbox thing in the video (I will build a hundred more).

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      • mistermuse 12:25 am on September 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I fear that Trump’s Postmaster General Louis DeJoy would remove the mailboxes as fast as Randy Rainbow can build them. Unfortunately, Louis is trying to take all De Joy out of voting by mail, and it’s up to us thwart him by removing Trump from office.

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    • Carol A. Hand 9:29 pm on September 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I didn’t think it was possible after days of such ongoing disheartening news, but you made me laugh, Mister Muse. Thank you!

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      • mistermuse 11:58 pm on September 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Much appreciated, Carol, but the joke will be on us if Trump is re-elected. He is by far the most devious person ever to become President, and I believe it will only be by devious means (on many fronts) that he can beat Biden…..and we know he will stop at nothing to do so.

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        • Carol A. Hand 12:07 am on September 23, 2020 Permalink

          I agree, Mister Muse. I also fear he will stop at nothing. I saw one of the vile lie-filled fliers being mailed out to registered republican voters. The USPS mail carrier delivered it to my address by mistake (not a hopeful sign of things to come) – or maybe it was delivered here on purpose because of the Biden sign in my front yard… 😎

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  • mistermuse 9:45 pm on August 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A.A. Milne, , , Clifford Odets, , , , Jack Warner, movie memories, , , , , wordplay   

    IT’S ABOUT A QUOTER TO NINE 

    Several days ago, one of my readers said she’s partial to humorous quotes, so I’ve been thinking about spending a whole lot of time thinking about devoting a post to things others have said which are funnier than what I say….but after searching high (brow) and low (brow), eye gave up. See what I mean?

    Ha ha! Just kidding. Believe it or not, I was able to find nine selections funnier-than-mine (well, maybe somewhat funnier), though I’m sure I would’ve said them first if I’d thought of them first. Some of the nine guys & gals I’m about to quote said what they said before I was even born, thus taking unfair advantage of circumstances beyond my control. But this is my blog, so as a quoter of quotes, I at least get to determine the subject matter of the quotes I quote, and the quotes I’ve chosen to quote are quotes about quotes….and I quote:

    “A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself – always a laborious business.” –A. A. Milne

    “I googled the quote ‘Power means not having to respond.’ Nothing happened.” –John Alejandro King [what “Power means” sounds like something Trump might say, except nothing Trump says is worth quoting]

    “Quotation: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.” –Ambrose Bierce

    “There are two kinds of marriages: where a husband quotes the wife, and where the wife quotes the husband.” –Clifford Odets

    “You can tell a really wonderful quote by the fact that it’s attributed to a whole raft of wits.” –Anna Quindlen

    “I have made it a rule that whenever I say something stupid, I immediately attribute it to Dr. Johnson, Marcus Aurelius or Dorothy Parker.” –George Mikes

    “That woman speaks eighteen languages and can’t say ‘No’ in any of them.” –Dorothy Parker

    “You can always depend on children to quote you correctly, especially when it’s something you shouldn’t have said.” –Evan Esar

    “I can’t see what Jack Warner [Warner Bros. movie mogul] can do with an Oscar – it can’t say Yes.” –Al Jolson

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    • calmkate 2:05 am on August 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I must remind myself not to eat whilst reading your posts … I nearly choked to death!

      Those women look far more sexy in those slinky dresses than most gals these days in next to nothing!

      … see you at 8.30, I don’t want to miss anything 😉

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      • mistermuse 9:00 am on August 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m kind of partial to “next to nothing” (especially when I’m next to my wife when she’s wearing nothing), Kate — not that I have anything against sexy women in slinky dresses. 😉

        As for “see you at 8:30,” I don’t know what time zone you’re in, but in 45 minutes it’ll be 12 hours since I posted this post (note the time at the top of this post). Can you guess my time zone?

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        • calmkate 10:14 am on August 29, 2020 Permalink

          no idea, I though the states?

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        • mistermuse 11:41 am on August 29, 2020 Permalink

          Eastern Standard (Eastern Daylight) time.
          BTW, I neglected to apologize for causing you to nearly choke to death. That would’ve been hard for me to swallow, knowing that my puns are killers (I thought the worst they might do is make some readers ill).

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    • rawgod 3:32 am on August 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I can agree with phrase one of this quote, “There are two kinds of marriages: where a husband quotes the wife, and where the wife quotes the husband.” –Clifford Odets, but my take on the rest of it is, “those that end indivorce, or those that end in death.” Which is your preference?

      As for the A.A. Milne quote, I can truthfully say my fafourite person to quote is myself. That way, if I misquote myself, it is not a misquote, but merely a change of time.

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      • mistermuse 9:28 am on August 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’ll have to take a paincheck on choosing between those two alternatives, as I’ve never experienced either one.(though I suspect that avoiding the second would prove more difficult).

        I can’t disagree about your favorite person to quote, although I sometimes wonder if I was myself when I said what I said (in which case, the George Mikes quote might prove useful).

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        • rawgod 11:40 am on August 29, 2020 Permalink

          Say it, own it, live with the consequences. It’s not really that hard.
          The main thing is be true to yourself. Say what you mean, mean what you say (maybe you can tell me who first said that?).
          If someone midreads you, or misinterprets you, that is beyond your control.
          The hard part is using sarcasm. You are purposely writing to mislead to make a point. Many readers, unfortunately including myself, miss sarcasm. We read it straight up. Then where do we go? My above quote about marrige/death/divorce is full of sarcasm, but can still be read straight up. Ooooohhh, wny do we write in the first place?
          Because we have to!

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        • mistermuse 12:57 pm on August 29, 2020 Permalink

          I Don’t Know WHO FIRST SAID THAT — but I do know Who’s on first and I Don’t Know is on third….not to mention What’s on second. If you ask the name of the shortstop, I Don’t Give a Damn. The rest of That routine, I don’t remember. The rest of your comment: Thumb’s up!

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        • rawgod 2:06 am on September 4, 2020 Permalink

          Funny, but Bud and Lou never once mentioned the right fielders’ name. Here is a good example, https://youtu.be/4t4PzWSLhqQ of them at their greatest. BTW, I know who is in right field, but I made them a promise never to reveal his name, so, I can’t tell ya.

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        • mistermuse 7:46 am on September 4, 2020 Permalink

          Something tells me the right fielder’s name is Lefty. I hope Lefty’s right, or Something’s in big trouble!

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    • Rivergirl 8:09 am on August 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Quotes about quotes … very circular, that. And you can’t beat Dorothy Parker!

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      • mistermuse 9:32 am on August 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Agreed! If it weren’t for the fact that I’d be dead by now, I would love to have been within earshot of the Algonquin Round Table when Dorothy and her fellow wits had at each other.

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    • tubularsock 1:33 pm on August 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Tubularsock has always found that a quotable quote carries no risk. So where’s the fun in that?
      Great post.

      Cheers.

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      • mistermuse 3:23 pm on August 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        With some quotes, there’s the risk of an insight which may cause a reader to THINK (if he or she can stand the strain)….but granted, “where’s the fun in that?”
        Whatever the case, thanks for the “Great post” compliment, which is fun (for me, at any rate) to quote.

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    • Susan 2:24 pm on August 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Good selection!

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    • arekhill1 2:38 pm on August 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      “There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions everybody else already knows the answer to.”

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      • mistermuse 3:27 pm on August 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        ,,,,and then there’s Trump, who never asks questions, which is why he’s stupid (or, more accurately, ignorant).

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    • Eliza 2:20 am on August 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      💕 Number 3 and 8 made me giggle.
      Thank you………….

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      • mistermuse 8:49 am on August 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Number 3 is from Ambrose Bierce’s THE DEVIL’S DICTIONARY, which is definitely funnier than Webster’s Dictionary (although it’s much less ‘weighty’ than Webster’s….and takes up less room on the bookshelf too). 😉

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    • magickmermaid 12:02 pm on August 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was surprised that Lauren Bacall wasn’t in the video. Funny quotes! I think your own writing is extremely funny. (You may quote me.) 😀

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      • mistermuse 6:11 pm on August 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, mm. I have to be funny as long as Trump is King — I mean, President — otherwise, I’d lose my sanity (and if Trump is any example of what becomes of a man, I certainly don’t want to lose my sanity).

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    • Elizabeth 4:47 pm on August 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Can I quote you on that?

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    • masercot 9:57 am on September 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So, quotes about quotes?

      Shame on you!

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      • mistermuse 2:19 pm on September 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It would be shame on me if I quoted Trump (& his supporters’) quotes about quotes, but I will only stoop so low.

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    • Marietta Rodgers 11:35 am on September 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You can absolutely depend on children repeating something you shouldn’t have said and constantly forgetting the things you want them to remember.

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      • mistermuse 2:58 pm on September 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Very true. The first part of your comment is reflected in a number of DENNIS THE MENACE cartoons (still appearing every day in the local newspaper) which show Dennis repeating discomfiting things his father or mother had said about people (now, in their presence). As for forgetting things, I find that to be more manifest in old age — at least, I personally DON’T REMEMBER it being a problem as a child!

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  • mistermuse 1:01 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , epithets, , , , , name calling, nicknames, , , wordplay   

    DON THE DISAGREEABLE (A tRump Roast for the Ages) 

    Today is the birthday of IVAN THE TERRIBLE (Aug. 25, 1530-March 28, 1584). For those of you who weren’t around back then and may not remember how terrible he was, here’s a refresher:

    Which brings us to DON THE DISAGREEABLE, aka Donald Trump. For those who believe DISAGREEABLE doesn’t begin to do justice to Don’s place in posteriority, I would’ve titled this post DON THE DOUCHEBAG or DON THE DUCK-BILLED FATTYPUSS….but then I might be accused of gratuitous name-calling, which would be odiously unbecoming of an obviously objective observer of the Pres — a worthy calling indeed, coming, as it does, from he who any follower of this blog can vouch for; (s)he who disagrees is obviously a fatuous fart-face.

    So the only fair way to do justice to Don’s legacy is to limit ignominious epithets to those names he has called others — particularly in view of the penchant he has for labeling many of them what he is himself. Examples of such may be found among this compilation of takes-one-to-know-one insults (object of insult(s) in parenthesis):

    JEFF BOZO (Jeff Bezos)
    CHEATIN’ OBAMA (Barack Obama)
    PUNCHY (Robert De Niro)
    MORNING PSYCHO (Joe Scarborough)
    SLIMEBALL (James Comey)
    WACKY AND DERANGED OMAROSA (Omarosa Manigault Newman)

    FAT JERRY (Jerry Nadler)
    LITTLE MARCO (Marco Rubio)
    POCAHONTAS/THE INDIAN (Elizabeth Warren)
    DUMMY BETO (Beto O’Rourke)
    SHIFTY SCHIFF/ADAM SCHITT (Adam Schiff)
    CUTIE PIE (Jonathan Karl)

    CRAZY/CROOKED HILLARY (Hillary Clinton)
    CRAZY/NERVOUS NANCY (Nancy Pelosi)
    CRAZY/SLEEPY JOE (Joe Biden)
    CRAZY BERNIE/BASICALLY BRAINDEAD BERNIE (Bernie Sanders)
    CRAZY ARNOLD (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
    CRAZY MEGYN (Megyn Kelly)

    As you can see, you don’t have to be CRAZY to make Trump’s wanton list….but it helps.

     

     

     

     

     

     
    • Rivergirl 8:12 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I can’t even. We tried to watch some of the Republican convention last night, just to be fair. We tried.

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      • mistermuse 9:16 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Trump takes advantage of those who try to be fair, because that’s what bullies do. Biden and Harris mustn’t take any guff from Trump, but they also need to not let Trump’s insults become a distraction because that would be playing into his hands. Talk about a balancing act!

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    • masercot 8:45 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Those were some crazy people.

      Oh me, oh MY!

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      • mistermuse 9:27 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        They ain’t got nothin’ on Trump, but at least their craziness didn’t hurt anyone but themselves (though the little dancing gal didn’t hurt herself, and she was a riot!).

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    • mlrover 9:13 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Where do you find this stuff? So fascinating! And that’s some fine singing. The craziness is a distraction from their excellence.

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      • mistermuse 9:33 am on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The Boswell Sisters were the finest girl singing group of their era….or, arguably, any era, in my opinion. I’m glad you appreciate them!

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    • Don Ostertag 12:08 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That person really acts like a 6 year od with his stupid name calling. He must have really been a bully back in school.

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      • mistermuse 12:48 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        From what I’ve read, Trump is”‘his father’s son” — or, as another old saying has it, “Like father, like son.” All I can say is that millions of American voters must like bullies.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 1:12 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Ugh. I tried to watch the Republican “convention” last night and just couldn’t take all the fear-mongering. I guess I’m going to join a mob and wipe out a suburban neighborhood this winter. Or I’m going to turn my neighbor’s kids into drug-using communists. I turned it off after ten minutes. 🙂
      Here’s to peace, kindness, and truth – may it ultimately prevail.

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      • mistermuse 4:31 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Diana, if you do plan to join a mob or turn your neighbor’s kids into drub-using communists, I suggest you make a big fat donation to Trump’s re-election campaign and publicly kiss his butt. That will surely get you a Presidential pardon if you’re arrested (unless he’s not re-elected, in which case I never heard of you and you’re on your own). 😉

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    • JosieHolford 3:59 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don the Dotard works well too. (Best thing to ever come out of North Korea.)

      Or Don the Demented, Deranged, Disturbed, Dangerous, Disturbed, Depraved, Disgusting, Dirty and yes Deplorable.

      So many dire choices.

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      • mistermuse 4:46 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        All delicious choices, Josie. Or, how about a non-D name to go along with IVAN THE TERRIBLE: DONALD THE UNBEARABLE

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    • magickmermaid 4:56 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hilarious videos! 😀 A so-called adult who behaves like a petulant child bully should be sitting in the corner wearing a dunce cap; not occupying the corner office.

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      • mistermuse 5:42 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Actually he belongs in prison….but I’ll settle for the corner wearing a dunce cap, if the corner is in a cave on another planet.

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    • magickmermaid 6:10 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Al Capone went to prison for tax evasion. So maybe all is not lost if his tax returns are investigated.

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      • mistermuse 7:12 pm on August 25, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thankfully, (as i understand it) possible tax evasion is being investigated by the State of New York. If it were a federal case, Trump’s Attorney General, Wm. Barr, would see to it that Trump gets away with it.

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    • Elizabeth 4:16 pm on August 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I think “nasty” is in competition for his favorite attack word. At least for women. As for that newsreel–those weight loss machines look x-rated!

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      • mistermuse 5:15 pm on August 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Trump called Kamala Harris “nasty” almost as soon as Biden named her his VP choice, and it has indeed become one of his favorite attack words (most, if not all, of the epithets listed in my post are not as recent). As for that “x-rated” weight loss segment: please spread the word, Elizabeth, so that more people may be enticed to check out this post and my blog. 😉

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    • annieasksyou 3:28 pm on August 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don the Despicable works for me. Glad you brought some fun to this ugliness.

      I so wish Biden would listen to Tom Friedman, who suggested Biden should agree to debate ONLY if trump releases his tax returns first AND there’s an on-site fact-checker.

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      • mistermuse 10:55 pm on August 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’d especially like to see the debates contingent upon an on-site fact checker. Although Biden wouldn’t have a problem with it, but I’m sure Trump would refuse and probably call the idea part of a socialist conspiracy against him. That’s what despots like Trump do when they’re afraid of the truth.

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    • Marietta Rodgers 5:42 pm on August 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I tried to watch a little of the RNC but I kept having to hurl in a bucket.

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  • mistermuse 1:01 am on August 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Don Redman, , Jo Trent, Lazy Weather, luxury, Peter DeRose, relaxation, , Thomas More, wordplay   

    RELAX REDUX / IN THE LAP OF LUX 

    After my last post (“RELAX”), the title of a possible sequel (“RELAX REDUX”) came to me….however, further inspiration waned, leaving me a title in search of a post. But fear not. We artistes are too artiste-tic to give up a half-asinine idea without a fight….and, in time, a way forward hit me: if RELAX REDUX became the asinine half of a whole post, the whole post would be half-asinine if the second half of the whole were also half-asinine. In other words, the second half of the whole must be better than half-asinine, or the whole post is half-asinine.

    In short, to half or not to half — that was the question. The answer came to me when I asked myself what can be logically paired with relaxation to buttress a less asinine whole, and I answered myself: luxury, that’s what. Hence I appoint IN THE LAP OF LUX to serve as my better half….whether my wife likes it or not.

    So, Weather* you’re weady or not, it’s time to welax — er, RELAX. That’s half the battle.

    *LAZY WEATHER was one of a number of songs written by white composer Peter DeRose and black lyricist Jo Trent in the late 1920s (a time when such bi-racial collaboration was almost unheard of)

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    Now on to IN THE LAP OF LUX:

    “Living in the lap of luxury isn’t bad, except that you never know when luxury is going to stand up.” –Orson Welles

    “If your neighbor has it, a luxury immediately becomes a necessity.” –Evan Esar

    “The older I get, the more I realize that the ultimate luxury is time.” –Michael Kars

    “Someone loving you back with all they’ve got is perhaps the greatest luxury of this rotten modern times, when lovers are easy but love is rare.” –Nitya Prakash

    “Contentment is natural wealth; luxury [is] artificial poverty.” –Socrates

    “Authentic luxury flourishes in the untying of self-worth from popular opinion.” –Ann Brasco

    “Utility is when you have one telephone, luxury is when you have two, opulence is when you have three — and paradise is when you have none.” –Doug Larson

    “It is only to the happy that tears are a luxury.” –Thomas More

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    • calmkate 2:12 am on August 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      great quotes and love the music … the last is even this century, most unusual 🙂

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      • mistermuse 2:44 am on August 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        That song is actually late 20th century, but still more recent than most of the music clips I post. In any case, who could “Don’t Worry Be Happy” as long as Trump is President!!!!

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        • calmkate 5:18 am on August 18, 2020 Permalink

          well at least you are trying to stay more upbeat despite the current disaster!

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    • equipsblog 9:34 am on August 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Punultimate luxe-out.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 11:24 am on August 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great song!
      Awesome quotes too. 🙂
      Thanks for starting my day with a smile.

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      • mistermuse 12:06 pm on August 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Tbanks, Diana. I didn’t think I’d find that many great quotes about luxury, so you might say it turned out to be an unexpected luxury of riches.

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    • annieasksyou 11:55 am on August 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I like your artiste tic! A fine affliction. But it sounded as though you were settling into your wife’s lap, so I hope the weight difference isn’t too deluxe ( in ad-speak).

      The a capella arrangement was great, though there were times when the burden of singing seemed to outweigh the ability to look happy. Not to stereotype, but all these guys look alike. Was this a tricky solotet (solo quartet)— or was it just my aging eyes?

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      • mistermuse 12:28 pm on August 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, it might be a bigger deal if my wife sat on my lap — but let’s keep that to ourselves, shall we?

        After playing that A Cappella clip again, I can’t answer your question definitively, but I don’t think they’re all the same guy. I used another video by the same group (or guy) in a post months ago, but I don’t remember which one, or I’d check it out.

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    • Don Ostertag 2:32 pm on August 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Great quotes and music. To Kars, “The older I get, the more I realize that the ultimate luxury is time”, I would like to add ‘and health’

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:45 pm on August 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoyed the musical clip by Cappella. Amazing how we can use technology today to clone ourselves! Randy Rainbow uses the technique to great effect in his song parodies.

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      • mistermuse 4:12 pm on August 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Indeed. i would use technology to clone myself but I inflict enough suffering as it is.

        Love Randy Rainbow. They should play one of his song parodies of Trump ‘virtually’ every night of the Democratic convention.

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    • Elizabeth 8:18 pm on August 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was delighted by the video and more so with the Randy Rainbow “Gee, Dr. Fauci,” sung to Officer Krupke from West Side Story.

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  • mistermuse 1:01 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Angela Lansbury, , Be A Clown, Bozo the Clown, clown history, , Danny Kaye, , , , , National Clown Day, , , wordplay   

    CLOWNING AROUND 

    Tomorrow is NATIONAL CLOWN DAY and also marks the start of INTERNATIONAL CLOWN WEEK (August 1-7).  Clowns have a long and interesting history, as chronicled in this scholarly(?) introduction to the subject:

    No doubt you noticed in the above video (unless you were clowning around while it was playing) that the first clowns were court jesters.  In the Middle Ages — as can be seen in this scene from the middle of a bygone century — THE COURT JESTER* typically played the fool and looked uncannily like Danny Kaye:

    Who knew film — technicolor, no less — existed way back then to record such scenes? But nowadays, clowns have a farcical role model who is an amalgamation of Court Jester, Bozo the Clown, and Tyrant-osaurus Rex:

    https://imgflip.com/memegenerator/77899773/Donald-Trump-Clown

    The moral of the amoral story is that, if you asspire to the highest office in the land, you could hardly do worse than pattern yourself a-Round-Old Mc-Donald Trump. All Hail to the Cheat  er, Chief!

    ….so BE A CLOWN!

    *THE COURT JESTER is a 1956 feature film starring Danny Kaye as a fatuous faux court jester (co-starring Angela Lansbury, Basil Rathbone, and Glynis Johns, among others).

     

     
    • blindzanygirl 2:02 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This cheered up my morning. I love being a clown. You should see me lol

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    • obbverse 2:05 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The orange one gives the poorest clown a bad name. Yes, he might be laughable but worryingly so.

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      • mistermuse 8:00 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        “Worrying” is putting it mildly. He is capable of trying almost ANYTHING to avoid defeat in the election.

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    • calmkate 4:04 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      lol I’ve never been a huge fan of DK but I do like him in the knight number … what length will tRump go to to save himself … we watch with bated breath!

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      • mistermuse 8:07 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’m with you regarding DK (a little of him goes a long way), but The Court Jester is the one film in which he makes me laugh throughout. It’s his best role by far, in my opinion.

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        • calmkate 3:58 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink

          I certainly enjoyed your clip 🙂 No idea how they did that tongue twister so rapidly 🙂

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    • Rivergirl 7:30 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve always disliked clowns and find them creepy beyond measure. But that picture of a Trump clown? The stuff of nightmares.

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    • masercot 9:18 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t forget Emmett Kelly…

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    • Don Ostertag 12:29 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The Kaye bit is a masterpiece as is the great Emmett Kelly.

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:10 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing the fun facts about clowns. The Danny Kaye video clip was hilarious 🙂

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      • mistermuse 4:10 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve seen that film several times over the years and I still laugh at the Danny Kaye clip….and don’t forget: THE PELLET WITH THE POISON’S IN THE VESSEL WITH THE PESTLE! 😉

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    • Catherine Haustein 4:58 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Or as Radioheadsays, Hail to the Thief”. I think they meant W. Remember that clown?

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      • mistermuse 6:01 pm on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Looking back, I would rank W. as an amateur compared to Trump. And, though he may have been something of a clown, I give him credit for attending the funeral of civil rights leader John Lewis yesterday — something Trump couldn’t be bothered with.

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    • annieasksyou 12:44 pm on August 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, that Danny Kaye line ranks high up on the all-time list of greats—just a tad below “To be or not to be…” and well above “Peter Piper Picked a Peck of…”

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      • mistermuse 6:02 pm on August 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        For me, the greatest all-time line in terms of making me laugh is Trump’s “I’m a very stable genius.”

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    • arekhill1 9:01 am on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I was fantasizing about headlines I could write if Trump loses big, Sr. Muse, and “Ass-Clown Goes Down” was one of them.

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      • mistermuse 12:21 pm on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        …..”and on Jan.20 gets dragged kicking and screaming out of D.C. town.”

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    • Kally 11:46 am on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Love that Danny Kaye video clip! Hahaha.

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    • annieasksyou 12:22 pm on August 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      How about “Biden Tromps Trump in Landslide Romp”?

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    • Dolly Vas 2:51 am on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love to being a clown. In india there was a film joker of shami Kapoor that was super dooper hit blockbuster. Nice blog and nice post.

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    • waywardsparkles 3:56 pm on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      MM, Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. I love Danny Kaye but have never seen The Court Jester. After seeing your “pestle vessel clip” above, I knew we had to watch this. My son who has autism loves slapstick and this movie did not disappoint. Some things are just classic! We all enjoyed this movie! Get it? Got it. Good! Mona

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      • mistermuse 4:58 pm on August 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You’re very welcome, Mona. I’m particularly pleased that you (and especially your son) enjoyed THE COURT JESTER.

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    • Silver Screenings 10:06 pm on August 9, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for sharing the video re: clown history. I had no idea clowns appeared so early in history.

      Also: That Danny Kaye bit with the pestle/poison gets me every time. How on earth did they make it through that scene?

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      • mistermuse 8:33 am on August 10, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Practice, practice, practice! Kaye was a master of that type of comedy, but the other actors were equally impressive. Great fun!

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  • mistermuse 6:11 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Clarence Darrow, , , half-truths, , , , , , , , wordplay   

    WHERE THE TRUTH LIES 

    lie, n. a false statement known to be false by the person who makes it.
    liev. to be in a horizontal or flat position; to exist; have its place.  –World Book Dictionary

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    So, where does the truth lie? Attempts to address that question, it seems to me, lie in the assumption that we know objectively what truth is. Should we settle for the negative defining of truth as being the opposite of “lie, n“? I don’t know that most of us want to — or need to — go deeper into the jungle of truth than that, but if you’re of a mind to take the path of beast resistance, you can start here:

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/hide-and-seek/201808/what-is-truth

    In our dystopian sub-culture of “fake news,” half-truths, whole-cloth fabrications and false narratives in which truth is what President Trump says it is and science is fiction, it isn’t always simple to disentangle truth from the deluge of prevarication and misrepresentations which is Trump’s stock in trade  — and he knows it. Who can fact check it all fast enough? The old saying remains relevant: “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.”

    And speaking of quotes which remain relevant, try these on for wise:

    Carlyle said, “A lie cannot live.” It shows he did not know how to tell them. –Mark Twain

    If at first you’re not believed, lie, lie again.–Evan Esar (not Trump, believe it or not)

    The pursuit of truth shall set you free, even if you never catch up with it. –Clarence Darrow

    It is twice as hard to crush a half-truth as a whole lie. –Austin O’Malley

    Truth is more important than facts. –Frank Lloyd Wright

    All men are born truthful and die liars. –Marquis de Vauvenargues

    And so it goes. Would I lie to you?

     

     
    • calmkate 6:24 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      well I was hoping for a glimmer of truth but am sadly disappointed .. 😦

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      • mistermuse 6:37 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Well, you can always fall back on Trump — there may be “a glimmer of truth” somewhere in his deep, dark past.

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        • calmkate 6:38 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink

          somehow doubt that … hope his parents have passed, how humiliating to have given birth to that …

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        • mistermuse 6:49 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink

          His late father would be proud, not humiliated. ‘Like father, like son,’ by all accounts (including the new book by The Donald’s niece, Mary Trump).

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    • obbverse 7:02 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The Trump Hound- mouth of a Rottweiler, brain of a Shi Tzu. Temperament? Whiney, disloyal lazy, comfortable to simply lay around the House and lie, lie lie and lie. Barking? Mad.

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    • magickmermaid 7:07 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      If someone proves to be a liar in one instance, then I find it extremely difficult to believe anything else they may say. Resist the beast! 🙂

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    • obbverse 8:34 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Since he sticks in my craw can I spit out another?
      Bad mad dogs of his kind
      Growlingly protect their address,
      When evicted they sure do leave behind
      Nothing but a nasty mess.

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      • mistermuse 10:40 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        There’s no guarantee he’ll leave —
        He has many tricks up his sleeve.
        Who knows what deviltry he’ll try?
        We only know it’ll be a monstrous lie.

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    • Rebecca Wallick 10:16 pm on July 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thirty-plus years in the legal profession taught me this truth: almost everyone lies, with a straight face, even after swearing an oath to tell the truth.

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      • mistermuse 12:25 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        According to Mark Twain (and others), there are three kinds of lies: LIES, DAMNED LIES, AND STATISTICS. I don’t know about the legal profession, but I think it’s safe to say the political profession encompasses all three. Oddly enough, no one mentioned the fourth (and saddest) kind of lie:

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    • jilldennison 1:11 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Politically, there is a very simple way to separate fact from fiction, truth from lie. If Donald Trump or ANY of his hand-picked sycophants say it, it is a lie. I think that for tonight I shall have to pass on the path of beast resistance, for my mental acuity is about fried. Perhaps tomorrow!

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      • mistermuse 3:42 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You ain’t lyin’, Jill.
        And I don’t blame you for passing on the path of beast resistance if you’re mental acuity is fried, because it’s a lot to digest. 😉

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    • masercot 4:54 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The only acceptable lies are on the golf course.

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    • Rivergirl 7:33 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Though I constantly call him a moron, his one clever move was to undermine faith in the media, journalism and the news in general. Alternative truth has served him well.
      😡

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      • mistermuse 8:24 am on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        No doubt he has a certain amount of ‘street smarts,’ but no doubt the road to hell is jammed with big talkers.

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    • D. Wallace Peach 2:39 pm on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      What a fun post. This one needs a late night and a few bottles of wine. Almost everything is subjective, right? So we each will have our own versions of truth even when we are committed to the concept. It seems to me, that humans are best served by getting as close to the truth as we can and peeling away the lies whenever possible. Just ask the poor souls who believed Trump’s lies about the virus.

      I’m not sure that Trump actually believes he’s lying. His narcissistic personality borders on psychosis and it’s impossible for him to not be perfect. The mere idea that he might have a flaw feels like annihilation, which is why he reacts so viciously or ridiculously lies. He’s learned over the years to manipulate others so he never has to be imperfect. I can’t wait until he’s gone.

      Great quotes too!

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      • mistermuse 3:19 pm on July 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Diana. I think you’ve ‘psychoanalyzed’ Trump perfectly. From what I hear of TOO MUCH AND NEVER ENOUGH, the new book about Trump by his niece Mary Trump (a professional psychologist), her diagnosis is much the same. The election can’t come soon enough.

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        • D. Wallace Peach 4:06 pm on July 23, 2020 Permalink

          No, it can’t. What he’s doing in Portland is outrageous. What I want to know is where are all the 2nd Amendment rights militias who are supposed to be saving us from our government’s oversteps??? (Not really, but isn’t this why they say they need their guns?)
          Gah! You can get me ranting for hours. Lol

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    • arekhill1 1:23 pm on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      A liar will be the first to accuse you of lying. My contribution to the literature of mendaciousness, Sr. Muse.

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      • mistermuse 3:27 pm on July 26, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I’d recommend that Trump reflect on your comment, Ricardo, but the guy (who claims he knows more than anyone) wouldn’t know the meaning of mendaciousness

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  • mistermuse 7:30 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: A Handful Of Stars, , , The 5th Dimension, The Age of Aquarius, The Starlit Hour, The Stars Will Remember, Vera Lynn, vocalists, wordplay   

    LEFTOVER STARS 

    A lot of stars have flown over the bridge since my last stars turn (June 8), which I abandoned mid-post, and which was to be continued when browsers no longer go on the blink and Jupiter aligns with Mars — like, maybe after the dawning of the….

    With so much happening in our wayward world, you’re forgiven if you’ve forgotten my intention to follow up. But that doesn’t mean you’re spared these leftovers — because it dawned on me even back then that….

    Speaking of remembering, I’d like to note the passing eight days ago of Vera Lynn at age 103. I know of no more popular English female vocalist, especially during WW II when she toured Egypt, India, and Burma entertaining British troops, who named her their favorite musical artist. A brilliant new star shines in the heavens this month.

    You may have gathered by now, friends, that the Firefox fix is finally in. Actually (and unbelievably), as I was preparing this post yesterday, I stumbled upon a way to copy music videos to my blog — so, between today’s fix and yesterday’s good fortune (my technological ignorance notwithstanding), I’m feeling so sky high, I could reach up and grab….

    With a shout out of appreciation to those readers who offered possible solutions to my tech problems, I’ll close out this series of star songs with THE star female vocalist of the 20th century:

     
    • Rivergirl 7:40 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Glad it’s finally fixed on your end. Sadly two of the three videos were unavailable to me. Computers are a strange thing…

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      • mistermuse 7:56 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Rg. Actually, I posted four videos: AGE OF AQUARIUS, THE STARS WILL REMEMBER, A HANDFUL OF STARS, and THE STARLIT HOUR. Hopefully, the unavailable (to you) videos will appear when my daughter completes her “fix” later today.

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      • calmkate 8:28 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        all four worked fine for me, they took a while to start but all good!

        Fancy making it to 103, what a legend ❤

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        • mistermuse 10:51 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for advising me that all four worked for you — it’s a relief to know that the ‘no-shows’ aren’t no-shows universally!

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        • calmkate 6:41 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          no occasionally I’m block from videos on d’Verse poetry site but yours always seem to work fine!

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    • calmkate 8:24 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      oh joy of joy, you sound like the MrM I know … all done and dusted!

      You’ve not only conquered the technology challenges you’ve also brought back some lovely memories with this collection 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:33 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Sorry to temper your joy, Kate, but any “high” I’m on now is strictly short term as long as Trump is Pres..When he goes, we can all thank our lucky stars!

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        • calmkate 6:44 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          we don’t even live there but will feel the same relief … if he stays we will all be trembling in fear!

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    • Yeah, Another Blogger 9:25 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Firefox to the rescue!

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      • mistermuse 11:44 am on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I managed to solve my video clip issue yesterday, but that was only one of my problems. Hopefully the Firefox installation today will “rescue” me from the rest of them.

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    • magickmermaid 1:44 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      All the videos worked for me! My grandmother’s favourite stars were Tony Martin and Tyrone Power. 🙂
      I’m wishing on a star that all your internet troubles will be gone today! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 3:08 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Many thanks, mm. I haven’t forgotten your 6/21 comment regarding my “Like” problem, which I said I’d pass on to my daughter when she came to install Foxfire. She’s working on something else at present, but I’ll show it to her later to see if it can help me. Hopefully, by the end of the day, my internet troubles will indeed be gone! .

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        • magickmermaid 4:47 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          The “like” problem was happening to me until I worked out what the problem was.
          Soon you can be over the moon that all your stars are aligned. 🙂

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        • mistermuse 5:36 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink

          The “fix” is in, and so far, so good — “Like” is working on replies to my comments on various blogs. My daughter said your 6/21 suggestions are incorporated in Firefox, so she didn’t need to do anything extra. It’s all Greek to me, so I’ll take her word for it!

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 2:15 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So happy that you’re back among the stars once again! I was happily able to listen to all four of your video clips. Nostalgia of my father who had records of your featured singers in his large musical collection.

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      • mistermuse 3:16 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I appreciate that, Rosaliene. I too once had a large musical collection including thousands of 78s, but had to sell that part of it and am left with hundreds of LPs. No doubt your father and I would’ve had a ball if we could have checked out each other’s collections!

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    • obbverse 5:02 pm on June 27, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      All four played, no problems. Hope the Firefox fix sticks.

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    • annieasksyou 10:06 am on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      So how is it that Firefox is your friend and not mine? Can you tell me how you grabbed those videos bc I now can’t do it with the sly singed one.

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      • mistermuse 1:12 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        The easiestt way is still the way I “stumbled” upon (as mentioned in my post) the day BEFORE Firefox was installed, which is to bring up the Youtube video you want to use, go to the URL in the address bar at the very top, then copy and paste as you would anything else you want to copy and paste. It’s so simple that I can’t believe I didn’t think of it before!

        I hope this works for you as well as it works for me.

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    • masercot 11:13 am on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Believe it or not, my son and I were talking about Vera Lynn just last night. We were watching Pink Floyd’s The Wall. We both know a lot of her music and about her life.

      Synchronicity…

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      • mistermuse 12:02 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for your comment. Although I’ve long liked Vera Lynn’s voice, i didn’t know much about her until I was putting this post together and learned of her recent death….which led me to Wikipedia to learn more. I think she was under-appreciated in the U.S., despite her popularity in England.

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    • annieasksyou 1:58 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t want to take up more of your time with this browser stuff, but that was and is precisely what I do with Safari, but freakin’FF won’t comply. So I guess I shall have to remain bibrowsual. No need to respond; there are worse things in life.

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      • mistermuse 2:54 pm on June 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I don’t mind responding again, Annie. If anyone knows it often takes two or more times to ‘get the job done,’ it’s me!

        In any case, here’s how my daughter told me to do it on Firefox: Bring up the music video you want to copy and, after starting to play it, right-click on the right hand side of the clip, which brings up a menu. Left-click the 4th item down, which is “Copy embedded code,” and you’re ready to paste the clip unto your post. I tried it once and it worked, so now I have my choice of two ways to post videos.

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    • dunnasead.co 10:10 am on June 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sometimes you hear such a beauty of voice you just want to listen, irregardless of what the orchestra, arrangements, tap dancers etc are doing. you are focused. this is focus music. thanks.

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      • mistermuse 11:00 am on June 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Well said. No doubt the orchestral accompaniments to the Vera Lynn and Tony Martin vocals sound hoary to modern ears, but the “beauty of voice” is timeless.

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    • America On Coffee 12:24 am on June 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Mistermuse, video does not sow. Vera Lynn has the same occupation simultaneously, as did Edith Piaf!. Cheers and well wishes for a great Summer!💕☕️☕️

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    • mistermuse 12:56 am on June 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry about the video not showing, AOC. Most of the previous commenters have reported being able to see all four videos, so the problem is apparently at your end. Hope you were able to view the other three.

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  • mistermuse 1:00 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: actors, , , book rview, , , , , , , wordplay   

    THE FIX IS OFF (for now) 

    Something has come up to postpone my out-of-town daughter’s Father’s Day visit until the following weekend ….so my browser problem will remain on hold, and without resolution, until the (offspring’s) fix is in. Meanwhile, back at the rant, I’ve finished reading the outspoken CARROLL O’CONNOR’s autobiography wherein he vents about many things. So, to fill in, let’s take up where my last post left off. After all, it’s All In The Family.

    O’Connor had a very varied pre-Archie Bunker life. Like many in their early adult years, he couldn’t find his niche. “I could not shake off a feeling of foolishnessa man of 26 plodding through the days and months with no plan, no answer for anyone who might ask “What are you going to do with yourself?” The eventual answer, after many dead-end turns, turned out to be acting….and, finally, stardom (which came with an Archie Bunker mentality).

    I — no doubt like most who read autobiographies — do so primarily to learn more about the author, his/her life and times. But I’ll also admit to the guilty pleasure of learning what the author thought of well-known contemporaries — in fact, such opinions may offer insights into other personalities and professions, which broaden (for better or worse) what I thought I knew about them. So, what were O’Connor’s impressions of….

    JOHN WAYNE: “He perceived America as the preeminent hero-nation, virtually a land of heroes in which he himself felt heroic (and actually was, as I knew him) and infused that perception into all his roles as naturally as if it were one of the primary  emotions.”

    JEAN STAPLETON: “Jean’s idea of Edith Bunker was not only original and perfectly suited to the American audience, but very comical and emotionally moving. If ever anything on television changed the country, not radically, not even obviously, it was the performance of Jean and the example of Edith. Did our series effectively attack bigotry and racism? We thought so at the time –”

    HARRY TRUMAN: “Nobody expected Truman to take part in a Korean civil war, if one should begin. His military chiefs had no battle plan; on the contrary, they had a plan for getting out of the way — withdrawing to Japan. I thought Truman was totally wrong — his political vision faulty, his practical leadership unintelligent, his moral justification false. For me, the issue of morality in war– whether or not it is a “just war” — turns on the question of choice. When you wage war because you have no choice you are acting justly. But when you have a reasonable choice and choose to wage war, you can’t call your war just.”

    MOVIE WRITERS, “though marvelously reliable in inventing space creatures — shriveled humanoids and hugely swollen insects — are unreliable in depicting intelligent life on earth.”

    AGENTS “are generally shrewd, knowing, clever people; good company, good friends. They have made my career; they make all careers; they are the most important people in the business.”

    ACTORS: “I shall never forget my first professional play rehearsal at The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, in the spring of 1951 — the immediate cordiality of my new friends the actors: they greeted me like an intimate. Now after all these years I am still unfailingly comforted, encouraged and elated in the company of actors. There is something about the work these dear neurotics do, investigating every kind of human character, that  develops in them an extraordinary tolerance, forgiveness and good humor. I commend their company even to normal folk.”

    ….and I commend this book of Carroll’s to you.

     
    • waywardsparkles 1:50 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Those were the days watching All in the Family, The Jeffersons, and Maude! Ya know, I can’t remember a single episode of any of them; but I loved how Archie continued to open up as the show went on. Wait a minute, do you remember the episode when Archie had to get a transfusion? I do remember that episode. That was genius! Thanks for sharing about Carroll O’Connor’s autobiography, MM. Mona

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      • mistermuse 7:42 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I vaguely remember that episode, Mona, but like you, I mainly remember the series in general, as a whole, not for individual programs. The same, I think, applies to MASH, although re-runs appear regularly on local TV and refresh memories of specific episodes much more readily.

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    • blindzanygirl 2:42 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Aww. Sad your fix is off. But this is a very interesting post

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    • calmkate 2:56 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      sorry your daughter is delayed, but she will get there!

      So JW was just being himself, explains why he was monotonously the same in everything he appeared in … Carroll’s shares some good insights, particularly about war! Thanks for the review 🙂

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      • mistermuse 7:56 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Kate. I have several dozen biographies/autobiographies on my bookshelves, and O’Connor’s is one of the best.

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    • obbverse 4:03 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t panic! Help sounds like its on the way. Autobiographies seem to become more interesting the older we get. Something to do with the human condition, or trying to understand it.

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      • mistermuse 8:08 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, o.v. The ‘search’ for understanding is never-ending (until the end), but to paraphrase an old saying, “’tis better to have searched and come up short than never to have searched at all.”

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    • Carmen 6:44 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      That book sound very interesting — what a character! Hope you get your fix soon, mister muse! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 8:57 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        I hope so too, Carmen. The problems are getting worse (for example, my computer is increasingly ‘freezing’ on me — usually in the middle of writing a post or comment — requiring that I shut down and re-start). I wonder if it would help if I put my computer outside in the hot weather? 😉

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    • Rivergirl 7:15 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      People always think of Archie when they think of O’Connor, but he really was so much more.

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      • mistermuse 9:19 am on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Absolutely, Rg. If he were still alive today, it’s not hard to imagine Archie supporting King Trump and O’Connor railing against him as the emperor who has no clothes.

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    • Don Ostertag 10:44 pm on June 19, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I spent a week at Leonard Nimoy’s house which was across the street from O’Connor’s. That entire week, Carroll O’Connor cut his grass. He would finish with the lawn and start over again. I wanted to go and meet him, I heard he was a kind and intelligent person, but I never had the time. The Nimoys said he was a great neighbor.

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      • mistermuse 12:42 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Very interesting. The Nimoys must have had the fast growing grass in town. I mow my lawn once a year whether it needs it or not. 😉

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        • Don Ostertag 1:17 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink

          Not the Nimoy’s lawn.., It was Carroll O’Connor cutting the O’Connor lawn.

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        • mistermuse 7:47 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for the clarification — I took “cut his grass” to mean that, because he was “a great neighbor,” O’Connor cut Nimoy’s lawn while Nimoy was away for a week. Out of even lesser misunderstandings, yards have been known to turn into battlefields!

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    • annieasksyou 12:01 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting, mistermuse—especially O’Connor’s takes on Truman and John Wayne. Did he say why he felt Wayne was heroic?

      I don’t think computers like hot weather one whit, but I’m perhaps a tad more tech-adept than you, based on your description, so don’t byte a single bit of info I provide.
      Enjoy Father’s Day. Is this an actual —as opposed to virtual—visit?

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      • mistermuse 8:16 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        When he knew Wayne, O’Connor wasn’t as liberal as he later became, so I assume that was how he felt then, before he ‘matured.’

        My daughter’s visit will be “actual” in order to install a new browser, as I am virtually blogging “up a creek without a paddle” on my outdated browser (at least, I assume that’s the cause of the problems I’m having — if not, I’m thinking of drowning my sorrow, and I don’t mean in the creek).

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    • annieasksyou 9:21 am on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope your daughter rescues you forthwith. If not, I assume you mean drowning your sorrow in a “spirited” manner, to which I say “bottoms up.”
      I switched from Safari to Firefox at WP’s suggestion, only to learn that Firefox, for reasons I can’t comprehend, will not let me grab images the way Safari does. So I do my image search with Safari and my writing with Firefox. I am way beyond creek depth now with no daughter available to paddle me to safe land. Best of luck!

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      • mistermuse 2:18 pm on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It so happens that my daughter plans to switch me to Firefox. Before she does, I’ll bring your experience to her attention. She’s the head computer technician at the university where she works, but she doesn’t blog, so she may not be familiar with the idiosyncrasies of the various browsers when it comes to blogging. Thanks for the ‘heads-up.’

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    • annieasksyou 2:35 pm on June 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      You’re welcome. It happened to me with Google Advanced Image Search, which I use a lot, and with YouTube. But maybe your daughter the pro will be able to show you how to overcome my problem. And then maybe you can tell me!

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    • magickmermaid 5:20 pm on June 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I hope you are having a nice Father’s Day!
      There was a Microsoft update this past week in which the new version of the Edge browser was installed. Much to my surprise it’s super-fast!
      I forgot to mention something regarding the “like” problem. If you have your Enhanced Tracker Setting for your browser set for “custom” or “strict”, that prevents “liking” on certain blogs. Just click on the shield icon in the address bar and you can uncheck the tracking. You will then be able to “like”. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 6:08 pm on June 21, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks. I AM having a nice Father’s Day — made all the nicer by my neighbor mowing my lawn this weekend (he is the father of the (no longer) little girl my wife and I took care of years ago while he and his wife worked). Now that’s what I call a good neighbor!

        P.S. I will pass your tip on to my daughter next weekend when she installs a new browser, as I will not be publishing any more posts until then.

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    • josephurban 3:57 pm on June 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Nice article. If you like autobiographies I suggest the Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. I am currently reading it after watching a History Channel 3 part series on Grant. Fascinating.

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    • Silver Screenings 3:23 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      This looks like a truly interesting, well-written book with lots of insight. I think I need to find a copy.

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    • mistermuse 5:42 pm on July 5, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t think you’ll be disappointed, SS. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the book.

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  • mistermuse 9:13 am on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , One Morning In May, Pied Pipers, , wordplay   

    MAY DAYS 

    What do you say — may I interest you in the music of May? You see, I haven’t posted for a spell, but I don’t think I want to disturb a single brain cell — though I fear somewhere in my sphere the strain’s already rung a bell, as near I can tell. So, before I go too far, let’s get to the tunes, most of which may be before your time….but at least you won’t have to suffer (much) more of my rhyme.

    I’ll start with two versions of my favorite May song, the first sung by the great Mel Tormé:

    This second (and earlier) version is by British crooner Al Bowlly, who was tragically killed in a German air raid on London during WW II:

    Now, let’s see — where are we? Oh, yes — we’re….

    Let us say ‘fini’ appropriately:

     
    • Ashley 11:05 am on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Another cracking post. Mel Torme…sooo smooth! Ever heard of Matt Munroe? He had a voice like that. Al Bowlly….. my Granny loved him! And Michael Buble….brilliant! I’ve never heard of the Pied Pipers but for some reason, the picture reminded me of Ben Lyons & Bebe Daniels….!

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      • mistermuse 11:44 am on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Ashley. Yes, I’ve heard of — and heard — Matt Munroe. I don’t own any of his albums, but I do own a ton of Al Bowlly and Mel Tormé albums, as well as two of the Pied Pipers (they were voted top vocal group of the mid-to-late 1940s in the annual Downbeat and Metronome magazines polls, surpassing even the very popular Mills Brothers and Ink Spots).

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        • Ashley 10:56 am on May 24, 2020 Permalink

          You may not have registered my comment about Ben & Bebe Lyons. It was a radio show here in the UK.

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        • mistermuse 12:58 pm on May 24, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for the clarification, Ashley. Yes, I heard of old-time American movie stars Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels (his wife), but I couldn’t relate them with the Pied Pipers picture, so I let it pass. I also didn’t know they had a radio show “here in the UK” — which tells me why your Granny loved Brit Al Bowlly!

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    • Carmen 1:18 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I think my favourite was the Pied Piper piece. . it would have been a great dance tune! (Nice to see the inclusion of a Canuck!)

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    • arekhill1 4:14 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      How do you get a handle like “The Velvet Fog” anyway? Sounds like a name for a whiskey, not a singer.

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      • mistermuse 6:24 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        A disc jockey gave him that nickname in honor of his smooth vocal style (the disc jockey may have been under the influence of whiskey at the time, but in any case, the name stuck).

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    • Rivergirl 5:23 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      May I just say… well done.
      😊

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      • mistermuse 6:34 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        You May indeed, Rg….and just to show my appreciation, I’m going to resist the temptation you say you’re well done yourself. Not that you’re not well done, but….maybe I’d better quit while I’m ahead (or am I?). 😉

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        • Rivergirl 6:47 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          At this point in my life? I’d say I’m approaching medium well.
          😉

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        • mistermuse 8:21 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          The best I can say for myself is that I’m well preserved (and that may be stretching it).

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        • Carmen 9:03 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          Well preserved or well pickled? 😉

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    • obbverse 5:33 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      The change of the seasons has been an inspiration since forever. I too, never heard of the Pied Pipers. Strange how some very popular acts of the day just don’t have ‘legs.’

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      • mistermuse 6:47 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        It is said that Fame is fickle, but it’s probably more accurate to say that Fame is selectively fickle. Most entertainers of lasting fame probably deserve it, but IMHO, many others deserve it but don’t have it.

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    • calmkate 7:40 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      enjoyed the pied pipers, and like their name! But michael wins hands down, what a voice!

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      • mistermuse 8:13 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        We’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. Mel is the man!

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        • calmkate 8:54 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          na crooners leave me cold Michael .. wow!

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        • mistermuse 11:15 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink

          Kate, I don’t know where you got the idea that Mel is a crooner. He is first and foremost a jazz-influenced singer (even when he sings ballads). And when he sings straight jazz – well, judge for yourself:

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    • Don Ostertag 11:49 pm on May 17, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Those who are unfamiliar with Mel Torme, the great one, probably never watched Night Court on TV either. And the Pied Pipers, great on their own or backing up Frank Sinatra in his Dorsey Years. And out of that group came Jo Stafford, one of the best ‘girl singers’ ever.
      Al Bowelly, so sad.
      And then you even got my second favorite stunt man, Yakima.
      Nice mixture.

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      • mistermuse 8:40 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I couldn’t agree more about Jo Stafford. And if there has ever been a better and more unforgettable name in movie history than Yakima Canutt, I don’t remember it. 😉

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    • masercot 8:29 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I tried to play Torme and Bowlly at the same time but they did NOT synchronize…

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      • mistermuse 9:13 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        There aren’t too many jazz-influenced singers (like Tormé) and crooners (like Bowlly) I can think of who “synchronize” — unless they’re combined in one man, like the YOUNG (late 1920s-early 1930s) Bing Crosby. However, if it’s synchronization you want, try playing two orchestras’ versions of the same song at the same time, like the sophisticated Spike Jones

        and jazz man Duke Ellington

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    • annieasksyou 10:26 am on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Your guided May tour was very pleasing, of course—

      But not quite as much as Mel’s Ella scat de force!

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    • Silver Screenings 2:45 pm on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love the (new to me) Pied Piper version! Thanks for sharing it.

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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ball Of Fire, , Dixieland jazz, , Firehouse 5 + 2, Hotter Than That, , International Jazz Day, , , Old MacDonald Had A Farm, , wordplay   

    INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY 

    April 30 is INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY. Mistermuse could write a book about jazz, but many books have already been authored by jazz writers more authoritative than he, so mistermuse will settle for doing a post — and on this post, he has a chick who can sing a lick here, scat a lick there, wing a lick everywhere:

    You may think that’s hotter than a chicken wing or a pig on a spit — but here’s a cat who can scat too, and when he blows his bugle, he’s even….

    Is your computer smoking yet? We don’t want to alarm the Firehouse brigade, so before your pc bursts into a

    ….let’s do one number more and stop at four, because….

     

     

     
    • calmkate 2:25 am on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      ah you managed to warm my heart on a cold wet winters day!
      Thanks Mr M … everyday should be jazz day 😎

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    • blindzanygirl 3:37 am on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Wonderful

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    • masercot 12:05 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      • mistermuse 2:59 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the link. Haven’t heard that version, but I know the song — it was recorded by the great Bessie Smith in 1928. I love the vocal on your clip — who is the vocalist?

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    • Don Ostertag 12:22 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      gives me an excuse to play my jazz collection, as if I needed an excuse. Bit of trivia – Firehouse 5 had a day job. The were animators for Disney.

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      • mistermuse 3:18 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Don. Actually, I did know about the Disney connection. I own a few of their record albums, and the notes on one of them say that band founder trombonist Ward Kimball and tin whistle player Walt Kelly (of Pogo fame) first met at Disney Studios in 1934. They’re not my fav Dixieland band, but I still enjoy listening to them.

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    • annieasksyou 7:32 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Who says that’s a plenty? I wouldn’t my have minded several more. And a Happy International Jazz Day to you, mistermuse. Sure glad I got to this today; otherwise it wouldn’t have had the same cachet.

      And that chick Ella (my feathers were a little ruffled by your so naming her til the song began): anyone who can elevate a children’s nursery rhyme to art…well, she’s one cool scat.
      Such delight!

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      • mistermuse 10:51 pm on April 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        it was a feather in my cap, not only to have found the Ella clip, but the clip which is my favorite of the four: HOTTER THAN THAT. The “cat who can scat” in that recording is of course Louis Armstrong, and I’ve never heard him scat better than he does starting one minute and twenty seconds into the clip. It doesn’t get any hotter than that!

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        • annieasksyou 8:15 am on May 1, 2020 Permalink

          At a high school reunion years ago, I was talking with the guy who was my senior prom date. He insisted that after the dance, we went into New York and saw Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald. I was appalled at myself: how could I have NO recollection of such a significant event? Just months ago, I found an old scrapbook I’d made (we did that in those days), and I’d written how awful my date was and noted the performers we’d seen: much lesser lights than those two musical giants.
          I shall revisit your Satch video to see if I’ll be further tickled by his scats.

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        • mistermuse 8:54 am on May 1, 2020 Permalink

          Thanks for that interesting remembrance.

          For decades, I’ve owned well over a dozen Louis LPs, at least one of which includes HOTTER THAN THAT….and I’M appalled at myself that I didn’t recollect how great his scatting was on that 1920s recording (until I found the video). Of course, he was at the peak of his creative power (both playing and scatting) back then, and that was only one of many unbelievable performances, so I suppose I should forgive myself for forgetting one of them.

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    • annieasksyou 9:01 am on May 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Right—I think we both have to stop being appalled at ourselves…

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    • Elizabeth 6:32 pm on May 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      It would have been wonderful to have had Ella as a grandmother entertaining us with that version. I wonder what she could do with the other standard nursery rhymes.

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      • mistermuse 12:11 am on May 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Wonder no more, Elizabeth. As a matter of fact, her first big hit record was a song she co-wrote in 1938 based on the nursery rhyme A-TISKET A-TASKET. Here, she sings it in a clip from the 1942 Abbot & Costello film RIDE ‘EM COWBOY:

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    • moorezart 9:19 pm on May 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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    • mistermuse 12:14 am on May 2, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Moorezart for more jazz, and more jazz for moorezart. I dig it!

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    • Silver Screenings 10:14 pm on May 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for including that great scene from Ball of Fire! 🙂

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      • mistermuse 11:28 pm on May 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Any scene with Barbara Stanwyck is a pleasure to watch — though I must say (when it comes to screwball comedies) that I liked THE LADY EVE (with her and Henry Fonda) better than BALL OF FIRE.

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        • Silver Screenings 8:39 am on May 5, 2020 Permalink

          Agreed. I prefer The Lady Eve, too. Stanwyck is perfectly cast in that film – I can’t imagine anyone else in that role.

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    • America On Coffee 8:49 pm on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I love jazz covers today which are going in many directions and genre incorporations. I wonder too,if Scat is the grandparent of rap…🤔

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    • lorraineanne 11:10 am on May 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      this is amazing~ thank you for sharing.
      If you get a chance, I’d really appreciate if you can check out my music/ art blog.
      It would mean a lot!
      https://thehighsnlows.com

      lo

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      • mistermuse 12:47 pm on May 20, 2020 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment. I read your latest (Jazz Festivals) post, but currently have too much on my plate to read more. At this point, I can only say I liked what I saw and will try to check out a few more of your posts when I have time.

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