JUST FOR A LAUGH

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And there are two new Coats of Arms from Andi…

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So, thank you to Andi for the toons and the Coats, to John and Erik, to Brenda and to Panda Paws. Munguin is a very lucky animal to have all these contributions.

John’s bonus.

72 thoughts on “JUST FOR A LAUGH”

  1. Scotus? How does Duns come into the Ginsberg succession and a Giuliani replacement? Pondering that gave the old brain a morning kick-start. Ah, of course. Nothing to do with mediaeval Scottish philosophy… it’s Supreme Court of the United States. I’ve now saved the bother for anyone else leaping to the same wrong conclusion. Interesting coincidence of acronym, though.

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    1. John sent me to the Google machine to try to decipher his cryptic posting with my extremely limited American knowledge of medieval Scottish philosophy. So with “Duns” as a mysterious clue, I arrived at John Duns Scotus. Yes! Always something new to learn on Munguin’s Republic!

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

      So then there’s the question as to where Washington’s “-OTUS” acronyms originated. I first encountered POTUS in an episode of the television series “The West Wing” in the early 2000’s. FLOTUS was a logical next step which I heard a short time later. SCOTUS is widely used now that Supreme Court of the United States vacancies have taken on the political character of total war.

      But maybe there was an earlier beginning to all this than a TV show. So I went to the ultimate American authority on lexicography — Merriam-Webster (Since 1828).

      Surprisingly, the Merriam-Webster website says that SCOTUS predates POTUS:

      1) The earliest recorded use of any variant of -OTUS is from 1879, when SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) appeared in a book titled “The Phillips Telegraphic Code for the Rapid Transmission by Telegraph.”

      2) The next -OTUS word to enter our vocabulary was POTUS, short for “President of the United States,” which was used as early as 1895.

      3) FLOTUS (“First Lady of the United States”) appeared in the 1980s, where it may have originated as the Secret Service’s code name for Nancy Reagan.

      Webster also mentions VPOTUS which has the disadvantage of being unpronounceable, with a further comment about COTUS and TOTUS.

      https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/scotus-potus-flotus

      There’s another -OTUS explicitly associated with the odious POTUS Trump. That is SCROTUS, “So-Called Ruler of the United States”, which relates to the time Trumpy lashed out at a “so-called” federal judge of Latino ancestry who halted his first Muslim travel ban. There are other possibilities for SCROTUS discussed in the following blog. One is related to his now-famous comment on the sex tape interview in the bus with Billy Bush during the 2016 campaign.

      https://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_words/2017/02/word-of-the-week-scrotus.html

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        1. It’s a pity his Cabinet didn’t invoke article 25 within a week or two of his taking power, and it’s also a shame that the Senate didn’t convict him when he was impeached. If they had, either would have resulted in a premature withdrawal from power. COITUS interruptus, in other words.

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  2. Well now… the second coat of arms is the admirable Terry Entoure. Maybe the first one will come to me in a sudden flash of illumination, but then it may not.

    A great collection of cartoons, Tris!

    OT. Trump news: he’s paid only $750 a year in federal income taxes for the past 10 years, and not even every year at that – he paid $0 in four years (from memory, details may not be exact). He claimed thousands a year for haircuts, but it’s reported that he actually cuts his own hair – which makes sense, as no barber / hair stylist worth their salt would give anyone a hairdo as horrible as that. Too vain to let anyone see how little hair he has, too impatient to let his mahogany hair dye set – could well be – Iย think Ivanka let that one slip at some point.

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    1. Ed………Nice summary of the big story that’s consumed the news media today!
      The New York Times accomplished what Congress hasn’t. The Times got Trump’s tax returns that he’s consistently refused to release. The two-line headline in Monday’s print edition spans all six columns, and the article runs for pages. The Monday article is the first in a series. It comes the day before the first Biden-Trump debate on Tuesday night, and kicks off the last month of the presidential campaign. The top line story is that Trump paid only $750 in income tax the year he took office (and the following year), and paid no income tax at all for 10 of the previous 15 years, and 11 of a total of 18.

      The Times article as posted on its website, and two much shorter summaries:

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/27/new-york-times-publishes-donald-trumps-tax-returns-election

      https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/09/27/top-revelations-report-trump-income-tax/3557530001/

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      1. Thanks for the clarification, Danny: I seriously underestimated the seriousness of his tax avoidance. My little grey cells must have had difficulty in believing the sheer scale of the fraud, in addition to getting just the latter half of the news broadcast.

        Some of us have known Trump was a fraud and a con-man for decades, of course; I’m just praying that America gets over this awful episode in its history sooner rather than later.

        It would be gratifying in the extreme to see the Mango Mussolini leave the White House on 20 January in handcuffs and an orange jumpsuit.

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        1. Ed……Ironic that Trump’s tax information finally comes out in the last month of the 2020 campaign for the second term, four years after the first rumors of his non-payment of income tax, and his initial refusal to release his tax returns during the 2016 campaign.

          Interesting that he faces a near term financial crunch.
          The Times: “His finances are under stress, beset by losses and hundreds of millions of dollars in debt coming due that he has personally guaranteed. Also hanging over him is a decade-long audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service over the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund that he claimed, and received, after declaring huge losses. An adverse ruling could cost him more than $100 million.”

          Only 37 days to election day! I’ve just sent for my mail-in ballot. I’ll sort of miss actually going to vote at a polling station. Not that a Democratic vote for president in Republican state Missouri actually matters. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          1. What sort of a swing to the Democrats would be needed to carry Missouri, Danny?

            Timing of the Times piece: isn’t the NYT is on record as saying that Trump must go, or am I deluding myself again? Interesting timing, though: trรจs coincidental, not to say serendipitous.

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            1. Ed…..Although polling currently shows Biden with fairly comfortable leads in swing states that will decide the election, the polling in Missouri shows Trump about 10 percentage points ahead. This is considerably less than Trump’s margin of victory in the state in 2016, which was about 18%, but still enough that he should easily carry the state and its 10 electoral votes this year. Missouri has been trending more and more Republican at the presidential level, with the Democratic majority in the two big cities, Kansas City and St. Louis, unable to prevail over solidly conservative rural Missouri.

              Yes, the timing of the huge NY Times story is no accident. Sort of the traditional “October surprise” of an American presidential election, delivered a couple of days early…….but right in time for the first debate. The Times is on record as opposing Trump, but I’m not sure of its formal editorial pronouncements. The editorial board has not yet formally endorsed Biden for the current election, but will certainly do so sometime in October.

              Wiki shows the New York Times presidential election endorsements going back to its founding in 1851. The Times did not endorse in 1854 or 1856, but endorsed Abraham Lincoln for both terms in 1860 and 1864. In its history, the Times has endorsed Democrats 27 times and Republicans 12 times……the last Republican endorsement being Eisenhower in 1956.

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

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              1. Thanks, Danny!

                It’s a relief to see such an august organ as the New York Times issue a necessary corrective to the dioxin-laden intellectual sewage put about by the far-right meeja in the States (and in the UK too, of course).

                Over here, the news is that a far-right TV channel is to be set up under a well-known barking Yoon by the name of Andrew Neil, aka Brillopad, who I happen to know second-hand was an obnoxious little shit even back when he was just a young student at Glasgow University. The money for this will ultimately come from US libertarian billionaire John Malone, aka the Cable Cowboy (see https://archive.vn/EcDME for article in The National entitled “Andrew Neil and the GB News brigade will try to bash indy at every step”).

                When it comes to media, Danny, we in Scotland are in a worse case than the good people of the USA: with no control over either radio or TV broadcasting, there is not a single liberal, progressive, pro-independence media outlet broadcasting anywhere in the country.

                With confidence in the BBC among the Scottish public already lower than anywhere else in the UK, I expect Scots will be ignoring the new GB News channel in their droves, which I of course am doing already, as you can see. Indeed, I find that not having a TV is beneficial to my (kof) intellectual purity and acuity, my blood pressure, my sanity and my mood.

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                1. Ed…..The New York Times and the Washington Post have certainly taken the lead in being thorns in the side of Donald Trump. As for the media landscape here, the right wing culture warriors love to play the part of a persecuted minority, constantly put upon by the evil liberal media. Among the print media, the NY Times is under constant right wing attack. The right wing seems to only find refuge in national television media in FOX News.

                  Interesting article about the GB News Channel. Andrew Neil looks familiar to me. Perhaps I’ve seen him in clips on YouTube. Seems that I saw him in a contentious BBC interview with Alex Salmond some years ago.

                  As for the culture wars in the USA, right wing politicians flock to FOX. Lindsey Graham now finds himself in a dead tie in polling for the US Senate race in South Carolina. Lindsey went on FOX and begged for contributions to counter Jaime Harrison’s well funded campaign.

                  https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/lindsey-graham-help-me-money-contributions-fox/2020/09/25/ea2d6d14-ff57-11ea-8d05-9beaaa91c71f_story.html

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                  1. I’ve wondered for a good long while now what it is that Trump has on Lindsey Graham that caused Graham to do a complete 180 on him from calling him a kook to treating him as the new Messiah. He’s made a laughing-stock of himself, as well as a byword for hypocrisy.

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                    1. Yes Ed…….Lindsey seems quite undone by finding himself dead even with a Democrat. NOT the sort of thing that’s supposed to happen to a Republican in South Carolina. Maybe the good people of his state didn’t like the fool he’s made of himself flip flopping over Trump. He seemed almost hysterical on FOX news asking for campaign contributions. I’m sure that Jaime Harrison (his opponent) is receiving lots of out-of-state Democratic money now that he seems to have a chance. The Dems now think they can take control of the Senate, and Lindsey’s South Carolina seat would be icing on the cake.

                      Jaime Harrison ads:

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    2. Indeed, Ed.

      Mr E is indeed the recipient of a coat of arms. I’m sure the other one will come to you.

      Aye, talking of that, Trump, who continually tells us how brilliant he is and how much money he’s made… AND how much he loves America, seems not to want to part with any of his dosh for the aforementioned much loved country.

      Ooooops. Of course he says it’s fake news. So all he has to do is release his tax returns.

      Didn’t presidents always have to do that?

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      1. It’s been customary rather than compulsory, Tris, or so I believe. It started with Tricky Dicky Nixon, who got caught out cheating on his taxes (he made good the shortfall). Since then it’s been the custom.

        Nixon’s tax evasion was on nothing like the scale of Trump’s. I think it’s beyond a doubt that it’s evasion (illegal) rather than avoidance (good tax planning).

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        1. Ah, yes, Ed. Had it been compulsory, he would have been compelled.

          Inevitable though that some clever investigative journalists would start looking. On the basis that no one refuses if they are all above board.

          And not surprising that the information comes to light a few weeks before the election.

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      2. Tris……You’re spot on! Trumpy is between a rock and a hard place. All he has to do to prove that the Times story is “fake news,” is to release his tax returns and prove them wrong. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      3. Yes, as Ed said, the release of federal income tax returns is a tradition that goes back to the (relatively modest) tax shenanigans of Tricky Dick Nixon. I understand that Biden’s returns are posted on his campaign website.

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          1. Dave…….Yes, he never served any time for illegal booze and murdering the competition, but the IRS (the federal tax agents) got him on income tax evasion. He was convicted on five counts of tax evasion and served eight years of an eleven year sentence, including more than four years at Alcatraz.

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  3. The first coat of arms indicates a person who searches diligently on Wiki, sifts through the information then broadcasts it. And there is no snail…

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  4. Ed beat me to getting Terry’s CoA. I then I immediately thought of Danny for the other one but couldn’t get the significance of the flag. Nae Stars and Stripes. But turns out Missouri has a State flag of the same colours but different centrepiece. So my guess is Danny.

    More from Jimmy Ferguson

    “I called up a hotel and the receptionist answered ‘Hello, Best Western’
    I said ‘True grit starring John Wayne’

    “I bought a muzzle for my pet duck.
    Nothing flashy, but it fits the bill.”

    “What to you call a hen looking at vegetables?
    Chicken sees a salad.”

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      1. My own Coat of Arms? I’m honored and deeply touched! As is Wiki no doubt. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        Thank you Andi, and all the staff at Munguin World Media. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. Danny, you’re very welcome. Heraldically (E&OE), it can be described as – Argent a hand-fishing net and magnifying glass saltire-wise showing the word ‘Wiki’ and a megaphone over, all proper. In chief the banner of Kansas City dexter azure, argent a fountain, sinister gules. Motto – ‘Quareo-invenio-dico’ (I seek- I find-I tell). The net representing the internet, of course. The magnifying glass your searches there. The megaphone your subsequent postings. thus, the motto.

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            1. Is Mr. Munguin aware that there is so much muttering in the ranks, Tris? Perhaps an anonymous tip-off in the suggestions box might effect some much-needed reforms… “Servitude” is such an unpleasant word, especially when coupled with “indentured”, which means, of course, that dental prostheses must be worn at all times.

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          1. Thanks again Andi…..Excellent! And I love the heraldic description. With a passably good Google translation of the Latin, the symbolism was clear. The fountain motif from the flag of Kansas City was the crowning subtle touch. A reminder that Kansas City calls itself the “City of Fountains,” ……”more fountains than any other city except Rome.” The Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the City of Fountains Foundation proclaim it, so it must be true. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. Trump and taxes… I’ve just been listening to Rachel Maddow interviewing Mary L. Trump (the Orange One’s niece) on MSNBC. Jaw-dropping stuff!

        Alas, I feel an attack of Schadenfreude coming on, so I will be forced yet again into auto-flagellation to preserve my spiritual health and moral superiority through a spot of mortification of the flesh. But not too much.

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        1. Ed……I enjoyed the Rachel Maddow interview too. Mary Trump has been on the MSNBC shows quite a lot lately. Lots of excitement on all the news shows last night about the Trump tax story. And about the debate tonight.

          I see Trump says that Biden seems to be on drugs and should be required to take a drug test before the debate. The Biden campaign issued a reply:

          โ€œWeโ€™d expect nothing less from Donald Trump, who pissed away the chance to protect the lives of 200,000 Americans when he didnโ€™t make a plan to stop Covid-19.โ€

          https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/sep/28/joe-biden-campaign-donald-trump-drug-test-debate

          Take care with the Schadenfreude…….LOL.

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  5. Not sure if this will paste but I’ll try… No go, but I’ll fw to Tris and he can add it using his Peerless Prof lookalike techie skills. Meantime, here’s another quickie to keep you amused – from my old mate Graham’s newspaper column in in Durban today.

    OVERHEARD in the Street Shelter for the Over-Forties: โ€œMy wife left me today. Tole me I put sport ahead of my relationship with her.

    So I said, โ€œBut weโ€™ve been together for 10 rugby seasons?!โ€

    Andโ€ฆ

    Heโ€™s out to dinner with his wife to celebrate her 40th birthday. He says: โ€œSo what would you like? A Jaguar? A sable coat? A diamond necklace?โ€

    โ€œI want a divorceโ€.

    โ€œMy goodness, I wasnโ€™t planning on spending that much.โ€

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