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William d'Ont-Tell

Is he Aiming at the Apple?

 

This is an artist's representation of a a fake ceremony in a faux Lafeyette Park, where no cameras or recording devices, real or imaguned, were allowed.  Behind the scene looms Capitol Hill, which in real life lately is also fake, as shown here, behind battlements which are not fake, but metaphorical. Are these Alternative Facts, as descibed by failing White House spokesperson Kellyanne Conway? Perhaps. It certainly is confusing.

 

When asked about it during her regular afternoon skit in the White House Press Briefing Room, Disinformation Secretary Sarah Huckleberry Sandbagger was offended by the question: "You're disgusting!" she responded, off the record (i.e. classified, citing national security).

 

We have decided to defy convention and publish it anyway, despite the threats of  Our Leader that we will be expelled from the Fake News category altogether if we do. It is red meat for members of our base, who have left their jungle hang-outs and loony leftist sit-ins to assemble here, called by our dogwhistle, bless their hearts.

 

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"But 'glory' doesn't mean 'a nice knock-down argument'," Alice objected.

 

"When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less." ...

 

..."The question is...which is to be master—that's all."

 

--Lewis Carroll-Alice in Wonderland

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Tackling the

Honeydew List

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The Cat in the Hat

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War Council Outside Charlottesville

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Moscow Nights

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Scrooge McTrump

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Kapitol Keystone Kops

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A Mar-a-Lago Gothic

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The Fox and the Hound

Tally Ho!

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The Donald...

...who played with a dangerous toy,

and suffered a catastrophe of considerable dimensions!

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Draining the Swamp

One Big Gulp at a Time

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Baby Prisons?  Really?

Among the worst aspects of this evolving tragedy is that it continues, with no end in sight.  The news cycles have moved on, and this horror has taken its place among so many other shocks that abducting children seems almost like normal policy now.  Politicians, mostly Republicans, stand silently by, as long as POTUS continues the destruction of the administrative structure of government.  Most shockingly, a substantial number of motivated voters, their judgement clouded by the data chaff he strews about, seem ready to re-elect this vile charlatan, while voters of insight and conscience stay home, numbed by disbelief and despair.

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Helsinki Accord

"The course of true love never did run smooth."

 

Shakespeare-A Midsummer Night's Dream

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I'm not Crazy.  My reality is just different from yours.

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Alternative Rock

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Secret Night Mission

Sshhh!!!

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These acts are nit equivalent.  The first is shameful, but the second us truly vile.  The first man is a professional joke maker; he should understand that crass is not the same as funny, or even sexy.  The second man is a judge; he should turn himself in.

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Slender Man

The Age of Alternative Fact

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Me Too!

The Rape of Liberty

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The Last Schtupper (Not!)

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Twilight Zone

It's a Good Life

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Defending the Tower

"Tapping" his wires is the least of his worries. 

This time, twon't be beauty that kills the beast.

 

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The Abduction of Persephone

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Ozymandias, King of Kings

Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and Despair!

Link:  Ozymandias

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Donald Jackson Trump

"Old Balsa"

Click this Link: Rousing the Rabble

 

As presidential candidates, Andrew Jackson and Donald trump had much in common, which points to a mixed legacy for the Donald.

 

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Declaration of Independence

Pay to Play

When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along.  

--Carl Sandburg

 

But just as they did in Philadelphia when they were writing the constitution, sooner or later, you've got to compromise. You've got to start making the compromises that arrive at a consensus and move the country forward.     

--Colin Powell

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Mythic Mashup:

Pygmalion & Galatea, Echo & Narcissus

 

The great Roman poet Ovid, in his mega-masterpiece Metamorphoses, tells us of the Cyprian sculptor Pygmalion, who swore off women until he created a statue of a perfect one, Galatea, from ivory.  He so loved her that she came to life and married him out of gratitude and pity. 

 

Ovid tells us also of  Echo, a gabby nymph who was cursed by Hera so she could only finish other people’s sentences, and never speak for herself.  Echo loved Narcissus, who was so in love with himself that he never noticed her, and eventually faded to a wraith while gazing at his own reflection in still water.

 

In tonight’s combined performance, the part of Echo will be played by the ever-lovely Kellyanne Conway.  The role of Pygmalion will be filled by noted scholar and diplomat Stephen Bannon.  World-famous celebrity and man-about-town Mr. Donald Trump will star in the dual roles of Galatea and Narcissus. 

 

Sit back and get ready for the greatest show on earth, maybe the galaxy, the universe even.  Mr. Pence may be attending tonight, so just be quiet and listen.  It’s going to be really great. Best ever.  Really. Great.

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A Different Drummer

Pa Rum Pum Pum Pum

Come they told me Pa rum pum pum pum

A new born king to see Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring Pa rum pum pum pum

To lay before the king Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

So to honor him Pa rum pum pum pum
When we come Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum Pum pum pum pum pa rum

 

Little baby Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too Pa rum pum pum pum

I have no gift to bring Pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give our king Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

 

Shall I play for you? Pa rum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum Pum pum pum pum

Mary nodded Pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time Pa rum pum pum pum

I played my drum for him Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for him Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum, Rum pum pum pum

Then he smiled at me Pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum

Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Rum pum pum pum

 

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Trump l'Oeil

Trump Loyal

(Rhymes with Dump Royal)

 

 

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TRUMPLESTILTSKIN

Spinning Corn into Gold

The brothers Grimm tell us of a boastful miller who tells the king that his beautiful, flaxen-haired daughter can spin straw into gold.  The king (as kings are wont) abducts the girl, and locks her in a tower with a spinning wheel and a pile of straw.  He demands she spin gold for him.

 

 That night in her despair a dwarf appears, and tells her he really can do this thing, and (because he is a deal-making dwarf) he will do it for her in exchange for her ring.  The king is so pleased with the result that he locks her in a larger room with a bigger pile of straw. Again the imp appears and does his thing in exchange for her necklace.  Overjoyed, the king locks her in the castle's largest room, stuffed with straw.  If she fills the room with gold she will become his queen.  If she fails, she will lose her head.

 

Alas, the poor girl is out of things to trade.  When the strange little man appears, he promises to do it in exchange for the promise of her firstborn son.  With her head on the line, reluctantly, she accepts and the deed is done.  She marries the king, and bye and bye a son is born.

 

When the dwarf appears to collect his due, the queen is distraught.  She offers him all the wealth of the kingdom if she can keep her child, but he refuses.  Because he is a deal-making elf, he offers her a new arrangement: If, within three days, she can say his name, she may keep the child.

 

  Each night she tries, and fails, to guess his name.  On the third and final, fatal night, in her distress she leaves the castle and wanders in the woods.  There, dancing around a bonfire, is the imp, singing this nasty song:

 

Today I bake, tomorrow I brew,
Then the queen’s child I shall stew.
Nobody wins my little game,
For Rumplestiltskin is my name

 

When the little man returns to the castle to claim his prize, the queen feigns two wrong guesses before saying his real name.  Enraged at losing, Rumplestiltskin tears himself in two.
 
(Grimm’s tales were not for the little snowflakes of today.  They were grim.)

The brothers Grimm tell us of a boastful miller who tells the king that his beautiful, flaxen-haired daughter can spin straw into gold.  The king (as kings are wont) abducts the girl, and locks her in a tower with a spinning wheel and a pile of straw.  He demands she spin gold for him.

 

 That night in her despair a dwarf appears, and tells her he really can do this thing, and (because he is a deal-making dwarf) he will do it for her in exchange for her ring.  The king is so pleased with the result that he locks her in a larger room with a bigger pile of straw. Again the imp appears and does his thing in exchange for her necklace.  Overjoyed, the king locks her in the castle's largest room, stuffed with straw.  If she fills the room with gold she will become his queen.  If she fails, she will lose her head.

 

Alas, the poor girl is out of things to trade.  When the strange little man appears, he promises to do it in exchange for the promise of her firstborn son.  With her head on the line, reluctantly, she accepts and the deed is done.  She marries the king, and bye and bye a son is born.

 

When the dwarf appears to collect his due, the queen is distraught.  She offers him all the wealth of the kingdom if she can keep her child, but he refuses.  Because he is a deal-making elf, he offers her a new arrangement: If, within three days, she can say his name, she may keep the child.

 

  Each night she tries, and fails, to guess his name.  On the third and final, fatal night, in her distress she leaves the castle and wanders in the woods.  There, dancing around a bonfire, is the imp, singing this nasty song:

 

Today I bake, tomorrow I brew,
Then the queen’s child I shall stew.
Nobody wins my little game,
For Rumplestiltskin is my name

 

When the little man returns to the castle to claim his prize, the queen feigns two wrong guesses before saying his real name.  Enraged at losing, Rumplestiltskin tears himself in two.
 
(Grimm’s tales were not for the little snowflakes of today.  They were grim.)

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Nuff said!!

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FIRE and ICE

Angry Trumpkin ln the Snow

A surreal, angry Jack O'Lantern with a familiar face shrieks coarse, fiery language at you from a snowbank.  If you are a woman, protect your p....y.

 

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TRUMPTY DUMPTY

sat on a wall

Trumpty Dumpty sits atop his green and lovely wall to watch the sweaty mass of rubes parade by below.  They are beautiful as they march along.  They really are.  Great, really.  Really great. Great!

 

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