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July 17, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Wall Avoidance

Boy pushing stroller. (© Image copyrighted. All rights reserved. No permissions granted)

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All you can do

Is put your head down and shoulder on

If you want the ice cream at the end of the road.


One local torment has finally ended. Not soon enough: the run-off primary election featuring Kathleen Wall 

While not in our county, we were forced to endure endless commercials as bad as fingernails scraping down a blackboard. A fan of the Beto campaign style, she (and her personal  $7.8 million+) revamped her commercials each night – which was super irritating as the entire lot were vicious, negative, attack ads.

She refused to talk to or be interviewed by news media or anyone the whole time. (If you can’t get face to face when they are running for office what chance is there once they are elected?)

Voters didn’t like someone trying to buy the election, didn’t like the fact that she moves from place to place trying to win a seat (and spends more each time. $6 mil previously), and snickered at her wardrobe changes in the the exact same photo-shopped image of her next to the President.

The actors chosen as “local supporters” in her last ad showed she didn’t have a clue about who she wanted to represent – Seriously? Old fat guy in tacky, country-boy shirt packin’ a piece on his hip – and the Me-maws. It was hilarious. Maybe she hired some extras from the old “Beverly Hillbillies” stage set.

And then there was the horse. Honey, this is Texas. If you’re gonna be plopped on a horse (in that nice suburban red outfit – I don’t even want to risk a glimpse at your footwear) at least hold the reins and turn the supposed cattle horse properly.  One hand. Neck rein.

Any way, “Hasta leugo”. Gallop on into the sunset…like a teen pageant queen wannabe going from town to town until you can find one without a pageant entry – maybe you’ll have better luck somewhere else…in another state.

So that’s what’s had us rollin’ with laughter here this week. 

(Happy dance: the Saharan dust cloud is supposed to shift south this weekend. Oh, to be able to go out and not worry about sneezing…people are so nervous these days.)

You having fun yet?

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.




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  1. Kate Crimmins / Jul 17 2020 7:03 am

    Hate, hate, hate campaign commercials, phone calls, etc. I like it in the newspaper where I can read or not based on my day. We use the mute button often although TV is a nuclear wasteland this summer so it’s rarely on except for Big Bang reruns. Hey, we have to have something to laugh at. I also hate the shots that look like a photographer constructed. Remember when we were kids and they had all sort of stupid props in their studio. Fortunately my mom only wanted a picture of me. Not on a fake horse or on a fake swing or anything else fake. I remember an old engagement picture with a fake backdrop that looked like we were in the Rockies. Yep, right here in Pennsylvania.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2020 3:38 pm

      Your picture memory reminds me of a picture of my dad in uniform before he left for the front in WWII – he’s posed with foot on rail “fence” with an obvious fake mountain scene behind him.
      We’ve laughed reentry at the TV “sets” local news anchors/reporters have created as backdrops in their home “studios”. Sometimes a cat on the shelf – apparently they were told to pile up books to look intelligent – and you can read the titles. More interesting than the news right now. Somehow we’ve managed with daylight savings time to stay busy until it’s suddenly dark and time for bed. HA! Take that nuclear waste4land TV ( love your phrase!)
      Thanks for tuning in here.

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  2. Littlesundog / Jul 17 2020 7:25 am

    I wish we could call out all of the phonies. The swamp is full of ’em. We’ve got our share of liars and pretenders here too. I find myself enjoying the draining of the swamp (how the predators and opportunists are turning on each other) and how some are being exposed for what they really are. And Hollywood? Some heads need to roll there too…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 17 2020 8:12 am

      One should never sit on a horse as if riding a wide handlebars tricycle…(makes Mah haid hert just thunking’ about it)
      YEs, how nice to get outside and deal with dirt directly. Thanks for driving home a comment

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  3. susielindau / Jul 17 2020 7:26 am

    I’m glad I missed it! There’s enough negativity out in the world.

    We watched, Space Force last night. I highly recommend it for a couple of giggles. The backdrop is California fake. It’s supposed to take place in Colorado!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 17 2020 8:27 am

      With all the hyperbole and hype, we barely have the tv on. If the elections are anything like these run-offs have been (viciousness among candidates – in both parties) it’s not going to be fun.
      And the parties wonder why people just walk off and don’t vote.
      Giggles needed – will find Space Force (approaching the end of Ozark)
      Thanks for offering a option worth sorting for!

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  4. shoreacres / Jul 17 2020 8:25 am

    Well, how about this rain? It’s the best of both worlds: metaphorical rain on Kathleen Wall’s parade and real rain on ours. I don’t even mind having to readjust my schedule — I just put a second pot of coffee on and am going to enjoy watching this nice dousing. I hope it moves north and gives the north-of-I-10 crowd some relief, too.

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  5. Ally Bean / Jul 17 2020 12:55 pm

    Ha! It’s weirdly fun to sit back and let the pretenders do their thing right in front of you. I think of a Peanuts comic strip in which Lucy & CB are talking and she causually mentions how much she likes the “realies” more than the phonies. Me too.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 21 2020 3:28 pm

      Can’t make some of this stuff up – just too weird. Might as well grin over it. Thanks for drawing on Peanuts for inspiration – always solidly good stuff

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  6. Spinster / Jul 17 2020 3:24 pm

    Makes me glad to not have a landline (even though mobile phones are also prone). Politics = annoying.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2020 7:53 pm

      While they have done a pretty good job about cracking down on political phone calls, but gads the TV commercials jammed into the news time period. I just want to check the current weather and possible storm movements. They ought to make candidates have a 10 min time out between their commercials. Does not bode well for upcoming Presidential campaign time periods.
      Thanks for voting tom visit here

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