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December 7, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Talking not pretty

Two Ara macaws. (image: Deveze/

“Here they come. We’d better give them something to talk about.”(Deveze/

Bombarded by rapid, far-reaching, buckshot speech. 

A little nagging prodding just for fun.

Will any take a hint? Doubtful.

(What if? No, even after a few glasses of wine. You’d never have enough time to get the whole phrase tattooed on their wrist.)

“Takes one to know one” (Biden, Name Caller in Chief)

“Open mouth; insert foot” (Trump, the Imp of impulse / Troll of the bridge) 

“Make sure brain is in gear before mouth is in motion” (Jane Fonda, still – like anyone who matters knows. If so dedicated to humanity, why not back in the street protesting war? Why aren’t we all?)

“Better to keep quiet and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt” (Kamala Harris. “Crickets” so desired. Wishful thinking.)

“If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it” (Caryn Elaine Johnson, alias Whoopi, an any-attention-better-than-no-attention advocate)

“Nobody promised you a rose garden” (Greta T. Sorry, kid. Life has thorns. You should have been told.)

“For want of a shoe, the horse was lost” (Mayor Turner of Houston. Some love all the free, free, free give-a-ways, big parties with stage performances, lights, and fireworks. Also, the sidewalks, ramps, and bike trails are pretty…but some would just prefer water coming out of their tap. Hope you and Harris County “Judge”(county’s emergency manager and executive officer…who faces indictment) enjoyed the recent DC elites’ Maine lobster dinner with the prez, celebrities, and the French President!)

“Those who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones” (Even if stoned, or as old as stone, Pelosi)

“What is good for the goose is good for the gander” (Tim Cook, the apple of China’s ayes)

“Just because you read say it, doesn’t make it true” (White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre)

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me” (Available. Feel free to apply where and when as needed.)

Pretty is as pretty does


Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Man in pirate costume with parrot (image FunkDooby from Kent UK/

“Before you say, ‘You are judged by the company you keep’,  just let me assure you, birds of a feather do not always flock together.” (image: FunkDooby from Kent UK/


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  1. easyweimaraner / Dec 7 2022 9:24 am

    fab post for wordless wednesday ;O) to be an oyster when you can not say something nice should be the motto of facebook LOL


  2. SusanR / Dec 7 2022 9:50 am

    Mom always said, “If you can’t say something nice … ” In modern America, that’s become so passé. What a shame. Some manners are worth preserving.


  3. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Dec 7 2022 11:29 am

    Moms definitely taught “If you can’t say something nice…” and remember Bambi’s pal, Thumper, reciting it, too.
    My present favorite: “Leave No Trace” but like “Who’s a Good Boy?” (Hank!)


  4. shoreacres / Dec 7 2022 3:05 pm

    Or, as the old Hawaiian king said to his wife after the palace collapsed: “People who live in grass houses shouldn’t stow thrones.”


  5. sustainabilitea / Dec 7 2022 5:45 pm

    Perhaps a McD quote here: “Du, du-du, du,du, I’m lovin’ it.” 🙂


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