Monday, 23 December 2019

SEASONAL GREETINGS 2019, with some bird-brained additions from our first few days back in Mt. Pleasant

The title says it all,


The other important thing is to wish y'all 


Notes re the cast: Most of the  participants were photographed at Patriot's Point, Mt. Pleasant SC, during the month of December, 2019. Carl the cardinal is a resident of Toronto, Canada, but presumably has left for the winter.   

 Visit to the Shem Creek dock to
obtain shrimp, December, 2019

Check out the rest of the illustrated nonsense verses on waterfowl here (original post), here ('more'...) and here ('even more'...). 

Check out the rest of Giorgio's 'Curtained (faintly obscene) Verseshere.

Friday, 20 December 2019

Lyrics for Singable Satire: "JAILHOUSE, NOW"


PARODY COMPOSED: Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, March 2019.
ORIGINAL SONG: "In the Jailhouse Now", Jimmie Rodgers, 1928, recorded by many artists, including Webb Pierce, Merle Haggard, Chet Atkins and Leon Russell; a somewhat different version was recorded by Johnny Cash. Most recently the song, as performed by Tim Blake Nelson and The 'Soggy Bottom Boys' appeared in the filmscript and on the soundtrack of the Coen Brother's film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". Check out the YouTube video here. 

SONGLINK: See the version of this post designed for ukulele and guitar players on our lyrics-blog 'SILLY SONGS and SATIREhere. (If you haven't been signed up for that source of lyrical wonderment but crave entry, leave a comment here including your email, in strict confidence).


(to the tune of "In the Jailhouse Now")

I had a friend named lobbyin' Paul;
Misdemeanors? really quite small -- 
He helped out Putin's vassal in Ukraine.
Got up the nose of Mueller
His sentence just got fuller;
(He'd worked a while on Trump’s ‘Sixteen campaign).

A witness-tamper tale; they done revoked his bail.
Those judges learned the facts
'Bout mortgage fraud and cheat-on-tax --
He's in the jailhouse now.

Paul warn't no copperator,
As Mueller found out later,,
Paul figgered he'd get pardoned by the Chief.
His partner Rick keeps scattin',
There's some that call that rattin',
Rick knew that Paul's the one who'd get relief. 

Gates worked for presidents,
But turned 'state's evidence',
A short time will be spent
For launderin' and embezzlement.
He's in the jailhouse now.

Ah di o-dalee eehee hee
Ah di o-dalee eehee hee
Yode layee-hee
Yode layee-hee
Yode lay-ee.

Before 16's election
Don’s standard for selection
Was helpers that were loyal and quite tough.
They'd had some indiscretions,
But unlike Jeffie Sessions,
They wouldn't chicken out when things got rough.

Good guys like Michael Cohen,
Mike Flynn and Roger Stone,
And here I'm being blunt.
Collusion? No, it's a witch hunt.
Let’s lock up Hillary soon.

Repeat yodelling chorus.

SONGLINKS: Readers interested in this topic might also enjoy Giorgio's songs found on previous postings on our lyrics blog, "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE". (Click to enjoy them).
 #178 "Indiana Song"
 #175 "Rosenstein"
 #173 "Brennan's Tweet"

Sunday, 15 December 2019


WORDPLAY post #198 

"The Kiss"
ée Rodin, Paris 
SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, September 2019. 

Today's verses have also been web-published at OEDILF.coman online humor dictionary that has accumulated over 100,000 carefully edited limericks. Thanks are due to OEDILF contributing-editor MikeAq who kindly permitted links to some of his verses in the present collection (proceed to the bottom of the post to see those).
As limerick-writers are often tempted to dive into the baser spheres of human life, the dictionary has a 'curtained room', accessible only to online members, presumably flagging that the designated verses may not be suitable for children. On his own recognizance, Giorgio has selected the following verses from OEDILF's 'Curtained Room', based on their  requiring only 'light curtaining', and taken the risk of offending some readers by publishing them on this otherwise sedate, and arguably family-oriented blog.

WARNING: The following verses may not be suitable for all ages. Those under 15 or over 85 are advised to read the following content only with the permission and supervision of an adult family member.  

Further discussion of anglo-Greek and anglo-Latin influences on spoken and written English are discussed here.

Further poetic musings on canoeing can be found on an earlier blogpost.


There may be some debate as to whether the above verse, less explicit than some others, might need to be 'curtained'. And with this teaser, perhaps I can induce you to review the verses on an older but extensively reworked blogpost entitled "Limericks about Classic Palindromes".

BONUS: Some selected 'curtained' verses from my author-colleagues at OEDILF
 (the Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form)

Copyright 2019, MikeAq
Link to MikeAq's 'Doodle'

Copyright 2019, MikeAq
Link to MikeAq's 'Eighty

Copyright 2019, MikeAq
Link to MikeAq's "Digital"

Copyright 2019, MikeAq
Link to MikeAq's "Assaulting"

Copyright 2019, MikeAq
Link to MikeAq's "Grounds for Divorce" .

If you want to resume daily titillations on our blog 'Daily Illustrated Nonsense', click HERE. Once you arrive, you can select your time frame of interest from the calendar-based listings in the righthand margin, and check the daily offerings for any week in the years 2020 and 2021. (There are now over 600 daily entries on the Daily blog, and most of these are also presented here on 'Edifying Nonsense' in topic-based collections.)

Tuesday, 10 December 2019



The current offering represents a followup to a slew of recent map-art blogposts by Dr. G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH. 
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #1
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #2
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #3
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Old World #4
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #1
Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #2
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #3
 - Tourists' Palindromic Guide: The Americas #4

"A man, a plan, a canal - Panama"
Readers who are particularly interested in wordplay might also enjoy a fantastical discussion, set to music, on the development of this famous palindrome by Leigh Mercer, in post #185 of our lyrics blog (SILLY SONGS and SATIRE)  ...
"Leigh Mercer's Palindrome Workshop" 

rêve: French for dream.
Tulsa, Oklahoma: a stop on U.S. 'Route 66', as mentioned in the eponymic jazz ballad. Click on Route 66 .
Amana: a religious community, the Pietists, founded this settlement in the state of Iowa in 1856. Click on Amana Colonies.
panama (Ecuadorian hat): a traditional brimmed straw hat of Ecuadorian origin, becoming popular worldwide at the beginning of the 20th century. Click on panama.
Act: The British North America Act paved the way for the  Confederation of Canada in 1867. Click on BNA Act.

And, if you still need a fix of more palindromic fun, go on to "Magical Canal Verses and Palindromes".