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A fascinating plagiarist story happened 99 years ago during World War I. Columnist H. L. Mencken of the Baltimore Sun wrote a column about the history of the bathtub.
"Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule -- and both commonly succeed, and are right.

Why would a series of religious biographies issue a title on the famous iconoclast H.L Mencken? That's the challenge D.H.
H.L. Mencken was the most influential journalist of 1920s America, and he was less than keen on democracy. "As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people," Mencken wrote. "On some ...
H.L. Mencken's expression "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public" has never been more apt than with the Trump campaign.

H.L. Mencken defined Puritanism as "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." The Puritans got their name from their desire to "purify" the Church of England, which they thought was corrupt.
In this Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, photo a 19th century bronze statue of Puritan John Winthrop, by sculptor Richard Saltonstall Greenough, stands outside the First Church in Boston, in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.
It wasn't especially successful, so its chief editor, HL Mencken, in 1920, devised a way to keep the magazine afloat. He launched a few offshoot pulp magazines as money-making ventures.
H.L. Mencken noticed it in The Smart Set, reviewing it alongside Joseph Conrad's Under Western Eyes, and in 1912 the English firm of J.M.
H.L. Mencken defined Puritanism as "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." Lisa Wade, a sociologist at Occidental College in Los Angeles and an expert on sexual culture and gender, says the Puritans viewed marriage - always ...
The cocktail's most famous praise, the H.L. Mencken quote "The martini is the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet," could be read as slyly nativist: It ignores the Dutch, Italian, and French origins of the ingredients.
Our historic Waterworks a tourist attraction? Give me a break! I wonder when people will start throwing stuff off the footbridge onto traffic below.
Donald Trump needs to make room on that slender platform of American geniuses for H.L. Mencken, who wrote these prophetic words: "As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people.
This is an election year, which means all of us will spend a great deal of time carefully following the campaigns, finding out all we can about the candidates' proposals and pondering what issues are most vital for Butte-Silver Bow, the State of ...
journalist and language scholar H. L. Mencken suggested that it may have originally referred to a knockout punch in a boxing match.

It was in 1923 that H.L. Mencken surveyed this country and found "the most timorous, sniveling, poltroonish, ignominious mob of serfs and goose-steppers ever gathered under one flag in Christendom since the end of the Middle Ages.
ONE of the gentler quips uttered by the writer and thinker H.L. Mencken was that nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.
"The Republicans never do any serious fighting in public," H. L. Mencken declared in 1932, just before the G.O.P.'s Convention, where Herbert Hoover ran for the nomination, all but unopposed.
You can judge someone's true character by what they do and say when they think no one's watching or listening. So pink is nice, but what color do we wear to call attention to my type of cancer?
This op-ed piece in the Wire-critiqued Sun daily (the erstwhile employer of H. L. Mencken and The Wire co-creator David Simon) begs to differ.
"The Republicans never do any serious fighting in public," H. L. Mencken declared in 1932, just before the G.O.P.'s Convention, where Herbert Hoover ran for the nomination, all but unopposed.
... even the campus of Frostburg State College (now University) and allow deadly pools of acids to rise up on the land's surface and eventually bleed into streams and rivers that feed into the Chesapeake Bay to threaten what H.L. Mencken called "the ...
Good critics are also artists themselves, H.L. Mencken wrote, people able to discern truths that outlast conventional wisdom in what they're observing.
That changed in January 1935, when, according to the Lindbergh biographer A. Scott Berg, Flemington became "nothing less than an amusement park" during the Hauptmann trial, which H. L. Mencken sardonically described as the biggest story "since the ...
He won by a 60 percent landslide on a platform of "Back to Normalcy," a theme and style ridiculed by Eastern wits like H.L. Mencken. Still, he drew surprising crowds who stood in his yard and across the street. Only in the campaign's final weeks did he ...
Of Harding's speechifying, H.L. Mencken wrote at the time, "It reminds me of a string of wet sponges." Mencken characterized Harding's rhetoric as "so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls ...
The American pundit H.L. Mencken defined a demagogue as "one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.
English actor Jeremy Irons observed "We all have our own time machines. Some take us back; they're called memories. Some take us forward; they're called hopes.
My second favorite curmudgeon would have to be H. L. Mencken, who, to my mind, was about as crusty and as American as an apple pie.
Hillary Clinton's best shot at capturing the presidency is to count on a Pavlovian appeal to women that it's time to end their bondage and put one of their own at the helm in the White House.
H.L. Mencken said it best..."no one ever lost a dime under estimating the intelligence of the American public". NOT ONE DIME!
He said, shows on D.H. Lawrence and H.L. Mencken flopped, but when he took on the persona of Poe on Halloween night, 1987, everything just clicked.
The American pundit H.L. Mencken defined a demagogue as "one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.
If I were to take an implicit jab at Trump supporters and quote H.L. Mencken that 'no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public,' I would fall into the same trap as anyone who dismisses the Trump phenomenon as simply ...
To paraphrase H. L. Mencken, no one ever lost public office by underestimating the regard of people for elected officials. "The last thing we need is more politicians," the mayor says, and the heads start a-nodding.
Applauding Marshall's victory, author H.L. Mencken wrote that the school's rejection was "brutal and absurd," and that those at the school shouldn't object to the "presence among them of a self-respecting and ambitious young Afro-American well prepared ...
"Alt-right" is a new political buzzword that refers to a segment of the reactionary/conservative spectrum with lots of internet-savvy, but what does the term actually mean?
H.L. Mencken was right: we are progressing. You're paying more taxes than before! Chart of the Day: the feminists won't like this chart one bit.
"I remember Gypsy Lou Webb standing on a corner in the French Quarter with her art hung on a window - and Sister Gertrude Morgan on the other corner singing and preaching!
Lewis was one of the foremost writers of the 20th century. The Roaring Twenties was dominated by Lewis and his colleague H.L. Mencken, writer and critic. Lewis was the first American to win the Nobel prize in literature in 1930, "for his vigorous and ...
H.L. Mencken, the cynical and snarky journalist from "The Baltimore Sun," portrayed Bryan as symbol of anti-intellectualism and Southern ignorance (Bryan was from Illinois).
H.L. Mencken said nobody ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the great masses. Yes, but now seems like an especially good time to short that stock.
Donald Trump was only 9 years old when H.L. Mencken, the great puckish journalist of the early 20th century, died in Baltimore.
Well, no he didn't. Cleaves admits that he'd recently heard that that sentiment, often attributed to Guthrie, actually came from the journalist H.L. Mencken. And the actual words were, "The job of the newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict ...
For most of the 20th Century, the booboisie -- H.L. Mencken's corruption of bourgeoisie -- was the bete noire of the chattering classes.
"H.L. Mencken declared there was only one way to look at a politician - 'down.' Likewise, there's really only one way to look at the first presidential debate on Monday: as the first serious job interview for potential President Donald John Trump ...
Hillary Clinton's latest strategy to defeat Donald Trump? Call him out on his (lack of) character instead of on his unfeasible (and occasionally secret) policies.
In the film, the characters of Matthew Harrison Brady, Henry Drummond, Bertram Cates and E. K. Hornbeck, correspond to the historical figures of William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, Scopes, and H L Mencken, respectively. However, the original joint ...


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