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We can do it ourselves. HL Mencken wrote in 1961 that a free press is limited to those who own one. Well, if you own a smart phone or an iPhone, you own a press.
If so, I predict that his presidency, whether one term or two in duration, will validate H.L. Mencken's conception of democracy as "the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
H.L. Mencken took up the same theme in the 1920s. If we keep voting for presidents who seem just like us, he warned, we will end up with a president who is just like us, a regular plain speaking guy with all the regular guy's failings and weaknesses ...
Drochon's presentation of Nietzsche as a cultural elitist who views the state of his time as enemy brings to mind the Libertarian elitism of H.L. Mencken, who, by no coincidence, wrote a book about Nietzsche's philosophy. If Drochon's account of ...
Betsy McCaughey, Is another political commentator and constitutional expert you'll see regularly on Fox News. She has won the H.L. Mencken Award for her writing. She's a PhD who served a term as lieutenant governor of the State of New York she was the ...
Daniel Jeremiah is a former NFL Scout with lots of connections in the league. In one of his columns called "Ask 5" he asked different NFL Execs "Which QB would you pursue this offseason?
The Nathan Award was endowed by George Jean Nathan (1882-1958), a prominent theater critic who published 34 books on the theater and co-edited (with H.L. Mencken) two influential magazines, The Smart Set and The American mercury. Nathan ...
There are, of course, infamous residents: writers Edgar Allan Poe, Edith Hamilton, Frederick Douglass, and H.L. Mencken, to name a few.
Specifically, the H. L. Mencken version of the quote: "People deserve the government they get, and they deserve to get it good and hard.
The American columnist H. L. Mencken predicted the rise of a Donald Trump in 1920 when he wrote the following words: As democracy is perfected, the office of the president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people.
The great American journalist H. L. Mencken once said that "For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
The biotech sector continues to chug along and is up more than six percent so far in the month of February as M&A activity continues to pick up.
It was the late great iconoclast H. L. Mencken who told us long ago that democracy "is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it, good and hard.
Since I'm always reading and writing about government policies, both in America and around the world, I'm frequently reminded of H.L. Mencken's famous observation about the shortcomings of "tolerable" government.
What, then, is the spirit of Americanism? I precipitate it conveniently into the doctrine that the way to ascertain the truth about anything, whether in the realms of exact knowledge, in the purple zone of the fine arts or in the empyrean reaches of ...
... per cent after being confused for twitter; Canadian firm Oculus Vision Tech rose more than 150 per cent after facebook's $2 billion purchase of Oculus Rift.
In 1925, H.L. Mencken wrote "five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists.
It's been a few hours since I've mentioned Donald Trump and I think I'm getting withdrawal. This little gem just popped up today and it's pretty awesome.
"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable." - H. L. Mencken, American writer.
H.L. Mencken wrote, "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed." Mencken was inspired by President Woodrow Wilson, whose administration whipped up public fury during World War I against beer, sauerkraut and teaching German ...
However, since it's nasty out there today, why not honor the martini - "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet," according to journalist H.L. Mencken - by getting reacquainted with the real thing. Ready to make yourself a bona fide martini?
H.L. Mencken was reported to have said that no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.
"The whole aim of practical politics," H.L. Mencken wrote almost a century ago," is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
H.L. Mencken dubbed it "the greatest story since the Resurrection." Writer Edna Ferber said the media circus "makes one want to resign as a member of the human race.
Donald Trump's yahoos - H. L. Mencken's boobus americanus revived - have been empowered, through this clanking, compromised system (which gave us Bush over Gore in 2000), to storm the White House like Jackson's "Gypsies in the palace," only to ...
H. L. Mencken observed a century ago: "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed and hence, clamorous to be led to safety - by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
Incredible family, loved him so much. So devastated - he was so devastated. But the ceremony was amazing." Bill Murray destroyed this style, so did Ray of Bob & Ray, Ring Lardner, H.L. Mencken, Sinclair Lewis, Mark Twain and every satirist who ever ...
My only qualifications consisted of a voracious appetite for reading and my fondness for the works of Ambrose Bierce and H. L. Mencken. I was an amateur mingling with professionals. It was a bit startling, early on, to detect serious flaws in the news ...
Incredible family, loved him so much. So devastated - he was so devastated. But the ceremony was amazing." Bill Murray destroyed this style, so did Ray of Bob & Ray, Ring Lardner, H.L. Mencken, Sinclair Lewis, Mark Twain and every satirist who ever ...
This thought by H.L. Mencken, despite his many faults and the use of an offensive term, is particularly prescient: "When the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so ...
The elite media is currently awash with fascinated hogwash about Steve Bannon, President Trump's White House strategist. Time Magazine devotes its current cover to an intentionally unflattering cover photo of and snarky cover headline about him.
The great Baltimore iconoclast, H.L. Mencken got it right when he observed: "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them ...
Right now the deck is rigged against those who've actually done something, for those who just chatter and have no responsibility.
Has found its way back home as the title and emblematic number of Geoffrey Pond's first-ever solo show, his own brand of tribute to the focal point of the Bay Area he grew up in, featuring the writings of Mark Twain, Jacks London & Kerouac, H. L ...
The great Baltimore iconoclast, H.L. Mencken got it right when he observed: "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them ...
Has found its way back home as the title and emblematic number of Geoffrey Pond's first-ever solo show, his own brand of tribute to the focal point of the Bay Area he grew up in, featuring the writings of Mark Twain, Jacks London & Kerouac, H. L ...
It is at this point I recall H.L. Mencken's notion that, "democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
There is a long tradition of humor in dissent, adds Young, from medieval court jesters to the 20th-century satire of H.L. Mencken to modern-day stars such as Jon Stewart and John Oliver. But: "You don't want people to get a good laugh, and then go home ...
H.L. Mencken called it "combat by crazes." Such effeteness is degrading the party here. If a speaker of the Indiana House cannot stand up for a fellow Republican legislator against a radical and vitriolic protest organized in Washington 500 miles away ...
Surveying the growing befuddlement in the nation's capital and on Wall Street brings to mind the words of the great American journalist H. L. Mencken: "democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and ...
Marcovicci will also entertain with "dashing and delightful gems from Dorothy Parker to H.L. Mencken to keep the focus on love, love, love!
From one day to the next, President Donald Trump bulldozes his way through the American political scene, seemingly oblivious to or perhaps taking satisfaction from the resulting chaos.
"Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable," is another phrase that comes to mind about the purpose of reporting that could be applied to art, attributed to legendary newspaperman H.L. Mencken. On a lighter note, there is the work of Chris HUEN ...
In 1956, editor-essayist H.L. Mencken, the "Sage of Baltimore," died at age 75. In 1958, Actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married in Las Vegas.
By which I mean democracy as defined by H.L. Mencken: "the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
comment collapsed. And, in the Senior Bowl, a future Super Bowl player, Davis Webb went 5 for 7 with a TD pass!! "Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
Apparently, Mr. Trump has never heard H. L. Mencken's observation: "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
In 1956, editor-essayist H.L. Mencken, the "Sage of Baltimore," died at age 75. In 1958, Actors Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward were married in Las Vegas.
The other thought that kept recurring in my mind was the famous quotation by H.L. Mencken, "Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
I was going to floor you with a quote from H.L. Mencken, published in the Baltimore Evening Sun on July 26, 1920, figuring I had some space to fill before I got to town league hockey coverage, but the game I witnessed was so good, it deserves every ...


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