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H. L. Mencken

” The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe.”


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Problems with Electoral Votes

In a democratic election, it is common for the people to choose their government. In the United States, the head of government is not chosen directly by the people, but by… 783 more words



“A man who has taken aboard two or three cocktails is less competent than he was before to steer a battleship down the Ambrose Channel, or to cut off a leg, or to draw up a deed of trust, or to conduct Bach’s B minor mass, but he is immensely more competent to entertain at a dinner party, or to admire a pretty girl, or to hear Bach’s B minor mass. 86 more words

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H.L. Mencken on global warming, etc.

“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.” —H.L. 58 more words


What Do You Mean 'We,' White Man?

The joke was old even before it appeared in print.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto find themselves surrounded by hostile Indians. The Ranger asks Tonto: “What are we going to do, Tonto?” To which Tonto replies: “What do you mean… 660 more words

Oscar Giner

In miniature, April 29

  • “There was no repeat of Monday’s violence.” There’s your story. [Washington Post, on Baltimore picking itself up after the riot] “I wish humanity didn’t have to resort to violence to get its point across.
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