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They may be right

Someone once told me years ago that the Bard of Baltimore, Henry Louis Mencken, used to end arguments by telling the other person, “You may be right.” 286 more words

H.L. Mencken Quotes

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us that someone may be looking.

No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not. 136 more words

Knowledge

Mark Dance: The state of Canadian oratory is grim

The state of Canadian political speeches is so bland that, when Justin Trudeau found a way to talk about “a uniquely Canadian idea of freedom” in Toronto this past March, onlookers would have been forgiven for toppling from their chairs in surprise. 825 more words

Full Comment

Parker: Playing the Trump card — and totally enjoying it

Donald Trump can’t help himself. Nor can we.

The “worse” he gets, it seems, the better we like it. Watching Trump is so deliciously awful, we don’t hang on every word. 640 more words

Columnists

Effing & blinding, past & present

The ever-readable John McWhorter  turns the air blue in the Wall Street Journal:

Novelist Frances Trollope was appalled at the amount of cursing she heard among working people when she toured America in the 1820s.

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Music

Atheist Quote of the Day 7-19-15

“The belief that man is outfitted with an immortal soul, differing altogether from the engines which operate the lower animals, is ridiculously unjust to them. The difference between the smartest dog and the stupidest man–say a Tennessee Holy Roller–is really very small, and the difference between the decentest dog and the worst man is all in favor of the dog.” 12 more words

Mockery

Quote of the Day 7-16-15

“The cosmos is a gigantic fly wheel making 1,000 revolutions a minute.

Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it.

Religion is the theory that the wheel was designed… 105 more words

Mockery