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You’re Having A Laugh – Part Four

H L Mencken (1880 – 1956) and the Bathtub

Sometimes what is intended to be a bit of harmless fun gets out of hand and once the metaphorical cat is out of the bag it is difficult to regain control. 569 more words

Culture

Why Literature Matters by Glenn C. Arbery

What do you want to be when you grow up?  We spend our childhood answering the wrong question.

It’s not what, but who.

When graduating high school senior are making final preparations for their journey to college, among the countless things they think about is their course of study and choice of a major.   1,030 more words

Literature

Quote of the Day

Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.

—H. L. Mencken

Politics

H.L. Mencken: “the aim of public education"

“The most erroneous assumption is to the effect that the aim of public education is to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence, and so make them fit to discharge the duties of citizenship in an enlightened and independent manner. 77 more words

Politics/Current Events

H.L. Mencken -- American prophet

H.L. Mencken wrote it in The Baltimore Evening Sun, Sunday, July 26, 1920:

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people.

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Life

How Did He Know What To Expect?

When I wrote my earlier post today in response to today’s one-word prompt, I quoted Abraham Lincoln, who famously said, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. 98 more words

One-word Prompt

Thought For the Day: Error Is Often Replaced By Another Error...

“The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth — that the error and truth are simply opposite. 38 more words

Thought For The Day