November 12, 2021

H.L. Mencken, A Character For The Ages: Quotes For The Cynical Soul

Mencken’s writing is remarkably similar to that of Mark Twain, of whom he was a great fan, as well as Ambrose Bierce whose faux dictionary entries he paid frequent homage to. If you’d like to dip your big toe into Mencken’s staggeringly large body of work, you’d best start with The Vintage Mencken complied by Alistair Cooke. If you’d like to spend just a few minutes with Mencken at his very best, please proceed.

April Ryan Is A Dangerous, Racist Individual

Call me naive, but I have always thought that having media outlets that cater to a particular race or ethnic group, in this case, Black, is itself Racist. I think that singling out groups to celebrate, such as Black History Month or Gay Pride Week, promotes division and does the opposite of their intentions. I was not raised looking through the lens of color, but people like April Ryan try to force us to look through their lens.

One Clash, Two Headlines, Two Narratives, And Two Nations: A Tale of Two Cities From Boston, MA

Consider two news reports of a recent protest and resultant police action/mini riot on the Boston Commons; one from the mainstream Channel 10 NBC Boston and the other the conservative outlet Blaze Media News. According to Channel 10, “A rally against the coronavirus safety measures of masks and vaccines on Boston Common Sunday attracted dozens of protesters and about twice as many counter-protesters.”   Whereas Blaze reported, “Antifa targeted a vaccine mandate protest in Boston Common on Sunday.”  

Book Review: Life Lessons And “Coaching with P.R.I.D.E.”

Coach Metro cut his teeth as an offensive lineman at the US Naval Academy in the mid-sixties during the Staubach era.  Quite a beginning.  He has a humorous side and never appeared to take himself too seriously, a naturally self-effacing sort who was often outrageously funny; but no one ever challenged his commitment to the craft of football and his role as supreme leader, teacher, and authority on personal behavior.