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1950ish? Hardly

Posted by Howard Denson on April 25, 2018 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)


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By HOWARD DENSON

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[EDITOR'S NOTE: A local tempest in Mr. Coffee Pot occurred when the outgoing president carelessly said that one of the campuses was like something out of the 1950s when she arrived four years earlier. A former campus president resented the assessment, and this writer gave a faculty perspective.]

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I was...

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Fake News, Editorials, & All That

Posted by Howard Denson on April 4, 2018 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)


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The word "Sinclair" has been in the news lately regarding Orwellian broadcasts in which all Sinclair TV staff mouth the same words.

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As a codger, "Sinclair" reminds me of gasoline signs with a dinosaur mascot . . . or, knowing history before I came along, of Harry Sinclair, who was slap-dab in th...

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Where is Tex Ritter when you need him?

Posted by Howard Denson on March 31, 2018 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)


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I desperately need to hear Tex Ritter singing while I write this piece. I already hear the refrain, "Looking for a home," from the Boll Weevil song, but I need to hear Tex singing about looking for a word or phrase . . . without creating a redundancy or an anachronism. And it's all the fault of the French, of course.

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Latrine or garbage dump countries

Posted by Howard Denson on January 13, 2018 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (1)


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DONALD TRUMP COMES IN first again, not surprisingly. He was ahead of the pack in the competition for the World’s Stupidest National Leader. He has even received the endorsements of the American Bozo Board, the North American Society of Inanely Stupid Whackos, and the Mortimer Snerd Foundation for the Clueless and Incompetent.

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This, of cou...

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Govertainment on the horizon or is it already here?

Posted by Howard Denson on January 12, 2018 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

By HOWARD DENSON

When I was a young political wonk immersing myself in The Making of a President and similar books, it occurred to me that the U.S. needed a variation on what some European countries had: a president (who was a ribbon-cutter and meeter-and-greeter for ceremonies of state) and a prime minister (who ran the shooting match with his/her cabinet).

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What to do about N.O.S.?

Posted by Howard Denson on December 19, 2017 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

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She Who Knows All and I were discussing the whole problem involving N.O.S. (or Nasty Ol’ Sex), and she informed me the solution was to kill all men.

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Since our house has several handy mirrors, all defective, I was compelled to give the suggestion some serious reflection. It was a lost cause because the wise guru in the mirrors was a fat, gray-ha...

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Top Domestic Priorities

Posted by Howard Denson on September 30, 2017 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

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.Politics very much aside, folks need to decide what the top priorities are for Americans. A sane health system belongs on the list, but it’s not the top priority for some regions. What is? Let’s look at what is causing American homes, businesses, and families to suffer the most.

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1. Wild fires in the West that devour ...

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The "Honk, Honk, Hey" Parable

Posted by Howard Denson on August 24, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

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Everyone expected cars and trucks to go “honk, honk,” but things changed when they started calling “hey, Bubba . . . hey there, gal.”

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In this Highly Industrial Society, residents had been able to communicate with their refrigerators, stoves, central heating and cooling units, and motorized vehicles. Cars retained in...

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A Civil War Era Quiz

Posted by Howard Denson on August 17, 2017 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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Let’s explore what you know about the Civil War. So much of the fall-out from the war is in the news today as we focus our energies on proposals to remove Confederate monuments and even the Jefferson Memorial (because he was a slave-owner). The latter, of course, means that we should also remove the Washington Monument and various tributes to James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew J...

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Evil begets evil

Posted by Howard Denson on August 16, 2017 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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Unfortunately, we Americans have never had much of a sense of history. We knock down buildings that have been around a little too long for our taste (which is minimal). We erect new buildings that have all the design aestheticism of airport terminals.

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This slapdash approach to life carries over into our sense of history, and, as the ...

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