Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Devil’s in the Details: The Sagely Opinions of Ambrose Bierce

“Cynic, n: a blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be.” – Ambrose Bierce, American writer, author of “The Devil’s Dictionary,” journalist, and satirist, who was born on 24 June 1842. Because Ambrose … Continue reading

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Truth on Trial

21 June 1663 – The Inquisition forces Galileo to “abjure, curse, and detest” his Copernican/heliocentric view of the cosmos. This is just one more reason among countless others that “The Age of Faith” is better-known as “The Dark Ages.” In … Continue reading

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20 June: A Decidedly Musical Day

“What I love best about music is the women who listen to it.” – Jules-Alfred Hout de Goncourt, French writer who died on 20 June 1870, describing exactly what I felt while attending the Woodstock Festival. Below: Jules “Peace and … Continue reading

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Scott Adams: Critic And Honest Man

“There’s nothing more dangerous than a resourceful idiot.” – Scott Adams, American author, satirist, failed business executive, and cartoonist. Scott Adams is best known as the creator of the “Dilbert” comic strip, and he is among the shrewdest and wittiest … Continue reading

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Barbarism On Sale

June 452 C.E.: Atilla the Hun and his barbarian hordes invade Italy. Alas, history does tend to repeat itself.

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Lunacy

“A conservative is a man who will not look at the new moon out of respect for that ‘ancient institution’ the old one.” – Douglas Jerrold, English dramatist and writer. Below: “I Can See The Moon From My Porch”

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Bliss Carman and Poetic Archaeology

“The greatest joy in nature is the absence of man.” – Bliss Carman, Canadian poet. During the course of his prolific career, Bliss Carman produced many splendid works, but one of his best efforts was the 1904 volume “Sappho: One … Continue reading

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Post Office Tragedy

13 June 1920: The U.S. Postal Service announces that children cannot be sent by parcel post. I assume that the USPS made this regrettable decision because so many fathers were mailing their sons to distant locations “postage due.” Below: The … Continue reading

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A Sobering Assessment Of The Human Condition

“I used to think drinking was the only way to be happy. Now I know there is no way to be happy.” – Laura Kightlinger, American actress, comedian, and author.

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“Slowly I Turned . . .”

“You knuckleheads!” – Moe Howard, American actor, comedian, and leader of The Three Stooges, who was born on 19 June 1897, presumably addressing the members of the U.S. Congress.

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