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Gay Fellows, Dead Cats and Sanctuaries

James Peron | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
James Peron

Yes, I could quibble with Mencken on some of his wording, but his general sentiments are my own. While I can make a list as long as my arm of thinkers who have influenced me, in the end it is my responsibility to formulate my own credo.

Congressional Approval Trending to Zero

Fred Lundgren | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

Since 2001, Congressional approval has declined by an average of 4.17 percent each year. This trend line reaches zero by 2016.

'Expert' Fathers Who Didn't Know Best

Andromeda Romano-Lax | Posted 08.13.2012 | Parents
Andromeda Romano-Lax

Beware the easy slogan, the unproven bit of advice and the newly-coined parenting expert.

Mythologizing Evolution

Karl Giberson, Ph.D | Posted 07.31.2012 | Religion
Karl Giberson, Ph.D

Most people today see the Scopes Trial as a simple confrontation between superstitious hillbillies who rallied around a great buffoon, William Jennings Bryan, and a great and open-minded science teacher. Bryan was certainly wrong about evolution. But he was not a buffoon.

In Presidential Politics, Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

Michael Sigman | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Michael Sigman

Romney and his fellow GOP hopefuls can take comfort in new research indicating that on the pressing issues of the day, their coveted conservative cohort seeks nothing more than to know nothing.

DSK - Faux Spin Doctor

Christopher Strong | Posted 11.26.2011 | World
Christopher Strong

Life's Like That One of the many interesting positions that life can twist you into is that of being wrong and right on the same subject. Such has b...

Jane Austen Takes No Prisoners

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.19.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Austen excelled at wielding the skewer. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is an obvious example in Pride and Prejudice. But the book holds worse.

June Ratings: Give Them What They Want and They'll Watch It

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 08.28.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

It was Harry Cohn, boss of Columbia Pictures, who said "give the people what they want, and they'll come out for it." Now they can stay in and watch it. And what they watched in June is the Casey Anthony trial.

Spring Means Soft-Shell Crabs

Cheryl Carlesimo | Posted 07.11.2011 | Food
Cheryl Carlesimo

For me, sautéed saucy soft-shell crabs are nirvana. I have created a recipe that I have to say tastes heavenly. Every year, my friends wait impatiently for me to make them.

What Is The History Of Modern Atheism?

Christian Science Monitor | Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.26.2011 | Books

When the priest asks him why, with his days numbered, he still has not turned to God, Meursault, the death row inmate in Albert Camus's "L'Étranger,"...

Half a Century After Mencken's Death, Opinion Is What is Riding High

Simon Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Simon Jenkins

When the age of Mencken passed, many felt that the column would be followed by nothing but news. But today, given the millions of words of columns, billions of blogs and tweets, opinion is riding high.

HuffPost Review: Season of the Witch

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The sole suspense lies in figuring out which of the supporting players will survive the trip. That's because there's barely anything else of interest amidst the standard-issue action setpieces.

Jim Bakker and the Counterfeit Hell Robbers

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Daniel Krotz

The point is not that Televangelists are scoundrels, or that many Christian pastors are hypocrites, but that these grand ministry failures represent examples of what many mainstream churches have, in desperation, come to believe is relevant.

Refudiate is the New Normalcy

Asher Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Asher Smith

Sarah Palin's right that "English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too." And that's something to be afraid of -- because she's contributing far more to the trough of public consciousness than just a few verbal miscues.

Senator Who Compared Obama To 9/11 Hijackers Accuses Polis Of 'Dangerous Hyperbole'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Tempers are flaring in Colorado over reactions to Arizona's controversial immigration bill. On Monday, Colorado Representative Jared Polis said the l...

Sheepish In Carlyfornia

Michael Sigman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Sigman

You may think that Carly Fiorina's "Demon Sheep" ad will hurt Fiorina's chances, but the video has given the senatorial candidate free publicity.

When 'Mad Men' Types -- and Hollywood-- First Played a Key Role in Politics

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

When pundits labeled last year's presidential campaign "divisive" and "dirty," I had to laugh. The champion of all dirty races in this century, in fact, was the 1934 contest between Upton Sinclair and Frank Merriam.

Apparently, You CAN Fool All of the People All of the Time

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Ross

We are a fear-driven culture. There is a large segment of the population that, no matter how well you document it, will not let a good fact get in the way of their fears about health care reform.

Do Progressives Have What It Takes To Win?

Tom Sullivan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Sullivan

Conservatives believe -- with justification -- that if they get angry enough and loud enough, liberals will back down from fights like this one.

The Trumpeter Tipples

Ivan Katz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ivan Katz

The notion that a musician will drink to "calm the nerves" or deal with performance anxiety is as antiquated as the idea that a steel worker needs gin as an "eye opener" before his shift at the mill.

Palin, Mencken and Us

Michelle Goldberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michelle Goldberg

It's worth noticing that this is not the first time Palin has hidden from scrutiny on a campaign trail in order to cover up her lack of knowledge.

Washington's "Newseum": The Media Gives Itself a Big, Wet, Sloppy Kiss

Nathan Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Nathan Robinson

The Newseum is a mammoth structure, and it does a fairly good job of illustrating just why mainstream media is such a letdown, even if it does so unintentionally.