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How To Ruin a Perfectly Good Joke

Reading Time: 2 minutesIf you talk long enough, you can butcher the best joke in the world–even the one from Monty Python that the Allies used to win WWII. Tuesday night at a Tea Party meeting, I managed to destroy a joke of my own, poor making, and insult a friend at the same time. That takes talent. Or …

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If You Don’t Comment Today, You’ll Be Deleted From Hennessy’s View

Reading Time: 1 minutesIf you registered as a user but never commented AND you want to continue getting an email notification when new blogs are posted, all you have to do is COMMENT on this blog. Say anything, like “don’t delete me, bro.” Here’s why: my blog has about 8,000 registered users. That sounds great, I know, but …

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I’m Glad I Sent a Text Last Night

Reading Time: 1 minutesSMS Text might have been Chip Gerdes’s art form. Text chats with Chip, usually late at night, were always lively, argumentative, funny, irreverent, and delightful. Chip and I texted back and forth until midnight last night. During that chat, I made a commitment to take a trip to Quincy and see him. We both looked …

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How 2012 Might Have Been

Reading Time: 4 minutesRepublican Presidential Primaries The Republican Primary season was already well underway. Before a single caucus or vote, though, we pretty much knew that Mitt Romney would win the nomination. He had the entire Republican establishment behind him, including true conservatives who wanted a “safe” candidate. We know how that worked out. What might have been …

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Changes at Hennessy’s View

Reading Time: 1 minutesLooks different, doesn’t it? After hosting my own web sites forever, I’m trying to simplify my server admin life. I’m moving Hennessy’s View to another service from my own servers. The difference you should see is the theme.  (I’m tired of the minimalism.) Also, some archives from before 2010 might be missing for a while. …

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Call Me “Apologist”

Reading Time: 1 minutesThe Washington Post’s headline writer made a common mistake on Sunday. He confused “one who apologizes” with “apologist.” An easy mistake, no doubt, for most of us. Professional headline writers should know better. So should Glenn Kessler, the author of the WP story. The claim that Obama is an apologist for the nation began to …

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Guess Who the Puritans Are?

Reading Time: 1 minutesSome center-right people take their ball and go home. Guess who? Since the 2010 election, we’ve heard from the Establishment (GOP, MSM, DNC) that Tea Partiers are too puritanical. The elitist theory holds that Tea Partiers demand doctrinaire allegiance to some engraved-granite list of principles.  Stray from that list, and the Tea Party will hunt …

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What are the Perfect Ingredients of Great Book?

Reading Time: 2 minutesWriters are always looking for the perfect topic for a book.  But there’s a problem. What’s important to me may not be important to you. And what you to read about, I might not care about.  That’s why great books achieve a certain universality.  They touch on the essence of life itself, of humanity itself, …

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