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Bob Franken: Political cruelty

...know that sooner or even sooner, the bankers, the corporate types, all of them get their way. We are well aware of Mark Twain's description of "best government money can buy." It was true in the 19th century, more so now. And there seems...
Bob Franken: Prep post Obama

...but for the next two-plus years, it'll be the Obama administration that will be dealing with them. To paraphrase Mark Twain: The death of Obama's presidency is somewhat exaggerated. But short of the all-consuming crises, he won't be...
Rich Lowry: Warning - literature ahead

...experienced strong racial language while floating on a multiracial raft down the Mississippi River. Before the novel starts, Mark Twain includes a little note for readers, "Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted; persons...

...Cervantes in the 17th century, the Colombian-born Nobel laureate achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens. He died at his home in Mexico City on Thursday afternoon at age 87.His flamboyant and melancholy...
The Bookworm Sez: A different twist on the western in 'Thicket' planned to write a story set in, oh, about 1916 in Texas. Borrow a little from "The Wizard of Oz," a little Mark Twain, and make a nod toward classic western literature. Add humor, some savagery, and remove just about everything "PC...
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Rich Lowry: The equal-pay canard

To paraphrase the line often attributed to Mark Twain, there are lies, damn lies and the "equal pay" statistic.The factoid that women earn only 77 cents of every dollar earned...
Refuge Notebook: A window of opportunity to eradicate Elodea

Mark Twain was supposedly fond of saying "I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one." I don't claim to be...
The insult assault

...He's just prematurely orange."Go back a little further, and we can turn to Will Rogers, and further still to Mark Twain for slams that have stood the test of time. Rogers described Congress as "the best that money can buy" in the 1930s...
Pioneer Potluck: More school stories He read the Virginian - all chapters - Huckleberry Finn with great expression and much emotion. He read most of Mark Twain's books and all Robert Frost and Robert Service poems. We didn't have to put our head down on the desk for a nap...
Septage site series demands response

Mark Twain once said "Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel." Probably wise counsel. However, the series of articles...


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