Tag: Mark Twain

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Laughter

 

“Humanity has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.” — Mark Twain

Do we want to marginalize woke-scolds? Laugh at them. Make them figures of fun. Similarly for Progressives. (Indeed, Progressives realize this too. Alinsky’s fifth rule states “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”)

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I’ve a confession to make. I used to be a phillumenist. I have an excuse though – I was young. Plus, until about ten minutes ago, I didn’t know what a phillumenist was. As per the British Matchbox Label and Bookmatch Society (BML&BS), phillumenists collect items related to matches including but not limited to matchbooks […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF #32: Mud

 

Ready Player One is a worldwide hit and the lead actor, teenager Tye Sheridan, is headed for fame. So your trusty podcast brings you the story on his best performance, in Jeff Nichols’s Mud, alongside Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, the late Sam Shepard, and Michael Shannon. The movie came out in 2012 and was nominated for the most important art film award, the Palme D’or at Cannes. It’s a coming-of-age story set in Nichols’s native Arkansas, on the Mississippi, and it owes a lot to both Mark Twain’s Huck Finn and Flannery O’Connor’s violence and religion storytelling. It’s all-American in the best way, not least because it showcases the full humanity of the drama of rural communities that seem to have run out of future.

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It is curious–curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. – Mark Twain in Eruption   More

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Fire and Ice Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump couldn’t be more different, yet they have much in common. Both ran for the nomination of parties in which they are not real members. Both men recognized better than 20 competitors the brazen corruption of elites in Washington DC, Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and the coastal metropoles that […]

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A sin takes on new and real terrors when there seems a chance that it is going to be found out. This gives it a fresh and most substantial and important aspect.—Mark Twain, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (1899). Have at it, my friends. Have at it. More

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