Dennis E. Powell's View from Mudsock Heights

Dennis E. Powell is crackpot-at-large at Open for Business. Powell was a reporter in New York and elsewhere before moving to Ohio, where he has (mostly) recovered. You can reach him at dep@drippingwithirony.com.

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Wilde in the Streets

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 29, 2022 at 9:58 PM
Circumstances again lead me to a tragically useful quotation from Oscar Wilde: “In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.” There’s seldom a time when it’s not appropriate, but it has become especially useful amid the screeching among the young (and the old but infantile of wit) following the correctly reasoned decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the *Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health* case

It Was Obvious All Along

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 22, 2022 at 10:04 PM

It is accurately said that pride goeth before a fall. Please make no mistake: What follows is not written out of pride, nor some desire to say, “See? I told you so.” Quite the opposite. I possess no special gift of prophecy. I have no access to inside information. I guess I have wits enough to survive — made it this far, anyway — but nothing much beyond that. Yet somehow I was able to predict a lot of what has happened in the last year or so.

For Want of a Nail

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 15, 2022 at 9:24 PM

It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized that the electric bass guitar is an instrument designed so that music-ish sounds can be made by creatures who lack opposable thumbs.

The Porch Banjo Project

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 08, 2022 at 10:47 PM

It’s something that I’m sure crops up from time to time in all our lives: Is it about time to build a banjo?

The Sculptor's Hands

By Dennis E. Powell | Jun 01, 2022 at 4:37 PM

Monday was the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Memorial’s dedication, and while that’s scarcely an event that should make us stop in reverent silence, it made me smile.

Bad and Getting Worse

By Dennis E. Powell | May 25, 2022 at 9:03 PM

We’re in a mess and I’m not at all confident that we’ll find a way out. The President of the United States, Joseph R. “Bugout” Biden, has included in his portfolio of despicability a hatred of children.

My Secret Insecticide

By Dennis E. Powell | May 18, 2022 at 10:01 PM

Spring is here — actually, in a little over a month it will be summer — and welcome as it is, the season is accompanied by some annoyances.

End Right Supremacy Now!

By Dennis E. Powell | May 11, 2022 at 9:02 PM

You want to stop prejudice and discrimination? Okay, let’s do it. And let’s begin with the most oppressed of all the minorities, a group that includes 12 percent of the population and that has been made to bend to the will of the majority, from long before our country’s founding. It’s a minority that has been ignored, abused, mistreated, and shut out of important parts of society.

This One Was a Real Celebration

By Dennis E. Powell | May 04, 2022 at 2:37 PM

It started before the pandemic, but the pandemic let it take root and become the norm. We don’t often have funerals any more, at least not religious services in which we mourn the departed and beg God to welcome our dead friend or relative into the splendor of eternal Heavenly life. Instead, the obituary now frequently ends with “A celebration of life will take place at a later date.”

It's Time for Smart Homeowners

By Dennis E. Powell | Apr 27, 2022 at 10:40 PM

Science fiction literature is full of situations where electronic devices become self aware and begin making their own decisions. Some of us, I suppose, have come to think that it’s ultimately inevitable.

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