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  • Ambrose Bierce (disappeared 1914) - Normal Expectation That Political Donors Shall Be Rewarded

    07/25/2016 5:22:25 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Land Beyond the Blow ^ | 1899? | Ambrose Bierce
    Marooned On Ug - The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, Volume 1 To assist King Jogogle-Zadester in governing, he is given a parliament, the Uggard word for which is gabagab, but its usefulness is greatly circumscribed by the Blubosh, or Constitution, which requires that every measure, in order to become a law, shall have an affirmative majority of the actual members, yet forbids any member to vote who has not a distinct pecuniary interest in the result.  I was once greatly amused by a spirited contest over a matter of harbor improvement, each of two proposed harbors having its advocates. ...
  • An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

    12/30/2006 6:53:38 PM PST · by dighton · 67 replies · 4,215+ views
    1886 | Ambrose Bierce
    A man stood upon a railroad bridge in northern Alabama, looking down into the swift water twenty feet below. The man’s hands were behind his back, the wrists bound with a cord. A rope closely encircled his neck. It was attached to a stout cross-timber above his head and the slack fell to the level of his knees. Some loose boards laid upon the sleepers supporting the metals of the railway supplied a footing for him and his executioners—two private soldiers of the Federal army, directed by a sergeant who in civil life may have been a deputy sheriff. At...
  • Ambrose Bierce on Terrorism His Own Words

    03/04/2005 9:04:22 AM PST · by robowombat · 17 replies · 2,043+ views
    The Abrose Bierce Site ^ | Ambrose Bierce & Don Swaim
    Exclusive! Ambrose Bierce on Terrorism His Own Words interviewed by Don Swaim BIERCE: I knew you'd be back eventually, Mr. Swaim. SWAIM: Mr. Bierce, we beg your counsel. On September 11, the worst terrorist attack in the history of America occurred in New York, and... BIERCE: "Celestial bird," I cried in pain, / "What vandal wrought this wreck? Explain." SWAIM: Precisely, Mr. Bierce, what vandal indeed? Americans need clarity. We must know what sort of people would commit such a deed, flying heavily fueled airliners into tall buildings at the cost of thousands of lives. BIERCE: I always warned against...