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  • Here’s The Complete Transcript Of Sen. Al Franken’s Tribute To David Letterman That Got Cut From

    11/20/2017 7:56:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | Nov 20, 2017 | Meghan O'Keefe
    Here’s The Complete Transcript Of Sen. Al Franken’s Tribute To David Letterman That Got Cut From The ‘Kennedy Center’ BroadcastTonight, your local PBS affiliate will be airing the Kennedy Center special honoring David Letterman with the 20th Annual Mark Twain Prize for Humor. You’ll see comedy stars like Jimmy Kimmel, Norm Macdonald, Bill Murray, Amy Schumer, John Mulaney, and more fete the late night titan with speeches in his honor. What you won’t see is what embattled Senator Al Franken had to say. The former Saturday Night Live writer and performer’s tribute was cut from the broadcast in the wake...
  • A Modern Collaboration With Mark Twain In 'Prince Oleomargarine'

    09/28/2017 12:47:51 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | 09-27-2017 | Mary Louise Kelly
    This week Mark Twain has a new book out. Yes, we know. He's been dead for more than a century, but that hasn't stopped him — or more accurately, his collaborators — from publishing a children's book, called The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine. It's based on 16 pages of notes, handwritten by Twain and discovered in an archive, in Berkeley, Calif. Philip and Erin Stead took it from there; the Caldecott Award-winning author-illustrator duo picked up Twain's trail and finished the story. "It was never entirely clear to us if there was never an ending, or if Twain just never...
  • Mark Twain’s unwittingly prophetic vision for the State of Israel

    09/26/2017 5:32:30 PM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/23/2017 | RABBI TULY WEISZ
    A natural skeptic, Twain was not taken by the splendor of the Holy Land. He wrote irreverently about the country’s legendary sites. At his peak, Mark Twain was probably the most popular American celebrity of his time. What few realize is that it was an unlikely trip to the Holy Land that established his fame as an author. A century and a half ago, Twain traveled on an excursion with his American church group to Europe and the Middle East. The material he gathered, first published in a San Francisco newspaper, formed the basis of the humorous book that made...
  • The Smug! It Burns!

    04/23/2016 9:15:13 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-23-2016 | MOTUS
    “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up Today’s topic is smugness: a potent combination of hubris and envy smug - adjective \ˈsməg\- having or showing the annoying quality of people who feel very pleased or satisfied with their abilities, achievements, etc. synonyms:self-satisfied, self-congratulatory, complacent, superior, pleased with oneself, conceited Go ahead - Google  “smug” Images and see what you get.If you are smug enough you can confidently disregard the stuff you don’t...
  • Trumps's best line comes from Mark Twain

    01/08/2016 7:29:19 AM PST · by ckilmer · 4 replies
    1/8/2015 | Vanity
    It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. Mark Twain
  • Schools continue to grapple with 'Huckleberry Finn'

    12/11/2015 7:32:03 PM PST · by markomalley · 69 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 12/11/15 | Justine McDaniel
    After The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published in 1885, the book was boycotted in some places in the United States for portraying friendship between a black man and a white boy."In its time, it was derided and censored," said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, deputy director of the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, which tracks challenges to books.Today, Mark Twain's classic - about a boy who flees his abusive father and travels down the Mississippi River with an escaped slave - is still sometimes challenged in American schools, but for nearly the opposite reason: its liberal use of the N-word...
  • Trump's Border Ruffians and Twain's War Prayer

    08/25/2015 1:11:50 PM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 2 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 8/25/15 | Steve Berman
    Mark Twain wrote with enormous sentiment about a great patriotic movement, as “a fluttering wilderness of flags flashed in the sun.”  Thus is the receiving line of the disaffected for Donald Trump, of whom legend and song shall be duly recorded in history. Leading in the polls, standing tall above all the other GOP candidates, indeed above Her Majesty Hillary Clinton, whose shine has turned to a patina in the manner of copper left in the rain, Trump’s supporters wax heroic about their leader, ready to defend him with their honor for the glory to come. Then home from the war, bronzed heroes,...
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"(1938)

    05/31/2015 12:35:44 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1938 | Norman Taurog
  • Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "Tom Sawyer"(1930)

    05/24/2015 11:46:42 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 25 replies
    You Tube ^ | 1930 | John Cromwell
  • Mike Tyson, History Buff: Tyson opens up about everything he wished he had known then

    03/13/2015 4:04:29 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    OC Weekly ^ | March 12, 2015 | Amy Nicholson
    "Mark Twain said boxing is the only sport where a slave, if he's successful, can rub shoulders with royalty," says former heavyweight Mike Tyson, who once knocked out 19 opponents in a row. "Can you imagine that? Just by fighting another human being, he can meet a king, a prince, a queen, eat at the same table with them, be invited to the castle." Or in modern times, make $30 million in one fight, build your own castle, stock it with tigers, and still wake up every morning the pawn of powerful men who make money off your sweat. When...
  • Of Herds and Harlots, Measles is Back

    01/29/2015 2:16:24 PM PST · by lifeofgrace · 18 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 1/29/15 | Steve Berman
    Come, let us reason together.  Mark Twain famously quoted British PM Benjamin Disraeli, “there are three kinds of lies:  lies, damned lies, and statistics.”  Generally, this is true, but sometimes statistics don’t lie.  In the case of measles, the statistics speak truth. The measles vaccine was developed in 1963, and combined with the mumps and rubella vaccines in 1971, known as the MMR vaccine.  Children are given the first shot between 12-15 months old, and another between 4 and 6 years old.  Thus has it been for well over 40 years.  In the 52 years since the measles vaccine as...
  • The Idiots Guide to Wealth Creation; or How to Become a United States Senator

    05/24/2014 5:42:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 24, 2014 | John Ransom
    As long as one sorely needs a certain additional amount, that man isn’t rich. Seventy times seventy millions can’t make him rich, as long as his poor heart is breaking for more. I am just about rich enough to buy the least valuable horse in your stable, perhaps, but I cannot sincerely and honestly take an oath that I need any more now. And so I am rich. But you, you have got seventy millions and you need five hundred millions, and are really suffering for it. Your poverty is something appalling.—Mark Twain to Cornelius Vanderbuilt He lies in little...
  • Mark Twain Denounced as Thought Criminal

    05/21/2014 5:45:58 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 41 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | May 19 2014 | Dave Blount
    To build a utopian America where everything is perfect as defined by our wise liberal ruling class, first the old America must be eradicated. That means erasing the heritage that makes the country what it is. National treasures like Mark Twain have to go: An effort to name a Lake Tahoe cove after American literary icon Mark Twain has been scuttled for the second time in three years, citing opposition from a tribe that says the writer held racist views of Native Americans. It should be noted that most everyone who lived in the 19th century held views of Indians...
  • Plan to name cove after Mark Twain scrapped after tribe complains (He was Racist)

    05/19/2014 7:55:43 PM PDT · by equalator · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | Joshua Miller
    "Samuel Clemens had racist views on the native people of this country and has captured those views in his literature," Cruz wrote in a letter to the board. He also took exception to a Twain quote about Lake Tahoe: "People say that Tahoe means 'Silver Lake' — 'Limpid Water' — 'Falling Leaf.' Bosh! It means grasshopper soup, the favorite dish of the digger tribe — and of the Pi-utes as well."
  • Mark Twain Denounced as Thought Criminal

    05/19/2014 5:56:45 PM PDT · by massmike · 20 replies
    http://moonbattery.com/ ^ | 05/19/2014 | Dave Blount
    To build a utopian America where everything is perfect as defined by our wise liberal ruling class, first the old America must be eradicated. That means erasing the heritage that makes the country what it is. National treasures like Mark Twain have to go: An effort to name a Lake Tahoe cove after American literary icon Mark Twain has been scuttled for the second time in three years, citing opposition from a tribe that says the writer held racist views of Native Americans. It should be noted that most everyone who lived in the 19th century held views of Indians...
  • Racism claim dooms bid to honor Mark Twain in NV

    05/18/2014 7:47:58 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 62 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 18, 2014 | MARTIN GRIFFITH
    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A state panel has effectively killed a bid to name a Lake Tahoe cove for Mark Twain, citing opposition from a tribe that says he held racist views on Native Americans.
  • America's Knockout Novel: The Adventures of Huck Finn

    12/10/2013 3:45:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 10, 2013 | Lee Culpepper
    With recent footage of black teenagers cold-cocking random strangers in a deadly game known as “Knockout,” Americans should recognize how badly our country needs a selfless voice of leadership heard in all of our homes. But until the dignified message of someone like Dr. Ben Carson becomes mainstream, Mark Twain’s classic punch to the face has always packed the power to knock some sense in to people who need it the most. Nearly 130 years after The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published, Twain’s timeless lessons on race and humanity continue to offer America a remedy to racial bigotry --...
  • Putin's devastating KO

    09/22/2013 7:10:29 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 28 replies
    Renew America ^ | Sept. 22, 2013 | A.J. DiCintio
    No matter how profound the issues or scandals, the current administration's MO has been to avoid substance in favor of the corrupt politics of spin and ignore, ignore and spin, a strategy that, history teaches, often succeeds in gaining the confidence of a majority of the people. . . until the piper shows up. However, as polls reveal, no amount of duplicitous White House propaganda or disregard for pursuing truth can prevent the public from perceiving this reality: With respect to his influence regarding Syria and the rest of the world an effete, dithering, anchorless, contradictory Barack Obama has been...
  • 10,000 Threads Posted on Freerepublic

    06/26/2013 11:03:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 112 replies
    Vanity | 26 June, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Today, I posted my 10,000th thread on Freerepublic. I thought some reflection was appropriate. When I found Freerepublic in 1998, it was as though I had found a gold mine of truth in a desert of lies and spiked news stories. You had to work to find the nuggets, but they were there, instead of the fool's gold constantly being peddled by the MSM to a propagandized public. Freerepublic became my home on the net. Jim Robinson, as a Californian, has done a great deal to make up for all of the horrible ideas that have come out of that...
  • Bummed By Debate, Morning Joe's Meacham Clings To Prospect Of Romney's Political Death

    10/04/2012 9:58:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Watching Mitt Romney last night as he revived his campaign while demolishing President Obama was surely a bitter pill for Jon Meacham to swallow. On Morning Joe today, the former Newsweek editor sought to console himself. Meacham—twice—pointed out that although Mark Twain famously wrote that rumors of his death were greatly exaggerated, Twain did eventually die. Nice analogy, Jon! View the video here.