Articles by Dennis E. Powell

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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The View from Mudsock Heights: Godspeed, Father Marty, on Your African Adventure

By Dennis E. Powell | Mar 04, 2012 at 10:13 PM

The first time I met Father Marty he was sweeping the hallway near the entrance of the parish hall behind his church, Christ the King. He greeted me warmly. It could be that he knows other greetings, but a cordial welcome with a genuine smile is the only kind I’ve ever seen. It is engaging, coming as it does from this white-haired, white bearded fellow, not tall but a little stout, who had he chosen a different career might have been Santa Claus or maybe even a leprechaun.

The View from Mudsock Heights: A Brief Case for Smoke-Filled Rooms and Meaningful Political Conventions

By Dennis E. Powell | Feb 08, 2012 at 7:22 AM

It’s only January, but if you’re like me you’re already sick of the election which is still more than nine months away. Our political system is in permanent campaign mode. But we’re not selecting a president, we’re selecting a celebrity. It’s not something we can afford to do this time around.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Let Us One Final Time Pay Homage to the Great Yellow God

By Dennis E. Powell | Feb 02, 2012 at 5:58 AM

Let us have a moment of silence for the Eastman Kodak Company. I'm serious. “The Great Yellow Father,” as it used to be called in the photography press (when there was a photography press), has filed for bankruptcy.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Another Consumer Tip from Crazyland -- Get Rid of All Those Boxes

By Dennis E. Powell | Jan 23, 2012 at 7:17 AM

If you’re like me, you have available to you a quick and easy way of increasing your living space by quite a bit. It’s this: throw away all those boxes.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Even Small Newspapers Can Do Great Reporting and Take Bold Stands

By Dennis E. Powell | Jan 09, 2012 at 4:58 PM

A retrospective section published a few weeks ago in the local weekly I write for reminded me of just how effective a small-town, non-daily newspaper can be. And it raised the possibility of my telling a story that ought to be heard far and wide. But you won’t find it without looking. It has to do with an heroic editor who uncovered an important story of the “Emperor’s New Clothes” variety and published it — even though it ultimately cost her her newspaper.

The View from Mudsock Heights: It’s Time to Stop the Bigoted Attacks on Left-Handed People

By Dennis E. Powell | Dec 30, 2011 at 5:02 PM

The headline was sad but not surprising: “The Health Risks of Being Left-Handed: Lefties Face Chance Of ADHD, Other Disorders; Brain Wiring Holds Clues.” The article, published in the prestigious Wall Street Journal, cites a “research” which claims that left-handed people — called “lefties” by epithet-flinging bigots in the right-handed majority — aren’t quite as good as right-handed people.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Cats Give Us Brain Worms that Control Our Minds. All Hail Our New Feline Overlords!

By Dennis E. Powell | Dec 20, 2011 at 10:21 PM

What wiser heads have long suspected has now been proved by actual scientists working in real laboratories: cats control the minds of some people and make those persons insane.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Dr. Chafetz and Marion -- A Love Story

By Dennis E. Powell | Dec 05, 2011 at 6:39 AM

The news was unexpected, sad, but not especially shocking: My friend and former colleague Morris Chafetz had died. He was sufficiently famous that there were long obituaries in both The New York Times and The Washington Post. Though I suppose the circumstance of his death figured into it, too.

The View from Mudsock Heights: That May Be How They Look, But It’s Not How I Remember Them

By Dennis E. Powell | Nov 14, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Who are all those old people? I received a URL in the email. Terrified but unable to resist, I clicked on it. I may never recover.

The View from Mudsock Heights: The Wonderful, Tiny, Quirky Tablet Computer that Has Won My Heart

By Dennis E. Powell | Oct 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM

If one were to do a survey of the next tablet computer from a major manufacturer likely to disappear — the HP TouchPad now being gone — the near-unanimous choice would very likely be Research In Motion's Blackberry Playbook. And that's too bad. The little 7-inch Playbook is a really cool machine, a Mercedes to HP's Ford F-150.

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