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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In a Handbasket

By Dennis E. Powell | May 17, 2023 at 9:13 PM

It’s a little mortifying to learn that the Temptations’ hit song, “Ball of Confusion” was a hit 53 years ago. The worrying part is how long ago it was released. And how it came a half century too early.

Rabbit Ears? Um, Yeah, Sorta

By Dennis E. Powell | May 10, 2023 at 11:44 PM
The websites told me to forget it: there is no way in the world I can get over-the-air broadcast television where I live. I was inclined to believe them. I’m glad I didn’t.

Re-finding Newfoundland

By Dennis E. Powell | May 03, 2023 at 10:45 PM

Coincidence, surely, is the reason that the two places on earth I’d most like to visit (but probably never will) are islands.

The Best We Can Do?

By Dennis E. Powell | Apr 26, 2023 at 11:18 PM

Never the sharpest brick in the pile, and never having been accused of honesty, Joe “Bugout” Biden has not aged well.

All really that can be said of him now is that the ravages of time have cast doubt whether his latest falsehood is deliberate or an artifact of senile dementia. The effect is the same: his one hard and fast rule is never, ever to tell the truth. Dishonesty is the one area where he and Donald Trump are real competitors and both deserve to win.

Hi-Fi in the Modern Age

By Dennis E. Powell | Apr 19, 2023 at 9:57 PM

Time was, and it’s well within living memory, that the nicest thing you could say about an audio amplifier as found in a high-fidelity system or “stereo,” was that it was “a piece of wire.”

Stark Thoughts on Vaccines and Treatments

By Dennis E. Powell | Apr 12, 2023 at 10:40 PM

The headline last week would have been hopeful news indeed, if we hadn’t been here so many times before. “Cancer and heart disease vaccines ‘ready by end of the decade’” was the story in The Guardian.

Up the Amazon Without a Paddle

By Dennis E. Powell | Apr 05, 2023 at 10:33 PM

Photography was nothing new to me. I took my first published news picture when I was in third grade, and was getting regularly published by the time I turned 13, the year I started winning photography awards. This isn’t to brag — most people were shooting their Instamatics, while I had been given a Yashica A twin-lens camera for Christmas when I was eight years old. So I had some experience.

Neighbors

By Dennis E. Powell | Mar 29, 2023 at 10:07 PM

This is written as, on the other side of the wall, the generator is roaring away. Fortunately the wall is thick enough and well enough insulated that the sound is not as irritating as you’d expect.

Time and Again

By Dennis E. Powell | Mar 22, 2023 at 10:52 PM

I look at it every year and every year it looks a little different from how it looked the year before.

Bad Omens

By Dennis E. Powell | Mar 15, 2023 at 10:49 PM

“Beware the ides of March.” So said the soothsayer to Julius Caesar. The date was known to Caesar and every Roman because it, today, March 15, was the official day for settling debts. Which I suppose some of Caesar’s colleagues thought they were doing when on that date in 44 B.C. they multifariously perforated him with knives, rendering him dead.

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